“There will be a lot going at 108 Carlisle Road on Saturday,” said Ed McGrath, Bedford’s Recycling Coordinator. “In addition to the paper shredding and rain barrel distribution, the Compost/Recycling Center will be open for residents to drop off yard waste and recycle glass and cardboard.”
McGrath added that residents bringing documents to be shredded or picking up a rain barrel should wear a mask and stay in their vehicles.
A proposal to demolish and replace a unique residence at 37 Hillside Avenue found itself at the confluence of preservation values and development rights during consecutive board meetings on Thursday evening, April 8.
The Department of Public Works is expanding its recycling program by offering Bedford residents the opportunity to drop off glass at the Compost Center at 108 Carlisle Road beginning Saturday, April 10.
Glass is being collected in a container across from the compost piles. Accepted glass items are jars, bottles, beverage glasses, and window panes. Lids and caps should be removed; windows should be removed from metal and wood frames.
Recently-signed state legislation designed to expand housing opportunities presents some challenges for Bedford.
The law, which affects MBTA communities, requires a zoning district of “reasonable size” in which at least 15 housing units can be situated on an acre of land, located no more than a half-mile from a commuter rail or bus station.
The provision was part of Gov. Charlie Baker’s economic development bill, which he signed in January.
The director of the town’s Health and Human Services Department told the Board of Health Monday that 18 percent of Bedford residents have been fully vaccinated to protect from the Covid-19 virus.
Heidi Porter said the percentage is consistent with state and national trends. On Tuesday, Porter said the most recent report by the state Department of Public Health, as of April 1, noted that 2,831 out of 14,995 residents have been fully vaccinated – that’s 18.9 percent. She added that not all residents are eligible yet.
ByThe Bedford Health and Human Services Department |
Many people are becoming eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Massachusetts. It is critical for all residents to have accurate vaccine information to be able to make an informed decision regarding their health.
More than a year into a global pandemic, the town Health Department wants to make sure residents remember the little things.
“Tick season is upon us and with the nice weather you may be spending more time in potential tick environments,” the department said in a statement this week. “Spending more time at home is leading residents in search of fresh spring air and outdoor activities.”
Bedford High School scored 38 minutes into the game, but a deep, talented Milton High School football team tallied the next five touchdowns, as the visitors emerged from their first trip to Sabourin Field with a 35-21 win Saturday afternoon.
The matchup was less than three days old, as the original opponent, Malden Catholic, had to bow out because of issues with Covid-19.
A public communication by retired Town Manager Richard T. Reed that implicitly criticized his successor’s supervisory and hiring practices has been refuted by Select Board members.
Reed, in a letter to The Citizen published on Thursday, called for “a public explanation given by the Selectmen of the reasons for the mass exodus in the Finance Department as well as the inconsistent recruitment practices presently in place.”
“Within a few weeks of each other in January, four members of the professional staff holding key positions within the Finance Department all resigned,” he wrote. “In my experience, this level of turnover within one department in such a short time span is highly unusual for any municipal government.”
Select Board Chair Margot Fleischman issued a brief statement Friday morning in response. “The Select Board has complete confidence in Town Manager (Sarah) Stanton and her department heads to recruit highly qualified candidates and make hiring decisions in the best interests of the town.”
The statement pointed out that “the Town Charter gives the town manager responsibility for making hiring decisions subject to the Select Board’s approval… I am sure that during his tenure, Mr. Reed would have vigorously defended his exercise of this responsibility, and it is disappointing that he has chosen to criticize his successor for doing the same.”
The recent murder of a Bedford woman in York, Maine shook our community. Here is a link to the Boston Globe story: Bedford woman who was beaten died on her favorite beach in Maine —The Boston Globe, March 29, 2021
ByHeidi Porter, Director of Health and Human Services |
As the Bedford community continues to processes the tragic event that occurred this past Friday resulting in the untimely death of a Bedford resident, mother, and friend, Bedford Health and Human Services staff want to remind all Bedford residents and families of Bedford Public School students that we are here to assist with access to many mental health and social services.
Please contact our social workers or the support resources listed below for assistance.
ByHeidi Porter, Director of Health and Human Services |
It’s safe, it’s effective, it helps you get back to some pre-pandemic activities!
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), based on what we know about COVID-19 vaccines, people who have been fully vaccinated can start to resume some activities that they had stopped because of the pandemic.
Bedford High School and John Glenn Middle School are on track to reopen for full-time learning before the end of April, administrators told the School Committee at its virtual meeting Tuesday. “My expectation is that we will be either on time or ahead of schedule,” said School Superintendent Philip Conrad. “Our planning committee continues to work and will come back. We will definitely beat the 28th.” April 28 is the state-imposed deadline for all public schools to reopen grades 6-8.
ByJaci Edwards, Chair of the Bedford Arbor Resources Committee |
What’s this about?
The town will lose 30 trees, some of them lovely, mature trees, for this project, even though DPW Transportation Program Manager, Jeanette Rebecchi, designed the South Road sidewalk with an eye to the environment and preserving trees. Members of BARC, either as committee members or individual residents, are in general agreement with the plan and look forward to seeing the project go forward.
