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lale or no sale, Witnesses will still use auditorium 'It's a gamble, but we're trying to accommodate them. ' MIKE WRIGHT West Palm Beach city administrator rooms and spending an estimated $3.6 million annually on food and drinks. Meanwhile, commissioners also voted to terminate existing contracts at the auditorium and stadium, which could cost the city about $60,000, said Auditorium Manager Eric Widness said. He said those include contracts with TicktMaster and Animated Dis- was negotiated and the lack of a new site for family entertainment Commissioners agreed Monday to hold three debates on the $12.5 million sale, beginning April 16. The push for the debates came from Commissioner Joel Daves, who challenged Al Zucaro, the only commissioner who opposed the sale. The Witnesses have held conventions here for about 15 years, filling about 30,000 hotel for their conventions during June, July and August. City commissioners voted 4-1 Monday to lease the arena to the Witnesses for $1,755 a day for 36 days. Commissioner Al Zucaro dissented. No other -events have been scheduled past June 8, and no money has been provided to run the facility, which has had air-conditioning problems, past June 30. But no money has been provided to run the, facility past June SOI By Marcia Gelbart f aim Beach Post Staff Writer ' r WEST PALM BEACH No rrtatter what happens after the April 28 referendum on the sale of the; ' Municipal Auditorium, the Jehovah's Witnesses will use it The contract to sell the auditorium and surrounding land to the Witnesses is on hold pending the referendum, which was forced by neighborhood groups unhappy with the way the deal City Administrator Mike Wright said the city could end up with repair bills. "It's a gamble, but we're trying to accommodate them," he said. nlavs Inc., which posts the elec tronic sign with advertisements Millionaire given life term in rival's death nothing the judge ordered lnrinor Black from New (Monday) was gomg to give them back what they wanted, which was their father, he said Defense attorney Jeffrey f5 PALM BEACH INTERACTIVE Up to 20 stories from 56 area communities at wwui.GoPBI.comYourTown Weiner said he will appeal Mackerley's case. ; "We're looking forward to being back here in about one year tn rptrv this case and to honeftillv walk Alan Mackerley right out ot WEST PALM BEACH SunFest will go on ' line at 10 a.m. Wednesday to announce six - national acts for the waterfront festival April 29-May 3. The curious can visit the festival's Web site at www.sunfest.org to see who the By Pat Moore Palm Beach Post Staff Writer STUART Calling the details of the crime "sketchy," a judge Monday sentenced Stuart millionaire Alan Mackerley to life in prison for kidnapping and murdering New Jersey business rival Frank Black two years ago. Thank you, your honor," Mackerley responded, when Senior Circuit Judge C. Pfeiffer Trowbridge rejected prosecutors' requests to sentence him to death. Mackerley's daughter, Michelle Sanandajian, sighed as the judge announced he would follow a jury's recommendation to sentence her father to life in prison. "I think the judge summed it up lack of evidence, lack of evidence, lack of evidence," her husband, Rob Sanandajian, said. Mackerley, 54, and his girlfriend, Lisa Costello, 34, were ac- Jersey to Florida in February 1996 under the guise of conducting a bus-business deal. Prosecutors say Costello drove Black from the West Palm Beach airport to Mackerley's home in Stuart, where Mackerley shot him and dumped his body into the ocean. Black's body was never found. Costello is awaiting trial on murder and kidnapping charges. Black's daughters, Diane and Leeanna Black, left the courtroom without commenting, but a family spokesman later said they "feel the system has worked and Mackerley is going to pay for his crime." "(Black's daughters) know in their hearts and their minds that Mackerley pulled the trigger" that killed their father, said Bob Fatovic, Leeanna Black's boyfriend. "As they have felt all along, this courthouse, nesaid. Prosecutors sought the death penalty, claiming Mackerlev planned Black's murder, killed; him for financial gain and that Black's death occurred during a kidnapping necessary condi headliners are, hear music clips, get an order tions tor seeking aeatn. Trowbridge found the evi dence at Mackerley's trial supported the first-degree murder Flight school owner, family die in Bahamas crash The Associated Press TTTUSVILLE A flight school owner, his family and two others were killed Sunday in a fiery crash after their twin-engine plane plowed into the Bahamian island of Eleuthera. Raymond Walkwitz, 39, of Titusville was piloting the six-seat Beechcraft Baron carrying his wife, his two sons, co-pilot Jaques Kaasiclein and another unidentified adult when it went down. Walkwitz, president of the