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Proposal to turn New Bedford Armory into apartments

By Kiernan Dunlop The city’s own castle, the New Bedford Armory, may have a chance at a new life after sitting unused for nearly two decades. Winter Real Estate Investors has submitted a proposal with the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance to turn the state-owned buildings into apartments and storage units, while maintaining their […]

Gone to the dogs: Pet store owner branches out in New Bedford with Union Street location

By Catherine Carter / Contributing Writer Does your dog dream? If so, you can guess what fills his slumber — tasty snacks, fun toys, a snazzy bandana and a comfortable harness. Now there’s a downtown location that fulfills all of these desires. Woof Woof Pet Boutique and Biscuit Bar, located on Union Street in New […]

Destination: NBAM – A plan to expand the New Bedford Art Museum is taking it step by step – to the second floor

By Steven Froias / Contributing Writer Buried in a huge list of funding awards released two weeks ago as part of the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Cultural Facilities Fund program is a relatively small entry of $30,000 to the New Bedford Art Museum/Artworks. Compared to the $120,000 awarded the Whaling Museum, and the $180,000 for the […]

It’s time for ‘Summer Winds,’ the new art exhibition soaring into New Bedford

By Steven Froias / Contributing Writer “The summer wind came blowin’ in from across the sea It lingered there, to touch your hair and walk with me All summer long we sang a song and then we strolled that golden sand Two sweethearts and the summer wind” – as sung by Frank Sinatra Okay — […]

New Bedford launches online dashboard, NBCompass

Posted May 14, 2019 at 2:22 PM The city has launched an online dashboard, NBCompass, to track and report annual data on the workload and efficiency of city departments, according to a news release. The dashboard measures three major categories: Permits and Licensing, Economic Indicators, and Roadways and Public Spaces, allowing residents to view the number of various licenses pulled, […]

New Bedford maintains favorable bond rating

Posted May 1, 2019 at 3:16 PM Updated May 1, 2019 at 3:16 PM Standard & Poor’s Rating Service has reaffirmed New Bedford’s AA- bond rating, and the city has maintained the highest bond rating it has achieved in at least the past 40 years, according to a news release.The AA- rating was first awarded to New Bedford in January 2014, and the reaffirmation of […]

BCC receives $200K for offshore wind training

By Kiernan Dunlop Posted May 10, 2019 at 3:12 PM Updated May 10, 2019 at 6:12 PM Offshore wind training programs just got a boost in the SouthCoast. Vineyard Wind and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, on behalf of the Baker-Polito administration, announced six recipients of offshore wind workplace training grants at a news conference on Friday. Recipients of the over $720,0000 in grants included Bristol […]

Council approves $1.5 million for 17 Community Preservation Act projects

By Kiernan Dunlop Posted May 12, 2019 at 5:10 PM Updated at 9:39 AM City Council voted to fund 17 Community Preservation Act projects last week, totaling $1.5 million. The funding included $75,000 for the Sgt. Sean Gannon Memorial Playground at Campbell Elementary and $350,000 for the Capitol Theater restoration, which would help transform the 1920 theater into affordable artist-based housing with a community […]

‘Could New Bedford be a major center for theater in New England?’

By Steven Froias / Contributing Writer Posted at 3:01 AM The query in the headline was recently posted to Facebook by Charles Hauck. It struck a chord, and seemed worthy of follow-up with a cross-section of persons in the know across the SouthCoast theatrical world. Based on Hauck’s question, they were asked the following: “What would it […]