Welcome

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

 

New Bedford Health Department orders The Bar on Dartmouth Street closed due to repeated COVID-19 violations

New Bedford, Massachusetts– The New Bedford Health Department has issued a cease and desist order to The Bar at 266 Dartmouth Street for its third violation of the state’s regulations to protect residents from the spread of COVID-19.  The Bar has been fined $2,900 and is ordered closed effective immediately, […]

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Six New Bedford bars fined for violating COVID-19 orders to protect residents

New Bedford, Massachusetts– The New Bedford Health Department has issued fines to six New Bedford businesses for failure to comply with the City’s COVID-19 regulations and protections for residents. Whiskey Lounge at 1669 Acushnet Avenue, and Sebastian’s at 110 Country Street, were each fined $300 for failure to comply with […]

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Relief fund established for families displaced by Thanksgiving Day fire on Washburn Street 

Donations can be made online or at any branch of  First Citizens’ Federal Credit Union   New Bedford, Massachusetts–The City of New Bedford along with community partners including the Inter-Church Council of Greater New Bedford have established a relief fund for the families displaced by a fire that destroyed three homes on […]

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New Bedford will pause bar area seating due to Thanksgiving travel, strongly encourage remote work post-holiday

Bar area seating paused November 25-29 in addition to Governor Baker’s recent orders   New Bedford, Massachusetts– In an effort to stay ahead of rising cases of COVID-19 expected after travel due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the City of New Bedford will prohibit bar area seating over the long holiday […]

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New Bedford Council on Aging to fight hunger among seniors

New Bedford, Massachusetts– The New Bedford Council on Aging in partnership with the National Council on Aging (NCOA), has joined a nationwide effort to fight senior hunger by dramatically increasing participation by eligible seniors in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 9.8 million […]

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Three New Bedford businesses fined for violating COVID-19 orders to protect residents

New Bedford, Massachusetts– The New Bedford Health Department has issued fines to three New Bedford businesses for failure to comply with the City’s COVID-19 regulations and protections for residents. El Caribe Restaurant at 884 Brock Avenue, Expo’s Convenience Store at 309 Dartmouth Street, and Crown Fried Chicken at 1570 Acushnet […]

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Major step forward for city’s new business park

New Bedford, Massachusetts– Mayor Jon Mitchell, Senator Mark Montigny, Representative Christopher Markey, other members of the New Bedford legislative delegation, and City Councillors joined together today to announce a plan for an Advanced Manufacturing Campus (AMC) on 100 acres of the 275-acre Whaling City Golf Course on Hathaway Road.  The […]

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Polling location change for Ward 3 Precinct F

New Bedford, Massachusetts– The New Bedford Election Commission advises residents of Ward 3 Precinct F that there will be a new polling location beginning with the general election on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Ward 3 Precinct F voters will now vote at: Bayberry Apartments, 151 Oakdale Street. Residents of Ward […]

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Six New Bedford restaurants fined for violations of COVID-19 orders to protect residents

New Bedford, Massachusetts– The New Bedford The New Bedford Health Department has issued fines to six New Bedford-based restaurants and bars for failure to comply with the City’s COVID-19 regulations and protections for residents. Hong Kong Restaurant at 2899 Acushnet Avenue, Mikey B’s Restaurant at 989 Victoria Street, Taqueria La Raza […]

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New Bedford announces early voting schedule for 2020 general election

New Bedford, Massachusetts– The New Bedford Election Commission has announced that Early Voting for the 2020 general election will be held for two weeks at the New Bedford Main Library, 613 Pleasant Street, from Saturday, October 17 through Friday, October 30. Any voter who wishes to cast their ballot in person […]

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New Bedford Health Department issues tips for a safe and healthy Halloween

New Bedford, Massachusetts– The New Bedford Health Department is providing tips for a safe, healthy Halloween 2020 during COVID-19. Halloween will look different this year, but families can still celebrate, and they can do so safely. Many of the tips are habits everyone has already adopted during the pandemic. Here […]

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City officials break ground on Hazelwood Park bowling greens

New Bedford, Massachusetts– Mayor Jon Mitchell, members of the City Council, City officials and the Friends of Hazelwood Park joined community leaders and organizers of the Hazelwood Park bowling green project to officially break ground on the project on Thursday. The new bowling greens will be the latest improvement to […]

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