Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Butler student, parent helping others as they learn about themselves.
If you are around the Butler Elementary School before school begins today or tomorrow – that would be around 8:30 a.m. – stop by and see Brian Lin and his mom, Betty Tang. They'll be selling a glimmer of hope this Christmas for others as they embrace the lessons of the holidays. Lin, a student in Helena Chan's third grade class, is working on a project with his mother to raise money to fund holiday gifts for children who are ill with cancer. They are selling crochet hats and tree ornaments before school starts on Tuesday Dec. 11 and Wednesday, Dec 12. The money raised will be used to buy holiday gifts for children from Belmont and surrounding towns battling this disease. But the sale is a much more than just an act of kindness during the …
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Dozens turn an autumn Saturday into a community "barn raising" to construct a new play space for the neighborhood, town.
Dozens of Belmont residents took time from their families and what turned out to be a sunny fall Saturday to don work clothes and pick up shovels, bring power tools and put their shoulders into a day-long "community build" to construct the new Butler Playground on Oct. 20. Starting under threatening skies, the workers – supervised by John Hollerbach, a certified playground-equipment installer, and his crew – carried the large metal beams and rolled wheel barrels of cement as others attached the structure together. The work comes just two weeks to the day when the School Department was forced to close and then demolish the previous wooden structure – abutting the Butler Elementary School on White Street – after it was deemed unsafe. In the …
Friday, October 12, 2012
Adult volunteers - 20 to 25 needed - will work a day putting up the new play equipment.
The Butler School Playground project is looking for a few good men and women to spend a day building a playground. The long-awaited "community build" to set up the new playground equipment on the site of the playground condemned by the School Department a year ago last month, will take place next Saturday, Oct. 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Butler Playground Committee, which spearheaded the operation by raising nearly $185,000 through contributions and re-appropriating town funds at the annual Town Meeting in May – is looking for 20 to 25 volunteers to join them at the Butler playground to help assemble the playground equipment. The group will be lead by John Hollerbach, a certified playground-equipment installer, and his crew. Since…
Monday, September 10, 2012
Fewer places to drop off and pick up students while playground undergoes.
Large concrete islands lie to one side of the fenced in spot while a small excavator sits ready to begin digging into the earth adjacent to the Butler Elementary School on White Street where once stood a wooden playground closed by town officials nearly a year ago for being hazardous to children. And like the mythical Phoenix, the same spot will soon see a new playground reemerge. "I have some good news to share with you at this time: The site preparation for the playground will start [Friday, Sept. 7]," wrote Butler Elementary Principal Mike McAllister to the school community in an email to parents and students. The news comes nearly four months after Belmont School Superintendent Dr. Thomas Kingston proclaimed late in May that "[T]he new…
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Large donations from two well-known residents spur public/private effort to restore play space.
After spending 10 minutes reviewing the fundraising efforts to restore a playground where seven months previous the Waverley neighborhood lost one of its few play spaces, Belmont School Superintendent Dr. Thomas Kingston made an announcement that everyone was waiting to hear. "The new Butler School Playground is now fully funded," said Kingston. But for a few seconds, the committee member and those in attendance didn't know how to react. Then came the anticipated round of cheers. "I was waiting for that applause," said Kingston. In fact, in less than a year, the effort to construct a new playground on the site condemned for safety concerns by the school department in November is now running a surplus of more than $14,000 over the …
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Nearly $20,000 for voting system taken to help repair playground closed since November.
Every so often at Belmont Town Meeting – usually on one of the final nights when the budget is being read – a representative will speak to the assembled with a heartfelt plea about something or another that was left off the funding list. Two years ago it was Maryann Scali's lament that the Grove Street tennis courts were destined for demolition. And years before, it was the elimination of elementary school librarians. "Why," they ask the 290 representatives, "was this abandoned? What does this say about us that we can't fund this simple request?" And like Henry V before Agincourt, a seemingly insignificant request hits a collective nerve with the assembled representatives and the town's legislative body quickly evolves into a community of…
Monday, March 19, 2012
The lack of a crossing guard at Hawthorne and Trapelo due to funding concern many parents.
The crosswalk at the corner of Trapelo Road and Hawthorne Street is only a few yards across; it takes a mere moment to get from the north side to the south. But for Ann Ozawa and her daughter, Zoe, the twice daily excursion to the Butler Elementary School has become a game of chicken with the heavy traffic flowing on Trapelo. "Everytime we're here, I wonder which (driver) is going to stop for us," said Ozawa on a recent rainy day, looking at countless vehicles buzz through the narrow two-lane roadway. Like everyday, Zoe carries a bicycle pole with a red flag on top for their trip. Once they reach the white rectangles designating the walkway, Ann Ozawa will gingerly edge into the walkway and wave the flag to approaching cars traveling in …
Friday, March 9, 2012
Red Sox tickets, great getaway opportunities and much more are up for bid.
Where else can you go dancing, sample great food and have to grab Red Sox tickets, a swank stay at a Boston hotel, all that and help out the Daniel Butler Elementary School? Then circle tomorrow, Saturday, March 10, on your calendar to attend the annual Butler Elementary School PTA Benefit Auction which has more than $30,000 worth of good and services up for bid. What's in the auction? • Boston Red Sox tickets • New England Patriots tickets • Deluxe overnight accommodations at the Four Seasons, the Liberty Hotel, the Omni Parker House and the Nonantum Resort in Kennebunkport, Maine • Disney World Park Hopper passes • Original artwork • Handcrafted items like jewelry and furniture • A lunch with Michael McAllister, the Butler's Principal …
Saturday, December 17, 2011
Butler groups spends third year at local nursing home.
For the third year in a row, the first, second and third grade Girl Scouts from the Butler Elementary School paraded over to Belmont Manor Nursing Center on Agassiz Avenue for a holiday sing along with the senior residents. There were 30 girls singing songs and bringing cheer this year.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Parent Teacher's meeting devoted to fundraising and town funding assistance. Take the Patch Poll on the issue.
Two camps are emerging from the closure last week of the Butler Community Playground. One segment are parents of Daniel Butler Elementary School students furious with the town for what they believe is a total lack of interest in helping with the dilapidated playground on White Street. The other group believe those same officials have expressed a commitment to work with the school as best they can in the coming months. The sides came together as more than 40 parents and residents, along with School Committee Chairman Laurie Graham, crammed into the Butler's second floor library on Tuesday night, Nov. 8, for a PTA meeting in which the main topic was the closing the playground by Superintendent Dr. Thomas Kingston on Nov. 4. The closing came …