Freedom of the Press: Join The Citizen for a Deeper Look at the First Amendment ~ May 13 at 7 pm

By Meredith McCulloch

Historian Ron Chernow, author of Hamilton, spoke at the 2019 White House Correspondents’ dinner on April 28. He said, “We gather here in perfect security due to words on a small piece of parchment called the Bill of Rights written by James Madison. That paper barrier stands between the free press and executive tyranny.”Those of us at

The Bedford Citizen are grateful for this protection. We are a very small press, but that would not protect us from retaliation in a more autocratic country.  This is not a universal freedom. 

An Invitation to Participate in this Community Conversation

The Bedford Citizen is Bedford VA’s 2019 Community Spirit Award Recipient

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

The Bedford Citizen was unanimously voted to receive this year’s Bedford VA Community Service Award, “In recognition of your substantial support to Bedford VA.” The award was presented at the 2019 Award Banquet.

“The Bedford VA is profoundly grateful for your help in getting out the word to Veterans and our Bedford neighbors about all that is going on at 200 Springs Road,” said Director of Volunteer Services Laurel Holland, “and we recognize how much more connected we all are through the efforts of The Bedford Citizen.

The First Amendment and the Free Press ~ A Community Conversation

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

The New England First Amendment Coalition (NEFAC) and The Bedford Citizen will present another in NEFAC’s ongoing community conversations, The First Amendment and the Free Press, from 7 to 8:30 pm on Monday, May 13 in the meeting room at the Bedford Free Public Library, 7 Mudge Way, Bedford, Mass.  

This event is free and open to the public. While there is no admission fee, Eventbrite registration is encouraged and will be limited to 50 persons.

Random Rich Guy was a Hoax

By The Bedford Citizen

We’re back to Plan A. The story of some random rich fully funding the Bedford Citizen (Plan B) sounded too good to be true…. and It was. 

We got suspicious when the phone number he gave us was answered with, “This is Macrosoft Technical Support.” Oh well.

We don’t need a random rich guy to help keep Bedford residents current with news that affects us – it’s our community, and it’s something we can do ourselves.

Which brings me back to Plan A.  

Random Rich Guy Fully Funds The Bedford Citizen

A billion dollar donation from a random Prince comes in the midst of our spring fundraiser

April 1, 2019 ~  In a stroke of good luck, and in the midst of The Bedford Citizen’s Spring Fundraiser, a rich random guy from Lichtenstein stumbled across The Citizen’s web site and decided to give them a huge check.

As you know, The Bedford Citizen is the source for information about Bedford. We report on Town Meeting, elections, committees, sports, music, business—basically all things Bedford. We’re a new model for how local news is produced and delivered to our community, and we need your help. (Just in case the random rich guy falls through!)

We’re at the start of our first challenge match, and we need you to give what you can. Every donation you make will be matched dollar for dollar up to $5,000. Just in case the random rich guy falls through.

Consider Our Position …

By Ginni Spencer, Board Member, The Bedford Citizen

Patting yourself on the back is awkward especially when you are holding out your other hand asking for a donation.  Good thing I am a yoga practitioner…because that’s exactly what I am doing.

The Bedford Citizen takes pride every day in providing accurate, objective, and reliable reporting in support of our mission to promote citizen participation in all aspects of community life. However, it is in preparing citizens for our annual Town Election and Town Meeting that we believe we really shine.  So…prepare for some back patting.

It’s a Challenge: We Got A Match!

Blame it on the high school musical, Fiddler on the Roof, …matchmaker, matchmaker find me a match… Maybe not – but – We Got A Match!

We’re very excited. A generous donor has challenged you: raise $5,000 by May 31 – they will match it dollar for dollar. That means if you, yes you, donate $100 – The Bedford Citizen will get $200.   Or another example, if you give $150, The Citizen would get $300.  You get it!

The Bedford Citizen’s Board of Directors Looks Back to Emily Mitchell’s Contributions

By Mitch Evans

Editor’s Note: Emily Mitchell retired from The Bedford Citizen’s board of directors in early December 2018 when she announced her intention to run as a candidate for Selectman in the March 9 Town Election. Mitchell was sworn in and attended her first meeting on Monday, March 11.

With much appreciation and a slightly heavy heart, the board of directors of The Bedford Citizen (TBC) bids adieu to Emily Mitchell, one of its founding members. Her dedication, creativity, and hard work will be missed. I asked Emily a few questions in order to write this article and hope you enjoy her answers below.

The Bedford Citizen’s Reasons for Being

A Message from The Bedford Citizen

There is a French term, raison d’être, that translates to “our reason for being.”

It’s a good question to occasionally ask oneself, whether you’re a person or an online local news source. As a person, it can lead to an existential crisis, but for a local online news source, pondering one’s mission is a good thing.

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