September 2023: Celebrating Bedford and Time to Get Back to School and Work

2023 Bedford Citizen of the Year Angelo Colao and his wife Gabriele on the reviewing stand at the Bedford Day Parade. Staff photo by Wayne Braverman

TOWN BOARD, COMMITTEE, AND DEPARTMENT NEWS

  • Bedford has a new town manager. Matthew Hanson, 35, was sworn in by Town Clerk Bridget Rodrigue during a brief ceremony in Town Hall.
  • The Bedford Historic District Commission heard a presentation from the lead architect for the new Fire Station as well as testimony from the Interim Fire Chief.
  • The Bedford School Committee received an update from Superintendent Chuang on new students in Bedford Public Schools, including an increase in enrollment and support for school age children and their families arriving to the emergency shelter in town.
  • The Bedford School Committee heard Superintendent Chuang’s draft of a proposed policy on the use of security cameras in Bedford schools.
  • Six Massachusetts National Guard personnel, including an officer, arrived at the Bedford Plaza Hotel to assist in town staff and volunteers support of the migrant families placed there. The town has listed new information on how the community can help in the effort to welcome and support the new arrivals.
  • Facilities Director Ron Scaltreto met for an hour with the Trustees of the Bedford Free Public Library and reassured the board that “there is a plan” for moving forward with the net zero HVAC system for the library building.
  • Bedford Town Moderator Mark Siegenthaler unexpectedly announced his resignation. Read his letter here and the story here.
  • The president of the Bedford Professional Firefighters Local 2310 told the Fire Station Building Committee that the union members have “numerous concerns” about the feasibility of locating a new station at 139 The Great Road.

SCHOOL NEWS

  • The Bedford Education Foundation announced funding of three Summer 2023 grants recently benefiting Bedford Schools. Two will go to initiatives at JGMS and one will provide support at the Job Lane School.
  • Superintendent of Bedford Public Schools Cliff Chuang presented his detailed entry plan to the School Committee.
  • The Bedford High School Class of 1971 held their 52nd year reunion in September at the Burlington Marriot Hotel. Read more here.
  • Around 100 members of the Bedford High School Class of 1973 turned out for a big three-day reunion, packed full of events during the Sept. 22-24 weekend. 
  • Bedford High School senior Domenic Giusti was in Japan for only three-and-a-half weeks this summer. But he gained enough insight and experience to confirm that he will continue his pursuit of information about the nation.
  • With more than 680 people registered to participate and 87 volunteers signed up to help at the BEST PTO Color Run, volunteers had to shift when the day turned stormy.

FEATURES

Diane Hughes found this disabled owl at her home on Page Road. Laura Keating brought the owl to the wildlife clinic at Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in Grafton. Courtesy photo
  • Bedford Day 2023 was a joyful, fun day to celebrate Bedford and some of the organizations, community groups, and businesses that make this a special place to live.
  • The Bedford Day Fair featured 125 community groups, organizations, and businesses lined up in booths throughout the Town Hall parking lot and surrounding grassy areas. Enjoy these photos of the festivities.
  • Tossing and gathering candy is a Bedford Day Parade tradition. Here are photos from this year’s parade.
  • Angelo Colao has a resume of volunteer service spanning parts of seven decades. Read more about Bedford’s 2023 Citizen of the Year.
  • Joe Damery, now 92 years old, has spent most of his life in Bedford, playing, enjoying, and spreading a love of music.
  • Renby Fernald, on his way to achieving his Eagle Scout Badge, recently completed his community service project documenting all of the graves in Bedford’s two cemeteries.
  • Bedford resident Dr. Paul-André Bempéchat is a world-class musicologist and pianist who has performed at major concert halls in North America and has toured in virtually every country in Europe. The French Ministry of Culture honored him as a Chevalier de Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. Read more here.
  • Nancy and Rich Daugherty said goodbye to Massachusetts and moved to Indiana after over half a century as active members of the Bedford community.
  • Sirarpi Heghinian Walzer, a Syrian-born Lexington resident who studied engineering at BU and fine arts in Europe, currently has a mixed media art series on exhibit at the Bedford Free Public Library Art Gallery.
  • Doris Smith reviews Robert McCloskey’s Blueberries for Sal Cookbook: Sweet Recipes Inspired by the Beloved Children’s Classic.

SPORTS

  • The Bedford/Concord Baseball team ended the summer season with a 15-4 record after earning a place in the final four of the Lou Tompkins B Division Summer League playoffs.
  • The Bedford High School boys’ varsity soccer team opened their season with a 3-0 win over Billerica. Bedford and Acton-Boxborough battled to a 1-1 tie in Dual County League crossover boys’ soccer play.
  • The Bedford High School cross country teams launched the 2023 season with some strong performances in the Massachusetts State Track Coaches Association relays in Attleboro, led by the coed team’s first-place finish.
  • The recent colorful sunset was a gorgeous backdrop to a Bedford High School Football 20-13 win at Malden Catholic. Coach Tone said it was “one of my favorite games since I’ve been here.” The team also earned a 47-0 victory over Weston.

IN OTHER NEWS

  • A Bedford resident Diane Hughes found a disabled owl in her yard. Laura Keating helped by driving the owl to the Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in Grafton.
  • The dedicated members of the Bedford 4-H Club brought home a collection of ribbons and honors at the annual Middlesex County 4-H Fair.
The Bedford Day parade is always a popular event in town. Staff photo by Wayne Braverman
Member of the Class of 1973 in the lobby of Bedford High School during their reunion weekend. Courtesy photo
After many years as active members of the Bedford community, Nancy and Rich Daughtery moved to Indiana, where housing in a lot more affordable. Courtesy photo
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