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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 1079

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Sunday, December 7, 1997
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f Tl Pol The Palm Beach Post l SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7, 1997 w SECTION C CTe eeiiTcuniiii STONES ROLL The Rolling Stones' 'Bridges to Babylon' tour shows Britain's bad boys have still got it. A Port St Lucie man could get up to 200 years in prison for collecting too many benefits. REVIEW, 10C IT fn A T 1TTPTY70 ii ii ii ii u ii n-4 n n jn Saratcga development Iloyal Palm mayor hopes to jump -start Saratoga Uy''sl 6 Tony MaSilOtti iS trying tO The project is Saratoga, and its 906 jettison the two golf courses originally among the developers and village poli- among the developers and village Royal Professional Builders . portion, 403 acres l ' IS politicians about Masilotti's plan. Among patch a rift between two acres represent the last major undevel i Village (and m 1 o :. Crestwood ( ;' Lakes 1 1 Proposed n Associates, park and ' 503 acres planned tor its half of the land. But Royal Professional, owner of the northern half, wants the golf courses or equal green space. The company filed several lawsuits that prevented Crestwood from getting started on its homes. Enter Masilotti. He wants the village to build and run a golf course on land donated by Crestwood in exchange for Royal Professional ending the legal challenges. But there are serious doubts school sites, them: whether the village needs another golf course, and whether Royal Professional Builders and its co-owner Jess Santamaria really care about golf. Santamaria's real motive, Crestwood owners say, is to stop them from building homes that would compete with Royal Professional. Saratoga was conceived in 1987. But after building only 47 homes, Cen- Please see SARAT0GA6C oped land in the village. Irs been earmarked for at least 2,100 homes and possibly up to 2,800 since 1987. Completion of the development would give Royal Palm a much bigger tax base, land for a new school and lots more people. The issue that sidetracked Royal Professional Builders and Crestwood Lakes Associates is golf courses. Crestwood, which owns the southern 503 acres of Saratoga, wants to developers that has held up the development. , . f By Matt Mossman ' - Palm Beach Post Staff Writer . -vl t ROVAL PALM BEACH Mayor Tony Masilotti wants to patch up differences between two developers and get a project moving that's been bogged down in lawsuits and mudsling-ing for years. 39 acres Tony Masilotti: Thinks public golf course can , bridge gap. Okeechobee Blvd ... tu MARK HEMPHILLStaff Artist He just got carried away Frank Cerabino A r V,. i i i LANNIS WTERSStaff Photographer WEST PALM BEACH - A mannequin from Bill's Tuxedo Rentals gets a owners Bill and Opal Suther move Saturday from Clematis Street lift from Maurice Costigan, co-owner of O'Shea's Pub, who helped shop their storefront for 48 years to one block north, 516 Banyan St. Museum teacher brings stars down to Earth My holiday toy theory: Stuff it, suckers will buy 2- Don't ask me why, but there I was wandering the aisles of the Toys "R" Us in West Palm Beach, looking for a Sing & Snore Ernie doll. "They're out of stock," says sales clerk Suzanne Malone, who I find near the stuffed toy aisle. Just then, a shopper stops her cart and looks anxiously at us. . "Yes?" Malone says. "Where can I find Sing & Snore Ernie?" the woman asks the sales clerk. ', This must be what people refer to as "the magic of Christmas." , Every year, some toy magically surfaces as the prize, and then the hunt begins. It's the only kind of hunting most of us do anymore. . Last year's magic toy, Tickle Me Elmo, isn't sd magic anymore. ; "We've got gobs of them," Malone says, pointing me down the aisle, where boxes of the red furry Sesame Street character are lined on the shelves -i " i . - Nothing to laugh about this year, Elmo, I ' think, as I squeeze one, which emits a giggle that is somehow less infectious this year. i It's Ernie, another Sesame Street character, who is this year's catch. Sing & Snore Ernie is dressed in striped pajamas. When you squeeze him, he sings Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star, then snores. Allegedly. I can't say for sure, because I haven't actually seen one. At the Toys "R" Us in West Palm Beach, the workers don't even bother stocking them on the shelves. They just leave the pile of Ernies in the front of the store, where they are snatched up lickety-split. In Friday's newspaper, there were already a bunch of classified ads for the $25 toy, offering it for as much as $250. ' It got me thinking. I need to get started early and come up with next year's magical toy. . Judging from the past two years, a stuffed toy that does something when you squeeze it seems to be the formula for success. . And as long as the adults are doing all the -buying, why not debut an adult, version of the popular child's toy? 1 . With that in mind, here are my entries for the next big thing: The fly Me, Lawton' Doll This miniature Florida governor comes with his own rifle and camouflage gear. Squeeze him, and he bums a ride on your private jet for a hunting trip. The 'Bite Me, Tyson' Doll . . Squeeze him, and he lunges for your ear. The 'Wine & Dine Mac' Doll Palm Beach County's tourism development doll. Squeeze Warren "Mac" McLaughlin's stomach, and he offers to take you out for ' dinner and cigars. , The 'Spare Me, Donald Doll The Trump doll. When you squeeze him, he talks about himself. The Touch Me, Paula Doll . This fuzzy Bill Clinton doll is equipped with removable pants. When you squeeze him, he says, "Wanna see 'The Guv'na?' " The 'Pickle Me, Jack' Doll The Dr. Kevorkian model. When you squeeze him he tells you to drop dead. The 'Out of My Way, Nancy' Doll Squeeze this miniature West Palm Beach mayor and suffer the consequences. The 'Bob & Weave Janet' Doll No matter how hard you squeeze this mini-Reno, she still won't call for a special prosecutor. The 'Pay Me, Bob' Doll The Bob Montgomery tobacco-fightin'-lawyer doll. After you get through playing with him, he computes his squeezable hours and sends you a bill. The 'Rant & Rave Rush' Doll Squeeze his stomach, and this pixie Limbaugh blames it on Clinton. The 'Hose Me, Wayne' Doll Before you get a chance to squeeze this Huizenga doll, he squeezes you and announces that he's losing too much money by staying with you. ill Landstrom's accustomed to mul-tifaceted jobs. Before coming to West Palm Beach, he was il after grants, fund-raising and seeking good programs," Landstrom said. In fact, the South Florida Science Museum set records in attendance and membership this budget year. Through September, 188,382 visited the museum, nearly doubling the previous high in 1996 of 98,335. Membership increased from 1,498 families to 3,756. Much of the increase was because of the Please see SCIENCE 11C the construction debris of the museum's Aldrin Planetarium and his office upstairs in the dome of the Gibson Observatory. . "Sometimes I feel like I'm going up to the bell tower," he jokes in his booming baritone, hunching one Quasimodo-esque shoulder. Hired Oct. 15, Landstrom, 27, is the museum's new director of astronomy education for the planetarium and the observatory. And he's the voice of God, too. He'll need extra-large business cards. By Tim 0'Meilia Palm Beach Post Staff Writer WEST PALM BEACH The . South Florida Science Museum's $200,000 computerized universe opens its twinkling stars to the public this month or next. The voice of God already is on salary. He was hired out of cyberspace on the Internet. Celestial as all that seems, Erich Landstrom's work is more pedestrian these days. Dozens of times a day, he scuttles between planetarium director at the Savannah (Ga.) Science Museum by day and a 911 dispatcher at night. He also wrote and performed a weekly 90-second radio spot. "Savannah and this museum were at the same point. Savannah closed, but this museum is going OMNIPRESENT: Erich Landstrom is the Science Museum's director of astronomy education - and the voice of God. THEN: When Bonnie and Craig were sweethearts in 1969, Bonnie's father sent her sister along on their first few dates. Plan to switch vo-tech classes brings jitters By Don Horine Palm Beach Post Staff Writer LAKE WORTH With the school district planning to turn over its adult vocational classes to Palm Beach Community College, confusion reigns at the three tech centers where the classes are presently taught. Many students and teachers worry the plan will disrupt their lives and damage programs that have provided job training for thousands of people. But most of the fear is unfounded, say officials from both the school district and the college. "There's an awful lot of misinformation out there," said Jan Bussell, dean of vocational education at PBCC. A committee planning the switch, headed by Schools Superintendent Joan Kowal and PBCC President Dennis Gallon, will meet Monday to work out a schedule for the transition, which is expected to take three years. But decisions on the details such as which courses will actually be transferred, and Please see V0-TECH2C 'If I'd known he was divorced since '81, 1 would've tried to find him a couple of husbands ago. ' Bonnie and Craig finally get hitched By Marcia Gelbart Palm Beach Post Staff Writer Don't talk to Bonnie Vars about waiting. Twenty-eight years ago, she lost the man she loved and she had to survive four marriages, six children and nine grandchildren before finding him again. But all that waiting is behind her now. Donning a new white gown and a fresh bouquet of daffodils, Vars married her high school sweetheart, Craig Giese, Saturday at a friend's home near Jupiter. "If I'd known he was divorced since '81," Vars said of Giese, "I would've tried to find him a couple of husbands ago." Even so, "I just feel like we picked up where we left off," Vars said before the 5 p.m. ceremony. For the 45-year-old newlyweds, their second chance at love began in October 1996 after Vars' fourth divorce. Her high school girlfriends told her to "Find Craig. He's who you're trying to replace,' " she said. Vars and Giese had dated for three years as teenagers in Please see MARRIAGE5C ...mi im Hi " ' ' ' If ) 3 '' I w Llf 1 .--v:.- 1 MARK MIRKOStaff Photographer NOW: After 28 years apart, Craig and Bonnie found each other and were married Saturday. They now live in Port St. Lucie and help raise their grandchildren. i

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