We file Conflict fo Interest Charges

We file Conflict of Interest Charges About a month ago, I filed a complaint  with our city solicitor  alleging that Brian Duggan, our fire chief, with conflict of interest regarding his work, over the last six years, with Municipal Resources Inc. (MRI) of Meredith New Hampshire.  Tomorrow, (being the slow worker I am) I am trundling … Continue reading We file Conflict fo Interest Charges

My stepson

 My stepson, who like me is a rail fan, sent methis link to the current gossip about PanAm and its Connecticut Valley line. I don’t know a lot of the alphabet soup in the postings, but ST probably refers to Springfield Terminal, which is owned by PanAm. Panam is in a partnership of sorts with Norfolk Southern (NS) … Continue reading My stepson

Department of Public Works Decides to “stick to basics”

Last night the board of the Northampton Department of Public Works discussed the recently completed stormwater report done by Camp Dresser and McKee (CDM), and its appendices,  and decided to try to cut down on its impact on ratepayers and focus on what it feels is its  “core mission” , which according to its director, Ned Huntley, is to … Continue reading Department of Public Works Decides to “stick to basics”

Our secret Coke plant

The truck drivers can’t find it, but it’s probably the only building that you can see in Northampton from outer space.  Huge. Two in the afternoon and it’s beastly hot and the air is soupy and the sky is gunmetal grey and this big semi driver  with his blue tooth transmitter sticking out of his … Continue reading Our secret Coke plant

Yeah, the trains are coming, but bullet trains they are not.

I went to the meeting tonight at city hall about the new rail project. The new committee that the mayor had appointed was there, and three men were there talking for the project. One of them seemed to know what was going on, gave succinct answers to our questions, and when he didn’t know the … Continue reading Yeah, the trains are coming, but bullet trains they are not.

The Moral Hazard of Eating Chinese

Behind every derelict building there is usually an interesting story, particularly if you live in Northampton, where high market values mean that owners seldom walk away from a building.   A case in point is the big dilapidated apartment building that the Sun family owns at 126 King Street, a couple doors down from Dunkin … Continue reading The Moral Hazard of Eating Chinese