The Dam The Home On my way over to Meadowbrook Apartments this morning, I was going down Barrett Street and I caught a glimpse of a major public works project. Defying past trapping operations, stay-away orders and city attempts to tunnel in and destroy their dams, the beavers have returned to the marsh and have … Continue reading The Beavers are Back!
It’s another snowy day in February, and once I had got over gloomily wondering why it was that bears could hibernate for three months or so and humans start to fall apart after a couple days in bed, I got to work. The first order of things, as usual,is to go to the computer and … Continue reading Breaking Hearts
.. In December, we carried a story on 98 King and the proposal the Valley CDC made for the Community Preservation Awards (CPA) program to convert this derelict building to a 8-unit SRO. Since then, the proposal for seed money has been approved, the building has changed hands, and the CDC has been “buttoned up” … Continue reading Progress of a sort? An update on 98 King Street
A crack pipe purchased for 99 cents at Pop’s Liquor The first article I wrote for Kirbyontheloose was “Crack is Back” in March of 2008.read it here. It was a two-part story of a young woman who was beat up at a local rooming house and thrown out of the window by her boyfriend, a … Continue reading Crack is Back Part Three : The Death of a Dealer
Cummington is an idyllic small town about twenty miles northwest of Northampton up in the foothills of the Berkshires. You take Route 9 to get there. You leave citified liberals behind and get into old Yankee territory, where men are still men and know how to keep their chain saws running without running to the … Continue reading The Great Cummington Farms Disaster (more tales from the eighties)
Lately I have been reading nostalgic stuff about Honor Court; reading how the town was nice and clean and there was no graffiti in the old days when the guys from Honor Court and their push-broom brigades kept the town clean. Older Italians are nostalgic for Mussolini, who made the trains run on time. Some … Continue reading Dishonor Court
Stand in the backyards of Meadowbrook and you look up to Straw Avenue and the backyards of Florence. The complex was built in a low-lying swampy area. A number of small streams feed its pond, and under the ground flows another kind of river in a pipe. A regional supervisor for POAH (Preservation Of Affordable … Continue reading Flood at Meadowbrook caused by blocked city sewer line?
A confession: In the days that Hospital Hill still had a hospital on it, and design aspects seemed as if they could be talked about at public hearings, I got over-involved fighting to save Old Main. Too many meetings. Ask my wife. But even in the thick of it, I wondered if I and other … Continue reading We need a mid-course correction on Village Hill
“You know, I worked with Dick Covell and my impression was that he was a much more effective administrator when he was here in Northampton with NIS than he was at Holyoke. You see, he was very much of a ‘hands-on’ type of guy. When he was at 109 Main Street his office was right … Continue reading Part III: The Roof Falls In on Heritage Bank
The Plotters Northampton is a small town, and there is very little you can get away with without people noticing, and talking about it. The commercial and legal and political world is pretty well focused in about four or five city blocks in the downtown area. You can’t have an affair in Northampton, or if … Continue reading Part II: The Fall Guys