Mass Saints Basketball Tryouts Starting on February 3rd in Fairhaven

Do you have kids THAT love to play basketball?

Did you know that the Mass Saints is the largest AAU basketball organization in Southern Massachusetts? The Saints mission is to provide our players a solid basketball foundation in a competitive environment, so they can have fun, improve their skills and maximize their basketball potential. Their program consists of both boys and girls teams which compete from the 3rd grade through Varsity levels of play. There is no cost to try out.

Be a part of this volunteer run and non-profit organization! Tryouts start on Monday, February 3rd at the Leroy Wood at 60 Sconticut Neck Road, Fairhaven. Check out the full schedule below and follow Mass Saints on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MassSaints/

Fees are $300 for players who already have their uniform and $400 for players who do not. All players will receive a new Nike basketball back pack!




Spotlight: New Bedford’s Churrascaria Novo Mundo

Looking for some amazing holiday platters? Here’s a sample of what Churrascaria Novo Mundo at 98 County Street in New Bedford has to offer. Contact (508) 991-8661 or stop by today!




Spotlight: Fall River’s Famous Churrascaria Portuguese BBQ & Grill Family Restaurant

Check out some of the amazing food at Famous Churrascaria Portuguese BBQ & Grill Family Restaurant on 144 Rodman St. in Fall River. Lunch special: 1/2 Chicken with Fries and Rice for $6.99. Try the grilled octopus, Portuguese steak, kabobs or chicken, and ribs. Open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week.




The AHEAD Employee Store is OPEN to the Public Dec. 14th, 15th and 21st.

If you’re in New Bedford and looking for holiday gifts, we’ve got great news: the AHEAD© Employee Store is open to the public on Saturday, and Sundays through December 21st. You’ll find first-quality overruns, some irregulars and thousands of items to choose from. New items are added every single day. You have THREE more shopping days to take advantage some some awesome deals. Stop in this weekend from 9am to 2pm.

From Hats to Fleece’s, leather goods and accessories there is something for everyone!

DECEMBER BLOW OUT SALE!
December 21st 9am to 2pm.

Located in the New Bedford Industrial Park (Exit 7 off of RTE 140)
270 Samuel Barnet Blvd.
Shop their online store: https://aheadusashop.com/
Employee Store selection changes DAILY. Online discounts and promos are good for online sales ONLY.

CASH or CREDIT is accepted.
Follow them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aheadusa/


https://www.newbedfordguide.com/event/the-ahead-employee-store-is-open-to-the-public-for-2019/2019-12-14




Empire Ford donates Turkeys and hams to New Bedford families for Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving! Empire Ford of New Bedford donated dozens of turkeys, hams, clothing and other food items to families at four New Bedford shelters could have a better Thanksgiving.




Is it ok to give Thanksgiving leftovers to your pooch? It depends

This week you would be hard pressed not to see endless memes and posts about what you can and can’t feed your devoted doggo after the Thanksgiving feast has ended. Obviously you don’t want to give something to your prized pup that might hurt them or make them sick. Let’s cross some things right off the list:

DO NOT FEED THEM:

Raisins
Grapes
Leeks
Onion
Garlic
No bones (Duh!)
Spicy Foods
Fatty Foods (trim it!)
Avoid Gravy
Turkey skin
Garlic bread
Pie
Booze (aww!)
Ice Cream (if it has xylitol which is toxic and deadly)

Ok, so now you have a sad faced pup resting its head in your lap and its HUNGRY….well the good news is Turkey is just fine, white meat is much more preferable. Dogs will also enjoy some nicely prepared veggies (preferably steamed) and they won’t know the difference. String beans, asparagus and sweet potatoes are big crowd pleasers. A little bit of plain white bread is also fine if you know your dog doesn’t have any digestion issues. Remember, everything in moderation, a little goes a long way and the most important thing is making sure your pup has a long and happy life. Resist the urge to over indulge them, they’ll thank you for it and reward you with lots of love and kisses.

Oh, hey what about our other furry feline friends? Cats are Ok eating turkey too and we know how sneaky they will be if your plate is unattended. A lot of the same rules apply; avoid onions, garlic, grapes, raisins, avocados and nuts (especially walnuts and macadamia nuts which are especially toxic) Use common sense (and GOOGLE!) There are plenty of pet resources online to help. Better safe than sorry. Happy Thansgiving everyone!




Spotlight on Advanced Embroidery in Westport

Check out our spotlight on Advanced Embroidery at 85 Blossom Road in Westport. Call (508) 678-8993 or e-mail advandrea2013@gmail.com for a quote or more information.




