Bopha Malone Joins C4RJ Board of Directors

Submitted on behalf of Communities for Restorative Justice (C4RJ)

Bopha Malone of Bedford has been appointed to the Board of Directors of Communities for Restorative Justice (C4RJ). Malone is a vice president and Regional Business Advisor at Enterprise Bank where she supports business development and sales efforts for the bank. With her husband, Tom, and their two children, she has lived in Bedford for three years.

An Interview with Bedford Police Chief Robert Bongiorno

By Lee Vorderer

Editor’s Note: Chief Robert Bongiorno came to Bedford in 2011 and was voted a new 5-year contract by the Selectmen earlier this year. With thanks to Lee Vorderer for her report on the Chief’s thoughts about his service in Bedford and his look to the future.

Chief Robert Bongiorno of the Bedford Police Department at Bedford Day in 2012 – Image (c) JMcCT, 2012 all rights reservedIt’s not surprising that Bedford’s Police Chief Robert Bongiorno is a police officer–growing up, he was surrounded by family members who were officers and it’s all he ever wanted to be.  He loves his job here in Bedford but points out that it’s a very different job from the one he dreamed of as a child.

Bongiorno describes the job then as the ‘Joe Friday’ approach from the old police show Dragnet – find the offender and make an arrest.  While that certainly still takes place, he says that perhaps 90% of current policing does not require law enforcement, at least in the traditional sense.  Rather, it reflects public health needs and a public health approach to responding to domestic issues, substance abuse, and mental health problems. 

Bedford Police and Recreation Department Host Successful Basketball Season

Submitted on behalf of the Bedford Police Department

Chief Robert Bongiorno and Recreation Youth Program Coordinator Nikki Taylor are pleased to announce that the Police-Recreation Basketball League completed another successful basketball season.

The league, which just wrapped its sixth season, brings together Bedford High School students (who are not on the school’s basketball teams) and members of the Bedford Police Department for pick-up basketball.

Sgt. Jeff Wardwell Named 2019 School Resource Officer of the Year

Submitted on behalf of the Bedford Police Department

Chief Robert Bongiorno is pleased to share that Sgt. Jeff Wardwell has been named School Resource Officer (SRO) of the year by the Massachusetts Juvenile Police Officers Association (MJPOA).

Sgt. Wardwell was given the Ronald Kinlock Award for School Resource Officer of the Year by the MJPOA on Monday, April 1 at the annual MJPOA convention in Norwood. The award recognizes one officer each year who works with young people and exudes understanding, compassion, and patience.

Downed Wires Cause Fires, Snarled Traffic; 400+ Customers Without Electricity for Several Hours

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Downed wires caused a major traffic mess in Bedford on Tuesday afternoon, and more than 400 Eversource customers were without electricity.

The Great Road was closed between Shawsheen and Brooksbie Roads due to a downed wire just west of the entrance to the Bedford Shopping Center. A nearly simultaneous downed wire caused a brush fire and the closure of Wiggins Avenue.

Third Stop the Bleed Training Session Scheduled for March 21

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

The Bedford Fire Department will lead the third Stop the Bleed training session at 7 pm on Wednesday, March 21 in the Flint Room at Town Center.

A pair of residents shared feedback from their experience in the previous classes held in January and February:

Bedford Police and Fire Departments Offer Guidance on CBD Products

Submitted on behalf of the Bedford Police and Fire Departments

As CBD products become more readily available across Massachusetts, Police Chief Robert Bongiorno and Fire Chief David Grunes are urging residents to be cautious, research items before buying, and remember that the drug’s legality at the federal level remains murky.

While many CBD products claim to cure physical pains, benefit mental health, and even cure some illnesses, these benefits are largely unsubstantiated by science. Only one CBD drug has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration after it was studied closely. The drug treats seizures associated with severe epilepsy.

Wild and Gusty Winds Blow Through Bedford

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Heavy winds arrived in Bedford on Monday morning, blowing the contents of Bedford’s open recycling bins hither and yon, and tipping trash bins into the road. Gusts up to 65 mph are expected.

The storm’s impact is widespread across Bedford, with evidence of twigs and crushed branches on almost every road, along with a tree that fell on a home in West Bedford, and at least two road closures.

Vehicle from Burlington Carjacking Located in Revere, Suspects in Custody

Submitted on behalf of the Burlington Police Department

On Tuesday morning Police Chief Michael Kent reported that the 2018 Audi sedan taken at gunpoint from a Burlington resident on Monday evening was recovered after it crashed in Revere early Tuesday morning. Four suspects have been taken into custody by the Revere Police Department.

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