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App Helps Bedford and Billerica Police Track Down Suspect and Stolen iPad

2015 July 30
by The Bedford Citizen

Submittted by John Guilfoil, on behalf of the Bedford Police Department

Public Safety-BPDPolice Chief Robert Bongiorno and Billerica Police Chief Daniel Rosa report that a man will be summonsed in connection with breaking and entering into a home.

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Rufus Porter Murals Documented by Scholars from Porter’s Bridgeton Museum

2015 July 30
by The Bedford Citizen
Visitors from the Rufus Porter Museum in Bridgeton, ME (L-R) Julie Lindberg, Julie Carter Lefko and Jane Radcliffe with Lorrie Dunham (in pink)

Julie Lindberg, Linda Carter Lefko and Jane Radcliffe (rear, L-R), visitors from the Rufus Porter Museum in Bridgeton, ME, posed with Lorrie Dunham in front of a Rufus Porter mural in the entry of Dunham’s house. Image (c) JMcCT, 2015

By Julie McCay Turner

Scholars Linda Carter Lefko, Julie Lindbergh, and Jane Radcliffe recently visited Bedford on behalf of the Rufus Porter Museum in Bridgeton, ME. They came to document the still-colorful Porter murals in the entry and upstairs hall, as well as those in an upstairs bedroom and its closet at Lorrie Dunham’s house. Their documentation will become part of the  museum’s permanent record about Porter’s work.

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Representative Gordon and House of Representatives Override Governor Vetoes

2015 July 30
by The Bedford Citizen

Submitted by Rep. Ken Gordon (D) Bedford

Ken-Gordon-letterheadAmong a flurry of veto overrides on Wednesday, State Representative Ken Gordon (D-Bedford) was especially proud to joined his House colleagues in striking out a few of Governor Charles Baker’s planned cuts that would have effected his district, iincluding restoration of funds for early childhood education,  Middlesex Community College and the arts community.
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Gemmesa Mercado, aka Author G. Johnson, Presents ‘Seacoo’ in a Book Talk at Franklin Park Zoo

2015 July 30
by The Bedford Citizen

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

G. Johnson, - Courtesy image

Image (c) G. Johnson

G. Johnson, an author with strong Bedford connections, will present pre-publication readings of  Seacoo, her new children’s book, at the Hippo Theater in the Tropical Forest Pavilion at Franklin Park Zoo. The readings will take place at 11 am and 1 pm on Thursday, August 6 and are free with Zoo admission.

Following each reading, guests are invited to speak with the author, and illustrator Yifan Luo. At 2:30 pm guests may learn more about red panda Coco, a character in the book, by taking part in a Red Panda Encounter where they learn about the red pandas living at the zoo.

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Bedford Community Events Calendar: July 30 through August 11

2015 July 30
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.

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Safe Homes Program FAQ

2015 July 30
by The Bedford Citizen

Submitted by Bedford Youth and Family Services

Safe-Homes-thumbnailSafe Homes is concerned with underage substance use and abuse, not a program designed to address adult alcohol consumption. The Safe Homes pledge is NOT a legally binding contract. It is an “Agreement” among a community network of parents.

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Planning Board Supports Legislation to Change Zoning and Planning Regulations

2015 July 29
by The Bedford Citizen

By Meredith McCulloch

Planning BoardThe Planning Board voted unanimously on July 20 to send a letter to the Speaker of the House in support of Senate Bill 122,“an Act promoting the planning and development of sustainable communities.” The letter written by Glenn Garber, the Planning Director says in part, “The State’s laws for planning, zoning, and subdivision control are antiquated, do not meet standard practice and lead to excessive litigation. The Zoning Act was last updated forty years ago, and it is much longer for the other statutes, and it is time to bring our land use laws into the 21st century.  These common sense reforms are important to keeping the Commonwealth competitive and to maintaining the quality of life of the state.” read more…

How to Keep Your Cool (No Matter the Weather!)

2015 July 29
by The Bedford Citizen

Submitted by Bedford Youth and Family Services

Image (c) Cherie Winkler, 2013 all rights reserved

Image (c) Cherie Winkler, 2013 all rights reserved

How does sitting in traffic sound to you? What about arguing with your children? Being late on a work deadline? These activities likely make you feel stressed, but there are some quick and easy steps you can take to combat stress before it becomes a problem.
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Bedford VA to Host Free Ricky Lee “Music-4-R-Vets” Concert on Saturday, August 8

2015 July 29
by The Bedford Citizen

Submitted by Robert Cook, Public Affairs, Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital (Bedford VA)

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Country music star Ricky Lee will bring his Music-4-R-Vets show to the Bedford VA campus on Saturday, Aug. 8 at 1:30 p.m. as part of his ongoing efforts to show Veterans the healing power of music. The show will be open to all Veterans and the public.

The outdoor concert will be held at the Oval, (follow event signs), of the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital (Bedford VA). Lee has been playing at VA hospitals, American Legion Halls and Veterans of Foreign War posts nationwide for the past several months.

Click Ricky Lee at the Bedford VA to download or print a full-sized concert poster

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Bedford Cultural Council Seeks Community Input

2015 July 29
by The Bedford Citizen
One of the questions on the Bedford Cultural Council's survey, closing on

A picture of a question on the current Bedford Cultural Council survey. Courtesy image

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

The Bedford Cultural Council seeks feedback as it strives to maintain the community’s creative vitality by awarding grants to Bedford artists, individuals and non-profit organizations. Using the results of a brief online survey, https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BedfordCulturalCouncil, the Council will develop priorities that will inform their awards during the 2016 grant cycle.

The survey closes on Monday, August 3, and the Council hopes for a wide response. read more…