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Bedford Gives July Fourth a Splendid Start

2015 July 3
by The Bedford Citizen

 

Bedford Fireworks, 2015 - Image (c) Bob Bass, all rights reserved

Bedford Fireworks, 2015 – Image (c) Bob Bass, all rights reserved

By Julie McCay Turner

Dick McDowell at Command Central for Bedford's 2015 fireworks display - Image (c) JMcCT, 2015

Dick McDowell of Atlas Pyrotechnics at “Command Central” where Bedford’s 2015 fireworks display will be launched – Image (c) JMcCT, 2015

Atlas PyroVision Entertainment Group and their production manager Dick McDowell did not disappoint Bedford in the town’s 2015 fireworks display. read more…

Peter Ricci Thanks the BEST Community

2015 July 3
by The Bedford Citizen

By Peter Ricci

A special message from Rob Ackerman: As principal at Lane School for the last 7 years, I have enjoyed getting to see the incredible “behind the scenes work” of the BEST Parent organization. What has made this experience particularly unique is getting to know Peter Ricci, the outgoing BEST President. When I first met Peter, I admit, I thought to myself, “wow…a father is leading the parent organization…that’s not typical.” But then again, Peter is not typical. In fact, he is an unsung hero in the community. Schools need people like Peter and his fellow BEST volunteers. Our students’ learning is enhanced because of people like Peter.  As you read his “thank you” letter below, make sure you give him a “thank you” as well.

Peter Ricci, in his role as Ringmaster of the B.E.S.T. Circus - Courtesy image

Peter Ricci, in his role as Ringmaster of the B.E.S.T. Circus – Courtesy image

I know it’s weird, but I think one of the things I’m going to miss most about the elementary schools is the lunch menu. Something about talking with my son about what days he wants to buy lunch, the side items offered and the silly themed illustrations make me happy. Maybe it’s because I know the lunchrooms are full of social excitement, kids talking about their day to friends, or I could see the passing of the year, at Davis, from Mrs. Baudanza’s wall decorations. I’m not really sure … but I will miss not having that menu, circled with marker on “buy days” by my son, posted on my fridge. read more…

Bedford Green Partnerships Will Help to End Veteran Homelessness

2015 July 3
by The Bedford Citizen
Congressman Seth Moulton addresses the audience at the

Congressman Seth Moulton addresses the audience at the Bedford Green cornerstone dedication – Image (c) JMcCT, 2015

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

BG dedication LogoEdith Nourse Rogers was sworn in as the Congresswoman representing Bedford and the Fifth District of Massachusetts on June 30, 1925. Ninety years later on June 29, 2015 the cornerstone for Bedford Green, a public private partnership utilizing federal and state resources, was dedicated on the grounds of the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital, also known as the Bedford VA Medical Center. read more…

OpEd: Stay Involved with Your Government

2015 July 3
by The Bedford Citizen

By Ann Kiessling, PhD

Ann Kiessling, PhD, presenting the 2014 Commencement Address at Oregon State University - Courtesy image

Ann Kiessling, PhD, presenting the 2014 Commencement Address at Oregon State University – Courtesy image

Editor’s Note: The views expressed in The Bedford Citizen’s OpEd posts represent the point of view of the contributor and remain their property.

Our Fourth of July Celebrations bring into focus the stark differences between our idealistic, wholesome, messy, rancorous democracy, and the many oppressive, power-hungry regimes governing the lives of billions of people throughout the world today.

We take our freedoms for granted, which is not the plan our Founding Fathers had in mind.  They envisioned government OF the people, BY the people, and FOR the people, ALL of the people.  Government service was not envisioned to be a life-long career, nor a lofty position, but a tour of duty followed by a return to the private life of the common man. read more…

Eyes to the Sky: Bedford Readies for Tonight’s Fireworks Display

2015 July 2
by The Bedford Citizen
Setting up for tonight's fireworks display - Image (c) JMcCT, 2015

Setting up for tonight’s fireworks show involves removing the end caps left behind after previous displays – Image (c) JMcCT, 2015

By Julie McCay Turner

Atlas PyroVision Entertainment Group is in Bedford today for the town’s once-in-five-years fireworks display, when hundreds of colorful shells will go off in less than half an hour.

