Full Steam Ahead: Town Clerk Moving Forward With Remote Town Meeting

Photo: Virtual Town Meeting are running full steam ahead to run a remote-access annual Town Meeting on June 16 with only nine articles that must be taken up.  In her last communication to Town Meeting Members, Town Clerk Ellen Cushman said Belmont and five other towns had put forth a request for Special Legislation to […]

No Increase In Water,Sewer Rates (Again) As Monthly Billing Coming By Jan. 1

Photo: Water main being replaced by Belmont DPW Belmont water and sewer customers will receive a nice surprise as rates for those services will remain steady for the upcoming 2021 fiscal year. This marks consecutive years for water and the third year in which sewer rates will not increase year over year. And by the […]

Left No-No: Town Set To Experiment With Belmont Center Traffic Patterns

Photo: The WWI Memorial will become the new way to get onto Concord Avenue westbound from Belmont Center during an experiment to make the intersection with Common Street safer. Whenever Glenn Clancy thinks Town Administrator Patrice Garvin needs cheering up, he will throw out something “crazy out there” at a meeting or in an email. […]

COVID-19 Deaths Stabilize As New Cases Remain On The Rise In Belmont

Photo: Responding to COVID-19 As the number of new cases of COVID-19 continues to grow in Belmont, the number of deaths related to the virus has stabilized over the past six days, according to statistics provided by the Town of Belmont and Massachusetts Department of Public Health. As of May 5, Belmont currently has 181 […]

State Rep Rogers Has Challenger In Dem Primary As Fries Qualifies For Sept. Ballot

Photo: Jennifer Fries State Rep. Dave Rogers will have his first primary challenger since being elected to the State House in 2012 as North Cambridge resident Jennifer Fries has qualified for the ballot for the 24th Middlesex in the Democratic primary currently set to take place on Sept. 1. The district, known as the ABC […]

With New Buses Too Tall For Tunnel, Belmont Center T Stop Moving To UU Church

Photo: A current MBTA bus that fits under the commuter rail tunnel at Belmont Center. The fleet of new buses purchased by the MBTA since 2017 will “help fulfill its environmental needs while increasing transit service,” according to the mass transit public agency. The 350 hybrid Xcelsior vehicles manufactured by New Flyer of America are […]

Wanted: A Resident To Join The School Committee

Photo: The committee oversees the Belmont public schools With the resignation of Susan Burgess-Cox in the past two weeks, the Belmont School Committee is seeking a resident to join the group during these ‘interesting’ times. Under Belmont bylaws, the School Committee must give public notice of the vacancy followed by a joint meeting with the […]

Belmont Joins State’s Contact Tracing Effort As Town, School Nurses To Lead Effort

Photo: The Massachusetts Community Tracing Collaborative (mass.gov) One method Massachusetts is using to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 viral pandemic is by deploying “contact tracers,” medical detectives who track down and warn people who have been exposed to the coronavirus.  And Belmont has joined that effort as Wesley Chin, director of the Belmont Health […]

Town Requires Facemasks In Belmont Businesses; Fines Could Come After Review

Photo: Masks are now required shopping in Belmont The Belmont Board of Health and Select Board separately approved an emergency order on Monday, April 27, requiring customers to wear facemasks or coverings when entering “essential” businesses in town. The regulation also mandates employees to be masked. The regulation goes into effect immediately and will continue […]

Hopeful Signs On COVID-19 At Belmont Manor, But Still A ‘Trying’ Month As Death Rise To 53

Photo: Belmont Manor where infections and deaths have slowed down While saying April has been a ‘trying’ month, Wesley Chin, director of the Belmont Health Department, said the most significant COVID-19 hot spot in town has begun to stabilize. Chin told the Health Board on Monday, April 27 the number of deaths related to COVID-19 […]