The Covid-19 pandemic may be dominating everyday life, but it isn’t going to stop the annual trivia night, sponsored by CSF of Bedford Dollars for Scholars.
The virtual event is scheduled for Saturday night, Feb. 6. The Zoom meeting will begin at 7, the contest will start at 7:30 for about an hour, and Zoom will continue live for another 30 minutes or so for conversation.
As part of our Martin Luther King Jr. Day observance, Bedford Embraces Diversity is holding a donation drive to support the Bedford Emergency Response Food Bank, which provides for about 100 households a week and is always in need of items that aren’t available through Greater Boston Food Bank or other donors.
ByBedford Minuteman Company Memorial Scholarship Trust |
The Bedford Minuteman Scholarship Trust thanks all those who purchased luminaries this past year. Special thanks goes to Paul and Neil Couvee and their staff at Chip – In Farm and Suzanne Schmul Koller (Suzanne & Company) both of whom were responsible for over 450 kit sales.
An award-winning University of Massachusetts Lowell historian will keynote Bedford Embraces Diversity’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day community observance, planned for Monday morning, Jan. 18, 2021, on Zoom.
Dr. Elizabeth Herbin-Triant, associate professor of history, plans to speak on one of her research concentrations: residential segregation, and why it has persisted.
Also featured at the event will be vocalist Aniyah Certain, a Bedford High School senior, whose selections will include familiar inspirational music. The agenda includes a tribute to unarmed African-Americans killed during 2020.
ByLorraine Griecci, Bobbie Ennis, Christine Jesensky Bennett, Jennifer Stewart, Christine Smith, and David Dalrymple |
As it observed its 75th year, the 2020 Bedford Community Santa Claus Project had to resort to a different scheme due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Planning began as usual in August. After many individual meetings and consultations with a member of the Select Board, the Town Manager and the Bedford Board of Health, many options were discussed and discarded.
Lois Pulliam of Bedford will be honored by the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts Sunday as one of 36 “formidable women” who have made significant contributions to the League at national, state, and/or local levels.
Lois Pulliam is 92 years old. She is ambulatory, thanks to her walker. Her entry into politics was a silly song about President Hoover. She respects people with opposing positions.
Seriously, how “formidable” is that?
Actually, one definition is a perfect fit: “arousing feelings of awe or admiration because of grandeur, strength.”
Sunday’s event is part of the League’s centennial celebration. Pulliam, still involved after more than 70 of those 100 years, will participate from her home at Carleton-Willard Village. Brown Pulliam, her husband of almost 65 years, “is my Zoom director,” she laughed.
“I was always interested in politics and how the government ended up doing what it would do,” she said. That investment may have started at age four, when Pulliam and her brother burst into a conversation between her parents and a couple of ministers and chanted, “Roosevelt is our man; throw old Hoover in the garbage can! We were so pleased with ourselves. It was our entry into politics.”
The Bedford Chapter of Mothers Out Front would like to thank the 200+ Bedford residents who are subscribed to Black Earth Curbside Composting, with special thanks to Recycling Coordinator Ed McGrath for sponsoring the recent curbside composting promotion.
Bedford earns Recycling Dividend Points from the MA DEP and is awarded grant money based on those points. Last week, a portion of these grant funds were dedicated to cover the $34 “starter kit” for 35 new customers to Black Earth. (The starter kit consists of a 13-gallon curbside bin with locking lid and wheels, 25 kitchen container liners & 15 curbside bin liners.)
The 75th year of the Bedford Community Santa Program will be like no other.
Like so many traditions throughout the Covid-19 world, the experience will be virtual.
Dave Dalrymple, who serves as spokesman, said the organizing committee is using pre-registration to survey participants and others to see which of two likely options they prefer to replace the pre-arranged in-home visits – with gifts — by Santa Claus that have defined the holiday for thousands of Bedford children over three generations.
Visit the Bedford Education Foundation’s website for the map showing all of the Pumpkin and Scarecrow Displays created by local families to support BEF’s fundraiser.
Click on the map for the categories and drop-down menu of addresses. Then, get out and check out all of the awesome displays!
Keep in mind that some displays are better viewed at night, so plan accordingly. VOTING IS OPEN NOW THROUGH SUNDAY NIGHT, 11/1! You even have an extra hour this weekend to walk, bike, or drive around town!
A minor transformation is underway at Bedford’s Rotary September 11 Memorial Park, and you are invited to visit and enjoy the results!
