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HEAT ADVISORY
 
The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory with the forecast very high temperatures.  Please be safe. 

Please see below “What You Can Do to Be Safe” – which is extracted from warnings and advice from the federal government in such heat events.
 
We are grateful to our libraries, the Katonah Museum of Art and those religious institutions in Bedford which are providing places to cool off. 

Here are some specifics, and please feel free to call directly for more information:
 
Free water at all town pools, until supplies are depleted.  The pools are open from 10:00 am – 8:00 pm.

Cooling areas at the Katonah Museum of Art during museum hours.
134 Jay Street, Katonah, NY 10536. 232 9555
Katonah Presbyterian Church 232-4658
31 Bedford Road- Saturday and Sunday from 10:00am-3:00pm
The Bedford Hills Library is open from 10am until 2:00pm on Saturday.  Closed on Sunday. 666-6472

The Katonah Library is open from 10am until 1:00pm on Saturday. Closed on Sunday. 232-3508


Bedford Village Library is open 10am until 1:00pm on Saturday. Closed on Sunday. 234-3570
 

What You Can Do To Be Safe
 
Extreme Heat often results in the highest number of annual deaths among all weather-related hazards. In most of the United States, extreme heat is defined as a long period (2 to 3 days) of high heat and humidity with temperatures above 90 degrees. In extreme heat, evaporation is slowed and the body must work extra hard to maintain a normal temperature. This can lead to death by overworking the human body.

Remember that:
  • Extreme heat can occur quickly and without warning.
  • Older adults, children, and sick or overweight individuals are at greater risk from extreme heat.
  • Humidity increases the feeling of heat as measured by a heat index.

IF YOU ARE UNDER AN EXTREME HEAT WARNING:
  • Find air conditioning.
  •  Avoid strenuous activities.
  • Watch for heat illness.
  • Wear light clothing.
  • Check on family members and neighbors.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Watch for heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke.
  •  Never leave people or pets in a closed car.

 
HOW TO STAY SAFE WHEN EXTREME HEAT THREATENS

Prepare NOW
  • Find places in your community where you can go to get cool.
  •  Keep your home cool by doing the following:
  • Cover windows with drapes or shades.
  • Weather-strip doors and windows.
  • Use window reflectors, such as aluminum foil-covered cardboard, to reflect heat back outside.
  • Add insulation to keep the heat out.
  • Use attic fans to clear hot air.
  • Install window air conditioners and insulate around them.
  • Learn to recognize the signs of heat-related illness.

Be Safe DURING A HEAT WAVE
  • Never leave a child, adult, or animal alone inside a vehicle on a warm day.
  • Find places with air conditioning. Libraries, shopping malls, and community centers can provide a cool place to take a break from the heat.
  • If you’re outside, find shade. Wear a hat wide enough to protect your face.
  • Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated. If you or someone you care for is on a special diet, ask a doctor how best to accommodate it.
  • Do not use electric fans when the temperature outside is more than 95 degrees, as this could increase the risk of heat-related illness.
  • Fans create air flow and a false sense of comfort, but do not reduce body temperature.
  • Avoid high-energy activities.
  • Check yourself, family members, and neighbors for signs of heat-related illness.
 
RECOGNIZE AND RESPOND
Know the signs of heat-related illness and the ways to respond to it:
 
HEAT CRAMPS
Signs:  Muscle pains or spasms in the stomach, arms, or legs
Actions:  Go to a cooler location. Remove excess clothing. Take sips of cool sports drinks with salt and sugar. Get medical help if cramps last more than an hour.

HEAT EXHAUSTION
Signs:  Heavy sweating, paleness, muscle cramps, tiredness, weakness, dizziness, headache, nausea or vomiting, or fainting
Actions:  Go to an air-conditioned place and lie down. Loosen or remove clothing. Take a cool bath. Take sips of cool sports drinks with salt and sugar. Get medical help if symptoms get worse or last more than an hour.
 
HEAT STROKE
Signs:  Extremely high body temperature (above 103 degrees) taken orally; red, hot, and dry skin with no sweat; rapid, strong pulse; dizziness; confusion; or unconsciousness
Actions:  Call 911 or get the person to a hospital immediately. Cool down with whatever methods are available until medical help arrives.

