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4B THE PALM BEACH POST MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 1999 s c Scapular believed to assure entry to heaven What if town can't sell land? LtiUj tit) MARTIN CO 3 3 "i ( v BfACH CO. Q. ' BROWARD CO. 1 I M Water ffip V Tower Rd V f Silver Beach Rd. n ifftfeirl Blue Heron Blvd." airtight drum was manufactured in 1963 and originally held paint that was discontinued after 1973. Elkins and his wife, Ruth, owned the home from 1957 to 1972. The house had two owners between 1972 and 1984, when Cohen bought it. Cohen told police the barrel was there when he moved in. The woman inside the barrel was nine months pregnant. She was 25 to 30 years old, measured 4-feet-9 and weighed 59 pounds when she was discovered, police said. She was wearing a sweater and skirt over high socks and low-heeled shoes. An autopsy found that the woman had died from a crushed skull. It could not determine the sex of the fetus. Inside the barrel was a ring with a green stone, an imitation leopard-skin coat and a pocketbook with makeup. Police said the woman wore a locket engraved with the words "Patrice, Love Uncle Phil," and a wedding band bearing the inscription "M.H.R. XII-59." She was also wearing a cloth scapular. The Rev. Matthew Didone of Our Lady Queen of Peace in Delray Beach said a scapular is a holy symbol worn around the neck by ELKINS From IB remember the name of the contractor who had built the addition, but he recalled that the job had gone smoothly. Aside from gardeners, landscapers and maids, he said he could think of no one who had had access to the property. The Elkins lived in Hollywood before moving into Crescent Lakes, just north of the Broward County line, in 1997. Family members did not return phone calls Sunday. Nassau County police spokeswoman Doreen McGuinness said detectives were still in Palm Beach County Sunday investigating any possible connection between the discovery of the barrel and Elkins' suicide. The mummified body was discovered on Sept. 2 when Ronald Cohen, the Jericho home's owner, attempted to dispose of the 345-pound oil drum that had been rusting in a crawl space beneath the house for at least 9' years, when Cohen moved in. Cohen had to get rid of the barrel to complete the re-sale of the house. Nassau County police determined that the Roman Catholics to show special devotion to Mary, Jesus' mother. "It gives the person the protection of the blessed mother in death," he said. Many people still wear scapulars, but they are not as popular as they were in the late 1960s, Didone said. According to the Catholic Encyclopedia! Catholics who are wearing a scapular when they die are guaranteed direct entry into heaven. The woman also had a business card for Dr. F. D'Alberti of Hoboken, N.J., in her possession. According to the American Medical Association, Dr. D'Alberti, now 86, received his medical degree in 1947 and specialized in cardiovascular disease. He did not return calls Sunday evening from his Fort Lee, N.J., home. Nassau County police said detectives have turned over evidence to a forensic anthropologist, anticipating the scientist will be able to raise currently undetectable fingerprints or rebuild the woman's face. B The New York Times News Service contributed to this story. Attorney says projected outcomes drove probes from my own perspective, they've done me no good. I was stalked. I was vandalized. They did nothing to follow up." Prettyman said her car was scratched after Kowal fired several administrators in January 1997, a year after Kowal became superintendent. Someone also left several notes on her car before Kowal was hired, she said. "That's when I found out the security cameras we spent a fortune for don't have any film in them," she said. Pointing to other investigations by school district police, Prettyman said, "I've seen them investigate based upon a projected outcome." Among the instances she cited were: Joy Miltenberger, former head of the district's food services operation, who pleaded LAKE PARK From IB been selling the land in pieces to other developers, heralding a sudden growth spurt in northern Palm Beach County that has some governments worried. The Palm Beach Gardens City