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Wamsutta Mills Owner Seeks Economic Potential in Redeveloping Former Cliftex Mill

By Brian Fraga Standard-Times Staff Writer NEW BEDFORD — In a move that may save a historic mill, the developer of the Wamsutta Mills is interested in buying the Cliftex Mill from owner Edward Fitzsimmons for more than $1 million. Quincy developer Steve Riccardi, who is reconfiguring the Wamsutta Mills into condominiums and apartments, said […]

Hotel Proposed for New Bedford Waterfront

By Aaron Nicodemus Standard-Times Staff Writer NEW BEDFORD — After years of false starts, a major, national hotel chain is apparently coming to downtown New Bedford. Lafrance Hospitality Co. of Westport, the owner of four hotels, including the Hampton Inns in Westport and Fairhaven, is in the process of buying the Finicky Cat Food property […]

Crime in City Down Through May Compared to a Year Ago

By Aaron Nicodemus Standard-Times Staff Writer NEW BEDFORD — Violent crime in the Whaling City is down in every category for the first five months of the year compared to last year, and property crime is down in every category except larceny, according to city statistics. Rape reports are down 36 percent from January to […]

Retail Developer Eyes Project in City’s Hicks-Logan Area

By Aaron Nicodemus Standard-Times Staff Writer NEW BEDFORD — A major national retail developer that owns the Dartmouth Mall and 55 other malls across the country has partnered with a casino developer to develop 30 or more acres in the Hicks-Logan section of the city. The Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (PREIT), a publicly-traded $3.5 […]

Entrepreneur Opens Downtown Cosmetic Goutique

With a solid background in corporate sales and a life long love of makeup, Larissa McLaughlin has rediscovered that her hometown is a great place to set up a new cosmetic boutique business, the Blush Beauty Bar, at 29 Centre Street in downtown New Bedford. Over 100 friends, family and business owners attended a ribbon […]

Fast Ferry Reports Increase in Advance Bookings

By DON CUDDY Standard Times Staff Writer NEW BEDFORD — As the New England Fast Ferry enters the fourth year of its eight-year licensing agreement to link New Bedford with Martha’s Vineyard, the outlook is bright, according to company President Michael Glasfeld. “We’re very happy with the key trends we’re seeing. Advance bookings are up […]

Infusion of Culture Helps Change Perception and Reality in SouthCoast

By Don Cuddy Standard Times Correspondent When silversmith and designer Joost During, 36, arrived in the United States from Holland 10 years ago, he first settled in Rhode Island. But early last year, he and his wife Dianne Reilly, 40, who also works in metal, bought a home and a studio in New Bedford. “It […]

State Reports Unemployment Down in SouthCoast

By Joseph R. Laplante Standard-Times Staff Writer NEW BEDFORD — Unemployment dropped across the state in March, including Greater New Bedford, which improved by almost 2 percentage points, the Massachusetts Department of Workforce Development reported Tuesday. The drop in unemployment in the New Bedford labor market lifted the city and its environs from the bottom […]

NBEDC Loan Officer Wins SBA Award for Women-Owned Business Advocacy

Nancy Gibeau, New Bedford Economic Development Council senior loan officer, has been selected to receive the US Small Business Administration’s 2007 Massachusetts and New England Women in Business Advocate awards. The announcement was made by Maurice Dubé, Massachusetts SBA Director. The Women in Business Advocate award is presented annually to an individual or individuals who […]

SouthCoast Rail Planned for 2016

By David Kibbe Standard-Times Staff Writer Trains would be rolling to Fall River and New Bedford by December 2016 — nearly a decade from now — under a commuter rail plan Gov. Deval Patrick will announce at UMass Dartmouth today, according to sources familiar with a private briefing by the state’s transportation secretary. Transportation Secretary […]