Springs Brook Park ~ 2017: Swim Lesson Registration Opens Monday, April 24 at 9 pm

By Linda Pollitz

Many residents consider Springs Brook Park to be one of Bedford’s hidden gems. Located at 167 Springs Road (adjacent to the Bedford VA Hospital), Springs Brook Park is a man-made swimming facility with a sandy beach, spray park, and beautiful forests surrounding the park. It includes picnic facilities, changing facilities, concessions, water slide, small basketball court, and new playground equipment for all members to enjoy.

Safe Routes to School Roadwork Begins Next Week: Great Road at Mudge Way

Submitted by the Bedford Department of Public Works

Roadway construction for the Safe Routes to School project is scheduled to begin the week of April 24th.

The project includes a new traffic control signal at the Mudge Way/Great Road intersection with new sidewalks and designated bike lanes to the Jenks Trail. The Jenks Trail which runs in front of the Library and High School will be reconstructed to accommodate bicyclists and pedestrians.

At the southerly end of the Jenks Trail, pedestrians and bicyclists will cross the driveway with a new marked crosswalk and continue to the Middle School over an improved pathway. There will also be a formal crossing between the Tot Lot and the sidewalk to the Bedford Library.

Bedford Police to Conduct Alcohol Compliance Checks

Submitted on behalf of the Bedford Police Department

Chief Robert Bongiorno announces that the Bedford Police Department, in cooperation with the Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC), will be conducting alcohol compliance checks at local establishments licensed to sell alcohol in the upcoming months.

Spring Clean-up: DPW Compost Center Opens and Curbside Yard Waste Collection

Submitted by Ed McGrath
Recycling Coordinator, Bedford Department of Public Works

The Bedford Compost Center at 108 Carlisle Road will open for the season on Saturday, April 8 at 8 a.m. This year, the Department of Public Works is making two changes to the program.

Curbside collection of yard waste will take place during the week beginning Monday, April 10.
Residents will be able to take home the finished compost for their gardens.

“The DPW moved one of the weeks of curbside yard waste collection from the fall to April to help residents with their spring cleanup,” said Ed McGrath, Bedford’s Recycling Coordinator. “Also, residents can come to the Compost Center and help themselves to the loam.”

Medic 2, Bedford’s Newest Ambulance: Voted at Annual Town Meeting 2016 and Delivered Today

By Julie McCay Turner

As Annual Town Meeting prepares for tonight’s vote on the bonding appropriations in the FY2018 Capital Projects Budget and the Ambulance Enterprise Fund, it’s instructive to take a quick look back at 2016. During last year’s meeting, the Capital Projects Budget included Item 17-29, a new ambulance valued at $256,000.

Medic 2, formerly known as Item 17-29, was delivered to the Bedford Fire Station this morning, on Tuesday, March 28 — just a year after its appropriation was voted at Bedford’s Annual Town Meeting

Looking Forward with Town Manager Rick Reed

By Eliza Rosenberry

From his purview overseeing 10 department heads and reporting directly to the Selectmen, town manager Rick Reed has a uniquely comprehensive view of issues facing Bedford.

Quiet and tempered, Reed has served as Bedford’s top administrator for nearly three decades. Last month, the Selectmen reached an agreement on the terms and conditions of Reed’s employment for the next five years.

“I have developed a fond appreciation for the high degree of civic spirit in Bedford, through which people work together for the common good,” Reed told TheCitizen on a recent evening in his second floor Town Hall office. “It’s not the same in many other municipalities.”

Police Chiefs Meet with Middlesex Community College Students

Bedford Police Chief Robert Bongiorno and Arlington Police Chief Frederick Ryan met yesterday afternoon with a group of criminal justice students on the Lowell campus of Middlesex Community College (MCC).

The students, men and women with diverse backgrounds and a shared interest in public service, had the opportunity to hear from two leaders in municipal law enforcement about some of the key topics and programs in modern policing

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