Turning 18 is always a pretty big deal for the new adult and their family, but sometimes the celebration spreads through a larger community.
More than 30 cars gathered in the parking lot at the Great Road Shopping Center on Saturday afternoon, November 14, to celebrate Aram Varjabedian’s 18th birthday with a surprise drive-by parade. The cars were accompanied by both Bedford police and fire department apparatus.
There’s a new dashboard in town: Thanks to the efforts of Health and Human Services Director Heidi Porter, Fire Chief David Grunes, and Town Manager Sarah Stanton, a comprehensive look at Bedford’s coronavirus statistics is available on the Town website (and through a link at www.thebedfordcitizen.org as well!)
It’s true: 2020 has been a banner year for the difficult, and the unusual, but an ‘Attitude of Gratitude’ is said to make it all a little easier.
If you’re grateful for anything (large or small, silly or serious) in 2020, please click ‘Reply’ at the end of this post and share your thanks.
Things will look and sound a little different. And few people, if any, will get to see and hear them.
But most Bedford High School interscholastic winter sports contests will begin right after New Year’s, replete with precautions and modifications designed to minimize the threat of Covid-19.
The official season opens on December 14 with tryouts and practices. That’s two weeks later than the conventional start, allowing time to digest the changes and identify any incubating post-Thanksgiving Covid-19 virus, said Keith Mangan, Director of Athletics for the Bedford schools.
Late last week the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association issued detailed guidelines for practices and games, with sport-specific protocols for basketball, hockey, skiing, and swimming. Winter track has been postponed to the new “fall 2” season beginning on February 22, 2021, because currently there aren’t safe venues for meets, Mangan explained.
“The main thing is that the kids are going to get to play,” said the director. “The kids worked pretty well with it in the fall and we are going to make the best of it.”