Meals for Kids: Rotary Club of Bedford’s Fourth Meal-Packing Event on April 8

Meals for Kids: Rotary Club of Bedford’s Fourth Meal-Packing Event on April 8

Submitted by the Rotary Club of Bedford

On Saturday, April 8, more than 300 people will gather on the Bedford campus of Middlesex Community College to package 60,000 nutritious meals that will be shipped to needy schoolchildren around the world. The program, known as Meals for Kids, is a combined effort by The Rotary Club of Bedford, their partner Rise Against Hunger, and hundreds of Bedford volunteers all working toward the shared goal of ending world hunger in our lifetime.

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Hazardous Waste Collection Dates for 2017

Hazardous Waste Collection Dates for 2017

Submitted by the Bedford Board of Health

The Town of Bedford is pleased to announce the 2017 schedule for collection of Hazardous Household Products. The season’s first event, April 15th will be at the Town of Lexington Samuel Hadley Public Services Building (Lexington DPW), located at 201 Bedford Street in Lexington, MA.

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To The Voters: An Annual Town Meeting Message from Selectman Mike Rosenberg

To The Voters: An Annual Town Meeting Message from Selectman Mike Rosenberg

By Mike Rosenberg

The days are getting longer and warmer, and that means spring is on the way: green grass, redwing blackbirds, baseball and lacrosse, and, here in Bedford, Annual Town Meeting.

The articles listed in this Annual Town Meeting Warrant comprise the operational needs and proposals for improvements to Town services for Fiscal Year 2018. They reflect information furnished to the Selectmen, Finance Committee, and Capital Expenditure Committee by various Town departments, boards, and committees. Various boards, committees, and staff have all participated in the process of formulating the Warrant in the hope that the articles presented here will sustain and enhance the quality of life for the citizens of Bedford. Recommendations are provided as guidelines for your consideration. Following are some highlights.

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Finance Committee Discusses Lane School Parking Lot, Zoning Bylaws, and Public Works

Finance Committee Discusses Lane School Parking Lot, Zoning Bylaws, and Public Works

By Lizzie Seibert

At its meeting on March 16, the Finance Committee deferred its recommendation decision on the Davis School parking lot expansion, after Superintendent Jon Sills presented an explanation of the project. Sills explained that the project, which would cost $300,000, is aimed at expanding parking for a growing staff, visitors to Davis, parents, and volunteers, that the current parking cannot accommodate. He hopes the project will expedite pick up and drop off and reduce late arrivals at Davis, which Sills said is a problem. The project will also grow the school’s bus loop to accommodate 4-5 additional buses. The project additionally incorporates an attachment to the area’s bike trail.

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Letter to the Editor, March 21, 2017: Getting the Chills ~ Why Town Meeting Matters by Dan Brosgol

Letter to the Editor, March 21, 2017: Getting the Chills ~ Why Town Meeting Matters by Dan Brosgol

By Dan Brosgol

Were you at Town Meeting last March?

I hope you were, because something amazing happened when the article about the Lane School addition came to Town Meeting floor. After six months of the project being reviewed and vetted by a variety of town boards and committees, School Committee chairman Mike McAllister presented the project to the voters. Following his review, the Selectmen and Finance Committee endorsed it, and then the vote passed.

Unanimously.

The silence of the no votes was broken only by the applause that filled the auditorium, and I know I wasn’t the only one who got the chills. Why? Because the town took a clear and unequivocal vote in support of Bedford’s children and their future.

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Gators Serve Up Junior Olympic Volleyball for Bedford

Gators Serve Up Junior Olympic Volleyball for Bedford

By Jeff ‘JHo’ Hoyland

On Tuesday, March 19th Gators Benefit Night 2017 will take place at Bedford’s Flatbread Pizza from 5 PM to 9 PM. You can find more information and enjoy great food

Volleyball is the most popular indoor high school sport for girls and is also the fastest growing sport in the United States in terms of youth participation. Gators Volleyball Club of Bedford is proud to be part of this trend. Gators is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation dedicated to teaching volleyball to local youth through a positive coaching philosophy and state-of-the-art teaching methods.

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Letter to the Editor: March 20, 2017:  Pot Belly Government vs. Town Meeting Government by Richard Daugherty

Letter to the Editor: March 20, 2017: Pot Belly Government vs. Town Meeting Government by Richard Daugherty

By Richard Daugherty

Follow the money. That’s largely what is done at Bedford Town Meeting. My early local politics orientation came from overhearing adult remarks around the pot belly stove at the local Farm Bureau usually on Saturday mornings. The comments often came from loud and gruff farmers complaining about decisions made by the Township trustee, or County Commissioners, or School Board Members. About 30 years later it struck me that following the money around that pot belly stove was much more difficult than following it at Bedford Town Meeting. Around that stove, it seemed like the adults were always complaining about how money was spent and since they were not directly involved it always seemed a surprise.

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