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 awarded federal homeless assistance funds
New Bedford, Massachusetts– The City of New Bedford has been awarded $1,758,917 in homeless assistance funding by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as part of a competitive grant process under the HUD Continuum of Care (CoC) Program. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development […]Click for more.
New Bedford Parks, Recreation & Beaches now enrolling students for annual February and April Staycation Fun Weeks
New Bedford, Massachusetts– The Department of Parks, Recreation & Beaches is now enrolling students for their annual February and April Staycation Fun Weeks at the Andrew McCoy Recreation Center. The Staycation Fun Week runs Monday through Friday during both school breaks, February 18- 22, and April 15-19, 2019. For the […]Click for more.
Kruger appointed acting Deputy Fire Chief
New Bedford, Massachusetts– District Chief Scott Kruger has been appointed acting Deputy Fire Chief for the City of New Bedford. A selection committee comprised of current acting Chief Paul N. Coderre, Jr., Fairhaven Fire Chief Timothy Francis, and Personnel Department staff recommended Kruger for the position following a competitive selection […]Click for more.
City to conduct annual Point-in-Time Count for 2019
New Bedford, Massachusetts– The City of New Bedford will be conduct its 2019 annual Point-in-Time Count of persons experiencing homelessness on Wednesday, January 30 from 2:00 p.m. until Thursday, January 31 at 2:00 p.m. (24-hour count). The Point-in-Time Count is required by the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development […]Click for more.
Mayor Jon Mitchell to hold January Neighborhood Office Hours at Me & Ed’s
New Bedford, Massachusetts– Mayor Mitchell will hold neighborhood office hours for the month of January on Tuesday, January 29 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Me & Ed’s Restaurant, 30 Brock Avenue. Mayor Mitchell announced he would set aside time each month to hold office hours in city neighborhoods […]Click for more.
Final Personnel Department Report on Beams Intended for Ernestina
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New and renewal applications available for 2019 for Captain Jack Peterson Dog Park
The Captain Jack Peterson Dog Park is welcoming New Bedford residents who retain an active dog license to renew or apply for new membership as of January 2019. Applications are available in the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall, 133 William Street, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. […]Click for more.
New Bedford’s Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Remembrance Celebration
Mayor Jon Mitchell is pleased to join with the Greater New Bedford Area Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee in welcoming the public to attend the “Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Remembrance Celebration.” The celebration will be held on Sunday, January 20 , 2019 from 4:00-5:30 p.m. […]Click for more.
Holiday recycling tips for New Bedford residents
New Bedford, Massachusetts– After the gifts have been unwrapped, New Bedford residents are encouraged to recycle as much of their holiday waste as possible. “Residents may have questions about which items can be recycled curbside or at the transfer station as well as what to do with their Christmas trees […]Click for more.
New Bedford announces publication of first-ever strategic Arts & Culture Plan, “New Bedford Creative: Our Art, Our Culture, Our Future”
$50,000 to 12 fall 2018 grantees also announced New Bedford, Massachusetts– New Bedford’s first-ever strategic Arts & Culture Plan is complete. The 200-page plan entitled New Bedford Creative: our Art, our Culture, our Future, has a vision for the city as follows: “In New Bedford, the creative community is […]Click for more.
New Bedford residents invited to attend public meetings on U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development federal funding for Fiscal Year 2019
New Bedford, Massachusetts– The City of New Bedford Department of Planning, Housing & Community Development will hold two public meetings to discuss the best use of federal funding to improve the quality of life for New Bedford residents. The public meetings will be held: – Tuesday, January 8 at […]Click for more.
Bristol County Savings Bank awards $20,000 grant as sponsor of New Bedford’s Holiday Happenings & City Celebrates! New Year’s Eve
Bristol County Savings Bank (BCSB), through its charitable foundation, awarded a $20,000 grant today to the City of New Bedford as part of the Bank’s role as overall sponsor of the current Holiday Happenings and City Celebrates! New Year’s Eve! festivities. The community has enjoyed a couple weekends of exciting […]Click for more.