School district, town election results for Bedford
(* = Elected) • Town 2,448 ballots were cast; 14 percent)
• Article 1: Election of Town Offices
Town Council (three-year term)
Julio C. Nunez – 525 votes
Emma Carole Paradis – 695
*Melissa Stevens – 1,160
Matt Sullivan – 679
*Bill Duschatko – 997
*Phil Greazzo – 819
Trustee of the Trust Funds (three-year term)
*Ken Peterson – 1,783 votes
Library Trustee (three-year term)
Robert H. Brooks – 526 votes
*Walter J. Gallo – 1, 375
Town Moderator (two-year term)
*Bill Klein – 1, 840 votes
Supervisor of the Checklist (six-year term)
*Susan Fahey – 1,849 votes
• Article 2: Zoning amendments proposed by the
Amendment No. 1 (1,945 voted YES; 361 voted NO)
Are you in favor of the adoption of Amendment No. 1 as proposed by the Planning Board for the Bedford Zoning Ordinance to amend Article III, Section 275-21, Attachment 2 – Table 2, Table of Uses, Article VIII, Section 275-61 Performance Zone permitted uses, and Article I, Section 275-6 Definitions, as summarized as follows:
To amend the Table of Uses and the uses permitted in the
Performance Zone to remove certain uses that may no longer be appropriate in zoning districts, to add new uses that are missing from the table and to correct typographical errors.
[This amendment is intended to update the Table of Uses to remove certain uses that may no longer be appropriate in zoning districts, to add new uses that are missing from the table and to correct typographical errors. The complete text of the 10-page amendment is on file for public viewing at the Town Clerk’s Office and on the town’s website.]
Amendment No. 2 (1,586 voted YES; 715 voted NO)
Are you in favor of the adoption of Amendment No. 2 as proposed by the Planning Board for the Bedford Zoning Ordinance to amend Article I, Section 275-6 Definitions, to define the term short-term rental housing and to amend Article III, Section 275-21, Attachment 2 – Table 2, Table of Uses, as summarized below:
To define the term “short-term rental housing” and to amend the table of uses to prohibit short-term rental housing in all districts.
[This amendment is intended to define short-term rental housing and clarify the town’s existing policy that the use is prohibited in all zoning districts. The complete text of the 1-page amendment is on file for public viewing at the Town Clerk’s Office and on the town’s website.]
Amendment No. 3 (1,849 voted YES; 405 voted NO)
Are you in favor of the adoption of Amendment No. 3 as proposed by the Planning Board for the Bedford Zoning Ordinance to amend Article IX, Section 275-73 General Provisions, to add a new subsection, by adding the words in bold as follows:
U. In all non-residential districts, freestanding signs shall be a monument or directory type sign. (See figure 11, Center Identification Signs.)
[This is a housekeeping amendment intended to clarify that freestanding signs in non-residential districts need to be a monument style sign.]
Amendment No. 4 (1,946 voted YES; 319 voted NO)
Are you in favor of the adoption of Amendment No. 4 as proposed by the Planning Board for the Bedford Zoning Ordinance to amend Article IX, Section 275-74, Subsection F(1), by deleting the words shown in the strikethrough (Ed. – Italics) and adding the words in bold as follows:
The following business signs are allowed: one projecting sign, one ground or pole monument sign not to exceed 32 square feet in surface area, and one flat wall sign to a business unit not to exceed 32 square feet in surface area.
(This is a housekeeping amendment is intended clarify the permitted sign types and sign area in the Neighborhood Commercial District.)
Amendment No. 5 (1,673 voted YES; 539 voted NO)
Are you in favor of the adoption of Amendment No. 5 as proposed by the Planning Board for the Bedford Zoning Ordinance to amend Article III, Section 275-22, Subsection D, by adding the words in bold as follows:
Accessory structures shall comply with front, side and rear yard setbacks in accordance with Table 1, Table of Dimensional Regulations; except within the General Residential (GR) District and the Residential Agricultural (R&A) District, where one accessory structure of 120 square feet or less may have a minimum setback of five feet from the side or rear property line, provided the structure is not higher than 12 feet and is not placed on a permanent foundation. The wetland setback provisions found in Article IV, Section 275-28 shall not apply to the 120 square foot accessory structure described above.
