Proposed ’18 Town Budget Tops $110 Million, Up 3.6%

Photo: David Kale, Belmont Town Administrator Belmont’s next budget will see healthy increases in both the town and schools with some hopeful news on “stretching out” the monies that came from the 2015 Proposition 2 1/2 override. The proposed fiscal 2018 town-wide budget – which begins on July 1, 2017 – is pegged at $110,210,440, […]

Group Seeking ‘Sanctuary Town’ Status For Belmont

Photo: Anne Mahon speaking before the Belmont Democratic Town Committee A group of politically progressive Belmont residents is pushing forward with a citizen’s petition designating Belmont a “sanctuary” community to be voted on at the annual Town Meeting in May. “We’re not doing this to wave a flag and make ourselves feel warm inside. There are […]

One Dead in Three-Alarm Fire at Trapelo Road Two Family [VIDEO]

Photo: Firefighters inspecting the house at 606-608 Trapelo Rd. where a man died in a fire. An early morning three-alarm fire that gutted a two-story house on Trapelo Road killed a person, according to the Belmont Fire Department. The 4 a.m. blaze at 606-608 Trapelo Rd. located at the corner of Agassiz Street just outside of Waverley […]

Search to Replace Town Administrator as Kale Heads for Home

Photo: David Kale The novelist Thomas Wolfe famously said, “You can’t go home again.” Apparently, David Kale is ignoring that advice. The lifelong Cambridge resident will decamp as Belmont’s Town Administrator in mid-March to become his hometown’s Assistant City Manager for Finance, according to a press release issued late Thursday, Jan. 19 by Cambridge City […]

Selectmen OK Loading Dock Alcohol License With Conditions

Photo: Faud Mukarker (right) before the Board of Selectmen After a sometimes contentious meeting which appeared an agreement would unravel before one could be struck, the Belmont Board of Selectmen voted unanimously on Monday, Jan. 9 to grant a “pour” alcohol license to Faud Mukarker, owner of The Loading Dock on Brighton Street. But the […]

Snow Emergency Parking Ban Starts 9PM Saturday

Photo: It’ll get snowy soon. The Belmont Police has issued a Snow Emergency Parking Ban in Belmont on all roadways and municipal parking lots and schools effective at 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7 until 9 a.m., Sunday, Jan. 8.  Vehicles parked in violation of the ban will be towed at the owner’s expense. Residents who have any questions call the snow […]

Residents Give Good Tidings (and Coffee) to Town Crews Working Christmas

Photo: Brighton Street on Christmas Eve. It was already a cold and dank Christmas Eve afternoon as the sun was setting on two crews from Belmont Water Department’s Distribution and Maintenance services. After spending hours digging up Brighton Street next to the Hill Estates seeking a major water main leak, the workers discovered the break […]

$45M Substation Sale In A Bind As Town Assess Eversource’s Tax Motives

Photo: The new electrical substation, not yet Eversources The largest financial transaction in the Town of Belmont’s history is on tenterhooks as a last-minute dispute over a powerful regional utility’s attempt to limit its exposure to municipal taxes has town officials demanding changes to the already signed sales agreement. With only four days left to […]

Traffic Factor in Commuter Train/SUV Accident That Left Woman Seriously Hurt

Photo: (credit: Anna Meiler/CBSBoston) Belmont’s increasingly congested streets appear to have played a factor leading to an early morning collision between an SUV and an MBTA commuter train at the intersection of Brighton Street and Blanchard Road that left a women critically injured at 8 a.m., Friday, Dec. 9. While MBTA Transit Police Superintendent Richard […]