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4B THE PALM BEACH POST MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 1999 MSL Tapes help parents translate school rules rying 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. first have to explain the rules. He'd be summoned to the office to help parents confused about dress codes, free lunch programs and schedules all topics covered in the student handbook. Part of the problem: Creole is a spoken language, not traditionally a written one. Some parents could read, but only French, Lafleur said. And officials guessed plenty of others didn't read at all. "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 fer By Sonja Isger Palm Beach Post Staff Writer H DELRA.Y BEACH Carver Middle Sthool is going into the books-on-tape business. The book of the month is the student handbook and assorted school rules as read in Haitian Creole. ' For years, teachers have sent home the handbook or other school notices in triplicate: English, Spanish and Haitian Creole. But Principal Carol Blacharski and her staff were convinced that some parents, particularly Haitians, weren't getting the messages. Hans Lafleur, the school's translator and link to the Haitian community, recognized the signs. He'd call parents about discipline and Guide has adopted Savannas as extended family .-ft ' f. Jr. , 4,, Sr GUIDE ' From IB ; many of them extremely rare. ; "I could spend my entire life ; here studying the plant and ani-; mal life and never know it all," ! says Pazara of Fort Pierce. ! As she unlocks the gate to this ! place of serenity, Pazara tells her ; visitors they are embarking on a ; tour of native habitat that is rap- idly vanishing. I For years, her life's work was ' caring for people. Now a retired social worker, she says her mis-j sion is the preservation of the i Savannas for the enjoyment of ! future generations. !. "The needs here are so vast I and varied and important that I ;;will probably always be here," ;;says Pazara. "I just feel I have to ' do something to save this place ! that I love." ! One of the must-see stops on ', her tours is a rare botanical find ; called the fragrant prickly apple cactus. Standing 7 feet tall, this ! strange-looking plant with red v'balls of fruit and nocturnal ) blooms is on the federal list of j endangered species. ' ' "No one can tell me what pol THE ASSOCIATED PRESSPolice handout According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, Catholics who are wearing a scapular when they die are guaranteed direct entry into heaven.; Church believes scapular assured entry to heaven Lucie Audubon Society, the Martin County Native Plant Society and the Conservation Alliance of St. Lucie County. The latter she served one year as president. She has devoted thousands of hours to the Savannas. In addition to her tours, she helps clear the trails of fallen trees and encroaching vegetation, is a regular on the monthly work days and grows plants for the Savannas' biggest fund-raiser, "Party In The Park." "Every penny we make will go right back into the Savannas," says Pazara with pride. One of her biggest accomplishments was the revitalization of the Savannas Reserve Endowment. This citizen support organization of unpaid volunteers works with the Florida Park Service with the preservation and upkeep of the Savannas. Membership has grown from a handful to 90 strong. For five years, Pazara served as the endowment's president. Today, she is treasurer and editor of the nonprofit organization's newsletter, the Savannas Echos. "Pat is one grand lady," says Ray Hofmann, president of the Savannas Reserve Endowment. "She does everything for us. I depend on her as my right arm for her knowledge and her help." Park ranger Bob Przekop met Pazara in 1994 when the Florida Park Service assumed responsibility for the Savannas. "Pat has been a tremendous asset to us from the very beginning," says Przekop. "She's the key person for interpretive walks leopard-skin coat and a pocket-book 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. 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. The doctor did not return calls Sunday evening from his Fort Lee, N.J., home. Tfie New York Times News Se'r-vice contributed to this story. , Officials expect increase in remedial enrollments ELKINS From IB 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 deaths el, West Palm Beach. Funeral in Arlington, Va. Kloske, Robert E., 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 TESTS From IB sidered passing. Students who don't pass will have other chances to be tested, officials said, but they will be held back if they don't show improvement. With the tougher measures, officials are bracing for a possible surge in summer school enrollment and participation in remedial programs. ; "It's very possible that the first year, there may be more students ithat have to spend time maybe in mentoring programs or maybe even summer school programs," Vogel said. Even so, it's better than wait and has been invaluable for the Savannas' fund-raisers." Before the Savannas, Pazara was known as a "turtle mother." From 