A Look Back: From the Gazette archives

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Published: 3/8/2021 7:00:17 AM
50 Years Ago

■A public hearing is expected to draw a large number of Easthampton residents who are concerned with proposals to rezone certain property, possibly paving the way for construction of apartment complexes. A group called the Committee for the Planned Growth of Easthampton states that they are opposed to haphazard building of apartments which they feel devaluate their property.

■Members of the Northampton School Committee have voted to extend “senior privileges” to the junior class. The privilege program, which enables students to utilize study periods as they want, is a step toward the “open campus” program supported by State Education Commissioner Neil Sullivan.

25 Years Ago

■Continental Cablevision this week pledged to provide free high-speed Internet access to every public primary and secondary school in its service territories. Continental officials said the company will provide one high-speed cable modem and unlimited Internet access to each of the 5,000 schools in the 750 communities it now serves.

■A private college party it hosted had its problems, but the owners of Club Metro aren’t retreating from attempts to attract more business to the Pleasant Street nightclub. On Wednesday, they explained their newest concept to the License Commission: an all-night, alcohol-free dance party planned for March.

10 Years Ago

■Smith College and the veteran international humanitarian organization CARE today launch a collaboration both parties say represents a big step in reaching a goal they share: improving educational and economic opportunities for women and girls around the world. Both Smith and CARE see the partnership as a way to offer Smith students real-life experience with the problems of global poverty through overseas internships with CARE.

■Solar panels that would supply all the municipal and school electricity needs in Amherst and save the town $25 million in energy costs over the next three decades could be constructed in the next year. The town has entered into negotiations with BlueWave Capital of Boston to install a 4.75-megawatt photovoltaic array at the old landfill on Belchertown Road that will put Amherst at the forefront of renewable energy projects in the state.

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