Honorable Mentions

Honorable Mentions

By Ginni Spencer, President, The Bedford Citizen

Mother’s Day and Memorial Day and Father’s Day and birthdays and anniversaries and on and on. So many events in our lives for which we seek to show our love for the people we care about and our respect for the example they set. We don’t want our gifts to be trivial but it can be hard to come up with unique and meaningful ways to express our feelings.

Here’s a suggestion: celebrate someone you care about by making a donation to The Bedford Citizen on their behalf

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Bedford’s Cemeteries are Ready for Memorial Day 2017

Bedford’s Cemeteries are Ready for Memorial Day 2017

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Bedford will celebrate Memorial Day on Monday, May 29 – a day to honor those who have passed before us. To that end, the Grounds Crew under the leadership of Dennis Freeman has been hard at work preparing Bedford’s cemeteries, the Old Burying Ground on Springs Road and Shawsheen Cemetery at the corner of The Great Road and Shawsheen Road.

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Jeff JHO Hoyland’s Outstanding School Sports Coverage

Jeff JHO Hoyland’s Outstanding School Sports Coverage

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

As the 2016-2017 BHS sports seasons draw to a close, The Citizen would like to acknowledge Bedford’s many fine athletes and Jeff JHO Hoyland for his dedicated coverage of so many events. Thank you: our school sports coverage depends on you. Click the following links to see the hundreds of images that Jeff has posted to his Facebook page, Bedford Snapshots.

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An Open Letter from School Superintendent Jon Sills – Hate Symbols Once Again Appear In Bedford

An Open Letter from School Superintendent Jon Sills – Hate Symbols Once Again Appear In Bedford

By Jon Sills, Superintendent of the Bedford School Department

Since the start of this school year, swastikas have been found in middle and high schools in Reading, Lexington, Newton, Brookline, Billerica, Cambridge, Harvard, Stoughton, Canton, and Marblehead, and on the garage of an African-American family in Arlington. The Anti-Defamation League reports that in 2016 Massachusetts ranked fifth in the nation for the number of anti-Semitic incidents, with reported offenses jumping from 50 in 2015 to 125 in 2016. During this school year, as well, racist graffiti has been reported to have been found in Attleboro, Concord, Newton, Harvard, Cambridge, Brockton and Natick public schools.

Sadly, Bedford has not been immune to this intolerable trend, as indicated by the high school’s discovery of two swastikas on Friday and the middle school’s discovery of a swastika on Monday. Both school principals sent messages to their parent communities and they are addressing the issue with their students in a variety of ways.

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A Peek Behind the Curtain: Introducing The Bedford Citizen’s Leadership – Part III

A Peek Behind the Curtain: Introducing The Bedford Citizen’s Leadership – Part III

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

The third and final installment of introductions to The Bedford Citizen’s board of directors offers profiles of Terri Morrow, our Clerk, board members Ginny Packer and Sarita Pillai, and co-founder and managing editor Julie Turner.

Along with the 10 others featured in the first two sets of profiles, they are your friends and neighbors and like you, they care deeply about Bedford and its future. In just five years they have helped transform the early enthusiasm of our founders into a highly-valued resource for the town.

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Middlesex Community College: Commencement, 2017

Middlesex Community College: Commencement, 2017

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Among the Class of 2017 at Middlesex Community College, 1,296 graduates received 1,397 certificates and degrees. Ranging in age from 16 to 72, and hailing from 10 states and 60 countries, 56 members of the Class have served in the military. More than half the graduates are the first in their families to receive a post-high school degree. The graduates are an accomplished group: 144 were inducted into Phi Theta Kappa and 35 are Commonwealth Honors Scholars.

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I Brake for Garlic Mustard!

I Brake for Garlic Mustard!

Submitted by Caroline Larson

Garlic Mustard is in bloom and now is the time to pull it out! This invasive weed is rapidly overtaking woodland areas, beside roadways and along pathways in Bedford and other communities in this area. The problem with Garlic Mustard is that as a non-native plant, it crowds out other native varieties that we cherish, such as woodland lady slippers, trillium, trout lily and it even competes with tree seedlings which will become our future forests. Garlic Mustard also produces chemicals in the soil which eventually kill native plants. Some species of butterflies, confused by the lack of their preferred plants, lay their larvae on the Garlic Mustard and the larvae never hatch.

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A ‘WalkShop’ to Consider Changes at Willson Park

A ‘WalkShop’ to Consider Changes at Willson Park

Balancing the character of Bedford’s Willson Park with the imperatives of safety and traffic flow around its perimeter has concerned neighbors, Town officials, and consultants for more than five years. Residents invited to a ‘WalkShop’ on May 16 brought opinions and plenty of questions. According to VHB project manager Laura Castelli, “The objective of the walk is to further the process of determining a preferred recommendation . . . that will address the most serious concerns and deficiencies identified at Willson Park.”

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World War I ~ 100 Years Later: All Gave Some, Some Gave All

World War I ~ 100 Years Later: All Gave Some, Some Gave All

By Jon ‘OC’ O’Connor, Commander, Anthony Hunt Hamilton Post 221, American Legion

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

Turn on your TVs, laptops, and smartphones between now and Memorial Day– you’ll be bombarded by commercials touting the big holiday savings going on this weekend. Cars, BBQs, potato chips, hot dogs, all vying for your sense of celebration and your dollars. This time of year, the perennial battle for our souls mounts another attack between our wallets and a tradition going back to the early days of the 20th century. A tradition of honoring those who gave their lives fighting for their country.

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