Today in Stamford history: Sept. 4

September 2, 2017 GMT

The following headlines and articles appeared in the Stamford Advocate decades ago on Sept. 4

10 years ago

Volunteers spend weekend laboring for MDA

For Joyce Finch, Labor Day weekend never means travel, parties, barbecues or that last big beach day.

For the past 32 years, Finch has marked the holiday by working telephones, soliciting pledges, putting in around-the-clock shifts and organizing about 80 area volunteers to raise funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

As Jerry Lewis, the MDA’s national chairman, takes to the airwaves with his annual “Jerry’s Kids” telethon, Finch has worked behind the scenes raising money in southwestern Connecticut.

“I always wonder, what are we going to do on Labor Day if they ever find a cure,” she mused yesterday morning in the Hartford Room of the Sheraton Stamford Hotel on Summer Street.

20 years ago

After Diana: Locals examine love/hate affair with tabloids

Pina Basone had watched Princess Diana from the time she entered public life as the 20-year-old bride of Prince Charles in 1981to her death after a car accident early Sunday.

“I relate to her,” Basone said yesterday while shopping at Giovanni’s Country Market and Meat Market on Old Long Ridge Road in Stamford.

Basone, of New Canaan, was married a month after Diana and has two boys approximately the same ages as Princes William and Harry. She called Diana’s death “senseless.”

30 years ago

School cycle beings anew for students of all ages

At K.T. Murphy Elementary School, the sound of hammers and drills puncuated the chatter of children talking with friends they hadn’t seen all summer.

At Stamford High School, the littlest student — age 5 months — went to class cradled in her mother’s arms.

And on the road in Springdale, veteran bus driver Mosley made sure his students made it to school on time without any trouble.