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B2 Palm Beach Post, Thursday, December 9, 1976 Jai Alai From Bl r AIL mm OUR ENTIRE STOCK OF . . . 'L1GE SRSS o SL3LB0GS o AOR STEP S3DAyTES o LBLlt"JSAL3U7S PASSPORTS o L1EVEB.ATDMS SAFJLMGR of boston o NATURALIZED! PALM BEACH W-PALM ICHi 2511 Okchob. Blvd. N. PALM BCH: 300 U.S.I I ShoraCt. BROWARD HALLANDALE: 1 109 E. Hallandol.Bch. llvd. W. HOLLYWOOD: 180 St. Rd. 7 lAUDERHILl:U.S.441(St. d. 7) FT. LAUD t 3000 N. Fad. Hwy. U.S. 1 POMP ANO: 1790 N. Fd . Hwy. U.S. 1 f k SAVE FR0U kM0 TO J16 Nv DADE MIAMI: 9 W. Flogl.r St. MIAMI: 7708 N.W. 79th St. HIALEAH: 106 Hlol.ah Dr. HIALEAH: 1 140 W. 49th St. CORAL GA8LES: 313 Miracl. Mil MIAMI BEACH: 335 Lincoln Id. MIAMI BEACH: 1337 Wafhington Av. N. MIAMI BEACH: 1501 N.t. 163rd St. SO. MIAMI: 8691 Dixie Hwy. CUTLER RIDGE: 20033 So. Dili Hwy. and the hand-sewn seams create an uneven surface which further adds to the ball's erratic characteristics. "After three or four games the pelo-ta will go out of round," Brown said. "Putting them on the shelf for three months restores their shape, but the maximum life is about 15 games." The desire for more power and efficient catching of the rock-hard sphere led to the development of the cesta, the wicker baskets strapped to the player's wrist. There are professional jai-alai players who are lefthanded, but they must wear the cesta on their right hand. Cestas vary in dimension and are tailor-made for each player. They cost $75 each and a player will use and discard a minimum of 15 throughout the season, Brown said. Although" played outdoors in Spain, modern jai-alai is played in auditoriums called frontons. Very similar to three-wall handball, the jai-alai court's front wall is to the spectators' right, the side wall is directly in front and the back wall is at the left. Because ordinary concrete would deteriorate under the constant hammering of the ball, the front and back walls are constructed of huge granite blocks. The side walls are made of gunite, a pressure-applied cement which is hard enough to take the secondary force of the ball, since it is always thrown to the front wall first, after which it may rebound off the back wall and ricochet off the side wall. The rules of the game are simple. The ball is served and the opposing player in the case of singles, or his partner in doubles, must catch and return the ball after it hits the front wall. He can still make the catch off the back wall if the ball has hit the floor only once. The skill of the game lies in placing the ball out of the opposition's reach, throwing it at tremendous speed or imparting an incredible amount of spin on the ball so that even if the opponent catches it, he will not be able to return it, Brown said. "Jai-alai is a completely different atmosphere. It's entertainment anyone can enjoy," Brown said. "I think the women motivate their husbands to come. They enjoy dressing up for an evening out." Brown also credits a portion of the game's appeal to the 5 to 20 minute length of each match. "It gives everyone a chance to get caught up in the excitement, whereas a dog race lasts less than a minute." For those wishing to turn their Christmas Ho, Ho, Hos into dough, dough, dough, the fronton will be closed Dec. 23 and 24 but will reopen on Christmas night. LOTS OF STYLES! PUMPS, WEDGIES AND SANDALS IN MANY COLORS! THURSDAY, FRIDAY & SATURDAY 9:30-9:30 NOT ALL NAMES AT ALL STORES! FROM 300 TO 600 PAIRS AT EVERY STORE! Th p'odiC' no onrN(t.o" a'r.r the Amenta Nationol Red C'Oi shoe stores rlorida Arthritis From Bl- I LIKE FEELING FEMININE. THAT'S WHY I LOVE VALMODE SLEEPWEAR Soft and feminine nylon tricot, frosted with delicate, flower-y applique. In my very favorite colors, pale pink or blue. LEFT: Morning coat to slip into for that first cup of coffee. Tiny cap sleeves and button front go over the shortie gown. Sizes S,M,L 12.00 CENTER: Short sleeve pajamas for that trim, tailored look. Sizes 34-40 14.00 RIGHT: Shortie gown to pamper the female in me. Sizes S, M,L 8.00 jOTT "Hi, srm imams t Ml' If them in advance by contacting her at 689-2572 or the Arthritis Foundation at 844-8615. Foundation President Ruth Ann Scott said the clinic was operated only a half-day in early November and December, and will continue to be held 8 a.m. to noon on the first Wednesday of each month. Eight patients were handled the first clinic session and 12 the second session. About an hour is required for each new patient, and three rheumatolo-gists Drs. John C. Whelton, Arthur M. Virshup and Joseph R. Skyer donate their services, Mrs. Scott said. The foundation pays for laboratory work, although Good Samaritan reduces the fees, and for the drugs, X-rays and a small amount of equipment, she said. The hospital auxiliary workers also donate their services. Most people associate arthritis with older persons, but, said Mrs. Scott, "There are a lot of children" who have the disease. "It involves more than you'd think." The number of arthritics in Palm Beach County is about 40,000, she said, although no figures are available on how many of these are children. In the nation, however, there are 300,000 child arthritics. "People don't realize that children even a baby 3 months old can have arthritis," said Mrs. Fraley. because of this, said Mrs. Scott, "In the clinic we're giving priority to children and young adult wage earners who have to keep going. "The treatment of arthritis is very expensive, really, because there's a lot of lab work and continual checkup," Mrs. Scott said. "Arthritics live pretty close to their doctors. They have to see them pretty often." Like Mrs. Fraley, Mrs. Scott knows the subject personally. The Scotts' 22-year-old daughter has had rheumatoid arthritis since she was 14. "She has gotten good care and she hasn't had any crippling" but always will be under medication, Mrs. Scott said. "I feel if more cases could get proper care, they could avoid a lot of problems." "We spent hundreds of dollars going to doctors before we even got a diagnosis" for her husband years ,igo, Mrs. Fraley said. But three years ago their daughter Missy, then 5. was diagnosed correctly in a short time by Whelton. Missy is taking only aspirin now, her mother said, but "if it gets any worse, we'll think of going into gold injections for her." She added, however, that the doctor "has made me feel that once she passes puberty, hers will go into remission (effect's will disappear)." As for l er husband, the arthritis hasn't rendered him incapable of working, Mrs. Fraley said, adding that "it would an ordinary man." In the last few months a new drug "has given him some relief," but the dosage has been reduced because of gastrointestinal side effects. Meanwhile, he remains, for the most part, "in severe and intense pain." mm (Km 3 Pil mw mm Ifw w Christmas shop Monday thru Friday 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.