Bedford Citizens need to stay home whenever they can, practice social distancing, and wear masks when they are out in public.
We need to do our part and act as if we have Covid-19 to help slow the spread of the virus in our community. We should not be demanding that the town open and monitor recreation areas for our amusement.
I recommend that Bedford open the high school tennis courts on a limited basis with on-site supervision to provide some exercise for our citizens. The high school facility includes a tennis backboard suitable for one player, a singles court good for two or four players from a self-quarantining group, and two doubles court which could be made available for one game each. The town could offer on-line registration or first come first served.
I sincerely believe that the best way to survive the coronavirus pandemic and the economic depression that it is causing is to look to the future and to see this also as an opportunity to make the world a better, more liveable place and at the same time give work to people whose jobs have been disrupted.
We are very pleased with the outpouring of support Bedford residents have shown for Bedford area businesses. Thank You!
Along with providing needed goods and services, Bedford area businesses play a large role in the community. In addition to providing jobs for residents and providing tax revenue for the town, businesses are very involved in the region. Whether it’s providing volunteers to clean up roadside litter, fundraising for Bedford Schools, or making donations to the Bedford Food Bank, our businesses play a critical role in our town. In fact, many of our local life science companies are actively involved in the diagnostics and treatment of many illnesses that affect our community and the world.
The current outbreak of Covid-19 has launched us both nationally and globally into times that are unprecedented and many call pre-apocalyptic. As millions of Americans take daily notice of hourly news reports and updates from around the United States, it is easy to stay within a domestic bubble. The spread of the virus, however, is affecting everyone in ways both unforeseen and devastating far beyond our Bedford and Massachusetts communities.
Having had to fight for certain rights for my children, and often not with complete success, yet talking to parents around the country and the world about the same issues, I have come to be very grateful for the right to fight. We are very fortunate to have certain principles and structures in place to enable us to even mount those efforts. So I love our country because of that, not because it doesn’t have problems, and in several ways, big ones.
The family of Keith W. Colbath, Sr. would like to thank the Bedford Funeral Home, Father Michael, and Dennis Freeman (DPW), for creating a heartwarming and moving, open-air Funeral Mass celebrated in the sunshine, surrounded by flowering trees and a beautiful lawn.
One month ago today was the last time our team was together, teaching. The rug was ripped out from under us as we quickly realized the impending danger of remaining open to 79 children and 19 adults. It just was not safe, but the decision kept us up at night wondering what the other daycare centers were doing and if the state was going to give us direction. Hanging in the balance were all the parents we support by providing care for their children so they can work.
Our prescientific ancestors might have thought that this pandemic was sent to us by a supernatural being. Each variety of faith would claim that their supernatural being did this, for reasons that they alone are qualified to explain. We reject this way of thinking because we know better. We know that the virus evolved. It is a product of the random mutations of a few strands of viral RNA. Many random mutations in other organisms don’t affect us. This one does. But that does not give it supernatural meaning.
However, in this season of Passover and Easter, it seems reasonable to talk about signs and portents, death and resurrection, heroes and saviors, and survival and deliverance. Our current era gives us plenty of opportunity to talk about these things, without resorting to supernatural thinking.
In between doing activities to fill our days of isolation– jigsaw puzzles, games of Scrabble, reading, favorite TV shows/movies, neighborhood walks, talking with friends and family — my husband and I did something we’ve been putting off for a long time.
We sat together and talked about our concerns and wishes for end-of-life; specifically, we started preparing our individual advanced directives for health care and other end of life decisions.
The Covid-19 pandemic is certainly highlighting for me the reality of my vulnerabilities and mortality in ways I was able to dismiss or ignore previously. This is not easy…in fact, it is darn hard and terrifying at times. But I have found that possessing good information, getting in touch with what I value most, and concretely talking about my wishes with my loved ones has given me a semblance of control in this unpredictable and scary time.
It dawned on me today, while looking through my kitchen window at the birds on the feeder and the chipmunk scurrying underneath for fallen tidbits of seeds, that as much as I love to sit and observe nature, the roles now seem to have been reversed. Is the bird now looking at me through the window? Is the chipmunk coming up to the sliding door and peering in to observe my actions? Is the hawk circling overhead watching my movements that are limited by the railing on the back deck?
