After the Storms, Are Trees Threat or Friend?

By Ruth Chatterton Robinson
for BARC – Bedford’s Arbor Resources Committee

It’s been a tough March on trees this year with many large branches and whole trees downed by the heavy snows. Suddenly, you may be eying trees in your yard as potential home wreckers rather than as old friends. When should you call your local tree surgeon or arborist, and what can you do to offset the loss of carbon sequestration, water management, cooling and home value your trees provide?

On Town Manager Rick Reed Retiring

By Joanna Nickerson

Town Manager Rick Reed’s recent announcement of plans to retire during the upcoming summer followed thirty years of successful, dedicated work on behalf of Bedford. Throughout this time his vigilant attention to finance, legal matters, employment, state statutes and national law enabled our elected and appointed officials to think through the best course of actions to take for the Town.

Rotary Sponsors “Meals for Kids” Project on Saturday, April 21

By Jeffrey Epstein

Each year, some 270 volunteers, both adults and children, come to the Bedford Rotary’s Meals for Kids event, packaging meals that will help feed hungry children in poor developing countries. But for all the years he has been coordinating the event, the Rotary Club’s Bob Cassidy says he gets the biggest kick from watching the kids.

“It’s a blast!” he says. “I enjoy watching the reaction of the kids” who appreciate that their efforts are assisting other children elsewhere.

Bedford Rotarians’ Service Honored by District 7910

Submitted by the Rotary Club of Bedford

Two Bedford Rotarians were recently honored by Rotary District 7910. Monday, at its Celebration of Service Heroes, Paula Gilarde and Marc Hamilton were among the 25 Rotarians from across the district recognized for their embracing of the Rotary motto, “Service Above Self”, through their service to people around the globe, in their community and their club.

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.)

Concord’s Patriot’s Day Parade is Cancelled Due to Weather

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

In a near-historic move, John Arena, chair of Concord’s Public Ceremonies Committee, canceled Monday’s Patriot’s Day parade through the town and across North Bridge.

With thanks to the Bedford Minuteman Company for sharing the news, Arena said that concern for the marchers’ safety is paramount and that multiple sources indicated heavy rain, strong wind, and near-freezing temperatures for Monday morning. The hard decision was made on Sunday; in remarks about canceling the parade earlier Arena had said, “we feel strongly about honoring our town and heritage whether thousands of people are collectively watching on a sunny day, or just dozens on a rainy one.”

Additional Rte 225/Carlisle Road Bridge Closures: Overnight, Sunday, April 15 to Thursday, April 19

Submitted by MassDOT

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has announced that the Route 225 Bedford Road Bridge over the Concord River in Bedford/Carlisle will be closed to all vehicular traffic between the hours of 8:00 p.m., and 5:00 a.m., on the evenings of Sunday, April 15, through Thursday, April 19. These traffic impacts are necessary to allow crews and contractors to safely and effectively remove the asphalt wearing surface on the bridge in preparation of installing a new surface.

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