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New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell says a Freetown resident has tested positive for coronavirus, the first confirmed case in Greater New Bedford. In addition, two New Bedford residents are under self-quarantine.

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The largest hospital group on the South Coast hopes to open a drive-through testing site for coronavirus as soon as possible—maybe even Thursday.

Christina Gracia

The city of New Bedford has reached a half-million-dollar settlement with the family of a teen who was killed during a police altercation in 2012. Fifteen-year-old Malcolm Gracia was shot and killed after police say he pulled a knife on an officer. A judge later said police stopped Gracia illegally.

Eve Zuckoff

In a new experiment, scientists working at the Mass Maritime Academy in Bourne are finding that ocean acidification may have a profound effect on juvenile sea scallops.  

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Nathan and Polly Johnson were two of New Bedford’s leading abolitionists in the mid-1800s. It was in their house that a 20-year-old Frederick Douglass found refuge after fleeing slavery on a Maryland plantation.

Spinner Publications

Spinner Publications has just issued the second in a three volume set, "A Picture History of New Bedford 1925-1980." Covering the small happenings and the major events of the city the series gives a comprehensive look at the people, places and stories of the city.

We talk with Alfred Saulniers, Joseph Thomas, and Jay Avila, the editors of the book.   

New Bedford Mayor's Office

New Bedford is nicknamed the Whaling City because of its history as one of the most important whaling ports of the Nineteenth Century. It remains one of the biggest cities on the south coast of Massachusetts and one of the top fishing ports in the country. 

In addition to its maritime roots, New Bedford is also known for a vibrant arts scene and is host to a number of festivals. 

But New Bedford also struggles with many common urban issues. Crime, drugs, and stagnant economic growth are a constant threat. 

Gabrielle Healy

On a recent July morning, around 20 students worked in the Our Sister’s School community garden. They grew vegetables like cabbage, lettuce, and tomatoes.

Gabrielle Healy

Imagine a warm tart, about the circumference of a coffee mug with flaky, crispy dough, surrounding creamy custard. Delicious. The pastry is a Portuguese specialty called pastel de nata.

“I personally prefer them hot out of the oven topped with a little bit of cinnamon, that’s the only way to have them,” Jessica Coelho, owner of Tia Maria’s European Café said.

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Voters in New Bedford have resoundingly approved a casino referendum, with 8,355 voters in favor of the project, and 3,040 against. The comfortable margin of 73 percent suggested that most voters agree that a casino could bring many new jobs, as well as a boost to the city’s image. 

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New Bedford voters go to the polls tomorrow to decide if they want a $650-million dollar casino, hotel and conference center built along the city’s waterfront. Developers promise the project will breathe much-needed new life into the city and generate thousands of jobs. They also would put $50-million dollars into a massive environmental cleanup. 

New Bedford resident Gene Gallagher was one of about 70 people who showed up at the Normandin Middle School in the city’s North End last week to learn more about the project -- though Gallagher already knows how he’ll vote.

South Coast Manufacturers Draw On Local Talent

May 26, 2015
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The South Coast has a much longer and more robust history of making products than Cape Cod or the Islands. Two South Coast manufacturers in particular make very different types of products, but both employ specially-trained local talent to produce them.   

Davico Manufacturing in New Bedford has spent 28 years making just one thing - replacement catalytic converters. But within that one product category, there’s a huge amount of variety: 1,700 different sku’s, or part numbers, according to Davico Business Development Manager Glen Hamblet,

South Coast Kids Fly For Free

May 18, 2015
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It’s a dream of  many young people to fly in a plane, and perhaps one day become professional pilots. Recently, a number of South Coast kids got a chance to take a free flight at the New Bedford Regional Airport. – some even handling the controls for a few minutes. Event organizers say that the objective is simple: give kids a taste of being up in the sky, and it just might spark a lifelong interest in aviation. 

BOEM

The federal government is auctioning off more than 742,000 acres of federal waters south of Martha’s Vineyard. The plan is to fill the area with offshore wind turbines – enough turbines to power 1-and-a-half million homes. But with the recent news that the offshore Cape Wind project in Nantucket Sound may not go forward, it’s not at all clear that these new initiatives can succeed either. 

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Last summer, the New Bedford whaleship Charles W. Morgan sailed around New England after an extensive restoration. The Morgan gained fame as the last remaining whaler in the world. But what of the other vessels that once were part of the large New Bedford whaling fleet? The story of New Bedford’s Stone Fleet is told by two park rangers from the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park - Judy Roderiques and Lucy Bly, also known as the “1850’s ladies,” Abby and Ruth.  

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