OpEd: Is Remote Learning Model Safer And Does It Reflect Our Aspirations As A Community?

Photo: Remote learning By: Jamal Saeh, Maysoun Shomali, Kelly Chiu Advocates for reopening schools believe that Belmont is ready to open school per the Department of Elementary & Secondary Education guidance.  The majority of Belmont parents voted for the hybrid model.  A number of us have worked on solutions to improve the air circulation in […]

Former Belmont High Boys’ Swim Coach Charged With Taking Inappropriate Photos

Photo: James Saidnawey during his time as head coach of Belmont High Boys Swim team The coach who in 2018 led the Belmont High Boys Swimming and Diving team to its first Middlesex League regular season title in two decades was arrested last week in Eastham, Mass on charges that he took inappropriate photographs of […]

Wednesday’s High Winds Create Outages In Belmont

Photo: Downed trees due to high winds are causing power outages this morning Gusty winds are the cause of a number of moderate sized outages throughout Belmont on Wednesday morning, Sept. 30. Belmont Light reported two distinct outage areas on the east and on the west side of town. One is located in and just […]

Penny Schafer, Economist and Civic Leader, Dies at 76

Photo: Penny Schafer (family photo) Penelope “Penny” Schafer, a well-respected environmental economist who lived most of her life on Lewis Road, was known by her family and friends for being “generous almost to a fault,” willingly providing her time and energy to the service of her church, community and civic groups in her hometown of […]

Positive COVID Case Detected At Winn Brook

Photo: The Winn Brook Elementary School A member of the Winn Brook Elementary community tested positive with COVID-19, according to the Belmont Department of Health. The Health Department confirmed on Monday, Sept. 28 that either a student or staff member at the school located at the corner of Waterhouse Road and Cross Street has been […]

Spit, ‘Poop’ Or Both: School Committee Explores Testing Options In Push Towards In-School Learning

Photo: Mirimus Labs image The Belmont School Committee took the first steps in implementing a testing regime that could spur students to return full-time to the classroom. Promoted by School Committee Chair Andrea Prestwich and a group of parents acting as ad hoc advisors, testing would provide students and teachers the necessary “peace of mind” […]

Belmont Sees Uptick In COVID-19 Positive Cases But Town Remains In State’s Green Zone

Photo: COVID-19 update Belmont has seen an uptick in the number of positive cases of COVID-19 over the past two weeks but it has not effected the overall risk level in contracting the coronavirus according to the state. According to the data from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health COVID-19 Dashboard, Belmont has reported 264 […]

Select Board Withdraws Civil Service Article Due To ‘Technical Error’; Others See Folding A Losing Position

Photo: Roy Epstein, Chair of the Select Board In a surprise that no one saw coming, the Belmont Select Board voted unanimously to withdraw its controversial article removing civil service for Belmont’s Police and Fire departments mere minutes before it was to be presented before a contentious Special Town Meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 23. Roy […]

Town Meeting: Limits Placed On Civil Service Debate; Clarifying Amendment Added To Civil Service Article; 9 PM’s The Limit

Photo: Mike Widmer Due to what nearly everyone at the Special Town Meeting expects to be one of the most contentious articles for many years, Town Moderator Mike Widmer this afternoon, Wednesday, Sept. 23, has placed a limit on the scope of debate on Article 10, the measure which would end civil service for rank […]

Hybrid Learning For K-4 Pushed Up To Oct. 5; Calls For Grades 5-12 To Follow

Photo: Hybrid plans accelerated The Belmont School Committee approved moving up the date kindergarteners and elementary students will begin full hybrid learning by two weeks to Monday, Oct. 5, allowing nearly 2,000 students to start partial in-school learning. “Two weeks is tight but we’re committed to hearing the feedback and responding to the school committee’s […]