Yard Sales in Belmont, June 7 & 8

Here’s a quick list of yard sales going on in Belmont this weekend.

• 239 Beech St., Saturday, June 7, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

• 12 Brentwood Rd.Saturday, June 7, 9 a.m. to noon. 

• 236 Brighton St.Saturday and Sunday, June 7 & 8, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

• 43 and 49 Old Middlesex roadSaturday, June 7, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

• 65 Payson Rd., Saturday, June 7, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

• 562 Trapelo Rd.Saturday, June 7, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. 

• 4 Vincent Ave.Saturday, June 7, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. 

• 12-14 Walnut St.Saturday, June 7, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

• 54 Waverley St., Saturday, June 7, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Belmont High Runners Heading to Saturday’s All-State Meet

After coming off impressive placements and times at the Eastern Massachusetts Division 3 championships this past weekend, four Belmont High School runners and a girls’ relay team will be heading to Bridgewater on Saturday, June 7, to compete in the MIAA All-State Championships.

After finishing second in both events, Marauder freshman Julia Cella is ranked 14th in the 100 meters in 12.74 seconds and 17th in the 200 meters in 26.09 going into the meet in which the top athletes in all division levels will compete at Bridgewater State University.

She will also lead Belmont’s 4 x 100 meter relay team, made up almost exclusively by fellow freshmen and sophomores, which is ranked 15th.

Junior Max Jones, who also placed second in “the duce” in the divisional meet, is ranked 20th in the 200 meters in a time of 23.05 while fellow junior Ari Silverfine is pegged at 21 in the 800 meters having run the two lapper under two minutes with a best of 1:59.20.

Belmont’s Jennifer Page Honored as a State Unsung Heroine

There are many women around the state who you would call unsung heroines; those who, while not in the news, have made a difference in their communities

Every spring, the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women and both bodies of the Massachusetts state legislature come together to celebrate “Unsung Heroines” from across the Commonwealth. This year, State Rep. Dave Rogers nominate Jennifer Page for the honor.

Belmont first got to know the Stanley Road resident through her work with the Belmont Committee for a Nuclear Weapons Freeze. Long active in local politics, she is a long-serving and widely respected Town Meeting member. As a member of the Vision 21 Committee and as chair of the Vision 21 Implementation Committee, Page helped preside over a wide-ranging conversation about Belmont’s future and take steps to bring changes to Belmont that were consistent with the Vision’s philosophy. As part of this effort, she was instrumental in establishing Sustainable Belmont.

Also as part of her work with the Town’s Vision, she helped to found Meet Belmont, one of Belmont’s best-attended and most informative events for new and long-time residents. Page also encourages organizations she touches to embrace open dialogue and to value a multitude of perspectives, qualities from which Belmont continues to benefit. Residents can see first-hand Page’s influence on Belmont by attending Meet Belmont which will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 26 in the Chenery Middle School cafeteria from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The Weekend in Belmont: Learn About Organic Gardening Saturday, Benton’s Late Friday

• Join Belmont Food Collaborative, the parent organization of the Belmont Farmers’ Market, and Sustainable Belmont for Organic Gardening Coffee Hour ‘Beyond the Privet: How to Safely Grow & Thrive in Your Belmont Yard!’ on Saturday, June 7 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the Assembly Room of the Belmont Public Library. Hear short presentations from experienced Belmont gardeners, then share questions and best practices on the topics of the morning:

  •       Common weeds and how to safely remove them
  •       Companion plants for vegetable/fruit gardens
  •       Integrated edibles with typical decorative plantings
  •       Basics of home composting or worm composting

This is a free talk and open to the public; all experience levels are welcome!

• Stop by the Benton Library, Belmont’s independent and volunteer library at the corner of Old Middlesex and Oakley, on your way home or after dinner as the library will be open from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Friday, June 6. Use their wi-fi connection, browse the collection including the New York Times best sellers and purchase some of the reasonably priced sale books; all proceeds benefit the library. The Benton is open on the first Friday evening of every month.

 Sustainable Belmont in conjunction with Boston Metrowest Chapter of Citizens’ Climate Control will be holding a talk at the Belmont Public Library’s Assembly Room on Saturday, June 7 from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. to help Belmont residents learn about creating a stable climate.

Sold In Belmont: Shaw Road Colonial Sells $116,000 Above List

A weekly recap of residential properties bought in the past seven days in the “Town of Homes.”

