The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 3, 1997 · Page 38
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 38

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Wednesday, December 3, 1997
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If 6b;; the palm beach post Wednesday, December 3, 1997 msl State looks at ways to trim time spent on abuse cases mm ) off:' n sake of meeting a quota. If family visits are necessary, then the investigators had better go see whether children are safe. "We want to make sure children are safe," Horton said. The supervisors assured him they were conducting proper reviews because many feared prosecution. Within the last six years, DCF investigators and supervisors have been charged under state law for falsifying records and failing to take proper steps in By William Cooper Jr. Palm Beach Post Staff Writer X 'WEST PALM BEACH In future investigations, state clerks id aides will help conduct inter-yielws and transport children, according to a plan to reduce child abuse cases open longer than state law allows. I By lightening investigators' workloads, the state Department of Children and Families hopes to stop a steady increase in Palm Beach County cases open longer than 45 days. i ; Since November, pending eases rose 13 percent, going from 1,195 to 1,261. Ed Horton, DCF administrator for Palm Beach County, met with supervisors Tuesday to develop ways to streamline investigations. Clerks will assist in interviews by calling neighbors, relatives and others, Horton said. Aides will take youngsters who need to be removed from their homes to shelters. The changes should give investigators more time to work active cases while closing old ones, he said. Horton also stressed that he didn't want cases closed for the .. u ,T .. ivy Spectacular Holiday Entertainment! New Special Effects, New Lighting and More... make Miami City Ballet's production of the traditional George Balancbine's We Nutcracker more spectacular than ever... with a cast of over 100, breathtaking sets and costumes, a full orchestra, and spellbinding dancing by international stars. Don't miss this smashing show! Lawyers reprimanded, disbarred Kravis Center for the Performing Arts Thurs., December 4 - Sun., December 7 $17 to $60 Call for details 930-DANCE toll free StON HONOREES: Diunne & Michael Biencs Richard B. Branson Edwina Charyk Pamelas Todd Cole Evelyn Gilbert J ana Sigars-Malina & Jay Malina Ophelia & Juan J. RocaM. Frosene Sonderling Generous I'nderwriting Support from Movado MIAMI CITY BALLET KRAVIS CENTER 832-7469 By Kristin Vaughan fabn Beach Post Staff Writer 1 1 The Florida Bar has disciplined five Palm Beach County lawyers for offenses ranging from fraud to failing to competently represent a client. Alexander N. Grief of Boca Raton was disbarred a year after being convicted of filing false immigration documents while operating an immigration consulting business in several states, including Florida. He Was sentenced to three years' probation and drug jfejiabilitation, and fined $3,000. I Kathleen Ann Paparella of West Palm Beach was reprimanded for misconduct after her husband bought two tickets to a Republican fund-raiser. Paparella, a candidate for a Palm Beach County judgeship in 1995, violated the Code of Judicial Conduct, which barred her from attending partisan political fund-raisers. Paparella said she was attending the dinner "as a person, not as a political candidate." Joseph Michael Cvelbar of West Palm Beach was suspended for 91 days for failing to competently represent his client in a custody battle. Stuart Gordon Horowitz of Boca Raton was suspended for an unspecified period after a Florida Bar audit revealed numerous trust account irregularities. 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Uli DHHrns and Mitrr Halkiwh CM Iruoi Ml) Sriwol. mrjin Miliiftl lu cluiiw uilhiml nxiie PB County United Way gets gift of $1.3 million &sm Oa to? tfts BM) Ms&sti WW m Smwm Arthur and Sara Kobacker hope to help educate poor children. By Tim O'Meilia Palm Beach Post Staff Writer BOYNTON BEACH The founder of a national shoe chain and his wife will donate $1.3 million to the Palm Beach County United Way at a luncheon today. Arthur J. and Sara Jo Kobacker, winter residents of Boca Raton for eight years, will contribute the money over several years to help promote the education of poor children. Details have yet to be worked out. The gift is one of the largest ever to the United Way by a single donor or couple. "Reduction in poverty, in my opinion, is best accomplished in developing children through good health care, excellent teaching and in strong parenting skills," said Kobacker, 73. iN A native of Columbus, Ohio, he founded Kobacker Co. in 1960. By the time he sold it to Payless in 1995, he operated 674 stores in 31 states under the names Picway, Shoe Works, Gussini and Patrini. "The United Way is more than one agency. It's 60. It's the best organization to get the greatest bang for the buck," Kobacker said. The couple gave $49,000 to the United Way of Palm Beach County last year. Kobacker is well-known for his philanthropy in Ohio. Last year he was one of the winners of the Ohio Governor's Awards and in 1992 he was given the Martin Luther King Jr. Award by the Columbus Education Association. The Kobackers contributed $500,000 to create the "I Know I Can" achievement program in Columbus public schools and $500,000 in 1991 to establish a United Way endowment there. The couple also gave a $50,000 endowment to a hospice in Columbus and helped establish an endowment for the Columbus Jewish Foundation. B Staff researcher Barbara Gellis Shapiro contributed to this story. 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