The Morning News from Wilmington, Delaware on July 10, 1974 · 14
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The Morning News from Wilmington, Delaware · 14

Wilmington, Delaware
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Wednesday, July 10, 1974
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my m mmw w r'Wm mm) i 14 Th Morning News, Wednesday, July 10, 1974 Busing clash wins Biden few friends Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. last night weathered heckling and almost constant interruption as he explained his views on forced busing to an audience of some 250 people in Newport. The hostility and intense emotion surfaced early in the 2-hour go-round in the Krebs School auditorium. By the time it ended Biden had won few friends in the largely anti-busing crowd, even though he reaffirmed his opposition to busing aimed at achieving a racial balance. "If you think I'm in trouble with you people," said the Delaware senator, managing a weak smile, "you ought to hear what my liberal friends are telling me." , The anger from the audience was broadly focused, but several speakers zeroed in on Biden's vote against an anti-busing amendment 2 months ago. The Senate amendment, which was defeated by a single vote, would have limited the authority of the courts to order busing for desegregation purposes. Biden said he would vote the same way again, because of one provision that would permit reopening of any desegregation suit, whether it relates to busing or not. Acknowledging concern over the pending Wilmington desegregation suit, Biden urged the audience to await the court's decision. The outcome of the Wilmington suit, he said, probably will hinge on the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in the Detroit school case, which is expected soon. If the court orders busing to achieve racial balance, then he'd support a constitutional amendment changing that, the senator said repeatedly. But he emphasized he supported busing in cases where it is proven that school districts have been gerrymandered for segregation purposes. In that instance, Biden declared, "I would support the use of buses ... I would Service set in death of Dr. Christie A memorial service for the Rev. Dr. John W. Christie, 90, who drowned Monday in Canada, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Westminster Pres-byterian Church, Pennsylvania Ave. at Rodney St. The pastor emeritus of Westminister, Christie died Monday morning when he apparently fell from a row boat on Lake Joseph in the Muskoka Lakes, Ont. Christie had gone to the family vacation home in Ontario earlier this month from his residence at 109 Banbury Drive, Windsor Hills, to be with his oldest daughter, Mrs. C. Marshall Dann, Alexandria, Va., and her family. The Rev. C. Frederick Mathias, senor pastor at Westminister, will conduct the service. Cecil OKs gas station From the Newark Bureau ELKTON, Md.-The Cecil County Commissioners yester-d a y approved a rezoning request to allow a gas station on 2 acres of land on the west side of Maryland 276 near Port Deposit. The commissioners took a week to make the decision and visited the site yesterday. Several neighbors had objected and the Planning Commission had recommended against it. However, the commissioners felt there had been enough change in the character of the surrounding land to permit the station. The commissioners also received the official Tercentenary flag. One flag was sent to the governor. Another is flying over the county courthouse and a third was placed In the commissioner's meeting room. support the use of helicopters." Biden took the crowd's heckling in stride, walking the auditorium stage with a hand mike, getting no help from the forum moderator who sat mute after making brief introductions. Biden opened his remarks by implying that the forum's organizers had misled him. The gathering was organized by t h e Neighborhood Schools Association, an anti-busing group, not the Gordy Estates Civic Association as was advertised. Biden also said he was led to believe that Delaware's two other members of Congress would be invited. They weren't. The senator objected to a flyer sent out to civic associations advertising the meeting. The flyer accused Biden of falling back on his "pledges to oppose forced busing." Biden said that wasn't an accurate summary of his position. Urban unit strikes pact with police After collaboration with the Wilmington Bureau of Police and representatives of the city's Spanish-speaking community, the board of the Latin-American Community Center last night approved a plan designed to ease tensions between the police and Spanish-speaking residents. The board oviced its approval for a plan that would: request that city police provide walking patrols in the Spanish-speaking community (an area bounded by West, Union and 4th Sts. and Lancaster Ave. have the Latin-Amerian Community Center and La Borinquena furnish Wilmington police with a list of at least seven Spanish-speaking persons interested in becoming police cadets. have 10 Spanish-speaking "grass root leaders" designated by the Latin-American Community Center and La Borinquena as persons for the police department to contact while working in the area. Sanction a police department agreement that the center cooperate actiities with the department's Spanish-speaking officers when work- ing on problems in the Spanish-speaking community. Have the Latin-American Community Center make its facilities available to the city police to conduct a weekly training class in conjunction with its Spanish language program. Members of the Wilmington Bureau of Police, including Police Chief John T. McCool, met with representatives of the Spanish-speaking community including Bernado Lloyd, director of the Latin center in a closed session for more than 3 hours ironing out the details of the proposal. The meeting was precipitated by a series of confrontations, the most recent of which occured on July 3 between police and Spanish-speaking persons. Another aspect of the proposal involved permission for the Latin-American Community Center and La Borinquena to sponsor Latin and Afro concerts in the park at 8th and Franklin. A concert is scheduled for Aug. 3. Police also have been giving Frank Rivera Jr., a volunteer gang worker of the Latin-American Community Center, a radio device that enables the police to call him immediatelly in case of an disturbance in the Spanish-speaking community. Democratic Club backs Hellwig Francis (Ben) Hellwig, 60, of 208 Ridge Road, Claymont, has been endorsed by the Claymont Democratic Club to run for the Delaware House from the 9th Representative District. Two Republicans already have announced for the scat that is held now by Republican Clarice U. Hcckcrt of Highland Woods. Uf'Mir - itetJiv fill i i&& rMAtTK t$mv "lift Richards to resign as housing director By Terry Zintl Edwin G. Richards, t h e director of New Castle Coun-t y ' s beleaguered Housing Authority, will resign this fall to pursue graduate studies at the University of Delaware. Richards, who has been fighting openly with members of the county administration the last two months, said yesterday he plans to complete work for a doctorate in urban affairs. Richards said he had considered resigning for several months, but hadn't mentioned it because he doesn't want it to look like I'm running away" from the authority and its problems. In the meantime, County Council President Henry R. Folsom yesterday released a county internal audit of the housing authority finding that i t s administration is "adequate" in controlling its finances. The audit also found "evi-d e n c e to support the pragmatic application of capi tal program funds to general operating activities" one of the major points of contention between the authority and the county administration. The fight between the housing authority and the county spilled into the open in May when county officials refused to forward the authority any further operating funds until the completion of the audit by Albert M. Greene. County officials such as Peter M. Ross, the chief administrative assistant to County Executive Melvin A. Slawik, said Richards' financial records were not clear, Richards, in turn, accused the county administration and council members of deliberately slowing his housing programs. Last month, the county provided the authority with funds to meet expenses through August but council and administration officials have made it clear they were not happy with Richards as director. The county itself cannot fire Richards, since the authority is a semi-independent agency with its own board of commissioners. However, in lieu of traditional federal funding to run housing programs, the county last year gave the housing authority about $1 million for its operations and capital programs. The housing authority manages 78 units of public housing at Airport Villa and runs a greatly slowed-down housing rehabilitation program in the developments of Simonds Gardens and Rosegate south of Wilmington. It is also supposed to develop several small public-housing projects and a mobile-home project for the elderly at Airport Villa, but these have never gotten started. In sorting through the authority's complicated finances, . Greene says it will run a deficit of $19,980 for the recently ended fiscal year. He suggests that he county pay the authority the balance of its operatin funds and appropriate enough to cover the remainder. Fighting-mad parent gets leniency, thanks to victim Shade in the square Lucky man. He found a few yards of shade In Rodney Square yesterday. It wasn't like napping in an air conditioned room, but at least it was cooler than most of Wilmington. (Staff photo by Donaghey Brown) County maps plan to allocate areas for water service water available. If the agreements are signed, she said, the county expects to act as an intermediary, buying water when it's needed and selling it to the water companies. The hearings will resume later at a time and place to be determined. They will take at least another day and possibly longer. By Larry Nagengast The testimony on some of the details was contradictory, but the key fact was never disputed Anna Mae Horsey came to the Warner Middle School one day last month to fight with a teacher. And she started a pretty good