JGMS 8th Graders Become U.S. Senators for a Day

JGMS 8th Graders Become U.S. Senators for a Day

By Linda White

“To preserve our vibrant democracy for future generations, I believe it is critical to have a place where citizens can go to learn first-hand about the Senate’s important role in our system of government.” – Senator Edward M. Kennedy

A Special Field Trip
The Edward M. Kennedy Institute’s full-scale reproduction of the United States Senate Chamber recently hosted 200 members of the JGMS eighth grade class. Students personally experienced the legislative process, decisions, and challenges routinely faced by the 100 members of the United States Senate. Members of the JGMS Green Team visited the Institute on January 11 and the Silver Team visited on January 16. On each of the two days, students filled the 100 seats of the Senate chamber. As senators for a day, students followed the established Senate tradition for senators-elect by taking the Oath of Office administered by the presiding Senate officer in an open session before beginning their legislative activities.

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Great Road Business District and Pine Hill Crossing Zoning Proposals ~ Important Public Hearing ~ Tuesday, January 23

Great Road Business District and Pine Hill Crossing Zoning Proposals ~ Important Public Hearing ~ Tuesday, January 23

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

The Planning Board will host a pair of important public hearings on Tuesday, January 23.

At 7:30 pm, the board will present concepts for the four business zones they have defined along The Great Road and hear public comment on related adjustments to the zoning map. Then at 8:45 pm they will discuss changes to the Pine Hill Crossing zoning article to be considered at Annual Town Meeting in March.

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Town Meeting Votes Become Bedford Bylaws

Town Meeting Votes Become Bedford Bylaws

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

While some votes at Town Meeting are immediately effective, changes to Bedford’s Bylaws require the approval of Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey.

In Healey’s January 11 letter to Town Clerk Doreen Tremblay, the following bylaws adopted at Special Town Meeting in November 2107 have been approved.
Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

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Bedford Education Foundation’s Mardi Gras Bash on February 3: FAQ!

Bedford Education Foundation’s Mardi Gras Bash on February 3: FAQ!

Submitted by the BEF Bash Planning Committee
Lisa Gedaminsky, Lisa Harrell, Jen Kelley, & Meg McAllister

Editor’s Note: The BEF Bash is sponsored by the Bedford Education Foundation to raise funds that support the Bedford Schools

When and where is this event?
Our Mardi Gras Bash is on Saturday, February 3, from 7 pm to 11 pm. We’re excited to host this year’s event at a new venue–the Hilton Garden Inn in Burlington.

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Feedback from Monday’s Community Breakfast to Honor Martin Luther King, Jr.

Feedback from Monday’s Community Breakfast to Honor Martin Luther King, Jr.

Submitted by Bedford Embraces Diversity

Bedford Embraces Diversity had three goals for its 2018 Martin Luther King Breakfast- to hear from recent graduates of Bedford High School’s METCO program who are currently in college, alumni who graduated from BHS in the 1990s, and to get feedback from those in attendance. The breakfast’s final segment was a facilitated discussion led by Reggie Nichols -Director of Affirmative Action at Middlesex Community College. He led the audience in a conversation around themes that had emerged from the program’s presenters. At the very end of the program Bedford Embraces Diversity asked the audience to share their reactions were to the morning’s program, what they learned from it, or what they felt.

Here are some of the comments, grouped by theme:

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Planning Board Re-Writes Proposed Zoning Bylaw; Public Hearing on Section 21 Set for January 23

Planning Board Re-Writes Proposed Zoning Bylaw; Public Hearing on Section 21 Set for January 23

By Dot Bergin

At its January 16 meeting, the Planning Board reviewed line by line Section 21 of the proposed Zoning Bylaws-Military Housing Reuse Overlay District- which went down to defeat at the November Special Town Meeting. The Board agreed unanimously to make the bylaw “site-specific,” applicable only to the former Coast Guard property now known as Pine Hill Crossing Condominiums. References to the Military Overlay District will be removed from the article and it will be re-titled before presentation at the March Annual Town Meeting.

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