Why I’m Running: Ellen O’Brien Cushman for Town Clerk

Photo: At work with Ellen Cushman. I am proud to be Belmont ‘s Town Clerk for the last six years and look forward to serving for another three years, following in the footsteps of some extraordinarily dedicated women and men.  April 5 I run unopposed for re-election but I want to provide a quick summary of […]

A Fairy Tale Wedding, From Cinderella’s Castle to Belmont’s Town Hall

Photo: Not only did Town Clerk Ellen Cushman conduct the ceremony, she took photos of the bride and groom. For Kai Lin and Guang Shen, it felt like their love was fated. Meeting online just about a year ago, Lin – a widow with an 11-year-old son – and Shen – divorced with an eight-year-old son […]

Wednesday, Feb. 10 Deadline to Register, Change Parties for Mar. 1 Presidential Primary

Photo: Register to vote. The Belmont Town Clerk Ellen Cushman reminds residents that tomorrow, Wednesday, Feb 10 is the deadline to register to vote if they wish to participate in the Massachusetts Presidential Primary on March 1.   Feb. 10 is also the deadline for registered voters who wish to change party enrollment either to […]

Town Seeking Election Workers to Help During ‘Busy’ 2016

Photo: It will be a busy 2016 for voters in Belmont with four planned elections. And the Belmont Board of Registrars and Town Clerk are committed to administering fair, open and efficient elections.  To do this the Town Clerk’s office rely on the dedicated services of the more than 100 election workers and we’re always […]

A Friendly Reminder: Residents Holding Yard Sales Need a (Free) Permit

Photo: It’s the season for yard sales. Ah, warm weather; in Belmont that means gardening, barbecues and yard sales. It’s not usual to find a dozen tag, rummage or moving sales around town from spring through fall. So, it’s well worth remembering that Belmont passed a general private sales bylaw last year requiring a permit […]

Town Clerk: Know Where a Political Sign Can and Can’t Be Displayed

Photo: Here is a reminder from Belmont Town Clerk Ellen Cushman to all residents who have or are about to display a political sign: “The Town Clerk reminds residents that all campaign and political signs MUST only be placed for display on private property. Specifically, the “sidewalk strip” or “tree strip”  in front of your home, as well as the delta islands, playgrounds, school grounds and […]

Final Day to Register to Vote in Belmont’s Town Election is Wednesday, March 18

You have two days to register to have your voice heard in the coming town election. Belmont residents who are 18 years or older and a citizen of the United States can register to vote, but they must be registered to do so. In order to be eligible to vote in the April 7, 2015 […]

Town Clerk: Please Send in Your Town Census

The Belmont Town Clerk encourages all residents to complete and submit the annual town census as Massachusetts General Laws require an annual listing of residents as of Jan. 1. The census has been mailed to all households in Belmont about a month ago in early February. By filling out the annual census, residents provide proof of residence to protect their voting rights, are able to […]

Be Like Boris: Belmont Pet License Deadline is March 15

Photo: Boris, the Amazing Russian Circus Cat (Retired), is licensed for 2015. Is your pet “legal?” The clock is ticking on making your pet “legal”, at least in the eyes of the town of Belmont. The deadline for residents to obtain their annual dog and cat licenses is officially Sunday, March 15. But if you want to […]

Look Who’s Running: Town-Wide, Town Meeting Candidates on the Ballot

The “almost” final list of candidates on the 2015 Belmont Town Election has been released by Town Clerk Ellen Cushman on Monday, Feb. 23, with the hopeful trend of increased participation for those seeking to become Town Meeting members. The list is not yet a final because residents have until Thursday, March 5 to withdraw their candidacy by […]