Officer Pete, An Honorary Member of the Bedford Police Department

By Denise J. Dubé

I, Peter, do solemnly affirm that I will bear true faith and allegiance to and will uphold and defend the constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. I will faithfully and impartially discharge and perform all duties on me as a police officer.

Carrying a borrowed chief’s cap and a shirt that bore the Bedford Police Department’s patch, Peter Wyskoczka walked toward the Mudge Way station entrance. He was already wearing the department’s pants and a white undershirt. Five minutes before noon he’d don the crisp short-sleeve matching top.

He wasn’t nervous or scared and had been waiting for this moment since forever.

Digging in the Dirt – June, 2019

By Stacy Kershaw

This is by far my favorite time of the year. The drenching rains are gone, the sun is shining, plants are bursting with new blooms, and the birds and bees are buzzing around happily. I’m actually sitting on my deck as I write this. Warm weather is so fleeting in New England, I hate to waste a second of it! 

With so many beautiful things going on it’s hard to think about actually working in the garden!  But there are a few essential things to do before the weather gets too hot.

First Amendment Forum Stokes Concern and Appreciation

By Ryan Doucette, Voices at Bedford High School

The New England First Amendment Coalition hosted a First Amendment Forum at Bedford Library on May 13th. The Bedford Citizen coordinated and sponsored the free event.

Richard Lodge, the Editor of The Daily News, moderated the discussion.The meeting commenced with the panelists introducing their background and opinions on the state of the First Amendment.

Digging in the Dirt ~ Spring Planting ~ April 2019

By Stacy Kershaw

Springtime in New England is like no other. Budding blooms begin to reveal themselves and neighbors reappear after what seems like a winter of hibernation.

Spring is also an ideal time to plant new trees. Here are five lesser-known native trees that thrive in our climate and are quite beautiful! My yard contains all but one. And that one is on my shopping list!

Passover 5779: In Every Generation

By Dan Brosgol

I remember when the trailers for The Prince of Egypt came out in 1998 and the tagline said it was “The Greatest Story Ever Told.” This, of course, built on the longstanding annual showing of “The Ten Commandments” on ABC around Easter, which told the same story, albeit without CGI, with a cast of thousands, and certainly with a whole lot of artistic license and questionable Anglicization of Biblical Hebrew names.

Both of those now-legendary movies tell an adapted version of the Passover story, one which Jews around the world will tell all over again this Friday and Saturday night when the holiday begins. It’s a tale that many of us know well, one of plagues, miracles, destruction, redemption, and eventually revelation, one that has spawned music, poetry, art, and commentary for over 2500 years…and also my favorite piece at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, “The Seventh Plague of Egypt” by John Martin.

Looking Back to April 15, 1775 ~ The Human Cost to the Town of Bedford

By Michael Rosenberg, Chair of the Bedford Selectmen, and delivered by Selectman William Moonan during Bedford’s 2019 Pole Capping ceremony

The National Park Service is already making plans to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the beginning of the American Revolution – the actual word is sestercentennial. That’s only six years from this month. And, as was the case in 1975, the two-year celebration — for the entire country — will start with liberty pole-capping at Willson Park. Sestercentennial begins here.

But before we start making party plans, let’s take a few minutes to consider the human cost to this town in 1775 and for years beyond.

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