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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.


Mayor’s Office News


Rosemary S. Tierney Community Center dedicated in New Bedford

New Bedford, Massachusetts– Mayor Jon Mitchell, joined by former Mayor Rosemary S. Tierney and her family and friends, along with current and former City officials, formally dedicated the Hazelwood Senior Center in Mayor Tierney’s honor on Friday morning.   In May, Mayor Mitchell proposed that former Mayor Tierney be honored […]

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New Bedford to observe Veterans Day 2019

New Bedford, Massachusetts – The members of New Bedford’s Veterans Advisory Board extend an invitation to area residents to attend New Bedford’s Veterans Day Parade.   The Veterans Day Parade will be held on Monday, November 11, beginning at 11:00 a.m. It is presented by the City of New Bedford […]

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K-9 Sgt. Sean M. Gannon Memorial Playground dedicated at Campbell Elementary School

New Bedford, Massachusetts– City and school officials, members of the Gannon family, law enforcement, and the Elwyn G. Campbell Elementary School community formally dedicated the K-9 Sgt. Sean M. Gannon Memorial Playground at Campbell School on Thursday.   Sgt. Sean M. Gannon, a New Bedford native who grew up across […]

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New Bedford awards $82,000 to 13 Wicked Cool Places projects

**A photo of grant recipients pictured with Mayor Jon Mitchell, creative strategist Margo Saulnier and NBCreative team members from Friday’s ceremony is attached** New Bedford, Massachusetts– A Creative Courts mural for Carlos Pacheco Elementary School in the West End; high-flying kites and more for Festival Tipico de Guatemala in the […]

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Absentee ballots now available for municipal election

New Bedford, Massachusetts–The City of New Bedford Municipal Election will be held on Tuesday, November 5, 2019, and the New Bedford Election Commission has announced that absentee ballots for this election are now available through the Election Commission Office at New Bedford City Hall.   Any registered voter unable to […]

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City of New Bedford launches NB Alert, a new emergency notification system

Residents may sign up for calls and texts, for both emergency alerts and general updates New Bedford, Massachusetts– The City of New Bedford has launched NB Alert, a new emergency notification system that residents may sign up for to receive calls or texts directly to their phone. NB Alert will […]

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Election Commission reminds voters of deadline to register to vote in municipal election: Deadline is Wednesday, October 16, 2019

New Bedford, Massachusetts– The New Bedford Board of Election Commissioners reminds New Bedford voters that Wednesday, October 16, 2019 is the deadline to register to vote in the November 5, 2019 municipal election, as well as to notify the Board of Election Commissioners of any change in voter name or […]

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Mayor Jon Mitchell to hold October Neighborhood Office Hours at Domino’s Pizza

New Bedford, Massachusetts– Mayor Mitchell will hold neighborhood office hours for the month of October on Tuesday, October 8, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at Domino’s Pizza, 821 Rockdale Avenue.   Mayor Mitchell announced he would set aside time each month to hold office hours in city neighborhoods so that […]

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Saturday, October 5 is Bike New Bedford Day, celebrating biking in and around New Bedford

Meet at 10:00 a.m. in the Whale’s Tooth Parking Lot for three facilitated fun rides New Bedford, Massachusetts– The City’s Department of Parks, Recreation & Beaches and Department of Planning will host “Bike NB Day” on Saturday, October 5 from 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon, featuring several facilitated fun rides […]

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Extended time limits for parking downtown beginning October 1, 2019

New Bedford, Massachusetts– Earlier this month, the City of New Bedford released its downtown and waterfront parking study recommendations, based on a study by the consulting firm Stantec that began last year.   Among several recommendations was extending the time limits of metered parking spaces in downtown New Bedford.   […]

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Mayor Jon Mitchell supports New Bedford Police Chief Joseph Cordeiro

Chief issues statement responding to criticism from police union officials   New Bedford, Massachusetts– Based on reports from members of the New Bedford police union, the union’s leadership convened a meeting yesterday to take a vote in opposition to Police Chief Joseph Cordeiro’s leadership. The union is currently in contract […]

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New Bedford Election Commission reminds voters of polling places

Polling location change: Ward 1, Precinct D will now vote at Vibra Hospital at 4499 Acushnet Avenue New Bedford, Massachusetts– The New Bedford Board of Election Commissioners reminds the public that voters residing in Ward 1, Precinct D, will now vote at Vibra Hospital at 4499 Acushnet Avenue. This is […]

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