Due to the senseless lockdown rules, businesses have been closing in downtown Northampton at an alarming pace.
Yet, there are still many places in the Northampton/Amherst area that remain open and well worth checking out. Dig this antique record player on display in the Miss Florence Diner.
The view out the window of the Subway in Amherst.
I had a cup of chicken soup at The Blue Wall at UMass.
While there, I read the latest issue of Prime Magazine.
The lady on the cover looked awfully familiar. Oh yeah, it's Kathy Pellegrino! The article focuses on her career as a writer of murder mysteries, for which she has won awards.
However, one thing the article somehow failed to mention was that Pellegrino also comes from a deeply connected Springfield political family and was herself a scandalous figure back during the Albano years. In 2001, Pellegrino, who held an appointed position in city government, was accused of collecting two salaries at once in a financial scandal that inspired this biting Bob Rich cartoon in the Springfield Republican.
I wish Pellegrino well in her literary endeavors, and it brings me no pleasure to revisit her scandalous past, but as a detective in a murder mystery might say, "Facts are stubborn things." If you've forgotten the sordid details, refresh your memory with this article Springfield and the Culture of Greed.
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