After a very divided 2022 in Bedford with heated debates over issues such as expanding the Minuteman Bikeway onto what is now the Reformatory Branch Trail and where to build a new fire station, along with one of the most contested town elections in recent memory, many people were looking forward to a much quieter and peaceful year in 2023.
2023 was a lot more peaceful compared to 2022, but it was not boring. This was, in many ways, a transitional year with many leaders, topped by the town manager and school superintendent leaving and new ones now in place.
There were several other departures, including resignations and some who were not reappointed to boards.
After several years of dealing with the pandemic, activities in town have come back to life. This was evident with large crowds attending a big cultural festival in the fall and the recent holiday festival in early December.
As we close out this year, The Bedford Citizen takes this week to share some of the stories that we covered in 2023.
We have broken it down by month. Today, we recap January, February, and March. On Wednesday, we spotlight April, May, and June. Thursday’s focuses on July, August, and September. Friday is all about October, November, and this month.
We look forward to seeing what comes up in Bedford in 2024. With issues such as the new fire station, zoning for multi-family housing, and a new contract for teachers coming up, along with local, state and national elections, it will be a very active – and important – next 12 months.