REMINDER: Vacancies on Zoning Board of Appeals and Veterans Advisory Committee

Zoning Board of Appeals
 
There is a vacancy on the Town’s Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) for which the T own Board is seeking applicants. T he Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) is a five-member quasi-judicial board that allows applicants to appeal denials or other negative decisions of the Town’s Planning Board, Building Inspector or Town Board (though appeal for some negative decisions are not to the ZBA but rather to court).
 
T he ZBA also grants certain Special Use Permits (others are issued by the Planning Board) such as for private clubs, private schools and churches and may issue variances granting relief from various Town codes.

If you may be interested in serving on the ZBA, please submit your resume together with a cover e- mail or letter to supervisor@bedfordny.gov.


Bedford Veterans Advisory Group
To learn more, email supervisor@bedfordny.gov
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Highlights of the July 16, 2019
Town Board Meeting

Appointment of Christopher Soi
Superintendent of Recreation & Parks Department


I am delighted to announce that the Town Board has appointed Christopher Soi to succeed Bill Heidepriem, who served so ably in the role.  He will be joining us effective August 12, 2019. He is transferring from the Town of Yorktown, where he served as the acting Superintendent of Recreation and Parks. 

Chris has over 20 years of experience in promoting and providing community recreation programs as well as managing and improving parks, playgrounds and recreation facilities. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Brown University and a Master’s degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies from SUNY – Cortland. In addition, Chris holds multiple certifications related to recreational activities and pools. We look forward to him joining us and are confident that his expertise will be a benefiting addition to the programs of the Town’s Recreation and Parks Department and all three hamlet parks.  Resume
Bedford Village Parking

The Board approved the two-year renewal of the Town’s lease with the Bedford Presbyterian Church under which the Town leases from the Church twenty parking spaces in the Church’s lot to the rear of the Church. The twenty parking spaces are important to helping to address parking needs in the hamlet.  Once again, we wish to thank the Church for being such a community minded member of the hamlet.
Congratulations to the Summer Interns

  We presented a Certificate of Appreciation to each of our summer interns, Kenny Linder and Timothy Parker for their work in preparing grant applications to the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and a Certificate of Appreciation to Bedford 2020 summer intern, Kayla Brandt, who worked with Kenny and Timothy and our staff in applying to the DEC for the Town’s Bronze Status Certificates as a Climate Smart Community.
ClearGov – Transparency in Government
 
Town Board member Don Scott and Comptroller Abraham Zambrano provided the Board an overview of the benefits of a widely used service, ClearGov, which helps simplify and explain the Town’s revenues, expenses, programs and other key feature.  We always are interested in doing more to provide information and transparency. The Board was favorably impressed, but we’d like to hear from you. Please take a look. Here’s the link and let us know what you think: https://www.cleargov.com/new-york/westchester/town/bedford 
Update from Our Senior Advocate
 
New to the job, Rosemary Vorel gave us a glimpse of her busy schedule in her first few weeks as the Town’s Senior Advocate.   Rosemary's report to the Town Board.

Rosemary Vorel can be reached at rvorel@bedfordny.gov and by phone at 914 882-5886. Our thanks to the Senior Advisory Committee for proposing the position and helping to establish it.
Sewer Project – Proposed Agreement with NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS)

As I mentioned last week, we are making excellent progress on Phase I of our Sewer Project (see discussion below of Intergovernmental Agreement between the City of New York and the Town). A key component of Phase I is our partnership with DOCCS, presently the owner and operator of the wastewater treatment plant (WWTP).  A special state law enacted last year authorizes DOCCS to convey ownership of the WWTP to the Town of Bedford for $1.   

The Town Board approve at our meeting the request of Public Works Commissioner Kevin Winn to authorize me to enter into an agreement with DOCCS which among other things provides the basic terms of the transfer of ownership, the sewer rent to be paid by DOCCS when it becomes a customer of the Town’s sewer district and other matters consistent with the Term Sheet between the T own and DOCCS which was entered into in 201 7.

The agreement with DOCCS is subject to any final comments of the NYC Department of Environmental Protection as reviewed and approved by our counsel. 
Moving Ahead on Adams Street Highway Building

As I’ve mentioned previously, the Town is moving ahead with the $4.1 million highway building. The new 7,000 square foot metal building for maintenance of the DPW Highway Division fleet of vehicles and equipment. The new facility will create much safer working conditions for our equipment maintenance employees, giving them adequate space to move between equipment being serviced, and greater ability to raise equipment to work underneath. It will also increase the life of equipment going forward by creating additional indoor storage in our existing building.

