Bedford’s Cemeteries are Ready for Memorial Day 2017

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Bedford will celebrate Memorial Day on Monday, May 29 – a day to honor those who have passed before us. To that end, the Grounds Crew under the leadership of Dennis Freeman has been hard at work preparing Bedford’s cemeteries, the Old Burying Ground on Springs Road and Shawsheen Cemetery at the corner of The Great Road and Shawsheen Road.

A ‘WalkShop’ to Consider Changes at Willson Park

Balancing the character of Bedford’s Willson Park with the imperatives of safety and traffic flow around its perimeter has concerned neighbors, Town officials, and consultants for more than five years. Residents invited to a ‘WalkShop’ on May 16 brought opinions and plenty of questions. According to VHB project manager Laura Castelli, “The objective of the walk is to further the process of determining a preferred recommendation . . . that will address the most serious concerns and deficiencies identified at Willson Park.”

Town Speed Limits under Review

By Meredith McCulloch

On May 15, 2017, the Selectmen began discussing the implementation of a change in local speed limits. Last spring at the 2017 Annual Town Meeting voters approved acceptance of the Municipal Modernization Act. It allows the Selectmen to establish lower limits than the 30mph which is standard statewide.

Suspicious Body Located in Bedford

Submitted by Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan

Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Bedford Police Chief Robert Bongiorno have confirmed that a body was located today near the Carlisle Street Boat Ramp on the Concord River located off Route 225 in Bedford.

On Saturday evening Chief Bongiorno said, “The Bedford Police Department is actively investigating this suspicious death with the District Attorneys Office. We will update the community as soon as practical.”

Addressing the Opioid Epidemic: Bedford’s Board of Health Takes a Proactive Approach

Submitted by the Bedford Board of Health

The Bedford Board of Health and community partners have been working to bring attention to the opioid issue, make the community aware that it does impact Bedford, and provide resources and trainings to help parents and community members ask sometimes difficult questions in an effort to intervene or prevent drug use and misuse.

Last summer, the Board of Health hosted an intern from the Boston University School of Public Health. She was tasked with identifying whether the identified statewide opioid epidemic exists in Bedford given that the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) reports a 78% increase in unintentional opioid overdose deaths between 2000 and 2015

Bipolar Disorder is More Than Just Moodiness

Submitted by Bedford Youth and Family Services

Lots of people are what many consider “moody,” meaning their moods change frequently. It’s important to understand that simply being moody does not mean that someone has bipolar disorder. People who have bipolar disorder have mood changes that are drastic.

Bedford Police Locate Woman Sought after Concerning Social Media Post

Submitted on behalf of the Bedford Police Department

Chief Robert Bongiorno reports that a Bedford Police Department patrolman this afternoon located a woman sought by law enforcement agencies in two states after a concerning social media post led police to believe she may have been intending to harm someone with a firearm.

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