Massachusetts Peregrine Falcon cam allows you to watch just hatched chicks grow up

“Can you believe these fluffy little chicks will grow up to be the fastest bird on Earth and fierce predators?

Yesterday, our biologists banded three recently hatched peregrine falcon chicks from a nesting box on MassDOT’s Gillis Bridge.

During the banding, biologists assessed the health of the falcon chicks and placed identifying bands on their legs. These bands provide useful information about the birds’ movements, lifespan, and injury recovery.

MassWildlife and MassDOT partner to provide nest boxes to protect both wildlife and infrastructure. Peregrine falcons are excellent at hunting pigeons, who are known for leaving acidic and corrosive droppings that wear away at our bridges and increase needed maintenance. When nesting peregrine falcons are near, the pigeons stay away and the bridges have a longer lifespan – a win for everyone!

Learn more about peregrine falcons, our efforts to conserve them, and a link to a nest cam at bit.ly/MA-peregrine.”-Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife.


Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife photo.


Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife photo.


Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife photo.


Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife photo.


Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife photo.


Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife photo.


Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife photo.




4th Annual Cape Cod Pirate Festival brings adventure, music, crafts, axe throwing, food and more!

Cape Cod Pirate Festival to Set Sail on June 1-2 and June 8-9.

“SOUTH YARMOUTH: Mark your calendars for the weekends of June 1-2 and June 8-9 when the 2024 Cape Cod Pirate Festival (www.capecodpiratefestival.com) comes to Joshua Sears Memorial Field at 28 Wood Road in South Yarmouth. Tickets half-price for Yarmouth residents on June 1.

The 4th annual swashbuckling event will kick off at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 1st in celebration of Yarmouth Day. Local and state officials are expected to participate in the opening ceremony.

Presented by New Latitude Event Solutions (www.newlatitudeevents.com), the two roguish weekends will feature entertainment, swashbuckling adventures, rollicking music, crafts, black powder and cannon demonstrations, axe and knife throwing, beverage tastings, open mic opportunities and much more.

Get ready for some pirate-themed fun, explore wares from local and far-off vendors, sample fare to satisfy the heartiest of appetites, and prepare for a jolly good time.

The festival will run from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For additional details and ticket information, please visit (www.capecodpiratefestival.com).

Tickets are half-price for Yarmouth residents on June 1.”




New Bedford’s Feast of the Blessed Sacrament announces 2024 Music Headliner: “Badfish”

“Our 2024 Feast Headliner will be…..Badfish!

The phenomenon known as Sublime, arguably the most energetic, original and uniquely eclectic band to emerge from any scene, anywhere, ended with the untimely death of lead singer, guitarist and songwriter Brad Nowell in May of 1996.

But encompassing the sense of place and purpose long associated with Sublime’s music, Badfish continues to channel the spirit of Sublime with a fury not felt for some time. What separates Badfish from other bands is that they have replicated Sublime’s essence, developing a scene and dedicated following most commonly reserved for label-driven, mainstream acts.

Badfish make their mark on the audience by playing with the spirit of Sublime. They perform not as Sublime would have, or did, but as Badfish does!”-Feast of the Blessed Sacrament.

See the Feast’s full entertainment lineup here.


Feast of the Blessed Sacrament photo.


Feast of the Blessed Sacrament photo.

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Feast of the Blessed Sacrament

50 Madeira Ave,
New Bedford, MA

Phone: (508) 992-6911
Email: clubesss@comcast.net

Facebook: facebook.com/FeastOfTheBlessedSacrament
Website: feastoftheblessedsacramentcom.ning.com




New Bedford Police SRO ventures into realm of “Hollywood” fame by starring in several movies

“Despite all of our officers shining like stars, one in particular has ventured into the realm of “Hollywood” fame.

Recently, news broke out about the NBPD’s very own School Resource Officer Shane Harris starring in the new “Challengers” movie, which hit theaters in April.

While mentoring two students to follow their goals and dreams, Harris had made a bet that if they got their grades up in school and worked hard in the Air Force Program, he would do whatever they wanted. Little did he know that a bet he started between himself and two students 5 years ago would lead him to follow his own dreams…


City of New Bedford Police Department photo.

