Stage Creature Makeup Workshop

There is a limit of 10 attendees, so sign up fast!

Learn more about the wonderful world of stage makeup! Your Theatre, Inc.’s very own Suzanne Bergeron will be leading a stage makeup workshop August 18 and 25, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at Your Theatre, Inc, 136 Rivet St, New Bedford. For over thirty years, Suzanne has been a licensed cosmetologist and has been the design genius for hair and makeup for many productions at YTI.

The class will consist of two parts. First, you will learn the basic techniques of working with grease paint and creating glamour looks for women and men. (Yes guys too!) The second part of the class will involve character make up. You will learn techniques to age an actor, or to turn her or him into a fantastic creature!

This is a “hands on” class using models from the actual cast of Horrors of Dr. Moreau by H. G. Wells adapted by Joel Stone which will be the September opening show of the YTI upcoming 69th season.

All materials will be provided. The workshop is limited to ten attendees. There is a fee of $15.

Your Theatre, Inc. Schedules Spine-Tingling 69th Season

Your Theatre, Inc.’s (YTI) upcoming 2015-2016 69th season will feature five major plays encompassing genres of comedy, mystery and drama chosen for their quality and ability to please audiences.

Kicking off the company’s spine-tingling season of high-quality entertainment will be Joel Stone’s adaptation of H.G. Well’s gripping fantasy drama, Horrors Of Doctor Moreau, on the boards September 10-20, 2015 directed by New Bedford’s Lawrence R. Houbre Jr.

Bram Stoker’s classic tale of gothic horror, Dracula, adapted by John L. Balderston and Hamilton Deane, is scheduled for Nov. 12-22 under the direction of Swansea’s Stephen R. Kay.

Opening the new calendar year will be Sam Shepard’s contemporary drama, True West, to be produced January 14-24, 2016 directed by Margo Ruggiero of Fairhaven. This show is followed by a change from spine-tingling to rib-tickling with John Cariani’s witty romantic comedy, Almost, Maine, to be be staged March 10-20, 2016 with Bob Gillet of Fall River directing.

Agatha Christie’s international smash mystery thriller, And Then There Were None, directed by Robin Richard of New Bedford, will cap the season May 5-15, 2016

Maintaining its position as a fully-dedicated community theatre serving Southeastern Massachusetts and surrounding areas, Your Theatre, Inc.’s shows will run Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. Sunday matinees are at 2:30 p.m.
Known for featuring talented actors working under skilled directors aided by knowledgeable technicians supported by a loyal volunteer staff, YTI will also offer special attractions and events promoting theatre arts throughout the season.

Season Subscriptions are now available online. A full season, five-show subscription is $60, a three dollar savings off the general admission price of $15 per ticket.

All productions will be in the theatre’s wheelchair accessible playhouse that is in the St. Martin’s Church complex, 136 Rivet St. at County St., New Bedford. Parking is free in the church lot on County St.

Subscriber, ticket and other information about the productions are available by calling Your Theatre, Inc. at 508-993-0772, or by sending an e-mail to The theatre’s web site is

“A Mid Summer Morning’s Yoga Dream” in Cushman Park

Make sure you bring your mat and water to the class.

The ancient methods of Kripalu Yoga and Sacred Sound used together create a highly effective synergy that releases blocked energy and promotes a state of deep relaxation and balance, which leaves participants in touch with their body’s inner wisdom.

Dive deeper into your yoga practice by riding the current of live instrumentation, followed by Savasana relaxation blanketed in the vibration of the Healing Gong.

Fitness in Cushman Park’s yoga instructor, Jeff Costa, E-RYT 200 is a Yoga Alliance Nationally Certified Instructor and a graduate of the Kripalu School of Yoga and Health. He is the Fitness Director at Carabiner’s Climbing and Fitness Gym in New Bedford. With 25 years experience in the fitness industry and a BA in Liberal Arts from Boston University, the strength of Jeff’s teaching lies in his attention to detail and his compassionate approach to students’ needs. Jeff’s authentic voice and classical approach to alignment create a class environment, which engenders happiness, personal power, and peace of mind.

Paula Lazaroff, LMT is an energy based bodywork therapist and sacred sound healer. Sacred Sound Healing uses the inherent high vibration of instruments to invite healing into any activity. The vibrations of sound are “heard” not only through the ears but in every cell of the body, and helps put our body, mind and spirit back “in tune.” Being “in tune” strengthens Life Force energy creating more clarity, vitality and harmony.

