Learning About the Bedford Police Department ~ Part IV of IV

What will the Bedford Police Department look like in three years?

A strategic planning process is underway to help answer that question. And Chief Robert Bongiorno and Town Manager Sarah Stanton want residents to have an opportunity to contribute.

“We want this plan to be a living, breathing, working document, so what we identify is achievable,” Bongiorno said. “Strategic plans provide a roadmap for the future. That’s why they’re effective.”

School Committee Approves Plan for Schools to Reopen Under Hybrid Model

At an over-subscribed Zoom meeting that became a webinar with 479 participants on August 5, the School Committee heard a presentation and recommendation by Superintendent Philip Conrad, questioned district leadership about the school reopening process, and ultimately voted to approve a plan that would allow schools to open this Fall under a hybrid model.

Fawn Lake ~ Weekly Update ~August 7, 2020

The Dredgit crew made significant progress this week, erecting and connecting the multiple pieces of equipment needed for the dredge operation.  The screener, shaker, conveyors, centrifuges, and dewatering tanks are all in line ready to start.  Additionally, the weed harvester has made several passes across the lake to cut and remove the water lilies in preparation for the dredge operation.  This alone has made a significant visible improvement to the lake.  Approximately 50 cubic yards of aquatic vegetation has been cleared.

Honoring John Lewis and Reflecting on One Book One Bedford in 2017 ~ ‘The MARCH Trilogy’

Just a week ago, on Thursday, July 30, Rep. John Lewis’ funeral was held at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, GA.  The congressmen and civil rights hero died on July 17 from pancreatic cancer.  His passing and the recent focus on systemic racism and bigotry in our country, has made the 2017 One Book, One Bedford community-wide read of Lewis’ MARCH trilogy even more pertinent and meaningful.

Three events from the series of activities that year are particularly worth re-visiting.  If you did not attend them, please consider watching the videos from those talks – they pose questions that we still wrestle with, and offer possible solutions that are more important now than ever.

….and the answer is

Sports are back……yawn.   Apparently readers of The Bedford Citizen are not all that excited about professional sports being back. 

Barrel House Z coming to Bedford this Thursday August 6th

As we mentioned earlier Barrel House Z is coming to Bedford. The original plan was to come back in January, but, like a lot of things, the pandemic upset the schedule. They’re still coming and they will start with a pop-up tent introduction this Thursday.

Town Manager Sarah Stanton to Hold Virtual Office Hours on August 11

Bedford Town Manager Sarah Stanton invites you to join her for virtual Office Hours on Tuesday, August 11 between 10:00 am – 11:30 am. 

Residents and other interested individuals who wish to attend must sign up using this form no later than Monday, August 10 at noon. 

Town of Bedford ~ Update on Covid-19 ~ Monday, 3 August 2020

Editor’s Note: In addition to the current case count, read important information about adjustments to Bedford’s Food Bank now being held on Thursday afternoons.

Click this link to read the Town’s full update for Monday, August 3, 2020

Bedford Arts and Crafts Society Awards its 2020 Scholarship to Michelle Voong

Michelle Voong is the recipient of the 2020 art scholarship from the Bedford Arts and Crafts Society (BACS). Michelle graduated this year from Bedford High School and works primarily with ceramics and sculpture. She will attend the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, and plans to study graphic arts and marketing.

Superintendent’s Update on Reopening the Bedford Schools ~ July 31, 2020

Hello Bedford Schools Community,

It has been another very busy week! The entire district leadership team, each building reopening task force, the district reopening task force, and town officials have all been working cooperatively to answer the Sixty Four Thousand Dollar Question (The $64,000 Question) how do we reopen [Bedford’s] schools in the fall in a way that accounts for the academic, social-emotional, health and safety needs of our students, parents, faculty, and staff and all of our families.

Our collaborative decision-making process has been guided by our core values and our commitment to the health and safety of our students, teachers, faculty, and staff

Learning About the Bedford Police Department ~ Part III of IV

Editor’s Note: This is the third in a series of articles about the Bedford Police Department – its philosophy, values, personnel, partnership, and plans – and how they fit into the current national conversation.  Click this link to read Part I, or this link to read Part II.

The Bedford Police Department likes to say it’s value-driven. As Chief Robert Bongiorno puts it, “We respond to good people who are having a bad day. We are here to serve.”

Conversations with a range of Police Department personnel – all Bedford High School graduates — indicate that they all walk the walk.

Summer Thrift Shopping Event at First Church of Christ

The  First Church of Christ “Sumer Thrift Shopping Event” has transformed Upper Fellowship Hall into a safe and fun “Thrift Shop” open to the public on  Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays in August, from 10 am to 2  pm. The first shopping time slot each day (10 to 10:30 am) reserved for seniors over the age of 60.

Unlike the annual Rummage Sale that usually takes place in May, the Thrift Event is smaller in scale, with better items available.  “Church members and friends have been bringing in beautiful things, from entire ‘Christmas Villages’ to crystal, cut glass dishes, and fancy teacups” said Becky Mantz, chair of the event.  “There are also plenty of games and toys for kids, DVDs and books, sports equipment, and a whole lot more!”

Town of Bedford ~ Update on Covid-19 ~ Thursday, 30 July 2020

In addition to the current case count, today’s update includes the following information:

Diapers and Personal Items Available for Residents In Need
Hand Sanitizer Recall
Governor’s COVID-19 Travel Order
Need a COVID-19 Test?
Food Bank-New Location and New Time!

Childcare Providers and Preschools Find Innovation Among Strict Regulations

As businesses around the state continue to reopen, parents face the challenge of finding childcare. Governor Baker’s executive order closed all but essential child care programs as of March 22, 2020. Childcare agencies were able to open in late June but face strict regulations as they reopen.