This Week in Belmont History: Belmont's Own Princess
Events that occurred in Belmont over the years.
June 7, 1984
Belmont Can Choose Own Site For Elderly Housing, State Rules
A simmering dispute between the town and the state cooled down when the state said Belmont may recommend a site other than Kendall School for building low-income elderly housing.
When the state announced three weeks ago that Belmont had won a $3 million housing grant, it said the money would be given under one condition: that the elderly units would be built in the Kendall School on Beech Street.
The state’s change of position came as welcome news to the town.
June 4, 1987
Man killed in car crash
A Lexington man driving on Winter St. in Belmont was killed “in a fiery crash.” Police Officer Griffin said the victim’s car snapped a telephone pole in such a way that he must have been traveling at a high rate of speed.”
June 7, 1990
New smoking laws proposed
The Board of Health has issued a proposal for stricter laws on smoking in the workplace and in restaurants, as well as for sale of tobacco products.”
Regulations for setting aside designated smoking areas in the workplace and in restaurants are ready to be put in place. There will be a hearing at the high school on June 21. It is open to the public.
June 3, 1993
Royal wedding inspires local composer
Belmont High School’s own Masako Owada is to wed the Crown Prince of Japan: Hironomiya. The wedding is to take place in Tokyo and it inspired a young composer, Takehito Gokita, to write an original work for the occasion. He named the piece “Graceful Moment.” The name Owada means “graceful woman.”
June 6, 2002
Fire Dept: Factory damage more severe
A fire last week at the Cambridge Plating factory on Hittinger Street was originally thought to be contained with a chemical vat. It was then discovered that the fire had been in the plastic pollution control storage tanks. Assistant Fire Chief David Frizzell said “the storage tanks contained sodium hypochlorite, sodium hydroxide and other chemicals. “If the fire had been larger, the public would have been in significant danger,” Frizzell said.