Cushing Square’s New (Temporary) Skyline As S.S. Pierce Building Tumbles

Photo: Open space in Cushing Square. For 102 years, the prominent three-story brick and frame building stood at the corner of Common Street and Trapelo Road, home for much of that time of the Belmont branch of the S.S. Pierce grocers. On Monday, Feb. 20, the century-old Cushing Square landmark came tumbling down as the […]

What’s Open, Closed on Presidents’ Day; MBTA on Reduced Schedule

Photo: The George Washington statue in Boston’s Public Garden. Today, Monday, Feb. 20 is Presidents’ Day, although the federal government still refers to it as “Washington’s Birthday” to honor the country’s first president. Belmont town offices: Closed Belmont Schools: Closed (this week is winter recess.) Belmont Public Library: Closed Beech Street Center: Closed US Post Offices: […]

Sports: Belmont Shares League Title After Rendering Reading Redundant, 57-51

Photo: The bench and players on the court cheer what would be the game-winning basket from Greta Propp. When Reading High’s sophomore guard Isabella Zagami hit an off-balance 3 pointer to tie its game with Belmont at 51 with less than 40 seconds in the game, it could have been a knife to the heart […]

Library Feasibility Group Backs New $23M Building, Sooner Than Later

Photo: The feasibility committee voting on Thursday, Feb. 16. After months of meetings and public comments, the Belmont Library Feasibility Committee unanimously recommended a new building option to replace the existing half-century old structure on Concord Avenue at a meeting of the Belmont Board of Library Trustees on Thursday night, Feb. 16. “I am very […]

Selectmen OK New Restrictive Bylaw on Liquor License Transfers

Photo: Licenses will be coming back the town. Belmont Town Meeting members will be presented with a new prohibitory retail and restaurant liquor license transfer bylaw after the Board of Selectmen approved the language in the article on Monday, Feb. 13. But due to delays on Beacon Hill in setting up legislative committees needed to take up […]

Giorgio, Quirk Named Boosters BHS Student-Athlete for January

 Photo: Jess Giorgio and Kevin Quirk. Senior Kevin Quirk (Boys’ Ice Hockey) and sophomore Jess Giorgio (Girls’ Basketball) are the recipients of the Belmont Boosters BHS Student-Athlete-of-the-Month award for January.  Sponsored by the Boosters and in coordination, with the Belmont High School Athletic Department, each month a pair of varsity athletes are selected by an independent […]

Opinion: Time Is Now For Sleep To Be A Priority For High School Students

Photo: Bedtime.  (Editor: On Feb. 7, the Belmont School Committee heard a presentation from the chair of the Belmont Start School Later campaign, Jessica Olans Hausman, and from School Committee member Andrea Prestwich requesting a task force be formed to consider a later beginning of the school day for Belmont High School students. Hausman presented […]

It’s Official: Spokesperson Says Cushing Square Starbucks is Closing

Photo: Closed … for now. It’s the least best-kept secret in Belmont: the popular Starbucks Cafe in the heart of Cushing Square is closing. If the reduction of parking and pedestrian access which dramatically reduced business wasn’t enough of a clue that the store would struggle as the construction of the 164,000 square foot multi-use […]

Selectmen Names Interim Town Admin As Search Begins to Replace Kale

Photo: Phyllis Marshall Phyllis Marshall, Belmont’s assistant Town Administrator, was named interim Town Administrator by the Board of Selectmen on Monday, Feb. 13 as the three-member panel puts into motion its “plan of action” to find a replacement for the departing Town Administrator David Kale. “You’re going to be in it knee deep,” said Selectmen […]

What’s The Buzz? Keeping Honeybees In Belmont, Wed Night 7 PM

Photo: Honeybee in nature. Honeybees are pretty active. You might say they are … as busy as a bee. A honeybee – whose wings stroke about 200 beats per second, producing its famous, distinctive buzzing sound – flies for up to six miles to visit between 50 to 100 flowers during a collection trip, all […]