December 2018
In This Issue
Town Hall to Change Hours
4th Annual Walk About & Tree Lighting
Suzanne & Co. Holiday House Tour
2018 Winter Career Fair
Flavors of Bedford
Special Town Meeting Outcomes
Chamber Award Nomintations
Chamber Renewals
Did You Know?
From the Chamber Office
What the Chamber Did in November?
Who Wants to Be on TV?
Chamber Calendar
Follow us on Facebook
To better accommodate residents and businesses looking to conduct business with the Town of Bedford, offices in the Town Hall will begin operating on the schedule identified below beginning on December 3, 2018.
Monday - 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday - 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday - 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Thursday - 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Friday - 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
This new change in hours includes the Town Manager's Office, Finance/Tax Collectors Office, Assessing Department, Code Enforcement Department, Planning Department and Town Clerk and the Administrative Offices at the Fire Department. All other Town Departments excluding Police, Fire and the Library will be open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
To kick off this change in hours, residents and businesses are invited to come and meet with Department Heads, staff, and local boards and committee at a Town Hall Open House on Monday, December 3, 2018 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. The Open House is an opportunity for residents and businesses to get a behind the scenes look at what goes on in their municipal offices, and conduct any business needed.

4th Annual Walk About & Tree Lighting

On Saturday, December 1, 2018, Bedford will be holding its 4th  Winter Walkabout in conjunction with our annual Tree Lighting celebration. Once again, the Town will be offering a flurry of activities to encourage everyone to stroll, shop, savor, and socialize to kick off the winter season. Bedford Recreation, Economic Development, and Healthy Bedford in collaboration with the  Bedford Chamber of Commerce invite you to walk our To wn Center, enjoy the lights, and shop and dine locally while celebrating the arrival of winter in Bedford.
4:00 - 6:00 PM Bedford Walkabout with participating businesses in Town Center and at Old Town Hall. The Chamber will host a shop local event at Old Town Hall in the Great Room on the third floor.
1:30 - 2:40 PM Free Skate at the Edge, (bring your own skates) 191 Hartwell Road
5:00 PM Countdown to light the Trees on the Town Common led by new Town Manager Sarah Stanton, followed by a special visitor from the North Pole arriving atop a fire engine with treats and wishes for a joyous holiday season.
Join friends and family as we enjoy this much anticipated and newly expanded community tradition!

The Suzanne & Co. Holiday House Tour
 Sunday December 9th
 1-4 PM
Get in the holiday spirit this season with a stroll through some of Bedford's most beautiful homes! This year, there will be a horse and wagon to take you from  house to house.
Maureen Sullivan, Executive Director of the Bedford Chamber of Commerce had this to say about the event. "The Holiday House Tour has been a Chamber tradition for over 20 years, with Suzanne & Co. being the sponsor for the last 7 years. Suzanne has taken the event to another level with her enthusiasm and great ideas. This year she is adding a horse and wagon which will surely add some old fashion ambiance to the afternoon. I'd like to thank Dan Carroll of Revise Energy for sponsoring this great addition. The house tour is a fundraiser for the Chamber but a portion of the proceeds fund the Charles Hume Scholarship given annually to a BHS senior who will be studying business in college."
Advance tickets are $20.00 for adults and $15.00 for seniors. Tickets are available for purchase at Great Road Galleries located at 363 Great Road, New England Nurseries, 216 Concord Road or online.
All tickets will be $25.00 on then day of the event and available only at New England Nurseries.
For more information please visit

2018 Winter Career Fair

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The much anticipated community event was held once again at the Doubletree Bedford Glen Hotel. Bedford residents and business people enjoyed an elegant evening of music by the great Rick Skelton as they sampled delicious food from the area's best restaurants.
This years People's Choice Award winners were Best Overall Dish- Sora, Most Flavorful - The Friendly Toast and Best Dessert- Abbott's Custard.

Flavor s of Bedford is one of the many events that the the Bedford Chamber of Commerce offers to the community. They are committed to maintaining and improving the quality of home and work life in Bedford. A portion of this years proceeds will go to Airman and Family Readiness Center, which supports military families at the base.
This years Sponsors were Doubletree Bedford Glen Hotel, Law Offices of Brown & Brown, New England Nurseries, Bedford
Florist, DSA Printing, Middlesex Savings Bank, Brookline Bank, Lincoln Liquors, Northrop Grumman, Suzanne & Co., 66th Force Support Squadron Hanscom AFB, Bedford Children's Center, Bedford Cupcakes, Baldwin Insurance, Barrett Sotheby's International Realty, Learning Express Bedford, Salem Five, Great Road Gallery & Framing, Cambridge Savings Bank, Carlton & Duran, CPA's, Debbie Spencer's Group, Hanscom Federal Credit Union, State Representative Ken Gordan, Couponsurfer, Daydreamer Consulting, Servpro of Lexington & Bedford, The UPS Store, Middlesex Community College, Wegmans, 3rd Avenue Burlington, Enterprise Bank, Merrill Lynch, Lexington Symphony, Live Life Well, Christine Pinney Marketing and Salon Oz.

Upcoming Chamber events include the Winter Walk, Chamber Holiday Celebration and the Suzanne & Co. Holiday House Tour.
For more information please visit

Special Town Meeting Article Outcomes
This information was provided by The Bedford Citizen please visit their website for the complete article.

Article 1 - Debate Rules - Passes on a majority voice vote
Article 2 - General Bylaw Amendment - Amend Historic District Commission Bylaw to Authorize Solar Panels Within the Historic District - Passed on a counted ballot  - Yea: 265 Nay: 61
Article 3 - General Bylaw Amendment - Cable Television Committee - Passes on a majority voice vote
Article 4 - Zoning Map Amendments - Elimination of Remaining Limited Business Districts and Two Overlay Districts Superseded by the Great Road District - Passes unanimously on a voice vote
Article 5 - Zoning Map Amendments - Elimination of Remaining Limited Business Districts- Tabled indefinitely, passed unanimously on a voice vote
Article 6 - Zoning Map Amendments - Moving Section 17 forward - - Passes unanimously on a voice vote - Passed on a unanimously voice vote
Article 7 - Carleton-Willard Village Conservation Restriction Amendment - Passed on a 2/3 voice vote
Article 8 - John Glenn Middle School Design and Construction Document Bond Authorization - Passed on a 2/3 voice vote
Article 9 - Bedford High School Design and Construction Document Bond Authorization - Passed on a 2/3 voice vote
Article 10 - Community Preservation Surcharge Effective July 1, 2019 - Passed on a voice vote
Article 11 - Amend FY 2019 Community Preservation Budget - Passed unanimously on a voice vote -
Article 12 - Land Acquisition Fund - Passed unanimously on a voice vote
Article 13 - Rescind Bond Authorizations - Passed unanimously on a voice vote
Article 14 - Appropriate Funds for Bedford Police Supervisors Association Collective Bargaining Agreement - FY19 - Passed unanimously on a voice vote
Article 15 - Appropriate Funds for Transportation Infrastructure Fund - Passed unanimously on a voice vote
Article 16 - Amend FY 2019 Operating Budgets - Passed unanimously on a voice vote - AND 

 Bedford citizens, business owners and community leaders are invited to submit nominations to the Chamber for several prestigious awards to be given in February to honor local business representatives.
Each year the Chamber names a Business Person of the Year, Business of the Year, Diversity, Ray of Hope and Outstanding Service to the Chamber Award.
Business Person of the Year:
Conducts their business and themselves with regard to their business dealings in a highly ethical and exemplary manner. Is a good citizen within the community, taking time and effort to serve the community in productive and volunteer efforts.
Business of the Year:
The business is conducted in a highly ethical and exemplary manner. The business is a good citizen to the town by financial and/or resource support to community activities and operations.
Diversity Award:
Has significantly contributed to the diversity awareness in the town. Demonstrates an attentiveness and a willingness to continually improve the atmosphere to work, shop and live in Bedford.
Ray of Hope:
A high school age young people who have performed outstanding service to the Bedford community and/or who by their actions are excellent role models for their peers.

Anyone wishing to make a nomination for any of these awards is encouraged to send the name, address and a brief one page description of the nominee to the Chamber. Deadline for all nominations is January 10, 2019. Awards will be presented at the Chambers' Dinner on February 13, 2019.
Chamber Renewals 

Thank you for your membership with the Bedford Chamber of Commerce!  
As a member of the Bedford Chamber of Commerce, you are part of an organization consisting of nearly 150  members representing a wide range of businesses across many industries that includes commercial, civic and individual ventures. Your chamber membership provides you with the following: 
·         Connections and referrals to potential customers 
·         Countless year-round networking opportunities - both locally and with other chambers 
·         Advocacy work with our city and state governments 
·         Marketing of your business through our website, social media and events 
·         Exclusive Event Sponsorships 
·         Regular communications including our e-newsletter, social media posts and mailings 
·         Year-round educational opportunities 
We are pleased with the progress made by the Chamber in 2018 and a few of our accomplishments include: 
·         Hosted 16 networking after hours, lunch seminars and breakfast events 
·         Education of residents on the  Great Road District Bylaw which passed at town meeting 
·         Sponsored 6 community events: Summer & Winter Walk About, Goddard School Trunk or Treat, Barrett Sotherby's Senior Prom Stroll, Flavors of Bedford, Suzanne & Company Holiday House tour 
·         Increased the visibility of the Chamber and of our members with the community through social media and events 
·         Collaborated with other area chambers to provide 5 multi-chamber events 
Your annual renewal has been mailed. The invoice reflects a new membership structure that takes into account the growth and changes our membership has experienced over the years and is reflective of the many new businesses and organizations we have welcomed into the community. We are offering all Chamber members an opportunity to be billed at the 2018 rate if you pay before December 31, 2018. 
Thank  you for your continued support of the Bedford Chamber of Commerce.