The Rotary 9/11 Memorial Park, created as a place of remembrance and reflection, was initiated by the Rotary Club of Bedford following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. The park is located at Springs Brook Park, on the right, just beyond the entrance gate, and is open to the public year-round.
Cub Scouts in Pack 194 will hold their annual model rocket launch in the fields behind Bedford High School between 10 am and 2 pm on Sunday, October 25. Boys in grades K-5 are cordially invited to participate.
This annual event is one of the most popular on the Cub Scout calendar and is typically when most boys join the Cub Scout.
In case you need a reason to stretch your legs for a good cause in this crisp New England fall weather, mark your calendar for Sunday, October 18 when Pam’s Run will step off at 8:30 am as a virtual 5K walk or run. Sponsored by the Bedford Neighbor Brigade, the local event may be just what you are looking for. Participants of all ages and abilities are welcome to join Pam’s Run.
Amy Mason, Bedford Neighbor Brigade Chapter Leader, explained, “Pam’s Run began in 2012 and has been held annually in Wayland, MA. It is going virtual this year due to Covid-19.
“Bedford’s Neighbor Brigade Chapter will be taking part in the event via a 5K course here in town. We’ll be staggering the start times to keep everyone safe, wearing masks, and staying socially distanced. It’s virtual in the sense that instead of hundreds of participants, sponsors, vendors, and volunteers all gathering together in Wayland, runners and walkers this year will have the option to follow a 5K Bedford route on October 18 or create their own 5K or 10K route anywhere they like during the week of October 18-24. Pam’s Run has been rated as one of the top 10 Best Road Races in Massachusetts and attracts over 600 participants each year.”
ByJennifer Stewart for the Bedford Neighbor Brigade |
Thank you to everyone who donated masks to the Bedford MA Neighbor Brigade Back to School mask drive!
We were able to collect or purchase, wash, iron, individually bag, sort by size, label, and deliver 455 masks in time for school to start. We brought 230 masks for distribution at the Bedford Food Bank, and 225 masks to the BPS Guidance Department in every color and pattern from tiny preschool to high school appropriate sizes.
Bedford’s chapter of Mothers Out Front sponsors a small sub-group to focus on transportation issues in and around Bedford. It has recently been discussing the use of electric vehicles as a necessary transition to reduce fossil fuel use. Electric vehicles are fun to drive, easy to charge, and can save you money!
Organizers of the planned September 11 rally on the Common in support of Bedford police are making some adjustments to ensure that their intentions are clear.
They changed the title of the event to the BPD Support Rally. The original title, Back the Blue, has national affiliations that some consider racist, said Geoff Chase.
The end time of the 3 p.m. event was changed to 5, leaving a 60-minute gap before the beginning of the weekly Friday Black Lives Matter demonstration at the same location. “I don’t think there would have been a problem,” Chase said. “We support Black Lives Matter; we want both groups to be successful.”
Students from Bedford High School’s Class of 2022 showed their commitment to active citizenship and desire for leadership development this past spring. Students applied in unprecedented numbers to the annual District 7910 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Conference, a weekend of learning and leadership development for teens run by Rotarian volunteers, originally scheduled for June 26-28 , 2020 at Fitchburg State University. From the more than three dozen highly qualified BHS applicants, only 10 participants and 5 alternates could be selected to attend the annual event.
The Bedford Democratic Alliance has members in each of the 21 towns named Bedford across the US; they will gather host a watch party for the final night of the Democratic National Convention on Thursday, August 20, 2020.
Laura Bullock was elected to the Board of Directors of The Bedford Citizen at its annual meeting on April 22nd. She is a long-time resident of Bedford with interests that range from protecting Fawn Lake to heading up a local basketball program to fundraising for the first Habitat for Humanity home construction. In addition to these volunteer activities, Bullock is a licensed realtor presently working with local agencies as a home stager.
The Bedford Free Public Library, Bedford Embraces Diversity (BED), and the Parents Diversity Council (PDC) offer children from Pre-K through grade 5 and their families a chance to expand their bookshelves with a special “Spotlight on Diverse Stories” storytime on Saturday, August 22, at 10:30 am via Zoom.
The 45-minute event will highlight some of the best recent books and videos by culturally diverse authors, including YOU MATTER, the newest picture book by Caldecott and Coretta Scott King Honoree Christian Robinson, and the Oscar-winning short film HAIR LOVE, created by Matthew Cherry and based on his picture book of the same name.