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4B THE PALM BEACH POST MONDAY, DECEMBER 1, 1997 s West Palm officials say new interchange not necessary The DOT says the 'improvements' at 1-95 and Okeechobee could handle rush-hour traffic in 2025. By Matt Reed Palm Beach Post Staff Writer WEST PALM BEACH - The Florida Department of Transportation calls them "improvements," but West Palm Beach officials disagree. The DOT will present plans to the public Tuesday for a new interchange with a flyover ramp at Interstate 95 and Okeechobee Boulevard. The $22 million interchange would make traffic flow faster and easier through West Palm Beach. It would be big enough to handle rush-hour traffic in 2025, one traffic engineer said. Work would include replacing the tight cloverleaf design with a diamond-shaped interchange with stoplights and a flyover ramp from Okeechobee to the southbound lanes of 1-95. It also would include landscaping that could cost more than $100,000 a year to maintain. State officials and leaders from other cities in Palm Beach County say the new interchange is needed to ease traffic congestion. But city transportation planner Ian Lockwood said the project is too big and too expensive. City commissioners complained that the interchange would block views of downtown and encourage heavier traffic at a time when officials are trying to slow people down to experience city life on foot or mass transit. "Some congestion is good it forces drivers to make rational decisions about their trip-making," Lockwood said. Commissioners have resisted construction by refusing to donate land for the interchange and the widening of Okeechobee near Clear Lake. The state is reluctant to take the land through eminent domain. Officials could redesign the project to fit the land. DOT officials will present plans for the interchange and speak to residents at a workshop from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Palm Beach Atlantic College's Lassiter Weyenburg Student Center, on the seo, ond floor at 900 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach. , Maps and drawings will be on display,, and DOT staff members will answer questions. However, there will be no formal presentation or scheduled public testimo, ny period. Residents who wish to submit letters or their own exhibits can do so atj the workshop, officials said. The state plans to put the project out for bid in April, with work to begin in 1999.'; Obituary Wellington, hospital like annexation rJL 'We're delighted to have (the hospital) as a part of the village. ' MAYOR KATHY FOSTER chief executive officer Greg Boyer to discuss final details. Boyer anticipates filing for annexation early next year. Wellington is a more attractive option than other nearby municipalities because of its lower tax rate. Wellington Regional would pay $116,000 in taxes in Green-acres and $128,000 in Royal Palm Beach. There's also the matter of 31 undeveloped acres owned by the hospital. Boyer said the hospital wants to put medical office buildings, an ambulatory care center and other medical buildings on the site. FUNERAL NOTICES JASON NUTTLEStaff Photographer Boy, 7, killed in 1-95 crash JUPITER - Palm Beach County firefighters work to remove two children trapped inside a van just south of Indiantown Road on Interstate 95. Robert Cooper, 7, of West Palm Beach was killed and his sister Nicole, 8, was trapped for nearly two hours and in serious condition. Their grandmother, Maureen Quarento, 48, of Lake Worth, lost control of the van Sunday night and hit a tractor-trailer, officials said. MARTIN "MARTY" TOCCI Age 73, of Boynton Beach died on Friday night, November 28, 1997. He had been a resident here since 1979, coming from Long Island, New York. Mr. Toed was a member of St. Thomas More Catholic Church. Marty Is survived by his wife, Corinne; sons, Martin Toed of Arizona, and Nicholas James (Barbara) Tocci of Royal Palm Beach; two grandchildren, Brandon and Heather; and