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Post-Blizzard Cabin Fever? Not for These Moms and Kids

2015 January 30
by The Bedford Citizen
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All images (c) Paula Gilarde, 2015

Special to The Bedford Citizen

Romping in the snow on Bedford Common, several dozen moms and kids gathered to let off steam after being cooped up during the Blizzard of 2015, and Paula Gilarde captured multiple photographs. read more…

Blood Drives Next Week at Three Bedford Churches Partnering with American Red Cross and Dunkin Donuts

2015 January 30
by The Bedford Citizen

Submitted by the American Red Cross

dddonorsThe American Red Cross and Dunkin’ Donuts are partnering to hold “Dunkin’ Donors Make a Difference” blood banks at 3 Bedford churches on February 2, 3 and 6. Every presenting donor will get a $5 Dunkin Donuts gift card.

Please sign up to Give Something That Means Something! Click this link http://www.redcrossblood.org/give/drive/driveSearchList.jsp… and pick a time. It is so easy! read more…

Bedford’s State Senator Mike Barrett to Chair Mass Senate’s Oversight Committee

2015 January 30
by The Bedford Citizen

Submitted by Senator Michael Barrett

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Massachusetts State Senator Mike Barrett (D) Lexington – Courtesy image

Bedford’s State Senator Mike Barrett has been selected to head the State Senate’s Post-Audit and Oversight Committee, a unique body charged with overseeing implementation of all state programs run by the Governor and his appointees.

“This is a huge chance to shape policy for the district and the entire state,” Barrett said.  “It means digging deep into how government operates day to day — and how it can do better.  I’m honored and challenged by the assignment.”

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Mindfulness for Living with Ease – A Free Workshop on February 4

2015 January 30
by The Bedford Citizen

Submitted by Linda Ugelow, M.A.

Linda Ugelow - Courtesy image

Linda Ugelow – Courtesy image

A free talk/workshop, Mindfulness for Living with Ease, will be presented by mindset coach, speaker and movement specialist Linda Ugelow, M.A., from 7:15 until 9 pm on Wednesday, February 4, in the meeting room at the Bedford Public Library.

“We’d all like to be able to enjoy our lives to the fullest, to be in the “here and now,” said Ugelow, “but how to get there? Our lives are so full that it’s so easy to get stressed out even when things are going relatively well.  The “to do” list is too long.  Something comes up that we weren’t planning on having to take care of.  We can’t find our keys.”

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Selectmen and ZBA Discuss Proposed Restaurant at 120 The Great Road

2015 January 30
by The Bedford Citizen

An architect's proposal for the restaurant at 120 The Great Road - Courtesy image

An architect’s concept drawing for a proposed restaurant at 120 The Great Road. The narrow end of the building with the porch and hayloft door would face The Great Road – Courtesy image

By Joan Bowen

At their meeting on January 20, the Selectmen discussed an open request to the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) for a special permit to allow a restaurant at 120 Great Road.  The Bedford Zoning By-Law requires such a permit within the Limited Business district.  The permit has been requested by attorney Pamela Brown and her brothers Kenneth Brown and Nathaniel K. Brown, Jr., as members of the 120 Great Road LLC.

Editor’s Note:  120 Great Road is located next to 110 Great Road, on the right as you approach the Bedford Common.  It is identifiable by the red house at the back of the property with green space in front.

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Bedford’s METCO Soul Food Dinner: Friday, February 6, from 4 to 8 pm

2015 January 30
by The Bedford Citizen

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Happy diners at the 2013 METCO Soul Food Dinner - Image (c) JMcCT, 2013

Happy diners at the 2013 METCO Soul Food Dinner – Image (c) JMcCT, 2013

Bedford’s support of the METCO program is in its 43rd year.  Since 1972 Bedford has made a commitment to diversity, and the program has grown from 22 students to 97 students who attend Davis, Lane JGMS and Bedford High School.

According to Bedford METCO Director Claire L. Jones, the annual (and delicious!)  Soul Food Dinner will take place from 4 to 8pm Friday, February 6th in the Upper Fellowship Hall of First Church of Christ on Great Road.  Click Soul Food Dinner 2015 to view or print the event flyer.

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Town Clerk Releases Official List of Candidates for Bedford’s 2015 Election

2015 January 30
by The Bedford Citizen

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Town Election 2015Town Clerk Doreen Tremblay has posted the list of candidates who will appear on the Town’s March 14 election ballot.

With the exception of a contest for the vacant seat to replace 12-year veteran School Committee member Abigail Seibert, the candidates are already serving in the offices to which they hope to be re-elected. read more…

The Bacons of Bedford: A Bedford Lyceum by Town Historian Sharon McDonald – Sunday, February 1 at 9:30 am

2015 January 30
by The Bedford Citizen
Cited as Bedford's oldest dwelling, the Bacon house still stands proud - Courtesy image www.baconlinks.com

Often cited as Bedford’s oldest dwelling, the Bacon house still stands proud in 2015 – Courtesy image www.baconlinks.com

Submitted by First Parish and the Bedford Historical Society

Bedford Town Historian Sharon McDonald will share little known bits and pieces about the Bacons, one of Bedford’s first Colonial families, interspersed with photographs and readings from letters this Sunday, February 1st, from 9:30-10:50am at the Bedford Lyceum held at the First Parish Church on Bedford Common.

This is a Lyceum for historians, for people who enjoy good stories told by a wonderful storyteller, and for those of us who just plain love Bedford.

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Local Business Doesn’t Have to Mean Local Social Media

2015 January 29
by Stephan Hovnanian
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By Stephan Hovnanian

There’s a perception among companies that social media is all about marketing your product. For local businesses, the perception raises the daunting question of whether the company should even bother investing in a social media presence, since building a following from outside their service area won’t really help their business.

Of course, this perception has merit in the context of selling product or driving foot traffic to your store. However, social media has matured as a communication channel, and its users are looking for more than just marketing. They are looking for connections, especially with the people behind the brands and interests they follow.

As a local business, you’re used to this type of connection in real life. You have your regular customers and your local networking channels. Now, if you were to broaden your reach a bit, what could it do for your business? read more…

Inaugural Diversity Festival in April will Showcase and Celebrate Bedford’s Rich Diversity

2015 January 28
by The Bedford Citizen

Submitted by Marilou Barsam for the Bedford Embraces Diversity Committee

Bedford-Embraces-Diversity_The Bedford Embraces Diversity committee has announced Sunday, April 12, 2015 as the date for the first Bedford Multicultural Festival. The festival will take place at Bedford High School and will include storytelling, panel discussions, crafts, musical performances, dancing, and delicious ethnic foods.

A keynote speaker, a moderated panel discussion, a Parade of Flags, ethnic dance performances and dance participation will be part of the day’s program, with activities for ages 4 to 94. read more…