Tim Gray Confirms Planning Board Retirement

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

The Bedford Citizen learned on Thursday, June 21 that Planning Board member Tim Gray has retired from the board. In an email, Gray said, “I was finding I was having difficulty gracefully balancing my work demands with Planning. [The board] and our fellow Bedfordites deserve someone who can give him/herself more fully to the duties.”

The Town has announced the procedure for filling Gray’s vacancy.

Thirty Years of Leadership in Bedford

By Betsey Anderson
Former Bedford Selectman and Town Moderator

Rick Reed came to Bedford in the summer of 1988, while I was a Selectman. The position of Town Administrator (later changed to Town Manager) was created at the time of Bedford’s acceptance of our home rule Charter and he was the fourth person to serve in this role in a little over a decade. Rick had served as the Assistant City Manager of Gaithersburg, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, D. C., many times the size of Bedford. In contrast, Bedford was a relatively small town and suburb of Boston with a Selectmen – Open Town Meeting form of government and a complexity that belies its size. Within our boundaries, we have a VA Hospital, Middlesex Community College, an industrial base, portions of Hanscom Field, and a residential community.

Bedford PMC Kids Ride 2018 in Pictures

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

While there will be more specifics later, Saturday morning was a great time for pictures, and we have a lot to share. The images captured at JGMS are all by the inimitable Jeff JHO Hoyland.

Tomorrow: Bedford PMC Kids Ride!

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

You’ve seen it here before: hundreds of kids will converge on the JGMS parking lot tomorrow morning and then fan out through the town on their bicycles, raising funds for the Pan-Mass Challenge.

It’s a great day, but there are regular traffic rules to follow, and special care when you see kids and adults riding along the roadsides, or crossing main roads on their routes.

Grillin’ at Bedford Green – Looking Back to Memorial Day

Submitted on behalf of Bedford Green and Peabody Properties

Bedford Green recently celebrated a Memorial Day Cookout. The event was entirely funded through donations raised by an anonymous Bedford Green volunteer, including $180 from a bake sale organized by the volunteer’s 7th-grade-daughter.

Grove Street Development and Traffic Impact Update

By Ben Oleksinski

Construction for a proposed residential development on Grove Street in Lexington, close to town lines on Page Road in Bedford, is underway.

Based on Lexington Planning Board documents, much about the plan remains unchanged since its proposal in 2016. Up to 36 affordable ‘empty nester’ and family housing units are being built. Driveways and on-street parking will be provided for residential and visitor use. Two full access driveways, supporting both ends of the site, will be accessed alongside Grove Street.

Countdown to the Bedford PMC Kids Ride ~ Saturday, June 16

Submitted by the Bedford PMC Kids Ride Team

We are just a few days away from the 14th Annual Bedford PMC Kids Ride this Saturday, June 16th 9:00am-1:00pm at the John Glenn Middle School, and it’s looking to be a beautiful day!

Please join us and meet our pedal partner, Stella Downey, and her family, including twin brother Thomas. Stella was diagnosed with neuroblastoma in January and underwent intense treatment at Dana-Farber. Thankfully, today Stella is cancer free and will only return to the clinic for scans and checkups. Stella and her family (including twin brother Thomas) will be at the ride Saturday and looking forward to meeting PMC kids riders and their families.

EARLY CHECK IN IS AT THE JOHN GLENN MIDDLE SCHOOL THURSDAY JUNE 14th 5 pm – 8.30pm: Grab a slice of pizza, pick up your rider t-shirt and your 2 for $1 raffle tickets. Registration continues up until the day of the ride. So if you haven’t registered yet and are interested please go to http://www.kids.pmc.org/bedford.aspx

Residents Share Dog Park Survey

Special to The Bedford Citizen

A group of residents has prepared an online survey about the possible dog park and site recommendation at Springs Brook Park. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BedfordDogPark Print copies will be available at the Council on Aging, starting on Wednesday.

Honoring Joan-Marie Freni’s Service as Bedford’s Election Warden

Special to The Bedford Citizen

Joan-Marie Freni proudly displays her certificate of appreciation – Courtesy image (c) 2018 all rights reserved – Click to view larger image

Joan-Marie Freni, Bedford’s former Election Warden, was honored on Wednesday evening, at a Town Hall party for election workers.

Ms. Freni retired at the beginning of 2018—after having served as the Election Warden for 15 years. Prior to that, she had also served some years, moving through the ranks of election workers.

LIVESTREAM BHS Graduation Tonight ~ Wherever You Are ~ Thanks to Bedford TV!

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Thanks to Bedford TV, tonight’s Bedford High School Graduation ceremonies will be live-streamed from the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell, beginning at 6 pm with the ceremony itself beginning at 6:15 pm on Thursday, June 7, 2018

Share this link with family and friends who can’t make it to Lowell for the ceremonies – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omqUEByP9HE

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