An Open Letter from School Superintendent Jon Sills – Hate Symbols Once Again Appear In Bedford

By Jon Sills, Superintendent of the Bedford School Department

Since the start of this school year, swastikas have been found in middle and high schools in Reading, Lexington, Newton, Brookline, Billerica, Cambridge, Harvard, Stoughton, Canton, and Marblehead, and on the garage of an African-American family in Arlington. The Anti-Defamation League reports that in 2016 Massachusetts ranked fifth in the nation for the number of anti-Semitic incidents, with reported offenses jumping from 50 in 2015 to 125 in 2016. During this school year, as well, racist graffiti has been reported to have been found in Attleboro, Concord, Newton, Harvard, Cambridge, Brockton and Natick public schools.

Sadly, Bedford has not been immune to this intolerable trend, as indicated by the high school’s discovery of two swastikas on Friday and the middle school’s discovery of a swastika on Monday. Both school principals sent messages to their parent communities and they are addressing the issue with their students in a variety of ways.

“Song Ascending: The Music of Ralph Vaughan Williams” at St. Paul’s Church on Sunday, May 21 at 5 pm

Submitted by St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

On Sunday, May 21 at 5 pm, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church will present “Song Ascending: The Music of Ralph Vaughan Williams.” This special concert will feature three soloists (including two parishioners), the parish choir, string quartet, and organ under the direction of Dr. Michael Monroe, Minister of Music. The four major works on the program were all originally written for orchestra, but will be heard in new arrangements by Dr. Monroe for quartet and organ.

Hitting the Boards This Weekend: St. Paul’s Tonight!

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

St. Paul’s Tonight! opens its two-performance run with an evening performance at 7 pm on Saturday, and a 3 pm matinee on Sunday, April 30. Both performances will take place in the auditorium at the John Glenn Middle School, 99 McMahon Road. Available at the door, tickets are $10 each.

Begun a dozen years ago by then-Rector Frank Fornaro, St. Paul’s Tonight has delighted audiences every other year. The 2017 edition, produced and directed by Emily Mitchell, promises more of the same.

Earth Day and Arbor Day Capture Bedford’s Attention

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Our natural environment will be the focus of events around Bedford this weekend, and next. The events include Bedford’s 10th Annual Bike Sunday, a guest preacher and special service at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Sunday morning, and Bedford’s annual Arbor Day talk — the 12th — this year featuring Ron McAdow’s talk, Trees and Wildlife in New England: Four Centuries of Forest Change.

St. Paul’s Tonight: Absolutely ‘Not’ the ’80s ~ April 29 and 30

Submitted by St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is delighted to present ST. PAUL’S TONIGHT: ABSOLUTELY NOT THE ‘80S, a musical revue for all ages, on April 29 and 30 at the John Glenn Middle School auditorium.

It’s the sixth incarnation of ST. PAUL’S TONIGHT, and this time the cast faces a dilemma: what happens when the director is out of ideas? Cast members offer several possibilities, with a strong emphasis on the songs and stylings of that most radical of decades, the 1980s. Will the show be totally tubular? Or will the director put the kibosh on their dreams of Valley Girl glory?

Bedford Multicultural Festival Parade will Follow The Great Road to Town Campus on May 21

Submitted by Bedford Embraces Diversity

An emphatic message of diversity will be broadcast along the town’s main street on Sunday, May 21.

The Parade of Flags, which marks the 3 p.m. start of the Bedford Multicultural Festival, will depart from the Town Common and travel along The Great Road, turning down Mudge Way to the destination of the grounds and parking areas around Town Hall and Town Center.

Easter Dawn Service at Fawn Lake ~ Sunday, April 16 at 6:30 am

Submitted by the Interfaith Easter Dawn Service Committee

Bedford’s 66th annual Easter Dawn Service at Fawn Lake will be celebrated at 6:30 am on Sunday, April 16, on the shores of the Lake at the end of Sweetwater Avenue. Lay representatives from five of Bedford’s churches—St. Paul’s Episcopal, First Parish on the Common (UUA), First Church of Christ (UCC), First Baptist, and St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Parish—will lead the service early on Easter morning. Music will be provided by the Ecumenical Brass Ensemble, led by John Bridgeman.

Tourist in Our Own Town: Prepping for Saturday’s Liberty Pole Capping Parade and Ceremony

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Bedford Common and its historic meeting house are prepared for tomorrow’s festivities when hundreds of Colonial reenactors will descend to celebrate the start of this year’s Patriot’s Day festivities when hundreds of colonial reenactors, guests of the Bedford Minuteman Company, descend to celebrate Bedford’s Liberty Pole Capping parade and ceremony. Click this link for more details, as well as descriptions of the other activities taking place.

In addition, First Parish launched a banner in celebration of the meeting house’s bicentennial on Friday afternoon.

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