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Bedford’s Community Events Calendar – On the Horizon: October 31 to November 9

2014 October 30
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 the next ten days.

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Bedford Firefighter Christian Dispena Receives State Police Lifesaving Award

2014 October 30
by The Bedford Citizen

Submitted by John Guilfoil for the Bedford Fire Department

MSP-certificateBedford’s Fire Chief David Grunes is proud to announce that a Bedford firefighter recently received a commendation and award from the Massachusetts State Police for his off-duty actions over the summer, which assisted in saving the life of a man having a medical emergency. read more…

Kristallnacht – A Gathering on Bedford Common: Sunday, November 9 at 7 pm

2014 October 30
by The Bedford Citizen

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Kristallnacht_wikipediaOn November 9 and 10, 1938 Nazi hooligans throughout Germany and Austria broke Jewish shop windows, desecrated temples, and sowed the fear that would produce the Holocaust.

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Manure Measurers, Then and Now: Special Town Meeting to Determine Their Fate on November 6

2014 October 29
by The Bedford Citizen

By Sharon McDonald

Old Town Seal - STM 2014Bedford Town Meeting soon will vote on whether to remove the offices of Fence Viewer and Wood, Bark and Manure Measurer from the Selectmen’s appointments. Fence Viewer? Manure Measurer??? What are these eccentric positions? I had a hunch that they went back to colonial times, but needed to satisfy my curiosity. This is what I found:

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Community Preservation Committee Recommends Continuation of Surcharge

2014 October 29
by The Bedford Citizen

By Elizabeth Hacala

CPCAt their September 23 meeting the Community Preservation Committee (CPC) voted to recommend that the Special Fall Town meeting approve continuation of the Community Preservation Act (CPA) surcharge. The Community Preservation Act is a Massachusetts law passed in September 2000. The Act allows town and cities in Massachusetts to approve a real estate tax surcharge of up to 3 percent, the funds to be used for historic preservation, affordable housing, open space, or recreational projects.  Town meeting votes each fall on whether or not to continue the 3 percent surcharge.

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Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery

2014 October 29
by The Bedford Citizen

Submitted by the Bedford Fire Department

With thanks to the Fireman's Mutual Benevolent Association of Clifton, NJ - www.fmba21.org/

With thanks to the Fireman’s Mutual Benevolent Association of Clifton, NJ – www.fmba21.org/

This weekend we will not only be celebrating Halloween, it is the end of daylight savings time. We will all be moving our clocks back one hour Sunday November 2nd, so when buying  Halloween candy for the neighborhood children, pick up some batteries for your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.

Bedford Fire Chief David Grunes would like to remind residents to change the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors when they change the time on their clocks.

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Ballot Questions in Next Week’s Massachusetts General Election: 4 Plus 1

2014 October 29
by The Bedford Citizen

By Meredith McCulloch

Badge - 2008 electionVoters are starting to see advertising on either side of the ballot questions on this year’s November 4 ballot. There are four binding questions plus one non-binding question. All have been placed on the ballot by initiative petition.  The non-binding question instructs the Representative of the 6th District (For the legal description of all questions and more details, see the sample ballot at http://www.thebedfordcitizen.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Sample-Ballot-2014.pdf.

Simply put, here are the issues.
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School Way Project: Paving to be Completed Soon

2014 October 28
by The Bedford Citizen

Submitted by Town Engineer Adrienne St. John

The School Way area reconstruction project begins - Image (c) JMcCT, 2014

The School Way area reconstruction project begins – Image (c) JMcCT, 2014

If the weather cooperates, School Way Project contractor ET&L will

  • Pour concrete sidewalks on School Way and Maple Street on Monday (10/27)
  • Hydro seed loamed areas on Tuesday (10/28)
  • Add the top course of pavement on School Way, Maple Street and Elm Street on Friday (10/31)
  • Pave the asphalt driveways on School Way, Maple Street, and Elm Street on Monday (11/3) & Tuesday (11/4)

Editor’s Note: Residents should expect delays and road closures during road paving

Community Preservation Committee will Support Town Hall Project

2014 October 28
by The Bedford Citizen

By Elizabeth Hacala

Bedford's Town Hall

Bedford’s Town Hall

The Community Preservation Committee (CPC) reviewed the Town Hall Building System Replacement project at both its September 23 and October 21 meetings.  The project will consist of upgrading the mechanical, electrical, engineering and plumbing in town hall for a total cost of $2.85M.  The systems in the current town hall (formerly Center School) were last updated in 1988 when the building was transformed into town offices.

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MathMovesU: A Girl Scout-Sponsored STEM Workshop for All Girls on Sunday, November 2

2014 October 28
by The Bedford Citizen
MathMovesU - Courtesy image submitted by the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts

MathMovesU – Courtesy image submitted by the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts

Submitted by the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts

Does your girl have what it takes to change the world? Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts (GSEM) and Raytheon are teaming up to arm our future female innovators with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) experiences and the exciting, empowering, world-changing opportunities that sparking interest in these fields can bring.

Middlesex Community College will host MathMovesU on Sunday, November 2 from 9:30 AM to 4 PM – Click to print the MathMovesU flyer and then click http://ow.ly/DxfR1  to register. read more…