Council passed a four-month development moratorium in April so it could prepare its planning staff and study the effect of new construction on roads and drainage. Lake Park wants not only to control the pace of construction but also to dictate the appearance. Fearful of being hemmed in by disjointed gated communities, the town wants to buy the land so it can choose developers who will build "traditional neighborhoods" in which residents can walk off their porches along narrow, tree-canopied streets and past neighborhood squares on their way to the grocery store. Mayor Will Wagner's proposal is simple: Buy the land with a bond issue, attach deed restrictions that dictate the style of construction and then pay off the bond issue as developers buy the land. However, Town Commissioner Paul Castro the lone dissenter in the Aug. 2 vote and some residents are already uneasy about how the town will get by if it can't sell the land. "I'm concerned about what it's going to cost us," Castro said. "I just don't think that the town can afford it. It scares me." Some, however, think the move is a visionary attempt to restore the grandeur the town enjoyed earlier this century. "It's innovative and gutsy," said Ken Small, a former town resident and spokesman for the Florida League of Cities. "They will be able to drive the direction of development." It isn't the first grand and expensive idea to come out of this small, middle-class town. Lake Park has been pushing for $60 million in federal money to build a rail system to ferry residents around. Lake Park was designed in the 1920s by Frederick Law Olmstead, who also designed New York's Central Park. But the town has deteriorated in recent years. In 1997, town voters approved a $9.8 million bond issue for restoring the marina, town hall and business district Property owners are paying off those bonds now, and the local property tax rate proposed for next year would be the highest in Palm Beach County. That leaves little wiggle room in case developers don't rush to buy Lake Park's land. "There's always a risk in dealing with the development community," said Mike Busha, executive director of the Trea- police would require study. Gleason, who opposed abolition of the school police this year, said she's now open to discussion. But, she said Sunday, she would insist that it be placed under the sheriffs office rather than be divided up among cities, which would cany the risk of inconsistent policies. Richmond said she would be "positively disposed" to a transfer. A year ago, she said, she talked to officers within the school police though not Kelly who supported the idea. No one has approached the sheriffs office to discuss a transfer, said Paul Miller, a spokesman for Sheriff Bob Neumann. The door is open here, and ! I'm sure the sheriff would bel amenable to hearing about that," Miller said. complaints SCHOOL BOARD From IB much of last week's uproar, says she was "set up" by a co-worker and that her comments were offhand. Kelly, however, took very seriously the report that Prettyman threatened to shoot board members Dorothy Montgomery and Paulette Burdick with a shotgun. Prettyman will meet with the school board today. She says Kelly and Superintendent Joan Kowal orchestrated an overreaction to what amounted to her blowing off steam. "The school police do very well at the school sites, but I have seen how they've investigated several matters, and I think it needs to be left to professionals," Prettyman said Sunday. "But Contractor being looked into after guilty to official misconduct in November 1997; and Cliff Dur-den, the former principal of John F. Kennedy Middle School, who was sent home for 10 days in April 1998 after being accused of failing to report allegations that a teacher sexually abused students. Kelly did not return a call to his pager late Sunday. He commands 85 police officers assigned to the district's 137 schools. The school police budget is $4 million a year. Board Chairman Sandra Richmond and members Johnson, Jody Gleason and Tom Lynch, meanwhile, said they are open to discussion about transferring school police operations. "It's possible somebody may bring it up, based on this (Prettyman) incident," Lynch said. But he said transferring