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The pandemic has caused unprecedented viral sickness and fatalities, while simultaneously laying bare economic and social justice weaknesses that have been hidden in plain sight.
Under Massachusetts law, people facing eviction because of nonpayment of rent cannot be evicted while their application for rental assistance is pending.
Please ask yourself why you or a loved one may be holding out on getting vaccinated and consult with a medical professional about your concerns. Is it truly worth the risk?
Readers share their thoughts and opinions about recent stories published by The New Bedford Light and posted on social media.
The NAACP New Bedford Branch and Lawyers for Civil Rights are joining together for a ‘know your rights’ forum on interactions with police.
This Supreme Court, rather than allowing the law to go through the course of legal challenges, chose to uphold the Texas law as it currently stands, shattering a precedent that has been the law of the land for the past 48 years.
New Bedford Light readers respond to recent stories.
We need smart gentrification, where we build for the future, but without pricing out the people who build that future. We need much more affordable housing in all of SouthCoast, Cape Cod, and the Islands.
A louder debate is taking place over whether there are other aspects of the United States condition, essentially human needs, that should also be considered “infrastructure.”
Eric Lindell knew nothing about what it meant to be Black in America, but he did know what it was like to be poor, to live in a broken home, to endure the silence of long unspoken trauma and to know something of what it meant to live in a world of other people’s ideas…
Members of the community weigh in on mandatory vaccines and face masks.
City officials officially opened the South Public Safety Center, the first new police and fire station to be built in New Bedford in more than 50 years.
New Bedford Light readers offer their thoughts after news of a COVID-19 cluster at The Vault (formerly Greasy Luck) on Purchase Street.
Diverse leaders provide guidance and bring new networks, skill sets and experiences that help organizations operationally and strategically.
Readers react to news that the Cannon power plant will be torn down to create city’s second offshore wind staging site.
If you had $64.7 million to spend for the City of New Bedford, what would you do? Readers share their ideas.
“Erected by the city of New Bedford as a tribute of gratitude to her sons who fell defending their country in the struggle with slavery and treason.”
So please, as we face the next pandemic surge which will inevitably come, keep these people and all those you hold dear in mind.
Class of 2021 president Kennedy Johnson reflects on tumultuous year in New Bedford High School graduation speech.
“Some days were really good, maybe even great. We laughed and learned in our backyard classroom. … However, just one month in, things started to crack.”
A Lisbon writer who grew up in New Bedford pens a poem, inspired by The Light, called “For Every Lighthouse There is a Watchman.”
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.
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