7 News’ Sports Director Amorosino At Belmont Woman’s Club Wednesday

Photo: Joe Amorosino of 7 News.
Belmont youth and adults are invited to meet Emmy recipient 7 News WHDH-TV’s Sports Director Joe Amorosino, who will speak at the Belmont Woman’s Club/the 1853 Homer House at 661 Pleasant St. on Wednesday, April 13, at 7:30 p.m.

Amorosino covered all four Patriots Super Bowl wins (2002, 2004, 2005, 2014), all three of the Red Sox recent World Series wins (2004, 2007, 2013), the Celtics’ most recent NBA Championship win (2008) and the Boston Bruins most recent Stanley Cup Championship (2011).

The talk and a reception with Amorosino will last one hour.  

Th public is cordially invited with free admission.

Letter To The Editor: Ruban Thanks ‘All Who Supported Me’


To the editor:

Thank you to everyone I had the pleasure of meeting along the campaign trail, and a special thank you to those who supported, voted and volunteered for me. I knew that Belmont was full of intelligent, talented, educated, dedicated people, but you surpassed my expectations. We could not have come as far as we did in such a short amount of time without that.

I embarked on this journey because I wanted to begin a dialogue about how Belmont government does business.  I am proud to say we have had that conversation, in particular, about building the new high school and Community Path; creating greater transparency for citizens to participate in town government; implementing rezoning and other vision plan recommendations, and streamlining business processes. I know that talking about these projects and bringing them to fruition are two very different things and understand Mark has a challenging job ahead of him. I want you to know that I support him in these endeavors on behalf of the town as he begins his next term as our selectman.

Thank you again to all who supported me. It was a tremendous honor to have your faith. I hope that now you will join me in helping our town government work to achieve the best Belmont for all of us.

Alexandra Ruban

Letter to the Editor: Tomi Thanks Voters, Residents’ Interests ‘Paramount’

To the editor:

I wish to thank all of my supporters for their support during my campaign for Housing Authority.  Your conviction evidenced by your hosting a sign, delivering and mailing cards, speaking to friends, getting friends out to vote,  and voting for me,  all added up to a victory.

I promise to represent our collective interests in housing and sheltering those less fortunate.  Our residents’ interests and our community’s interest will always be paramount in my decision-making.

I thank you for your confidence in me and I look forward to representing you and our community.

Tommasina (Tomi) Olson

Member Housing Authority

Oh, Boys! Learn More About Your Son’s Development At BASEC Talk Monday

Photo: Dr. Michael Thompson in action.

The Belmont After School Enrichment Collaborative’s Parent Lecture Series presents Dr. Michael Thompson who will speak on “It’s a Boy! Understanding your Son’s Development.” on Monday, April 11 at 7 p.m. in the Chenery Middle School auditorium.

Parents of boys often find themselves bewildered or frustrated by certain aspects of boy development: their little-boy anger, their inattentiveness in elementary school, a lack of motivation in middle school or their reluctance to talk to their parents during the high school years.

In this funny and reassuring talk, Thompson –  the supervising psychologist for the Belmont Hill School and author of nine books on the development of boys – addresses the greatest worries that parents of boys have from infancy through high school, distinguishing between what is normal boy development and those behaviors that are worrisome.  

Author To Speak on Kennedy’s ‘Hidden’ Daughter Monday at Library

Photo: Cover of the book:”Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter” by Kate Clifford Larson.

Author Kate Clifford Larson will speak on her book “Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter” at Books and Bites on Monday, April 11 at 11 a.m. in the Assembly Room of the Belmont Public Library.

Rosemary, Joseph and Rose Kennedy’s daughter, was intellectually disabled; a secret fiercely guarded by her powerful and glamorous family. Now using major new sources – Rose Kennedy’s diaries and correspondence, school and doctors’ letters, and exclusive family interviews – Larson bring Rosemary alive, revealing both the sensitive care that Rose and Joe gave to Rosemary and then – as the family’s standing reached an apex – the often desperate and duplicitous arrangements the Kennedys made to keep her away from home as she became increasingly intractable in her early twenties. Finally, Larson illuminates Joe’s decision to have Rosemary lobotomized at 23, and the family’s complicity in keeping the secret.

Larson is the author of two critically acclaimed biographies: “Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman, Portrait of an American Hero” and “The Assassin’s Accomplice: Mary Surratt and the Plot to Kill Abraham Lincoln.”

