This Hanukkah: Remembering an Ancient Fight for Freedom

This article is by Len Abram American service men and women in Africa (AFRICOM) are not only fighting terrorism on the continent, not only training local police and militias in equipment and tactics, and not only protecting American interests and facilities, but they are also dealing with the scourge of Ebola. This last mission means building hospitals […]

From Belmont to Ferguson: Residents Demonstrate Solidarity, Concern

In the chill of a cold, Sunday darkness, a long line of people illuminated the night with candles as they weaved a chain of protest from Belmont Center, under the commuter rail bridge and towards the post office on Concord Avenue. The marchers, numbering more than 200, were accompanied by a steady chant of concern. […]

Letter to the Editor: Lobby to Preserve Tennis Courts in Belmont

To the editor: Our town once had three tennis courts at Town Field, ten at Belmont High School and four at Chenery Middle School. We have lost two at the Middle School when they rebuilt it for parking. Six-to-eight courts at the High School leaving two to dilapidate. There are two tennis teams at the High School which need to practice from March to the end of […]

Saturday’s Power Outage Left 2,000 Belmont Light Customers in the Dark

The Christmas lights went out to about a quarter of Belmont homes on Saturday, Dec. 13 as a large-scale blackout hit the town. According to Becca Keane, Belmont Lights’ executive assistant and communications coordinator, the outage, first reported at 12:51 p.m. on Saturday, was related to an energy supply issue from NStar, the town’s wholesale power supplier. The issue resulted […]

This Week: BHS Winter Concert Wednesday, Hanukah Menorah and Holiday Sing Tuesday

• On the government side of the week, the Belmont Board of Selectmen will meet on Monday, Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. to hear about the future of the former Macy’s site and make the appointments to the Community Path Implementation Advisory Committee; the Planning Board will review and vote on the proposed Cushing Village […]

Open Homes: The Priciest Open House in Belmont is on … Waverley?

Belmont has some neighborhoods and byways that are readily associated with upscale homes and family manses: Belmont Hill, the McLean property, Somerset, Marsh, Grey Birch and Rutledge. And this week, joining the avenues of the ritzy-priced homes is … Waverley Street. Where are the smelling salts? If you knocked on the doors of property owners […]

Tennis, Someone? Community Preservation Ponders Need for Court Repairs

Does Belmont have too many tennis courts? And who plays on them, and when? While pondering the supply and demand of the 24 courts in town (with 22 actually available to be played on), the town’s Community Preservation Committee appeared willing at its monthly meeting held Wednesday, Dec. 10 to conduct an extensive study not just to answer those […]

Eric Garner Vigil at First Church, Belmont Sunday at 6:30 PM

The Social Action Committee at First Church, Belmont Unitarian Universalist will be holding an hour-long candlelight vigil in front of the church on Sunday, Dec. 14 at 6:30 p.m. “to join our brothers and sisters in Staten Island, NY, and all around the country, seeking justice for the death of Eric Garner.” Hundreds of vigils, marches […]

New Sick Time Law Effects Even Companies With Just a Single Worker

This article is by Laura A. Panos, of the Law Office of Laura A. Panos, 50 Leonard St. 617-484-9600. On Nov. 4, Massachusetts voters passed a new law that mandates earned sick time for employees. Beginning on July 1, 2015, employers with 11 or more employees must provide paid sick time, while smaller employers may provide the sick […]

This Weekend: High School Improv Friday, Christmas Events Saturday, Concerts Sunday

• The Performing Arts Company of Belmont High School is holding its Improv Night, an evening of hilarious, made-up, on-the-spot theater on Friday, Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. in the school’s Little Theater. • A reception will be held on Saturday, Dec. 13 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. for Belmont Art Association artists Jane […]