Only 15 trees are slated to replace the 30, and a 3” sapling cannot replace the ecological values of a 33” oak. But the road needs a sidewalk.
ByThe Bedford Health and Human Services Department |
The Town of Bedford’s allocation of COVID-19 vaccine doses from the state remains very limited, therefore the Town strongly encourages residents who are currently eligible to receive the vaccine to seek out other venues for vaccination opportunities either through your medical provider, on https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-vaccination-locations#find-a-location-to-get-vaccinated-if-eligible-, or by dialing 2-1-1.
For allocation of the doses received by the Town, the Health Department has established a COVID-19 Vaccine Waitlist for eligible residents.
Please sign up using this online form:
Eligible residents who do not have internet access can call Bedford’s COVID-19 vaccine information line at 781-918-4077 on Wednesday (February 10) and Thursday (February 11) from 9 am to 3:00 pm to sign up.
All those who sign up by 3 pm on Thursday, February 11th will have a chance to be randomly selected for an appointment at the Wednesday, February 17th vaccination clinic at John Glenn Middle School. There is no advantage to signing up earlier in the sign-up period. Residents who sign up for the waitlist after 3 pm on Thursday will be eligible for future clinics. There is no need to sign up for the waitlist more than once.
If you are randomly selected to receive an appointment, you will be notified and given a limited amount of time to complete the registration process. Please add firstname.lastname@example.org to your contacts list to ensure that important emails are not sent to your spam folder.
If you receive a vaccine appointment for a non-Town of Bedford sponsored clinic, please call the Health Department at 781-275-6507 or email email@example.com to let us know to remove your name from the waitlist. Sign-ups on the waitlist are non-transferrable.
If you have ideas or concerns about key issues such as multi-unit housing, accessory dwelling units, commercial, industrial, and residential development, zoning bylaws, even changes to scenic roads-to mention only a few-please consider standing for election to the Planning Board, one of Bedford’s most influential elected bodies.
Current Planning Board member Jeff Cohen is not running again and there are, at this moment, no candidates who have come forward to request nomination papers. Whether you are a long-time resident or a relative newcomer to town, this may be the moment to step up and help shape the future look of Bedford. This is a three-year term. You will join elected members Jacinda Barbehenn, Steven Hagan, Shawn Hanegan, and Amy Lloyd. Professional staff includes Tony Fields, Director, Catherine Perry, Assistant Director, and Admin Cathy Silvestrone who provide support and guidance.
Editor’s Note, Jan 13, 2021: A full copy of the Board of Health’s message replaced the truncated version originally posted. The Bedford Citizen apologizes for this error.
Mission Statement: The Board of Health (BOH) strives to help neighbors lead healthy lives in Bedford. The BOH is dedicated to serve all residents and businesses of Bedford, particularly the underserved and to promote healthy people, healthy families, and a healthy environment through compassionate care, education information sharing, and disease prevention. The BOH will identify emerging public health needs, create needed regulations, set policy, hold hearings, and consider variances.
The Health Department mission is to PREVENT and reduce public health risks; PROMOTE a healthy community through vaccination clinics, health education, information sharing, and environmental mitigation; PREPARE the community by planning for emergencies; and PROTECT the community by enforcing codes and regulations governing tobacco and nicotine use, the environment and environmental health, food establishments, housing, sharps/needle collection and keeping of animals.
Description: Working under the general direction of the five (5) elected BOH members, through performance of statutory and regulatory obligations and coalition building, the Health Department Staff operationally execute their mission and that of the BOH for the benefit of all Bedford residents and businesses.
The Planning Board continues to work toward facilitating a proposed assisted living complex with an amendment to the town zoning bylaw.
At its meeting on Dec. 15, the board met with representatives of LCB Senior Living to discuss the proposed zoning. LCB wants to construct a 92-unit development on South Road at the corner of Evergreen Avenue.
At its meeting on December 21 the Board of Health took three steps directly related to what took place at its previous meeting on December 14:
* Reversed its course on a motion unanimously approved at its meeting on December 14 calling for its inclusion in the meetings and communications of the town’s Covid-19 Task Force.
* Reopened investigation into the question of conflict of interest on the part of Board member Dr. Ann Kiessling
* Discussed and passed a new communication policy to be effective immediately
In March, 2020, the Bedford Select Board approved pick-up/collection fees on certain bulk items.
When calling to schedule a pick-up of a bulk item, appliance, and television/monitor, or electronics, residents will have to provide a credit card number to Republic Services Customer Service for the fees listed on the Town’s flyer.
The town of Bedford Finance Director has been named finance director/town accountant for the town of Dracut.
Victor Garofalo, who also is treasurer and collector, informed Town Manager Sarah Stanton last week of his resignation, effective Jan. 8. Garofalo has been on the Finance Department staff since 2003; he succeeded Peter Naum as director in 2011.
“I’m thankful for his service to the community,” Stanton said. “I am sad to see him leave and wish him the very best in his new opportunity.”