Don’t let the winter blues set in when closing the pool for the season, let Aaron Pools & Spas take care of it

When temperatures reach approximately 65°F it’s time to close your pool. While no one wants to have to think about it, at a certain point in the year you have to address closing your pool for the season. An end to the center of social gatherings, fun with family and friends, exercise and more has to come to a conclusion until next summer.

As anyone who owns a pool knows, there is a considerable amount of upkeep, maintenance and care that comes with our pools. Opening your pool for the season isn’t as simple as pulling the cover off and jumping in. Inversely, neither does closing one’s pool consist of putting the cover on it.

There are, in fact, best practices for opening and closing your pool and in a day and age where most of us have work and family schedules absolutely filled with things to do, we often push off both for another day. Thankfully, there are professionals that can come to the rescue and close your pool for you.

The South Coast’s experts in all things related to pools and hot tubs is Aaron Pools & Spas, and when it comes to opening, maintaining, or closing one’s pool no one does it better.

The worst thing you can do is let all that debris fester away in a covered pool for the winter, wait for the hardness, alkaline or pH to become unbalanced, replace the filter, etc. and say to yourself “I’ll just do everything when I open the pool next summer.” That means a lot of work for you, perhaps more than you anticipated and when that super hot day does roll around and you want to just dive into your pool it’ll have to wait. Hopefully, there will be no damage and nothing will need to be repaired or cost more than usual. Being pro-active will save you money and stress.

To close a pool or winterize it means needing the tools, perhaps a Shop-Vac, Algaecide, chemistry test kit and strips, pH increaser and/or pH decreaser, a “shocker,” possibly Calcium hardness and Alkalinity increasers, Rubber plugs or straight pressure plugs for return jets, Metal sequestrant, a Winter Pill, and a winter pool cover/safety cover and pool cover weights.

It means maintaining a proper balance of chemicals to maintain calcium hardness between 180-220ppm, alkalinity between 80-120ppm and the pH balance between 7.2 and 7.6. It means cleaning the pool of debris, e.g. leaves, twigs, dead bugs, dirt. It means checking on the pumps, filter health, and draining the water from the pump and filter system to prevent ice buildup in them which could cause them to crack just like they do in our homes. It means covering it with a pool to prevent drowning accidents.

Sound like a lot? It is.

You don’t need to stress over it and you don’t need to set aside time in your busy life to do it – one phone call to Aaron Pools & Spas, done.

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Aaron Pools & Spas

597 State Rd
Dartmouth, Massachusetts
Phone: (508) 996-3320
EMail: pools@aaronpoolsandspas.com

Wednesday-Saturday: 8:00am-4:00pm
Sunday & Tuesday: CLOSED

Facebook: facebook.com/aaronpoolsandspas/
Website: www.aaronpoolsandspas.com




6 best lunch deals in New Bedford for $10 or under, Part 1

Everyone loves a good deal… especially those that involve food! America is a foodie culture par excellence. We love our food, we love trying new dishes and cuisines, we love discovering new restaurants.

Unfortunately, that can often come at a high price. That puts a serious damper on our beloved foodie experience. However, there are a fair number of places you can sate your foodie appetite – pardon the pun – and not break the bank. Whether you are just a frugal eater or simply having a tough weak financially so need to know where to go for the best deals in New Bedford, here is a guide to the ten best spots.

The following places are prices as of 2019 – we’ll update these articles annually.

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1. Destination Soups’ Soups and Sandwiches

When it comes to lunch few things are less American than soup and sandwiches. All climates, all seasons, blue-collar and white-collar alike, everyone loves a hearty sandwich accompanied with a hot cup or bowl of soup. One of the joys of that love affair is the massive variety in the combinations. Often menus will offer standard pairings like Grilled cheese and tomato soup, Roast Beef and French Onion, Reuben and Matzo Ball Soup, et al but one of the great things about Destination Soups menu is the ability to mix and match in whatever way you wish.

While you can opt for a full sandwich with Cape Cod chips, going for the half/mini sandwich (between $2.50-$5.55) and a cup or bowl of soup ($3.80/$6) is the way to go. Starting at $2.50 for the mini grilled cheese (with tomato, avocado or meat options for extra $) and ending with $5.55 for the “The Beast” roast beef sandwich (sliced roast beef, bacon, pickled cucumber, roasted peppers, provolone, romaine) there is something for everyone.

99% of the menu is under $10 and there is only one single item that breaks the $10 barrier and that’s the “Wunderkind – the healthiest salad in town.” Even if you have a huge appetite and ordered a bowl of soup and a full sandwich – a feast -you’re in the $11 range.