70-72 Trowbridge St. Two-family (1920), Sold for: $705,000. Listed at $699,000. Living area: 2,340 sq.-ft. 11 rooms; 4 bedrooms, 2 baths. On the market: 61 days.

29 Myrtle St. Victorian (1893), Sold for: $1,455,000. Listed at $1,239,000. Living area: 2,570 sq.-ft. 8 rooms; 5 bedrooms, 3 bath. On the market: 39 days.

7-9 Carleton Rd. Two-family (1920), Sold for: $901,000. Listed at $849,000. Living area: 2,845 sq.-ft. 14 rooms; 5 bedrooms, 2 bath. On the market: 88 days.

22 Adams St. Central-entry Colonial  (1893), Sold for: $1,352,500. Listed at $1,395,000. Living area: 3,821 sq.-ft. 10 rooms; 5 bedrooms, 3 bath. On the market: 39 days.

85 Shaw Rd. Colonial (1957), Sold for: $815,000. Listed at $699,000. Living area: 1,846 sq.-ft. 7 rooms; 3 bedrooms, 1.5 bath. On the market: 50 days.

39 Oxford Ave. Townhouse condominium, Sold for: $785,000. Listed at $795,000. Living area: 2,152 sq.-ft. 8 rooms; 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bath. On the market: 49 days.

36-38 Loring St. Two-family/up and down (1961), Sold for: $526,000. Listed at $529,000. Living area: 1,788 sq.-ft. 10 rooms; 4 bedrooms, 3 bath. On the market: 85 days.

311 Brighton St. Antique Colonial (1828), Sold for: $770,000. Listed at $749,000. Living area: 2,074 sq.-ft. 7 rooms; 3 bedrooms, 2 bath. On the market: 84 days.

71 Bartlett Ave. Condominium, Sold for: $400,000. Listed at $375,000. Living area: 1,073 sq.-ft. 5 rooms; 2 bedrooms, 1 bath. On the market: 65 days.

74 Goden St. Farmhouse design (1910), Sold for: $807,000. Listed at $749,000. Living area: 1,984 sq.-ft. 8 rooms; 3 bedrooms, 1.5 bath. On the market: 62 days.

