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Bedford Police Arrest Suspect in Connection with Bank Robbery

2016 August 24
by The Bedford Citizen

By John Guilfoil, on behalf of the Bedford Police Department

Robbery suspect 08222016Chief Robert Bongiorno reports that the Bedford Police Department has arrested a man in connection with Monday evening’s bank robbery of the Citizens Bank inside Stop and Shop on Great Road in Bedford. Stephen Gingras, age 39, of Manchester, NH is charged with unarmed robbery; larceny over $250; unlawful possession of a firearm; unlawful possession of ammunition; and being a fugitive from justice.

Bedford Police Detectives, working in conjunction with the Boston Police Department Detectives, SWAT Team, Special Operations Unit, as well as the FBI Bank Robbery Task Force, tracked Gingras to a residence on Orton-Morotta Way in South Boston, where he was arrested at 2:41 a.m. Wednesday. A firearm and ammunition were found in his possession during the arrest. read more…

Bedford Police Searching for Bank Robbery Suspect

2016 August 22
by The Bedford Citizen
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Surveillance video of the alleged robber who held up a Citizens Bank branch in the Bedford Stop and Shop store on Monday evening – Courtesy image (c) 2016 all rights reserved

Submitted on behalf of the Bedford Police Department

Chief Robert Bongiorno reports that the Bedford Police Department is actively searching for a man who robbed a bank in town on Monday evening, August 22.

At 6:40 p.m., police responded to the Citizens Bank inside Stop and Shop, 337 The Great Road, for a report of a bank robbery.

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Gone Fishing, 2016

2016 August 21
by The Bedford Citizen
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Gone Fishin (c) JMcCT, 2012 all rights reserved – Click to view larger image

As we begin our fifth year, The Bedford Citizen’s board, staff and volunteer writers are taking our annual ‘gone fishing’ holiday. We’ll return with new stories on Monday, August 29.

You’re invited to browse the 3,879 stories we’ve posted since we began in 2012 at www.thebedfordcitizen.org while we’re away.

Ready for Fall: New Recreation Department Brochure is Available Online

2016 August 21
by The Bedford Citizen
Rec Department Fall 2016 Brochure Cover

The 2016 Bedford Recreation Department brochure is available on line – Courtesy image (c) Bedford Recreation, 2016 all rights reserved

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Bedford’s Recreation Department offers something for everyone in town, and all of their current offerings are listed in the 2016 Fall brochure, available online now, with printed copies available soon.

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Sylvia Wolk’s Girl Scout Silver Award Petition Advocates for North Road Crosswalk

2016 August 20
by The Bedford Citizen

 

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Girl Scout Cadettes Sylvia Wolk (r) and her sister Leah Wolk, across North Road from Bedford Farms, in the general area where Sylvia hopes a crosswalk will soon be installed – Image (c) JMcCT, 2016 all rights reserved

By Julie McCay Turner

Among the Silver Award projects undertaken by members of Girl Scout Cadette Troop 71639 is one that encourages the installation of a crosswalk along North Road, between Sullivan Tire and Bedford Farms.

Sylvia Wolk, a rising freshman at Bedford High School with a 10-year scouting career, designed the project and has spent some of her summer vacation soliciting input and support for it among Bedford residents and visitors from nearby towns and faraway countries.

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This Week in Town Government – What’s Happening August 22 to August 25, 2016

2016 August 20
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, August 19 noted below.

Under the “Open Meeting Law” the public  is welcome to attend unless there is an executive session

Highlights of posted agendas: read more…

Nature Notes: Summer 2016

2016 August 20
by The Bedford Citizen
Fawn Lake - Saturday, August 20, 2016 - But where are the beavers? - Image (c) Susanne Harrison, 2016 all rights reserved

Fawn Lake – Saturday, August 20, 2016 – But where are the beavers? – Image (c) Susanne Harrison, 2016 all rights reserved

By Susanne Harrison

Fawn Lake - August 20, 2016 - Water lilies but no winged things - Image (c) Susanne Harrison, 2016 all rights reserved

Fawn Lake – Saturday, August 20, 2016 – Water lilies and lotus flowers  – Image (c) Susanne Harrison, 2016 all rights reserved

We met a baby snake yesterday while walking around Fawn Lake.  He was coiled in a wooded area, lying on leaves in dappled sun.  We think it was a baby garter snake because they are common around here, but he was mostly black and without the typical yellow stripes of an adult garter snake.  Perhaps he hadn’t earned his stripes yet.

The snake was about 12-14 inches long and displayed a fierce attitude.  When we got too near, he raised his head about four inches and opened his mouth to threaten us.  His head was about the size of a small lima bean and and he opened his mouth wide enough for us to see the pink flesh of the interior.  It was almost cute!
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Bedford will be Well-Represented at the Middlesex County 4-H Fair ~ August 26, 27, and 28

2016 August 19
by The Bedford Citizen
4-H Foundation Trustee Steve Hagan with Catherine Scollo (l) with S'more, and Eva Scollo (r) with Violet in front of a sign describing the Middlesex County 4-H Fair at Chip-in Farm - Image (c) JMcCT, 2016 all rights reserved

Steve Hagan, a 4-H Foundation Trustee and co-proprietor of Bedford’s Blueberry Goat Farm, met members of Bedford’s 4-H Farmers Club and the goats under their care — Catherine Scollo with S’more (c), and Eva Scollo with Violet (r) — at Chip-in Farm  to promote next week’s Middlesex County 4-H Fair  – Image (c) JMcCT, 2016 all rights reserved – Click to view larger image

By Julie McCay Turner

The Bedford 4H Farmers' Club led their animals in the parade - Image (c) JMcCT

The Bedford 4-H Farmers’ Club led their animals in the opening parade for the 2015 4-H Fair – Image (c) JMcCT

Dozens of young Bedford farmers will travel to the Westford fair grounds to exhibit the animals they’ve raised, compete in the horse show,ordisplay their visual presentation projects at the 2016 Middlesex County 4-H Fair.The fair opens at 1:30 on Friday afternoon, August 26; the closing ceremony begins at 4:30 pm on Sunday afternoon, August 28.

In addition to the 4H Farmers Club and activities at Chip-in Farm, Bedford boasts a member of the Massachusetts 4H Foundation’s board of trustees, Steve Hagen. read more…

Marketplace Update: Learning Express Prepares for its Grand Opening in September

2016 August 18
by The Bedford Citizen
Learning Express's build-out is underway, and its signs were installed on Thursday - Image (c) JMcCT, 2016 all rights reserved

The buildout for Bedford’s Learning Express Toys and Play Center, a flagship endeavor for its parent company, is underway and signage was installed on Thursday – Image (c) JMcCT, 2016 all rights reserved

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Bedford’s new Learning Express flagship toy store, play area, and snack bar is scheduled to open in September.

Signage was installed on Thursday, and the space is being fitted out this week, although the project has been planned for more than a year: read more…

Bedford’s Community Events Calendar: On the Horizon – Through September

2016 August 18
by The Bedford Citizen

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

On the Horizon-Save the DateOn 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 through the end of September.

Events, Day by Day – AUGUST, 2016 read more…