The Bedford Board of Health is reaching out in response to the Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) crisis. To date, twelve cases of EEE have been identified in Massachusetts, including a 5-year-old from Sudbury, and three deaths have been linked to EEE.
By Andy Wood
The flow of traffic, like many other things, is dependent on several factors, one of which is keeping the slowing down or the stoppage of the flow to an absolute minimum.
Here are six suggestions that might be helpful to improve the flow of traffic along The Great Road using the philosophy that every little bit helps.
Letter to the Editor, 18 July 2019: Should Bedford Have a Bylaw to Regulate Gas-Powered Leaf Blowers?
By Lily Nemirovsky
When I first caught wind of the “fight” against gas-powered leaf blowers, I was intrigued, but I was not inclined to immediately declare a war against these machines. After all, they are so commonplace I reasoned that if they really were such a huge problem, I’d have already come across large campaigns and protests like the ones surrounding the coal industry, plastic straws, industrialized cattle farms, etc. However, the more I looked into it, the more obvious it became that the gas-powered leaf blower poses a serious threat to both public personal health and a healthy environment, a threat that is neglected in many communities. Jason Kavanagh, the Engineering Editor at Edmunds.com (a major automotive resource site), illustrates this threat in a 2011 study which found that “the hydrocarbon emissions from a half-hour of yard work with the two-stroke leaf blower are about the same as a 3,900-mile drive from Texas to Alaska in a [Ford] Raptor.”
Let’s face it: we all produce a lot of garbage. It is a byproduct of our lives. Most of it ends up in a landfill or going up in smoke in an incinerator with the ashes ending up in the landfill. As concerned citizens, we try to recycle as much as possible. Unfortunately, recycling is a lot more complicated than it would seem and mileage varies.
Some things were recycled before but can’t be now (e.g., Styrofoam). Some things can be recycled sometimes (e.g., Pizza boxes if they are not too funky with cheese and pepperoni grease). Some things where recycled before, are not now but may be in the near future (newspaper). Many plastic items that were previously recycled are now sent to the incinerator. What is really recycled and what ends up in the incinerator anyway? It is a bit confusing, and there is no shortage of opposing beliefs and opinions.
There is a form of recycling that is effective, simple, and readily available: Composting. If The Graduate were to be remade today, a young Dustin Hoffman might have been told that the future is not about Plastics but Composting.
Submitted by First Parish in Bedford
First Parish in Bedford, a Unitarian Universalist church, unanimously voted in favor of a resolution to endorse the aspirational goals of the Green New Deal (GND) at its annual meeting of the congregation on June 2, 2019. Feel free to visit the First Parish website and share the GND resolution with your own representatives.
Submitted by Carol Amick, Bedford Garden Club sale chair
The Bedford Garden Club wishes to thank the community for its overwhelming response at our annual Geranium, Perennial and Floral Arrangement sale held May 11th.
We sold out almost all the beautiful geraniums, Gerbera daisies, verbena, and creeping phlox; hundreds and hundreds of perennials dug from the gardens of Garden Club members as well as non-Club members found new homes to beautify and please local gardeners.
By Emily Prince, Bedford Mothers Out Front
On behalf of Mothers Out Front, I would like to extend a sincere thank you to Town Manager, Sarah Stanton, and Facilities Director, Taissir Alani, for their commitment to reducing Bedford’s carbon footprint.
By Destination Imagination Teams
TEJKMO – Grade 5: Tyler Munsie, Eliza Dickert, Jacob Loroutas, Kevin Visoka, Mina Belir and Owen Walton and
The Skittleworms – Grade 7: Ada Cooprider, Toby Favalora, Rachael Hsu, Evan Kelly, Hayden McAllister and Jane Stewart
We are so grateful for all of the family, friends, neighbors, and supporters who ate at Ginger Japanese Restaurant on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, as part of the Destination Imagination Fundraiser. Thanks to your support, we were able to raise significant funds towards the registration expenses for the two Bedford teams representing Massachusetts in the Destination Imagination Global Finals in Kansas City in a few weeks.
By Diane Cohen
We would like to thank family, friends, community, and all that have reached out to us personally by phone, texts, emails, and comments on the opening of the Minuteman Diner.
By Sarah Legge
My 3-year-old son was bitten by a tick this week. We found the tick embedded in his head as we put him to bed on Tuesday, April 2. We had been a few hikes over the weekend in our neighborhood (including one at Fawn Lake in Bedford), which may have been where he picked up the tick. Or it may have come from our backyard, hopped off our dog, or from a walk at his daycare (also in Bedford) earlier in that day. We weren’t expecting to have to worry about ticks so early in the spring, but, sadly, that was a mistake. I’m writing to share this experience and to encourage you to reach out to your representatives to support an increase in funding for tick-borne diseases and Lyme disease prevention in Massachusetts.
The Greene family would like to thank the town of Bedford for all their support after we lost our son Tyler on March 23rd, 2019. The Bedford community has reached out to us in so many ways and this is providing us with so much comfort during this hard time. We live in a special town.