Forever Paws Animal Shelter will hold their Annual “Celebration of Giving” Buffet Dinner and Silent Auction Friday, September 25th

Tickets can be purchased by calling Gail at 508-678-0804.

Forever Paws Animal Shelter, Fall River, MA, will be having their Annual “Celebration of Giving” Buffet Dinner and Silent Auction Friday, September 25th, from 6-10 pm , at Rachel’s Lakeside, 950 State Rd., Dartmouth

This event will feature a tribute to an individual who has contributed immensely to Forever Paws over the years: Ed Bichel, a recently retired teacher from Diman Regional Vocational High School. We are very proud to announce that Ed is our “Hearts for Paws Humanitarian Award Recipient” for 2015. We welcome any former students of Mr. Bichel or colleagues to join us in celebrating his achievement.

The past years important happenings at Forever Paws will be on power point display so that all can see our many accomplishments that wouldn’t be possible if not for our generous supporters. With contributions from many individuals and businesses in our community we have been able to continue our goal of finding “forever homes” for the shelter dogs and cats. There will be many lovely and high quality items up for auction at the “silent auction” which will take place throughout the evening.

Tickets for the event are $40. Tickets can be purchased by calling Gail at 508-678-0804.

Proceeds from the dinner and the silent auction will benefit the shelter animals at Forever Paws.

Peter Paull, has been selected as The 2015 Southeastern Massachusetts Veterans of the Year

Peter Paull will receive the Award at a special dinner presentation to be held at Cotali Mar, at 6:00 p.m., on November 6, 2015.

The Board of Directors of the Southeastern Massachusetts Veterans Housing Program, Inc., better known locally as the Veterans Transition House (VTH), is pleased to announce the selection of United States Navy Commander Peter L. Paull, Jr. (ret), as the 2015 Southeastern Massachusetts Veteran of the Year. Mr. Paull is the 20th recipient of this award.

Commissioned as a Lieutenant (JG) December 15, 1967. Commander Paull served as a junior officer aboard the USS Richard Byrd on active duty until 1969. After his honorable discharge from active duty, he served in the United States Naval Reserve where he advanced through the ranks to the final grade of Commander/O5 when he retired from service in 1989 completing 21 years of honorable service to his country. He was recognized in a citation from President George H. W. Bush upon his retirement.

After retiring Commander Paull did not cast aside his obligations to his fellow service men and women. For over 30 years he has continued to assist his fellow veterans by serving as an appointed federal fiduciary/guardian to over 30 disabled veterans. In this role he ensured that the veterans were properly cared for, had their finances capably managed so that they could receive the care and benefits they deserve.

Commander Paull also is the past President and current member of the Board of Directors of the suicide prevention organization Samaritans of Fall River – New Bedford. He has been a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association Fee Arbitration Board for over twenty-five years, former member of the New Bedford Redevelopment Authority, and an Eagle Scout.

Peter Paull will receive the 2015 Southeastern Massachusetts Veteran of the Year Award at a special dinner presentation to be held at Cotali Mar, at 6:00 p.m., on November 6, 2015.

New Bedford Cultural Council to Offer Informational Session on Grant Guidelines

The New Bedford Cultural Council (NBCC) encourages individuals and groups that are interested in applying for a NBCC grant this year attend its information session on Wednesday, August 19th at 5:30pm at the New Bedford Public Library Main in the 3rd floor Meeting Room. Several Cultural Council members will be available to review the guidelines and address questions.

The NBCC is charged with making funding decisions that best meet the particular needs and priorities of the New Bedford community based on the annual Community Input Survey. Grants are awarded to individuals and organizations, with a maximum amount of $4,000.00 per individual or organization.

The 2015 NBCC Community Input Survey suggests that the NBCC support proposals that emphasize the following: youth and low income groups, public art projects, events that are free or offer reduced fees to low income New Bedford residents, projects that celebrate New Bedford’s cultural diversity and projects that emphasize collaboration with other groups. In addition, field trip grants have new requirements that coincide with the public’s opinion to feature field trips that are aligned with curriculum.

