Someone cares

Rachel Maddow on MSNBC is a acquired taste. As the Russia case has developed over the last couple of months, I have gradually rearranged my day to fit her in. 9:00 pm and here she is grinning like a Cheshire cat. She has found out something new today , something intriguing that explains what so … Continue reading Someone cares

The Case for a City Manager in Northampton

Breit Wegner* It’s worthwhile to consider this alternative form of government at each charter review. I heard they did but rejected it.   It would be interesting to know why.   The Charter Review Committee should consider appointing a city manager. Our city now has a budget approaching $100M with over a dozen important departments covering multiple … Continue reading The Case for a City Manager in Northampton

How A backroom deal saved Goggins Real Estate from homelessness

The other day, in a planning department file marked “Carlon Drive”  I found a 38 page study done by Baystate Environmental  Consultants (BEC) entitled “The functional Analysis  of the Hydrology and Hydraulics of the Barrett Street Marsh.”  It was done thirteen years  ago, in April, 2000. Not a page turner, but an eye-opener.  Here’s the … Continue reading How A backroom deal saved Goggins Real Estate from homelessness