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Fast-moving Storm Downs Large Tree on Bedford Common

2016 July 23
by The Bedford Citizen
Downed tree on Bedford Common - Image (c) Tod Amazeen, 2106 all rights reserved - click to view larger image

Downed tree on Bedford Common – Image (c) Tod Amazeen, 2106 all rights reserved – click to view larger image

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Mass Alerts posted a Strong Thunderstorm warning for our area, suggesting that heavy rain would be preceded by high winds around 6 pm on Saturday afternoon. The rains never materialized and the warning has expired, but their wind projection was on target.

Facebook noted a report that Davis Road was closed between Redcoat and Revolutionary Ridge due to a wire resting on the power lines although Eversource reported only one Bedford customer without electricity. Within a few minutes these images arrived, showing a large tree down on Bedford Common.

With thanks to Tod Amazeen of Bedford for sharing his images with our readers. read more…

Welcome Home: Bedford Green Ribbon Cutting, July 21, 2016

2016 July 22
by The Bedford Citizen
Dignitaries cut the ribbon to formally open Bedford Green - Image (c) Bob Bass, 2016 all rights reserved - click to view larger image

Surrounded by dignitaries, Elizabeth Collins, Vice President for Development at Peabody Properties, cut the ribbon to formally open Bedford Green – Image (c) Bob Bass, 2016 all rights reserved – click to view larger image

By Lee Vorderer

Under warm sunny skies, an audience of several hundred friends, families, collaborating partners, and Veterans heard each organization behind Bedford Green say, “Welcome Home!”

Panorama (c) Jon OC O'Connor, 2016 all rights reserved - click to view larger image

Panorama (c) Jon OC O’Connor, 2016 all rights reserved – click to view larger image

At home, at last - Image (c) Bob Bass, 2016 all rights reserved

At home, at last – Image (c) Bob Bass, 2016 all rights reserved

Two of Bedford’s new Veteran neighbors – James Bancroft and Michael Sexton – spoke about moving to Bedford and the long path they followed to get here. Bancroft said, “my heart is full again”, and that described the hearts of everyone there – hearts full of gratitude, joy, and welcome.

There was humor – Sexton talked about being proud of filling in all the paperwork necessary; one speaker, Jim Reed, Regional Administrator for Housing and Urban Development, threatened to stay standing and talking for a while, since it was much cooler standing than sitting on the dais.

There were lots of details about the complex and the slow process of bringing all the players together.

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Some of the dignitaries representing the Town of Bedford – Image (c) JMcCT, 2016 all rights reserved – click to view larger image

There were thanks to Bedford, for being a Town that both wanted to have housing for Homeless Veterans in the Town and where Town leaders went above and beyond to make sure that Bedford did all it could to support the development of Bedford Green. read more…

Springs Road Development LLC Plans will be Considered at August 3 Hearing

2016 July 22
by The Bedford Citizen
The front elevation for a proposed dwelling on Fox Run Road - Courtesy Image (c) 2016 all rights reserved

The front elevation for a proposed dwelling that would be part of the proposed Planned Residential Development at 614 and 616 Springs Road and 10 Green Street – Courtesy Image (c) 2016 all rights reserved

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Springs Road Development LLC has filed plans and supporting information for a 13-unit Planned Residential Development special permit and subdivision, under Section 9 of the Bedford Zoning Bylaw and the Bedford Subdivision Rules & Regulations. The legal addresses of the land parcels included are 614 and 616 Springs Road and 10 Green Street, which together form an L shaped area.

The proposal consists of: 9 new ‘senior oriented’ houses (7 detached and 2 duplex units) served by a cul de sac off Fox Run Road; keeping the house at 614 Springs Road; 3 new larger houses on the end of Buehler Road with a shared driveway; and designation of protected Common Open Space areas. read more…

This Week in Town Government – What’s Happening July 25 to July 28, 2016

2016 July 22
by The Bedford Citizen
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By Meredith McCulloch

After one or two weeks on less activity in town government due to holiday and the close of the fiscal year, several committees are meeting this week, with highlights of agendas posted on Friday, July  22 noted below.

All meetings are open to the public.

