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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 188

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The Palm Beach Post SECTION B MSL HOLIDAY PARADES Here's the latest on Treasure Coast holiday parades. ON TRACK Model railroads, car displays give Elliott festive look. STORY, 3B JERI BUTLER, IF FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5, 1997 - T OCA. I , NFWS Martin panel rejects major changes to school calendar Bv Marv Ellen Flannoru changes in February. The committee said students would report to school on Monday, Aug. 17, 1998, go to school on Veterans Day, and finish on Monday, June 7. The calendar committee, ' which includes parents, teachers and students, met for three hours Thursday. They debated the value of early release days, whether Rosh Hashana should be a school cation before exams. ; Although some complained , Noel's proposal would cut into family vacations, he had the sup- port of Martin County Higlr School Assistant Principal Pat; Schmoyer. "We're looking at how ; to educate kids, not whether we can arrange our vacations,"; Schmoyer said. "Is it sound to take two weeks off and come back for a slew of exams?" Officials said they would see if polling places could be moved. They also decided to accommodate Martin County and South Fork high schools' homecoming days with student holidays. But the committee deferred on big changes proposed by South Fork principal Dan Noel. Noel wanted to finish the first semester before Christmas, so students didn't have a two-week va holiday and if veterans wouldn't agree students could better honor them on Nov. 11 by going to school. "Every veteran I've talked to, and I've made an effort, felt it was far more beneficial to keep kids in school, if you're doing a program," said South Fork High School parent Nancy Darin. If the veterans holiday had been omitted, students would have finished the school year on Friday, June 4. But the committee facilitator, Judy Garcia, director of student services, said Schools Superintendent Sara Wilcox would not recommend such a change to the school board. The committee did decide students would attend school on Election Day, despite concerns from elementary schools about adult strangers voting in schools. Palm Beach Post Staff Writer STUART -A Martin County school committee on Thursday rejected a "radical" proposal from South Fork High School to start school on Aug. 10 next year, require students to attend on Veterans Day and finish before Memorial Day. Instead the panel made minor changes to the existing calendar and promised to consider major FEC work may derail shopping Downtown merchants say closing the Jensen Beach Boulevard railroad crossing will hurt holiday sales. By Cara Anna Palm Beach Post Staff Writer JENSEN BEACH They pleaded. They suggested other alternatives night work, phasing, delays. Then they hit the phones. Merchants are peeved that the Florida East-Coast Railway I ri I f 1 V,T Mil .S -T;" -V ' , SLX-i " ' - ' IS 8 T I Co. is closing CotLirRdlNNv,. I i lndian ' ' v River : a : pp- '-707) : ; Jensen wRtk" Vw ! s!i Beach Blvd. C the crossing at Jensen Beach Boulevard for three days starting Dec. 14. The road is the easiest way to reach the little downtown from U.S. 1. "It's the Christmas season!" said Anne Schafer of Jensen Beach Main Street, whose members are mostly east of the tracks. 61 mi'lloiwi mi " I. iTiiiii ' mmfmt0mm4uitm j S V T " -""1 t. X MARK HEMPHILLStaff Artist i T dMmri it n ..-...J . M teMMMW "jg 11. . , i ,,.,..., JASON NUTTLEStaff Photographer Maybe its tires are filled with helium? PALM CITY - Kenny Buntz of Roberts Towing raises a backhoe into po- on its way to a job in Palm City. No one was injured, and there were only sition so it can be loaded back onto the trailer it came loose from minor traffic delays. More rain was in the forecast for this morning, with Thursday. The St. Lucie Septic truck, driven by Octaviano Beltezer, was highs in the mid-70s before cooler weather Saturday. Anti-cancer sponge study wins $1.1 million grant It's emergency work, an FEC official said. About 170 feet of track and some of the supporting material will be replaced because of age, said Roadmaster Gary Clegg. The crossing closes at 12:01 a.m. Dec. 14, and opens at 5 p.m. Dec. 16. Meanwhile, the suggested detour is north on Savannah Road to County Line Road and over to Indian River Drive. Another route, Skyline Drive, is residential and is not encouraged, said Acting County Engineer Lee Weberman. The closing is unfortunate, he said. But the FEC did push work back a week to spare Jensen's Cracker Christmas festival, he added. "There's a whole ton of people calling," he said. "But (the FEC) assured me it's emergency-type work. They have had to slow trains down. If you put it off further, you risk a derailment." Bob Trudell, an owner of Jan's Place Restaurant, wanted work to start later on Sunday, a big day for restaurants. But he agreed with Chamber of Commerce Director Rey Miranda the work must be done. "We don't need a train dropping into Jan's," Miranda said. grant will allow scientists to evaluate natural and man-made compounds similar to the sponge extract, which may prove more effective than discodermolide itself. The substance won't be tested on humans for at least five years, but the grant will allow scientists to