Neighbors Rally Together After Northampton Fires

Resources for Neighbors and Victims of Northampton 12/27/09 Fires

Please post any resources for this tragic events below. More will be added to this list as they are submitted:

  • COMMUNITY MEETING: Northampton Ward 3 Neighborhood Association will have an emergency meeting on Tuesday (12/29/09) at 7pmRead more here. Meeting location has been changed. It will be held at College Church, 48 Pomeroy Terrace in Northampton, MA. Details here.
  • Melissa Borchardt writes: Just saw this on WWLP – You can donate to local disaster relief by going to the Pioneer Valley Red Cross website or mailing a donation to 506 Cottage Street, Springfield, MA. Be sure to label your donation to “Northampton Arson Fires”
  • VIDEO: Gazettenet release the video below stating, “An arsonist struck the streets of Northampton, Mass., early on Sunday, December 27, 2009, with lethal results; two residents of the city’s Fair Street died in one of the nine house and car fires that erupted in a 75-minute span. Later Sunday, Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick joined state and city officials to attempt to calm a jolted city and to pledge to find the perpetrator.”

  • CONTACT NUMBERS: Information regarding the fires, no matter how insignificant it may seem, please call one of the following numbers:
    1. Massachusetts Arson Hotline: 800-682-9229
    2. Hampshire County Detective Bureau: 413-586-5150
    3. Northampton Police Department: 413-587-1100

  • PRECAUTIONS: Some steps families can all take are:
    1. Lock car doors
    2. Leave outside lights on
    3. Remove any trash or debris from porch areas or around the structure of homes
    4. Install motion lights, if possible
    5. Report any unusual persons or vehicles to the police

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    Date: Sunday, January 31, 2010
    Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
    Location: William Baczek Fine Arts, 36 Main Street, Northampton, MA 01060

    On January 31st 2010, William Baczek Fine Arts will be hosting a silent auction of 50-75 pieces of artwork donated to benefit the victims of the Northampton fires.

    This will be a one day event, held from 1:00 -4:00 PM with 100% of the money made during the show going directly to the people affected by the fires.

    **********BELOW IS INFO ON HOW TO SUBMIT WORK***********

    This is a professional gallery show, and as such all works should be suitable for display. (wired, framed, etc. ) Artists wishing to donate work should contact Rick Beaupre at

    Please attach images of work to be submitted for consideration.

    Deadline for delivery of works is January 22nd, 2010.

  2. The Academy of Music presents a live concert for the Northampton Fire Victims featuring Arlo Guthrie, Primate Fiasco, The Winterpills, and special guests.

    Benefit Concert for Northampton Fire Victims T
    January 23rd, 2010 from 8pm to 10pm
    Location: Academy of Music
    Organized By: Academy of Music Theatre

    Event Description:
    The Academy of Music presents a live concert for the Northampton Fire Victims featuring Arlo Guthrie, Primate Fiasco, The Winterpills, and special guests. All proceeds will benefit the Northampton Neighbors Relief Fund.

  3. Quench the Fire
    Dance Spirit presents a Benefit for Northampton Arson Fire Victims: A time for dancing our grief, our sadness, our joy and our healing!

    Saturday, January 9th in Northampton, MA from 7-11pm.
    At NEA Studios, 4th Floor above Fitwilly (25 Main Street)

  4. Saturday, January 30th in Williamsburg, MA

    Mark your calendars for a family-friendly dance party at the Williamsburg Grange on Saturday, January 30th at 6:00pm . All proceeds go to the Red Cross. Neighbors supporting neighbors. Call Zevey at 268-3518 for more information. DJ and Performance by the Bad Daddies. Volunteers needed for help with set up, clean up and snacks.

    Time: January 30, 2010 from 6pm to 11pm
    Location: Williamsburg Grange (Route 9) in Williamsburg, MA

  5. Rebecca Neimark sent a message to the members of Friends of Northampton Arson Victims – Discussion.

    Subject: Relief fund information

    Today the Northampton Neighbors Relief Fund, administered by the United Way, was set up to accept donations for those families affected by the fires on Dec. 27 in Northampton. The fund’s goal is to raise $20,000 and 100% of the donations raised will go those families affected. Contributions may be made to this fund at any Northampton Cooperative Bank. To learn more about how the money raised will be distributed to those affected by the fires, please go to The site should be up and running by mid-afternoon on December 31.

    An online contribution option will be available at within a few more days. (We’ll let you know when that happens.)

    There is also a fund created to supplement the arson reward. The Northampton Arson Reward Fund is being administered by the Northampton Rotary Club Foundation. To contribute, mail checks made out to The Northampton Arson Reward Fund to The Northampton Rotary Club Foundation, PO Box 505, Northampton, MA 01061.

    It will take some time to assess what physical items the victims need. For now, the most useful contribution is money. Those who have clothing that they would like to donate to general fire relief may contribute them to the Red Cross People’s Center at 2 Chestnut Street or 504 Cottage Street in Springfield.

    Because of the recent spate of fires throughout the region, the Pioneer Valley Red Cross fund is depleted. Please consider donating to this wonderful organization at

    Please watch this Facebook Group for more information on upcoming fundraisers to support those affected by the fires. If you have time to help out, please check the ‘Discussions’ tab on this page for more information on how you can help.

    Thank you everyone for all of your concern. We never anticipated this many people would join this group. Your involvement and kindness is a testament to the spirit of our community.

    Michael Kusek
    Rebecca Neimark


    The People’s Center is a free clothing store serving the homeless, working poor, and victims of disasters in the local area.

    Clothing donations: Call 739-0229 to arrange to drop off clothing or have it picked up. Organizations are encouraged to call this number if they would like to organize a clothing drive for The People’s Center.

    The People’s Center is operated by The Pioneer Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross and funded by the Community United Way of Pioneer Valley.

    The People’s Center
    2 Chestnut Street, Springfield
    Open Monday-Friday 10am-2pm
    (413) 739-0229

  7. The American Red Cross Pioneer Valley Chapter offers a host of training and educational outreach programs that can help you be better prepared in the case of an emergency.

    Community organizations and businesses are invited to call us to discuss ways we can work together to prepare our communities. We’d be glad to develop and present specialized programs for your employees and constituents.

    For more information contact Mary Nathan, Director of Disaster Services at

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