Submitted by Renu Kurian Bostwick
Mothers out Front of Bedford
I am hopeful about our children’s future and about our ability to collectively take action against the worst effects of global warming. We are on the brink of change. As a mother of two teenage daughters, when I allow myself to think about what the climate crisis has in store for our children’s future well-being I feel overwhelmed by the enormity of what’s ahead. Working with Mothers Out Front, a grassroots organization of mothers and other caregivers, I have seen the hard legislative struggle to put just laws and policies into place that will help us swiftly combat climate change and still protect consumers. In the past, many hopeful bills have not made it through both the Massachusetts Senate and the House of Representatives.
Submitted by Kathy Morse and Jeff Morse, Bob and Terri Bradford, Rebecca and Thom Neale
Dear Bedford Selectmen,
We are 161 Bedford residents and growing who are opposed to putting a dog park at Springs Brook Park. We are users of Springs Brook Park; parents and grandparents of young children; dog owners; and non-dog owners; seniors; and residents who worry about further reducing the natural and rural spaces that reflect Bedford’s history.
Editor’s Note: This letter was sent to the Bedford Selectmen on May 26, 2018
By AnnaLisa Madison
Recently, I listened to a visitor from New York criticize the residents of Fox Run Road for their yard signs opposing the MacMansion complex being constructed in the new clear-cut at the north end of Fox Run Road. The criticisms mirrored talking points previously expressed by the developer (perhaps a relative), based on the same disregard of the culture of the Fox Run Road community. For the benefit of those who may walk or drive through the neighborhood, see the signs, and wonder what the residents are thinking, I offer the following insights, in response to specific criticisms.
By Olivia Evans and Mitch Evans.
What does Memorial Day mean to you? Your answer will probably vary, depending on your family connections to the military, your age, and your own experiences. For some, it is a time to honor those people who have given their lives serving in the military; they may visit cemeteries and lay flowers or watch parades as a way to commemorate the day. Other people may choose to spend the long weekend with family and friends perhaps enjoying a BBQ and the extra time off work and school.
But it is worth reflecting, in this special centennial year marking the ending of World War 1, why it is so important to never forget the sacrifices made by so many so that we might enjoy our lives today.
By Maribeth Stratford Millar
Thirty-nine years. That’s how many years our three children have attended Bedford public schools. On June 7, our youngest child, Casey, will graduate from Bedford High School. It will be a bittersweet ending and, for Casey, just the beginning. We moved to Bedford in January of 1995, one month before the birth of our first child, Hailey. And, we never left. We immediately felt at home here. Neither of us is from Massachusetts. My husband, Jamie, was born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario. And, I was born and raised in New Jersey. Graduate school brought us to Boston, and the desire to raise a family outside of the city brought us to Bedford.
Submitted by Frances Bigda-Peyton
Thanks to all the people who made this year’s Swap and Donate Day a resounding success. Volunteers, organizers, and donors alike came through. The DPW was also a strong supporter.
A sampling of statistics— seventy plus bikes were donated and three large vehicle loads of linens went to Mission of Goods for their ongoing work with formerly homeless families. Extra toys and holiday decorations went to Goodwill and Christmas in the City.
By Willa and Phineas Potter
We are Willa and Phineas Potter, two kids who bike to high school every day through the White Cedar Swamp section of Davis Road. We have experienced the danger of this road firsthand and feel we are taking a risk every day biking to school. A boardwalk along the White Cedar Swamp would be extremely beneficial.
If either or both of us are still in high school when it is finished, we can say with certainty that we would use it every day, as will many others currently too frightened to bike or walk on Davis Road. When biking to school each morning, the golden glare of the sun obstructs the vision of the cars passing us. On our right, the white line crumbles into the wetland filled with broken glass and poison ivy. The section of road is straight and narrow. Vehicles, including trucks and school buses, often pass us going too fast and far too close for comfort.
By Sonja Wang
Perhaps one of the biggest points of pride that our town of Bedford has is the oldest existing battle flag in the United States. A high point of the Lane School experience is the third grade “Tour of Bedford,” which includes going to see the original, restored Bedford Battle Flag at the Bedford Library and a visit to the Fitch Tavern where the students learn about the Bedford Minutemen’s breakfast of warm ale and cold mush before they took the flag to battle the British at the Concord Bridge. This history is passed down over the generations of Befordites, about how those who came before us revolted against what they felt was unjust and is celebrated here in town on many occasions. However, sadly that same spirit was not allowed to be celebrated this week at Bedford High School.
This past Wednesday, March 14, was National School Walkout Day, which was started as a grassroots [event] and spread across the country, as a way for students to voice their sadness and anger over the Parkland and many other high school shootings. While many Massachusetts schools, including Bedford, missed out on the March 14th date to walk out, due to the snow day, Bedford’s administration decided not to go forward with their plans to allow students time to walk out, saying in an email that it would be, “inauthentic” to do so because it was not on the same date as originally planned. Many other MA schools did go forward with a walkout on the 15th to allow their students who wanted to the chance to express their emotions around gun violence and how it affects them, while BHS nixed the plan.
By Emily Mitchell
I’m writing in support of Articles 6 and 7 of the Annual Town Meeting Warrant, which would amend the Zoning Bylaw to establish the Pine Hill Overlay District.
When I talk with friends who grew up in Bedford, they often speak fondly of their neighborhoods: places where they knew everybody on their street, where neighbors watched out for one another, and where sidewalks and yards were places to socialize with friends and fellow residents.
Though Bedford has changed in the seventeen years I’ve lived here, we still have neighborhoods. And on March 26, we have the chance to create another neighborhood to enjoy for years to come.
By Margot Fleischman
A sincere thank-you to every Bedford resident who took time out of their day on Saturday to vote in our municipal election. I know I speak on behalf of all the candidates when I say we are extremely appreciative of everyone’s participation.
I particularly want to thank the newly-registered 18-year-old voters who came out to cast a ballot for the very first time. So many of the issues we care about most can be affected at the local level, and it was exciting to see young people get engaged with their democracy right here at home. I know how proud their parents were to watch them take this important step into adulthood.