Monday, January 28, 2013
After 142 years, a legacy of Waverley Square's birth is gone in a day.
For 142 years, the historic First Congregational Church of Waverly stood as a marker for a community, its white, clapboard steeple a beacon for the people who formed and then flurished in Belmont's Waverley Square over the next century. It took less than two hours to reduce it into a heap of wood and dust. "Sadness and disbelief from all that came by," according to Bet Lee of Grant Avenue who took numerous photos of the demolition. "People are in shock. The demo crew was asked if they would save the cross for the Belmont Historical Society. They said that it would be destroyed but, a neighbor saw one of them put it into the truck once the tower came down," said Lee. The demolition on Monday, Jan. 28, of the oldest church structure in …
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Development plans still not known as buyer has not submitted papers to town.
After 142 years of being the heart of worship in Belmont's Waverley neighborhood, the historic First Congregational Church of Waverly celebrated its final Sunday service on Jan 6 as the building was sold on Monday, Jan. 7 to a Weston-based developer for $1.3 million. "I walked by the church on Sunday and saw parishioners putting stuff into a dumpster. I asked them what was going on and they told me they had to have all the stuff moved out by end of the day," said Jan Kruse, whose home's backyard abuts the church. A familiar beacon to the residents of Waverley Square since the 1880s when it was one of the first community building in the neighborhood, the future of historic building is now up to buyer E&A Properties, LLC, which is owned by …
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
'Lights out' has a different meaning for about 400 residents.
It's winter, it's snowed and that combination assisted in knocking the lights out in Belmont for about five percent of customers of the Belmont Municipal Light Department on Sunday, Jan. 6. The power outage occurred at approximately 11:30 a.m. and was concentrated in the Waverley Square area, according to the Light Department's Jennifer Santoro, lasting for about 90 minutes for some but the majority of customers affected had their power restored within the first 30 minutes. The blackout, which affected a little more than 400 customers, was caused when an underground cable failed.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Wandering hen has no other agenda than sticking around where she was hatched.
She wanders slowly through the municipal lot in Waverley Square, struts around the Shaw's to the amusement of shoppers and takes its time crossing busy Trapelo Road near the Bank of America branch. "She" is a turkey that have decided that Waverley Square is where she is going to occupy. While not numerous, turkeys are regular visitors to areas around Belmont. A gobble of turkeys have stopped traffic on Clifton Road. And there is a hen who jumps on worshippers cars during services on most Saturdays at Beth El Temple Center. In fact, wild turkeys are found from the Canadian border in New Hampshire and New York down to Florida and west to Nebraska. They mostly live in or near woods, spending their days foraging for food like acorns, seeds, …
Friday, August 5, 2011
South Pleasant Street rezoning blueprint growing personal between Board and professionals.
It was supposed to be your typical mid-summer town board meeting where housekeeping items are at the top of the agenda and the first priority is to finish the official business early so participants can enjoy the warm evening. But Tuesday’s Planning Board meeting brought a bit of the August heat inside Belmont Town Hall as a contentious altercation between Planning Board Chairman Sami Baghdady and the town's Planning and Economic Development Manager Jay Szklut revealed a growing tension over how best to move forward on the future of South Pleasant Street, the largest and most significant parcel of developable land in Belmont. In a challenge that surprised many in the tone it took, Baghdady confronted Szklut over a three-and-a-half page …