I Brake for Garlic Mustard!

Submitted by Caroline Larson

Garlic Mustard is in bloom and now is the time to pull it out! This invasive weed is rapidly overtaking woodland areas, beside roadways and along pathways in Bedford and other communities in this area. The problem with Garlic Mustard is that as a non-native plant, it crowds out other native varieties that we cherish, such as woodland lady slippers, trillium, trout lily and it even competes with tree seedlings which will become our future forests. Garlic Mustard also produces chemicals in the soil which eventually kill native plants. Some species of butterflies, confused by the lack of their preferred plants, lay their larvae on the Garlic Mustard and the larvae never hatch.

Bedford Observes Memorial Day, 2017: Monday, May 29 with Multiple Events from 8:30 am Until Noon

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

With thanks to Bedford’s Patriotic Holidays Committee and the town’s Veteran’s organizations, a full slate of Memorial Day observances will begin at 8:30 on Monday morning, May 29. The ceremonies will commence at the American Legion / V.F.W. Memorial on The Great Road when the Legion’s Chaplain Jerry Hartmann will offer a prayer and wreath-laying ceremony. Boy Scouts from Troop 194 will assist Brigadier General Frank Magurn. A firearms’ salute and TAPS will conclude the day’s first ceremony.

Destination Imagination Global Finals Begin on Wednesday, and Bedford’s Skittleworms are Knoxville-Bound

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

The 2017 Destination Imagination World Finals in Knoxville, TN begin tomorrow, Wednesday, May 24, and a 5th-grade team from Lane School, the Skittleworms, are there to represent Massachusetts in their age category. The team qualified for the Global Finals by winning at their regional competition, and the state contest, making them the best in Massachusetts.

May 22 Meeting will Explore Ways to Make Town Meeting More Attractive and Accessible

Special to The Bedford Citizen

At Annual Town Meeting this spring, Moderator Cathy Cordes announced the formation of a task force to explore ways to make Town Meeting more attractive and accessible to Bedford residents.

Anyone who is interested in participating on this task force or would like to find out more, is invited to meet on May 22 at Town Hall at 7:30 pm in the second-floor conference room. This is an open meeting.

Addressing the Opioid Epidemic: Bedford’s Board of Health Takes a Proactive Approach

Submitted by the Bedford Board of Health

The Bedford Board of Health and community partners have been working to bring attention to the opioid issue, make the community aware that it does impact Bedford, and provide resources and trainings to help parents and community members ask sometimes difficult questions in an effort to intervene or prevent drug use and misuse.

Last summer, the Board of Health hosted an intern from the Boston University School of Public Health. She was tasked with identifying whether the identified statewide opioid epidemic exists in Bedford given that the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) reports a 78% increase in unintentional opioid overdose deaths between 2000 and 2015

Bedford Green Residents Travel to Washington’s World War II Memorial, Thanks to Honor Flight New England

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Two residents of Bedford Green Apartments were recently flown to Washington, D.C., by Honor Flight New England to visit and reflect at the World War II Memorial.

Jim Bancroft and Mike Kaminski, residents at Bedford Green Apartments, a permanent supportive housing community for formerly homeless veterans age 55 and older managed by Peabody Properties, Inc, were flown to Washington, D.C., on April 30, courtesy of Honor Flight New England, a non-profit organization out of Hooksett, New Hampshire, dedicated to honoring America’s most senior veterans.

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