The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 1, 1997 · Page 92
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 92

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"MONDAY, DECEMBER 1, 1997 The Palm Beach Post SECTION B HOLIDAY MUZAK The Colors of Christmas holiday tour has the voices, but not J much to sing about. REVIEW, 2B ..j. " lit. - - rt - , t. , -,UJ . LOCAL NEWS pAGe VjjT 1 I 1 r County wants kids to think about trash : Students are packing tours of : the recycling plant, learning that : they can help the environment. ! By George Bennett J Palm Beach Post Staff Writer ; WEST PALM BEACH A field trip to Palm Beach County's recycling plant prompted . 11-year-old Kiley Boland to tattle on her ! father. ; "My dad's not a good recycling person," ; the Wellington Elementary School fifth-grader said last week. "He throws bottles in the ! garbage." ; J That's the kind of intergenerational finger-. to exceed the money it brings in. County residents this year will spend more than $14 million to have their newspapers, milk jugs, aluminum cans and other recyclables collected and sorted. The SWA expects to get less than $6 million back from selling the materials. , The SWA doesn't tout recycling as a self-supporting enterprise, but as an alternative to its 90-foot-tall garbage mountain off Jog Road and 45th Street. Recycling costs about 22 percent more a ton than burning garbage and burying the ash in the landfill, SWA business analyst Daniel Pellowitz calculates. Please see RECYCLING5fl pointing the tour tries to promote. ; "A lot of kids' families still don't recycle at ' home. So we're trying to get them to nag their parents," says tour guide Leta McDowell. Parents can expect the nagging to contin-, ue. Through tours and school visits, the county's Solid Waste Authority preached recycling to more than 22,000 students last school year nearly double the previous year's level. This year's student tour schedule is booked solid through June, and the SWA's emissary to schools says her appointment book is nearly ! maxed out as well. -' 1 The children's crusade comes at a time when adult enthusiasm for recycling may be leveling off and the cost of recycling continues HEATHER SELWITZStaff Photographer , Wellington Elementary fifth-graders watch trash being prepared to! be turned into electricity in a West Palm Beach incinerator. Two injured, two airborne, in multiple pileups on rainy 1-95 Federal gun law an ally of police ,y' - J . r 1 '-''( 1 ' t i -, S "i 1 1 A . i i - J -HI 4 & ' ' v 'A ' AUSONREDUCHStaffPhotogapher Susan Drourr and her son, Keith Ingham, 7, of Boca Raton, were uninjured after being hit from behind in a pileup that sent them flying onto a Saturn. By Monika Gonzalez Palm Beach Post Staff Writer ' . To police officers who kept arresting him, Victor Dove belonged in prison. One West Palm Beach police officer watched Dove lean out of a sports car and shoot a semiautomatic weapon at four . people in another car. The sports car crashed after a chase by three patrol cars.1 Dove jumped out wearing a bulletproof vest. Dove had been arrested 12 times on state charges including armed robbery," aggravated assault, kidnapping and battery. But he spent only a year in a state prison until the feds stepped in. In May, following last year's chase,' Dove got a 19-year federal sentence.; Because he was a violent drug dealer caught with a gun, he qualified as a "triggerlock" defendant. Since 1992, a year after federal trig-: gerlock law took effect, local police in Palm Beach County and five adjoining counties have gone to U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents to prosecute 175 such cases. Triggerlock, passed to sweep the streets of violent repeat offenders, focus-es on violent drug-crime felons believed to be carrying guns. In each case, local police turn over the name of a criminal they believe deserves more punishmenf than a state court judge can hand dotyn;'. ATF agents and federal prosecutors then; decide whether to pursue the felon. -1 Those charged under triggerlock usuj ally face certain conviction, authorities! gay, because it's easier to prove a convfct ed felon had a gun than whether he shot; someone with it. For police officers whose jurisdictions! include the high-crime neighborhoods olj Palm Beach County's larger coastal cities triggerlock has become an important weapon. But defense lawyers say triggerlcjic! isn't applied evenly. And the mandatory sentences are overly harsh, they say, aK$ allow police too much discretion in deqdjl ing which offenders to target. IJ Police in Palm Beach County berait! Gawkers slow plugged lanes 1 r U a Jf& . -J Taurus) couldn't stop," Brown said. "He hit me a little bit, then everybody following behind him started going crazy." One of those motorists, Ray Hidalgo, driving a red Ford tow truck, skidded into the rear of a blue Honda driven by Susan Drourr of Boca Raton, sending the Honda into the air and onto the hood of a Saturn. "It happened so quick," said Hidalgo, 44, of Boca Raton, who was towing another car. "When I tried to use my brakes, I had no brakes." The drivers of the Taurus and the Saturn were taken to JFK Medical Center, where