Summer Nights Program: FREE writing, music production, design classes for New Bedford youth

Dream Out Loud is recruiting for our FREE Summer Nights Program for middle and high school youth who are interested in songwriting, digital music production, creative writing, digital art and graphic design.

Classes start on July 9, 2024 and will be held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6:00pm – 8:00pm through August 22nd.

Please email to request an application.

We are also having an open house sign up session on Saturday, July 6th anytime from 12pm – 4pm at Dream Out Loud, located at the Kilburn Mill, 127 West Rodney French Blvd in New Bedford, Suite 2-64.

Please SHARE with any youth who may be interested!”

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ARPA funds to help New Bedford’s first-time homebuyers receive $35,000 down payment

Eligible New Bedford Residents Seeking to Purchase First Home in City May Receive Up to $25,000 in Down Payment, Closing Cost Assistance.

“NEW BEDFORD – Mayor Jon Mitchell announced an enhancement of the City’s first-time homebuyer program Monday morning that will provide up to $25,000 in down payment and other assistance for eligible buyers.

Among other eligibility requirements, the property being purchased must be in New Bedford, and the buyers must be current New Bedford residents.

“Expanding the first-time homebuyer program will help New Bedford residents put down roots and grow wealth in our City,” Mayor Mitchell said. “I want to thank our federal delegation for supporting our efforts to make housing more attainable for our residents.”

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Eligible first-time homebuyers must have household income at or below 120% of the area median income, and must commit to living in the property as their primary residence for five years. All properties purchased through the program must pass a visual inspection to determine whether the property is lead safe and compliant with building and safety codes.

Buyers must also take a first-time homebuyer workshop approved by the Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association, and if purchasing a multifamily home, must additionally take a landlord education class.

City employees, including those at the Police, Fire and School departments, are eligible for an additional $10,000 for up to $35,000 in assistance.

This enhanced program may be combined with additional first-time homebuyer initiatives, such as the City’s existing Neighborhoods First program, which assists those with household incomes below 80% of area median income, as well as MassHousing’s homeownership programs.

In addition to the expanded first-time homebuyer program, the City is launching a new hybrid education series to inform first-time homebuyers of the process. The classes will be a mix of online and in-person sessions, and will be approved by the CHPA.

Promoting home ownership is one of the pillars of the City’s comprehensive housing plan Building New Bedford: Strategies to Promote Attainable Housing for All in a Thriving New Bedford. Following the plan, the City’s Office of Housing and Community Development continues to promote home ownership, facilitate new housing production across all income levels, update regulatory framework, and more. There are currently more than 700 new units of housing in development across New Bedford at all income levels.

“We are excited to launch this expansion of our programming for first-time homebuyers, a significant component of our Building New Bedford housing plan” said Joshua Amaral, Director of the City’s Office of Housing and Community Development. “Not only will this help make residents’ dreams of homeownership more attainable, but as they move into their new homes, their apartments will become available to future renters as well.”

The first-time homebuyer expansion is funded through the American Rescue Plan Act.

Additional ARPA funds are also being allocated to assist eligible homebuyers with repairs and to bolster existing home repair programs offered through the City OHCD.

Full information about the program and the upcoming first-time homebuyer education class is available on the Office of Housing and Community Development’s website,, or by calling the office at 508-979-1500.”-City of New Bedford.

All New Bedford Beaches Have Now Reopened For Swimming

From the City of New Bedford Health Department: Update: Beaches are open Monday, June 24, as test results show safe water quality. City beaches are great places to cool down and enjoy summer, so head down and take a dip in the water.

Beaches were closed yesterday due to water quality issues related to excessive rainfall and overflow.

The Health Department tests the water quality of all public swimming beaches in New Bedford at least once a week, following standards set by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

New Bedford’s water quality tests are conducted by the city’s Municipal Marine Laboratory and follow Massachusetts Department of Public Health standards. Learn more online at:

Dept. of Public Infrastructure’s Felix Fernandez wins New Bedford Way Award

“Congratulations to New Bedford Way Award WinnerFelix Fernandez!

Fernandez has been with the City for more than 30 years, starting his career as a laborer of cemeteries and working his way to his current position as a Street & Sewer Construction Foreperson. He’s been on duty for every rain or snow event over the last three decades, and is known around the DPI building as the person who does whatever is asked of him. His supervisors describe him as a “great role model” and the “backbone of DPI.” Congrats Felix!


The New Bedford Way Awards shine a spotlight on City workers who go above and beyond for their City and its residents. They’re the smiling face you see at City Hall; the person behind the scenes who makes everything run smoothly, the person out in the heat fixing the road or landscaping one of our many parks; or the police officer, firefighter or other emergency worker who is dedicated to keeping New Bedford an amazing place to live, work, and raise a family.

