By Meredith McCulloch
Multiple board and committee meetings will take place this week, several in new locations.read more
Submitted by the Office of State Rep. Ken Gordon (D-Bedford)
Representative Ken Gordon (D-Bedford) joined with his colleagues in the Massachusetts Legislature to pass a bill that fully implements consumer access to adult-use marijuana while creating a robust public health and safety framework.
Facilitates implementation of ballot question while safeguarding public health and consumer protection
This legislation maintains the personal use provisions ouread more
By Julie McCay Turner Bedford's Sing Hanson is a photographer and digital printmaker whose work has examined the effect of age and the elements on metal; the ledges surrounding Rockport's quarries; and the peaceful beauty of a Norwegian fjord. Hanson's work, along...read more
Submitted on behalf of Congressman Seth Moulton (D-MA)
On Sunday, July 30, Congressman Seth Moulton (D-MA) will invite constituents to participate in a day of community service as part of his “Serve with Seth” program. Moulton, along with district staffers and volunteers, will assist the United States Fish and Wildlife Service in helping maintain and preserve Plum Island’s natural landscape. Projects will include trail maintenance, boardwalk repainting, and invasive plant removal. Media are invited to attend the event.read more
By Renu Bostwick
Bedford Mothers Out Front
As a mother of two teenage daughters, I have stopped worrying about them crossing the street alone but have been worrying more about the world that they will inherit from us. I see that if we do nothing to curb fossil-fuel use, our children will be inheriting a world of climate chaos where everything they do will be harder than it was for us.read more
Submitted by State Senator Mike Barrett
On Wednesday, July 19 the Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security heard from State Senator Mike Barrett (D-Lexington) about his bill to prevent sheriffs from sending inmates out of Massachusetts without meeting certain requirements.read more
By Barbara Purchia and Sylvia Mallory
Interested residents have checked in to add more items to the recently posted inventory of Bedford’s cultural resources.read more
By Meredith McCulloch
‘The recommended water and sewer rate increase for FY2018 at 1.2%, is the lowest since FY2013,” according to Finance Director Victor Garofalo. The recommendation and detailed analysis of costs were presented to the Selectman on July 17. Rates are based on projected costs of supplying water to residents. No increase in the irrigation rate for outdoor watering was recommended by Garofalo.read more
Submitted by Rep. Ken Gordon (D-Bedford)
Representative Ken Gordon (D-Bedford) joined with his colleagues in the Massachusetts Legislature recently to pass a fiscally-responsible $40.2 billion FY18 budget. The bill puts a premium on protecting vulnerable residents through investments in early education and care (EEC), substance addiction initiatives, homelessness programs, and funding to help individuals with developmental disabilities.
This budget takes comprehensive action to promote sustained economic health through a $100 million deposit to the stabilization fund which will result in projected balance of more than $1.4 billion.
[The FY18 budget] focuses on supporting vulnerable residents and fostering sustainable economic growth, including support for children of military families who live on Hanscom Air Force Base and attend Bedford High School. +In addition to the funding for military students, Bedford will be receiving $4,624,342 in Chapter 70 Education Funding, an over 6% increase from FY17 and $1,146,725 in Unrestricted General Government Aid, an over 3% increase from FY17.
“In the midst of a tough fiscal climate we’ve delivered a fiscally-responsible budget that makes targeted investments and protects our most vulnerable citizens,” House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo (D-Winthrop) said.“I am particularly proud of the work we’ve done on early education and care, which will have a lasting impact on both the workforce and the Commonwealth’s children, and supporting those battling addiction.”read more
Submitted by Sen. Mike Barrett (D-Lexington)
During a recent public hearing, State Senator Mike Barrett (D-Lexington) testified on behalf of his bill that would guarantee state funding for a Bedford housing complex that caters to homeless veterans.
Barrett is the chief sponsor of a bill (S.2009) that would ensure 100% reimbursement to Bedford for the financial assistance it provides veterans who move into Bedford Green, situated on the grounds of the VA hospital. The complex provides apartments to 69 homeless veterans from all over Massachusetts.read more