The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on January 1, 1977 · Page 19
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 19

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Saturday, January 1, 1977
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Palm Beaches The Palm Beach NCWS Of the Post-Times SATURDAY, JANUARY 1, 1977 SECTION CAMP's Lack of Funds To Close 7 Offices By JEFFERY KAHN Post Staff Writer Seven South and Central Florida offices which provide services to impoverished farm workers will close as of Monday because of grant losses suffered by the Community Action Migrant Program (CAMP). "We will close all our field offices as of Monday. There'll be over 100 employes laid off," said Clark Black, CAMP director. Black said offices closing are in Boynton Beach, Belle Glade, Im-mokalee, Indiantown, Pompano Beach, Bartow and Leesburg. The . '" f t;? A V , Fv aJL jp (jgiHypo-Phoriyl ' IT pAKES HYPO SHOTS 1 f h , :- ... It V, f . j headquarters of the Fort Lauder-dale-based poverty agency, which had operated in 28 counties, will remain open. "What happened," said Black, "was the U.S. Department of Labor notified us they will not reconsider their decision not to fund us in 1977. This will stop the core of our efforts because we will no longer be able to provide the short term help that farm workers need while they're involved in training and programs to get them on their feet." Among services to be discontinued, he said, are bus lines and transportation cooperatives in Belle Glade, Immokalee, the Rangeline, Indiantown and Broward County. Also discontinued will be a program to dispense food vouchers and find shelter for families that need emergency assistance which had been conducted around the state. In addition, a job placement and training program will be phased out. "Even though the offices will be closed," Black said, "there will be staff members there to refer farm workers to other agencies where they can get help. The only type of assistance we'll be providing now will be in child care, youth services for continuing education and programs for the aged." Black estimated the Department of Labor's rejection of its $1.5 million fund request would mean the agency would be able to assist less than half the 15,000 persons it said it served during 1976. CAMP expects its 1977 budget to be about $2 million, funds it has received or expects to receive from the Department of Health, Education and Welfare and the federal Community Services Administration. Though Black said he was confident the Department of Labor would reconsider what he termed a "racially inspired" funding decision, latest word from the department indicated it planned to abide by findings of its auditors, who found massive problems with CAMP. In a report Black calls an effort to undermine farm worker programs, auditors document the "questionable" use of at least $370,000 in public grants during 1975. . Auditors claim the agency set up dummy corporations to siphon off funds, submitted inflated travel budgets, purchased unnecessary equipment and wasted hundreds of thousands of dollars for excessive administrative fees. Black and other CAMP officials deny the findings and have requested that the Department of Labor conduct hearings to determine whether the agency defrauded the government, as implied by auditors. "We have sent more than 13,000 petitions asking the Florida congressional delegation to intercede and hold hearings on this," Black said. "All we're asking for is due process of the law, a chance to tell our side of the story and to let the public see what motivates Paul Mayrand (chief of the Department of Labor's migrant aid efforts). His inability to identify and communicate with blacks will be very evident when we get our hearings." Black said CAMP had asked federal judges in Washington to compel the Department of Labor to hold hearings. He said it would be a month before a judge acts on the agency's injunction request. f' l Stall Photo by J. Scott AppHwhiU if Consumer Affairs Director Alice Skaggs . . . holds several toys which she says 'astound' her Staff Photo by J. Scott Apptowhit Idled Bus Gets Cleanup 'Death Race, Hypo-Phony9 Dismay Consumer Director Limited Bus Service Starts This Morning By BOB BRINK Post Staff Wrlttr It's called Snap 'n' Pops but it's no breakfast food, and you'd better not eat it unless you want a bad case of indigestion. Snap 'n' Pops packs a bigger wallop than the "snap, crackle, pop" of cereal and is, in fact, used as a substitute for the illegal firecracker. Unlike the firecracker, it has no fuse. You just drop it on the floor and it goes bang, though not quite as loudly as a firecracker. It is one of several new toys about which Alice Skaggs, Palm Beach County Consumer Affairs director, has expressed dismay. Others are the "Hypo-Phony," a fake hypodermic needle, and Death Race, a coin-operated electronic game in which players are auto drivers who run down pedestrians. The mini-firecracker and hypodermic needle are available in Palm Beach County stores, and the auto game can be played at The Game Center in the Twin City Mall in North Palm Beach. A television commercial reportedly shown here for the last time last night, showed a New Year's Eve party scene in which adults are throwing Snap 'n' Pops at