Burlington Temple Raises Funds for Immigrant Causes

Submitted by Temple Shalom Emeth

Bedford’s Buffie and Dean Groves performed at the recent coffeehouse – Courtesy image (c) Nancy Daugherty, 2017 all rights reserved

Temple Shalom Emeth’s Social Justice Committee raised $2400 last week to benefit three organizations which provide support to immigrants and their families.

The Sanctuary Program at the First Parish Bedford Unitarian Universalist Church, the American Civil Liberties Union/Massachusetts (ACLU), and the family of Francisco Rodriguez will be the recipients of the funds. Each will receive $800.

Kristallnacht, a Gathering of Remembrance ~ Thursday, November 9 at 7 pm

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Each year, the Bedford Jewish Community, in collaboration with the town’s Interfaith Clergy Association, hosts a brief remembrance of Kristallnacht, “the night of broken glass” on the Town Common. The 2017 remembrance begins at 7 pm on Thursday, November 9 and lasts about 30 minutes.

Kristallnacht commemorates the nights of November 9 and 10 in 1938, when paramilitary “Brownshirts” and civilians stormed Jewish-owned establishments in German cities, destroying property and intimidating Jews while German authorities looked on without intervening.

Register Now for Monday’s Active Bystander Training

Submitted by Bedford Embraces Diversity

Active bystander training for adults who want to learn how to respond when they witness biased language or actions will be offered in Bedford, free of charge, on Monday evening, October 23.

Held in the Flint Room at Bedford’s Town Center, the evening will begin at 5:30 pm with a complimentary supper: pizza donated by the Flatbread Company, soft drinks, and conversation. The training program will run from 6 to 8 pm. The training is free, but there is limited space, so you must register by sending email to: bedfordembracesdiversity@gmail.com by Thursday, October 19.

Poet Billy Collins will Read from “Rain in Portugal” at First Parish on Bedford Common ~ Thursday, October 19 at 7:30 pm

By Andrea Cleghorn

Quick: Name a contemporary American poet who is critically acclaimed, commercially successful, always thought-provoking and frequently funny.

If you said Billy Collins you would have lots of company. If the name is new to you, you get a chance to get to hear him read his work Thursday night when he is in Bedford.

Shining a Light on Domestic Violence During October

Submitted by the Domestic Violence Services Network

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month – a special time for us to recognize the staggering truth that more than 12 million people are victims of domestic violence in the United States each year.

These 12 million victims are women, men, and children of all ages from all religions, cultures, and sexual orientation. The problem crosses all socioeconomic levels. Bedford and our neighboring communities are not immune.

Ceremonies Mark the Bicentennial of Bedford’s Iconic Meeting House

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

The Blinn bell in the steeple tower above Bedford’s 200-year-old meeting house rang 200 times on Sunday, October 1, in celebration of a special bicentennial: the 200th anniversary of the town’s second meetinghouse, constructed in 1817.

The Bedford Minutemen were on hand, along with members of the Bedford Selectmen and the Historic District Commission, Town Manager Richard Reed, Town Historian Sharon McDonald, and members of the Great and General Court of Massachusetts, Representative Ken Gordon and Senator Mike Barrett.

‘The Rain in Portugal’ ~ Poet Billy Collins, Speaking in Bedford on Thursday, October 19

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Poet Billy Collins will read from his twelfth volume of poetry, The Rain in Portugal, in the sanctuary at First Parish on Bedford Common at 7:30 pm on Thursday, October 19. Dubbed “America’s Favorite Poet” by the Wall Street Journal, and US Poet Laureate from 2001 through 2003, Collins will be introduced by local poet (and former Bedford resident) X.J. Kennedy.

Admission, $16, includes a copy of the new paperback edition of Collins’ twelfth book, The Rain in Portugal. Reservations are available online at https://billycollins-fpbedford.eventbrite.com. Seating is limited, so early reservations are suggested

Blessing of the Animals on St. Francis of Assisi’s Feast Day

By Linda White

To the casual observer, it was a unique tableau of pets and their families gathered in the sun-filled courtyard of the Parish of St. Michael on Sunday afternoon, October 1. As you might expect there was a lot of sniffing, as well as loud and excited barking as Monsignor William F. Cuddy, Jr. took his position near the statue of St. Francis of Assisi and presided at the blessing of the animals.

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