Thanks, George

I was shocked at the untimely death  of George Zimmerman,our former city treasurer. In a 2011 article about our fire chief Brian Duggan, I contrasted his indulgent office hours with the diligence and responsibility of civil servants like George Zimmerman.   Brian Duggan was never at his desk until around noontime,but the Police Chief and the Building … Continue reading Thanks, George

Read the Can

God knows the warning print is small. Linseed oil seems kind of benign and organic, so when we use it to stain  furniture and it comes time to get rid of the wet rags and newspapers, we don’t think about spontaneous combustion. Maybe we didn’t take the time to read the directions. Thrown into a barrel, … Continue reading Read the Can

Northampton Housing Authority Moves closer to selecting new Executive Director

At a special meeting of the NHA Board of Directors on June 4th, the board interviewed two finalists for the position and seemed ready to vote to hire Cara Clifford, a manager at Konover Residential Corporation in West Hartford Connecticut, but put off a final vote until this coming Monday, when they will have their … Continue reading Northampton Housing Authority Moves closer to selecting new Executive Director

On not meeting Howie Winters

  One day I was reading the casualty list in the Boston Globe after they bagged Whitey Bulger. It was dangerous to be a mobster’s girlfriend or daughter in the old days. I remembered the day I had to find his partner, Howie Winters. It was 1971, and I was running the Somerville Center of … Continue reading On not meeting Howie Winters