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Bedford Loses a Jewel

2014 November 22
by The Bedford Citizen
Frans van Berkhout and the staff at Dalya's, including Danielle Berkhout, head chef Udiel Restrepo, Luis Ferando Medina, Andanto Maciel, Kerry Lavalle, Chuck Baker, Kelly Delia, Tracy Lewis, and Jonathan Velez - Image (c) JMcCT, 2014

Frans van Berkhout and the staff at Dalya’s, including Danielle Berkhout, head chef Udiel Restrepo, Luis Fernando Medina, Andanto Maciel, Kerry Lavalle, Chuck Baker, Kelly Delia, Tracy Lewis, and Jonathan Velez – Image (c) JMcCT, 2014

By David W. Packer

Dalya’s, Bedford’s premiere fine food restaurant that has served area residents for almost twenty years, will serve its last meal Saturday, December 20th.  This is sad news indeed for many who have hosted significant events there and enjoyed the food, ambiance, and staff on many occasions.  After all, Dalya’s has served well over half a million meals during its lifetime.  But owners Frans and Mita van Berkhout announced the closing to guests last week both at the restaurant and by email to their extensive customer list, noting that Frans has turned 70 and wants to retire.
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Update: Bedford’s Pedestrian + Bicycle Master Plan Open House

2014 November 22
by The Bedford Citizen
The Open House offered an opportunity for residents to share concerns and suggestions - Image (c) JMcCT, 2014

The Open House offered an opportunity for residents to share concerns and suggestions – Image (c) JMcCT, 2014

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Bedford’s Pedestrian + Bicycle Master Plan Open House drew scores of residents – cyclists and pedestrians alike – to Town Hall’s multi-purpose room on November 12 to hear consultants from the Toole Design group, the nation’s leading planning, engineering and landscape architecture firm specializing in bicycle and pedestrian transportation, and to share ideas in a charrette-like atmosphere. read more…

Fawn Lake Preservation Study – Second Public Meeting on Wednesday, December 3

2014 November 21
by The Bedford Citizen
Presented at a public meeting on October 29, 2014 - Courtesy image

Second public meeting scheduled for December 3 – Courtesy image

Submitted by the Bedford DPW

The second public meeting for the Fawn Lake Preservation Study will be held on Wednesday, December 3rd at 7:00pm in the Multi-Purpose Room at Bedford Town Hall.

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Measures to Improve Reformatory Trail Crossings Coming Soon

2014 November 21
by The Bedford Citizen
The Reformatory Trail, on the north side of Concord Road, heading toward the Great Meadows Wildlife Refuge - Image (c) JMcCT, 2014

The Reformatory Trail, heading toward the Great Meadows Wildlife Refuge after crossing Concord Road – Image (c) JMcCT, 2014


By Meredith McCulloch

The entrance to the trail is a narrow cut between the end of the guard rail and the telephone pole. Roads supervisor Earl Elliott and Town Engineer Adrienne St. John on the trail.  - Image (c) JMcCT, 2014

The current Concord Road entrance to the Reformatory Branch trail is a narrow cut between the end of the guard rail and the telephone pole. Roads supervisor Earl Elliott and Town Engineer Adrienne St. John on the trail. – Image (c) JMcCT, 2014

A skid mark just before the trail crosses Concord Road illustrates the need for a properly marked crossing - Image (c) JMcCT, 2014

A skid mark just before the trail crosses Concord Road illustrates the need for a properly marked crossing – Image (c) JMcCT, 2014

DPW Engineer Adrienne St. John reported to the Selectmen on November 17 that safety improvements at the two points where the Reformatory Trail crosses Concord and Hartwell Roads will soon be underway.

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Bedford Singers to Perform in the Family Folk Chorale’s Fall Concert of Bob Marley’s Music

2014 November 21
by The Bedford Citizen
Phineas and Willa Potter with their mother Meighan Matthews are eager to sing in the Folk Family Chorus's Fall Concert, featuring the music of Bob Marley - Image (c) JMcCT

Phineas and Willa Potter and their mother Meighan Matthews are eager to sing in the Folk Family Chorus’s Fall Concert, featuring the music of Bob Marley – Image (c) JMcCT

Submitted by the Family Folk Chorale

Two Bedford families will sing in the upcoming Family Folk Chorale’s concert of Bob Marley music: Phineas and Willa Potter and their mother, Meighan Matthews will be joined by Meredith, Ruby and Olive Culhane. Featured performers will include Bob Marley’s saxophonist Glen DaCosta and the Pihcintu Chorus from Portland, Maine.

The concert will take place at 7 pm on Saturday, December 6 in the Arlington Town Hall, located at 730 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington. General admission tickets are $15 per person. Tickets are available online by clicking http://familyfolkchorale.brownpapertickets.com/

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Residential Tax Rate to Go Down

2014 November 20
by The Bedford Citizen

By Meredith McCulloch

exclamation_markThere was good news for Bedford homeowners when the Board of Assessors reported that home valuations are up and the tax rate is going down. On November 17 the Selectmen approved the Assessors’ recommendation to set the FY15 tax rate at $14.62 per $1,000 valuation, down from the rate of $15.71 for FY2014.  An example given by the Assessors showed that a single-family residence revalued at $570,100 would have a tax bill of $8334.86.

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An Appreciation: George Dalyrmple – Bedford’s 1998 Citizen of the Year

2014 November 20
by The Bedford Citizen
Bedford's George Dalrymple was always at home in a laboratory - Courtesy image

Bedford’s George Dalrymple was always at home in a laboratory – Courtesy image

Submitted by the Dalrymple Family

George Dalrymple - 1930-2014 - Courtesy image

George Dalrymple – 1930-2014 – Courtesy image

George Dalrymple, Bedford’s Citizen of the Year in 1998, died on August 28, 2014, his 84th birthday.

A memorial service will be held at 11 am on Saturday, November 22, at First Church of Christ, Congregational, where he was a member for more than 50 years, serving in many volunteer capacities.

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Gearing up for the Holidays? Books Top the Giving List

2014 November 20
by The Bedford Citizen

By Dot Bergin

Image (c) http://www.tietheknot.co.za, 2013 all rights reserved

Image (c) http://www.tietheknot.co.za, 2013 all rights reserved

Don’t miss the Friends of the Bedford Free Public Library Holiday Book Sale, which will take place on Saturday, Nov. 22, from 1 to 4 pm at the Library.  Most children and adult books are fifty cents for paperbacks and $1.00 for hardcovers. Larger paperbacks are $1.00. Some collectibles and choice gift books are specially priced. A selection of holiday-themed books will also be available.

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Bedford’s Community Events Calendar: November 22 to December 1

2014 November 20
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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Bedford’s Annual Inter-faith Thanksgiving Service – Sunday, November 23 at 3 pm

2014 November 20
by The Bedford Citizen
Members of St. Paul's Episcopal Church choir singing at the 2013 Inter-faith Thanksgiving service - Image (c) JMcCT, 2013

Members of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church choir sang at Bedford’s 2013 Inter-faith Thanksgiving service – Image (c) JMcCT, 2013

Submitted by First Church of Christ, Congregational

Everyone in Bedford is invited to the annual Inter-faith Thanksgiving service at 3 pm on Sunday, November 23 in the First Church of Christ, Congregational, 25 The Great Road.

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