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
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.
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 Freetown. […]Click for more.
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 […]Click for more.
Mayor Encourages Residents, Business Owners to Take Preparedness Steps as Hurricane Season Peaks
Know the Risk, Be Prepared, Stay Informed New Bedford, Massachusetts- 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. Mayor […]Click for more.
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 […]Click for more.
The Nation’s #1 Fishing Port Addresses Groundfish Crisis with Technology
The Nation’s #1 Fishing Port Addresses Groundfish Crisis with Technology; Issues Recommendations for Magnuson-Stevens Reauthorization Port of New Bedford Releases Six-Pronged Plan to Revive its Historic Groundfishery and Modernize the Port New Bedford, Massachusetts- The Port of New Bedford, America’s most valuable commercial fishing port, has released a six-pronged plan for the revitalization of the […]Click for more.