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 Tent at Summers Last Blast X

  • Summer's Last Blast X was a smashing success! Held on Sept. 5 at the beautiful Destruction Brook Farm in South Dartmouth, the annual gala celebration attracted a record 460 guests and raised more than $110,000 for Community Foundation operations! Many thanks to our hosts. George J. Leontire, Esq., and Will J. Milbury, and to our many sponsors, including Gold Sponsors Joseph Abboud Manufacturing Corp., Barry Investment Advisors, BayCoast Bank, and Old North Advisors.
  • CFSEMA's scholarship program, the foundation of our focus on increasing educational attainment and opportunity for our region, has grown tremendously over the past two years. In 2013, CFSEMA awarded about $275,000 in scholarships from 34 funds to graduating high school seniors from 20 cities and towns, as well as current college students. This represents a significant increase from the $170,000 in scholarships awarded in 2010. CFSEMA also manages 75 educational funds, including five local education foundations, 59 scholarship funds, 11 educational funds for individual schools and programs, an early literacy initiative, and an adult education grant program. The Foundation is also host to the New Bedford Education Roundtable.

   The SouthCoast Urban Indicators Project is a website recently launched by the UMass Dartmouth Urban Initiative to gather and analyze data related to quality of life issues in New Bedford and Fall River in order to promote informed conversation and decision making. Visit the website at www.southcoastindicators.org for more information.




  • Join us in downtown New Bedford on December 11, when the monthly AHA! Night celebrates people, places & things that are Made in New Bedford. This is also a perfect evening for unique holiday shopping. AHA! activities are from 5 to 9 pm with many restaurants and bars open later. For a full schedule of events

  • AHA! is now in Fall River! An offshoot of New Bedford's monthly Art, History and Architecture nights debuted in Fall River on June 21, the Summer Solstice, and is now holding seasonal events to help invigorate the arts and culture scene in the city and the region. AHA! Fall River will host its third event, "Sparkling Holiday Night of Lights," from 5 to 9 pm on December 18.  Earlier this year, AHA! New Bedford signed a memorandum of understanding with AHA! Fall River. Check out AHA! Fall River on Facebook.
  • Energy Challenge receives Environmental Merit AwardMore than 12,000 SouthCoast residents are now taking the SouthCoast Energy Challenge and are committed to reducing their energy consumption. The Energy Challenge, a project of SEEAL, is a region-wide energy efficiency campaign to mobilize 15% of SouthCoast households to take energy saving actions. The Energy Challenge also recently received the prestigious Environmental Merit Award for 2014 from the New England Environmental Protection Agency (see photo above, from award presentation on Earth Day). For a full press release