Finally! Four Votes To Decide Moderator To Have Single Year Terms

Photo: The view from the moderator’s stand. If the second time is “lucky” and a third “the charm,” what’s the idiom for a fourth vote on the same article at Town Meeting? Whatever word you want to use, the marathon debate around a seeming inconsequential request to increase the term of the Town Moderator from […]

Last Day Of School In Belmont Is … A Monday (Ugh!)

All it took was a single snow day for last classes at Belmont’s six public schools to be dragged over a weekend. Belmont School Superintendent John Phelan announced at the School Committee meeting held on Tuesday, April 9, the definitive final day of the 2018-2019 school year, no matter what weather related event – June […]

Belmont Energy Committee’s Forum: Taking Local Action To Stop Climate Change

Belmont is on the forefront of local communities who have taken action to reduce its part in global climate change. More than a decade ago, Town Meeting in 2008 adopted a climate action plan to reduce the town’s green house gases by 80 percent by the year 2050. Since then, the town and Town Meeting […]

2-Alarm Fire Damages Trapelo Road Two Family

A mid-morning blaze heavily damaged the top floors of a rental residence on Trapelo Road near the intersection of Belmont Street, snarling traffic on the busy thoroughfare on Friday, April 5. No one was injured in the incident. The two-alarm fire started near or close to the rear porch of the 99-year-old two family owned […]

Final Say: Andrea Prestwick, Belmont School Committee

Photo: Multitasking on the campaign trail with Andrea Prestwich By Andrea Prestwich It has been an honor to serve on the School Committee. Belmont’s schools are outstanding because the entire community is behind them: the town, parents, teachers, and students. My first priority is to maintain excellence in our wonderful schools.  That includes careful oversight […]

Letter To The Editor: Yes On Question 3 To Preserve Transgender Rights

Photo: Transgender rights is on the state election ballot Nov. 6. To the editor: In 2016, the Massachusetts Legislature and Gov. Charlie Baker affirmed the rights of transgender individuals in Massachusetts to be treated like anyone else: to be free of discrimination in public places. As this issue directly affects the safety and well-being of […]

Belmont’s Cushman Named Massachusetts’ Town Clerk Of The Year

Photo: Ellen Cushman at work, announcing election results. Belmont Town Clerk Ellen Cushman was awarded Town Clerk of the Year at the Summer Massachusetts Town Clerk’s Association Conference held on Thursday, June 14, “There are 351 Town Clerks in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and ours was awarded Town Clerk of the Year, a well-deserved honor,” according […]