A Look Back: May 13

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For the Gazette
Published: 5/13/2021 7:00:08 AM

50 Years Ago

■Northampton City Clerk James Faulkner became the city’s first sponsor for the May 23 Hotline Walk when organizers Ann Hubbard and Jim Collins of Northampton High School this morning requested the longtime city official to lend a hand. Proceeds from the walk will be put toward setting up a hotline referral center for young persons.

■A pre-dawn drug raid at the University of Massachusetts campus resulted in the arrest of 52 persons on charges of possession of drugs to sell and netted one of the largest hauls of hallucinogenic drugs ever found by authorities in the area. About $10,000 worth of barbiturates, LSD, amphetamines, hashish and marijuana was confiscated.

25 Years Ago

■Three finalists for principal of the Jackson Street School have been recommended to Superintendent Bruce E. Willard. The three are: Gwen Agna, the city’s early childhood and equity coordinator; James Devine, now vice principal at the Moser Elementary School in South Hadley; and Anne Harrison, associate professor of education at Elms College in Chicopee.

■State Education Commissioner Robert Antonucci wants to eliminate the 34-year-old requirement that all public school students, from kindergarten through senior year in high school, take physical education. He will make the proposal Wednesday to the state Board of Education, which will vote on it after 60 days for comment.

10 Years Ago

■Verizon has decided to stop including old-fashioned residential white pages in the telephone directories it prints every year. Surveys have repeatedly shown that customers are more and more likely to look up phone numbers online through any of a number of sites.

■Construction of a new $17 million-plus police station is under way in Northampton, and the event was celebrated Thursday by more than 100 local officials, residents, schoolchildren, and current and retired police officers. There was no nostalgia for the aging police station on Center Street that will soon be demolished.

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