sister, Lee Genna of HicksviUe L.I., NY. A Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated 10 am, Thursday, at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, Boynton Beach. A Wake Service will be held 7 pm, Wednesday, at BOYNTON MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 800 w. Boynton Beach Blvd., boynton Beach, f riends may call at the funeral home Tuesday and Wednesday, from 2-4 and 6-8 pm. Boynton Memorial Chapel Family Owned t Operated TOMMI T. WILSON Age 20, of Boynton Beach, FL died on Saturday, November 29, 1997. Tommi is the beloved son of Ron Wilson and Tytti Norri-Wilson of Boynton Beach. Other survivors include his aunt and uncle, Helga and Risto Ervanne in Finland, an uncle, Kimmo Norri in Ocala; and an uncle, Jukka Norri and family in Germany. Tommi will be missed by his many, many friends. Memorial services will be held 4 pm, Saturday, Dec. 6, at BABIONE-STEPHENSON FUNERAL HOME, 1004 S. Dixie Hwy, Lantana with the Rev. Dr. Pentti J. Maki officiating. in county NO. 413770 NOTICE OF PERMITTED USE CHANGE "We could develop an annex ation plan that would match up with the village's comprehensive plan." he said. " Wellington officials have encouraged annexation. A plan to annex 1,642 acres for mostly residential development on Forest Hill east of State Road 7 angered Greenacres officials, who had in-! eluded that land in their plans since 1988. The land, when devel-1 oped by Minto Homes Inc., could bring in $1 million a year in prop-; erty taxes. Moving hospitals into growing municipalities is part of Universal Health Services' corporate plan.1 Operating 68 facilities in 20 states, the company made nearly $1.2 billion in 1996. Wellington Regional is a 120-bed acute-care hospital that opened in 1986. Services include a regional cancer center, a counseling program for the elderly and an emergency room. CLASSIFIED THOMAS J. WIND 80, of West Palm Beach passed away Thursday, Nov. 27, 1997 to be with God. Thomas was a veteran of WW n. He worked for 22 years with the New York City Police Dept., then served with Seabord World Airlines for many years. He leaves to mourn his passing a daughter, Kathleen Wind; and a son, Tim Wind. Also a special brother, John Wind. Friends may call Monday at THE ROYAL PALM FUNERAL HOME CHAPEL from 10 am to 12 Noon. Services start at 12 Noon. In Loving Memory Lddye Dowdy December 1, 1995 e Mom, I hold you in my dreams at night 1 call you in Ihe dawn And yel I have lo tell " myself lhai you are really gone. But I know God has you in his loving care. Your Lovine Familv. 5 Carletta, Alma & Lamb Chop, me mao in mis advertise will be held by the village 1, North Palm Beach, THE VILLAGE OF NORTH PALM BEACH US1 ordinance (Bill 906) is on hearing, he will need a and tor such purpose that a verbatim record ot i i.i i . ii - December 1 , 1 997 , cos i Philip Berman, 82, museum benefactor Palm Beach Post Wire Services Philip I. Berman, an art collector and philanthropist who was chairman of the Philadelphia Museum of Art from 1989 until October, and leader of a capital campaign that raised $63.4 million for the museum from 1989 to 1993, died on Wednesday at his home in Allentown, Pa. He was 82. The cause was respiratory failure, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported. i Mr. Berman prospered in the trucking business, retired from it, and went on to expand a department store in Allentown into a 14-stbre chain, Hess's Inc., serving as cfiairman. It was bought by Crown American Corp. in 1979, and in 1980 Mr. Berman became a member of the museum's board. ; Anne d'Harnoncourt, director and chief executive of the muse-ufn, said, "He saw the potential in the institution and in the staff, and he just made sure that we tried to live up to it." ; Mr. Berman, a native of Pennsburg, Pa., who attended Ur-sinus College in Collegeville, Pa., honed his administrative skills as a trucking executive in the 1930s &nd as a Marine Corps transportation officer in the South Pacific