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Uncategorized | Bill at Large

Northampton Media, June 6, 2011

…Dwight said there were three top reasons that he is running. “First one — Public service is a noble vocation,” said Dwight. “…It’s a position that is short on gratitude but it’s abundant in gratification.” “(Public service) is addictive — and I’m asking you to help me with my addiction,” he said, in one of many one-liners drawing laughter from the crowd. Second, said Dwight, “I believe I possess the skills and temperament to facilitate good governance.” “We often conflate the terms politics and governance,” he said, “but politics are based upon presentation and governance is based upon facts.” … And three, he said, “I have an unequivocal, unabashed love for Northampton. I love our community’s soul.”

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Daily Hampshire Gazette’s Max Hartshorne, May 31, 2011

…Here’s to a big guy who tells it like it is … A politician who listens, is optimistic about how wonderful a city of such diversity can be, and who is a regular guy…hey, he’d get my vote if I lived in his district.

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Daily Hampshire Gazette, August 17, 2011

…So far, local movie fans paid about $60,000 at the closing of the video store at the corner of Pleasant and Armory streets to make sure the collection would remain in the public realm, via the Forbes Library. The “Move the Movies to the Forbes” fundraiser Tuesday, a veritable movie love fest, aimed to raise additional funds to get the films cataloged and placed on library shelves. Folks stopped by the former Dynamite Records space in Thornes Marketplace to look at movie memorabilia, and talk movies, movies, MOVIES. Afterwards, they joined in on a walking tour of the city and its famed cinematic benchmarks.

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WFCR, June 29, 2011

The last video store in Northampton, Massachusetts is closing, but the community has rallied to keep the film collection local.

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Amherst Media, June 27, 2011

After serving as a fine arts video store and community hub for 25 years, Pleasant Street Video in Northampton is closing its doors. Bill Dwight, long time video clerk, and proud patron Ronald Jose Carlos talk about what this local social institution has meant to them, as well as what it signifies for local businesses and community investment…

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Daily Hampshire Gazette editorial, June 27, 2011

…there will be no replacing what for many people was a nice reward at the end of the day: perusing the Pleasant Video stacks for a film to watch that night, while listening to Bill Dwight’s booming laugh in the background.

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Valley Advocate, June 23, 2011

… the fate of all those movies—around 8,000—is a good one, thanks to an idea some customers suggested. A fundraising effort is in place in which anyone can contribute $8 per movie to enable Northampton’s Forbes Library to take over the entire collection. That way, the films will remain available for viewing. It’s a happy conclusion to unhappy circumstance, but longtime employee Bill Dwight says the staff members are adapting a “hospice mentality,” going out, yes, but out on their own terms.

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The Republican, June 23, 2011

…Pleasant Street has partnered with Forbes Library to raise $60,000 so that the store can donate its collection of some 8,000 videos and DVDs to the library. It’s a “win-win” situation, to use a term Dwight often invoked at City Council meetings, that would allow Pleasant Street to retire a debt that has been mounting for five years while keeping its collection available to the public.

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WRSI’s “Monte Belmonte”, June 21, 2011

In this audio interview, how a community rallied around the cult and culture of a video store. And how in its final days, the community is rallying again to save its meticulously curated collection.

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Northampton Media, March 21, 2011

… Dwight said he’s ready re-enter elective politics to participate in what he termed “a new era in city government. “I would like to offer the experience I have had as a four-term councilor and as an observer and an engaged citizen to improve community access and participation,” said Dwight. He vowed, if elected this November, to “craft sensible and considerate laws and ordinances that are designed by deliberation and thought, and resist laws that are reactive and restrictive and are counter to the spirit of civil liberty.” He said maintaining good schools and public safety, and repairing the city’s crumbling infrastructure, will be his goals while overseeing the city’s tight budget.

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