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 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
Distribution of masks continues with Ward 3 and 4 residents this weekend, June 6 and 7 at NBHS
New Bedford, Massachusetts– MaskNB, an initiative announced by Mayor Jon Mitchell in partnership with the Southeastern Massachuestts chapter of the American Red Cross and Joseph Abboud Manufacturing Corporation, will continue mask distribution this weekend, June 6 and 7, at New Bedford High School’s parking lot. Distribution began last week, with […]Click for more.
Mayor Mitchell announces establishment of restaurant reopening advisory group
New Bedford, Massachusetts– Mayor Jon Mitchell announced that the City of New Bedford will establish a restaurant reopening advisory group, co-chaired by City Planner Tabitha Harkin and local businessman and restaurateur Stephen Silverstein, owner of The Black Whale and founder of Not Your Average Joe’s. “When restaurants reopen in New […]Click for more.
Distribution of masks begins with North End residents this weekend, May 30 and 31 at NBHS
Through MaskNB initiative, City of New Bedford offers a free mask to any resident who wants one New Bedford, Massachusetts– MaskNB, an initiative announced by Mayor Jon Mitchell in partnership with the Southeastern Massachuestts chapter of the American Red Cross and Joseph Abboud Manufacturing Corporation, will begin mask distribution this […]Click for more.
Kennedy Summer Day Program cancelled for summer 2020; beach passes available for New Bedford residents
New Bedford, Massachusetts– Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and based on federal, state and city guidelines, the New Bedford Department of Parks, Recreation & Beaches Kennedy Summer Day Program will be cancelled for the summer of 2020. Staff from the Department of Parks, Recreation & Beaches will be in […]Click for more.
Mayor Mitchell announces New Bedford will follow state’s first phase of statewide reopening with adjustments
Mayor Jon Mitchell announced that the City of New Bedford will follow and implement the first phase of Governor Charlie Baker’s reopening plan, with adjustments warranted by the current risk level of disease transmission in the city and region. On Monday, Governor Baker announced his plan to reopen the Commonwealth […]Click for more.
Mayor Mitchell announces New Bedford will offer free mask to any resident who wants one
MaskNB initiative, a partnership with American Red Cross and Joseph Abboud, will provide mask to any city resident who wants one New Bedford, Massachusetts– Mayor Jon Mitchell announced that the City of New Bedford has launched MaskNB, an initiative in partnership with the Southeastern Massachusetts chapter of the American […]Click for more.
City of New Bedford, Southcoast to expand testing program for large workplaces, at-risk areas
New Bedford, Massachusetts– Mayor Jon Mitchell and Southcoast Health have announced that, together, they are expanding a program to reach more at-risk areas and essential workers with COVID-19 testing. The program is based on a joint pilot effort undertaken earlier this month to test commercial fishing crews on the New […]Click for more.
New Bedford suspends city-permitted events of more than 10 people through Labor Day
New Bedford, Massachusetts– Mayor Jon Mitchell has announced that events in New Bedford with more than 10 people in attendance, and which require a City permit, have been cancelled through Labor Day, Monday, September 7, 2020, to protect public health during the COVID-19 pandemic. New Bedford’s Independence Day fireworks […]Click for more.
106th Feast of the Blessed Sacrament cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic
New Bedford, Massachusetts— Mayor Jon Mitchell and Club Madeirense S.S. Sacramento together have announced that the 106th Feast of the Blessed Sacrament, scheduled for July 30 through August 2, has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Club and the Feast Committee will announce further details about cancellation and […]Click for more.
Mayor Mitchell and Board of Health order strong public health measures to keep workplaces safe
New Bedford, Massachusetts– Mayor Jon Mitchell and the Board of Health have acted to ensure the safety of large industrial workplaces in New Bedford, both for essential businesses currently in operation, and those not designated as essential that will return to operations in the coming weeks. The Mayor and Board […]Click for more.
New Bedford Census Help Centers accessible by phone
New Bedford, Massachusetts– While there have been many changes during the COVID-19 state of emergency, the importance of filling out the 2020 Census remains a top priority to ensure New Bedford is counted in the federal census. The New Bedford Census Help Centers have gone virtual, and will now be […]Click for more.
Port of New Bedford, Southcoast Health partner to pilot COVID-19 testing for commercial fishing industry
New Bedford, Massachusetts– The Port of New Bedford has partnered with Southcoast Health to pilot targeted COVID-19 testing for workers in the commercial fishing industry and others, beginning with commercial fishermen on the New Bedford waterfront Friday. Using the Southcoast Mobile Health Van, testing began Friday afternoon for fishing crews […]Click for more.