An end of an era

Dan Crowley’s article on the Florence Road fire and the Fire Chief’s trip to the hospital kinda put the period to the end of the Brian Duggan era at the Northampton FD.  He came to Northampton in what I think was the second term of Mary Ford ,on the heels, ironically enough, of a 1997 … Continue reading An end of an era

Historic Designation of Round Hill neighborhood in doubt.

A well-attended public hearing at the council chambers last night (May 21) established that the residents of Round Hill strongly support the expansion of the Elm Street Historic District to include 22 buildings and 22.8 acres along Round Hill Road.  Speaker after speaker spoke out in favor of protecting the historic character of the area … Continue reading Historic Designation of Round Hill neighborhood in doubt.

Old Kollmorgen property sold for $1.8 million

Soon the Kollmorgen buildings on King Street, including the navy grey tower that once housed the calibration equipment for periscopes, may fall to the wrecker’s ball.  Today Kollmorgen Optical sold its 5.1 acre parcel on King Street for $1.8 million to Tommy Car Management Corp dba Cozenzi Automotive, owner of Country Nissan in Hadley, and … Continue reading Old Kollmorgen property sold for $1.8 million

An Update on the Fire Chief’s travels

An alert Googler found more outside work done in more communities. Acton, where he was hired by the town and paid by funds from a developer to look at the emergency access planned for a private development (Quail Ridge), Boylston, where he is listed in the minutes as “retired”, and helped the town hire a … Continue reading An Update on the Fire Chief’s travels

The Water Department’s Hidden Empire

Shades of Chinatown. Did you know that the Northampton Water Department, which is going to hit us with a healthy 9% rate increase next year owns more than 1,000 acres of Williamsburg near the Conway town line?  And they are doing nothing with it. There is something about the mechanics of government that make acquiring land … Continue reading The Water Department’s Hidden Empire

Walking around

I gotta admit it, it’s nice to be back. Walking down Market Street, it’s a lovely medley of the old and the new. The ROOST really jumping with lots of serious people working. John Smith’s Birdstone antique store,as dark and elegant and mysterious as it always has been. What happened to the long list of … Continue reading Walking around