Climate change is threatening our cities and our lives. We are seeing ecosystems getting destroyed, coastlines that our parents and grandparents grew up on disappear, and that the next generation may never see. Dirty energy is causing this problem, and the solution is to switch to clean energy.
This beautiful planet is the most precious and undeserved gift ever given to humanity. This is why it pains me to see how recklessly we humans abuse the earth. That needs to stop. Protecting the planet is a reasonable rent to pay for living on it.
It doesn’t really work to ban leaf blowers. People want their walkways and driveways cleared and tidy and a leaf blower is an effective time-saving tool for that job. Even if residents manage to ban leaf blowers for certain times it’s a nightmare to enforce, as evidenced in Newton and Cambridge. So the easiest solution is to replace the noisy gas-powered leaf blowers with quiet electric blowers.
The 100% Renewable Energy Bill is the key to a safe, happy, and clean future for all. It is estimated that there are only 50 years of fossil fuels remaining. This current system of cultivating energy creates catastrophic levels of air pollution, which is hurting both our planet and those who inhabit it. It is extremely timely that we work together to prompt the switch from fossil fuels to 100% renewable energy sources.
We have complete confidence in Town Manager Sarah Stanton to oversee the day-to-day operations of town government and, in collaboration with her department heads, to recruit highly qualified candidates for Town government positions and to make hiring decisions in the best interests of Bedford. Since she became Town Manager in 2018 we have been impressed by her professionalism, her candor, her goodwill in engaging others, and her commitment to good government. That Town departments have run smoothly throughout the COVID pandemic and in spite of employee turnover is a credit to her skills. Bedford is fortunate to have a Town Manager as capable and committed as Ms. Stanton. We look forward to her continuing in the position and working with her for years to come.
I am writing this letter first as a Bedford resident and taxpayer for almost 33 years who takes pride in living in a great community with a tradition of a very well-run local government comprised of a team of dedicated citizen volunteers, as well as good professional staff. I am also writing having had a 42-year career serving two local governments. The last 30 were in Bedford as its Town Administrator/Town Manager.
The recent vacancies that have occurred in the Finance Department trouble me and should be a significant concern to all Bedford citizens who value a stable and professionally run Town government.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the Town Election this year. Whether you were a candidate or a voter, our democracy succeeds because of your civic engagement. I have the greatest respect for your commitment.
It was such a pleasure to greet the voters of Bedford at the Town Election this past Saturday. Standing out all day at the polls on the second Saturday in March is one of those wonderful Bedford traditions, made all the more meaningful this year because we have seen so little of each other during the pandemic. I particularly want to congratulate all the first-time voters who came out to cast their ballots: I hope they will look back on this milestone as the beginning of a lifetime of voting and civic engagement.
Dear Reader: On Sunday, March 7, 2021, the local Democrats had a forum which they invited me for a question-and-answer regarding my candidacy as a select board member. I, wanting to address all the groups in town, agreed to participate. I am a biracial, 19-year-old Republican running for the office of Select Board. I wanted to discuss some issues: (1) How the Bedford Police Department has treated me so well, ensuring that Bedford is a safe and wonderful community to raise a family; (2) How as a resident of Springs Road, I see the fire department worked tirelessly and responded to all calls within the town and at the VA (3) The wonderful job that the DPW has done in maintaining our town and (4) The school committee, department and teachers have tcontinued to meet their obligations with hybrid learning and that I have confidence that they will transition to full classroom participation. Most importantly, I wanted to discuss that I would rely on the citizens of Bedford, listening to their concerns and expertise in making decisions especially as they were concerned the budget and the future. None of this was discussed with me. I have requested a copy of the tape so that I can make available to voters.
Editor’s Note: Click this link for an unedited video of the entire forum that was shared with The Bedford Citizen. The Select Board segment begins at 1 hour and 5 minutes.
It is an honor to endorse Alison O’Connell’s candidacy for a seat on Bedford’s Board of Health. Having known Alison for over 25 years, Bedford would be hard-pressed to find someone as articulate, intelligent, and well-suited for this role. Alison’s career has been devoted to fostering communication and bringing people together to make informed, data-driven decisions. She skillfully balances the need for finding resourceful solutions with the complexities of large-scale decision-making.
With a friendship spanning over two decades, I have had the honor of witnessing Alison O’Connell go from studious student, career-driven Bostonian, loving wife, exceptional mother, and now a candidate for the Board of Health. While there have been many moments I have marveled at Alison’s relentless commitment to excellence with kindness, never has that been more true than the past year during the pandemic.