each other and another scene of a child popping one near the face of his playmate. "Although Snap 'n' Pops allegedly are safe, I think the commercial is unconscionable for the things it suggests," said Mrs. Skaggs. "Although they're not very big, they certainly could damage the eye." The product supposedly implodes, or bursts inward, instead of exploding, with a force of 5 milligrams. Firecrackers with a force of 50 milligrams or more, are illegal, Mrs. Skaggs was told by an official of the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission. She said she spoke to the vice president of the advertising agency in Houston handling the Snap 'n' Pops account, "and he promised he would take a long, hard look at the commercial to determine whether he thought it needed to be changed." Turn to DEATH, C2 that, a Route 1 bus will leave the corner of Datura Street and Dixie Highway heading south to Lake Worth down U.S. 1. Route 4 will leave the Century Village clubhouse at 8:25 a.m., again at 10:25 a.m. and every hour after that until 6:25 p.m. It will head east along Okeechobee Boulevard to the Westward Shopping Center, the Palm Beach Mall, downtown West Palm Beach, Palm Beach and then back to the clubhouse. The same schedule will be in effect on Sunday but all county buses will operate on all routes Monday morning. Limited bus service resumes this morning with two routes scheduled to operate on a holiday and weekend schedule as drivers return to work after a two-week strike. Route 1 will leave the corner of Olive Avenue and Second Street in downtown West Palm Beach at 6:45 a.m. and every hour after that until about 8:30 p.m., heading north on U.S. 1, then back south to Lake Worth and back to West Palm Beach. On odd hours, the northbound bus will go as far as Lake Park, and on even hours it will go to Singer Island. At 7:45 a.m. and every hour after Copyright Quarrel May Delay 'Palm Beach' Game Debut i f" imi "7 ' rWs X only member of PB Limited, a partnership formed to produce and sell the game, who could be reached for comment other than Pitt. "He helped us for the first few weeks. The actual writing, most of it, was done by (Palm Beacher) Ann Collier and Joseph Dixon III (a Tampa architect), "Mrs. Foster said. Several other Palm Beachers helped work out the concepts behind the game and "we still made him (Pitt) a full partner because it was his idea to do the game," she said. Pitt doesn't claim he authored the game. He does claim that it was his brainchild and that Mrs. Foster and others have " kept me half informed." "I kept saying I don't want it done that way (on a Monopoly based concept) and finally had to hire an attorney," 24-year-old Pitt said ." Mrs. Foster said Pitt's attorney has requested full copyright claim for his client and threatened further action if they are not delivered. The Pitts refused to discuss their legal strategy and lawyers for Mrs. Foster and other PB Limited partners could not be reached. On the game board, a roll of the die can land a player on a "Marriage" square forcing him to get hitched to another player. This automatically starts a race for the nearest "Divorce" square. The partner who hits the "Divorce" square first wins half the assets of his former spouse. Players can land on "The Shiney Sheet" and receive either good or bad newspaper publicity, worth points that can be converted to dollars for shopping trips, parties, divorce settlements and other financial pitfalls. Turn to Gtf MB, C2 By CHARLES KEEFER Pott Staff Writer A roll of the die and Freddy Farnsworthy inherits Mar-a-Lago doubling his assets. Another roll and Mitsy Sanchez, the social climber show girl, throws a party. But, so sorry, it's dull and everyone leaves by 10 p.m. Mitsy loses 100 points. Meanwhile, Count Rigatoni, the blackmail artist, is taking a trip along Worth Avenue. The die, one of a pair of dice, comes up a deuce and the count counts out $10,000 for a pair of gold shoe buckles from Gucci's. That's "Palm Beach." Not the real Palm Beach, of course, but a simulation of the social whirl on that 24-carat cut of the Gold Coast on the east side of Lake Worth. It's a new game, played on a board similar to Monopoly but designed for the people who've got Monopoly locked up in real life. And, at this point, the new game's debut on the shelves of half a dozen stores in Palm Beach and New York, scheduled for Jan. 15, may be in doubt because of another, slightly more serious game involving real, live Palm Beachers and their lawyers. Half a dozen Palm Beach and Tampa residents who claim to have invented the game apparently have split on who should get the copyright and, consequently, the profits if "Palm Beach" becomes a fad in time for next Christmas' markets. "It could have an impact on when the game will reach the market," said William Pitt Jr., father of William (Billy) Pitt III who is claiming rights to "Palm Beach." "There is going to be a little delay on that (marketing)," Pitt said. "It was his (Pitt's) idea in the beginning to do the game," said Mrs. Ridpily Foster, the i """" k A m m iiiw . Jtr jit rr .r; mum Jf If i t.f-'jir r- sm- jtn Of! Staff Photo by Aklra Suwa Falm Beacher Williasn (Billy) Pitt Ml With the 'Palm Beach' Board I - , - - - - . t - : .... .. . t, , )

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