Selectmen Ease into The New Year with Light Meeting

At their January 6 meeting, the Selectmen reviewed updates on the business plan of the long-discussed History Museum and heard progress on the Police Station’s Net Zero progress.

Caucus Nominees Chosen, But it is Not Too Late Declare your Candidacy

On Tuesday evening, January 7, voters gathered for Bedford’s annual Town Caucus.  For each position, those who have already formally declared their candidacy as well as candidates who used the Caucus to announce their interest were nominated.

Voters then determined which two candidates for each position would secure the designation of “Caucus Nominee.”   As a caucus nominee, candidates are automatically placed on the ballot for the March 14 Town Election.

The following is a list of all nominations for each position with the Caucus nominees identified.

Selectmen Confirm Appointment of Interim Town Clerk Pamela Carakatsane

Pamela Carakatsane was confirmed as Bedford’s interim Town Clerk during the Selectmen’s meeting on Monday, January 6, 2020. She stepped in after Doreen Tremblay retired on December 31, 2019, ending a 27-year career as Bedford’s Town Clerk.

Finding a qualified Town Clerk to pick up the reins is a legal requirement. Bedford’s annual census returns are beginning to come in; the January 7 Town Caucus will kick off the Town’s election season this week; the Massachusetts Presidential Primary election is scheduled for March 3; and the Town Election will take place on Saturday, March 14. With additional important contests on the calendar in September and November 2020 is set to be a very busy year for elections.

An experienced Town Clerk, Carakatsane served as Town Clerk in Ipswich for 14 years, until her retirement in July 2019. Before her Ipswich appointment, she served for several years in Lynnfield. With strong family connections in Ipswich, Carakatsane applied for their position as soon as it was announced in 2005.

The Town Clerk’s position is posted on the Bedford web site.

Brad Morrison: Candidate for Re-election to the Bedford School Committee

I am pleased to announce my candidacy for the Bedford School Committee.  I have been serving on the School Committee since November after being appointed by the School Committee and the Selectmen to fill a recent vacancy.  I will be seeking a caucus nomination on January 7 to serve the remaining two-year term created by this vacancy.

Sarah Scoville: Candidate for Re-election to the Bedford School Committee

I am excited to announce that I will be seeking a caucus nomination on Jan. 7th for a seat on the Bedford School Committee. I will soon complete a three-year term on the Bedford School Committee and hope to be elected March 14 for another three-year term.

I have lived in Bedford with my husband and 3 children for 10 years. Since I moved in, I have been connecting people to one another in this wonderful town we live in. I started by coordinating playgroups for the BFC and then helping the families living at the Bedford Plaza Hotel feel connected to the community. As a member of the School Committee, I have helped establish different policies and programs in the Bedford Public Schools to enable different parts of the community to succeed in different ways.

Ann Kiessling, Candidate for Reelection to the Board of Health

I am seeking a second term as a member of Bedford’s Board of Health.

My first term included several accomplishments, including:

The completion of Bedford’s new Keeping of Animal’s Regulations.  My involvement with the Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation opened up resources that allowed us to finalize regulations that balance farming and homesteading rights of Bedford residents with appropriate public health concerns.  Our current regulations are serving as a model for other communities.

Curbside Christmas Tree Collection begins January 7

Bedford’s curbside collection of Christmas trees begins on Tuesday, January 7.

Republic Services will start collecting trees in the neighborhoods located in Voting Precinct 4 and progress through the town finishing in Precinct 1 by Friday, January 10.

The Department of Public Works is asking residents to put out their Christmas trees by 7 a.m. Tuesday morning. Before putting the Christmas tree at the curb, residents must remove all ornaments, tinsel, lights, plastic bags, and other objects.