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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 to observe Veterans Day 2018, commemorate centennial of Armistice

World War I ceremony is Saturday, November 10 at National Guard Artillery Square (intersection of Kempton St. and North St.) Veterans Day Parade is Sunday, November 11 New Bedford, Massachusetts – The members of New Bedford’s Veterans Advisory Board extend an invitation to area residents to attend New Bedford’s Veterans […]

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Homeless Service Providers Network presents Raymond Duarte with annual Sister Rose Award

New Bedford, Massachusetts- The City’s Homeless Service Providers Network recently presented Raymond Duarte, Program Manager at the Sister Rose Network (shelter) under Catholic Social Services, with its 2018 Sister Rose Award. Named in honor of the late Sister Rosellen Gallogly, who served as the Executive Director of Market Ministries in […]

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Mayor Jon Mitchell to hold November Neighborhood Office Hours at Jade Garden

New Bedford, Massachusetts– Mayor Mitchell will hold neighborhood office hours for the Month of November on Wednesday, November 7 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p .m. at Jade Garden Restaurant, 1309 Phillips Road. Mayor Mitchell announced he would set aside time each month to hold office hours in city neighborhoods […]

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U.K. & U.S. offshore wind energy players come together in New Bedford

New Bedford, Massachusetts—More than one-hundred thought leaders, public officials, and industry decision-makers on both sides of the Atlantic gathered today at the New Bedford Whaling Museum to discuss the future of U.S. offshore wind energy and opportunities for collaboration and exchange.   Panelists from the U.K. and U.S. offered diverse […]

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Early voting hours set for 2018 election

New Bedford, Massachusetts– The Board of Election Commissioners advises the public that the Early Voting schedule for the state and federal election has been set. Any voter who wishes to cast their ballot prior to Election Day November 6, 2018 may do so in City Hall, 133 William Street, at […]

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New Bedford libraries launch mobile app

New Bedford, Massachusetts— The New Bedford Free Public Library system has continued its efforts to go digital by adding the SAILS Library Network mobile app, SAILS Mobile. SAILS Mobile makes it quick and easy to access the SAILS Library Network, of which New Bedford is a member. It is a […]

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New Bedford Ocean Cluster wins first competitive grant

New Bedford, Massachusetts— The New Bedford Ocean Cluster (NBOC), a partnership between the New Bedford Port Authority and Spherical Analytics (formerly ImpactLABS), was awarded a grant through the Grand Challenge, a grant competition offered through the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative and the Seaport Economic Council. With the $250,000 award, the NBOC […]

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City of New Bedford issues guidance regarding establishment of recreational marijuana facilities

New Bedford, Massachusetts– A local moratorium prohibiting the establishment of recreational marijuana facilities in New Bedford recently expired. This week the City of New Bedford is providing initial information to the public and potential applicants interested in establishing facilities. Please see the attached guidance document. General Guidance for the Establishment […]

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Buttonwood Park Zoo achieves esteemed AZA accreditation

New Bedford zoo achieves fourth consecutive five-year accreditation from Association of Zoos & Aquariums since 2003 Silver Spring, Maryland- The Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) has announced that the Buttonwood Park Zoo was granted accreditation by AZA’s independent Accreditation Commission. “Only the very best zoos and aquariums can meet AZA’s […]

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City presses ABC Disposal to stop unfairly targeting New Bedford residents

Letter cites ABC’s multiple violations of its contract with City  In a letter today to ABC Disposal, the City of New Bedford put the company on notice that it is in violation of its contract with the City to collect residents’ trash and recycling, and threatened action unless the company […]

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Community Preservation Committee launches Community Preservation Act 2019 application round

Informational workshop is Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.   New Bedford, Massachusetts— The City of New Bedford’s Community Preservation Committee (CPC) will launch the Community Preservation Act application round for Fiscal Year 2019 on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. with an informational “Technical Workshop” at the […]

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Polling location changes for Ward 1 Precinct D, and Ward 2 Precincts B and C

New Bedford, Massachusetts– The Board of Election Commissioners advises residents of Ward 1 Precinct D, and Ward 2 Precincts B and C, that there will be new polling locations beginning with the state primary election on Tuesday, September 4, 2018, and continuing for upcoming elections including the state general election […]

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