Doing All The Good They Can

Submitted by Stephanie Keep

My eldest daughter, Emma, has a birthday is right before Christmas, and my middle daughter has one right after. The result is a period of such glut that every year, when I sneak away several presents to give to Toys for Tots, the girls fail to notice. At church in November, my friend Elise Randazzo told me that her daughters, Arden and Annaliese, had collected presents to donate to Boston Children’s Hospital at their last birthday parties. It was such a wonderful idea, and I knew right away it was something I wanted to suggest to Emma. To my delight, she agreed without hesitation. My youngest daughter had just had successful surgery at Boston Children’s, so Emma was happy to do “something nice” for the place that helped her baby sister.

Bedford’s Thanksgiving Sports Events

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Intrepid sports photographer, and member of the Bucanneer’s 1977 DHL Championship football team, Jeff JHO Hoyland covered all of Bedford’s Thanksgiving weekend sports events, and posted Facebook albums so that parents and faraway relatives could be part of the fun.

Thank you, Jeff, for sharing your work with The Bedford Citizen and our readers!

A Vote of Thanks to Sandra Hackman

By Dot Bergin

The Bedford Citizen believes it is important to recognize residents who have given many hours of voluntary service to the town. Today’s “civic heroine” is Sandra Hackman, who recently retired from the Planning Board after 15 years of service.

Although retired from that board position, Sandra continues to build on her expertise in planning. She is Bedford’s representative to the Metropolitan Area Planning Council and also serves as the organization’s elected Secretary. MAPC has 101-member communities and 90 staff members who work with the governor’s office, legislators on Beacon Hill, and member communities on everything from smart growth to transportation, housing, regional equity, economic development, and climate change.

John Linz – Citizen of the Year, 2017 – In His Own Words

Editor’s Note: John Linz delivered this message at the Town’s reception honoring him on October 6, 2017

I have to say that I am both surprised and honored to be selected Bedford’s citizen of the year. But I have to admit to being somewhat apprehensive between the time I was told and the official announcement – would this be an Oscar moment. (You remember at the Oscar awards this year when they announced a winner then admitted a mistake and awarded the Oscar to someone else!) But there was no Oscar moment! But this time was also a time to reflect on what got us along this path, especially some of our earlier experiences in Bedford.

A Month at Sea: Dr. Erik Cordes’s Great Adventure

Compiled on behalf of The Bedford Citizen

Dr. Erik Cordes, a 1989 graduate of Bedford High School, is currently leading a month-long expedition aboard the Schmidt Ocean Institute’s R/V Falkor to explore for the first time the deep-ocean coral gardens of the Phoenix Islands Protected Area in the central Pacific Ocean.

Dr. Cordes, an Associate Professor and Vice-Chair of Biology at Temple University in Philadelphia, is Chief Scientist and Principal Investigator on this expedition. He received his M.S. from Moss Landing Marine Labs, his Ph.D. from Penn State University and was a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University. He has worked on the ecology of the deep sea for over 20 years, spending over a year at sea on 22 research cruises and making over 30 dives in the manned submersibles Alvin and Johnson Sea-Link.

Fedele, Foster, and Jacoby: Men with Bedford Roots, Restoring Electric Power in Florida

By Julie McCay Turner

Three men with strong Bedford connections are in Florida this week, helping to restore electricity to the millions of households struck dark by Hurricane Irma. Rich Fedele of Wakefield’s Municipal Gas & Light Department, Jimmy Foster of IBEW Local 104, and Jason Jacoby of Concord Power and Light joined a convoy from Massachusetts headed south on Sunday, September 10.

John Linz: Citizen of the Year, 2017-2018

By Julie McCay Turner

A position at Raytheon, when its Missile Systems Division was located on Hartwell Road, brought John Linz and his family to Bedford in 1969. Now, 48 years later, John has been named Citizen of the Year for 2017-2018. Both his family and his professional background have played an important part in his Bedford career.

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