Stop & Shop’s A+ School Rewards Program Benefits Bedford Schools

Stop & Shop’s A+ School Rewards Program Benefits Bedford Schools

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Bedford schools have received almost $24,000 over the past 5 years from the Stop & Shop A+ School Rewards fundraising program.

To get in line for these benefits, residents and others register for the program on the store’s website and stipulate the Bedford Schools as their preferred recipient. Volunteers Nancy Barnes and Kelly Dahdah coordinate the program for our schools.

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Flavors of Bedford ~ An Event Update

Flavors of Bedford ~ An Event Update

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Just one of the dozens of tempting food stations – Image (c) JMcCT, 2017 all rights reserved – Click to view larger image

Flavors of Bedford was clearly the place to be on Sunday, November 5, with guests arriving in droves within moments after the doors opened. Flavors is an annual event sponsored by the Bedford Chamber of Commerce; a portion of the proceeds support the Friends of Hanscom, a non-profit organization established to promote and support the mission of the American military service.

Dozens of appetizers and tasting bites were on the menu, with some guests marking their lists to be certain that they tried everything.

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A Vote of Thanks to Sandra Hackman

A Vote of Thanks to Sandra Hackman

By Dot Bergin

The Bedford Citizen believes it is important to recognize residents who have given many hours of voluntary service to the town. Today’s “civic heroine” is Sandra Hackman, who recently retired from the Planning Board after 15 years of service.

Although retired from that board position, Sandra continues to build on her expertise in planning. She is Bedford’s representative to the Metropolitan Area Planning Council and also serves as the organization’s elected Secretary. MAPC has 101-member communities and 90 staff members who work with the governor’s office, legislators on Beacon Hill, and member communities on everything from smart growth to transportation, housing, regional equity, economic development, and climate change.

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Telling the Story …

Telling the Story …

By Ginni Spencer

The Bedford Citizen recently completed its One Book One Bedford program built around the graphic novel memoir by Congressman John Lewis entitled March.

Detailing his personal and public involvement in the civil rights struggle of the 1960s, the book ends in 2008 with Lewis observing to a colleague, “We’ve got to tell the story.” This reference to his concern that the history of these important events must be kept visible and relevant to the next generation of young people resonates with the mission of The Citizen. We seek to promote informed civic participation by providing reliable information which encourages discussion and consideration of local issues.

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The White Cedar Swamp Boardwalk Project aka The Davis Road Boardwalk

The White Cedar Swamp Boardwalk Project aka The Davis Road Boardwalk

Soraya Stevens, Chair
Bedford Transportation Advisory Committee

Over 20 years ago, residents of Davis Road organized and asked the town to consider building sidewalks on Davis Road, especially along the White Cedar Swamp area to facilitate safe bicycle and pedestrian travel. It is an important stretch of road because it connects neighborhoods to schools and increases bicycle and pedestrian connectivity between West Bedford and the center of town.

The stretch of Davis Road next to the White Cedar Swamp has a posted speed limit of 35mph and due to Massachusetts State Law, lowering posted speed limits is a nearly insurmountable task. The road has significant glare issues at certain times of the day and is largely unused by pedestrians and cyclists due to the lack of safe shoulders and the inherent speed through the area. In the winter, this area is prone to black ice, and the snow banks further reduce the area for any pedestrian travel. This stretch of road poses many challenges for construction of traditional sidewalks. There are significant conservation land impact considerations and grading issues on both sides of the road and there are utility poles and right-of-way concerns on the north side. There is a long history of obstacles to building a sidewalk along this busy stretch of residential roadway; multiple attempts have been made and no sidewalk was ever constructed.

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