$500K to be used for English as a Second Language training

$500K to be used for English as a Second Language training

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – The Rhode Island Foundation has teamed up with state and local education leaders to send 60 public school teachers to become certified as English as a Second Language instructors or bilingual teachers.

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Casa da Saudade turning the page to the next chapter

Casa da Saudade turning the page to the next chapter

NEW BEDFORD — New Bedford Free Public Library System Director Olivia Melo is looking forward to writing a new chapter in Casa da Saudade’s history.
As the city of New Bedford embarks in the development of a new strategic plan … Read Full Story

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RIC’s Institute for Portuguese and Lusophone World Studies to celebrate 10th anniversary Oct. 21

RIC’s Institute for Portuguese and Lusophone World Studies to celebrate 10th anniversary Oct. 21

PROVIDENCE — The Institute for Portuguese and Lusophone World Studies at Rhode Island College will be commemorating its 10th anniversary on Oct. 21.
According to the institute’s director, the event will be as much about celebrating IPLWS’s successes as it … Read Full Story

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Historical drama about Aristides de Sousa Mendes to be shown at BCC

Historical drama about Aristides de Sousa Mendes to be shown at BCC

FALL RIVER — A powerful historical drama that vividly retells the moving story of Aristides de Sousa Mendes, the Portuguese Consul General stationed in Bordeaux, France, during World War II, whose actions helped save thousands of Jews, will be shown … Read Full Story

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East Timor officials visit MA. and R.I.

East Timor officials visit MA. and R.I.

NEW BEDFORD — East Timor Prime Minister Rui Maria de Araújo and Minister Xanana Gusmão came to new Bedford last Sunday to “say thanks for the support received during their fight for Independence.”

“Thank you for your love, your solidarity, … Read Full Story

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More schools make the grade in state ratings

More schools make the grade in state ratings

An increasing number of schools are getting high grades from the state.

Approximately 32 percent of Massachusetts public schools are in the top tier of the state’s five-level rating system for 2016, the most since the Department of Elementary and … Read Full Story

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Steven Duarte named 2017 Feast of the Blessed Sacrament president

Steven Duarte named 2017 Feast of the Blessed Sacrament president

NEW BEDFORD — Steven B. Duarte has been chosen to lead the committee of dozens of festeiros who will be responsible for organizing the 2017 Feast of the Blessed Sacrament at Madeira Field next August.
Duarte was elected feast president … Read Full Story

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In your community

In your community

IPMA to hold launching party Oct. 15, accepting submissions

FALL RIVER — The International Portuguese Music Awards (IPMA) will hold its 2017 launching party on Saturday, Oct. 15, at 8 p.m. at the Cove Restaurant and Marina, 392 N. … Read Full Story

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A sign of change

A sign of change

NEW BEDFORD — The five-story edifice at 128 Union Street, New Bedford, formerly known as the Santander Bank building, was officially renamed the DeMello International Center on Friday, Sept. 16.
According to Dartmouth resident James G. DeMello, former president and … Read Full Story

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Portuguese president meets with community members

Portuguese president meets with community members

NEWARK – For Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, “the Portuguese Diaspora in the United States is one of the most significant and powerful Portuguese communities around the world.”
The president made these comments on Wednesday evening during a reception … Read Full Story

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22 new citizens naturalized at ceremony held at the Immigrants’ Assistance Center

22 new citizens naturalized  at ceremony held at the Immigrants’ Assistance Center

NEW BEDFORD — Pedro Varela’s smile said it all.
The 90-year-old Cape Verdean immigrant was beaming with pride after becoming a U.S. citizen at a naturalization ceremony held Sept. 16 at the Immigrants’ Assistance Center in New Bedford.
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Mass. AG launches advisory council to address immigrant and refugee needs

Mass. AG launches advisory council to address immigrant and refugee needs

BOSTON — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is teaming up with 26 community and immigrant leaders across the state to find ways together to best address the needs of immigrant and refugee communities.
The new Advisory Council on New Americans … Read Full Story

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New Bedford mom hopes to spread word about daughter’s rare syndrome

New Bedford mom hopes to spread word about daughter’s rare syndrome

NEW BEDFORD — A New Bedford eight-year-old isn’t quite one in a million, but rather one in 20,000 to 60,000 of people born with Smith-Lemli-Opitz Syndrome (SLOS).

Emma Medeiros is nonverbal, uses a wheelchair and is fed through a Gastrostomy … Read Full Story

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Events in your community

Events in your community

Lecture on Fado at UMass Lowell
LOWELL — The UMass Lowell Saab-Pedroso Center for Portuguese Culture and Research will present “Portuguese Fado: Two Hundred Years of a Musical Genre,” a lecture by Dr. Rui Vieira Nery, director of the Portuguese … Read Full Story

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Whaling Museum names Motta as Curator for Portuguese Heritage

Whaling Museum names Motta as Curator for Portuguese Heritage

NEW BEDFORD — Carrying an immense intellectual curiosity, Arthur P. Motta, Jr. nourishes an intense passion for exploring history and culture tucked away in New Bedford’s nooks and crannies.
“I have always had a love for local history, and an … Read Full Story

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New Discovery Language Academy gets high marks

New Discovery Language Academy gets high marks

NEW BEDFORD — The Consul of Portugal in New Bedford gave the new Discovery Language Academy high marks on Monday evening as dozens of students patiently waited to ceremoniously cut the ribbon and open the door to the new space … Read Full Story

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Landlord will pay $100k to settle asbestos lawsuit 

Landlord will pay $100k to settle asbestos lawsuit 

BOSTON (AP) – A landlord who owns and operates dozens of properties in New Bedford will pay $100,000 in civil penalties to settle allegations he allowed contractors to perform illegal asbestos work on four homes he was renovating.
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Brockton elected officials put brakes on immigration ordinance

Brockton elected officials put brakes on immigration ordinance

BROCKTON – On the left side of the room were immigrants and their advocates from Brockton, including several who lashed out by calling their opponents racist and xenophobic. On the right side of the room were angry city residents, including multiple … Read Full Story

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