New Bedford Portuguese School changes name, location

New Bedford Portuguese School changes name, location

NEW BEDFORD — The Portuguese School in New Bedford is beginning the new school year with new expectations and change.
When classes begin on Sept. 12, students will be welcomed at a school with a new name, a different approach … Read Full Story

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Fernando Benevides named Community Representative at feast

Fernando Benevides named Community Representative at feast

During this year’s celebration of the Great Feast of the Holy Ghost of New England, the local Portuguese community will be represented by one of its successful businessmen.
Fernando Benevides, proprietor of Portugália Imports and Portugália Marketplace, has been invited … Read Full Story

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Great Feast of the Holy Ghost: 30 years of faith, tradition

Great Feast of the Holy Ghost: 30 years of faith, tradition

The biggest Azorean feast in North America is reaching a milestone this year: the Great Feast of the Holy Ghost of New England, which attracts thousands to Kennedy Park in Fall River during the last weekend of August, is celebrating … Read Full Story

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Jeffrey Mello is RIC’s New Dean of the School of Management

Jeffrey Mello is RIC’s New Dean of the School of Management

PROVIDENCE — A first-generation college graduate and a second-generation Portuguese American, Jeffrey Mello is Rhode Island College’s new dean of the School of Management.
Mello said he considers himself “the luckiest man in the world” to be a dean at … Read Full Story

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Another successful feast in the books

Another successful feast in the books

NEW BEDFORD — The 102nd annual Feast of the Blessed Sacrament ended under sunny skies Sunday, with a parade and more of the Portuguese food, wine, and diverse entertainment that attracted an estimated 250,000 people to the Madeira Field … Read Full Story

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Keeping tradition alive at St. Michael’s Feast in Fall River

Keeping tradition alive at St. Michael’s Feast in Fall River

FALL RIVER — St. Michael the Archangel, accompanied by other saints, Jesus Christ and the Blessed Virgin Mary, were carried around Fall River’s streets on Aug. 7.

The large plaster saint statutes were serenaded by five Portuguese bands from across … Read Full Story

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Officer Brenton Medeiros to be honored at Revs’ Noite Portuguesa

Officer Brenton Medeiros  to be honored at Revs’ Noite Portuguesa

CRANSTON — Preferring to shy away from the limelight, Cranston Police Officer Brenton Medeiros will humbly tell you that he is no hero and just did what he was supposed to do.
But his police chief and a national law … Read Full Story

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53 new Americans take oath of allegiance

53 new Americans take oath of allegiance

FALL RIVER — It has been 38 years since Felix Estrela left the Azores for America. His journey even occurred during the Northeast’s infamous Blizzard of 1978, the very same storm that covered his sister’s car with five feet of … Read Full Story

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Boisterous Brazilian fans rewrite rules of Olympic etiquette

Boisterous Brazilian fans rewrite rules of Olympic etiquette

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – Forget the snarling traffic and unexpected rainstorms. Foreign spectators and athletes at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro have something else to get used to: The boisterous booing and sometimes thunderous taunts of Brazilian fans … Read Full Story

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Three dead, 1,000s displaced by Madeira blaze

Three dead, 1,000s displaced by Madeira blaze

Three people were killed on Tuesday in Funchal in the fires that broke out on Monday, the regional government said on Wednesday.

The fire broke out on Monday afternoon and so far it has also caused two serious injuries, displaced … Read Full Story

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New U.S. documentary puts spotlight on Port, Douro Valley

New U.S. documentary puts spotlight on Port, Douro Valley

PROVIDENCE — It may not be the only beautiful wine-growing region in the world, but Portugal’s Douro surely stands out for its unique history and distinct manner of embracing time, say the creators of the documentary “A Year in Port,” … Read Full Story

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Portugal monitored nuclear testing for the US during the Cold War

Portugal monitored nuclear testing for the US during the Cold War

While Portuguese soldiers were fighting in the former Portuguese colonies, technicians from the University of Porto, funded by the United States, were gathering daily information on nuclear tests conducted in several countries to help support U.S. weapon negotiations during the … Read Full Story

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Did your ancestor hunt whales? Museum database offers clues

Did your ancestor hunt whales? Museum database offers clues

BOSTON (AP) – A digital list of the tens of thousands of men who embarked on whaling voyages out of New Bedford, from 10-year-old boys to a 70-year-old sailor who drank himself to death in South Africa, is a valuable … Read Full Story

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Early voting coming this fall in the state of Massachusetts

Early voting coming this fall in the state of Massachusetts

BOSTON – This fall, Massachusetts voters will be able to head to a polling station and cast a ballot in person up to 10 days before Election Day.
As the Nov. 8 presidential election approaches, city and town clerks are … Read Full Story

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Madeiran festeiros prepare to host 250,000 feast goers

Madeiran festeiros prepare to host 250,000 feast goers

The Feast of the Blessed Sacrament is a ritual performance which depends on the fulfillment of social and religious obligations. This year’s Feast President Paul Leconte, and his Vice-President Jim Gouveia, Treasurer Paul Sousa, Recording Secretary Paul K. Leconte and … Read Full Story

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Building cultural ties through paint

Building cultural ties through paint

NEW BEDFORD —Cristiana de Sousa, a gifted daughter of Madeira, has chosen New Bedford as the first port of call in her global artistic voyage.
Her gift is a fervent passion for music, art and Madeiran culture. Cristiana’s grandfather and … Read Full Story

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Local players head to Colorado to defend their national title this weekend

Local players head to Colorado to defend their national title this weekend

Before heading to Aurora, Colo., where they will defend the U.S. Club Soccer National Cup title that they won last year, five local players won the tune up, the GPS Summer College Showcase Tournament, played last weekend in Lancaster, Mass.… Read Full Story

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Meet Monica Sousa, Fall River´s new community outreach coordinator

Meet Monica Sousa, Fall River´s new community outreach coordinator

FALL RIVER — It’s the day after the Fourth of July, and lifetime city resident Monica Sousa was on her first day on the job as the new Community Development Agency’s Community Development Outreach Coordinator, checking out what was also … Read Full Story

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