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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 64

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The Palm Beach Post s SECTION B AIMING HIGH An international aircraft engine and parts supplier wants to build in the Arvida Park of Commerce. BUSINESS, 5B LOCAL BUILDINGS OK'D Badcock gets the green light to build an office tower and garage near DowntownUptown. STORY, 2B T TUESDAY, DECEMBER 2, 1997 NEWS Ocean Ridge set to block bike lanes on A1A Town leaders will ask the state for historic status to prevent the Department of Transportation from widening the scenic beach road, even though critics say cycling safety is being ignored. EST zW Boynton BBach Blvd. J ? o f ' is ike lanes jg Ridge;; WqoightJOl . I SW23fdAve. I 5 f S3 l tr-1 " 3.7 L,m 3 ?" , Stream I JoTjff" , ever possible. Ray Howland, a member of the West Palm Beach Bicycle Club, said he was disappointed to hear of Ocean Ridge's attempt to avoid adding bike lanes. Howland, a former North Palm Beach village manager, was seriously injured 10 years ago when he was hit by a car while riding along a stretch of A1A on Singer Island that didn't have any bike lanes. ; Please see LANES40 centerline to pass slower-moving cyclists. Resident Earl Jones said young professional families are moving to town and need bike lanes to protect their children. "I think you need to look at your town and the people you're trying to attract," he said. DOTs long-range plans are to put bike lanes on A1A when the roadway is repaved. Federal safety regulations require the state to make accommodations for bike riders when More asphalt would ruin that image, they argued. "I do feel a lot of A1A is historically significant and worth saving," said Commissioner Chris O'Hare. Mayor George Stamos agreed: "A1A is a particularly nice and quaint road. It's got old homes, new homes; it's pretty.', But others said the safety of drivers and bicyclists who share A1A has to be considered. Motorists often cross the By Chuck McGinness Palm Beach Post Staff Writer OCEAN RIDGE The state Legislature will be asked to designate a portion of State Road A1A running through town as a scenic and historic highway, town commissioners agreed Monday. The historic label would block the state Department of Transportation from widening the two-lane roadway and adding 5-foot to 7-foot bike lanes on each side of the pavement Supporters said they want A1A to remain a quaint, picturesque road, in keeping with the character of the community. UNA LAWSONStaff Artist M Extra he A serious lesson made fun ft. m not aiding -7 - ,u?s-y- ym h closing of abuse cases ' ? ' ' . ;? - ? rA", : : . .:. v ' V I ( V JO '; ( j rdlsc A. ! 7 ''ivaiccn'. d . '.A'1 vv " ' . V, illii'i ' 'lirriil .5 BILL INGRAMStatf Photographer Teacher Amy Lewis Revel is led by second-graders carrying one of 40 AIDS awareness quilt panels during class Monday morning. West Boca students hike for AIDS awareness With a careful touch, Sandpiper Shores teachers educate their classes about AIDS and the care and compassion victims need. sending their own messages. In the past three years, Sandpiper students have tallied about 30,000 miles in the name of AIDS awareness. All that walking doesn't raise money. No pledges, no matching grants. But it does raise consciousness. "We just want to make the community aware that we're aware," explained Judy Lahn, the school's AIDS program coordinator. Lahn, a first- and second-grade teacher, lost her nephew to the disease in 1993. A year later, she suggested to Principal Reginald Myers that AIDS become a special project at the school. "We had a few concerns from some parents," Please see MDS4B 40 minutes each walking the track. Besides pounding the pavement, the Aids Action Council on Monday launched the first-ever "virtual" march on Washington, D.C. The "e-march" is scheduled to last a year on the World Wide Web at www.aidsaction.org. The march takes place on a "virtual" Washington Mall the traditional location of many real marches over the years complete with a speaker's podium in front of the Capitol. E-marchers will be able to carry a pre written "e-sign" by clicking on the e-sign link; they also will have the option of writing and By Ron Hayes Palm Beach Post Staff Writer "Who can tell me what AIDS is?" "A bad disease." "How do you get it?" "If somebody else's blood gets into yours." An elementary school running track seems an unlikely classroom for AIDS education. But on Monday, students at Sandpiper Shores in suburban Boca Raton started walking the track during physical education classes to mark World AIDS Awareness Week. By Friday, all 1,290 students will have spent Child abuse cases open longer than allowed by law have jumped 13 percent in a month. By William Cooper Palm Beach Post Staff Writer WEST PALM BEACH Despite more manpower and overtime pay, local child abuse cases open longer than state law allows have jumped 13 percent in a month, and state officials want to know why ' ' ' In a memo Monday, Samara Navarro, ' the second-in-command at the state Departmentlof Children and Families, questioned why Palm Belch County cases open more than 45 days have grown from 1,195 to 1,261 