An Open Letter from Philip Conrad, Bedford Superintendent of Schools

Hi Everyone,

I am looking forward to seeing you at the Town Meeting tomorrow morning.  Please note that as I write this at 4:30 on Friday afternoon, the meeting is scheduled for Saturday, July 11, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. on Sabourin Field at BHS.  

Letter to the Editor: Look to the Future

I sincerely believe that the best way to survive the coronavirus pandemic and the economic depression that it is causing is to look to the future and to see this also as an opportunity to make the world a better, more liveable place and at the same time give work to people whose jobs have been disrupted.

Letter to the Editor: A Note of Thanks from the Colbath Family

The family of Keith W. Colbath, Sr. would like to thank the Bedford Funeral Home, Father Michael, and Dennis Freeman (DPW), for creating a heartwarming and moving, open-air Funeral Mass celebrated in the sunshine, surrounded by flowering trees and a beautiful lawn.

Letter to the Editor: Quarantine: Is Staying at Home All That Bad?

As we find ourselves amidst a pandemic it can be easy to lose sight of all of the good that is happening around us.

The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases and related deaths continues to increase by the hour, and the supplies that keep us safe are scarce, so it is only natural to be overwhelmed with fear.

Letter to the Editor: Thank You to Those Who Voted in Saturday’s Town Election, from Mark Siegenthaler

I am writing to thank all those who voted in Saturday’s town election, and to express my appreciation to those who helped me and supported my campaign. 

I am pleased to have run a race based on my experience and expertise.  I think candidates should run in a way that is honest, comfortable and consistent with their values while offering realistic ideas to address our community’s needs. 

Letter to the Editor: About the Proposed Fire Station

I attended the Bedford Finance Committee meeting on [Thursday, March 5, 2020]. Unfortunately, I must report that I was disappointed in the fiscal oversight performed by the committee on this evening.
 
I attended this meeting to learn more about the Town’s proposal to spend over 30 million dollars on a new fire station. The proposed re-location of the station requires a hostile, eminent domain taking of a property that is contributing over $64 thousand dollars per year to our tax base. The taking and demolition of this multi-tenant building will displace, or put out of work, 50-100 members of our community. Furthermore, this proposal has been developed in secret without community input and sprung on us with little time to understand the issues and proposed solution before are asked to vote on the plan at Annual Town Meeting.

An Invitation to Submit Letters to the Editor about Bedford’s 2020 Town Election

With a contested race for Selectman and other important races on the ballot for Bedford’s March 14 Town Election, we invite residents to share their thoughts and opinions through Letters to the Editor published in The Citizen and shared on social media.

Letters will begin to post on Tuesday, March 3, in the order of their receipt. Letters that arrive after 12 noon on Friday, March 13 will not be posted.

Letter to the Editor: Coming Together Over Climate Change

Do you ever wonder what we really need to do to shift the tide of Climate Change? Such a big and overwhelming question has no simple answer.  We have the technology to shift to renewable energy and dramatically improve energy efficiency, but will it be enough and will it be fast enough?

The Bedford Citizen’s 7.5-Year Decade: Looking Back before 2020 Gets Underway

The Bedford Citizen began publishing on June 30, 2012, with a story about the departure of School Superintendent Maureen LaCroix. Since then, thanks to scores of writers and volunteers, we have published more than 7,800 stories (incorporating a staggering 16,000+ images).

Thank you to our readers, our writers, our donors, and YOU as The Bedford Citizen heads into a new iteration of the Roaring Twenties.

Letter to the Editor: Thank You from the 35th Annual John Dodge Coat Drive

Thank you to Bedford for once again donating hundreds of coats for people in need of them.

Last Saturday was a lovely fall day and at the end of it, Nick Stavropoulos and Richard Hughes drove a van full of sixty construction bags of coats and warm clothing into downtown Boston keeping John Dodge’s annual coat collection alive for the 35th year.

Letter to the Editor ~ First Parish Opts Up to 100% Community Choice Aggregation

In October, First Parish in Bedford Opted Up to 100% renewable energy through the Community Choice Aggregation program of electricity through the Town of Bedford.  Many thanks to Bob Dorer for his work in gathering the data and presenting the information to the Parish Board on behalf of First Parish in Bedford’s Environmental Justice Committee. Thanks also to the Parish Board for considering this option.  This is an important step for First Parish in reducing the harmful carbon emissions in our environment.

Letter to the Editor, 12 August 2019: Mosquitoes and EEE!

By Ann A Kiessling, PhD

Entomologists began predicting last year that 2019 could see markedly increased incidences of Eastern Equine Encephalitis, EEE, infections in Massachusetts.  They were right, the first human case of EEE was reported in Plymouth County on Saturday, August 10.   https://www.mass.gov/news/state-public-health-officials-announce-first-human-case-of-eee-in-the-commonwealth.  

Prior to this, because of the sheer numbers of mosquitoes, as well as the marked increase in those testing positive for EEE, a serious frequently fatal infection of the central nervous system, nine communities in southeastern MA were elevated to the level of “Critical” risk, which prompted aerial spraying after dark last week in several communities  https://massnrc.org/spray-map.

The communities at “Critical” risk are Middleborough, Carver, Lakeville, Wareham, Rochester, Freetown, Acushnet, New Bedford and Marion.

Letter to the Editor, 18 July 2019: Should Bedford Have a Bylaw to Regulate Gas-Powered Leaf Blowers?

By Lily Nemirovsky

When I first caught wind of the “fight” against gas-powered leaf blowers, I was intrigued, but I was not inclined to immediately declare a war against these machines. After all, they are so commonplace I reasoned that if they really were such a huge problem, I’d have already come across large campaigns and protests like the ones surrounding the coal industry, plastic straws, industrialized cattle farms, etc. However, the more I looked into it, the more obvious it became that the gas-powered leaf blower poses a serious threat to both public personal health and a healthy environment, a threat that is neglected in many communities.  Jason Kavanagh, the Engineering Editor at Edmunds.com (a major automotive resource site), illustrates this threat in a 2011 study which found that “the hydrocarbon emissions from a half-hour of yard work with the two-stroke leaf blower are about the same as a 3,900-mile drive from Texas to Alaska in a [Ford] Raptor.”