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West Palm Beach, Florida
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Monday, September 13, 1999
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4 MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 1999 MSL West Palm hospitals merge baby wards during a busy time ot year tor births Martin's carpetbagger rule helps keep GOP exclusive St. Mary's takes over the Good Samaritan maternity ward, but the timing could be better. 1 "-pwcp By Sanjay Bhatt Palm Beach Post Staff Writer WEST PALM BEACH A npw mother found herself shar George Bennett Politics nacci said. While the number of women coming to deliver is reaching a peak, he said, St Mary's has closed 16 beds in the maternity wing for renovations, adding to the space crunch. The hospital has just finished converting 22 beds once used by patients recovering from surgery, Stefanac-ci said. The reconfigured maternity ward at St Mary's will be spread across three floors and have 62 beds. "For the next few weeks, it'll be inconvenient for some patients, but the quality of care and safety will not be jeopardized," Stefanacci said.x Intracoastal will have one neonatal intensive care nurse on duty at Good Samaritan at all times until Oct. 9. By then, all maternity and neonatal services will have been moved to St. Mary's. move to St. Mary's, Intracoastal officials said. But the not-for-profit company also is transferring some patients from Good Samaritan to St. Mary's as it reduces staff. "Sometimes they close the unit and have to shift (pregnant women) because they don't have the staff to care for them," said Denise Roser, administrator for OBGYN Specialists of the Palm Beaches. The group practice used to deliver 100 babies a month at Good Samaritan and still has women scheduled to give birth there. The consolidation of the maternity wards came at one of the busiest months of the year for births at the two hospitals, Intracoastal spokesman Dennis Stefa- 'Maattise Wilton From Ronald Reagan to the recent defection of state Rep. Rudy Bradley of St. Petersburg, the Republican Party loves to showcase members who bolt from the Democratic ranks. Martin County's GOP, however, eyes recent converts with a measure of skepticism. As a result. Republicans seeking cy-berguidance on the candidates for Tuesday's special state House primary won't find any information about businesswoman Melinda Medina Tumminia if they click on the Martin County Republican Party Web site. The party's list of "our candidates" consists of only Joe Negron, Art Argenio and John Whites-carver. The party Web site includes links to the sites of Negron and Argenio (Whitescarver doesn't have one). Tumminia and her Web site were left out because she switched her voter registration from Democrat to Republican in February, two days before she filed as a candidate. The Martin County GOP requires a full year of Republicanism before it allows a candidate to speak at party meetings, have a spot at candidate forums, use the party's computerized voter registration database or link to its Web site. Martin and Collier counties are believed to be the only places in the state where the local GOP has such a requirement, a Florida Republican party spokeswoman said. Martin County GOP Chairman Bob Belanger said the one-year rule has been in place since the mid-1980s to guard the party and its resources against partisan carpetbaggers. Being a Republican in Martin County is indeed expedient, since Republicans outnumber Democrats by more than 2-to-l. Tumminia says she's a legitimate convert who switched to the GOP because as a registered nurse she disagrees with Democratic health-care reform policies. Another Republican is also being ignored by the Martin County GOP: John Carroll, who filed just before deadline and never asked the county party for its recognition. H Palm Beach County Democratic Chairman Monte Friedkin has ordered Democratic clubs to stop their long-standing practice of accepting newsletter ads from Property Appraiser Gary Nikolits that tell homeowners they can file for homestead exemptions. The reason: Nikolits is a Republican. 