Opinion: Chenery Students Credit to Horace Mann’s Legacy

Photo: Horace Mann Eighth-grade History is all about our changing American nation. It’s focused on the issues of 2015, but the amount of connections that students make between the past and the present by looking at the American Revolution, how our system of government formed, and how society grew and changed during the 19th century […]

Editorial: Cast Aside Politics and Fear, Vote Yes for the Override

Photo: The Yes campaigners.  The Belmontonian endorses a “yes” vote on Question 1, the Proposition 2 1/2 override measure on the ballot to be decided on Tuesday, April 7.  This question allows residents the opportunity to follow “the better angels of our nature,” when we can set aside manufactured tension and fear and replace it […]

Letter to the Editor: Lessons on Democracy from Kids in Starbucks

To the editor:  Yesterday [Sunday, April 5] after our Easter brunch was over and my uncle had gone, the kids had tired of playing both indoors and out, so we made our way to the town-center Starbucks for a change of scenery. Grouped around a table were five teenagers studying AP biology.  My six-year-old pointed […]

Belmont Savings’ Egg Hunt a Thunderous Success

Photo: Finding eggs with a smile at the 15th annual Egg Hunt in Belmont. When the “crack” of an early Saturday morning thunderbolt woke her up, the first thought in Susan Condrick’s mind was “What about the hunt?” The event she was referring to was the Belmont Savings Bank’s 15th Annual Belmont Egg Hunt taking […]

Belmont Rugby Dominates State Champs Hendricken in Historic Home Win

Photo: Senior Wing/Center Norman Kilavatitu heading downfield with everyone in tow. Belmont High School Club Rugby’s midweek match with visiting arch-rival Bishop Hendricken High School was expected to be a titanic battle between the finalists of the past two Massachusetts Youth Rugby Organization state championships. But the match did not follow the anticipated script. Instead, on Wednesday night, April 1, […]

Letter to the Editor: Williams Will Not Kick the Can on Town’s Obligations

Photo: A family of Jim William campaigners, To the editor:  Belmont has a clear choice this year for the Board of Selectmen.  The best choice is Jim Williams. Belmont made a commitment this year both to town employees and to school employees (both teachers and non-teachers). It’s a promise the town has little chance of keeping.  The […]

Opinion: Chenery Teachers See Firsthand Impacts of Budget Cuts

Photo: Foreign language learning. As experienced foreign language teachers who have each been teaching  at the Chenery Middle School for more than a decade, we have seen firsthand the harmful effects in our classrooms of the ongoing town budget crisis. Over the years, class sizes have increased greatly, limiting the amount of personal attention that […]

One-Woman Show: Financial Report Shows Allison Self-Financing ‘No’ Effort

Photo: Elizabeth Allison. Move over, Koch brothers and Tom Steyer; you may think you have a big influence on politics, but you guys have nothing on Elizabeth Allison. According to a campaign finance report filed March 30 with the Belmont Town Clerk, the Chair of the “Vote No on Ballot Question 1” committee has all […]

For Arts Sake: Belmont High AP Artists Show Why Their Class Matters

Photo: The AP Art Show. Beth El Temple Center’s Zonis Auditorium was buzzing last Saturday night, March 28, filled with people, musicians and residents who came to show their appreciation that art exists in Belmont … for now.  Lining two sides of the room were large works in oil and watercolor, pencil and from photographs. […]