during World War II. In those wartime days, he recalled later: "I knew a hell of a lot about how to get things done. I had to improvise." He was also active in insurance and other businesses. say process targets few FELONS From IB rash of drive-by shootings in central Palm Beach County. ; "Once police started to see (criminals) being put away for a long time, word got out" and more police agencies began turning to triggerlock for help, ATF agent Bill Jurison said. "It's a way to get some really bad guys off the street." "I think it's the best tool," West Palm Beach police Detective Bill Fraser said. Triggerlock defendants "aren't going to get better unless they die or get too old. We'll use any law we can to get tnem off the street." i West Palm Beach police ttirned 10 cases over to ATF's lQcal office for triggerlock prosecution last year and another 10 this year more than any other agency. Other coastal cities with high-crime neighborhoods also are using the federal alternative. J Last year, ATF's office in West Halm Beach handled 30 trigger-10ck cases in its six-county jurisdiction. Another 15 cases have been prosecuted so far this year. - Local police aren't the only Palm Beach County : Aitler, Solomon, of Boca Raton. Services Monday. Beth Israel Memorial Chapel, Boca Raton. : Darby, James M., 45, of Pa-hokee. Services Monday. James A. Bennett Funeral Home, Pahokee. : Fagan, Wilma, 80, of West Palm Beach. Dorsey Funeral Home, Lake Worth. Garcia, Jose R., 79, of West Palm Beach. Quattlebaum-Holle-man-Burse Funeral Home, West Palm Beach, f uneral Mass today. Gardner, Stanley J., 70, of Lantana. Babione-Stephenson Funeral Home, Lantana. Funeral Tuesday. ; Harney, Thomas F., 82, of Lake Worth. Dorsey Funeral Home, Lake Worth. Funeral Tuesday. Levlne, Jacob, 78, of Delray Beach. Beth Israel Memorial Chapel, Boca Raton. : Meyerson, Doris, 90, of Delray Beach. Services Monday. Beth Israel Memorial Chapel, Boca Attorneys By Africa Ragland Palm Beach Post Staff Writer WELLINGTON Wellington Regional Medical Center soon may be the newest addition to the village. The hospital, in unincorporated Palm Beach County at the northwest corner of State Road 7 and Forest Hill Boulevard, wants to become part of Wellington, and the village's arms are wide open. The for-profit hospital and nearby undeveloped land is owned by Universal Health Services and worth about $8 million, Wellington finance director Francine Ramag-lia said. The annexation could add $35,000 to village tax rolls. "We're delighted to have them as a part of the village," Mayor Kathy Foster said. Talks with hospital officials have been going on for about 18 months, Foster said, and Wellington met recently with hospital CLASSIFIED ING. JOSE R. GARCIA Jose Rene Garcia de la Paz-Fernandez de Leon, 79 years old, of West Palm Beach died on Saturday, November 29, 1997. Mr. Garcia was bom In La Habana, Cuba on December 27, 1917. A graduate of the Univeraldad del la Habana, he received an Engineering Degree In Chemical, Agriculture and Sugar in 1940. He moved to West Palm Beach in 1967, coming here from Cuba. For many years, he was employed with the Osceola Farms Co. and Flo-Sun Sugar Company in several different capacities and most recently, he served as the Plant Manager for Medallion Paint and Color Company until his retirement in 1982. He is survived by his wife, Prisca Gomez de Garcia; his daughters, Ma. Cristina Garcia de Be Ho (and her husband, Ernesto J. Bello), and Ma. Lourdes Garcia de Gutierrez (and her husband, Jorge P. Gutierrez), all of West Palm Beach; and his grandchildren, Jorge P. Gutierrez, Jr. (and his fiance, Nichol Srhoaf), Lourdes Cristina Gutierrez, Carlos A. Migoya Jr. and Jose Luis Migoya. Also surviving is his brother, Raul E. Garcia (and his wife, Zenaida Garcia) of Miami; his sister, Sinia Ma. Suarez Pedemonte of Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico. The. Mass of the Resurrection will be held on Monday, December 1, (today) at Mary