50 Years Ago
∎ Mrs. Marion Tonet and Edmund Land topped the field of north-south players this week at the Northampton Duplicate Bridge Club. Second honors went to Murray Conrad and Jake Ogan, while Mrs. Mabel Glennon and Roger West took third.
∎ About 350 newsboys and girls will be guests of the Gazette at Mountain Park where the annual outing is scheduled for next Tuesday. The bus schedule and details will be announced on Monday.
25 Years Ago
∎ State lawmakers and Westfield State College trustees will question school President Irving H. Buchen about his business expenses, which included meals with people who don’t exist or don’t recall dining with him. State Rep. Anthony M. Scibelli, D-Springfield, said a subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee will ask Buchen to testify at a Boston hearing later this month about his spending practices.
∎ Computer networks developed by University of Massachusetts education professor William Masalski are helping mathematics teachers and students to communicate and learn together. His MATHNET system enables mathematics teachers across the commonwealth to talk to each other on telephone-linked computer terminals.
10 Years Ago
∎ The city’s $58.6 million budget is predicated on a one-year pay freeze for all city employees — a term Mayor Clare Higgins is still trying to settle with some bargaining units, but negotiations got a boost Thursday when the firefighters union agreed to a reduction in pay. “The firefighters have shown a real understanding of our fiscal constraints with this,” the mayor said.
∎ Glenda Stoddard has been appointed the city’s new director of Human Resources. Stoddard, who has served for the last two years as the assistant director, was unanimously endorsed by city councilors Thursday. She takes her new post next week.