Adding two years of life to the six additional pieces of equipment that will be stored inside would save approximately $20,000 per year in equipment replacement cost. The project is underway and is scheduled for completion in March 2020.  
 
At the Town Board’s meeting the Board approved the request of Public Works Commissioner Kevin Winn to authorize me to enter into a professional service contract with Calgi Construction, for the project. The contract is in the amount of $56,160 for a 26 week scope, and is subject to attorney approval and receipt of required insurance.
Co-Sponsorship of Community Events Approved


The Annual KVIS 5K Road Race

The Board approved a co-sponsorship in the amount of $2,477.36 of the September 7 KVIS 5K Road race. 

This is a wonderful community event which raises funds for KVIS all of which go right back into the town.  As an example, KVIS donated a considerable funds for the glorious plantings along Katonah Avenue fronting the train station. We are grateful for KVIS’s partnership with the Town.
 

BBQ & BLUES

The Board also approved a co-sponsorship in the amount of $886.48 for the BBQ & Blues Fundraiser on July 14 in Bedford Village Memorial Park.  It was a well-received event with approximately 250 who enjoyed music, good food and getting together with friends and neighbors.  A good portion of the net proceeds will be provided to the Community Center of Northern Westchester.  

We thank the Bedford-Armonk Rotary Club, headed by Sally Corbett, and the Bedford Village Lions Club, headed by George Fernandez, which sponsored the event.  Perhaps this will become an annual tradition. 

Photos by MaryAnn Carr:
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Proclamation for Luc Giner
July 19 was declared "Luc Giner Day in all the Land" as stated on the Proclamation by the Town of Bedford during a noon-time presentation attended by Town Board members and Luc's family, who prepared a home- made Paella with a dessert to celebrate the occasion.

Many thanks to Luc for proposing the resolution, and to Deputy Supervisor Lee Roberts for helping to craft the language of the resolution, sent to Washington from the Town of Bedford in support of legislation that urges federal action to further goals necessary for the sake of our planet.
Alerts – Road Work
Con Edison Gas Main Work on Huntville Road
 
  ConEd started its gas main replacement project on Huntville Road.
 
Work hours will be 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM, and they will keep a lane open at all times with flaggers to direct traffic. Temporary pavement will be placed flush with the existing asphalt as they move along in the project.
 
The job is expected to take one month for the gas main to be complete and temporary pavement to be installed. Permanent restoration will occur after that.
Work on Long Ridge Road in Stamford
 
Beginning July 24 through mid-August , The State of Connecticut will be carrying out a bridge project later this month right across the state line. A four week closure of Long Ridge Road to through traffic between Erskine Road from the north and Old Long Ridge Road from the South.
 
Due to the impacts on the Town of Pound Ridge and the Town of Bedford, our two towns have been working closely to prepare for the impacts.
Our thanks to Pound Ridge Police Chief David Ryan for advising on the following detour route for motorists whose destination is Stamford via Long Ridge Road:
 
For those that use Long Ridge Road to access the Merritt Parkway , it is also accessible from High Ridge Road. The entrance is about 4.5 miles into Connecticut from the New York state line.

If the approach is from Route 172:
1 .    Avoid Long Ridge Road.
2.    Take Route 172 to Route 137 (High Ridge Road) and turn right to take
Route 137 into Stamford.
 
 
If attempting to navigate Long Ridge Road :
1 .    Stay on Long Ridge across the CT state line.
2.    Make a left onto Old Long Ridge Road and an immediate left on Rock
Rimmon Rd then a left onto May apple Rd to High Ridge Rd in Stamford (Rte
Nissan Leaf
Sustainable Westchester is pleased to announce that the $5,000 discount on the all-electric Nissan Leaf has been extended through September.
 
