July 2023: Focus on Hangars, Housing, New Leaders, a Skunk, and Lots of Rain

December 28, 2023
Jam Adams is sealing the bags of food. The Iskwelahang Pilipino concession stand at the Lowell Folk Festival always draws a large crowd. Staff photo by Wayne Braverman


  • The Select Board approved a combined 6.9 percent increase in Bedford water and sewer rates for the new fiscal year, translating to an additional $56 for the average residential customer using 6,000 cubic feet.
  • A proposed housing development on the site of a former Old Billerica Road horse farm, scaled back to satisfy neighbors, has encountered an unexpected snag.
  • Select Board member Emily Mitchell outlined concerns about the proposed hangar development at Hanscom Field at a virtual meeting in July of the Hanscom Field Advisory Commission (HFAC).
  • Bedford Planning Board members are intrigued by the concept of an overlay district in the center of town that would result in more opportunities for smaller houses.
  • Marisa Morello started in the position of Bedford’s new Assistant Health Director.
  • Two members of the Bedford Finance Committee on Tuesday were replaced rather than reappointed, an unprecedented rearrangement of the independent panel.
  • There is no obvious path to a quick replacement of the aging heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning system at the Bedford Free Public Library.
  • Brian DeVellis told the Bedford Select Board that he is submitting his 139-unit mixed-housing proposal for state approval, leaving several details to be decided later.
  • Members of the Bedford Planning Board extolled a 9,500-square-foot residential and retail complex proposed for a long-vacant parcel at 1 Railroad Ave., near the corner of South Road.


  • After his first week in office in early July, Cliff Chuang, Bedford’s new superintendent of schools, said he is looking forward to opportunities to meet as many people as he can.
  • The John Glenn Middle School’s one month waste sorting pilot was the effort of school administration, staff, food services, DPW, Facilities, and the hundreds of students at JGMS. The pilot was considered “a huge success.”
  • Members of Iskwelahang Pilipino, a Filipino cultural heritage school based for more than 30 years in Bedford’s Town Center, were prepping for their biggest fundraising event of this year – the Lowell Folk Festival.
The locker rooms in the newly-renovated Bedford Police Station now have much larger and more practical lockers to store their things. Staff photo by Wayne Braverman


  • Work was mostly completed in July in the newly expanded and renovated Bedford Police Station. Chief Fisher gave reporter Mike Rosenberg and managing editor Wayne Braverman a tour. Read Mike’s story here.
  • Alex Mattson, a rising senior at Bedford High School, is rebuilding the fence surrounding the Davis School’s plant and vegetable garden as part of his Eagle Scout project.
  • Chris Golen, the new president and CEO of Carleton-Willard Village, says that in the world of elder care, he is enjoying “the best of both worlds:” corporate-level management and grass-roots interaction and empathy. Read more here.


  • For three decades, the Bedford Men’s Softball League was very popular. Take a look back at the times when Page Field was the place to be on summer nights.


  • Read about Bedford Police Officer Matt Piccirillo’s recent “risky rescue” of a skunk.
There is plenty of rust to be found on the workings of the Bedford Free Public Library’s heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system. Staff photo by Wayne Braverman
The Budmen travel team, which includes other players from the league, played at the Fast Pitch Nationals in Redding, Ca. On the team were (seated:) Billy Ikelboom, (first row, left to right:) Nick Barasso, Jim Griffiths, Mike Leskouski, George Champney, Gary Sethares, Bobby Wessel, (back row:) Jim Levangie, Paul Ikelboom, Phil Beecy, Jr., Steve Jepsen, Steve Gaylor, Dave Walsh and Scott Hartmann. Courtesy photo from Steve Jepsen
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Wayne Braverman is the Managing Editor of The Bedford Citizen. He can be reached at [email protected], or 781-430-8837.

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