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Mayor Mitchell Advocates for Scallop Industry

Supports Recommendations to Open ‘Northern Edge’ Scallop Grounds New Bedford, Massachusetts – In conjunction with a meeting today of the New England Fisheries Management Council in Newport, Rhode Island, Mayor Jon Mitchell advocated for the opening of the so-called ‘North Edge’ scallop grounds to scallop fishermen. In written testimony submitted […]

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City Encourages Residents to Explore Options to Reduce Impact of Rising Heating Costs

New Bedford, Massachusetts – The City of New Bedford is taking seriously the impact of rising energy costs on residents and businesses going into the winter months, particularly the anticipated sizable increases in the price of electricity. To help mitigate the impact of an anticipated January 1 change in the […]

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Residents Encouraged to Support Annual Toy Drive Ahead of Christmas

New Bedford, Massachusetts – Mayor Jon Mitchell encourages residents to participate in the 24th Annual Holidays United Toy Drive ahead of the holidays. In collaboration with the United Way of Greater New Bedford, New Bedford Firefighters’ Union, and New Bedford Libraries, new, unwrapped toys and gift cards are accepted until […]

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New Bedford Receives National Budget Award for Seventh Consecutive Year

New Bedford, Massachusetts – For the seventh year in a row, the City of New Bedford has been awarded the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its fiscal year 2022 budget, by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA). GFOA, a national association that promotes quality and transparency in budgeting and financial […]

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Holiday Stroll and Tree Lighting Postponed

New Bedford, Massachusetts – Due to the weather forecast predicted for Saturday, December 3, the Downtown Holiday Stroll and the Downtown Christmas Tree Lighting have been postponed until Saturday, December 10. Updated event information is as follows: Downtown Holiday Stroll Date and time: 12 – 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 […]

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City of New Bedford Kicks off the Holiday Season

New Bedford, Massachusetts – The city’s holiday season kicks off this weekend, with the Downtown Holiday Stroll and Tree Lighting on Saturday followed by the Clasky Common Tree Lighting on Sunday. Here are the details: Downtown Holiday Stroll Date and time: 12 – 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 (Rain date: […]

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Nomination Papers Now Available for Ward 3 Preliminary Special Election

Schedule announced for Ward 3 Preliminary and Special Election New Bedford, Massachusetts – The Board of Election Commissioners is advising the public that nomination papers are now available for the Ward 3 Preliminary Special Election. Candidates can pick up their nomination papers, election calendar, and information packet at City Hall […]

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Mayor Jon Mitchell Reaches Agreement with Acushnet to Improve Recreational Facilities in Lake Street Area

New Bedford, Massachusetts – Mayor Jon Mitchell has submitted to the City Council for approval a 25-year Intermunicipal Agreement with the Town of Acushnet which would allow for improvements to waterside public recreational facilities in the Lake Street area of Acushnet. Under the Agreement, the City, which owns the Lake […]

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Hathaway Elementary School to see Window and Door Upgrades Under Mayor Mitchell’s Funding Proposal

New Bedford, Massachusetts – Mayor Jon Mitchell has submitted a proposal to the City Council for a loan order of $150,000 to pay for the costs of a schematic design/feasibility study for an accelerated repair project at the Ellen R. Hathaway Elementary School on Court Street. On October 26, 2022, […]

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Residents Encouraged to Stock up on Free COVID-19 Test Kits as Holiday Season Begins

New Bedford, Massachusetts – Building on the successful prior rounds of test kit distribution, the City of New Bedford is continuing to make available free, at-home COVID-19 test kits at public libraries across the city. The free distribution coincides with the start of the holiday season and the approach of […]

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Mayor Mitchell Files Measure for Dedicated Public Improvement Fund for North End Neighborhoods

New Bedford, Massachusetts – Mayor Jon Mitchell has filed a proposal with the City Council which would establish a revolving fund to receive 50% of all payments to the City pursuant to the Host Community Agreement (HCA) with Parallel Products affiliate Southcoast Renewables and SMRE 100, LLC. The revolving fund […]

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Residents Encouraged to Take Advantage of COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics Ahead of Holiday Season

New Bedford, Massachusetts – Free, walk-up COVID-19 clinics in New Bedford offer all CDC-approved vaccine doses and boosters, for adults and youth. Bringing your vaccination card when getting a booster shot is helpful, but not required. Clinics provided by Seven Hills Behavioral Health, unless otherwise marked. NOTE: The Seven Hills […]

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