50 Years Ago
∎ Paul R. McHugh, husband of Margaret (Quane) McHugh, of 179 North Maple St., Florence, a police officer here for 28 years, died this morning at Cooley Dickinson Hospital after a long illness. He retired from the department Aug. 27, 1960.
∎ Plans for a meeting on Jan. 6 were discussed at a session of the Northampton High “N” Club Sunday night at the German American Club. The program featured films of two high school gridiron games, presented by Head Coach Gene DeFilippo.
25 Years Ago
∎ Parking Commission members will go on the offensive and seek a reversal of last night’s City Council refusal to approve more money for a proposed downtown parking garage. “We’re not dead yet,” commission chairman E. John Gare said today.
∎ The Northwestern district attorney’s office is having such a hard time recruiting lawyers that it is advertising for help. The low pay for assistant district attorneys is cited as the reason.
10 Years Ago
∎ Republican Mitt Romney, who vowed to “clean up the mess on Beacon Hill” if elected governor and whose trademark brooms dotted the campaign trail, now gets his chance. The former Winter Olympic chief will take office as the next Massachusetts governor in January.
∎ By a wide margin Tuesday, Massachusetts voters approved a controversial ballot measure that puts an end to bilingual edcuation in the state. Under the new law, bilingual programs will be replaced by “sheltered English immersion” classes.