Northampton, MA Government

Data Center sweetens pot, councilors vote positive report

WESTFIELD — After Jeff Daley of WestMass Development read a list of seven new amenities that Servistar Realties would offer to the city in exchange for a tax incentive plan to develop the Westfield Data Center, city councilors voted 10-2, with one absence, to recommend the plan. The Oct. 18...
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Windsor Locks official, lawyers reassure residents developer will solely be responsible for financing sports complex

WINDSOR LOCKS — Despite assurances from First Selectman J. Christopher Kervick and lawyers representing all parties that the developer of All Sports Village will be solely responsible for paying back a loan to finance the project, a few residents during a public hearing Tuesday still expressed concern about hidden fees the town could be responsible for.

My Turn: Question 1 is a great compromise

My name is Penny Ricketts, your current City Council President. I am asking for your vote so I may continue being your councilor at large. There’s been lots of talk about uncontested races but there are more people running for School Committee than there are open seats. Great news! Do you want to make those decisions?

Plumbers union opens Holyoke training center

HOLYOKE — Plumbers & Pipefitters, Local 104, finished construction of its new, $1.8 million training center and headquarters last year. But the union local with 300 active members and 200 retirees, was only able to start hosting in-person training for its 60 apprentices in September 2021. This week, the union hosted a formal ribbon cutting with local and state officials as well as people in the union’s leadership.

COVID-19 News For Western Mass 10-20-21

(Undated) – Several employees at the largest hospital system in Massachusetts say in a lawsuit that they were subjected to discrimination and retaliation in violation of federal law when their requests for medical or religious exemptions from the organization’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate were denied. The federal suit was filed Sunday by eight workers at Mass General Brigham. Attorneys for the workers say they are not challenging the legality of the system’s vaccine mandate, but are attempting to prevent discrimination and retaliation based on religion or disability. Mass General Brigham said in a statement that each each exemption request was carefully reviewed by experts. The medical group includes Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton.

My Turn: Voting Yes on the fair and reasonable Question 1

The Greenfield City Charter provides for a referendum process that allows citizens to petition and suspend decisions made by the City Council. I am in complete support of that process as there will likely be a really bad decision made by the City Council at some point. How could there not be? The council is made up of human beings and humans sometimes make mistakes.

Chicopee City Council candidates answer pressing questions, part one

CHICOPEE – Recently, Reminder Publishing reached out to candidates vying for a seat on the Chicopee School Committee during the Nov. 2 municipal election. Candidates were invited to answer a series of questions related to city-specific issues. Responses printed by Reminder Publishing on behalf of the candidates represent their own thoughts, feelings and beliefs. Reminder Publishing does not endorse any candidate nor their beliefs.

West Springfield Arts Council extends grant deadline

WEST SPRINGFIELD — The West Springfield Arts Council has extended its deadline to Nov. 1 for grant requests for community orientated arts, humanities and science programs. The deadline was extended because of the pandemic and an online application can be found at Despite the pandemic, the art council has...