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First Parish Apple Fest – Saturday, September 27 from 10 am to 3 pm

2014 September 22
by The Bedford Citizen

Apple Fest headerSubmitted by First Parish on the Common

If you smell delicious apple crisp coming from Bedford Common on September 27, your nose is not deceiving you.  The 3rd Annual First Parish Apple Festival is back, and better then ever. The festival will be open from 10 am until 3 pm.

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Charter Review Committee Recommends Expansion of Volunteer Coordinating Committee

2014 September 22
by The Bedford Citizen

By Meredith McCulloch

Charter-ReviewThe Charter Review Committee considered a change in the size of the Volunteer Coordinating Committee (VCC) at their September 11 meeting. VCC chair Patricia Carluccio spoke against increasing the size of the committee from three to five, as proposed. The VCC had voted 2-1 against the increase with Joseph Piantidosi and Carluccio opposed. Carol Amick, the third member and a supporter of the increase, had approached the Charter Review Committee as a citizen, not representing the committee, to argue for the larger number. read more…

Bedford Arts and Crafts Society Announces Winners in the 15th Annual Regional Art Exhibit

2014 September 22
by The Bedford Citizen
Best in Show: Florence Como's picture was front and center as guests entered the show - image (c) JMcCT, 2014

Best in Show: Florence Como’s “The Red Canoe” was front and center as guests entered the show – Image (c) JMcCT, 2014

Submitted by Bedford Arts and Crafts Society

Judged by Bedford artist Dianne Levine, the Bedford Arts and Crafts Society drew a varied set of artists and category winners for its 15th Annual Regional Art Exhibit. The show also featured work by Natalia Soares, BACS’s 2014 scholarship winner.

And, the winners were: read more…

Council on Aging’s Mideast Series Off to A Good Start

2014 September 19
by The Bedford Citizen

By Doris Smith

A map of the region - Image (c) http://iranpoliticsclub.net

A map of the region – Image (c) http://iranpoliticsclub.net

The first session of the Council on Aging’s Middle East Lecture series took place on Monday, September 15, and was well attended. Meeting in the Multi-Purpose room at Town Hall, the attendees heard Professor John Kienzle give a lively beginning lecture, which included background material and information about the Middle East and concentrated on Iraq and Syria.

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Proposed Changes to Bedford Schools’ Breathalyzer Policy

2014 September 19
by The Bedford Citizen

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

SC-NewsThe Bedford Citizen reported on September 12 that the School Committee discussed a policy change in the use of a breathalyzer at school dances at their September 9 meeting. We are grateful to Bedford High School Principal Dr. Henry Turner for sharing the draft policy with the community. Click this link to read the AlcoBlow Policy and Procedure Proposed 9-17-14.  As with all changes to school policy, a vote on the breathalyzer policy will come at a subsequent meeting. The School Committee’s next scheduled meeting will take place on Tuesday, September 23.

Click here to read the full text of The Citizen’s report on the September 9 meeting.

Ad Hoc Museum Study Committee Considers the Library as Potential Site

2014 September 19
by The Bedford Citizen

By Joan Bowen

ad-hoc-HistMusMeeting for the third time, the Ad Hoc Museum Study Committee (AHMC) determined its initial focus will be on municipal facilities and agreed that the first in-depth exploration of a potential site would be with the Bedford Library. Not only is there potential for the Library to meet all the criteria the group has identified, there is a synergy between the educational missions of the museum and the Library. The Committee will continue to explore whether there is existing space or if an addition would be the only option for this location. read more…

Bedford TV: The Country’s Best PEG Channel for its Budget Category

2014 September 19
by The Bedford Citizen
Bedford TV Production Director Greg Dolan and Digital Media Specialist Brian Dorrington accepting award at Hometown Video Competition - Courtesy images

Bedford TV Production Director Greg Dolan and Digital Media Specialist Brian Dorrington accepting award at Hometown Video Competition – Courtesy image

Submitted by Bedford TV

Bedford TV was recently named the best PEG (Public Education and Government) channel in the country in its budget category by the Alliance for Community Media at the 2014 Hometown Video Awards in Philadelphia.  The Alliance for Community media is the leading advocacy group for PEG stations and community media centers nationwide and the organization hosts the awards as part of their annual conference.  This marks the third time that Bedford TV has won this prestigious award.  The award represents the hard work, talent, and dedication of the staff, board, and volunteers who make the organization the success that it is.

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Charter Review Reconsiders Finance Committee Appointment Process

2014 September 19
by The Bedford Citizen

By Meredith McCulloch

Charter-ReviewOn September 11 two members of the Finance Committee, Thomas Busa and Stephen Carluccio, came to the Charter Review Committee meeting to speak against a recommended change in the Finance Committee appointment process. At their August 28 meeting, the Charter Review Committee had approved a recommendation that the power to appoint Finance Committee members would rest with the Moderator. Currently there is a three-person committee, made up of the Chair of Selectmen, Chair of Finance Committee and the Moderator, who make the appointment. It must be unanimous. Statewide, there are many systems for appointing the Finance Committee, but in most towns the Moderator appoints.
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Community Organizations: Booths at Bedford Day

2014 September 17
by The Bedford Citizen
Looking at Bedford Day from a window high in Town Hall. Image (c) Jessica Porter, 2013 - all rights reserved

Looking at Bedford Day from a window high in Town Hall. Image (c) Jessica Porter, 2013 – all rights reserved

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Some of Bedford’s community organizations taking part in Bedford Day shared the activities that their booths will offer: read more…

Good Health on Bedford Day

2014 September 17
by The Bedford Citizen

Submitted by the Bedford Board of Health

The Board of Health is offering several healthy community resources on Bedford Day. read more…