Harris has always wanted to be an actor, and since 2020, he has starred in several movies, TV shows, and commercials. But before even auditioning for a role, he wanted to see what it would be like to work on set. When he heard that a scene from the 2019 movie “Jungleland” starring Charlie Hunnam and Jack O’Connell would be filmed in New Bedford, he called his friend who owned a Security Company to pick up some part-time shifts as a security guard.

Shane’s acting career began when he landed his first on-screen role as a Security Guard in the 2020 movie, Godmothered. He’s since been featured in the TV series Hightown as the Deputy Sherrif, has been a featured guest on Pause with Sam Jay, has played a detective in the 2023 movie Boston Strangler, played alongside Mark Cubin as an investigator in Good Burger 2, and is most known for his most recent role as Zendaya’s Security Guard in Challengers. He also has done commercials for Amazon, Titleist, and Spectrum News.

What’s next for Ofc. Harris? Besides patrolling the hallways of Whaling City Jr. Sr. High School (which he does a FANTASTIC job at, by the way), you can also catch him in theaters this August as a Swatt Commander in Ben Affleck’s new movie “The Instigators” starring Matt Damon and Casey Affleck!

We’re so proud of you Ofc. Harris — we look forward to watching you on the big screen!”-City of New Bedford Police Department.


City of New Bedford Police Department photo.


City of New Bedford Police Department photo.


City of New Bedford Police Department photo.


City of New Bedford Police Department photo.


City of New Bedford Police Department photo.




Madeiran folkloric group to mesmerize audiences at New Bedford’s 108th Feast of the Blessed Sacrament

“New Bedford, Massachusetts: The annual Feast of the Blessed Sacrament, the largest Portuguese festival in the United States, is thrilled to announce the highly anticipated performance of the acclaimed folkloric group from Madeira, Portugal, Grupo Folclórico da Casa do Povo da Camacha. Scheduled to take place from August 1st to August 4th, 2024, in New Bedford, Ma. This cultural extravaganza promises to captivate audiences with the rich traditions and vibrant performances of Madeiran folklore.

The 108th Feast of the Blessed Sacrament is proud to present the , Grupo Folclórico da Casa do Povo da Camacha renowned folkloric group from Madeira, Portugal, in an exclusive series of performances showcasing the island’s authentic music, dance, and heritage.

When: August 1st – 4th, 2024
Where: The 108th Feast of the Blessed Sacrament New Bedford, Massachusetts

About the Folkloric Group:
Hailing from the picturesque island of Madeira, Portugal, this esteemed folkloric ensemble is renowned worldwide for its captivating performances that celebrate the island’s cultural heritage. With a repertoire spanning centuries-old traditions, colorful costumes, and lively music, the group embodies the spirit of Madeiran folklore and transports audiences to the heart of this enchanting destination.

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About the Feast of the Blessed Sacrament:
The Feast of the Blessed Sacrament, also known as the “Feast,” is a cherished tradition that celebrates Portuguese culture, cuisine, and community. Established in 1915 by Portuguese-Madeiran immigrants in New Bedford, Massachusetts, the Feast has grown into one of the largest and most beloved festivals of its kind in the World, attracting thousands of visitors each year.




New Bedford High School to dazzle audiences with performances including SIX: Teen Edition

“Get ready to experience an unforgettable night of theatre at New Bedford High School.

Performing two shows in one night, the NBHS Drama Club is prepared to dazzle and entertain audiences of all ages. Act 1 is in partnership with the NBHS Show Choir and is an original ode to musical theatre told through the lens of an imagined school field trip to The Great White Way. Act 2 is the sensational tale of six extraordinary young women via the Teen Edition of the 2017 Broadway smash hit, SIX. This electrifying musical, a modern retelling of the lives of the six wives of Henry VIII, promises to captivate audiences with its dynamic performances and empowering message.

Scheduled to run Friday and Saturday, April 5-6 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 7 at 4:00 p.m. in the Bronspiegel Auditorium at New Bedford High School, the students have been tirelessly preparing to bring this exhilarating and unique production to life. The talented cast and crew have poured their hearts and souls into every aspect of the show, from the vibrant choreography to the show-stopping musical numbers and extensive costumes.

Titled “Singing in the City,” the show choir musical theatre revue will bring to life some of the most memorable Broadway songs from contemporary and classic shows, featuring fully orchestrated excerpts pulled straight from the scores. Then, SIX: Teen Edition puts a contemporary twist on history, giving voice to the wives of Henry VIII as they reclaim their stories and share their experiences through the power of music and storytelling. Audiences can expect to be transported on a journey filled with humor, heartache, and ultimately, empowerment, as each queen takes center stage to tell her side of the story. The combination of these two shows into one evening celebrates the transformative and inclusive nature of theatre. There is truly something for everybody on the stage!

