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Our Library Is Failing: See For Yourself Sunday

Vacuum Tubes run Belmont Public Library

Our library is in rough shape. Just how rough? You can see for yourself tomorrow, when the Library Board of Trustees, Belmont Library Foundation and the Library Building Committee jointly host guided tours of our public library between 1PM and 3PM tomorrow, Sunday, October 17.

Register Now For the Apple Run!

Runners Starting Line FBE Apple Run Belmont

Calling all runners: Belmont’s fall classic, the Foundation for Belmont Education (FBE) Apple Run is next Sunday! And, if you haven’t registered to run yet, time is drawing short. The deadline for pre-registration is Wednesday evening at 11:59 PM. So, if you want to run and hope to avoid the crowds at the day-of registration booth, you have just two more days to register.

Opinion: Immigration = Emigration

Climate Refugee

Immigration is in the press and in our politics: people from Central and South America coming to our southern border, people from Syria fleeing to neighboring countries and to Europe. We tend to view immigration as something that is being foisted upon us, but what we don’t adequately appreciate is the other side of the coin – emigration. The person we view as an immigrant is also an emigrant – someone who is no longer able to live in their homeland. We attribute all this to political conflict, poverty, declining agricultural productivity, corruption, poor governance, and opportunism. But, if we drill down to the actual root cause, it is most often climate change. Belmont’s Monte Allen, a former senior director of development at CARE USA in this op-ed.

A Change Election (Change To What: TBD)

belmont budget you are here

Change was the theme of the April 6 town election. But change to what? With the failure of Question 1, Belmont has few good options.

Tuesday’s Town Election: My Picks

line of voters voting

Town election day is Tuesday. As I’ve done in past years, I’m using this post to explain who I’m voting for (or would vote for if I could) and why. I hope you find it helpful in making up your own mind! Please share it around to your friends in town and remind them to get out to vote on Tuesday!

Belmont Parents: Don’t Build a Monument to Anger. Join Me In Voting Yes.

Post COVID Hope

As parents of Belmont students, we have every right to be angry and disappointed in the performance of our schools this year. But as a dark winter turns to Spring, let’s look to the future and invest in it, not build a monument to our anger. Vote YES on Question 1.

Questions for School Committee Candidates: Tara Donner

Tara Donner, Belmont School Committee

Our final response is from School Committee Candidate Tara Donner. Tara is a resident of Belmont, the mother of two and a sitting School Committee member who is seeking her second, full term on the Committee. Her unique experience includes 18 years of middle school teaching and 14 years serving as a Town Meeting Member.

Questions for School Committee Candidates: Evelyn Gomez

Evelyn Gomez, Belmont School Committee

Blogging Belmont sent questionnaires to the five School Committee candidates. This week, we’ll be publishing the responses we received, highlighting one candidate each day and posting their responses as received.

Questions for School Committee Candidates: Timothy Flood

Timothy Flood, Belmont

Blogging Belmont sent questionnaires to the five candidates for those two positions with a number of questions that we felt were important for voters to understand candidates’ positions on before they vote. This week, we’ll be publishing the responses we received, highlighting one candidate each day and posting their responses as received. First up: Tim Flood.

Tomorrow: Vigil In Solidarity with our Asian American Friends & Neighbors

A note to Blogging Belmont readers. In the wake of the tragic killings in Atlanta this week, including six women of Asian descent, residents will be gathering at Belmont High School tomorrow (Sunday) afternoon for a vigil for the victims…