Any homeowner or individual that works or studies in Westchester is eligible for the discount. Combining the $5,000 discount with a $2,000 NYS instant rebate and a $7,500 federal tax credit reduces the cost by $14,500!
Supervisor Burdick beside his recently purchased Leaf.
Electric vehicles are a great option since electric costs about fifty percent less per mile than gas. Many Westchester families are making the switch to electric vehicles, as annual EV sales have doubled in the last two years. In fact, I can attest to the quality and cost savings of an electric vehicle because I own a Nissan Leaf, and it is a perfect commuter car!
Watch a 4 minute primer on Electric Vehicles (EVs):
Update on Sewer Project
I was delighted to hear from Dave Warne, the Assistant Commissioner of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, that the City has completed its one year registration process of the Intergovernmental Agreement between the City and the Town. The IGA is the cornerstone of the financing for the sewer project providing $13.3 million in project funding.  The other financing sources are up to $6.5 million under an Intergovernmental Agreement between Westchester County and the Town for Water Quality Improvement Program funds; a $1 million grant from New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and $1.2 million from the proceeds of the Town’s issuance of sewer bonds.
 
With the City’s IGA now being in place enables the Town to proceed with its schedule: Woodard & Curran completing and securing approvals for its design and construction plans; bidding out the construction work this Fall; starting construction first quarter of 2020 and it is anticipated that construction will be completed at the end of 2021.
 
We will hold a public information in September and will alert the community to it as soon as we set a date, time and location.
NYS Rebate for Town Purchases of
All-Electric Vehicles
And talking about buying all electric vehicles at substantial discounts, earlier this year I reported that the Town secured a highly advantageous purchase of two all-electric Nissan Leafs through Sustainable Westchester’s negotiations with Nissan of New Rochelle.  The dealership also provided to the Town at no additional cost an electric vehicle charging station for the new EVs.  

We have taken the additional step of applying to the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation for a $5,000 per vehicle rebate for each of these vehicles. 
 
Under the DEC’s 2018 Zero-Emission (ZEV) Clean Vehicle (Purchase or Lease) Rebate Grant Opportunity, these fuel efficient vehicles qualify the Town for a rebate in an amount totaling $10,000. We have applied for this rebate and await the DEC’s response.  

I thank Conservation Board Chairman Simon Skolnik and my summer interns, Kenny Linder and Timothy Parker, for their work on the grant applications.
 
I have previously explained the cost benefit to the Town in purchasing EV passenger vehicles.   How about other benefits?  The United States Department of Energy tells us: “EVs provide more than just individual benefits. EVs can help the United States have a greater diversity of fuel choices available for transportation. The U.S. used nearly nine billion barrels of petroleum last year, two-thirds of which went towards transportation. Our reliance on petroleum makes us vulnerable to price spikes and supply disruptions. EVs help reduce this threat because almost all U.S. electricity is produced from domestic sources, including coal, nuclear, natural gas, and renewable sources.”  

The Department further explains: “EVs can also reduce the emissions that contribute to climate change and smog, improving public health and reducing ecological damage. Charging your EV on renewable energy such as solar or wind minimizes these emissions even more. See the difference in emissions between a conventional vehicle and an EV using the calculator on the right.”   

As to charging the EV on renewable energy, there’s a good chance you already buy renewable energy.  If you buy your electricity through Westchester Power (Direct Energy in NYSEG service area and Constellation in Con Edison service area), you are buying renewable energy.  

If you’re not and are interested in stable pricing and promoting the environment, look into Westchester Power.   Sustainable Westchester
2020 Budget Work Sessions
We begin work soon on the Town’s 2020 budget.  Comptroller Abraham Zambrano and I will be meeting over the summer with each department head to review his or her proposed departmental budget.  A few key points as we launch the budget season:
 
  1. We are committed to staying within the NYS Property Tax Cap. 
  2. As with previous budgets, we will be conservative in our projections of revenue and expenses. 
  3. As I’ve mentioned in the discussion of the increase in Westchester County sales tax which takes effect on August 1, I intend to follow Comptroller Zambrano’s cautionary advice not to count on a significant increase in sales tax revenue.

The following is the tentative schedule for Town Board budget work sessions beginning in September:
Heat Smart Offers Attractive Opportunities
Thanks to a grant from New York State Energy Research & Development, homeowners in the towns of Bedford, Lewisboro and Pound Ridge now have a unique opportunity to determine whether heat pumps might provide a more comfortable home while saving on energy bills.  Heat pumps draw from either the ambient air (air source pumps) or the earth (geothermal pumps). Geothermal provides a constant temperature of about 54 degrees allowing for heating in the winter and cooling in the summer. 
 
