Looking Ahead to Annual Town Meeting ~ Issues Under Consideration

Town Moderator Catherine Cordes anticipates that she will be in a position to schedule the abbreviated 2020 annual town meeting following Wednesday afternoon’s meeting of the Select Board.

And all signs still point to Saturday, June 27, on the synthetic turf at Bedford High School’s Armand Sabourin Field.

“The final decision will be collaborative,” said Cordes, who has the statutory authority to reschedule a postponed town meeting. “I think probably our number one choice would be Sabourin.” Select Board Chair Ed Pierce agreed that “the Saturday town meeting looks like a good option.”

More Taps for Memorial Day – Lorene Vieira Simoneau and Julia Simoneau

Today was Memorial Day in New Hampshire, too: Lorene Viera Simoneau and her daughter Julia Simoneau, shared their video of a Taps echo duet at the edge of Big Island Pond, New Hampshire.

Bedford will remember Julia’s renditions of Taps, as a member of the BHS Marching Band until her graduation in 2018.

They say, “Honoring those who are serving and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice,” and noted that they shared it with #CBSTaps, and #TapsAcrossAmerica!

Town of Bedford ~ Update on Covid-19 ~ Monday, 25 May 2020

In today’s update Bedford’s Covid-19 Task Force and Town Manager Sarah Stanton point to Memorial Day observances, and in the full message discuss the opening of  Parks, Fields, and Courts.

Click this link to read the Town’s full update for Monday, May 25, 2020

Memorial Day 2020, Observed Remotely but With Fervor

For many years, Bedford has observed Memorial Day in a series of remembrances of historic conflicts, from the American Revolution, through the Civil War, to more contemporary battles.

The coronavirus pandemic in 2020 has meant a stay-at-home advisory issued by Governor Baker on March 23, canceling all public gatherings. Thanks to Bedford’s Patriotic Holiday Committee and Bedford TV, a virtual observance of Memorial Day 2020 aired at 11 am, the same time an in-person ceremony would have begun at Veterans Memorial Park. The video will also air at 2 pm, and it can be viewed on YouTube at any time.

How Has Bedford Observed Memorial Day in Recent Years?

Town of Bedford ~ Update on Covid-19 ~ Sunday, 24 May 2020

Editor’s Note: Sunday’s case count from Bedford’s Covid-19 Task Force and Town Manager Sarah Stanton includes notes about the reopening of Parks, Fields, and Courts on Monday, May 25 although Playgrounds/Play Structures remain closed.

Click this link in the actual story to read the Town’s full update for Sunday, May 24, 2020

School Committee Amends BHS Grading Proposal In Response To Covid-19

Principal Heather Galante joined by Assistant Principals Thomas Casey and Daniel Hudder, as well as Director of Guidance Alicia Linsey, shared Bedford High’s proposal for Term 3 and 4 grading that helps mitigate the effects of Covid-19.

Galante stressed that this proposal was the only option that did not penalize students for the effects of Covid-19. The desire to not penalize students was a central focus of the school administration as they drafted this proposal.

Tourist in Our Town

A random collection of images from around and about Bedford.

Click the first image to see all of them at full size

Letter to the Editor: Masks!

t’s early Friday morning.  The sun is out, the temperature is warm and the breeze balmy.  I am excited to go for a bike ride down the Minuteman Bikeway.  I cruise down South Road, enter the bike path and as I travel the path, I am surprised to see not more than 50% of the bikers, joggers, and walkers are wearing masks.

In the past few weeks, I rode the path and was pleased to see about 90% of users with their masks on.  Now, there are clearly marked signs at EVERY intersection that alert ALL, that masks are required.  

An Obituary: Ruth H. McLaughlin

Ruth H. McLaughlin passed away on May 7, 2020. Mrs. McLaughlin was a resident of Carleton-Willard Village where she always had a beautiful smile for everyone who approached her.

Watch for Turtles Crossing the Road ~ It’s the Season!

Location – location – location, everyone knows when trying to find a place to call home, location is key.  For turtles, a good egg-laying location often involves crossing to the other side of the road.  We’re coming up on turtle nesting season.  Nesting season is from late May to early July, with a peak in early June. Females nest in fields or residential yards, areas where the nest will get sunlight throughout the day to incubate the eggs.

Turtles live for a long time and are driven by instinct.  In many cases the turtle was headed to a nesting area that was there long before there was ever a road there.
So be on the lookout for turtles crossing the road.  If you see a turtle in the road, here’s what MassWildlife says you should do.

Memorial Day ~ Marking Veterans Graves

Although formal ceremonies for Memorial Day 2020 have been canceled due to Covid-19, the Bedford DPW is making sure our deceased veterans and loved ones are appropriately remembered. 

Approximately 700 flags will be placed on graves in both the Shawsheen Cemetery and the Old ​ Burying Ground. 

Memorial Day, 2020 ~ A Different Form, but Sentiments will be the Same

We certainly find ourselves living in extraordinary times. Freedoms which we enjoy and sometimes take for granted such as freedom to assemble, freedom of movement, freedom to worship, all have been temporarily put on hold as a result of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

One of the traditions Bedford has proudly maintained over the decades has been our observance of Memorial Day; a day to honor those brave men and women who fought and died to keep America free. Sadly we have had to temporarily limit some of these freedoms for the greater good of our community as we slowly return to normalcy.

By now you may know that Bedford’s Memorial Day events scheduled for Monday, May 25 have been canceled. These ceremonies and the annual town parade which take place every Memorial Day are possible because of the many dedicated individuals and civic organizations, including the Bedford Historical Society, who have generously given their time and talents to honor our veterans.

The Historical Society’s presence on Memorial Day could be found at the many

Town of Bedford ~ Update on Covid-19 ~ Friday, 22 May 2020

In today’s message, Town Manager Sarah Stanton and Bedford’s Covid-19 Task Force clarify the new guidelines for reopening Massachusetts along with the current case count.

Click this link in the actual story to read the Town’s full update for Friday, May 22, 2020

Bill to Strengthen IT Infrastructure Includes $325,000 for Bedford

Representative Ken Gordon joined his colleagues in the House on Wednesday to pass legislation authorizing up to $1.7 billion in spending for the improvement of information technology (IT) equipment and related projects in Massachusetts. If enacted, the bill would provide important support for a pair of Bedford initiatives.

An Obituary: Joan Fitzpatrick Dutra

Joan Fitzpatrick Dutra passed away on May 16, 2020. Mrs. Dutra was a Bedford resident since the early 1960s. She was a member of St. Michael’s parish who enjoyed reading and going out dancing every Saturday night.

An Obituary: Walter E. Pedroli

Walter D. Pedroli passed away on May 16, 2020. Formerly a Lexington resident, Mr. Pedroli more recently lived at Carleton-Willard Village. A World War II veteran, he was instrumental in the design and production of the Polaroid camera and film with a registered patent for use in conjunction with an exposed roll of self-developing film.

First Steps Toward Re-Opening Businesses in Bedford

There is good news for anyone who has put a haircut at the top of their wish list for when the pandemic is over. The emergency is not over, but restrictions on some personal services and other enterprises have been lifted as of May 25.

Town of Bedford ~ Update on Covid-19 ~ Thursday, 21 May 2020

Editor’s Note: Thursday’s updated case count and important information about Case Monitoring and Contact Tracing from Town Manager Sarah Stanton and the Covid-19 Task Force

Click this link to read the Town’s full update for Thursday, May 21, 2020