Go ahead, Gov. Patrick. Declare a state of emergency.
Belmont Police, .
And shut down the electric bus to Waverley Square, MBTA.
Despite what the Weather Channel has been calling it for the past four days – "The hurricane of our lifetime" – Hurricane Irene with its rain and wind will not stop several of Belmont's largest and most popular stores and eateries from opening for their loyal and hardy customers.
Below are just a few of the businesses who will be or hope to be open Sunday. Call your favorites before heading out., Belmont Center "Could be open" 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. , Cushing Square Open, if there is power 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. , 353 Trapelo Road Manager will decide Sunday AM 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. , 52 Church St., Waverley Square Manager will decide Sunday AM 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. , Belmont Center Open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. , 264 Trapelo Road Open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. , Waverley Square Open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. , 121 Trapelo Rd. Open
10 a.m. to 10 p.m., 27 Leonard St. "Possibly closed" 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. , 240 Trapelo Rd. "We won't know until tomorrow morning." 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. , 191 Trapelo Rd. Open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. , 388 Trapelo Rd. "We will be open but probably not until the afternoon." Noon to 10 p.m. , 36 Leonard St. Open 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.