they were listed in fair condition, according to West Palm Beach Fire-Rescue officials and a hospital official. Drourr said she and her 7-year-old son, Keith Ingham, were unhurt. "All I know is we got hit from behind and we went airborne," Drourr said. "Some man carried , us out." Staff writer Jennifer Peltz contributed to this story. By Val Ellicott Palm Beach Post Staff Writer WES.T PALM BEACH Chain-reaction crashes caused by a rain-slickened roadway injured two people and closed the southbound lanes of Interstate 95 south of Forest Hill Boulevard for two hours Sunday afternoon. The four collisions, mostly fender-benders involving at least 15 cars, took place as traffic slowed in occasionally heavy rain. National Weather Service meteorologist Michael Brien said nearly an inch of rain fell on West Palm Beach. "The rain and driving conditions contributed most to cause (the crashes)," Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Pembrook Burrows said. "There was also a heavy volume of traffic with everyone returning from the holidays." In one accident, Martin Brown, 40, of Miami, the driver of a Honda Passport, was struck from behind by a red Ford Taurus as Brown and other drivers slowed for traffic problems ahead. "I tried to move, but he (the driver of the Southbound lanes were closed for two hours Sunday while tow trucks and the Florida Highway Patrol cleared crash sites involving about 15 cars. Gawkers (n the northbound lanes slowed traffic, as the volume of holiday motorists was compounded by weather. MARK MIRKO Staff Photographer . I f ' lit) using the triggerlock law in 1991, after Please see FELONS45: I vr4-HX H " -nS3 JU Settlement could allow : businesses to stay longer! Foster parents seek same rights as natural family Do the emotional bonds between foster parents and children create a .'family' with legal rights? By Mary McLachlin Jolm Beach Post Staff Writer : WEST PALM BEACH Do foster families have Ithe same rights as biological families under the U.S. : Constitution? They do, asserts a lawsuit filed in Palm Beach Circuit Court, and state welfare officials violated those rights when they shut down the Palm Beach Gardens foster home of Louis and Mary Frances Jones and removed three disabled children from it. - The suit highlights a painful issue that lurks in most conflicts between foster families and child : welfare agencies the emotional bonds that develop , between foster parents and children, and whether those bonds create a "family" with legal rights that ; government can't ignore. At least one federal court has said they do, and ' the U.S. Supreme Court has hinted at the same ,3 a By Chuck McGinness Palm Beach Post Staff Writer OCEAN RIDGE Orlando Sivitilli may get to keep his dry-cleaning shop open another 2xh years, despite an attempt to shut down the business by next month. Town commissioners will vote today on a proposed settlement that would allow businesses at 5011 N. Ocean Blvd. to remain until June 2000. In September, Sivitilli, who owns the two-story building near the beach, sued the town after being told he would have to comply with a law that requires commercial establishments to shut down 40 years after they were built. The intent of the ordinance, adopted in 1976, was to make this seaside village of 6,000 full- and part-time residents an upscale, quiet bedroom community. The dry cleaners, barber shop and real estate offices would have to get out by Dec. 31. But Sivitilli has said the town has its dates mixed up, meaning he could stay another five years. "Obviously, we wanted the end of this year. They wanted 2002," Towji Attorney Paul Nico- letti said. "This (agreement) sets a date we both can live with." Randee Colder, Sivitilli's attor-; ney, could not be reached for comment. I Despite the proposed settle- ment, the issue still could resur-J face. But the town already has-survived one lawsuit over the law.. William Lambrakis, the former' owner of Busch's Seafood Restaurant, lost his case in 1981 to have the ordinance removed from the' books. Lambrakis, who had until 1996 to move, shut his doors four years early. Town records were not clear about when Sivitilli's building was completed, only that it went up around 1957. Officials agreed to reconsider the closing date after finding minutes of a 1962 meeting-that talked about the "recent" completion of the building. . ; The proposed settlement does not resolve Sivitilli's problem of. trying to convert the five shops and offices into apartments. ' j The Palm Beach County' Health Department will not ap-; prove the plan because there is not enough room to enlarge the septic tanks. f , ERIN MORONEYStaff Photographer conclusion witnout ruling on it airecuy. a similar ruling in Florida could restrict the state's power to Die-hard dragster damp but undaunted Bud Damron of Morriston, Fla., was in line Sunday when a rainstorm hit Moroso Motorsports Park. Instead of leaving, Damron covered himself and his racecar, leaving 'a little hole for breathing out the side.' SPORTS, 8C -i. :i i . '.L...i : i i remove uuiuren wmiuui warning anu uvei iusici , parents' objections. Please see F0STR5

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