Record Number of Runners at 4th Annual BEST PTO Color Run

Submitted by BEST PTO

On Saturday, June 1, the Bedford Elementary Schools Together (BEST) PTO held their 4th Annual Color Run Fundraiser.  Over 890 runners registered this year, which is a new record for this event in Bedford since its first year in 2016.  The success of this fundraiser allowed the BEST PTO to raise over $30,000 for the Davis and Lane Schools.

69th Annual Strawberry Festival ~ Indoors if it Rains!

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Residents with long memories can’t recall a Strawberry Festival ever being rained out, but the possibility exists tomorrow, with a forecast of wet weather from 6 to 9 pm on Thursday, June 13.

If it rains, First Church has its guests covered — the 69th Annual Strawberry Festival will move to First Church’s Upper Fellowship Hall, but everything else will stay the same. The main event will be strawberry shortcake with fresh strawberries, homemade biscuits, with real whipped cream, along with Bedford Farms vanilla ice cream and homemade hot fudge sauce.

Reasons to Ride: An Update on Stella ~ the 2018 PMC Bedford Kids Ride Pedal Partner

Submitted by the Bedford PMC Kids Ride

Last June, over 200 riders gathered at JGMS to ride in the 14th Bedford PMC Kids Ride. Some were riding in support or memory of a family member or friend who battled cancer. All were there to raise funds in support of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund.  We had the privilege of hosting Stella Downey- a beautiful happy 18-month-old girl who was battling cancer. 

Last week, I received an update from Stella’s parents, Fio and Ben. In her recent appointment at the Jimmy Fund clinic, Stella and her family received the wonderful news that she is cancer free.
Stella is living proof that we can beat cancer. We need to continue to ride, raise money, fight and hope that we will find a cure for all cancers. And that Stella’s success will be one of many we can share.

Stella and her twin brother Thomas (age 2 and 1/2) will be riding in the upcoming PMC Kids Ride on June 15th at JGMS. Stella is living proof that we can beat cancer. We need to continue to ride, raise money, fight and hope that we will find a cure for all cancers. And that Stella’s success will be one of many we can share.

Letter to the Editor, 4 June 2019: Thank You to the Community from the Relay for Life Leadership Team

By Calista Barber, Caitlin Pequeno, Emily Sollecito, Ashley Tonini and Jenn Heller
Relay For Life of Bedford Event Leads

Wow Bedford! We did it again! Thank you so much for joining us at our 14th Relay For Life! We exceeded our goal of $40,000! Truly amazing! It was a wonderful day filled with sunshine!

We couldn’t have done it without all of you – all our Participants/Teams, Survivors & Caregivers, Chaperones, Speakers, Sponsors, Donors, Friends/Family, Local Businesses, School Administrators/Faculty/Staff, BHSPA, MSPA, BEST-PTO, DPW, Fire Department, Police Department, and Bedford Recreation Department …definitely a town/team effort!

PMC Bedford Kids Ride Announces New Routes

Submitted by the PMC Bedford Kids Ride

Bedford’s 15th annual PMC Kids Ride will take place on Saturday, June 15, beginning at the JGMS parking lot at 9 am. Early registration will take place in the JGMS cafeteria from 5 until 8:30 pm on Thursday, June 13.

It Takes a Village to Run a Prom Stroll!

By Maureen Sullivan
Executive Director, Bedford Chamber of Commerce

The first  Senior Prom Stroll was held on a cloudy May day in 1998.  I had to bribe 60 Bedford High School seniors to come over Bedford Common to have their picture taken. After the photo, I lined them up and said, ”Now we are now going to promenade.”  One of the boys looked at me and said, “What? You didn’t tell us we had to do that!” I smiled and said, “Get in line. You are making history, and you will be the first of what I am sure will become a long-standing Bedford tradition.”

Twenty-one years later, the Barrett Sotheby’s Senior Prom Stroll is an event that warrants a Reverse-911 call from the police dept to the residents and businesses to warn about increased traffic, and it has become a tradition that hundreds of people turn out to watch.

Pints for Half-Pints: Successful Blood Drive to Benefit Boston Children’s Hospital Sponsored by Bedford Fire Fighters

By Julie McCay Turner

Thanks to Bedford’s firefighters and their Bedford Local 2310 partners, the Boston Children’s Hospital Bloodmobile visited Bedford on Friday, May 17 and brought 35 Pints for Half-Pints back to Boston. According to the BCH Donor Team, a blood drive is deemed successful if it garners 25 pints. Organized by firefighter Matt Busa, the blood drive ran for 6 hours and drew both pre-registered donors and walk-in supporters motivated by the signs in front of the fire station.

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