the deaths Funeral Tuesday. Indian River County Bates, Richard B., of Vero Beach. Choice Funeral Home. Reagle, Alice H., 98, of Vero Beach. Aycock Funeral Home, Port St. new homes licensing "I've ever care Dramis been hasn't Five Homes Port Johnson aren't "It's a said. "It's here looking first builder Lucie, which averages about 1,200 a year, said Joel Dramis, building supervisor for Port St. Lucie. seen more of these cases than I'd to see," Dramis said. said that Princess Homes hasn'I charged with anything and that the city assessed any blame to the six cases. -1 calls placed to the office of Princess last week were not returned. . ' St. Lucie Police spokesman Chuck said that problems occur when buyers selective in choosing a contractor! 'buyer-beware' situation," Johnson a civil matter. When you come down for a new home, don't take the that you see. Ask for five By Michael Van Sickler Palm Beach Post Staff Writer PORT ST. LUCIE This was supposed to be the best of times for Barbara and Feodor Korobanov. Retired, the two had decided to leave their vacation home in Pennsylvania for the sunny climate of Port St. Lucie so they could be close to their children, all of whom lived in Florida. They picked Princess Homes of the Treasure Coast in July of 1998 as their contractor to build their dream home. That decision was a fateful one, said Barbara Korobanov. Some of the money the couple paid Lisa Ann Fry of Princess Homes upfront hasn't been used on the home, Korobanov said. One subcontractor said he wasn't paid for $7,000 of work on the swimming pool. Another sub contractor said he hasn't been paid $4,000 for the home's cabinets. The pool was supposed to be screened. As of Friday, it wasn't. Fry told the couple that she doesn't have any more money, Korobanov said. Meanwhile little things, like a towel rack inside the shower, are missing. Port St. Lucie police are investigating the Korobanovs' complaints, as well as five other cases involving Princess Homes. On Aug. 31, another would-be homeowner who had Princess Homes as his contractor visited the Port St. Lucie Building Department and complained that 22 subcontractors haven't been paid for work on his $109,000 home and that several liens have been placed on the property. This type of situation is not uncommon for STAFF GRAPHIC sure Coast Regional Planning Council, which helped the town with its traditional neighborhood plan. "The land in question is well-. located and the future is in the existing towns and cities, not westward expansion," Busha said. "A lot of cities have taken great risks and reaped great rewards." Nader Salour, president of the massive Abacoa development in Jupiter another "traditional" community said Lake Park ownership of the land could attract potential buyers if the town offered quick plan approvals and building permits. Negotiations with Watermark have gone well and the commission will get a status report in about two weeks, Wagner said last week. Commissioners voted to deal with Watermark for 448 acres, but they got a shock last month when Watermark sold 75 of those acres just south of Northlake Boulevard. Castro said he has an uneasy feeling things are moving too fast, since the commission has allocated $100,000 for legal fees and surveys connected with the project. It also declared a six-month moratorium on new developments. "I don't think we should be in the land purchase and development business," he said. "I think it's overextending the town." The town could finance the purchase with bonds that would be repaid with money from land sales, Town Finance Director Ed Kelly has said. Voters wouldn't have a say in the bond issue because they wouldn't be paying for it directly with property taxes. In a worst-case scenario if the town can't sell the land it would need "major budget reductions" about five years after the bonds were sold in order to pay for them, Kelly told the commission. Castro's wife, Kim, a senior planner for the city of Palm Beach Gardens, urged the commission to take a different approach. The town could guide development simply by tightening its building and zoning codes, she said. But town officials said they want total control of neighborhood design for example, what kinds of shops would go on