“These productions of Singing in the City and SIX: Teen Edition are a testament to the incredible talent and dedication of our students,’ said Sarah Cadieux Pacheco and Stephanie Donnelly, Drama Club Co-Directors. Drama Club Assistant Director, Ricardo Aguiar, shared, “These students have worked tirelessly to bring these moments to life in a way that is fresh, exciting, and relevant to audiences of all ages. We couldn’t be prouder of what they have accomplished, and we can’t wait for everyone to see the amazing performances they have in store.”

Tickets for Singing in the City and SIX: Teen Edition are available online: our.show/nbhsrevueandsix or in person at the NBHS Box Office beginning one hour before each show. Tickets are $10 for students and seniors, $12 for adults, with a $2 processing fee per ticket. Don’t miss your chance to witness this unforgettable theatrical experience, brought to you by the next generation of rising stars in the world of musical theater.

Singing in the City and SIX: Teen Edition are supported, in part, by the New Bedford Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. SIX: Teen Edition is presented by special arrangement with Concord Theatricals, www.concordtheatricals.com.”




“Walking Dead” spinoff, “Dead City” seeks extras from Boston area for Season 2 episodes

“Kendall Cooper Casting is seeking people local to Boston to work as extras on “Dead City S2”. Filming will be in Boston, MA and surrounding areas APRIL through JULY 2024.

The casting team is looking for people of all ages and ethnicities local to the Boston area to portray walkers, soldiers, post apocalyptic survivors, and various other extra roles throughout the season. Specifically seeking athletes and people with military or law enforcement experience to play soldiers.

Also seeking capable people with weathered faces to play survivors in the apocalypse. Also looking for people who are very thin, tall and have flexible/available schedules to play walkers.

Filming generally takes place MON-FRI. Filming will typically be a 12+ hour commitment for each day of work. Some extra roles will only require 1 or 2 days of work. Others will be recurring throughout the season. All extra work and fittings are paid. Seeking SAG and Non-Union talent. Local hire only, no travel or housing provided.”-Kendall Cooper Casting.




New Bedford’s Samantha Johnson goes viral on “The Rock’s” Instagram

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson posted a video of New Bedford native Samantha Johnson’s reaction to his WWE return on Instagram. Over 71 million views later, its safe to say the New Bedford native went viral on social media!

The Rock captioned the video, “That “IF YA SMELLL” Rock music just hits the soul differently – especially when it’s a surprise
??????

Awesome reaction from @samanthairvinwwe, who’s doing an amazing job on the mic for @wwe!??
She’s a bad ass!

#peopleschamp ✊?”

Checkout the viral video below!

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New Bedford’s ‘Your Theatre Inc.’ announces cast for Tony nominated ‘A Doll’s House Part 2’

“Your Theatre, Inc. director James Sanguinetti of New Bedford has cast four area actors in the drama A DOLL’s HOUSE PART 2 by multi-award winning playwright Lucas Hnath.

This is the second major production for Your Theatre’s 77th Season. This production is generously backed by Production Sponsor Hawthorn Medical Associates and Production Supporter Bristol County Savings Bank.

The cast includes Lucy Bly of New Bedford, Caroline Paradis and Eric Paradis of Fairhaven, and Kayla Ribeiro of Cumberland, RI. The production is stage managed by Eva Watts-Pine of New Bedford, with costumes and set dressing by Mark P. Fuller of New Bedford, hair styles by Suzanne J. Houbre of New Bedford, lighting design by Timothy Helley of Dartmouth, sound design by James Sanguinetti of New Bedford and set design and technical direction from Lawrence R. Houbre, Jr. of New Bedford.

A DOLL’S HOUSE PART 2, the 2017 Tony award nominated play, picks up 15 years after Henrik Ibsen’s groundbreaking 1879 play (A DOLL’S HOUSE) about a strong woman who defiantly leaves her husband, left off. Nora, now a successful novelist, has returned to her house, husband, and children that she left behind when her new life is threatened by her past. Your Theatre produced A Doll’s House play 15 years ago, with Caroline and Eric Paradis in the lead roles of Nora and Torvald.