Highlights of Posted Agendas:

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All Star Week at Wedgewood: Swimmers and Divers Shine

2016 July 22
by The Bedford Citizen
The twelve and under all star divers with the dive team coaches - Image (c) Annmarie Seldon, 2016 all rights reserved - Click to view larger image

The twelve and under all star divers with the dive team coaches – Image (c) Annmarie Seldon, 2016 all rights reserved – Click to view larger image

Submitted by Annmarie Seldon for the Wedgewood Club

It was All Star Week at the Wedgewood Club where the top scoring swimmers and divers compete in the Colonial League All Stars. read more…

Hanscom Heroes Homecoming, 2016

2016 July 22
by The Bedford Citizen
First Lt. Brian Hwang, a contracting manager for the Battle Management Air Operations Center program, is welcomed home by Col. David R. Dunklee, installation commander, during the Hanscom Heroes Homecoming medallion ceremony at the base conference center July 21. During the event, base personnel formally welcomed home military and civilian Airmen, along with their families, who have returned home from deployment in the past year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Linda LaBonte Britt)

First Lt. Brian Hwang, a contracting manager for the Battle Management Air Operations Center program, is welcomed home by Col. David R. Dunklee, installation commander, during the Hanscom Heroes Homecoming medallion ceremony at the base conference center July 21. During the event, base personnel formally welcomed home military and civilian Airmen, along with their families, who have returned home from deployment in the past year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Linda LaBonte Britt) Click to view larger image

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Master Sgt. Jessica LaBrie, 66th Air Base Group first sergeant, waves from a vintage military vehicle during the Heroes Homecoming parade, July 21. Hanscom personnel gave a warm welcome home to the military and civilian personnel who have returned from deployment in the past year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Jerry Saslav) Click to view larger image

Master Sgt. Jessica LaBrie, 66th Air Base Group first sergeant, waves from a vintage military vehicle during the Heroes Homecoming parade, July 21. Hanscom personnel gave a warm welcome home to the military and civilian personnel who have returned from deployment in the past year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Jerry Saslav) Click to view larger image

The Hanscom community gathered on Thursday to formally welcome home military and civilian Airmen, along with their families, who have returned home from deployment in the past year.

The annual homecoming event included a formal medallion ceremony at the base conference center followed by a parade through the installation. The event also included food, static displays and other family activities at the chapel gazebo after the parade.

Col. David R. Dunklee, the 66th Air Base Group and installation commander, said he hopes that today’s festivities demonstrate how much the senior leadership team appreciates the sacrifices made by the deployers and their families. read more…

Help Address a Critical Blood Shortage: Donate at Bedford’s Summer Blood Drive ~ Tuesday, July 26

2016 July 22
by The Bedford Citizen

Submitted on behalf of the American Red Cross

Bedford-Blood-Drive-7-26-16-JT-EditThere’s an emergency need for blood during the summer, and the American Red Cross and students from Bedford High School are hosting a blood drive to help fill the gap.

Whether you are a valued regular donor or have never donated before, please join this community event. Teens, parents, townspeople, businesses – everyone is welcome and encouraged to support this local blood drive.

When: Tuesday, July 26, from 2 until 7 pm.

Where: Bedford’s American Legion Post 221 at 357 TheGreat Road, across from McDonald’s

Why: In just an hour of your time, you can help save up to three lives.

We encourage you to call ahead and make an appointment to donate.

For your appointment please call 1-800 RED CROSS(733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org

Prevent a summer shortage:  Give blood!

Available Now: 10th Edition of the Bedford Youth and Family Services Reference Guide

2016 July 22
by The Bedford Citizen

Submitted by Bedford Youth and Family Services

byfs-logo-600Bedford Youth and Family Services (BYFS) is pleased to announce the availability of their updated Community Social Services Reference Guide on line.  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. read more…

Bedford’s Community Events Calendar: On the Horizon – Late Summer Events

2016 July 22
by The Bedford Citizen

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

On the Horizon 2 UseOn 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.

Events, Day by Day – JULY, 2016 read more…

Library Short Takes: July, 2016

2016 July 21
by The Bedford Citizen

By Dot Bergin

Interlibrary loan icon (c) OCLC.org, all rights reserved

Interlibrary loan icon (c) OCLC.org, all rights reserved

“Neither a borrower nor a lender be” may have been good advice from old Polonius to his son Laertes in Shakespeare’s Hamlet (remember your 10th grade English class?) but the Bedford Free Public Library happily ignores this maxim.  Delighted patrons know that no matter how obscure the request, the Library staff will go to great lengths to make sure the book – or other material – you request can be located.
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