A Look Back: April 7

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Published: 4/7/2022 7:01:07 AM

Modified: 4/7/2022 7:00:05 AM

50 Years Ago

■If the City Council gives approval tonight, a new $400,000 Florence Fire Station will replace the 89-year-old structure originally built to house horse-drawn carriages. The new station would hold three fire trucks, instead of the two at the president facility.

■The first regional recycling center in this area will open April 29 at the city BPW yard on Locust Street, Charles Lyons, chairman of the Solid Waste Management Committee, said last night. The center will be staffed Tuesday through Saturday with tentative hours of operation set for 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.

25 Years Ago

■Continental Cablevision will resume in-home sales visits to customers in Northampton today, after satisfying a city board’s concerns over sales tactics called misleading. The company now plans to have the remaining 5,500 customers in the city switched over to a new 78-channel fiber-optic coaxial cable system by mid-May.

■Two 20-something University of Massachusetts graduates — Adam Lavine and Dennis Chen — who created better ways to build 3-D mousetraps, are poised to become multimillionaires. The company they co-founded in 1990, Specular International Ltd., will be acquired by a California software company, MetaTools Inc., known for its expertise and products in visual computing.

10 Years Ago

■Students and teachers at the JFK Middle School in Florence took part in “Hoodie Day,” recently, a schoolwide event to raise awareness about the dangers of stereotyping after the death of Trayvon Martin, a 17year-old Florida boy shot by a neighborhood crime watch leader.

■A program offering incentive to Amherst municipal and school employees who carpool, bicycle, walk or take public transportation to work is being launched. Stephanie Ciccarello, the town’s sustainability coordinator, said the town will soon begin NuRide, a national program where participants earn reward points for their efforts toward reducing vehicle trips.

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