About New Bedford Now


New Bedford Now has been the launch pad for some great events, happenings and now, with #NBW3, new initiatives in the City of New Bedford. Designed as a co-operative online incubator, it’s overseen by Steven Froias – Groundworker-At-Large.

At the coworking facility, Groundwork!, Froias writes weekly about a variety of topics in the city. A former newspaper editor, he brings a reporter’s sense of the street to his writing. You can follow his posts on NewBedfordCoworking.com.

Additionally, he has been chair of New Bedford Open Studios; served on the AHA! Steering Committee and Local Culture Council; and been very involved with the Mass Growth Alliance’s Great Neighborhoods Love The Ave efforts on Acushnet Avenue.

At Groundwork!, he and the coworking center’s co-founders, Sarah Athanas and Dena Haden, launched the New Bedford Bookfest in 2016. At Haskell Public Gardens – located on Shawmut Avenue in #NBW3 – he launched the summer art series, Maps & Legends with numerous local artists.

While those efforts continue (you can find out more about the bookfest on its own website, NBBookfest.com), the primary focus of New Bedford Now will now be #NBW3 – The Ward Project – a grassroots initiative designed to ignite meaningful civic engagement, encourage good neighborhood practices and create a sense of place and identity in New Bedford’s Ward 3. The Ward 3 Project is being launched by Beth Santos-Fauteux and Steven Froias and you can find out more here.