The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 11, 1976 · Page 25
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 25

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Saturday, December 11, 1976
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Palm Beaches The Palm Beach NeWS Of tltt Post-Times SATURDAY, DECEMBER 11, 1976 SECTION 1 Tighter Control Of Police Hiring Urged by Jury r tut . i - L,l . "v By THOM SMITH Post Staff Writer The Palm Beach County grand jury yesterday said unqualified police officers who resign in the face of firing should not be re-employed by other police agencies. The recommendation resulted from the investigation of former Ocean Ridge officer Norman Gregory, indicted Wednesday for tampering with witnesses and evidence. The grand jury said through an agreement with his former superiors, Gregory's record was left untarnished when he left Ocean Ridge and was hired as a patrolman by the North Palm Beach Police Department. According to Lt. Gerald Earley, Gregory was an "outstanding" officer in North Palm Beach. "We had no problems with the man," he said. When Gregory applied for the North Palm Beach position, Earley said he called Ocean Ridge Chief Louis Spano who said nothing in Gregory's file indicated any problem. Gregory, according to Earley, was suspended following the indictment. Gregory was suspended from the Ocean Ridge police force last summer, pending termination, based on seven allegations of misconduct ranging from felonies to insubordination, the grand jury said. Kosslyn Psyches Up for Auditions Halfway There, a Needed Rest And Back to the Tedious Chore Movie Attracts Aspiring 'Stars' Glamor, Fun, Excitement for Role in 'Empire of Ants' like without makeup and wearing bedraggled clothes." For those who hoped to use a bit part in "Ants" as a stepping stone to stardom, Kosslyn wasn't too encouraging. "Very rarely does someone go on to a career in acting from something like this. You hardly see them in the movie," he said. Instead, he told them, they would work from 6:30 a.m. to dark for $25 a day. But none of this dampened the enthusiasm of the men and women of all ages who came into the chamber in groups of 10 for a brief lookover. "Is that all there is to it? I thought there would be a camera and we would have to read lines," one said. Sarah Bennett, the honey-haired drama director at Glades Central High School, said she was auditioning partly to fulfill a lifelong dream to be in a movie and partly "for the fun of it." "When something exciting like this happens in Belle Glade, you can't just let it pass by," she said. Lake Worth salesman Art Decker, 42, said he drove all the way across the county because he thought "it might be exciting. A salesman is always on stage anyway," he said. Post columnist Ron Wiggins arrived for the audition in a chauffeur-driven Volkswagen, reciting Shakespeare as he waited in line. Wiggins winced only slighty when told he could be a sheriff's deputy for $25 a day. "Great talent is always noticed," Wiggins said as he walked back to the car. While most people were there for the glamor, excitement and fun, 11-year-old Kent Connell of Belle Glade said he was after something more tangible. "I don't want to be a movie star," Kent said, "I just need some extra money." By JOHN KOTLER Pott Staff Writer BELLE GLADE - About 300 aspiring actors lined up outside the Chamber of Commerce building here yesterday to audition for parts in the American-International sci-fi thriller "Empire of Ants." The movie, about giant mutant ants which take over a sugar mill and enslave the townsfolk, is being filmed mainly on Hutchinson Island in St. Lucie County but next week will shift to Belle Glade, known in the movie as Diamond Springs. Casting director Jack Kosslyn said about 40 of the auditioners will be chosen for small roles in the movie. Among them will be for four deputy sheriffs, one young boy and a group of men and women to portray the enslaved residents. Kosslyn said he was looking for "interesting faces, country faces, nothing glamorous. I try to imagine what the women will look Bus Strike Off: Talks Continue County Takeover Proposed However, before Gregory could be fired, his attorney negotiated an agreement with the Police Department. In return for his resignation, all damaging information would be purged from his personnel records, and Ocean Ridge would not interfere with his employment elsewhere the grand jury said. Ocean Ridge had agreed to the settlement rather than face civil litigation. The "desire to avoid civil litigation apparently has produced pressure to allow unqualified police officers to resign when they otherwise would have been fired," the report said. "That same pressure has also inhibited the candid exchange of information that would guard against such an individual being re-employed as a law enforcement officer. "Reluctance to confront problems directly in one agency will inevitably cause repetition of those problems in another agency." To correct the situation, the grand jury recommended county law enforcement administrators and government officials take corrective action. It further urged strict compliance with state law requiring submission of written notice and explanation to the Police Standards and Training Commission whenever a police officer is fired. in Belle Glade, where he and other politicians were attending a county Municipal League barbecue and fish fry. "If they (the drivers) were county employes, we could do something about it - they couldn't strike." Commissioners Peggy Evatt, Lake Lytal and Chairman Bill Medlen said they would support Koehler's suggestion to study a takeover, with Medlen claiming "I've been saying that for a couple months." Negotiations are set for 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Federal Building in downtown West Palm Beach. "They could take 5 minutes or 5 days," Leitner said. "The union is interested in an improved package more money. Management has the problem of finding more money." Bus drivers voted to strike six days ago after failing to come up with a contract agreement since negotiations started in September. Since the county took over the bus operation more than five years ago, drivers have never gone on strike, although there was talk of a strike two years ago. Leitner said the temporary halt to the strike approved yesterday came at the request of county commissioners. County Administrator John Sans-bury said drivers are paid $4.57 an hour and have been offered a 5 per cent raise, the same as county employes. He said drivers are asking double what they have been offered. Leitner refused to confirm the figures, but said the management firm is expected to come up with a concession by Monday. Oliver Green, international vice president of the Amalgamated Transit Union will be in town for Monday's meeting, Leitner said. i Wayne Dyer , . signs autographs IBS m .