CSF Trivia Night Set for February 6 ~ Is Your 2021 Team Ready?

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.

Bedford Embraces Diversity’s MLK Jr Day Observance Scheduled for Monday, Jan. 18

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.

Girl Scout Cookie Season is Underway

Bedford has 15 Daisy, Brownie, Junior, and Cadette/Senior/Ambassador troops ready to supply cookies to the community in 2021.

Your purchase helps troops raise funds to support their activities, awards, travel, and the Bedford-Hanscom Girl Scout Scholarship fund. Cookies are $5 per box.

Bedford Santa Thanks its Many Volunteers

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. 

Local Cultural Performances Featured on Bedford TV’s Virtual Video Fundraiser ~ 10 am to 7 pm on Tuesday, December 1

A variety of local cultural performances will be featured on Bedford TV Tuesday during its “Virtual Video Fundraiser” between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Viewers may watch any or all of the videos on Bedford TV’s YouTube channel and may donate throughout the day. Gifts may be made online or by mail to Bedford TV, 16 South Road, Bedford 01730.

The telethon coincides with “Giving Tuesday,” described as a global day or generosity. Half of the donations raised by Bedford TV will be directed to the Bedford Food Pantry.

Celebrating 75 Years of Bedford Santa in 2020 by Going Virtual

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.

Bedford Rotarians at Work, Removing Invasive Vines at 9/11 Memorial

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.

Support Bedford’s Neighbor Brigade and the 2020 Pam’s Run

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.”

Bedford’s Neighbor Brigade says “Thanks for Your Gifts of Back-to-School Masks”

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.

Saving the Planet One Electric Vehicle at a Time ~ Drive Green ~ September 26 to October 4

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!

Laura Bullock Joins The Bedford Citizen’s Board of Directors

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. 

Spotlight on Diverse Stories ~ A Bedford Library Zoom for Kids ~ 10:30 am on Saturday, August 22

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.