which blocks and can't achieve that without actually owning the property. the tape.' That's a big difference." Lafleur believes that understanding adds to parents' confidence. They don't feel so far removed from the school or ignorant about what's going on there, he said. And most have access to a cassette player, he said. People in the district's curriculum and federal programs offices were unaware of any other school sending tapes home. Some schools have made videotapes in other languages to show parents at orientation, said the district's chief of curriculum, Cheryl Alligood, who was eager to spread the news about Carver's efforts. Not that the process was without glitches. Lafleur, in his recording debut, guzzled gobs of water trying to keep a smooth voice. And one parent called to say the tape was jammed in his car stereo. "But at least he was listening," Plasket said. Blacharski and her staff aren't waiting around for accolades, however. They've already made plans to make similar tapes for their Spanish-speaking families. And, in time, the tapes could even be used to send more personalized information home about students, Blacharski said. The school will continue to send out a written version of any announcements. "I've been on both sides of it, teaching a language and trying to learn it," said Plasket, who has taught in Japan and Turkey. "I knew the writing wasn't necessarily getting through. And it's not only the language that's difficult to understand it's the whole school system.- Plans in the works for tapes to Spanish-speaking families NOTICES Area Funeral Tuesday. Solte, Jesse, 87, of Boynton Beach. Beth Israel Memorial Chapel, Delray Beach. Funeral today. Zolin, Eugene, 85, of Palm Springs. Levitt-Weinstein Memorial Chapel, West Palm Beach. MERCEDES M. CARBALLO Age 89 of Lake Clark Shores. FL passed away on Saturday. September 11, 1999. Mrs. Carballo was born July 11, 1910 in Pinar Del Rio, Cuba to Damaso and Maria (Tejeda) Amila and came to the United States in 1970. Mrs. Carballo was a member of the Garden First United Methodist Church of West Palm Beach and was a very loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. Survivors include her two sons, Mario and wife Zenaida Carballo, Palm Springs, and Nirio and wife Hilda Carballo, Lake Clark Shores; two granddaughters, Marilyn lntene and Denia Gagnon; one grandson, Mario Carballo. Also surviving are seven great grandchildren. A Funeral Service will be held 10 am. Monday (today) Sept. 13, at the funeral home chapel with Rev. Mario Chacon officiating. Interment will follow at Lake Worth Memory Gardens. Arrangements are under the direction of the MIZELL FAVILLE ZERN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES, 4101 Parker Ave., West Palm Beach, FL 33405. GERARD RAY SCHULTHEIS 67, passed away on Saturday, September 11, 1999. Mr. Schultheis was born and raised In Orlando. He had lived in Long Island before returning here In 1976. He was a golf pro at the Okaheelee Golf Center and a member of the P.G.A. He Is survived by his wile of 31 years, Betty; three sons, Gary (Jean) Schultheis, Steve (Darlene) Schultheis, both of GA, and Christopher (Sherry) Schultheis of AZ; a step-son, Ronald Keys and stepdaughter, Theresa Ann Keys, both of Lake Worth-two grandchildren; a sister, Carlene Sikes, Orlando. " His family will receive their friends Monday at the E. EARL SMITH SON FUNERAL HOME. 3041 Kirk Road, Lake Worth from 2-4 and 6-8 pm. His funeral services will be held Tuesday, 10 am at the funeral home. IRENE AGNES SIEMION 75, of Lake Worth passed away on September U, 1999. Surviving family members include daughters, Mickey Siemion of Loxahatchee and Debbie Siemion of Lake Worth; son. Tom Siemion of Snover, MI; and granddaughter, Nicole Kindell of Loxahatchee. Friends may call at the DORSEY FUNERAL HOME on Sunday. Sept. 12. 