What Town Meeting IS and What it IS NOT

What Town Meeting IS and What it IS NOT

By Moderator Cathy Cordes

Bedford’s Special and Annual Town Meetings (TM) are business meetings. In the government structure of Bedford, members of TM are the “legislators.” Bedford has an “open” town meeting, which means that all of Bedford’s registered voters are eligible to come to TM. Some towns in Massachusetts have a “representative” town meeting and elect the TM members.

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Beginning on Friday, November 3: A World of Music Concert Series

Beginning on Friday, November 3: A World of Music Concert Series

Submitted by Middlesex Community College

Each semester Middlesex Community College offers a series of performances in the Building 6 Concert Hall on the Bedford campus. Offered free of charge to the public, performers range from students in the college’s music program to soloists in the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

The autumn concert series begins on Friday, November 3, and extends through Monday, December 11.

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Letter to the Editor, October 21, 2-17: Getting Congress to Restore Our Constitution, or What Do Congressman Moulton and Dr. Strangelove Have In Common?

Letter to the Editor, October 21, 2-17: Getting Congress to Restore Our Constitution, or What Do Congressman Moulton and Dr. Strangelove Have In Common?

By Brown Pulliam
Life Member of the Bedford Democratic Town Committee
Delegate to the 2017 Democratic State Convention

The writers of our Constitution were well aware of examples in history of disastrous wars that had begun at the command of one person. Therefore they made sure that a vote of both houses of the Congress would be necessary before the United States could declare a state of war.

The advent of nuclear weapons and intercontinental missiles raised the fear that if we were to suffer a surprise attack using such weapons, there would be no time to convene Congress to authorize a counter-strike before the initial attack had eliminated our capacity to do so. Thus some decades ago, Congress gave to the president the authority to launch a nuclear attack, not only in reply to such an attack but even to launch a first strike using nuclear weapons!

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Thanks to Everyone Who Supported Bedford TV’s First Annual Trivia Night

Thanks to Everyone Who Supported Bedford TV’s First Annual Trivia Night

Submitted by Bedford TV

Every table at Old Town Hall was full for the First Annual Bedford TV Trivia Night – Image (c) Bedford.TV 2017 all rights reserved

Team Friggatriskaidekamaniacs won Best Team Name – Image (c) JMcCT, 2017 all rights reserved

The first annual Bedford TV Trivia Night was a big success. Thanks to everyone who came out to support the fundraiser. A full room of teams at the Great Room in Old Town Hall battled it out over three rounds of questions with much laughter and competition along the way.

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Everything You Ever Needed to Know about Bedford Town Meeting (but Were Afraid to Ask!)

Everything You Ever Needed to Know about Bedford Town Meeting (but Were Afraid to Ask!)

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Beginning on October 23 the Bedford Citizen will present a six-part primer on Town Meeting. until November 6, when a real live New England style town meeting will take place at Bedford High School.

The series is prepared by our Town Moderator Cathy Cordes, the person MOST in the know about the whys and wherefores of Town Meeting, and the person who will preside over Special Town Meeting when it begins on November 6.

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John Linz – Citizen of the Year, 2017 – In His Own Words

John Linz – Citizen of the Year, 2017 – In His Own Words

Editor’s Note: John Linz delivered this message at the Town’s reception honoring him on October 6, 2017

I have to say that I am both surprised and honored to be selected Bedford’s citizen of the year. But I have to admit to being somewhat apprehensive between the time I was told and the official announcement – would this be an Oscar moment. (You remember at the Oscar awards this year when they announced a winner then admitted a mistake and awarded the Oscar to someone else!) But there was no Oscar moment! But this time was also a time to reflect on what got us along this path, especially some of our earlier experiences in Bedford.

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Establish a “Settling” Routine to Sleep Well

Establish a “Settling” Routine to Sleep Well

Submitted by Bedford Youth and Family Services

Going to bed is not just something that you do after a long day. It is also something that rests you, refreshes you, sets the tone for the following day, and has a major impact on your physical and mental health. Despite the importance of getting a good night’s slumber, millions of Americans have failed to develop healthy sleep habits to such an extent that the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has labeled insufficient sleep as a public health problem.

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