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SUPERFLAT NB and MassDevelopment team up to bolster community

By Steven Froias / Contributing Writer Posted Apr 1, 2019 at 10:45 AM Updated Apr 2, 2019 at 1:42 PM The public mural art group SUPERFLAT NB launched last year to excitement and enthusiasm — and with grand ambitions. As spring 2019 begins, and its first anniversary approaches in May, the group is beginning its game plan for Year Two. Far from hibernating over the […]

Southcoast Hospitals Group named to Newsweek top hospitals list

FALL RIVER – Southcoast Hospitals Group Inc., a subsidiary of Southcoast Health System, was named No. 162 among United States hospitals in Newsweek’s World’s Best Hospitals 2019 rankings. The report included 2,743 hospitals in the nation and honored 226. The rankings were based on professional recommendations (55 percent), patent experience scores (15 percent) and publicly […]

Mass. sets specifics for second offshore wind procurement

By Michael P. Norton / STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE Posted Mar 28, 2019 at 2:51 PM BOSTON — The Baker administration and the state’s utilities are ready to go back to market and put another offshore wind contract out to bid. The state Department of Energy Resources (DOER) and electric distribution companies Eversource, National Grid and Unitil have filed documents […]

New Bedford High School graduation rate climbs to new high

By The Standard-Times Posted Mar 27, 2019 at 3:24 PM Updated Mar 27, 2019 at 4:17 PM NEW BEDFORD — New Bedford High School’s 2018 four-year cohort graduation rate has increased to 76 percent, the highest in 12 years, based on the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s recent reporting on statewide graduation rates. The 2017 four-year cohort graduation rate was 72 percent; the low was […]

Grants available for projects celebrating diverse communities in New Bedford, Fall River

By The Standard-Times Posted Mar 26, 2019 at 11:36 AM NEW BEDFORD — The Creative Commonwealth Initiative will award several grants to help elevate the cultural and artistic expression of diverse and immigrant communities in Fall River and New Bedford. The Community Foundation seeks to fund efforts that are organized and driven by these communities. Proposals should be reflective of […]

Voc-Tech investments pair needs of students, industry

By Colin A. Young / State House News Service Posted Mar 18, 2019 at 7:57 PM BOSTON — Lawmakers, a former top Baker administration and city manager, and a one-time lieutenant governor joined advocates Monday to call for an increase in funding for vocational-technical education and passage of a bill to expand access to those programs. The Alliance for Vocational […]

Jennifer Smith named leader of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park

By The Standard-Times Posted Mar 5, 2019 at 12:22 PM Updated Mar 5, 2019 at 12:22 PM PHILADELPHIA — Jennifer Smith is returning to her roots: She’s been named the superintendent of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park. “Jennifer’s long history with the park and her personal connection to the New Bedford community make her a great fit for this position,” said National Park Service Northeast […]

State awards New Bedford Port Authority, UMass Dartmouth combined $390K

By The Standard-Times Posted Feb 28, 2019 at 11:50 AM Updated Feb 28, 2019 at 10:15 PM BOSTON — The state awarded $6.4 million in grants Wednesday, including $390,000 for projects in SouthCoast for revitalization and business development. Seaport Economic Council grants awarded include $150,000 for the creation of a regional marine science and technology collaborative to encourage growth in relevant industries at UMass Dartmouth […]

Lawmakers pitch 5-point bill to lift struggling Gateway cities

By Chris Lisinski / State House News Service Posted Feb 3, 2019 at 6:56 PM Updated Feb 4, 2019 at 11:44 AM BOSTON — You’ve likely heard about the housing crisis in eastern Massachusetts, with too few units available and prices always on the rise. But a second housing crisis, one with effectively opposite circumstances, lurks across much of the rest of the state. In […]