evaluate how effective it is on experimental models of human lung, breast and ovarian cancers. pears to be up to 80 times more potent in killing cancer cells inciuding those that have developed resistance to Taxol. Harbor Branch scientists isolated discodermolide from the sponge and patented it in 1990. Ross Longley, Sa-rath Gunasekera and David Myles all worked on the project. The substance has been tested on animals but not yet on humans. The Institutes of Health and the National Cancer Institute in ceremonies today at Harbor Branch. The sponge, first collected in 1980 by scientist Shirley Pomponi, head of Harbor Branch's biomedical marine research team, yields a substance called discodermolide. The compound is similar to Taxol, a drug used to treat ovarian and breast cancer, but the sponge extract ap Man charged with stealing $58,765 V authorities said amounted to $58,765 over 10 years. "I guess I got carried away." Trainor, 49, speaking from the St Lucie County Jail, said he v. 3W 'St- f with him 15 years ago. But agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement , say otherwise. Not only did he continually forge his mother's signature on checks and documents, he mailed New Jersey officials three change-of-address forms under his mother's name after she died, agent Richard . Piccininni said. Two years ago, when a computer database first alerted New Jersey officials Frances Trainor was dead, they mailed inquiries to Trainor, said Sgt. James Vogt," of the New Jersey State police. Please see TRAIN0R3B Authorities say he cashed his dead mother's pension checks for 10 years. By Noah Bierman Palm Beach Post Staff Writer FORT PIERCE For almost 10 years after Frances Trainor died, her son continued to cash her New Jersey state pension checks, authorities said. This week, Barry Trainor was charged with organized fraud, forgery and depositing with intent to defraud. "It was there," Trainor said Thursday of the money, which Trainor By Sally D. Swartz Palm Beach Post Staff Writer FORT PIERCE Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution has received a $1.1 million grant to study the anti-cancer potential of a material scientists here extracted from a deep-sea sponge. U.S. Sen. Connie Mack, R-Fla., a cancer survivor, will present the three-year grant from the National Martin High OKs 'block scheduling' The faculty narrowly votes to have four 90-minute periods a day. By Joe Vldueira Palm Beach Post Staff Writer STUART The faculty of Martin County High School has voted to put the school on a new schedule, ending a debate that had divided many teachers and parents. By a close 61-53 vote taken Wednesday and counted Thursday, teachers approved a "block schedule" with four periods, 90 minutes each, lasting only a semester. Their other choice was another four-periods-a-day schedule in which eight 90-minute classes would alternate every other day throughout the school year. The school currently has six 50-minute periods. The new plan will be implemented next school year. Administrators say the new schedule is better for teachers, who will be in the classroom about 30 minutes less every day and teach only three classes per day instead of six. Block scheduling also better prepares kids for college and may save money, administrators said. "It's a great relief for teachers, wasn't trying to hide anything. The Fort Pierce bartender and former Florida Power and Light Co. employee took care of all his mother's affairs for five years before she died of Alzheimer's disease, he said. She even moved to Florida to live ' v. f...-.:.i pr j.AiWffifl - - . -. ... It is." W Three hurt as truck crashes optical shop f. V .- v v.v . . ..... By Noah Bierman Palm Beach Post Staff Writer FORT PIERCE James Griffith probably needs a new eye exam. The 63-year-old Fort Pierce resident drove a pickup straight into his optician's office Thursday, shattering the front window and injuring three other customers. "I was looking at a pair of glasses on the wall and the next thing I knew, glass was all over the store and the truck was in the store," said Kevin King, a customer who was not injured. Griffith and two customers who were injured from glass debris were treated at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center in Fort Pierce. One other store customer, Paul Justin Butman, remained at the hospital Thursday evening, but his injuries were not believed to be serious. Butman, 19, said it could have been worse if Shavoita Lasane hadn't jumped up and shielded him from the debris. "He held me and pulled me back into the wall," Butman said. The Nissan pickup Griffith was driving filled the center of Fort Pierce Vision Care. Customers at the Jefferson Plaza shopping center, where the crash occurred, heard the loud pop from hundreds of yards away. Witnesses told police that Griffith drove fast as he turned into the center on U.S. 1 in Fort Pierce. His truck hit a sign before skidding 90 feet in the rain, directly into the store. He was charged with driving too fast for conditions. ' ' DAVID LANEStaff Photographer On the wade home STUART - Vanessa Jackson, 5, keeps her school dress dry on Thursday afternoon as she heads home from J.D. Parker Elementary School, where she attends kindergarten. Rain soaked the region for most of the day. Please see SCHEDULE6B r

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