They’re Here To Stay: Controlling Rats with Education, Money and Garlic

Photo: Joey’s Park, ground zero for rat removal. Take equal parts garlic and white pepper then add a dash of paprika and mix. Sounds like an excellent dry marinade you can rub on chicken or steak before grilling to give the meat a bit of a punch. In fact, the mixture is an excellent organic rat […]

What’s The Buzz? Keeping Honeybees In Belmont, Wed Night 7 PM

Photo: Honeybee in nature. Honeybees are pretty active. You might say they are … as busy as a bee. A honeybee – whose wings stroke about 200 beats per second, producing its famous, distinctive buzzing sound – flies for up to six miles to visit between 50 to 100 flowers during a collection trip, all […]

Dog Park Part of Discussion at Monday’s Meeting On Off Leash Program

Photo: The dog park that recently opened in Waltham.  Is it time for Belmont to have its own dog park, join its neighboring towns to provide a separate area to allow pets the chance to play and socialize.  Watertown (2014) and Waltham (2015) have recently opened enclosed off-leash areas that Fido can run like the […]

Health Director Russakow Retiring, Assistant Braun To Take Charge

Stefan Russakow, who has headed Belmont’s Health Department for the past four-and-a-half years, is retiring as the department’s director at year’s end. The town didn’t look far for a replacement as Russakow’s assistant, Angela Braun, will take charge of the department in January 2015.  Recognizable by his prominent mustache, Russakow has been the town’s face for […]

Belmont Raises Age for Tobacco, E-Cig Sales to 21 in 2015

Joining surrounding towns and large municipalities like New York City, Belmont will prohibit the sale of all tobacco products and nicotine delivery devices such as e-cigarettes to anyone under the age of 21 beginning on Jan. 1, 2015. The move approved unanimously by the Belmont Board of Health at an afternoon meeting on Wednesday; Sept. 17, also […]

Vaping Nation Has Belmont’s Board on Health in Its Sights

Belmont Board of Health meetings are typically quiet affairs with little on the agenda to cause a stir. The last time the board was the center of residents ire was when it ruled two years ago to remove the Underwood Pool’s diving board on safety concerns. But the board’s Wednesday, Sept. 17 meeting – set to take place at 5:30 p.m. […]

Belmont Health Board to Vote in June on Raising Tobacco Sales Age

Residents could see tobacco and electronic cigarettes join liquor and beer with a 21 year old age restriction on their sale if the Belmont Board of Health approves a proposal at its June meeting, according to the board’s chair. Answering questions at an informational meeting held at Town Hall Thursday, May 22, the Health Board’s Donna David said […]

Health Board Seek Comment on Raising Tobacco, E-Cigarette Sales Age to 21

The Belmont Board of Health will be holding an informational meeting tonight, Thursday, May 22, at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall auditorium to hear from residents on a proposal to raise the age to 21 years old to purchase both tobacco and the increasingly popular “e-cigarette” nicotine delivery devices in Belmont. “It is a proposal that […]

Goose Busters Program Coming Back to Belmont

When your fields and playgrounds are fouled by fowls, who are you going to call? Goose busters! In an effort to control the waste left on Belmont’s fields and common areas by Canada geese, the most common waterfowl species in North America, the Belmont Health Department will be establishing a new, more formalized “off-leash” registration program for […]

Town Meeting Articles Could Force Dog Kennel to ‘Take a Walk’

Sadie, a blue-nose bull dog, isn’t shy to say “hello” to anyone after spending a day at Crate Escape, Belmont’s “doggy day care” center at the corner of Brighton and Hittinger streets. Her owner, Chris of Acton, said he has been taking his pet to the facility located hard by the commuter rail tracks for […]