2-4 and 6-9 pm. A Prayer Service will be conducted at 7 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, Sept. 13, 10 am, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Lake Worth. Interment will follow in Royal Palm Memorial Gardens, West Palm Beach. Contributions to Hospice of Palm Beach County may be made in memory of Mrs. Siemion. DORSEY FUNERAL HOME 3525 South Congress Ave., Lake Worth FUNERAL Fort Pierce. Okeechobee County Mitchum, James H., 72, of Okeechobee. Buxton Funeral Home, Okeechobee. Memorial services today. MARJORIE DIXON 94, of West Palm Beach passed away Saturday, Sept. 11, 1999. Mrs. Dixon leaves to mourn her passing, loving friends, Hallet and Martha Saunders, Grant and Pasty Johnston, Alice Hunt, and Ed and Gertrude Smith. Friends may visit Wednesday, Sept. 15, from 5-7 pm at ROYAL PALM FUNERAL HOME, 5601 Greenwood Ave., West Palm Beach. Funeral Services 11 am, Thursday, at ROYAL PALM FUNERAL HOME CHAPEL. HELEN M. HOLLOWAY 91, died Saturday, September 11, 1999 in Hilton Head Island, SC. Born in Chester, PA she was the daughter of the late James J. and Mary Julia Martin Mely. She moved to Hilton Head Island in 1989 from Wallingford, PA. She attended Sleepers Business School in Philadelphia. She was an avid golfer and a member of Spring Haven Country Club in Wallingford and Turtle Creek Country Club in Tequesta. She formerly owned three gift shops in Delaware County, PA. Mrs. Holloway is survived by her sister, Mary J. ' Smedley of Hilton Head Island; two sisters-in-law, Connie Mely, Hilton Head Island, and Mildred Mely, Tampa; 10 nieces and nephews; son, Caswell Holloway, Jr. of Ocean City, NJ; daughter, Dolores Coyle of Media, PA; 14 grandchildren; 26 great grandchildren; one great, great, grandchild. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, Sept. 16, 10 am, at St. John Chrysostom in Wallingford. Burial will be in St. Peter ft St. Paul Cemetery, Springfield, PA. In lieu of flowers, memo ' rials may be made to the charity of one's choice. Carr Funeral Horn Is In charge of arrangements. MILTON RUTSTEIN Age 89 of Boynton Beach passed away September 11, 1999. A Florida resident for 22 years coming from Burlington, VT where he was involved with the family dairy business. He is survived by his sons, Joel (Barbara) of Fort Collins, CO, James (Jane) of Billerica, MA, and A. David (Amy) of Great Barrington, MA. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Jill, Kerry. Jennifer, Karin, and Pamela; his great grandson, Brendan. He is survived by his niece, Lois (Robert) Sklar of Boynton Beach. He leaves behind many dear friends at Village Royale on the Green, especially, Shirley Wittenberg and Barbara Zaczek. A funeral service will be held at PALM BEACH MEMORIAL PARK FUNERAL HOME, 3691 Seacrest Blvd., Lantana on Monday, Sept. 13, at 12:45 pm. JAMES E. UNDERBILL 57 of Plantation died Saturday. The family will receive friends from 2-4 4 6-8 pm Wed. at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thurs. at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church at 10 am with interment at Forest Lawn South Cemetery. Arrangements by T.M. Ralph Plantation Funeral Home, Plantation, FL 954 587 88. (- Palm Beach County Anderson, Mary Ann, 83, of Boca Raton. Robert J. Babione Funeral Home, Boca Raton. Becker, Mildred A., 90, of Boca Raton. Robert J. Babione Funeral Home, Boca Raton. Visitation and funeral today. Campbell, Dorothy Cecilia, 78, of Boynton Beach. All County Funeral Home and Crematory. Carballo, Mercedes, 89, of Lake Clarke Shores. Mizell-Faville-Zern Funeral Home, Southdale Chapel, West Palm Beach. Funeral today. Columbus, Fritzi, 95, of Lake Worth. Menorah Gardens & Funeral Chapel, West Palm Beach. Funeral Tuesday. Dempsey, Feme I., 78, of Palm Beach Gardens. Quattlebaum-Holleman-Burse Funeral Home, West Palm Beach. Funeral Tuesday. Honaker, Barbara, 73, of West Palm Beach. Mizell-Faville-Zern Funeral Home, Southdale Chapel, West Palm Beach. Funeral in Arlington, Va. Kloske, Robert L, 82, of Jupiter. Northwood Funeral Home & Crematory, West Palm Beach. Kuhn, William, 92, of Wellington. Tillman Funeral Home, West Palm Beach. Funeral in New Kensington, Pa. Manning, Ruth, 88, of West Palm Beach. All County Funeral Home and Crematory. Mason, Joseph Vernon, 64, of Lake Worth. E. Earl Smith and Son Funeral Home, Lake Worth. McAloon, Helen, 74, of Palm Springs. All County Funeral Home and Crematory. , Presser, Joseph, 80, '"of Lake Worth. Menorah Gardens & Funeral Chapel, West Palm Beach. Funeral today. Rutstein, Milton, 89, of Boynton Beach. Palm Beach Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery, Lantana. Funeral