August 2023: Not-So-Sleepy a Summer Month in Bedford

These Summer Adventures camper enjoyed a trip to the Museum of Science in Boston. Photo Courtesy of the Summer Adventures Staff

TOWN BOARD, COMMITTEE, AND DEPARTMENT NEWS

  • The Bedford Finance Committee’s most vocal fiscal conservative abruptly resigned in August, telling fellow members that “it is apparent tough questions are not welcome without fear of retribution.”
  • The Bedford Planning Board unanimously approved a special permit allowing construction of a 9,500-square-foot residential and commercial building on a vacant acre at 1 Railroad Ave.
  • The Select Board unanimously voted to offer Matthew Hanson the position of Bedford Town Manager. Read more about the interviews with the two town manager finalists here.
  • The use of the Shawsheen Road wellfield was suspended two years ago because of rising levels of PFAS. Now the Bedford Health Department is advising private wells to test their water for the presence of PFAS.
  • A North Road resident was arraigned in Concord District Court on charges in connection with an incident at the Aug. 14th Bedford Select Board meeting. A plea of not guilty was entered on his behalf.

SCHOOL NEWS

  • Learn more about Cliff Chuang, the town’s new Superintendent of Schools, as Chuang was heading into his second month working in Bedford.

FEATURES

  • Bedford’s National Night Out succeeded in its intention – bringing together neighbors, local businesses, and law enforcement to build community.
  • One of the most popular attractions at the Bedford Police Department’s National Night Out festival was the dunk tank with Sgt. Marc Lavine.
  • Bedford native Jimmy Fowlie has found success writing comedy for “Saturday Night Live.” Read the story here.
  • Driving around town in the summer, it is easy to notice the beautiful gardens that brighten up the various traffic islands and corners around Bedford. Read about how the Bedford Garden Club takes care of these gardens.
  • The Friends of Depot Park’s recent Railroad Day celebrating the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the first train in Bedford was a big success.
  • A trio of Bedford High School rising seniors played music to set the mood for the crowd at Springs Brook Park in August.
  • Gen Z Creativity; Selected Works from Bedford High School Students,” an art exhibit showcasing Bedford High School student work, was on display at the Bedford Free Public Library through Sept. 7.

SPORTS

  • Manager Scott Wright led the Bedford age 13-15 Babe Ruth team to another successful and fun season this summer.

IN OTHER NEWS

This team of John Glenn Middle School staff members visited The Patriot statue at Veterans Memorial Park during The Amazing Race. Courtesy photo
  • A longtime resident whose volunteer service covers part of six decade is Bedford’s Citizen-of-the-Year for 2023-24. Angelo Colao of Page Road was celebrated on Bedford Day, Sept. 23 and at a public reception in September.  
  • Bedford, neighboring towns, organizations, groups and individuals are responding to offer a welcome and emergency assistance to an influx of migrant. A daily working group including representatives from schools, public health, youth and family services, recreation, police, and fire, as well as the town manager’s office are meeting to support migrant families in emergency shelter at the Bedford Plaza Hotel.
  • Dozens of John Glenn Middle School staff members crisscrossed the town’s 13 square miles in a team-building version of “The Amazing Race” – an experience that one organizer laughingly called “controlled mayhem.”
  • Summer Adventures is the Bedford Recreation Department’s program of children’s day camp for kids in fourth through seventh grade. This year, the staff served an average of 320 kids per week and organizers reported a successful and fun summer.
Police Sergeant Lavine slides into the dunk tank during Bedford’s National Night Out. Staff photo by Wayne Braverman
Bedford Depot Park was the scene of a successful Bedford Railroad Day, celebrating the 150th anniversary of arrival of first train in town. Courtesy Images: Cynthia Mork
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