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City and private partners announce major redevelopment at waterfront power plant site

New Bedford, Massachusetts–The Port of New Bedford will nearly double its capacity to stage offshore wind energy projects, as well as add new opportunities for seafood offloading at the site of the decommissioned Cannon Street Power Station in the City’s central waterfront. The sprawling, strategically located 29-acre site had been […]

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Fort Taber Park and New Bedford beaches closed Friday, July 9 due to tropical storm warning

New Bedford, Massachusetts– Fort Taber Park and New Bedford’s beaches will be closed on Friday, July 9 due to the Tropical Storm Warning in effect for the Greater New Bedford area. Rain along with winds of 8 to 13 miles per hour, with wind gusts as high as 43 miles […]

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Vaccine clinics planned throughout July in New Bedford, with no appointment needed

New Bedford, Massachusetts– Vaccine clinics are planned through the month of July in New Bedford, with no appointment needed, some of more than 40 clinics in the city this month. No appointment is needed at the walk-up clinics. All New Bedford residents receiving their first dose will receive a $20 […]

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New Bedford Independence Day fireworks postponed until Monday, July 5 at 9:00 p.m.

New Bedford, Massachusetts– New Bedford’s Independence Day fireworks over New Bedford Harbor have been postponed and are now planned for Monday, July 5 at 9:00 p.m., due to the forecast of inclement weather this weekend. The fireworks had initially been planned for Saturday, July 3. The fireworks are made possible […]

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New Bedford Independence Day fireworks over New Bedford Harbor on July 3

New Bedford, Massachusetts– Thanks to the sponsorship of Hawthorn Medical Associates and BayCoast Bank, the City of New Bedford announced the details of the City’s 2021 Independence Day fireworks display over New Bedford Harbor. Lead sponsor Hawthorn Medical Associates contributed $9,000 and co-sponsor BayCoast Bank contributed $7,500 to support the […]

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Justin Poulsen selected as Executive Director of New Bedford Port Authority

New Bedford, Massachusetts– Justin Poulsen, an experienced maritime professional with significant experience in maritime transportation, logistics, and economic development, has been selected as the next Executive Director of the New Bedford Port Authority. Poulsen was selected by the Port Authority commission from among a pool of more than 75 applicants. […]

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Mayor Mitchell announces appointment of Paul Oliveira as Chief of Police

New Bedford, Massachusetts– At a press conference this afternoon, Mayor Jon Mitchell announced that he will appoint Paul J. Oliveira to serve as the next Chief of Police. Oliveira has served as Acting Chief of Police since April 24, after the retirement of former Chief Joseph Cordeiro was announced. A […]

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Targeted ground spraying for mosquitoes planned on Thursdays in New Bedford through September  

New Bedford, Massachusetts– The New Bedford Health Department, working closely with the Bristol County Mosquito Control Project and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, is again this year conducting an annual monitoring program to track the potential threat from EEE and WNV carrying mosquitoes.  Under the program, mosquito traps are […]

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Appointment-based COVID-19 testing relocates to New Bedford Regional Airport starting May 1

New Bedford, Massachusetts– Project Beacon’s appointment-based COVID-19 testing, part of the state’s Stop the Spread, will relocate to the New Bedford Regional Airport, 1569 Airport Road, beginning May 1. The site is in the process of relocating from its former location at the Whale’s Tooth Parking Lot. Anyone interested in […]

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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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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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City offices and facilities closed Friday, June 18 as New Bedford observes Juneteenth

New Bedford, Massachusetts– City offices will be closed to the public on Friday, June 18, as New Bedford observes the Juneteenth holiday. This includes the public libraries. The Buttonwood Park Zoo will remain open. Last year, Juneteenth was designated an official state holiday in Massachusetts. Juneteenth commemorates the end of […]

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