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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 792

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Sunday, March 29, 1998
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THE PALM BEACH POST SUNDAY, MARCH 29, 1998 MSL 23 Defiant man fights condo for his dog j 4 Black history competition is a brain-tester for students Frank Cerabino - Kin h ( - 1 3 pulled from nearly 10 books relating to black culture ranged from the significance of the Apollo Theater to who founded the Tuskeegee Institute to the original speaker of famous quotes. "They could have been a little bit harder," Gibson said. Gibson and Johnson's team of five won first place and took home the traveling trophy, medals, individual trophies, gift bags from Levenger, computer software and a $100 savings bond. Second place went to Children of the Nile from Miami and third place went to the Mount Olive Questers. Judges included retired Judge Edward Rodgers, Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue Deputy Chief Nigel Baker and WPTV-Channel 5 reporter Verna Collins. Chief Naval Sonar Technician Leopoleon Scott was master of questions posed to the 11 mostly middle- and high-school teams that participated in the Order, of the Knights of Pythagoras Inaugural Black History Brain Bowl Competition at Old School Square in Defray Beach. The Defray Beach organization mentors young black men. A father videotaped the event, a mother took notes, and 11-year-old alternate Chantrelle Johnson of Plantation exhaled in relief each time her Coral Springs team Young, Gifted and Black answered a question. Teams reported studying together six and seven hours a week for months. "As participants on stage, ' it's really nerve-racking," said Gibson, captain of her Coral Springs team. "You want to win so bad." The questions usually multiple-choice questions By Momka Gonzalez Palm Beach Post Staff Writer DELRAY BEACH Who escaped from slavery by having a friend lock him in a baize-lined box and ship him from Richmond to Philadelphia? ' The tiebreaker question, when posed to two teams of contestants at the Black History Brain Bowl on Saturday, drew seven faces of wide-eyed panic and one look of it's-on-tiie-tip-of-my-tongue. When the team from Mount Olive Baptist Church in Boynton Beach took a wild guess and missed, all heads turned to the table where one of the Broward teams sat. C "Boxed Henry?" Shani Gibson, 14, of Coral Springs said, her face twisting as she tried to remember Henry Brown's last name instead of just his nickname. c It was among the toughest I PALM BEACH .. ... AU-tN tYtblUNt Willy Lump-Lump rtasived with Jim Lemon for three years. - ' , to his condo on at least three occasions this week, he still has Willy. ..' f' His latest tactic: He transferred title of the dog to his girlfriend and leaves the dog over there for part of the day. When officers found Lemon in his condo with Willy on Friday morning, he showed the paperwork that claimed Willy wasn't his dog any more. .. It bought him some more time. But probably not much. Lemon's condo president knows about the shell game Lemon has begun playing with " his dog, moving it back and forth between his condo and his girlfriend's unit in the neighboring building. , , ' "He can keep it over there all he wants to, but he can't bring it over here," 'Johnson said... ; ' ' Lemon just sfcbffs at his ; . neighbors. He nghhave a . -' tough time breathihg.t he I hasn't lost me knack of ispitting; out venom between gasps. ; "I wouldn't be without Willy;" he said. "Everybody knows ex-; cept for some of these idiots I around here that pets benefit I older people. They bring your blood pressure down. ; "Since I've been here, I've been in and out of the hospital three times, and they've had me in court about six times, and ,,; now they have an order to pick; up my dog," he said. A reasonable man might -have given up and found another condo by now, but Lemon's stilt digging in, ready for the next battle. ' I "I don't think they're going to put a 74-year-old man in the I clink," he said. "Do you?" C 1 INTERACTIVE Up to 20 stories from 56 area communities at www.GoPBI.comYourToum lawn men don't like that. There are lots of reasons why people don't want to live with pets," Johnson said that if Lemon wants to live with a dog, he should have picked a condo that : allowed them. Lemon picked his condo because his girlfriend, Mickey Mc-Gee, lived across the parking lot in a unit in the adjoining condo, which allows pets. He and Willy had been with McGee in her condo when the unit in the pet-free condo became available. Lemon