The Community Choice Aggregation of electricity that the Town of Bedford negotiated and approved started in August. This town-wide purchasing agreement has enabled the majority of Bedford residents to receive 5% more renewable energy in addition to the 14% Eversource is required by the State to provide.
With thanks to Bedford Charter Service, The Bedford Citizen is proud to publish the School Department’s bus routes for the 2019-2020 school year. Read the list below, or click this link to view/download/print a PDF of the Job Lane School Routes for your fridge
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By Ann A Kiessling, PhD
Entomologists began predicting last year that 2019 could see markedly increased incidences of Eastern Equine Encephalitis, EEE, infections in Massachusetts. They were right, the first human case of EEE was reported in Plymouth County on Saturday, August 10. https://www.mass.gov/news/state-public-health-officials-announce-first-human-case-of-eee-in-the-commonwealth.
Prior to this, because of the sheer numbers of mosquitoes, as well as the marked increase in those testing positive for EEE, a serious frequently fatal infection of the central nervous system, nine communities in southeastern MA were elevated to the level of “Critical” risk, which prompted aerial spraying after dark last week in several communities https://massnrc.org/spray-map.
The communities at “Critical” risk are Middleborough, Carver, Lakeville, Wareham, Rochester, Freetown, Acushnet, New Bedford and Marion.
Submitted by the Bedford Board of Health
The East Middlesex Mosquito Control Project is planning to use a truck-mounted aerosol sprayer to apply Sumithrin in Bedford on Tuesday and Wednesday night next week. Spraying will be done between dusk and 11:30 PM.
Compiled by The Bedford Citizen
According to the Bedford Police Department’s Twitter feed, a bobcat was spotted on the Middlesex Community College Campusseveral times on Wednesday. The announcement also went out via a neighborhood-specific Robocall late in the afternoon.
By Julie McCay Turner
In late July a large group of residents and neighborhood activists gathered in the Reed Room at Town Hall, seeking to mitigate the impact of increased traffic on neighborhood streets — particularly Alcott Street, Dewey Road, Gould Road, and Temple Terrace — after changes to the Rte 62/Old Billerica Road intersection. The Alcott, Gould, Dewey (TAGD) neighborhood group is led by Elizabeth Stringer Keefe, Jessica Lynch, and Jessica Jannace and has grown to include Wagon Wheel, Old Stagecoach, and their side streets. A meeting with Bedford Police officers Tom Devine and Jeffrey French in late February revealed data collected by the department. According to Elizabeth Stringer Keefe, “At that meeting, Officer Devine reported on the data collected in the neighborhood, including making 18 stops in 1 hour and 12 minutes (3 citations and 15 warnings). The highest speed clocked was 71 mph in this residential neighborhood.
By Stacy Kershaw
It’s hot and humid and the last thing anyone wants to do is heavy yard work. So, this month, I’ve compiled a list of my favorite gardening hacks.
Submitted on behalf of State Rep Ken Gordon (D-Bedford)
Significant investments would come to Bedford and Burlington through advancements in the microgrid, electric vehicles, and energy storage projects
As climate change becomes a larger concern at the local level, State Representative Ken Gordon (D-Bedford) joined his colleagues to fight the ongoing, negative effects of global warming.
Casting a unanimous vote 158 members of the Massachusetts House of Representatives passed legislation to invest $1.3 billion to help cities and towns across Massachusetts fund infrastructure projects aimed at fighting climate change and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.