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New Bedford beach parking passes now available

The City of New Bedford continues preparations for the opening of its public beaches, with the sale of beach parking passes beginning today Monday, June 8, 2015.

The beach parking program, which covers East Beach, West Beach and Fort Taber, requires residents and non-residents to acquire a seasonal parking pass or pay a daily rate for parking.

Seasonal parking passes will be available at the Parks Recreation & Beaches Office at 181 Hillman St., Building 3, at the City Clerk’s Office in City Hall at 133 William St, and at the Traffic Office at the Elm Street Garage downtown.

Seasonal parking passes are $5 for city residents. Residents must bring their vehicle registration to obtain a resident seasonal parking pass.

The City offers seasonal parking passes to non-residents from surrounding communities for $20. Residents from Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Westport, Mattapoisett, Marion, Rochester, Acushnet, Freetown, Lakeville and Taunton are eligible. Non-residents from communities other than these are able to purchase seasonal parking passes for $50.

Day passes can be obtained beginning June 27, 2015 at the East Beach parking lot and at Fort Taber. Residents with a New Bedford address on their driver’s license pay $1 for a one-day parking pass for parking at East and West Beaches, and $5 for a one-day parking pass for parking at Fort Taber. Non-residents pay $10 for a one-day parking pass.

The City of New Bedford encourages everyone to come and enjoy the sparkling waters and the clean, safe, family-friendly beaches of New Bedford. East Beach this summer will feature new improved beach volleyball courts as well as a newly-formed Adult Recreation Beach Volleyball League. West Beach is a swimmers haven with an accessible pavilion providing shade, cool breezes, beautiful sunsets, and a fully accessible bath house. Fort Taber boasts sweeping views of New Bedford Harbor and Buzzards Bay in historic, Fort Taber Park.

Beaches are guarded by a professional waterfront team from June 27, 2015 through Sept. 7, 2015.




New Bedford man charged with armed robbery of Dunkin Donuts

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This morning at approximately 5:30am Officers Abraham Nazario and Johnny Galarza responded to a hold up alarm at the Dunkin Donuts at 231 Union St.

new-bedford-dunkin-donuts-robberyUpon arrival they spoke with the clerk who was not harmed. She stated that a male came into the business with his hand in his sweatshirt pocket indicating he had a weapon. He demanded the money from the register and then fled the area on foot. He was able to get an undisclosed amount of money.

Officers were able to identify the suspect through his description and searched the area and apartment to no avail. At approximately 9:15am Officers Dominique Sherburne and Kevin Barbosa returned to his home. It was at this time that he opened the door and was taken into custody without incident.

Scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon in New Bedford District court on Armed Robbery charges;

David Brown age 35 of New Bedford.




City on a Hill GiftsToGive Service, Open House & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at New Location

City on a Hill is holding three events in the New Bedford community over the next two weeks.

Today, June 8, 2015, staff from City on a Hill’s network office will be participating in community service with GiftsToGive, a non-profit organization with the ambitious mission to build a community to tackle child poverty. City on a Hill staff will be supporting the work at the organization’s warehouse today in Acushnet servicing children all over the South Coast.

Charter Public School New Bedford will hold a public Open House on Thursday, June 11th at 6:00 p.m. Prospective students and families are welcome to join us in our newly renovated building at 384 Acushnet Avenue, New Bedford, MA 02740 for building tours, student performances, and a chance to speak with school leaders, staff, and current students. We warmly welcome prospective students looking to enroll in the 9th grade in August 2015 and their families, as well as future students interested in learning more about our close-knit community and rigorous college prep curriculum.  City on a Hill New Bedford is now accepting student lottery entry forms (which can be found at www.cityonahill.org) for students interested in enrolling in grade 9 for fall 2015.

On Monday, June 15th at 8:00am, City on a Hill will be hosting a Ribbon Cutting at our new location at 384 Acushnet Avenue. Interested community members and partners will hear from Principal Kimberly Wall as well as New Bedford City Councillor James Oliveira. Please RSVP to Kristie Loftus at kloftus@cityonahill.org.


About City on a Hill
The newest school in a network of three college prep high schools, City on a Hill New Bedford opened in August of 2014 with a 9th grade and will grow to a full (grades 9-12) high school by 2017. Founded on the belief that all students can achieve, CoaH sets high standards for all students and empowers teachers in the decision-making process to implement those standards. City on a Hill is tuition-free and open to all students. There is no entrance exam; students are admitted by a random lottery with new students admitted in the ninth grade only. Small by design, the school allows for a maximum enrollment of 280 students in grades 9-12. Regardless of their prior educational attainment 100% of City on a Hill’s graduates are prepared to succeed in college.