Walkwitz Aviation, Inc. flight school in Titusville, owned five vintage airplanes and was a licensed commercial pilot for multiengined planes. The plane reportedly flew to the island from St. Lucie County International Airport in Fort Pierce, but David Hobbs, a U.S. Customs inspector in Fort Pierce, said he had no record of the plane leaving the airport- form for tickets, win a free trip and tickets to . the festival, vote for favorite acts and learn more information. SunFest has already announced several acts: Jackson Browne and Ani DiFranco will perform on opening night; Sister Hazel and Paula Cole on April 30 and the Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman on May 2. Mullet with lesions have been reported in the Earman River off Northlake Boulevard in North Palm Beach, fish health expert Ann Forstchen said Monday. Forstchen, with the Florida Marine Research Institute in St. Petersburg, said scientists are checking the re and kidnapping convictions, but he said it "does not make certain that the premeditation to kill be-' gan at the onset of the ruse that lured (Black) to Florida." Nursing project honors two benefactors port, received through the state's fish kill hot colleee. Nursing students and faculty ' already examine, immunize and educate children and tne elderly through the school's Community-Based Nursing Project Students and faculty will talk to area residents to develop By Noah Bierman Palm Beach Post Staff Writer BOCA RATON Eugene Lynn cried Monday as Florida Atlantic University officials thanked him for his $750,000 donation and unveiled a plaque naming the school's new nursing project after his wife. "It's beautiful," said the 79-year-old insurance executive, who with his wife, Christine, has given millions to higher education in Boca Raton. The gift will be $1,275 million when combined with a state grant. It will be used to pay for the nursing college's existing community-outreach programs and to start new ones, said nursing dean Anne Boykin, who also will be the director of the Christine E. Lynn Center for Caring. The center will operate out of the nursing college's office. "The work of the center will really take place out there," Boykin said, referring to the community groups served by the new programs, she said. The Lvnns have donated $2. Wellington. In Lake Worth's District 2, retired coach C.H. "Mac" McKinnon faces shoe store owner Michael Coonerty, a commissioner from 1988 to 1992. In District 4, five-year incumbent Lloyd Clager is challenged by businessman Joe Egly. In Wellington, Bill Tyson, an auto repair owner, faces Al Paglia, a contract administrator for the county school district. line. Mullet and several other species ot nsh have been found with lesions, tumors and sores from New Smyrna Beach to Jupiter Inlet, with the largest concentrations in the St. Lucie River and the Indian River in an area from north of the Jensen Beach Causeway to the St. Lucie Inlet. Health officials have warned people not to eat the sick fish or swim in waters where they are found. People who find sick or dying fish are asked to call the fish kill hot line at (800) 636-0511. Bill Brooks, who is leaving his post as WPTV-Channel 5's general manager on May 31, has accepted a job with Scripps Howard Broadcasting. After a meeting with the West Palm Beach station's parent company in Cincinnati on Monday, the 64-year-old Brooks, a Scripps Howard vice president since 1986, agreed to become the company's vice presidentgovernment relations. Brooks said he will represent the broadcast division's nine television stations before such regulatory bodies as the Federal Communications million to the university, including the endowment of two professorships at the school's nurs ing and business colleges. No. 430888 TOWN OF MANGONIA PARK FULL COST ACCOUNTING DISCLOSURE PURSUANT TO FLORIDA STATUTES 403.7049 RESIDENTIAL COSTS CHARGED TOWN RESIDENTS FOR BI-WEEKLY GARBAGE, WEEKLY TRASH AND RECYCLING SERVICE. DISPOSAL COSTS FOR 1996-97 WERE ASSESSED ON THE TAX ROLL BY THE SOLID WASTE AUTHORITY OF PALM BEACH COUNTY. Commission and congressional representatives. Brooks, who will still live here, said he starts his new job on June 1. Tillie Pottish, an 80-year-old Century Village resident struck by a car last week, died of her injuries Sunday at St Mary's Medical Center, the hospital said. Pottish's 85-year-old husband, Morris, died early Wednesday after the March 17 accident in which he and his wife, who lived at 212 Wellington F, walked into the path of a car driven by another Century Village resident, Morris Applebaum, 82, a sheriffs spokesman said. No charges will be filed in the suburban West Palm Beach accident, the spokesman said. COST PER UNIT PER The city commission unanimously took the following action Monday: COPS grant: Approved $191,170 for the first-year match of a federal grant to hire 10 police officers over