A Look Back: Jan. 12

By JIM BRIDGMAN

For the Gazette

Published: 01-12-2023 7:00 AM

50 Years Ago

■Private ownership of LaFleur Airport was raised last night as a possible measure to meet an expected doubling of private airplane traffic in this area in the next 20 years. Public ownership of LaFleur would not involve any substantial expansion of the airport.

■The Northampton Planning Board tonight will hold a public hearing on a 14-lot subdivision. The hearing will be on Gerald K. Fitzgerald’s Cloverdale Estates east of Mary Jane Lane and north of North Farms Road.

25 Years Ago

■Parents and teachers are hoping to increase awareness of other cultures at the JFK Middle School through the formation of a new Multicultural Committee. The goal of the committee is to address the concept that “anything different is bad.”

■With the dissent of one area lawmaker, a long-awaited bill that would overhaul the state’s special education system is expected to be filed today at the Statehouse. The proposed reform, if adopted, would greatly scale back the extent to which the state is responsible for educating children. Rep. Ellen Story, D-Amherst, contends, however, that the legislation makes too much change too soon.

10 Years Ago

■The deadline for the first lottery for admission into the new Paulo Freire Social Justice Charter School is coming up. The school is set to open in September under the guidance of the founders of the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School, Ljuba Marsh and Bob Brick.

■Teachers at public and private schools, workers at child care centers, and school bus drivers are among those who will soon be required to submit fingerprints for criminal background checks under a new Massachusetts law. Gov. Deval Patrick signed the wide-reaching measure, saying it will help protect children.

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