The top stories of the week were celebrities in New Bedford and Bijou Theater

As we head into a new week, let’s take a look at the news from the past week.

According to Massachusetts State Police, on April 15, a 51-year-old New Bedford woman was struck and killed after exiting a vehicle on the interstate in Westport. A 2010 Ford Fusion traveling eastbound on Interstate 195 struck the woman who was walking into the right lane on foot, MSP said.

Changes are in store for the historic Capitol Theater as it evolves into a community center that meets the needs of diverse groups of community members. It will be restored and transformed into six affordable rental apartments and will also provide commercial space for small businesses and health and community services.

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Even though Hollywood may seem far away, it’s not uncommon to catch a glimpse of some A-star celebrities in the humble town of New Bedford.

The Whaling City has become a popular destination for film productions and has also attracted household names for leisurely visits and dining options. Memorable celebrities who have come to New Bedford over the years include such famous stars as Justin Timberlake, Bill Murray and Tommy Lee Jones.

This is why: These celebrities visited the New Bedford area.

Once an important part of the community, the Bijou Theater was closed for more than 15 years and slowly fell apart, disappearing from existence and falling into disrepair. Now Julio Barbosa, who saw potential in this historic building, has brought it back to life.

The Bijou Theater building, which includes 15 one-bedroom apartments and three retail spaces, has now been completely renovated and put into use. The apartments provide housing for older veterans and others who were previously homeless.

Come on in: Fairhaven’s old Bijou Theater building has been closed for 15 years and is back in business.

Arthur “Pooch” Tavares, member of the iconic music group Tavares, has passed away.

His brother, Perry Lee “Tiny” Tavares, posted a photo tribute to his Facebook page on April 17 with the message: “Miss what we had.”

Just over a week ago, the New Bedford City Council met to discuss the dedication ceremony for Tavares Brothers Way, a street honoring the brothers and their achievements.

Music icon: Lead singer of the Billboard chart-topping Grammy-winning R&B group Tavares dies

New Bedford Public Schools wants your input on the name of the district’s yet-to-be-built South End Elementary School.

The school, expected to be completed sometime in 2026, will replace the aging James B. Congdon and John B. DeValles elementary schools in the South End. The planned location is the former Goodyear factory site at 651 Orchard St.

Submit your suggestions: New Bedford Public Schools wants your ideas on the name of a new elementary school.

The Black Whale has officially opened their newly renovated outdoor patio.

The addition of the patio, which softly opened on April 11, was an anticipated project for the restaurant as it aims to elevate the three pillars of their business: food, service and ambiance.

The Black Whale has also added multiple heating systems to the patio, allowing guests to dine comfortably most of the year.

What’s new: The Black Whale opens its newly renovated patio.