Last of Northampton’s Marijuana Impact Fees to be Allocated

City Council approved an order allocating the fund’s $2.6 million, among many other financial orders By Brian Zayatz Northampton City Council heard a slew of financial orders at April 1st’s meeting, among them an order to allocate the last of the city’s Marijuana Impact Fees. Mayor Narkewicz announced in January he would no longer collect … Continue reading Last of Northampton’s Marijuana Impact Fees to be Allocated

Permit Revoked For Springfield Biomass Power Plant Thanks To Grassroots Organizing

After a decade-long battle, environmental justice advocates celebrate a major victory, but the fight isn't over. By Sarah Robertson SPRINGFIELD - What would have been the largest wood-burning power plant in Massachusetts, in a city with the highest asthma rates in the country, lost a vital permit last week. The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection … Continue reading Permit Revoked For Springfield Biomass Power Plant Thanks To Grassroots Organizing

Northampton Policing Commission Releases Report

The City must ask: What will the upcoming budget include, and what does that say about what Northampton prioritizes?  By Luis Fieldman The Northampton Policing Review Commission (NPRC) made sweeping recommendations about the kinds of emergencies and 911-related calls that police officers should respond to in its final report, “Reimagining Safety,” published last week. A … Continue reading Northampton Policing Commission Releases Report

Daily Hampshire Gazette Publisher Blames Pandemic for Newspaper’s Downturn

Says advertising revenue will rebound once “we get the economy rolling again.” By SARAH ROBERTSON NORTHAMPTON – Less than one month after the Pioneer Valley NewsGuild held a public forum to discuss the union’s concerns about the future of their newspaper, the Daily Hampshire Gazette hosted a similar set of events with two editors and … Continue reading Daily Hampshire Gazette Publisher Blames Pandemic for Newspaper’s Downturn