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.
ByAlyssa Sandoval, Bedford's Economic Development Director |
We are excited to announce that the Town of Burlington and the Town of Bedford received a $321,578 Community Development Block Grant to create a dedicated job training program for healthcare and life sciences. In partnership with MassHire, the program would offer subsidized education and training for low- to moderate-income residents of Burlington and Bedford who want to take existing courses to prepare for new careers in healthcare and life sciences. The proposed program would invest in our residents, expand our regional workforce, and strengthen the state’s healthcare and life science cluster.
Small businesses are slowly coming back to life around Bedford, consistent with state guidelines for reopening.
Alyssa Sandoval, the economic development director in the office of the town manager, said she has kept in touch with proprietors since the virus-induced state of emergency resulted in mass closures in mid- March. She said she has had no reports of businesses that are not planning to reopen.
Sandoval earlier this week sent a message to hundreds of residents who subscribe to municipal email messages, urging them to return to local businesses and “be patient, be sensible, be kind” as they adjust to new rules and schedules.
As Massachusetts begins its reopening plan, I had a chance to try one of the
first businesses to return to the “new normal.” Summit Health and Fitness on Wiggins Avenue this week started rolling out outdoor group fitness classes. They converted their parking lot into a spin cycling “room” and a CrossFit workout space. The classes were limited to 10 people, all 12 feet apart. Masks are required and everything is wiped down with disinfectant before and after use. The owners, Jane Karpovsky and Denis Mezhertskiy, of Bedford bought Summit on January 23 of this year. They consulted with the Bedford Board of Health to make sure all the protocols were met.
The Bedford Department of Public Works has scheduled crack sealing of the following roadways starting Thursday, May 28, and should be complete by June 2nd. Work hours will be 7:00 am to 4:00 pm, weather dependent.
We are very pleased with the outpouring of support Bedford residents have shown for Bedford area businesses. Thank You!
Along with providing needed goods and services, Bedford area businesses play a large role in the community. In addition to providing jobs for residents and providing tax revenue for the town, businesses are very involved in the region. Whether it’s providing volunteers to clean up roadside litter, fundraising for Bedford Schools, or making donations to the Bedford Food Bank, our businesses play a critical role in our town. In fact, many of our local life science companies are actively involved in the diagnostics and treatment of many illnesses that affect our community and the world.
Two Bedford food relief efforts have benefited from separate $15,000 donations from a global biopharma corporation.
The gifts last month from Belgium-based UCB will support the efforts of the town’s temporary food bank and the grass-roots group Operation Feed the Soul. Town Manager Sarah Stanton said a corporate representative reached out to the town’s economic development director, Alyssa Sandoval, with the offer.
In less than a month, Operation Feed the Soul has become something of a legend.
The grass-roots effort to support local restaurants and regional health-care workers has flourished beyond anyone’s imagination. Scores of volunteers are coordinating preparation and delivery, emailing and driving, and advocating. Its Facebook group has grown to more than 1,500 members.
One month ago today was the last time our team was together, teaching. The rug was ripped out from under us as we quickly realized the impending danger of remaining open to 79 children and 19 adults. It just was not safe, but the decision kept us up at night wondering what the other daycare centers were doing and if the state was going to give us direction. Hanging in the balance were all the parents we support by providing care for their children so they can work.
As the Covid-19 mandatory lockdown for non-essential businesses continues, our local Bedford businesses are making do the best they can, but it is not easy.
There are several programs to help, both from the State and the Federal Government The recent $2 trillion stimulus package had many components to help individuals as well as businesses. A massive program like this always comes with hurdles. I reached out to various groups around town to hear how things are going for the local businesses.
Boston MedFlight, headquartered at Hanscom Field, Bedford, has transported about 120 Covid-19 critical patients in the past few weeks, up from 70 just one week before. I talked with Andrew Farkes, the Chief Operating Officer of Boston MedFlight.
