The Moving Life

By Ryan Doucette, Voices @ Bedford High School

Since birth, my life has centered around moving. Every few years my belongings were packed and I embarked on a new chapter of my life. In just sixteen years I have moved seven times, attended nine different schools, lived in six different states…and made countless memories along the way.

Anyone who has moved can tell you: it is no easy task.

A Story of The American Legion and the Government Shutdown

Submitted by Jon OC O’Connor, Commander, American Legion Post 221

MISSION: Help Stop the Leaks and Discomfort

RATIONALE: The Government Shutdown affected many across our country. We found out that over 75 USCG and other Veteran families were affected right here in our own community, at Hanscom AFB. How could The American Legion offer assistance

Highlights from the Final 2018 Meeting of the Hanscom Area Towns Committee (HATS)

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

The guest speaker for the last HATS (Hanscom Area Towns Committee) meeting of 2018 on November 29th was Col. Chad Ellsworth, recently installed Commander of the 66th Air Base Group at Hanscom Air Force Base. In addition to updating HATS Committee members about several Hanscom Air Force Base development projects and traffic mitigation issues (please see https://www.thebedfordcitizen.org/2019/01/hats-an-update-from-col-chad-ellsworth/), the Colonel also spoke about other important news.

Rep. Ken Gordon Files Pair of Bills to Facilitate Unemployment Benefits for Furloughed Federal Workers

Special to The Bedford Citizen

Representative Ken Gordon (D-Bedford) has filed two bills that will directly help Massachusetts federal workers who have been furloughed in the current federal shutdown.

These bills will not only define the workers as specifically eligible for Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits, but they will eliminate the one-week waiting period usually required of unemployed workers and remove the requirement that they repay benefits if they are provided full back pay upon their return to work.

“Our federal workers are being used as bargaining chips by an executive who can’t get Congress to give him his way,” said Rep. Gordon. “We will and we must protect our Massachusetts workers during this crisis.”

HATS – An Update from Col. Chad Ellsworth

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Col. Chad Ellsworth, Commander of the 66th Air Base Group at Hanscom Air Force Base (HAFB) since August 2018, addressed the final 2018 meeting of the Hanscom Area Towns Committee (HATS).

Traffic mitigation is always a major topic of conversation at HAFB. It is especially pertinent now because of anticipated increases in local road traffic due to the arrival of hundreds of new personnel, as well as the current and planned construction projects on the Base.

Massport’s North Airfield Developments ~ Hanscom Field Advisory Commission

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Attendees at the December 2018 Hanscom Field Advisory Commission (HFAC) meeting learned that business terms regarding construction of the new North Airfield corporate hangar and storage T-hangar facilities are still under discussion at Massport. The final proposals are expected to be presented to the full Massport Board early in 2019.

Bedford Starbucks Enhances Role in Community to Provide Military Family Support

Submitted by: Mark A. Venuti

Many customers of Starbucks in Bedford may have recently noticed changes in art work inside the store displaying a military theme. In honor of Veterans Day – on Monday afternoon, November 12, 2018 — the Bedford Starbucks was dedicated as the company’s 52nd Military Family Store.

The purpose and perks of a coffee shop are to provide a community center by bringing together all members of the public. Through this Military Family Store concept, the Bedford Starbucks will enhance that community feeling by furthering the relationship between the town of Bedford residents and the Hanscom and Veterans Administration communities.

‘Groundhog Day’ and Bedford’s GSA Auction?

By Julie McCay Turner

Late on the morning of December 14, the high bid for the GSA auction of the surplus Navy hangar at the edge of Hanscom Field along Hartwell Road stood at $8,790,000, after a pair of $10,000 bids advanced the close to Monday, December 17.

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