a three-year period. The city will pay $178,000 the second year, then $569,980 the third year for a total cost of $945,750. Traffic calming: Awarded a $118,079 bid to West Construction for El Cid neighborhood traffic calming. Airboat: Agreed to pay Antique Arms of Loxahatchee $26,597 for a 1998 six-passenger airboat and trailer. The airboat will be used by the city Water Resource Management Division for tours of the Water Catchment Area and allow smaller crafts for maintenance. Art projects: Agreed to pay $10,000 to artist Charlotte Lees to create two lighted, sculpted columns at the 100 blocks of Clematis and Datura streets; and $10,000 to artist Molly Mason to create and place sculptures at the southwest corner of the Meyer Amphitheatre Park. Pleasant City Multicultural Center: Approved paying $ 14,500 to Gee & Jenson for architectural design services, and $30,000 to buy a computer system for the center. Broadway medians: Approved a Florida Department of Transportation proposal for the city to pay for land acquisition in building medians on Broadway Avenue from 59th Street to Northwood Road. FDOT has settlements with more than 100 property owners on Broadway, based on plans that did not include the medians. The proposal requires the city to deposit $250,000. The council agreed to cap any additional payments at $500,000. New TV equipment poses problem WEST PALM BEACH A truckload of tele A second-degree murder warrant has been issued for Rory Larke Thompson, 18, in the Sept. 7 killing of Irving SINGLE AND MULTI-FAMILY RESIDENCES MONTH. Single family garbage collection $4.25 Multi-family garbage collection (per unit) $4.25 Single family trash collection $2.29 Single & multi-family recycling $1 .88 1 -it :.' ' 1 . ."urn . Crickenberger, 20. Crick-enberger was shot in the Westgate area of suburban West Palm Beach. Sheriffs deputies are seeking the public's help to find Thompson, a black male who is 5-foot-5 and weighs 155 pounds. His last known address is 1111 Loxahatchee Drive in suburban West Palm Beach, Thompson but he also frequents the Belle Glade and Pahokee areas. Anyone with information about Thompson is asked to call Detective Ada Tyz at 688-4037. vision equipment cameras, tripods, moni tors arrived Monday Paid directly to Environmental Waste Systems of Palm Beach, Inc. by residents. COMMERCIAL DISPOSAL COSTS FOR 1996-97 WERE PARTIALLY ASSESSED BY THE SOLID WASTE AUTHORITY. THE DISPOSAL COSTS REFLECT THE PORTION OF COMMERCIAL DISPOSAL COSTS NOT ASSESSED ON THE TAX ROLLS. THE COLLECTION FEE RATES VARY BY THE SIZE OF THE CONTAINER AND FREQUENCE OF COLLECTION. A CONTAINER MAINTENANCE FEE IS INCLUDED IN THE COLLECTION RATE. morning at the Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts. It was donated by executive Bud Paxson and students and teachers were thrilled to receive it But for now it sits in a first-floor mechanical room. The stuff won't fit Programming of the school district's new procurement department computer tracking system has been completed and is in the early testing stages, according to a review by the internal auditor's office. Most of the improvements requested should be adequate to keep track of bids and ensure that expenditures do not go beyond approved limits, the review states. The tracking system came under fire late last year when the district went over budget on cleaning supplies. The procurement manager was put on leave and the department shut down for days to put things in order. in the elevator, up the stairs or through the door of the second-floor studio. School officials will try to solve those problems this weekend. But once it gets inside, it may be of little use. The studio, with its too-low ceiling, is practically unusable because of tight and sound troubles. "The tools are here," said student Maurice Singer. "Now we need the facility. Stephanie Desmon Polls win be open today from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for runoff elections in Lake Worth and Dumpster Number of Days Per Week Pickup Container Size 2 I 3 4 I 5 I 6 2 Cubic Yard $95.40 153.83 212.12 245.48 307.56 3 Cubic Yard 133.79 246.92 328.83 387.39 450.06 4 Cubic Yard 235.06 307.56 408.97 490.97 569.39 6 Cubic Yard 286.61 406.03 473.45 597.02 704.84 8 Cubic Yard 364.95 492.86 683.06 783.26 927.88 Police: Teacher talked about sex during class ground indicated there might be problems or he wouldn't have been hired, Marlin said. Last month, Alberto Perera. 27, an assistant band director at Wellington High School, was charged with two counts of un lawful sexual activity with a minor. The case involved a 16-year-old student. Staff writer Stephanie Desmon contributed to this report. TEACHER From IB cases like these, said Ben Marlin. an associate superintendent in the Palm Beach County schools. Nothing in Le Flore's back- PUBLISH: March 24, 1998

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