Submitted by New Entry Food Hub
A new Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) site, New Entry Food Hub, will open June 18 in Bedford. The New Entry Food Hub is a nonprofit group dedicated to strengthening local communities and increasing access to fresh food by partnering with senior centers, homeless shelters, childcare facilities, food banks, and other organizations serving low-income community members. New Entry’s organization also provides training and support to the local farmers who serve the CSA, many of whom are graduates of its new farmer training program.
Submitted by Alyssa Sandoval, Bedford’s Economic Development Director
The Town of Bedford is pleased to be bringing an exciting workshop to our area for the benefit of our storefront small businesses. The retail industry is facing changes, large and small — but there are things that can be done to survive and thrive!
This FREE workshop provides ideas and instruction in the areas of business identity and positioning, store design, visual merchandising and retail marketing. Tips, tools, trends and tricks of the trade will be shared — and business owners’ questions will be answered.
Submitted by Erin Sandler-Rathe
Collaboration began on May 1 to begin implementation for Bedford’s Massachusetts Downtown Initiative (MDI) grant. Bedford was awarded the $15,000 grant earlier this year through a competitive process administered by the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). Emmy Hahn, Program Coordinator for DHCD, introduced Christine Moynihan of Retail Visioning to Town officials and a representative from the Bedford Chamber of Commerce.
The grant will provide an opportunity for 5 to 8 local small businesses to work directly with Moynihan to improve their presence in town and to draw in customers.
By Martin Renzhofer
Coming up on her fifth year as Bedford’s first Economic Development Director, Alyssa Sandoval is pleased with the progress in not only attracting new businesses to the community but also in the re-investment of established commerce – large and small.
Submitted by Alyssa Sandoval, Bedford Economic Development Director
Bedford’s first-ever Summer Solstice Festival will take place on Bedford Common from noon to 5 pm on Saturday, June 22.
Partnering with Notch Brewery, the Town has planned a beer garden and has invited six food trucks serving everything from dumplings to barbecue.
Compiled by The Bedford Citizen
March was Meals on Wheels Month at Minuteman Senior Services (MSS), and several Community Champions helped with deliveries and assisted at the congregate meal site.
Neighbors on Tap, a fundraiser for Minuteman Senior Services, promises to be a wonderful event where guests can support the organization’s services and learn more about MSS while enjoying excellent food and drink at Rapscallion Table & Tap in Acton on Monday, April 29
By Julie McCay Turner
As shoppers pulled into parking spaces in front of the Stop and Shop store in the Great Road Shopping Center, a picketer calling out “Don’t Stop, Don’t Shop” drew an appreciative wave from most drivers as they pulled away on Saturday afternoon.
On strike for more than a week, there have been no deliveries of fresh goods to the Bedford Stop and Shop for more than 10 days, and many shelves are as bare as if a Bomb Cyclone were headed our way. But a table outside the store is fairly groaning under the weight of donations for the striking workers delivered by supportive residents.
Submitted by Alyssa Sandoval, Economic Development Director
Lime has relaunched in Bedford starting this week in Bedford Center and Depot Park and is now offering electric-assist bikes. Lime bikes are available around Bedford for short-term rental (through an app-based program) to promote alternative transportation and help reduce vehicle trips and congestion.
From Diane & Ed Cohen’s family to yours – Welcome to our kitchen!
We were only married for a year when Diane & Ed Cohen decided to open E. D’s Neighborhood Café in Medford Mass. “We thought at the time it was a great opportunity “, quotes Ed Cohen. Ed was in his final few years as a Food Service Specialist in the Army National Guard cooking for over 1,500 civilians & soldiers on any given weekend, a degree in Food Marketing with a minor in Hotel Restaurant Management & Diane had a work ethic, entrepreneurial spirit & positive attitude that is hard to find. “Looking back,” says Diane Cohen, “how did we do what we did, no research, no technology, no business plan, a little bit of money that Ed had saved up from the Army & just raw determination to make it work.
Compiled by The Bedford Citizen
State Representative Ken Gordon made an impromptu visit to striking workers at the Bedford Stop and Shop on Saturday. He delivered munchkins, and spent time listening to the workers’ concerns before posting the following remarks on his Twitter feed: