The State Department of Transportation (DOT) is planning a new roundabout in Northampton at the intersection of Hatfield Street and North King. Planning is now at the 75% stage, with construction slated to start in 2020, and completion in 2021. The new roundabout will mean that Northampton will now have a roundabout at each of … Continue reading Another Roundabout?
About two weeks ago, I got a letter from the registry of motor vehicles. At least I thought it was a letter from them. It was on RMV letterhead, and was a friendly reminder to renew my license, which lapses on my birthday next month. They wanted me to renew my license by going to … Continue reading Gee thanks, Registry
A report from attorneys and investigators hired by the Board of Trustees of Clarke School and dated April 30, 2018, documents physical and sexual abuse at the school between 1950 and the early eighties. This report, which opens a window on a dark chapter in Clarke School’s history, was based largely on interviews with … Continue reading Clark School report
I went out and latched the door behind me. The scene had changed and the great brick and asphalt sprawl of Burgess Point had gone dark on me, sharp-diamond edged cutouts against the horizon, the sky a madman’s yellow, a day ending too soon. Street lights stuttering awake, lights appearing in the windows. Business was … Continue reading Doyle’s Lament
You may have noticed the big sign in front of the police station telling you how to get into the building. The public entrance now can only be reached by using a temporary metal ramp, and much of the plaza in front of the building is blocked off. Since the station has been opened in … Continue reading Whats wrong with our police station?
Part One, November l984 to November 12 of l987 This summary begins just prior to a June 30, 1987 submission of a Proposal for a joint venture between Associates and NIS Development Corp. (NISD), a wholly owned subsidiary of HeritageNIS Bank for Savings (Heritage), for the development of the Cummington Farms and … Continue reading The Costa Report
“Are you leaving here?” Janet said. “Are you giving up on us?” I was. She would go to the meeting at city hall alone. I loaned her two bucks for carfare, I can’t go.” I said, “Got to teach a class.” “Got a meeting,” I added, gilding the lily with fools gold. The meeting … Continue reading The Buffum
By now it is painfully obvious that our strategy of intimidation and saber-rattling to keep North Korea from getting an atomic bomb of its own has not worked. I liked this New Yorker cover cartoon showing this poor unloved tyrant Kim Jong-un gazing fondly down on his first born, his own thermonuclear warhead. Will … Continue reading Easy Does It
It has been a pleasure writing and being read over the years. But from now on Kirby is going to still be on the loose, but not in his digitized Wi-Fi form. This will be my last posting. Readers are welcome to consult the index, and I will post the links to some of … Continue reading Goodbye, Everybody
In the middle giving out awards to their storm water committee is Suzanne Beck, executive director of the Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce. This is a high-powered group with a lot of technical, legal and lobbying skills. They had this Chamber committee up and operating in January of 2013, when it became clear that the … Continue reading And the Winner of the Battle of the Algorithms is: