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Loving Hearts- Helping
(Pic from Hampshire Gazette)

Military Gun Salute for Craig

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No Home and Hungry

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Helping People without Homes!

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Yep...well patrolled!

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NPD's 2008 pic of the year! It's the hitch-hiking cop. He's well known to resident's of Noho, but today an out of town motorist wittnessed him hitch-hiking and made the call. An Officer was dispatched. You can see him trying to talk him down, or rather, talk his thumb down. His story? His shift was over and he just wanted a ride to the station. When the officer told him his shift just began...the cop changed his story. Well one thing you don't do is change your story to an officer! The cop got his ride to the station, where he spent the night. The next day the judge laughed and thew it out of court. You guessed it, he's right back out on the streets!


“Downtown Northampton 2011”

Northampton has the best police force. Our
officer's have high standards to keep too. It's
what makes NPD so unique. The bike patrol
routinely patrols main street along with the
foot patrol. On the right is Officer Wigmore
and to his left is Officer Yasutomo.

Hotel Northampton & Wiggins Tavern
Every Sunday is Sunday Brunch
the food is great!
Conveniently located on the corner of
Main Street, downtown Northampton!

THORNS...the place to go in Noho!!
30 Plus Shops & restaurants inside.
The ultimate shopping experience.
An enormous marketplace!
Find just about anything in the shops
and boutiques or enjoy a great meal!

Downtown Northampton February 8, 2011
"Northampton Lose's One of it's Finest...Craig D. Lorraine, Generous, Free-Spirited...A Big Heat...A Big Smile"
"January 7, 1966 - February 8, 2011...He was Loved by All, Even Those That Didn't Meet Him Knew Him"

                                                         There is a Reason For It All

Every day I walk to the downtown. I start my walk by listening to this song downloaded twice in a row through my ear bud's.

Myhats theme song, dedicated to a person who may have been the biggest Angel we had chance to entertain, Craig D. Lorraine Angels Among Us

We all pretend the rainbow has an end and you'll be there my friend someday. There's always tomorrow for dreams to come true...actually I guess that's just a song I heard on a children's Christmas show. There's not always' a tomorrow. If we only knew that tomorrow our friend may be gone. Well, here's a song I think may have been on Craig's favorite list. We shared a love for the Wizard of Oz. I didn't find out until he was gone. This is for Craig

Somewhere Over the Rainbow Movie
(Take's a minute to load...Then click the arrow in top left and bottom side to enlarge to full screen and enjoy)

Today February 23, 2011 was an interesting day. On my way back from the PO, I passed two people without homes sitting on the stoop outside a restaurant. One was energetically slurping a hearty bowl of soup and the other was just sitting. Neither made eye contact. Both had that undeserving of being acknowledged look on their face. Well, everyday, I pick one person and give them a dollar, not much, but I like to do it. I jokingly call it my "Street People's Buck". As I walked further away, I started to be haunted by an internal voice that kept telling me, "You just passed two people by and didn't give them your buck because you don't know them like you know other's". But I only do one dollar and there are two people. Yep, my excuse. Then I heard, "Well today maybe you could do two dollars". I stood  not bending, just waiting to cross the street but that internal voice got stronger and began to haunt my conscious telling me to stop being angry. Suddenly, I found myself digging 2 dollars out of my bag. I did an abrupt about face, walked back and gave each of them a dollar. They both turned their solemn face's into big smile's and said, "Thank You". Walking away now, I looked up to the sun lit sky and said, "Okay, I get it. Thank You Craig. Yes, you're right, I need to meet new people now so I can see they are just as nice as you were".

Thank You Craig and since you have the whole cast from " Oz" up there with you, I hope you are making a movie for all of us to see when we get there.

Below is a copy of Craig's obituary. I will be adding text soon in my own word's to tell you about the Craig I knew and loved, everyone loved him. Please go to the website below and leave your expressions of sympathy for Craig so that his family can know just how much he was loved.

NORTHAMPTON - Craig D. Lorraine died suddenly on February 8, 2011 at the age of 45. Born in Holyoke, MA on January 7, 1966 to the late Robert and Phyllis (Craig) Lorraine and he was a member of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe. A graduate of Chicopee Comprehensive High School Class of 1984, his hobbies included music, reading and biking. He was a proud veteran of the US Navy serving his country during the Persian Gulf War. His family and friends will especially miss his kind, generous, free spirited nature, particularly his sisters who loved him dearly. He leaves his sisters: Lynn Brofos, of Hopkinton, NH, Lisa Vieira, of Marstons Mills, MA, Francine Cummings, of Sandwich, MA and Andrea Lorraine, of Salem, MA; his niece, Chantal Cummings; his nephews: James Brofos and John Vieira; and his aunt, Gloria Graves, of FL. A military funeral will be held at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, February 16 at New England Funeral & Cremation Center, LLC 25 Mill Street, Springfield, MA proceeding to the Massachusetts Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery for burial with full military honors at 1 PM.

Donations may be made to the New England Center for Homeless Veterans, 17 Court St. Boston, MA 02108

For expressions of sympathy please visit


In Memory of Craig D. Lorraine Jan. 7, 1966 - Feb. 8, 2011
(Craig died at the age of 45)

There will be a Memorial Service on Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 11:00AM at the First Churches, 129 Main Street, Northampton, MA.
All are welcome and encouraged to come. Whether you're a friend, a veteran, or someone who knew of him, come and show your support.

Craig died suddenly on Feb. 8 and his loss has left a hole in the heart's of all who knew him or knew of him. The service is being organized by Brendan Plante who knew him for 11 years. Craig was a person without a home. Regardless of his living situation, he spent his time bringing happiness to all with his big smile, his music and his natural ability to make people laugh. Craig Lorraine was a proud veteran of the U.S. Navy serving our country during the Persian Gulf War. He was buried with full Military Honors. This service will be a celebration of Craig's life in which family and friends will recount memories, a musician friend of Lorraine's will perform and being the noon lunch hour, a reception will conveniently follow.

              Fields of Gold          

Why do our Veteran's have to collect money to help the homeless Veteran's with a holiday meal? Why...?

Downtown Northampton Everyday for "People" without Homes 2008
"You Can't Judge a Book by it's Cover"

Have you ever been homeless? If not, surely you've wondered what it might be like to be without a home. Joshua knows first hand because he and his dog are homeless. There's lot's of myths out there about life on the streets. Joshua is just one of the many homeless living on the streets. See more below

For too many "Being on the streets...Is their job.

Meet "People" Without Homes and "People in Need"


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