Belmontonian: Mass AG Reviewing Alleged Open Meeting Violation By Planning Board

Franklin Tucker over at Belmontonian is reporting on a complaint by Belmont resident Tim Duncan to the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office. From the article:

Duncan filed his 40-page accusation with the Office of the Attorney General on Sept. 29 relative to the meetings of “working groups” in connection with the Belmont Day School project which the Planning Board OKd a site and design plan in September.

“The Attorney General’s office has an enormous amount of experience in dealing with open government and meeting law issues,” Duncan told the Belmontonian last week. “I am confident that they will consider the facts, make a wise decision and determine an appropriate remedy,” said Duncan.

Duncan filed his complaint initially with the Town’s Clerk in August alleging the Board employed small “working groups” to supersede critical discussion on issues including landscaping, parking and a proposed “driveway” that he believed should have been held during the public hearing process. Also, he said there were no minutes to the meetings which is contrary to the public’s “need to know” as part of the Open Meeting Law.

…read more over at The Belmontonian!

Belmontonian: Nearly 800 Runners Set Record For Scharfman Race

Dan Scharfman 2K Start

Runners at the line at the start of the 2017 Dan Scharfman 2K event. More than 800 runners signed up to run either the 5k or 2k races. (Photo by Paul Roberts)

A bright cool fall Sunday morning; just the right combination for a road race in New England. And 784 runners took the opportunity to help Belmont school to best use technology as a record number of entries took part in the fifth annual Dan Scharfman Memorial Run 5K/2K Road Races held Sunday, Oct. 1.

While the amount was still coming in mid-week, between $25,000 to $30,000 will be raised to fund the Dan Scharfman Education Innovative Fund which supports professional development for teachers and supply technology to all students.

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Via:: The Belmontonian

Reminder: Belmont Serves is Tomorrow (Monday): volunteer opportunities around town

A reminder to Blogging Belmont readers that the annual Belmont Serves event will be held tomorrow, Columbus Day morning October 9. There are great volunteer opportunities around town, so come join your friends and neighbors for a morning of community service!

There will be a variety of projects including:

  • A family-friendly food drive
  • Conservation land projects
  • School garden projects
  • and more…

The event will begin at 8:30 with sign in and a light breakfast at First Church Unitarian Universalist on Concord Avenue. Projects will last until noon, when volunteers will gather for pizza and ice cream. School community service slips will be available. Here’s a flier (PDF) describing the day’s events.

This event is sponsored by the Belmont Religious Council.