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Show up Wednesday AM to support Solar at Middle-High School:

Solar Panel

Hey Blogging Belmont readers. Just an update that the Belmont Middle- High School Building Committee will convene on Wednesday morning (tomorrow) February 16 at 8:00 AM. The link to the full agenda is here. The link to the Zoom meeting…

(Updated) You Busy Friday Morning? 7-12 School Solar Is On The Block Again

Hand Made Signs Supporting Solar

It’s not deja vu: the Belmont Middle- and High School Building Committee is again seriously contemplating eliminating a rooftop solar array from the project, citing concerns about cost overruns. A vote is scheduled for Friday morning (February 11) at 8 AM. Please attend and show your support for the photovoltaic solar array.

Select Board Should Act On Remote Meetings

remote meeting

COVID special orders will eventually end. Our Select Board should vote now to allow Belmont committee members to deliberate remotely.

The Underwood That Almost Wasn’t

The Underwood Pool Belmont

Roll back the clock a bit more than a decade and a prevailing opinion among Belmont’s political class was that the best course forward was to allow the aging Underwood pool to die, and never replace it. So what changed?

Belmont: Our Best Days Are Ahead

sunshine drawing

Belmont’s best days are ahead of it. But no community ever shrank its way to greatness. To realize a brighter future, we need to embrace a vision for what our town can be, and do the yeoman’s work to make that vision reality.

Kid Pro Quo: Mega-Donor Jones Tapped For School Committee

skeptical kid

Consummate Belmont insider and local political mega-donor Ralph Jones got the nod for an open School Committee slot to the surprise of absolutely no one. And still – a puzzling choice. Jones last sat on School Committee in 2004 –…

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.