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Michael DiPasquale: Taking climate change challenge seriously in Northampton

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — In late September, Northampton began work to create the city’s first comprehensive Climate Adaptation Plan. The kick-off consisted of three days of public meetings and design sessions conducted by a team of six consultants organized by the American Institute of Architects. Climate adaptation refers to measures cities and towns can take to prepare for climate change. Northampton’s Climate Adaptation Plan will describe things the city can do to …

Lilly Gaev: The orphaned block in the heart of Northampton’s downtown

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The City Council just put the final kibosh on our many efforts to have Center Court in the central business zone downtown accepted as a city street. Many other former private ways have become official city streets, though I’ve yet to discern what standards they met. Though this is a charming …

Mary Carey: The lost Saturday — my seven hours without memory

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

AMHERST — I lost my short-term memory just before 10 a.m. the Saturday before last and didn’t get it back until 5 p.m. During my lost hours, I asked my husband Brian every two minutes or so where I was and what was happening. Brian would explain that I had gotten confused during a weightlifting class. Kathy from the gym had driven me …

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Lynne Bertrand: What spring can reveal if we remember to look, listen

Jim McGovern, Monte Belmonte & Andrew Morehouse: What motivates our hunger march

Monday, November 23, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — As families across Massachusetts prepare to gather around the dinner table for Thanksgiving this week, we all take a moment to share our gratitude. But for many families who struggle with hunger, Thanksgiving can be a stressful time. To help all of our community’s families and …

Rosie Haynes: On the Smith College sit-in: Only free speech opens minds

Friday, November 20, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Last Wednesday, I joined over 200 students, faculty and members of the community gathered in the Smith College campus center in the sit-in organized in solidarity with the victims of racism at the University of Missouri. I, a Northampton High School senior, came not only as …

Jim Foudy: Half a loaf on needs public records law reform in Massachusetts

Friday, November 20, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Massachusetts took a couple steps forward this week toward reform of the state’s Public Records Law, considered one of the weakest in the country. They were better than baby steps, but not the giant ones many advocates wanted. The law is a vital tool for transparency …

Jonathan Wright: How about a ‘co-PILOT’ program instead?

Thursday, November 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — I have mixed feelings and misgivings about the PILOT program as proposed for Northampton. There is every danger that as this in instituted Smith College and others may reduce their other commitments, which are crucial to community connection and to the nonprofit sector. It appears this …

Nat Reade: How Smith College can be a better ‘good neighbor’

Thursday, November 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — When I read Smith College President Kathleen McCartney’s essay in the Gazette Nov. 6, I was encouraged by one line: “We pride ourselves on being good neighbors.” In many ways, this is already the case. Smith’s presence in Northampton allows us to walk through beautiful gardens, …

Joseph Tarantino: The ‘Narkewicz Effect’ — if nonprofits have money, liberals want it

Thursday, November 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — After listening to Mayor David J. Narkewicz’s advocacy for his proposed PILOT program, I have one suggestion: He should resign and leave the job of mayor to someone better able to hold the office without embarrassing the city or himself. It is just appalling that community …

Kevin Lake: Whether to approve PILOT? That’s wrong question

Thursday, November 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — After attending one of the Mayor David J. Narkewicz’s community meetings about his proposed PILOT program and reading what I can find about it, I wrote the mayor and the members of the City Council to …

Tom Weiner: Young women at Northampton High help lead the way on gender attitudes

Thursday, November 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Our community should be grateful to the members of the Northampton Key Club who rallied and marched Oct. 28 in support of a safe, harassment-free community. Many young women in our community are routinely mistreated in the form of catcalls and other demeaning behaviors by some …

Adam Fisher: The mea-culpa merchant of monstrous stories

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — When I was a kid, my single-mom mother would read me stories. There was no television and there was no Internet. There were tales to be heard on the radio, but somehow that was never the …

Sara Weinberger: Let’s expand the definition of local food’s local heroes

Monday, November 16, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — As we bemoan the end of this season’s glorious bounty of locally grown food, we celebrate the fact that when many U.S. farmers are calling it quits, our “buy local” movement has resulted in an increase in local agriculture. What a gift to live in the …