Massport Seeks Meeting with FAA to Address HFAC Concern over Air Noise Issues

The Massachusetts Port Authority says it is sympathetic to local residents’ complaints about aircraft noise, and it is trying to schedule a meeting with Federal Aviation Administration officials to prove it.

“We are in the process of organizing a meeting with the FAA … to discuss your noise issues,” Massport spokesman Mike Vatalaro told members of the Hanscom Field Advisory Commission (HFAC) on March 16.  “So it’s not like these noise complaints don’t go unheard.  You have very friendly Massport advocates here to try to help you out.”

An alliance would be significant, since Massport claims the federal agency alone has the authority to regulate aircraft noise.

Recent Bedford Tragedy Puts Focus on Domestic Violence

The recent murder of a Bedford woman in York, Maine shook our community. Here is a link to the Boston Globe story: Bedford woman who was beaten died on her favorite beach in Maine —The Boston Globe, March 29, 2021

Resources Available in Bedford  include

70th Annual Easter Dawn Service at Fawn Lake

The 70th annual Easter Dawn Service, an ecumenical, lay-led worship service, will be held on Sunday, April 4, between 6:30 and 10 am. Individuals and households are invited to come to the shores of Fawn Lake, at the end of Sweetwater Avenue in Bedford, at their own time and pace on Easter Sunday for private meditation, prayer, and worship.

Town-Sponsored Covid Testing Resumes on Saturday, April 3

The Town of Bedford will offer free Covid-19 testing to residents from 8 am until noon on the following Saturdays: April 3, April 10, April 17, April 24, and May 1. Tests are available for Bedford residents and employees ages 4 and older. 

Landmark Legislation Signed in the Fight against Climate Change

A landmark climate bill has been signed into law, placing Massachusetts among the world leaders in the fight against global warming.  The new law, representing the contributions of many legislators but assembled, edited, and defended principally by Bedford’s state senator Mike Barrett, overhauls the state’s climate statute, advances the clean energy industry, protects low- and middle-income families, and provides tools to get to net-zero emissions by 2050.

Passover ~ A Sense of Time

The first Passover seder took place hours before the Jewish people’s actual liberation from Egypt. And just prior to that ritual event, God pronounced his first commandment to the nascent nation.

It was about time.

“This month shall be to you the beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year to you,” says Exodus, chapter 12, verse 2.

So the first thing on the agenda of a nascent nation was to establish a calendar. And doesn’t that make perfect sense?

Reconnect at The Edge ~ JGMS Free Skate on Friday, March

Attention all John Glenn Middle School students, please join us for a night of reconnecting at The Edge Sports Center at Bedford.

The event will host a JGMS grade each hour
* 6:25-7:15 sixth grade
* 7:25-8:15 seventh grade
* 8:25-9:15 eighth grade

Bedford Family Connection presents SPRING-A-DING-DING

Join the Bedford Family Connection for a virtual show filled with tales from around the world centered on the beautiful season of spring.  Big Joe the Storyteller will entertain children in the community in a free program via Zoom at 10:30 am on Saturday, April 3, 2021

You will meet a boy who plants flowers, a boisterous bear, a tricky turtle, a silly sheep and a buzzing bee!

Cathy and Ron Cordes Look Back on 44 Years of Community Service in Bedford

“It’s a great community. And people’s lives are so much better if they get involved.”

Town Moderator Catherine Cordes reflected on 44 years of continuous involvement as she and her husband Ronald prepare to move to the Philadelphia area, close to their three grandchildren, ages 11, 9, and almost 3.

“Someone told me, ‘Bedford is going to miss you,’ and I thought, ‘Really? Me?’” said Ron, an elected assessor since 2012. “It makes me feel good that we had such an impact just by being involved,” Cathy observed.

Ron’s term expired on Election Day, March 13, and Cathy has submitted her resignation as moderator, effective March 31. They expect to relocate before the end of the month.

Their most recent offices only scratch the surface of the breadth and depth of the Cordeses’ connection to town government at every level over more than four decades.

Bedford Shares “Recovery” Award to Support Businesses along the Minuteman Bikeway

Arlington, Bedford, and Lexington have been awarded a $120,000 grant-to be split among the three communities-to develop plans that will “tailored to the unique economic challenges and immediate Covid-19 impact that have affected downtowns, town centers, and commercial areas” throughout the state. Titled the “Local Rapid Recovery Planning Grant”, the grant has been awarded by the Massachusetts Downtown Initiative.

Race and Identity: A Virtual Forum for Bedford Schools and Community ~ March 24 and 31

A pair of virtual workshops that will include strategies to talk about and disrupt ongoing racism will be presented virtually later this month by the Parents Diversity Council and Bedford Embraces Diversity.

“Race and Identity: A Forum for Bedford’s Schools and Community” is scheduled for Wednesdays, March 24 and 31, from 6 to 8 p.m.

The Coronavirus Pandemic’s First Anniversary in Bedford

The World Health Organization declared Covid-19/coronavirus an official pandemic bringing Bedford and the rest of the country to a halt almost overnight on Wednesday, March 11, 2020.

Bedford schools and restaurants closed; traffic disappeared from The Great Road; disinfectant wipes, household paper products, canned goods, and cake mix disappeared from supermarket shelves. It’s been just a year, but the sameness of the past 365 days and more than 530,000 coronavirus deaths made the year seem far longer.

To read about some of the ways Bedford residents responded during the past year, read a PDF of The Bedford Guide 2021.