Bedford Fire Department Open House ~ Saturday, October 13 ~ Celebrating National Fire Safety Month

Submitted by The Bedford Fire Department

The Bedford Fire Department invites local families to an open house, at the Bedford Fire Station, 55 Great Road, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, from 12 noon to 3 p.m., to learn more about fire safety. October is National Fire Safety Month and during the open house, families will learn about fire prevention, meet your firefighters and enjoy free Papa Gino’s pizza.

Multiple Bear Sightings in West Bedford on Monday Evening

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Multiple reports of bear visitors in West Bedford came into the Bedford Police around dusk on Monday, September 24.

Bedford’s Animal Control Officer Michael Leskouski typically responds to calls about stray dogs, but on Monday evening, along with the Environmental Police, he responded to bear sightings in West Bedford, after ursine visits along Concord Road, Davis Road, at the intersection of Hilda and Mae Roads, then Glenridge, the end of Notre Dame, and finally Battle Flagg Road.

Train to Support Those Affected by Domestic Violence in Our Communities

Submitted by the Domestic Violence Services Network, Inc.

Domestic Violence Services Network, Inc. (DVSN) is holding its next free Volunteer Advocate Training program at the Concord Police Department from September 25 to October 13, 2018. This 40-hour training session is provided at no cost to attendees and is being held on evenings and Saturdays to accommodate work schedules. The classes are scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 6:30 to 9:30 PM, and Saturdays, 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM. Classes will be held on September 25, 27, 29 and October 2, 4, 6, 9, 11, and 13.

Bedford Police Department to Reward Kids for Good Behavior

Submitted on behalf of the Bedford Police Department

Chief Robert Bongiorno is pleased to announce that the Bedford Police Department’s officers will be on the lookout for well-behaved children for the remainder of the summer and through the start of the school year.

Officers will hand out free ice cream coupons — courtesy of Bedford Farms — to kids who are “caught” doing the right thing. Examples include wearing a helmet while riding a bicycle and crossing the street correctly.

Bedford Police Honor Officers and Staff at Annual Awards Ceremony

Submitted on behalf of the Bedford Police Department

Chief Robert Bongiorno is pleased to announce that the Bedford Police Department recognized several of its officers and staff at its awards ceremony late last month.

On Thursday, June 28, the department honored numerous individuals for their actions that resulted in lives being saved, suspects being apprehended and an enhanced presence by Bedford Police in the community.

“Modern policing carries a wide-ranging set of responsibilities, and I’m proud of all of our officers for their commitment to fulfilling those duties and responding to unpredictable circumstances,” Chief Bongiorno said. “Each of these individuals went above and beyond the call of duty, and I’m grateful for their continued service on behalf of the Bedford community.”

Keeping the Peace: Avoid Anger on the Road

Commentary by Lt. Det. Scott Jones of the Bedford Police Department

When my daughter first learned to drive on the streets of Arlington, Cambridge, and Somerville she slowly started to lament the sights of bicyclists also traveling on the road. As a recreational bicyclist herself, she initially harbored no animosity toward bicyclists. But as an inexperienced driver it became different story. She nervously attempted to navigate around the cyclists- oftentimes cursing their very existence. She also would like to see them relegated to the bike paths. It is not uncommon for motorists to call the police about a pack of cyclists taking up a lane on Carlisle Road in Bedford on a pleasant Saturday morning or conversely a bicyclist complaining of their treatment by motorists. In the past our community has experienced egregious and hostile acts by motorists and bicyclist alike.

It is natural to assume that when you bring various users together to negotiate our roadways there are bound to be some misunderstandings, tension, and even some conflict — with motorists usually holding the upper hand.

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