Bidwell Advisors
October 22, 2019
To neighbors and friends, Ward 2 and elsewhere,

It's an extraordinarily busy time of year, with elections approaching, and important meetings and forums of various sorts. Here are some highlights I want to be sure you are all aware of:
As always, please be in touch with your questions, comments and concerns.


Dennis Bidwell
House Party for Karen Foster, Ward 2's Next City Councilorhouseparty
You're invited to a House Party hosted by me and my wife, Mary Ann Kelly, and by Chia Collins and Michael Cohen. Thursday, October 24, 5 to 6:30 pm, 19 Forbes Ave. This is a chance to meet Karen, learn more about her campaign, and share your questions, thoughts, and priorities. Light refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP to Karen Foster: Call/text: (413) 341 - 0503.

Karen's website:
Candidates' Night for Northampton City Council and School Committeenight
On Tuesday, Oct. 22, from 7 to 9 pm, at JFK Middle School, the League of Women Voters will be holding a Candidates Forum. School Committee candidates will be featured from 7 to 8, and City Council candidates from 8 to 9.

For City Council, there are contested races in Wards 1, 5 and 7. For School Committee, there are three candidates running for the two at-large seats, and there is a contested election in Ward 3.

More information about the forum and sample ballots for the November 5 election. 
Forum on the Future of Downtown Northamptonforum
On Wednesday, Oct. 23, from 5:30 to 7:00 pm, at Click Workspace (9 ½ Market Street), the Daily Hampshire Gazette is hosting what they are calling a "casual conversation about a city in transition," as follow-up to their recent series of articles on downtown Northampton.

I am hoping that a wide variety of perspectives from all over the City are represented at this forum.

For more information, click here
Charter Review Committee Community Forumcharter
The Charter Review Committee is in the final stages of its work and has scheduled a public forum at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 29 in the Jackson Street School gymnasium to review its recommendations. Among them are to adopt ranked-choice voting for municipal elections; lower the municipal voting age to 16; mail ballots for municipal elections to all registered voters; change the city clerk's position to a mayoral appointment; and make certain changes in the process used to fill vacancies in the offices of mayor, School Committee, superintendents of Smith Agricultural and Vocational High School, and trustees of Forbes Library.

All of the recommended changes are shown in the Google Doc available on the committee's website (along with agendas and minutes).
Two Northampton Neighbors Neighborhood Circlescircles
There will be two Ward Two neighborhood circles hosted by Northampton Neighbors in the weeks ahead.

On Tuesday, Oct. 29, from 5 to 7 pm, there will be a Northampton Neighbors gathering at the new CheckWriters facility at the former Clarke School, in the former Gawith building, 46 Round Hill Rd. Enjoy cider, wine, cheese and crackers, and learn about Northampton Neighbors projects and interest groups. The building is accessible, and there is ample parking next to the side entrance. RSVP by Oct. 25 to

And on Friday, Nov. 8, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, there will be a neighborhood circle at 23 Dryad's Green. Bring finger foods to supplement a Mexican vegetarian soup that will be provided. And bring ideas about events, activities, experiences to share. RSVP by Nov. 1 to
Northampton Historical Commission seeking members members
The Northampton Historical Commission is looking to fill several vacancies. The Historical Commission is concerned with the preservation, promotion and development of the city's historical assets. The commission also oversees the Elm Street Local Historic District, and works with the Department of Public Works to preserve and protect the City's four historic cemeteries.

The work of the Historical Commission is particularly relevant to Ward 2, given the boundaries of the Elm Street Historic District

Anyone interested should apply through the Mayor's office.
Dennis Bidwell City Council Ward 2
19 Forbes Avenue
Northampton, MA 01060