All are welcome to attend this free program, sponsored by the Friends of the Belmont Public Library. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Refreshments will be provided. The Assembly Room is handicapped accessible.

Sold In Belmont: Townhouse Condo Gets Love From Buyer

Photo: A townhouse condo that took off like a single-family.

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80 Maple St., Townhouse condominium (1993). Sold: $715,000.

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133 White St., Condominium (1928). Sold: $513,000. Listed at $515,000.

A weekly recap of residential properties sold in the past seven-plus days in the “Town of Homes”:

80 Maple St., Townhouse condominium (1993). Sold: $715,000. Listed at $639,000. Living area: 2,008 sq.-ft. 6 rooms, 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths. On the market: 66 days.

133 White St., Condominium (1928). Sold: $513,000. Listed at $515,000. Living area: 1,431 sq.-ft. 7 rooms, 2 bedrooms, 1 baths. On the market: 87 days.

Two former two families now individuals condominiums sold last week with differing outcomes. The newly-converted condo that once was a multiple family on White Street was able to hit its list price of just more than $500,000.

While over on Maple Street, the more traditional townhouse hit the right note for one buyer resulting in a $75,000 premium over the $639,000 list price. The final sales price is a whopping $150,000 more than the town’s appraised value of $561,000 and $220,000 more than when was last sold in 2009.

The nearly quarter-century old townhouse does provide three bedrooms and approximately 2,000 square feet, although the interior appears to have all the hallmarks of a townhouse; open floor plan, narrow room on the ground floor – note how tiny the living room is (is it more a living “space” with the small divider separating the entry way/front door), an updated but smallish kitchen area, and not so spectacular room details.

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But with the medium price of single-family homes reaching the high six figures, buyers are willing to put down extra for a condo that resembles a traditional residential structure even if it does share a common wall with its neighbor. Take a look at the newly-constructed townhouse that sold last month on Trapelo. Despite being located across the street from the Fire Department headquarters, next to the VFW, a funeral parlor, a popular park and fronting a busy state highway, it sold for a million dollars. 

Join Becca Sunday in the Pizzi Family Fun Run

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Join World Marathon Champion Becca Pizzi for the first ever Becca Pizzi Family Fun Run organized by the Belmont Boosters and sponsored by Belmont Savings Bank.

The Becca Pizzi Family Fun Run is a new race in Belmont celebrating Pizzi being the World Marathon Challenge Champion. The 5K race will also act as a special send-off celebration for Becca Pizzi and all Boston Marathon Runners.

The course will begin and end at the Belmont High School track. Registration and bib pick-up begins at 7:30 a.m., with the 5k beginning at 9 a.m., with the 1-mile kid’s race starting at 9:05 a.m.

The race will also include a 1-mile run for kids around the Belmont High School track.

T-shirts will be available to the first 200 5K registrants.

Proceeds will benefit the Becca Pizzi Scholarship Fund and Belmont Boosters.

Stick around after the race for awards and fun activities.


Register here on Racewire.com. Registration fee is $25 for 5K runners and $10 for kids running in the 1-mile race (ages 12 and under).

Belmont Rugby Starts Division 1 Season With Saturday Matinee, April 8

Photo: Rugby!

The Belmont High School Rugby Club – the most successful Massachusetts public school playing rugby XV – begins its 2016 Division 1 season with special Saturday matinee, Saturday, April 9 at 2:45  p.m. when the team takes on an always strong Needham High squad at Harris Field.  

And set aside “Tax Day” Friday, April 15 as the team hosts Boston College High in a rematch of last year’s state championship. The game is at 7 p.m. 

Belmont Gallery’s Opening Reception for ‘Family Ties/Memory’ Friday, April 8, 7-9

Photo: Painting by Stephanie Stigliano.

