March 2013     

In This Issue
Chamber Celebrates
54 Loomis Street
Sign By-law
What the Chamber did in February
Bedford First
Alewife Shuttle to Crosby Drive
Chamber Connections
Chamber celebrate award winners at annual dinner


The Bedford Chamber of Commerce bestowed awards on several businesses and business people this past week at the Doubletree Bedford Glen Hotel.


Business of the Year was awarded to Carleton-Willard Village,  this award show cases  a business that is conducted in a highly ethical and exemplary manner.  Carleton Willard's commitment to the community is exemplified in their funding of the Wheels of Life Grant for the COA, which provides medical transportation for resident elders and the Safe at Home Grant, which pays for mortifications in seniors homes to help them stay at home longer. They also provide nutritious and delicious catered meals for the Bedford Cafe three times a week.


Business Person of the Year is Debbie Spencer, a realtor with The Higgins Group. Spencer has spent the last 27 plus years as a realtor in Bedford. Always involved in the community whether its donating her time, raffle items or money. She has worked on the PTO circus event, Bedford day, rotary club events, chamber events, and the movie night she and co-worker Sheena Santos put on for the town this year


The Doubletree Bedford Glen Hotel was the recipient of the chamber's Diversity Award.  The hotel has a long history of supporting employment for all and encouraging diversity in its hiring in all of its jobs. The hotel reflects the diversity of the area with employees of many races, economic backgrounds, and skill levels.


JRM owner, John Monahan received the Outstanding Service to the Chamber Award for his work at the chamber, where he runs the After hours "Catch the Net" Series and also sits on the Board of Directors.


For the second year, the chamber  in collaboration with Youth and Family Services, has awarded the Ray of Hope award. The RAY of Hope award is designed to identify 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. This year's winner Joey Gallagher has done that and more not only by his participation and leadership in the more traditional venues of school sports, band, and peer leadership but also through his commitment to helping residents in need through the Bedford Food Pantry, the local Neighbor Brigade, and informal channels through his neighborhood and social connections.


Front Row : Pamela Brown, Barbara Doyle, Debbie Spencer, Josh Cohen
Back Row: Lynne Luongo, Joey Gallagher, John Monahan





Business of the Year - Jim Saltonstall & CEO Barbara Doyle of Carleton-Willard Village, President Josh Cohen



54 Loomis Street Development Plan Returns to Planning Board for Public Hearing 




Rendering of 54 Loomis Street - Image (c) db2/ARCHitecture, 2013 all rights reserved

Rendering of 54 Loomis Street on 2/7/2013 - Image (c) db2/ARCHitecture, 2013 all rights reserved

By Kim Siebert MacPhail

Owner of the much-debated 54 Loomis Street property, David Cerundolo, and developer, the Tambone Investment Group, will return to the Planning Board on March 19 at 8:20 pm for a public hearing on revised plans to build two, 2 to 2 story buildings in the Depot Park overlay district. This is a change from the original proposal to build one three story, largely residential structure, which met with generally negative neighborhood reactions and was withdrawn for reconsideration.

In the new proposal, one of the two buildings would front on Loomis Street. According to the site layout submitted, this building would be two stories with 2,860 square feet of retail space on the first floor and seven residential units. The second, a two and one-half story building, would be set back from Loomis Street and be entirely residential, with 16 residential units. In all, there are 4 two-bedroom townhouses, 8 two-bedroom units, and 11 one-bedroom units planned.

The Citizen has published three articles about the 54 Loomis Street redevelopment to date. To understand the background of the issue in advance of the public hearing, you can access these articles by visiting the most recent posting:



Sign Bylaw Update



The Selectmen voted unanimously to recommend all 10 Articles encompassing the sign bylaw committee's proposed amendments to the Sign Bylaw at their meeting last week. The committee will continue to work on the bylaw spring and summer. To present again in Fall town meeting. It is their plan to work on some of the more "controversial" or "difficult "items such as "sandwich boards" and/or others. Town Meeting is scheduled for April 1, 7:30 at Bedford High School. This is the time to educate your customers and encourage them to attend town meeting and vote.  

