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THE PALM BEACH POST MONDAY, DECEMBER 1, 1997 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 "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 second 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 testimony period. Residents who wish to submit letters or their own exhibits can do so at the workshop, officials said. The state plans to put the project out for bid in April, with work to begin in 1999. $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. 48 Obituary Settlement to let businesses stay longer 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. The Palm Beach County Health Department will not approve the plan because there is not enough room to enlarge the septic tanks. During talks with town officials before he filed the suit, Sivitilli wanted to stay until the town installs sewer lines. The town was willing to negotiate a later closing date, but a sewage system is not going to be built in the foreseeable future, Town Manager Gary Lanker said. "As far as I'm concerned, (the agreement) sounds fair," Commissioner Chris O'Hare said. has said the town has its dates mixed up, meaning he could stay another five years. "Obviously, we wanted the v. end of this year. They wanted 2002," Town Attorney Paul Nico-letti said. Randee Golder, Sivitilli's attorney, could not be reached for comment. Despite the proposed settlement, the issue still could resurface. 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. "I don't want to get into a legal challenge again. We've had enough of that," Mayor George Stamos said. Town records were not clear about when Sivitilli's building was fyp, It I dl , 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 Bince 1979, coming from Long Island, New York. Mr. Tocci was a member of St. Thomas More Catholic Church. Marty Is survived by his wife, Corinne; sons, Martin Tocci of Arizona, and Nicholas James (Barbara) Tocci of Royal Palm Beach; two grandchildren, Brandon and Heather; and sister, Lee Genna of Hicksville 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. Friends 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 Tyttl 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. county NO. 413770 NOTICE OF PERMITTED USE CHANGE 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 cam-, paign that raised $63.4 million for the museum from 1989 to 1993, diedon Wednesday at his home in Allentown, Pa. He was 82. - -The cause was respiratory failure, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported. ; ;Mr. Berman prospered in the trucking business, retired from it, and went on to expand a department store in Allentown into a 14-store chain, Hess's Inc., serving as chairman. It was bought by Crown American Corp. in 1979, and in 1980 Mr. Berman became a mem-, bef of the museum's board. Anne d'Harnoncourt, director and .chief executive of the museum, aid, "He saw the potential in the institution and in the staff, and he just made sure that we tried to live up to it." j 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 and 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. Attorneys 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 bet-tei unless they die or get too old. Well use any law we can to get them off the street." i-West Palm Beach police turned 10 cases over to ATF's local office for triggerlock prosecution last year and another 10 this year more than any other agen-cy. Other coastal cities with high-crime neighborhoods also are using the federal alternative. Last year, ATF's office in West Palm Beach handled 30 trigger-lock 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. I uneral Mass today. : Gardner, Stanley J., 70, of Lantana. Babione-Stephenson Funeral Home, Lantana. Funeral Tuesday. I Harney, Thomas F., 82, of Lake Worth. Dorsey Funeral Home, Lake Worth. Funeral Tuesday. Levine, Jacob, 78, of Delray Beach. Beth Israel Memorial Chapel, Boca Raton. ' ' Meyerson, Doris, 90, of Delray Beach Services Monday. Beth Israel Memorial Chapel, Boca By Chuck McGinness . Palm Beach Post Staff Writer OCEAN RIDGE Orlando Sivitilli may get to keep his dry-cleaning shop open another 2XA 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 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 born in La Habana, Cuba on December 27, 1917. A graduate of the Universidad 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 Bello (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 Schoaf), Lourdes Cristina Gutierrez, Carlos A. Migoya Jr. and Jose Luis Mlgoya. Also surviving is his brother, Raul E. Garcia (and his wife, Zenaida Garcia) of Miami; his sister, Sinia Ma. Suarez Pedemonte of Rio Pledras, 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. QUATTLEBAUMHOLLEMAN 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 OPERATED THOMAS F. HARNEY 82, of Lake Worth, Florida passed away on November 29, 1997. A veteran of WW H, 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 VFW Post 3588, a member of the Na tional 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 McMonagle, Susan Young, Allan Hanson, and Debra Norvell; 17 grandchildren; three great grandchil dren; and sister, Helen worthlngton. 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 Age 76. of Teauesta. FL died Thursday. Novem ber 27, 1997 In Jupiter. Born in Pittsburgh, PA she was the daughter of the late Raymond M. and Esma Grace (Mcciellan) Marlier She was a member of St Jude Catholic Church, Tequesta, the JupiterTe-questa Garden Club, the Lighthouse Gallery, A.A.R.P., and the Jupiter Hospital Auxiliary. Prior to retirement she was a water management researcher. Survivors include two sons, Charles Vincent Klimas, PhD, of Seattle, WA and William KJlmas of Jupiter; three daughters, Kathleen Klimas Llgon of nj, ausan corcoran oi unarioue, nu, ana Nancy Grace Klimas, MD, of Miami; sister, Rita Marie Marlier of Norfolk, VA; In-laws, Alice Klimas, Gladys Marlier, Marge Dudinsky, Katherine Mlchalaros, 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. Visiaion will be Monday evening, Dec. 1, from 5-8 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, II am, with a priest from St. Luke Catholic Church, Lake Worth, officiating. TILLMAN FUNERAL HOME, WEST PALM BEACH FAMILY OWNED h 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 be held Tuesdav. 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, proposes to change the permitted use of all properties within the villaae currently zoned as L-1. neighborhood commercial district. The subject propernes are snown in me map in mis aavemse-ment. A public hearina will be held by the village council at 7:15 p.m., December 1 1, 1997, in the 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 Eddye Dowdy December 1, 1995 W Mom, I hold you in my dreams at night I cull you in the dawn And yet I have to tell myself that you are really gone. But I know God has you in his loving care. Your Loving Family, Carletta, Alma & Lamb Chop, Roosevelt & Robert ffl, North Palm Beach, THE VILLAGE OF NORTH PALM BEACH US1 ordinance (Bill 906) is on hours of 8am and 5pm. Lh . i . . i - December 1 , 1 997 Triggerlock cases in 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 era-zy." 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, Tommi 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 &Vt 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 nan, dui u.i. rlonda, NORTHLAKE BLVD. A copy of the proposed " mm -cos i rue in me omce or me village uerK, OU I U.o. ff I North Palm Beach. Florida find rnn ho janaA weekdays between the All L . iL ami uiemueri ui me puonc are mvirea to said nearmg ana may participate in same. If a oerson deciaes to annenl nnv rW-Uinn mnA by the Village Council with respect to any matter considered at the public hearing, he will need a record of the proceedings and tor such purpose he mav need to ensure tnnt n vprhnfim mmA A .7 . : . ivwiu wi the proceedings is made which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is based. PUBLISH: Palm Beach Post

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