The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 9, 1976 · Page 44
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 44

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Thursday, December 9, 1976
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C2-Palni Beach Post, Thursday, December 9, 1976 Courthouse Conversion Delayed By THOM SMITH Post Staff Writtr Palm Beach County commissioners decided yesterday to delay for several weeks a proposal to convert a pair of two-story courtrooms in the Courthouse into four one-story rooms. The commissioners authorized the partition of the small claims courtroom on the fourth floor into two smaller courts to handle part of the anticipated increase in cases from municipal courts phasing out Jan. 3. A proposal by County Engineer Herb Kahlert, for which $330,000 has already been budgeted, would have created additional office space on the fourth floor. Circuit Court judges, State Atty. David Bludworth and the Bar Association objected to the proposal. "We're thinking of the same thing that led to the wrap-around," Circuit Court Judge Culver Smith said. "We should have a building of several stories over the municipal parking lot. The commission voted to do it, but never did. "I kjow we have immediate problems, but we could rent offices. You can spend all this money, a quarter to half a million dollars, and you're right back where you are now. We need a long-term solution." Smith also said the present case overload precluded the loss of existing courtrooms during a construction period. Kahlert assured Smith no court space would be lost during construction. Commissioner Dennis Koehler suggested one of the high-ceilinged courtrooms might be retained for ceremonial and historical reasons. "I would hope we wouldn't forget about the historical nature of the building for the sake of engineering," Koehler said. County Administrator John Sansbury said funding presented the greatest obstacle. Four years ago, he said, the county could have purchased the old Central and Southern Florida Flood Control District building on Evernia Street in West Palm Beach for $900,-000, but no funds were available in the budget. The county now leases the building for $250,000 a year. The commissioners told Kahlert to formulate a more detailed proposal and said they would try to make a decision in the near future. Judge Culver Smith . . . long-term solution Century Village Hustlers Pool Is the Game, and They Take It Seriously EX "" I"" J -1 v e Is If ; ttr v VV'V J "V ' " '4 iLd 1 M - w V- J kn v-sf ft By BOB BRINK Post Staff Writer While the rest of the West Palm Beach area was going about business as usual yesterday afternoon, a drama filled with suspense and comedy was unfolding on the second floor of the clubhouse at Century Village. It was only the finals of the Century Village Billiards Club tournament, but to the players and about 125 spectators it might as well have been the last game of the 1951 National League Pennant playoff between the New York Giants and the Brooklyn Dodgers. The tension in the air was almost palpable as Lou Herman and George Smith vied for third place and Artie Mirsky and Charles Peraner competed for the championship. Mirsky, the club president, won the trophy for top spot, which was donated, along with the trophies for second through fourth places, by Village Management. The tension was strongest in the match between Herman and Smith, mainly because it couldn't be sustained for the about three hours it took to play both matches. Like the Giants-Dodgers game, in which the Dodger cause looked hopeless with a 4-1 score, Herman looked like a loser as he trailed by scores as one-sided as 13-0 and 19-7. But with Smith making a run of 10 balls at one point before missing, Herman gradually whittled the lead down and moved into a 34-30 lead in the match cluster but couldn't pocket any, and Herman then made two shots to tie the score at 47. Then, with a straight face, he casually told referee Sam Eisenberg to move a ball because, "It's in the way." Unthinkingly, Eisenberg stepped forward and moved the ball out of the way of another ball. The audience erupted in laughter and protest, but it relieved the tension. An animated discussion ensued between the players, Mirsky and Eisenberg, with Mirsky deciding "everybody can make a mistake," and the embarrassed Eisenberg moved the ball back as closely as possible to its original position. A series of missed shots and scratches followed, which brought some head-shaking and mumblings of disappointment. "No kibitzing," a spectator remonstrated. "This is serious." Another man walked away, saying, "This is gettin' me down, I'm tellin' ya." Herman missed a shot and Smith made one but scratched. Herman missed another relatively easy shot and Smith pocketed that ball. Only two balls away from victory, he missed the next shot. Herman, who trailed, 48-47, then made two in a row, and was faced with a fairly difficult shot at the 10-ball in the corner. He stretched his short frame as far as it would go across the table, stared down the cue stick and gave it a light push. The ball rolled slowly toward the corner. Plunk, it was over. whose winner would be the first to