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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.

Email: Mayor.Mitchell@newbedford-ma.gov

Mayor’s Office News

 

New Bedford breaks ground on first new public safety facility in more than 50 years

**Attached are two photos of Mayor Jon Mitchell, City Councillors Linda Morad, Joseph Lopes, and Debora Coelho, along with City officials, at today’s groundbreaking event. Also attached are two renderings of the project from Galante Architecture.**   South End Public Safety Center will allow City to close, repurpose or redevelop […]

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Election Commission reminds voters of deadline to register to vote in city preliminary election: Wednesday, September 11, 2019

New Bedford, Massachusetts– The New Bedford Board of Election Commissioners reminds New Bedford voters that Wednesday, September 11, 2019 is the deadline to register to vote in the October 1, 2019 preliminary election, as well as to notify the Board of Election Commissioners of any change in voter name or […]

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Formerly distressed property revitalized by WHALE, City of New Bedford sold by lottery to first-time homebuyer

New Bedford, Massachusetts– A formerly vacant and distressed two-family home in New Bedford was sold to a first-time home buyer last week through a lottery process. The once-dilapidated property has been completely revitalized by the non-profit Waterfront Historical Area League (WHALE) through the City’s Neighborhoods First initiative through its Office […]

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New Bedford parks will continue to close at dusk until first frost of the season

City health officials continue to discourage outdoor activity after dusk   New Bedford, Massachusetts– The City of New Bedford’s parks and other open public spaces will close at dusk until the first frost of the season based on the recommendation of the City’s Health Department.   Parks have closed at […]

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Targeted ground spraying for mosquitoes planned in New Bedford for Friday, September 13

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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Love The Ave & North End Restaurant Week is back

Postcard New Bedford, Massachusetts– All of Greater New Bedford is invited to think global – but eat local – in the city’s diverse North End this September.   The Love The Ave & North End Restaurant Week is a celebration of the culinary culture of New Bedford. Restaurants and bakeries […]

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Targeted ground spraying for mosquitoes planned in New Bedford for Friday, September 20

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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Mayor discusses impact of ransomware attack on New Bedford’s computer system

New Bedford, Massachusetts– In a press conference at City Hall, Mayor Jon Mitchell briefed the public regarding the impact of a cyberattack on the City’s computer system this summer. On Friday, July 5, 2019, the City of New Bedford’s Management Information Systems (MIS) staff identified and disrupted a computer virus […]

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Mayor Jon Mitchell and members of Friends of Buttonwood Park officially open new tennis courts

New Bedford, Massachusetts– Mayor Jon Mitchell, City officials and members of the Friends of Buttonwood Park officially opened the park’s six new tennis courts, including five pickleball courts, on Friday afternoon.   The extensive renovation of the tennis courts, long the center of recreational tennis in Greater New Bedford, is […]

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New Bedford reaches Host Community Agreements with three recreational marijuana dispensary applicants

Facilities will all be located outside residential neighborhoods according to zoning ordinance   New Bedford, Massachusetts– The City of New Bedford has tentatively reached Host Community Agreements, required under Massachusetts law, with three applicants seeking recreational dispensary licenses from the state Cannabis Control Commission (CCC).   Under the City’s zoning […]

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All New Bedford beaches reopened to swimming

Water quality has returned to a level safe for swimming to resume   New Bedford, Massachusetts– The New Bedford Health Department has announced all of New Bedford’s beaches have been reopened for swimming today, Friday, August 30, 2019. Testing was conducted and the results of water samples collected from all […]

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State to host training seminar in New Bedford for candidates for municipal office

New Bedford, Massachusetts– The Massachusetts Office of Campaign and Political Finance (OCPF) will hold a training seminar on the state’s filing and depository system for municipal candidates (incumbents and new candidates) on Wednesday, September 4 at 7:00 p.m. in the public meeting room on the 3rd floor of the New […]

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