City Briefing: Northampton High School students honored at C-SPAN Documentary Competition

NORTHAMPTON – Three students at Northampton High School have won the “Honor Score” award in a national documentary competition sponsored by the C-SPAN television network.

Nola Bosensky, Levi Armstrong and Madison Peer joined their documentary “Yet Again: Gun Violence’s Effect on American Youth” in the StudentCam 2022 competition and won a $ 250 prize.

The competition invited all middle and high school students to submit a short film that explored a federal policy or program while addressing the issue, “How does the federal government affect your life?”

C-SPAN said it had received more than 1,400 entries from 41 countries, Washington, Morocco and South Korea. Ten percent of all submissions were related to the environment and pollution while 4% were related to the Second Amendment and gun laws.

“The winners presented exceptional research and production values ​​as they weaved personal stories with historical or contemporary themes,” said Craig Macandro, C-SPAN’s director of education, in a statement announcing the winners. “These middle and high school students have far exceeded our expectations, and we are happy to share their hard work with the state.”

The winning videos are available online at and the top 20 will air on C-SPAN in April. In Northampton, C-SPAN is offered by Comcast.

“We congratulate Nola Bosensky, Levi Armstrong and Madison Peer for their creative and thoughtful analysis of the programs and government policies affecting our communities,” said Dan Glenville, Comcast’s vice president, in a statement.

More than 300 students won a total of $ 100,000.

The bond rating remains high

This is the sixth year in a row, and despite the financial challenges posed by the COVID-19 epidemic since 2020, the city has won the highest bond rating this month from S&P Global Ratings.

The agency gave Northampton a AAA rating and said the city has a stable financial outlook based on factors that include a growing economic base, strong financial management and a stable debt profile.

“I am grateful for Standard & Poor’s recognition that Northampton’s tradition of sound fiscal planning and management continues under my administration,” said Gina-Louise Skyara Mayor in a written statement. “I am deeply grateful for the strong financial position I have inherited, and for the prudent advice of CFO Charlene Nardi as we plan for the next episode of Northampton.”

Skyara said the rating would save Northampton residents “hundreds of thousands of dollars in future interest payments.”

Also this month, the city received its second-highest certification as part of the LEED for Cities program, which measures the city’s environmental and energy sustainability.

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) for cities is a program of the U.S. Green Building Council. The council has granted Northampton gold approval, a joint designation with Orlando, Florida, Charlotte, North Carolina, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Phoenix, Arizona. And other cities around the world.

“Although we are clearly a national leader, long before the vast majority of communities,” Skyara said, “one of the most important goals of my tenure as mayor is to help guide Northampton all the way to being carbon neutral in line with our sustainability goals, and to win LEED Platinum certification. “

The city received the maximum score in the “Natural Systems and Ecology” category for its open space program, recreation and multi-purpose trails. The city has also achieved good results in transportation and land uses.

50 years to the church

College Church at 58 Pomeroy Terrace will celebrate its 50th anniversary next month with a neat dinner focused on uniting past and present church members and their families.

Dinner and anniversary celebration at the church on Saturday, April 23, is free, but reservations must be made by April 7.

On Sunday, April 24, the church will hold a regular prayer service at 10 a.m. followed by a light breakfast spread and cake.

All members of the College Church, past and present, are invited to attend anniversary events with friends and family, along with anyone interested in joining.

“For the past 50 years, Church Church has sought to love and serve its neighbors in many ways: through kindergarten, an emergency shelter for cold weather, a specialty kitchen or the health program that provided free community health services every Tuesday night,” the church said in a written statement. . “Looking forward to the next 50 years, the Church wants to be embedded deeper in the fabric of the community through partnerships, community development, advocacy and service.”

To order dinner, call the church office at (413) 586-0057.

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