Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Thanks to Bedford’s Recycling Coordinator Ed McGrath for organizing biannual town-wide recycling days at the DPW facility on The Great Road. There will be paper shredding, electronics recycling and other delights: https://www.thebedfordcitizen.org/2018/10/dpw-offers-paper-shredding-and-electronic-waste-recycling-at-fall-recycling-event/

Hours, from 9 am until Noon at Bedford’s DPW building, 314 The Great Road.

Transportation Advisory Committee Hears Criticism of Changes to Old Billerica Road Intersection

By Peter Manning

Recent changes to the intersection of Old Billerica Road and Route 62 West moved the traffic island to the side to form a T, improving visibility but also allowing a shift in turning lane priority. An extra turning-lane designed to help Old Billerica traffic filter onto 62 West was replaced to instead help 62 West turn onto Old Billerica, as noted in the attached illustration.

Many residents living along Old Billerica Road—and in the immediate area—have noticed a sharp increase in traffic, backed up into their neighborhoods. This increase also makes a once-simple route to Bedford Center difficult. Kevin Lach, a resident living with the negative ramifications of this change firsthand, represented his neighbors as he presented the following effects—both good and bad—to the Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) at their October 10 meeting.

Recycling Know-No’s Part 4: We Want Your Pizza Boxes but Not Your Pizza!

By Gene Kalb

*** Editors Note – Fall Recycling Event at DPW – This Saturday, October 20, 9 a.m. to Noon @ DPW, 314 Great Road Details **

Question #4 – Pizza Boxes – Everybody loves pizza! But what to do with the box when you’re done? At one point I heard that you shouldn’t recycle the box. But is that still true? What do I do with my used pizza box?

“We Want Your Pizza Boxes but Not Your Pizza!”

Planning Board Reviews Davis Road Boardwalk and other Key Issues

By Peter Manning

The Public Hearing began with a defense of the proposed, elevated walkway bordering Davis Road as conducted by Adrienne St. John and Dennis Freeman of the Department of Public Works. A previous town meeting determined the necessity of this project, doubling as a scenic route and daily necessity to connect the immediate neighborhoods—Notre Dame, Revolutionary Ridge—with important town locations, specifically the Great Road and the nearby public schools.

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.

Recycling Know No’s ~ Part 3: Why Aren’t Cartons Accepted in Bedford’s Recycling Program Anymore?

By Gene Kalb

Question #3 – Cartons, Milk and otherwise. Milk cartons seem like they should able to be recycled. I always used to rinse them out and put them in the recycle bin. I see my neighbor does it too so it must be ok, right?

One of the changes to Bedford’s Recycling Program this summer was the elimination of cartons from the list of acceptable materials.

The term “carton” refers to the half-gallon or quart size containers with a gable top. The term also includes ice cream cartons. Most cartons contain beverages such as milk and other dairy products, orange juice, lemonade and other fruit drinks, and iced tea. Also in this category are the shelf-stable containers for products like broths and milk (regular milk, almond milk, etc.).

Welcome, Sarah Stanton ~ Bedford’s New Town Manager

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Town Manager Sarah Stanton and a Lane School student on International Walk Bike to School Day – Image (c) JMcCT, 2018 all rights reserved – Click to view full sized image

Monday, October 1, 2018, marked the first day of Sarah Stanton’s tenure as Bedford’s new Town Manager.

The day began with an 8 am Swearing In ceremony in the Selectmen’s meeting room, attended by Department Heads and the Selectmen, and ended with Stanton’s first Selectmen’s meeting.

Town-Wide Flu Clinic – Saturday, October 6 from 9 am to Noon at JGMS

Submitted by the Bedford Board of Health

The Bedford Board of Health is pleased to announce that the Town Wide Flu Clinic is scheduled for Saturday, October 6th from 9 AM – 12 PM at the John Glenn Middle School Cafeteria.

Getting the flu shot still is the best way to prevent getting the flu. Anyone can get the flu, but the risk of getting flu is highest among children. Flu can make some people much sicker than others including young children, people 65 and older, pregnant women, and people with certain health conditions – such as asthma, heart, lung or kidney disease, nervous system disorders, or a weakened immune system. Flu can make existing medical conditions much worse and can also lead to pneumonia and cause diarrhea and seizures in children.

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