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Conversations of interest to (and only to) the people of Northampton, Mass.

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Conversations of interest to (and only to) the people of Northampton, Mass.

    Downtown Northampton Assoc w/ Amy Cahillane

    Downtown Northampton Assoc w/ Amy Cahillane

    When you’re alone and life is making you lonely you can always go to Woodstar and get a scone and a coffee. And soon you can also spend your alone/lonely time at the new Uya location where Glazed Doughnuts used to be. Or at Thornes Marketplace. Or Northampton Brewery. Or go to Silverscape and solve your loneliness problem by checking out a pair of $2,000 sapphire and diamond white gold drop earrings. And for the past four years the organization watching the backs of our downtown businesses has been the Downtown Northampton Association.

    But wait, there’s more! The DNA is also responsible for Arts Night Out, the Holiday Stroll, Sidewalk Sales and even more more. Amy Cahillane has been the Executive Director of the DNA since its inception. So she knows more than anyone what the challenges and the strengths of our commercial district are, as well as how things are looking for the future.

    The DNA can be found at NorthamptonDNA.com and @northamptondna on Instagram and Facebook.

    • 35 min
    Sutter Meats w/ Terry Ragasa

    Sutter Meats w/ Terry Ragasa

    When you think of an idillic small town you probably think of rolling hills, a corner store, a one screen movie house and a butcher shop. We have one of those things!! Terry Ragasa and his wife Susan knew they wanted to start their own butcher shop and looked all over the country for the perfect place. Northampton beat out Austin, Ann Arbor and more. And those other places might be really mad at us now. Be careful if you travel there.

    Sutter Meats carves up 1 or 2 cows, 4 or so pigs, 3 lambs and about 150 chickens a week. Which is apparently small time. They carve the meat up and sell it all—bones for broth, they render fat into tallow, they make dog food, jerky and sausages including the world’s best bologna according to me. There’s also rotisserie chickens, sandwiches and classes. And you can find it all at 65 King Street in Northampton and SutterMeats.com on the web. And they keep their social media simple with @suttermeats on Instagram and Facebook.

    And look, Terry’s phone had a slight buzz. Get over it. Just imagine you’re listening to one of those old time wax cylinder podcasts of yore.

    • 37 min
    Faces w/ Marcus Maulucci

    Faces w/ Marcus Maulucci

    On March 31, 2019 Northampton lost something dear to all of us. Faces, the iconic Downtown Northampton shop, closed its doors suddenly. The dark, shuttered storefront of Faces still sits on Main Street, its hair and nails continuing to grow on its bloated retail corpse. Faces does not exist any more. It’s gone forever. Except it’s not! Faces lives!

    In the Hampshire Mall there is a food court where the sustenance is not sticks surrounded by hot dogs or Pandas in an extreme rush, rather the “food” is go carts, bowling, skating and laser tag. And just off this food court is Faces. Still kicking. Still weird, wonderful and committed to social justice.

    Marcus Maulucci is the intrepid Media Coordinator at Faces and he takes us through what has changed, what’s stayed the same, what we lost and what we can still find inside ourselves and inside the Mall.

    Faces can be found at the pointed URL FacesHadley.com and Instagram and Facebook under @facesmainstreet

    • 29 min
    J2Guides w/ Jane Goldstone Sarouhan

    J2Guides w/ Jane Goldstone Sarouhan

    A college education today costs approximately four hundred billion dollars a second. But not every eighteen-year-old is prepared to take the fullest advantage of a mid-morning Writer’s Workshop I recitation. Maybe instead of setting fire to a giant pallet of cash because peer pressure says high school graduates should go straight to college, you could take a detour, look around the world and experience some of it via a gap year.

    Jane Goldstone Sarouhan has been leading experiential education directly or counseling families on gap year programs for 25 years. Along with her husband Jason she founded J2Guides to create a gap year counseling service that emphasizes access (i.e. less expensive) and agency (i.e. let’s let the kids drive decisions about their own lives). Jane also takes us on her own circuitous journey from Bay Area idealism to Western Mass bliss by the least direct route allowable.

    J2Guides can be found at J2Guides.com and at @j2guides on Instagram and on facebook.

    • 1 tim. 1 min.
    Bill Scher, Volunteer with Yes!Northampton

    Bill Scher, Volunteer with Yes!Northampton

    Later this year we get a choice between a Democrat-to-be-named-later and Donald Trump. But even in the worst case scenario, Donald Trump will not be President 40 years from now. Proposition 2 1/2, however, is like the immortal Donald Trump vampire god-king of our nightmares.

    Proposition 2 1/2 sets property tax revenue growth for all municipalities in Massachusetts at a tight 2.5% in American dollars. Which means that when the value of property in Northampton goes up too much, the city is required to cut the property tax rate. In other states, cities choose whether to lower or raise their property taxes based on, you know, like, whether they should or not. But here in blue Massachusetts we have the ghosts of Conservative Republicans Past strangling our wonderful local government just because there was an oil crisis in 1979. More or less.

    Having said all that, Yes!Northampton isn’t trying to repeal Prop 2 1/2, they’re just trying to pass the Property Tax Override on March 3rd so we can keep Northampton humming along. Bill Scher is a volunteer and (gasp) former Brooklynite and gives us the word on the override.

    You can find out more about why you should vote Yes! at YesNorthampton.com and on the facebooks.

    • 42 min
    Molly Hoyt, Program Director for Girls on the Run Western Mass

    Molly Hoyt, Program Director for Girls on the Run Western Mass

    It’s no secret that girls’ preteen years can be a tricky time. Even in the Pioneer Valley, our culture is not always supportive or kind to girls as they transition from children to adolescents (or, maybe, at any part of their lives). Wouldn’t it be nice if someone created a safe space for them to gain self-confidence and develop social and emotional skills that will help them as they face the crucible of middle and high school?

    Girls on the run is so much more than running. Girls and coaches don’t have to be elite athletes or even just athletes to benefit from this program. Molly Hoyt helped bring Girl on the Run to Western Mass five years ago and she can tell you as well as anyone what makes this program a vital and unique resource for our tween girls.

    Girls on the Run may be at your child’s school. Look for a flyer or go their website at GirlsOnTheRunWesternMA.org or on facebook @GirlsOnTheRunWesternMass.

    • 49 min

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