From the Corner Office

Issue No. 017 | Feb 3rd, 2015 | New Bedford, Massachusetts

City of New Bedford

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Port of New Bedford Sees Healthy Growth in Freight Traffic, Refrigeration Project Expected to Generate More Cargo Business

17-1New Bedford, Massachusetts- Just a few years ago freight traffic was non-existent in the Port of New Bedford, but this year nearly twenty freighters will have arrived in the Port of New Bedford by the time the season is over.

The increase in freight traffic in the Port is expected to continue to grow with the refrigeration of State Pier, a project Mayor Jon Mitchell strongly advocated for.

Read more of the story in the Standard Times… read more  separator

Mayor Jon Mitchell Unveils New City Ambulances

17-2New Vehicles and New Replacement Plan Modernize Emergency Medical Services Fleet

New Bedford, Massachusetts- New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell underscored the significance of modernizing the City’s ambulance fleet at a press conference this week and announced that New Bedford has acquired two new, state-of the-art ambulances that will enhance the department’s ability to respond to the public’s emergency needs.

The City acquired two new ambulances and adopted a new ambulance replacement plan at no additional cost to taxpayers, ensuring that New Bedford Emergency Medical Services (EMS) responds to emergency calls in reliable vehicles… read more


New Bedford Teachers Agree to New Labor Contract

17-3In contract heralded as a ‘game changer,’ teachers supported with additional professional development time;

District gains competitive advantage in selecting new hires

New Bedford – At a press conference in New Bedford City Hall, Mayor Jon Mitchell joined with New Bedford Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Pia Durkin and leaders of the New Bedford Educators Association to announce the parties have reached a new labor contract for New Bedford teachers, subject to approval of the New Bedford School Committee.

New Bedford teachers voted to ratify the new one-year labor contract (7/1/2014-7/31/2015) which includes important changes that will support the school department’s efforts to provide teachers with additional professional development throughout the school year as well as to hire the most qualified teachers.  The contract was approved by the New Bedford School Committee on January 12, 2015… read more (PDF)


New Bedford Police Department Adds Seven New Officers

17-4New Bedford, MA – The New Bedford Police Department recently added seven new police officers to its ranks.  The new officers raise the department’s complement of officers to 263 members.  With these new officers, a total of fourteen officers will have taken the oath to serve and protect New Bedford residents this since January of 2014.

Mayor Jon Mitchell said, “The most fundamental role of government is to protect people, and as mayor, I take that responsibility very seriously.  That’s why I have made it a priority to give our police department what it needs to get the job done.  It is critical that we recruit the very best officers we can get, and that is certainly true for the group of new officers joining the force.”… read more (PDF)separator

Weekend Happenings


15th Annual Frederick Douglass Community

Sunday, February 8th, 2pm
First Unitarian Church

What's Happpening in New Bedford
Flamenco Vivo
Sunday, February 8th, 2pm
Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
The Pink Floyd Experience
Thursday, February 19th, 8pm
Zeiterion Performing Arts Center


NB Business Buzz: DNB Burgers

17-6Located in historic downtown New Bedford, DNB  Burgers is New Bedford’s newest restaurant!    If you have a hankering for craft burgers and fries, be sure to visit DNB Burgers.

All of their burgers are house ground, cooked medium and served on a potato roll. Visit DNB for lunch or dinner at 22 Elm Street or visit their website to learn more:




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