Belmont Town Meeting: Putting Minuteman on Hold; Singles Over Doubles

Welcome to the second and likely final night of the 2014 annual Belmont Town Meeting at the Chenery Middle School’s auditorium on Wednesday, June 4.
The articles will be read (discussed) in the following order: articles 24, 25, 26, 27, 14 and 3.
On Monday, the fiscal 2015 budgets were approved and tonight there are just a few more budgetary issues left to resolve as well as a pair of articles that could see some fierce debate.
But one of the two, amending the nearly 50 year old contractional agreement between Belmont and the other members of the Minuteman Regional Tech School will immediately be tabled once it has been introduced. And THANK GOODNESS for that! The complexity of the issue, how big the next Minuteman school will be and who will pay for it, reads like a Byzantine mystery with every one of the 16 towns and cities in this agreement trying to made deals. It hurts the head just recalling it!
The other, the final article of Town Meeting, is the zoning codification by the Planning Board of last year’s citizen’s petition that placed a moratorium on the tearing down of single family homes to build two or more family structures in the general residence parts of town. Basically, the new rewritten zoning bylaw will make it difficult to do a “tear down/build up” as it will be permitted only by a special permit (which will allow public hearings) and within strict specific perimeters.
7:08 p.m.: Moderator Mike Widmer says that tonight will be the final night and, noting that the proposed amendment to the Town’s Zoning By- Law could go on and on and on … PLEASE BE CONCISE!
And before business at hand, an update on electronic voting by Town Clerk Ellen Cushman. A lot of her comments is a bit of housekeeping and how to find your name on the big screen.
First on tonight’s docket is Article 24: the Other Post Employee Benefits (“OPEB”) Stabilization Fund in which the town will spend $264,882 on what critics say is a drop in the bucket towards resolving the approximately $190 million in unfunded liability facing the town. Even supporters say that the state will have to resolve similar debt in most other cities and towns in the Commonwealth. The town only has $1.7 million in the trust.
But the town treasurer, Floyd Carman, holds somewhat a trump card as he says the bond rating agencies (such as Moody’s) – which ranks Belmont’s municipal debt as AAA, the best around – expect even the smallest of continued payments for the town to keep the high rating which will allow Belmont to save money in the near future on the debt it sells.
Even in the depth of the financial downturn, investors were lining up to purchase the AAA bonds from the town to finance the Wellington School, said Carman. Selectman Chair Andy Rojas said that OPEB will be discussed at the precinct level to go over its impact on the town with the idea of possibly having a revised policy that comes from an informed Town Meeting.
Two-thirds vote needed for passage.
Vincent Stanton, pct. 3, said he supports the article however he wanted to discuss state reform that was introduced in 2013 but it will likely die in this year’s legislative year. Town Meeting members should be more proactive by passing a measure supporting reform measures by the state, said Stanton. “Our voice should be heard as loud as possible,” he said.
Jim Williams from pct 1 question whether voting for the article is support the town’s strategy of having a policy, steady funding on OPEB. Carman said the funding policy was approved by the Selectmen, Warrant Committee and Capital Budget in 2013. Selectmen Sami Baghdady said a yes vote is just supporting the appropriation. Williams asked if this does not get the 2/3 vote, where does the money go? Back to the town’s coffers. Williams said that the policy is beyond the capability of the town’s financial model, which got cheers.
It passes with a few now votes.
7:40 p.m.: Next is Article 25 which reauthorizes revolving accounts such as money – usually from fees – set aside for the senior center and sports. Typically non controversial. You see this article at each Town Meeting, said Baghdady.
A few questions but no challenges to the accounts. 215 to 2 yes thanks to the tally via e-voting.
Article 26 is to reimburse a school building revolving account with insurance proceeds due to the cost of repairing a burst pipe at the High School. “This is an easy one,” said Anne Marie Mahoney. And it is. A yes vote.
And the final budgetary article this year, number 27 is to rescind unused borrowing authority for $57,000. I would be surprised that anyone would speak against this “standard” article, said Carman. Yes with no discussion.
And we get to the tear-down citizen’s petition being codified before 8 p.m. Widmer said the procedure of the article can be a bit confusing due to the number of amendments on top of the reading of a long zoning article.
Mike Baptista, the chair of the Planning Board, is reading and explaining the document. Widmer also advised that everyone declare any financial interest before speaking on the issue. Nearly 40 small lots in the general residence zone have been bought by developers to build a two-family that’s too large for the lot. Some residents “had enough” and passed at the 2013 annual Town Meeting a moratorium on such “tear down/build up” with the Planning Board given the task of making changes to the zoning bylaw to support the residents concerns. “Is it perfect? No. It is subjective” but the area is so diverse that its hard to make an all encompassing bylaw. But it will be revamped by the time the bylaw is sunset in June 2018. What Town Meeting is voting on is a philosophical matter: do you want these “behemoths” in our town? asked Baptista.
Raffi Manjikian, of the Warrant Committee and Pct 3, speaks elegantly on why this measure is needed, quoting US UN Ambassador Samantha Power on how democracy works to fix themselves.
Judith Sarno, pct. 3, who led the effort to create the moratorium, said that this zoning bylaw will give everyone in town a “voice” in determining what is built in their neighborhood.
Now the amendments are being voted on: the first four from the Planning Board are minor corrections to the larger bylaw to clarify what it was trying to say. Set backs, making specific where the bylaw takes effect …
A bit of comedy as the banter between Sue Bass and Planning Coordinator Jeffrey Wheeler on set backs has Widmer if he is watching an episode of “Saturday Night Live.”
All four Planning Board amendments pass easily.
Now up is the first of three (really two) citizen amendments. Roger Colton, pct. 6, is asking that the storm water management permit be required by any developer though the Office of Community Development. Article 14 has three tests to determine if it complies with the bylaw. Colton points out that these are not the three steps that are under the existing storm water management bylaw. This is simply a technical amendment to take out “duplicate” language, he said.
Rojas has Glenn Clancy, the director of Community Development, come up to tell them how this amendment will effect his job determining if the developer is in compliance with the storm water management bylaw. He said it wouldn’t effect how he does his job. Baghdady said the articles’ disclosement measure is important to give developers a “heads up” so they understand its important to have. Jim Stanton, asked if the dueling language will have legal consequences. Town consul George Hall doesn’t think so. Kimberly Becker, pct. 6, said if Colton points out that the language is different between Article 14 and the storm water management, why are we repeating ourselves and the bylaws are not collaborative. David Webster, pct 4. who also works at the EPA, said yes the storm water management bylaw is more complex and the article’s “heads up” is “dangerous” by paraphrasing what they have to do. The best way to simplify it is to have one common language. Anne-Marie Lambert said she doesn’t find any compelling reason not to vote on the amendment. Finally, David Powell of pct. 4 asked that the entire amendment be placed on the screen and ask a simple question: why not just strike the language in the article with the duplicate language? The light bulb goes off over the Town Meeting. That works. Colton’s amendment is quickly adopted.
Now the amendment by Bill Dillon’s amendment that would allow for the front door to be on the side yard. The reason? Because it allows side-by-side two families rather than an up-and-down twos like on Grant Avenue. This is good for entry-level housing (and they sell for more money). “I don’t find side-entry doors distasteful,” said Dillion, who said he just wants to have the chance to go before the Planning Board (which is already hostile to this sort of housing) and say, “This can work in my neighborhood.”

