Gazette: “Northampton residents speak out against porn shop”

July 21: From the Gazette’s report on the July 20 Northampton City Council meeting…

“‘The 20 viewing booths is really what gets me,’ Gregory Squire, of 25
Summer St. told the council. He said he is ‘blessed with a panoramic
view of 135 King St.’ from his home….

“The Rev. Joseph Soltysiak, of St. Valentine’s Church at 127 King St.,
compared the city to a human hand and said a porn shop at 135 King St.
would like ‘a big wart on that hand.'”

“…Capital Video Corp., of Cranston, R.I. has not yet filed plans with
the Office of Planning and Development, or applied for an entertainment
license with the mayor.

“It did seek a building permit last month to open its store, but the city’s Building Commissioner Anthony Patillo ruled that the proposal needs both permits from the Planning Board, an entertainment license from the mayor.”

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The Gazette’s “This just in…” blog also has an item today on the subject, “Lobbying against porn shop heavy”:

“…At a City Council meeting during which the matter wasn’t even on the agenda, residents turned out in force to have their say about a proposal which would see a shop selling pornographic videos, which would include as many as 20 viewing booths….”

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