Work in the mills may have allowed New Bedford residents to make a living, but it was never a good living for most. And it was never an easy life.
After suffering three strokes, a heart attack and double pneumonia, the WBSM host tells columnist Jack Spillane he does not know for sure whether he literally died.
In the past year, some social clubs in New Bedford have closed their doors, perhaps even permanently. The Young Cape Verdean Athletic Association and the Elks Lodge have listed their properties for sale.
Kevin Harrington and Megan Tench died alone and unexpectedly. Hank Seaman spent months of his last year in isolation from his friends and loved ones.
Fortes contracted COVID-19 at the beginning of this year. He was hospitalized on Jan. 4, and never returned home.
Two local families are still coping with lingering ailments and uncertainty months after initial infections.
A look at some major events in New Bedford and around the world during the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Columnist Jack Spillane surveys the pandemic’s toll on New Bedford, from the Latino community to health care workers.
An analysis of New Bedford death certificates reveals a surprising cluster of deaths among elderly residents who worked for decades when the textile and apparel industry was at its peak.
Death certificates obtained by The New Bedford Light show the elderly and younger Black and Hispanic residents have borne the heaviest burden. Overall, the number of people who died in New Bedford increased 15 percent last year over averages of the last decade. Coronavirus became the leading cause of death in the city in 2020.