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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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May 19, 2012

Republicans won’t let go of Warren’s ancestry issue

Massachusetts Democratic Senate Candidate Elizabeth Warren after speaking at the 31st annual ‘Noho Pride Celebration’ in Northampton. (Photo: Alex Ross).

 The latest controversy on what if any role Massachusetts Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren’s Native American ancestry played in  her hiring as a Professor,  is  a story on which Republicans are not letting go. 

Almost every day for more than two weeks, the Brown campaign or a Republican surrogate has highlighted the latest bit of news to emerge on the subject, often citing articles on conservative websites in a bid to coax more coverage from the mainstream news media. Warren’s failure to offer a full and concise answer on what role her ancestry has played in her professional career has left an opening that has allowed the questions to linger.

On Monday, Brown’s campaign manager, Jim Barnett, held a telephone briefing with reporters, offering a near exhaustive catalogue of details about the issue and demanding anew that Warren release personnel records from her jobs at Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania law schools.

“The question here is not about Elizabeth Warren’s credentials, so much as it is about Elizabeth Warren’s integrity and truthfulness and willingness to be transparent,’’ Barnett said.

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February 10, 2012

‘Mo Money, Mo Problems’ a conversation with Congressional candidate Bill Shein and the issue of money in politics.

The odds seemed to be against much of a turnout for the ‘Occupy the Courts’  demonstration at the U.S District Courthouse on State Street in Springfield on Jan 20.

It was after all, a protest  marking the second anniversary of the controversial ‘Citizen’s United’ decision, the Supreme Court ruling that overturned federal limits on how much corporations, unions, and other big donors can give to outside political groups during an election; and it was  scheduled for a Friday at noon in downtown Springfield, when tangled streets were sure to be clogged with lunch hour traffic.

At most, I thought, a dozen people would be there, the die-hard activists connected to local branches of the ‘Occupy’ movement and a constellation of other economic justice organizations.

But much to my surprise, about seventy Western Massachusetts residents showed up, armed with homemade signs, populist angst, and even a small marching band.

Could it be that voters are actually starting to care about the issue of campaign finance reform?

Bill Shein is betting that it does.

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November 21, 2011

‘Wolf Man Conspiracy’ live at the Iron Horse in Northampton Massachusetts

The quality of the video might not be that good, but this is the Western Massachusetts band ‘Wolf Man Conspiracy’, performing live at the Iron Horse in Northampton MA on the night of Saturday Nov 12.  

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November 2, 2011

Editor’s Note: Sorry about the delay.

"Stomp and Holler' march from the Bridge Street School down to City Hall in Northampton on Oct 22.

Sorry about the delay for my posting on the Oct 22 ‘Stomp and Holler’ in Northampton, similar to the ‘Slut Walk’ demonstrations  organized to raise awareness of sexual abuse and victim’s rights,that have surfaced in cities around the globe, will be up a little later than I had planned due to the blackout and other personal obligations I have had to deal with. I will have it written and posted as soon as I can. Again I am sorry about this.

October 18, 2011

Occupy Wall Street becomes Occupy Northampton


'Occupy Northampton ' demonstrators out in front of the Bank of America on Oct 6.

The ‘ Occupy Wall Street’ movement’s message against corporate power and Wall Street greed touched down in Northampton just a little over a week ago on Thursday Oct 6, when demonstrators assembled outside the Bank of America branch on Main Street, for what its organizers dubbed ‘Occupy Northampton’.

   Standing behind barricades erected by Northampton Police in the parking area in front of the bank, protesters wielded homemade signs, chanted slogans, and sang along to the music of a burly college age acoustic guitar player backed up on occasion by the slap of a tribal drum or the shaking of a percussion instrument.
    Collectively, those in attendance  referred to themselves as ‘the 99%’, a term common in the vernacular of the ‘Occupy movement’ rallies across the country.
September 23, 2011

Alchemystics FREE ‘413 Family Party and Video Shoot’ this Sunday in Greenfield, MA

Just found out that the ‘Alchemystics’ will be at the Arts Block in Greenfield, MA this Sunday   from 4pm-9pm for a  show and video shoot for their song ‘Dance Upon the Corner’. Admission is free and there will be BBQ and live performances from: the ‘Fear Nuttin Band’, ‘Danny Pease and the Regulators’, DJ Theory, and more.

Originally the video shoot was scheduled for late August, but was canceled due to Tropical Storm Irene. The only storm they will be facing this week is the thundering of dancing and jammin. For more information check out the event’s Facebook page.

Great music, at a great price, in a great city. Come check it out.

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June 14, 2011

We wish the music never stopped: The gigantic Strange Creek 2011 Slideshow

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Okay it is mostly completed. There are still some more captions to do, but since my computer has broken done I figured the best thing to do is just post it as is and put the finishing touches on it later.

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June 2, 2011

StrangeCreek 2011 Program

      One of the features in my coverage of the ‘StrangeCreek Campout’ of this past  weekend that will be up on this site; is this recreation of a small pamphlet all Creek goers recieved upon arrival. Within its small black and white pages were statements, rules, and most importantly rosters of all the bands playing at the event’s three stages.            

      I did my best to replicate the flavor of the event that is in those pages, even photopgraphing the advertisments for other upcoming events. Also, in the rosters I provided a link to the information page of each band’s facebook, myspace, or offical website to give readers more information on the bands themselves. Excuse any spelling or grammatical mistakes in the texts below, chances are that is how they appeared in the actual pamphlets. Having  invested a real lot of work into this, I hope you will enjoy this feature. The photographs and a short article on the event will be posted in the next few days.

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May 16, 2011

A gay ole time

 

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The long awaited and promised slideshow of the May 7 Pride parade is now done.