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Posts by Steven Froias

A Pride month to be proud of in New Bedford

Two years ago for the Groundwork blog, in 2017, I wrote a post entitled, “New Bedford gets its Pride back.” It was about the tremendous effort by the South Coast LGBTQ Network, an umbrella organization of non-profit groups led by Traci Welch, to hold a public Pride event in the city again after an absence…

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OUTTAKE: Inside the First Baptist Church renovation

By Steven Froias / Groundworker-At-Large Frequently when I’m writing something for this blog, or for State of the Arts in The Standard-Times daily newspaper, or other media outlets, I come across anecdotes that don’t find a home in the final story. Outtakes is a place to share them and I hope you enjoy these “snapshots”…

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New Bedford Economic Development Council’s Spring Fling

By Steven Froias // Groundworker-At-Large Let me state right up front: The New Bedford Economic Development Council is our landlord. Yes, that’s right. Groundwork, New Bedford’s first coworking facility, is located on the first floor of 1213 Purchase Street. Right above are the offices of the NBEDC, or simply EDC. Well, actually – Groundwork is…

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OUTTAKE: Let’s get New Bedford’s triple-deckers on the map!

By Steven Froias / Groundworker-At-Large Frequently when I’m writing something for this blog, or for State of the Arts in The Standard-Times daily newspaper, or other media outlets, I come across anecdotes that don’t find a home in the final story. Outtakes is a place to share them and I hope you enjoy these “snapshots”…

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Investing in New Bedford’s North End

Above – Cruz Companies Receives Martin Luther King Jr. Corporate Leadership Award at Roxbury YMCA January 18, 2019. From CruzCompanies.com By Steven Froias – Groundworker-At-Large There’s a somewhat puzzling “backlash” over the future of the former Phillips Avenue School in the north end that’s a head shaker. Though not pervasive in the city, the regressive…

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Is property ownership in New Bedford about to get easier?

By Steven Froias Contributing Writer It’s unusual that a policy wonk makes like Batman, but MassINC’s Ben Forman swung into Gotham City – um, New Bedford – this week like a superhero with a wham, bam, boffo public policy plan that could be a game-changer for Gateway Cities* in Massachusetts. Forman is actually part of…

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Is it time to love Rte. 18?

By Steven Froias Groundworker-At-Large When it was completed in the early 1980s, The Standard-Times immortalized Rte. 18’s terminus at Cove Street with the headline, “Highway to Nowhere?” Partially designed to alleviate the traffic that clogged south end streets at quitting time, many of the mills and manufacturers in this area of New Bedford had shuttered…

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Tradition + Funk: A New Bedford Christmas

Fire engine rides with Santa from Custom House Square Park; the annual Christmas concert at St. Anthony of Padua Church on Acushnet Avenue; Deck The Windows downtown. They’re all nice – but what’s even nicer about a New Bedford Christmas these days is the amount of naughty there is around the yuletide. In fact, it’s…

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Screw your courage to the sticking place…

It’s been awhile since I did a YOUR WEEKEND round-up of select events in New Bedford – which used to be a regular feature of this blog. But since this weekend promises to be epic, I thought it a good time to jump back into the fray. I was also persuaded to revisit YOUR WEEKEND…

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