Selectman Candidates’ Question of the Week: ‘Why Are You Running?’

Photo: Andy Rojas. Beginning today and on every Wednesday leading up the Town Election on Tuesday, April 7, the Belmontonian will be asking a “Question of the Week” to the candidates running for a seat on the Board of Selectmen: incumbent Andy Rojas and Glenn Road resident Jim Williams. This weekly feature will allow the candidates […]

Schools Budget Deficit Fix: Teacher Layoffs, Increased Class Sizes, Lost Ground

Photo: The Wellington Elementary School will lose a third-grade teacher with the acceptance of the available revenue budget in fiscal year 2016. When asked her reaction to the presentation by Belmont School Superintendent John Phelan on the details of cuts facing the district, Jamie Shea at first just shook her head. For Shea and others […]

A Hoop ‘Sleeper’ Set to Put Opponents to Bed in Sectionals

Photo: Melissa Hart, Belmont High Girls head coach, at practice on Monday, Feb. 24. In his preview of the MIAA state tournament, the Boston Herald’s High School Insider blogger Danny Ventura rates both the Belmont High School Boys’ and Girls’ teams as the “sleeper” teams of the MIAA Div. 2 North sectional playoffs that began Monday. After being told her […]

Snow Totals Bust Town’s Snow Removal Budget and Its Snowblower

Photo: A cry of desperation on a snow bank at Belmont Center.  Just how bad has the recent spate of snowstorms and blizzards been in Belmont? It defeated the town’s brand new snowblower. The Belmont Board of Selectmen could only shake their heads as Town Administrator David Kale revealed the machine recently purchased for the […]

Obituary: Anne Allen, a Belmont ‘Matriarch’, Dies at 86.

Anne Allen, known as one of Belmont’s “matriarchs” who donated her family’s land to the town to preserve open space, died on Feb. 20, 2015. She was 86. A memorial service will take place on Feb. 27, which would have been Allen’s 87th birthday. The Belmont Board of Selectmen held a moment of silence in her memory at […]

Belmont’s New ‘Smart 911’ Now Ready for Residents

A new free service is now in place to provide detailed information from residents to dispatchers as soon as a 911 call is placed. As reported in the Belmontonian back in January, Smart911 is a national service that allows citizens to create a free Safety Profile for their household that includes data they want 911 and first responders to have in […]

Look Who’s Running: Town-Wide, Town Meeting Candidates on the Ballot

The “almost” final list of candidates on the 2015 Belmont Town Election has been released by Town Clerk Ellen Cushman on Monday, Feb. 23, with the hopeful trend of increased participation for those seeking to become Town Meeting members. The list is not yet a final because residents have until Thursday, March 5 to withdraw their candidacy by […]

Belmont Teen Arrested by Boston Police on Gun Charges

Photo: The weapon recovered by Boston Police allegedly in the possession of a Belmont teen who is currently under arrest. An 18-year-old Belmont resident was arrested by Boston Police early Saturday morning, Feb. 21, on gun charges after allegedly threatening a group of young people on the street with a high-caliber handgun. Kenneth Madden, 18, […]

Belmont Boys’, Girls’ Hoops Begin Sectional Playoffs With Home Games

Both the Belmont Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball teams will begin the 2015 Div. 2 North sectional playoffs with home games as the Marauders squads have secured top seeds. The fifth-ranked Girls (14-6) will take on Danvers (10-10), the 12th and final seed in the tournament in a first-round game at Wenner Field House on Tuesday, Feb. 24 at […]