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September 11, 2012

Western Massachusetts observes the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks

Residents throughout Massachusetts and the nation will be marking the tragic anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Several events honoring the victims and recalling the horror of that day will be held in several communities throughout Western Massachusetts.

AGAWAM
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Where: Agawam Fire Dept., 800 Main Street.
Event: Memorial and prayer service, featuring speakers and music

AMHERST
Time: 9:45-10:45 a.m.
Where: North Pleasant Street Fire Station

BELCHERTOWN
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Where: Town Common
Event: Candlelight Vigil

CHICOPEE
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Where: Saint Anthony of Padua Church, 56 Saint Anthony Street
Event: Memorial Mass, celebrated by consortium of eight churches in Ludlow and Chicopee

EAST LONGMEADOW
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Where: East Longmeadow Fire Dept., 150 Somers Road
Event: Candlelight vigil

ENFIELD
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Where: Enfield Fire Station No. 2, 199 Weymouth Avenue
Event: Parade, followed by a ceremony at the 9/11 memorial garden

LUDLOW
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Where: Ludlow Fire Department, corner of Chapin and Center Streets

PALMER
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Where: War Memorial, Converse Middle School, 24 Converse Street
Event: Candlelight vigil featuring speakers and song

SOUTHWICK
Time: 9:45 a.m.
Where: Southwick Fire Department, Depot Street

SPRINGFIELD
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Where: Public Safety Complex, 1212 Carew Street
Event: Memorial service, featuring city leaders and song

WESTFIELD
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Where: Sons of Erin Club, 22 William Street

WEST SPRINGFIELD
Time: 8:30 a.m.
Where: Melissa Harrington Hughes Memorial, Town Green

 

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November 28, 2011

Weekly Links- Nov 20-27

A little slower than usual on the news front this past week given the Thanksgiving Holiday, but with the Iowa Republican caucuses just thirty-six days away, there seems to be yet another seismic shift in the  field of candidates.

  • The campaign of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has been seen as a long shot since it was rather clumsily announced last March. Recent questions about money he made advising Federal Housing giant Freddie Mac and statements he made criticizing child labor laws, seemed like they would be additional blows to an already flagging campaign.
  • But as of about two weeks ago, some opinion polls show Gingrich inching out a lead over former Massachusetts  Governor Mitt Romney, indicating that he may be the latest in a long line of candidates that conservatives are flocking to him, as an alternative to Romney.
  • Last Tuesday, in a CNN Republican primary debate about  National security issues, many observers said Gingrich gave a strong performance.Gingrich, also made headlines in the debate, when he spoke of the need for a ‘more humane’ immigration policy that would forge a pathway to legalization’ for those immigrants who may have entered the country illegally, but now have families in the U.S and have assimilated into the fabric of American life.
  • Some conservatives slammed Gingrich for the move that has been widely seen as a tact to the center. Iowa Congressman Steve King  as well as primary rivals such as Romney and Minnesota Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann called such a policy ‘amnesty’.
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November 23, 2011

UMASS Amherst professor arrested in New York City, during ‘Occupy’ protests.

A UMASS Amherst Professor, was among the three hundred ‘Occupy Wall Street Protesters’ arrested in New York City last Thursday, while participating in demonstrations that were part of a broader  National Day of Action by the two month old movement against corporate excess and income inequality.

Daniel Clawson, a Sociology Professor at UMASS and a Northampton resident, who is currently in New York as a visiting fellow at the Russell Sage Foundation, was not injured and has been out of jail as of last Thursday night.

In a posting on the well-known liberal blog the Daily Kos, Clawson says he and a swarm of other protesters we’re arrested on the morning of Nov 17, when they sat in the middle of the intersection of Pine and Nassua Streets near Zucotti Park, knotting up traffic in an act of civil disobedience.

‘Somehow I was in a sizable group  that was well in advance of the main march; we we’re sitting in the intersection before the march (and police arrived),’ he writes.

After being cuffed, Clawson and a collection of others, were then brought to the Police Headquarters at 1 Police Plaza near the New York Stock Exchange, where according to him, they were  booked and held in a holding cell with what he alleges was as many as eighty other people.

‘The most boring part was the next many hours of waiting, not knowing what would happen or when we would be released.’

Clawson though, was released at 7:30pm, and given a Desk Attendance Ticket requiring him to appear in criminal court on January 25 to face possible disorderly conduct charges.