Attendees to the class should bring a mat and water. Classes take place weather permitting — cancellations will be posted on the FaceBook page: .

Fitness in Cushman Park is presented free to the public thanks to the generous support of our community sponsors.

For more information about the fitness program and “A Mid Summer Morning’s Yoga Dream” or to sponsor Fitness in Cushman Park please call 508-287-2482.

Zeiterion Block of Purchase Street Temporarily Renamed “Cherry Tree Lane” for Mary Poppins Production

“It’s become a tradition to rename the Zeiterion block to celebrate Festival Theatre’s annual production,” said Mayor Mitchell.

Mayor Jon Mitchell announced today that the block of Purchase Street between Spring and School Streets in downtown New Bedford has been temporarily renamed “Cherry Tree Lane” in recognition of New Bedford Festival Theatre’s two-weekend production of Mary Poppins. The opening performance of the exclusive New England engagement of the classic Broadway musical is tonight at 7:00pm.

“It’s become a tradition to rename the Zeiterion block to celebrate Festival Theatre’s annual production,” said Mayor Mitchell. A couple of years ago Purchase Street became “Hollywood Boulevard” for Singin’ in the Rain. This year we will call this block of Purchase Street “Cherry Tree Lane” in honor of one of the most famous addresses in film and musical theater history—the Banks family’s home at 17 Cherry Tree Lane. The signs go up for the run of the show and then become a piece of memorabilia for Festival Theatre.”

Armand Marchand, the Executive Producer for the company, celebrating its 25th year of “bringing the best of Broadway to New Bedford,” said, “We always appreciate the Mayor and the City’s willingness to play a supporting role in our productions! Mary Poppins will be spectacular, so come take a magic umbrella ride with us this summer!”

New Bedford Festival Theatre will stage a total of eight performances of Mary Poppins over this weekend and next. For tickets or more information visit or call the Zeiterion box office at (508) 994-2900.

Man Arrested for Heroin Trafficking and Gun Possession in Taunton

They subsequently determined that the operator was in possession of a quantity of a substance believed to be heroin, as well as a silver, Raven Arms .25 Caliber firearm.

On July 22, 2015 at about 11:45 p.m., Troopers Paul Dunderdale and David Walczak, assigned to the Troop D Community Action Team, were conducting an investigation on Summer Street in the city of Taunton. At that time, they were attempting to locate a suspect who had assaulted a trooper earlier in the evening. While outside of their cruiser, the troopers observed a white Chevrolet Malibu traveling slowly past their location and believed that the operator resembled the assault suspect. When the troopers attempted to make contact with this operator, he took off at a high rate of speed.

Troopers Dunderdale and Walczak caught up with the vehicle in the Mechanics Bank parking lot on Summer Street. Upon approaching the operator, the troopers observed him to engage in dangerous movements. They subsequently determined that the operator was in possession of a quantity of a substance believed to be heroin, as well as a silver, Raven Arms .25 Caliber firearm.

The operator, who was not the suspect from the previous assault, was identified as HECTOR RODRIGUEZ, 29, of Taunton. He was placed under arrest on the following charges:
1. Use of a Firearm While Committing a Felony
2. Trafficking in Heroin
3. Operating with a Suspended/Revoked Registration – Subsequent Offense
4. Speeding
5. Marked Lanes Violation

RODRIGUEZ was booked at the State Police Barracks in Middleboro and then transported to the Bristol County Jail House where he was held on $25,000.00 bail pending his arraignment in Taunton District Court.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s set for October 4th in New Bedford

The 2015 Southeastern Massachusetts Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is set for Sunday, October 4 at Fort Taber in New Bedford.

Online registration has already opened for the event, which is expected to have a record turnout.

“The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is enormously empowering to families who are living with the challenge of Alzheimer’s,” said James Wessler, President/CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association, MA/NH Chapter. “It’s important for people to know that they are not alone and that they can do something to fight back. Alzheimer’s takes away so much and hits families hard, financially and emotionally. And for those with Alzheimer’s, there are no effective treatments yet. The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is a day to commit to changing the trajectory of the disease.”

