Residents Learn How to Save Lives: “Question, Persuade, Refer”

Submitted by the Bedford Board of Health and Bedford and Youth and Family Services

Roughly 30 Bedford residents attended a free suicide prevention workshop sponsored by Bedford Board of Health (BoH) in collaboration with Bedford Youth and Family Services (YFS) this past week. The workshop was titled “Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR)” and was offered by Jon Mattleman, a certified QPR trainer and former Needham Youth Services Director. This workshop was the second offering by the town focused on preventing suicide, the first offering being last September’s event called “Talk Saves Lives” and facilitated by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Both BoH and YFS have been concerned about the increased signs of stress and depression in Bedford, which replicate those in surrounding communities and the nation, and are committed to offering solutions and hope wherever possible. Educating citizens to ask, listen, and intervene where concerns or ideation may exist is one such way.

Open House at Town Hall on Monday, December 3 will Inaugurate New Business Hours

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

To kick off a change in the hours Town Hall offices are open for business, residents and businesses are invited to meet Department Heads and staff along with local boards and committees at an Open House in Town Hall on Monday, December 3, 2018, from 4 to 7 pm.

The Open House is also an opportunity to get a behind the scenes look at what goes on in Bedford’s municipal offices, and conduct any business needed.

Shopping on Cyber Monday? Keep Package Deliveries Safe with these Tips from the Bedford Police

Submitted on behalf of The Bedford Police Department

As the holiday season approaches, more and more families are turning to the convenience of online shopping for presents. Chief Robert Bongiorno and the Bedford Police Department would like to remind residents of some best practices they can employ to ensure that the gifts they buy online will make it into the hands of loved ones, not thieves.

QPR Suicide Prevention Training for the Bedford Community ~ November 27, 6:30 to 8:30 pm

Submitted by the Bedford Board of Health

The Bedford Board of Health and Bedford Youth and Family Services are sponsoring a free suicide prevention training for the Bedford community on Tuesday, November 27, 2018, from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at the Bedford Free Public Library, First Floor Meeting Room at 7 Mudge Way.

Did you know that there are over 550 completed suicides each year in Massachusetts alone? Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) is modeled after the Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) medical intervention. This training is intended to help you better understand the complex issue of suicide and provide you with the tools to respond should you interact with those with mental health concerns.

DPW Preps Sabourin Field for Thursday’s Big Game

Submitted by the Bedford DPW

Waiting for the sun to do its part in helping to clear Sabourin Field – Image (c) Bedford DPW, 2018 all rights reserved – Click to view larger image

In final preparation for the annual Thanksgiving Day football game between Concord-Carlisle and the Bedford Buccaneers, DPW crews have additional work to clear the snow from Sabourin Field.

With the 8-inches of snow last Friday and another dusting earlier this week, they’re working to plow the field with a specially equipped roller system attached to a plow blade to protect the synthetic turf. Once the snow is pushed off, the crew will spread black sand across the field to speed up the final melting process.

Library Receives Grant to Create a Drop-in Playroom

Submitted by Bethany Klem, Head of Children’s Services

The Bedford Free Public Library was recently awarded a federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant for $9,947 from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC). “This year’s grants illustrate the vibrant and dynamic ways that libraries connect with their communities,” said Robert Favini, Head of Library Advisory and Development at the MBLC. “The grants help libraries expand service offerings, impact lives and demonstrate why libraries continue to be a vital part of the civic landscape. We are proud of the work that is done by Massachusetts libraries through the LSTA grant program.”

Selectmen to Hear DPW Transportation Program Update ~ Monday, November 19

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

At the Selectmen’s meeting on Monday, November 19, the Department of Public Works intends to present its FY19/FY20 Transportation Program Update.

The presentation to the Selectmen has four basic tenets to inform project design. The principles guided recent changes to the Rte 62 / Old Billerica Road intersection

Meet and Greet Sarah Stanton, Bedford’s Town Manager ~ Sunday, November 18 at 2 pm

From the Bedford League of Women Voters

Sarah Stanton recently assumed her new role as the Bedford Town Manager. Like any new employee, she has spent her first couple weeks getting to know more about Bedford, its people, processes, and challenges. Tuesday evening she attended her first Bedford Town Meeting and was introduced to the attendees who welcomed her with a round of applause.

Sunday afternoon, November 18 at 2:00 pm, the Bedford League of Women Voters (LWV) invites Bedford residents to a “Meet and Greet” with Sarah Stanton. It will be an opportunity to hear more about her background and her initial impressions of our community. There will also be time for participants to ask questions or express opinions about issues to which they think she needs to give attention.

Alumni vs Bucs Varsity Hockey Game ~ Friday, November 23 at 12:40 pm

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Bedford’s varsity teams field a pair of Thanksgiving Classics. In addition to Thursday morning’s football game, there’s an ice hockey game featuring the BHS Hockey team and an alumni team that includes town employees. It’s played at The Edge Sports Center, and this year it begins at 12:40 pm in the lower rink.

The game is a fundraiser for the Asperger’s/Autism Network; in 2017 the event raised $1,260 and the organizers would like to raise that or more this year.

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