Mayor Mitchell Announces Expansion of Enhanced Façade Program for Local Businesses

New Bedford, Massachusetts – Mayor Jon Mitchell announced today an expansion of a new program supporting the City’s small businesses, opening the door to more applicants and generating even greater commercial revitalization across the City. The City’s Enhanced Façade Improvement Program enables eligible commercial property owners, tenants, and nonprofit organizations to receive a grant of […]


New Bedford, MA — Producers of the film Pandemic Renaissance – The Art of Surviving C-19 announce an open call for New Bedford residents to share their story during the pandemic, with a special focus to celebrate New Bedford’s immigrant communities and their artistry. As one of the recipients of New Bedford Creative’s “Art is […]

ADDRESSING THE AVE: 2174 Acushnet Ave

It’s unclear where this crowd is making merry, but it is clear who took and developed the photo. * ROUSSELLE PORTRAIT STUDIO was located at 2174 Acushnet Avenue, in the Cobb Building. The studio was just one of the very many enterprises surrounding The Ave owned by members of New Bedford’s French Canadian community.  (Pictured […]

1541 Acushnet Ave: Scapegoat

Addressing The Ave // By Steven Froias This entry in the Addressing Acushnet Avenue series is something of an anomaly. Rather than uncovering some glorious forgotten past, 1541 Acushnet Avenue was most recently…an empty lot.  However, today it’s the Phillips Avenue Pocket Park. And also something else. A scapegoat.  A scapegoat for some who seek […]

1570 Acushnet Ave: A bridal shop’s long legacy

By Steven Froias Contributing Writer It’s popularly known as the “Bay State TV” building on Acushnet Avenue. It’s a large mixed use retail and residential building that looms over the streetscape between Phillips Avenue and Collette Street. Ghost signage on the building to this day advertises the fact that we once snatched television from the […]

1566-1570 ACUSHNET AVE

What’s popularly known as the Bay State TV building looms large over The Ave – in memory and today on the streetscape. Indeed, signage from the former electronics store still adorns the side of the mixed-use retail and residential structure. Of course, it’s well-known as being the home of Bay State TV – back when […]