With 46 years’ experience, veteran expert Dick McDowell shoots 40 to 50 fireworks shows a year and is coordinating Bedford’s display. His first show, when he was 10 years old, was in Ayer, his hometown. Because his father was the assistant Fire Chief, young McDowell met Atlas’s founder and dug holes all day to prep for the show. Although it was hard work, it paid off because he was allowed inside the safety perimeter where he’s remained ever since. read more…

Jazz BBQ and Pot Luck Supper at First Baptist Church on July 12

2015 July 2
by The Bedford Citizen

 Submitted by the First Baptist Church in Bedford

Enjoying cameraderie, good food and music at the 2014 - Courtesy image

Enjoying cameraderie, good food and music at the 2014 – Courtesy image

First Baptist Church will hold their second “Jazz BBQ” concert and potluck dinner  at the church, located at 155 Concord Road, on Sunday July 12, from 5 to 7 pm, featuring international Jazz pianist and vocalist Geoffrey Dana Hicks who will entertain for the second year.

Dr. Hicks is a world class Jazz pianist/vocalist and song writer who blends jazz, gospel, big band, blues, standards, and classical music in his reportoire.  His voice can sound like Tony Bennett or Louis Armstrong.   read more…

Transition Town Bedford Launches the Minuteman Reusers Exchange Program

2015 July 2
by The Bedford Citizen

Courtesy image from the Transition Towns Bedford Facebook page

Courtesy image from the Transition Towns Bedford Facebook page

Submitted by Frances Bigda-Peyton, for Transition Town Bedford

Does your business have useful but unwanted items in need of disposal?  Are you working for a non-profit wishing you could get some office furniture, packing supplies, or even services at no cost?

Now, that is possible.  Transition Town Bedford, a local environmental group committed to building community resilience by promoting initiatives that enhance the environment, community and local economy has recently launched a business/nonprofit recycling and re-using service:  Minuteman Reusers.  It is free and easy to join on Linked In. read more…

Bedford’s Frank W. Thompson Lodge of Masons Installs New Officers

2015 July 2
by The Bedford Citizen

Submitted by the Frank W. Thompson Lodge of Masons

Gordon Huggins, newly installed as Master of Frank W. Thompson Lodge on June 20, 2015 - Courtesy image

Gordon Huggins, newly installed as Master of Frank W. Thompson Lodge on June 20, 2015 – Courtesy image

Frank W. Thompson Lodge of Masons recently held its annual installation of officers at the First Church of Christ, Congregational where the Lodge routinely meets.

Bedford resident Gordon Huggins was installed as Worshipful Master and will lead the Lodge in the coming year.  The term “Worshipful” is an old English term meaning one being worthy of respect or honorable. Huggins grew up in Concord where he met his wife Laurel in Concord-Carlisle Regional High School; he is employed by Tufts Medical Center.

Robert DiCesare of Holden, who owns and operates Bedford Vision, was installed Senior Warden and Christopher Beck of Bedford was installed Junior Warden.  In addition, a line of officers were appointed including Carmen Langthorne, a resident of Chelmsford, and Gyasi Burks-Abbott from Bedford. Presiding over the installation ceremony was Kenneth Pfeiffer, who grew up in Bedford, and other Past Masters of Frank W. Thompson Lodge.
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This Week in Town Government: What’s Happening July 6 to July10, 2015

2015 July 2
by The Bedford Citizen

By Meredith McCulloch

This-WeekA quick look at the meetings and agendas scheduled for Bedford’s boards and committees this week.

Check the list to see if there are agenda items of particular interest, and attend the meeting! read more…

JGMS Class of 2015, Moving On ~ BHS Class of 2019, Moving In

2015 July 1
by The Bedford Citizen
Class president Cameron Rackey takes a selfie with her class - Courtesy image

Class president Cameron Rackey, in a selfie with her class – Courtesy image

By Linda White

Principal Kevin Tracey with Katy Brown, winner of the 2015 Principal's Award - Courtesy image

Principal Kevin Tracey with Katy Brown, winner of the 2015 Principal’s Award – Courtesy image

JGMS Moving On was an evening of both ceremony and celebration for the JGMS 8th grade graduates. Students, families and faculty gathered on Thursday, June 18 in the BHS gymnasium for the annual rite of passage from middle school to high school. The theme of the celebration portion of the evening was fitting for this generation of students who embrace and routinely communicate via social media, Power Up! read more…