Superior Court Rules in Favor of First Parish in Bedford’s Solar Panel Project

Submitted by First Parish in Bedford, Unitarian Universalist

The First Parish in Bedford, Unitarian Universalist’s goal of running on renewable energy came a lot closer to reality this week. A Massachusetts Superior Court judge ordered the Town of Bedford’s Historic District Commission (HDC) to grant the church permission to install solar panels on the sanctuary roof. Concluding that the HDC’s denial of the solar panel project was “arbitrary and exceeds its authority”, and by reversing that denial, the Court paved the way for First Parish to proceed with its plans to reduce the building’s carbon footprint in order to mitigate the effects of global climate change.

An Obituary: Ethel R. Twichell

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Ethel R. Twichell passed away at Carleton-Willard Village on August 9. Formerly a resident of Belmont, Mrs. Twitchell was a historian, librarian, gardener, cook, friend and loving mother.

Important Discussions from the August 6 Selectmen’s Meeting

By Jeffrey Epstein

In their meeting on Monday, August 6 the Selectmen considered public art and celebratory haiku; bus stop shelters; remote participation in official meetings; and an update on the Town’s Fiber-Optic Network with a Central Phone Exchange that will go into service after Labor Day

Housing Partnership Hears Proposal for New Buildings at Bedford Woods

By Dot Bergin

Real estate developer Sid Gehlot appeared before the August 8 meeting of the Bedford Housing Partnership to present preliminary plans for two new buildings and the designation of affordable units in the Village at Bedford Woods, 1000 Albion Road. (Albion is the last street off Middlesex Turnpike, just before the Billerica town line.)

The Bedford Garden Club Presents ‘The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh’ on Tuesday, September 11 at 7 p,

Submitted by the Bedford Garden Club

The community is invited to hear author Kathryn Aalto, author of The New York Times best-seller, The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh, in the sanctuary of First Parish, Bedford’s historic meeting house on the Common, to learn about the very real Hundred Acre Wood. The program will begin at 7 pm on Tuesday, September 11, and guests are welcome to remain for a book signing after the presentation.

A Letter to the Editor, August 10, 2018: Change is in the Air?

By Jan van Steenwijk

I live in one of those quiet, typical, small towns in Massachusetts. Growing in population, more homes, businesses, cars and…more bicyclists, like myself.

One day a robot phone call came in. It was our Town Manager. “All members of town appointed committees must participate in a meeting next Thursday.” Being a member of the Town’s Bike Committee, I qualified. Excited and filled with questions, I showed up at the Town Hall. The place was jammed. There are so many committees, so many people.

Room Named in Reed’s Honor

By Jeffrey Epstein

Rick Reed ended his final Selectmen’s meeting with the surprise renaming of Town Hall’s Multipurpose Room in his honor. The auditorium is now named the Richard T. Reed Room, with a plaque noting his dates of service to the Town.

Roadway Paving ~ Scheduled During Week of August 20

Submitted by the Bedford Department of Public Works

The Bedford Department of Public Works has scheduled repaving in the following areas beginning August 15, 2018:

BROOKSBIE ROAD / PAGE ROAD -from Brooksbie Road to Old Billerica Road
OLD BILLERICA ROAD – from Page Road to Burlington Road
OLD BILLERICA ROAD – from Autumn Drive to Temple Terrace

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