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Sunday, July 2, 1978
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ffews of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware section new jersey & metro Sunday, July 2, 1978 By WILLIAM SPEERS iA pregnancy with problems "I've suffered the pain of bringing three children into the world and had them all taken away from me. Men don't feel these things the way a woman does. iVo, I'll never have any more children as long as I live in South Jersey." Faye, November W76 Fave is pregnant again. She's due in late September or early October. It's been a while, so let's recap. Faye and her husband, George, who live on a country road connecting Millville and Bridgeton, first came into contact with state forces in April -1974, when they asked a health agency to help their sick infant. A scries of skirmishes followed between the parents and the Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS) for the care and ultimately for the custody of that child and two others born later. DYFS took the parents to court and, in January 1977, the Cumberland County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court took the children awav from Faye and George. The children (now 4'2, 3 and 2) are in foster homes and will be up for adoption when Faye and George have exhausted all judicial appeals. They lost the kids because the court found Faye "incapable of caring for children." The finding cited her low I.Q. (66) and a general physical "awkwardness," and it was subtly suggested that she was almost devoid of normal maternal instincts. Other factors What went particularly hard against the couple was the abnormal growth of the first child (although both parents are little more than five feet tall), a severe diaper rash suffered by the second, and the lack of stimulation in the home, defined as emotional and psychological privation. The straw that broke the parents' case was' George's refusal to allow state people to enter his home on a regular basis and help Faye care for the children. George and Faye are very private, primitive-minded people who prefer isolation and interpret state help as interference with their life-style. Faye discovered she was pregnant in February during treatment by a doctor for a viral infection. She avoided pre-natal care bec.nise she feared her pregnancy would be reported to the state and she'd be faced with losing this child, too. (Her third child was wrested from her as she cowered with it in a closet on the day she brought the infant home from the hospital.) They found out But her secret became public several week ago when she went to Newcomb Hospital in Vineland wiM what turned out to be false labor pains. A social worker who had been instrumental in taking away her three children spotted Faye in a waiting room. "She called me in her office and said, 'Well, Faye, you know what this mean?.' So I guess they're going to try and take this one, too," Faye said. A spokesperson for DYFS naid that the agency was aware of Faye's pregnancy, but that the situation was so legally clouded that it was unclear now what, if anything, DYFS would do. Faye is the one who has been hurt, is hurting and shows it. Her freckled, big-eyed face, magnified by high-powered glasses, makes a girl of a 29-year-old woman. She tries and fails. "Even George says I'm a born loser." Birth control failed She tried two methods of birth-control, but they affected her health. And George despises all birth control. Now she wonders how to have this baby and keep it. Should she have it out of state? Get a midwife and have it in secret? A friend in Bridgeton with four children of her own has offered to let Faye live in her house and raise her child secretly. Faye is a simple person, with hardly any will of her own. She's been taken care of all her lite, but the only familv left is a middle-aged cousin in Wilkes-Barre. A former guardian of Faye's, a psychiatric social worker, described her as "mild-Iv retarded, educationally retarded, dpfinitelv an undernchiever." "I'm in a toss about it all," Faye said. "I'm supposed to abide bv George, but it's me that has to go through all this. Didn't know what to say. I'm in beiween. It's just not fair that I can't have babies in peace like everybody else. You don't know what it's like to have a baby and lose it." An appreciation Ah, the stars at the Latin By Jack Lloyd Ino'dtrer Entertainment Writer It was bilied as the "Showplace of Stars" an anachronism, perhaps. The Latin Casino Theatre Restaurant in Cherry Hill reached the end of its life as one of the largest nightclubs in America on Thursday, when it was announced that the showplace was going out of business. There are reports that it will be turned into a mammoth disco certainly one of the largest on the East Coast to tap the "Saturday Night Fever" craze. It is the end of an era, a victim of changing times. And now only the memories remain. There was Frank Sinatra the aging crooner, the "Chairman of the Board making his annual report." For the last three years he had come to the Latin, his finesse and style replacing the glorious voice of years ago, a living legend proving that he remains the consummate saloon singer, doing it his way. And there was the frenzied foolishness that accompanied appearances by Tom Jones and Engelbert Hum-perdinck during the peak of their "sex symbol" period women tossing undies on stage and making desperate attempts at physical contact with the objects of their passion. Sure, it was silly, but it also was fun. And then there was Raquel Welch's nightclub debut at the Latin. If the customers came to see a pretty face and knockout body well, they weren't disappointed. But, to the great surprise of cynics, there was also a slick, highly polished act, with Miss Welch proving that there was more to her than meets the eye. On a far more dramatic and tragic note, no one present could forget the shock of Jackie Wilson's collapse on stage at the Latin during a Dick Clark rock V roll revival show. It (See LATIN on 7-B) X i. S It. v ' ; i l f jr. Avis tftt 'lit i, a mwy V'MvtJ I mm' Am Philadelphia Inquirer WILLIAM F. STEINMETZ Exhibits A, B, C and D, etc., stroll toward Muziani a few days before implementation of Wildwood's tougher dress code cure for overexposure By George Anastasia Itutuutr Sttilf Wntcr WILDWOOD, N.J. - How much skin is too much skin? That is the question. Is there a place on the boardwalk and streets of this "family resort" for bare-chested men and bikini-clad women? Should upper thighs, shoulders, midriffs and, in the case of some of the men, hairy chests be exposed to an unsuspecting and, perhaps, a blushing public? 