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  • boutiquefitness

    At Boutique Fitness we offer private and small group fitness training. We are ACSM and ISSA certified with more than 7 years experience in fitness. We are results oriented, helping you become more efficient with your time and efforts.
  • Dr. Irene Lee

    Irene M. Lee, M.D. graduated magna cum laude from Wellesley College in 1999 and received her Doctor of Medicine from New York University in 2004 as member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. She completed her internship Mount Auburn Hospital, a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, in 2005 and her residency at Boston Medical Center in 2008. Before joining Advance Eye Centers in 2011, Dr. Lee served as the Associate Director of Ophthalmology at Gouverneur Healthcare in New York City as well as a Clinical Instructor of Ophthalmology at New York University. In addition, she was an Associate Adjunct Surgeon at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. She is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. Her professional memberships include the American Academy of Ophthalmology and American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. Dr. Lee is a member of the Brown University faculty as Clinical Instructor of Surgery in the Ophthalmology Program. Dr. Lee is also Fluent in Spanish.
  • Abrah Zion

    Award winning maternity and baby photographer, Abrah Zion, aka, "Miss Z" is a passionate person. Whenever, she does something, it is with full energy and love. Her photography is no exception. She started her dream profession in 2011 and hasn't looked back since. Abrah strives to give her clients the best experience possible. She personalizes all of her sessions and provides a boutique experience from start to finish. She's constantly attending workshops to keep her skills and ideas fresh and timely. Her photos are a mix between timeless and creative. Abrah specializes in maternity, birth, newborn, baby, child, and family photography. She has been proclaimed by clients as the "Baby Whisperer". Her studio is located in historic downtown New Bedford, MA.
  • Amanda Lawrence

    Amanda received her bachelor's degree in English from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. A self-proclaimed nerd, she dreams of one day becoming a librarian and spending her days surrounded by books. She is partial to strong coffee, gory zombies, classic literature, and downtown New Bedford.
  • amyk75

    I am a mother of two that has decided what to be finally, so I have taken courses on freelance writing. I love to read and write, but I love walking with my two German Shorthaired Pointers, finding new restaurants and traveling.
  • Ashley Bendiksen

    Proud Southcoast, seaside native; Advocate for women's empowerment, leadership and success with special interest and expertise in writing, social media, PR, and communications; Lover of books, life, and all things fabulous.
  • Brian Harrington

    Brian Harrington is the President of Odies Place a 501c3 No Kill Animal Shelter also founded by his wife Kerrie Harrington.
  • Freddie Estremera

    My wife and I moved to the Southcoast in 2011 in order for her to attend law school at UMass. We hope to stay here after she graduates as we love it! We are glad we found out about this area as we were drawn to its access to the water, the architecture, the people and the affordability. We live in the town center of Fairhaven in a small house within walking distance to most things. I am also a short bike ride away from downtown New Bedford, which was important to me as well. I am very involved in my community and hope to stay involved for the sake of our future! "Freddie Estremera runs Whaling City Tales, a blog about life experiences, thoughts, and ideas of a young couple living in the Southcoast of Massachusetts."
  • Eric Tripoli

    New resident of New Bedford, looking to write about all the great things that make New Bedford home for all of her citizens.
  • franny goodrich

    Franny Goodrich is the Author of three published books on the topics of diet, exercise, and weight-loss. Edgy and often controversial, Goodrich makes no apology for anyone’s ruffled feathers, or a few raised eyebrows, especially within the billion-dollar Weight-loss Industry. He continues to be an aggressive Consumer Advocate against frauds and scams. Goodrich's first book, appropriately titled; “Diet, Exercise, & Weight-loss Bullsh*t -Exposed!”, is a humorous, yet informative expose’ on the myths, lies, and scams within the Industry. It became an instant and huge internet hit. A New Edition was released in 2011. Goodrich’s second and third book; “Kiss The Fat Goodbye - Uncensored”, and “What Works, What Doesn’t, & Why”, respectively, are both largely collections of excerpts from his popular web-pages, advice blogs, magazine articles, and personal interviews. Goodrich, an Exercise Science Buff, is a former National-level Track and Field Athlete and Natural-Bodybuilding Competitor. He has been a successful Certified Personal Trainer (ACE). Goodrich has nearly 30-years teaching-experience in the fields of Fitness and Athletics. In 1990 Goodrich created and owned the North Carolina-based Health Club Chain “World Famous Big Ape Gym”. In 2008 he formed the Exercise and Weight-loss Consumer Advocate Group; “Body Coaches of America”. Currently a Freelance Author and Writer Goodrich’s latest project is the development of an on-site workshop based on topics discussed in his books. Franny Goodrich can be contacted by email at frangoodrich@msn.com
  • hans doherty

