Letter to the Editor: January 10, 2019 ~ Thanking the Friends of the Bedford Council on Aging

By Alison Cservenschi
Bedford Council on Aging Director

On behalf of the seniors of the Town of Bedford and the staff of the Bedford Council on Aging (COA) I would like to express our gratitude to The Friends of the Bedford Council on Aging for your work, support and fundraising efforts in 2018.

This year has seen exciting programs flourish and grow with your direction and support. Our first monthly Memory Café continued, in collaboration with Cooperative Elders Inc and community volunteers, including Sandy Alexander of the FBCOA. This program has supported a number of couples and family members as they adapt to life with their loved one dealing with memory loss. The program has engaged those most vulnerable in our community who may not have had another opportunity like this in Bedford without this program.

Letter to the Editor: January 3, 2019 ~ Thank You to Santa’s Elves

By Bobbie Ennis, Gift Drop Day Chairman

A great big THANK YOU to all my wonderful and loyal elves who come year after year, from near and far, to help Santa on Gift Drop Day. They stay as long as it takes to make sure EVERY child in Bedford gets a visit from Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. They have a big smile on their face and a cheery “hello” for everybody who comes by.

Letter to the Editor: December 13, 2018 ~ Staying Safe in Holiday Shopping Crowds

By Ruth Bragg

First, I will admit that I love to shop. I consider shopping built into the human DNA, a modification of the hunting-gathering instinct.

On the other hand, the behavior of shopping mobs during the recent Black Friday is almost beyond belief. One can watch these mobs in action via YouTube and we living in the USA may have become the laughing stock of the world due to such bad behavior, acting like crazed swine possibly due to over advertising.

There remains a way to stay safe.

Letter to the Editor, December 3, 2018: Thank You to Our Beloved Bedford Community

By The Rabinowitz Family

We would like to thank everyone in our beloved Bedford community who has reached out to us during this time of deep sorrow. We have appreciated receiving your calls and cards, your hugs and donations.

Jerry was an impressive guy, a physician we would all love to have as our own. A memorial scholarship fund has been established at his alma mater, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. The scholarship will be awarded annually to a third-year resident who has chosen to pursue a career in family practice. In this way, Jerry’s heartfelt love of working as a doctor with families will continue.

Letter to the Editor: November 20, 2018, One Parent’s Response to Issue of Racism in Schools

By Sonja Feit Wang

It has been nearly 20 years since I attended my first Bedford Public School event as a parent, and then, and as most Bedford parents can attest going forward, I’ve seen the parking lots and side streets overflow with cars at the too many to count Back to School Nights, concerts, plays and games I’ve been to. Parents are extremely involved in our community and our kids really benefit from that. I have often said that is part of one of many privileges that our kids enjoy as a rule, as well as other extras that we are ready and willing to shell out to make sure that our offspring have all the advantages in succeeding at everything from sports to getting into the best college.

Letter to the Editor, November 8, 2018: The Importance of Bedford’s Special Town Meeting on November 13

By Sue Swanson

In author Bill McKibben’s 2017 novel, Radio Free Vermont, the protagonist talks about the importance of town meeting to our democracy. He says, “We all need to be reminded that democracy isn’t just voting for president every four years and then trusting him to fix things. Democracy is about getting together with your community to think together about your future. Sometimes it’s dull, and sometimes people get long-winded, and sometimes they get stiff-necked. But town meeting has been going for three hundred years…”

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