Compiled by The Bedford Citizen
Keynote speakers UMass Lowell Chancellor Jacqueline Moloney and Middlesex Community College President Dr. James Mabry addressed workforce development during the Middlesex 3 Coalition’s Annual Meeting at the UMass Lowell Innovation Center on Tuesday. Click the following links to read Chancellor Moloney’s presentation or President Mabry’s.
By Elizabeth Hacala
TheSchool Committee has approved a policy on religious holidays as well as a 2017/2018 school calendar. Initial recommendations by the Religious and Cultural Holidays Task Force were reviewed during the April 25 School Committee meeting. During the May 9 meeting, the committee reviewed the final recommendations and proposed religious holiday policy.
By Linda White
The residents of Carleton-Willard Villager (CWV) defy any preconceived notion of retiree behaviors. By and large, they continue to lead the same busy, active, professional and happy lives that characterized them before retirement. They have not abandoned their previous pursuits, interests and/or inquisitive nature. As CW Villagers, they are involved in a variety of activities inside and outside the Village, continuing to participate in many of their lifelong interests. They also participate in newly developed interests and activities, including staying fit and enjoying an array of athletic opportunities and facilities available to them on site. Recently, a group gathered to discuss what life is like at CWV, why they chose this particular setting for retirement, and what keeps them young at heart and vital.
By Linda White
Visiting Carleton-Willard Village (CWV) on Old Billerica Road you cannot help but appreciate the natural beauty of the setting and its relationship to Bedford’s historic Llewsac Lodge. Once inside, you notice the gracious, warm, welcoming surroundings, lively activity, and friendly greetings of residents making their way along CWV’s interior Main Street, the hub of the Village, where residents run into and greet friends and neighbors several times a day while en route to its many resource areas. With approximately 300 residents and 300 employees on the 65-acre site, you have to wonder what makes it all tick so efficiently and successfully. The likely answer is easy — the Carleton-Willard Village President and CEO, Barbara A. Doyle, who has been at the helm since the Carleton-Willard Village Bedford campus opened in 1982.
The Boston Globe Magazine and its partner the Commonwealth Institute recently named Carleton-Willard Village and Barbara Doyle to the Top 100 List of Women-Led Businesses in Massachusetts for the second year in a row. The recognition is not a surprise to residents, employees, staff members, or the CWV Board of Trustees. Doyle’s focus, attention to detail, and love for all things associated with CWV are legendary.
Submitted by Profiles in Diversity Journal
Profiles in Diversity Journal announced that Bedford’s Lisa Freed, the STEM program manager at iRobot, is one of the journal’s 45 Women Worth Watching in STEM® for 2017. STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math – career fields once less popular for women.
“Collectively, these leaders are breaking barriers for women in STEM careers and we are honored to recognize them as well as the companies supporting them,” PDJ Publisher James R. Rector said. “Supporting women in STEM is an essential part of a worldwide strategy to innovate, educate and build a more connected world,” he added.
With photographs by Mary Johannessen and Julie Turner
After several days of raw weather, and before the projected March 30/April 1 storm, we visited both Chip-in Farm and Bedford Blueberry Goat Farm to see the town’s newest four-legged residents.
By Dot Bergin
Representative Ken Gordon, State Senator Mike Barrett, Edinburg Center Board members, representatives from the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, and Bedford town officials were among the dignitaries at the March 24 ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Edinburg Center on Burlington Road.
CEO Ellen Attaliades wielded the scissors for the opening of the new building, saying the Center was very glad to be in the town of Bedford with its amenities.
By Dot Bergin
A once-empty office building at 205 Burlington road (Rt. 62) has been transformed into a dynamic center caring for the needs of persons with mental health conditions, co-occurring substance use conditions, and/or developmental disabilities or brain injuries.
A Ribbon Cutting ceremony for The Edinburg Center will take place on Friday, March 24 at 11:15 pm, with State Representative Ken Gordon and other dignitaries on hand to do the honors. The Bedford community is invited to an open house from 11 to 1 pm on that day, to tour the Center, learn about the Center’s wide range of services, and enjoy light refreshments.