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Posts by Steven Froias

A bit of Santa Rosa de Copán on New Bedford’s Acushnet Avenue

Here’s a story right out of a Nicholas Sparks novel. New Bedford native Jeffrey Pelletier was a volunteer worker in Honduras years ago. Unfortunately, Jeff’s desire to help ran a bit of ahead of his proficiency speaking Spanish. Therefore, within an hour of starting work at the relief organization, a supervisor paired him with a…

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Why the North End needs a Restaurant Week

I’m still waiting to get mugged. For the past few weeks, I’ve been walking up and down Acushnet Avenue signing up restaurants and eateries for the LOVE THE AVE & NORTH END RESTAURANT WEEK happening from Saturday, Sept. 15 through Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. The event is part of a larger effort – an outgrowth…

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A Grand Panorama of a Whaling Voyage ‘Round the World

A nice perk of being a writer and journalist is the opportunity to check things out before they are headlines. That happened last week when I got a preview of the Whaling Museum’s restored 1,275 foot long “Grand Panorama of a Whaling Voyage ‘Round the World.” Originally painted around 1850, it was lost in an…

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New Bedford’s real parking problem

Studies have been done. Streetscapes have been ripped up. And parking garages have gone up, come down, then gone up again. Over the years, New Bedford has worked mightily to address its parking problem. In reality, there isn’t a parking problem. There’s a walking problem – as in Americans become neurotic when they can’t find…

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New Bedford Now: Coastin’ expands its reach

Most of us probably aren’t accustomed to hearing good news from the daily newspaper industry. Since the advent of the Internet era through the ascent of social media era, it seems like it’s been an unrelenting story of economic decline which in turn has meant less relevance for the municipal institutions which help define their…

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Watching the World Cup in Europe – On The Ave

You would be excused if you thought you were in a corner of Europe sitting in the courtyard of Cotali Mar restaurant on Acushnet Avenue watching Portugal take on Iran during the World Cup. The outdoor seating area out back of the restaurant is a gracious walled terrace within the city’s most relentlessly urban space.…

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Deep Dive into Clasky Common Farmers Market

Last week, I wrote about the growing, informal urban agriculture network springing to life in New Bedford. This week, we’re looking at one piece of it – the terrific, weekly Saturday morning Farmers Market at Clasky Common Park. The Coastal Foodshed Farmers Market at Clasky Common is just a few blocks down Pleasant Street from…

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New Bedford Now: Connecting to Grow

Last Thursday, June 7, GROW Education held its annual Community Garden planting at Carlos Pacheco Elementary School. It was one of many the program has done in recent weeks all around New Bedford. Last week, too, the New Bedford outdoor Farmers Markets opened for the season. You’ll find them on Mondays at Brooklawn Park from…

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On the Menu in New Bedford Now

This week’s New Bedford Now briefing hits close to home – because I’m happy to share the news that myself and Sarah Athanas, working together as Twin Fish, and in partnership with the New Bedford Economic Development Council, are launching the city’s first RESTAURANT WEEK this September, 2018. The Love The Ave & North End…

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What a difference a year makes…

Last year at this time, I wrote a blog post entitled, “New Bedford gets its PRIDE back.” It was about the return of the city’s LGBTQ Pride Festival after taking a few years hiatus. I wrote then, “While New Bedford is certainly home to a wonderful LGBTQ community, it hasn’t been a particularly visible or…

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