Bob McGaw, pct. 1, said the language being used in this amendment does not conform with existing Planning Board language which could lead to legal challenges. The comments on this amendment revolve around how they don’t like the look of a side entry, not neighborly, not esthetic. But two residents asked if the Planning Board is asking for subjectivity on their amendments, why not with this independent amendment? “We need rules,” said Baptista.

The vote on the amendment. By 46 to 180, Dillon’s amendment is defeated.

Now discussion on Article 14. Christen McVay, Pct. 3, said the design review process is necessary to keep the character of the town.

Bryce Armstrong, pct 7, a renter of Grove Street, asked how this amendment will impact tax revenue in the town. Liz Allison, of the Planning Board, said if there is a family who has two children, unless they live in a house valued at $1.8 million, they do not bring in enough taxes to pay for the children in the schools.

Anthony Ferrante, pct. 8, said peeling paint, ugly vinyl siding and other issues have greater design “problems” then some of what the Planning Board is attempting to do.

Vincent Stanton, pct 1, did the research and of the nine tear downs to build of two families cost 30 percent higher so the issue that the two families are bringing in affordable units is false.

William Messanger, pct. 4, said this amendment is discriminatory as it only effects two-family homes and it will prevent the only method of affordable housing being introduced to Belmont. The home he lived in, circa 1895, could never be built today and that would have prevented him from coming to Belmont.

Mr. Mercier moved the question to great acclaim. “What a moment of surprise,” said Widmer to laughter.

It’s an electronic vote.  Article 14 passes 206 to 16.

10:40 p.m.: Finally, the Minuteman High School Regional agreement, the new contract, is up and Bob McLaughlin is delivering it. Wouldn’t we all love to hear this article in detail, it’s going to be tabled (postpone) by Andy Rojas. Why vote on this when we don’t have enough information, said Rojas, and the town can wait. McLaughlin who helped write the agreement said even at its best, it’s only marginally better than the current agreement due to a great deal of compromise.

Neighbors Raise $12K for Marlboro St. Fire Victims

A fledgling neighborhood association raised more than $12,000 for five renters who lost nearly all their possessions after a devastating house fire on Marlboro Street in the early morning hours of May 21.

The efforts by the Belmont Corner Neighborhood Association – including establishing an online fund raising site (fundly.com) and running a day-long yard sale on the street on May 31 – will result in the raised donations split among the fire victims who lived on the first and third floor of the house at 58 Marlboro which is owned by Joe and Colleen Piccolo, according to BCNA’s Erin Lubien.

The building, which was declared a total loss by the Belmont Fire Department, was taken down in the first two days of the week.

In a June 4 press release, Lubien said the association – which was created last year – used Nextdoor.com, the private social network for neighborhoods, to send out urgent text messages and e-mails the morning of the fire inviting the victims into local homes for shelter.

Lubien said the in the days since the fire, neighbors have used Nextdoor to organize, coordinate, and market the neighborhood-wide yard sale with all proceeds going to the fund.

She also said there were many examples of the community coming together to support the renters, “showcasing the amazing generosity of and care for a truly unique neighborhood,” said Lubien.

• “Sophia’s Greek Pantry inspired the idea of a raffle table to be held at the yard sale, and baked large trays of Spanikopita to feed the volunteers and sell to shoppers. We are also indebted to Sophia for her introduction to Helpis.org, an organization who specifically helps those in need during catastrophic times. Helpis donated many collected goods and clothes for both the victims and the yard sale.”

• “While at the yard sale shopping for free, tenants from the first floor of 58 Marlboro met Kay, a neighbor around the corner. Kay introduced the couple to Tom, whose rental property in Belmont Corner emptied that morning. Tom immediately came to meet the couple, brought them to the apartment, secured the lease, delayed collection of the security deposit, and maintained the rental rate instead of raising it as he had planned.”

