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


NPD CAN'T PRODUCE RECORDS OF ITS TEMPORARY SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS

JULES MARSH

MAY 15, 2021


“IS THERE A WAY OF BREAKING FREE OF THE CAPITALIST LOGIC?”

Northampton residents are tired of thinking inside the housing box

BRIAN ZAYATZ

MAY 14, 2021


MASS PAID THESE COVID CONSULTANTS MORE THAN $20 MILLION

Tasks have included advising on vaccine rollout and making a “playbook” for “high-risk” communities

DAN ATKINSON

MAY 9, 2021


SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING #19

The Greenfield Recorder deleted an Op-ed calling for a military coup

THE SHOESTRING

APRIL 28, 2021


PUBLIC TELLS CITY COUNCIL ITS “TIME TO ACT” ON POLICING

The ordinance review committee presents findings on systemic racism; City Solicitor questions reviewers’ intent

BRIAN ZAYATZ

APRIL 25, 2021


AN INTERVIEW WITH GINA-LOUISE SCIARRA

The Northampton City Council President is running for Mayor

THE SHOESTRING

APRIL 19, 2021


OP-ED: NORTHAMPTON SHOULD BAN RENT NOHO BROKER FEES FOR TENANTS

HANNAH SHAFFER

APRIL 17, 2021


NPD MISCONDUCT TRADING CARD #5: CLAY DELANO

An officer awarded by NPD for de-escalation has a history of violently arresting houseless Northampton residents for nonviolent activity.

MOLLY KELLER

APRIL 15, 2021


PEACE ACTIVISTS PRESSURE MCGOVERN’S OFFICE TO TAKE A STAND ON US POLICY IN VENEZUELA

Celina della Croce & Michael Kowalchuk

APRIL 13, 2021


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

BRIAN ZAYATZ

APRIL 10, 2021


PERMIT REVOKED FOR SPRINGFIELD BIOMASS PLANT THANKS TO GRASSROOTS ORGANIZING

After a decade-long battle, environmental justice advocates celebrate a major victory, but the fight isn't over

SARAH ROBERTSON

APRIL 6, 2021


NORTHAMPTON POLICING COMMISSION RELEASES REPORT

The City must ask: What will the upcoming budget include, and what does that say about what Northampton prioritizes?

LUIS FIELDMAN

APRIL 5, 2021


DAILY HAMPSHIRE GAZETTE PUBLISHER BLAMES PANDEMIC FOR NEWSPAPER'S DOWNTURN

Says advertising revenue will rebound once “we get the economy rolling again.”

SARAH ROBERTSON

APRIL 1, 2021


NORTHAMPTON CITY COUNCIL INDICATES SUPPORT FOR FULL DRUG DECRIMINALIZATION

A resolution calls on NPD to limit drug enforcement, particularly for psychedelic plants

BRIAN ZAYATZ

MARCH 27, 2021


NORTHAMPTON CITY COUNCIL PASSES PACKAGE OF ZONING AMENDMENTS OVER PUBLIC OUTCRY

Proponents and opponents alike distraught over the seemingly runaway prices of homes in Northampton

BRIAN ZAYATZ

MARCH 25, 2021


AN UNREASONABLE ASSESSMENT

How Massachusetts policymakers’ commitment to administering the MCAS is failing our students.

SARAH FIELD

MARCH 25, 2021


SANCTUARY LEADER LUCIO PEREZ RELEASED, IRIDA KAKHTIRANOVA REMAINS INSIDE

SIERRA DICKEY

UPDATED MARCH 17, 2021


EL LÍDER DEL COLECTIVO SANTUARIO LUCIO PÉREZ ES LIBERADO, IRIDA KAKHTIRANOVA CONTINÚA CONFINADA

SIERRA DICKEY y ELENA IGARTUBURU

MARCH 17, 2021


OP-ED: WHEN 'CHECKING A BOX' IS NOT ENOUGH

How Easthampton is not living up to its promises on racial justice.

AKINE

MARCH 15, 2021


“FOREVER CHEMICAL” PFAS DETECTED IN SWIFT RIVER SCHOOL WATER

An elementary school on the Wendell-New Salem border found dangerous levels of a manufactured chemical in its tap water.

SARAH ROBERTSON

MARCH 14, 2021


THE SHOESTRING COVID TRACKER

COVID-19 information updated every Friday at noon.

JOE PATER

MARCH 12, 2021


NORTHAMPTON MOVES TO EXPAND TWO-FAMILY ZONING TO WHOLE CITY

Proponents say it could increase affordable housing stock in the city

BRIAN ZAYATZ

MARCH 11, 2021


ACLU TELLS HOLYOKE CITY COUNCIL TO DROP ANTI-PANHANDLING ORDINANCE

Holyoke City Council looks for loophole to criminalize panhandling, despite court ruling

SARAH ROBERTSON

MARCH 9, 2021


WHO DOES SERVICENET SERVE?

As current ServiceNet shelter workers bargain for better wages, high turnover and staff burnout raise questions not just about the non-profit’s labor practices but how they serve the unhoused community.

