THE BEDFORD BANNER
Happy New Year
I want to begin by sending wishes of health, happiness, and prosperity to all in both your personal and professional lives. 2015 was a prosperous year for the Chamber and I would like to thank you for your contributions through your membership, sponsorship, donations, event hosting, and volunteerism. The Bedford Chamber cannot exist without the continued support of our members. I would like to extend a special Thank You to the board members that completed their terms at the end of 2015. Lynn Luongo from the Doubletree Bedford and our outgoing president Adam Schwartz, who has the led the Chamber for the past two years. Through Adam's hard work and determination, he has helped make some significant changes in the Bedford business community and the Chamber, such as the new restaurant alcohol policy, the addition of an Economic Development position for the town, converting the Web site to a more user friendly format, adding the Bikeway path to the Chamber map and getting it into Depot Park, he also worked closely with the planning board and other town officials on updating the sign by law to make it easier for our businesses to make their presence known and provided feedback on updated zoning changes for the Crosby Drive area. Needless to say he has been an inspiration and the driving force on so many of our successes, and we will miss his leadership greatly. As we move into 2016 we will swear in a new Executive Board of President Maria Porto (Hanscom Federal Credit Union), First VP Donna Bruno (uVisualize Travel), 2nd VP Daisey Girifalco (The Bedford Childrens Center) and Treasurer Charles Duran (Carlton & Duran), as well as three new directors, Erin Sandler (Quinstance), Leanna Engler (DoubleTree Bedford Glen Hotel) and Ryan Kiessling (Bedford Research Foundation).
I encourage each of you to take an active role in the Chamber: Attend Catch the Net After hours, Leadership Luncheons & Working Women Alliance Meetings, volunteer at events, offer your suggestions and ideas, sponsor an annual event, attend board meetings, serve on a committee, recruit new members, attend joint Chamber functions, etc. Whether you have a lot of time or just a little, any contribution you can make will only help the Chamber become bigger and better. Let's use the momentum we have gathered over the past several years to make 2016 a stellar year!
My best to you,
Maureen Sullivan, Executive Director
Chamber Launches Leadership Luncheon Program in 2016
The Bedford Chamber of Commerce will partner with Matt Ward of inConcert Web Solutions, Inc. to bring a series of Leadership Luncheons / Monthly Marketing and Educational Round-tables in 2016.
The Leadership Lunch will bring unique value to business owners and managers by providing a speaker each month focused on marketing, and a round-table discussion among attendees to find value in their
marketing efforts. Many small businesses do marketing but they often don't focus on the results of the marketing they are doing. This round-table series will provide the environment to do so with our monthly educational talks, and the ability for your to learn from your peers.
The Format for the meeting is:
lunch/seminar at the same time
then a round-table discussion on what people are doing for marketing to grow their business
Each month we will check back with previous guests on the different results they are seeing as well
94 Hartwell Road ~ Lexington, MA
registration is $20.00 which will include lunch provided by Waxy O'Connors.
Content Marketing: What to Say, How to Say It
Matt Ward - CEO of inConcert Web Solutions, Master Certified Authorized Local Expert for Constant Contact.
Content Marketing: What to Say, and How to Say It
Using words and images to craft your email messages
Heard of "location, location, location"? For online marketing, it's "Content, Content, Content!" What you say, and the way you say it (tone, date & time, frequency) is how you will attract, engage and be shareworthy to your audiences.
What are the Keys to Great Content?
In this seminar Matt will teach you the time-saving tips, techniques, and yes, even apps that will help your content - and the way you share it - succeed!
You'll learn how to:
...the content that will help you achieve your goals. We'll cover tidbits like how many links create the most engagement, how to turn questions into high-open subject lines, tips on using graphics, pictures and videos, re-purposing content across multiple platforms, and more. And, we'll give you the structure and tools to make creating your content fast, easy and effective.
Click HERE to register for January 20th Leadership Luncheon!
