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Police Investigating Bomb Threat At Roosevelt Middle School [UPDATE]

UPDATE 2:54PM - All is normal at the Roosevelt Middle School in the South End, after the discovery of a bomb threat forced students and faculty to evacuate.

New Bedford Detectives Captain Steven Vicente tells WBSM News a note claiming there was a bomb in the building was discovered in a bathroom stall late this morning.

Police were

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Fernando Garcia/Facebook

Prominent Businessman And Philanthropist, Fernando Garcia, Dead

Prominent local business owner and Portuguese icon Fernando Garcia has passed away.

Friends confirmed Garcia's passing this morning.

Longtime friend of Garcia and former New Bedford Mayor Fred Kalisz tells WBSM News Garcia was known for standing up for the Portuguese community, and fighting for several issues including keeping the New Bedford Portuguese consulate open

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Local Unemployment

The local unemployment rates released by the State shows some good news for Greater New Bedford.

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Greg Desrosiers/TSM - Officials take part in ground breaking ceremony at Whaling Museum
Greg Desrosiers/TSM - Officials take part in ground breaking ceremony at Whaling Museum

Ground Broken At Site Of Whaling Museum Addition

The construction of the Whaling Museum's newest addition is officially underway.

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Mayor Mitchell Joined by Senators, Congressman In Post Office Appeal

New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell is appealing the United States Postal Service's decision to relocate the downtown post office to a storefront instead of keeping it at it's historic location.

Mitchell writes he believes the move is "unwise, short-sighted, and potentially disruptive to the strong resurgence of activity that New Bedford's downtown has enjoyed over the past several years

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Skip Bolen/Getty Images

New Bedford Pet Fest Sunday

The 15th annual Pet Fest and Walk for Animals is being held Sunday in New Bedford's West End.

Pet owners are encouraged to bring their furry friends, especially dogs, to Buttonwood Park for the event, with a walk around the park taking place at noon

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KG Urban Promises

KG Urban Drops Tribal Provision Challenge

A developer seeking a resort casino in New Bedford has ended its court challenge of a provision in the state's casino gambling law that gave initial preference to a federally-recognized Indian tribe in southeastern Massachusetts

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Alex Jardin/New Bedford Mayor's Office

Mural Chosen For New Bedford Public Art Project

The New Bedford Public Art Committee has selected a mural design to be painted on the walls of the North Front Street overpass.

The committee sifted through a number of submissions, ultimately choosing a design created by New Bedford artist Alex Jardin, a 2007 New Bedford High School graduate

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TSM - Mayor Jon Mitchell checks out new trash carts during recent news conference.
TSM - Mayor Jon Mitchell checks out new trash carts during recent news conference.

Trash Collection Carts Being Delivered

New Bedford's new trash collection system begins next month, but the trash carts needed for that program are being delivered to residents now.

Ken Blanchard of the Department of Facilities and Fleet Management tells WBSM News, the cart deliveries began Monday in the far North End

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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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