Inviting Your Haiku Contributions in Celebration of the Minuteman Bikeway’s 25th Birthday

Inviting Your Haiku Contributions in Celebration of the Minuteman Bikeway’s 25th Birthday

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

The Minuteman Commuter Bikeway is turning 25 this year, and there’s a haiku contest administered by Arlington Public Art. Among the public art installed on the Bikeway for the birthday celebration, a series of haiku will be stenciled on the path for walkers, joggers, and cyclists to enjoy.

The Citizen hopes that Bedford writers will submit a lot of entries! It’s a simple format: Three lines, with 5 syllables in the first line, 7 in the second, and 5 in the third.

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Legislation Regarding Campus Sexual Misconduct Surveys, Civics Education, and Consumer Protections against Data Breaches

Legislation Regarding Campus Sexual Misconduct Surveys, Civics Education, and Consumer Protections against Data Breaches

Submitted by the Office of Rep. Ken Gordon (D-Bedford)

Representative Ken Gordon (D-Bedford) joined his colleagues in the Legislature to numerous pieces of legislation last week including a bill requiring civics education curriculum in all Massachusetts public schools, a bill that would protect Massachusetts consumers, and a bill that would require higher education institutions to conduct climate surveys relative to sexual misconduct every two years.

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Banff National Park and Canadian Rockies ~  The 29th Annual Taylor Group Hike

Banff National Park and Canadian Rockies ~ The 29th Annual Taylor Group Hike

Submitted by Debbie Caban on behalf of the 2018 Taylor Hikers

“Beep, beep, beep!” It is the 4:30 a.m. alarm and the Taylor Group hikers are off to the races once again. Coffee brewed, sandwiches packed, hiking poles grabbed, and breakfast snacks eaten in the car as they drive to secure a highly coveted parking space at Banff’s National Park in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Some may think this is an unusual start to a vacation day but after 29 years of hiking together, the members of this club do almost anything to enjoy another trek with each other.

This summer’s journey was the third international trip for the predominantly Bedford troupe. The lucky number of 13 hikers, nine from Bedford and four others, travelled to Canada’s original national park. They celebrated their 25th anniversary in 2014 with a trip to the Austrian Alps and two years ago they hiked in the Dolomites, also known as the Italian Alps.

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Route 62 Realignment Creates Better Sight Lines for Drivers and a Larger, Safer Garden Space

Route 62 Realignment Creates Better Sight Lines for Drivers and a Larger, Safer Garden Space

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Poor sight lines at the intersection of Old Billerica Road and Burlington Road/Route 62 have vexed drivers for years, now the garden on the intersection’s tiny island will benefit from the roadway’s soon-to-be-implemented redesign. The new plan offers increased safety for drivers as well as volunteers and greenery.

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Online Voters’ Guide for September 4 Primary Election

Online Voters’ Guide for September 4 Primary Election

Submitted by the Bedford League of Women Voters

The League of Women Voters of Massachusetts (LWVMA) has published an online Voters’ Guide, www.InformedVoterMA.org, with information about all candidates in state primary races, voting information and tools, and information about statewide ballot questions.

You will be able to access ballot information relevant to the Bedford ballot simply by entering your street address at the LWVMA online guide. Voters will also find in-depth information about candidates’ backgrounds, stances, and endorsements; answers from candidates to questions posed by LWVMA; voting requirements and poll locations; and a “Make a Plan to Vote” tool.

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Massport CEO Thomas P. Glynn to Step Down after Six Successful Years; Board Appoints Acting CEO to Begin in Mid-November

Massport CEO Thomas P. Glynn to Step Down after Six Successful Years; Board Appoints Acting CEO to Begin in Mid-November

Submitted by the Massachusetts Port Authority

The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) Board today voted to appoint Massport’s current Chief Financial Officer (CFO), John Pranckevicius, CPA, as Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) beginning November 17, 2018. Thomas P. Glynn, Ph.D, announced his resignation after six years with the Authority. The Board will begin a search process that may extend beyond Glynn’s departure date.

“This is a great job, but after six years and at the age of 72, I feel it is a good time to pass the baton to the next leader who will have the chance to lead a great team,” said Glynn.

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First Look: Recreation Department’s Fall 2018 Brochure

First Look: Recreation Department’s Fall 2018 Brochure

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

We’ll do a full look shortly, but for now, you can feast your eyes on the PDF of the new brochure and choose your favorite offerings.

Online registration for adult classes begins at 9 pm on Wednesday, August 22, and at 9 pm on Wednesday, September 5 for youth programs.

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