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Today in history: Oct. 1

October 1, 2018

120 years agoProspects for electionRepublican success at the polls next Monday is regarded as a certainty by those who have kept close watch upon the political situation for the past week. The Republican party is united and it never had a better ticket. The large number of citizens who vote for the “best man” in local elections will find their names this year upon the Republican ballots.The record for efficiency and economy made by Selectmen Holly and Roberts is the best argument for their continuance in office. It is due to them that the roads of Stamford outside the city limits are in such excellent repaid that praise is bestowed upon them far and wide. They have kept the town property in good condition.60 years agoThreat of closing Cove Island spurs plea for buildingFaced with the alternative of shutting down the $750,000 Cove Island Park and recreation area, the Park Commission decided Tuesday night to proceed with plans to request an additional appropriation of $278,000 to build a new beach facility building at the new East Beach. Health Commissioner Dr. James C. Constanzo has said he will close the island next season if the building is not provided.In other matters the commission unanimously voted approval of changing the name of West Park to Columbus Park, discussed ways of earmarking $150,000 paid for Courtland Park for part acquisition purposes, heard opposition to accepting as parkland 18 city-owned acres adjacent to the Scofieldtown Road University of Connecticut site, and made preliminary plans for grading and top soiling in the Quonset Hut area with planting to follow.30 years ago400 will lose jobs in sale of MachlettMore than 400 employees will lose their jobs as a result of the sale announced yesterday of Machlett Laboratories in Stamford.The company, which primarily produces tubes of X-ray devices, will have its operations phased out during a “transition period” of several months, according to spokesmen for Machlett’s corporate parent, Raytheon Co. and the buyer, Varian Associates Inc., based in Palo Alto, Calif,“It will be a gradual period,” said Larry McCarcken, a spokesman at Raytheon’s headquarters in Lexington, Mass. “We just don’t know how long it will be.”erin.kayata@stamfordadvocate.com; (203) 964-2265; @erin_kayata

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