[This amendment is intended to reduce the setback requirements for an accessory structure of 120 square feet or less on properties in the Residential Agricultural District and General Residential District. The amendment also exempts this one accessory structure from the wetland setback provisions.]
Zoning amendments submitted by petition
Amendment No. 6 (1,421 voted YES; 882 voted NO)
Are you in favor of the adoption of Amendment No. 6 as proposed by petition of Kathleen Bemiss and others to amend the Town of Bedford Code, Chapter 275, Zoning, Article VI, WIRELESS TELECOMMUNICATION FACILITIES, Section 275-43, Design requirements for new commercial ground-mounted facilities, Subsection A(1), by deleting the words shown in strikethrough (Ed. – Italics) and adding the words in bold as follows:
The height of any such wireless telecommunications facilities must not exceed 130 feet above the average existing ground level adjoining the structure 75 feet above the average existing ground level adjoining the structure in the Residential & Agricultural District and the General Residential District and must not exceed 130 feet above the average existing ground level adjoining the structure in all other districts. A favorable written recommendation from the Manchester Airport must be received by the Zoning Board of Adjustment if the proposed structure would be located within a five-mile radius of this airport.
THE PLANNING BOARD SUPPORTS PASSAGE OF THIS AMENDMENT.
Amendment No. 7 (1,902 voted YES; 814 voted NO)
Are you in favor of the adoption of Amendment No. 7 as proposed by petition of Kathleen Bemiss and others to amend the Town of Bedford Code, Chapter 275, Zoning, Article VI, WIRELESS TELECOMMUNICATIONFACILITIES, Section 275-43, Design requirements for new commercial ground-mounted facilities, Subsection E, Fall Zone, by adding the words shown in bold as follows:
Fall zone. A new ground wireless telecommunication facility must comply with the setback requirements for the zoning district in which it is located, or be set back 100 percent of its height from all property lines, habitable cocktail hour and music by the Flute Ensemble, followed by dinner, a concert with movie video by the Concert Band, raffle baskets and silent auction, and dancing to the Big Band sounds of the Swing Band. Tickets are $50 each; tables of 10 are $475. Please contact David Howard at 965-3842 or david@
windhamcommunitybands.org to buy tickets and reserve seats.
WINDHAM: CASA CARES: AN EVENING OF GIVING
Get ready for another incredible evening of laughter and good cheer at CASA Cares: An Evening of Giving for New Hampshire’s Children, presented by CruCon Cruise Outlet. Held at 6 p.m. April 13 at the Castleton Banquet and Conference Center, CASA’s Cares is our largest annual fundraiser, providing critical funding to support New Hampshire’s abused and neglected children. Enjoy a delicious dinner, a mystery wine raffle and have the chance to win exciting live auction items like getaways, family experiences and more. New this year, round out the evening with a live performance from Boston actor and comedian, Jimmy Dunn! Tickets are $100 each. Tickets/information: casanh.org.
FREE TAX PREP FOR AREA RESIDENTS
The AARP Tax-Aide program offers free tax preparation and e-filing to low and moderate income taxpayers who live in the Nashua area. Tax-Aide’s IRS-certified counselors assist all taxpayers, regardless of age, and give special attention to those ages 60 and older. You do not need to be an AARP member to take advantage of this free service.
Local AARP Tax-Aide sites are located at:
Nashua Public Library: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Fridays (walk in or call 211 for an appointment),
Nashua Senior Center: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursdays,
Merrimack YMCA: 9:30 a.m.-noon Mondays.
Community Center in Merrimack: 9-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays by appointment at the site.
Rodgers Memorial Library in Hudson: 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Saturday; call the library to make an appointment.
Hudson Senior Center: call 211 or 578-3929.
Wadleigh Public Library in Milford: 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays and 3:30-6:30 p.m. Thursdays.
