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Life Management Skills Program Participants Prep for Back-to-School

2016 August 29
by The Bedford Citizen

By Jaime Craven

The optimism of the Bedford Life Management Skills group members is reflected in this quote:

“I get up every single day at four in the morning, and I’m so happy, because I’m doing that for my kids… Sometimes they tell me, ‘Mummy, we cannot do that, we don’t have the money.’ And I tell them, ‘No. We’ll do that. We work every single day to do that.'”
— Irene Despradel

Community TeamworkWith the first week of September creeping ever closer, the Bedford Life Management Skills program met in the First Parish Church on August 19 to discuss tips and strategies for saving money during back-to-school season.

This pilot program went into effect in early 2015 and has since formed a close-knit circle of local, lower-income families looking to maximize their finances and plan for the future. Come December, the Town will vote on whether to re-fund the program for another year. read more…

Bedford’s Newest Community Policing Initiative

2016 August 29
by The Bedford Citizen

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Submitted on behalf of the Bedford Police Department

Officer Kristen Dineen with Jakai who received a 'Good Behavior' ticket for following safety rules - Courtesy image (c) Bedford Police Department, 2016 all rights reserved

Officer Kristen Dineen with Jakai who received a ‘Good Behavior’ ticket for following safety rules – Courtesy image (c) Bedford Police Department, 2016 all rights reserved

Chief Robert Bongiorno is pleased to announce that the Bedford Police Department is partnering with Bedford Farms Ice Cream to reward children for good behavior as they go back to school.

Police officers will hand out coupons for a free kid-size ice cream cone to students who are “caught” doing the right thing. Examples include wearing a helmet while riding a bicycle and crossing the street correctly.

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Public Hearing: Zoning Bylaw Amendments, Tuesday, September 13 at 8:30 pm

2016 August 29
by The Bedford Citizen

Submitted by the Bedford Planning Board

Planning BoardThe Bedford Planning Board will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at 8:30 PM in the Selectmen’s Meeting Room, Bedford Town Hall, to review several amendments to the Zoning Bylaw, prior to the fall Special Town Meeting.

The proposed changes are generally of a minor or corrective nature and comprise: read more…

Receive Free Massachusetts Emergency Alerts from MEMA

2016 August 29
by The Bedford Citizen

Submitted by the Town of Bedford

mema-logo-200x200The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) encourages all residents of the Commonwealth to use their cell phones to receive emergency alerts and warnings about imminent severe weather and other threatening situations.

In the overnight hours of Monday morning, August 22 many residents of the Concord, Massachusetts neighborhood that was hit by an EF1 tornado were awakened by emergency alerting systems on their cell phones  fifteen minutes before the tornado hit.  The advance warning allowed those residents to move to safety within their homes. read more…

This Week in Town Government – What’s Happening August 29 to September 1, 2016

2016 August 29
by The Bedford Citizen

By Meredith McCulloch

Only two board/committee meetings are scheduled this week. All meetings are open to the public except when in Executive Session. read more…

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
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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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