bought it, hoping that his neighbors would turn a blind eye on his dog. He underestimated condo law. After the usual threatening legal letters, the condo association took Lemon to Palm Beach County Circuit Court, where he has lost at every turn. v Judge Richard Wennet ; wasn't swayed by the two letters Lemon produced from his doctors, t- One of Lemon's doctors wrote that Lemon suffers from 5 various respiratory problems. "Unfortunately, his disease " has no cure," Dr. A. Rogelio Choy-wrote. "Mr. Lemon lives alone and needs his Chihuahua dog for psychological support." Dr. Daniel Tucker, another physician treating Lemon, wrote: "Mr. Lemon finds that his small pet is a comfort to him and a major incentive for him to live. It is strongly recommended that he be allowed to keep his pet and that some type of accommodation be made." This month, Lemon may have reached the end of his rope. The judge ordered police and animal control officers "to take into custody" Lemon's Chihuahua, and he tacked more attorney's fees to the thousands Lemon already owes. Lemon, who has represented himself in court and claimed bankruptcy, hasn't paid any court-ordered attorney's fees yet. And although officers came INCLUDES: Removd of four wfteb om vef ide n i t i i . Babies ond rotation of wheels Placing wheels bock on vehicle - -1 The American Cancer Society's 24-hour Relay for Life raised about $90,000 in Palm Beach County, organizer Maria Bello said. In West Palm Beach and Boca Raton, 25 relay teams of 10 to 14 people each participated in the fund-raiser. Each team had one person walking at all times. The Wellington Regional Medical Center team raised $4,000, the most among West Palm Beach teams, who walked at Forest Hill High School. The national event began in 1984; this was the second year in south county and the first in West Palm Beach, Bello said. For three years now, a Lake Worth man with one lung has defied court orders, ignored thousands of dollars in attorney's fees and gleefully irritated some of his fellow condo neighbors. The reason: his aged Chihuahua Willy Lump-Lump. "That dog is a medical necessity," Jim Lemon, 74, said between wheezes as he pointed to Willy, a 14-year-old Chihuahua who has gone from brown to white with age and has trouble keeping its tongue from slipping out of the side of its snout. Willy has been an unwanted resident of the Lakeside Point Gardens, Building No. 2, condos since the day of his arrival with Lemon three years ago. The 20-unit condo off Lake Osborne, unlike the condos that surround it, has a rule that forbids pets of any kind. Lemon knew that when he moved in. Before the board approved the purchase of his unit, Lemon signed a paper saying he wouldn't have a dog living there. "The day after he signed the paper, he's out walking his dog," condo president Arnold Johnson said. "I told him, you signed a paper that said you don't have a dog, and he said, bo, I lied. Lemon knows he's violating his condo's laws, but he says his neighbors should leave him and his dog alone. He has claimed selective enforcement, citing a neighbor who has had a bird for years. And he has been the inspiration for a petition drive among some of his neighbors to change the rule forbidding pets. "If an old person wants a pet, why can't they have one?" asked neighbor Millie Visconti, who led the building petition drive. "Half of these people wouldn't be as nasty as they are if they had something." But Visconti's lobbying efforts resulted in only seven of the 20 unit owners expressing any interest in changing the pet ban. "I feel it is extremely unhealthy, as many older people have allergies," one of the anti-pet neighbors wrote on Visconti's survey. "And also, what is to become of pets that are left behind?" Condo president Johnson said dogs "do things on the grass and on the sidewalk, and I I II i i i i i i I I I I I I Jeep oh dodge Truck I I tesd trucks eira Present coupon wta cyder 6 rnmw. Qm I I PARK EXPIRES 51598 flJintf rvnmrr f f f lfl I I EH l ii I I Plane crashes in parking lot; 2 hurt By Kristin Vaughan Palm Beach Post Staff Writer LAKE CLARKE SHORES A Defray Beach couple survived a crash landing of the Cessna 150 they were flying Saturday night after the pilot maneuvered the stalled plane over power lines and rooftops to a Forest Hill Boulevard parking lot. The pilot, Bruce Hatfield, and passenger Linda Hatfield were in serious condition at St. Mary's Medical Center late Saturday. Both were conscious at the scene and Bruce Hatfield even walked around the crashed plane. Linda Hatfield had chest injuries and cuts to her face, rescuers said. The two-seater plane