Bedford Santa Program ~ An Important Reminder and Announcement

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

The Bedford Santa program is the Town’s longest-running volunteer program, begun more than 50 years ago and available to all families with children (or grandchildren) in Bedford on Christmas Eve.

Any child in Bedford can be visited by Santa on Christmas Eve and be presented with a special Christmas gift. Expenses are covered by donations, not town funds and volunteers make this special evening a success. For more information about the program, please visit or visit the program’s Facebook page, (Live links in the body of the story)

A Bittersweet Farewell at Bedford TV

Submitted by Bedford TV

Bedford TV staff and board said a bittersweet goodbye to long-time Outreach Manager, Paula Gilarde last week. Paula’s employment at Bedford TV spanned 9 years, from 2009-2018, and was one of the longest tenures by any former staff member of Bedford TV. Despite being such a critical component to the life of Bedford TV, Paula spent most of her time out of the spotlight.

“You’ve probably gotten used to hearing from Paula over the years, you just might not have known it,” said former Bedford TV Executive Director, Greg Dolan. “Paula has been the voice behind BTV’s website, social media posts, email blasts, and community bulletin board. While she may have preferred working behind the scenes, to everyone directly involved in the operations of the station, she stood out as one of the primary reasons for the success of the organization.”

Bedford Cub Scouts visit Boston MedFlight

Submitted by Bedford Cub Scout Dens 7 and 8, Pack 194

Cub Scout Noah Anderson-LaPorte in a MedFlight helicopter – Courtesy image (c) Kristen Mattson, 2018 all rights reserved – Click to view larger image

On the evening of November 28th, the Webelo-age (4th grade) Cub Scouts from Pack 194 visited MedFlight Boston at Hanscom Civil Air Terminal. The Webelo scouts consisted of boys from two dens – den 7 and den 8. Eleven cub scouts attended the tour, however, the group was over thirty with siblings and parents. The MedFlight facility at Hanscom’s Civil air terminal is brand new having recently moved from the military side of the Hanscom facility.

Meet Kathleen Fahey, Executive Director, the Bedford Historical Society

By Dot Bergin

For an expert on life in colonial times, Kathleen Fahey has a perfect view out her window at the Bedford Historical Society: from her desk, she looks toward the circa 1710 Fitch Tavern on The Great Road.

Fahey is the newly appointed Executive Director of the Society and she brings a wealth of experience in local sites to her new position. Before coming to Bedford, she was the curator at the Wellesley Historical Society for more than eight years.

Breakfast With Santa – Rotary’s 32-Year Old Holiday Tradition

Submitted by the Bedford Rotary Club

Bedford Rotary once again invites Bedford families to Breakfast With Santa on Sunday, December 9th at Bedford High School. The doors open for this annual tradition at 9:00 am and close at 12:00 pm.

This will be the 32nd year that Santa has come to Bedford to visit the town’s children and listen to their wishes for Christmas 2018. And, while they’re sitting on Santa’s lap Rotary’s photographer will be snapping a keepsake photo for them to take home with them.

Turkey Trot 2018 Benefits the Bedford Food Pantry

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen, with photographs by Caroline Fedele Although a deep freeze fell over Bedford on November 22, the town’s annual Turkey Trot came off without a hitch to raise funds that benefit the Bedford Food Pantry and Community Table. No one...

Bedford Marks Armistice Day Centenary with Multiple Community Events

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Sunday, November 11, 2018, marks the Centenary of the Armistice to end World War I at 11 am on November 11, in 1918.

Beginning on Saturday, November 3, Bedford will observe the occasion with music and services in the historic meeting house on Bedford Common, in ceremonies conducted by Bedford’s Patriotic Holiday Committee at Veterans Memorial Park, and in events produced by the Bedford Historical Society and the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital.

Buy Nothing, Bedford ~ Developing Community Through Sharing No Longer Needed Belongings

By Dot Bergin

Everything from a jar of pickles to a chintz-covered sofa to a set of elegant china – as well as children’s books, clothing, toys, and sports equipment – you can find it all on Buy Nothing, Bedford, a thriving social movement that has now grown to some 500 members in less than a year.

Buy Nothing, Bedford resides on a Facebook platform and is easy to join. It provides an innovative way for people to offer–for free–no longer needed household items, or, conversely, to put out the word for items they are seeking. But there is a deeper purpose beyond simply offloading one’s excess “stuff.” The goal of the project is to build community and forge deeper connections with neighbors, in the exchange of goods.

School Committee Receptive to Reducing Food Waste in Schools

By Carolyn Weaver, Bedford Mothers Out Front

McAllister reports his Belmont School is already Recycling and Composting

On Oct 2, 2018, three members of Bedford Mothers Out Front spoke to the School Committee on the topic of reducing food waste in school lunchrooms. Mothers Out Front is a non-profit organization that works to make climate change an issue our leaders can no longer ignore for the sake of all children. Surprisingly, food waste is the third largest contributor to global warming, according to Paul Hawken, editor of Drawdown, a book listing 100 scientifically proven ways to reverse climate change.

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