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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

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

Mitchell Would Consider Veto On Council’s Clerk Choice

Flashbacks to 2012's City Council pay raise debacle came to mind Wednesday as Mayor Jon Mitchell suggested the possibility of a veto over the Council's choice for City Clerk.

The job is being made available by way of current clerk, Rita Arruda's retireme

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Julian Castro / photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images
Julian Castro / photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images

Julian Castro Named Sec. Of Housing and Urban Development

San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro is getting President Obama's nod to be the next Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.  He'll replace Shaun Donovan, who will become Obama's new budget director

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Taylor Cormier/Townsquare Media

‘Paul Revere Sign’ Too Unsafe To Remove

The "Paul Revere sign" visible from Interstate 195 in New Bedford continues to decay.

It was announced over a year ago the sign would be taken down and moved into storage until funding was available to restore it.

Speaking on his weekly radio program, Mayor Jon Mitchell says removing the sign h

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Foster Grandparent Ellie Motta and Mayor Jon Mitchell talk with children at Pace Head Start
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Mayor Mitchell Thanks Foster Grandparents

Mayor Jon Mitchell thanked some special volunteers at Pace Head Start Thursday morning.

As part of the Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service, Mitchell met with several so-called Foster Grandparents, who volunteer their time in the classroom spending quality time with children

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Taylor Cormier/TSM

One More For The Road As The Shawmut Diner Closes

The neon lights have flickered off for the last time at the Shawmut Diner, as the business closed down for the last time, Monday.

Phil and Celeste Paleologos have retired from the diner industry, after 33 years of ownership, opting to spend more time with their family

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Committee To Decide Whaling City Festival’s Fate

It looks like the Whaling City Festival is being given a one-time trial with a closing time of 9pm instead of 8pm.

Mayor Jon Mitchell spoke with festival representatives, saying if they provided another hour of police details, more lighting, and cleaned the park, he'd give the later closing time a trial run

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Bradley C. Bower / Bloomberg/Getty Images

Former Pennsylvania Mayor Coaxes New Bedford To Welcome Casino

The former mayor of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, drew similarities between New Bedford and his city in terms of casino development.

Mayor John Callahan appeared on WBSM's "Mid-Day Live", speaking about KG Urban Enterprises' involvement in bringing a casino to Bethlehem, a former steelworks city

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