July Fish Fry to Benefit Fishing Heritage Center

Enjoy some delicious fish and live music.

The New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center will hold a Fish Fry Fundraiser on Friday, July 17th from 6-11 pm at Cotali Mar Restaurant (1178 Acushnet Avenue). Guests will enjoy platters of fresh local fish donated by Bergie’s Seafood and prepared by the chefs at Cotali Mar. Live music will be provided by Paul Savoie and Richie Canastra. The event will include a cash bar, and silent and live auctions. Tickets are $35 ($15 for kids 12 and under) and may be purchased at The Arthur Moniz Gallery, Euro Ship Store, Whaling City Seafood Display Auction, Jardin & Dawson Settlement House, and Reidar’s Manufacturing.  Tickets may also be purchased on-line through the Center’s Facebook page. All proceeds will benefit the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center, a 501c3 non-profit organization.   For more information contact the Center at 508-993-8894 or nbfishingheritagecenter@gmail.com.

“We consider this event to be a “friend-raiser” as much as a fundraiser,” says Phil Mello, chairman of the board. In addition to enjoying the bounty of the sea, guests will have a chance to learn about the Center’s plans and share their ideas. 

The New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center is dedicated to the preservation and presentation of the history and culture of New Bedford’s fishing industry through archives, exhibits, and programs. The Center recently completed a 12-week residency at Alma del Mar Charter School in which students visited five shoreside businesses and interviewed people who work in the industry. The Center also produces a monthly film/speaker series and runs a summer camp program in collaboration with the National Park Service.

A community driven organization, the Center’s board of directors is made up of individuals who work in, or closely with, the fishing industry. Phillip Mello (Chair) is the Manager of Bergie’s Seafood. Anne Jardin-Maynard (Treasurer) is owner of Jardin & Dawson Settlement House. Kirsten Bendiksen (Secretary) is co-owner of Reidar’s Manufacturing (a gear shop). Cassie Canastra is co-owner of Bela Flor Seafood. Kevin Stokesbury is the Chair of the Department of Fisheries Oceanography at SMAST at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. Madeleine Hall-Arber is the maritime anthropologist at MIT Sea Grant who has worked with the fishing industry for over 30 years. Laura Orleans, Executive Director of the Fishing Heritage Center, is a folklorist and founding director of the Working Waterfront Festival.

Help Wanted: Seasonal Bathroom Attendant (City of New Bedford)


Performs custodial duties. Cleans, dusts, sweeps, buffs and washes floors; washes windows; changes light bulbs; polices grounds; sweeps sidewalks; mows lawns; removes snow and ice; maintains custodial equipment; empties waste receptacles; operates low pressure ventilating systems; orders custodial supplies; makes minor repairs to buildings, facilities, equipment, lighting, ventilation and plumbing systems. Operates pick-up trucks, dump trucks, and panel trucks with a rated capacity of three tons or under, and passenger automobiles. Operates power equipment or tools utilized by the department including, but not limited to, lawnmowers, weed whackers, leaf blowers, litter vacuums, hedge clippers, power pruners. Performs related work in all assigned areas as required. Moves and sets up furniture and equipment.

High school graduate or GED equivalent preferred. Any combination of experience and training, which demonstrates the knowledge and experience to perform the work.

Working knowledge of equipment, materials and supplies used in building and grounds maintenance. Working knowledge of equipment and supplies used to do minor repairs. Knowledge of first aid and applicable safety precautions. Skill in operation of listed tools and equipment. Ability to work independently and complete daily activities according to work schedule; Ability to lift heavy objects, walk and stand for long periods of time; Ability to communicate orally and in writing. Must possess ability to use equipment and tools properly and safely; ability to understand and follow written and oral instructions; and ability to establish effective working relationships.

Mandatory CORI (Criminal Offender Record Investigation) background check per City Council Ordinance effective May 14, 2013.

For application/complete job description, please visit www.newbedford-ma.gov or contact the Personnel Dept., 133 William St., Room 212, 508-979-1444. Applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate is found. EEO

New Bedford has a residency requirement.

The New Bedford Educators Association has awarded 8 scholarships to New Bedford High School graduates

The New Bedford Educators Association has awarded 8 scholarships to New Bedford High School graduates from the Class of 2015, out of a total of 16 scholarships – 11 more scholarships than the NBEA was able to award last year.