today. Schultheis, Gerard, 67, of West Palm Beach. E. Earl Smith and Son Funeral Home, Memory Gardens Chapel, Lake Worth. GLORIA J. (DAVIDSON) FRANK On Saturday. Sept. 11, 1999. formerly of Boston, MA and Providence, Rl. Beloved wife of the late Leonard. Loving mother of Wendy Levine of NJ, Marcy McWilliams of NH, Martin Frank of VT, Michael Frank of MI, and Edward Frank of Wakefield. Adored grandmother of nine. Dear sister of Inez Rosenthal, AZ. Funeral Services were held in Boston. Arrangements by the Levine Chapel, Brookline, MA 800-367-3708. FERNE IRENE DEMPSEY Mrs. Dempsey, age 78, of Palm Beach Gardens, FL died Saturday, September 11, 1999 at Hospice of Palm Beach County. She was bom September 6, 1921 in Bloomington, Indiana and moved to Florida in 1958. She was a retired legal secretary, a former member of Florida Legal Secretaries Association, a volunteer at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center, and was a member of the Tropical Sands Christian Church of Palm Beach Gardens. She was predeceased by her husband, Robert G. Dempsey. Survivors include her daughter, Karen Watklns and her husband Robert of Palm Beach Gardens; grandchildren, Stephen Berris and his wife Rebecca, Hawaii, Sandee Dennis, Jupiter, Shelley Snyder and her husband David, Loxahatchee, James Lewis, Jr., Fort Walton Beach; great grandchildren, Sydney Berris, Amanda Snyder, David Snyder, Jr., Drew Snyder; one nephew, several nieces, great nieces and nephews. Funeral Services will be 7 pm, Tuesday. Sept. 14, at QUATTLEBAUMHOLLEM AN BURSE FUNERAL HOME, 1201 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach with Rev. James R. Burton, Pastor of Tropical Sands Christian Church of Palm Beach Gardens officiating. The family will receive friends prior to the service at the funeral home on Tuesday. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Hospice of Palm Beach County. 5300 East Ave., West Palm Beach FL 33407. Interment will take place in Valhalla Memorial Park, Bloom ingt on, IN. QUATTLEBAUM-HOLLFMAN-BURSE FUNERAL HOME FAMILY OWNED ft OPERATED CREOLE From IB ficials guessed there were plenty of others who didn't read at all. About 45 percent of Haiti's population is literate, compared to better than 90 percent in the United States. "There's a multitude of reasons why they weren't getting the messages," said teacher Patricia Plasket of the school's English for Speakers of Other Languages program. This summer, Plasket hit upon a solution. She had read in the paper about Haitians ferrying audiocassettes to family and friends. Why not communicate with parents using tape-recorded letters? Plasket wrote a seven-page script covering everything from PTA meetings to attendance policies. And, in a classroom-turned-studio, carefully timing his work between loud bells, Lafleur translated the text into a 15-minute audio introduction to the school. Principal Blacharski contributed $250 from the English for Speakers of Other Languages department to make 100 copies. And last week, teachers started sending them home along with a slip to be signed by parents that they listened to the tape and discussed its contents with their children. The tapes are only on loan to the families so that the school can reach the parents of more than 300 Haitian students. . "It makes my job easier now," Lafleur said. "They understand right away, they sayThat was on JOSEPH VERNON MASON 64, of Lake Worth passed away Septeber 11, 1999. Joseph was a member of Bykota Lodge 333, Amara Temple of Palm Beach Gardens, FL. He Is survived by son, Gary Mason of Lantana; two daughters, Vlcki (Mason) Selznick, Beverly Hills, Ml, and Dawna (Mason) Friend, Lantana; five grandchildren, Katherine Amanda Mason, Joseph Raymond Mason, Mallory Kate Selznick; Janna Rebekah Selznick, Kyley Rae Friend; former wife, Katherine (Kathy) Mason. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in mem ory of Joseph V. Mason to the Shriner's Hospital for Crippled Children, 12502 Northpine Dr., Tampa FL 33612. Private Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to E. EARL SMITH ft SON FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION CHAPEL, 1032 No. Dixie Highway, Lake Worth, FL. r

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