The program is spearheaded by Energize NY, in partnership with Sustainable Westchester, Abundant Efficiency and NYSERDA, provides homeowners in the three towns the opportunity to learn whether these new renewable energy choices are right for you.  Energize has launched an ambitious community outreach program to introduce homeowners both to the technology and reputable, certified heating and cooling and energy efficiency experts who offer the latest clean energy technologies including air source and geothermal heat pumps and energy efficiency improvements. The contractors are Bruni & Campisi (914-269-6760), Healthy Home Energy & Consulting, Inc. (9144-242-9733) and Dandelion Energy (833-436-4255)
 
On Thursday, June 26, the Heat Smart team was on hand for the community to explain the program (together with service Tacos). Like to know more?  Please click on this link https://www.heatsmartny.com/westchester or call 914-302-7300 x1     There is no cost or obligation to learn whether Heat Smart is right for you.
 
Our thanks to Lauren Brois, Bedford 2020, the contractors and the Heat Smart campaign team for an excellent presentation.
Climate Smart Communities Program
Bedford Goes for Bronze

This week Bedford applied to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to become a bronze-certified Climate Smart Community under the DEC’s Climate Smart Communities program. In order to receive this certification, the town must show it has taken actions to promote environmentally-friendly initiatives.

Examples include installing solar panels on municipal property, installing LED street lights, encouraging recycling, and utilizing an environmentally preferable purchasing policy. Earning this certification will help the town receive future grants and demonstrate Bedford’s leadership in cutting edge environmental initiatives.

By applying for bronze-certification status, Bedford is continuing its commitment to the initial Climate Smart Communities pledge the town made in 2009. We will receive notification from the application committee around August 16th.

I wish to thank all of the hard work in compiling the application which would not have been possible without Bedford 2020’s Ellen Calves and summer intern Kayla Brandt, along with my summer interns Kenny Linder and Tim Parker.

I’d also like to thank the following town personnel that assisted in collecting the necessary documentation: Building Inspector Al Ciraco, Deputy Town Clerk Nina Kellogg, Public Works Commissioner Kevin Winn, and Comptroller Abraham Zambrano.   
Westchester County Takes Action to Ban Polystyrene – Press Conference at Reading Room in Katonah
Westchester County has adopted a new County law banning the use of polystyrene (Styrofoam is the well-known brand name of one manufacturer) at food service establishments in the County. 

Bedford’s County Legislator, Kitley Covill, who is Vice Chair of the Board of Legislator’s Environment and Energy Committee, worked several months on the law resulting in a bipartisan unanimous adoption.  There are serious health and health concerns regarding polystyrene. The International Agency for Research on Cancer since 2002 has established styrene, used in the manufacture of polystyrene, as a possible human carcinogen.

 Though the federal Environmental Protection Agency does not at this time classify styrene as a carcinogen, an EPA report on the substance identifies adverse effects on the nervous and respiratory systems and possibly kidney and liver. Food in polystyrene containers can be contaminated by chemicals that leach into the food. Further, polystyrene becomes nearly ubiquitous in the environment because it is not readily compostable nor does it readily degrade. 

The law, which takes effect on December 10 (the delayed effective date is to allow time for affected businesses to adapt), exempts foam coolers, ice chests and containers used to store raw eggs, raw or uncooked meats and fresh produce, as well as packaging used for retail sale of electronics either from Westchester stores or shipped into Westchester. It also will not apply to sales of goods by residents at homes (e.g., yard sales).

County Executive George Latimer and County Legislator Covill were on hand at the Reading Room in Katonah with owners Peter Menzies and Gretchen Jordan, who since they first opened the Reading Room have avo ided the use of polystyrene, and rather use environmentally friendly products
Update on Westchester County Sales Tax Increase

In my most recent monthly report which was distributed on Monday July 1, I mentioned that the New York State legislature had adopted a 1% increase in the sales tax for most municipalities in Westchester County and that the measure was sent to Governor Cuomo for disposition. 

 The Governor signed the legislation which takes effect on August 1. For those interested, here is a link to the monthly report with the discussion of the effect of the increase. 
Addendum – NYSEG

$5,000 Nissan Leaf Electric Vehicle
Discount Program Coming Soon


In my monthly report I discussed NYSEG’s June 27 meeting with municipal officials in the company’s Brewster Division, which includes Bedford, at which NYSEG provided update on its capital projects, both completed and planned, to improve infrastructure resiliency and reliability.  

