Barrel House Z Coming to Bedford

Barrel House Z  Brew House is coming to Bedford! The Weymouth Brew Pub and Craft Brewer had been planning to open up their second tap room on 54 Middlesex Turnpike this past April.  Like many things planned for April….things changed.  

INTERFACE ~ New Outpatient Mental Health Resource and Referral Helpline Available to Residents

The Town of Bedford and the Bedford Public Schools are pleased to announce a new affiliation with the William James College INTERFACE Referral Service, an outpatient mental health resource and referral Helpline, open Monday through Friday, 9 am-5 pm, and available to Bedford residents and students of Bedford Public Schools. The Helpline can be reached at 888-244-6843 for resource information and/or outpatient mental health provider referrals from a trained resource and referral counselor.

Covid-19 ~ When Life Gives You Lemons? Make Lemonade!

All right, there is a lot, I mean a lot of things wrong with life in our pandemic world.  Healthwise, economically, socially, and worry, are just the big ones.  There are countless other terrible aspects of all this.  I’m lucky, I know, knock on wood, but everybody in our house is healthy, and no one has lost their job

Town of Bedford’s Bi-weekly Update on Covid-19 ~ Monday, 29 June 2020

Monday’s bi-weekly update includes the current case count along with updates on crisis counseling, mental health and social services available to Bedford residents, as well as a DPH order regarding non-essential elective procedures.

Click this link in the actual article to read the Town’s full update for Monday, June 29, 2020

Col. Katrina Stephens is Installed as Commander of the 66th Air Base Group at Hanscom Air Force Base

The new commander of the 66th Air Base Group at Hanscom Air Force Base grew up in western Kentucky. But her arrival here is a homecoming of sorts – she was first assigned to Hanscom almost 20 years ago.

Col. Katrina Stephens was formally inducted in change-of-command ceremonies Wednesday on the base, succeeding Col. Chad Ellsworth. The ceremony was attended by a handful of people, while hundreds of military personnel, friends, families, and dignitaries all logged on through Facebook Live.

Some Locally-Owned Businesses Face Grim Prospects

One of the most familiar verses in the Bible begins, “Everything has its season.”

And that appears to be a determining factor in the future of some of the independent businesses in Bedford affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Bedford Observes Juneteenth

At the behest of First Parishioner Dorothy Africa, a small group gathered on Bedford Common to observe Juneteenth, on Friday morning, June 19 marking the 155th anniversary of the announcement of the end of slavery to the citizens of Galveston, TX.

The Emancipation Proclamation was signed in 1863 but the word took that long to reach Texas, to the benefit of local slaveholders. First Parish’s bell tolled 13 times at 10 am, to honor the 13th Amendment, along with the enslaved and freed Black Bedfordians interred at Bedford’s Old Burying Ground on Springs Road.

The group walked in silence from Bedford’s historic meeting house to Springs Road where they left a ribbon on the Black Slaves’ monument to commemorate Juneteenth.

Speaking out: Sharing Stories of Pain, Frustration, and Hope

A panel put together by Bedford Embraces Diversity (BED) provided a platform for the first of the essential ongoing conversations which must take place for both the country and Bedford to move forward together. Mike Rosenberg of BED hosted the event, titled “Speaking Out: Sharing Stories of Pain, Frustration, and Hope.”

The panelists, all with strong connections to Bedford, shared their experiences dealing with race in America, and more specifically in Bedford. Many grew up in Bedford, attended Bedford Schools, or are current residents.

Investigation Ongoing into Circumstances Surrounding Death at Bedford VA Campus

Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan has confirmed the ongoing investigation into the death of a 62-year-old veteran who was located in a stairwell on the grounds of the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital campus located at 200 Springs Road in Bedford on Friday, June 12 after he had been missing for a month.
The Middlesex District Attorney’s Office and Massachusetts State Police Detectives assigned to the office will be examining the existing policies and procedures in place at the facility as well as the relationship between the tenant, Caritas Communities, and the Bedford VA.  The office will also be investigating all of the circumstances surrounding the death and the failure to locate the deceased for a period of time.

Caritas Communities’ Statement on the Death of a Resident in its Bedford Veterans Quarters

Caritas Communities is a nonprofit homelessness prevention organization that provides Single Room Housing for 1,000 individuals annually throughout Greater Boston.

The Bedford Veterans Quarters is a Caritas Communities residential facility leased from the VA in one portion of one building on the VA campus in Bedford and provides single-room occupancy housing to formerly homeless veterans.

It is not a hospital or rehabilitation center, but an independent-living residence. Residents are free to come and go as they please and have no obligation to inform the staff of their whereabouts. They regularly go to work, grocery shopping, visiting family, and other normal activities.

Bedford’s Small Businesses are Beginning to Reopen

Small businesses are slowly coming back to life around Bedford, consistent with state guidelines for reopening.

Alyssa Sandoval, the economic development director in the office of the town manager, said she has kept in touch with proprietors since the virus-induced state of emergency resulted in mass closures in mid- March. She said she has had no reports of businesses that are not planning to reopen.

Sandoval earlier this week sent a message to hundreds of residents who subscribe to municipal email messages, urging them to return to local businesses and “be patient, be sensible, be kind” as they adjust to new rules and schedules.

Summer Adventures and Kids Club Summer Fun ~ Register Online ~ Thursday, June 11 at 9 pm

With the end of the school year in sight, families seeking seasonal fun or childcare may wish to investigate the Bedford Recreation Department.

Summer Adventures and Kids Club Summer Fun child care both have opportunities. Once registered for Kids Club, children are eligible for before and after school programs that will begin when school resumes.

Online registration begins at 9 pm on Thursday, June 11.

We’re Outta Here!! – Summit Fitness Rolls Out Outside Fitness Classes

As Massachusetts begins its reopening plan, I had a chance to try one of the
first businesses to return to the “new normal.”  Summit Health and Fitness on Wiggins Avenue this week started rolling out outdoor group fitness classes.  They converted their parking lot into a spin cycling “room” and a CrossFit workout space.  The classes were limited to 10 people, all 12 feet apart.  Masks are required and everything is wiped down with disinfectant before and after use.   The owners, Jane Karpovsky and Denis Mezhertskiy, of Bedford bought Summit on January 23 of this year. They consulted with the Bedford Board of Health to make sure all the protocols were met.

Next ~ What Happens after You Put Stuff in Your Blue Cart

When Ed McGrath and I started talking about doing this series of columns, Ed said.  “The whole recycling world can be summed up with a great big dollar sign.  It’s all about the money.”   It sounds crass but that is really what it is all about.  It’s a constant conflict between people wanting to do the “right” things and municipalities having to deal with reality, namely the money.