2 injured in blaze at apartments Bv Wv.ift Emmerich ln-,u;rer Mntl rtrr A throe-alarm fire burning out of control late last niht drove several hundred residents from a 10-story building in the Sutton apartment complex in Collingswood, N.J., and sent at least two people suffering from smoke inhalation to the hospital. Collingswood police said there were reports that one or two people may have been trapped inside the building by the fire. Fire officials said the first alarm was at 10:48 p.m. and two more were sounded three minutes later. The fire had not been brought under control at midnight. Police estimated that 2,000 persons reside in the nine- and 10-story brick and frame buildings in the Sutton complex, at Collings Avenue and the White Horse Pike. Only one of the four buildings in the complex had to be evacuated, they said. Dense smoke made it difficult to judge the extent of the fire, but police said it appeared that only the first two floors of the building were involved. Flames could be seen through the windows, they said. A spokeswoman at Our Lady of Liurdcs Hospital in Camden said two persons had been brought there after they were overcome by smoke. Both unidentified patients were in good condition, she said. The city fathers say absolutely not. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) says they have got to be kidding. At issue here is a recently reinstated dress-code ordinance that is already targeted by the ACLU for a court challenge. The ACLU argues that it is patently unconstitutional a violation of the rights of privacy and free expression to dictate how people should dress. The city commissioners argue that it is a queston of good taste and proper decorum. Under the law, which went into effect on Friday, anything from the shoulders to 10 inches above the knees must be "clothed with a cloak or other suitable outer garment." Those epidermal boundary lines apply to anyone over 12 who goes anywhere in the city, except on the beach. "I don't think we're being prudish, not prudish at all," said Mayor Guy Muziani, without even being asked P IV; . , the question. "We're just looking for some decorum. Bathing suits are OK on the beach, but not on Pacific Avenue at 10 o'clock at night. . . . We're asking people to put a top on; that's all. "Now I know some of the kids, the young people, are going to complain. But you check with people over AO and I think most will welcome this." Muziani promised "no wholesale arrests," and Police Chief Harry Brealin said first-offenders would get (See WILDWOOD on 2-B) I Michael and Mary Jane Cefaratti in their oft-flooded backyard: 'There's no stopping it,' they say Water, water everywhere By Leslie Wayne Innmrer Htnff Writer Some homeowners have problems with leaky roofs. Others have problems with leaky basements. Michael Cefaratti, of Roslyn, has problems that make leaky roofs and leaky basements look like no problem at all. Cefaratti is in the unenviable position of living in the low spot of a flood plain. Not only that, but a storm drainage sewer runs adjacent to his property. Whenever there's a heavy rain. Cefaratti's backyard, and often his house, begins to look like the Mississippi River. And that's not his only problem. Earlier this month a Montgomery County Common Picas Court judge tossed' out a suit he had filed against Abington Township thus dashing his hopes of ever getting together enough money to move froai his somewhat soggy hou.;c. Quite simply, Michael Cefaratti and his family have to make do living in a very wet lemon. "The water starts coming up here," said Cef ratti, 41, a burly, forklift operator, as he sat in his larse backyard. "Prettv soon it fills up the yard right here and goes right in the door. "It leaves debris, mud and such a stench you can't believe and you can't live in. One time 1 found my kids's sandbox floating out my front yard and toward the church." Were it not for the floods which Cefaratti says come three or four (See HOUSE on 6-B) Police counsel leaving Miss Sylvester to head college By Ace! Moore Inquirer Staff Writer Esther Sylvester, who last year stepped down as the district attorney's chief investigator of police-abuse complaints to become counsel for the police department, will switch jobs again. Miss Sylvester, 38, will take a one-year leave of absence from her city job to become acting president of Rosemont College in September. She is a 1961 graduate of the Catholic liberal arts college for women and has served on the board of trustees for the last four 5'ears. "I'm taking this job as a result of an emergency situation," Miss Sylvester said yesterday. "The board and the alumnae asked me to consider the position after they could not come up' with a replacement for Sister Ann Marie Durst," she said. The resignation of Sister Durst, president for seven years, was effective Friday. Miss Sylvester said that she was taking the job with the blessing of Mayor Frank L. Rizzo. She said she had agreed to be president only until a search committee of the board of trustees came up with a permanent choice, but she did not rule out the possibility of eventually taking the job permanently herself. Fatal auto accident tied to bad brakes The car that went out of control in center city Friday, killing a woman and injuring 12 other pedestrians, had a malfunctioning brake system, a source in the Philadelphia district attorney's office said yesterday. The source said that "internal leaking" in the system had resulted in brake fluid flowing back into the master cylinder instead of into the brakes. As a result, the source said, the brakes were inoperative. Under the circumstances, the source said, it was highly unlikely that charges would be filed against the driver, who told police Friday that his brakes had failed. The accident occured at Walnut and 17th Streets. The car, driven by Joshua Goldberg, 76, of 4401 Consho-hocken Ave., went out of control, jumped a curb and struck the pedestrians. Cleo Freebtrg, 55, of 31 King Rd., Somerset, N. J., was killed. Laetrile boom never made it, even legally By Rick Edmonds Inquirer Staff Writer A j ear ago Delaware bucked the medical establishment and legalized Laetrile. Six months ago New Jersey did the same. The laws allowing the use, manufacture and sale of the drug so far have had no effect whatever on its availability. And hardly anvone seems to care. Neither in Delaware nor in New Jersey are there any applications pendma to manufacture Laetrile, which its adherents believe can cure csncer or retard its growth. State health officials do not expect any applications. Delaware's officials have not even bothered to draw up the manufacturing regulations required by the law. In Pennsylvania, ton, the drive to (See LAETRILE on 4 B0

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