reach 50. Smith bounced back by pocketing the 5' ball that was on the rim of a cluster, somehow foretelling the right combination of balls to hit that would rocket it on the right path. He then made a run of seven more balls. Smith looked something like Jackie Gleason in the movie, "The Hustler" - in which he played the big-time pool shark Minnesota Fats - as he roamed around the table sizing up the shots and deftly socking them into the pockets, his face a picture of grim confidence. Herman, short in stature and more deceptive, tried to hang on with consistent short runs, but went behind, 47-45. The spectators, all but a handful of them men, watched attentively, keeping their comments mostly at whisper level, which elicited the occasional admonition from Mirsky, "Let's quiet down and give them a chance. You can hear the whispers across the floor." All the subdued conversation was about the match, except for an occasional interjection by Ralph Sherr, a former song-and-dance man, who couldn't resist such cracks as the one he told a photographer: "You better be careful, there's a lot of people with the FBI here. You think that means the Federal Bureau of Investigation, don't you. It stands for Feinberg's Bagel Industry." Smith broke a couple of balls out of a 3? 7 .4, JA At right, trophies for the winners are on display so contestants can see what they are playing for. I 1 A' I I Staff Photoi by Ran Undtty George Smith (left) lines toothpick dangling from up a shot with ever-present his mouth to ease tension. LW Inlet C ommission To De-Annex Property Area News Palm Beach County j OCEAN RIDGE - The South Lake Worth Inlet District Commission has notified Ocean Ridge officials of plans to de-annex the district-owned property. A petition for the de-annexation has been mailed to town officials, according to James Wearn, the commission's attorney. "It states that we are filing without prejudice to our claims that it was improperly annexed" in 1963, Wearn said. Commissioners for the taxing district asked Wearn to research the move several months ago. They claim that their operation of the recreational and sand transfer facility has been subjected to harassment by the town for several years. The operation and maintenance of the Boynton Inlet area has been the responsibility of the Inlet Commission since it was chartered more than 50 years ago. The district-owned land includes the north and south parking lots, sand transfer plant operation, recreation pavilion and a small apartment that is used by caretakers. I'D Councilman To Seek He-Election Palm Beach Town Council President George Matthews has announced he will run for a fifth term on the council next year. "I think I can do something for the town," Matthews, 39, said. "We've got the long-range public works plan finished up, and I'm sure there's a lot of today from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. in Delray Beach and Friday during the same hours at the Palm Coast Plaza in West Palm Beach. The cards, which cost $1 but which are not required for persons over 60 to ride for half fare of 15 cents, will be available at the Senior Citizens Center at Southeast Avenue and Southeast First Street in Delray Beach today. Senior citizens can ride at half- fare without the cards by presenting a proof of age to bus drivers, but county officials are urging that they obtain the special identification cards for the one-time fee of $1. Chamber Elects New President Richard R. Brown Jr., president of Brown Moving and Storage, was installed as president of the Greater West Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce at the chamber's 62nd annual banquet at The Breakers last night. Brown succeeds Harper A. Clark Jr. as president. Also installed at the banquet in Palm Beach were Roger W. Strickland, a division manager for Southern Bell, as first vice president; John C. Cassidy, owner of Cassidy Air Conditioning, as second vice president; Charles G. Hays, who directs the chamber staff, as executive vice president, and Gleason N. Stambaugh Jr., owner of Stambaugh Real Estate, as treasurer. work to' be done on that in setting priorities and getting it started." Matthews, a lifelong town resident, is a director of Good Samaritan Hospital and the Society of the Four Arts. He has no announced opposition. Heynolds Donates Horse to Henefit PALM BEACH GARDENS - Actor Burt Reynolds has donated a horse that will be raffled Saturday at a benefit barbecue for the victims of a recent car-bicycle accident. Dutch Schouten, coordinator of the event, said tickets for the Appaloosa horse will be raffled off at $2. Schouten said Reynolds is a close friend of Larry Jarrell, another coordinator of the barbecue. "We wanted to invite a celebrity," Schouten said. "We called Reynolds and he said he couldn't make it. But he phoned and told his foreman to donate one of the horses." The animal is at the ranch of Mr. and Mrs. Burt Reynolds Sr. of Jupiter. The barbecue is scheduled Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. at the entrance to Palm Beach Gardens on MacAr-thur Boulevard. Proceeds will go to the families of three young boys who were struck and killed while riding their bicycles on Northlake