Three Up, Three Down: What’s Going On In Bedford

By Dan Brosgol

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Friday Night Lights

On Friday night under the lights at Sabourin Field, the Bedford Bucs football team did what the Patriots couldn’t do in Miami… they started the season with a victory. Expectations are high for the Bucs, who were one win away from making the Division 4 Super Bowl last year, and they did not disappoint in their home opener, scoring 20 points in a five-minute span of the third quarter and holding on for a 20-13 victory. Next up for the Bucs is a home game against Canton at 6:30 this Friday.

Friends For Matty Gold Ribbon Gala

Over two hundred people attended the Friends For Matty gold ribbon gala on Saturday night at the Doubletree on Middlesex Turnpike. Friends For Matty is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing financial support to families with children who are battling cancer, and this event drew people from all walks of life to support a worthwhile cause. Food, drinks, a silent auction, and a speech from Ethan Zahn, the first winner of Survivor and a cancer survivor himself, made it a memorable evening.

Bright Lights, Big City Little Town

Do the streets of Bedford seem a little brighter at night? You’re not imagining things- the DPW is in the middle of converting 600 of Bedford’s 1500 street lights from sodium lights into LEDs. Not only can you actually see now in important places like the curve of Railroad Avenue, but it’s also saving the town $1200 a month. You can read more about that project and other ongoing DPW work at their homepage.

Three Down

Don’t Call It Indian Summer… It’s Still summer

It may have said September on the calendar, but summer heat and humidity came back with a vengeance last week. As the mercury soared to 90 degrees and heat indexes crept even higher, air conditioners were humming at night for the first time in weeks and it was downright miserable. This week looks gloriously dry and temperate, though, so let’s hope the worst has passed. But before you start quipping about Indian Summer, remember that fall isn’t officially here until September 23.

The Early Bird Catches the Bus

Summer really spoiled my newly-minted third grader; he got to sleep in every day until 9:00. As if starting school wasn’t bad enough, though, Lane School moved up its start time this year. Instead of the Lane bus coming at 8:10 like it did last year, this year it chugs down the street at 7:40. Translation: little man now wakes up at 6:45. That’s a big difference from 9:00 for him, and it means I’m up at 6:00 getting breakfasts and lunches ready. Yawn.

54 Loomis: Unfortunately and Finally  

After over two years of fighting and changes to the blueprints, this week the process of tearing down 54 Loomis Street is beginning. The old Pharmalucence building is going down, and in its place two buildings with 23 condos and retail space is going up. The neighborhood fought tooth and nail against it, but to no avail, so now we’re getting ready for the inevitable. Oh well.

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