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.
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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.
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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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Bristol’s Santo Christo Feast

Bristol’s Santo Christo Feast

Parishioners at Saint Elizabeth’s Church in Bristol, R.I., gathered Sunday afternoon for a procession celebrating the Feast of Santo Cristo dos Milagres.

Here are images taken during the procession:

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Amigos da Terceira celebrates St. Vincent de Paul Feast

Amigos da Terceira celebrates St. Vincent de Paul Feast

The Grupo Amigos da Terceira of Pawtucket, R.I.,  held their annual Saint Vincent Feast in honor of their patron saint from Sept. 11 to 18.

Main attractions included the “Cortejo da Rainha” on Friday, the traditional ethnographic parade “Bodo de … Read Full Story

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New rule expands immigration waiver to thousands

New rule expands immigration waiver to thousands

NEW BEDFORD — A new immigration rule has greatly increased the number of families eligible for a process developed to shorten the time individuals are separated from their immediate relatives while they are obtaining immigrant visas to become lawful permanent … Read Full Story

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Man ordered to pay $160K for role in pyramid scheme that targeted immigrants

Man ordered to pay $160K for role in  pyramid scheme that targeted immigrants

A federal judge has ordered a Marlborough man to pay more than $162,000 in fines due to his role in running a pyramid scheme that targeted Brazilians and other Latinos.
Wesley Brandão Rodri-gues, of Marlborough, was a promoter for the … Read Full Story

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Language Learning Bill still in play, backers differ over its odds

Language Learning Bill still in play, backers differ over its odds

Dueling language in House and Senate bills updating the state’s English language learning law – passed by voters more than a decade ago – has left key backers with mixed opinions about whether it can advance to Gov. Charlie Baker’s … Read Full Story

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Weather cuts short Our Lady of Angels Feast procession

Weather cuts short Our Lady of Angels Feast procession

FAIRHAVEN — The weather conditions put a damper on the Monday festivities of the 86th Annual Our Lady of Angels festival in Fairhaven, but not on the people’s spirits.
In previous years, well before the scheduled time of the procession, … Read Full Story

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Walk to raise awareness of Machado-Joseph Disease and other types of ataxia

Walk to raise awareness of Machado-Joseph Disease and other types of ataxia

BRISTOL — Knowing that her father’s family suffered from Machado-Joseph Disease — a hereditary neurodegenerative disorder that destroys the brain areas involved in muscle control — Jeannette Viveiros was aware of her risk for developing the disease.
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Board of Directors dissolves Portuguese American Citizenship Project (PACP)

Board of Directors dissolves Portuguese American Citizenship Project (PACP)

TURLOCK, CA — After nearly two decades in working to encourage Portuguese-Americans to participate in civic activities in their communities and become U.S. citizens and vote, the Portuguese American Citizenship Project (PACP) is coming to a close.
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Feast’s Crowning Moment

Feast’s Crowning Moment

The Great Feast of the Holy Ghost of New England began Sunday with a Solemn Mass at Saint Mary’s Cathedral, which culminated with a Procession of Coronation from the cathedral to Kennedy Park.

The following are scenes from the Procession:… Read Full Story

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Bodo de Leite: a treat for all the senses

Bodo de Leite: a treat for all the senses

Thousands lined up Columbia and South Main Streets in Fall River on Saturday morning to lay witness to one of the largest showcases of Portuguese culture in North America.

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Fall River museum planning exhibit on “The Azores and World War II”

Fall River museum planning exhibit on “The Azores and World War II”

FALL RIVER — Did you know the Azores helped the Allies to win World War II? To celebrate the role the islands played in the victory over Germany, the Marine Museum at Fall River is working to create an exhibit … Read Full Story

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Another successful Sr. da Pedra Feast

Another successful Sr. da Pedra Feast

The Senhor da Pedra Feast, a New Bedford staple for decades, was held last weekend. The feast was transplanted here in 1929 by immigrants originally from Vila Franca do Campo, S. Miguel, Azores.

Browse the gallery to see photos taken … Read Full Story

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