Belmont Hires State Bureau Director To Run Town/School Facilities

Photo: Stephen Dorrance. Belmont has been on a hiring spree since the beginning of the New Year with a new Town Administrator, Light Department director and a principal for the Wellington all coming on board. And this week, the town welcomes a new facilities director who comes from the ranks of the state bureau of […]

Obituary: William ‘Bill’ Skelley; Former Selectman, ‘A True Belmontian’

Photo: William R. Skelley III (Linkedin) William R. Skelley III, a born and bred Belmontan who served two terms as a Selectman and was known for the honesty and high integrity he brought to town government, died on April 3, 2018, in hospice care in New Hampshire. Skelley, 70, died from a reoccurrence of cancer he fought for […]

The Grass To Be Greener Along Sidewalks As Town Focuses On Separating People, Cars

Photo: Along Bartlett Avenue. Grass is good, according to Belmont Office of Community Development Director Glenn Clancy. No, the longtime town engineer is not expressing his opinion on the future of marijuana sales in Belmont, but rather the grass strip between sidewalks and the roadways which are located on a majority of the town’s byways. Now under […]

Plastic Bag Ban Set For May Town Meeting Vote

Photo: “Plastic or paper?” could become “Paper?” The ubiquitous single-use plastic bag could soon be a memory in the Town of Homes as the Belmont Board of Selectmen approved on Monday, Feb. 26 sponsoring an article before the annual Town Meeting in May banning town retailers from providing the quintessential receptacle to their customers. If passed by Town […]

Garbage Giant Named Belmont’s New Trash/Recycling Hauler

Photo: A WM side loading collection truck. A giant in the waste removal industry was officially named Belmont’s trash and recycling hauler on Monday, Feb. 26 after winning a five-year contract with the town. Waste Management of Houston was selected by Department of Public Works Director Jay Marcotte and approved unanimously by the Board of […]

Size Matters: Committee Recommends Selectmen Increase Number On Board

Photo: Not enough according to the committee set to review the number of selectmen. Just how thorough the Committee to Study the Number of Selectmen took its mission, the appendix which documents the details of studies, interviews and raw data comprises more pages, 41, than the 32-page final report. “It’s a big relief to finally […]

UPDATE: Town Election ’18: Caputo In, Williams Out for Selectmen; A Race For Health Board [VIDEO]

Photo: Tom Caputo delivers his nomination papers to Town Clerk Ellen Cushman. There will be a new face on the Belmont Board of Selectmen. The question now is will there be a race for the open seat? So far the facts are that one-term selectman and current chair Jim Williams said he will not submit […]

Girl Scouts Score Cookie Sales With Board Of Selectmen

Photo: Before the board’s three-hour meeting Monday, (in front, from left) Natalie Berman, Reilly Lubien, Ava Eckman, Lucia Campisano, Nina Sheth-Voss; (in back, from left) Adam Dash; Mark Paolillo; Craig Spinale, Belmont Light’s acting General Manager, and Jim Williams. In the bleakness of winter, when days are short and the weather intemperate, there is a sliver of […]

‘Big Number’: New Belmont High School Price Tag Likely Topping $300 Million

Photo: Residents viewing designs for the new Belmont High School, Jan. 16. It was always assumed a new or renovated Belmont High School would cost a pretty penny for taxpayers. After Tuesday’s joint public meeting led by the Belmont High School Building Committee, residents now have a clearer idea of the price tag to build […]

Town Election ’18: School Committee’s Caputo Eyes William’s Selectman Seat

Photo: Tom Caputo Nearly a year after securing his first full three-year term on the Belmont School Committee, Tom Caputo is thinking of a higher calling having taken out nomination papers for the Board of Selectmen. In a conversation with the Belmontonian, Caputo appears ready to start a campaign to wrest away the seat from its […]