On May 23rd, the Public Works Commission, barring any last minute changes, had its final meeting. There were only three things on the agenda: public comment, approval of the minutes, and “Discussion with Mayor Narkewicz regarding the Public Works Commission.” I don’t know what he said to them, since the minutes aren’t ready yet and … Continue reading Mayor dissolves Public Works Commission
REFORM! I can’t remember this happening. (ever) The police and the Northampton Housing Authority putting the spotlight on active heroin and other drug dealing in our public housing. The new director is putting her stamp on the organization. A Housing Authority that asks for help with drugs, that works with the police to make complexes like … Continue reading HURRAY!
So in case you missed it, another truck hit the bridge on Thursday night about 4:00 AM. Now he has a $500 dollar ticket, and is probably looking for a new job. The bridge holds nothing but rotting ties, so no one is worried about its structural strength. They can hit it forever and nothing … Continue reading Truck-Eating Bridge, Take Ten
I watched the first couple episodes of NARCOS, the Netflix series, and before it lost its documentary structure and took its all but inevitable plunge into the sewer of sex and mindless violence which is at the core of the Columbian drug business, it raised the usual questions that we ask ourselves about our strategy … Continue reading Stuck in the Heartland
Why he is the most powerful person in our city government? Under four mayors Wayne Feiden has steadily amassed power. I remember Wayne Feiden when he was young, just out of college, I think. Not the city planner, but an ambitious assistant to our planner Larry Smith. Some well-connected people wanted to get rid … Continue reading Through the years with Wayne Feiden
22-34 New South Street looks good, but it doesn’t seem to be a happy building. It’s got pockets of happiness. You can see how the building works and doesn’t work by the police reports. It’s the eleven “warrant services” , the 14 “suspicious-wanted” notices and the 14 “harassment-stalking” notices that grabbed my attention. I’ve been in … Continue reading Beauty is only skin deep
I am quoting below a writer who lives on Phillips Place who missed the planning board meeting last week. She wished her letter to Carolyn Misch, one of the city planners, to be her public comment. I am printing this excerpt. Last week Amherst residents Linda Muerle and her husband Burt Ewart received final approval for the second house they had constructed … Continue reading Lawsuit stops Phillips Place development (for now)
One of the largest tracts of privately owned land in downtown Northampton was sold by Donald Shaw on July 2nd to Winterberry LLC , a limited liability company managed by Matthew Campagnari, operating out of a shop at 128 Federal Street in Springfield. It is not clear at present whether he is the Matthew Campagnari who … Continue reading Shaw’s Motel sold for 1.35 million.
There was a changing of the guard the other day at city hall. The deputies and captains lined the back of the upstairs conference room. Control of the Fire Department was being handed down to the chosen successor, and we reporters asked our respectful questions, and went home to write our stories. On the stage was … Continue reading New Fire Chief named: Northampton’s top 100 wage-earners
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