7.50 ing a private room with another new mom recently at St. Mary's Medical Center. Hospital officials said it was "truly an exception," a first in recent memory, but acknowledge it will happen again over the next few weeks as Intracoastal Health Systems finishes closing the county's oldest maternity ward at Good Samaritan Hospital and converting rooms at St. Mary's Medical Center. Intracoastal owns both hospitals in West Palm Beach. Many pregnant women who were scheduled to deliver at Good Samaritan have chosen to Parasites make them squirrelly The Associated Press KISSIMMEE Biologists say squirrels in the southeastern United States may appear to act a little strangely this summer, rolling around, scratching and biting themselves. That's because a common, harmless parasite is making them itchy. Officials with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission say the squirrels are probably suffering from a skin irritation caused by a parasite known as the bot fly. This is an annoying, but rarely serious, condition that often afflicts squirrels in the southeastern United States this time of year. Squirrels have been seen rolling on the ground, biting or scratching themselves and even The Kings Point Democratic Club newsletter in Delray Beach ran two of Nikolits' ads in 1998 for $100 apiece. This time, however, club President Helen Blustein told the appraiser's office she couldn't run the ad if Nikolits' name appeared in it. "We're really working very hard to make sure Democrats get elected," Blustein said. "I am the property appraiser, so the name should stay," Nikolits said of his refusal to change his ads for Democrats. His homestead exemption notices have also been rejected by the newsletters of the Century Village West Democratic Club in Boca Raton and the United South County Democratic Club. B Leaving city hall hasn't meant leaving politics for former West Palm Beach Mayor Nancy Graham. Graham co-chaired a fund-raiser for West Palm Beach City Commission hopeful Bill Moss last week and is honchoing an event Tuesday for the state Senate campaign of state Rep. Sharon Merchant, R-Palm Beach Gardens. Graham does more than lend her name to such affairs. In a memo last week on the letterhead of her new employer, Watermark Communities Inc., Graham rode herd on County Commissioner Karen Marcus and other key Merchant money-raisers as Tuesday's event approached. "We must each ask ourselves these questions in preparation for the final days ahead," the ex-mayor wrote. "1) Have I sent in my own personal contribution? Has my spouse? 2) Have I personally called everyone on my prospect list to obtain firm commitments for contributions? 3) Have I done everything possible to ensure that the team meets its commitment of $20,000?" George Bennett's column runs on Mondays. He can be reached at 820-4704 or at Annual Percentage Yield ( APY) Callable Certificate of Deposit FDIC insured to $100,000 per depositor, per institution Interest paid semi-annually Final maturity in 10 years - 92899 Non-callable for one year Callable thereafter 100 par ' Call: Michael Thorn Vice President-Investments (561)266-6772 1022 East Atlantic Avenue Delray Beach, FL 33483 SALOMON SMITH BARNEY The CD is non-callable for the first year and then can be called every six months thereafter by the issuing bank. The final stated maturity is 92809. Minimum deposit $1,000. Subject to change and availability. Although we are not required to do so, we endeavor to provide a secondary market so that CD holders can sell their CDs prior to maturity. The resale price in such a transaction may be less than the principal amount invested. (APY as of 9799.) APY interest cannot remain on deposit in the same CD, interest will be paid semi-annually. FDIC insurance covers a maximum amount of $100,000 per depositor, per institution (including principal and interest combined) in each insurable capacity. r. . t 1. -X C.,1 Cm:L ItW jumping up and down. 1 he com mission s omce in ucaia nas Deen so besieged by calls from people worried about the furrv rodents PALM BEACH INTERACTIVE that it issued a statement l nurs- UN Up to 20 stories from 40 area communities. Click on "Your Tom" at www.GoPBI.comnews day to reassure the public. Late summer usually is mat in sr season for bot flies, and an itchy time for rabbits and rodents. The skin irritations often ap- Wednesday, city hall. Salomon Srrutn Barney is a service mam oi oaiuniuii ju"'""! IF) ICWQSalnmrin Smith lWv Inc. Member SIPC A member of citigroupj npar in nlaces where sauirrels Poppleton Creek Board, 5 p.m. ihursaay, can't scratch like on their city hall. backs or behind their legs. Local Planning Agency, 7 p.m. Ihursaay, FIRES PAH0KEE Half a quadriplex was destroyed in a fire about 5 p.m. Sunday, Pahokee firefighters said. They arrived to find two apartments at 200 S. Lake Ave. engulfed in flames. No one was in the building when the fire started. It remains under investigation. I ' fTfrrmTTftrr 1 city hall. PORT ST. LUCIE Council. 3 n.m. todav. Community au NOTICKOK APPLICATION Nolire of Proposed H i Mi Ml-Kill-It ditorium, 2195 S.E. Airoso Blvd. r.Hv Council 7:30 n.m. todav. City Hall, Nntiri- h Ili rri'V pwn that J. P. MOKCAN FSB, MtlU U 4V I M IthAIII council chambers, 121 S.W. Port St. Lucie IIV H,MI. I'll." i "" FLORIDA :MW HAS FILL!) AN APPLICATION Blvd. will, tin- Fim: fur ninwnt til Nr.lH.r. i 1 n ! MOKt.AN CALIrtmlA, .! win in ihm r. Economic Growth Team, 7 p.m. Tuesday, STHF.KT. 35111 FLOOR. LOS ANt.r.l.KS. CALIFORNI VX7I:.I.P. MOKCAN :Al.lrlll(l V City Hall, community room. 1(11 CAI.IrOKniA M Itr.r.l. .1i I " run, .un, FHANI;im;o, t.AI.IMlH it vmi; J i GoPBI is your source for schedules of events, tips on making your celebration great and the latest resources on preparing for Y2K. Plus you can win 2 front row tickets to see Gloria Estef an or two tickets near the stage for the Bee Gees Enter as Often as You Wish at... u.uiliAN THI HT i:OVII'NY IN- U. t . 11 ST. LUCIE COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD ta MONItOK STHKKT. SINK 2.IKI. Reeular meeting. 6 n.m. Tuesday, school CIIICACO. ILLINOIS MKitHi AND J. P. !MOI,A!H .... .. ... ...... .'I1L'C1'L'.T I'll! IIT milTI.' .UNI board room, 2909 Delaware Ave., Fort DM.LAS. TKx'vS 7520L IT IS COYTFMPLATKI) Pierce. THA I Al l. UrrH.hS "r I nr. iw r. n.i..u.i. irm THINS WILL CONTINIF TO UK OI'KHAIKI) AS THLST ACKNCIKS OF J.I1 MOHCAN FSB. Anv lurmn wihliins to comment on thit annlii ation may fill- his or hir comments in writing .1 11 - '....I n: iIUKi ..f it... I' Willi me ncpiooai iu.Ti.M - Delimit Insurance Corporation at its Reuional ..,.1 r.,. A V V..,L X..u. Y.irL Wince, m ruin ,ivriiu-, IIKIIII not later than SKITF.MIIKU P. PWM. The Tlx-FStfoi Beach ftwt noneonliilential portion ot tne ap anon is on hi, in ihe Reuional Office ami is atailahle Tor pulilii i.wnt.riii.11 ilnrini regular husiness hours. in. .. ..r .1... n..n..iinriitintiul iiortion of t Hi I IIOIOCIflll-n ' i uniilii iilion file will lie maile availalile upon remiesl Rules available at The Palm Beach Interactive Studio A schiilule of rhariin for such copies can lie olitaineil from the Regional llllicc. ... " ' i THE PROPERTY APPRAISER'S OFFICE IS NOW ACCEPTING YOUR GOVERNMENT MARTIN COUNTY Rio Neighborhood Advisory Committee, 10 a.m. today, Rio Community Center, 1255 N.E. Dixie Highway, Jensen Beach. Children's Services Council, 10 a.m. today, 742 Colorado Ave., Stuart. BicyclePedestrian Advisory Committee, 5 p m. today, Martin County Administrative Center, 2401 S.E. Monterey Road, Stuart. Public Information Process, 5:15 p.m. today, Blake Library, 2351 S.E. Monterey Road, Stuart Jensen Beach Neighborhood Advisory Committee, 6 p.m. today, Jensen Beach Civic Center, 1920 N.E. Jensen Beach Blvd., Jensen Beach. Public Art Advisory Board, 6 p.m. today, Courthouse Cultural Center, 80 E. Ocean Blvd., Stuart. Port Salemo Revitalization Committee, 7 p m today, Old Salerno School at the corner of Salerno Road and Ebbtide Avenue, Port Salerno. Indian Riverside Park Advisory Board, 7 p.m. today, county administrative center, Stuart. Code Enforcement Board, 7:30 p.m. today, Blake library, Stuart. Martin County Commission, 9 a.m. Tuesday, Blake Library, Stuart. Concerned Citizens of New Monrovia, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Costella Williams Learning Center, New Monrovia Park. Martin County Fairgrounds Advisory Task Force, 10 a.m. Wednesday, county administrative center, Stuart. Hospitalization Review Board, 11 a.m. Wednesday, county administrative center, Stuart. . Martin County Commission budget hearing, 5:05 p.m. Wednesday, Blake Library, Stuart. Development Review Committee, 