Town Government at Work: Week of July 17, 2017

Town Government at Work: Week of July 17, 2017

By Meredith McCulloch

The Selectmen are meeting Monday, July 17 at the Town Hall. A major item on their agenda is the award of a contract to FYG Technology of Quincy, MA for a town-wide communication system to provide broadband-based communications systems, both telephone and the internet, for the town and schools. The library has already made this change. FYG is on the state approved bidding list for this service

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A Fruitful Debate on Smoking

A Fruitful Debate on Smoking

By Danae Bucci

The July 10 meeting of the Bedford Board of Health covered a variety of topics that would affect many of the town’s residents, the star topic being the proposal of new tobacco regulations.

The meeting took place in the Fitch room at Town Center. There, the six board members discussed two proposed amendments to tobacco regulations, one on smoking in the workplace and another on retail sales of tobacco and nicotine delivery products. The meeting, originally set to be from 6 pm to 9 pm, took longer than expected after a few board members debated the board’s role in creating these regulations.

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Exhibit at the Bedford Free Public Library’s Gallery Features  ‘Inuit Influences’ ~ Work by Lynne Klemmer

Exhibit at the Bedford Free Public Library’s Gallery Features ‘Inuit Influences’ ~ Work by Lynne Klemmer

Submitted by the Art Steering Committee of the Bedford Free Public Library

Inuit Influences, work by Lynne Klemmer, will be on display in the Atrium Gallery at the Bedford Free Public Library through Wednesday, September 13.

Inuit (aka Eskimo) art has a spiritual, organic and intrinsically animalistic manner that has resonated with me since making art in college. I love how it captures a childlike quality, the simplicity of form and its essence of the spirit of all things, called inua. Their belief in the liminality between humans and animals has kindled a powerful abundance of imagery in the forms of animals, shamans and the act of transformation.

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First Parish Earns AIM Certification for Becoming an Accessibility and Inclusion Ministry

First Parish Earns AIM Certification for Becoming an Accessibility and Inclusion Ministry

Submitted by First Parish, Unitarian Universalist Church in Bedford

First Parish in Bedford recently became the second Unitarian Universalist congregation in the country to be named an “AIM-certified congregation.” AIM (Accessibility and Inclusion Ministry) is a joint program of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) and EqUUal Access, an organization whose mission is to enable the full engagement of people with disabilities. Marie Ryder, a member of First Parish’s Access for ALL team, accepted the award on the behalf of the congregation at General Assembly, the UUA’s recent national meeting in New Orleans.

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B LOVE: Collecting Bikes for Botswana – Drop-Off in Bedford through July 24

B LOVE: Collecting Bikes for Botswana – Drop-Off in Bedford through July 24

Submitted by Elizabeth, Sergei, Lily and Nikita Nemirovsky

Last year our family collected over 60 bikes IN ONE DAY for a local, grassroots organization called Bikes 4 Humanity. They collect bikes for communities in Africa, and the Boston chapter we work with collects specifically to send to Botswana.

The bikes we collected last Spring are nearly ready to be shipped but there’s still room in the large container and we’re trying to fill it to the max as it is very costly to send to Africa.

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Wednesday’s Wet and Wild Weather

Wednesday’s Wet and Wild Weather

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

MEMA’s strong thunderstorm advisory sounded at 6:20 pm on Wednesday, July 12 at the end of a hot and humid afternoon, moments before Bedford was lashed by strong winds and drenched by 3.01 inches of rain. Unofficial reports claim that 2.5 inches fell within 40 minutes during the late evening rush hour.

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Storm Damage on Davis Road

Storm Damage on Davis Road

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Editor’s Note: A Thursday morning’s post-storm update is available at http://www.thebedfordcitizen.org/2017/07/wednesdays-wet-wild-weather/

A large tree across the front of this house on Davis Road, without damage to the structure. According to the homeowner John Harris, “Massive oaks [are] down in the woods and field behind our house that I was unable to get pictures of this evening.”

Could it have been a micro burst, Harris wondered.

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Bedford Kids Get Taste of Colonial Life

Bedford Kids Get Taste of Colonial Life

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

The Job Lane House was the setting recently for 11 Bedford youngsters to live, work, and play for a week as Colonial kids would have done. Under the guidance of Betsey Anderson, Judy Barber, Don Corey, Ralph Hammond, Sharon McDonald, and Lee Yates, with assistance from Jeff Carter, Peter Corey, Roy and Shirley Kring, and John Linz the children did every task from churning butter to spinning wool and raking hay. In between their chores, they learned how colonial kids had fun by mastering the technique of walking on stilts, kite flying, and hoop rolling.

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A Stormy Afternoon: Dark Skies, Serious Thunderstorms, and Flash Flood Warnings

A Stormy Afternoon: Dark Skies, Serious Thunderstorms, and Flash Flood Warnings

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

A late-afternoon thunderstorm moved through Bedford on Wednesday afternoon. A Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency flash flood warning was issued late in the afternoon, with a Severe Thunderstorm Warning posted at 6:20 pm. The warning will expire at 6:45 pm.

A Facebook message noted that Loomis Street was impassable around 6:15, and a tree is reported down, blocking Coachman Lane.

This story will be updated as additional information becomes available.

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