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To the People of New Bedford and the Voters of Ward 3, I am writing to inform you of what I see as a great unfairness. Since April 17, 2014, I have been performing my duties as a City Councilor without pay while I examined an apparent conflict in state regulations (MGL Ch. 39, Sec.6A.) regarding compensation of public employees as it concerns my career as a public educator and my public service as an elected official of Ward 3.

Greater New Bedford Community Health Center Provides Expanded Urgent Care Hours including Sunday

The Urgent Care Department of the Greater New Bedford Community Health Center is now open on Sunday from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm. No appointment is needed. On-site laboratory and radiology services are available. The Urgent Care Department hours are 7:00 am to 7:00 pm Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm on Saturday, and 8:00 am to 2:00 pm on Sundays. The Health Center is located at 874 Purchase St., New Bedford. For more information call 508-992-6553 or visit our website at
First Citizens’ Federal Credit Union recently announced the appointment of Raul Botelho, to the position of Mortgage Loan Officer for Fall River and surrounding communities. He will concentrate on originating residential loans and will be working with prospective and current homeowners to meet their needs in the areas of new home ownership, refinancing, new construction and Home Equity Lines of Credit. He especially enjoys working with first-time homebuyers, taking the time to explain the difference of the various programs available and in helping them to achieve their goal of homeownership.
Nearly fifty community volunteers and local businesses gathered together yesterday afternoon for an ice cream social at BMC Durfee High School in Fall River as part of Junior Achievement of Southern Massachusetts’ annual appreciation event.
Fort Taber~Fort Rodman Historical Association, Inc. (FTFRHA) will host the Second Annual Autumn Revelry on Saturday, October 12. The fundraiser will benefit FTFRHA and the Fort Taber-Fort Rodman Military Museum,
NEW BEDFORD --- Nine South Coast actors --- two of whom will be making their debut appearance on the Your Theatre, Inc. stage --- have been chosen to perform in the 67th season opener, Neil Simon’s hilarious "Biloxi Blues," a play about the antics of a group of army recruits.

City Presents Summer Concert Series in the Park

New Bedford, Massachusetts- Mayor Jon Mitchell has announced the 2013 summer concert series for seniors, sponsored by the Mayor’s Office. This lively free concert series will feature musical performances on Wednesday evenings this summer at New Bedford’s Buttonwood Park.

The 2013 Summer Concert Series is a great opportunity for seniors to enjoy a free evening of musical entertainment sponsored by the City of New Bedford. Artists will play jazz, swing and classical tunes. Upcoming concerts at Buttonwood Park include:

  • Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 6:15pm- “Billy Couto and the After Hours”
  • Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 6:15pm- “Jack Gomes Ensemble”
  • Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at 6:15pm-“Meadow Larks Combo” Swing Band & Dance Party

“We’ve received positive feedback on previous concerts and we’re pleased to be able to offer them again. The Wednesday evening concerts are a great opportunities for seniors to enjoy musical entertainment in New Bedford’s beautiful Buttonwood Park,” said Mayor Mitchell.

Concert attendees are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs or blankets. Should inclement weather occur on the evening of any of the scheduled concerts, the program will be relocated to the Buttonwood Park Senior Center. For additional information, please contact the City of New Bedford Parks, Recreation and Beaches at (508) 961-3015.

Mayor Jon Mitchell testified today on behalf of the group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG), in favor of measures that will help curb the threat posed by illegal firearms.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has approved the second phase of a grant to the City of New Bedford’s Pathways DrugFreeNB Coalition for the implementation of a program designed to help reduce non-medical use of prescription drugs across the community.
Authors of Spinner Publications’ new book, A Picture History of New Bedford, Volume 1, will be on hand to sign books at New Bedford Folk Festival on Saturday, July 6 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The five authors, Joseph D. Thomas, Alfred H. Saulniers, Natalie A. White, Marsha L. McCabe and Jay Avila, will be situated near Spinner’s booth at the corner of William and Water streets, across from the New Bedford Whaling Museum.
Earlier today, Mayor Jon Mitchell recognized the top ten academically ranked students in New Bedford High School’s graduating class of 2013. Called “The Mayor’s List,” the newly established award was presented to each of the top ten students in celebration of their high academic achievements. Award recipients were Caitlin Hills, Katia Domingues, Melissa Isidor, Julia Krawczyk, Nathan Bates, Paulo Tavares, Danielle Almeida, Tyler Arena, Catherine Souza, and Katherine Guillotte.
Anne-Marie Kerney, Manager of the Group Benefits Department at Tomlinson & O’Neil Insurance, would like to extend an invitation to business owners and their human resource personnel to attend a free interactive session concerning implementation of Health Care Reform.
First Citizens’ Federal Credit Union recently announced the following appointments to their Commercial Lending team.
New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park and the Working Waterfront Festival are teaming up to offer 2 one-week summer camp programs for New Bedford children ages 9-10 (entering grades 4 & 5 in the fall of 2013). Designed to give kids an introduction to the history and culture of the working port from whaling days to the present, camp activities will include: hands-on marine science, arts and crafts, daily fieldtrips, chantey singing and more.

Southcoast™ Visiting Nurse Association, known in the community as Southcoast VNA, will host its 10th annual bereavement camp, “Camp Angel Wings,” in July. This is an exciting, fun-filled, two-day camp experience for children and teens, ages 6 through 15, who are grieving the loss of a loved one. The camp will be held on July 13 and 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Cathedral Camp for Boys & Girls, 167 Middleboro Road in East Freetown.