The annual Community Input Survey guides the group in adjusting guidelines to better reflect the interests of the public. The NBCC strongly urges new grant applicants, past applicants, and those who may have been turned down for funding in prior years, to attend the informational session for more information about the grant application process.

NBCC funds programs that promote excellence, access, education, and diversity in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences to improve the quality of life for city residents. To view all NBCC’s guidelines and access grant application forms please visit the 2015-2016 MCC website link (https://www.mass-culture.org/New-Bedford#). Please read the guidelines carefully as there are changes that will determine award success. All changes will be discussed at the meeting.

Cape Verdean music, walking tour featured at National Park On AHA! night

Joao Cerilo

Downtown New Bedford comes alive this Thursday, August 13, at New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park. The park will offer a free concert from 6:30-7:30 PM, featuring Joao Cerilo and Pilon Batuku playing Cape Verdean dance music. Ruth and Abby, the national park’s 1850s ladies, will take the public on a trip through time along New Bedford’s cobblestone streets on their special walking tour. The tour, which begins promptly at 7:00 PM, is filled with stories of the people of 19th century New Bedford.

At ease with both traditional and popular music of the Cape Verde Islands, Joao Cerilo regularly entertains large audiences at festivals and in the more intimate setting of local clubs. An internationally known musician, Mr. Cerilo has performed at a number of world music festivals and recorded several CDs. He performs in the “funana” and “batuku” styles on accordion, keyboard and other instruments.

This year’s Thursday in the Park Concert Series is co-sponsored by the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center, a new non-profit organization dedicated to telling the story of the City’s commercial fishing industry.

NBSO Hosts Party of the Century!

Come celebrate New Bedford Symphony Orchestra’s centennial season!

On Saturday, September 19, the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra kicks off its centennial season with the party of the century! The festivities will get started with a special birthday event at 5:30pm at the Star Store, 715 Purchase Street, New Bedford (across the street from the Zeiterion Theatre) with music, balloons and lots of delicious food. The menu includes chicken paella, a vegetarian option of mushroom and kale florentine raviolis, tapas stations, and a cash bar. Event tickets are $25 per person and are available through the NBSO office, 508-999-6276. NBSO 100th Birthday Supporters are First Citizens’ Federal Credit Union and Cleengineering.

At 6:45pm, all concertgoers are invited to join in celebrating the NBSO’s 100th birthday as we move to the street in front of The Z for our cake-cutting ceremony and free birthday cake!

The opening night performance of “Berlioz, Sibelius & Dvořák,” featuring the return of violinist Martin Chalifour, begins at 7:30pm at the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center. Concert tickets are $25‒$60, with $10 student tickets. Purchase tickets through the Z box office, 508-994-2900, or online at www.nbsymphony.org. (Student tickets not available online.) Discounted season tickets are available by subscribing to three or more concerts; call the NBSO at 508-999-6276 for more information. Free and convenient concert parking is available in the Z garage. Concert sponsor is Robert B Feingold & Associates, P.C.

The New Bedford Symphony celebrates its 100th anniversary this 2015-16 season! In 1915, New Bedford schoolteacher Clarence Arey founded a symphony orchestra to bring classical music to our region. Today, the NBSO is a superb professional orchestra that performs with internationally renowned guest artists, annually presenting a 7-concert series of classical and pops music and a 4-concert chamber music series, as well as providing nationally recognized educational programs for the children of South Coast. You deserve a symphony in your life–the New Bedford Symphony! Visit us at www.nbsymphony.org.

Get Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs

The winners pose for a picture.

The Knights of Columbus, Father John F. Hogan Council #14236 in Dartmouth sponsored the annual “Get Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs” Fishing Derby on August 1st at Mello’s Pond in Dartmouth. Approximately, 55 kids and young adults plus parents, relatives and volunteers participated. The derby was for ages 6-16 with trophies awarded to the top three participants in the categories of largest fish, most (number) fish and total weight. The event provided a fun and safe experience for the area youth. Knights and volunteers cleaned and prepared the area around the local pond, assisted the youth and provided safety and direction. Many made the morning a family event by bringing relatives and friends to fish. “the message is a very powerful one. “The fact that so many participated is a strong sign for the future. Families shared their precious time with each other and that strengthens them and our community” said Grand Knight Chris Pereira.

