Bits and Bytes is a community newsletter sponsored by the Bedford Council on Aging
Bedford small businesses have been working on improvements to their storefront businesses over the last several months with the help of a technical assistance program through the Massachusetts Downtown Initiative Program by the Department of Housing and Community Development.
The Bedford Economic Development Office received a $15,000 grant from the program last year for hands-on assistance from retail consultant Christine Moynihan, on ways to improve appearance, marketability, and merchandising of local small businesses. Moynihan has provided consulting to retailers and storefront businesses for 20 years throughout Massachusetts.
Bedford’s long-awaited Minuteman Diner opened at 1 PM on Wednesday, January 15. Within moments, several tables were occupied, and the first plate (steak and eggs, with hashbrowns and a side of toast) had come from the grill.
The Bedford Minutemen Company plans to visit around 6 pm, in full colonial regalia with fifes and drums.
Minuteman Diner will be open and serving breakfast until 8 pm during Wednesday’s ‘soft opening.’
Coyotes are a hot topic, both on Facebook and in conversations with my fellow dog walkers. I thought it might be a good time to do a little digging and try to dispel some myths and hopefully help with some useful information. It’s human nature to fear what we don’t understand, and from what I read on Facebook, we do not understand Coyotes.
I have been reading about Eastern Coyotes for a while, and think I have a good top-level understanding, but I am in no way an expert. That is why I called the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife (MassWildlife) where I was put in touch with Marion Larson, the Chief of Information and Education.
Work has begun on the Davis Road Boardwalk – a vital link for pedestrians to get from the Davis Road neighborhoods up to Concord Road and the Town campus.
Bedford’s Newest Firefighters Graduate from the 279th Massachusetts Firefighting Academy Training Program
Bedford’s newest firefighters, Carla Sahrbeck and Chris Snowdon are members of the 279th class of the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy’s fifty-day Career Recruit Firefighter Training Program who graduated on January 10, 2020.
Fire Chief David Grunes attended the ceremony along with Bedford firefighters and family members.
It was a significant celebration for multiple reasons.
Sahrbeck is the Town’s first female firefighter, and Snowden is the department’s newest Dad. Two-week-old Sawyer dressed for the occasion in a pair of monogrammed firefighter overalls.
Colonel Justin S. Dunne, USMC, Commanding Officer of the 25th Marine Regiment, spoke at the Greater Boston Chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars at the Union Oyster House in Boston on January 7 and was honored with an award for his distinguished service to the Marine Corps.
Editor’s Note: Bedford Education Foundation funds grants to teachers at each of Bedford’s schools.
It’s Time to Buy Your Tickets for Bedford’s Biggest Party of the Year! The BEF Hollywood Bash will sparkle with all things Hollywood on February 8th – so get ready to walk the red carpet, fight off the paparazzi, and dance the night away all for Bedford’s schools!
In an effort to protect people who live and work in Bedford from getting the flu, the Bedford Board of Health has scheduled a FREE flu clinic on Wednesday, January 15, 2020, from 2 pm to 3:45 pm in the Flint Room on the 2nd Floor of the Town Center Building (yellow building behind Town Hall) located at 12 Mudge Way in Bedford.
Additionally, every Wednesday between January 22th through February 19th, 2020, from 2 pm to 3 pm, flu shots will be given in the Board of Health Office on the 2nd Floor in the Town Center Building.
Bedford’s Fourth Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance ~ Community Breakfast and Service Projects
Community service projects are among the highlights of Bedford’s Martin Luther King Jr. Community Day, beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, January 20, at the First Church of Christ, Congregational, 25 The Great Road.
Bedford Embraces Diversity and the Bedford Interfaith Clergy Network are partnering to sponsor this fourth annual observance.
A special church service honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will take place at 4 pm on Sunday, January 12 will take place at Bedford’s First Baptist Chuch, 151 Concord Road. Everyone is cordially invited to attend.