With the proceeds of a car wash to benefit their scholarship fund and a partnership with Bristol County Savings Bank, the NBEA will award the following NBHS students scholarships as they continue their education at the college level:

– Chandler Debrosse
– Raekwon Grace
– Joshua Reidy

With gratitude to Bristol County Savings Bank, which has funded five additional scholarships, the following NBHS students have also received scholarship awards from the NBEA:

– Dayva Briand
– Lisa Chan
– Caleb Dahlene
– Kathleen Le
– Maya Sylvia

“On behalf of all New Bedford educators, we are proud to award scholarships to 16 outstanding high school graduates as they further their education,” said New Bedford Educators Association President Lou St. John. “The foundation of their education was built with their hard work and the guidance of our New Bedford Public Schools teachers, and we wish these New Bedford High alumni the best of luck as they continue their educational experience.”

Headmaster Bernadette Coelho said, “We could not be more proud that among the hundreds of scholarships that our graduates of the Class of 2015 have received, New Bedford educators have awarded these deserving NBHS students as they move on from the Whaler community. I know that each of these eight alumni will go on to make all of us at New Bedford High School extremely proud.”

With the proceeds of their car wash, the NBEA also awarded the following scholarships to the following students from other schools:

– China Bigelow
– Amelia Bruno
– Alexandra Chiquito
– Jaelyn Gomes
– Anthony Maloney-Pacheco
– Ashley Pacheco
– Riley Pearson
– Max Stone

Third New Bedford Casino Public Forum scheduled for June 17th


The third and final public forum to discuss the potential casino in New Bedford is scheduled for June 17 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Normandin Middle School (81 Felton St. in New Bedford). On June 23, 2015, New Bedford voters will decide if the City of New Bedford will permit KG Urban Enterprises to develop a $650 million gaming establishment on the New Bedford waterfront.

The previous public forum was held at the Zeiterion Theatre on June 10th and a review can be read here.

AARP HomeFit Workshop

RSVP requested by Friday, June 19.

As you age and your lifestyle and abilities change, will your home still be a “good fit” for you? A 2010 AARP survey showed that nearly 90 percent of people age 45+ want to stay in their homes as they age. Yet even simple things like cupboard doors and drawer pulls, not to mention steep steps or bathtub access, could present problems for seniors as they grow older.

To find out more about looking at your home with a critical eye for safety, you’re invited to attend an AARP Massachusetts HomeFit Workshop, sponsored by the City of New Bedford’s Department of Community Services Council on Aging, with support from Coastline Elderly Services, Inc. This free workshop, aimed at helping residents 45 and over to identify ways they can modify their homes to fit their changing lifestyles, will be held on Tuesday, June 23, 2015, at the Buttonwood Park Zoo Community Meeting Room from 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Each attendee will receive an AARP HomeFit Workshop Handbook, The AARP HomeFit Guide, and a list of resources for reference. Seating is limited. RSVP requested by Friday, June 19. Register online at aarp.cvent.com/newbedfordhome or call 1-877-926-8300.

National Park partners with Operation Clean Sweep

Breakfast and lunch will be served to all volunteers.

Do you love your city, but you’d like to see it cleaner? New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, in partnership with Operation Clean Sweep, will be hosting a Cleanup Day in Ward 6 in New Bedford on Saturday, June 20, from 8:30 AM-12:00 PM. The organizations are seeking volunteers for this event to pick up trash and beautify the Ward 6 area.

The clean up meets on Ruth Street between McGurk and Salisbury Streets. Volunteers are encouraged to pre-register online at http://www.operationcleansweep.net/ before the clean up or call 508-979-1493. For additional information send an email to info@OperationCleansweep. net. On the day of the cleanup volunteers are asked to sign up and check in at the Operation Clean Sweep headquarters on Ruth Street. Note: All youngsters under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Breakfast items will be generously offered by the host of this cleanup, Me & Ed’s Family Restaurant. In addition, t-shirts will be distributed to all volunteers, and Domino’s Pizza, the Official Pizza of Operation Clean Sweep, will provide lunch. All gloves and tools will be provided.

The Operation Clean Sweep anti-litter campaign is working to improve the quality of life in New Bedford through organized cleanups, education and advocacy for enforcement of city ordinances.

United Way Launches 2015 Learn and Serve Summer Youth Program

Applications for the 2015 Learn and Serve Summer Youth Program are now available.

The United Way of Greater New Bedford announced today that applications for the 2015 Learn and Serve Summer Youth Program are now available. Applications can be downloaded from the United Way’s website and hard copies are available at the United Way and at the following libraries: Howland – Green, Lawler, Wilks, Casa da Saudade, and the downtown Main library. Applications must be completed and returned to the United Way at 105 William St. by 3:00pm on Wednesday, June 24, 2015.

Learn and Serve, is a six-week, 12-hour-per-week project based learning and community service program for 14-15-year old New Bedford residents. The program duration is from July 6, 2015 to August 13, 2015. The Learn and Serve Program will engage teams of youth in meaningful, real-world projects that build basic work skills while fostering an ethic of civic engagement and community service.

