Governor Baker and Congressman Moulton Scheduled to Attend the Hart-Desiato Bridge Dedication on May 25

Submitted by the Office of Rep. Ken Gordon (D-Bedford)

Bedford will kick off Memorial Day this year in a special way, as Gov. Charlie Baker and Congressman Seth Moulton will come to town to dedicate the bridge on Carlisle Road that spans the Concord River in the memory of two fallen heroes, Private First Class John Hart and Lance Corporal Travis Desiato. The soldiers were killed within 13 months of each other in Iraq, fighting the war on terror.

The dedication was arranged by State Rep. Ken Gordon (D-Bedford) and Senator Mike Barrett (D-Lexington, who carried the bill dedicating the bridge in honor of these heroes. Governor Baker signed the bill into law in December.

Carlisle Road Bridge to Close for Paving from 6 am to 9 pm on Friday, May 11

Submitted by the Bedford DPW

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has announced that the Route 225 Bedford Road Bridge over the Concord River in Bedford/Carlisle will be closed to all vehicular traffic between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. on Friday, May 11th. These traffic impacts are necessary to allow crews and contractors to safely and effectively install a waterproofing membrane and a new asphaltic wearing surface on the bridge.

The following detour routes will be in place:

Massachusetts House of Representatives Passes Balanced FY19 Budget

Submitted by the Office of Rep. Ken Gordon (D-Bedford)

Representative Ken Gordon (D-Bedford) joined his colleagues in the Massachusetts House of Representatives in passing its budget for the Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) last week. In addition to local aid, the over $41.065 billion spending bill targets areas such as education, health and human services, housing and homelessness, and veteran services.

In addition to funding important programs and services throughout the Commonwealth, the House FY19 budget included important local aid and Chapter 70 Education funding increases for the Twenty-First Middlesex District.

Hart-Desiato Bridge Dedication Set for Friday, May 25 at 4 pm

Submitted by the Office of State Representative Ken Gordon

Bedford will kick off Memorial Day this year in a special way, as Gov. Charlie Baker and Congressman Seth Moulton will come to town to honor two fallen heroes, Pfc John Hart and Lance Corporal Travis Desiato, by naming a bridge in their honor. The ceremony will commence at 4 p.m. on Friday, May 25, at the boat launch beside the bridge on State Road 225 that spans the Concord River.

The dedication was arranged by Senator Mike Barrett (D-Lexington) and Rep. Ken Gordon (D-Bedford), who carried the bill dedicating the bridge in honor of these heroes through the legislature. Governor Baker signed the bill into law in December.

Senator Barrett and Representative Gordon Announce Criminal Justice Reform Legislation

Submitted by Senator Mike Barrett and Representative Ken Gordon

Senator Mike Barrett (D-Lexington) and Representative Ken Gordon (D-Bedford), both of whom represent Bedford in the state legislature, joined their colleagues in passing landmark criminal justice reform legislation that will lead to a more equitable system that supports our youngest and most vulnerable residents, reduces recidivism, increases judicial discretion, and enhances public safety. The bill, An Act relative to criminal justice reform, includes many provisions championed by Barrett to address fines and fees that engulf criminal defendants, a problem he has highlighted in his own work. It also includes reforms led by Gordon that allow first-time offenders in some situations to avoid prosecution in a program called Restorative Justice.

Massachusetts Senate Asks Feds to Disallow Oil and Gas Drilling off NE Coast

Submitted by State Senators Mike Barrett (D-Lexington) and Brian Tarr (R-Gloucester)

In time to influence a public meeting in Boston called by the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and set for next Tuesday, the Massachusetts State Senate, under bipartisan leadership, has passed a resolution opposing a federal initiative to reopen oil and gas drilling in the waters off New England.

Mike Barrett, Democrat of Lexington and Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Energy, and Bruce Tarr, Republican of Gloucester and Senate Minority Leader, coauthored the document, which passed the Senate on Thursday, Feb. 22.

“Loving the Climate” – Activists Visit the State House on Valentine’s Day

Submitted by Mothers Out Front of Bedford

Is there a better way to show our love for our children than to lobby for a livable climate?

Bedford resident and Mothers Out Front member Sue Swanson along with ten other constituents who met with Sam Anderson, counsel to Senator Michael Barrett, to express support for the energy bill and also for Senator Barrett, who is on medical leave.

A Message from State Senator Mike Barrett

State Senator Mike Barrett (D-Lexington) issued the following statement on February 13, 2018:

“Late yesterday, doctors at Mass. General Hospital diagnosed me with APL, a rare form of leukemia. Fortunately for me, APL is highly curable. I’ll be hospitalized for roughly 30 days and then receive treatment as an outpatient.

“Throughout, I’ll continue to pursue the legislative and district priorities of my constituents. In terms of politics, for me nothing will change: I’ll be running for re-election in the fall.

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