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A tour of Belmont's sustainable gardens

A tour of Belmont's sustainable gardens (Derek McLean for The Boston Globe)The inaugural Green Belmont Garden Tour took place Sept. 18, featuring 10 local flower and vegetable gardens, backyard chickens and bees, and water and energy conversation techniques. Above, organizer Kathy Martin did some work at the Rock Meadow Belmont Victory Community Gardens, at nearly 2 acres one of the largest community gardens in the Boston area.

Perrotta keeps up storied tradition for book fest (Bill Brett for The Boston Globe)Boston Book Festival director Deborah Z. Porter may be offering a T-shirt to Tom Perrotta during a benefit for the October event at the Middlesex Lounge.

Perrotta keeps up storied tradition for book fest

Belmont author Tom Perrotta shared a preview of his latest novel, "The Leftovers,’’ during a fund-raising party for the Boston Book Festival that drew a number of literary celebs to Cambridge. Boston Globe, 7/29/11
(dbmclean1)Undeterred by the heat, local shoppers find a shady bench in Belmont Center to prepare for their next stop.Check out our gallery, and add your own favorite shot.

Belmont offers respite from the heat

The recent stretch of hot weather had local organizations reminding residents of ways they can try to beat the heat. Boston Globe, 7/22/11
Tracking Belmont's coyotes - by laptop (Katy Wolfe/The Conservation Agency/File 2010)

Tracking Belmont's coyotes - by laptop

Wonder whether coyotes are roaming your neighborhood? Belmont has launched a new online tool that lets residents post sightings of coyotes around town. Boston Globe, 7/18/11
summer food issue

Tasting the love at Belmont newcomer il Casale

Tasting the love at Belmont newcomer il Casale (Yoon S. Byun/Globe Staff)
Earning recognition among a starry collection of new restaurants in and around Boston, chef Dante de Magistris and clan opened il Casale in a former firehouse in their hometown of Belmont, and the restaurant feels like a family affair, Globe food writer Devra First reports. Boston Globe Magazine, 6/12/11
Volunteers write new chapter for branch libraries (Essdras M Suarez/Globe Staff)The Everett C. Benton Library, now being operated by volunteers with the help of private donations, was built as a chapel at the Belmont School for Boys in 1892.

Volunteers write new chapter for branch libraries

The story of the Everett C. Benton Library's reopening this spring as a volunteer-run institution is being retold in a number of area communities, with tight municipal budgets prompting cutbacks in local institutions. Boston Globe, 7/14/11
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Quilters craft positive version of global warming (Kayana Szymczak for The Boston Globe)One of her quilting projects serves as a backdrop for Genevieve Priest, who at 91 is not the senior member of a weekly gathering at the Beech Street Center.

Quilters craft positive version of global warming

The women in the Friday morning quilting club at Belmont's Beech Street Center have spent the last few months creating colorful covers for kindergartners in a remote village in the Republic of Armenia. Boston Globe, 6/16/11
Inmates paint town pool under sheriff's watch (David L. Ryan/Globe Staff)Middlesex inmates prepare Belmont's Underwood Pool in Belmont for painting Wednesday, June 8, in a program for prisoners nearing the end of their terms.

Inmates paint town pool under sheriff's watch

Inmates at the Middlesex House of Correction saved Belmont taxpayers more than $7,000 by spending a day cleaning and repainting the town pool this week, under a community work program launched by the sheriff's department. Boston Globe, 6/10/11
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Family and friends surround this spring's 282 graduating seniors during Sunday's commencement exercises at Belmont High. Check out photos from the event, and share your own, at our interactive gallery.

Belmont High celebrates graduates' achievements

Throughout Belmont High School’s graduation ceremonies on June 5, students and faculty showcased the school’s slogan, “Learn, Think, Create, and Serve.” Principal Michael M. Harvey opened the event by highlighting the achievements of the class of 2011's 280 members. Boston Globe, 6/5/11
New Comella's downtown offers many delights (Yoon S. Byun/Globe Staff)
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New Comella's downtown
offers many delights

There was much upset in Belmont Center when the Charlesbank Bookshop closed its doors more than a year ago, but the recent opening of a Comella's restaurant, part of local chain with an astonishing list of menu options (at left), seems to be easing the pain. Boston Globe, 5/25/11
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Another smashing success

Another smashing success
Amid true springlike weather, thousands turned out for Belmont's 22d annual Town Day. . Boston Globe, 5/21/11
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Share your prom memories

Share your prom memories Belmont High students and their families record the moment during their junior- senior prom festivities on May 20, culminating with a gala at the Boston Park Plaza. Check out our photo gallery, and add your own images from the big day!
Creative blend moves Mighty Tiny into spotlight (Kayana Szymczak for The Boston Globe)Mighty Tiny drummer Noah Appel, a Berklee College of Music grad from Belmont, rehearses while wearing a mask, part of the band's quirky signature look.

