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  • September 18, 2021 ~ The Bedford Day Fair

    With the prospect of cancelation feeling real until the Monday before Bedford Day, whether the Fair would succeed seemed uncertain. Those fears were laid firmly to rest when Saturday's weather held and Bedford's coronavirus statistics didn't spike. Organizations reported strong interest, and several noted greater than average receipts for food, books, crafts, and other items for sale. Here's a short sense of the day in pictures.

  • Alyssa Sandoval Leaving Town Government for Private Sector International Design Firm in October

    Alyssa Sandoval Leaving Town Government for Private Sector  International Design Firm in October Bedford’s first director of housing and economic development has accepted a position with an international design firm as a senior environmental planner. Alyssa Sandoval’s final day in Bedford will be Oct. 8. After that she will be focusing on urban infrastructure projects and transportation planning for Stantec. “Alyssa has worked hard and creatively on behalf of Bedford,” said Town Manager Sarah Stanton. “I am so excited for Alyssa to embark on this next chapter of her career, and thankful that Bedford was able to have her as part of the team for as long as we did.”

  • BARC Opposes Wholesale Tree Removal Near Sabourin Field

    There are more than 60 trees along the north side of Railroad Avenue adjacent to Sabourin Field. Most are tall pines; there are also some oaks. For decades they have served as a backdrop for major events – not just football, soccer, and lacrosse, but also high school graduations, Relays for Life, even town meeting. Now the Department of Public Works is targeting a number of these trees, to facilitate widening the existing sidewalk and fulfilling a portion of the town’s bicycle and pedestrian master plan. Director of Athletics Keith Mangan also would like to see removal of at least unhealthy trees removed for safety reasons, as he outlined to the School Committee last week. The initial pushback is coming from the Bedford Arbor Resources Committee (BARC). The trees are “a beautiful backdrop, and provide shade on the track,” commented committee Chair Dan Churella. “I’m sure this will be an ongoing discussion. We don’t want to be chopping down trees unless there’s a good reason.” Public Works Director David Manugian said last week he is hoping for “some synergy” among various town departments. “There is a variety of factors. We want to make sure everybody is on the same page before we put a shovel in the ground.” The sidewalk project aims to create “a multi-use path,” he explained, which can connect the planned Minuteman Bikeway extension, which will traverse Railroad Avenue until it veers into the wood along the abandoned railroad bed, and the Jenks Nature Trail, which terminates at the middle school entrance. It will be a challenge to realize this objective without disturbing at least part of the current environment. Several trees abut the existing sidewalk; a couple of times the path bisects a pair of trees. And there is also a stone wall between the sidewalk and the fence bordering the sports field. About 44 trees are outside the fence and 18 are actually inside the Sabourin Field compound. Most are behind the bleachers.

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