A Look Back
50 Years Ago
∎ Rabbi Arthur Langenauer of Congregation B’nai Israel will speak before the Leonard Club tomorrow in the Yankee Room of the Hotel Northampton. His topic will be “The Psychotherapist and Religion in the 20th Century.” All men of the area are invited to attend.
∎ A piece of ceiling fell last night in the Hotel Northampton garage on King St., dropping on a sprinkler head and setting off the system. Several cars were doused, but the only damage was the holes left from the falling plaster.
25 Years Ago
∎ The Red Cross and local landlords pitched in yesterday to relocate several residents of Riverglade Apartments in Amherst after a morning fire damaged eight units.
∎ Laura Lord Scales celebrated her 108th birthday yesterday at Rockridge at Laurel Park. Scales, who is still able to get around in spite of periodic dizzy spells, gets lots of mail, keeps a tidy room and likes to work at her desk.
10 Years Ago
∎ With the help of a $150,000 grant from the state Department of Education, Northampton is soon to become the latest city in the area to take part in the national Even Start family literacy program. The program was established by the U.S. Department of Education in 1989 and is aimed mainly at Latino and low-income families.
∎ Layoffs in western Massachusetts by telecommunications giant Verizon could reach close to 100 workers unless alternatives to pink slips can be found before the year ends. “We’re working through the process with the unions to reduce that number as much as possible,” said Michael Pequignot, a regional spokesman for Verizon.