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Homeless Counted in New Bedford

Volunteers have finished hand-counting the number of homeless people in New Bedford.

Joseph Maia, coordinator with the New Bedford Office of Housing and Community Development says it will take some time to process all of the completed surveys, but he doesn't expect the total to be far off from last year's count of 338

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Colon and Vargas - New Bedford Police

Two Busted in New Bedford Drug Raid

A New Bedford couple was arrested overnight following a drug raid in their Jouvette Street apartment.

Omar Colon and Wanda Vargas were taken into custody after a traffic stop as members of the New Bedford Police Department's Narcotics unit executed a search warrant at 14 Jouvette Street

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TSM - Pat Sullivan address crowd at Homeless Count kick-off at City Hall.
TSM - Pat Sullivan address crowd at Homeless Count kick-off at City Hall.

Homeless Count In New Bedford Underway

The 2014 count of homeless people in New Bedford is underway. A brief press conference was held on the steps of City Hall Wednesday afternoon before the count's 2pm start time.

Rev. David Lima, chairman of the Homeless Service Providers Network, said over forty volunteers will conduct the count over the next 24 hours around the city

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Pia Durkin Named “Turnaround Operator” for Parker School

New Bedford Superintendent Dr. Pia Durkin admits she's never personally overseen a school takeover before, but is optimistic it will be a relatively smooth transition at the Parker School. Massachusetts Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester named Durkin the "turnaround operator" for the level five elementary school

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New Bedford Homeless Count Is Wednesday

Members of the Homeless Service Providers Network will be hitting the streets on Wednesday, to count the number of homeless in New Bedford. 

The count is required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

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Windows Shattered in Bizarre New Bedford School Bus Accident

A Tremblay's school bus had several windows shattered Tuesday afternoon in a bizarre accident at Bullard Street and Acushnet Avenue.

Det. Capt. Steven Vicente tells WBSM News, a Tremblay bus was attempting to take a corner at the intersection when several bus windows were shattered by ladders mounted on the top of a van parked near the intersection

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Supt. Pia Durkin (left) at Monday night's New Bedford School Committee Meeting.
Supt. Pia Durkin (left) at Monday night's New Bedford School Committee Meeting.

Superintendent Durkin Details Graduation and Dropout Rates

 

Though the City is not on par with statewide rates, New Bedford's graduation and dropout numbers at the high school level are improving.

Superintendent Dr. Pia Durkin says the report released by the State Department of Elementary and Secondary Education shows the graduation level at the high school has climbed to 63% for the 2012-13 school year, up nearly five percentage points from the year before.

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Sutter Pledges To Continue War On Gun Violence

Both New Bedford and Fall River have seen an uptick in gun violence over the past few weeks.

During his monthly appearance on WBSM, District Attorney Sam Sutter said he'll continue to seek dangerousness hearings for those caught with illegal guns

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Mural of the 54th Regiment Proposed for New Bedford

The bond between the historic 54th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry and New Bedford can not be separated. On Jan. 30, people from the local Artist-In-Residence program invite the community to their Meet The Artist event that will launch its premier project, a mural paying tribute to the 54th Regiment.

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Positive Changes in Race Relations Made in Last 50 Years [VIDEO]

My family was transferred from Washington Heights in New York City to Hot Springs, Ark. in 1966. Race relations in this country were terrible.

I saw blatant discrimination first hand, and lived through some of the most challenging years when African - Americans were not only discriminated against, but loathed by some white people and loved by other white people. A lot has changed in the last 50 years, and for the better.

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