50 Years Ago
∎ More than 1,200 persons took advantage of the Smith’s School open house last night to view its facilities. The visitors were treated to two performances by the white-helmeted drill team of the National Defense Cadet Corps at the school.
∎ Maj. Ramona A. Gilligan (U.S. Army, Ret.), of 36 Murphy Terrace, was guest speaker at a meeting of the alumnae association of New Britain General Hospital, of which she is a graduate. She related her experiences as an Army nurse with front-line hospitals in North Africa and Italy during World War II.
25 Years Ago
∎ The Hotel Northampton can now begin its $20 million expansion project whenever it wants, thanks to yesterday’s favorable rulings by the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals. A hotel representative said today, however, that construction won’t begin until the hotel is sure it has the necessary funding, perhaps not until fall.
∎ About 100 city residents, disgruntled with City Councilor James G. Brooks for his proposed “junk car” ordinance, converged for an impassioned outdoor meeting last night to talk strategy. They decided they want no change to the less restrictive law now in place.
10 Years Ago
∎ If the trash disposal system isn’t broken, don’t fix it. That was the response from about 25 residents Thursday to a proposed change from stickers to a pre-paid bag system for dropping trash at the city’s landfill and transfer station. Residents said they oppose buying designated bags to dump their trash.
∎ Northampton School Committee members wrangled Thursday over details of Superintendent Michael Cosgriff’s proposed budget, including the elimination of art, music and physical education and the effect of increasing class sizes. No decisions were made.