Playing in Belmont Could Cost More for Outside Groups under Proposal

Photo: Harris Field in Belmont. The good news is that Belmont has a wealth of recreation play areas and locations. With soon two pools, a hockey rink, a large field house, a Turf surface at Harris Field, parks, ballfields, soccer pitches and 22 tennis courts, Belmont has more town-owned playing spaces than any of its neighboring communities. […]

Final Pitch by Override Campaigners Provide More Answers and Questions

Photo: Residents attending the final Precinct Meeting before the Town Election on April 7. The community room at the Beech Street Center was filled Monday, March 30 with more than 200 residents who came to attend the final Precinct Meeting hosted by the Belmont Board of Selectmen and the Financial Task Force. But it wasn’t […]

Selectmen Holding First Precinct Meeting on Next Year’s Budget Tonight

The Belmont Board of Selectmen is holding the first of two informational precinct meetings tonight, Thursday, March 12 at 7 p.m. at the Beech Street Center, 266 Beech St. to discuss next year’s budget options. The meeting, in conjunction with the Financial Task Force, is for residents and Town Meeting Members to discuss the fiscal 2016 budget, the Task Force’s final report and the Proposition 2 […]

Start Up: Group Seeking ‘Yes’ on Override Holds Initial Gathering

Photo: Residents who came to the Belmont Hill School to discuss passing the Prop. 2 1/2 override in April. The snowfall that arrived Sunday afternoon, March 1, made driving difficult, particularly attempting to putter up the Prospect Street’s steep incline. But the weather and the climb did not deter approximately 120 residents who braved the […]

Selectmen, Task Force Hosting Pair of Precinct Meetings on Budget, Override

The Belmont Board of Selectmen in conjunction with the Financial Task Force will host a pair of informational precinct meetings for Town Meeting Members and interested residents on the fiscal 2016 budget, the Financial Task Force report and the Proposition 2 1/2 override ballot question. The sessions will be held at the Beech Street Center, 266 Beech St., on […]

Bursting Enrollment Makes Modular Classrooms Likely at Belmont Schools by 2016

Photo: An example of modular classrooms in Needham, Massachusetts. In the past two years, Belmont town and school officials have used the idiom that the school district has been “bursting at the seams” with the rapid increase in student enrollment – 330 more students – since 2009. Now that figurative phrase is becoming literally true as […]

BREAKING: Financial Task Force Endorses $4.5 Million Prop 2 1/2 Budget Override for April

After a year of meetings and extensive research, the town’s Financial Task Force voted provisionally to recommend the Belmont Board of Selectmen to accept a $4.5 million Proposition 2 1/2 budget override to stabilize the town and school budgets over the next three years. The recommendation by the 13 member group will be presented to […]