New Council, New Rules

Northampton City Council alters Public Comment, takes a stance against anti-Semitism, and more

JULES MARSH

JANUARY 19, 2022


COALITION OF LABOR UNIONS URGES BIDEN TO CANCEL STUDENT DEBT IMMEDIATELY

MATT BERG

JANUARY 18, 2022


NORTHAMPTON CITY COUNCIL TO VOTE ON ACCESSIBLE NATURE TRAILS

MATT BERG

DECEMBER 1, 2021


REP. MCGOVERN MEETS WITH ANTI-IMPERIALIST ACTIVISTS

McGovern spoke to activists outside his Northampton office calling for an end to U.S. sanctions.

SARAH ROBERTSON

NOVEMBER 29, 2021


FINE-DINING NEWCOMER PATRIA REMAINS CLOSED AFTER “UNPLANNED DEPARTURE” OF KITCHEN STAFF

Records reveal a violent altercation between owner Aaron Thayer and an employee

WILL MEYER

NOVEMBER 21, 2021


ANTI-BIOMASS ACTIVISTS MOBILIZE AGAINST PROPOSED GAS PIPELINE IN SPRINGFIELD

SARAH ROBERTSON

NOVEMBER 20, 2021


PIONEER VALLEY NEWSGUILD DEMANDS BYLINE STRIKE TO PRESSURE CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS

MATT BERG

NOVEMBER 17, 2021


LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Letters engage with coverage of racial justice forum and express support for Jesse Hassinger.

THE SHOESTRING

NOVEMBER 1, 2021


NORTHAMPTON CITY COUNCIL PASSES FARMWORKER RESOLUTION OVER APOLOGIES TO AG. COMMISSION

The Council also discussed redistricting, diesel storage, and the Resilience Hub.

JULES MARSH

NOVEMBER 1, 2021


NEWSPAPER UNION PUSHES FOR OUTSOURCING PROTECTIONS

As contract negotiations drag on, workers take "work to rule" action

SARAH ROBERTSON

OCTOBER 29, 2021


NORTHAMPTON CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES DROP OUT OF RACIAL JUSTICE FORUM

Despite receiving all questions in advance, some candidates felt there would not be a “level playing field.”

WILL MEYER

OCTOBER 28, 2021


"IT'S GOTTA BE AN AFFRONT"

Talking horror with filmmaker Nick Verdi and author B.R. Yeager.

BRIAN ZAYATZ

OCTOBER 20, 2021


NORTHAMPTON CITY COUNCIL VOTES TO ENDORSE THE FAIRNESS FOR FARMWORKERS ACT

The Council also reviewed the new redistricting map

JULES MARSH

OCTOBER 12, 2021


WALKING AWAY FROM PRISONS AND JAILS IN MASSACHUSETTS

Group marches across state to stop new prison and jail construction

SIERRA DICKEY

OCTOBER 10, 2021


HIRING COMMITTEE NAMED FOR NORTHAMPTON DOCC IMPLEMENTATION DIRECTOR

The Mayor’s appointees will begin the process of selecting an applicant to build the new department from scratch.

BRIAN ZAYATZ

OCTOBER 7, 2021


"I'M AN APOLITICAL PERSON"

The Gazette covers David Murphy as “apolitical” while insinuating left-wing candidates have an agenda.

WILL MEYER

SEPTEMBER 28, 2021


HOLYOKE CITY COUNCIL MEETING PROVOKES HEATED DEBATE ON ARPA FUNDS

The Council also discussed dispensary buffer zones, dirt bikes, and more.

BELLA LEVAVI

SEPTEMBER 24, 2021


JAMILA GORE RUNS FOR AT-LARGE NORTHAMPTON CITY COUNCILOR

In a Q+A, Gore talks about her vision for Northampton and her historic campaign

JULES MARSH

SEPTEMBER 23, 2021


CDC EVICTION MORATORIUM STRUCK DOWN

An in-depth look at the current state of protections against eviction in MA.

MOLLY KELLER

SEPTEMBER 10, 2021


FEDERAL PPP LOANS DISTRIBUTED UNEQUALLY ACROSS VALLEY

A lawsuit alleging anti-white male bias slowed distribution to minority-owned businesses until little aid was left.

AVERY MARTIN

SEPTEMBER 7, 2021


NORTHAMPTON CITY COUNCIL VOTES TO STAY REMOTE IN RESPONSE TO DELTA VARIANT

The Council also signalled support for a state housing bill at August’s meeting.

MIKE HANSON

SEPTEMBER 2, 2021


COMMUNITY GROUPS COLLABORATE ON FLORENCE FREEDGE

The new community refrigerator is now open for donations and pick-ups along the Northampton Bikeway.

MOLLY KELLER

AUGUST 30, 2021


JESSE HASSINGER KICKS OFF CITY COUNCIL CAMPAIGN AT PULASKI PARK

The Belly of the Beast owner and Arts Council member says he wants to ask tough questions.

BRIAN ZAYATZ

AUGUST 27, 2021


MOUNT HOLYOKE STUDENTS GET HOUSING AFTER PRESSURING SCHOOL

The college again overenrolled itself, leaving students to fend for themselves during a statewide housing crunch.

BELLA LEVAVI

AUGUST 25, 2021


HOLYOKE POLICE CHIEF DAVID PRATT REQUESTED $478,000 IN FEDERAL COVID-19 RELIEF FUNDING FOR NEW EQUIPMENT AND BONUSES

“Just like a kid on his Christmas list, I’m trying to pick the best toys that I can.”

