Fighting the landfill expansionis not going to be easy. I was at Stop & Shop collecting signatures for the drive to put the question about the landfill on the ballot. It was a chilly morning, and drizzle was fogging up my glasses. Most people were friendly and receptive to signing onto this venture, but some … Continue reading An uphill slog
I first saw Bob Moriarity at the last City Council meeting, when a lot of us turned out for the public comment session to vent our views about the landfill. Sticking to three minutes when you are facing the Mayor and her gavel is not easy. I sensed that Bob, who has worked in the … Continue reading “I married the landfill.”
The Stairway to Nowhere: Building 21 today If you look at this Youtube video of the Meadowbrook fire on April 13th, one is struck by the strange narcolepsy affecting the fire fighters. CLICK HERE Look at minute 1:15. They walk slowly, wearily. “They seemed like they were lost people,” said a maintenance man at the … Continue reading When firemen have to watch buildings burn down: a second posting on the Meadowbrook fire
According to the papers, Mike Smith was now managing an auto shop, earning about $250 a week and living up over the garage. An innocent juror or newspaper reader like me would probably think that this new career of his reflected credit on him. Bank executive starts life over again managing a garage. Puts past … Continue reading Mike Smith, fix my warning lights!
I guess everyone is tired of the pictures of the beaver lodge, so here goes nothing. Being the old gaffer that I am, I can take an hour nap every now and then, well almost every afternoon, if the truth be known. This afternoon after I dared sudden death by cleaning the gutters, I went … Continue reading No nap for the weary: The Override Vote
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)