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We have reached the last month of the year in 2022. I hope you feel, as I do, much better connected and engaged with us than last year. I extend a special thank you to the wonderful staff and volunteers of the American Legion, Post 221 for helped bring us together again this year for a delicious Thanksgiving meal and for their unwavering compassion for the senior community in Bedford.
Austin Prep has announced the Bedford students on the school’s first term Honors List:. Honors: Julia Esler, Olivia Gedaminsky, Aidan Higson, Maria Jimenez, Wyatt Langway, Alex Quinn, Angelia Scott. Austin Preparatory School is an independent Augustinian Catholic school serving young men and women in grades 6-12 at its campus...
The Bedford Rotary’s 34th annual holiday breakfast is back after a three-year hiatus. Join the Rotary Club for its Winter Community Breakfast (formerly Breakfast with Santa) from 9 a.m. to noon on Sunday, Dec. 11 in the Bedford High School cafeteria. Tickets will be available at the door- $10 per person, children under one year are free.
The Bedford Select Board covered a lot of ground in comments submitted to the scoping process for the upcoming Hanscom Field Environmental Status and Planning Report (ESPR). A statement approved by the board at its meeting on Monday addresses “the needs and concerns of Bedford residents,” specifically ground traffic, noise, air quality, sustainable development, and wetlands.
The Housing Partnership is scheduled to resume discussion on Dec. 6 of a proposed 153-unit mixed housing development off Carlisle Road. The plan by Brian DeVellis, attorney and landscape architect, involves development of 35 acres on the north side of Carlisle Road, a little east of the town compost center across the street.
The Bedford Food Bank supplied Thanksgiving provisions to 205 households last week, an increase of more than 28 percent from a year earlier. Carla Olson, who oversees the program as Healthy Communities director for the town’s Department of Health and Human Services, wasn’t surprised. “Our weekly numbers are...
After 25 years, a variety of factors have led to a decision by Chip-In Farm on Hartwell Road to suspend the sale of Christmas trees. Increases in cost, decline in quality, and a shortage of helpers conspired to end the tradition, at least for this season, said Neil Couvee, who owns the enterprise with his brother Paul.
The revitalized, improved website of the Town of Bedford made its debut recently (www.bedfordma.gov). The upgrade represents a higher level of website format offered by the town’s vendor, Civic Plus, a Kansas-based company with a national clientele. It fulfills an earlier Select Board goal. Civic Plus’s website testifies, “We...
There’s room for everyone at this Holiday House Tour!. Join in for the annual Holiday House Tour: 2022 Edition from 2 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11. There is room for everyone on the Holiday House Tour, put on by the local realtors at Suzanne & Company. Residents can add their home to the official tour list.
Thomas (Tom) Talcott Mix, 80, of McLean, Virginia, formerly of Bedford, died on Nov. 24, 2022. Raised in Bedford, Tom graduated from Bedford High School in 1961. He joined the Air Force in 1962 and served at Ramstein Air Base in Germany and at the Northeast Cape Air Force Station in St. Lawrence Island, Savoonga, Alaska before leaving in 1966. He was recruited to work in communications at the Central Intelligence Agency where he served for 32 years.
~Submitted by the Office of the Registrar, Bedford High School. Bedford High School has released its Honors Lists for the first term of the 2022-2023 school year.*. Seniors: Ansh Aggarwal, Parker Anderson-LaPorte, Erica Arenas, Kelly Aweh-Kisob, Nicholas Bennett, Peter Benson, Andrew Blunt, Annaleigh Boblett, Owen Brazee, Ella Buckley, Aashutosh Budhathoki, Quinn Camborde Turner, Jacqueline Campos, Adam Capobianco, Maggie Carluccio, Julian Caro, Selima Chan, Anna Chong, Ryan Cohen, Mikayla Comeiro, Sydney Cox, Carolyn Crews, Olive Culhane, Austin Cullis, Liam Daley, Jacob D’Andrea, Alynne Dandridge, Gabrielly DaSilva, Hannah Delzingo, Danielle DiGangi, Samuel DiNitto, Ethan Erawan, Erika Falco, Hunter Fan Chan, Richard Fedele, Ryan Ferrari, Alexandra Finnerty, Maria Fontanez, Joshua Garraway, Julia Giaquinto, Rachel Gould, Kaylee Grace, Amelia Griffin, Ian Grove, Grace Hanegan, Seamus Harte, Kirk Haskell, Kate Heller, Liam Henning, Amelia Hill, Minseo Hong, Maeve Horner, Allen Huang, Aidan Hwang, Brian Hwang, Kristian Ivanov, Paul Jeon, Calla