First Parish Solar Panel Litigation Settled

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

The Town of Bedford shared the following statement regarding the resolution of a legal case brought by First Parish in Bedford, Unitarian Universalist, to permit the installation of solar panels on their meeting house.

The Bedford Citizen then reached out to First Parish, the Selectmen, and the Historic District Commission for their comments.

Virginia & James F. Comley Celebrate an Anniversary, a Lifetime in Bedford, and Honors at UMass Lowell

Special to The Bedford Citizen

Virginia and James F. Comley celebrated their 88th birthdays in 2018, year along with their 65th wedding anniversary on November 28.

The couple was recently feted at UMass Lowell where Chancellor Jacqueline Moloney announced a major scholarship in their name. At the university’s Celebration of Scholarship, Chancellor Jacquie Moloney presented the first Virginia and James Comley Scholarship to Abdi Shariff-Hassan ’21, a business administration major, and recognized the Comleys as honorary UMass Lowell alumni.

Getting to Know Bedford’s Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veteran’s Hospital: The Behavioral Addictions Clinic

By Lee Vorderer

The Director of the Bedford VA, Dr. Joan Clifford, defines the aim of the Medical Center as serving the whole person who comes to the VA for services. This means looking at the whole health picture, offering a wide range of traditional and non-traditional physical and mental health care therapies as needed, and doing it with the Veteran as part of the team. (Click this link to read about upcoming Introduction to Whole Health events.) It means providing comprehensive outpatient services, extensive mental health services, and wide-ranging and cutting-edge geriatric and extended care services. Research plays a vital role in the VA’s activities, too, and we’ll examine some of that work throughout the series.

Editor’s Note: The second in The Bedford Citizen’s series of articles about Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital (the Bedford VA). (Click this link to read the first story in the series) focuses on one of the ways the hospital’s mission becomes a reality for those who have gone to war.

Town Hall Open House Kicks-Off New Schedule

By Elizabeth Hacala

On Monday, December 3, members of many of the town’s departments and boards were on hand to talk with residents as Town Hall kicked off new Monday night hours. In addition to learning about the town, residents were treated to a trivia game with the Town Historian Sharon McDonald, hot cider, cookies, and festive seasonal decorations.

Starting December 3 Bedford residents can now conduct business in Town Hall on Monday nights until 7 pm, making it easier for people who may be out of town during normal business hours. Town Hall will now close at 1 pm on Fridays.

Selectman Caroline Fedele Will Not Seek a Third Term

By Caroline Fedele

Selectman Caroline Fedele – Courtesy image, all rights reserved

At last night’s Selectmen’s meeting, I officially announced that I will not run for re-election in March for a third term as a Bedford Selectman.

Over the past year, I have started a new job that brings along with it more travel and longer days. In addition, my parents are now my neighbors and my children are teenagers. Family time has always been my priority and at this stage, the next few years are incredibly important ones to be present here at home. Unfortunately, there are not enough hours in the day to do all things well with my day job, my family life and serving you as a Selectman. I’ve done my best to balance but in the end, I respect this role so very much and want to allow someone else the opportunity to be able to give it the time it requires to serve you well.

Navy Hangar Bid Tops $8M ~ Will the Auction Close on Tuesday?

By Julie McCay Turner

At the close of business on Friday, November 30, the high bid on the surplus Navy hangar at the edge of Hanscom Field along Hartwell Road, stood at $7,170,000 with the auction scheduled to end early on the morning of Monday, December 3.

Spirited bidding by two bidders saw the high bid advance from $7,200,000 to $7,510,000 before 8:10 am on Sunday, December 2, extending the close date to Monday, December 3. Further action today, December 3, took the top bid far higher — to $8,020,000 — with two bids of $250,000 from the same bidder.

Bedford Common Sparkles

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Lights in the trees on Bedford Common twinkled when the countdown clock reached 00:00:00, the bell in the steeple at First Parish on Bedford Common pealed, and new Town Manager Sarah Stanton flipped a remote switch from the meeting house steps. Within moments, Ladder One drove alongside the Common, with a very special passenger: Santa Claus!

Hundreds of families were on the Common as dusk turned to dark, drawn by the Winter Walkabout, the tree lighting, and Santa’s arrival.

2018 LUMINARY SALE to benefit the Bedford Minuteman Memorial Scholarship Fund

Submitted on behalf of the Bedford Minuteman Memorial Scholarship Fund

Light up your home for the holidays and maybe you can encourage your neighbors to join in too. Imagine how welcoming and lovely your homes will look with luminaries lighting the way to your door.

The Bedford Minuteman Company is your “go to” group for this beautiful holiday addition to your home or neighborhood. You can purchase a kit for $15.00 at the following location, Chip-In-Farm, Hartwell Rd, Bedford, MA or from any Bedford Minuteman Company member. The kit consists of 12 candles, 12 bags and 10# of sand.

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