they were flying from Tampa to Lan-tana struck a power line and just missed an apartment building and medical office before it crashed, nose down, in the parking lot at 1495 Forest Hill Blvd., near Florida Mango Road, about 8 p.m. i I I INCLUDES: I Inspection of hoses and balls Mopor antifreeze replacement (! got. max) Pressure test system J Complete cooling system flush I Pike indudes a diorge for environmentat disposd of used fluds and BOCA RATON Marie Trusz, 75, of Boca Raton, died Thursday when her Dodge Aries collided with a Chrysler Sebring driven by Donna Venette, 54, police said. Trusz was making a left turn from northbound Military Trail on to Northwest 19th Street, Boca Raton police said. Donna Venette and a passenger, Wayne Venette, suffered minor injuries. Police are investigating. t I A Clewiston man was in stable but guarded condition Saturday at St. Mary's Medical Center after receiving a shock while trying to fix an antenna on Corkscrew Boulevard west of South Bay. Jeff Prather, 34, touched a live wire with his hand and was jolted into contact with a high-voltage line, Palm Beach County Sheriffs Deputy Philip Dimola said. He then walked into an empty apartment nearby. Neighbors heard a popping sound and called paramedics, who flew Prather by helicopter to the West Palm Beach hospital. He had a scar on his stomach, Dimola said, and did not lose consciousness. - n i Construction continues on SR 76 between SR 710 and SR 7, west of Indiantown. Eleven culverts and bridges are being replaced. A lane will be closed Friday through Sunday just - I Chemical Rush, V8 and ansel envies and oddiKonai partsbbor extra. Present coupon when orda is wrilten. Cannot be I I . used mtfi any other coupon specials or like service. 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Chrysfer Corpofolwn veriicles only. i - 4 L I 1 I east of SR 710. Traffic will alternate in each direction. Completion of the $3 million project is scheduled for spring 1999. SR 15 on the eastern shore of Lake Okeechobee is under construction from 3 miles north of Port Mayaca to 6.6 miles north of Port Mayaca, but both lanes will remain open through Friday. Bridges are being replaced and the road repaved. Completion of the $2.4 million project is scheduled for the end of March. t The second project on SR 15, from 6.6 miles north of Port Mayaca to the Okeechobee County line, involves the replacement of two bridges and repaying 4.6 miles. Both lanes are Scheduled to remain open through Friday. The $3.8 million project is scheduled for completion by the fall. f The $32 million project along US. 1 from Port St Lucie Boulevard north to Riomar Drive in Port St Lucie continues, but all lanes will remain open through Saturday. Improvements include widening U.S. 1 to six lanes from four; addition of sidewalks, bike lanes, turn lanes and landscaping; and the elimination of some median openings and crossovers. Completion is scheduled for early 2000. fl Roadside shoulders will be widened and paved on Edwards Road from Jenkins Road to 25th Street in Fort Pierce. A lane will be closed periodically in either direction where work is under way. Completion of the $207,000 project is expected by the end of June. ' Roadside shoulders will be widened on Kings Highway from Indrlo Road north to Spanish Lakes Boulevard, north of Fort Pierce. A lane will be closed periodically in either direction where work is under way. Completion of the $280,000 project is expected by the end of July. St James Drive is closed at the Port St Lucie city One until Friday for a culvert replacement at the C-103 Canal. Access to the Southern Oaks subdivision is from the north; access to the Charleston Oaks Subdivision, River's Edge Elementary School and Southern Oaks Middle School is from the south only. Through traffic is being detoured west on Midway Road to Sehitz Road, then south to Peachtree Boulevard and back to St. James Drive. A ditch-cleaning project along SR 70 in Okeechobee County will force lane closures and delays. Fox road closing and construction updates to (561) ii 1 ill ii limn--r ir l riiirrrrinnriinii 1 1 nm rmm ii i n n r nr - m i iiiiiimim - " ny mmnrvvnmm-mn ED MORSE AUTO PARK ED MORSE AUTO PARK I FW1 i! ill DOMESTIC EXPIRES 51598 1 I I EXPIRES 51598 J just utrt beat I Spend wheels stghlty (not Pwsent toucMi when order is be used wii oltw cotjpai speeds or I I . Ike sew Customer responsible fa soles a 0vy5kr Ccvporenat orfy. J J ! ED MORSE AUTO PARK EXPIRES 51598 j mm mm mm) mm mm mm mm mm mm mm mm mm mm mm mm mm mm mm mm mm mm mm mm i j PGA BLVD. I Q NORTHLAKE BLVD. 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