Why I’m Running: Paul Rickter for Housing Authority

Photo: Paul Rickter My name is Paul Rickter and I’m running for Belmont Housing Authority. I’m a Town Meeting member and I live with my wife on Cross Street. Professionally I’m a programmer and I work for a software company called MEDITECH in Westwood. There are three reasons why I’m running for Housing Authority. One […]

Letter to the Editor: Variety of Reasons to Support Prestwich for School Committee

Photo: Andrea Prestwich. To the editor: We are writing in support of Andrea Prestwich for a three-year term on the Belmont School Committee. Her professional background makes her eminently well qualified for that position; among other responsibilities, she oversees projects and manages a multimillion dollar budget for the Chandra X-ray Observatory, and she serves on […]

Why I’m Running: Murat Bicer for School Committee

Photo: Murat Bicer Hello, I’m Murat Bicer and I’m running for School Committee. My family and I deeply value public school education and I’m grateful that my children will benefit from Belmont’s excellent schools. Over the next term of office, the School Committee will be faced with a number of important challenges. Primary among these […]

Letter to the Editor: In His Work On Override, Paolillo Deserves Our Vote

Correction: In my letter, I mistakenly attributed statements from supporters who are campaigning for Ruban to “the Ruban campaign.” Ms. Ruban did not make these claims.  To the editor: I care deeply about the Belmont schools. I rely on our town services. I feel strongly that we need to fix our crumbling infrastructure; roads, sidewalks, […]

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 […]

Letter to the Editor: Mike Crowley for Town Meeting, Precinct 8

Photo: Vote on April 5. To the editor:  I’m asking for your support for Town Meeting member for Precinct 8 on April 5. My family is relatively new to Belmont, but we love our community and want to see it improve. We need to continue investing in our schools and attending to critical infrastructure needs, including a new high school building and the repair of […]

Letter to the Editor: Prestwich Professional Experience Value to School Committee

Photo: Andrea Prestwich To the editor: I met Andrea Prestwich and her husband Steve Saar ten years ago. Our kids have sung in the choir and attended Sunday School together, and more recently participated in Chenery Middle School’s extraordinary instrumental music program together. We have become good friends as our kids have aged from 2 to […]

School Committee QW: Where Do You Stand on High Stakes Testing?

Photo: The candidates: Bicer, O’Mahoney, Prestwich. The Question of the Week (QW) for the School Committee candidates: There is a bill in the legislature (H 340) sponsored by the state’s teachers union to halt statewide student testing, calling for a three-year moratorium on the implementation of PARCC – which Belmont has been a test community – […]

Letter to the Editor: Rickter Brings Commitment, Passion to Authority

Photo: Paul Rickter To the editor: I know Paul Rickter as a vocal, engaged Town Meeting Member and a supporter of and volunteer for a number of campaigns here in Belmont. These include hands’ on contributions to the building of Joey’s Park, work on last year’s override which provided essential funding to meet town and […]

Letter to the Editor: Housing Authority Could Use Rickter’s Non-Profit Expertise

Photo: Letter to the Editor: I’m writing to endorse Paul Rickter for the Belmont Housing Authority.  For more than ten years, I worked as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Belmont Housing Trust, a non-profit affordable housing developer serving Belmont.  Through that work, I got to know both the mission of the Housing […]