Boulevard. Bus Cards for Seniors Available Senior citizens who want to purchase identification cards for bus fare reductions will be able to buy them 7 Pollution F CI- rom GET YOUR SWINE Swine flu shots will be given today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the following Heath Department Centers: 826 Evernia St., West Palm Beach; 345 South Congress Ave., Delray Beach; 1500 West Eighth St., Riviera Beach; 6405 Indiantown Road, Jupiter; 1024 NW Ave. D, Belle Glade. In addition, shots will be given at the Lake Worth Shuffleboard Courts, 1121 Lucerne Ave., Lake Worth. SHOT per cubic meter, but that has increased almost steadily to 56.7 for the 1975 annual average. During the winter when fields are burned, the count goes well above 60 but drops below that in other months. In his statement, which called for no changes in the current county environmental control act, Wedgworth asked for more time to compile air quality information for 1976, claiming it was the "first full year that all sugar mills have had approved (pollution) control devices to the tune of over $10 million, removing almost all particulates emitted from the sugar mills." Such information, he said "will show conclusively that the ambient air meets state and regional standards, and the ambient air is not deteriorating in quality." When new county and industry figures are available, the committee may call a special meeting to discuss the exemption. TOWAY Mitchell From CI- Shark Siren Suggestion ty related to particulates at that point and not the quality throughout the Glades area," Wedg worth said in a prepared statement. "It is interesting to note that this one station is consistently higher than any of the other 14 collection stations operated by the Florida Sugar Cane League in the Glades area." He said that station, in the center of the city, "is influenced by increasing population, increasing traffic, a city dump and an industrial area . . . influences other than agriculture" that could increase air pollution. But, he added that the league's monitoring station at the same location as the county's in Belle Glade "collaborates the county collection data and it (pollution count) is higher." Health Department official Marvin Rowland told the committee the monitoring station is in the heart of Belle Glade and not out in the fields so it can register the quality of the air that people are breathing. Eugene Sacco, the Health Department's air pollution administrator, told the committee readings taken in Belle Glade show the particulate count "is reaching the standard (of public health danger) which is 60 micrograms per cubic meter." In 1969, he s-r the count was 46 "Vp in northern Wisconsin, where I come from, it really gets cold. This is nothing." "Howard, the river is frozen over," I protested. "You could walk across it." "Of course the river is frozen over," he said. "It's always frozen over in February. It'll start breaking up in April or May, though." Do you know what it's like when it gets that cold? I know some of you do, but a lot of you don't. . For one thing, you had better have a heated garage for your car, otherwise it probably won't start. Once started, you had better not leave it parked outside too long or it won't restart. During these periods of bitter cold, people leave their car motors running while they buy groceries at the supermarket. Even then, it's all the heater can do to keep up with the outside temperature. ; "I'm glad you people won the Civil War," I said to Howard one day. 1 "Why?" he said. "Because if we had won, we would have had to occupy this part of the country, and it's clearly unfit for human habitation." "Not all the time," Howard said. "It's only bad in the winter." "Yeah," I said. "The only trouble is that the winters are nine months long. Then you get three months of cool weather, and winter starts in again." I endured three more winters like that before escaping to Florida. I paid my dues, and now I'm getting my revenge. I talked to a friend in Wisconsin the other day and asked him how the weather was up there. "It's about 15 degrees now, but it's supposed to get cold tonight," he said. "It's cold here, too," I said. "It dipped into the low 60s last night and I had to close my windows." I would tell you what he said next, but this is a family newspaper. Okayed by Boynton Council BOYNTON BEACH - The City Council decided last night it needs a siren or other warning system at the municipal beach to alert swimmers to possible dangers. According to one councilman, the need for such a device was brought to the attention of the city following a Thanksgiving Day shark attack on a 19-year-old man in neighboring Delray Beach. He said the shouting and screaming by people on the beach made it impossible for swimmers and surfers to understand that a shark had been spotted. "There was such screaming going on on the beach that it was impossbile to know what they were screaming about," the councilman said in urging that a system be devised to help lifeguards get people out of the water in case of sharks or other problems. No specific location for the device or time for installation was set.

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