Civic Life

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EDUCATION

6 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 6
KILBURN MILL

Social Impact and Storytelling with Kathi Chase

In these sessions, artist Kathi Chase will discuss the importance of offering sober event options in the area for those struggling or impacted by addiction. Arts can make a positive impact in the mental health industry, specifically used as a therapeutic tool in addiction recovery. Artists can help contribute to mental health services by offering events, workshops, and/or creative spaces that allow people to use the art for self-care and healing. Due to the nature of the topic, this session will be held in person on Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. at K&A Creations at Kilburn Mill and will not be recorded.

Peer-to-Peer Sessions is a free and accessible (mostly) online series geared to enrich, educate and connect creatives through a series of workshops and training sessions. New Bedford is the home of artists, creatives, change makers, designers, entrepreneurs, and community enthusiasts and the Peer-to-Peer Sessions embrace the pulse that makes New Bedford so unique while expanding our knowledge and connections.


CITY COUNCIL

7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 6
RYAN’S INN AND CONFERENCE CENTER

New Bedford City Council Meeting

The New Bedford City Council will meet at 7 p.m. in New Bedford City Hall.

On the agenda:

  • A amendment to a lease with Nor East Aviation Services, Inc.
  • An authorization to enter into a capital lease to purchase a rescue truck for the Fire Department for $260,000.
  • The Re-appointment of Peter Cruz to the Planning Board and appointment of Christina E. Cotsoridis to the Airport Commission.
  • A loan order for $1,705,504 to purchase and equip two pumper trucks for the Fire Department.
  • Loan orders for $150,000 each to pay for the schematic design/feasibility studies for Carter Brooks and Hathaway elementeary schools.
  • Host community agreements with Elevation Retail on Phillips Road and Metro Harvest on Church Street.
  • Appointment of Josh Amaral as Director of Housing and Community Development.
  • A COLA base increase from $12,000 to $14,000 effective July 1, 2023.
  • A memo of understanding with Eversource for its Acushnet to New Bedford maintenance project line.
  • Approval of three orders related to the annual Consumer Price Index.

WATERFRONT

9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Dec. 8
PORT AUTHORITY

Port Hours: New Bedford

Fisheries Liaisons will be available during joint monthly port hours for commercial and recreational fishing inquiries, comments, and feedback for the RI/MA Wind Energy Areas.

Join the informal conversation or contact our Fisheries Liaison Caela Howard to learn more.


WATERFRONT

5 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 8
PORT AUTHORITY CONFERENCE ROOM

New Bedford Port Authority

The New Bedford Port Authority will meet at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8, in the conference room.

On the agenda:

  • Reports from Facilities/Maintenance, Marina, Treasurer, Policy & External affairs, Executive Director
  • Updates on Phase V Dredging/North Terminal project, Pier fendering/North Terminal II project and grants.
  • Vote on Pope’s Island Marina electricity rates
  • Vote on employee handbook and policy updates.
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Council on Aging

Council on Aging Administrative Office 181 Hillman St. Building #9, New Bedford, MA

The New Bedford Council on aging will meet at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8. at 9 a.m. at the administrative offices at 181 Hillman Street. The agenda will be […]

Port Hours: New Bedford

New Bedford Port Authority 123 MacArthur Drive, New Bedford, MA

Fisheries Liaisons will be available during joint monthly port hours for commercial and recreational fishing inquiries, comments, and feedback for the RI/MA Wind Energy Areas. New Bedford Port Authority 123 […]

New Bedford Port Authority

New Bedford Port Authority 123 MacArthur Drive, New Bedford, MA

The New Bedford Port Authority will meet at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8, in the conference room. On the agenda: Reports from Facilities/Maintenance, Marina, Treasurer, Policy & External affairs, […]

Toy Drive Meet & Greet with wrestling legend Spike Dudley

Cojo's Toy Store 763 Purchase Street, New Bedford, MA

Cojo's Toy World will be hosting its first toy drive with special guest wrestling legend Spike Dudley at Cojo’s on Saturday, Dec. 10 from noon until 2 p.m. Donate one […]

3rd Annual #LetsDoThatBowling Toy Drive Trios Tournament

Wonder Bowl 66 Hathaway Road, New Bedford, MA

The 3rd Annual Lets Do That Bowling event will be a five game sweeper tournament. Teams will comprise of any combination of three bowlers, using book averages from the 2021-2022 […]

NAACP New Bedford Branch Winter Gala

Century House Inc 107 South Main Street, Acushnet, MA

The NAACP New Bedford Branch will hold its annual Winter Gala from 6 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, Dec. 10 at the Century House in Acushnet. Tickets are $50 per […]

Connect with Our Campaign: Shane Burgo fundraiser

Inner Bay Cafe 1339 Cove Rd, New Bedford, MA

A year ago, the voters elected Shane A. Burgo as New Bedford’s newest City Councilor At-Large. A year later, even with so much to celebrate, there’s still so much work […]

Homebound Realty Holiday Toy Drive

Homebound Realty 922 Kempton Street, New Bedford, MA

We are accepting new, unwrapped toys for boys and girls of all ages. This is a partnership with the United Way of New Bedford and the NBFD.

New Bedford Schools Building Committee

Paul Rodrigues Administration Building 455 County St, New Bedford

The New Bedford Public Schools Building Committee will meet at 3 p.m. on Dec. 13 in Room 224 of the Paul Rodrigues Administration Building. On the agenda: Review existing conditions […]

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