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New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell joins Bonus Q&A to discuss a range of issues affecting the city, including marijuana legalization, relations with the Baker administration, and much more.

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New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell joins Political Roundtable to discuss the spread of wind power in southeastern New England, his opposition to expanding charter schools, and the race for governor in Massachusetts.

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The Environmental Protection Agency’s acting administrator, Andrew Wheeler, says humans are contributing to climate change, contrary to what his predecessor said.  


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Federal regulators Thursday approved a temporary plan for groundfihsing in New Bedford after fishing mogul Carlos Rafael, better known as "The Codfather," misreported his catch and caused an eight-month fishing ban for some boats in the city.  

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New Bedford is taking precaution against diseases spread by mosquitoes.  

State health officials, a part of the Bristol County Mosquito Control Project, sprayed pesticides in parks, including Buttonwood Park, Brooklawn Park and Fort Taber, and throughout downtown early this morning.

A New Bedford elementary school is launching a new language program this fall. Fifty kindergarteners at Gomes Elementary School will enter a lottery for the chance to land a spot in the school’s new dual language immersion program.

The selected students will spend half their day learning subjects in English. The other half will be exclusivley in Spanish.

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New Bedford is hoping to become the go-to location in the South Coast for aquaculture.


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New Bedford is putting a hold on retail sales of recreational marijuana, as shops prepare to come online in the Bay State this July. The New Bedford City Council has voted to wait until October.

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In a divided vote, the New England Fishery Management Council is backing a new operations plan for a sector of New Bedford boats that have been prohibited from fishing. However, the council said the plan should only be approved if certain conditions are met. 

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An offshore wind developer is seeking comments from the public on potential environmental impacts of its proposed Massachusetts project, which could be the nation's first large-scale offshore wind farm if approved. 

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In New Bedford, city officials have unveiled a draft plan to expand business opportunities for the city's lucrative port.


The search for a superintendent for New Bedford Public Schools is coming to a close. Four finalists were announced Wednesday, including two with connections to Rhode Island.

The fallout from two significant events will remain in the air when Rhode Island lawmakers return from their mid-winter break next week. With that in mind, thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

South Coast Schools To Receive New Funding For Puerto Rican Evacuees

Feb 21, 2018
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Schools districts in Massachusetts that have enrolled students recently arrived from Puerto Rico will soon be getting a portion of $15 million dollars in new state funding.

Fall River and New Bedford are among the districts slated to receive a portion of the funding. According the New Bedford Mayor’s office, more than 150 new students have arrived in that city from Puerto Rico since the hurricane.

In Holyoke, the school district has already hired more people to help teach 185 student evacuees, including specialists in English as a second language and special education.

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Larry and Loretta are my neighbor’s cats. And they love their canned cat food. To understand why just read the ingredients on the label. Ocean white fish. Fish broth. Tuna. Those ingredients are actually fish by-products. Fish guts. Fish  livers. Fish intestines. Fish skins. They’re what fish processors like Bergie’s Seafood in call “trash.”


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