Not Saying Pretty Please

The Bedford Citizen’s fundraiser, which includes a matching opportunity of up to $20,000 from NewsMatch, a foundation supporting non-profit news, will end on December 31.

But we’re not there yet – our goal is to meet or exceed that $20,000 limit so we can turn it into $40,000 which would enable The Citizen to expand its coverage and continue to bring you all the local news you need to know to stay informed and connected.

Talk Saves Lives: Health and Human Services Department Presents Program on Suicide Prevention

Heidi Porter, Director of the new Health and Human Services Department for the town of Bedford, welcomed residents to a meeting on November 18 in the Reed Room of Town Hall featuring speaker Tara Greeley from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP.) Greeley began her remarks with some compelling statistics: suicide is the 10th leading cause of  death in the United States and 13th for the state of Massachusetts; among young people between the ages of 2 and 34, it is the 2nd leading cause of death; and for every completed suicide, there are an estimated 25 attempts.  Globally, 800,000 lives a year are lost due to suicide which translates to one death roughly every 40 seconds.

Letter to the Editor: Tree-Cutting on Bedford’s Jordan Conservation Land

Please note that I am writing this letter as a private citizen, NOT as the spokesperson for the Bedford Conservation Commission.

Massport has appeared before the Bedford Conservation Commission twice this fall, on October 9 and October 23, 2019, to discuss their NOI (notice of intent) for removal of vegetative penetrations of protected airspace at Hanscom Field. These obstructions have been identified as belonging to approximately 189 trees located within Jordan Conservation Area. The Commission has received a variety of maps associated with this project — maps with white, blue, green, yellow, and red dots; maps with yellow zones; and maps with tree numbers. The Commission asked for the trees in Jordan to be marked with ribbons so that members and the public could see which trees are being targeted for management.

Boston MedFlight to Host Blood Drive at Hanscom Field HQ

Boston MedFlight, the 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that provides critical care medical transport to patients in need by air and ground, will be hosting a Blood Drive from noon to 6:3p pm on Monday, November 25.

The event will be held at Boston MedFlight’s headquarters at 150 Hanscom Drive in Bedford, in collaboration with Kraft Family Blood Donor Center at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Chinese Americans to be Honored by Congressional Gold Medals

The fathers of Bedford residents Mon and Dan Luke will be awarded Congressional Gold Medals early next year. The medals will honor the Chinese Americans who served in the US Armed Forces during World War II. Mon Luke’s father was in the Merchant Marine, and Dan Luke’s father served in the US Army.

Community Impact – Advocating for an Empathetic Society

Our community has the power to do something special. Something so special that it can actually save lives. And it doesn’t require doing anything more than talking. In order to live in a more empathetic society, we must all pledge to come together to live in the present and talk to one another and help those who may be struggling.

There is an elephant in the room that must be addressed: suicide rates among younger individuals between the ages of 10 and 34 are through the roof. For this demographic suicide is the second-leading cause of death. And while it is difficult to comprehend such a dramatic statistic, we need to learn from the past so that we can improve today to live in a better tomorrow.

Maureen Sullivan, Long-Time Bedford Chamber of Commerce Director, to Retire

When Maureen Sullivan joined the Bedford Chamber of Commerce, she took on the job as a glorified secretary for $6 per hour. Over her 23 years with the BCOC, however, she developed the role and the Chamber itself into so much more.

Sullivan will retire in mid-December, having created all of the Chamber’s now-signature events: the Prom Stroll, Flavors of Bedford, the Trunk or Treat, and the Holiday House Tour. More important than the events themselves, though, are the relationships with the local businesses which sponsor them.