Category: School Commitee

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…

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!!

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 …

Get Involved: Town Committee Application Deadline is Today!

Attention Blogging Belmont readers and restless progressives: are you tired of yelling at cable TV and pulling your hair out over the headlines? Well, there’s a great opportunity for you to get involved and actually make important changes happen in…

Election results: a good (but quiet) day at the polls!

Thanks to everyone who voted in  yesterday’s Town Election. The Town website is weird and hard to use, but I was able to get the results from The Town Clerk’s page and you can view them here: PDF (of course!)…

A Progressive’s Guide to Tuesday’s Town Election: Town Meeting

  OK. If you’ve checked out our post on the top of the ticket, its now time to dig down in the weeds: Town Meeting! This is Belmont’s legislature, in essence, and incredibly important. Think of your local TMMs as…

A Progressive’s Guide to Tuesday’s Town Election: Top of Ticket

Some progressive picks for tomorrow’s Town Election, starting with the top of the ticket.

Belmont: Making Tough Choices

Like all of us who live or work in Belmont, I’m sure you’ve noticed that our Town is facing difficult times: a budget shortfall, a fragmentation of our civil discourse and a waning of trust in local government. This isn’t the first time this has happened, of course, but in many ways the challenges are new. So, just as New England towns have done for centuries, Belmont is convening a meeting in October to begin to sort out, together, how we can best address those challenges. And we invite you to attend.

School Committee opens a loophole for Freshmen sports

Faced with a roomful of worried parents, the School Committee bends (a bit), giving tepid approval to an effort to raise private funds to maintain athletic programs that fell victim to a failed override effort. That’s good for Freshmen…maybe…but is it sustainable?