Bedford Police and Recreation Department Host Successful Basketball Season

Submitted on behalf of the Bedford Police Department

Chief Robert Bongiorno and Recreation Youth Program Coordinator Nikki Taylor are pleased to announce that the Police-Recreation Basketball League completed another successful basketball season.

The league, which just wrapped its sixth season, brings together Bedford High School students (who are not on the school’s basketball teams) and members of the Bedford Police Department for pick-up basketball.

Claudia Fox Tree is Honored by The Massachusetts Center for Native American Awareness

By Jeff JHO Hoyland

Claudia Fox Tree knew she was the Mistress of Ceremonies for the 30 Year anniversary celebration of the Mass. Center for Native American Awareness (MCNAA) brunch. She also knew that the Lombardo’s function room was packed with people celebrating 30 years of sustained service to the Native American community. 

What she did not know, that everyone else in the room knew? Claudia Fox Tree was the latest honoree for a lifetime of work to benefit the Native American community of Massachusetts.

After she announced the names of all the past honorees she expected to hear a song, and while she was seated looking through her papers, it was announced that she is the 2019 honoree.

Bedford Explained: The Bedford Minuteman Company ~ Pole Capping

By Town Historian Sharon McDonald

Every year, on a Saturday morning in early April, hundreds of Minutemen and women from nearby towns appear on the Bedford Common. At 10:30, fifing and drumming begin. The colonial units, company by company, step off and march down the Great Road, banners waving. With a puff of smoke, muskets now and again fire unexpectedly and onlookers start.

Editor’s Note: Bedford’s 2019 Pole Capping ceremony will begin with a parade to Willson Park, stepping off from Bedford Common at 10:30 am on Saturday, April 6

Spring Clean-up Season ~ Compost Center Opens on April 3 ~ Curbside Yard Waste Collection from April 8 to 12

Submitted by Ed McGrath, Bedford’s Recycling Coordinator

With the weather warming up and folks beginning to get their yards ready for outdoor activities, the Department of Public Works is ready. The DPW is opening the Compost Center at 108 Carlisle Road for the season on Wednesday, April 3 and will conduct the Spring Curbside Yard Waste Collection the week of April 8.

The Compost Center will be open on selected Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and on selected Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. New this year, the Compost Center will be open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on three Saturdays in May and on three Saturdays in November. The DPW recently mailed each household the 2019 schedule for the Compost Center, which is also posted on the Town’s website at

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