Chamber member Shannon Dillon of Creative Images Boston took time out to photograph the Board Members for the chamber web page.  Shannon has  been a photographer as long as she can remember. It's all she ever wanted to do. She  was fortunate to have parents that encouraged her creativity, instead of forcing her to choose a more stable path She took her first
photography class in the fifth grade. As soon as she saw her first image emerge from a tray in the darkroom, she knew that she wanted this more than anything in the world. She went on to graduate from photography school in 1996 and has been working as a professional photographer ever since.

Do you need a head shot or a family portrait ?

Give Shannon a call - look how great she made some of us look :)
Incoming president Erin Sandler- Rathe

From the Chamber Office

Is your Business looking for volunteer opportunities for your employees?

Click HERE for a list of organizations that need help, Certificates of Achievements are provided to all Chamber business members along with photo ops and social media outreach. An optional short video showing your employees doing the volunteer work can be added.


Do you want to get involved with a Chamber Committee or event? 

The Board of Directors are always looking for volunteers to serve on committees and help with events, this is a great way to get involved in the Chamber and maximize your membership by meeting and networking. There are lots of opportunities, please email   Maureen Sullivan at the Chamber office and explore what might fit your talents and interests.

What the Chamber
 did in November?

Flavors of Bedford

Special Town Meeting

Board of Directors Meeting

Chamber Connections


We are so excited to offer our members another new FREE benefit!   We are partnering with o ur friends at Bedford TV to produce a monthly show called CHAMBER CONNECTIONS .  In addition to promoting our events/activities, Chamber members will be interviewed providing great exposure for their business. The show will be broadcast on Public channel and also through their website.  Contact the Chamber if you are interested in learning more.

Check out your fellow Chamber members  


December 1
4th Annual Walk about & Tree Lighting
Bedford Center & Old Town Hall
4-6 PM

December 3
Town Hall
Open House
10 Mudge Way
Bedford, MA
4-7 PM

December 4
 Women in Business  
Youville Place
10 Pelham Road
Lexington MA 02421
12-1:00 PM
Speaker Kristine Porcaro, President & Co-founder of Lexington Wealth Management

December 6
Chamber Holiday Party
Waxy O'Connors
Hartwell Ave
Lexington, MA
Click Here to Register

December 9
Breakfast with Santa
Bedford Rotary
Bedford High School

December 9
Suzanne & Co. Holiday
House Tour
1-4 PM

December 13
Board of Directors Meeting
Town Center Shawsheen Room
7:30 AM

January 10
Board of Directors Meeting
Town Center Shawsheen Room
7:30 AM

February 13
Chamber Annual Dinner & Celebration

Welcome to New Members

Bernardo Faria Academy
131A Great Road
Bedford, MA 01730

50 Loomis Street
Bedford, MA


A Place for Words 
AFC Urgent Care
Atlantic Capital
Atria Longmeadow Place
Baby Boomer Therapies
Baldwin Insurance
Barre 3
Barrett Sotherby's 
Baudanza Electric
Bedford Aesthetics & Nutrition
Bedford Car Wash
Bedford Childrens Center
Bedford Family Connection
Bedford Farms
Bedford Florist
Bedford Funeral Home
Bedford Historical Society
Bedford Motel
Bedford Orthodonics
Bedford Research Foundation
Bedford VA Research
Bernstien Development
Billerica Crossings
Brookline Bank
Brown & Brown, P.C.
Buono Pest Control
Callahans Karate Studio
Cambridge Savings Bank
Carlton & Duran, CPAs
Carlton Willard
Chestnut Dental
Christine Pinney Marketing
Cil Cangiano
Creative Images of Boston
Database Quality
Design 1 Kitchen & Bath
Diane Cadigan Hughes
Diane Bridgeman, DDS
Davidson Law
Debbie Spencer Group
Doubletree Bedford Glenn Hotel
DSA Publishing
EDCO Collaborative
Edward Jones Investments
Einstein's Workshop
Elite Freestyle Karate
EMD Millipore
Express Pizza
First Parish Church
GE Instrafracture
Great Meadow Dental
Great Road Gallery
Hanscom Federal Credit Union
Harold Nichols Insurance
Holi Indian Restaurant
Heritage Springs
Huntington Tax Partners
I Am Verizon
Instrumentation Labs
Jesse's Pet Care
KB Jewelers
Ken's Deli
Law Offices of Ken Gordon
Leary Auto
Learning Express & Play
Lexington Symphony
Lincoln Liquors
Live Life Well
Mead Brothers
Metro Southwest Job Center
Middlesex Savings Bank
My Hometown Map
New England Nurseries
New York Life
Nichols Insurance Agency
Patriot Pediatrics
Peter Quinn Insurance
Primrose School
Organix Spa & Salon
Red Heat Tavern
RER Fuel
Renzo Salon
Right At Home
Robyn Samuels Alliance Financial Services
Salem Five
Salon OZ
ServPro Lexington & Bedford
Sheena Santos
Short Stop Cafe
Slak  Chiropratic Group
St. Michael's Parish Center
Suzanne & CO.
T & L Nail Salon
The Armed Forces Retirees Association
The Bedford Citizen
The Goddard School
The Well Effect 
Virsa de Punjab
Yoga Nova