Register early to secure a spot for upcoming luncheons
MassDOT Info Session About Route 3/128 Intersection
State Representative Ken Gordon (D-Bedford) kept his promise to the people of Burlington and Bedford this week when he and Senator Ken Donnelly (D-Arlington) brought top officials from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation ("MassDOT") to discuss plans to improve the flow of traffic at the intersection of U.S. Route 3 and Route 128.
Rep. Gordon was joined by District 4 Projects Engineer Brian Fallon, Highway Design Engineer Hasmukh "Hardy" Patel, and State Traffic Engineer Neil Boudreau. Together they presented both short-term plans and long-term concepts to untangle the knot that snarls highway traffic and sends cars into local town streets.
Also attending the discussion were Burlington Selectmen Mike Runyan and Dan Grattan, Planning Board members Ernie Covino and Paul Raymond, Bedford Planning Board member Sandra Hackman, Burlington Town Administrator John Petrin and other local elected officials.
The MassDOT speakers presented various proposed plans, discussing ways in which traffic could be improved, including creating dedicated lanes to exit and enter the highway, extending access lanes, and slightly widening the roads. They will move to include the short-term fixes as change orders to current highway projects in the region. The greater challenge will be to implement one of four long-term solutions, which involve the creation of one or more flyover lanes to tie the highways together. These improvements are estimated to cost between $80 million and $150 million.
The traffic created by Rt. 3 / 128 intersections is nothing novel. It is compounded by the economic growth seen in recent years and the additional cars that accompany that growth. The interchange designed half a century ago can no longer adequately accommodate the flow of daily traffic.
"The traffic tie ups at the intersection of Route 3/ 128 affect our lives every day," said Rep. Gordon. "Even if we are not using those highways the number of cars that avoid the traffic by using roads in tour towns clogs local roads."
The MassDOT officials were then open to questions and comments from the crowd that had quickly filled the Burlington Selectmen's Hearing Room. Discussions included improving the lights system at the bottom of the exit ramps, which is already in progress, as well as general frustrations with the current situation.
"We have attracted the attention of MassDOT and now we will keep the momentum going," said Rep. Gordon. "We heard some interesting proposals from the Department's representatives as well as some interesting questions and comments from the audience. It will be the start of some important progress."
"Obviously traffic is a concern for all of us, that was clear from the turnout at this event," said Mike Runyan, Burlington Selectman."Everyone was interested to hear proposed solutions and to offer their own ideas to fix something that affects each of us every day. I hope that Burlington will see meaningful progress on this issue."
What's New in Bedford?
Submitted by Adam Schwartz
Virsa de Punjab Indian Kitchen is expected to open at 347 Great Road by the end of February. This is the space previously occupied by Firebox BBQ (which just closed). The new restaurant, which will feature Indian Food is expected to offer different cooking styles than Holi Indian Restaurant which just opened this spring. Virsa de Punjab Indian Kitchen will also offer a Buffet as well as a special kid's menu. The restaurant just obtained a full alcohol license and will likely have a small bar area.
The new restaurant will be run by Kishan Singh who has managed several Indian restaurants in the surrounding area.
Comella's Restaurant expects to open this spring at 158 H Great Road in the Bedford Marketplace in the same building where the new Bank of America is located. The family run restaurant chain, which has about a dozen other location in Massachusetts, offer Salads, Sandwiches, Soups, Pastas, Pizzas, Traditional Italian Entrees and Desserts. Comella's just purchased a full alcohol license from Ka-Noon Thai Cuisine (which closed a few months ago) and so should have a full selection of beer, wine and mixed drinks.
While most of the other Comella's have about 20 seats and focus on take out, the Bedford location is expected to be different. The new restaurant which will be around 3500 square feet, is expected to have close to 100 seats. There will be two sections of this restaurant. A counter service section where you place the order and then food is brought to you (similar to Ken's Deli) and a full service section where you order at the table. This full service section will also contain a bar area.