Sites are open through April 15.
Remember, a Social Security card and other official documentation is required for you and all your dependents.
HOST AN EXCHANGE STUDENT
The academic exchange program PAX is currently seeking volunteer families to host an exchange student for the 2018-19 school year. We have students coming in from over 70 different countries – both male and female, ages 15-17. The students interests are sports, music, art, drama and more. The students come with good English skills and their own spending money/medical insurance. All families are welcome to host. Parents with/without children, single parents and empty nesters. Information: contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
GOLF TOURNAMENTS AND ROAD RACES
DERRY: TURRFF: THE UPPER ROOM RACE FOR FAMILIES
The Upper Room, a Family Resource Center, will host its third annual road race: TURRFF: The Upper Room Race For Families on April 8. The Certified 5K and 10K race course starts at Pinkerton Academy. Food, music, and prizes for top runners. Information/registration: URteachers.org or lightboxreg.com/the-
DERRY: ANNUAL FAMILY-FRIENDLY RUN/WALK FOR HEALING
Israel’s innovative spirit and wide-ranging contributions to humanity are themes of the second annual family-friendly Run/Walk for Healing from noon-3 p.m. April 22, with race time at 1 p.m. This year, all funds raised will go toward generic research for ALS at Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem, which has developed a treatment for Lou Gehrig’s disease that is reversing patients’ motor decline for the first time. The race will be a 5K run or a 1- or 2-mile walk that will start and finish at the Interfaith Campus of Etz Hayim Synagogue and The Church of the Transfiguration in Derry. For those who cannot walk or run, join us for the live music, food and party! We are also celebrating Israel’s 70th birthday! NH4Israel, a 12 year old organization, is a committed group of Christians and Jews passionate about Israel. Please consider participating, donating, sponsoring and/or volunteering. Information/registration: NH4Israel.org. Sponsorship opportunities available – email NH4Israel@gmail.com for details.
MERRIMACK: GREATER NASHUA SPRINT TRIATHLON
Registration is open for the ninth annual Greater Nashua Sprint Triathlon on June 10. Presented by The Center for Physical Therapy and Exercise and the YMCA of Greater Nashua. All proceeds go to help the children’s charities; Know and Tell, and the YMCA Summer Camp Scholarship Fund. Starting line at 141 Camp Sargent Road. Discounted registration until April 30. Deadline to register online is June 7. Information/registration: trireg.com/greater-nashua-triathlon.
Free pre-race preparation programs will be held in Nashua and Merrimack. For information and to register, visit nashuatri.com.
NASHUA/MERRIMACK: YMCA SENDING KIDS TO CAMP GOLF TOURNEY
The YMCA’s Sending Kids to Camp Golf Tournament will be held June 4 at Nashua Country Club. We hope you can join us for a morning of golf and fun times while helping to keep the Y available to kids and families who need us most through our Y Cares program, which is directly supported by the tournament. $225 per person/$900 per foursome. Information, sponsorship levels, or registration: nmymca.org/golftournament.
FORE THE KIDS GOLF TOURNAMENT TO
BENEFIT CASA NH
Tee off with New England sports celebrities to help a great cause at one of America’s oldest country clubs. Join CASA of New Hampshire, friends and supporters on June 11 at the Vesper Country Club in Tyngsboro, Mass., for a memorable charity event. he opportunity to golf on this private and exclusive course is rare. Reserve your team today! This will certainly sell out quickly. Register at casanh.org.
MILFORD HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1998 REUNION
Milford High School Class of 1998 will hold its reunion from 5-9 p.m. July 28, 2018 at the Pasta Loft in Milford. Tickets/information: eventbrite.com/e/milford-high-school-class-reunion-of-1998.
