Fire Destroys McLean’s Codman Building [VIDEO]


Photo: The aftermath of the fire that destroyed the Codman House at McLean Hospital. A two-alarm fire destroyed the former Codman House on the McLean Hospital campus early Monday morning, Nov. 14. The blaze, which required fire equipment from neighboring towns of Watertown, Arlington, and Cambridge, started just before 3 a.m. At its height, the […]

The Family’s Profession: Fourth Generation Police Officer Joins Belmont PD


Photo: Officer Brian O’Donovan being sworn in by Town Clerk Ellen Cushman. Brian O’Donovan today has joined the family profession. On Monday, Nov. 7, with his parents Michael and Kerry O’Donovan, police and town officials in attendance, Belmont native Brian O’Donovan was sworn in as a Belmont Police officer by Town Clerk Ellen Cushman in a […]

Second Town Gun Buy Back Event Result in Less Gun, More Food


Photo: (from left) Patty Mihelich of the Belmont Food Pantry receiving a check for nearly $2,500 from Amy Starzec and Belmont Police Chief Rich McLaughlin. Belmont’s second annual Gun Buy Back resulted in making the community a bit safer and the Belmont Food Pantry a little richer. Belmont Police Chief Richard J. McLaughlin reported that the Held this past […]

Weekend Helicopter Mystery Solved: Blame It On Hollywood

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Photo: An internet photo of the low-flying helicopter flying over parts of Belmont over the weekend It was something out of  film “Apocalypse Now”: A low-flying helicopter was buzzing parts of Belmont and neighboring Watertown starting around 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 2.  For more than an hour, the helicopter would circle over one neighborhood then […]

Town Settles With Superior Officers, Only Dispatchers Without Contract

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Photo: Superiors officers settle, now it’s up to the dispatchers union to sign on the dotted line. The Belmont Board of Selectmen voted Monday, Aug. 22 approving a three-year deal – from July 2014 to June 2017 – between the eight members of the Belmont Police Superior Officers Union and the town. The agreement, negotiated by […]

Mack Truck Takes A Pleasant Street Tumble, Halting AM Traffic Into Center


Photo: Speed may have been a factor in the one-vehicle accident near Belmont Center on Thursday, Aug. 25. Late morning traffic came to a halt at one of the busiest town intersection when a dump truck carrying gravel took a tumble sometime before 8:30 a.m. at the corner of Pleasant and Leonard streets, on Thursday, […]

Citation Issued To Driver In Accident That Sent Belmont Cop To The Hospital


Photo: The aftermath of the accident. A Belmont resident has been issued a citation for a U-Turn violation resulting in an accident that sent a Belmont Police officer to Mt. Auburn Hospital in Cambridge on Monday, Aug. 8, said Belmont Police Chief Richard McLaughlin. The officer is recovering at home from injuries to his face and shoulder […]

Belmont Officers, Town Agree to Contract … And Prepares For Another

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Photo: Police Headquarters. It took a while, but the town and the union representing the cops on the beat have OK’d a new agreement in which Belmont officers receive a wage increase with some concessions – including limited drug testing – on their part. And in a few months, the two sides will be right […]

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 […]

Along Lexington Street: Some Paving, Restricting Parking and More Stop Signs


Photo: Where all the action will be in the next weeks. Lexington Street will be undergoing some significant changes beginning next week. • For two days beginning on Tuesday, July 19, E.H. Perkins Construction will be paving the raised intersection on Lexington Street at the intersection of Sycamore Street. The intersection will be closed to through […]