R. NICHOLAS

MARCH 8, 2021


THE STATE OF SURVEILLANCE IN MASSACHUSETTS

The police reform bill Baker signed in December watered down regulations on facial recognition technology. Local ordinances can help fight back.

KATE NADEL

MARCH 5, 2021


PARENTS, STUDENTS, AND TEACHERS RALLIED AGAINST HATE AT JFK MIDDLE SCHOOL

LUIS FIELDMAN

MARCH 3, 2021


A BAD RAP

How a Smith College Employee Became a Right Wing Culture Warrior

BRIAN ZAYATZ

MARCH 2, 2021


CLASH OF IDEALS AND CONVENTION OVER NEW GAS STATION

Public hearing on gas and diesel storage at Big Y’s North King St. location

BRIAN ZAYATZ

FEBRUARY 28, 2021


NORTHAMPTON AND AMHERST TO BECOME MASS VACCINATION SITES

Mayor Narkewicz explained vaccination hiccups to City Council

BRIAN ZAYATZ

FEBRUARY 25, 2021


NPD MISCONDUCT TRADING CARD #4: ANDREW KOHL

“Raising One’s Middle Finger is Not a Crime”

MOLLY KELLER

FEBRUARY 25, 2021


ABOLITION ACTIVISTS LEFT VALENTINES FOR MAYOR NARKEWICZ

The life-sized cards, created by Northampton Abolition Now, advocated divesting from policing and investing in community services.

LUIS FIELDMAN

FEBRUARY 24, 2021


GAZETTE WORKERS TO HOST “SAVING OUR LOCAL NEWS” PUBLIC FORUM ON WEDNESDAY

Jim McGovern and Lindsay Sabadosa will be there, but not the newspaper’s CEO

SARAH ROBERTSON

FEBRUARY 23, 2021


RECENT FIRE EXPOSES THE STRUCTURAL FAILURES FACING UNHOUSED PEOPLE IN NORTHAMPTON

SARAH ROBERTSON

FEBRUARY 22, 2021


NORTHAMPTON CITY COUNCIL REBUKES COMCAST'S NEW DATA CAPS

City to conduct marketing study on public interest in municipal internet

BRIAN ZAYATZ

FEBRUARY 18, 2021


LEVEL SERVICES BUDGET POSSIBLE IF CITY IMPLEMENTS PROP 2 ½ OVERRIDE, SAYS NARKEWICZ

Mayor presented to City Council and School Committee on city's finances

BRIAN ZAYATZ

FEBRUARY 11, 2021


WHOSE VOICES WILL THE NORTHAMPTON POLICING REVIEW COMMISSION UPLIFT?

The next few weeks will be critical in answering this question.

NORTHAMPTON ABOLITION NOW

FEBRUARY 7, 2021


SAFE PASSAGE WORKERS ENTER CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS FOR A SAFER WORKPLACE

R. NICHOLAS

JANUARY 29, 2021


I GO TO CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS #43

Policing Review Commission presentation, plastics reduction ordinance, financial orders, expanding the franchise

BRIAN ZAYATZ

JANUARY 27, 2021


POLICE COMMISSION’S REPORT OFFERS TEPID INTEREST IN BOLD IDEAS

Commissioners explored reforms that would reduce violence and improve services. Now they should commit to advocating for them.

BRIAN ZAYATZ

JANUARY 22, 2021


EMPLOYEES AT CURRAN, BERGER & KLUDT MOVE TO UNIONIZE WITH UAW LOCAL 2322

R. NICHOLAS

JANUARY 13, 2021


SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING #18

Media Criticsm From The Shoestring

THE SHOESTRING

JANUARY 8th, 2021


A BRIEF HISTORY OF NORTHAMPTON'S POLICING REVIEW COMMISSION

The Commission’s first report is due tomorrow. How well was it set up to deliver strong recommendations?

BRIAN ZAYATZ

JANUARY 6, 2021


YEAR IN REVIEW 2020

THE SHOESTRING

JANUARY 4th, 2021


DAILY HAMPSHIRE GAZETTE SACKS LEAD EDITOR, OTHER STAFF IN LATEST CONSOLIDATING MOVE

SARAH ROBERTSON

DECEMBER 30, 2020


I GO TO CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS #42

Election reforms, Community Preservation Act funds,upcoming zoning bylaw changes

BRIAN ZAYATZ

DECEMBER 28, 2020


“A KALEIDOSCOPE OF MADNESS”

Talking visual confrontations of power and bringing art to journalism with war photographer Ben Brody

BRIAN ZAYATZ

DECEMBER 16, 2020


I GO TO CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS #41

COVID-19 update, fireworks, additional funding for Health Dept.

BRIAN ZAYATZ

DECEMBER 12, 2020


IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING #17

Media criticism from the The Shoestring

THE SHOESTRING

DECEMBER 9, 2020


I GO TO CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS #40

Tax classification, police misconduct allegations, municipal newspaper boxes

BRIAN ZAYATZ

NOVEMBER 30, 2020


“I’M NOT GOING TO PAINT THE WHOLE [STATE POLICE] AS RACIST, EVEN THOUGH THEY MOSTLY ARE.”

Antone Wilson and The Struggle of Promising Black Cops

CHRIS FARAONE

NOVEMBER 25, 2020


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