Community Preservation Act, October 2011: A community conversation on the merits of the CPA organized by Mike Kirby and Jesus Leyva at the Florence Civic Center on Park Street.
Northampton Regional Landfill, July 2008: Held at JFK Middle School in Florence with more than 100 attendees. See landfill link to the left.
Hilton Garden Inn at the Round House, June 2007: With panelists Tris Metcalfe-AIA, downtown business owner and Architect, Wayne Feiden-Northampton Planning Director, Shardool Parmar-President Pioneer Valley Hotel Group, Mary Chapin-resident New South Street apartments, Suzanne Beck-Executive Director Northampton Area Chamber of Commerce and Joanne Campbell-Executive Director Valley Community Development Corporation.
Interstate 91 Interchange 19 expansion, May 2007: With panelists Timothy Brennan-Executive Director Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, Frank Werbinski-Bridge Street resident and member Ward 3 Civic Association, Alexandra Dawson-Environmental Attorney and Author, Teri Anderson-Northampton Economic Development Coordinator, Michael Bardsley-President Northampton City Council, John Souweine-Attorney and member Study Advisory Group, James Lowenthal-Associate Professor of Astronomy Smith College and President MassBike/Pioneer Valley and special guest moderator annalise fonza
Sustaining Community on the Campus Edge, April 2006: With panelists Joseph Krupczynski, Mayor Clare Higgins, Smith College CFO Ruth Constantine, SACRED Co-founder Naomi Graychase, Erica Gees-Kuhn Riddle Architects, annalise fonza-Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning Doctoral student.
Mayoral Debate, November 2005: Mayor Mary Clare Higgins and mayoral candidate Richard Feldman.
City Council Candidates Forum, October 2005
Community Preservation Act Debate, September 2005: Representing the case for voting NO: Responsible Use of Taxpayers Money (RUTM), Representing the case for voting YES: Northampton for the Community Preservation Act (NCPA).
Smith College Expansion, February 2005: With panelists Joseph Krupczynski, Mayor Clare Higgins, East Heaven Hot Tubs owner Kenneth Shapiro, Smith student Mossberg (her full name), Smith College Chief Financial Officer Ruth Constantine and Daryl LaFleur of The Coalition for Affordable Northampton Neighborhoods (CANN). Topics discussed included defining Smart Growth in the Green Street area, Future Housing Demolition, Big Boxes, Smith College and Community Largesse, and the roles of Students and Trustees in greater Northampton.
“What kind of a city DO we want to be?”, March 2004: Co-sponsored with City Councilor Marilyn Richards. Topics discussed included Smart Growth and In-fill, Demolition on Green Street and Hospital Hill, Dramatic housing development in Wards 4 and 6, Big Boxes on King St., the Water Filtration Plant, and what residents can do to participate more effectively.
The Community Preservation Act, A Public Forum on Preserving Open Space and Maintaining the Quality of Life In Northampton, November 2003: Co-sponsored with the Northampton Conservation Commission, Broad Brook Coalition, Friends of Sawmill Hills, Leeds Civic Association, and the Wildlife Sub-Committee of the Conservation Committee. Chris
Saccardi from the Community Preservation Alliance spoke on how the Act can help preserve open space, fund affordable housing and save historic sites.
“Northampton 2020: Paradise Lost?”, October 2003: Co-sponsored with the Northampton Conservation Commission, the Wildlife Group, the Friends of Sawmill Hills, the Broad Brook Coalition, and the Leeds Civic Association. Featured speaker: Dennis Superczynski, chief planner for the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission. Video presentation by John Bodie.
Northampton State Hospital Ballot Questions Community Discussion, October 2003: Public discussion on the two Northampton State Hospital non-binding public opinion advisory questions.
Noise Control Ordinance, June 2003: Co-sponsored with City Councilors James Dostal & Raymond LaBarge. An information session and discussion about Northampton’s proposed Noise Control Ordinance.
“Traffic! What’s a neighborhood to do?”, April 2003: Keith Wilson of the Northampton Planning Board and Transportation Commission spoke on traffic calming. Sgt. Andrew Trushaw from the Northampton Police Dept. was also on hand to answer questions.
Examples of Successful Community Development, May 2002: Presented by author Craig Della Penna, New England Representative of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy.