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Longmeadow Daze: Triple Retirements Close School Committee Era…

Longmeadow Daze is an occasional series reporting on and analyzing Longmeadow government and politics. LONGMEADOW—In 2013 the School Committee outflanked the Select Board and secured a budget transfer to avoid cuts to the schools. It was a resounding victory which belied the organizing needed to

Longmeadow Daze: Around Town and among the 538…

UPDATED 10/26/16 7:56PM: For clarity and grammar. Longmeadow Daze is an occasional series reporting on and analyzing Longmeadow government and politics. LONGMEADOW—It is an oddity among Western democracies, but one American students learn early on in social studies classes. Since the founding of the republic,

Hope for a New Climate after the Pope’s Speech…

UPDATED 11:22AM: For grammar & clarity. LONGMEADOW—Some nine hours after its first run, in the gymnasium of St. Mary’s Academy there was an encore performance of Pope Francis’ historic speech to Congress. Yet this was a not a later screening organized by the adjoining church.

Longmeadow Daze: Change Is an Elementary Part of (Schooling) Life…

Longmeadow Daze is an occasional series reporting on and analyzing Longmeadow government and politics. LONGMEADOW—Last Monday the School Committee here, meeting in a still new-smelling conference room off of Longmeadow High School, approved a new elementary school districts on a 6-1 vote. Yet that vote

Longmeadow and the Valley Conquered, Clark Turns Gaze East…

UPDATED 12/15/14 5:44PM: For grammar and clarity. LONGMEADOW—Sometimes, life imitates art. The Lesser Committee campaign manager Michael Clark said he had recently finished up the seventh season of The West Wing and noted the episode after fictional US Representative Matthew Santos won the presidency. All

Longmeadow Daze: Glazer & LDTC’s Organizing Yield Dems a Key Base…

UPDATED 11/16/14 1:57 PM: To clarify Lesser was consistently an LDTC member since joining as a teenager. This week his status changed from “associate” to full “elected” member once again. Longmeadow Daze is an occasional series reporting on and analyzing Longmeadow government and politics. LONGMEADOW—Eight days after voters

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From Seeds Sown in Override Battle, a Lesser Outlook Was Born…

LONGMEADOW—In the shadow of the 2002 recession, each community felt cuts to local aide—inevitable as acting Governor Jane Swift ruled out new revenue—in their own way. During an assembly in January that year, students, faculty and staff at the high school gathered and learned what

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Longmeadow Daze: Campaigns Pass You by, Glory Days…

Longmeadow Daze is an occasional series reporting on and analyzing Longmeadow government and politics. LONGMEADOW—Stretching along the Town Green, the preeminent social, creative and civic event (after Town Meeting) of one of Springfield’s most prominent suburbs offered a view, if at times an ironic one, of

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Statewide 2014 Field Gathers in Longmeadow…

UPDATED 11:55PM: For added pictures and minor editing of details. LONGMEADOW—Rarely do so many candidates for so many offices gather in one place. And yet nearly a year out from the state election, in a Western Massachusetts suburb was the entire field (or a representative)