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Jim Phillips | TSM
Jim Phillips | TSM

City Hall Display Vandalized Earlier This Month

A significant display at City Hall in New Bedford had been vandalized earlier this month according to Mayor Jon Mitchell.

Speaking on his weekly radio program, Mitchell confirmed the domestic violence awareness display in front of City Hall, which consists of a tree strung with decorative lights, had been tampered with

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Taylor Cormier/Townsquare Media

Officials Celebrate Elevator Installation at Local Library

A vital improvement is being celebrated at a New Bedford library.

Installation of an elevator at the Casa Da Saudade Library has been completed, and acting Library Director Jeff Dickinson tells WBSM News it was a much-needed component to provide access to the entire building

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Jim Phillips/Townsquare Media

More Time To Diffuse Trash Confusion in New Bedford

New Bedford residents have a little more time to get used to the new trash collection system.

The automated system began going into effect in June, and by all accounts has been quite effective in increasing recycling and decreasing waste

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Mum’s the Word on Keith Middle School Discipline

The alarm system at Keith Middle School is now fully functional. Yet, there are plenty of questions as to how the alarm was disabled since at least 2008. Speaking on his weekly radio program, Mayor Jon Mitchell isn't certain if there will ever be a definitive answer since there have been several leadership changes since the school was constructed in 2006

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Mayor Jon Mitchell on WBSM / Jim Phillips / TSM
Mayor Jon Mitchell on WBSM / Jim Phillips / TSM

Mitchell Stresses Importance of Marine Commerce Terminal’s Original Name

Call it David vs. Goliath.

State Senator Mark Montigny says the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center has heard the pleas from New Bedford, and is restoring the name of the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal

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Greg Desrosiers/TSM

Name-Change of South Terminal Causes City vs. State Dispute

Since the conception of the project, numerous city leaders say the construction in South Terminal has been known as the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal.

But in a release from the state this week, the development has been referred to as the Massachusetts and the Southcoast Marine Commerce Terminal, omitting New Bedford

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TSM

Lopes Wants Public Input On Longer Mayoral Terms

New Bedford City Council President Joseph Lopes feels the voters should have a say when it comes to longer mayoral terms. Mayor Jon Mitchell is proposing a change to the City's charter that would allow for four-year terms for the next mayor

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Jim Phillips | TSM
Jim Phillips | TSM

Mitchell Makes Move To Extend Mayoral Terms

New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell has made an official move to change the City's charter, allowing for four-year mayoral terms instead of the current two-year terms.

Mitchell presented the City Council with the proposal on Wednesday, saying the modification would bring stability to the City's executive branch, allow the mayor to focus on long-term improvements, and cutting down on the relative amount of time spent fundraising and campaigning for re-election

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Taylor Cormier/Townsquare Media

Mayor Jon Mitchell Takes The “Ice Bucket Challenge”

Not even Mayor Jon Mitchell could escape the viral "ice bucket challenge" that has been sweeping social media.

Mitchell was nominated by Standard Times reporter Jonathan Carvalho to pour a bucket of ice water over his head and donate $10 to research for ALS, or donate $100 if he decided not to participate

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TSM

City Council Appoints Former Member, Current Employee, As City Clerk

The City Council appointed former councilor Dennis Farias to the position of city clerk Thursday night, with the body voting nine-to-two to accept Farias over Assistant Carver Town Clerk Elizabeth Nichols

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