November 2023: Town Meeting, Sports, Schools and Veterans Day Make it a Memorable Month

American Legion Post 221 Commander Rob Bowes was one of the speakers at the annual Bedford Veterans Day ceremony. Courtesy photo by Barbara Purchia

TOWN BOARD, COMMITTEE, AND DEPARTMENT NEWS

  • Real estate taxes on the average single-family residence in Bedford will increase by about $620 for the current fiscal year.
  • Plans for the hangar complex at Hanscom Field have been reduced from 27 new structures to 17; however, “it’s too early to know whether the total square footage for the project would be reduced by an equal ratio.”
  • Bedford Special Town Meeting in November rejected a petitioners’ article that called for reopening the search for a fire station site. Read what happened here.
  • Town Meeting voters unanimously approved allocating community preservation funds that will clear a path for replacing the Bedford Free Public Library’s ailing heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning system.
  • Bedford Special Town Meeting voters approved updating the building code bylaw with the so-called specialized code, adding a greater requirement for energy efficiency to new larger buildings.
  • Bedford’s Special Town Meeting approved two articles intended to expand the pool of applicants for entry-level vacancies in the Police and Fire departments.
  • As many as 15 residents who are veterans, and/or older than 60, may reduce their annual property tax bill by as much as $1,000, according to a vote by Special Town Meeting.
  • A second member of the nine-person Finance Committee has resigned in protest over the decision to replace two former colleagues.
  • Plans to install the interior camera equipment in Bedford High School locations over winter break have been held up by a technicality. Read what happened.
  • Bedford Town Manager Matt Hanson said he hopes to appoint a new fire chief around the end of January.
  • Mike Rosenberg sat down with the new Bedford Town Manager Matt Hanson.

SCHOOL NEWS

Victoria Reidling plays Sebastian and Healy Weisman is Olivia for the BHS production of “Twelfth Night.” Photo by John C. Mitchell
  • School officials hopes to begin installation of camera equipment at Bedford High School soon after Annual Town Meeting adjourns, if voters authorize the expenditure.
  • Some of the earliest students in the Bedford METCO program recently visited current METCO students as part of events planned for the 50th year of the METCO program in Bedford.
  • The Bedford High School Performing Arts Department presented a great version of Twelfth Night, the classic Shakespearean comedy about love and mistaken identity.
  • Military veterans strengthen their communities by applying the skills they sharpened on active duty, a high-ranking officer told the students and teachers of Lt. Job Lane School at a pre-Veterans Day assembly.
  • There are currently 2,559 students enrolled in Bedford Public Schools. Overall enrollment is projected to remain stable for the 2024-25 academic year.
  • Spirit Week. Community Day. Advisory Olympic. Bedford High School was abuzz with building community, fostering connections and building spirit in November.
  • Roopa Bhusnurmath wrote a column about Diwali which was celebrated in November.
  • At Bedford High School, student unions and identity groups are creating a supportive place for students, including the recently-formed Jewish Student Union.

FEATURES

Kristallnacht (the night of broken glass) took place in Germany and Austria on Nov. 9, 1938 starting a pogrom regarded by historians as the first state-sponsored terrorism of what became known as the Holocaust. Staff Photos Wayne Braverman
  • Members of the community gathered on the Bedford Common to commemorate the anniversary of Kristallnacht.
  • The Bedford South Asian community recently held their annual Diwali celebration gala for 230+ Bedford community members. The evening provided adults and kids with the opportunity to celebrate, dance, eat, and enjoy as one big family.
  • A unique piece of art was dedicated on Veterans Day to honor Capt. Thomas Hudner, the only member of Bedford’s American Legion Post 221 to receive a Congressional Medal of Honor.
  • Mothers Out Front held their second annual Pumpkin Smash recently in a messy and fun effort to raise awareness about composting.
  • Retired Assistant Coach Bob Petrillo reminisces about the annual Bedford High School Thanksgiving football games throughout his 30-year coaching career with BHS.
  • The Bedford Cultural District Partnership has sponsored the construction and installation of two miniature art galleries within the Bedford Cultural District.
  • Most people in Bedford are familiar with Hanscom Air Force Base. But what about the people who live and work there, yet spend time in Bedford?
  • Doris Smith recommends the book Oh, Olive by Lian Cho in Story Time Recommendations with Mrs. Smith.
  • Three Bedford Fire Department lieutenants, all Bedford High School graduates who are second-generation town employees, have been promoted to the rank of captain.
  • This year, 390 people spent their Thanksgiving morning taking part in the annual Bedford Turkey Trot. Check out photos by Rob Ackerman.

SPORTS

  • BHS girls’ cross country team placed sixth in the state for the MIAA Division 2 state championship. Jonny Garraway placed seventh in the boys’ individual race.
  • BHS boys’ varsity soccer team advanced to the quarterfinals of the MIAA Division 2 tournament after outscoring Reading Memorial, 2-1. The varsity boys’ soccer team was eliminated in the Elite Eight round of the MIAA Division 2 state tournament, with a 2-1 loss to Hopkinton. But overall, it was a great year for the team.
  • The Bedford High School varsity football team fell to Duxbury 33-6 in the opening round of the MIAA State Tournament. The next week, the team earned a 33-19 victory over Concord-Carlisle.
  • Never in the 62 years of local Thanksgiving football – against Burlington and Concord-Carlisle – has the team from Bedford High School won three consecutive games. Until now.
  • In the Town Employee/Alumni vs. Bedford High School Hockey Team post-Thanksgiving game, the youth has come out on top again.

IN OTHER NEWS

Here is one of the people who took part in the annual pumpkin smash in November. Photo by Rebecca Pomperantz
The Bedford South Asian community held their annual Diwali celebration gala for 230+ Bedford community members. Courtesy photo
It was a very good season for the Bedford High School boys’ soccer team. Courtesy photo
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