Third Soccer Night In Belmont Set for Harris Field, Saturday, Sept 29

Photo: The procession to the field

The Belmont High School Boys and Girls Varsity soccer teams will headline the third annual Soccer Night in Belmont on Saturday, September 29, joined at the event by hundreds of younger players from Belmont 2nd Soccer and the Belmont Soccer Association, their coaches, and other members of the Belmont soccer community.

Soccer Night in Belmont will feature a doubleheader under the lights at Harris Field against Middlesex League rivals Arlington: a Boys’ game at 4:30 p.m. followed by a Girls’ game at 6:30 p.m. 

Belmont youth soccer players will participate by parading out with players during the pre-game ceremonies, acting as ball-boys and ball-girls, and competing in mini-games on Harris Field during halftime of both games. Arlington Soccer Club youth soccer players will also participate in the pre-game ceremonies and other activities.

“This event showcases our varsity teams and recognizes the role of Belmont 2nd Soccer and BSA in nurturing the talent that makes up these teams year in and year out,” said event organizer John Carson. 

“We hope to exceed last year’s crowd of more than 1,500, and it will be a really fun night that builds bonds between our ‘little kid’ players and ‘big kid’ high school players, virtually all of whom came up through the Belmont youth program.  In fact, one great highlight is always that our high school players wear wristbands during the game that match the color of their Belmont 2nd Soccer team,” said Carson.

Admission to Soccer Night in Belmont is free. Concessions including pizza, hot dogs, snacks and drinks will be available for purchase, provided by Parents of Music Students (POMS) so families can come for the games and feed the kids at the same time.

Soccer Night in Belmont is sponsored by Belmont 2nd Soccer, Belmont Soccer Association, Belmont Savings Bank, The Rising, Phoenix Landing, with special thanks to Friends of Belmont Soccer (FOBS) and Belmont Athletic Director Jim Davis.

Cardboard, Old Trash Barrel Drop-Off At Town Yard This Saturday, Sept. 29

Photo: Yes, bring it all in for recycling – but you’ll have to keep the truck.

Still have that large package for your 54-inch screen laying about the basement? Do you have an ever growing pile of Amazon Prime boxes in the side room? And what about the large barrels made redundant with the town’s new garbage and recycling carts? 

Well, the solution to both of your problems is coming this Saturday, Sept. 29 when the town conducts a Cardboard and Container Drop-Off from 9 a.m. to noon at the Department of Public Works Town Yard located at the end of C Street off Waverley Street. 

Have lots of corrugated cardboard? If it is flattened and kept dry, it can be dropped off.

Old trash barrels and recycling bins that you won’t reuse for yard waste – those containers must be 32-gallons or smaller – or storage will also be collected.

And you can take barrels home as those in like-new condition will be available for reuse!

Belmont Road Closures During Scharfman 5K On Sunday, Sept. 30

Photo: I Ran the Dan on Sunday.

As part of the sixth annual running of the Dan Scharfman 5K taking place at 9:30 a.m., Sunday morning, Sept. 30, the following road closings to ensure the safety of the runners and other participants:

  • 6 a.m. – noon: No Parking on East/West side of Concord Avenue between Cottage and Underwood;
  • 6 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.: No Parking on Goden Street between School Street and Concord Avenue;
  • 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.: School Street closed between Myrtle Street and Philip Road;
  • 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.: No exit onto Oakley from Selwyn and Hurd;
  • Between 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.: Drivers should be aware of runners on the 5K course (Concord Ave / Orchard Road / Stone Road / School Street / Philip / Elizabeth Road / Jacob / Payson / Oakley / Goden / Concord / Underwood); and
  • Between 10:45 am and 11 a.m.: Concord Ave Westbound will have young runners in the bike lane running against traffic between Underwood and Goden. Cones will separate runners from traffic.

The Foundation for Belmont Education thanks the residents of Belmont and the Belmont Police Department for their support of the Dan Scharfman Memorial Run and appreciates the community’s understanding of the disruption in normal traffic patterns.  

The Scharfman Run takes place from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Belmont High School Track, 221 Concord Ave., and takes a scenic route past the town’s schools, Payson Park Reservoir and Clay Pond. Interested participants can register the day of the race at the Belmont High School Track. 

Proceeds from the Run enable the FBE to fund new programs in the Belmont Public School system and give educators and students the best tools, technology, and training to foster innovation and love of learning. 

Bradford Show And Tell: Material ‘Mock Up’ At Cushing Square Site Saturday, Noon to 2 PM

Photo: Residents view samples at the Sept. 6 Planning Board meeting.

The developer of the multifaceted complex in the heart of Cushing Square is inviting neighbors and the public on Saturday, Sept. 29 for a bit of show and tell.

