Short Takes from the Bedford Free Public Library

By Dot Bergin

There’s always something new at the Bedford Free Public Library. Have you noticed the new logo? It encapsulates all the services your Library has to offer! It also includes the Library’s founding date which helps distinguish our “Bedford Library” from those in other towns and countries.

And speaking of Bedford, do you know how many Bedfords there are across the U.S.? Assistant Director Noreen O’Gara told the Trustees that staff daily “field” calls and emails from individuals thinking they have reached one of the other many Bedfords, and even those who think they are talking to a library in Bedfordshire, UK. The new logo should help puzzled patrons across the globe realize they are talking to Bedford in Massachusetts!

Bedford Police Honor Officers and Staff at Annual Awards Ceremony

Submitted on behalf of the Bedford Police Department

Chief Robert Bongiorno is pleased to announce that the Bedford Police Department recognized several of its officers and staff at its awards ceremony late last month.

On Thursday, June 28, the department honored numerous individuals for their actions that resulted in lives being saved, suspects being apprehended and an enhanced presence by Bedford Police in the community.

“Modern policing carries a wide-ranging set of responsibilities, and I’m proud of all of our officers for their commitment to fulfilling those duties and responding to unpredictable circumstances,” Chief Bongiorno said. “Each of these individuals went above and beyond the call of duty, and I’m grateful for their continued service on behalf of the Bedford community.”

Tick Notice, and Survey

Submitted by the Bedford Board of Health

Data suggests that the incidence of tick-borne illnesses (TBI) is rising, not only in Bedford but in Massachusetts as a whole. The Bedford Board of Health (BOH) currently provides outreach on tick bite prevention and TBI awareness; however, we want to better understand the public’s perception and needs related to ticks and TBI so that other interventions may be considered.

A link to the Board of Health’s Tick Survey is in the story.

It’s HOT Outside! Tips from the Bedford Board of Health for Preventing Heat Related Illness

Submitted by the Bedford Board of Health

Editor’s Note: With the “feels like” temperature at a West Bedford weather station hovering around 107 degrees on Tuesday afternoon, hot weather tips are in order.

While the Bedford Free Public Library and other town buildings will be closed on the Fourth of July, several ‘cool’ local businesses will be open on the Fourth of July: Whole Foods Market (and their seating area) will be open during regular store hours, Starbucks will be open from 5:30 am until 5:30 pm, Bruegger’s will be open from 6 am until 2 pm, McDonald’s new dining room will be open from 5 am until 11 pm, and Bedford Farms will be open from 3 to 10 on July 4.

Coupled with movie theatres – “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” and “RGB” at the Lexington Venue and mid-summer blockbusters in Burlington and Woburn — The Citizen trusts that our readers will be able to stay cool on Independence Day.

Thanks to the Bedford Board of Health for these ‘stay cool’ tips:

Recognizing Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

Submitted by Bedford Youth and Family Services

July is Minority Mental Health Awareness month. You might wonder: why the distinction, if mental health doesn’t discriminate across race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation?

Consider this: while the number of people experiencing mental illness may be the same across demographic groupings, people’s access to care and quality of treatment for mental illness varies greatly.

Bedford’s Summer Concert Series Begins on Thursday, July 12

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Residents are invited to join the fun of Bedford’s Summer Concert Series. Bring the kids, a picnic if you choose, and a blanket or a lawn chair!

Bands will perform on a slightly elevated stage on Thursday evenings at 7 pm at the ‘Activity Complex’ located along Mudge Way, across from the Bedford Library and the High School

The concert venue is surrounded by a playground, outdoor basketball courts, tennis courts, a walking track, a skate park and numerous athletic fields. It boasts a vast lawn for concert goers.

Bedford Police Warn Residents Against Using Illegal Fireworks

Submitted on behalf of the Bedford Police Department

With the Fourth of July right around the corner, Chief Robert Bongiorno and the Bedford Police Department wish to remind residents that fireworks are prohibited in the state of Massachusetts and can cause serious damage if handled improperly.

It is illegal to use, possess or sell fireworks of any kind in Massachusetts, including Class C fireworks, which are sometimes falsely called “safe and sane fireworks.”

Bedford Police Remind Residents to Avoid Driving Impaired During July 4 Holiday

Submitted on behalf of the Bedford Police Department

Chief Robert Bongiorno and the Bedford Police Department wish to remind residents of the dangers of impaired driving ahead of the July 4 holiday, which is traditionally among the deadliest times of the year on American roadways.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are more deaths due to drunk driving crashes around the Fourth of July holiday — between the evening of July 2 and the morning of July 6 — than at any other time throughout the year.

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