The Belmont Gallery of Art will be holding an opening reception for the exhibit “Family Ties/Memory” tonight, Friday, April 8, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Gallery located on the third floor of the Homer Building in the Town Hall complex, 19 Moore St. in Belmont Center. 
The show runs from April 3 to May 8.
Family Ties/Memory” exhibit is inspired by author Anita Diamant’s “The Boston Girl,” this year’s selection for the One Book One Belmont town-wide read.
Diamant’s best-selling novel tells the story of 85-year-old Addie Baum, recounting her life growing up in Boston’s neighborhoods in the early 20th century. The novel touches on several themes with memory, family,  and family relationships central to the story. It was left up to each of the “Family Ties/Memory” exhibit’s approximately 30 participating artists to interpret the theme of family and memory.
Artists in the show include Kathy Lobo, Christiane Corcelle, Janis Wisneiwski, Iris Chandler, Ruth Segaloff, Susan Tornheim, Ottavio Forte, Pamela Goody, Dilla Tingley, Susan Jones, Lisa Gibalerio, Joanna Dunn, Hellen Lee, Kwan Kew Lai, Cara Fitzgibbon, Teddi Wise, Chris Carter-Husk, Sharon Whitham, Anastasia O’Melveny, Helen Morse, Nicole Bernstein, Judi Babcock, John Williams, Erika Hartwieg and Theresa Monaco, Stephanie Stigliano, Darisse Paquette, Anne Katzeff, Richard Hill, Kay Hudgins and Louise Halstead.
Regular gallery hours are Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to  4 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors are also welcome to visit other weekdays after 10 a.m.

High School Building Committee Picks Leader, Debt Vote Likely in 2018

Photo: William Lovallo (right), the newly-elected chair of the High School Building Committee, speaking with BHSBC member Bob McLaughlin.

When the Wellington Elementary School opened on Sept. 25, 2011, Sarah Lovallo cut the ceremonial ribbon for the kindergarteners entering the school for the first time. 

Lovallo, who is in fourth grade at the Wellington, is eight years from graduating from Belmont High School, which may seem like time enough for her to cut the ribbon for a new high school.

But her father, Willam Lovallo, who was selected as chair of the newly-created Belmont High School Building Committee on Monday, April 4 at the first meeting of the committee held at the Chenery Middle School, doesn’t think Sarah will have a second cut at the ribbon.

“This is beginning to look like it will be closer to ten years before the construction is completed,” said Lovallo, who was the unanimous selection of the 15 member committee.

The Homer Road resident’s professional background as a vice president at the Boston-based civil engineering firm LeMessurier Consultants along with being a veteran of the town’s Permanent Building Committee and building committees including the fire houses, Beech Street Center, and the Wellington will bring “that remarkable knowledge” to the post, said Patricia Brusch, who led the inaugural meeting. 


Pat Brusch (center) at the inaugural meeting of the Belmont High Building Committee.

Brusch, who has been involved with constructing municipal and school buildings in Belmont for three decades, gave the committee a brief outline of what could be the next ten years of planning, financing and construction of a new high school.

With an expected infusion of $1.75 million from the proceeds of the sale of town-owned property on Woodfall Road – which will need to be approved by a majority vote at a Special Town Meeting on May 4 which will be a part of the annual Town Meeting – the committee will use the funds to:

  • create a feasibility study that will include environmental testing and assessment,
  • the hiring of a project manager and
  • Schematic designs for a new or renovate the high school. 

After the feasibility study, the committee in partnership with the Massachusetts School Building Authority will need to decide between one of four options for the building.

  1. Keep the present building and commit to repairing problem areas.
  2. Renovate the building “within the walls.”
  3. Renovate and construction of an addition.
  4. Build a new high school building at a nearby location.

After one of the four options is selected, the process moves to the schematic design stage. Once that is completed, then the town will need to come up with a budget which will come from a debt exclusion.

Brusch said a quick calculation using past examples such as the Wellington, the most likely date for a vote by town residents will occur two years from now during Town Election 2018, with an outside possibility of the fall of 2017 “if everything goes smoothly but that rarely [happens].” 

Brusch also noted state law prohibits the Building Committee from advocating or showing support for the debt vote.

“Citizens will be asked to form” an independent committee “which is not a problem in this town,” said Brusch, whose last piece of advice to the group is “stay within your budget!”

“The first reason is credibility,” said Brusch, as the cost of the construction “will be a huge nut for the town to crack” which will be easier to do if the committee can demonstrate that a new high school “is not a Christmas tree with everything below.” 

Both Brusch and Town Administrator David Kale emphasized that any final dollar figure and project timeline will be set only after the schematic designs are complete. But Brusch did say the long advertised amount of $100 million was used by town departments as “a placeholder” with a more realistic figure about 50 percent higher.