Opinion: At This Crossroads, Why School Funding Matters

Photo: Why school funding is critical now By Stephanie J. Crement I have been a public-school educator for the past 22 years and currently work as a middle school special educator. I have two children at Butler Elementary School, where I believe they have received and continue to receive an excellent education. However, we are now […]

Opinion: What’s Happening With Our State Government?Massachusetts’ Secret State House And How To Fix It

Photo: Massachusetts State House (Wikipedia) By Maya Chandrakasan, Sherman Street In a few months myself and my fellow Belmont High School seniors will walk across a stage and receive our diplomas. It’s safe to say this past year has been difficult for all of us. But these challenges are only the beginning of what lies […]

We Are All In This Together: Coexisting with COVID-19

Photo: Team work will get us through By Lisa Gibalerio, Prevention Specialist, Wayside Youth and Family Support Services and Corinne Jackman, Belmont High School Nurse It’s been almost two months now. Two long months of physical distancing, of adhering to Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker’s stay-at-home advisory, of working from home while assisting our kids with […]

Opinion: Five Facts That Need Examination To Determine Route For Community Path

Photo: 2014 map of the proposed community path. (Town of Belmont) By Jarrod Goentzel and Phil Lawrence, co-founders, Friends of the Belmont Community Path Dear Belmont Selectmen and Town Leaders on the Community Path Project Committee, We appreciate the Board of Selectmen efforts to maintain momentum on the Belmont Community Path by making decisions to facilitate […]

Opinion: Working To Keep Teens Safe Over The Holidays

Photo: Keeping teens healthy over the recess. By: Lisa Gibalerio, Prevention Specialist, and Laura Kurman, Program Director Wayside Youth & Family Support Network With the holiday season underway and the opening of retail marijuana shops in Massachusetts, adults are urged to pay close attention to teenagers’ behavior concerning alcohol and other drugs in the days […]

Opinion: Belmont’s #MeToo Problem

  By Wendy Murphy In the throes of relentless news stories about the #MeToo movement, Larry Nassar’s sexual victimization of more than 250 girls, and widespread abuse of women by celebrities, businessmen, lawmakers, etc, it seemed an appropriate time to examine the status of females in Belmont. So I asked several young people to comment […]

Commentary: Differing, Compelling Views on the ‘Welcoming Town’ Article

Photo: Jim Williams (left), Dan Vernick Editor’s note: Below is an email conversation between Board of Selectmen Chair Jim Williams and Town Meeting Member Daniel Vernick. The exchange began when Williams wrote to the community why and how he would vote on Article 10, the citizen’s petition by Anne Mahon on making Belmont a “Welcoming […]

Opinion: Mark Paolillo, The Leadership Belmont Needs

Photo: Mark Paolillo. By Ellen Schreiber and Sara Masucci Leadership, experience and vision matter on our Board of Selectman. Last year, we led the override campaign to protect our town – to keep the schools strong; to fix our roads, sidewalks, and buildings; and to avoid encroaching on other town services we all depend on. […]

Opinion: Invest the Money to Keep Waverley Station Accessible

Photo: Waverley MBTA Commuter Rail Station  By Jim Williams In September, MBTA General Manager Frank DePaola made a presentation at an open Board of Selectmen meeting concerning handicap accessibility at the Waverley Commuter Rail station. Public comments opposed closing the station and Sami Bagdadhy, chair of the board, stated the Selectmen’s position was that our […]