1983 to 1989, she volunteered to move the nests of sea turtles on Hutchinson Island to improve the chances of survival for the hatchlings. "I was on the beach every day at 7 a.m.," says Pazara. "We must have moved thousands of nests." In 1992, Pazara was one of 10 recipients in the U.S. and Canada to be presented the Chevron Conservation Award for her leadership role in saving the sea turtle. The daughter tof a civil engineer, Pazara grew up in rural Lewistown, 111. She attributes her passion for nature to her kind-hearted father and grandmother. "My dad taught me how to shoot a rifle when I was in high school," says Pazara. "He felt everyone should learn how to shoot properly but never to kill anything. "I think it was the treasuring of these small things, these weak creatures ... to this day, I don't kill an insect." Pazara lost her husband, Pete, three years ago. Married for 30 years, the couple had no children. Today, she says the Savannas is her extended family. "I have wondered since I have no children what my purpose was on Earth," says Pazara. "I have found it now." For more information about the park's free walking and canoe tours, call the Savannas State Preserve at (561)340-7530. Area 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 Chap MERCEDES M. CARBALLO Age 89 of Lake Clark Shores, FT, passed away on Saturday, September II, 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 Lentene 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 FA V ILL E-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 bom 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 wife 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 or 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 1L, 1999. Surviving family members include daughters, Mickey Siemion of Loxahatchee and Debbie Siemion of Lake Worth; son, Tom Siemion of Snover. Ml; and granddaughter, Nicole Kindell of Loxahatchee. Friends may call at the DORSEY FUNERAL HOME on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2-4 and 6-8 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 linates it a bat, a moth or what," says Pazara. "Some night when I see one on the verge of blooming, I'll sit all night and just see what comes along." And those who know Pazara expect that she probably will. Her involvement with the Savannas started in 1989 after the park's interpretive guide position was slashed from the state budget. So passionate is she about sharing this natural treasure with the public that Pazara volunteered to do the job for free. "I didn't know anything," recalls Pazara, who moved to Florida in 1979; "I knew the difference between a pine tree and a palm tree. I knew some birds but that was about it." For months, Pazara educated herself with reference books on Florida's native animals, birds, plants and trees. She took classes, visited other parks and nature centers and talked to local botanical experts. Then, she walked the Savannas trails to make their . textbook images come alive. Today, she is one of the Savannas' leading environmental authorities. Now a master gardener, she's a member of the St. ing until it's too late, said school board Chairwoman Kathryn Hensley. "I'd rather see a child get the appropriate intervention early on instead of being promoted and failing at a higher level," she said. But Hensley said she does not expect the number of retentions to rise significantly. Last school year, about 1,900 students were retained. To head off retentions, schools are developing mentoring, tutoring and other programs, Krause said. The school board will hold a public hearing on the proposed changes to the pupil progression plan at its regular meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the district office, 2909 Delaware Ave., Fort Pierce. contract in April with Princess Homes and that the company has received $6,390, but that it has yet to apply for any permits to build the home. Port St. Lucie officials also are investigating the complaints. This type of situation is not an uncommon one for Port St. Lucie, which averages about 1,200 new homes a year, said Joel Dramis, building licensing supervisor for Port St. Lucie. "I've seen more of these cases than I'd ever care to see," Dramis said. "One thing we've noticed recently is that prices for materials have gone up. Dry wall has gone up. Plywood has gone up. And these builders have a lot of homes, so they start adding up. It's a hard business." Dramis said that Princess Homes hasn't been charged with anything and that the city hasn't assessed any blame to the six cases. "This is still under investigation, so I can't really say much about these particular cases," . Dramis said. "But I do know that there are several properties built by Princess that now have liens. The lucky homeowners are in their homes. The unlucky ones haven't moved in yet." Five calls placed to the office of Princess Homes during the last week were not returned. Port St. Lucie Police spokesman Chuck Johnson said that problems can occur when buyers aren't selective when choosing a contractor. "It's a 'buyer-beware' situation," Johnson said. "It's a