Mayor dissolves Public Works Commission

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

Major Upgrade on railroad crossing

Those of us renegades who use the hole in the fence to commute between Walgreens and Woodmont, and/ or navigate between the three railtrails noted with pleasure the improvement made by some anonymous angel this week. Two sheets of 3/8″ particle board have been laid laid in on top of the three? very shaky pallets. … Continue reading Major Upgrade on railroad crossing

We’ve seen what the future looks like, and it could have been worse

The architect’s concept of the new building as seen looking down a narrow alley from Phillips Place. The St. John Cantius church will not fall to the wrecking ball, only the priest’s residence will be demolished, and the housing that is going to be squeezed into the long narrow space behind the existing housing will … Continue reading We’ve seen what the future looks like, and it could have been worse

Third in the series of stories about atomic testing in the Pacific…

Hardtack 1 set a frenetic pace for Task Force 7.3. Between April 28 and August 18 of 1958 they conducted 35 tests, or a test about every three days. Everything was on a rush-rush basis, since the Department of Defense had a whole arsenal of new weapons to get tested before the freeze set in. … Continue reading Third in the series of stories about atomic testing in the Pacific…

The Day the Tide Went Out and Didn’t Come Back

George Mace OAK Atomic Test, June 26, 1958 When I was sweating out boot camp George was manning a communications station on Eniwetok. He was a founder of the National Association of Atomic Veterans. He remembers how it was, when part of the duty was having to muster outside on the beach whenever they set … Continue reading The Day the Tide Went Out and Didn’t Come Back

Days of Denial

  After Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and World War Two ended, the United States and Great Britain sought remote areas with accessible ports and land for installations to test atomic weapons. The technology of atomic weapons was still in its infancy. The United States had a couple big so-called pumpkin bombs, but we were working on … Continue reading Days of Denial

The Road to Johnston Island

In 1957 the AEC needed a place to test out an idea they had at Livermore Laboratories. The idea came from a young charismatic Italian physicist, Nicholas Christofilos, who worked for Edward Teller, the  co-father of the H-Bomb. In those days Livermore Laboratories had punch with the Joint Chiefs, their star was ascendant, and they … Continue reading The Road to Johnston Island

“Well, what do you think about the “Black Lives Matter” sign on city hall?

One of my readers hit me with that hot question today when she saw me coming into the turkey dinner  at the Senior Center. And what did I do but waffle on her? You would have thought I was the mayor. Maybe I’ve been retired too long. I remembered too well the noisy chaotic night … Continue reading “Well, what do you think about the “Black Lives Matter” sign on city hall?

A Miracle Save

At first sight you’d think this building was a goner.  It isn’t.  There was an article about a barn fire up in Cummington in the Gazette the other day. What interested me was that the mutual aid people from Goshen and Plainfield and Cummington managed to save this building, when the fire  had a significant … Continue reading A Miracle Save

HURRAY!

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!