Please join us in bidding adieu to the sellers and welcoming Bedford’s newest residents.
Please join us in bidding adieu to the sellers and welcoming Bedford’s newest residents.
The Bedford Health Department has shared guidance from Governor Baker’s recently revised Order (April 30, 2021) requiring masks in public places for all persons over the age of 5.
As always, Superintendent Conrad includes a plethora of information in his weekly newsletter.
Wednesday, May 5, is Massachusetts Walk, Bike, and Roll to School Day.
All students are encouraged to try walking, biking, or rolling from home or from a convenient drop-off spot near their school.
On Thursday, April 29, the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) announced that on May 12, 2021, eligible households will be able to apply for the Emergency Broadband Benefit.
The Emergency Broadband Benefit is a program created by the FCC to help families and households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. This new benefit will connect eligible households to jobs, critical healthcare services, virtual classrooms, and so much more.
Lightning was reported as the cause of a power outage on and around Concord Road late Thursday afternoon.
Hanscom Field Advisory Commission (HFAC) Chair Christopher Eliot drew special attention to environmental issues during the April 21 meeting with Massport: “Tomorrow is Earth Day. So this is the perfect time to be talking about sustainability. Preserving resources of the planet Earth for future generations is the most important challenge of our time.”
Every student in Bedford, and indeed across the country and the world, has had to flex their creative learning, flexible thinking, and problem-solving muscles this year when encountering a school year like no other. And yet, in the midst of a pandemic, 65 Bedford students from 1st graders to high schoolers, opted into virtual creativity and project-based learning challenge through Bedford Destination Imagination. Their persistence, optimism, humor, and collaborative problem-solving offered a bright spot during the cold, long winter of COVID.
Editor’s Note: Bedford Destination Imagination is holding a Chipotle fundraiser on Tuesday, May 4, to support its work with local students.
Resilience in the past. Reflection on the present. Excitement about the future.
Confidence in themselves.
Three Bedford High School seniors unwound in the BHS METCO room this week, sharing personal accounts of navigating and overcoming challenges and setbacks. In a few months, all expect to be enrolled in the state university system.
Angelica Jones and Nekeria Ransom joined the Class of 2021 in sixth grade. Two years later Ty-Janee Brewster arrived. They are among seven METCO seniors at BHS.
The origins of Columbus Day had very little to do about the man Christopher Columbus. It was initiated due to injustice, bigotry, institutionalized discrimination, and mob violence that Italian American immigrants faced back in the late 1800s and it is a day that has evolved into an expression of Italian American pride.
The Planning Board on Tuesday ended a public hearing on a mixed-use development proposed for 310 The Great Road, the site of the former Papa Gino’s.
However, the site-plan review has been continued to the next meeting of the board, scheduled for May 11, pending details on efforts for sustainable design.
The Department of Public Works will be accepting scrap metal, rigid plastics, and vehicle tires at its third recycling event of the year on Saturday, May 8 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Compost, Storage & Recycling Center on 108 Carlisle Road.
Examples of rigid plastic items being collected include laundry baskets, plastic crates, 5-gallon pails, yard toys, broken plastic chairs, and other outdoor furniture items.
If you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you can start doing some pre-pandemic activities again safely. People are considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, like Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, like Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine. If you are fully vaccinated, you may gather safely indoors with other fully vaccinated friends and family without wearing a mask and may gather indoors with unvaccinated people from one other household (like relatives who all live together) without masks, unless any of them is at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
Well over 100 years of cumulative involvement in Bedford town government will be represented by participants in the first in a series of community forums sponsored by The Bedford Citizen on Wednesday, April 28.
The virtual program, called “Town Meeting: Making Your Voice Heard,” is scheduled for 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Zoom. It will focus on the structure of town meeting and its centrality in Bedford civic life.
Click into the article for registration. It’s quick, easy, and free.
What began as Lowell’s typical April 24 Remembrance Day of the Armenian Genocide of 1915 with the traditional raising of the Armenian flag at City Hall Plaza became a day of hope, because this year was different: President Biden included the word Genocide in his memorial remarks, the first time an American President has done so.
The League of Women Voters of Bedford encourages voters to begin preparing for Annual Town Meeting to be held on Saturday, May 15. Two events—Town Meeting: Making Your Voice Heard and The LWV of Bedford Warrant Review—the actual meeting warrant, and articles published in The Bedford Citizen over the next two week are ready to help.
