A Look Back
50 Years Ago
∎ The Northampton Teachers Association held a Valentine dinner party last night at Alexander’s Restaurant where a capacity crowd filled the upstairs banquet room. The lucky Valentine prize was won by Mrs. Barbara Senecal, a kindergarten teacher at Hill Institute.
∎ Thirteen employees have been released by Kollmorgen Corp. in the last two days. This brings to 46 the number released since early January. There were 33 released at that time.
25 Years Ago
∎ Acquisition of a parcel of privately owned land eyed by the city for a new school now is in the hands of the City Council, after the School Committee voted unanimously Thursday to ask the city to take the land by eminent domain. The 17.9 acres the committee wants are owned by Edwin C. Warner. The land is next to and behind John F. Kennedy Junior High School, and includes frontage on Bridge Road.
∎ The citywide vote on an override of Proposition 2½ could be scheduled as early as May, rather than in November, the mayor said yesterday. The money would go toward raising salaries of city employees to bring them in line with those in surrounding communities.
10 Years Ago
∎ The Village at Hospital Hill project got an unofficial ribbon cutting from the Planning Board Thursday night with the definitive plan approval of the Ice Pond subdivision on Rocky Hill Road. The Ice Pond project will be built on a 930-foot cul-de-sac.
∎ Supporters of charter schools fought Thursday against legislation that would impose a three-year moratorium on granting of new charters. The debate has stepped up considerably as the Board of Education considers granting charters to 11 schools this month, while lawmakers and the governor slash budgets.