NASHUA HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1969
Nashua High School Class of 1969 will hold its 50th reunion Oct. 10-12, 2019. All classmates are welcome to join our class page on Facebook: Nashua High School Class of 1969, which will provide updates and interesting information about the class. More information: contact the committee at NHS1969@comcast.net
ARNNE PET DONATION NEEDS
The nonprofit Animal Rescue Network of New England rescues dogs from high-kill shelters. Otherwise, these dogs would be euthanized simply because there are not enough homes for them. ARNNE spays, neuters, vaccinates, microchips and treats any medical conditions, then places dogs in carefully screened “forever homes.” ARNNE is looking for donations of money, gift cards (gas, building, office and/or pet supplies), large Martingale collars (no chains), heavy-duty leashes, slip leashes, medium to large plush stuffed animals (for dogs’ cuddle toys and fundraisers), cotton/fleece throw-size blankets (no stuffing/wool), and lots of HE laundry detergent. Donations are tax-deductible. To donate: 233-4801 or email@example.com.
DEMENTIA SIMULATION AT ARBORS OF BEDFORD
Arbors of Bedford, 70 Hawthorne Drive, Bedford, now offers “A Walk in Their Shoes” dementia simulation from 4:30-5:30 p.m. every third Thursday of the month. Members of the public are invited to come to these events to witness or directly participate in the “A Walk in Their Shoes” dementia simulation, donning special gear, and learning first-hand what it’s like to have dementia. This powerful demonstration will offer powerful insights, and give people a unique glimpse into this growing health issue. Information or to RSVP: Angela Gardner at 647-9300 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
GRANITE STATE MAGICIANS
The Granite State Magicians meet on the third Wednesday of the month at various locations in the Nashua area. Magicians, whether hobbyist or more advanced, are welcome to attend a meeting and meet fellow conjurers. Information: Call Don at 429-8480.
PEPPERELL: INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCING
Come and enjoy learning dances from around the world. No partner needed; all experience levels welcome. No commitment required. This is not square dancing or country line dancing – just dances that folks do for the fun of it in Romania, France, Bulgaria, Bolivia, etc. Please dress comfortably and bring non-marking shoes to wear to protect the wooden dance floor. Free. We dance from 7-8:30 p.m. most Fridays throughout the year, but visit pepperell-mass.com/356/
Community-Center-Calendar before you come.
MILFORD: TAKE OFF POUNDS SENSIBLY
We are a support group for people who want to lose weight. We have been in Milford for over 40 years. Our meetings are open to all the surrounding communities. We meet 9:30-11 a.m. Tuesdays at the Community House, in the rear of the building, 5 Union St. Contact Cathy Gast at 1-508-808-8372 or JoAnn Bonzar at 352-4415.
VISTA PROGRAM RECRUITING
The Families in Transition AmeriCorps VISTA Program is recruiting for the 2017-18 service year. VISTAs (Volunteers in Service to America) help eliminate poverty in the Granite State by serving as a paid professional full-time volunteer for one year at a nonprofit or government agency. AmeriCorps information: nationalservice.gov/americorps-vista. The FIT VISTA positions are available in Nashua, Concord, Franconia, Laconia and Manchester. Positions range from grant writing, program development, community outreach, employment and training, marketing, fundraising and other activities to help organizations create effective and sustainable solutions to end poverty. Information: www.fitnh.org/
ST. MARY’S BANK SCHOLARSHIPS
St. Mary’s Bank will award multiple $500 and $1,000 scholarships for the 2018-19 academic year. Available to current members in good standing, applicants must be enrolled at least half-time in a degree-granting college or university, write a brief essay on a choice of topics and share a little about themselves. St. Mary’s Bank’s Community Outreach Committee will review all applications and select the scholarship winners. Applications are now being accepted, and members are encouraged to learn more and apply at www.stmarysbank.com/scholarships. Deadline to apply is March 31, 2018.
HOLLIS WOMAN’S CLUB ALTERNATIVE
The Hollis Woman’s Club annual Alternative Scholarship Award application is currently available for submission. This scholarship is open to one woman who is working toward completing a program or degree that will help her learn a new skill, or return to or advance in a job. The $1,000 scholarship will be awarded this spring. Applicant need not be a resident of Hollis. Applications can be found at www.holliswomansclub.org or contact Danielle Scott email@example.com for more information. The application deadline is April 6, 2018.