A Look Back: Jan. 28

For the Gazette
Published: 1/28/2022 7:01:38 AM
Modified: 1/28/2022 7:00:22 AM
50 Years Ago

■Northampton police today are investigating an early morning burglary at the H. L. Childs & Son toy and hobby store at 25 State St. Owner George Childs of Williamsburg said his loss was mostly in the form of expensive miniature railroad equipment. A number of tiny brass motors was also taken.

■The Solid Waste Management Committee recommended last night the building of a permanent recycling center for paper, aluminum, and glass. The new center would replace the monthly “recycling day” collections, which the committee feels are inadequate to handle the area’s re-usable waste.

25 Years Ago

■Annie Sprinkle, whose sexually explicit performance art was rejected by the Northampton Center for the Arts last week, will present her show in a hall a few blocks away. Sprinkle’s two-hour performance, “Hardcore from the Heart: My Film Diary of 25 Years as a Porn Queen,” now is set to debut at the Pearl Street Nightclub in March.

■Sgt. Thomas O’Connor will leave the Northampton Police Department tomorrow to join the FBI. On Feb. 18, he starts four months of grueling training at the FBI’s Academy in Quantico, Va. O’Connor is believed to be the first Northampton police officer to move to the FBI.

10 Years Ago

■After 17 months of often contentious negotiations, Cooley Dickinson Hospital and the Massachusetts Nurses Association have reached a tentative agreement on a three-year contract covering 300 nurses. The agreement comes as the hospital is poised to decide in late February whether to merge with Baystate Medical Center in Springfield or Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

■Hampshire County’s temporary register of probate wants to keep the job permanently and announced Thursday his intention to run for the position in this November’s election. Mark Ames has been serving as register for about a year. He was appointed to replace David Sullivan, who was elected Northwestern district attorney in November 2010.


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