Sign Bylaw Committee on Chamber Connections


   What the Chamber did in February

 Annual Celebration & Dinner
Multi Chamber @ Burtons Grille

Working Women Allaince @ Boardroom Bistro
Board of Directors Meeting
 Chamber Connection Taping
National Salute to Veterans

Executive Director Maureen Sullivan with CCHS cheerleaders & medal of honor recipients.
Bedford Childrens Ceter co-owner Daisy Girifalco and host Mareen Sullivan




       BedfordfirstBEDFORD FIRST 



The Bedford First Program kicked off in January and we already have 12 members signed up. All chamber members are getting their Bedford First Member Cards with their 2013 Chamber decal.

Participating members as of 1/31


B & D Advertising Agency - 10% discount on any size
advertisement placed in the Bedford (or surrounding town) "Town
Book" Directory

Bedford Vision Center & Dr. Kiana Kaymanesh - 20% off any

frame & lens combination

Bedford Plaza Hotel - 10% discount off rack rate - use code SP10

Garrison Knight Financial Planning, LLC -Complimentary "get
acquainted" meeting plus 15% discount on all hourly financial

planning services

Great Road Gallery & Framing - 10% off all complete customframing
Quality Data Base Design -Free initial consultation, 10 %
discount on development fee

Baldwin Insurance - 5 % member discount

JRM Antiques - Purchases $1-$50.00 - 10%, $50.00 and up- 20%

The UPS Store - 15% off packaging/shipping supplies, 5% off shipping charges, 25% off Printing/Copying/Large format printing/blue printing, 20% off Notary Service

Bistro 44 - 10 % off any food in the restaurant or lounge

Bedford Florist - 10% off all purchases
First Parish of Bedford - 10% discount on cost of building usage

New England Nurseries, Inc. - 10% on all purchases except year end clearance items
Art Smith & Associates - 2 hour design consult
Christine Pinney Marketing - 10% off on all interent consultin services
  Watson Law Offices - I-9 Annual audit review offered at half price to           

 OrganizingWorks!- 10% off first organizing session, 5 % off second session

             existing members & free to potential members who agree to attend one Chamber function


                                         Click here for information and an application .





Business Development Commitee Update


 Established a Retail Task Force whose goal it is to make it easier for retail businesses to do business in Bedford. The Task Forcis  is looking at a variety of issues such as Making Town Government more aware of business Issues, helping establish a town liaison for a new business coming to Bedford, ensuring retail business viewpoints are represented at town committee meetings and more. Stay tuned for more details.




is offering


with Jacob Clayton of MyUntangled Media

You are going to "Like" getting connected to your fans in this Beginner to Intermediate level Facebook for small business class. Get ready to learn the ABC's of Facebook for Business: commenting, uploading photos, creating events and posting offers for your customers. You will learn how to connect with your fans, how to keep them engaged and how to increase business through this increasingly popular social media platform. (Attendees should be familiar with Facebook and have a personal profile set up prior to class date) Laptop encouraged, but not required. (min 5/ max 20)

Thurs. March 21, 10:00-11:30am Fee: $60

Class held in Town Center Bldg, Rm 144.


with Jacob Clayton of MyUntangled Media

Looking for a powerful social networking site to build your professional and business connections? Look no further than LinkedIn. This Beginner level LinkedIn class will show you how to set up your profile, craft a summary, showcase your experience with skills & expertise, enter your education and work experience, upload a photo, add connections, ask for and give recommendations, connect your website, blog and Twitter handle to your profile. And, since this is a social network, you will also learn how to post an update, like an update, and send messages.

Laptop encouraged, but not required. (min 4/ max 20)

Thurs. May 9, 7:00-8:30pm Fee: $35

Held in Town Center Building, Room 144.