National Park offers activities, walking tour on AHA! night

Come take the Underground Railroad walking tour on Thursday ,June 11th at 6pm,

How did people find their way around before GPS? Find out on Thursday, June 11, during AHA! night (Art, History, Architecture) at New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park. That evening, there will be an Underground Railroad of New Bedford walking tour with a National Park Service ranger. Explore the stories of fugitive slaves who made their way to this city to find freedom and opportunities. The tour steps off at 6pm from the National Park
visitor center, and ends at the Nathan and Polly Johnson House, which will be open to the public. In addition, the public may join Ruth and Abby, the 1850s ladies, to create a Hawaiian star compass as taught to them by Keanu (a whaleman from Maui). From 5-6 PM, Ruth and Abby will offer Compass Creation. This will be followed by a discussion and activities from 6-7pm.

For those wanting a self-guided tour, families may pick up a Jr. Ranger Booklet to follow their own discovery tour of the historic district. These events takes place at New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park’s visitor center, 33 William Street, downtown New Bedford. As always, the event is open to all, and admission is free. For more information about AHA! night, go to http://www.ahanewbedford.org/

New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park was established by Congress in 1996 to help preserve and interpret America’s nineteenth century whaling industry. The park, which encompasses a 13-block National Historic Landmark District, is the only National Park Service area addressing the history of the whaling industry and its influence on the economic, social, and environmental history of the United States. The National Park visitor center is located at 33 William Street in downtown New Bedford. It is open seven days a week, from 9 AM-5 PM, and offers information, exhibits, and a free orientation movie every hour on the hour from 10 AM-4 PM.

The visitor center is wheelchair-accessible, and is free of charge. For more information, call the visitor center at 508-996-4095, go to www.nps.gov/nebe or visit the park’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/NBWNHP. Everyone finds their park in a different way. Discover yours at FindYourPark.com





New Bedford Teachers Win Statewide Award

Ms. Oliveira and Mr. Rodrigues were honored on June 2.

New Bedford High School teachers Pamela Oliveira and Nelson Rodrigues were among 33 Massachusetts teachers and two principals receiving a Teacher in Excellence Award for their work in significantly improving Advanced Placement test scores of New Bedford High School students.

Ms. Oliveira and Mr. Rodrigues were honored on June 2 at the annual Partners in Excellence award celebration at the Seaport Hotel in Boston. The Partners in Excellence program is sponsored by corporations, institutions, philanthropic foundations, and individuals committed to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. The program is part of an initiative by Mass Insight Education to expand AP participation and encourage more students to attend college and complete college.

“Our goal is to continue to expand AP opportunities throughout the Commonwealth, and with the great teachers like the ones we honored at our celebration, we’re well on our way,” said William Guenther, Chairman, Founder and CEO of Mass Insight.

“We as a school district are proud of the hundreds of dedicated educators we have, and Mr. Rodrigues and Ms. Oliveira are two shining examples of that dedication,” said New Bedford Superintendent Pia Durkin. “As New Bedford High continues its return to excellence, it will be to thanks to the hard work of Mr. Rodrigues, Ms. Oliveira, and the dedicated staff at the high school.”

Ms. Oliveira, who teaches AP language and composition, said “Teaching is my second career but has always been my avocation. I enjoy teaching in my hometown because it creates a bond with my students that is unbreakable. AP students are like sponges waiting to soak up whatever wisdom we can impart. MMSI has given me many useful tools with which to arm my students in pursuit of higher education. For that, I am eternally grateful.”

Mr. Rodrigues, who teaches AP calculus, said “Mass Insight Education has proven to play a significant role in our AP Program. Our students look forward to meeting new students from Saturday Sessions. Treating our students with a sense of urgency and dedication cultivates motivation to succeed.”

About Mass Insight:

Since 2008, Mass Insight has provided the largest high school academic STEM program in Massachusetts, designed to increase participation and performance in Advanced Placement STEM and English courses. As a result of the dedication of these exemplary award winners, students are enrolling and persisting in college at higher rates than state averages, especially among low-income and under-represented groups.





Suffolk County Sobriety Checkpoint

The checkpoint will run Saturday June 13, 2015 into Sunday June 14, 2015.

Colonel Timothy P. Alben, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police, announced that a “Sobriety Checkpoint” will be implemented by the Massachusetts State Police on a Public Way in the Counties named below. The purpose is to further educate the motoring public and strengthen the public’s awareness to the need of detecting and removing those motorists who operate under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs from our roadways. It will be operated during varied hours, the selection of vehicles will not be arbitrary, safety will be assured, and any inconveniences to motorists will be minimized with advance notice to reduce fear and anxiety.