• “A Cambridge firefighter who fought the Marlboro St. fire collected items from his firehouse to donate to the yard sale. His wife arrived at 7 a.m. to deliver his donations and spent the entire day aiding in all aspects of the yard sale and organization of donations.”

“This incident and the actions our neighbors took to help one another is a great testament to the power of community we have built in Belmont Corner,” said Lubien.

The BCNA is moving the future funding to Belmont Savings Bank. Checks made payable to the “58 Marlboro St Belmont Fire Fund” can be mailed or brought to:

ATTN: Lillian Ayala

Belmont Savings Bank

2 Leonard Street

Belmont, MA 02478

For more information, please contact belmontcorner@gmail.com

Ten Years Celebrating Chenery’s ‘Magical’ Courtyard

For about 10 minutes on a bright and warm early June afternoon, a small section of the Chenery Middle School was transformed into a forest outside Athens occupied by actors, musicians and spirits telling a midsummer tale.

As part of the celebration to celebrate a decade of a “magical” transformation, guests and students gathered in the school’s garden courtyard for a short performance of Shakespeare’s “Midsummer’s Night Dream” in the space that 12 years ago was a concrete and brick space.

Today, trees and plants grow near gardens in elevated planters while a small pond allows wetland flora to bloom while a patio space allows for classes to take place.

In the shade of one of the trees, Belmont Senior Center’s The Bellaires serenaded the attendees while just inside the nearby hallway, artwork by the Chenery students inspired by the courtyard garden fill the space. After the concert, Morning Glory and sunflower seeds were handed out as tokens of the courtyard that residents could plant in their own homes.

“This project is a plus for anyone who comes here, from seniors to the children,”  said Phyl Solomon of the Massachusetts Audubon’s Habitat Intergenerational Program and one of the inspirations behind the project’s creation and growth from an abandoned and forgotten interior space.

Over the years, most everything has been carried into the site including the trees, brush, dirt and other items that makes a garden. Now when visitors arrive, they are greeted by a view of shaded park benches, stone walls, small pond, a bird’s house (and a nest) and trees, ground covering along with flowers and vegetables which is used by the school.

During its transformation, the school has begun a “Courtyard Club” so students can lend a hand in the maintenance and care of the garden and space.

“The one thing I really like about the Courtyard Club is that it’s open to anybody and that’s very special to me,” she said.

Ian Svetkey, a Chenery 6th grader and Club member, said “I like digging up things and chop things and pull things up and lots of other stuff.”

The site is increasingly being used for educational learning. Chenery Visual Arts Teacher Kathleen Byrnes said the courtyard is a wonderful classroom because it’s “incredibly inspiring” in allowing her students to “connect to nature and the science part of learning.”

“It’s exciting to have this huge spider web and my students sees nature in action for our science sketchbooks and journals,” said Byrnes.

“I love this space so much,” she added.

For Solomon, the 10th anniversary is hardly a time to think the courtyard has reached its zenith.

“This is an on-going project,” said Solomon. “This will never be a finished project because there is always something new coming in,” she noted.

“I think its amazing,” she said.

The ‘O’ Word Center Stage During Budget Debate at Town Meeting

It was a pretty expensive springboard – the debate of Belmont’s fiscal 2015 budget – Belmont Town Meeting members used to bring attention to the “O” word during Monday night’s reconvened Town Meeting held at the Chenery Middle School on June 2.

“O”  as in override which advocates for greater spending for the schools and general government are prepared to push the Belmont Board of Selectmen to use its authority to place a multi-year, multi-million dollar operational measure on the ballot.

During Monday’s discussion of the $46.2 million ’15 School District budget – or $52.4 million when government grants and other non-general revenue costs is calculated – members voiced their dissatisfaction with the shortcomings within the schools; which, they claim, must be remedied with additional cash, the sooner the better.

“We can not wait until April [2015, when the Town Election takes place] to decide we’re going to place an override on the ballot and then do it in June when three-quarters of the people who are going to be standing up in favor of this don’t even know there’s a vote,” said Kimberly Becker of Precinct 6.

“We need to have this on the ballot in November when people are out voting” in the general election, said Becker to applause.

“I don’t want anyone telling me we don’t have enough time to do it in November. There is plenty of time,” she said to cheers from supporters.

The throwing down of the override gauntlet by several Town Meeting members on Monday would seem a bit surprising as, unlike years past, the school budget was “drama free” as described by Warrant Committee Chair Mike Libenson. The district – which has been riding high as one of the few top-tier school districts in Massachusetts and Belmont High School ranked 151st in the nation by US News & World Report – is receiving a relatively healthy increase of more than four percent, or about $1.9 million, in available town revenue from the previous year.

