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50 Years Ago

Resumption of bi-weekly tests of air raid sirens began at noon today. The nine sirens and two whistles at the Veterans and State Hospitals were sounded for the first time since the Cuban crisis and will be tested weekly hereafter, according to Civil Defense Director John J. Wall.

Police apparently are devising special code signals for signaling accidents via radio, to avoid a recurrence of an accident scene Wednesday night in which four wrecking trucks blocked off police and an ambulance from a wrecked car.

25 Years Ago

Several hundred people turned out last night for Northampton’s annual holiday tree-lighting ceremony in Pulaski Park. The event was sponsored by the Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Business Association, and radio station WHMP.

Mayor David B. Musante this morning called off a public promotional meeting on a federal grant to expand the Hotel Northampton, because the hotel’s owners no longer want such a grant. Musante believes Northampton needs the federal money, which can be reused for city projects after it is paid back by the developer. But the hotel’s owners now appear determined to expand without city help.

10 Years Ago

Some state lawmakers are trying once more to eliminate the MCAS standarized test as a graduation requirement as thousands of high school seniors prepare for another crack at the exam next week. The Class of 2003 is the first that must pass the math and English portions of the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System exam to graduate.

The state’s highest court ruled Friday that a person enrolled in a needle exchange program in a certain city may legally possess those needles anywhere in the state, arguing that the program’s important public health goals could otherwise be imperiled.

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