Kahan-Fagan, Emily Kang, Evan Karen, Nicole Karev, Devandar Kaushik, Evan Kenahan, Daria Kerov, Aiden Koschuk, Sonja Kradjian, Zoe Kramer, Aaron Kreiter, Anirudh Kumar, Sahana Kumar, Freeman (Vi) Kyne, Kailiyah LaBoy, Caitlin Lembo, Amy Lerra, Connor Lewis, Jessica Lin, Stuart Livingston, Rushil Lonial, Isabella Looney, McKenna Loveless, Sally MacPhee, James Marino, Aidan McCarthy, Connor McClung, Elric McDowell, Luca Melfi, Camren Metcalf, Shane Metcalf, Eric Miles, Gianna Missiti, Michael Mogess, Katherine Morrow, Ella Mullins, Matthew O’Connor, Tomas Ou, Carina Panfili, Kylie Perales, MalkaRae Pomerantz, Lamees Radi, Manasi Raghunath, Sahil Raut, Alexander Recca, Abhigna Reddy, Henry Reynolds, David Rivera, Ameera Saba, Keily Santiago, Rayhan Semy, Cayden Shanklin, Sophie Shelton, Wynn Sheridan, Lila Signorello, Jack Smith, Kaylie Spencer, Libby Squire, Lindsey Steele, Nicole Steele, Riley Stevens, Brooke Stuzynski, Shirley Sun, Elora Syed, Emma Szabo, Nicholas Tatarczuk, Lauren Teague, Aditi Thonangi, Marlowe Tilney, Sarah Tonini, Andrew Tram, Arianna Triplett, Pauline Tsiaras, Shanae Varghese, Mihir Vaze, Colin Vieira, Jessica Wah, Kelly (Kitty) Warhover, Kiersten Wasserman, Erin Xu, Anya Yajnik, Emily Zeltser, Eric Zhang, Edward Zhou, Gabriela Zovko.
Recently, I’ve been learning some unfortunate truths both about democracy and myself. When I moved to Bedford a few years ago, I had no experience with the hands-on style of democracy we practice here. I had voted in other towns, and had even done some low-level work on political campaigns, but I had never been part of a deliberative decision-making body such as Town Meeting. I didn’t speak in my first few meetings, but just knowing that I could was exhilarating. If I simply said, “Hold,” a town official would have to explain to me why the police needed new cars or some school should replace its boiler. Other citizens asked such questions, so presumably I could, too.
Maybelle Higgins DeBenedictis, 97, died on Nov. 28, 2002. She was 97 years old. Maybelle, also known as Jayne, Bunty, and Odessa, lived in Mashpee, MA. For several summers, she was an actress in summer stock theater. She met her husband, the late Robert Higgins, in a theater. They raised their family in Bedford. While living in Bedford, Jayne continued to act with the Bedford Community Players. She was also active in the Bedford Santa Claus program.
From Bedford Student to Teacher to Principal to Community Volunteer, Ralph Hammond Is Driven to Serve
If you ask Ralph Hammond a simple question – like, “What’s up?” – be prepared for an answer that may warrant an intermission. It’s not so much that Hammond is verbose, though he certainly is effusive. It’s more about the resume, replete with commitments to Bedford and the world.
High school football teams from Bedford and Burlington finished their 2022 seasons on Thanksgiving. But wait – there’s more. Both towns will be represented in this weekend’s state championship football games at Gillette Stadium, along with Billerica, Tewksbury, and Wilmington. That’s because the undefeated Shawsheen Valley Technical...
The Bedford Fire Department’s annual toy collection drive will take place in the rear parking lot of Bedford High School (the lot adjacent to Liljegren Way) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on two Saturdays, Dec. 10 and 17. People are invited to donate unwrapped toys for children. The...
We’re starting a new series called “Did You Know” The idea is to highlight some of the numerous resources available here in town. Many of them are free. First Up: The Library of Things Did you know that the Bedford Free Library has a collection of things to borrow? It is quite an eclectic group of items that you can borrow. Some examples include; assistive technology, wifi hotspots, metal detector, a digital video converter, portable projector, a thermo-leak detector, and even a guitar or large coffee pot.
State and federal environmental agencies contend that the U.S. Air Force isn’t doing enough to find and stop the source of PFAS chemicals that may be contaminating Bedford’s suspended indigenous water supply. The disagreement was acknowledged at last week’s annual meeting of the Restoration Advisory Board at Town...
~ Submitted by Liz Antanavica, Bedford Refuse & Recycling Administrator. Bedford has been awarded $7,200 as part of the 2022 Sustainable Materials Recovery Program (SMRP), a grant program administered by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and created under the Green Communities Act. The Baker-Polito Administration recently announced the award...