Nominated for 8 Tony awards in its original Broadway run, including Best Play, A DOLL’S HOUSE PART 2 provides a modern spin on the Ibsen classic and is filled with suspense, humor, and intensity. The Hollywood reporter says that it “delivers explosive laughs while also posing thoughtful questions about marriage, gender inequality, and human rights” while Variety called it “a slam dunk.”

Your Theatre is grateful for the generous support of Bank 5, sponsor of the theatre’s current 77th season. This is their twelfth year of strongly supporting the arts at Your Theatre, Inc.

A DOLL’S HOUSE, PART 2 runs two weekends in 2024: Fridays and Saturdays, January 19-20 and 26-27 at 7:30 p.m.; and Saturdays and Sundays, May 20-21 and 27-28 at 2:00 p.m.

Performances are at the wheelchair accessible Steeple Playhouse, 159 William St. in downtown New Bedford. The accessible entrance is located on the east side of the building facing City Hall. Ample parking is available in the city lot at the corner of 6th and William, and metered street parking is free nights and weekends.

Tickets are General Admission $25; Seniors, Students and Military $22. Subscriptions tickets are available at $20 per show with a three show minimum. Additional offers may apply. All seats are general admission; call 508-993-0772 or email boxoffice@yourtheatre.org.

Your Theatre is proud to participate in the Card to Culture program, a collaboration between the Mass Cultural Council and the Department of Transitional Assistance, the Women, Infants & Children (WIC) Nutrition Program, and the Massachusetts Health Connector, by broadening accessibility to cultural programming. Admission for EBT, WIC, and ConnectorCare cardholders, is up to 2 tickets per eligible card for each Regular Production. Admission rate is $5.00 per person.

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ABOUT YOUR THEATRE INC
Your Theatre, Inc. is a non-profit, volunteer, community theater group in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Founded by Mary A. Smith in 1946, the theater has been in continuous operation since, and produces four to seven shows each season. The artistic and leadership team of YTI strives to create and celebrate the arts with the Southcoast community in an inclusive theatre environment. We are committed to providing an accessible, community-oriented opportunity for anyone interested in
theatre and embracing individuals from all walks of life.

We acknowledge, welcome and respect people of all races, ages, ethnicities, abilities, religions, gender identities and sexual orientations and the invaluable gifts they bring to the theatre experience. Your Theatre, Inc. is a proud member of the League of Historic American Theatres.

ABOUT STEEPLE PLAYHOUSE
Steeple Playhouse is a community arts center with Your Theatre, Inc. as its resident community theater group and is located at 159 William St, New Bedford MA. A prominent downtown New Bedford landmark, the steeple appears on the city seal. Built in 1829 as the First Baptist Church, it came to be known as the “Birthplace of Robert’s Rules of Order”.

Purchased in 2017, Your Theatre, Inc worked with a local preservation organization, Waterfront Historic Area LeaguE (WHALE), to renovate the historic space and turn it into a fully functional community arts center called Steeple Playhouse. The facilities include a flexible theater which will seat up to 160 as well as a black box theater on the lower level.

Wheelchair accessible, Steeple Playhouse is open for outside rentals. We are another vital catalyst in New Bedford’s continued cultural renaissance.”




Wareham Police announce operation of Polar Express Train in town this year!

“Just a reminder to everyone that the Polar Express Train will be operating during this holiday season. Please be aware that there will be heavier train traffic through town.

Nice to see that this locomotive is still out and running. It was built in 1957 and 1 of 60 that were built.

We are lucky to have such a big piece of railroad history operating in our town.”-Wareham Police Department.


From the Polar Express Train’s website:

“Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, passengers will relive the magic of the classic story as they are whisked away on THE POLAR EXPRESS™ for a 1 to 1 ½ hour trip to meet Santa.

Santa and his elves board the train at the North Pole to greet passengers and each guest is given the first gift of Christmas. Please be sure to have your camera ready to capture this moment! During the trip, characters on each car lead fantastic onboard entertainment – just like in the film! Each child will take home a keepsake sleigh bell and souvenir golden ticket in addition to the wonderful memories made on this magical trip. Delicious hot chocolate and Walker’s Shortbread cookies – the “Official Onboard Treat” of THE POLAR EXPRESS Train Ride, which are individually wrapped in sealed packages, will be served to each passenger during the run.

We recommend wearing your Christmas jammies for even more fun!”



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