The Bedford Parents Diversity Council (PDC) Spring Book Discussion series begins Wednesday evening at 7 over Zoom. This season’s book is Ronald Takaki’s A Different Mirror for Young People: a history of multicultural America. The second and third sessions will be on May 12 and May 26. To receive the Zoom code for the discussions, email the PDC at firstname.lastname@example.org
Bedford’s Indian Community Fears for Relatives, Friends As Pandemic Rages
“We are sitting here praying for everyone.”
Tanuja Sud has lived in Bedford for more than 20 years, but this week she is focused on desperate conditions in the land where she was born, just like many other Bedford residents with relatives and friends in India.
The pandemic has returned to India with a rampaging ferocity. Every three days there are a million new cases. Hospitals are out of oxygen. Cremation equipment is literally melting from overuse.
Sud has family members throughout the country. Her parents are in the state of Himal Pradesh in the Himalayas. “I call them every three or four days, just trying to stay on top of the situation.” There’s a group of cousins on WhatsApp in different parts of the country “posting news and information about what’s happening.”
Sud is incredulous about the depth of the crisis. “I am so shocked to hear how many people I know who have tested positive. It’s really hard over there and everybody in a panic right now. I am horrified.”
Along with other business, members of the Municipal Affordable Housing Trust (MAHT, or the ‘Housing Trust’) voted at their April 26 meeting to support Articles 23 to26 at the upcoming Annual Town Meeting on May 15. With the approval of the Trust, Chair Christina Wilgren was instructed to speak in favor of the four articles at the meeting.
The original design of these amazing little boxes dates back to the 1800’s. The unique and clever design is made from a single piece of paper. Folded it’s a box to hold your food. Unfolded…well take a look!
Introducing Bedford’s modern-day doll whisperer, Shannon Dillon. Otherwise known as the proprietor of Creative Images Boston, Dillon is equally talented in transforming a much-loved doll from grunge to glam as the primary care doctor of the Bedford Doll Hospital. How long have you been a doll doctor? Only since December 2020! Did you have many dolls as a child?
April 26, 2021
* Four (4) new COVID-19 positive cases reported over break within the Bedford High School Community (BHS cases #59, #60, #61 & #62), no close contacts.
* One (1) new COVID-19 positive case reported over break within the Davis School Community (Davis School Case #21), no close contacts.
* There are currently four (4) active COVID-19 positive cases in the Bedford High School Community at this time. There is currently one (1) active * COVID-19 positive case in the Davis School Community at this time.
* These cases do not appear to be connected or related to previous cases identified in school.
The Bedford Education Foundation’s first-ever online Bingo Night will begin at 7 pm on Saturday, May 1, but online registrations must be submitted on Thursday, April 29.
Managing our waste is a big problem in our world today, and particularly in the US, which is the largest generator of waste in the world. Until 2018, the US sent its waste to China. However, in 2018, China stopped taking the trash, so now it is being sent to other poor nations to deal with. A big component of our waste is plastic, and this is explained well by the PBS Frontline documentary, “Plastic Wars”. If we don’t cut down and manage our waste properly, it is not only an economic burden for the US, it is also an environmental burden for the whole world. When I approached Ralph Hammond about this issue, he directed me to Ed McGrath, who runs the recycling department in Bedford. Ed McGrath was very helpful and gave me a lot of information when I sat down to talk to him. Below are some of the facts about what can and can’t be recycled in Bedford, where things go after we put them in our bins, and what else we can do with our waste.
Frida Cartlow. Vincent Van Go. They tell you a lot about the creative ways Jennifer Ferrari has adapted her Job Lane School art classes to the exigencies of Covid-19.
The first-year Lane teacher said she has been on the move in the building this academic year. The materials she needs for her classes are packed on carts, which she wheels into classrooms. She chose Frida after the artist Frida Kahlo. Her students named the other cart, “because it’s as big as a van and it goes places.”
“We embrace a choice-based art education model where it’s a student-directed environment, so rather than me forming projects that the kids create, they come up with their own ideas, figure out how to execute them, what materials they need, and throughout class we practice studio habits,” Ferrari explained.
“So it was a challenge to figure out how to do that on a cart. But I think we’ve hit a stride now. I feel really confident about it – I think it has for the most part been pretty smooth. In terms of us being adaptable, the kids and I have both been pretty flexible and easy-going about things.”
“In the choice environment, every time a student works on something they’re totally engaged in it because it’s their own idea,” she continued. “So all the work I have seen this year has been authentic.”
Early in the year teachers distributed “art bags” to all students, with various materials. Still, Ferrari said, “it just makes it a little more challenging when they don’t have their peers, and they can’t really show their work.” There is an effort at collaboration through Zoom’s breakout rooms feature, she said.