Farkes says in his 27 years he has never seen anything like this. His company provides critical care medical transport to the region’s most severely ill and injured patients with its fleet of helicopters, airplanes, and ground vehicles, all of which are outfitted with advanced medical equipment and serve as mobile intensive care units.
As the Covid-19 mandatory business lockdown continues, our local Bedford businesses are making do the best they can, but it is not easy. I reached out to officials and Bedford businesses to see how they are doing and how Bedford residents can help them through this tough time.
Greater Boston is blessed to have a lot of Biotech companies, part of an industry key to finding a vaccine for the novel coronavirus, and eventually bring the disease under control.
Bedford has its share of Biotech companies and several are involved in the current Covid-19 pandemic. A sampling of local companies ~Bedford Research Foundation, MITRE, MilliporeSigma, Instrumentation Labs, and ThermoFisher Scientific ~ involved in Bedford’s biotech industry.
When life gives you lemons, some folks make lemonade. And there are a few who add a piece of grilled salmon with lemon slices and a lemon meringue pie.
Like local realtor Suzanne Schmuhl Koller, who always seems to be looking for the positive angle. A few days ago, she launched a Facebook group – Bedford Service, Trades, Business and Events Forum — to help local small businesspersons who have modified their practices to ensure social distancing and other limitations caused by the pandemic. There are already more than 500 members in the group.
Koller readily acknowledged that she got the idea from a similar project in Concord. “People are posting ingenious things,” she said. The new group is “awesome for businesses,” she added, especially since some Facebook groups specifically exclude promoting for-profit ventures. “We really needed a forum where it’s perfectly acceptable.”
Following Governor Baker’s announcement of restrictions to on-premise dining, the Town worked quickly with our local restaurants, and purveyors, to find ways to ensure their businesses could stay open during this tumultuous time.
Today, we’re proud to launch www.BedfordTakeOut.com.
If you cannot remember what it was or is like to be 12 years old, please meet Ariel Grossman, a 12-year-old creative, serious-minded Bedford middle school student, active in a variety of extracurricular activities, and a successful entrepreneur who produces and markets photo and video montages.
Ariel has a true passion for her work and enjoys being able to provide a professional and affordable product for her clients. She developed an entrepreneurial interest at an early age, cutting her teeth on lemonade stands and selling Girl Scout cookies. In 2018 a discussion with her mother regarding a montage for her future bat mitzvah led her to the decision that she would be the ideal person to develop her own montage for her upcoming 2020 celebration. As a result, Montages by Ariel was born.
ByAlyssa Sandoval, AICP Economic Development Director |
Bedford small businesses have been working on improvements to their storefront businesses over the last several months with the help of a technical assistance program through the Massachusetts Downtown Initiative Program by the Department of Housing and Community Development.
The Bedford Economic Development Office received a $15,000 grant from the program last year for hands-on assistance from retail consultant Christine Moynihan, on ways to improve appearance, marketability, and merchandising of local small businesses. Moynihan has provided consulting to retailers and storefront businesses for 20 years throughout Massachusetts.
Bedford’s long-awaited Minuteman Diner opened at 1 PM on Wednesday, January 15. Within moments, several tables were occupied, and the first plate (steak and eggs, with hashbrowns and a side of toast) had come from the grill.
The Bedford Minutemen Company plans to visit around 6 pm, in full colonial regalia with fifes and drums.
Minuteman Diner will be open and serving breakfast until 8 pm during Wednesday’s ‘soft opening.’
The Bedford Chamber of Commerce and Suzanne & Co. invite you to take a tour of seven beautiful decorated Bedford homes. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Charles Hume Scholarship, presented annually to a Bedford High Senior. Tickets are on sale at Great Road Gallery, New England Nursery, and online at www.bedfordchamber.org
Ticket prices – $20 for Adults, $15 for Seniors 65 and over, $10 per child (8-12 years and must be supervised by an adult).
A special thanks to Dan Carroll of REVISE ENERGY for sponsoring our Horse & Wagon