Dirt Pile saga, part two: Blogger files complaint with DEP and the Conservation Commission

“That pile of dirt?” says the neighbor, looking down the road toward the airport. “I hear there’s money over there. I hear if you got money, all this stuff about flood plain means nothing. If you got enough money, you’ll get your permits.” In March the flood water were almost to his door. “I got … Continue reading Dirt Pile saga, part two: Blogger files complaint with DEP and the Conservation Commission

Lisa Fusco’s candidacy for Ward Three Council seat raises questions.

Too much going on in her life already? Two of her businesses have been dissolved by the State, a lien has been filed against one of her restaurants for more than $16,000 in back taxes, and Pioneer Valley Balloons is defunct. Venus and the Cellar Bar announced they were closing today. The other day Lisa … Continue reading Lisa Fusco’s candidacy for Ward Three Council seat raises questions.

The mountain and the Molehill: Part one of my adventures in God’s country.

The last few days I have been spending some enjoyable time out in the Meadows section of Northampton. This is the area that the city voted to keep forever flat and unbuildable back in 2005. It’s where Angela Plassman, her husband and her mother live. It’s another world, fields in all directions flat and rich … Continue reading The mountain and the Molehill: Part one of my adventures in God’s country.

Hating Verizon

I dreaded the task before me, telling Verizon that the kitchen phone wasn’t working. In the good old days when human beings still sat behind desks and answered phones, it would have been a snap. Call them up and someone would come over and repair things. But this is the twilight era for the land-line … Continue reading Hating Verizon