From the Corner Office

Issue No. 003  |  October 10, 2013  |  New Bedford, Massachusetts

City of New Bedford

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Mayor’s Perspective

Stained Glass SealThis past month we were pleased to open Custom House Square, a welcoming public park in the center of our downtown. I made this park a priority because I strongly believe that you can’t have a great city without a great downtown, and no downtown is complete without a well-designed and well-kept central green space. Think Post Office Square in Boston or Bryant Park in New York.

The idea was to create an outdoor magnet for office workers, residents, and tourists alike, and do it in a way that maintained adequate parking for restaurants and shops. I also felt strongly that if we did it right the park itself would attract investment, generate jobs, and raise property values in the neighborhood… Read more (PDF)


City and New Bedford High School Celebrate Initiative to Boost Advanced Placement

New Bedford High School Advanced PlacementNew Bedford, Massachusetts – Mayor Jon Mitchell and Superintendent of New Bedford Public Schools Dr. Pia Durkin joined with representatives from the Massachusetts Math + Science Initiative (MMSI) to announce the start of a new initiative to increase enrollment and improve grades in Advanced Placement (AP) courses at New Bedford High School. School officials, teachers and hundreds of high school students celebrated the start of the new partnership during an assembly at New Bedford High School on Wednesday, October 2nd… Read more (PDF)


City Opens New Park at Custom House Square

Custom House SquareNew Bedford, Massachusetts – New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell, park designer Chris Reed of Stoss Landscape Urbanism, local elected officials, and members of the Downtown New Bedford community officially opened the new urban park at Custom House Square on Thursday, September 12, 2013. The event took place on AHA! night and attendees enjoyed live music, entertainment by living statues and mimes, and games for kids with New Bedford Parks, Recreation & Beaches.

Custom House Square was redesigned as a modern urban park by nationally-recognized landscape designer Stoss Landscape Urbanism. City crews from the Department of Public Infrastructure and Department of Public Facilities completed its construction in early September…Read more (PDF)


The Mayor’s Learn and Serve Summer Youth Program Wrap-up


Summer Youth ProgramNew Bedford, Massachusetts – On Friday, August 23, 2013, the revamped Mayor’s Learn and Serve Summer Youth Program came to a close, but not after making its mark on the City of New Bedford and its youths. Over its six-week long duration, the Learn and Serve Program proved to be a fun, educational, community-based program that positively impacted the participants and the city… Read more (PDF)


Weekend Happenings

What's Happpening in New BedfordLunchtime Jazz Series
Friday, October 11th, 12:30pm – 2pm
Custom House Square

New Bedford Seaport Chowder Festival
Sunday, October 13th, 12pm – 5pm
Pier 3 on New Bedford’s working waterfront

Connecting for Change: A Bioneers by the Bay Conference
Friday, October 25th – Sunday, October 27th
Downtown New Bedford


NB Business Buzz: Tia Maria’s European Café

Tia Maria European CafeIf you are looking to taste a little piece of Portugal in downtown New Bedford be sure to visit Tia Maria’s European Café located at 42 North Water Street. Tia Maria’s serves organic coffee, pastries, full breakfast, sandwiches, salads, European & Portuguese dishes, homemade desserts and much more. This café is great new addition to the historic district of New Bedford and celebrated their grand opening in September 2013.

Tia Maria’s European Café is open Monday-Thursday 7:30am – 4:00pm, Friday- Saturday 7:30am -9:30pm, and Sunday 7:30am – 2:00pm

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