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
City Extends Warning Period for Violations of New Trash & Recycling Program
Will continue to issue tickets for certain infractions but grants additional time for residents to adjust to new system New Bedford, Massachusetts–Mayor Jon Mitchell announced today that the City will provide a one month extension (until the end of October 2014) to the warning period for violations for some of the recently enacted ordinance changes […]Click for more.
New Bedford High School College and Career Readiness Center to Celebrate October College Month
Activities planned to assist students and families with college exploration, planning and the application process New Bedford, Massachusetts– The New Bedford High School College and Career Readiness Family Engagement Center in collaboration with Educational Talent Search, College Access, and GEAR UP are planning a month full of special events to kick-off the college exploration, planning, […]Click for more.
New Bedford Celebrates Official Reopening of Buttonwood Park Basketball Courts
Friends of Buttonwood Park spearheads, fundraises for restoration project New Bedford, Massachusetts –The community celebrated today the replacement of three heavily used but seriously deteriorated basketball courts in Buttonwood Park with two new state-of the-art high school-size courts and a college-size court. The refurbished basketball courts are the end result of a campaign to […]Click for more.
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 […]Click for more.
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 […]Click for more.
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. […]Click for more.
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 […]Click for more.
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 […]Click for more.
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 New […]Click for more.
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 […]Click for more.
New Bedford Hosts U.S. EPA Head Gina McCarthy at Superfund Site Turned Solar Park
City, State & Fed Leaders Call Transformation of the Contaminated Site a National Model City Energy Initiative Advances With Completion of Sullivan’s Ledge Solar Project – Helping Create Local Jobs, Save Taxpayers Millions, And Turn Contaminated Properties Into Clean Energy Generators New Bedford, Massachusetts – With help from U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, New Bedford’s […]Click for more.