The Dartmouth Knights of Columbus will be sponsoring the derby again next year and thank all of the wonderful kids and volunteers. Special thank you to the Mello’s, Ed Viveiros, Ken Cotta and all sponsors including Dartmouth Rotary Club, Main Bait & Tackle, A1 Home Improvement, Subway and Bob Peckham. A full listing of all sponsors is available on the Dartmouth Knights council Facebook and Twitter pages.

The Knights of Columbus is a Roman Catholic fraternal service organization with over 15,000 councils and over 1.8 million members in the United States. The Knights participate in many charitable events and work with a variety of nonprofit groups to support the community. The Knights of Columbus stand for four core principles which are charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism. The Knights donated more than $173 million dollars to charity and volunteered over 71.5 million hours last year. These contributions are the most ever by The Knights of Columbus. The Knights of Columbus Father Hogan Council serve the Dartmouth parishes of St. Julies and St. Mary’s.


Biggest Fish:

Girls = 1st PL – Ashley Griffths, 2nd PL = Kaylin Silva, 3rd PL = Isabella Viveiros

Boys = 1st PL – Lenny Gzapiga, 2nd PL = Ryan Phillips, 3rd PL = Brandon Silva

Most Fish By Weight:

Girls = 1st PL – Juliana Riviera, 2nd PL = Andrea Thibodeau, 3rd PL = Jillian Leary

Boys = 1st PL – Aaron Charest, 2nd PL = Ian Hamlet, 3rd PL = Kory Silber

Most Fish By Count:

Girls = 1st PL – Jacquline Thibodeau, 2nd PL = Molly Costa, 3rd PL = Brook Davis

Boys = 1st PL – Chase Healy, 2nd PL = Mathew Costa, 3rd PL = Sam St.Dennis

New Data Shows Streets Getting Safer in New Bedford

Crime Down in Virtually All Categories

New comparative data (see table) released today shows crime in the City of New Bedford has fallen in virtually every category during the first seven months of 2015 when compared to the first seven months of previous years.

Decline in Violent Crimes

Violent crime (which includes homicides, rapes, robberies and assaults) is down 13% over the same seven months in 2014. Incidents of rape are down nearly 25% from last year’s figure. Incidents of robberies and assaults are each down about 10% from last year’s figure.

Decline in Property Crimes

Property crime in New Bedford (which includes burglary and vehicle thefts) is down by 17% over the same seven months last year. Break-ins are down 13% from last year’s figure. The New Bedford Police Department has been especially successful in reducing car thefts in the past two years. Compared to the first seven months of 2013, car thefts are down by 35%.

Homicide Rate Comparing Favorably

The city’s homicide rate remains remarkably low for a city of New Bedford’s size. Charges have been filed in connection with the three homicides that occurred this year through August 2, 2015. Over the same time periods in past two years the City saw two homicides (2014) and three homicides (2013), respectively.

Violent Crimes down 13%; Property Crimes down 17%, Officials attribute results to focus on police-neighborhood relationships.

By comparison, nearby Providence, Rhode Island has had nine homicides through August 2nd this year. Boston, Massachusetts has had 18 homicides through August 2nd this year. In per capita terms, the homicide rate in New Bedford this year is lower than Providence and roughly comparable to Boston.

In addition, the number of incidents in New Bedford in which shots were fired during the first seven months dropped by more than one-third (35%) from the same seven months last year.

New Bedford Police Chief David Provencher said the Police Department’s diligence on gun and gang violence and its effort to monitor emerging issues in neighborhoods are two key elements of New Bedford’s crime strategy: “We rely heavily on the strong partnerships we’ve developed with folks in our neighborhoods. They are critical partners in our efforts to prevent and reduce criminal activity, and we are grateful for their support and involvement.”