fight. As a result, Mrs. Horsey, 815 Vandever Ave., yesterday was convicted of third-degree assault in Wilmington's Municipal Court. Judge Carl Goldstein pronounced a stiff sentence court costs, a $75 fine and a month in prison then suspended the fine and the prison term in favor of a year's probation, with professional counseling help for the defendant. The lenient sentence was suggested by the attorney for the teacher Mrs. Horsey attacked. Clifford B. Hcarn, represent-i n g Margaree Fitchett, a Warner Middle School guidance counselor, recommended leniency because of Mrs. Hor-sey's family problems, her poor health and the academic difficulties of her daughter the problem that sparked the attack on Mrs. Fitchett. Witnesses didn't agree on whether the attack occurred June 11 or June 12, but they knew it occurred on Warner's "Promotion Day," after the school's promotion ceremonies, That morning, Mrs. Fitchett had a dispute with Mrs. Horsey's daughter, Darcelle, over her failing grades and going to summer school. Tha"t encounter was followed by a series of phone calls between the teacher, the girl and her mother and, after the last call, Mrs. Horsey phoned the principal's office to announce she was coming to the school "to fight with Mrs. Fitchett." She arrived around noon, and after alternately waiting and talking with some Warner officials, she entered the faculty lounge after the promotion ceremony. Everyone agreed Mrs. Fitchett was sitting in the lounge. Mrs. Fitchett and four other teachers said Mrs. Horsey choked and slapped the teacher and tried to hit her with an ashtray. Mrs. Horsey was more blunt. She said she punched the teacher and tried to hit her with a lamp, but was restrained by a male teacher. Mrs. H o rs e y 's attorney, John F. Hyde, an assistant public defender, admitted he couldn't say much for his client except that he had "never seen a more candid witness in my life." The judge, not impressed by her candor, dismissed Mrs. Horsey's offensive touching charge against the teacher, and sternly lectured t h e woman. A potential teacher sitting in the courtroom, Goldstein said, might well decide "I'm not going to put up with this nonsense" and choose another career. By Jack Murray New Castle County advanced a step yesterday in its proposal to alleviate potential water supply problems, to stop the fighting between private water companies and to save customers money. But the fate of the plan remained in doubt. At a hearing conducted by t h e state Public Service Commission, county officials outlined in detail their idea to have large chunks of undeveloped land allocated to the companies. Merna Hurd, county water and sewer management officer, said t h e plan would improve cooperation between t h e companies and governments, and would minimize duplication of lines and equipment. Under the county's proposal, Wilmington Suburban Water Corp. would get the rights to serve most of the high-growih corridor area south and east of Newark, including several proposed developments coveted by Artesian Water Co. Artesian would get part of the corridor, most of the Piedmont area northeast of Newark, and the rest of the undeveloped land along Kirk wood Hwy. The map submitted by the county showed Wilmington Suburban with a larger chunk of new territory than Artesian, prompting John F. Abbott Jr., an acerb PSC member from Kent County, to question the fairness of the plan. Mrs. Hurd said population growth in the two areas would be about the smae according to county projections, but Abbott, shouting and angry, said he was more concerned about land area. He left no doubts about his views. It would be a radical depar-of allocation, which is done on a piecemeal basis as specific developments are proposed. The system, Mrs. Hurd said, has resulted in wasteful fights between the companies over developments close to the existing service territories of both. She said the competition, if left unchecked, could lead to unnecessary duplication of facilities and higher costs to consumers. She had no specific cost figures but said that developing them is a county priority. Wilmington Suburban endorsed the concept yesterday, but Artesian challenged several of t h e county's assumptions and said it would offer an alternate franchising plan at another hearing. Mrs. Hurd said that whatever plan is adopted, both companies will have to find additional sources of water to meet expected population increases through 1985. She said much of the water will have to come from Wilmington, which has a large excess, or Chester County, Pa., by way of the Brandywine River. She said New Castle County is working with those governments on agreements to make School board names Sharkey as president The Alfred I. du Pont School Board last night named William H. Sharkey as its new president. Sharkey had been vice president, a post that was filled last night by Bruce Kirk. The term of Samuel R. Russell, who had been board president, expired June 30. His successor on the board has yet to be named by the president judge of the Superior Court. The board also approved increases in lunch and milk prices. 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