Creative blend moves Mighty Tiny into spotlight

Belmont native Noah Appel has joined with fellow Berklee College of Music grads in forming Mighty TIny, a Boston-based band with a new full-length CD and a growing fan base. Boston Globe, 5/12/11
Ranc's earns sweet praise for frozen yogurt (Wendy Maeda/ Globe Staff)

Ranc's earns sweet praise for frozen yogurt

Venturing forth on a not-so-scientific survey of area frozen yogurt establishments, a crew from the Globe's Food section dubbed Rancatore's, with shops in Belmont and Lexington, as offering the best hard-scoop, hand-dipped, tastes-like-ice-cream (including the mango and khulfi variety at left) they encountered. Boston Globe, 4/27/11
Images of Afghan women rebuilding their lives (Paula Lerner/Aurora Photos)Detail from an image by Belmont photographer Paula Lerner, showing women at a Kandahar beauty shop preparing for a festival, included in “Afghan Stories,’’ her exhibition at the Groton School's Brodigan Gallery.

Images of Afghan women rebuilding their lives

An exhibition of photographs taken by Belmont resident Paula Lerner during visits to Afghanistan, part of her volunteer efforts on behalf of the nonprofit Business Council for Peace organization, is on display at the Groton School through May 20. Boston Globe, 4/21/11
Tending garden nurtures sense of community, too (Essdras M Suarez/Globe Staff)Town resident Antigonia Kote joins family members preparing their plot at the Belmont Victory Gardens for planting.

Tending garden nurtures sense of community, too

A set of gardens in Belmont that began as a wartime effort to live off the land has become — a half-century later — a celebration of community connections and local growing and eating. Boston Globe, 4/24/11
Troop's riders carry Revere's message Monday (Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff/File)As he did last Patriots Day, Belmont resident Leonid Kondratiuk will be among members of the National Lancers troop riding in Paul Revere's role Monday.

Troop's riders carry Revere's message Monday

On Monday, members of the National Lancers, a ceremonial cavalry troop, will retrace the routes followed by Paul Revere and William Dawes through Arlington 236 years ago. Boston Globe, 4/14/11

In their own words: Candidates for school board

KEVIN CUNNINGHAM
LAURIE GRAHAM
ANN RITTENBURG
Your Town Belmont has asked the three candidates running for two seats on the School Committee -- incumbents Laurie A. Graham and Ann M. Rittenburg, and newcomer Kevin M. Cunningham -- on April 4 to provide background information and answer questions about the issues facing the community. Boston Globe, 3/28/11

In their own words: Candidates for library board

MARY E. KEENAN
HAL SHUBIN
MATTHEW SULLIVAN
Your Town Belmont has asked the three candidates running for two seats on the library trustees board -- incumbents Mary E. Keenan and Hal Shubin, and newcomer Matthew J. Sullivan -- on April 4 to provide background information and answer questions about the issues facing the community. Boston Globe, 3/28/11
For Belmont Hill grad, owning Shawnee Peak is labor of love

For Belmont Hill grad, owning
Shawnee Peak is labor of love

"When I ski, I think I’m in a pretty cool place,"’ says Chet Homer (inset), 60, who played hockey in his days at Belmont Hill School, and bought the Shawnee Peak slope in Maine in 1994. "I don’t think of myself as owning the mountain, but basically being a steward of the mountain and the people." Boston Globe, 3/10/11
When it's time for doughnuts, we're in good shape (Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff)David Koplow, 9, digs into a chocolate glazed at Ohlin's Bakery in Belmont.

When it's time for doughnuts, we're in good shape

The Globe's G section set out to sample the region's best independent doughnut shops, and discovered the sweet 16 finalists included two Belmont favorites: Linda's on Belmont Street, and the survey's overall winner, Ohlin's Bakery on Common Street. Boston Globe, 3/9/11
Scenes from 'Wizard of Oz' at Regent Theater
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Scenes from "Wizard of Oz" at Regent Theater

Arlington Children's Theatre presented "The Wizard of Oz" last weekend at the Regent Theater, featuring young performers from across the area.
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Golden Garden offers a rare taste of China

Golden Garden offers a rare taste of China (Michele McDonald for the Globe)
The menu at Golden Garden, which recently opened at 63 Concord Ave. in Belmont, is populated with the same dishes as a hundred other Chinese restaurants, but skip past those familiar characters to its soul, cuisine from Dongbei in northeastern China, including (at left) sour cabbage with steamed bacon. Boston Globe, 3/2/11
A circa 1914 photo shows Victoria as the youngest member of the Vaznaian family in Armenia; her sister Maritza (at left in back row) carried her to safety from the genocide by Ottoman Turkey that claimed many of their closest relatives.
Victoria Boghosian; owned Belmont store, active in Armenian community

