The Light’s summer interns spent four weeks exploring the New Bedford beach scene next door to our Kilburn Mill newsroom. The result is “West Beach Stories,” a series of video vignettes that, taken together, tell a larger tale of the city and its people — the challenges and joys, the rhythms and patterns, that make our place distinct. 

Special thanks to Intern Coordinator India Claudy and Assistant Managing Editor David Cuddy, who supervised the project.


If you’ve ever been to West Beach near the pavilion, you’ve probably noticed Steven Rapoza and wondered “What is he doing?” We have the what and the why.

Video by Avary Amaral, Trey Andrews and June Rezendes

The Bike Shop

Meet Bill Trimble, the bike shop manager for Youth Opportunities Unlimited, which provides a wonderful service to Greater New Bedford kids.

Video by Anna Brenner and Diogo Fernandes Tavares

Reggae on the Beach

One of the more unique uses of West Beach, it’s always a good time on Reggae Saturdays. Check it out.

Video by Avary Amaral, June Rezendes and Diogo Fernandes Tavares

Exploring Covewalk

The view doesn’t get much prettier than from atop the hurricane barrier. But it’s more than just the ocean. Take a stroll with us.

Video by Anna Brenner and Diogo Fernandes Tavares

A Day in the Life

Just like the city itself, West Beach has changed and evolved over the years. We talk to some of those who have lived it.

Video by Avary Amaral, Trey Andrews, Anna Brenner, June Rezendes and Diogo Fernandes Tavares


It’s not all Baywatch and suntan lotion. Your dedicated and close-knit crew of guards at West Beach work hard to keep you safe.

Video by Avary Amaral, Trey Andrews and June Rezendes

Meet the New Bedford Light summer 2022 interns

Here’s what the creative talents behind West Beach Stories had to say about themselves and their project.

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