Provencher added, “At their core, today’s new numbers reflect the hard work, dedication, and commitment of the men and women of the New Bedford Police Department who go into the neighborhoods each day and night to protect the residents of this community. We are committing to protecting and serving those who have chosen New Bedford as the place to live, work and raise a family.

Mayor Jon Mitchell, himself a former federal prosecutor, praised Chief Provencher and the officers of the Police Department saying, “In my previous career I had the opportunity to work with police departments across Massachusetts, and New Bedford always stood out as having one of the best led and most professional organizations in the state. As Mayor, ensuring the effectiveness of our police has been one of my top priorities, so today’s results are an indication to me that the focus has been well placed.”

Arrest warrant issued for Cumberland Farms robbery suspect

new-bedford-knife-robberyAn arrest warrant has been issued for James Willette age 42 of 23 Slocum St. Acushnet, MA. He is suspected of committing the Monday morning knife point robbery of Cumberland Farms on Acushnet Ave. The suspect’s current whereabouts are unknown. He is facing one count of Armed Robbery.

Anyone with information on this male is asked to contact Det. Kevin Lawless at 508-991-6300 ext. 138 or leave an anonymous tip at 508-961-4584.


Mayor Mitchell proclaims Aug 7 ‘Purple Heart Day’ in New Bedford

purple-heart-day-new-bedfordMayor Jon Mitchell has issued an official proclamation proclaiming this day, August 7, 2015, as “Purple Heart Day” in the City of New Bedford.

The Purple Heart Medal was first introduced by General George Washington on this day in 1782. The medal is awarded to U.S. military personnel who are wounded by an instrument of war in the hands of the enemy and posthumously to the next of kin in the name of those who are killed in action or die of wounds received in action.

Mayor Mitchell called upon New Bedford residents to join him in expressing their appreciation for the sacrifices Purple Heart Medal recipients have made. “As a nation we have reserved Veterans Day and Memorial Day to honor our military service members, but I encourage our citizens to take time each day to reflect with gratitude on the sacrifices military veterans have made in defending our freedoms. When it comes to Purple Heart recipients, I believe it is important that we acknowledge their courage and show them the honor and support they have earned,” said Mayor Mitchell.

“I am pleased that Mayor Mitchell and the City of New Bedford have formally recognized Purple Heart Medal recipients on this anniversary of the first Purple Heart Medal. Many veterans in New Bedford and the surrounding region who have served at different points in time in our nation’s history have been awarded this medal and it is important that we continue to show our gratitude for their sacrifices,” Gomes said. Decorated United States Army Veteran Christopher Gomes is the City of New Bedford Veterans Agent and also a Purple Heart Medal recipient.

About the Purple Heart Medal
It is one of the most recognized and respected medals awarded to members of the U.S. armed forces. Introduced as the “Badge of Military Merit” by General George Washington on August 7, 1782, the Purple Heart is also the nation’s oldest military award. In military terms, the award had “broken service,” as it was ignored for nearly 150 years until it was re-introduced on February 22, 1932, on the 200th anniversary of George Washington’s birth. The medal’s plain inscription “FOR MILITARY MERIT” barely expresses its significance. (Source: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs)

Faces Of New Bedford – #10: Courtney Saunders

Meet Courtney Saunders, a 29-year old hair dresser and business owner from New Bedford, Massachusetts.

Being part of a family that has been in this city for generations, she is passionate about seeing growth and success in our lovely city. As co-owner of the Beehive hair salon she hopes to help cultivate the trendy and eclectic nuance that is growing in that area. She anticipates a positive economic growth approaching our city and is happy to help be a part of that.

Coming from a salon that has helped shaped the face of Padanaram village, she aspires to bring that same life to the bustling cobblestones of Centre street. Courtney loves the charm of New Bedford and that is something that she truly appreciates.


Faces of New Bedford is a project by Colton Simmons. If you are interested in booking a shoot or getting prints from the series email all inquiries to colton@coltonsimmons.com

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