 Full information and registration available online at or call 781-275-1392.  




     offers guaranteed ride home program

 Did you know the 128 Business Council's offfers guaranteed ride home, along with several other member benefits such as


  • DEP Rideshare Regulation Compliance
  • RideMatching
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Commuter Benefits Events
  • Shuttle Bus Services
  • Transportation Advocacy Programs
128 Business Council could be your one-stop resource for alternative transportation and pro-sustainability solutions for the 128 West region. Their  shuttles connect major employers, institutions and communities to public transit (MBTA stations), making commuting more effective and reducing Route 128 West and related roadway congestion.  
 Please contact the Chamber office at 781-275-8503 if your company is interested in participating in this Shuttle Program and/or if you know some other companies in the Crosby Drive area that you think would be interested. 




 Each month, Executive Director Maureen Sullivan tapes the Chamber Connections at the Bedford Tv Studio. Check out the links below of who she has interviewed and if you are  interested in being a guest, email her at


Madeline Altman ~ Bedford TV

Linda Stimson ~ Inner Visions Interiors


Adam Schwartz - Business Development

Mara Briere - Grow a Strong Family

The UPS Store


 Joan Turnberg - Live LIfe Well

Dr. Jean Marc Slak ~ Slak Chiropractic Group

Lea Ann Knight ~ Garrison Knight Financial


The Goddard School


Brookline Bank

Kristen Presley/Bedford VA

Karen Kenney/ OrganizingWorks

JRM Antiques







I am a Bedford Business

I am a Bedford Business

Next taping in April

sign up now




March 14

 Board of Directors
Bedford Police Station

7:30 AM


March 18
86 Cambridge St
Burlington MA
5:00-7:00 PM

To register click here 


April 23

Multi-Chamber Networking 

Embassy Suites Boston/Waltham, 550 Winter S550 Winter St., Waltham

5:30-7:30- PM




 2013 Chamber Members

 Welcome to New Members

44 Middlesex Turnpike
(in the Doubletree Bedford Glen Hotel)

Bedford, MA 01730


The Middlesex Group at Morgan Stanley
950 Winter St, suite 3400

Waltham, MA



Bolded members are participating in the

Bedford First Program


Art Smith & Associates

Atlantic Capital Strategies

B & D Advertising Agency
Baldwin Insurance Agency

Baudanza Electric Company
Bedford Acupuncture
Bedford Car Wash

Bedford Center for the Arts

Bedford Children's Centre
Bedford Family Connection
Bedford Florist
Bedford Funeral Home
Bedford Montessori
Bedford Motel
Bedford Orthodontics
Bedford Vision Center
Bedford Plaza Hotel

Bedford TV
Bistro 44
Brookline Bank
Cafe Luigi
Callahan's Karate Studio
Calling All Pets
Cambridge Savings Bank
Carlton & Duran CPAs

Carleton-Willard Village
Christine Pinney Marketing

Dalya's Restaurant
Debbie Spencer/ The Higgins Group

Design 1 Kitchen & Bath
Dr. Dianne Bridgeman
Diane Cadogan Hughes/The Higgins Group
Doubletree Bedford Glen Hotel

Dr. Kiana Kaymanesh

DSA Printing

Edward Jones Investments
Elm Brook Place
Enterprise Bank & Trust Co
First Parish Church of Bedford

FUJIFILM Recording Media USA, Inc.
Garrison Knight Financial Planning LLC

Genetti's Wine & Spirits, Inc.
Get in Shape for Women

Great Road Gallery & Framing
Hanscom Federal Credit Union
Heritage At Bedford Springs
Independent Living Innovations
JRM Antiques
Keller Williams Realty
Kimberly Bee Design
Leary Auto Repair

Live Life Well

McColough Associates, Inc.
Mettler-Toledo Thorton, Inc.
Middlesex Savings Bank

Minuteman Volkswagen Inc.

New England Nurseries, Inc

North Road Chiropractic
Organix Spa & Salon

Oscar S. DePriest IV, DMD,PC

Patriot Pediatrics
Peter C. Quinn Insurance Agency

Progress Software

Quality Data Base Design
Richard Egan Insurance

Right At home
Salon OZ
Slak Chiropractic Group

St. Michael Parish Center
Summit Health & Fitness
The Bedford Citizen
The Bedford Minuteman

The Goddard School
The Higgins Group Realtors
The UPS Store
Pulte Homes of New England, LLC

Vela Ventures

Watson Law Office
William Raveis Real Estate