Smokey Blaze Closes Popular Shangri-la Restaurant On Belmont Street

Photo: The closed restaurant Shangri-la on Belmont Street  A favorite Taiwanese restaurant on the Belmont/Watertown/Cambridge lines is closed after a smokey fire emanating from the kitchen brought the entire Belmont Fire Department to the scene on Saturday afternoon, July 21. Heavy, black smoke billowed from the front and back doors of Shangri-la at 149 Belmont […]

Back Again: State Finds West Nile Virus In Belmont

Photo: There are effective ways to prevent the West Nile virus from infecting you and your family. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced in a press release Thursday, July 19 that West Nile virus has been detected in mosquitoes collected from Belmont. Accordingly, MDPH has raised the risk of WNV infection from “low” to “moderate” […]

Christmas Cappuccinos? Starbucks Looking At Late November Opening at Bradford

Photo: Design for the new Starbucks in the Bradford development.  Belmont will soon have a third Starbucks Cafe in the Town of Homes as the Zoning Board of Appeals approved unanimously a special permit allowing the Seattle-based coffee mega-chain to run a “fast food” restaurant at The Bradford, the retail/housing/parking development under construction in the […]

Tree Branch Cause Of Large Blackout Monday Night

Photo: Lights and air conditioning went out Monday at 8:15 p.m. At approximately 8:15 p.m. on Monday, July 9, a fallen tree branch struck Belmont Light electrical wires, resulting in a large power outage affecting customers in the eastern section of town, adjacent with Cambridge. Approximately 2,000 customers were initially without power in the area […]

Belmont Holding Training Sessions On High School Ballot Question, Open Meeting Update

Photo: Questions on the ballot this November. It will be the largest “ask” of voters in Belmont’s history when a debt exclusion question authorizing approximately $220 million to build a new Belmont High and Upper Middle schools will likely be presented on the Nov. 6 ballot. Because of its historic nature of the question, between […]

‘Frankenstein’ Selected This Year’s One Book One Belmont Read

Photo: Frankenstein (detail, Bernie Wrightson, “Frankenstein”) Is it the first great science fiction tale, or an allegory of the horror of maternity? This October, you can decide as the Belmont Public Library presents Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” as the featured title for One Book One Belmont 2018, the library’s seventh community reading program. The library and […]

Trash/Recycling Update: Carts Are (Still) Coming; A Day For The Old Barrels: Sept 29

Photo: Carts and barrels are on the way. It was anticipated Belmont’s new automated trash and recycling collection program would be up and running by the first week in July. That was the plan developed by the town over half-a-year of preparation; it turns out the weather had other plans. According to a Friday, July […]