Representatives of Toll Brother Apartment Living, owner/developer of The Bradford, the retail/housing/parking development under construction on three blocks along Common Street and Trapelo Road, is opening its doors just a tad to allow residents to view a “mock-up” of the materials to be used on the exterior of the three buildings occupying the approximately 170,000 square foot site.

From noon to 2 p.m., employees from Toll and Nauset Construction, the primary contractor, will escort groups from the “Winslow” building (the structure being constructed on the former municipal parking lot) along Williston Road to the area set aside for the demonstration. Citizens will then get to see the material – concrete, tiles, granite, and frames for the windows – and examine how they look in the daylight where they will be used. The developer stressed that the viewing is not a tour of the future landmark in Cushing Square.

Early this month, the Planning Board was provided a preview of the samples that will be on display. 

Tech Talks Thursday At The Library: Artificial Intelligence Is Coming, Or Is It All ‘Fake’ News

Photo: Poster for the ITAC event on Thursday.

The Belmont Information Technology Advisory Committee (ITAC) is holding two free public Tech Talks on ThursdaySept. 27, at 7 p.m. in the Assembly Room at the Belmont Public Library. 

Harvard professor Gu-Yeon Wei presents his latest research on Artificial Intelligence, while AI researcher and entrepreneur Dr. Bryan Loyall will discuss “fake” news and the growing problem of misinformation.

Professor Wei will discuss “deep learning”— machines solving problems and making predictions by identifying patterns and sifting through massive amounts of data— and how its being incorporated into everyday technology.

Then, AI researcher and founder of “News-to-US,” Dr. Loyall will turn our attention to how modern technology influences news consumption in his talk, Misinformation, Disinformation and Fake News — The shape of the problem and why it is likely to get worse before it gets better.

The event is organized by Belmont’s IT Advisory Committee and the Belmont Public Library.


Voters Approve Marijuana Bylaw Limiting Pot Businesses in Belmont [VIDEO]

Photo: Voters by a two-to-one margin approve limiting pot businesses in Belmont.

Belmont declared Tuesday, Sept. 25, that marijuana as a business should be kept at a minimum, as voters by a two to one margin limited pot to be sold at two retail stores.

At Tuesday’s special town election, a little more than 2,000 voters voted ‘yes’ to prohibit all types of marijuana establishments with the exception of retailers, just about double (2,004 to 1,160) those who opposed the measure, which would have permitted all sorts of pot commerce – such as growers and processors as well as an unlimited number of stores – to be located in town.

The special election was called when Town Meeting at its spring annual meeting approved the language which allowed the town to select the retail-only business option.

Approximately 18 percent of registered voters ventured on a dank, rainy day to the polls, a good size participation considering the non-financial nature of the ballot question.

Town Meeting members will soon decide where the pair of pot shops can be located when the Planning Board presents proposed retail marijuana overlay districts at the Nov. 12 Special Town Meeting.

While Belmont is now open for retailers to apply to the state’s Cannabis Control Commission for a license, past actions by town officials will likely place the Town of Homes on the back burner for pot entrepreneurs. In the spring, the Belmont Health Board increased the age of those purchasing weed and related products to 25 years old while prohibiting the delivery of products in town. With Belmont surrounded by communities with fewer restrictions – Boston, Watertown and Cambridge come to mind – the consensus is that businesses will skip over Belmont to those with more favorable bylaws. 

Talk On Increasing Climate Resilience This Wednesday, Sept. 26

Photo: Flooding at Clay Pit Pond, March 2018.

Julie Wormser, deputy director of the Mystic River Watershed Association (MyRWA), will speak Wednesday, Sept. 26 at the Belmont Public Library on the organization’s Climate Resilience program and working with municipalities, businesses, and community organizations on a regional climate resilience strategy for the watershed.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the Library’s Assembly Room.

The talk will discuss ways Belmont groups, businesses, and the town can help increase resilience to both drought and flooding from climate change. This is a meeting of the Belmont Stormwater Working Group, a collaboration between the Belmont Citizens Forum and Sustainable Belmont.

Belmont Volleyball Extends Record Winning Streak To 6, Tops Middlesex Liberty Division

Photo: Waiting for the serve.
Belmont High School Volleyball continued its historic winning streak by defeating perennial league powerhouse Winchester, 3-2 (18-25, 26-24, 25-23, 18-25, 15-5), on Friday, Sept. 21 at the Wenner Field House. The Marauders’ (6-0-0) six consecutive victories to begin the season breaks a long-standing team consecutive win streak that stood at five. The win places Belmont atop the Middlesex League Liberty Division standings.