Victoria Boghosian; owned Belmont store, active in Armenian community

Victoria (Vaznaian) Boghosian (inset), a survivor of the Armenian genocide in Ottoman Turkey who with her husband operated Paul's Spa in Belmont for decades, died recently while under hospice care at her home. She was in her early 90s. Boston Globe, 3/7/11
Looking out for the future of 'modern' homes (Joanne Rathe/Globe Staff )A home designed by Carl Koch, a protege of Walter Gropius, blends into its setting along Snake Hill Road in Belmont.

Looking out for the future of 'modern' homes

Belmont and other area communities play host to celebrated examples of a radical school of architectural design: the modern house. Small by more recent standards and starting to show their age, some of these homes may be at risk of getting torn down. Boston Globe, 2/24/11
Planning forum Thursday to study Pleasant Street (Town of Belmont)A view along the southern stretch of Pleasant Street, or Route 60, which town planners say has great potential for development and growth.

Planning forum Thursday to study Pleasant Street

The town’s Planning Board will start a series of forums for residents to offer their views on the development potential of the southern portion of Pleasant Street at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20, at the Beech Street Center, 266 Beech St. Town of Belmont, 1/19/11
Youths step up to aid Samaritans, fight suicide (Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff)Youths from across the region turned out for the “Make Noise to Save a Life’’ event held Dec. 23 at the House of Blues in Boston.

Youths step up to aid Samaritans, fight suicide

Belmont High students spurred into action by the death of a classmate last year were among the crowd gathered at the House of Blues in Boston for a fund-raising dance to support the Samaritans, and raise awareness about teen suicide. Boston Globe, 12/24/10
Howe has a hand in record-setting sky dive (Jason Peters)The final pieces fall into place for Penelope Howe and 40 other women setting the world record for the largest all-female formation while skydiving upside-down.

Howe has a hand in record-setting sky dive

For the 10th time in two days, 41 women plummeted toward the Arizona desert at more than 150 miles per hour. This time, Belmont native Penelope Howe, 28, and her fellow sky-divers from around the world were able to swoop into position to form a record-setting design before they needed to release their parachutes. Boston Globe, 12/7/10
Where survival is fun and games -- and service Belmont Toys has been a fixture on Leonard Street since the early 1990s.

Where survival is fun and games -- and service

The demise of the local toy store was once taken as a certainty in an age of big-box retailers. But family-run operations are making a comeback, buoyed by a mix of longtime customers and growing interest in shopping locally.Boston Globe, 12/16/10
Gala celebrates Homer House preservation (Sara Brown for the Boston Globe)Antique dolls line a mantel at the 1853 William Flagg Homer House in one view from a slide show of images taken during a reception at the historic property.

Gala celebrates Homer House preservation

The Belmont Land Trust recently hosted a reception to celebrate the completion of a conservation restriction on the Belmont Woman's Club headquarters, the William Flagg Homer House, that will help protect the property. The club has posted a video tour of the Pleasant Street landmark on YouTube. Boston Globe, 12/05/10

Town weighs savings, makes deal with Arlington

After abandoning a plan to regionalize public health services, Arlington has settled on a much smaller way to share expenses. The town has agreed to allow Belmont to use its sealer of weights and measures, for an annual fee of about $2,000. Boston Globe, 11/28/10
(Pat Greenhouse/ Globe Staff)Philip Curtis shares stories about his son, Jonathan, during a memorial service Sunday in Belmont for the Army specialist, who was killed Nov. 1 in Afghanistan.
Community mourns loss, recalls gifts of Army Specialist Jonathan Curtis

Community mourns loss, recalls gifts of Army Specialist Jonathan Curtis

Jonathan Michael Curtis (inset) would have been surprised, according to his mother, at the hundreds of people who crowded into Payson Park Congregational Church on Sunday to remember the 24-year-old Army specialist, killed while stopping a suicide bomber in Afghanistan. Boston Globe, 11/22/10
State offering second chance for library grants (Michele Mcdonald for The Boston Globe)Belmont Public Library patrons browse through its multimedia collection, which has been squeezed into a main corridor and art exhibition area..

State offering second chance for library grants

Like a number of communities winning state aid for library projects, Belmont officials two years ago decided the town still couldn't afford it, and walked away from a $5.3 million grant. But with the state offering up to a 50-50 split, they are ready to try again. Boston Globe, 11/18/10
Celebrating half-century of musical inspiration (Dina Rudick/Globe Staff)Alfa Joy Radford, an ordained minister in music, leads a rehearsal for one of the many choirs she has established at First Church in Belmont.

