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Lane School’s Outdoor Classroom Comes Alive With the Arrival of a Flock of Chicks

2016 April 30
by The Bedford Citizen
One of the newly-arrived chicks surveys his surroundings in the Lt. Job Lane School library - Image (c) JMcCT, 2016 all rights reserved

One of the newly-arrived chicks surveys his surroundings in the Lt. Job Lane School library – Image (c) JMcCT, 2016 all rights reserved

By Julie McCay Turner

Students clustered around the chicks - Image (c) JMcCT, 2106 all rights reserved

A cluster of students peering into the chicks’ enclosure – Image (c) JMcCT, 2106 all rights reserved

Keith Kinney came to Lane School five years ago, dreaming of an outdoor classroom, and with the help of teaching assistant Jean Mickle and others, a splendid organic teaching garden has come together at the school.

At Mickle’s behest,‘Ask This Old House’ came to the school and installed raised beds and grape arbors. Several months later the garden was featured in the television program’s season premiere last October.After all that excitement, Kinney and Mickle wondered how to sustain enthusiasm for the outdoor classroom.

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The flock got up close and personal with their feed on Friday morning – Image (c) JMcCT, 2016 all rights reserved

The school’s newly-arrived flock of chicks provides just the ticket. read more…

This Week in Town Government – What’s Happening May 2 to May 5, 2016

2016 April 30
by The Bedford Citizen

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By Meredith McCulloch

Town board and committee meetings for the upcoming week are listed, with highlights of agendas posted on Friday, April 29 noted below.

All meetings are open to the public. read more…

Mother’s Day: Then and Now – A Celebratory Breakfast Tradition Continues at Bedford’s American Legion Post

2016 April 30
by The Bedford Citizen

Submitted  behalf of the Anthony-Hunt-Hamilton American Legion Post 221

Mothers-Day-Breakfast-2016Many things have come and gone in Bedford over the years, but one thing in particular continues to warm the hearts of Mothers.  For over four decades now, volunteers here in town have come together to make Mom feel a little more special on Mother’s Day.

Bobbie Ennis, long time Bedford resident, said “I can’t even remember a time when we didn’t have the Mother’s Day Breakfast here”.  Mothers are treated to breakfast in the Genetti Function Room. They’re given carnations, and a breakfast of eggs, hash browns, bacon or sausage, pancakes, toast, coffee, tea, and juice. The ambiance isn’t at all “fancy-smanshy”, but seeing all the families and happy Moms creates a very special atmosphere none the less. read more…

Garden Club Plant Sale Mother’s Day Weekend

2016 April 29
by The Bedford Citizen
The Garden Club plant sale will offer cut flower arrangements, geraniums, and perennials on Mothers Day weekend - Courtesy image

The Garden Club plant sale will offer cut flower arrangements, geraniums, and perennials on Mothers Day weekend – Courtesy image

Submitted by the Bedford Garden Club

Just in time for Mother’s Day, the Bedford Garden Club’s annual sale of geraniums, perennials, edibles, hanging plants and fresh cut flower arrangements is planned for Saturday, May 7th in front of the Bedford DPW Building, 314 The Great Road.

Starting at 10 am, the sale will offer floral arrangements in three sizes that are great gifts for Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 8th.  Also to be sold are hundreds of the most popular colors of geraniums (red, white, pink, hot pink, and coral) as well as perennials donated from the yards of Garden Club members – all to raise funds for the Club’s civic activities and scholarship program. read more…

‘Remembering Bedford’ on May 1 at the Bedford Historical Society

2016 April 29
by The Bedford Citizen

Submitted by the Bedford Historical Society

Participants in Leslie Wittman's video "Bedford Memories" include

Participants in Leslie Wittman’s video “Bedford Memories” Image (c) JMcCT, 2016 all rights reserved

Hard to believe that there was a time, not so long ago, when Bedford had only ONE traffic light!

Remember the restaurant with the airplane on its roof?  Or the Bedford Woolworth 5 & 10?

Whether you have lived in Bedford for 1 year or for 50 years, everyone loves Bedford.  But what was the town like when life operated at a slower pace?  What was it like growing up in a small, semi-rural community?

A number of well-known and long-time Bedford residents will be the featured panelists for this interesting Society program, to be held Sunday afternoon, May 1, in the Upper Fellowship Hall at the First Church of Christ Congregational. The event will start at 2 pm with refreshments and a social period.  The guest speakers will begin after announcements at 2:30 pm.     read more…

Evergreen Avenue Planned Residential Development Draws Overflow Crowd; Hearing Continued to May 24

2016 April 29
by The Bedford Citizen
Evergreen Meadows, situated among its neighbors - Image (c)

Evergreen Meadows, situated among its neighbors – Image (c) Stamski and McNary, 2016 all rights reserved

By Bob Dorer

A standing room only crowd of abutters turned out for the Planning Board’s April 26 public hearing on a “Special Permit and Definitive Subdivision Plan-Planned Residential Development (PRD)” for 56 Evergreen Avenue.  Also present were the land owner and development team for the project, the Selectmen and Finance Committee liaisons to the Planning Board, and other interested citizens. read more…

Tourist in Our Own Town: First Church is ‘Ready to Rummage’ on Saturday morning

2016 April 29
by The Bedford Citizen
Sorting books and bric-a-brac in preparation for Saturday's rummage sale at First Church of Christ, Congregational on Great Road - Courtesy image, 2016 all rights reserved

Sorting books and bric-a-brac in preparation for Saturday’s rummage sale at First Church of Christ, Congregational on Great Road – Courtesy image, 2016 all rights reserved

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Happy Arbor Day: A New Princeton Elm is Planted in Bedford Center

2016 April 29
by The Bedford Citizen

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Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

A newly-installed Princeton Elm stands proud at the corner of Elm Street and School Way. It was installed by the Bedford DPW to celebrate Arbor Day, 2016.

The tree will eventually shade the bench donated last year in memory of Matthew “Matty” Langone. The bench has become a popular neighborhood gathering place.

Princeton Elms provide ‘high canopy shade,” and a proven, scientific record of resistance to Dutch Elm disease.

Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez Attends Paid Family/Medical Leave Forum with Rep. Gordon

2016 April 29
by The Bedford Citizen
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Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland), Rep Ken Gordon (D-Bedford), U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez, Chairman John Scibak (D-South Hadley), and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey- Courtesy image (c) 2016 all rights reserved

Submitted by Rep. Ken Gordon (D-Bedford)

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Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez at Tamr, Inc. – Courtesy image (c) 2016 all rights reserved

The sponsor of the Massachusetts House bill to bring paid family and medical leave to all workers in Massachusetts, Representative Ken Gordon (D-Bedford), joined U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, Co-Chairman of the Joint Committee Labor and Workforce Development John Scibak (D-South Hadley), and Senate Co-Sponsor Karen Spilka (D-Ashland) at Cambridge startup Tamr, Inc. to discuss the issues surrounding the proposed program. read more…

Bedford’s Community Events Calendar, with Events Through May 21, 2016

2016 April 28
by The Bedford Citizen

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

On the Horizon 2 UseOn the Horizon is a Bedford events calendar that is available 24/7 at The Bedford Citizen’s homepage, www.thebedfordcitizen.org.

Each Thursday The Citizen will post an article listing the events that are coming up in the next ten days. read more…