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Belmont “Staycation” Needs Your Input

by Shodai InoseShodai Inose

In order to reduce our carbon footprint, the Belmont Citizens Forum is creating a Belmont “Staycation,” a vacation in our own town which will be safer for the environment and your wallet.

As a summer intern at BCF, I’m collecting ideas to create family­ friendly and fun experiences, and I need your help. Do you know of any locations (preferably in Belmont) that you think people would enjoy? Are there any local businesses you would like to share with the rest of the community? How does a family like yours spend time in town?

We’re looking for anything enjoyable to do here without breaking your wallet or the environment. Any input would be very beneficial to the project, and we hope you will be a part of this adventure. Traditional vacations can cost hundreds or thousands of dollars, with air travel resulting in the usage of massive amounts of fuel. For example, a Boeing 747 plane burns around one gallon of fuel every second, meaning a t­en-hour flight will use 36,000 gallons of fuel.1  Help us reduce the carbon footprint of Belmont residents for years to come by contacting us.

To participate in an online poll about staycationing, click here. Also, I would like to interview anyone interested in this project to discuss their usual summer plans and how they could be persuaded to have a “Staycation” instead. Contact me at belmontstaycation@gmail.com

1 http://science.howstuffworks.com/transport/flight/modern/question192.htm


Thank you: Lone Tree Hill Cleanup A Success.

2016 LoneTreeCleanup1

darosa family at cleanup

Volunteers at Lone Tree Hill Stewardship Day, top: a crew added wood chips to the Pine Allee Trail. Bottom: the DeRosa family, out on a walk, decided to stop in and help out. /David Chase, Evanthia Malliris photos

The Belmont Citizens Forum extends our thanks to the enthusiastic volunteers who turned out last Saturday, May 13, on a gorgeous sunny day to work on the Lone Tree Hill Conversation Land. Toting bright orange buckets and grabbers, they collected twelve large bags of trash and two boxes of recyclables at the Pleasant Street end of the property. At the other end of the property, volunteers hauled wheelbarrows full of wood chips along the entire length of the Pine Allee, raking it into place to help prevent soil erosion, and making it more comfortable to walk on.

This was our fourth annual clean up event, and we are grateful to all those who supported our effort. Our Gold Level sponsors: Ann Mahon Realty, Cityside Subaru, and Watertown Savings Bank. Our Silver Level Sponsors: Alchemy 9-2-5; Artefact Home and Garden, Belmont Savings Bank, Cambridge Savings Bank, Century 21 Adams Lawndale, Coldwell Banker, East Boston Saving Bank, Middlesex Savings Bank, Renaissance Realty, and Vintages. Our community co-sponsors include: Belmont Land Trust, Belmont Land Management Committee for Lone Tree Hill, Judith K. Record Memorial Conservation Fund, Mass Audubon Habitat Sanctuary, and Sustainable Belmont.

A special thanks to David Ropes, Tree Specialist Inc., for donating the ample hills of wood chips that were used along the Pine Allee; to Roger Wrubel, Habitat Director, for lending us shovels and rakes; and to Michael Santoro, Department Public Works, Highway Division Manager, and his department for picking up the trash.

Watch for news about the next Belmont Citizens Forum community event. Visit belmontcitizensforum.org to keep up to date on our activities and to read our bimonthly Newsletter.

—The Belmont Citizens Forum Board of Directors


Poetry in the Pines.

Anne-Marie Lambert (second from left) reads poetry at the Pine Allee, with John Perkins Cushing (as impersonated by Bob Tanner) and 25 local enthusiasts, participating in a February 21 nature poetry walk on Lone Tree Hill conservation land in Belmont. / Michelle Tanner

Anne-Marie Lambert (second from left) reads poetry at the Pine Allee, with John Perkins Cushing (as impersonated by Bob Tanner) and 25 local enthusiasts, participating in a February 21 nature poetry walk on Lone Tree Hill conservation land in Belmont. / Michelle Tanner photo

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Images on this page were created by Belmont residents:
Photos © Susan Jones and © Anne S. Katzeff .

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