Stay on Course: Fiore Retains Chair of School Committee

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Photo: Lisa Fiore. While the Belmont Board of Selectmen made a significant change to its leadership after Town Election, the Belmont School Committee decided it would stay the course. During a possibly record-setting meeting for brevity – the get-together took a mere 25 minutes which included the members having a new group portrait taken – the committee […]

School Committee OKs Creation of Later Starting Time Task Force

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Photo: Freshmen Ella Serrano-Wu and Kate Devitt before the Belmont School Committee. The Belmont School District is pushing forward with plans that could lead to a later starting time for Belmont High School students. Last week, the Belmont School Committee heard Belmont Superintendent John Phelan layout a blueprint for forming a task force to review a […]

Same Time: Freshmen Pair Push Against Later BHS Start

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Photo: When Belmont High School freshmen Ella Serrano-Wu and Kate Devitt recently heard there was a growing chorus of students and parents singing the praises of starting the school day later in the day, the friends had one common thought. “Oh no!” While it may appear counterintuitive – especially to parents – that you would […]

Proposed ’18 Town Budget Tops $110 Million, Up 3.6%

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Photo: David Kale, Belmont Town Administrator Belmont’s next budget will see healthy increases in both the town and schools with some hopeful news on “stretching out” the monies that came from the 2015 Proposition 2 1/2 override. The proposed fiscal 2018 town-wide budget – which begins on July 1, 2017 – is pegged at $110,210,440, […]

Town Election ’17: Incumbents Baghdady, Shuster Step Aside

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Photo: Sami Baghdady, Elyse Shuster Citing personal commitments, a pair of town government incumbents have decided not to seek re-election. Selectman Sami Baghdady and School Committee member Elyse Shuster told the Belmontonian at Monday’s town budget presentation they would not be running to retain their seats on the respective committees. “It’s about a quality of life,” […]

Town Election 2017: ZBA’s Iannuzzi Looking At School Committee Race

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Photo: Nick Iannuzzi Nicholas “Nick” Iannuzzi, the long-serving member of the Zoning Board of Appeals, has taken out nomination papers for a possible race for one of the two open seats on the Belmont School Committee. A founding partner of the Needham-based law firm Orsi, Arone, Rothenberg, Iannuzzi & Turner, Iannuzzi is known for his defense […]

Town Election 2017: Bowen Seeking A School Seat? Sami Will Say Soon His Future

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Photo: Will he or won’t he. Only Sami knows. Catherine “Kate” Bowen, the chair of Sustainable Belmont, has taken out nomination papers for a possible race for the Belmont School Committee. Incumbents Tom Caputo (who has qualified to be on the ballot) and Elyse Shuster (who has also taken out nomination papers) currently occupy the […]

Town Election 2017: Dash Enters Selectmen’s Race, Shuster Pulls Papers for School Committee

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Photo: Adam Dash delivering nomination papers to the Town Clerk’s Office. Early Monday morning, Jan. 23, saw the usual hustle and bustle at the Town Clerk’s Office in Belmont: the Town Clerk was upstairs at Town Hall officiating at a wedding, the staff were staying busy in coats and sweaters as the building’s new boiler […]

Town Election ’17: Carbone In, Dash On The Way, Waiting on Baghdady

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Photo: Guy Carbone. If anyone was wondering about Guy Carbone‘s commitment to the race for a seat on the Board of Selectmen, you could rest assure the octogenarian is serious about winning a three-year term on the board as the Woodfall Road resident is the first resident to turn in his nomination papers to the Town Clerk’s […]

Schools To Start After Labor Day This Year. After That, We’ll See

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Photo: The calendar. After a spirited give and take over three meetings, the Belmont School Committee agreed the 2017-18 school year will begin, as it has traditionally over the years, usually after the Labor Day holiday. But after that? Well, we’ll see. At last week’s meeting, the committee – by a five to one vote […]