Letter to the Editor, 17 August 2019: Responding to “Everybody Gets Together: A Bedford Vigil and Call to Action”  

Letter to the Editor, 17 August 2019: Responding to “Everybody Gets Together: A Bedford Vigil and Call to Action”  

By Kathleen McCabe Kenney
 
I am writing in response to Ginni Spencer’s August 16 article, “Everybody Gets Together: A Bedford Vigil and Call to Action.”
 
In the piece, Ms. Spencer bookends her account of the vigil with mentions of the Philadelphia shooting that occurred at the time of the vigil. Many of the statements that she reports indicate a need for further gun control measures, but that incident, where suspect Maurice Hill engaged police in a violent standoff for over five hours, belies the narrative that increased legislation will solve our problems with violence in this country. Hill, who was being served a warrant on a narcotics charge, already had a lengthy criminal record which would have barred him from owning any weapons legally.

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An Obituary: Richard ‘Chips’ Cooney

An Obituary: Richard ‘Chips’ Cooney

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Richard ‘Chips’ Cooney passed away on August 15, 2019. Mr. Cooney served his country with pride in the US Navy during the Vietnam War. Chips worked as a program director at Channel 38 and for the past 20 years worked as the recreational assistant at Hanscom Air Force Base for the 66th Service Combat Support & Community Services.

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Hanscom Field Advisory Commission – Short Takes for July 2019

Hanscom Field Advisory Commission – Short Takes for July 2019

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

The Hanscom Field Advisory Commission (HFAC) met July 16th to hear and discuss important airfield issues.   Among the subjects covered:  the creation of a webpage for HFAC; potential North and Northeast Airfield development implications for traffic on South Road and Hartwell Road; relevance of Hanscom Field 1980 air noise exposure baseline standard for present-day communities; helicopter noise; flight paths for local Boston MedFlight helicopters; Massport’s monthly air noise and flight operations report; Massport’s projects and development report; and the planned August departure of the Airport Data Specialist for Hanscom Field, Kassandra Marin.

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Bedford Adult Softball Ends the Year with a Thrilling Finale

Bedford Adult Softball Ends the Year with a Thrilling Finale

Submitted by the Bedford Co-Ed Adult Slowpitch Softball League

On Sunday afternoon, August 11, at E Field, the 2019 Bedford Co-Ed Adult Slowpitch Softball League year came to a dramatic close, with the Orange team pulling out a 25-16 win over the Black team in the summer final.

The league, which just completed its fourth year of play, is open to Bedford residents over the age of 18, graduates of Bedford High School, and residents of Hanscom Air Force Base. The spring season, which runs from mid-April to late June, features Sunday afternoon games, and the summer season, which runs from late June until early August, has games on Sundays afternoons (or evenings) and Wednesday evenings.

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Rite? Right? Riot? Write?  You Write the Story, We’ll Watch the Spelling!

Rite? Right? Riot? Write?  You Write the Story, We’ll Watch the Spelling!

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

The Bedford Citizen is seeking reporters for our online newspaper. You would attend local meetings, usually in the evening, and write about what happened. You will learn about town government, receive editorial guidance as needed, and be paid $70 per meeting. Plus you will help your neighbors learn about our town and be better-informed citizens.

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Mental Health Needs Assessment Survey

Mental Health Needs Assessment Survey

Submitted by the Bedford Board of Health

The Bedford Board of Health is seeking your help.

We are assessing the mental health needs of the community, the barriers to treatment our residents face, and what mental health offerings the community might benefit from. We know that 55% of people who suffered a completed suicide in Massachusetts in 2015 had a documented mental health illness at the time.

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