“Disruption” at Bedford High School

Bedford High School administrators and police are investigating a “disruption” that took place Friday at BHS that involved a student.

Principal Heather Galante, in a two-paragraph memorandum to the “BHS Community” sent by email around 3:40 p.m., reported, “Since the matter is still under investigation and involves a student, we are not able to share the full details.”

Guidance on Face Masks ~ April 30, 2021

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.

School Committee Endorses Indigenous People’s Day Proposal

The School Committee Tuesday voted unanimously to “recognize Indigenous People’s Day, which is consistent with the values of the Bedford Public Schools.”

The 4-0 vote was timed to endorse a proposal on the May 15 town meeting warrant, which calls for the town to officially replace the designation Columbus Day on the second Monday of each October with Indigenous People’s Day.

The School Committee worked hard to fine-tune the wording of the motion to avoid setting a precedent on making recommendations on warrant articles.

Overcoming Challenges ~ METCO Seniors Look Ahead

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.

Letter to the Editor: The Origins of Columbus Day

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.

Planning Board Continues Site Plan Review for 310 The Great Road

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.

Fully Vaccinated? Now What?

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.

There is Still Time to Register for Community Forum on Town Meeting

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.

Breaking News: Kevin Tracey Named Principal of Reading Memorial High School

John Glenn Middle School Principal Kevin T. Tracey has been named principal of Reading Memorial High School, effective July 1.

Superintendent of Schools Philip Conrad informed the School Committee of the appointment at its virtual meeting Tuesday. Committee members congratulated Tracey and wished him success.

Tracey is a veteran Bedford school administrator. He served as an assistant principal at Bedford High School in 2006 and took over the reins at JGMS six years later. He was one of three finalists for the position.

Be an Informed Voter ~ Events and Materials to Help You Prepare for Annual Town Meeting

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.

DPW Urges Respect for the Serene Nature of Shawsheen Cemetery

There are many locations in Bedford for outdoor recreation opportunities this spring. Director of Public Works David Manugian emphasized that Shawsheen Cemetery is not one of them.

This week Manugian issued a “gentle reminder” that persons refrain from using the cemetery as a venue for jogging and walking dogs.

Short Takes from the Municipal Affordable Housing Trust

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.