    Graduate Johnson & Wales University: B.S. Degree Certified Insurance Counselor Fairhaven resident
  • Jenny Lee Paiva

    My greatest contribution to this world is by far my son Scott. I’m finishing up my Bachelor’s in Professional Writing/Communications at UMass Dartmouth-ONE more semester! I love to travel, explore the shore, shop local, and discover all the natural beauty right here at home on the South Coast. Ride the waves of life and join me!
  • Karen Andersen

    Karen is a religious education teacher and worship associate at First Unitarian Church in New Bedford. She is working on her M.Div at Cherry Hill Seminary with a focus on Public Ministry and Advocacy. She reads, writes, paints, sings, and rows whaleboats for fun.
  • Kaylie

    My name is Kaylie and I'm an undergraduate student at UMass Dartmouth currently interning as a student writer for the New Bedford Guide. I'm pursuing a degree in medical/science writing. I live in Somerset, previously Fall River. I enjoy writing about many different topics and hope to expand my interests into writing about local businesses and events on the South Coast. I'm eager and enthusiastic to share my experiences with readers. When not writing, I like to find new books, hang out with friends and grab a bite to eat (I have a lot of favorite restaurants!), and play video games or surf the web. I'm an aspiring traveler and would love to visit other countries in the future. I look forward to sharing my stories with you.
  • laurap

    - Laura Pedulli is a freelancer writer and journalist in SouthCoast, Mass.
  • Matt Ferreira

    "Can't waste the day when the night brings a hearse"
  • MetalBombshell

    I used to write a LOT when I was in high school, but after becoming a mom, that part of me ceased to exist unless I was writing a personal letter to a friend. I want to re-awaken that creativity in me. I like to take photographs and ride on the back of my husband Shannon's Harley, go to live metal and hard core shows, and I hit the gym regularly and pretend I am a brontosaurus when I eat salad. I also love Antiques and live smack dab in Eastern central New Bedford!
  • n8winkler

    A transplant to the South Coast in 2004, I was born in Kansas and raised in Florida, then joined the Marine Corps within a month after graduating from high school. My six years in the military allowed me to see a great bit of the United States and parts of the World. I’ve always had a burning passion for sports, namely football, and am an avid music lover, primarily blues and southern rock.
  • poisonivma

    They say "Necessity is the mother of invention", well that's true in the case here. I haven't been able to find much information on restaurants in the Southcoast area other than the odd review from a tourist on the Yellow Pages website. This bugs me. I'm the type of person who likes to do some research before I go out and spend my hard-earned money at a restaurant. More than once I've gone to a place that looks nice on the outside, only to be disappointed by the meal inside. If only I had been able to read a review about the place before I plunked down $28 for a plate of reheated *insert Gordon Ramsey expletive here* . You may ask what qualifies me to be a food critic or blogger or whatever...well, nothing I guess. Nothing official anyway. I think I know food pretty well. I've traveled the world and tasted all sorts of wonderful, awful, tasty, smelly, odd, luscious, exotic food. I've had the luxury of eating Italian food in Italy, German food in Germany, French food in France, Middle Eastern food in the Middle East. My aunts are Korean and my Grandmother's 2nd husband was Indonesian. My mother's a classically trained French Chef. I've lived in places where it's acceptable to eat dogs and cats and scorpions. I love food. I love talking about food. Most of all I love sharing my love of food with others. Please leave me comments...restaurants you've wanted to eat at but are too scared to try but aren't too scared to send me. Places you've eaten and you want to spare me the horror of going to. Places that have become a tradition in your family...yes, Olive Garden!
  • SRyan

    The South Coast has been my home since I came to UMD in 2005. I have worked and lived in NB, and now live in Westport. With a Master's in public relations I have worked as a consultant, and as a professor. I love trying new foods, writing, watching movies (and football!), traveling, listening to a wide array of music, and of course, I <3 the South Coast.
  • socioseer

    Jennifer Hollie Bowles lives in New Bedford. Her poetry, fiction, and non-fiction has been widely published in varied venues.
  • VABancroft

    Vicki began her writing career with her ski column "From the Chairlift" which received the Harold Hirsch Award in 2003. She earned her M.A. in Professional Writing from UMass Dartmouth and recently completed her Online Journalism Certificate from UMass Amherst. In addition to her freelance writing career, she is a pediatric physical therapist with the New Bedford Public Schools. Her interests include skiing, sailing, kayaking and enjoying the perfect beach day with friends and family.
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