Snippets ~ An Update for the Week of October 28, 2019

Looking back, and looking ahead ~ bits of news you’ll want to know about.

The Overnight N’oreaster

Grounds Operations Manager Dennis Freeman reports that the DPW Grounds Crew came in at midnight Thursday morning and worked through the end of day on Friday. They responded to 41 tree issues and chipped 80 cubic yards of downed trees and limbs.  Marquis Tree came in a 7 on Thursday morning and worked with the DPW crew all day. The outstanding response and support from Marquis and Eversource helped to clear the storm debris to bring the Town back to normal as soon as possible.

Special Town Meeting

Special Town Meeting is scheduled for Monday, November 4th at 7:00 PM at BHS. There will be zoning articles, there will be interesting charter changes, there will be baked good for sale, and most importantly…there will be democracy in action! A copy of the warrant is up on the Town website for your viewing pleasure. Presentation slides soon to follow today!

Lending a Hand: Resources for Holiday Dinners, Gift Cards, and Bicycles

  • Holiday Dinners ~ Project Ezra of Temple Isaiah’s Social Action Committee sponsors the delivery of individually wrapped Christmas dinners for elders, individuals, and families in need.  They have generously offered holiday meals to Bedford residents in need over the past several years. The department of HHS is once again collaborating with them to coordinate the delivery of holiday meals to our residents in need.
  • Gift Cards ~ The Department of Health and Human Services received the Beacon Santa applications, and have been reaching out to residents in need to let them know they can now apply for holiday gift cards. Bedford residents can come into the Bedford Youth & Family Services office for an application. The deadline to apply is October 31, 2019.
  • Bicycles ~ The Bedford Health and Human Services Department is launching a Bicycle Lending program for Bedford residents.  Our goal is to provide short-term loans of bicycles, as well as bicycle equipment, to youth programs as well as riders of all ages who are seeking to expand their riding abilities.  The program is also available to Bedford organizations in need of a bike or a bike fleet to be able to provide some of their own programming, such as bicycle safety training.  Current equipment available includes ten youth bicycles, two larger bikes suitable for adults, helmets, bicycle pumps, and locks. Please contact [email protected]  for more information, or to inquire about participation.

Programs at the Council on Aging

  • Brain Stretching: Working the Gears between Your Ears! began this week.  3 tables of participants engaged with brain games and challenges!
  • Beyond Oatmeal and Tuna Sandwiches led by a certified specialist in Gerontological Nutrition, educated a crowd on simple, easy, nutritional breakfast and lunch alternatives. Samples of healthy options were enjoyed.

No Shave November

Seven Bedford Police officers and dispatchers will take part in “No Shave November” to raise funds for the Home Base Program, dedicated to healing the Invisible Wounds of War for Service Members.

The officers will wear IDs to inform the public about their participation.

Special Town Meeting

Special Town Meeting is scheduled for Monday, November 4th at 7:00 PM at BHS. There will be zoning articles; there will be interesting charter changes; there will be baked goods for sale, and most importantly ~ there will be democracy in action! Click this link to read the Warrant.

Talk Saves Lives ~ A Suicide Prevention Program on November 18

A Talk Saves Lives presentation by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is scheduled for Monday, November 18, 2019, from 7:00-8:30 pm in the Town Hall, Reed Room. Participants will learn the common risk factors for suicide, how to spot the warning signs in others, and how to keep ourselves, our loved ones ,and those in our community safe. Suicide can be prevented. This presentation will cover what we know about this leading cause of death, the most up-to-date research on prevention, and what we can all do to fight suicide. All community members are encouraged to attend. RSVP required. Please email [email protected] or call 781-275-7727.



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