Saturday, December 29, 2012
Belmont Fire answers call with Engine 1 at the scene.
The Belmont Fire Department knocked out an apparent engine fire that destroyed a taxi cab on Trapelo Road heading towards the Cambridge town line on Friday, Dec. 28. The incident, that occurred around 4 p.m. at the Pine Street intersection, sent Engine 1 and additional equipment to fight the blaze that occurred a block from Moozy's and near the traffic lights at the corner of Belmont Street and Trapelo. The cause of the fire has yet to be officially determined.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
TD BankNorth reportedly will be located at former Video Plus location.
Belmont’s official motto is “Town of Homes.” But as many residents have remarked, due to the number of branch offices situated within its border, Belmont’s unofficial moniker could easily be “town of banks.” And that slogan will be further solidify as reportedly a TD BankNorth branch will be built on the site of the former Video Plus store at 307 Trapelo Rd. in early 2013. The one-story building located near the Belmont Fire Department Headquarters once housed a very popular independent video store and recently was the home to a martial arts studio. According to Planning Board Chairman Sami Baghdady, who broke the news at Tuesday night’s Planning Board meeting, the property owner will soon seek site plan approval to build the branch office…
Friday, August 3, 2012
Elderly driver sends car into store's window and leaves without his license.
The leftside window of the Ben Franklin store in Cushing Square remained boarded up a day after an elderly driver drove his car onto the sidewalk and through the plateglass window. Belmont Police said a call came in at 3:35 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2, for a motor vehicle accident at 89 Trapelo Rd. Officers arrived to find a late-model Lexus SUV up on the sidewalk having hit the brick facade and knocking out the window. The officers found the driver, a man in his 80s, outside the vehicle. He told the officers that he was attempting to drive out of a parking space when despite "stepping on the break, the vehicle jumped the curb and hit the store." Despite the popularity of the store which attracts both pedestrians and children, no one was injured…
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 …
Monday, February 13, 2012
Suspects: In late teens, between 5'10" and 6', one brandishing a semi-automatic.
A gunman and his accomplice robbed a Central Square variety store at the corner of Trapelo Road and Walnut Street Sunday, Feb. 12, shortly before 9 p.m., according to Belmont Police. Two men entered LC's Variety at 326 Trapelo Rd. when one pointed a black, semi-automatic handgun at the clerk, ordering him to open the cash register. Once open, the employee turned over a undetermined amount of money to the pair, said BPD Lt. Richard Santangelo. Both men were wearing dark hooded sweatshirts and had scarves over their faces. Other than pushing the clerk behind the counter, the employee was unhurt. The two then fled on foot on Hull Street. Belmont Police, along with a Waltham Police K9 unit, searched the area but could not locate either one of…
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
The Trapelo Rd. landmark will soon shut down.
The Boston Globe is reporting that Brigham’s Ice Cream on Trapelo Rd. has seen its lease expire and will be closing this week. The establishment is co-owned by John Mercer and Steven Kupelnick. Mercer told the Globe that business is sluggish and that they were unsuccessful in attempts to sell the business. According to the Globe, the Belmont location originally opened in 1932 and survived a wave of closings brought about following the sale of Brigham’s to Deal Metrics LLC in 2008. Between 10 and 12 employees will be unemployed after the Belmont closure, the article reports. The Arlington Heights Brigham’s, also owned by Kupelnick and Mercer, will remain open, the Globe reports. Stay tuned to Belmont Patch for more information.