Middlesex Community College Alums Bongiorno and Chemaly to Address the Class of 2019

Submitted by Middlesex Community College

Middlesex Community College’s Commencement exercises for the approximately 1,150  members of the Class of 2019 will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 23, in the Lowell Memorial Auditorium, 50 E. Merrimack St. The processional begins at 9:30 a.m. in front of the Cowan Center on the Lowell campus, located diagonally across from the auditorium.

This year, two outstanding alums will address the Class of 2019. Bedford Police Chief Robert Bongiorno (Class of 1993) will address graduates at Commencement exercises on May 23. And Linda Krasnecki Chemaly (1972), of Trinity EMS, will address Health Programs graduates at MCC’s Health Pinning Ceremony to be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, in the Lowell Memorial Auditorium.Both Bongiorno and Chemaly will be presented 2019 Distinguished Alumni Awards during Commencement exercises on May 23.

Bedford Police Announce Six Informational Programs

Submitted on behalf of the Bedford Police Department

Chief Robert Bongiorno and the Bedford Police Department are pleased to announce that a series of six informational sessions on various public safety and policing topics will be held in the coming months.

The Department has planned the programs, one each month from May to October, to familiarize the community with members of the department and inform residents about various public safety and policing topics.

Bedford Police to Participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 27

Submitted on behalf of the Bedford Police Department

Chief Robert Bongiorno reports that the Bedford Police Department is participating in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day this weekend and encourages residents to drop off their unused or expired medications.

Additional officers will be at the department on Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to assist residents during National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

A Great Day to Save the Environment ~ Easter Sunday, 2019

By Julie McCay Turner

On Easter morning, River Steward Ralph Hammond walked to the far edge of his back yard to check on the Shawsheen River as he often does. Was the water high for this time of year? What would the flow rate work out to be? As a curious sort, such questions are not out of the ordinary for him.

Noticing a sheen of oil on the water, Hammond rode his bicycle upstream to see what he could learn. Discovering an oil sheen where the Elm Brook flows beneath The Great Road, he deduced that the spill did not originate in the Shawsheen. (Elm Brook flows into the Shawsheen just north of The Great Road.)

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.

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