The program will allow youth to explore a diverse array of skills such as basic research, design, program development, and subject areas such as art, healthy lifestyles, literacy, and safe and beautiful environments. Participating youth who successfully complete the program will receive a $300 stipend at the end of the summer.

United Way President Michelle Neves Hantman explained that the goal of the program is to provide New Bedford youth with a constructive outlet for their time and energy. “We want to engage youth in projects that will help them to develop critical life skills including time management, personal responsibility, teamwork, and a strong sense of community,” said Ms. Hantman.

The Learn and Serve Summer Youth Program is funded through private donations.

For more information about the 2015 Learn and Serve Summer Youth Program, please call Lynne LaBerge at 508.997.4511 x2361 or email at llaberge@newbedfordschools.org.

Betsey B. Winslow Elementary School has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children

For more information about NAEYC Accreditation, visit www.naeyc.org/academy.

Betsey B. Winslow Elementary School has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the nation’s leading organization of early childhood professionals.

“The Winslow School community is proud to have earned the mark of excellence from NAEYC, and to be recognized for our commitment to reaching the highest professional standards,” said Principal Paula Bailey. “NAEYC accreditation shows our families that children in Winslow’s high-quality program have teachers who create engaging classrooms, enhance relationships with their parents and families, and develop rich experiences for their students. We are building an excellent school system and Winslow is proud to be a part of that path toward excellence.”

To earn NAEYC accreditation, Winslow went through an extensive self-study process, measuring the program and its services against the ten NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards and more than 400 related accreditation criteria. The program received NAEYC accreditation after an on-site visit by NAEYC assessors to ensure that the program meets each of the ten program standards. NAEYC-accredited programs are also subject to unannounced visits during their accreditation, which lasts for five years.

In the 25 years since NAEYC accreditation was established, it has become a widely recognized sign of high-quality early childhood education. Nearly 7,000 programs are currently accredited by NAEYC – approximately 8 percent of all preschools and other early childhood programs.

“It’s a lengthy and rigorous process to achieve NAEYC Accreditation, and Betsey B. Winslow School, and the New Bedford Public Schools, should be commended for seeking high standards,” said Rhian Evans Allvin, Executive Director of NAEYC. “Caring for children is not ‘rocket science’ – it’s brain science. Studies prove that the brain connections made in the first few years of life set a child’s path for success in school and in life. That’s why quality educators are so crucial. For parents and caregivers of young children who are searching for a high-quality early learning experience, Winslow’s NAEYC Accreditation is a sign that it offers a high-quality education in a nurturing and stimulating environment.”

“This mark of excellence is a validation of the exceptional work our educators do at Winslow and throughout our district as we build an excellent school system,” said Superintendent Pia Durkin. “The students, the staff, and the families of Winslow School should be pleased and proud to have earned this accreditation.”

The NAEYC Accreditation system has set voluntary professional standards for programs for young children since 1985. In September 2006, the Association revised program standards and criteria to introduce a new level of quality, accountability, and service for parents and children in child care programs. The new standards today reflect the latest research and best practices in early childhood education and development. NAEYC is committed to using the newest studies and analysis on positive child outcomes to ensure young children continue receiving the highest-quality care and education possible.

The NAEYC Accreditation system was created to set professional standards for early childhood education, and to help families identify high-quality preschools, child care centers, and other early education programs. To earn NAEYC Accreditation, a program must meet each of the ten NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards. Programs are accredited by NAEYC for a five-year period.

Princess Rabiatou Njoya of Cameroon to Speak at Women’s Cultural Conference in New Bedford

Princess Rabiatou Njoya of Cameroon.

Princess Rabiatou Njoya of Cameroon will be the featured speaker at the Women Help Each Other Conference, presented by World Coming Together to Make a Difference, Incorporated (WOCOTOMADI), a local nonprofit organization working to unite community in service to the needy both locally and in the home country of Cameroon. WOCOTOMADI provides medical equipment to people in need in Cameroon.

Patriarchs Samuel Pani and Pierre Ngankeu of Cameroon will also speak at the Conference, to be held on June 27 at Fort Taber Community Center, 1000 A S. Rodney Boulevard, New Bedford, MA, the first building on the right at 2 PM.

In addition to initiating a conversation about how women help each other in difficult times, an important goal of the event is to connect Cameroon to New Bedford through exchanging services as collect medical equipment that can be given to the people in Cameroon. With donation of an item, such as a walker, blood pressure monitor, wheel chair, glucometer, books or the like, WOCOTOMADI will ship all equipment received to its representative in Cameroon for distribution to clinics and churches there.

