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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 189

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1 FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 1998 The Palm Beach Post m si SECTION F COMING UP Ancient, quirky and mysterious, Istanbul is a town where religion is ritual and $5 makes you a millionaire. SUNDAY IN TRAVEL INSIDE FAMILIES : Thumb sucking is toddler's way of ; comforting himself and nothing to worry about, Dr. Brazelton says. PAGE 3F l MartinSt. Lucie County Living I i I WILL THE lSPTRIT Jeri Butler ACCENT 5 J 7 t ,.I,.J T : A I7"YV7"T7 HPT TT? 1 Jf 9 Volunteers see 1 mom r ivim - ' , l-L'i , ." rn )m p l . r r - become reality In less than three years, the Volunteers in Medicine Clinic in Stuart outgrew its space on Osceola Street and moved into its own building. : On March 19, more than 200 people attended an open house at the sparkling, new clinic at 417 Balboa Ave. in Stuart. After 98 years, St. Paul's A.M.E. Church is planning a move to the suburbs. But the congregation is torn between serving the migrating flock and remaining faithful to a neighborhood that needs its help. I. ; "We were seeing about 500 patients a month, but now we can see many more," said Dr. Diane Montella, medical director of the free clinic, which is staffed by 37 volunteer doctors and 35 nurses. "The feedback we got from the open hoi isf was wnndprfiil " Montella she said The 4,800-square-foot clinic has eight examining rooms, two counseling rooms, a library, pharmacy, offices and a dental office. : Llsbeth St. Onge is the dental assistant, but there's no dentist yet. Montella said the biggest need right now, besides a dentist, is a mental health program. "But I walk in here in the morning and I am so delighted that we have created the space we envisioned and can now do many of the things we had hoped to do," , . , , A A IS :l S :7 : ) I L I J J ; (' y V) . r S ' - J - ' - " - lilt II Ml I I I I I Illl I WWII Hill III II I Ml II HUM i ' ': MiMlMM I MMM , Photos by MARK MIRKOStaff Photographer Paul's A.M.E. Church conclude, congregants hold each other's hands in Draver. 'We are not moving and fniwttincr As services inside St imhor Marian VAhita coic iKa j rr.i mhara kia r o m t. frr ry-i Ufa'wa IiiaW i n tuA . nii A. I : . t Marian White from whence we cometh,' church member says ni iu tviii t c vciiiic iiwiii. ivc vc nvu iii inc II II id Uliy all UUi llvcb. she said. That includes a twice-a-week ophthalmology clinic and primary care by internists, a dermatologist, an allergist, urologist, gynecologist, and an ear, nose and throat specialist. - ; The clinic was the dream of Dr. Fred Carter, who retired from his Stuart practice in 1991. It opened in 1995 in space provided by the Martin Memorial Medical Center and with help from a $200,000 donation by the Martin Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. - For information on the clinic, call 223-4962. Another boost for cancer center . The Martin Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, which helped get the Volunteers in Medicine Clinic started, has a new project. It has pledged $550,000 to the hospital's new cancer center on Osceola Street in Stuart. "We gave $150,000 in 1997, and next month we will donate another $150,000," said Anne Franzen, a South County Hospital volunteer. Franzen is organizing the annual auxiliary luncheon, which will be held on April 6 at Lost Lake Country Club. Martin Memorial's Executive Director Richard Harmon will be there to accept the check. The auxiliary, which has 900 volunteers, makes most of its money from its two hospital gift shops and from its thrift shop at Smithfield Shopping Center in Stuart. "I volunteered at hospitals in Cleveland, but we never made this much money," said Franzen. Also, Irene Lucas, the new president of the Hospital Auxiliary will be installed at the luncheon, replacing outgoing president Lynn Slelgel. B To share your news about people or events on the Treasure Coast, call Jeri at 223-3552, e-mail her at jeripbpost.com, or write her at The Palm Beach Post, 2101 S. Kanner Highway, Stuart, Fla. 34994. 77 By Steve Gushee Palm Beach Post Religion Writer Inside the historic church, all arms rise and all voices unite in worship. But outside, if you stand atop the 15 steps of the stately white church, you can look out and see the problem that has divided this community of lifelong friends. Blight surrounds St. Paul's A.M.E. Church in West Palm Beach, a 98-year-old church with roots deep in the historically black neighborhood of Pleasant Cityf Crime forces members to hire security guards when they go to church. Many members have family ties to the neighborhood, but they moved out long ago. They are torn by a common problem for inner-city churches: What happens to a neighborhood church when the neighborhood crumbles around it? Should church members build a new church and move to the safer suburbs? Or should they stay symbols of hope and help? The African Methodist Episcopal congregation has made plans to leave the white masonry church on 21st Street and build a new building on Haverhill Road about 6 miles away. But the decision to move has been painful and it has cut to the heart of the church's mission. Marian Bacon White, 58, joined St. Paul's in 1962. She lives in Riviera Beach, not Pleasant City, but her husband's family were longtime members of the church. And so she worshiped and worked there help- Please see ST. PMVS5F i2l During Sunday services, congregants come to St. Paul's altar to greet the Rev. James Russell. Russell, 47, came to St. Paul's a little more than four years ago. Ahoy! Longer 'Titanic' ahead Updated 'Show Boat' navigates grittier course 1 ByJillVejnoska Palm Beach Post-Cox News Service Take heart, Titaniacs. There can't be a sequel, but producer-director James Cameron is promising the next best thing an even longer version of the original film! Clutching his three Oscars to his chest Tuesday morning, Cameron said people at early screenings began asking him about the possibility of a "director's cut" version even before Titanic was released in theaters. "I thought when you have a three hour, 14 minute picture and people want to see the long version, you're in fat city," said Cameron, while wife Linda "Terminator" Hamilton beamed proudly at him from a comer of the press tent. "We'll definitely do it at some point Don't expect a seven-hour movie. There's no such thing in the footage. But we could probably add 15, 20 minutes." Such a version would shift the movie's balance slightly "away from the emotional story and a little bit to the factual story." i ' ' r - . , " 1 ,- .11. By Hap Erstein Palm Beach Post Theater Writer Two water barrels. That's the first image in Harold Prince's revival of the 1927 landmark musical. Show Boat. The year depicted is 1884, and one barrel is marked for "Whites" and the other is marked for "Col-oreds." Three hours later, this show based on Edna Ferbcr's novel of life on the Mississippi has spanned 43 years. The barrels have been replaced by water fountains, but the signs still say "Whites" and "Coloreds." It may be a revival but this Show Boat has a startling new look and tone. The production that docks at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday night, headlined by Dean Jones and Cloris Leachman, is more overtly political than previous incarnations. It keeps an audience aware of the advances and lack of progress in our social history. In addition, its script has been shored up, with long-existing dramatic gaps filled in to satisfy the expectations of today's theatergoers. And the great Jerome Kern-Oscar Hammerstein II score has been bolstered with music written for the show more than 70 years ago but never used. Prince, whose producing and directing career includes such works as Fiddler on the Roof, Sweeney Todd and Phantom of the Opera, is not one to dabble in revivals. But when Canadian theater mogul Garth Drabinsky approached him about a new Mease see 'SHOW &0HT6F t 'Don't expect a seven-hour movie. There's no such thing in the footage. But we could probably add 1 5, 20 minutes.' said director James Cameron. Dean Jones and Cloris Leachman headline the tounng production of Show Boat, which opens Saturday at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale. t

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