On Town Manager Rick Reed Retiring

By Joanna Nickerson

Town Manager Rick Reed’s recent announcement of plans to retire during the upcoming summer followed thirty years of successful, dedicated work on behalf of Bedford. Throughout this time his vigilant attention to finance, legal matters, employment, state statutes and national law enabled our elected and appointed officials to think through the best course of actions to take for the Town.

Massachusetts Walk and Bike to School Day: Wednesday, May 2

Submitted by Healthy Bedford

Massachusetts Walk and Bike to School Day will take place on Wednesday, May 2, 2018.

Walking or biking to School is an option to consider on almost any day, but event days are extra special. Families are encouraged to walk and bike to school.on their own or to join one of the special events that Healthy Bedford has planned for Massachusetts Walk Bike to School Day.

Drive and Drop Recycling Event at Bedford CoA on Thursday, April 19

Submitted by the Bedford DPW and CoA

The Council on Aging and the Department of Public Works will host a “Drive and Drop” Recycling Event on Thursday, April 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot behind the Town Center Building on 12 Mudge Way. The event is open to all Bedford residents.

A variety of goods will be welcome:

Middlesex Turnpike Phase 3

Middlesex Turnpike Phase 3

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation, MassDOT, recently announced that construction on Phase 3 of the Middlesex Turnpike Roadway Improvement Project is scheduled to begin on April 30th. Barletta Heavy Division has set message boards and advanced signage to notify motorists of the start date. The project will be completed in sections as shown on the Schedule Plan illustration.

The first phase is to clear trees and vegetation along both sides of the roadway, followed by relocation of the utility poles and overhead wires. During the project, two-way travel along Middlesex Turnpike will be in effect before 9:00 am and after 2:00 pm. Between 9:00 am and 2:00 pm, police details will limit traffic around the work crews to one travel lane at a time. Motorists driving through the corridor during the midday should expect a delay in travel time.

Bowie Knife in Skinner Auction on April 27 with Short Takes from the Library Trustees

By Dot Bergin

Library Director Richard Callaghan updated the Trustees at their April 10 meeting on the forthcoming Skinner Auction House sale set for April 27 at 10 am, in which the Library’s Bowie knife is featured in Lot #17, with an estimate of $20,000 to $40,000. In keeping with today’s practices, the auction – “Historic Arms & Militaria”- can be attended in person at Skinner’s Marlborough, MA location, or online. To view the auction catalog and its nearly 300 fascinating “lots” click https://www.skinnerinc.com/auctions/3097M. Stay tuned for the outcome of this auction!

What Does the COA Fix-It Shop Repair? Almost Anything!

By Susan McDonough

Don’t throw it away, get it fixed. Is your lamp broken? We’ll fix it. Does your chair wobble? We’ll glue it. Are your knives dull? We’ll sharpen them. Has your watch stopped? We’ll replace the battery. Is your vacuum not working? We’ll get it going again. Etc., etc., etc. The senior volunteers are actually whiz kids!

The Fix It Shop is sponsored by the Friends of the Bedford Council on Aging (FBCOA). It provides an opportunity for retirees to use their skills, socialize, and contribute to the community. Most of the volunteers have career experience in engineering or electronics. They love finding creative ways to make something whole again.

Springs Brook Park ~ All the News You Need to Know!

By Julie McCay Turner

Summer preparations are underway at Springs Brook Park (SBP) and the park is looking forward to a great season. Bedford’s Recreation Commission and Recreation Department have created a brochure full of summer delights. Click here to view the 2018 SBP brochure as a PDF.

NOTE: While memberships can be purchased online through this link, residents will need to wait until 9 pm on April 12 to register online for swim classes.

Overnight Closure on April 11 and April 12 ~ Carlisle Road Bridge, Rte 225

Submitted by MassDOT

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 8:00 p.m., and 5:00 a.m., on the evenings of Wednesday, April 11, and Thursday, April 12. These traffic impacts are necessary to allow crews and contractors to safely and effectively remove the asphalt wearing surface on the bridge in preparation of installing a new surface.

Additional future overnight closures, as well as daytime lane closures, will be necessary to allow crews to carry out operations such as concrete deck repairs and installation of the new asphaltic wearing surface. These operations are expected to occur later in April and May and more information will be provided on expected traffic impacts.

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