Yet the increase spending is only enough to, as the Warrant Committee states will “maintain level services” which includes retaining nearly 19 full-time equivalent classroom positions hired last year just to keep up with 140 new students in the system.

So while the Red Queen can tell Alice that “here we must run as fast as we can just to stay in place,” many Town Meeting members are just not willing to accept the claim that level spending means keeping up with past educational standards.

“We talk about level service budget every single year while we watch many things get cut, class sizes get fuller. This is a joke,” said Anne Mahon of Precinct 4.

“Our kids are losing. We may have gotten into [US News & World Report] but a lot of that is because parents compensate  when their kids get home. Help the school system out, get an override on the ballot and put it out in November when we have time to vote for it,” said Mahon.

As both Laurie Slap, School Committee chair and soon-to-be-leaving “interim” Belmont School Superintendent Dr. Thomas Kingston told the meeting, there are serious budgetary worries in the near future, driven by skyrocketing enrollment (up to 500 additional students projected coming to Belmont over the next decade), new salary contracts and greater demands for services by students and staff.

“Sometimes we have to make hard decisions because, just like the family budget, the money will alway be limited,” said Kingston.

Precinct 1’s Rachel Berger, explained that unlike past years, this year “is not a Cadillac budget. I don’t event think this is even your father’s Oldsmobile budget.” 

While the school article did not come under the sort of detailed scrutiny of years past – there were just a few questions before the $46.2 million school expenditure for fiscal 2015 was approved with little opposition – the anxiety of school budgets yet to come served as the catalyst for those in the auditorium who contend that the time to strike the override iron is now.

One of the chief complaints is the myriad of hidden “taxes” residents must currently burden, in the form of substantial student user fees – the family of a three-sport athlete is out $1,100 yearly – to the inability of the district to restores or add to school programing (the district’s “wish list” of programs and staff it could not fund continues to grow).

“We told children to do activities, do sports,” said Precinct 8’s Christine Kotchem. “But now its very, very costly. What do you tell a student when you just can’t pay?”

“Someone paid for our children to do these activities and it’s time for us in the community to turn to our neighbors and say ‘This isn’t right.’ We need to fully fund our schools,” said Kotchem, whose own children graduated from Belmont High School a decade ago.

While the cries of “override” were met with general acclaim within the hall, the same enthusiasm for an increase in homeowners tax bills may not be as universal with the neighborhoods. It has been a dozen years since Belmont voters approved an override, for $2.4 million in June 2002, with the last three attempts (in 2006, 2008 and 2010) defeated by close votes.

But some believe that times are changing on the willingness of communities to shoulder a heavier burden to support “good” schools and there is some evidence of that at yesterday’s special election in Shrewsbury. There voters by a two-to-one margin approved a $5.5 million Proposition 2-1/2 operational override, its first successful override in more than two decades, to add programs, staffing and technology to the schools. 

What to Do Today: Lemonade for Chenery Kids, Tech Support and Take a Survey

• Chenery Middle School students: Bring your homework by the Assembly Room of the Belmont Public Library on early Wednesdays from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. for lemonade and cookies. This is for middleschoolers only!

• The Belmont Public Library will give tech-challenged residents an opportunity to sign up for 30-minutes of one-on-one tech help and start accessing your 24/7 digital library. Today’s begin at 11 a.m. Here are a few things they can help patrons with:
  • eBooks & eAudiobooks,
  • Sign up to read free digital magazines,
  • Get Database help or an orientation to online library research and
  • Manage your Library Account online, place holds, freeze holds, pay fines with a credit/debit card.

Call 617-993-2870 for an appointment, or sign up online at the events calendar.

Help Belmont by taking a quick survey! In 2001, the Town of Belmont adopted a vision statement entitled “A Working Vision for Belmont’s Future,” which included several goals for the town

The survey can be found here or at this web address: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BelmontVision21

The members of Belmont’s Vision 21 Implementation Committee invite and encourage residents to participate in a survey to assess the Town’s progress in addressing the goals of the Town’s Vision. Survey results will guide the Town and the Implementation Committee regarding Belmont’s priorities for the future.

The complete Vision can be found here: http://www.town.belmont.ma.us/Public_Documents/BelmontMA_BComm/vision21/index.

• On this day 25 years ago, the Tiananmen Square protests are violently ended in Beijing by the People’s Liberation Army, with at least 241 dead.