The 2024 New Bedford Way Award winners, nominated by their supervisors, were recognized at a recent ceremony at Buttonwood Park, and we’ll continue to shine a light on them next week.”-City of New Bedford.

SILVER ALERT: Family, police seek public’s help finding missing 69-year-old Plymouth man


Unfortunately, we have not found Mr. Riviello yet. Dozens of Officers are still searching. We would ask that all residents give their property a thorough check, searching anywhere that a person could be.

Mr. Riviello left the BID Plymouth at approximately 11:15 AM yesterday, heading towards Jabez Corner. From there, we have no idea where he went.

We would also ask that residents review their Ring/CCTV cameras to see if they have any footage of Mr. Riviello walking by.

Today, the search has extended out five miles from the the hospital which includes most villages of Plymouth.

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“We are looking to locate Rodney Riviello.

He is a 69-year-old male with a history of dementia. He was last seen at the Beth Israel Deaconess in Plymouth at 11:15 this morning.

He is a bald heavy set white male wearing a collared stripped shirt blue shorts and possibly a Yankees baseball hat.

If you believe you have seen the individual please call us immediately.

We would ask that anybody within a 2 mile radius of the Beth Israel, Deaconess Hospital search their property for Mr. Riviello.”-Plymouth Police Department.

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Dept. of Parks, Recreation & Beaches’s Valovia Costa wins New Bedford Way Award

“Congratulations to New Bedford Way Award Winner Valovia Costa, Department of Parks, Recreation & Beaches!

As an Assistant Project Manager, Costa has successfully managed several construction projects in the parks, including the stormwater garden at Brooklawn Park. He’s a regular at neighborhood meetings and frequently joins community groups who sponsor litter pickups on weekends.

Assisting the public is one of his favorite parts of working for the City: he’s currently working with an Eagle Scout on a project at the Flora B. Peirce Nature Trail in the North End, and recently helped the mother of a deceased New Bedford veteran with a plaque at Clasky Common. Congrats Valovia!


The New Bedford Way Awards shine a spotlight on City workers who go above and beyond for their City and its residents. They’re the smiling face you see at City Hall; the person behind the scenes who makes everything run smoothly, the person out in the heat fixing the road or landscaping one of our many parks; or the police officer, firefighter or other emergency worker who is dedicated to keeping New Bedford an amazing place to live, work, and raise a family. The 2024 New Bedford Way Award winners, nominated by their supervisors, were recognized at a recent ceremony at Buttonwood Park, and we’ll shine a light on them over the next week.”-City of New Bedford.

The Play In The Park, Summer Eats Program Kicks Off Friday At Hazelwood Park In New Bedford

On Friday, The Play in the Park and Summer Eats Program is hosting their kickoff event at Hazelwood park from 11am to 2pm! This program promotes health, wellness, nutrition, and outdoor activity during the summer months for youth ages 0-18. At multiple outdoor sites throughout the city youth can participate in activities with Play in the Park staff and access a free lunch or dinner between the hours of 11am-2pm (Mon-Fri) or 4pm-7pm (Tue & Thu). The goal is to get youth to be active, get outside, have fun and eat healthy during the summer months! On June 24th the dinner program launches from 4pm to 7pm at Riverside park. Bring the kids, get a good lunch, play some games and have some FUN!

The Play in the Park and Summer Food Program has traditionally operated in the City of New Bedford for well over 10 years and on average serves almost 90,000 meals per summer to low-income youth in the city, in parks, playgrounds and other organized arenas that provide engaging summer programming for youth. The Play in the Park and Summer Food Program is a vital piece of City youth’s summer experience and, again, for many youth, it serves as the only nutritious meal they will have all week. The City of New Bedford Parks Recreation & Beaches facilitates and operates over 65 food sites in targeted areas throughout the city. Sites are classified as either OPEN sites which youth can walk-in to everyday or indoor sites where our department partners with a local youth organization to serve food to a summer time program. These sites are strategically located in neighborhoods across the city to maximize access for youth and/or are operated in collaboration with community partners who serve youth across the city. Annual partners in the Play in the Park and Summer Food Program are the Mayor’s Office, the New Bedford Public Schools Department, the Boys and Girls Club, the YWCA, Community Boating Center, Trips for Kids, and many other community-based agencies.

Here is the complete summer schedule

The Circle Continues at Fitness in Cushman Park FREE Summer Exercise Classes in Fairhaven

“FAIRHAVEN MA- Fitness in Cushman Park returned June 18 welcoming nearly one hundred yogis of all ages in a circle of community as the event celebrated the beginning of its “Lucky 13th” year.

Fitness in the Park takes place FREE TO THE PUBLIC for 10 weeks of Yoga and Exercise classes in Cushman Park, Green Street Fairhaven MA. The classes continue Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:30am from June 18 through August 22, 2024.

