New Digest for Feb. 9

Planning director talks growth with Bedford Rotary

Growth is happening in Bedford and more development is on the way, town Planning Director Rebecca Hebert told the Bedford Rotary Club at a recent meeting.

Bedford’s area is 32 square miles, with a population of 22,700 and a mean household income of $131,490, Hebert said, adding that the average property tax bill $7,664.

Development of the former Wayfarer/Macy’s site, including the present Goff Mills Plaza anchored by Whole Foods, and the preservation of the historic Goff Mill and Dams is well underway, Hebert reported. When the project is completed, she told the club, the site will be home to a Trader Joe’s grocery store, a cinema, restaurants, a 133-unit apartment complex and an office building.

An updated Master Plan for the site is currently in the works and there will be opportunity for public input.

The Bedford Rotary Club meets each Wednesday for breakfast at the Manchester Country Club and welcomes new members and guests. For information, contact Bob MacPherson at 714-3077.

BCTV announces weekly meeting broadcast schedule

Next week on BCTV the live meeting on channel 22 will be a Planning Board meeting on Monday, Feb. 12. On channel 23, there will be a School Board meeting on Monday, Feb. 12. All meetings begin at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted. All archived meetings can be viewed on demand by visiting www.bedfordtv.com. Also, visit our website to view all three BCTV channels – 16, 22 and 23 live online.

Be sure to check out the variety of programming airing on channels 16 and 23. You will find talk shows, local town events, political programs, outdoor recreation, cooking shows, music shows, lectures, history programs and much more on channel 16. On channel 23 you can watch sporting events and educational programs. Don’t forget if you missed a program or a live meeting you can watch it on demand by visiting www.bedfordtv.com. You can also find programs and broadcast times for all three BCTV channels (16, 22 and 23) by visiting our website or by calling the station at 472-8288. You can also follow us by liking our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/bedfordtv or subscribe to our Bedford Community TV YouTube page.

Kalwall Corporation fills leadership position

MANCHESTER – Kalwall Corporation announces the hiring of Kevin Bruce as regional sales manager for the Southeast Region.

Bruce, who is based out of Sarasota, Fla., will be responsible for sales and technical support for clients. The Southeast Region serves South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Georgia, Florida, Puerto Rico and parts of Arkansas and Kentucky.

Bruce was most recently technical sales regional manager for Novum Structures, a specialty contractor for architectural structures based in Menomonee Falls, Wis.

“Kevin brings a wealth of experience in our industry that will be valuable for our clients,” said Jim Andrus, Kalwall’s vice president of sales North America.

Meals on Wheels gets $88K grant

MERRIMACK – The Mary Gale Foundation recently awarded SJCS Meals on Wheels an $88,000 grant to provide meals to low-income women age 65 years or older in Manchester, Bedford, Goffstown and Litchfield.

“Hunger and food insecurity are an even greater challenge for older, impoverished women,”Meghan Brady, SJCS Meals on Wheels president. “State and federal funding sources do not cover the full cost of any meal we serve, which is why this award from the Mary Gale Foundation is important to us and will significantly impact the health and well-being of the older women in the Greater Manchester area.”

A study published in March 2016 from the National Institute for Retirement Security found women are 80 percent more likely than men to be impoverished at age 65 and older, while women between the ages of 75 to 79 are three times more likely than men to be living in poverty.

Poverty, hunger and isolation among the population served by SJCS is strongly evidenced through its annual survey: 34 percent said that they do not have enough money to buy food in addition to SJCS delivers; 56 percent report that they are less hungry during the day since joining the Meals on Wheels program; 19 percent report no other visitor during the week other than the Meals on Wheels driver; and 61 percent state that this program helps them to continue to live in their own homes.

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