“High blood pressure is a major health problem there, and that’s why we have chosen blood pressure monitors as the focus of our work. But all kinds of medical equipment are needed in clinics in Cameroon”, the West Region Hospital in Cameroon, she added.

Everyone interconnecting is encouraged to wear the traditional dress of their home country.

For more information, contact: Julienne Siwe Ngongang at (617) 953-4431 or by email: contact@wocotomadi.org

A review of the New Bedford casino public forum at the Z

On June 23, 2015, New Bedford voters will decide if the City of New Bedford will permit the operation of a $650 million gaming establishment on the New Bedford waterfront. The third and final public forum is scheduled for June 17 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Normandin Middle School.


On Wednesday, June 10th, approximately 250 people attended a public forum on the potential casino coming to New Bedford. It was hosted by Leadership SouthCoast and SouthCoast Media and featured nine panelist. Each panelist had roughly 5 minutes to present their thoughts on a casino and a Q & A followed. Here’s a summary of the panelists:

Rev. David Lima from the Inter-Church Council of Greater New Bedford and Stephanie Rafael-DeMello representing the fishing industry (Bela Flor Seafood Brokerage and Northeast Fishery) were the most vocal anti-casino voices. Rev. Lima pointed out the negative impacts of a casino (addiction and crime) and Stephanie Rafael-DeMello was concerned about the traffic congestion along the New Bedford waterfront. She stated the fishing industry is already going through a trying time and a casino would negatively impact the industry.

KG Urban’s Andrew Stern and New Bedford Economic Development Council’s executive director Derek Santos were major proponents of the casino. They reviewed the highlights of the Host City Agreement between KG Urban Enterprises and the City of New Bedford. Andrew Stern pointed out some key points during his time and the Q&A:

  • Several non-profits and other businesses have tried to move to the NStar location to include the Ocean Explorium. They estimated the clean-up would cost about $9 million, but funded studies revealed the cost would be $50 million or more. The total cost to get the area ready to build the casino is estimated at $100 – $120 million ($30 million to buy the land, $50 million for the clean-up, $20-$40 million to move out the heavy equipment and relocate Nstar – now Eversource.) There is no one else coming to clean that area up or bring $1 billion to New Bedord.
  • All entertainment would be hosted at the Zeiterion Theatre.
  • Roughly 6,000+ construction and permanent jobs would be created.
  • 10s of millions of casino dollars are flowing from MA to RI and CT right now. The biggest clients for a New Bedford casino would be MA residents spending money at casinos outside the state, people south of Boston and people spending money on scratch tickets already.

Lynn Cunningham, from the Chamber of Commerce in Bethlehem, presented 6 years of data and information related to a KG Urban developed Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, PA. She stated the casino filled an important void after Bethlehem Steel left the city in 1988. There was a lot of unused, abandoned space much like the 43-acre NStar facility, where the proposed New Bedford casino would be developed. Lynn Cunningham stated that the casino didn’t overtake the town, crime was negligible and Bethlehem is still one of the safest cities in PA. She said there was a small increase in addiction, but it wasn’t just the casino. $3 billion in development money has flowed into the former Bethlehem Steel location since the casino was approved to include building an Arts and Entertainment Center. In her opinion, Bethlehem is a better place since the casino moved in.

New Bedford Police Chief David A. Provencher stated several times that he “…lets the data drive decision making.” Originally, he was a believer that casinos bring crime and addiction to cities, but after doing research and reading studies feels there is no increase in serious crime and with planning the New Bedford Police Department “would be in a strong position to handle any extra crime” and that “police departments respond to trends in their community.”

R. Carleen Cordwell, a south end New Bedford property owner, felt that if done right, casinos could be a good thing for a community. She stated that “Casinos don’t cause crime, poverty does.” She is a strong advocate of using the extra money the City would get from the casino to help the city’s youth and disadvantaged population.

Jessica Coelho, owner, Tia Maria’s European Café, stated that she was neutral on bringing a casino to New Bedford. She pointed out the good and bad.

Charles Carroll, the director of clinical services at High Point Treatment Center, talked about addiction. His opinion was that casino addiction mostly affect those already gambling (people heading to Rhode Island/Connecticut or doing scratch tickets.)

On June 23, 2015 New Bedford voters will be casting their votes to determine if the City of New Bedford will permit the operation of a gaming establishment licensed by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission on approximately 43 acres located off of MacArthur Drive at the site of the former Cannon Street power station.

Voters may cast absentee ballots at the Elections Office in City Hall (133 William Street, Room 144) during regular office hours (8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. Monday through Friday) and on Saturday, June 20, 2015 from 8:00 A.M. to noon. Absentee ballots may be cast until noon on June 22, 2015 (the day prior to the Referendum Election).

The third and final public forum is scheduled for June 17 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Normandin Middle School.

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