“This is the most mentally tough team that I’ve ever coached,” said Belmont Head Coach Jen Couture. “Teams like Winchester push us to play our best and that’s what we had to do to win that match. It was a team effort.”
“They aren’t afraid of making mistakes, but instead, learn and adjust. They understand that we’re going to lose points and sets but the most important thing is who wins the last one.  They have the will to win and escalate their game to match each opponent,” Couture said.
Couture pointed to the consistent play of Belmont senior co-captain Leah Babroudi throughout the match, who was 15 for 15 serving with 3 aces, and perfect on serve receive 21 for 21. 
“Leah was all over the place on defense, covering her hitters and keeping balls alive. She is one of the biggest competitors on the team and her energy on the court is contagious. She is so tough and never lets a missed dig get to her.  She just shakes it off and gets the next ball up,” said Couture, who captained Belmont in 2004.

The Marauders started off a little slow in the first, keeping pace with the Sachems until they pushed from 19-18 to 25-18 to close the first set. 

The second set was back and forth, with each team going on 3-5 point scoring runs including one by Jenny Vetrano to bring the Marauders to 24-18.  Vetrano was 18 for 18 serving with 1 ace. The Sachems sided out and Senior Captain Luna Colozzo went on a run of her own bringing the score to 24-24 before the Marauders could side out and finish off the set 26-24. 
The third set was also close throughout with the Marauders inching away later in the set to win 25-23.  As the match progressed, libero Sophia Estok continued to read Winchester’s hitters better and better making incredible digs (25 total).  Setter Mindee Lai also played superb defense and was second in digs with 17. 
Strong passes and smart hits by senior co-captain Jane Mahon (14 kills) helped the Marauders to get into a groove early in the fourth set, as they were able to side out on the first pass for the first 5 servers. However, a serving rotation error saw Belmont’s lead reduced from 10-5 to 8-6, which caused the team to lose momentum and eventually the set.

While it was too late to take back the set, which they dropped 18-25, they picked up enough steam to start off the fifth set strong.  Estok went back to serve and brought the Marauders to a 6-1 lead.  Clutch kills to by Nena Trifunovic (7 total, 4 of her last 5 swings being kills) kept the momentum going and the team never let up.  Finally at 11-5 Mahon went back to serve and finished out the match, ending the final set 15-5.


Belmont is back home in the Wenner Field House hosting Arlington on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 4 p.m.

Belmont Votes Today, Tuesday, Sept. 25: Pot Bylaw

Photo: Belmont voters head for the polls today.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Belmont votes today, Sept. 25, in a Special Town Election to determine the direction of a marijuana bylaw approved by Town Meeting in the spring.

What does your vote on the ballot question mean?

A Yes vote allows retail marijuana establishments to be licensed in Belmont and limits the number to 20 percent  of the number of “package store” licenses we have issued; currently that calculation would result in up to two licenses. This vote would also prohibit businesses that cultivate, manufacture or test marijuana from being licensed to open in Belmont.

A No vote allows retail marijuana establishments to be licensed in Belmont but there would be no limit on the number of licenses that could be issued. In addition, businesses that cultivate, manufacture or test marijuana could be licensed; likewise, there would be no limit on the number of these licenses that could be issued.

Both Yes and No votes allow the Town of Belmont to create time, place and manner Zoning Bylaws regulating where and how marijuana businesses may operate in Town, but only a Yes vote would let the Zoning Bylaw limit, directly or indirectly, the total number of retail stores allowed in Belmont. The proposed Zoning Bylaw regulating marijuana businesses is expected to be voted at the Special Town Meeting scheduled November 13th.

The Belmont Board of Health has already adopted recreational-use marijuana regulations. Marijuana licenses are issued by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; they not issued locally.

Polling places will be open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

  • Precinct 1 – Library, Assembly Room
  • Precinct 2 – Town Hall, Selectmen’s room
  • Precinct 3 – Beech Street Center, Multipurpose room
  • Precinct 4 – Butler School, Gymnasium
  • Precinct 5 – Beech Street Center, Multipurpose room
  • Precinct 6 – Fire Headquarters, 299 Trapelo Road
  • Precinct 7 – Burbank School, Gymnasium
  • Precinct 8 – Winn Brook School, Gymnasium (enter on Cross Street)

To find out whether you are registered to vote and where you vote, visit the web page:

[VIDEO] Smoky Fire In Belmont Center Damages Stores, Studio, Residence

Photo: Firefighters battling a two-alarm fire in Belmont Center.

A two-alarm fire damaged a number of businesses, a yoga studio and a residence in the heart of Belmont Center just after 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24.

According to Belmont Fire Chief David Frizzell the smoky blaze started in a nail salon in the basement of the building occupied by Leon and Co. hair salon on Leonard Street. The fire quickly moved up the walls of the building which was renovated a number of times over the years. The fire reached the top floor of the bodytrio studio at the corner of Alexander Avenue. Fire crews from Belmont and Cambridge fought the stubborn smoke and fire inside the walls.

Most of the damage to the structure was limited to water and smoke, said Frizzell.