ICYMI ~ Phase 2 ~ Reopening Information Begins to Emerge, with More to Come

Editor’s Note: The following information about Phase 2 Reopenings is excerpted from Town Manager Sarah Stanton’s daily update for June 3, 2020. Please remember that details are few, and much more information will be released as soon as it is available.

On June 1, 2020, the Governor provided an update that allowed businesses included in Phase 2 of the re-opening plan, to open their physical workplaces and facilities to workers for the purpose of preparing and planning for the re-opening. As occurred in Phase 1, all businesses will be required to comply with the General Workplace Safety Standards at all times, and specific sectors will have additional requirements.

Town of Bedford ~ Update on Covid-19 ~ Wednesday, 3 June 2020

Editor’s Note: Today’s case count from Town Manager Sarah Stanton and the Covid-19 Task Force, along with a first look at Phase Two (2) opening guidelines — more to come!

Click this link in the actual story to read the Town’s full update for Wednesday, June 3, 2020

EXTRA! EXTRA! The Bedford Citizen Announces Special Tribute Edition Dedicated to ALL BEDFORD SENIORS!

The Bedford Citizen is pleased to announce that it is preparing its first-ever special edition which will be dedicated exclusively to local young people graduating from high school this year. This issue will be published on or about June 8th and will be chock full of written content, photos, and videos for and about them.

Can you help us by sharing photos of students taken over the course of this year and most importantly taken during the time leading up to what-would-have-been-graduation?  Our goal is to create a keepsake edition for seniors and their families capturing this very unique commencement year.  (We are particularly interested in cap-and-gown photos but you are not limited to that.)

Please note: The Citizen wishes to honor ALL of Bedford’s high school graduates, not just those graduating from BHS. If your senior attended Shawsheen Valley Technical High School or an independent high school outside of Bedford we would like to honor them as well.

Photos may be submitted to editor@thebedfordcitizen.org.  Please include names, dates, and the high school from which your senior is graduating if other than Bedford High School.

Phase One (1) Board and Committee Meetings May Resume on Zoom

The Town of Bedford greatly values the participation of its residents and their spirit of volunteerism and is thankful for the patience that all our boards and committees have shown during this strange time of Covid-19.  We know how much board and committee volunteers enjoy serving our community, and working hard to make Bedford a better place.

Bedford’s Ryan Doucette Named Chair of Massachusetts Teenage Republicans

Ryan Doucette. the newly-elected chair of the Massachusetts Teenage Republicans is a Senior at Bedford High School a frequent writer for The Bedford Citizen. He is also active in Troop 194 as an Eagle Scout.

Meredith McCulloch, one of The Bedford Citizen‘s founders said, “Ryan has taken an admirable early interest in politics. To write for The Citizen he has had to learn quickly about the New England Open Town Meeting form of government. I have been impressed with how quickly he has understood and even embraced it. It has been a pleasure to work with him.”

Celebrating Senior Night ~ Buccaneers Baseball, 2020

On what should have been the last home game for the seniors on the Bedford Bucs Baseball Team, the evening of May 27, 2020, the team’s 8 members of the Class of 2020 gathered on A field to celebrate Senior Night, the capstone of their high school baseball careers.

It was the season that wasn’t when the pandemic halted all practices and every game.

An Obituary: Ida Palmieri Smith

Ida Palmeri Smith passed away on May 21, 2020, in Florida. Mrs. Smith was born in Bedford in 1922 and graduated from Lexington High School before Bedford schools went through Senior year. She worked for the Veterans Administration for 30 years and was a member of St. Michael Parish.

Town of Bedford ~ Update on Covid-19 ~ Monday, 1 June 2020

Editor’s Note: In addition to today’s case count, Town Manager Sarah Stanton provides information about Bedford’s ongoing Food Bank

Click this link in the actual article to read the Town’s full update for Monday, June 1, 2020

Bedford Officials Speak out Regarding Killing of George Floyd

The leadership team of the Town of Bedford, represented by Town Manager Sarah Stanton, Police Chief Robert Bongiorno, Superintendent of Schools Jon Sills and the Bedford Select Board, speaking in unified voice, denounce the actions of the Minneapolis police officers and mourn the killing of George Floyd early last week.