My friends and neighbors, I am pleased to have this opportunity to express to you my support for Chris Gittins in the upcoming election for the Planning Board. Having known Chris for over ten years, I am confident that his career experiences as a scientist and engineer, along with his perspective as a parent with young children, will make him a valuable addition to our Planning Board.
I am writing this letter to show my enthusiastic support of Fahad Alden for Library Trustee.
I have known Fahad for the past three years and am consistently impressed by his maturity, his dedication, and his desire to help others. As a high school senior, Fahad is wise beyond his years and willing engages on issues that might seem trivial to others his age. His commitment to helping others and sharing his life experiences led him to write and publish a book of advice targeted toward other teenagers that offers advice on how to “level up” and overcome many of the challenges that young people face. Having someone with Fahad’s passion and experience as a library trustee would only serve to make the institution more welcoming and accessible to all Bedford citizens.
On March 13, I will be voting for Dan Brosgol for school committee. I am highly invested in the Bedford Public Schools because I have been a public, middle-school science teacher for the past seventeen years and now I send my three children to school in town.
I believe deeply and passionately in the value of public education. I believe it takes great teachers, administrators, and the elected school board to create a school system.
ByAlison Cservenschi, Director, Bedford Council on Aging |
I would like to thank all the sponsors of the Council on Aging newsletter for their ongoing support. This year especially was difficult for our local businesses in and around Town. Due to this support, the COA was able to continue the monthly mailing of COA Connections.
I am a former member of the Bedford Planning Board (13 Years) and am writing in support of Chris Gittins, a candidate for that Board in the upcoming election. I served briefly with Chris on the Bedford Conservation Commission and quickly realized that Chris brings with his commitment to the Town an acute sense of sorting through the obvious in order to focus on the underlying truth of matters before the Commission. This is a quality I believe is vital to the responsibilities of a Planning Board member and therefore I support Chris unreservedly.
It is with great pride that I write this letter in support of Armen Zildjian for Planning Board member.
I’ve known Armen both personally and professionally for almost 15 years. We worked together at two different companies and I’ve also been a client of Armen’s in his current role. Armen is a doer, a mentor, a leader by example, and the epitome of doing the right thing when nobody is looking. His ethics and the quality of work are of the highest standards.
I am pleased to endorse Maureen Richichi for Board Of Health. I have been a resident for 45 years in Bedford and have known Maureen for 33 years. I can speak to her suitability for this position. She has extensive experience in a variety of public health settings including Bedford and Lincoln public schools. Maureen has also worked in various public health settings in Boston and Denver. She is currently volunteering in Bedford’s Covid-19 testing.
I fully support Dan Brosgol as a candidate for school committee. He is passionate about Bedford and our schools, always available to discuss questions and concerns, and has the best interests of our students at heart. I look forward to voting for him on March 13.
As a current member of the school committee, Dan drives action towards the continuous improvement of our district. At the beginning of October the Special Education Parent Advisory Council approached the school committee noting that our special education kids were really struggling on their home days and there was space for more students in the classrooms. Dan had an immediate and enthusiastic response of “Let’s do this!” As the school committee chairperson, Dan requested that the administration determine what it would take to get more special education kids into classrooms four days per week. Four weeks later, the school committee voted unanimously to offer four days per week in school to more special education and higher need students, as well as to bring back kindergarteners four days per week.
During my two terms on the Board of Library Trustees, I came to know Mike Pulizzi as a conscientious and dedicated promoter of Bedford’s Public Library. He has knowledge of the challenges and issues facing libraries in these difficult times and has done an excellent job as a Trustee in helping to guide the Library in new and interesting directions. He has acted as Chairperson of the Board several times and is a willing assistant to the Director and staff. As a teacher, he is especially understanding of the importance of a public library to children and teens.
I am writing to highly recommend Armen Zildjian for membership on the Bedford Planning Board.
I have lived in Bedford since 1968 and have, like many other long-time residents, seen the many changes in town that have occurred over the years. These changes have sometimes brought about new business, housing and recreational opportunities to our community. However, far too often those very same changes also resulted in unintended consequences like classroom shortages and the traffic concerns that we all share. That is why the management of growth and change is so important for our small town.
I am supporting Chris Gittins for Planning Board at the Town Election, Saturday, March 13.
I have known Chris for many years. He has consistently served in a leadership role in the community. I have observed his effectiveness as a member of the First Parish Church, the Democratic Town Committee, and the Conservation Commission. He is a good listener and seeks input from others before making decisions.