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White Plains, New York
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Tuesday, September 19, 1989
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AJll. FLYIKG HIGH LEADERSHIP Shaping the county's future Local, D1 NANUET WIIIS Knight gridders rip Pirates, 25-0 Sports, D1 HBJS LOSE Fall 61a back of Cubs Sports, D1 County's ultralight club in pictures Living, C1 TONICHTi Chance of light rain. Lows in low 60s. TOMORROW: Clouds, some sun. Highs in upper 70s. A Gannett Newspaper 989 Serving Rockland County for 100 years Tuesday, September 19, 1989 35 Cents 1 i G" 1889 "CL I Breath of fresh air for Palisades park future By Len Maniace Staff Writer When it comes to protecting the 81,000 acres of mountains, lakes, streams and meadows that make up the Palisades Interstate Park system, Nash Castro insists on looking at the long view. That idea, says the park system's executive director, was shaped in part by a visit to an English palace outside London in the 1960s. Impressed by the lush lawns that surrounded the palace, Castro asked the landscape architect for his secret. "He said it a simple matter: 'Water once every 10 days; fertilize three times a year, and mow the lawn once a month for 400 years,' " Castro recalled yesterday. Planning for the next 400 years may be too long for Americans to imagine, but the next 100 years isn't, according to Castro. Last week the Palisades Interstate Park system released its Second Century Plan Castro's vision for the 21st Century of the park system he has sheparded for the past 20 years. After two public hearings in October, the plan is to be finalized and published in March on the 90th annivesary of the park system's creation. The document will also be part of Castro's legacy for the Palisades Interstate Park System. March is also the same month that Castro, now 69, will retire. "I view this as an instrument that will help to ward off threats to the park system," said Castro. "Something that we need because the pressure has been unrelenting. We've had requests to use parkland for landfills, highway maintenance garages, fire stations, libraries." As Castro sees it, pressure will continue as open space outside the Palisades system's 16 parks and six Please see PARK, back page RICHARD GUTWILLIG ROCKLAND'S COLUMNIST Financing the kids' college education "We were like everyone else and didn't apply for financial aid. We were stupid. The information wasn't out there. But when Brett applies to law school, you can bet we'll apply for financial aid. " Allyn Director I II or most high school I seniors, getting into I college is the easy part. U For many parents, paying for their children's education is the hard part. Allyn and Norma Director of Monsey know the problem firsthand. They were not very knowledgeable when it came to financing their son's education at Franklin & Marshall. They've learned quickly. Owners of E-Z Tax in Monsey, their tax planning and preparation service since 1971, the Directors have branched out into the field of college financial aid consulting. "We guarantee to reduce the family contribution toward college by more than our fee or our services are free" said Allyn Director. Born and raised in the Bronx, he graduated from Hunter College ('60), majoring in business and accounting. Norma Director, also born and r V . i 1 Va. iff n .'Jijiitiiiui V. ') ., 1 J ' .. mm- ..- 'Kit; Tltowsaimdl homeless anooeao Hugo churns toward Bahamas; U.S. mainland called likely target Staff photoWarren Ingtase Allyn and Norma Director, owners of E-Z Tax in Monsey, have branched out into the field of college financial aid consulting and say 'they'll guarantee to reduce the family contribution toward college by more than our fee or our services are free.' raised in the Bronx and also graduated from Hunter College ('61)," received her degree in psychology and elementary education. Brett, a 1987 graduate of Spring Valley High, will finish his accounting degree at F&M in three years. He has begun the laborious task of applying to law schools and his parents have, now that they know better, begun the process of securing financial aid for their son's post-graduate education. "We're not here to tell families what college their youngsters should attend," said Allyn. "We're here to help parents and the college-bound student develop the best position for increasing financial aid, in all its forms, and reducing the family contribution." To provide parents and students with some background on the financial aid maze they're entering, Allyn and Norma will present a series of nine library seminars beginning this evening at 7:30 at the Haverstraw Library. With the exception of Saturday's 1:30 p.m. seminar in Sloatsburg, all the library sessions will be at 7:30 p.m. The remainder of the schedule is: Wednesday in Suffern, Thursday in Valley Cottage, Sept 26 in Nanuet, Sept. 27 in Tuxedo Park, Oct. 4 in Nyack, Oct. 12 in West Nyack and Oct. 18 in New City. In addition, E-Z Tax will be represented at the annual College Night at Rockland Please see GUTWILLIG, back page Peaceful end to daylong siege at high school The Associated Press McKEE, Ky. A heavily armed teen-ager apparently acting out author Stephen King's thriller "Rage" took 11 classmates hostage during a daylong standoff that ended with his surrender after nine hours, authorities said. No injuries were reported. Dustin Pierce, a 17-year-old, straight-A student, was detained by police last night after he released his last two hostages, laid down three guns and surrendered. Charges were not immediately filed. A copy of "Rage" and some personal writings found in Pierce's room at his grandparent's house were helpful in giving negotiators clues to what he planned, said state police Detective Bob Stephens, who negotiated with Pierce. ' Stephens said he had been worried by parts of Pierce's writing that indicated "suicide was what we'd have to deal with at the end." In King's novel, a teen-ager enraged at his father takes hostages at a school, is shot and wounded by police and ends up in an institution. Like the character in the