Cushing Square MuniParking Lot Closes Sept. 29

Photo: Surveying equipment at the municipal lot in Cushing Square. The first concrete step in the construction of Cushing Village takes place next week as the municipal parking lot at Trapelo and Williston roads will close temporarily on Thursday, Sept. 29. The closure comes a day before Toll Brothers is scheduled to execute a purchase […]

Selectmen Question Proposed Liquor License Transfer to Star Market

Photo: The Loading Dock’s Fuad Mukarker (left center, arms folded) before the Belmont Board of Selectmen Monday.  At a meeting that grew more impassioned as the night wore on, the owner of a Belmont business came before the Belmont Board of Selectmen on Monday evening, Sept. 19, seeking its approval of a deal that could change […]

Belmont Voters Reject Minuteman Funding As District Passes New School Plan

Photo: Belmont Town Clerk Ellen Cushman reading the results from the special district referendum. It wasn’t even close. Belmont voters rejected by a near three-to-one margin a $100 million-plus funding plan for the construction of a new $145 million Minuteman Tech Regional High School on Tuesday, Sept. 20, part of a special district-wide referendum held […]

Toll Bros. Agrees to Parking Lot Sale Sept. 30; Cushing Village Under Way

Photo: Cushing Village. If you were not listening for it, the announcement would have quietly passed by without much notice. But the news from the Board of Selectmen on Monday, Sept. 19, that national developer Toll Brothers will sign the purchase and sale agreement to obtain the municipal parking lot adjacent Trapelo and Williston roads […]

State’s ‘October Surprise’ As Minuteman Throws Wrench into Election

Photo: The new school, image from KBA Architects. In politics, a news event deliberately created or timed, or sometimes occurring spontaneously, to influence the outcome of an election, is called an “October Surprise.”  While the majority of those “surprises” are usually seen in presidential campaigns, a last-minute decision by the commissioner of the state’s Department of Elementary […]

Letter to the Editor: Minuteman – A Tale of Two Cars

Photo: A minivan. To the editor: I’m voting No on the Minuteman debt tomorrow even after DESE’s ruling. Here’s why. Imagine you have a family of, say, six kids and you need a car to drive your little scholars to school each morning. Naturally, you buy a minivan. Then, for years, you take the kids […]

Football: Jones Records Record Breaking Run in Home Opening Win [VIDEO]

Photo: An exhausted Ben Jones at the end of a record-breaking effort vs. Medford. Under the Friday Night Lights of Harris Field, Belmont High’s Senior Running Back Ben Jones scorched Medford as the running back ran for five touchdowns – four for more than 50 yards – as he piled up 334 yards in the […]

To the Globe: Paolillo Responds to Columnist Minuteman Op-Ed

Photo: [Editor’s note: The article below is a letter to the editor in the Boston Sunday Globe, Sept. 18] DANTE RAMOS missed the point of Belmont’s opposition to the Minuteman High School referendum (“Oh, Belmont! Local control fetish hurts vocational schools,” Opinion, Sept. 11). The Minuteman district is broken. A substantial percentage of the approximately 600 students […]

Letter to the Editor: Despite State’s Move on Capital Costs, ‘No’ Remains Best Course

Photo: Michael Libenson To the editor: Last Monday [Sept. 12] I served as a panelist for the League of Women Voters information session on the Minuteman referendum. I explained why there is a clear and compelling financial case for a “no” vote on the Minuteman referendum. A broad group of Belmont town leaders agree. The […]

Letter to the Editor: State Action Results in My Vote Changing From No to Yes

Photo: The site To the editor: A new Minuteman High School is essential for Belmont. We should vote YES in the Sept. 20 election. I changed my mind on this vote because Belmont won a major victory this week. DESE, the state agency that oversees all public schools, finally did the right thing this past […]