Immaculate Catholic Church, West Palm Beach. Interment will follow in Queen of Peace Cemetery, Royal Palm Beach. Ql I ATTLEB AUM HOLLEM AN BURSE FUNERAL HOME, 1201 South Olive Avenue, West Palm Beach is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the American Lung Association, 2701 N. Australian Avenue, WPB FL 33407. QUATTLEBAUM-HOLLEMAN-BURSE FUNERAL HOME FAMILY OWNED k OPERATED THOMAS F. HARNEY 82, of Lake Worth, Florida passed away on November 29, 1997. A veteran of WW n, he served in the U.S. Army, 9th Infantry, and was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received in Belgium. He was a member of VKW Post Kfita, a member of the National American Legion, and life member of the DAV. Mr. Harney retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 1980 after 33 years of service and was a member of Letter Carriers Local ffltwO. Surviving family members include his wife, Barbara; and children, Thomas Harney, Jr., Joanne Herow, Stephen Harney, Patrick Harney, Maureen McMonagie, Susan Young, Allan Hanson, and Debra Norvell; 17 grandchildren; three great grandchil dren; ana sister, Helen wortmngton. Friends may call on Monday, December 1, at the DORSEY FUNERAL HOME, Lake Worth. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Luke Catholic Church on Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 10 am. Interment will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park, West Palm Beach. DORSEY FUNERAL HOME 3525 South Congress Ave., Lake Worth MARY GRACE MARLIER KLIMAS Arc 76, of Tequesta, FL died Thursday, November 27, 1997 in Jupiter. Born In Pittsburgh, PA she was the daughter ot the late Raymond M. and Esma Grace (McClellan) Marller She was a member ol St. Jude Catholic Church, Tequesta, the JuplterTe-questa Garden Club, the Lighthouse Gallery, A.A.R.P., and the Jupiter Hospital Auxiliary. Prior to retirement she wag a water management researcher. Survivors include two sons, Charles Vincent Klimas, PhD, of Seattle, WA and William Klimas of Jupiter; three daughters, Kathleen Klimas Ligon of NJ, Susan Corcoran of Charlotte, NC, and Nancy Grace Klimas, MD, of Miami; sister, Rita Marie Marller of Norfolk, VA; In-laws, Alice Klimas, Gladys Marlier, Marge Duriinsky, (Catherine Michalaros, Leona Klimas, and Victor and Gid Klimas; 11 grandchildren; and 26 nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Charles, In 1969 and her daughter, Elizabeth Ann Klimas In 1954. Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 10 am, at St. Jude Catholic Church with Fr. Ed Campbell, O.S.B. officiating. Vlsialon will be Monday evening, Dec. 1, from 5-41 pm at the TAYLOR MODEEN FUNERAL HOME 250 Center St., Jupiter, FL. Memorials may be made to the C.F.I.D.S. Foundation for Fibromyalgia Research, PO Box 220398, Charlotte NC 28222-0398 or to the charity of the donor's choice. TAYLOR & MODEEN FUNERAL HOME Family Owned Operated (407) 744-2030 GEORGE SCUILETTI Age 40, of West Palm Beach passed away Sunday, November 30, 1997 after a long illness. George is survived by his parents, George and Ursula Scuiletti, Lake Worth; sister. Adrienne (Robert) Green. Lake Worth; niece and nephew. Nicole and Robert; dear friend, John; aunts, uncles, cousins, and many friends. A funeral service will be held at the TILLMAN FUNERAL HOME, 2170 South Military Trail, West Palm Beach on Wed., December 3, 1997, 11 am, with a priest from St. Luke Catholic Church, Lake Worth, officiating. TILLMAN FUNERAL HOME, WEST PALM BEACH FAMILY OWNED OPERATED GLADYS A. SMITH Age 96, died Friday, November 28, 1997 at the Okeechobee Health Care Facility. Mrs. Smith was a lifetime resident of Florida. She is survived by her son, Gordon Beal of Tallahassee; and daughter, Dorothy Steele of West Palm Beach. In addition, she is also survived by six grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren; and 33 great, great, grandchildren. A memorial service will he held Tuepday, Dec. 2, 11 am, at the Crossroads Baptist Church, 5710 N. Haverhill