From the beginning, www.longmeadow.org which was created by volunteers in 1997 was designed to be a community based website... not an "official town government" website.
In 1997 the domain name for an official town government website in Massachusetts should have been www.longmeadow.ma.us which was a reserved name. Today, cities and towns in Massachusetts use the .gov extension- e.g. http://www.longmeadow.gov/. Such a domain name authenicates the website as an "official government" website since these are reserved names for federal agencies, state governments, cities and towns. For the record there are a few other cities/towns in Massachusetts still using the .org extension for their town websites. Robin Crosbie at the July 12 Select Board meeting suggested to the SB that they consider a name change to the .gov extension.
Our Town with Arlene Miller- LCTV