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A Personal Announcement from Jon Sills

2016 February 13
by The Bedford Citizen
Jon Sills, Superintendent of the Bedford Schools, appeared on Bedford Common in 2012 - Image (c) Bedford.tv, all rights reserved

Jon Sills, Superintendent of the Bedford Schools, appeared on Bedford Common in 2012 – Image (c) Bedford.tv, all rights reserved

Dear Families and Friends,

About a six weeks ago, Atlantic Research Partners, the search firm that my home town of Brookline commissioned to find a new superintendent, reached out to me to invite me to apply.  I hesitated for quite some time before agreeing.  How could I not have hesitated? In my present position, the fruit of 16 wonderful Bedford years, I am blessed to have an unbelievable leadership team, to work among incredible teachers and support staff, to enjoy the support of an exceptional school committee, and to serve a town that truly cares about education.  We have all done such great work together to serve our students and I know that important work remains ahead.   read more…

Planning Board Votes to Support Articles 9, 10, and 11 at Annual Town Meeting

2016 February 12
by The Bedford Citizen

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

 

Planning BoardAt their meeting on Tuesday, February 9, the Bedford Planning Board reviewed and voted unanimously to support warrant articles 9, 10 and 11 — the industrial zoning amendments.

Click here to read the Planning Board’s annotated Industrial Zoning Articles including the purpose and benefit of each individual amendment as it is explained in contrasting, highlighted type.

Healthy Bedford’s Advice about Winter Walking

2016 February 12
by The Bedford Citizen

Submitted by Healthy Bedford

Healthy-Bedford-LogoEven though it’s winter out there, many students and parents can find opportunities to walk to school! Whether you start from your neighborhood or drive part way, the benefits of taking an outdoor winter walk are enormous, both mentally and physically!

Editor’s Note: With moderate weather predicted toward the end of winter vacation week, it may be the perfect time for a Winter Wonderland Walk.

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Town Offices Closed on Monday; Trash & Recycling Move to Tuesday; Few Meetings Scheduled

2016 February 12
by The Bedford Citizen

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Town of Bedford New SealRecycling and Trash Collection will be moved to Tuesday on account of Presidents Day (aka Washington’s Birthday) on Monday, and town offices will be closed.

The schools’ winter vacation begins with Monday’s holiday, and lasts through Friday.

The only event on next week’s town board and committee meeting calendar is for the Selectmen at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, February 16. They’ll meet to  vote on remaining warrant articles for Annual Town Meeting and review upcoming zoning articles with the Planning Board. Annual Town Meeting begins on Monday, March 28.

Short Takes from the Selectmen’s February 1 Meeting

2016 February 12
by The Bedford Citizen

By Debra Parkhurst

SelectmenIn their February 1 meeting, the Selectmen approved an election warrant, voted to support the Town Manager’s recommendation and refinance several town bonds; they also appointed a member to the Energy Task Force. read more…

Expanded Local Transit Pilot: Budget Reviewed

2016 February 12
by The Bedford Citizen

 

By Meredith McCulloch

FinanceCommitteeThere was standing room only at the Finance Committee meeting on February 4 when the budget for a pilot project expanding local transit service was reviewed. Town Manager Richard Reed described the project as a way to test the need for additional transportation within the town. read more…

Letters to the Editor: February 12, 2016 – Clarification from the Planning Board

2016 February 12
by The Bedford Citizen

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Letter-to-the-EditorReading The Bedford Citizen’s posts on a mobile device in tablet mode deprives viewers of the features in the right-hand column of our website where Letters to the Editor (along with our events calendar, and links to videos official meetings) are available 24/7.

In order for everyone to have the best chance to see them , we’ll also post the letters as stories in the main column as they are received.

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Bedford Garden Club Scholarships

2016 February 12
by The Bedford Citizen

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Judy Brown is the chair of the Bedford Garden Club Scholarship committee - Image (c) JMcCT, 2015 all rights reserved

Judy Brown is the chair of the Bedford Garden Club Scholarship committee – Image (c) JMcCT, 2015 all rights reserved

Bedford Garden Club Scholarship Chair Judy Brown announced that the club will award two scholarships to Bedford students in 2016. Applications for the awards of $1,000 each are due on March 31, and recipients will be announced during the Citizens Scholarship Foundation awards program in June.

“We are interested in supporting students who are looking toward a career in horticulture or a related field,” said Brown. The scholarship application lists agriculture, botany, conservation, ecology, forestry, landscape design and environmental science as possible related fields.

Applications for the local Bedford Garden Club scholarships are available from the Bedford High School and Shawsheen Valley Regional Vocational Technical School guidance departments. The application may also be downloaded from the Bedford Garden Club website, http://www.bedfordgardenclub.org/community/scholarship/ read more…

Bedford’s Community Events Calendar – On the Horizon: through early March, 2016

2016 February 11
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. read more…

Bedford Trivia Fans Compete to Benefit CSF Dollars for Scholars

2016 February 11
by The Bedford Citizen
A team from Bedford High School - Courtesy image, 2015 all rights reserved

A team from Bedford High School – Courtesy image, 2016 all rights reserved

By Linda White

The Citizen’s Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars (CSF) Trivia Night was a little like Jeopardy, a little like PBS’s High School Quiz Show, a little like Name That Tune and a lot of fun with a little friendly competition benefiting the program of Bedford.

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