Town, Health Dept. Rip Harris Field Graduation ‘Ceremony’, Large Party; Attendees Should Be Tested

Photo: Graduating students at Harris Field on Sunday. (credit: Instagram) The director of the Belmont Health Department is condemning a pair of events held on Sunday, June 7 in which large numbers of Belmont High School students and adults staged an unsanctioned graduation celebration on school property and attended a house party in apparent violation […]

Town Administrator Nixes Own Pay Raise As Town Faces Big Budget Shortfall

Photo: Patrice Garvin, Belmont Town Administrator In a move that took many by surprise, the Select Board approved Town Administrator Patrice Garvin’s request that she not be paid her expected annual salary increase. The amendment to Garvin’s contract is “in response to the significant budgetary shortfalls as a result of the unanticipated COVID-19 pandemic,” according […]

Select Board OKs Move Towards Outdoor Dining In Belmont Center

Photo: Belmont Center restaurant The Wellington is one of many eateries that will soon be adding outdoor dining Al fresco dining is coming to Belmont as the Select Board approved outdoor seating for restaurants in Belmont Center to aid local eateries as the state begins cautiously removing restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic. The plans […]

FYI: Town Clerk Provides Voting Updated For Annual Town Election June 23

Photo: “I voted” sticker By: Ellen Cushman, Belmont Town Clerk Do you usually like to vote in person on Election Day, and vote early in the morning, in the afternoon or early evening? For the June 23 annual Town Election you could miss out.  In-person voting at the precincts on Election Day will be limited […]

Belmont Saves Millions Waiting To Sell $100M Bonds On Middle/High School, Police HQ Projects

Photo: The Belmont Police Headquarters renovation. Patience is a virtue and, in the case of Belmont, a way to pocket a few million dollars. By holding off selling more than $103.5 million in municipal bonds on a pair of building projects from March to May, Belmont will reap a $6 to $7 million savings to […]

Belmont Reopens Tennis, Track, Parks; Playgrounds, BBall Will Have To Wait

Photo: Alan Palm and his son Sawyer in the newly reopened Grove Street Playground. On a warm Tuesday with willowy clouds overhead, Alan Palm and his son, Sawyer, are on the newly installed walkway that meanders around the Grove Street Playground; Palm père on his skateboard while Palm fils is riding his balance bike. For […]

Road Construction On Payson Road, Three Other Streets Begins June 3

Photo: Belmont roads will be reconstructed beginning Wednesday Beginning Wednesday, June 3, the Town of Belmont’s general contractor, E.H. Perkins, will commence road reconstruction on: Payson Road from Oakley Road to Belmont Street, Lawndale Street Newton Street Carleton Road Residents can expect heavy construction activity for several weeks during the construction hours from 7 a.m. to […]

What Do Belmont Voters Need To Know To Cast Ballots By Mail

Photo: Absentee ballot It is now less than a month before Belmont voters head to the polls – or a post office – to cast their ballots in the annual Town Election. The Select Board voted to postpone the local election from April 7 to Tuesday, June 23 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. And due to safety […]

Belmont Moves On Host Agreement Negotiations With Two Pot Shops

Photo: A Mint dispensary in Tempe, Arizona Belmont has established its team to broker a deal with a pair of firms seeking to open retail marijuana establishments on Pleasant Street. The Select Board voted on Monday, May 18 to have Town Administrator Patrice Garvin, Office of Community Development Director Glenn Clancy and Board member Adam […]

Facing Too Many Obstacles, Town Shuts Down Underwood Pool For Summer

Photo: Underwood Pool will be closed this summer A host of health, operational and financial risks proved overwhelming as the Select Board voted unanimously not to open the outdoor Underwood Pool for the summer season at the Board’s Monday, May 18 remote meeting. “It’s the latest victim of COVID-19,” said Select Board Chair Roy Epstein […]