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February 22, 2013

Step Back in Time: Feb. 22, 2013

The Daily Star

---- — Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.

25 years ago

Feb. 22, 1988

STAMFORD — The Community Hospital has received a $250,000 state grant to start its diversification plan that includes converting a maternity ward and entering into an agreement with Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown.

Community Hospital was one of five hospitals to receive grant funds, according to Stamford hospital officials who said they were pleased to receive the money.

Roger A. Masse, administrator for Community Hospital, said the funds will defray costs of turning the existing maternity unit into a primary care clinic and help complete consolidation or merger negotiations with Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital.

A certificate of need and final architectural plans will be the next step in the project, along with the recruitment of a clinic-based physician through Bassett Hospital.

The Community Hospital may complete renovations during the fall, and an agreement with Bassett Hospital may be reached by late fall.


50 years ago

Feb. 22, 1963

Viewing the renovation of City Hall as a badly needed “morale builder” for city employees and citizenry alike, Mayor Albert S. (Sam) Nader Thursday called the building “sadly neglected.”

Mayor Nader reviewed the progress of the interior decoration now going on, explaining that floors throughout the building are now coming in for consideration.

Workmen were busy Thursday installing linoleum tile in the office of city engineer Lawrence Baldwin, an operation that will be duplicated, Mayor Nader said, in other areas of the building on first, second and third floors.

All this, the mayor reported, is a part of the renovation and redecoration program authorized some time ago by the Common Council. It will, Mayor Nader said, “contribute to the morale of employees who occupy and work in City Hall … and will give citizens some reason to be proud of their city.”

Much of the downstairs area, including police offices, the main floor men’s room, and the entrance corridors have already been the site of extensive decorations.

“This will be an annual program,” Mayor Nader said, “and I hope we never let the building go as it has in the past.”