As you may know, most Bedford residents’ electricity is provided through Direct Energy, under the Community Choice Aggregation program, also known as Westchester Power, a unit of the not-for-profit Sustainable Westchester.  NYSEG delivers the electricity over its lines so is working to reduce the incident of power outages.  [Most Bedford electricity customers are within NYSEG’s service area, but there also is a large portion bordering Mount Kisco which is within the Con Edison service area.]  

At its June 27 meeting, NYSEG discussed its commitment to New York State’s goals in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. In this regard, I’d like to provide a brief addendum to last week’s report with respect to NYSEG’s soon to be offered plan to provide a $5,000 discount to its customers for the purchase of the all-electric Nissan Leaf. 

Avangrid, the parent of NYSEG, is expanding its partnership with Nissan North America to provide 3.2 million customers and employees in New York, New England, and Oregon with a $5,000 discount on the Nissan LEAF electric vehicle. Avangrid also plans to increase its own EV fleet by 75 percent and reiterated its $34 million investment in the expansion of EV charging infrastructure across Maine and New York.

I have asked NYSEG’s representatives to provide further information on the program. As soon as I receive it, I’ll report on it.  
THIS WEEKEND:
THE KATONAH
SALES DAYS

July 20 @ 10:00 am |

Some of the most unique stores in Westchester are having a giant tag sale on Katonah Avenue …. Join us along the Avenue for bargains and family fun!
THE KATONAH ART STROLL
July 20 @ 4:00 pm

Please join us for a fantastic event celebrating the arts! Because ART feeds our souls, it should be celebrated and enjoyed by all!!

Please meet us at the Katonah Museum of Art from 4pm – 5pm and in downtown Katonah from 5 pm to 8 pm for an evening art gallery stroll.

Learn about local (and not so local) artists, mingle with new people or your neighbors and explore the village of Katonah.

Food, drinks and music! Stop at The Whitlock for a complimentary glass of wine with your entree.

In collaboration with Katonah Museum of Art.

CB Gallery Katonah
23 Valley Road Katonah, NY

Opening reception to take place on
Saturday, July 20 th during
the The Katonah’s Art Stroll.
The Standard Hotel, Miami Beach, Florida 2009

“FASHION SUMMER”

MILES LADIN PHOTOGRAPHY JULY 10 – AUGUST 24, 2019
 
Opening reception to take place on Saturday, July 20 th and will coincide with the The Katonah’s Art Stroll.


SAVE THE DATE

Katonah Museum of Art invites you to the
Summer is served at the KMA Block Party .

Saturdays, July 13, August 10, September 14
Thursdays, July 25 , August 1, August 22, 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Mark your calendars for a series of cool evenings complete with drinks, gourmet food trucks and great music celebrating what makes the KMA the place to be. Enjoy a curated selection of bands and performers across many genres.

JUL 25:  Mark Morganelli & The Jazz All-Stars Brazilian Jazz
AUG 1:  Sami Stevens Trio R&B
AUG 10:  Peter & The Four26 Fan Favorites
AUG 22:  Foxanne Indie Singer Songwriter
SEP 14:  Mark Morganelli & The Jazz All-Stars American Popular Songbook

$20 members, $25 non-members. Tickets include complimentary soft drinks, craft beer, wine and specialty cocktails. Children under 18 are free. Bands subject to change. Rain or shine.
Light refreshments served. Click here to purchase tickets.
PRESENTS
SUMMER THEATRE 2019
Weekend 1 Performances:
Friday, July 26 – 6:30pm
Saturday, July 27 – 2pm & 6:30pm
Sunday July 28 – 2:00pm

COMMUNITY EVENTS CALENDAR  
WEEK OF 7.19-7.27


COMMUNITY NEWS
Recreation & Parks
SPRING BROCHURE

Affordable Housing Law Amendment
Grant Applications
Cherry Ridge Lake Advisory Committee
Wireless Master Plan
Bedford Town Interns
Pilot Food Waste Pick-Up Program

The Town in partnership with Bedford 2020 is pushing ahead with measures to further reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.  We’re potentially getting help from the State.  With a 50-50 match grant program, NYSDEC is encouraging municipalities to submit innovative and promising projects for GHG emission reduction.  The United States Environmental Protection Agency reports: that about 94 percent of the food we throw away ends up in landfills or combustion facilities. In 2015, we disposed 37.6 million tons of food waste. Food waste comprises by weight a considerable portion of the solid waste flow going into landfills. Collecting and composting food waste will reduce methane emissions from landfills and lower our carbon footprint. 
 