civil matter. When you come down here looking for new home, don't take the first builder that you see. Ask for five references." Unfinished work, unpaid bills worry customers FUNERAL NOTICES Indian River County Richard B. Bates Vera Beach Mr. Bates, a resident of Vero Beach since 1993, died Friday. He was a member of the Community Church of the United Church of Christ of Vero Beach. Survivors include his wife, Jeanne, of Vero Beach; a son; a daughter; and two grandchildren. A private service will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to VNA Hospice of Indian River County, 1111 36th St., Vero Beach, Fla. 32960. Choice Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Alice H. Reagle 98, Vero Beach Mrs. Reagle, a resident of Vero Beach for six months, died Saturday. Survivors include two sons; one daughter; two sisters, Clarissa Tahany and Sarah Rainy, both of Vero Beach; 13 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of choice. Aycock Funeral Home, Fort Pierce, is in charge of arrangements. Okeechobee County James H. Mitchum 72, Okeechobee Mr. Mitchum, a resident of Okeechobee for 30 years, died Saturday. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans and the American Legion. Survivors include a son; two daughters, including Diane Prescott of Okeechobee; six grandsons; one brother, Francis L Mitchum of Okeechobee; and Regina Mitchum of Okeechobee. A memorial service will be at 6 p.m. today at the Buxton Funeral Home and Crematory in Okeechobee. 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. 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. 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. Funeral Tuesday. 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, Giant 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. HOLLOW AY 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. Hoiloway is survived by her sister, Mary J. Smedley of Hilton Head Lsland; two sisters-in-law, Connie Mely, Hilton Head Lsland, and Mildred Mely, Tampa; 10 nieces and nephews; son, Caswell Holioway, 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 A St. Paul Cemetery. Springfield. PA. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of one's choice. Carr Funeral Horn is in charge of arrangement. MILTON RUTSTEIN Ace 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 Barring ton, 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 Zarzek. A funeral service will be held at PALM REACH MEMORIAL PARK FUNERAL HOME, 3691 Seacrest Blvd., Lantana on Monday, Sept. 13, at 12:45 pm. JAMES E. UNDERHILL 57 of Plantation died Saturday. The family will receive friends from ;H A 6-S pm Weil, at the hinera! home. A Mass of Christian Rurial will be celebrated Thurs. at St. Gregory Uu Great Catholic Church at 1U am with interment auforesl Iwn South Cemet:v. Arrangements by T.M. Ralph Plantation FunVral Home, Plantation. KL 954 57-(i88. CONTRACTOR ,From IB 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 subcontractor said he hasn't been paid $4,000 for the home's cabinets. A lumber subcontractor said he hasn't been "paid $7,000. ; -' 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. ; "She said she doesn't have the J money," Korobanov said. "Well, Ve had $120,000 in the bank, and 'how it's gone. What has she done with it?" 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. On Sept. 3, another person complained to the city's Building 'Department that, despite paying 'Princess Homes $36,977 for a $105,650 home in an initial disbursement, subcontractors . haven't been paid and that liens have been placed on the unfinished property. Another person complained on Wednesday that she signed a GLORIA J. (DAVIDSON) FRANK On Saturday, Sept. 11, 1999, formerly of Boston, MA and Providence, RI. Beloved wife of the late Leonard. Loving mother of Wendy Irvine of NJ, Marcy MrWilliams 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 born September 6, 1921 in Bloominglon, 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 Watkins and her husband Robert of Palm Beach Gardens; grandchildren, Stephen Uerris and his wife Rebecca, Hawaii, Sandee Dennis, Jupiter, Shelley Snyder and her husband David, loxahatchee, James l-ewis, 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, Tuesdav, Sept. 14, at QUATTLEBAUMHOLLEM AN BURSE FIJNER- AL 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 Reach County, 5300 East Ave., West Palm Beach FL 33407. Interment will take place in Valhalla Memorial Park, Bloominglon, IN. QUATTLERAUM-HOLLEMAN-BURSE FUNERAL HOME FAMILY OWNED A OPERATED JOSEPH VERNON MASON 64, of Lake Worth passed away Septeber 11, 1999. Joseph was a member of By kola Lodge 333, Amara Temple of Palm Beach Gardens, FL. He is survived by son, Gary Mason of Lantana; two daughters. Vicki (Mason) Selznick. Beverly Hills, MI, 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 memory of Joseph V. Mason to the Shriner's Hospital for Crippled Children, 12502 Northpine Dr., Tampa FL 33612. Private Funeral arrangements ihave been entrusted lo E. EARL SMITH & SON FpNEKAL HOME AND CREMATION CHAPEL, 1032 No. Dixie Highway, Lake Worth, FL.