From the Corner OfficeIssue No. 005  |  November 27, 2013  |  New Bedford, Massachusetts

City of New Bedford

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Mayor’s Perspective: My Visit to the Second Whaling City

Second Whaling CityRecently, I travelled across the Atlantic Ocean to a small town in Ireland called Youghal. There, Youghal Mayor Sammy Revins and I signed a Twinning Agreement, officially recognizing the City of New Bedford and Youghal as Sister-Cities and cementing our communities’ strong historical and cultural ties.

Even though Youghal and the City of New Bedford are hundreds of miles apart, I found that our two coastal communities are rife with striking similarities. Youghal and New Bedford share a unique connection to Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. As I am sure you know, New Bedford is the great whaling
port described in Melville’s literary classic. In 1954, Youghal became the second home of the classic whaling story when it portrayed New Bedford in the movie version of Moby Dick… Read more (PDF)

separatorMayor Outlines Long Term Plan to Address City’s Facilities and Equipment Needs

Mayor Outlines Long Term Plan to Address City’s Facilities and Equipment NeedsNew Bedford, Massachusetts –At a press briefing on November 15, 2013 against the backdrop of a complex of city-owned buildings in need of significant repairs, Mayor Mitchell and several city department heads outlined the City’s first Capital Improvement Program (CIP).

The CIP is a long-term plan for addressing the facilities and equipment needs of the City of New Bedford through 2018.

The plan provides funding for an initial group of pressing capital improvements at city facilities including public safety buildings, school department facilities, facilities designed for public use and those designed to house general government operations… Read more (PDF)

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Mayor Mitchell Attends Magnuson-Stevens Listening Session on Improvement to Federal Fisheries Management Regulations

Mayor Mitchell Attends Magnuson-Stevens Listening Session on Improvement to Federal Fisheries Management RegulationsNew Bedford, Massachusetts – On November 4, 2013 Mayor Jon Mitchell attended the Magnuson-Stevens Listening Session which was hosted by US Senator Elizabeth Warren, at the Massachusetts State House.

Members of the Massachusetts Congressional Delegation and Alaska Senator Mark Begich joined Warren in the listening session to hear from representatives from the fishing and scientific communities on ways to improve federal fisheries management regulations.

Two panels composed of prominent fishermen, scientists, and commercial fishing organizations voiced their opinions and concerns about fishing regulations of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act… Read more (PDF)

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City’s Aging Public Safety Fleet Gets Upgrade – New Ambulances, Fire Dept. Trucks, and Snow Plows Leave City Better Prepared for Emergencies

City’s Aging Public Safety Fleet Gets Upgrade - New Ambulances, Fire Dept. Trucks, and Snow Plows Leave City Better Prepared for EmergenciesNew Bedford, Massachusetts – On October 31, 2013, Mayor Jon Mitchell joined with several city departments heads, including the Fire Chief, the Director of Emergency Medical Services, the Director of the Department of Facilities and Fleet Management as well as the Commissioner of Public Infrastructure to unveil new vehicles that will become part of the city’s fleet.

The Mayor announced that more than one dozen new vehicles are being brought into service this year including six snow plow trucks to replace those lost during the February blizzard, two Emergency Medical Services (EMS) ambulances, two New Bedford Fire Department SUVs, an off-road fire apparatus and a rapid response rescue boat… Read more (PDF)

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Weekend Happenings

What's Happpening in New BedfordSanta Sightings 5K Fun Run
Saturday, December 7th, 11am
City Hall, Downtown New Bedford

City of New Bedford Official Christmas Tree Lighting
Saturday, December 7th, 4pm
City Hall Plaza, Downtown New Bedford

Downtown New Bedford Holiday Stroll
Saturday, December 7th – Sunday, December 8th, 12pm – 4pm
Downtown New Bedford

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NB Business Buzz: Gatlin’s Framing, Photography, and Art Supplies

Gatlin’s Framing, Photography, and Art SuppliesGatlin’s Framing, Photography, and Art Supplies located at 209 Union Street in New Bedford’s Downtown Historical District specializes in custom archival and museum quality framing.

An art supply store like Gatlin’s is great for New Bedford’s burgeoning artist community.

The store offers New Bedford’s art collectors and artists a service that is in tune with their needs and budget. Stop in and visit Gatlin’s Framing, Photography, and Art Supplies Tuesday through Friday, 10:00am to 6:00pm, and on Saturdays, 11:00am to 5:00pm.

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