Bedford’s Favorite Ice Cream Stand: From Prescott Dairy to Bedford Farms

By Emma Battaglia
Bedford Historical Society Intern ~ Summer 2019

J. B. Prescott Dairy Company, founded in 1880, is the longest surviving business in Bedford, though the business has changed hands and names multiple times. Josiah Bartlett Prescott, the founder of the business, acquired a plot of land on North Road in 1879. The next year he founded his dairy company, which he ran from his home for the next twenty-five years.

New Public Art in Bedford– A Collaborative Effort!

Submitted by Alyssa Sandoval, Economic Development Director

The images on the utility box reference both the nearby garden maintained by the Bedford Garden Club and the bicyclists who frequent the area at the end of the Minuteman Bikeway – Courtesy image (c) Sean Hagan, 2019 all rights reserved – Click to view a larger image

Bedford’s newest public art project uses a standard utility box located on South Road near Railroad Avenue in the Depot Area as a “canvas” for a community art project. This project is supported in part by a grant from the Bedford Cultural Council, a local agency that is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

Milestone: Boston MedFlight’s 75,000 Patient Transports

ubmitted on behalf of Boston MedFlight

Boston MedFlight, the 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization that delivers critical care medical transport to patients in need by air and ground, has announced that it recently provided transport to its 75,000 patient since its founding in 1985. This is a significant milestone for the region’s primary provider of critical care transport that area residents and visitors depend on.

Editor’s Note: Boston MedFlight is a Bedford business, based at L.G.Hanscom Field. Their state-of-the-art headquarters opened in Hangar 1727 in November 2018.

Bedford CSA in Bedford will Support Low-Income Community Access to Fresh Food

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.

Retail Visioning Workshop Brings Professional Advice and Fresh Ideas to Bedford’s Storefront Business Owners

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.

Revitalizing Bedford’s Retail Districts through a Massachusetts Downtown Initiative Grant

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.

Community Champions, and a Rapscallion Fundraiser for Minuteman Senior Services

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

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