A Look Back
50 Years Ago
∎ William Stringfellow, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Stringfellow, Gleason Road, will be the main speaker at the annual assembly of the United Church Women of Massachusetts in Springfield on Wednesday. Mr. Stringfellow, counselor at law in New York’s Harlem district and a graduate of Harvard Law School, is a frequent contributor to both legal and theological journals.
∎ Overcoats were discarded and some area residents even picnicked in their backyards yesterday, as a warm sun lured all outdoors and away from that winter standby, the ubiquitous TV set.
25 Years Ago
∎ People waiting for family and elderly housing in 27 communities — including Northampton — could fill a town of their own, according to a survey released yesterday. In Northampton, hundreds of people are on waiting lists for housing or rent-subsidy certificates, and the wait for public housing can stretch to three years, the survey said.
∎ A presidential race between Republican George Bush and Democrat Michael Dukakis would be close, but Bush outpolls other potential Democratic nominees, a CBS News-New York Times poll suggested today. Among Democratic voters alone, Dukakis was seen as the candidate with the best chance of beating Bush in November.
10 Years Ago
∎ The battle was officially joined Monday on Gov. Mitt Romney’s proposed reorganization of higher education. At a press conference at Holyoke Community College, the presidents of four local colleges decried the “cookie cutter” concept of campus administration they said is inherent in the governor’s proposal.
∎ Developers of the former Northampton State Hospital and its neighbors differ over the best way to handle the traffic the project will bring. To avoid more cars on nearby residential streets, neighbors are pushing for an entirely new roadway, Ridge Street, which would connect South Street and Route 66 and run through the hospital grounds.