“Disruption” at Bedford High School

Bedford High School administrators and police are investigating a “disruption” that took place Friday at BHS that involved a student.

Principal Heather Galante, in a two-paragraph memorandum to the “BHS Community” sent by email around 3:40 p.m., reported, “Since the matter is still under investigation and involves a student, we are not able to share the full details.”

Guidance on Face Masks ~ April 30, 2021

The Bedford Health Department has shared guidance from Governor Baker’s recently revised Order (April 30, 2021) requiring masks in public places for all persons over the age of 5.

Minuteman Bikeway Extension Could Begin in the Spring of 2022

Construction of the Minuteman Bikeway extension from Depot Park to the Concord town line could begin as soon as the spring of 2022, Department of Public Works Director David Manugian said this week.

The 1.8-mile project was scheduled for 2023 on MassDOT’s Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP). However, recent funding fluctuations for some larger, more costly projects could accelerate the Bedford bikeway improvements, he said.

Plans call for betterments to begin at the junction of Railroad Avenue and South Road, with the addition of a 10-foot-wide separated shared-use path along the south side of Railroad. This is necessitated by the sale of the original railroad right-of-way to private interests decades ago.

FCC Emergency Broadband Benefit, Available May 12

On Thursday, April 29, the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) announced that on May 12, 2021, eligible households will be able to apply for the Emergency Broadband Benefit.

The Emergency Broadband Benefit is a program created by the FCC to help families and households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. This new benefit will connect eligible households to jobs, critical healthcare services, virtual classrooms, and so much more.

HFAC Focused on Environmental Issues in April

Hanscom Field Advisory Commission (HFAC) Chair Christopher Eliot drew special attention to environmental issues during the April 21 meeting with Massport: “Tomorrow is Earth Day. So this is the perfect time to be talking about sustainability. Preserving resources of the planet Earth for future generations is the most important challenge of our time.”

Bedford Destination Imagination Season Closes with Seven Teams Headed to State Competition

Every student in Bedford, and indeed across the country and the world, has had to flex their creative learning, flexible thinking, and problem-solving muscles this year when encountering a school year like no other.  And yet, in the midst of a pandemic, 65 Bedford students from 1st graders to high schoolers, opted into virtual creativity and project-based learning challenge through Bedford Destination Imagination.  Their persistence, optimism, humor, and collaborative problem-solving offered a bright spot during the cold, long winter of COVID. 

Editor’s Note: Bedford Destination Imagination is holding a Chipotle fundraiser on Tuesday, May 4, to support its work with local students.

School Committee Endorses Indigenous People’s Day Proposal

The School Committee Tuesday voted unanimously to “recognize Indigenous People’s Day, which is consistent with the values of the Bedford Public Schools.”

The 4-0 vote was timed to endorse a proposal on the May 15 town meeting warrant, which calls for the town to officially replace the designation Columbus Day on the second Monday of each October with Indigenous People’s Day.

The School Committee worked hard to fine-tune the wording of the motion to avoid setting a precedent on making recommendations on warrant articles.

Overcoming Challenges ~ METCO Seniors Look Ahead

Resilience in the past. Reflection on the present. Excitement about the future.

Confidence in themselves.

Three Bedford High School seniors unwound in the BHS METCO room this week, sharing personal accounts of navigating and overcoming challenges and setbacks. In a few months, all expect to be enrolled in the state university system.

Angelica Jones and Nekeria Ransom joined the Class of 2021 in sixth grade. Two years later Ty-Janee Brewster arrived. They are among seven METCO seniors at BHS.

Letter to the Editor: The Origins of Columbus Day

The origins of Columbus Day had very little to do about the man Christopher Columbus. It was initiated due to injustice, bigotry, institutionalized discrimination, and mob violence that Italian American immigrants faced back in the late 1800s and it is a day that has evolved into an expression of Italian American pride.

Planning Board Continues Site Plan Review for 310 The Great Road

The Planning Board on Tuesday ended a public hearing on a mixed-use development proposed for 310 The Great Road, the site of the former Papa Gino’s.

However, the site-plan review has been continued to the next meeting of the board, scheduled for May 11, pending details on efforts for sustainable design.

Fully Vaccinated? Now What?

If you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you can start doing some pre-pandemic activities again safely. People are considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, like Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, like Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine. If you are fully vaccinated, you may gather safely indoors with other fully vaccinated friends and family without wearing a mask and may gather indoors with unvaccinated people from one other household (like relatives who all live together) without masks, unless any of them is at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

There is Still Time to Register for Community Forum on Town Meeting

Well over 100 years of cumulative involvement in Bedford town government will be represented by participants in the first in a series of community forums sponsored by The Bedford Citizen on Wednesday, April 28.

The virtual program, called “Town Meeting: Making Your Voice Heard,” is scheduled for 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Zoom. It will focus on the structure of town meeting and its centrality in Bedford civic life.

Click into the article for registration. It’s quick, easy, and free.

Breaking News: Kevin Tracey Named Principal of Reading Memorial High School

John Glenn Middle School Principal Kevin T. Tracey has been named principal of Reading Memorial High School, effective July 1.

Superintendent of Schools Philip Conrad informed the School Committee of the appointment at its virtual meeting Tuesday. Committee members congratulated Tracey and wished him success.

Tracey is a veteran Bedford school administrator. He served as an assistant principal at Bedford High School in 2006 and took over the reins at JGMS six years later. He was one of three finalists for the position.

Be an Informed Voter ~ Events and Materials to Help You Prepare for Annual Town Meeting

The League of Women Voters of Bedford encourages voters to begin preparing for Annual Town Meeting to be held on Saturday, May 15. Two events—Town Meeting:  Making Your Voice Heard and The LWV of Bedford Warrant Review—the actual meeting warrant, and articles published in The Bedford Citizen over the next two week are ready to help.