Celebrating half-century of musical inspiration

First Church in Belmont is preparing to honor Alfa Joy Radford for her five decades of leading its choirs, and inspiring generations of singers and musicians, during a Nov. 21 ceremony that will also launch an endowment in her name. Boston Globe, 11/8/10
Bronze Star for Belmont soldier killed in Afghanistan

Bronze Star for Belmont
soldier killed in Afghanistan

In stopping a suicide bomber approaching an American base Monday in Afghanistan, Army Specialist Jonathan Curtis (inset) of Belmont gave up his life while saving the lives of seven fellow soldiers, his father said Wednesday. Curtis has been posthumously awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart for his valor. Boston Globe, 11/4/10
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French flair, Mideast flavor at Select Cafe

French flair, Mideast flavor at Select Cafe (Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff)
Salwa Matta has operated his Select Cafe at Belmont and School streets in Belmont for 14 years, and the bistro's atmosphere and fare -- including the delightful avocado wrap with tomatoes and cucumbers (at left) -- reflect his heritage, half French and half Lebanese. Boston Globe, 11/10/10
Comedy improv maestro adds youths to mix (Christa Crewdson)Members of Improv Jones Jr. warming up for their recent debut in Watertown.

Comedy improv maestro adds youths to mix

The founder of Improv Jones Boston, Christa Crewdson has launched a spinoff troupe for fledgling performers that features teens from Belmont and a half-dozen other area communities. Improv Jones Jr. made its debut last week at the Arsenal Center for the Arts in Watertown. Boston Globe, 11/4/10
High school's Thurber draws a crowd on pitch (Barry Chin/Globe Staff)

High school's Thurber
draws a crowd on pitch

No matter where his team plays, Belmont High girls’ soccer coach Paul Graham hears the echoes: “Get Thurber! Find Thurber!’’ The chorus from opposing coaches reinforces the central role that senior Laura Thurber (at left) plays for the Marauders. Boston Globe, 10/18/10
Truly local flavor to Belmont's farmers market (Sara Brown for the Boston Globe)Leslie Wolf sells baked goods at her hometown's weekly outdoor market.

Truly local flavor to Belmont's farmers market

The farmers market that convenes on Thursday afternoons in Belmont Center features a wide variety of homegrown produce and goods, with the local offerings including vegetables from Sergi Farm, gelato from Angelato Foods, and authentic hummus and tabouli made by Samira Hamdoun. Boston Globe, 8/25/10
Students performed with DBR to cap workshops (Jirair Hovsepian)Visiting artist Daniel Bernard Roumain leads Chenery Middle School students through a rehearsal for Friday night's free concert at Belmont High School.

Students performed with DBR to cap workshops

Students in the school district's music program shared the Belmont High stage with renowned violinist and composer Daniel Bernard Roumain on Friday, Oct. 15, wrapping up his three-day stay as artist-in-residence. Boston Globe, 10/14/10

From Belmont roots, a nutty empire grows

Fastachi, considered the premier nut purveyor in a town known for its Middle Eastern markets, is overseen by Souren Etyemezian and his wife, Susan (testing their wares at right); he started the business in 1990 in Belmont and shifted it to Watertown eight years ago. Boston Globe, 10/06/10
(David L. Ryan/Globe Staff)
Culture, food, memories with an Armenian flavor (Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff) Edward Juskalian (left) has a warm greeting for Belmont resident Haig Deranian during a recent gathering of the St. James Armenian Apostolic Church men's club.

Culture, food, memories with an Armenian flavor

The men’s group at St. James Armenian Apostolic Church provides a bond linking generations of the region's immigrant community with the traditions of their historic homeland. 9/26/10
Calling all volunteers for community service day (Belmont Serves)A scene from last year's Belmont Serves day, when nearly 300 residents of all ages joined such projects as sprucing up locations around town, collecting donations for the food pantry, and creating quilts for a domestic violence shelter.

Calling all volunteers for community service day

The second annual Belmont Serves event, organized by the town's churches and cosponsored by the Board of Selectmen and School Committee, takes place Monday, Oct. 11, beginning with a light breakfast for volunteers at 8 a.m. in the St. Joseph Parish Hall on Common Street. Town of Belmont, 10/8/10
Space invader: Habitat snagged by stubborn weed A platoon of sheep and goats battles weeds at the Habitat sanctuary in Belmont.

Space invader: Habitat snagged by stubborn weed

The Massachusetts Audubon Society’s Habitat Wildlife Sanctuary in Belmont brought in reinforcements to fight invasive weeds overrunning a meadow, and the dozen goats and sheep feasted on all but one particularly pernicious variety -- the black swallow-wort. Boston Globe, 9/12/10