Belmont Town Meeting: Night 2, May 6

Photo: Belmont T0wn Meeting. Welcome back to the 156th annual Belmont Town Meeting. Tonight’s the second night of Town Meeting with the Community Preservation Committee’s grants up for debate and transfers.  7:05 p.m.: And we are off … five minutes late, as usual.  7:08 p.m.: Moderator Mike Widmer announced that Article 9 will be reconsidered […]

The Return: Solar Power Article To Be Reconsidered by Town Meeting

Photo: Belmont Town Meeting. The solar power article – effectively killed off by an amendment postponing indefinitely a vote on the measure on the first night of the Belmont Town Meeting, Monday, May 4 – has returned from the grave after newly-elected Selectman Jim Williams requested the Town Meeting revisit the contentious initiative possibly one more time.  While […]

Preview of the Second Night of Belmont Town Meeting, May 6

Photo:  The second night of the 156th edition of Belmont Town Meeting takes place on Wednesday, May 6 as the meeting reconvenes at 7 p.m. at Belmont High School to hopefully complete the remaining non-budgetary issues before the 290-member legislative body. The evening will revolve around debate on the $1.1 million in grants coming from the […]

Recycling Saturday: Town, Butler Elementary Ready To Reclaim Material May 9

Photo: Recycling Saturday in Belmont. This Saturday, May 9, Belmont residents will have the opportunity to recycle just about anything they could ever hope, thanks to the town and the parents at the Butler Elementary School.  • The town’s Department Public Work will have its annual Recycling Day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Town Yard, […]

Selectmen To Give $386K to Capital Budget Rather than Taxpayers

Photo: Belmont Board of Selectmen. What would you do with an extra $386,000 in next year’s budget? Give it back to taxpayers? How about spending it right off to repair the roads?  “That $386,000 has generated quite a bit of discussion around town,” said Sami Baghdady, the chair of the Belmont Board of Selectmen. Before Town […]

Late-Inning Heroics (Again) Gives Belmont High Baseball Another Win

Photo: Nick Call about to celebrate his game winning single against Wakefield. “I’m too old for this,” said Belmont High School Head Baseball Coach Jim Brown. After seeing the team blow a two-run lead in the top of the 7th inning against Wakefield, Brown was standing in the third base coaching box watching the Marauders load […]

Solar Flare Up: Town Meeting Rejects Petition as Members Voice Concerns

Photo: Town Meeting. Tempers flared as Town Meeting members rejected an article hoping to spark a conversation about the future of solar power that one member called “too squishy” on the first night of the annual Belmont Town Meeting held Monday, May 4, at Belmont High School. Tensions rose to a point unseen in recent […]

Babysitting 101: Library Holding Workshop for Kids and Teens

Photo: Many of the first paid jobs young teens have is babysitting for siblings or neighborhood children. They learn and demonstrate responsibility, autonomy from parental control while coming up with their own spending money.  The Belmont Public Library is holding a Babysitting Workshop this Saturday, May 9, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Flett Room. Presented by Janice […]

Belmont Town Meeting: Night 1, May 4

Photo: Belmont Town Meeting. Welcome to the first night of the 156 annual Belmont Town Meeting, Monday, May 4, 2014, the town’s legislative body in action. So, what’s in store tonight? Likely we’ll get through the first nine articles in the warrant which includes a non-binding resolution on a solar power referendum (the debate on […]

As Town Delays Policy, Town Meeting Considers Solar Power Resolution

Photo: Solar panels. Just two weeks after the Belmont Light Board – made up of the Belmont Board of Selectmen – decided to delayed the start of a payment plan for residents who use solar power, Town Meeting will debate placing a non-binding resolution on the town ballot to ask if the town should support as policy […]