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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


New Bedford Community Preservation Act applications to be presented at public meetings

New Bedford, Massachusetts– The City of New Bedford’s all interested community members to review the Fiscal Year 2020 Community Preservation Act (CPA) applications before the Community Preservation Committee and offer feedback at three community meetings in January. The application process began in September with Step 1: Eligibility Determination. Eligible applicants […]

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New Bedford’s Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Remembrance Celebration

The City of New Bedford and Mayor Jon Mitchell are pleased to join with the Greater New Bedford Area Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee in welcoming the public to attend the “Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Remembrance Celebration.” The celebration will be held on Sunday, January […]

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Holiday recycling tips for New Bedford residents

After the gifts have been unwrapped, New Bedford residents are encouraged to recycle as much of their holiday waste as possible.  The attached flyer details recyclable items and reminds residents that wrapping paper and string lights are not recyclable. Christmas tree collection and drop-off locations announced – collection is week […]

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For 10th year in a row, Bristol County Savings Bank awards $20,000 grant as sponsor of Holiday Happenings and City Celebrates! New Year’s Eve

**Photo attached. L-R: BCSB VP Jeff Bradley, BCSB Branch Manager Nancy Cabral, BCSB SVP Jeff Pagliuca, New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell, BCSB Executive VP Michele Roberts, New Bedford Director of Tourism & Marketing Dagny Ashley, New Bedford Tourism & Marketing Manager Brooke Vinagre, BCSB VP Dave Medeiros pictured at today’s […]

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Two hours of free parking available at North End’s Acushnet Avenue business district for the holidays

Effective through Wednesday, January 1 New Bedford, Massachusetts– In effort to encourage holiday shopping in New Bedford, the City will again offer a special Holiday Parking Program in the North End’s Acushnet Avenue business district during the holiday season. Two hours of FREE parking will be available at metered spaces […]

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Mayor Jon Mitchell to hold December Neighborhood Office Hours at Vasco da Gama

New Bedford, Massachusetts– Mayor Mitchell will hold neighborhood office hours for the month of December on Tuesday, December 10, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at Vasco da Gama Restaurant, 85 Dartmouth Street. Mayor Mitchell announced he would set aside time each month to hold office hours in city neighborhoods so […]

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New Bedford announces 2 hours of free parking in downtown parking garages during holiday season

Effective Thursday, December 5 – Wednesday, January 1 New Bedford, Massachusetts– In an effort to encourage everyone to do their holiday shopping in New Bedford, the City will again offer a special Holiday Parking Program with both downtown parking garages offering two hours of free parking. From Thursday, December 5 […]

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New Bedford seeks public feedback in Transit-Oriented Development survey

New Bedford, Massachusetts– The City of New Bedford’s Planning Department seeks public feedback for its Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) study’s survey.   The Planning Department’s TOD study will evaluate existing and future conditions around the proposed MBTA Commuter Rail platforms in North New Bedford (Church Street) and New Bedford (Whale’s Tooth), […]

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Test of NB Alert phone-based notification system planned for Tuesday, November 26 at 4:00 p.m.

New Bedford, Massachusetts– NB Alert, the City’s new emergency notification system, will run a test on landline telephones on Tuesday, November 26, at 4:00 p.m. Residents who have signed up with their cell phone numbers will also receive the test call. Last month, the City of New Bedford launched NB […]

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Upgrades to lighting at Wing’s Court to be showcased at AHA! Night

New Bedford, Massachusetts— Join the City of New Bedford, UMass Dartmouth College of Visual and Performing Arts New Bedford Creative, and New Bedford Economic Development Council on AHA! Night, November 14, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. in Wing’s Court to celebrate the completion of the Wing’s Court lighting enhancement project, funded […]

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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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