‘Stand Up for Inclusion’ with Pamela Schuller at BHS on Saturday Afternoon

‘Stand Up for Inclusion’ with Pamela Schuller at BHS on Saturday Afternoon

Submitted by Bedford SEPAC

Celebrating differences advocate Pamela Schuller will share her uplifting and inspiring life’s experiences to build a stronger community at Bedford High School from 4 to 5:30 pm on Saturday afternoon.

Schuller is an internationally known inclusion advocate. Her extraordinary personal story of growing up with the most severe known case of Tourette syndrome in the United States—and turning that challenge into professional and personal success—is engaging, funny, a little bit heart wrenching, and deeply meaningful.

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Chair of the Bedford Selectmen Margot Fleischman

Chair of the Bedford Selectmen Margot Fleischman

For Margot Fleischman, the job of being a Bedford Selectman is serious, satisfying, and ceremonial. Speaking at the recent pole capping event, Fleischman said she will wear her tricorn hat “with great pride as a symbol of our cherished tradition of remembering and acknowledging – through reenactment and education – the sacrifices that past Bedford residents made to secure our freedom.” You can read her remarks here: http://bit.ly/2pLJ4zt

Fleischman is now in her second term as a Bedford Selectman. She’s also the Selectman member of the Community Preservation Committee, the Energy Task Force, the Transportation Advisory Committee, and the Fawn Lake Committee. She acknowledges the help of her husband Bill, over the years, in making it possible for her to be such an active participant in town government!

Recently, The Citizen sat down for a chat with Margot, covering a range of town topics.

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Hidden Treasures in Bedford

Hidden Treasures in Bedford

Submitted by Bedford Town Historian Sharon Lawrence McDonald

May is “Hidden Treasures Month” in Massachusetts. The organization Freedom’s Way, in partnership with the National Park Service, is sponsoring a celebration of the wonderful historic places located all across Eastern Massachusetts.

Bedford is joining in to proudly show off three of its own historical treasures: the Bedford Flag, the historic meetinghouse on Bedford Common, and the Job Lane Farm Museum.

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Selectmen Establish Dog Park Task Force

Selectmen Establish Dog Park Task Force

By Debra Parkhurst

As a follow up to a meeting with interested residents on April 3, the Selectmen established an Ad Hoc Dog Park Task Force at their meeting on April 24. The Task Force will consist of seven members, five at-large from the community and two Selectmen representatives.

The Task Force charge is to explore and evaluate locations that would be suitable for an off-leash fenced dog park as well as to analyze the advantages or disadvantages of each site, cost projections, and funding. Any subsequent action or funding would be subject to approval by the Selectmen. The Task Force would also assist with the development of any application for grant funding.

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Bedford Police will Participate in Disability Placard Abuse Prevention Week

Bedford Police will Participate in Disability Placard Abuse Prevention Week

Submitted on behalf of the Bedford Police Department

Chief Robert Bongiorno announced that the Bedford Police Department will be participating in Placard Abuse Prevention Week to help reduce the misuse of placards statewide.

Placard Abuse Prevention Week, which runs from May 6-13, is led by a task force through the Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV). The initiative aims to reduce disabled parking placard abuse so that parking spaces are always available for those who need them.

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Letter to the Editor, April 24, 2017: ‘The Promise’ a New Film about the Armenian Genocide

Letter to the Editor, April 24, 2017: ‘The Promise’ a New Film about the Armenian Genocide

By Kathryn Eskandarian

The making and release of the new movie, The Promise, is truly significant. This is the first major motion picture made about the Armenian Genocide, in which 1.5 million Armenians were murdered by the Turkish Government in 1915. This crime, the first genocide of the 20th century, continues to be denied by the Turkish Government to this day. There have been various attempts to bring this historical event to mainstream movie theaters throughout the years, but all have failed due to Turkey’s overt political pressure to prevent this. The most famous was the movie, The Forty Days of Musa Dagh based on Franz Werfel’s well-known novel. MGM was in pre-production in 1934 when the Turkish Government and subsequently U.S. State Department brought enormous pressure to bear on Louis B. Mayer, who eventually decided not to proceed with the project.

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BHS Girls Tennis Evens up Season Record at 2-2 With a Win over Waltham

BHS Girls Tennis Evens up Season Record at 2-2 With a Win over Waltham

By Jeffrey JHo Hoyland

While the drizzle washed out the baseball and softball games, the BHS Girls Tennis team played under the protected courts at Waltham Athletic Club. Bedford defeated Waltham 5-0 in convincing sets. Bedford Freshman Aneesha Manne defeated Waltham Senior Tiffany Nguyen 6-0 6-0. Junior Mari Fay repeated that score against Waltham’s Brianna Homsi. Third Single player Sarah Pequeno defeated Gina Herosian 6-2 6-2

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