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Chief Joseph Cordeiro announces retirement from New Bedford Police Department

New Bedford, Massachusetts– Chief Joseph Cordeiro has announced his retirement from the New Bedford Police Department after serving on the force for 35 years, including for the last five years as Chief of Police. His last day as Chief will be April 23. Deputy Chief Paul J. Oliveira will assume […]

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Property revitalized by City, PACE YouthBuild sold to first-time homebuyer through lottery

New Bedford, Massachusetts– A formerly vacant and distressed single-family home in New Bedford’s west end was sold to a first-time homebuyer through a lottery process. The once dilapidated property has been completely revitalized by students participating in the YouthBuild New Bedford Program and funded through the City’s Office of Housing […]

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New Bedford to begin annual street sweeping program

New Bedford, Massachusetts– The Department of Public Infrastructure will conduct its annual major street sweeping program in the city, including a parking ban on designated sides of the street beginning Thursday nights, as listed below. The program will run from April 1 through November 1. The street sweeping will operate […]

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New Bedford establishes waterfront vaccination center for essential seafood industry workers

New Bedford, Massachusetts– Mayor Jon Mitchell, joined by U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, Congressman Bill Keating, and members of the City Council and state legislative delegation, announced today that the City of New Bedford has established a waterfront vaccination center to vaccinate essential seafood industry workers. The site is located at […]

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Nursing home, senior living visitation allowed in New Bedford due to vaccination of residents, rescinding earlier restriction on visits 

New Bedford, Massachusetts– Mayor Jon Mitchell and the Board of Health have rescinded an earlier restriction on nursing home and senior living visits, due to the widespread vaccination of residents at those facilities.   On December 14, the Mayor and Board of Health prohibited visitation at nursing homes, long-term care […]

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City of New Bedford provides update on COVID-19 vaccination efforts; access to vaccine supplies remains a challenge

New Bedford, Massachusetts– Ongoing vaccine supply shortages continue to impede the City of New Bedford’s multi-pronged vaccination effort.  Despite the challenge, last month, the City was able to begin vaccinating its 600+ first responders and nursing/health staff with the first dose of the Moderna vaccine. Administration of a second dose […]

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Route 18 Corridor Study Public Meeting

ROUTE 18 CORRIDOR STUDY PUBLIC MEETING The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is conducting a planning study of the Route 18 corridor between Elm Street and Coggeshall Street. The study is the third phase of the Route 18 redesign and focuses on the section of roadway from Elm Street to Coggeshall […]

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City and Police Department will adopt recommendations of Commission on Police Use of Force Policies

New Bedford, Massachusetts– Mayor Jon Mitchell today announced that the City and New Bedford Police Department will implement the recommendations of the Commission on the New Bedford Police Department’s Use of Force Policies, consistent with state law and the NBPD’s collective bargaining agreement. The members of the Commission were drawn […]

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City of New Bedford to distribute federal funding toward food security, internet access, and education

New Bedford, Massachusetts– The City of New Bedford will distribute $850,000 in federal funding dedicated toward COVID-19 under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program to benefit food security, remote learning, and internet access during the pandemic. To support food security in New Bedford, the largest allocation of funds, $450,000, […]

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City of New Bedford to offer temporary drive-up, no-appointment-necessary COVID-19 testing

Move will increase local testing capacity as regional, state-run site converts to appointment-only; City testing site at airport limited to New Bedford residents   New Bedford, Massachusetts– The City of New Bedford will offer – for a limited time – drive-up COVID-19 testing for New Bedford residents at the New […]

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Mayor Mitchell announces reopening of regional surge care center for COVID-19

Acushnet Avenue facility will be utilized, with anticipated opening date of January 18 New Bedford, Massachusetts– Mayor Jon Mitchell today announced the reopening of a Southeastern Massachusetts Regional Care Center in New Bedford for those recovering from COVID-19. The former nursing home facility, located at 4586 Acushnet Avenue, is slated […]

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New Bedford first responders receive first round of COVID-19 vaccine

New Bedford, Massachusetts– First responders in New Bedford received the first dose of Moderna’s vaccine for COVID-19 Monday morning. A vaccine clinic at the New Bedford Health Department was scheduled to vaccinate at least 40 first responders today, including the staff of New Bedford EMS, the New Bedford Police Department, […]

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