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
Play-In-The-Park Summer Food Program Kicks Off July 7
Program Ensures Children Have Access to Supervised, Fun activities and Nutritious Food When School is Not in Session New Bedford, Massachusetts–The City of New Bedford will continue the summer tradition of offering a Play-in-the-Park Summer Food Program where children will enjoy a free, healthy lunch and supervised recreational activities at one of more than […]Click for more.
Orphaned and Blind, Eight Week-Old Red Fox Finds a Home at Buttonwood Park Zoo
fox kit “Piper” thriving in new enclosure built with support of two local companies New Bedford, Massachusetts–In late April the Buttonwood Park Zoo received a call from a local resident who had discovered an orphaned red fox kit (pup) whose mother had been struck by a car and killed. The concerned resident had been raising […]Click for more.
Boston 2024: New Bedford, the ideal host for Olympic and Paralympic sailing
The first in a series of venue announcements for Boston’s vision to host the 2024 Games NEW BEDFORD, Mass., June 4, 2015 — New Bedford, a storied and historic maritime city, will host Olympic and Paralympic sailing on Buzzards Bay if Boston becomes the host city for the 2024 Summer Games, Mayor Jon Mitchell and […]Click for more.
OUTDOOR CLASSICAL MUSIC THIS THURSDAY NIGHT IN DOWNTOWN NEW BEDFORD
NEW BEDFORD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA MEMBERS TO PLAY FREE CONCERT IN WILLIAM STREET COURTYARD OFMAIN PUBLIC LIBRARY New Bedford, MA—In conjunction with AHA! Night scheduled for this Thursday, June 11, 2015, members of the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra will perform from 4:00-6:00 P.M. in the William Street Courtyard of the New Bedford Public Library directly […]Click for more.
New Bedford Beaches Ready for the Season; Parking Passes Available Beginning Today
New Bedford, MA—The City of New Bedford continues preparations for the opening of its public beaches, with the sale of beach parking passes beginning today Monday, June 8, 2015. The beach parking program, which covers East Beach, West Beach and Fort Taber, requires residents and non-residents to acquire a seasonal parking pass or pay a […]Click for more.
Mayor Mitchell Nominates Tierney to Steamship Authority Board
New Bedford, Massachusetts–Mayor Jon Mitchell announced today he has submitted to the New Bedford City Council the nomination of local attorney Moira Tierney to the Steamship Authority Board of Governors. If appointed, Ms. Tierney would fill the seat vacated by her late father, the Honorable John A. Tierney. A graduate of Suffolk University School of […]Click for more.
Mayor Mitchell Proposes Naming One Washington Square ‘Tom Lopes Park’
New Bedford, Massachusetts –Mayor Jon Mitchell has submitted a letter to the New Bedford City Council requesting that the Council name the vacant city-owned lot known as One Washington Square ‘Tom Lopes Park.’ Mr. Lopes, who died in 2012, was the publisher of the Cape Verdean News and the first Cape Verdean-American to serve in […]Click for more.
Absentee Ballots Available For Tuesday, June 23 Referendum Election
New Bedford, Massachusetts–The Board of Election Commissioners has announced that absentee ballots are available for voters who cannot go to the polls on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 to vote in the Special Referendum Election. On June 23, 2015 New Bedford voters will be casting their votes to determine if the City of New Bedford will […]Click for more.
HDC Plans For Port Director Transition
New Bedford, Massachusetts–At a meeting of the New Bedford Harbor Development Commission (HDC) on Thursday, June 11, Port Director Jeffrey Stieb announced his decision to step down from the post, and the seven-member board voted to appoint Deputy Port Director Edward Anthes-Washburn as Acting Port Director on a transition date to be decided. Stieb, a […]Click for more.
New England Revolution Soccer Academy to be offered in New Bedford in July
Four day soccer academy to be offered by the New Bedford Department of Parks, Recreation, and Beaches, and the New England Revolution Soccer Team. New Bedford, Massachusetts – Beginning July 6th at 9 am, a four-day soccer academy will be held at the Andrea McCoy Football stadium located on Hathaway Boulevard. The camp will run […]Click for more.
June 3 Deadline to Register to Vote in Upcoming Referendum Election
New Bedford, Massachusetts–The Board of Election Commissioners has announced that Wednesday, June 3, 2015 is the deadline to register to vote in the city-wide referendum election which will be held on Tuesday, June 23, 2015. On June 23, 2015 New Bedford voters will be casting their votes to determine if the City of New Bedford […]Click for more.
Mayor Announces City Will Again Host Concerts on Pier 3
New Bedford, Massachusetts– Mayor Jon Mitchell announced that the City will again host a series of summer concerts on the New Bedford waterfront during the summer months of July and August. The Summer Sound Series will feature live musical entertainment on Pier 3 in Downtown New Bedford. Residents and visitors will dance to live music, […]Click for more.