In many ways nature must be breathing a sigh of relief at the freedom from the relentless activity of humans. Cars barreling down roadways, airplanes and leaf blowers, toxins flowing into rivers, smokestacks spewing, the incessant chatter of our voices, our constant rush to get from one place to the next and the frenetic energy unleashed into the air from the pursuit.
Since the first case of COVID-19 in China this past November, I have seen a flood of reactions pour out over social media, as well as every radio and TV station imaginable. There are those who have used humor to offset the perceived seriousness of the situation, and the thousands of parents who have flocked in mass numbers to every Stop & Shop, Wegmans, Market Basket, CVS, and Target in search of toilet paper, cleaning supplies and food. With news reports, stories, speculations and theories dropping hundreds of times an hour, 24 hours a day, I find it impossible to know where to begin reading and when to stop, much less what information is the most trustworthy in a situation that is only just beginning to present any concrete statistics and data.
ByCorinne Doud and Sue Swanson for Mothers Out Front |
Thank-you to the Cordes family for publicly acknowledging what so many of us are feeling! The members of Mothers Out Front also thank our town’s leaders, including Sarah Stanton and all the other members of the Covid-19 Task Force. We appreciate the balanced concern these dedicated people are showing for the safety and health of residents and for the needs of the greater community. We also appreciate the great coverage that The Bedford Citizen is sharing with us.
It’s important that the Covid-19 epidemic not eclipse the need for Bedford residents to remember that April is spring tick season!
SARS2, the causative virus of Covid-19, does not survive outdoors, especially in the sun, and being outside is highly therapeutic for families whose schedules have been turned upside down, so it is more important than ever to be outside and take advantage of Bedford’s many, many lovely outdoor areas.
The ticks emerging right now are the small nymphs, the form this fascinating insect assumes after morphing from larvae. They are only about 2 mm in diameter, less than an eighth of an inch, extremely easy to overlook.
We are writing to thank Sarah Stanton, Town Manager, Heidi Porter, Board of Health, and the entire COVID-19 emergency management team in Bedford for the outstanding, exemplary job they have done over the past 4 weeks to keep the residents and those who work in Bedford as safe as possible.
Their dedication to our safety – whether they are health workers, managers, police, fire, facilities, or DPW – is spectacular.
Bedford’s Town Election on March 14 turned out to have unexpected national significance. Not only was Bopha Malone the first minority candidate to win election to Bedford’s Select Board (as far as anyone seems to know) it has also been discovered that she was only the second Cambodian American woman in the entire country ever to win election to public office. This is clearly a big win for Cambodians everywhere, but especially in the eyes of young Cambodian American women.
I write to you safe and sound from my home in Bedford, having returned safely from a three-week business trip to Gazzaniga, Italy on January 31, a day on which the first two cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in a couple who had flown into the country through the same airport through which I was departing.
The Italian Prime Minister declared an emergency that day, immediately suspended all flights to and from China, and began screening everyone arriving in Italy via airplane. Within 26 days, that couple and a friend were discharged from the hospital, but by then there were 397 additional infected people, 12 of whom had died.
Thus began the exponential explosion which continues to this day in Italy.
I’d like to take a moment to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone who took part in our Town’s election. The day would not have been possible without the amazing town employees and volunteers who made the best of a difficult situation and did everything possible to keep voters safe.
I’d also like to thank the many people who took the time to share their concerns and hopes with me and my fellow candidates, and to the many people who made it out on Saturday to do their civic duty and vote. It was wonderful to see such a high turnout and such high spirits on Saturday, in spite of everything going on.
I am writing to thank all those who voted in Saturday’s town election, and to express my appreciation to those who helped me and supported my campaign.
I am pleased to have run a race based on my experience and expertise. I think candidates should run in a way that is honest, comfortable and consistent with their values while offering realistic ideas to address our community’s needs.
I attended the Bedford Finance Committee meeting on [Thursday, March 5, 2020]. Unfortunately, I must report that I was disappointed in the fiscal oversight performed by the committee on this evening.
I attended this meeting to learn more about the Town’s proposal to spend over 30 million dollars on a new fire station. The proposed re-location of the station requires a hostile, eminent domain taking of a property that is contributing over $64 thousand dollars per year to our tax base. The taking and demolition of this multi-tenant building will displace, or put out of work, 50-100 members of our community. Furthermore, this proposal has been developed in secret without community input and sprung on us with little time to understand the issues and proposed solution before are asked to vote on the plan at Annual Town Meeting.