Observing Veterans Day in Bedford, 2017

Observing Veterans Day in Bedford, 2017

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

The Town of Bedford conducted Veterans Day ceremonies at Veterans Memorial Park on The Great Road at noon on Saturday, November 11. Bedford’s Police Honor Guard escorted committee members and dignitaries along the walkway from the Patriot statue to the Veteran’s monument. The Bedford Minuteman Company’s fifes and drums accompanied the march.

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The Great American Smokeout is Thursday, November 16th

The Great American Smokeout is Thursday, November 16th

Submitted by Bedford Youth and Family Services

November has been recognized as Substance Abuse Awareness Month in Bedford since 1998. Our hope is to enhance community awareness of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug problems that may exist among children, adolescents, and adults. As the effects of substance abuse are felt by the whole community and need to be addressed by the whole community, we hope to mobilize citizens, community agencies, schools, religious organizations, businesses, and health facilities to work together for education and prevention.

Every November for the past 40 years, the American Cancer Society sponsors the Great American Smokeout and encourages smokers to quit for at least 1 day in the hope that this might challenge them to stop permanently. It’s never too late to quit!

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Net Zero Funding Approved in Article 2

Net Zero Funding Approved in Article 2

Submitted by Bedford Mothers Out Front

Bedford Mothers Out Front is pleased to report that Bedford’s Special Town Meeting approved funding to develop a Net Zero plan for Bedford. So many voters attended on Monday night, Nov 6, that they overflowed the high school auditorium and had to be accommodated in the library and additional classrooms.

Article 2, Bedford’s Energy Assessment and Action Plan, asked the town to approve $75,000 to hire a consultant to conduct a greenhouse gas inventory of Bedford and then develop a plan to reduce Bedford’s greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by the year 2050. Article 2 aligns Bedford’s emissions reduction goal with the Massachusetts Global Warming Solutions Act of 2008 and is consistent with the goal of the 2015 Paris Climate Accord.

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Burlington Temple Raises Funds for Immigrant Causes

Burlington Temple Raises Funds for Immigrant Causes

Submitted by Temple Shalom Emeth

Bedford’s Buffie and Dean Groves performed at the recent coffeehouse – Courtesy image (c) Nancy Daugherty, 2017 all rights reserved

Temple Shalom Emeth’s Social Justice Committee raised $2400 last week to benefit three organizations which provide support to immigrants and their families.

The Sanctuary Program at the First Parish Bedford Unitarian Universalist Church, the American Civil Liberties Union/Massachusetts (ACLU), and the family of Francisco Rodriguez will be the recipients of the funds. Each will receive $800.

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Update: Special Town Meeting, 2107 ~ Waiting to Inhale … Bedford Votes to Prohibit Sale of Marijuana

Update: Special Town Meeting, 2107 ~ Waiting to Inhale … Bedford Votes to Prohibit Sale of Marijuana

By Ginni Spencer

Those opposed to allowing recreational marijuana establishments in the town of Bedford enjoyed a resounding victory at Special Town Meeting on Monday night. All three articles related to prohibiting sale and cultivation of non-medical marijuana were passed by significant margins. It appeared that the unusually large turnout, ultimately requiring four satellite rooms in addition to the auditorium, was largely generated by heavy interest in this trio of proposals.

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