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Mayor Encourages Residents, Business Owners to Take Preparedness Steps as Hurricane Season Peaks

Know the Risk, Be Prepared, Stay Informed

Mayor Jon Mitchell and New Bedford Emergency Management Director Mark Mahoney today urged City residents and business owners to take basic preparedness measures to mitigate the risk of property damage, injuries and loss of life in the event of a tropical storm or hurricane.    . . . Read More

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New Bedford Police Department Adds Five New Officers

New Bedford, Massachusetts- The New Bedford Police Department has added five new police officers to its ranks earlier this month. Five new officers, who recently graduated from the Police Academy, were officially sworn-in at a ceremony on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 9:00 A.M. at New Bedford City Hall. The new officers will raise the […]

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New Bedford Health Department Seeks Volunteer Coaches to Help Improve Balance and Reduce Fear of Falling in Older Adults

  New Bedford, Massachusetts-The New Bedford Health Department is currently seeking volunteer to help lead a structured program designed to help older adults in the Greater New Bedford Area remain active, improve balances kills, and reduce their concerns about falling. The program, “A Matter of Balance,” is widely used nationally and internationally and has been […]

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EEE Found in Mosquitoes in Area of Washburn & Logan Streets Targeted Ground Spraying Planned

  New Bedford, Massachusetts- The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) has notified the New Bedford Health Department that a primarily bird-biting / occasional mammal biting mosquito has tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in the area of Washburn and Logan Streets in New Bedford. MDPH also reported positive EEE pools were found in […]

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Mayor Mitchell, Fire Chief Unveil Two New Fire Engines

New Bedford, Massachusetts- Mayor Jon Mitchell joined with Fire Chief Michael Gomes at a press conference in front of City Hall today to announce important equipment upgrades for the New Bedford Fire Department. The City has acquired two brand new, custom-built fire engines that will replace two twenty-five year-old apparatus in the Fire Department’s fleet. […]

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New Bedford Modernizing Streetlights

Conversion to brighter, more efficient LEDs will save money and enhance New Bedford neighborhoods New Bedford, Massachusetts- Mayor Jon Mitchell announced today that crews have begun the process of upgrading streetlights citywide to brighter, energy efficient ones. Municipally-owned “cobrahead” fixtures and all other existing streetlights and traffic signals, are being replaced with new, modern fixtures […]

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Drop-off Days Set to Dispose of Confidential Papers, Tires, Prescription Drugs, Sharps, & Hazardous Waste

New Bedford — The City, Refuse District, and Police Department are hosting events this fall to help residents discard confidential papers, tires, prescription drugs, sharps (needles), and household hazardous waste. Paper Shred Day will take place on September 20th from 9 a.m. to noon in the parking lot across from City Hall, on the corner […]

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New Bedford Cultural Council Seeks Funding Proposals for Community-Oriented Arts, Humanities, and Interpretive Sciences Programming, Announces New 2014-2015 Application Guidelines

  New Bedford, Massachusetts- The New Bedford Cultural Council (NBCC) is now accepting grant proposals for community-oriented arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences programs. Grant applications are due Wednesday, October 15, 2014. New Bedford Cultural Council (NBCC) funds programs that promote excellence, access, education, and diversity in the Arts, Humanities and Interpretive Sciences to improve the […]

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Mass Department of Public Health Awards Continued Funding to Mass in Motion New Bedford

    New Bedford, Massachusetts—The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has awarded another round of funding to New Bedford to support the continuation of the Mass in Motion New Bedford (MiM NB) program. The funding will allow the program to continue to operate for another three years creating policy, systems, and environmental changes to make […]

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City Sees Dramatic Increase in Recycling, Reduction in Trash to Landfill with Implementation of New System

New Bedford, Massachusetts- In the eight weeks since New Bedford first rolled out its new automated curbside collection system for trash and recyclables, the City has attained an unprecedented recycling rate and significantly reduced the amount of waste sent to its landfill. New Bedford’s new collection program began on June 23, 2014 and was designed […]

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Mitchell Proposes Charter Change to Modernize Mayoral Term

4-Year Term Would Promote Stability in Executive Branch, Increase Focus on Long-term Interests, Reduce Time Diverted to Campaigning and Fundraising Mayor Mitchell Proposes to Exclude Himself from Eligibility for 4-Year Term New Bedford, Massachusetts-With his administration focused on New Bedford’s long-term future, Mayor Jon Mitchell today presented the City Council with a proposal to modernize […]

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New Bedford Mayor Speaks Out on Federal Fisheries Law

New Bedford, Massachusetts- Mayor Jon Mitchell today spoke out on the topic of fisheries management at a special listening session in Gloucester, Massachusetts hosted by Congressman John Tierney and Congressman Peter DeFazio, the Ranking Member on the House Committee on Natural Resources. The House Committee on Natural Resources is working on a reauthorization of the […]

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The Nation’s #1 Fishing Port Addresses Groundfish Crisis with Technology

“When I first entered office, some so-called experts claimed that the financial crisis of 2008 made it nearly impossible to improve the quality of life in older mid-sized American cities. And there has been no doubt that recent housing foreclosures, job losses and government contraction that piled on to years of shuttering businesses and declining tax revenues made things harder. Whether local government could reliably carry out basic functions has been a question mark in many cities. Here and elsewhere, it was easy to see the glass as half-empty.”

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