I can’t recommend enough to either go for the “Turners Falls” (sliced ham, salami, cheddar, romaine, and tomato, pickled cucumber, choice of spread) or one of the seven types of “Specialty Grilled Cheese Fiesta” sandwich, especially the “Portucheese” (stuffed w/ground chourico, sauteed peppers, and onion) or the “Rick Cheese” (stuffed w/sliced apple, bacon, balsamic vinegar). Pair the “Turner Falls” with some clam chowder and the grilled cheese with a classic creamy tomato basil soup.

Destination Soups

149 Union St
New Bedford, Massachusetts
Phone: (508) 991-7687

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2. No Problemo’s Anything and Everything

The popular New Bedford landmark, No Problemo is popular by all segments of society. Stroll in at any given time and you will see politicians, lawyers, cops, hipsters, hippies, skateboarders, et al all mingling together and enjoying some of the best food in the city.

Besides the fact that the guys at No Problemo are just good people, there is the obvious fact that they make mouth-watering fare – something they have consistently done since they opened. The burrito that you fell in love with when they opened is the same one you’ll get when you walk in today.

However, their popularity also has much to do with their pricing: like Destination Soups there’s nothing on the menu over $10. You’d have to add all kinds of options like extra meat, extra guacamole, more sour cream to crack that benchmark. My personal favorite is the Tostada (Salad) and every once in a while, I’ll stray and get the El Diablo.

Is there anything bad that can be said about the New Bedford fixture? If there is, don’t tell me because I don’t need that kind of negativity and lies in my life.

No Problemo Taqueria

813 Purchase St
New Bedford, Massachusetts
Phone: (508) 984-1081

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3. Libad’s Pizza and a Beer

Libad Seaside’s pizza and a beer (or soda) is one of the best-kept secrets in the city. It seems that there is a hyper-focus on downtown when it comes to business, restaurants, cafes, etc. and much of the rest of the city gets neglected. Libad’s is one of those places that gets ignored but based on the quality of food coming out of the kitchen, the very affordable prices, the service, and the atmosphere Libad’s should be on the tip of everyone’s tongue – figuratively and literally. If you think it’s “Just a bar.” you are sadly mistaken.

They not only make some of the best pizza in the area but their personal pizza and a draft beer deal that starts at $6.50 (cheese pizza) puts them very high on the list when it comes to one of the best deals on the SouthCoast, perhaps the country. Pizza and a beer for $6.50 – most places will charge you $6.50 just for a beer. Heck, can you even get a combo meal at a fast-food chain for $6.50?

While there is much on their menu which you can see here and here that is under $10 you must have the Mozambique themed pizza (chicken, shrimp or scallops for $8) that comes with a small cup of Mozambique sauce. Being almost 50 and having lived about 40 of those years here on the SouthCoast I have a lot of Mozambique dishes and sauces and this is hands down one of the best I’ve ever had.

Because Libad’s is pushing the personal pizza and a beer/soda as a lunch service primarily you get this pizza so fast your head will spin. They cook the pizza on such high heat that a perfect pizza is ready in minutes. So, even if you only have 30 minutes for lunch you will be able to pull it off.

Libad’s Seaside

578 Brock Ave
New Bedford, Massachusetts
Phone: (508) 992-8474

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4. Pa Raffa’s

Pa Raffa’s is an eatery that is stuck in a time machine in a good way. Not only have they been around a long time (since 1964) and never tampered with their menu, portions, or dishes they have kept prices from an earlier time. They have uncharacteristically resisted raising their prices as the vast majority of restaurants do.

The most expensive single item is the Parmigiana Dinner for $13.50 but that comes with the entree, a choice of spaghetti/macaroni anda choice of salad, soup or garlic bread. The rest of the menu consists of items between $5-$10.

On top of those mind-boggling prices are the mind-boggling portions. pa Raffa’s is famous for the huge portions of food they serve. My recommendation is to go for the gargantuan Antipasto at $8.00 (for 50 cents more you can have tuna or chicken added) or the Baked Ziti served with a side of tomato sauce ($7.50), side of meat sauce ($8.50) or with Chicken and Broccoli ($9.50). All the baked ziti dishes come with a choice of Minestrone Soup, Salad, Veggie of the Day, French Fries, Spaghetti or Macaroni. Mamma mia!

Pa Raffa’s

2857 Acushnet Ave,
New Bedford, MA 02745
Phone: (508) 995-7711


Photo by Dave T. from Novo Mundo Yelp.

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5. Half Rotisserie Chicken Meal at Novo Mundo

It takes a lot for a Portuguese Restaurant to stand out in an ocean of Portuguese Restaurants on the SouthCoast – the majority of which are excellent. Novo Mundo does just that. Customer service, mouth-watering food, affordable prices, and an atmosphere that will make you feel like you are in Portugal hanging out with the guys and gals at a local spot.

