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Community Social Services Reference: 2014 Update Available Online

2014 July 24
by The Bedford Citizen

Submitted by Bedford Youth and Family Services

The Bedford Youth and Family Services logo, rendered by Bedford artist Kati Oates

The Bedford Youth and Family Services logo, rendered by Bedford artist Kati Oates

Bedford Youth and Family Services (BYFS) is pleased to announce the availability of their updated Community Social Services Reference Guide on line at their website www.bedfordma.gov/youth or by clicking Youth and Family Services Resource Guide – July 2014

Usually published every other year, the Guide offers a revised listing of local resources to help residents with basic information and general questions about local resources.

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Beaches and Baseball: Baystate A Qualifies For Trophy Weekend in Marblehead

2014 July 24
by The Bedford Citizen

By Dan Brosgol and Dave Venuti

bsb-logo-smOn most weekday evenings this summer, the air is full of the sound of pinging bats and cheering fans, as the summer baseball and softball travel seasons are underway for Bedford kids ages 8-12. Baseball is fielding seven travel teams that are competing all over Eastern Massachusetts—five hardball teams for the boys and two softball teams for the girls. read more…

Gordon and Barrett Win Permanent Hanscom Education Funding

2014 July 23
by The Bedford Citizen

Submitted by Senator Mike Barrett (D-Lexington) and Representative Ken Gordon (D-Bedford)

Barrett-Gordon-LogoState Sen. Mike Barrett and State Rep. Ken Gordon have scored a major victory for Bedford, officially securing the town’s long-sought priority of permanent funding for the costs of educating children living on Hanscom Air Force Base.

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LED Street Light Conversion Underway

2014 July 23
by The Bedford Citizen
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An electrician from Coviello Electric, Inc. installs a new LED street light fixture on Great Road – Courtesy image

Submitted by the Bedford Department of  Public Works

As part of our on-going effort to reduce energy costs, the Town of Bedford has begun to convert 600 of our 1,500 street lights from High Pressure Sodium (HPS) to new LED fixtures. Click to view or print Bedford’s LED Streetlight Conversion Map.

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Coast Guard Agrees to Work with Town on Disposition of Pine Hill Road Property

2014 July 23
by The Bedford Citizen
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Small houses lining the quiet streets off Pine Hill Road in Bedford’s “Coast Guard housing”  have been unoccupied for several years – Image (c) JMcCT

By Elizabeth Hacala

Town Manager Richard Reed reported to the Board of Selectman on July 21 that the United States Coast Guard has agreed to work with the Town of Bedford to dispose of the Coast Guard housing property. Previously, the Coast Guard had indicated they would be putting this property out for bid by auction via the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA).

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Dispatches from Ireland – A Bit of the Riviera South of Dublin City Center

2014 July 23
by The Bedford Citizen

 

Al fresco dining at the Corner Note in Dalkey Ireland - Image (c) Andrea Cleghorn, 2014 all rights reserved

Al fresco dining at the Corner Note at Dalkey in the Republic of Ireland – Image (c) Andrea Cleghorn, 2014 all rights reserved

By Andrea Cleghorn

Heading toward the capital city from the south, it is worth a detour to slow down, get out of the car and experience Dalkey, a little enclave of  non-traditional houses covered with luscious vegetation known as the Irish Riviera.

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New Parent Blues?

2014 July 23
by The Bedford Citizen

Submitted by Bedford Youth and Family Services

Image (c) http://www.saracollini.org

Baby Blues – Image (c) http://www.saracollini.org

It is summertime and everyone around you seems to be enjoying the beautiful weather and time off with friends and family. You’ve just had a baby and everyone expects you to be ecstatic. So why are you feeling so low? Surprisingly, up to 80 percent of new mothers experience the baby blues, an emotional reaction that begins a few days to a week after delivery and usually lasts less than two weeks. Symptoms can include weepiness, anxiety, inability to sleep, irritability and moodiness.

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Baby Bucs Improve to 9-1, Home Game on Wednesday

2014 July 22
by The Bedford Citizen
Strong pitching keeps the "Baby Buc's" ERA to 1.018 - Image (c) Susan DiGangi, 2014 all rights reserved

Strong pitching keeps the “Baby Buc’s” ERA to 1.017 – Image (c) Susan DiGangi, 2014 all rights reserved

By Dan Brosgol

With round one in the Baystate Baseball Tournament of Champions in the rear view mirror, the Bedford Baystate C team entered the second round with a new batch of opponents and high hopes for continued success. Bedford was scheduled to play six games against Arlington, North Andover, and Hudson, and is focused on qualifying for the next trophy weekend on August 2-3.

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School Way Area: Road Reconstruction/Infrastructure Improvement Project Begins

2014 July 22
by The Bedford Citizen
The School Way area reconstruction project begins - Image (c) JMcCT, 2014

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

In a notice from the Bedford Department of Public Works to abutters,  residents were notified that the Selectmen recently awarded a contract to ET&L Corp. to reconstruct the roadways on School Way, Elm Street, Foster Road, Rodney Road and Maple Street and the parking area along the east side of Town Hall.

The abutters’ notice continues:

The project also includes replacement of the traffic signals at the intersection of Great Road, Springs Road and South Road as well as installation of a pre-emption traffic signal in front of the Bedford Fire Station.  This will allow emergency response vehicles to exit and enter their station safely.

Additional highlights of the project include:

  • replacement of drainage structures
  • new granite curbing and concrete sidewalks where currently exists
  • modified intersection of Elm Street and School Way
  • textured crosswalks
  • formalized parking along School Way where currently exists
  • decorative lighting along Mudge Way and School Way

The project will start the week of July 21, 2014 and will continue through November.  We anticipate the traffic signals to be installed and the final paving to be complete next spring.  Work hours will be Monday thru Friday, 7:00 am to 3:30 pm, weather dependent.  The roadways will remain open to residents, although minor delays around the construction site should be expected.

The Bedford DPW will be overseeing this project.  Should you have any questions or need additional information, please contact us at (781) 275-7605.    Thank you for your patience during this upcoming project.

Call for Artists: Umbrella Community Arts Center’s Artist-in-Residence Program

2014 July 22
by The Bedford Citizen

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Submitted by the Umbrella Community Arts Center

Bedford artists and writers are invited to apply for the Umbrella Community Arts Center’s Artist-in-Residence program for the 2014-2015 season.

Located on Stow Street in Concord, the Umbrella is currently accepting submissions from artists of all media in the first five years of their career who are not enrolled full-time in an academic program. read more…