With a population of approximately 100,000, the City of New Bedford is the world’s most famous whaling era seaport and the number one fishing port in America. This city is a wonderfully diverse, culturally rich community with a proud present, past and future.
Children can obtain a high quality education in the New Bedford Public Schools System. Individuals pursuing a higher education can do so at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth or Bristol Community College, both conveniently offer a downtown New Bedford campus.
New Bedford is dotted with beautifully maintained parks and public beaches. Our neighborhood restaurants, cafés and bistros feature delicious ethnic cuisines. Visit the New Bedford Whaling National Historic Park, Whaling Museum, unique shops and galleries in our downtown historic district. New Bedford offers an unbeatable quality of life and is a great place to live, work, and raise a family.
Mayor’s Office News
Mayor Mitchell Encourages Residents & Business Owners to Take Preparedness Steps as Hurricane Season Peaks
Know the Risk, Be Prepared, Stay Informed New Bedford, Massachusetts– As the just-upgraded Hurricane Joaquin churns over the central Atlantic, Mayor Jon Mitchell reminds New Bedford residents and business owners that taking basic preparedness steps well before a storm approaches is the key to protecting lives and property. There is still much uncertainty in […]Click for more.
Celebrate Summer Under the Stars at Custom House Square Cinema! Enjoy Free Outdoor Movies in the Park!
Popcorn, candy and snacks available for purchase! New Bedford, Massachusetts – The City of New Bedford and the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center have partnered to transform the park at Custom House Square into “Custom House Cinema” on Friday evening! Families are invited to join us as we celebrate summer under the stars with two outdoor […]Click for more.
Mayor Mitchell Announces 2015 Community Development Block Grant & Emergency Solutions Grant Recipients at Award Ceremony
More than $2.4 million distributed to community-based organizations to stabilize low and moderate income neighborhoods and more than $225,000 to prevent and address homelessness New Bedford, Massachusetts – At a check presentation ceremony today, Mayor Jon Mitchell announced the 2015 Fiscal Year award recipients of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Community […]Click for more.
New Bedford Cultural Council to Host Information Session on 2015-16 Available Grant Funding
New Bedford, Massachusetts –The New Bedford Cultural Council (NBCC) will host an “Information Session and Slide Slam” on Thursday, September 17, 2015 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm at the New Bedford Art Museum (608 Pleasant Street). NBCC members will be on hand to answer questions about the upcoming 2015-16-grant cycle and 2014-15 NBCC grant rrecipients will […]Click for more.
Proactive Targeted Ground Spraying Planned for New Bedford
New Bedford, Massachusetts- The Bristol County Mosquito Control Project will conduct targeted ground spraying early on the morning of Thursday, September 10, 2015. This round of spraying will target areas including Buttonwood Park, Brooklawn Park, Fort Taber, Hazelwood Park, Riverside Park, Clasky Park, Ashley Park and the Poor Farm area. Spraying will take place between […]Click for more.
In First Year of New Service New Bedford Doubles Recycling Rate, Sees Dramatic Reduction in Trash Sent to Landfill
New Bedford, Massachusetts – Results are in from the first year of New Bedford’s new automated curbside collection system for trash and recyclables: The City doubled its recycling rate and reduced the amount of waste sent to the Crapo Hill Landfill by 30%. New Bedford’s new collection program began in late June of 2014 and […]Click for more.
New Bedford Free Public Library to Host First in Series of Local Author Presentations
New Bedford, Massachusetts – The New Bedford Free Public Library will host a program with Dave Kane, WBSM radio personality and author of 41 Signs of Hope, on Tuesday, September 15th at 7:00 p.m. at the Main Library in the 3rd floor meeting room. Mr. Kane is the father of Nicholas O’Neill, the youngest victim […]Click for more.
New Bedford’s Working Waterfront Festival Named One of North America’s 100 Best Events for 2016
Festival makes American Bus Association’s list of events that offer excellent entertainment value to tour groups and individual travelers from around the world New Bedford, Massachusetts –New Bedford’s Working Waterfront Festival has been named one of the Top 100 Events in North America for 2016 by the American Bus Association (ABA). The ABA’s list […]Click for more.
Insurance Rating Group Upgrades City to Highest Level Possible, New Bedford 1 of 6 Communities in New England to Earn Class 1
In MA Only Boston & Cambridge Have Same Rating; Lower Insurance Premiums Expected New Bedford, Massachusetts – Mayor Jon Mitchell and New Bedford Fire Chief Michael Gomes announced today that the City of New Bedford has been evaluated by the insurance industry’s ratings firm and the City’s fire protection level has been upgraded to […]Click for more.
City Releases New Parks, Recreation & Beaches Fall/Winter Catalog
Invites Public to Register for Programming at Andrea McCoy Recreation Center New Bedford, Massachusetts –Parks Recreation & Beaches has released its 2015 Fall Winter Catalog of programming and invites the public to explore and enroll in new programming at the Andrea McCoy Recreation Center. The City will bring back many popular programs including Zumba, Zumba […]Click for more.
New Bedford Cable Network Receives National, Regional Awards
New Bedford, Massachusetts – New Bedford Cable Network has received both national and regional recognition for its coverage of city events and government activities in 2014. “New Bedford Cable Network has established a reputation in New Bedford and beyond for providing high-quality, original programming that is both engaging and informative. NBCN’s coverage of government activities […]Click for more.
New Bedford Reaches Communitywide Health and Wellness Goals, Receives White House Recognition as One of 58 Communities
Awarded 5 Gold Medals for Promoting Physical Activity and Healthy Eating New Bedford, Massachusetts –The City of New Bedford will be recognized during a ceremony at the White House with First Lady Michelle Obama for reaching five key health and wellness goals as part of the nationwide Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties (LMCTC) […]Click for more.