Construction has essentially wrapped up at The Crossing at Bedford, the mixed use project at 54 Loomis Street in the Depot District. Construction started in September 2014, and got delayed somewhat most likely due to the heavy snowfall last winter. While there are a few minor items such as additional landscaping to be completed, the project is expected to get it's certificate of occupancy very shortly which will enable people to start moving in within the next few weeks.
The Crossing consists of two buildings with 19 Residential Condos and three retail spaces which are located in the first floor of the building closest to Loomis Street. The residential condos have already sold out, although a few may have been bought as investment properties as at least one is currently available for lease.
While the three retail spaces were originally promoted as traditional retail leases, a decision was made to offer then as retail condos. While this is not yet common, retail condos have become a lot more popular in recent years. All three of the retail condos have been sold. The new retailers include Body Boutique (moving from just down the street at 50 Loomis), The Orange Chair moving from 50 Great Road and some type of food place (may be called Private Kitchen, stay tuned for more details).
The new condos are located right next to Depot Park and along the Route 62 bus route.
Suzanne & Company Christmas in the Village a Huge Success
|Take the tour with this delightful video produced by Bedford TV|
An unusual volume of foot traffic enlivened Bedford center on Sunday afternoon when the Christmas in the Village house tour drew scores of participants to homes and businesses decked out in holiday splendor.
"The Bedford Chamber of Commerce is grateful to Suzanne Koller of Suzanne & Co. for her generous sponsorship of the Holiday House tour again this year," said Executive Director Maureen Sullivan.
Several of the stops along the tour featured holiday music: pianist Jim Zaroulis of the Real School of Music; classical guitarist George Parker; flute and guitar duo, Song of the Lark; and the First Parish Quartet - Carole Krusemark, Laura Kalb, Ellen Groves and Larry Herz.
The homes and their décor ranged from the simple to the sublime, and each had its own particular highlight.
Historic Rufus Porter murals provided the background for a unique holiday tree. With a superstructure forming the bodice and sliver dancing slippers nestled in cotton wool below, the tree and its twinkling lights formed the skirt of a fantasy ball gown.
Original house plans, hand-drawn by a Boston architectural firm at the end of the 19th century and found when they dropped from the ceiling of a room that was under renovation, were on display.
There were amazing ribbon swags with hundreds of fairy lights along atop windows, and festive holographic spectacles that transformed each tiny light into a magical, moving vision were piled into a bowl.
A splendid renovation included the addition of a great room where the Christmas tree was situated next to the fireplace, along with a barn behind the house, reached via a very elegant garden.
Even a pair of nurseries for an older sister and her baby brother were beautifully decorated for the season.
A ceramics studio holding an Open Studio sale and the offices of Suzanne & Co. were decorated for the holiday and rounded out the tour.
At the traditional last stop, Bedford's First Church of Christ's tea room served home-baked sweet and savory bites and with a background of classical guitar music.
The church's sanctuary décor followed Pastor John Castricum's December focus on angels, and their Holiday Shop was filled with decorations and gifts.
This year's holiday item in the Xmas contest was a angel in a winter glow ball on a silver stand.
Proceeds from the house tour support the activities of the Bedford Chamber of Commerce, including The Charles Hume Scholarship, awarded to local students.
What the Chamber did in December
Working Women Alliance
Suzanne & Co. Holiday House Tour
Walk About in Bedford
Board of Directors Meeting
12 Mudge Way
Welcome New Members
94 Hartwell Ave
2016 CHAMBER MEMBERS
B& D Advertising Agency
Brown & Brown, P.C.
Carlton & Duran, CPAs
ComforCare Home Care
Danielle Beck NP-C-LLC
Design 2 Order
Doubletree Bedford Glen
First Parish in Bedford
Great Road Gallery & Framing
Hanscom Federal Credit Union
Harold Nichols Insurance
Heritage at Bedford Springs
New England Nurseries
North Road Chiropractic
Quality Database Design
St. Michael's Parish Center
The Higgins Group
The Real School of Music
The Tutor Doctor
The Well Effect