The new Bedford Sea Lab will be dedicated to the former mayor


NEW BEDFORD — A school building in New Bedford will be named after the city’s late former mayor, Frederick Kalisz, Jr., according to an announcement Wednesday by New Bedford Public Schools.

The Sea Lab Marine Science Education Center next to Taylor Elementary School on Portland Street is set to be named in Kalisz’s honor at a ceremony Saturday, August 13 at 12:30 p.m.

Kalisz served as mayor of New Bedford for eight years beginning in 1998 and oversaw construction of the Sea Lab building in 2005.

It focused on education after being defeated in the 2006 mayoral election by Scott Lang, eventually becoming the county’s deed registry.

In January 2021, the former mayor died from complications related to COVID-19.

According to the school district’s announcement, Kalisz died at St. Luke’s Hospital just three weeks before the COVID vaccine became available.

A plaque and exterior sign will be unveiled Saturday naming the building as the Dr. Frederick M. Kalisz, Jr. Sea Lab Marine Science Education Center.

The honor comes nearly a year after the school’s committee voted last September to name the building after Dr. Kalisz following a unanimous vote in March by the city council’s committee on memorials and the dedications.

Saturday’s ceremony comes on what would have been Mayor Kalisz’s 65th birthday, according to the statement.

Members of the public are invited to attend the unveiling ceremony and then visit the Sea Lab student summer exhibits.

Refreshments will be served.

Free parking is available at the East Beach parking lot with a free shuttle service from Tremblay to Sea Lab.

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