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BloggingBelmont.com is a citizen-powered blog for Belmont, Massachusetts. Launched in 2007, BB providse a progressive voice in Belmont town politics.

Many Victories in a Narrow Defeat

Jessie Bennett I Voted

Even 14 years ago when I moved to town – let alone the Belmont of 30 or 40 years ago- a Jessie Bennett in Belmont simply would not have stood for election for Selectman, let alone win six precincts and come within 128 votes of winning it all. In that Belmont, nobody would have encouraged her to run and there would have been no infrastructure to carry her campaign to the finish line.

Today is Town Election Day – Go Vote!!

A reminder to Blogging Belmont readers: today is election day in town. If you’re 18 or older and registered, your civic duty and responsibility is to go vote. So go vote!! Polls opened at 7:00 AM and will stay open…

More Thoughts on Tuesday’s Election: Town Meeting by Precinct

OK – I’ve written about my thoughts on the town-wide offices that are contested this April. Now, on to Town Meeting. A note on how to vote for Town Meeting… With Town Meeting, the top 12 vote getters are elected.…

My Thoughts on Tuesday’s Election: Town-Wide Offices

Tuesday, April 2nd is the Town’s annual election. I share my choices for the (contested) town-wide races: Board of Selectmen, Housing Authority and School Committee. Remember to get out and vote!!

The Thuggish Style in Belmont Politics

A candidate for elected office in our Town of Homes has been the target of physical and verbal intimidation and threats. It’s a crass and thuggish attempt to drive him out of the Board of Selectmen’s race.

For Community Path Supporters: Bennett as Selectwoman is the choice

Fitchburg Cutoff Path

If the Belmont Community Path is your issue, Jessie Bennett is your choice for Selectwoman in the Town Election April 2. A strong advocate for safe roads, Jessie has been a clear, consistent and vocal supporter of the Community Path. …

Selectmen: For Belmont Pedestrians Path Route Decision is Life and Death

The Board of Selectmen will meet to consider and vote on the Community Path route tomorrow, Monday, Feb 25th. Safe routes for cyclists and pedestrians are a matter of life and death for Belmont residents. The Selectmen should consider that in making their decision.

Open Letter: Making the Right Call on the Community Path

The following is an email communication I sent to Belmont’s three Selectmen dated February 11, 2019. In it, I discuss the Board of Selectmen’s pending decision regarding the route to be followed by the planned Belmont Community Path. The Selectmen…

Twelve Ways of Looking at a Bike Lane

The Boston Globe reported this week that biking advocates are pushing State transportation officials to maintain a physically separate bike lane over the Longfellow Bridge during the Winter. The refurbished bridge, which opened to traffic this Summer, sports a separate…

A Poll: How Technology Could Help Town Government Serve Us Better

Survey: Belmont Government Accessibility

Hey Blogging Belmont readers and ‘Happy Monday’! I’m writing you in my capacity as the Chairman of Belmont’s IT Advisory Committee and asking you a big favor: five minutes of your time to take this important survey, which assesses how …