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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 […]

Immigrants’ Assistance Center looks to expand space, services

By Aimee Chiavaroli Posted May 2, 2019 at 6:26 PM With an increasing number of clients, the Immigrants’ Assistance Center is hoping to expand inside the building that it shares with the Casa da Saudade Library in the South End. “In order for us to meet the needs, we need to expand,” Executive Director Helena DaSilva Hughes told The Standard-Times. The […]

South Coast Rail is now ‘full speed ahead’

By Chris Lisinski / State House News Service Posted Apr 22, 2019 at 1:10 PM Updated Apr 22, 2019 at 8:14 PM BOSTON – A project to renovate and expand commuter rail lines to the SouthCoast cleared important hurdles after receiving a crucial federal permit and full state funding, officials announced Monday. Department of Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack, speaking at a MassDOT board meeting, said […]