Q&A: For Spirited Owner, Transferring License Usurps Residents Wishes [VIDEO]


Photo: Chris Benoit, owner of The Spirited Gourmet in Cushing Square. You can not tell the tale of bringing alcohol to Belmont without talking about The Spirited Gourmet and the Benoits, as it was Chris and his then wife Elena who were at the forefront of turning Belmont from one of the last “dry” towns in the […]

[BREAKING] ‘Blue Ribbon’: Butler Awarded National Education Honor


Photo: The Butler School. Belmont’s Daniel Butler Elementary School was named a 2016 “National Blue Ribbon School” for being an Exemplary High Performing School, according to U.S. Secretary of Education, John. B. King, Jr., who made the announcement on Wednesday, Sept. 28, in Washington DC.   Butler is among 278 public schools receiving this honor […]

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 […]

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 […]

Forum Presents the Yes and No of Minuteman Financing Vote


Photo: Martin Plass (left) after the forum on the Minuteman finance vote.  Martin Plass was raised in Aachen, Germany, a country where technical schools – the Berufsschule – are held in the same esteem as the other secondary education placements in the country. “[In Germany], vocational training is seen as a great career path where you are taken […]

BREAKING: Bookstore Joins Foodies In Former Macy’s Site in Belmont Center

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Photo: A rendering that is one the Belmont Books website. It’s official: Belmont Center will be home to a new bookstore early next year. According to the husband and wife business team of Chris Abouzeid and Kathy Crowley (“Your friendly neighborhood booksellers”) the couple has signed a lease with owner Locatelli Properties for a reported 4,000 […]

Belmont, Most Of Eastern Mass Under Heat Advisory Until Saturday

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Photo: Hot. The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency has issued a Heat Advisory for most of the state away from the coastline for the next two days. With temperatures expected to be in the 90’s in Belmont with high humidity, please follow the precautions listed below, to avoid a heat-related emergency. Drink Plenty of Fluids During […]

BREAKING: Belmont PD Officer Injured In Two Vehicle Incident On Trapelo [VIDEO]


Photo: Scene of the accident. An on-duty Belmont Police motorcycle officer was taken to Mount Auburn Hospital with undisclosed injuries after he crashed into the side of a late model Subaru near the intersection of Trapelo Road and White Street in Waverley Square just after 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 8. Eyewitnesses told the Belmontonian the […]

Cushing Village Deal With Town ‘Close’ As Deadline Looms

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Photo: Cushing Village. Will the final chapter of the saga known as Cushing Village be written tonight? Or will the Belmont Board of Selectmen and national developer Toll Brothers go down to the last few days before striking a deal on the cusp of a late August deadline? Answering the question will occur at the […]