I grew up in Bellingham, MA, and no, it is not a 'bad town'. The main issue with Bellingham has been its phenomenal growth over the years. When I was a little girl, it was very small, and somewhat sparsely populated. The whole area up in the far north section of Bellingham (where Wal-Mart and Market Basket are, where the Movie theater and Chili's are, etc.)., was wooded. People went hiking there in the spring, and sledding in the winter time. Whenever a town grows to triple its population, you're bound to have some issues. People coming in from lots of other places, etc. For the most part though, its still a great place to live and raise your kids. I still have a lot of friends and family who live there, and no one has reported any problems.