Bedford Blue Wins MSBL ‘A Division’ Championship

Bedford Blue Wins MSBL ‘A Division’ Championship

Special to The Bedford Citizen

The Minuteman Spring Baseball League (MSBL), a 13-15 yr old baseball league consisting of towns surrounding Bedford, including Arlington, Winchester, Belmont, Watertown, Lexington, Somerville, and Medford, finally held their A Division Baseball Championship game under the lights Saturday at Robillard Field in Arlington. After two straight rainouts, the Bedford Blue Bucs showed no signs of rust after the layoff, scoring a 9-3 victory over a determined Somerville Blue en route to the championship. The game featured strong pitching, timely hitting, and stellar defense.

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New Public Art in Bedford– A Collaborative Effort!

New Public Art in Bedford– A Collaborative Effort!

Submitted by Alyssa Sandoval, Economic Development Director

The images on the utility box reference both the nearby garden maintained by the Bedford Garden Club and the bicyclists who frequent the area at the end of the Minuteman Bikeway – Courtesy image (c) Sean Hagan, 2019 all rights reserved – Click to view a larger image

Bedford’s newest public art project uses a standard utility box located on South Road near Railroad Avenue in the Depot Area as a “canvas” for a community art project. This project is supported in part by a grant from the Bedford Cultural Council, a local agency that is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

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An Obituary: Pauline ‘Polly’ Frost

An Obituary: Pauline ‘Polly’ Frost

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Pauline ‘Polly’ Frost passed away on June 18, 2019. A long-time resident of Bedford, Mrs. Frost will be remembered as a wedding coordinator in Judy’s Dress Shop, a member of both the Gourmet Group and the Women’s Community Club. She also sang in the choir at First Baptist Church and, with her husband Walter, was an active participant in the Bedford Minuteman Company.

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Selectmen Halt Internal Capital Investment Committee Proposal

Selectmen Halt Internal Capital Investment Committee Proposal

By Ben Oleksinski

The proposed Internal Capital Investment Committee was dismissed by the Selectmen at their June 17 meeting, keeping a place for taxpayer involvement in the budget expenditure process.

The idea came from Town Manager Sarah Stanton and her desire to cast a critical eye over just what the town is spending and why. Her concept was to do away with the Capital Expenditure Committee (currently staffed by voter volunteers) and bring its functions into the town departments. The new Committee would aim to provide greater levels of transparency, oversight, and scrutiny. Vetting would have been managed by department heads, Selectmen, and Town Manager. A pilot program, the specifics of which were not yet drafted, was also suggested.

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An Obituary: Sophie Vietas

An Obituary: Sophie Vietas

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Sophie Vietas passed away at age 105 on June 20, 2019. Mrs. Vietas was the first member of her Portuguese family to be born in the USA. Family lore holds that, as a spunky 14-year-old, she wrote to President Coolidge asking permission for her sister and mother to be allowed to return and to settle in the US. The request was granted and the family settled on a farm in Raynham, MA.

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All Night Graduation, 2019 ~ Another Grand Success

All Night Graduation, 2019 ~ Another Grand Success

By Dawn Kociubes and Kerry Rackey

On the night of Bedford High School Graduation, June 6th, 2019, the All Night Graduation Committee welcomed 159 Bedford graduating seniors to the 32nd annual All Night Graduation Party.  This long-standing Bedford tradition offers a safe and substance-free event on the night of graduation.  The seniors arrive at 10:30 pm and stay in a completely transformed Bedford High School until 5:30 am.  They are thoroughly entertained throughout the evening with a variety of food and a constant stream of fun activities.  The activities, entertainment options, and performers are some of the best-kept secrets in Bedford, allowing each and every graduating class to experience it anew.

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Gathering Information for Tuesday’s Scenic Roads Hearing to Consider Tree-Cutting and Sidewalk Installation on Pine Hill Road

Gathering Information for Tuesday’s Scenic Roads Hearing to Consider Tree-Cutting and Sidewalk Installation on Pine Hill Road

By Julie McCay Turner

The ad hoc Bedford Arbor Resources Committee (BARC) met with DPW Director David Manugian and Tree Warden Dennis Freeman on Friday morning to discuss the proposed sidewalk on the south side of Pine Hill Road, from Heritage Drive to North Road, and the associated tree cutting that the sidewalk will necessitate. According to the Planning Board documents, 38 trees of various species and measuring from 3 to 28 inches in girth are vulnerable.

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Cambridge School of Weston Celebrates the Class of 2019, including a pair of Bedford Graduates

Cambridge School of Weston Celebrates the Class of 2019, including a pair of Bedford Graduates

Special from The Cambridge School of Weston

The weather was pleasant and sunny and the mood joyful and proud as students, faculty, staff, alumni/ae, family, and friends came together under the tent to celebrate as a community on June 7 for the 133rd commencement exercises at The Cambridge School of Weston. Bedford residents in the CSW Class of 2019 included Sabrina Alper and Sophia Clouse.

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