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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 Health Department prepares for Public Health Accreditation

New Bedford, Massachusetts– The New Bedford Health Department is preparing for Public Health Accreditation. Over the next several months, the Department’s accreditation readiness team will connect with select community partners to coordinate a series of key interviews, designed to engage and gather input from the community regarding the leading health […]

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New Bedford ready to host 42nd annual Half Marathon

Race begins at 11:00 a.m. sharp on Sunday, March 17, 2019 New Bedford, Massachusetts– On Sunday, March 17, 2019, thousands of runners will participate in the 42nd Annual New Bedford Half Marathon.  The race is hosted by the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, a New Bedford-based fraternal organization, and the […]

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City of New Bedford prepares for winter storm

Emergency parking ban effective at 2:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 2 City libraries, Buttonwood Park Zoo to close Saturday; McCoy Recreation Center closed; Senior dance at Fort Taber cancelled on Sunday New Bedford, Massachusetts– The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Southeastern Massachusetts including Bristol County […]

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New Bedford awarded federal homeless assistance funds

New Bedford, Massachusetts– The City of New Bedford has been awarded $1,758,917 in homeless assistance funding by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as part of a competitive grant process under the HUD Continuum of Care (CoC) Program.   The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development […]

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New Bedford Parks, Recreation & Beaches now enrolling students for annual February and April Staycation Fun Weeks

New Bedford, Massachusetts– The Department of Parks, Recreation & Beaches is now enrolling students for their annual February and April Staycation Fun Weeks at the Andrew McCoy Recreation Center. The Staycation Fun Week runs Monday through Friday during both school breaks, February 18- 22, and April 15-19, 2019. For the […]

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Kruger appointed acting Deputy Fire Chief

New Bedford, Massachusetts– District Chief Scott Kruger has been appointed acting Deputy Fire Chief for the City of New Bedford.  A selection committee comprised of current acting Chief Paul N. Coderre, Jr., Fairhaven Fire Chief Timothy Francis, and Personnel Department staff recommended Kruger for the position following a competitive selection […]

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City to conduct annual Point-in-Time Count for 2019

New Bedford, Massachusetts– The City of New Bedford will be conduct its 2019 annual Point-in-Time Count of persons experiencing homelessness on Wednesday, January 30 from 2:00 p.m. until Thursday, January 31 at  2:00 p.m. (24-hour count).  The Point-in-Time Count is required by the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development […]

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Mayor Jon Mitchell to hold January Neighborhood Office Hours at Me & Ed’s

New Bedford, Massachusetts– Mayor Mitchell will hold neighborhood office hours for the month of January on Tuesday, January 29 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Me & Ed’s Restaurant, 30 Brock Avenue. Mayor Mitchell announced he would set aside time each month to hold office hours in city neighborhoods […]

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