Everything they do at Novo Mundo is hands-down amazing. I had the best steak of my life here – the Castela da Vaca. The open kitchen means you get to not only watch the masters at work but get to relish that amazing aroma wafting directly to your nostrils.

The best deal on their menu is the Half Rotisserie Chicken Meal for $8.49. It comes with a half of a juicy chicken grilled to perfection, a side of rice and a heaping of fresh, piping hot golden French fries. A feast! It comes with a cup of their famous “orange sauce” comprised of secret ingredients and goes good on everything. There’s no way you order anything off the menu, get your cup of secret sauce and not ask for a second cup or a cup to bring home.

Churrascaria Novo Mundo

98 County St
New Bedford, Massachusetts
Phone: (508) 991-8661

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Photo by Jason Barriteau

6. Dee’s Hot Dogs

I don’t want to get beat up by half of New Bedford so I’m not going to declare any hot dog spot is the best in the city, but I will say that for as long as I can remember I have been going to one of the two Dee’s locations. There’s no point in stating the menu prices since everything is well under $10 and it simply comes down to how many things you order. Ut’s a safe bet that you can get two hot dogs, fries and a soda for $10 or less. Alternatively, you could just get 4 hot dogs and a soda and be in that ballpark.

With so many hot dogs joints in the city to choose from, the way to differentiate yourself from the rest is with other offerings on the menu, e.g. stuffed quahogs, the freshness of the sides, and whether the chili sauce is homemade or from a can and heated up. One thing Dee’s offers that many don’t is a homemade linguica sauce and a Coney Island sauce. It’s different than a traditional chili sauce but similar in some ways. It’s darker, slightly sour (in a good way), and rich. It’s very delicious.

Best of all is that the only thing stopping you from having your food and walking away in 3 minutes or less is the queue. If you’re wise you simply avoid traditional times for lunch or dinner. Do that and you might only have one or two people ahead of you or even no one at all. If you don’t have much time for lunch or don’t have much in the wallet, Dee’s Hot Dogs is one of the best places in the city.

Dee’s Hot Dogs

51 Tarkiln Hill Road,
New Bedford MA 02745
Phone: (508) 998-0584

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Where are your favorite lunch spots in New Bedford? Post a comment and stay tuned for part 2!




New Bedford Manufacturer NFI Corp. Celebrates 1,000 Days of Safety

NEW BEDFORD, MA, ISSUED NOVEMBER 5, 2019. Media representatives and community officials are invited to join the NFI Corp. staff as they celebrate 1,000 Days of Safety on Friday, November 15, from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., at their corporate offices, 213 Theodore Rice Boulevard, New Bedford, Mass.

NFI Corp. (www.nficorp.com) is the global leader in manufacturing custom, high-performing printed graphics. The wide array of solutions includes long-lasting barcode labels, serial number labels, domed labels, asset tags, tamper-proof labels, metal nameplates, and electrical membrane switches. Backed by more than 40 years of success, and fueled by a commitment to innovation, NFI Corp. is certified in ISO-9001-2015, MIL specs, UL®/CSA/CE/RU, Lean Manufacturing, and Green Workplace. Concurrently with the company’s emphasis on and resulting 1,000 days of safety, NFI Corp. has also achieved a great deal of growth. This past summer, NFI Corp. was named to the Inc. 5000 list (#2,442), one of Boston Business Journal’s “Fast 50” (#23), and the fastest-growing company in the $5 million to $25 million category by Providence Business News.

Media are invited to attend the celebration, tour the facility, enjoy breakfast, and speak to representatives from NFI Corp., including Renaud Megard, president and CEO of NFI Corp. Local officials and community members are also invited to attend the celebration.

About NFI Corp. – Nameplates For Industry
Nameplates For Industry, or NFI Corp., was started in 1975 in England, and eventually established a business base in New Bedford, Mass. (which separated from the England location by 1988). The business, which specializes in printing on plastic, started as a screen-printing manufacturer, and has since added digital printing and flexographic printing to its services as a producer of custom, high-performing graphic solutions, which include long-lasting barcode labels, serial number labels, domed labels, asset tags, tamper-proof labels, metal nameplates, and electrical membrane switches.

NFI Corp. serves the medical, industrial manufacturing, government/military, professional services, technology and communications, transportation and equipment, and distribution industries, and has clients throughout the United States and globally. NFI Corp. is committed to standards of sustainability and incorporates eco-conscious guidelines and processes whenever possible. NFI Corp. is located at 213 Theodore Rice Boulevard, New Bedford, MA 02745. For more information about NFI Corp., please visit www.nficorp.com, or call 800-999-8900.

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