More than 5 million people in the U.S. have Alzheimer’s. It is the sixth leading cause of death. While age is the greatest risk factor, it can occur in those as young as 40, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Beginning at 8:30 a.m., the Southeastern Massachusetts Walk chaired by Ashley Bendiksen from New Bedford, Executive Assistant to the Bristol County District Attorney. Highlights for the Walk include free refreshments, children’s activities, the opportunity to connect with local service providers and the opportunity to learn more about the services the Alzheimer’s Association provides.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. For more information or to volunteer or participate in the Walk call 800-272-3900 or visit

About the Alzheimer’s Association:
The Alzheimer Association provides services and programs for those with Alzheimer’s, family and professional caregivers in the form of support groups, a 24/7 Helpline, care consultation, advocacy efforts, and education programs. The Alzheimer’s Association is also the world’s leading nonprofit funder of research into causes, treatments and, someday, a cure. For more information about Alzheimer programs, visit or call 800.272.3900.

Faces Of New Bedford – #08: Meagan “Meaggsy” Borges

Meet Meagan “Meaggsy” Borges, a 24-year-old marine fabricator and artist.

After 8 long years of working at multiple McDonald restaurants in the area she left to work for Steele and Rowe, where she discovered her love for fashion design while crafting boat covers. Using the skills developed while working there, she creates backpacks, hats, and many other commissioned works.

Not only is she a full time fabricator, but she also recently graduated UMass Boston with a degree in Finance, which she hopes to use, along with her artistic abilities, to open a business in downtown New Bedford.

She has also been drawing since she first picked up a pencil. Inspired by the cartoons she watched as a child, her art heavily revolves around detailed line work and many familiar faces from 90s television.

She is inspired by the local community and how everyone has always been supportive of anything she has tried to do, which is why she loves this city. She just recently showed at the Pour Farm Tavern which garnered her a lot of local attention.

“Find out what makes you you and do it. Keep growing and learning to make whoever you find yourself to be better than you were the day before.”


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“The Malassada Connection” – 1850s ladies offer craft event

New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park was established by Congress in 1996 to help preserve and interpret America’s nineteenth century whaling industry.

What connects New Bedford, the Azores, Cape Verde, Hawaii and the Arctic? The deep-fried, sugary delight known as the malassada, is a treat from the Arctic to the Equator. Did boiling whale oil help to spread this favorite? Join Ruth and Abby, the national park’s 1850s ladies, to make crafts associated with these ports of call on Saturday, July 25, from 1:00-3:00 PM. This free event will take place in the park garden. In the event of inclement weather it will be moved indoors.

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 or visit the park’s Facebook page at Everyone finds their park in a different way. Discover yours at

Movie screening Rx: The Quiet Revolution Tuesday, July 28th 6:30pm NB Whaling Museum

Join us to transform our own health and the health of our community.

A staggering 50 percent of American adults suffer from a chronic disease such as diabetes, heart disease, obesity and arthritis — and one in four has two or more chronic health conditions. In Rx: The Quiet Revolution, you’ll travel across America to discover a quiet revolution happening in medicine. From Maine to Mississippi, Alaska to California, see physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals placing the patient at the center of their practice — transforming the way medical care is delivered while lowering costs and improving outcomes.

The screening is free at the New Bedford Whaling Museum on Tuesday, July 28th at 6:30 pm and there will be a discussion about the 100 Million Healthier Lives campaign through the IHI: Institute for Healthcare Improvement after the screening. Several administrators from the IHI will be with us.

Police Rescue Woman and Child from Mount Sugarloaf in Deerfield

This evening, a woman and her 4-year-old child spent nearly two hours lost on Mount Sugarloaf in Deerfield before being rescued by state and local police.

The woman called 911 at about 8:00 p.m. when she became lost was unable to navigate her way off the mountain. State and local police responded to the area where she was believed to be and began sounding their sirens in an attempt to discern her location. According to the woman, the sirens sounded faint. A Massachusetts State Police helicopter responded to the area and was able to locate the woman, who signaled the helicopter using the flashlight on her cell phone.

The helicopter crew then directed state and local police to her location. The woman and her child were escorted out of the woods just before 10:00 p.m. They were both examined by South County EMS as a precautionary measure and found to be uninjured.

This rescue was a concerted effort by troopers assigned to the Shelburne Falls barracks and the State Police Airwing, members of the Deerfield, Whately, and Montague Police Departments, members of the South Deerfield Fire Department, and Shelburne Falls dispatch.

There is no further information available. Please do not contact the barracks for media inquiries.

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