Community Path Trail Walk This Saturday October 15 at 9AM


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A walking tour this Saturday will explore the western end of the proposed Belmont Community Path, from Belmont Center to Waverley Square. The recent extension of the Community Path from Alewife to Pleasant Street is beautiful – and heavily used by Belmont residents. (Photo courtesy of

OK – the last time I came to you and encouraged you to come out for a walk of proposed Community Path, the skies opened up and the walk was cancelled. But there’s another walk scheduled for this Saturday and, with the forecast saying it will be sunny and 57F, the smart money says this one will happen.

The cancelled walk covered the eastern part of the proposed Community Path, from Belmont Center back to Brighton Avenue, along various routes. The walk on Saturday morning will cover the Western end of the proposed route, from Belmont Center to Waverley Square, including both track side routes (north and south side of the tracks) as well as proposed routes across Pleasant Street. There are a number of “pinch” points in this section of the Community Path and (thankfully) many different options for getting around them. So if you have an interest in what the finished path looks like, what route it takes and how accessible/inaccessible it is to the public, please come out Saturday and join us for the tour.

The details are:

What: Feasibility Study Trail Walk of Western End of Belmont Community Path

When: Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Where: Start at Star Market Parking Lot, 533 Trapelo Road, Belmont, MA 02478

RSVP: Jeff Wheeler at the Office of Community Development: jwheeler(at)belmont-ma(dot)gov or 617 993-2666

Important Meeting on Minuteman Tonight (Thursday) at Beech Street Center

A view of the proposed Minuteman Regional Technical School. Belmont Town Meeting will vote to leave the Minuteman School District on October 19. A meeting on October 13 will give the Minuteman Administration a chance to make their case for the town to stay.

A view of the proposed Minuteman Regional Technical School. Belmont Town Meeting will vote to leave the Minuteman School District on October 19. A meeting on October 13 will give the Minuteman Administration a chance to make their case for the town to stay.

Just a note that there’s a very important information session this evening (October 13) at the Beech Street Center (aka the Senior Center).

The event is being hosted by Minuteman Regional Technical School and here’s there letter of invitation:

Minuteman High School to Sponsor “Facts and Future” Forum in Belmont

LEXINGTON – In an effort to provide Belmont Town Meeting members and citizens an opportunity to discuss the town’s upcoming vote to leave the District, the Minuteman Regional Vocational Technical School District has announced that it will sponsor a public forum at the Beech Street Center in Belmont on Thursday, October 13 from 7-8:30 p.m.   The forum, titled “Minuteman:  Facts and Future”, will include a presentation, panel discussion, and question and answer period, according to Dr. Ed Bouquillon, Minuteman’s Superintendent.

“We’ll outline the facts about our new building and the positive impact it will have on students in the member towns in our District,” said Dr. Bouquillon.  “And we’ll talk about what makes a Minuteman education unique, including the broad array of career and technical education programming that we offer.”

The Minuteman event is open to the public.

Further information on the forum will be released as details become available.

On September 20, voters in the Minuteman District voted overwhelmingly to support construction of a new Minuteman High School.  The final, certified vote was 12,160 in favor to 5,321 opposed.  There were 24 blanks.

Following the vote, Belmont Selectmen called a Special Town Meeting for October 19 to ask Belmont Town Meeting members to vote to withdraw from the Minuteman District.  A two-thirds vote is required at the Belmont Special Town Meeting.

As noted, Belmont’s Town Meeting will be voting next week on whether to leave the Minuteman district, after the Town’s decisive vote against the request to build a new High School on September 20. Votes in other towns were resoundingly in favor of the new building, clearing the way for its construction.

The Special Town Meeting will take up the question of whether, having parted ways with the administration of Minuteman and other member towns on our desire to build a new school building (at least as proposed by Minuteman) we should leave the district altogether. To do so will require a 2/3rds vote of Town Meeting. And, if we fail to get that many votes, Belmont will remain in the district and be bound to pay its share of the cost of the new Minuteman Regional high school, regardless of the outcome of our vote on September 20.

These are weighty issues and well worth voters time and consideration. Please make it a point to attend the meeting tonight from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM at the Beech Street Center!

Belmont Goes Electric (Vehicles)


A note that the same folks who launched Belmont’s highly successful “Belmont Goes Solar” solar power drive are putting together a new effort to push to increase the number of electric vehicles in Belmont: “Belmont Drives Electric.

The campaign kicks off this month with two test driving events on Thursday, October 13 and Saturday October 15.

Belmont Drives Electric is a new community-run program, sponsored by Sustainable Belmont, Belmont Energy Committee, Belmont Light and other Belmont residents, kicks off in October to promote the use of electric vehicles in Belmont. Converting from a gas-combustion powered car to an electric vehicle could cut your transportation carbon footprint by half. Save money and help reduce Belmont’s carbon footprint.

Based on the highly successful Belmont Goes Solar program, which offered discounts on solar panels, this program for Belmont residents includes pre-negotiated deals on EVs with local car dealers, Belmont Light monetary incentives, and community volunteers available to answer your questions.

You can show up and test-drive an electric vehicle (EV) and learn about time-limited money-saving incentives on Thursday, Oct. 13, from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm at the Belmont High School Cafeteria area. The other date is Saturday, Oct. 15, 2:30pm – 4:30pm at the same location.

Both events will happen rain or shine. Light refreshments will be served and EV experts will be available to answer your questions.

For more information, visit the Belmont Drives Electric web site here:

Take the Community Path Feasibility Survey

A Belmont Community Path supporter shows off his swag. A meeting next week will update the community on a survey of possible Community Path routes and solicit input.

The Community Path Implementation Committee is asking residents to complete a survey of their preferences and priorities for the planned Community Path

A follow up to the note about the walking tours of proposed routes for the Belmont Community Path: The Community Path Implementation Committee (CPIC) has created a short survey for Belmont residents to provide feedback to the CPIC and the consultants hired by the town to help formulate a plan for the Path. The survey will be online for the next 10 days, until end of business on October 12. You have to be a Belmont resident to take the survey, which asks you questions about your preferences and priorities as concerns The Community Path. The link is here.