The proposed project, which Bedford 2020 endorses, is a pilot program consisting of forty families, chosen each year on a first-come, first-served basis, for curbside food waste pick-up. It is proposed that after each year of the three year program, residents on the pilot program wishing to continue the pick-up would make separate arrangements for such services at that time. The total estimated value of donated time over the three year period is $37,855.70 for a total project cost of $75,295.70. 
Autism Registry forms
An Autism registry has been implemented on the Bedford Police Department website. The Bedford Central School District has been given access to the forms to distribute to students and parents. You can also download the forms here .
Recycling News
(click below to read)
Congratulations to Bedford2020
and the Town of Bedford!
Piictured above: Bedford2020's press conference at the Bedford Courtroom on Wednesday May 15.
Bedford Exceeds 2020 Emissions Target by Wide Margin

The Town in partnership with the not-for-profit Bedford 2020 set a goal to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 20% by the year 2020.  

This was a target for the entire town, not simply municipal operations.  
Bedford is the first municipality in New York State to track, report and verify a 70% town wide reduction in GHG emission. It began with setting the goal and with it in 2010, the Town becoming the first community in New York State to adopt a Climate Action Plan as a chapter in its Town Comprehensive Plan.

Under the Climate Action Plan, the Town took implemented myriad polices and strategies to enable us to exceed the 20% goal by a wide margin: 70% reduction in GHG emissions between the years 2004 (the baseline year) and 2017. Key initiatives which enabled us to attain such a reduction:

  •  Energy efficiency, including the Town’s participation in Community Choice Aggregation – the not-for-profit bulk purchase of NYS renewable-sourced electricity. 
  • Energize Bedford, which provides residents low cost or no cost energy audits and financing for energy efficiency upgrades which pay for themselves through reduced energy expenditures.
  • Single-stream recycling.
  • Electric vehicles – resident and Town purchases.

For more information, please see Bedford 2020’s press release at
Cyber Security – Don’t Fall Victim
           
Most of us at one time or another have had to deal with fraudulent credit card charges, attacks through our e-mails or other schemes to steal funds.  Fortunately, there is a great deal of advice on how to protect yourself. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission provides excellent practical pointers to thwart scammers using e-mails or text messages to lure you into turning over personal information. Please see https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/how-recognize-and-avoid-phishing-scams .  Another source is https://www.usa.gov/stop-scams-frauds   

The website of the Town of Bedford, as previously reported, was attacked and we had to disable the site for a couple of days to restore the website.  

Fortunately, the damage was minor and easily fixed. We have excellent defenses such that no data of the Town, residents or anyone doing business with the Town was ever at risk (online transactions are handled by third parties with robust security systems).  
 
Beaver Dam Yard Waste and Compost Facility

The Town of Bedford Beaver Dam Compost Facility processes recyclable wood waste and leaves from the Town and provides beneficial reuse of the waste as compost and mulch. The facility provides an extremely cost effective method for this recycling as well as an environmental benefit of local recycling with minimal transportation requirements. It is open for residents to dispose of recyclable wood waste (logs and branches up to 6” diameter, brush, and leaves), as well as pick up wood mulch and leaf compost. This service is free to Town of Bedford residents between 7:30 AM and 3:00 PM Monday to Friday, excluding Town holidays.

With Spring clean-up and planting season here, you may find these services helpful. I encourage you to review the updated information by clicking on  Beaver Dam Compost Facility on the Town’s website.
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A regular reader of this weekly newsletter asked why I repeat certain posts from week to week. I do so because not everyone reads my newsletter on a weekly basis, much information provided remains relevant and I wish to continue to alert the community about it. In response to the comment, however, you will see that I've divided the newsletter into two sections "New Posts" and "Continuing Posts". Both sections are relevant and, I believe, worthy of review.

I wish to thank readers for making suggestions and comments; over the years, I've not only changed format but added content based on them
(for example, why the flags are flown at half-staff.