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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 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

 

State COVID-19 Testing Changes Hours at New Bedford Regional Airport

New Bedford, Massachusetts – Project Beacon’s appointment-based COVID-19 testing, part of the state’s Stop the Spread program, is adjusting its schedule at New Bedford Regional Airport, at 1569 Airport Road. As of Oct. 3, Project Beacon will offer appointments for COVID-19 tests on Thursdays, rather than Wednesdays, while remaining open […]

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Absentee Ballots Available for City Council Ward 5 Preliminary Election

New Bedford, Massachusetts – Absentee ballots are now available for the Sept. 28 preliminary election for New Bedford City Council in Ward 5, the city’s Board of Election Commissioners announced today. Any resident of Ward 5, which covers much of the city’s West End, can vote by absentee ballot from […]

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Upcoming New Bedford Vaccination Clinics

New Bedford, Massachusetts–COVID-19 vaccination clinics are planned for the next several days in New Bedford.  No appointment is needed at these walk-up clinics. Available vaccines can change according to supplies. Wednesday, September 22: New Bedford YMCA (25 S. Water St.) – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Pfizer and J&J Presidential […]

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New Bedford Adds State-of-the-Art Ladder Truck to Fire Department Fleet

New Bedford, Massachusetts – The City of New Bedford has added a state-of-the-art, $1.15 million ladder truck to the New Bedford Fire Department fleet, representing a significant upgrade to fire protection and emergency services in the North End. The 100-foot Ladder 4 made its public debut at the City’s 9/11 […]

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Upcoming New Bedford Vaccination Clinics

  New Bedford, Massachusetts–COVID-19 vaccination clinics are planned for the next several days in New Bedford. No appointment is needed at these walk-up clinics.   Wednesday, September 15: Ashley Park (Rivet St. & Bolton St.) – 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., Pfizer and J&J Loretta Bourque Park (Ruth St. & […]

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Upcoming New Bedford Vaccination Clinics

New Bedford, Massachusetts–COVID-19 vaccination clinics are planned for the next several days in New Bedford.  No appointment is needed at these walk-up clinics.  All New Bedford residents receiving their first dose will receive a $20 Dunkin’ gift card while supplies last. Friday, September 3: Fire Station 8 (1599 Acushnet Ave) […]

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Voter registration deadline is September 8; early voting will be available

New Bedford, Massachusetts– The New Bedford Election Commission reminds the public that September 8, 2021, will be the last day to register to vote in the municipal preliminary election on September 28, 2021. September 8, 2021, is also the last day to notify the Election Commission of any change in […]

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New Bedford beaches closed to swimming

New Bedford, Massachusetts–The New Bedford Health Department has announced the city’s beaches have been closed to swimming due to the recent excessive rainfall. The water at all New Bedford beaches will be tested daily until acceptable water quality levels are obtained and swimming can resume at all sections. Further updates […]

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City Announces Environmental Workforce Job Training Collaborative with MassHire Career Center

New Bedford, Massachusetts– The City of New Bedford, in collaboration with the MassHire Career Center of Greater New Bedford, today announced the Environmental Workforce Job Training (EWJT) program, funded through a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The EWJT aims to train sixty unemployed or underemployed residents of Greater […]

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Upcoming New Bedford Vaccination Clinics

New Bedford, Massachusetts–COVID-19 vaccination clinics are planned for the next several days in New Bedford.  No appointment is needed at these walk-up clinics.  All New Bedford residents receiving their first dose will receive a $20 Dunkin’ gift card while supplies last. Friday, August 27: Normandin Middle School – 2:00 p.m. […]

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Bruins Mascot Blades Celebrates Summer Reading at New Bedford Free Public Library

New Bedford, Massachusetts– On Wednesday, August 18th at 11am, the New Bedford Free Public Library’s main branch at 613 Pleasant Street will host Boston Bruins mascot Blades and Massachusetts First Lady Lauren Baker for a celebration of summer reading. The Boston Bruins have teamed up with libraries across the Commonwealth […]

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City of New Bedford to require municipal employees to be vaccinated

City among first in nation to adopt requirement as regional vaccination rates remain low; City workers may choose regular testing as alternative New Bedford, Massachusetts– Mayor Jon Mitchell has announced that the City of New Bedford will require COVID-19 vaccinations of city government employees. Municipal employees who choose not to […]

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