AVERY MARTIN

AUGUST 14, 2021


EMILY “LEMY” COFFIN IS RUNNING FOR WARD 1 CITY COUNCILOR

The social worker and community organizer wants to bring systems level thinking to Northampton city government.

MOLLY KELLER

AUGUST 12, 2021


"STERN AND KIND"

Northampton mayoral candidate Shanna Fishel talks with The Shoestring about participatory budgeting, policing, and a grassroots path to victory.

JULES MARSH

AUGUST 7, 2021


NORTHAMPTON DPW REMOVES WARFIELD PL. CHERRY TREES IN MASSIVE SHOW OF FORCE

The city may have violated a temporary restraining order filed by neighbors.

BRIAN ZAYATZ

JULY 31, 2021


FOXES AND HEDGEHOGS AND PIGS, OH MY!

NPD Twitter account likes and follows sexual cartoon content

BRIAN ZAYATZ

JULY 21, 2021


DISTRICT ATTORNEY DECLINED TO PROSECUTE DRIVER WHO RAMMED THROUGH PROTEST

AVERY MARTIN

JULY 21, 2021


NORTHAMPTON CITY COUNCIL CONSIDERS HYBRID MEETING FORMAT

The Council also voted to begin the process of banning broker fees at July’s meeting

AVERY MARTIN

JULY 17, 2021


NORTHAMPTON CONSTRUCTION DISPLACES UNHOUSED RESIDENTS

The city towed one couple’s RV before the parking ban took effect and has asked residents living in tents to pack up their encampment.

MOLLY KELLER

JULY 16, 2021


GOV. BAKER'S POST-EVICTION MORATORIUM PLAN FOR RENTERS FAILS TO DELIVER

The state spent millions on Covid consultants to rationalize letting the moratorium expire

DAN ATKINSON

JULY 15, 2021


NORTHAMPTON NEIGHBORHOOD RALLIES TO SAVE BELOVED CHERRY TREES

The Mayor and DPW Director won’t budge on plans to chop trees for repaving

BRIAN ZAYATZ

JULY 13, 2021


NPD MISCONDUCT CARD #6: KENNETH KIRCHNER

"A kid in a candy store"

MOLLY KELLER

JULY 8, 2021


SOCIAL JUSTICE CHARTER SCHOOL STAFF HOLD PICKET AFTER MASS LAYOFFS

“These teachers helped us during the hardest year of school and now they’re getting laid off.”

R. NICHOLAS

JULY 5, 2021


GREENFIELD POLICE DENIED 1.3 MILLION DOLLAR RENOVATION

Budget activism results in new scrutiny on Greenfield police spending

SIERRA DICKEY

JUNE 27, 2021


NORTHAMPTON CITY COUNCIL PASSES FY2022 BUDGET IN SECOND READING

Despite hours of public testimony about the police budget, the Mayor's budget passed as planned.

MOLLY KELLER

JUNE 24, 2021


LT. ALAN BOROWSKI WAS HIGHEST PAID EMPLOYEE IN NORTHAMPTON

The Lieutenant has sued the city and has been sued for misconduct, costing taxpayers more than his salary.

MOLLY KELLER & WILL MEYER

JUNE 17, 2021


PROTESTORS BLOCK TRAFFIC TO DRAW ATTENTION TO THE POLICE BUDGET

One driver drove slowly through the crowd, no one was seriously injured.

AVERY MARTIN

JUNE 16, 2021


NORTHAMPTON CITY COUNCIL PASSES BUDGET IN FIRST READING

The heavily criticized budget faces a second reading on June 17th

BRIAN ZAYATZ

JUNE 12, 2021


EASTHAMPTON'S AKINE SAYS CITY COUNCILORS ARE STIFLING ACTIVIST VOICES

In a recent letter, the activist group addresses councilors who also serve as moderators of online community forums

AVERY MARTIN

JUNE 3, 2021


ONE YEAR LATER, COMMUNITY STILL DEMANDS ALTERNATIVES TO POLICING AT BUDGET HEARINGS

Northampton City Council heard (or didn’t) department heads and the public in two special meetings

BRIAN ZAYATZ

JUNE 1, 2021


IF PIGS COULD FLY PART II

This is what it looks like when the NPD surveils their critics

WILL MEYER

MAY 30, 2021


CITY DESTROYS GEORGE FLOYD MEMORIAL

Narkewicz described the public art installation as vandalism

AVERY MARTIN

MAY 29, 2021


SHABBAT IN THE STREETS

Northampton Jewish community gathers to pressure Rep. Jim McGovern on Palestine

JULES MARSH

MAY 27, 2021


NORTHAMPTON CITY COUNCIL ENDORSES WAGE THEFT BILL, POSTPONES ZERO LOT LINE VOTE

The latest zoning change is the densest yet

BRIAN ZAYATZ

MAY 27, 2021


MAYOR NARKEWICZ SUBMITS FY22 BUDGET PROPOSAL

The budget funds level services across departments and a Department of Community Care

BRIAN ZAYATZ

MAY 24, 2021


NORTHAMPTON CITY COUNCIL ENDORSES GAZETTE UNION AND DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY CARE

In the last meeting before budget hearings begin, Councilors expressed tepid support for NPRC recommendations

BRIAN ZAYATZ

MAY 20, 2021