A Look Back: Nov. 14


For the Gazette

Published: 11-13-2023 11:00 PM

50 Years Ago

■A 19-year-old former University of Massachusetts student apparently jumped to his death from the 19th floor of a high-rise dormitory yesterday, becoming the second dormitory fatality at UMass in three days. The death was ruled a suicide by the District Attorney’s office.

■The Pro Brush Division of Vistron has recently organized a Computer Club for high school students. Any young adult of high school age interested in the field of data processing may join the program.

25 Years Ago

■The National Yiddish Book Center’s plan to preserve old Yiddish books through a high-tech process has received a $500,000 grant from movie director Steven Spielberg. The money is coming from Spielberg’s Righteous Persons Foundation, based in Santa Monica, Calif.

■As expected, the 14-bed emergency cot shelter that opened Nov. 1 at 123 Hawley St. has been full or near capacity, reports Steve Romanowski, cot shelter director. The start of the fifth season for the Hampshire County Interfaith Community Cot Shelter has gone smoothly, as volunteers and program staff quickly came together last month after weeks of uncertainty over the location of the shelter.

10 Years Ago

■Donna Gibson, an environmental activist from Williamsburg, Michael Superson, manager of Big E’s Supermarket in Easthampton, and students in the East Longmeadow High School Environmental Club were presented with “Outstanding Recycler of the Year” awards when the Springfield Materials Recycling Facility Advisory Board hosted an “American Recycles Day” celebration breakfast at the Delaney House in Holyoke.

■A candlelight vigil is planned for Tuesday to mark the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance in Northampton. The local event — one of many held around the world — generally draws around 100 people for a vigil and program honoring the memory of those lost to violence or suicide linked to gender identity or expression.