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.

Rob Ackerman and Bedford’s ‘Breaking Through ALS’ Challenge

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Bedford’s Rob Ackerman is known to many as s third-degree black belt black and instructor at Callahan’s Karate Studio. He is also an elementary education major entering his sophomore year at Endicott College in Beverly.

The Breaking Through ALS Challenge was started by the martial arts community to honor Kevin Thompson, a grand master in karate stricken by ALS. Similar to the well known ice bucket challenge, this event has participants breaking boards for their donation.

Services for Christopher Weisz

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Services have been announced for the late Christopher Weisz of Bedford: Calling hours will take place at the Bedford Funeral Home from 4 to 8 pm on Tuesday, August 29, with a graveside service at Westview Cemetery in Lexington at 10:30 am on Wednesday, August 30.

An obituary has been posted on the Bedford Funeral Home website, and The Bedford Citizen will post an appreciation early in the week.

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