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!

Beauty is only skin deep

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

Crack is Back

(This article was written in March of 2007, and I’ve added to it since then. I’m working on a special issue of KOTL on heroin in Northampton, and it’ll be a couple of weeks before it is ready. I was sitting in Pulaski Park the other night and there was a lot of suspicious activity … Continue reading Crack is Back

What was this guy doing in Apartment 615 of Salvo House at three in the morning?

Brandon LaFreniere’s body was discovered on the front lawn of the Salvo House last  Saturday night, April 26th. He either slipped from the balcony or was pushed off it.  It’s still an open case and the police are not saying anything.  Neither are the neighbors.  The police are tightlipped because it’s their job to  follow … Continue reading What was this guy doing in Apartment 615 of Salvo House at three in the morning?

Dishonor Court

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