NORTHAMPTON—No New England community is complete without an old church-cum-meetinghouse. However, a few years ago, the one at the center of Paradise City, today First Churches, was in trouble. Circa 2007, plaster was caving into the sanctuary.
Governing Paradise is an occasional series on impending change in Northampton government. Even before the pandemic, an open seat for mayor of Northampton would have likely attracted a spirited contest. The onset of the COVID-19 only accentuated many of the problems in the city. With
In the space of 24 hours, a race for mayor has developed in Northampton. On Tuesday, City Council President Gina-Louise Sciarra, as previously reported, announced her bid to succeed retiring mayor David Narkewicz. However, Sciarra turned out not to be the first declared candidate. Less
UPDATED 11:35PM: To include comment from Mayor Narkewicz about the rest of his term. One month after it suddenly became wide open, the Northampton Mayoral race appears to be rumbling to life. City Council President Gina-Louise Sciarra is expected to formally enter the race to
The death of 1st Hampshire Representative Peter Kocot has become the latest upheaval in the Upper Pioneer Valley’s legislative delegation. Kocot, 61, died last week of an undisclosed illness. His death has hit state and local pols to a degree that matches or exceeds the