9 a.m. Thursday, county administrative center, HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION APPLICATIONS FOR 2000 HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION EQUALS A $23,000 REDUCTION IN YOUR ASSESSED PROPERTY VALUE In order to qualify for the 2000 Homestead Exemption you must: Hold title to the property prior to January 1 , 2000 Reside on the property on )anuary 1 , 2000 Be a permanent resident of the State of Florida on January 1, 2000 When you apply for the exemption, please bring with you the following: 1 . Evidence of ownership (recorded deed, tax bill, etc.) 2. Social Security Number 3. Permanent residency proof (Alien Registration Card), if not a U.S. citizen. In addition, please bring the following items which apply to you, issued prior to January 1, 2000: i Florida driver's license 4. Declaration of Domicile 2. Florida vehicle registration. 5. Death certificate, if applicable, for widow(er)'s exemption. 3 Florida voter's registration. .. . You then appear personally at one of the County Property Appraiser's Offices and file your application. Your application must be filed by March 1, 2000 in order to qualify for a 2000 exemption. If title is held by husband and wife, either may file but should bring proof of residence for the spouse. ST. LUCIE COUNTY County Commission, 9 a.m. Tuesday, St. Lucie County Administration Building, 2500 Virginia Ave., Fort Pierce. County Commission-Fort Pierce joint meeting, 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, administration building. Cultural Affairs Council, 5 p.m. Tuesday, administration building. Emergency Medical Services Advisory Board, 8 a.m. Wednesday, administration building. Board of Adjustment, 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, administration building. Fire Board, 3 p.m. Wednesday, Central Station, 2400 Rhode Island Ave., Fort Pierce. Vegetation Protection Committee, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, administration building. Expressway Authority, 2 p.m. Thursday, administration building. County Commission budget hearing, 7 p.m. Thursday, administration building. Planning & Zoning Commission, 7 p.m. Thursday, administration building. Courthouse Relocation Meeting, 10 a.m. Friday, St. Lucie County Courthouse, 218 N. Second St., Fort Pierce. OTHER MEETINGS TEQUESTA Community Appearance Board, 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, village hall, 357 Tequesta Drive. JUPITER Beautification Committee, 5:30 p.m. today, municipal complex, 210 Military Trail. Budget workshop, 5 p.m. Tuesday, municipal complex. Planning and Zoning Board, 7 p.m. Tuesday, municipal complex. First public hearing on the budget, 7 p.m. Tuesday, municipal complex. SOUTH INDIAN RIVER WATER CONTROL DISTRICT Board of Supervisors Annual Landowner's meeting, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jupiter Community High School, 500 S. Military Trail, Jupiter. B timixi and locations are subject to North County North County Courthouse 3188 PGA Boulevard Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410 (561) 624-6521 South County 501 South Congress Avenue Room 1 50 Delray Beach, FL 33445 (561) 276-1250 Main Office Governmental Center 301 N. Olive Ave. - 5th Floor West Palm Beach, FL 33401 (561) 355-2866 Library Board of Trustees, 9 a.m. Thursday, Blake Library, 2351 b.b. Monterey Koaa, smart. Daricc anH Recreation Advisory Board, 6 Glades Area 2976 State Road 1 5 Belle Glade, FL 33430 (561) 996-4890 TAX SAVINGS Royal Palm Beach 1 1 500 Okeechobee Blvd., Ste. A Next to Police Station Royal Palm Beach, FL 3341 1 (561) 790-6001 p.m. Thursday, county administrative center, Stuart Local Planning Agency and Planning and Zoning Commission, 7 p.m. Thursday, Blake library, Stuart. STUART GARY R. NIKOLITS, CFA Palm Beach County Property Appraiser Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. MONDAY through FRIDAY Published as a Public Service to the Homeowners of Palm Beach County change, and not all meetings can be listed. Flease City Commission, 7 p.m. today, city nan, 121 S.W.Flagler Ave. Code Enforcement Board, 3:30 p.m. call the appropriate organization jor venpcaiwn. l iffi rift aii liTirtt in jtB .iH gfl flTirnr f--

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