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42nd Annual New Bedford Half Marathon

  The 42nd Annual New Bedford Half Marathon is upon us! Maybe you aren’t running the race, but you likely know someone who is, or is somehow associated with it. Between runners, spectators, sponsors, supporters, race organizers and the local business community, it’s nearly impossible not to cross paths with someone touched by this New…

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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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Frontier Airlines failed me. Here’s what I learned about business:

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In a money-based society, business is who we are. It’s how we show up in the world. It’s the local gift shop where you buy a card to tell someone you love them. It’s the hair stylist who becomes a trusted confidant over the years. It’s the person who builds a website so your passion project can fly. It’s how we shelter ourselves, how we eat, and how we try to have a little fun along the way.

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Seizing New Bedford’s Moment

In the 19th century, it was whaling. In the 20th, textiles and manufacturing sustained New Bedford. And perhaps now, in the 21st century, the city has found another industry to propel it into the future. The news this week that Vineyard Wind, based in New Bedford, had been selected for the state’s first offshore wind…

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What makes a community thrive?

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What makes a community thrive? Like most of you, I’ve been involved in lots of communities. Some make you feel a sense of belonging and connection and purpose– all the good things. Others can be well-intentioned, full of good people, and just… blah.

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