Search for New Town Manager Begins a New Era for Bedford

By Meredith McCulloch

On Tuesday night, April 10, 2018, the process of finding a successor for Town Manager Richard Reed began. Reed is retiring from the position of Town Manager in August after 30 years of service. Representatives from the search firm Municipal Resources, Inc. Alan Gould, Robert Mercier, and Reginald (Buzz) Stapczynski met with the Selectmen to review the process. (Selectman William Moonan was not able to attend.)

Planning Board Reviews Prince Street Café Plans and Saint Michael’s Church Driveway Improvements

By Lauren Ellis

The Bedford Planning Board continued a public hearing about a special permit for the Prince Street Café on Tuesday, April 10. The proposed café at 36 North Road would allow a bakery, a café, and a single second-floor apartment. The non-conforming lot was once home to Fitzgerald’s Package Store in a building which will be demolished. After reviewing both the original and more recent, edited, plans for the site the board ultimately decided to allow the requested special permit, with contingencies.

Bowie Knife in Skinner Auction on April 27 with Short Takes from the Library Trustees

By Dot Bergin

Library Director Richard Callaghan updated the Trustees at their April 10 meeting on the forthcoming Skinner Auction House sale set for April 27 at 10 am, in which the Library’s Bowie knife is featured in Lot #17, with an estimate of $20,000 to $40,000. In keeping with today’s practices, the auction – “Historic Arms & Militaria”- can be attended in person at Skinner’s Marlborough, MA location, or online. To view the auction catalog and its nearly 300 fascinating “lots” click https://www.skinnerinc.com/auctions/3097M. Stay tuned for the outcome of this auction!

Selectmen Consider Road Construction Options for Bike Safety

By Jeffrey Epstein

The Selectmen are thinking about how to keep bicycle riders safe, and they heard a presentation on the subject from a traffic engineering firm at their April 9 meeting.

A separate bicycle lane, set off from both the pedestrian sidewalk and automobile lanes, is one option under consideration for the next round of highway work on The Great Road. The presentation, from engineering firm VHB Inc., was only informational and the Selectmen are not considering any formal action yet. VHB Inc. is proposing options for future work, particularly on the downtown stretch near the municipal complex.

Dog Park Task Force Narrows Choice to Two Sites

By Lauren Ennis

The Bedford Dog Park Task Force met on April 5, 2018, to continue their discussion of sites for a potential dog park. The meeting was designated as a ‘committee meeting’ rather than a ‘town forum’, and the nearly 50 residents in attendance were asked to hold all comments or questions until the end of the meeting in order to allow the task force members the time to discuss the possible sites.

Bedford’s 13th Arbor Day Talk “The Beekeeper’s Tale: A Year in The Life of a Honeybee Colony”

Submitted by the Bedford Arbor Resources Committee

Apples, pears, peaches, plums, grapes, lemons, limes, watermelons, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, boysenberries, cranberries, elderberries, cherries – sweet and sour! Onions, carrots, cucumbers, squash, avocados, peppers- red, green and; chili; beans – lima; kidney, string, mung, green and haricot vert! Cashews, macadamia, sesame, almonds chestnuts! Mustard; coriander; cardamom; tamarind! Vanilla, coffee -and more!

Trail Walk ~ MassPort Trails: Saturday, April 7

Submitted by the Bedford Trails Committee

Please join the Bedford Trails Committee for a free Trail Walk to explore the Dellovo Conservation Area, which then leads onto the Massport property. The goal is either Thoreau’s birthplace, or a loop thru Dellovo, depending on conditions that day. The walk will last about 2 hours or less.

Net Zero Seeks Individuals with Expertise in the Environment, Energy Use, and Climate Science

Submitted by Bedford’s Energy Task Force

As Bedford’s Net Zero Working group looks to hire a consultant, the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) suggests that towns gather names of individuals in their local community who have professional expertise in any area related to the environment and clean climate goals.

The Bedford Energy Task Force invites individuals with expertise in any field related to the environment, energy, and climate to submit your name. We would like to have a library of names of people and expertise that we could call on to give advice in areas that may arise as we go forward with net zero planning in town. You will not be asked to be on a committee.

Planning Board Considers Café Plan for 36 North Road

By Lauren Ennis

When the Planning Board met on Tuesday, March 20, they reopened a public hearing regarding a special permit for 36 North Road, to allow construction of a café and bakery. While the Planning Board praised the changes that had been made to the plan since the previous meeting, concerns remained regarding the parking lot. According to the proposed plan, the building would contain 36 seats and the parking lot would contain 12 spaces for customers.

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