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
Submitted by the American Red Cross
The 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…
Submitted by Senator Michael Barrett
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.”
Submitted by Linda Ugelow, M.A.
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.”
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.
Compiled by The Bedford Citizen
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.
Compiled by The Bedford Citizen
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
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.
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…
Submitted by Marilou Barsam for the Bedford Embraces Diversity Committee
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…