book, Pierce was upset with his father, whom he had not seen for 13 years, and asked to see him, authorities said. Police arranged to have the father, whose name was not released, brought from Delray Beach, Fla., but Pierce surrendered before his arrival. The trouble appears to have begun Sunday evening when Pierce's friend Brian Bond picked him up at his grandparents' house so the two could study together, said Paul Bond, Brian's uncle. When it became late and they had not Please see SCHOOL, back page The Associated Press 1 ; SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Hurricane Hugo churned toward the Bahamas today after scouring Puerto Rico with 125 mph winds and ripping apart the homes of tens of thousands of people from the eastern Caribbean, to San Juan. The region's worst storm in a decade, blamed for at least 14 deaths, skirted Puerto Rico's northern coast yesterday and roared on to the northwest, sparing the Dominican Republic of hurricane-force winds. Forecasters said it likely would hit the U.S. mainland later in the week. Hugo's winds overturned cars, peeled roofs off houses and office buildings and sent chunks of concrete plunging into streets in San Juan, where one-third of the U.S. commonwealth's 3.3 million people live. Gov. Rafael Hernandez-Colon told a news conference late yesterday that Hugo left at least 27,900 Puerto Ricans homeless and said he would ask President Bush to declare the island a disaster area. Fifty airplanes were reported destroyed at the airport in Isla Verde. Looters stripped shops of their goods in San Juan, where electrical power cut during the storm had still not been restored Monday night. The capital's streets were littered with downed power lines, tree limbs, sheets of metal and shattered glass from blown-out windows. Flooding made many roads impassable and international communications were disrupted. Officials said they had no immediate reports of storm-related deaths, but noted that poor communications were hindering efforts to assess the damage. In Hawaii, Secretary of the Interior Manuel Lujan said $500,000 in emergency assistance funds were released to aid storm-stricken areas of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. At 3 a.m. EDT today, the hurricane's center was near latitude 20.7 degrees north and longitude 67.3 west, about 220 miles east-south- 20.7N, 67.3W Max. Winds: 110 mph j Moving: NW 12 mph BERMUDA i,r V i L i-XCi HAITI' 4 l-i-4-- Aa JAMAICA DOMINICAN I ; CDt IQI IT C" i: ; :...-rwu,-. . San Caribbean Sea i LJ; XyT V) VENEZUELA'' AP east of Grand Turk Island just south of the Bahamas, according to the National Weather Service. Jim Gross, a spokesman at the National Hurricane Center in Coral Gables, Fla., said Hugo was likely to move along the eastern parts of the Bahamas but not affect them directly. The weather service said maximum sustained winds were near 110 mph with hurricane-force winds extending up to 60 miles from the center. Moving at 12 mph, Hugo appeared on a wobbly northwesterly course for the next 24 hours. "Unfortunately, our best (hurricane computer projection) models indicate that it will turn back" towards the west and the East Coast, said Bob Sheets, director of the hurricane center. Since Sunday, the storm has caused widespread damage in Guadeloupe, Antigua, St. Kitts, Mont-serrat and the U.S. and British Virgin Islands. Five people were reported killed, 80 injured and more than 10,000 homeless on the French island of Guadeloupe. Two people were killed in Antigua and one man was electrocuted in Puerto Rico on Sunday while trying to remove a television antenna as he prepared Please see HUGO, back page INSIDE TODAY Around Rockland C2 Ann Landers C2 Business B Section Classified B Section Comics C6 Health & Science C9.10 Living .-..C Section Local B Section Lotteries A2 Movie Clock C4 Obituaries B2 Sports D Section Television C5 Viewpoints A8 Weather A2 AIDS drugs showing promising initial results in children The Associated Press HOUSTON Long-term studies with AZT show the AIDS drug can reverse many symptoms of the disease in children while avoiding side effects, researchers say. The drug previously has been shown to extend the lives of adults with AIDS and to delay the development of symptoms in those who are infected but not yet sick. A year ago, National Cancer Institute scientists reported it could prevent brain abnormalities in children, but concerns about its side effects remained. The most extensive study of AZT in children now shows it is safe, helps children gain weight and avoid life-threatening infections, and improves their well-being, says Ross McKinney of Duke University in North Carolina. The study, part of a National Institutes of Health project to assess AZT in children, was reported yesterday at a meeting of the American Society for Microbiology. In other studies reported here, National Cancer Institute researchers said they had obtained prom-Please see AIDS, back page Manufacturer to cut price of costly AIDS drug AZT Los Angeles Times WASHINGTON - The manufacturer of AZT, under increasing pressure in recent weeks to lower the cost of the expensive AIDS drug, announced yesterday that it would reduce its price by 20 percent effective immediately. The drug had been costing the average patient with full-blown AIDS about $8,000 a year. AZT, the only anti-viral drug approved to fight the deadly disease, has been licensed since 1987 to treat patients with fully developed AIDS, who number about 50,000 in the United States. New research findings have shown the drug to be dramatically effective in delaying the onset of the disease in individuals infected with the human .immunodeficiency virus and in slowing its progression in people suffering from the early stages of illness. The drug was also found to be effective in lower doses. AZT's market could expand to about 600,000 of the estimated 1.5 million infected individuals in this country. At the lowest possible doses and with the new price cut, the drug will have a wholesale cost about $2,200 a year per patient, Burroughs Wellcome said.

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