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Jim NashI have lived in Northampton with my family (Dora, Robby, & Sophie) since 1996. For the last 16 years I have worked for Careerworks where I provide Vocational Consulting and Supports for youth with disabilities. I am the Ward 3 City Councilor. Prior to my election I participated on a host of boards and committees including the Ward 3 Neighborhood Association serving a term as president. I am deeply committed to supporting our vibrant BSS community.
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Howard MooreWe have lived in Northampton since 1992 and our children attended Bridge Street School. I am winding down a career representing children and parents as a lawyer in Juvenile court, and am starting my 4th term as a member of the Northampton School Committee. My hope is that everyone who can will walk to school with us!
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Becky ShannonI moved to Northampton 7 years ago after living in the Boston area for 35 years. I sat on the Concord School Committee and Concord/Carlisle School Committee for 6 years; was the co-president of the Concord League of Women Voters; and served on PTG Boards.
I co-owned Shannon Strings Violin Shop for 35 years.
Currently I serve on the Ward 3 Neighborhood Association and the Bridge Street School Advisory Council; play fiddle in the Super PAC Band; and, am co-founder and chair of the Fiddle Orchestra of Western Massachusetts.
I hope we’ll sing on the WSB and learn some Swahili chants, maybe get some kazoos & shakers going to make the trip fun and maybe even enchanting.
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I had read an article about the Walking School Bus awhile ago, and I thought it was a really good idea--a win-win for all involved. When Northampton Neighbors were invited to be drivers, I jumped at the chance! I have lived in Northampton for six years, retiring here from theTexas A&M UniversityThesis Office. I grew up in central Massachusetts, and I am happy to be back for so many reasons, including the weather (yes I love snow), nearby family, the culture, and the beautiful land. I fill my days trying to be the best citizen of the world I can be. I am looking forward to driving the kids to school.
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Diane PorcellaI work for Northampton Neighbors, a non profit dedicated to helping us live well as we age. Previously, I worked with the Y@H Chorus and Noho Arts Council and depended heavily on the time and talents of countless volunteers. I am grateful for this opportunity to give to families with these gorgeous morning walks to the Bridge Street School.
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Deb Henson I moved to Northampton in February (2018) after deciding to leave Denver to be closer to my adult kids, Cody (26 - NYC) and Marissa (21-Boston). I bought a gorgeous old (1868) Victorian and sucessfully applied to the City for a Special Permit to operate part of it as a B & B: The Pomeroy Inn. (www.thepomeroyinn.com) I had only lived in Denver a few years; I consider my adult home to be New Orleans where I went to Tulane for my MSW in the late 70s, then Loyola in the late 80s for my JD, then reaised Cody and Marissa there mostly (Austin for 3 years after Hurricane Katrina evacuation). I am a clinical social worker and usually have a part-time clinical practice of psychotherapy - I've worked a lot with kids and families, as well as couples and individuals wanting to improve their lives/relationships. As a lawyer, I primarily defend mental health professionals in licensing board Complaints (in Louisiana and Colorado) and do a lot of risk prevention for high-risk clinical practices and legal involvement (e.g., therapists getting subpoenas and so forth). My partners in crime here on Pomeroy Terrace include my 2 year old golden retriever, Joey, and 3 rescue cats, Pickles, Wolfie, and Bella, who run the show! Becky Shannon, my Pomeroy Terrace neighbor, turned me on to WSB and has led me in 2 training sessions. Like Becky, I love starting my morning chatting with the lively kids of Bridge Street Elementary School. I am an Alternate Board Member with the Ward 3 Neighborhood Assoc and hoping to serve with the Downtown Neighborhood Assoc, too, in this coming year. Best way to reach me is my cell: 504.232.8884 See you at the WSB stop!!
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Mark Brumberg I've lived in the Valley since 1972 when I moved from NY to attend Hampshire and then U.Mass. I've been a professional bookseller for most of my career : first as owner/manager of The Globe Bookshop in Northampton, then at a publisher based in the Berkshires, and then at the Yiddish Book Center. For the past decade, since the dawn of the Great Recession, I've been an antiquarian bookseller and producer of book, book arts, & ephemera fairs. I am a board member and treasurer of The Literacy Project and past chair & member of the Financial Oversight Committee of Congregation B'nai Israel. I enjoy walking/hiking, working with kids, growing organic vegetables & fruits, and canoeing/sailing. I look forward to meeting you all and the kids from The Lumberyard and William Street neighborhood in September.
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Barbara Smith I have lived in the Valley since 1977 when I arrived from New Haven to go to UMASS in Wildlife Biology & Environmental Studies. Worked in co-ops afterwards til I returned to my early love of bookselling. Co-owned the Whately Antiquarian Book Center for 25 years until we closed it in 2016. Still continue to sell antiquarian books and paper ephemera and old postcards, online and at book & paper ephemera fairs. Working at home lets me be flexible with my time. I am on the Northampton ReUse Committee, help run RePair & ReCycling Events in town and am active in the Unitarian Society of Northampton & Florence. I have loved being in on the beginning of the walking school bus. Love the kids and their energy and look forward to another great year.
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Shoshana Marchand
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Barbara Black
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Marge BarnettI have lived in the Valley since 1972 when I came here from Berkeley, CA for graduate school at UMASS. My husband (now deceased) and I bought our house on North St. when we married in 1979, raised our daughter there, and I still live there - love this neighborhood and my wonderful neighbors! I worked as a child and family therapist and program director in community mental health for 20+ years, then as a program developer and grant writer for community health programs, non-profit art and music groups, Big Brothers Big Sisters, The Food Bank of Western MA and many other organizations. I just retired in June, and now have the time and flexibility to join this wonderful program. I enjoy hiking, kayaking, gardening, reading, pottery, and especially spendng time with friends and family. I especially enjoy the energy, creativity and curiosity with which kids approach the world and love to share in that.
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