By Emily Mitchell
The high school youth group of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church invites you to a fundraiser on Tuesday, March 20, at Flatbread Company, 213 Burlington Road, Bedford, to support their upcoming summer service trip to West Virginia. Flatbread will donate a portion of the proceeds from all dinner sales—both eat-in and carry-out—to the youth group, to help with transportation and supplies for a week of hard work rehabilitating housing in an epicenter of rural poverty in America.
Compiled by The Bedford Citizen
With thanks to the photographers who shared post-storm images of Bedford on Thursday, March 8: Susana Hey, Susan Ackerman, Damon Oaks, Louis Stuhl, and Bob Dorer.
How about Volume III: Send your post-storm images to The Bedford Citizen at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll post them on Friday.
By Julie McCay Turner
After a long, rainy build-up in Bedford on Wednesday, New England’s second Nor’easter in two weeks kicked in with a vengeance overnight. Snow began to fall late in the evening, heavy and wet. Bedford woke on Thursday morning to power outages and serious damage all over town.
Superintendent Jon Sills closed Bedford schools at 4:45 am, citing snowy roads, downed trees, and power outages. Eversource reports that a third of its Bedford customers (2,037 households) are without power this morning, and there are anecdotal reports of a live wire across Pine Hill Road, at the crest of the hill just past St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and a tree down, across the road on Page Road/Grove Street.
Assistant Library Director Noreen O’Gara sent the lead photograph for this story: A beautiful tree down, blocking the library’s entrance on the High School side of the building. The Library hopes to open at noon; check back for the latest information.
By Terry Gleason, Bedford Bicycle Committee
The Davis Rd Boardwalk Proposal: Why doesn’t it include bicyclists, and why are residents being misled?
On Thursday, March 15 the Bedford Friends of the Bikeway and the Bicycle Advisory Committee will co-host a discussion about Warrant Article 17 which requests funding for an $880K viewing deck for the Cedar Swamp and a 6-foot-wide pedestrian boardwalk.
By Jeff JHO Hoyland
Captain Jack Cowen scored 17 points including 7 in the third quarter to help Bedford pull away from Whittier Tech – Image (c) Jeff JHO Hoyland, 2018 all rights reserved – Click to view a larger image
It looks like Bedford has Whittier Vocational Tech’s number, as both the boy’s and girl’s basketball teams defeated the Whittier teams in playoff games.
The boy’s team won 79-55 on Saturday afternoon, March 3.
Submitted by Heather Thacore
Tuesday and Wednesday night BEST offered a viewing of the Screenagers documentary at the JGMS auditorium. The first viewing on Tuesday was the full-length version for parents only and the second viewing on Wednesday was the shorter classroom version for kids and parents alike. If you are not familiar with the movie it shows a mother (who happens to also be a pediatrician) and her story as she struggles with the best approach to allowing her children, the use of personal smart technology. The movie follows her as she researches school bans in NYC to forming smartphone contracts and how these efforts did and didn’t work. There is a lot of time spent in the schools talking with kids about how they use, rely on and are dependent on their smartphones.
By Jeffrey Epstein
Carleton-Willard Village on Old Billerica Road took another procedural step Monday night toward its latest planned expansion. Holland & Knight attorney Thomas Swain, representing the private senior-living village, told the Selectmen at their February 26 meeting that the updated plan is to add 12 new independent-living residences serving up to 24 persons. The new addition, to be called “Arlington Court,” first came before the board in November of last year, originally proposing 10 units. The new residences would be built at lots the village owns at 62 and 66 Old Billerica Road.
By Meredith McCulloch
Bedford’s boards and committees continue to prepare for Annual Town Meeting and look ahead to the future.
Please join the Bedford Trails Committee for a free Trail Walk on Saturday, March 3. We will explore the Wilson Mill Park and connecting trails in the Burlington Landlocked Forest and Bedford’s Old Rez Conservation Area. The walk will be about 5 miles and last approximately 3 hours.
By Meredith McCulloch
Town offices are closed Monday, February 19 for President’s Day, and trash will be collected on Tuesday.
The holiday coincides with the start of school vacation week, so the meeting schedule for boards and committees is light.