Tag: Massachusetts

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!!

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…

Another Slow Moving Crisis: Future uncertain for Belmonts Underwood (Boston.com)

There’s an interesting, albeit sad article on Boston.com on the future of the Underwood Pool, which has long been in disrepair and, this summer, can no longer (safely) support a diving board. The pool itself, ┬áthe article says, may soon…

From the Patch: Why Will Won (Hint: Tip Was Right!)

So…hopefully you all know by now about Will’s victory in the Democratic Primary last night. If you’re hearing it for the first time now, I’d refer you to this write up in the Belmont Citizen Herald, or this one at…

One In Four Belmont Voters Declared “Inactive” (And I’m One Of ‘Em)

In which Paul discovers that, despite voting in almost every election for the past six years, he is an “Inactive Voter” in Belmont – one of about 4,000 in town (one in four registered voters), according to an updated list compiled by the Town Clerk.

Town Meeting Live Blog – Night 2

We’re back at Belmont Town meeting and waiting to get going here. This should be an abbreviated meeting, with just three articles to consider: the vote on the Community Preservation Act (Article 21) that the Town approved in November. The…

Selectmen on override: 6 months, 180 degrees

The question for those of you who are planning to attend tonight’s meeting of the Board of Selectmen should be “what has changed” for Belmont since last Spring, when both Selectman Jones and Paolillo ardently supported passage of an Override. If the town needed it in June, why is it suddenly unworthy in January now that our budget deficit has grown and all-important one time funds, such as the Federal ARRA grants, have dried up?!

Selectmen support smart parking meters

The Belmont Citizen Herald wrote up a story on a presentation I did for the Board of Selectmen this week on introducing smart parking meters around the commuter rail station. The BOS think its a great idea and want to move to a pilot. No Freeloader thinks its a terrible idea and that I’m a…wait for it…freeloader!!

Deep Cuts For 2012: Art, Music, Language Instruction Axed

A proposed budget using the Warrant Committee’s “Available Funds” for the school proposes eliminating five full time teaching positions, art and music instruction at the elementary school level, language instruction at the middle school level and steep cuts to support services district wide. Time to get angry, people!

Move to Belmont? What’s Your Advice?

A prospective home buyer writes me to say that they love the idea of living in Belmont, but have “reservations” about the town’s commitment to its schools. What’s your take? And what’s your elevator pitch for (or against) Belmont?