“Bedford is a warm and welcoming community that embraces diversity. As community leaders, we share in the collective heartbreak being felt around the nation, and we support the peaceful protests of citizens seeking to bravely speak out against violence, racism, and injustice,” Town Manager Stanton said. “The death of George Floyd is a tragedy that has shaken our nation, and this tragedy compounds the senseless and horrific murder of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia earlier this year. We must stand up together as fellow human beings and take action to defend life and justice.”

Town of Bedford ~ Update on Covid-19 ~ Sunday, 31 May 2020

Editor’s Note: In tonight’s report, along with a case count update, Town Manager Sarah Stanton has included a poster about being safe outdoors during Covid-19.

Click this link to read the Town’s full update for Sunday, May 31, 2020

Testing Tuesday Continues on June 2 and Offers Free Tests for All Bedford Town Employees

As I shared with Bedford Select Chair, Ed Pierce, earlier this week, thanks to a benefactor, Tuesday testing at First Parish is now free-of-charge to ALL Bedford Town Employees, including Fire and Police.  

No special identification as a Bedford Town Employee is necessary, the process is simple:  go to bedfordresearch.org/first-parish, click on “requesting assistance from First Parish”, put in name, address, date of birth, telephone number.  Federal HIPAA regulations prevent any testing requests or results to become public.  You will be assigned a testing number and a time to show up on Tuesday by email.  The testing process itself takes less than 5 minutes, only one person/household group at a time is allowed in the testing area, confidentiality is strictly maintained.  

The 55th Annual CSF of Bedford Awards ~ 2020

The platform was Zoom, and the checks were mailed, but the Bedford Chapter  of Dollars for Scholars hosted its 55th annual awards presentation on a YouTube video released on Friday afternoon.

The names of the awardees are listed in alphabetical order, along with their probable college destination, and the scholarship(s) each received.

The designation Dollars for Scholars refers to awards underwritten by donations to the annual Phono-a-Thon held in March each year.

All of the recipients are Bedford residents, and most are Seniors at Bedford High School although the program is open to all students graduating with the Class of 2020.

Select Board Pushes Annual Town Meeting Date to 9 am on Saturday, July 11

As summer draws closer, the Select Board once again reviewed the details of this year’s Annual Town Meeting. At their previous May 13 meeting, the Board was inclined toward June 27 at 1 pm on Sabourin Field. Originally slated for March 23, the meeting has already been extended twice past its original 30-day limit. The Board reviewed the updates based on the logistics of holding the meeting to determine whether the June 27 date would be appropriate, or if choosing a later date of July 11 would be better. After much discussion, July 11 at 9 am was settled upon as the new date by the Board.

Select Board Hears Business Updates, Five-Phase Plan to Open Town Facilities

Town Manager Sarah Stanton opened the May 27 Select Board meeting with a briefing on the town’s reopening plans. In addition to businesses following Governor Charlie Baker’s four-phase reopening plan, Bedford has developed a five-stage plan for reopening town buildings and facilities.

A similar plan is being used by neighboring Lexington and Concord.

An Obituary: Nancy J. Hoeflich

Nancy J. Hoeflich passed away on May 28, 2020. Ms. Hoeflich was active in the Bedford Council on Aging during her years at Carleton-Willard Village, and with Mass Audubon and the Trinitarian Congregational Church when she lived in Concord. She shared her passion for science and nature in the Arlington Public Schools before her retirement.

Town of Bedford ~ Update on Covid-19 ~ Friday, 29 May 2020

Editor’s Note: In addition to the current case count, today’s update includes guidelines for Outdoor Activities Permitted in Phase 1 of the Massachusetts Reopening Plan — for businesses offering outdoor classes, and for permitted outdoor activities.

Click this link in the actual story to read the Town’s full update for Friday, May 29, 2020

Caps and Gowns and Ups and Downs

On a hot, sunny afternoon more reminiscent of July than late May, Bedford High School (BHS) seniors yesterday drove by the main entrance of the building they left forever on March 11 to pick up their caps and gowns.  Supported by an energetic faculty and administrative staff, a plan was developed to turn the normally routine dropping off of books and school equipment and picking up of graduation garb into a fun event that would inject a note of celebration into the disappointment that has pervaded this year’s many canceled activities.