-.V-w 4nf , ' Y' .. By GAYLE PALLESEN and BUD NEWMAN Post Staff Writers A proposed strike by Palm Beach County bus drivers - set for midnight today was temporarily averted yesterday with salary negotiations set to resume Monday. After a two-hour meeting between Florida Transit Management Co. and the local Amalgamated Transit Union, federal mediator Robert Leit-ner said both sides have agreed to review their positions before negotiations resume. Bus service will continue, uninterrupted, during the negotiations, Leit-ner said. "I don't think these people want to be out of work and I don't think the bus company wants to be out of business," the mediator said before the meeting. Also yesterday, County Commissioner Dennis Koehler said he would suggest at Tuesday's commission meeting that the county consider taking over the bus system to prevent the possibility of strikes in the future. Three other commissioners said they would be happy to discuss and study such a move, but Commissioner Bill Bailey said he opposes a county takeover, preferring instead that the county continue its contract with a private firm to run the system. Koehler said he is concerned that about 14,000 persons who need the county's only public transportation will be stranded if the drivers go on strike. And he said a county takeover would make the drivers county employes, who do not have the right to strike. "I'm becoming more and more convinced that the county should take over," Koehler said yesterday Walktr "Last year, 100 million prescriptions were written for Valium alone," he said. "That's half the country's population." To learn to live according to Dyer's approach requires a person to be able to control their emotions. Dyer said this is accomplished by "living moment to moment." "I believe it's simple. If you want it, do it now, for a moment. If you think of doing something - like quitting smoking - forever, it's tough," he said. Dyer's book teaches "how to say 'no' without feeling guilt." While he came to autograph books yesterday, he was forced into a lecture by an adamant group of senior citizens wanting entertainment. "I could have said no," Dyer said. "I made the choice right then that I'd do it. Any opportunity to reach a few more folks I'll take. "The reason I don't usually speak is sometimes only five people show and it becomes an embarrassment." He quickly added: "For them - not me." StaH Photoi by C.J. Many Sign Up for Bit Parts Grownups and Kids All Want To Be in Show Business, So Erroneous Zones9 Author: Think Positive It's easy for Dyer, 36, to preach the desti-ny-in-your-own-hands philosophy. For him, it was sink or swim. The youngest of three boys, Dyer was born when his mother was 21. His father deserted the family. For the next 10 years, the boys were bounced from foster home to foster home. Dyer's mother remarried and pulled the family back together, but his stepfather was an alcoholic. "He was a nice guy when he was sober but an abusive drunk," Dyer said. With no one to rely on but himself, Dyer learned to do just that. Everything he has accomplished he said he has willed. This includes writing a best-seller, educating himself, staying well, and becoming an "excellent" tennis player and skier. Dyer said 85 to 90 per cent of physical ills are mind-controlled. He criticized the modern medical and psychological establishment for building up the "myth" that being healthy is complicated. Dyer said it's a matter of mind over matter. ing. Dyer said most religion preaches guilt, something he says should be ignored. Some axioms for living a forward-moving life which defies germs and anxiety include: "Trying to please others all the time is an exercise in folly. You can't please most others - so please yourself. "Being human means you are always alone in the world. No one will ever understand you like you do. "Stop blaming your parents and environment for your problems. Courage means taking a risk - to be willing to fly in the face of others. "The antidote for depression: Get off your ass and do something - anything." He radiated confidence - especially to the women, young and old, who flocked to have him sign their books. He managed short attentive conversation with each, looking into eyes and giving a few quick hugs. More than 40 copies of Dyer's book were sold in 30 minutes. By RAFE KLINGER Post Staff Writer DELRAY BEACH - Wayne Dyer is a faith healer, womanizer and cracker-barrel psychologist. Author of the best-selling, self-improver "Your Erroneous Zones," Dyer has a Ph.D. in counseling from Wayne State University and is a practicing psychotherapist. His book tells how to stop losing and live as a winner. At an autograph session yesterday in the Delray Mall Bookstore, Dyer couldn't say "no" and was forced into an impromptu lecture. By holding yourself in esteem and thinking right, you can banish illness, he told an audience of mostly middle-aged and elderly women. "I used to get the flu twice a year," Dyer said. "Now, 1 haven't had it for five years. "You may call it luck It's the way I think. I don't believe in allergies or in being sick." The theme of Dyer's book is a mixture of raw existentialism and blind positive think

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