THANKS TO A GRANT PROVIDED BY THE HIGHWAY SAFETY DIVISION OF THE MASSACHUSETTS EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY, A “SOBRIETY CHECKPOINT” WILL BE HELD IN THE COUNTIES LISTED BELOW:

COUNTY: DATE:

Suffolk Saturday June 13, 2015 into Sunday June 14, 2015





8th Annual World War II Living History program

June 27, 2015 (9:00AM – 4:00PM) & June 28, 2015 (9:00AM – 3:00PM).

The Fort Taber Fort Rodman Historical Association, Inc. in cooperation with the City of New Bedford are sponsoring its 8th annual WWII living history camp Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28, 2015 as part of the continuing recognition of our WWII veterans.

The camps will be open, free to the public each day. Re-enactors representing American, British, Canadian, and German soldiers will provide a living history camp outside of Batteries Walcott, Gaston, and Cross inside of the City’s Fort Taber Park (Fort Rodman). A battle demonstration will occur each day and several WWII era military vehicles will be present on display.

A special WWII Veteran reception is planned for Saturday, June 27. The event will be held inside the museum from 5:00PM to 7:00PM. All WWII Veterans and their family are invited to attend.

The Fort Taber ~ Fort Rodman Military Museum will be open on extended hours during the weekend.

World War II began on September 1, 1939, although many areas were already under combat conditions before then. Victory in Europe or VE Day was declared on May 8, 1945. Victory over Japan occurred four months later on August 15, 1945 although the formal surrender did not take place until September 2, 1945.

The war was a global conflict. Estimates for the total casualties of the war vary, because many deaths went unrecorded. Most suggest that some 60 million people died in the war, including about 20 million military personnel and 40 million civilians.

The Fort Taber ~ Fort Rodman Historical Association, Inc. is committed to assisting in the restoration, reservation and perpetuation of Fort Rodman and its surroundings and demonstrating how this fort is representative of the development of coastal fortifications from the Revolutionary period though the mid-20th century. The Association also is dedicated to preserve the memory and legacy of our area veterans and their service to our nation.

The Fort Taber ~ Fort Rodman Military Museum is open daily from 1:00PM to 4:00PM.

For further information please contact Joseph Langlois 508-996-3850 or Bob Bromley 774-357-9591, or the Fort Taber Fort Rodman Military Museum at 508-994-3938.





New Bedford Grade 8 Students will have Opportunity to Take Courses at NBHS

This competitive program will be available to 75 Grade 8 students.

New Bedford High School is pleased to offer to students entering Grade 8 in the 2015-2016 school year the opportunity to participate in dual enrollment at NBHS from their middle school.

In this dual enrollment program, students would have the option to take both English Language Arts and Algebra 1 at the high school, and students who successfully complete these freshman-level courses would receive credit toward their New Bedford High School diploma when they enroll at NBHS in 2016.

This competitive program will be available to 75 Grade 8 students from across the district in Fall 2015. Students have received applications that are due to back to their middle school offices by June 12.

“At New Bedford High we are very excited about this new opportunity for our students, and we look forward to welcoming eighth-graders into our building so they can see firsthand what it means to be a Whaler,” said Headmaster Bernadette Coelho.





Hampden County Sobriety Checkpoint

Hampden Friday June 12, 2015 into Saturday June 13, 2015

Colonel Timothy P. Alben, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police, announced that a “Sobriety Checkpoint” will be implemented by the Massachusetts State Police on a Public Way in the Counties named below. The purpose is to further educate the motoring public and strengthen the public’s awareness to the need of detecting and removing those motorists who operate under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs from our roadways. It will be operated during varied hours, the selection of vehicles will not be arbitrary, safety will be assured, and any inconveniences to motorists will be minimized with advance notice to reduce fear and anxiety.

THANKS TO A GRANT PROVIDED BY THE HIGHWAY SAFETY DIVISION OF THE MASSACHUSETTS EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY, A “SOBRIETY CHECKPOINT” WILL BE HELD IN THE COUNTIES LISTED BELOW:

COUNTY: DATE:

Hampden Friday June 12, 2015 into Saturday June 13, 2015
No further information is available at this time.

Excellence In Service Through Quality Policing

www.mass.gov/msp





The Unadoptables seeking shelter co-stars!

The Unadoptables web-based show is seeking shelter pets to be co-stars!

We are looking for pet shelters in the South Coast, MA area to fill out our form and let us know about their least adoptable dogs, cats and other legally adoptable pets. The ones that are too old, have medical conditions, don’t do well with children, etc. If you are south of Boston fill out the form! Full show details here.

Work at a shelter? Let us know about your unadoptables by filling out the form below or to the live form here: http://goo.gl/forms/fazfmssKng Feel free to let us know about up to three unadoptables.

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