Business Closed, Fined As Overtaxed Health Dept. Deals With COVID-19 Surge

Photo: Masks are now advised for use by all citizens. (Credit: CDC/ Debora Cartagena) A Belmont business was ordered closed and fined for violating the state’s non-essential business law as the town continues its efforts to steam the COVID-19 pandemic. Wesley Chin, director of the town’s Health Department, told the Select Board during its meeting […]

Letter To The Editor: Rash Remarks Due To A World Turned Upside Down

Photo: Belmont public school To the editor: I am a member of the Belmont Warrant Committee, a long time Town Meeting member and parent of three children who have been educated in the Belmont School system, two of whom have graduated in recent years. Last week at the Committee’s first meeting since the Coronavirus emergency, […]

With Census Underway, Belmont Push All Residents To Be Counted

Photo: US Census 2020 With nearly 58 percent of residents already checked in, Belmont town officials are eager to have those remaining citizens join their neighbors and be counted in the 2020 US Census. Belmont Assistant Town Administrator Jon Marshall is asking residents to take the time to fill out the census form whether it’s […]

Bag Your Trash To Help Out Those Who Take It Away

Photo: Waste Management truck Washing your hands, putting on a cloth mask and staying indoors; those are acts all people should be doing to protect themselves and others during this long pandemic. Add to that list one more thing: Bag your trash. That’s the advice coming from Waste Management, the town’s trash and recycling hauler. […]

First Death To COVID-19 In Belmont, Infected Cases Doubled In Three Days

Photo: Belmont Health Department The Belmont Health Department announced the first death of a Belmont resident related to COVID-19 in a press release dated Thursday, April 2. The victim was a resident at a long-term care facility in Belmont, said Wesley Chin, Belmont’s Health Department director. As of April 2, Belmont has 32 confirmed positive […]

Budget Bloodbath: Belmont Finances ‘Severely Impacted’ Due To COVID-19; Cuts In Basic Services, A Call For Layoffs, Furloughs

Photo: Patrice Garvin, Belmont Town Administrator It’s ugly. And it’s likely to get uglier. That’s the first impression of Belmont’s town finances after initial estimates of the impact on the current and next year’s budgets by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Town Administrator Patrice Garvin speaking before the Warrant Committee via video conference on April […]

Belmont Approves Declaration of Emergency

Photo: Belmont’s declaration of emergency. The town of Belmont has joined the state of Massachusetts and the United States of America in issuing a formal declaration of emergency “to protect the health and welfare of the people of Belmont” during the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. “There’s not some dramatic new information that we have become […]

Health Dept: Resident Hospitalized, 14 Positive With COVID-19; Those Infected ‘Much Higher’ Than Reported

Photo: Wesley Chin, director of the Belmont Board of Health. A Belmont resident is hospitalized, one of 14 town citizens which the state’s Department of Public Health has confirmed tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus, said Wesley Chin, director of the Belmont Health Department. During a video conference of the Belmont Board of Health on […]

Belmont School’s Remote Learning To Begin This Week, Lasting Until May 4

Photo: A photo of Belmont Superintendent John Phelan via the internet. Assignments, reading and a “regular” school day. Those are the highlights of the new way of education as Belmont School District begins this week “Phase 2 Remote Learning” for the nearly 5,000 students enrolled in the town’s public schools. The change to learning through […]

Belmont Confirmed COVID-19 Cases In Double Digits, But More Likely Unreported

Photo: Wesley Chin, Belmont Health Department director during the Select Board’s video conference. Belmont is not being spared by the COVID-19 pandemic as the number of residents the state has confirmed “positive” has risen to 10, according to Wesley Chin, Health Department director, speaking before the Select Board via video conference on Thursday, March 26. […]