 

November 21, 2011

Weekly Links- November 13 – 20 ‘Happy Thanksgiving’

The week began with the clearing out of ‘Occupy’ protesters from Zucotti Park Tuesday morning, and the subsequent re-occupation (minus the tents and camping accouterments) of members of the two month old movement against what they say is corporate advirace and income inequality. Nearly 200 were arrested by police during the eviction.

  •  Structures were dismantled and some property was confiscated by police. Among those entities taken apart, was the so-called ‘People’s Library’, an accumulation of books and periodicals set up for public consumption at the camp site. After Police took down the initial library and confiscated the books, a new collection was begun at Zucotti Park. Then that library was also dismantled and its materials destroyed. The American Library Association has expressed alarm over the incident.
  • In New York City and other communities and college campuses around the globe, ‘Occupy’ demonstrators participated in  what was deemed a ‘National Day of Action’ to condemn the crackdowns, rail against austerity measures, and celebrate the two month anniversary of the movement. Marchers took part in acts of civil disobedience  attempting to shut down financial centers, tie up traffic, fill subways, protest in large banks, and march across bridges and landmarks such as the Brooklyn Bridge. Hundreds were arrested by police including a retired Philadelphia Police Captain and a  New York City Council member. I will also be posting a slightly belated article on events correlated to the ‘Day of Action’ that took place in Amherst on Thursday.
  •  In a letter to House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), banking lobbyists reveal their desire to derail the ‘Occupy movement’ and help defeat any Democrats that might sympathize with their calls to reign in the power of large financial institutions that many blame for the 2008 meltdown. They also express fear of a populist alliance between the ‘Occupy’ movement and the ‘Tea Party’ that could be detrimental to them.
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September 28, 2011

The Valley Advocate Grand Band Slam

The logo for the Valley Advocate's 2011 'Grand Band Slam' (Pic courtesy of Valley Advocate)

 

The Valley Advocate  released the names of the winners of this year’s annual ‘Grand Band Slam’, in last week’s issue.

I actually wasn’t going to do a post on this, but I remembered how my post of the results of  the Advocate’s  ‘Best of the Valley 2011 Readers Poll’  was one of my most viewed posts. Besides, I thought those who reside outside the valley and view my blog, those local music fans who don’t regularly read the Advocate ( a rare breed), or those who don’t read the Advocate and read my blog (hey, it could happen); could hear the rooster of names who have been crowned  winners in this local contest.

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May 31, 2011

Bob Paquette, Western Massachusetts host of “Morning Edition” dead at 55

Bob Paquette (Picture courtesy of WFCR)

  Note: The biographical information and quotes in this post were derived from a number of other websites.

  Bob Paquette, the local host and Senior News Producer of  Morning Edition carried on Western Massachusetts NPR stations 88.5 WFCR and WNNZ; died this past weekend in Bloomfield, CT at the age of 55.

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May 3, 2011

Bin Laden is dead (and reactions)

  

    Honestly, I was hoping to do a big hard news article using several sources and recounting much of the history of  the U.S hunt for Osama Bin Laden, news of the raid, and how it affected U.S policy over the last ten years, but I forgot to save the post.

  Hopefully this much more modest and personal post will suffice.

As we all know, late Sunday night President Barack Obama in a televised address from the East Room of the White House, announced  that Al-Queda mastermind Osama Bin Laden was killed in a U.S raid.

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April 27, 2011

John Sinclair at Extravaganja

Perhaps the most famous speaker at the 2011 Extravaganja on the South Common of Amherst on April 16 was John Sinclair. Sinclair, a poet, founding member of the White Panthers Party; most famed for his 1969 arrest and trial in Michigan when he was sentenced to ten years in prison for possesion of two joints.

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April 23, 2011

Winners of the best of Valley Advocate reader’s poll announced

Image courtesy: Valley advocate.com

It’s that time of year again! The Valley Advocate, the weekly journal of entertainment, news, and listings is just as much a staple of western Massachusetts as the Autumn foliage, the smattering of colleges, and its fine dinning. Now the annual ‘Advocate Best of the Valley Reader’s Poll’ is out with the tops picks of the best locales in western Massachusetts and New England to get some grub, drinks, places to spend your money, or just to chill out; all selected by the readers of the Advocate.     

   Below are the winner’s in all 188 categories. Hope you have fun reading, my retinas I think are nearly burned out from laying out this list.

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