Road, West Palm Beach with Rev. Wayne Padgett officiating. The Village of North Palm Beach, Florida, pro poses to change the permitted use ot all properties within the village currently zoned as t-1, neighborhood commercial district. The subject DroDerTies are snown in ment. A public hearina council at 7:15 p.m., December 1 1, 1997, in the Triggerlock cases West Riviera Palm Beach 1997 1996 1995 1994 1993 1992 10 10 7 12 9 12 1 1 1 4 1 5 'They're picking and choosing who they want to give a hard time to. The penalties are draconian, and they are applied, in my view, in a discriminatory manner. ' JOHN TIERNEY West Palm Beach lawyer ones who know about triggerlock. Criminals know, too. Delray Beach police vice agent John Donovan said some criminals have stopped carrying guns. When Donovan asks an informant about gun-toting felons, the informant often answers: "Nobody touches guns anymore. That's crazy." ATF agent Jeff Kearns said federal authorities rely on local police to know which repeat of Area deaths Nykiel, John, 87, of Tequesta. Aycock Funeral Home, Jupiter. Funeral Mass Tuesday. Pitkin, Lillian, 95, of West Palm Beach. Levitt-Weinstein Memorial Chapel, West Palm Beach. Funeral Wednesday. Polite, Louis, 43, of Lake Worth. Coleman Funeral Home, West Palm Beach. Scuiletti, George, 40, of West Palm Beach. Tillman Funeral Home, West Palm Beach. Funeral Wednesday. Stern, Simon, 77, of Delray Beach. Royal Palm Funeral Home, West Palm Beach. Vickers, Carle, 83, of West Palm Beach. Royal Palm Funeral Home, West Palm Beach. Weingart, Claire, of Boynton Beach. Services Monday. Beth Israel Memorial Chapel, Boca Raton. Wilson, Tomml T., 20, of Boynton Beach. Babione-Stephenson Funeral Home, Lantana. Memorial service Saturday. Wind, Thomas, 80, of West Palm Beach. Royal Palm Funeral Home, West Palm Beach. Sheriffs Lake Boynton office Worth Beach 0 7 7 3 3 2 0 1 0 0 1 2 fenders are likely to be carrying firearms. But every criminal who fits triggerlock criteria can't be chased down, because only five ATF agents are assigned to the West Palm Beach office. That's the basis of the biggest complaint that defense lawyers have with the federal law. "They're picking and choosing who they want to give a hard time to," West Palm Beach lawyer John Tierney said. "The penalties are draconian, and they are applied, in my view, in a discriminatory manner. Local police seek ATF help whenever possible because federal sentences average 8V& years for a triggerlock conviction. Federal inmates must serve at least 85 percent of that time. The lengthy sentence is punishment for more than having a gun, Kearns said. It's for a life of crime. "Their whole life comes back to haunt them," he said. Martin County Davis, Arthur Edwin Jr., 74, of Palm City. Young & Prill Funeral Home. Mowitt, Kalie Lorraine, 2, of Stuart. Young & Prill Funeral Home. Funeral today. Wallengren, Donna M., 49, of Jensen Beach. Young & Prill Funeral Home, Stuart. Memorial service Tuesday. St. Lucie County MacLean, Sarah E., 102, of Port St. Lucie. Yates Port St. Lucie Funeral Home. Erlsten, Wayne Arthur, 57, of Fort Pierce. Yates Funeral Home. Ackerley, Sophie, 67, of Fort Pierce. Yates Funeral Home. Okeechobee County Wiitala, Elmer H., 82, of Okeechobee. Buxton Funeral Home Chapel. Memorial service Tuesday. Village Hall, 501 U.S. Florida, 33408 NORTHLAKE BLVD. A copy of the proposed ! us"f3l hie in the ottice ot the Village Clerk, 501 U.S. 1 , North Palm Beach, Florida and can be viewed weekdays between the hours of 8am and 5pm. All members of the public are invited to said hearing and may participate in same. If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the Villaqe Council with resoect to anv matter considered at the public record ot the proceedings he may need to ensure i i. he proceedings is made which record includes he testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is based. PUBLISH: Palm Beach Post

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