A Look Back: Aug. 5

For the Gazette
Published: 8/5/2021 7:00:07 AM
50 Years Ago

■James G. Brooks, of Glendale Road, has been dubbed the area’s Ralph Nader of the environment. The title, intended sarcastically, was coined by one of the many officials he “bugs” when he believes sanitary landfills aren’t being operated according to regulations, especially if water pollution is concerned.

■If facilities at the House of Correction are inadequate it’s because there is no money to improve them, Hampshire County High Sheriff John F. Boyle told a WFCR radio audience last night. When asked why there were no toilet seats in any of the House of Correction toilets, Boyle said, “We tried putting a toilet seat in not too long ago and someone broke it the next day, so we took it out.”

25 Years Ago

■Avoid the long lines by going online. Starting today, the Registry of Motor Vehicles will allow its 4.2 million customers to pay their speeding tickets and renew their car registrations via the World Wide Web.

■A Mount Holyoke College physics professor was wrapped in plastic and whisked to Franklin Medical Center today after being exposed to low-level radiation in a laboratory accident, authorities said. The Hazardous Material Team from Chicopee cordoned off a portion of the campus as a precaution.

10 Years Ago

■After four months without representation, Ward 3 residents finally have their man. Owen Freeman-Daniels, 31, beat Arnold “Arnie” Levinson, 70, by a near 3-to-1 margin in a special election Tuesday night to fill the seat left vacant in April. The final tally was 658 for Freeman-Daniels to 223 for Levinson.

■Jake’s, the place known for its no-frills dining and relaxed atmosphere, is expected to be back in business by October, revived by two local men who have been best friends since kindergarten. Alex Washut, 27, and Chris Ware, 28, both of Florence, have worked out a deal to reopen Jake’s, a King Street breakfast and lunch icon that closed in mid-June.

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