over the last month. This comes in the face of an order by DCF Secretary Ed Feaver, who asked that the 12,522 pel)d ing cases statewide be closed by Dec. 31. X i Feaver's charge came in response to six child ! abuse deaths that occurred within two months. In each case, the families were involved with DCF officials. District 9, which covers the county, had the third highest number of open cases in the state. DCF officials thought hiring temporary workers, bringing in former investigators from other departments and approving more overtime would reduce the backlog. But that has not been the case, according to Navarro, whom Feaver appointed to oversee the backlog reduction. "Can you help me understand the dynamics here because I'm obviously missing something," Navarro wrote to Ed Horton, the DCF District 9 administrator. Horton, who called an emergency meeting with his investigative supervisors for today, couldn't ac-. count for the increase. He believes, however, the urgency of making sure that the children are safe and that the cases get closed as soon as possible hasn't hit home with all of his staff. "The time for excuses is over," Horton said; "We've got to find a way to get this problem solved." Yet the results are representative of an Augusf quality assurance review that showed 90 percent of the district's child abuse cases lacked thorough in-; vestigations. Reviewers also found that more than-half of the cases had not been reviewed by super visors, a violation of DCF policy. Z 2 Sandy Owen, the District 9 program manager; said she's hired six new clerks to input data into the. child abuse computer system to help with closing some cases. She's also asked former investigators!, who now work in foster care and other DCF areas to help with closing cases. "I've tried giving them all the tools and resources to make this happen," said Owen, whose office is responsible for child abuse investigations. "I don't know what else I can do." Residents upset! mayor wants to alter waterfront By Marcia Gelbart Palm Beach Post Staff Writer WEST PALM BEACH The city is thinking about replacing two of Flagler Drive's four lanes with parkland and installing two or three docks downtown between the bridges to Palm Beach. It's only one plan being considered, but some residents have already begun banging on the mayor's door. After docks, they fear, will come beer kiosks and restaurants. "Don't ask the people of West Palm Beach to give up their waterfront so you can have a restaurant and park your boat," said Rick High, of the Central Park Neighborhood Association. Mayor Nancy Graham partially agrees: "What I don't want is a bay full of docks" like Fort Lauderdale. But, she said, "We've got to do something down there." It's possible the docks may not include any boats, said Jeff Halverson, the city's capital projects manager. Moreover, he said, if there are boats, the We try to lay a foundation so that later . . . that sense of compassion and responsibility will already be there. ' JUDY LAHN Sandpiper Shores Elementary AIDS program coordinator Planets in step for galactic line dance 3 Eight planets align across the night sky this week, making for some dazzling stargazing Heavenly queue Six planets line up this week like cars in an 1-95 traffic jam, peering to the left at Saturn and trailed by Pluto. Until Monday five of the eight will be visible to the naked eye shortly after sunset. Hun new Venus, Mars and Mercury will be visible in the southwest sky, just below the crescent moon. Saturn will be bright in the southeast. Look for the planets at dusk because Mercury closest to the horizon sets shortly after dark. Binoculars are needed to see Neptune and Uranus and a telescope for Pluto. "Venus is dazzling this month and Jupiter is at its brightest. With binoculars you can even see one of Jupiter's moons as a pinpoint of light. Uranus and Neptune are pinpoints of blue light," Horkheimer said. The alignment can be viewed through the 14-inch telescope at the Gibson Observatory of the South Florida Science Museum, 4801 Dreher Trail North, from dusk until 10 p.m. "I'm excited because these are the same planets hundreds of generations have seen," Horkheimer said, "but we are the first generation to know what the .planets are about." By Tim 0'Meilia Palm Beach Post Staff Writer The millennium doomsday alignment of the planets comes more than two years early this week. Eight planets will be stretched across the sky from the southeast to the west shortly after sunset and five will be visible to the naked eye. y "It's a planetary parking situation," said Erich Landstrom, the observatory and planetarium director of the South Florida Science Museum. The planets will not queue up so nicely for Earthbound stargazers for at least 100 more years, said Jack Horkhe-imer, director of the Miami Space Transit Planetarium. The May 5, 2000 alignment, much talked about by astrologers, will not be visible from earth because the planets . will be so close to the sun. Some have said the millennium-year gathering portends catastrophe. f. Tonight through Monday, Jupiter, KYf.TP I 1 ROB BARGEStatf Anjst SOURCE: Miami Space Transit Planetarium

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