December 2023: A Month of Holiday Fun and Time to Talk About Budgets and the Election

Suzanne & Company had a beer & wine garden along with live music and snow. Staff photo by Jenny Stewart

TOWN BOARD, COMMITTEE, AND DEPARTMENT NEWS

  • There will be at least three new faces in the lineup of Bedford elected officials following the Town Election on Saturday, March 9.
  • Two members of the Bedford Library Trustees announced they will not be seeking reelection.
  • Margot Fleischman announced that she will not be a candidate for re-election to a fifth term on the Bedford Select Board.
  • Daniel Brosgol, a nine-year veteran of the Bedford School Committee declared his candidacy for the Bedford Select Board on Tuesday.
  • The Bedford Select Board agreed that its two primary goals for the remainder of this fiscal year share top priority.
  • The Bedford Planning Board is fine-tuning maps of areas that will likely be targeted for rezoning to comply with a state mandate for expanding multi-unit housing potential.
  • The Conservation Commission gave the go-ahead for the U.S. Air Force to install monitoring wells and obtain soil borings to detect the possible presence of contaminants.
  • Town Manager Matt Hanson presented a $21,026,818 draft budget to the Bedford Select Board, reflecting an increase of about 5 percent over the current year’s spending.
  • Superintendent of Schools Cliff Chuang provided the School Committee with details of his proposed $715,890 in spending for “additional needs” in fiscal 2025.

SCHOOL NEWS

  • The BHS Marching Band capped off a successful season of rebuilding and looks ahead to the future.
  • JGMS held the school’s first community day with the goal “to foster better understanding of our differences and similarities” and “to broaden our knowledge of various cultures in the world.” 

FEATURES

Kids are enjoying the balloons at the 35th Annual Winter Community Breakfast. Courtesy photo
  • Throngs of people in Bedford came out for a day and night filled with holiday activities, including the annual tree lighting.
  • First Parish Senior Minister Jamie Hinson-Rieger arrived in Bedford in August from his previous church in Indianapolis. Read about Hinson-Rieger and his first impressions of Bedford.
  • Family members and friends paid tribute to a tenacious advocate for racial justice and equity during a celebration of the life of Rachel Murphy at the First Baptist Church.
  • Santa and Mrs. Claus made a visit to the Chip-in Farm for a charity fundraiser.
  • There was plenty of holiday fun recently at Suzanne Koller’s Someday Farm on Davis Road with carriage rides, refreshments, and Santa Claus.
  • The BHS cafeteria buzzed with activity on Sunday, Dec. 10 when the Rotary Club hosted its 35th annual holiday breakfast fundraiser.

IN OTHER NEWS

  • Several residents of the emergency shelter at the Bedford Plaza Hotel have received government authorization for employment, and a few have already found jobs in town.
Dec. 15 was a bright, sunny, comfortable day, and kids were having a lot of fun in the snow Santa was making at the Someday Farm. Staff photo by Wayne Braverman
Santa takes time to talk with children during the town’s holiday tree lighting. Staff photo by Jenny Stewart
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