It isn't often that you can literally save a life by enjoying a day of great music. Southeastern Massachusetts is pulling out all the stops with Waynestock 2013 on Sunday, June 9 from 1-10PM. Experience three rooms of non-stop music at the Seaport Inn and Marina, 110 Middle Street in Fairhaven, MA. Waynestock features some of the best music the area has to offer as well as a magician, DJ, raffle, tarot card readings, chair massages and both live and silent auctions. A $15.00 donation gets you an all-access pass!
The New Bedford Board of Election Commissioners has announced that Wednesday, June 5, 2013 is the deadline to register to vote in the Special State Election for United States Senator in Congress as well as to notify the Board of Elections of any change in voter name or address.
New Bedford, MA --Two events celebrating Cape Verdean history and culture will be held at the Main Branch of the New Bedford Public Library on July 1. “Our Cape Verdean Legacy: 1935-2013” will feature Anna Lima Delgado, the “Creola Genealogista” and internet blogger. The event starts at 7pm. Ms Delgado will draw upon her extensive knowledge of Cape Verdean history, genealogy and culture in the presentation and interpretation of the “Cape Verde Poor Relief Stereopticon Show. Created in 1935, the show includes seldom seen slides featuring daily life in Cape Verde.
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — The Southcoast™ Hospitals’ Responsible Attitudes toward Pregnancy, Parenting & Prevention (RAPPP) Program is hosting a series of after school activities during the month of June. Experienced teachers will also be available to help students with math, science, English and history homework.
New Bedford, Massachusetts- The United States Department of Energy will recognize the City of New Bedford at a clean energy economy summit in Washington, D.C. this week. The Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy David Danielson will recognize New Bedford along with two other cities nationwide for its leadership in advancing clean energy economy and for its accomplishments through the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG). The other two cities are San Antonio, Texas and Savannah, Georgia.
Junior Achievement of Southern Massachusetts (JASM) raised $70,000 at its 16th Annual IRONMAN Golf Tournament on Tuesday, May 28th at the Tournament Players Club golf course in Norton, MA. “This event is such a fun day for avid golfers,” said Ms. Paradis. “Participation means exclusive access to this exceptional course and its facilities, with 36 holes of no-waiting golf.”
North Dartmouth, MA. Tagus Press at UMass Dartmouth, in partnership with the University Press of New England (UPNE), announces the publication of Winning the Game and Other Stories by Rubem Fonseca, translated by Clifford E. Landers. With an unflinching, unsentimental eye and a soupçon of black humor, Fonseca chronicles the foibles, manias, and obsessions of the people of Brazil’s metropolises.
In September 2013, the Working Waterfront Festival will mark its’ tenth anniversary. To celebrate, we are presenting Portholes, a series of free, monthly programs designed to engage local residents and members of the commercial fishing industry in conversations about critical issues facing the working waterfront. The Portholes Project is partially funded through a grant from Mass Humanities. Each month’s programming centers around a theme. Programming during the month of May explores the Cultural Mosaic of the Working Port.
New Bedford, Massachusetts- The City of New Bedford has announced it will request “expressions of interest proposals” from qualified developers for the rehabilitation, operation and management of the vacant historic building located in Hazelwood Park in the City’s South End.
Tryouts for the two male and one female roles will be held in the handicap accessible Your Theatre, Inc. Performance Complex at St. Martin’s Church, 136 Rivet St. at County St., New Bedford. Parking and entrance located at rear of church on County St.
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — The Southcoast™ Health Van announces the June schedule for community screenings and vaccinations.
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — Fort Taber~Fort Rodman Historical Association, Inc., (FTFRHA) invites veterans, their families and the public to attend the dedication of the new Meditation Garden in memory of Felix S. Witkowicz on Sunday, May 26, at 2 p.m. (1400 hours), in front of the at the Fort Taber-Fort Rodman Military Museum.
A rollicking Southern comedy, "The Hallelujah Girls", will cap Your Theatre, Inc.'s 66th season of award-winning community theatre entertainment. Written by Jesse Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten, the play takes place at the Spa-Dee-Dah, an abandoned Eden Falls, Georgia church turned health resort where six feisty women gather every Friday afternoon.
Budget Holds Line on Spending; Puts Money Into Rainy Day Reserve Proposes Major Reorganization of City Government New Bedford, Massachusetts—Mayor Jon Mitchell presented a $263 million fiscal year 2014 City Budget on Wednesday, May 15, 2013. Mitchell signaled he would continue his no-frills spending approach in this year’s proposal, his second since taking office in January 2012.

Fort Taber~Fort Rodman Historical Association Inc to hold World War I Living History Encampment May 4 and 5

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — Fort Taber~Fort Rodman Historical Association Inc. invites the public to attend a World War I Living History Encampment at Fort Rodman this weekend. Re-enactors portraying American, Canadian, German and Austro-Hungarian soldiers will be present to exhibit items and to talk about the soldiers of the First World War (1914-1918). The free event will take place on Saturday, May 4, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sunday, May 5, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. inside Fort Rodman at Fort Taber Park located at 1000C South Rodney French Bouleveard in New Bedford. For more information, please call the museum at 508-994-3938.
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