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There's a lot going on. Here are some highlights:
Selectmen approve Underwood Pool RFP
At their meeting on September 11, 2012, the Board of Selectmen approved a request for proposals (RFP) regarding the Underwood Pool on Concord Avenue. The article in the Citizen-Herald said "Paolillo said the pool will mostly like be relocated if it makes sense, as well as use the existing pool site for a soccer field, one that would replace the field that would be eliminated if the Belmont Public Library project were to move forward." Read the full story at the Citizen-Herald Web site.
Grant award announced
On October 4, 2012, The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners awarded Belmont $7.5 million toward a new library. More about the award:
Incinerator Site Now Key for New Library
While the former town incinerator and the proposed new Belmont Public Library are both located on Concord Avenue – albeit two-and-a-half miles from each other – it would appear at first glance that the development paths for each are mutually exclusive. [Read the rest of this story, from Belmont Patch]
MBLC Approves Grant Application
July 2011: Belmont is placed third on the wait list to receive a $7.5 million construction grant for a new library.
January 2011: The Board of Library Trustees submitted an application for a state construction grant.
2011 Town Meeting: Town meeting approves grant application and preliminary design concept.
One Book One Belmont
The Belmont Public Library is pleased to announce that The Leftovers by Belmont author Tom Perrotta has been selected as the featured title for One Book One Belmont 2012, the library’s fourth town-wide reading program. The library and a dozen co-sponsoring community groups invite town residents to read the novel and participate in book discussions and other activities during the months of September and October. The author is scheduled to speak in Belmont on Tuesday evening, October 23. For more information, please see the library web site, www.onebookonebelmont.com.
The Leftovers imagines an event, called the “Sudden Departure,” in which millions of people around the world suddenly disappear –with no apparent reason why some people vanish and others remain. Perrotta explores how residents of the fictional town of Mapleton try to find meaning in lives that have been shattered by the loss of spouses and children, neighbors and friends.
In the news
Recent stories in the news, from Belmont's Citizen-Herald unless otherwise noted.