TUESDAYS: Yoga in the Park is guided by certified yoga instructors from SANGHA New Bedford. Lead Teacher for the 2024 Yoga in Cushman Park season is David Trauterman. Yoga in the Park is a yoga series for all levels, designed to introduce newcomers to the basics of stretching and mindfulness and challenge yoga enthusiasts with a focus on compassion for the body.

THURSDAYS: Summer Bootcamp is led by certified personal trainer (A.F.P.A.), Wayne Goulart. The Bootcamp class consists of various exercises that build functional strength and core stability with circuits utilizing light dumbbells and body weight training.

Attendees to the classes should bring a mat for Yoga and a mat plus set of light weights for Bootcamp. Classes take place weather permitting — cancellations will be posted on the Fitness in Cushman Park Facebook page:

Fitness in Cushman Park is presented free to the public thanks to the generous support of our community sponsorship team. This summer’s 10 weeks of free fitness classes, are presented by SANGHA New Bedford and EncorENTERTAINMENT and are sponsored in part by Charter Fitness Sponsors: BASK, Howe Allen Realty and Euro At Phoenix; Marathon Fitness sponsors The Baker-NB and Olivia’s, Humphrey, Covill & Colman Insurance, Fieldstone Farm Market, Joe’s Original Kitchen + Bar, 508Tees, P.A.A.C.A, Artistic Auto, New Bedford Wellness Initiative; and Community Sponsors: Destination Soups, Salt the Spa on Elm, Spicy Lime Thai Cuisine, Oxford Creamery, Sylvia and Hurd CPA, Tax Accountant, Jessica Noblet LMT, , Simply Nails Beauty Care, The Book Witch, Art Loft, BesTeas Bubble Tea Shop, Coastal Provisions, Tracey & Company and South Coast Entertainment, with special thanks to the Town of Fairhaven.

Fitness in Cushman Park is coordinated by Jeff Costa/SANGHA New Bedford and Susan Grace/EncorENTERTAINMENT. For more information about Fitness in Cushman Park call 508-287-2482 or email or

Please like and follow Fitness in Cushman Park’s Facebook page for any weather cancellations and to stay involved.”

City of New Bedford offering respite from “Heat Dome”: designated cooling centers, splash pads

“Feels like summer came a little early this year. The new season doesn’t officially arrive until 4:50 p.m. Thursday, but it feels like the dog days of summer around the City. And while New Bedford is not predicted to be as hot as other Northeast cities this week, residents may want to take advantage of a few options to cool off for the next couple of days.

First, the City is continuing its practice of designating public libraries as cooling centers. All libraries have air conditioning and staff ready to assist. Libraries are closed Wednesday in observance of the Juneteenth holiday and will reopen on Thursday. The Main Library Downtown (613 Pleasant St.) will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The Wilks Branch Library (1911 Acushnet Ave.) will be open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Residents are encouraged to check the City’s website for operating hours for all City libraries:

Seniors are welcome to stop by the Buttonwood Park Senior Center, which is open Thursday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is air conditioned and features different programs and special events.

Several splash pads are open across the City to give kids a break from the heat. Splash pads can be found at the following spots: Beauregard-Pina Playground, Ashley Park, Clasky Common, Harrington Park, Magnet Park, Ben Rose Athletic Field, Riverside Park and Monte Park.

We encourage everyone to check out the heat-related safety tips available at and pet-related tips at

Finally, the National Weather Service offers some advice on how to be safe when the temperatures rise:

• Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors.
• Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances.
• Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside.
• When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening.
• Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
• Wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothing when possible.
• To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments.
• Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location, heat stroke is an emergency.”-City of New Bedford.

OPINION: “Dear New Bedford: Dunkin’ trash cans are not your personal dumpsters!”

“These outside Dunkin trash cans are not your personal dumpsters!

I understand putting your previous built-up Dunkin cups that have old Dunkin food bags in them. But, we don’t appreciate the people putting large bags of trash or miscellaneous items like pizza boxes in the cans that come from your houses and cars.

For the pizza boxes, we have a recycling dumpster right outside. As a Dunkin worker in New Bedford, it’s not in the job description to hand pick nasty trash that is *overflowing* the trash cans. We then have to separate garbage and recycling for you and then put them in multiple trash bags.

Even after someone has just changed the trash they get filled up immediately. It’s disgusting and we do the amount of work we *get paid to do*. Respectfully, please don’t overfill the regular-sized outside trash with LARGE bags of garbage or huge items. There are plenty of acceptable things to throw in the trash.

ALSO if you’re about to throw trash in a bin that’s overflowing please just check if the other trashes that are usually emptier aren’t filled and you can throw your trash in those. I often see one or two trash(s) overfilling even with trash piles on the ground next to the can.

Please have consideration because most of the time the other 2 aren’t as full and people only pick one to use for some reason. We change the trashes every day, every shift. Please be considerate and don’t add to trashes coming from the lids.

Thank you!”