The Salina Journal Thursday, January 9,1986 Page 6 Tough women join street gangs Leaders By The New York Times NEW YORK — The 24-year-old woman wore a black leather jacket, tight jeans, black leather boots and a motorcycle chain around her thick waist as she walked through Central Park, talking about how and why she mugs people. : "First I hide," she said. "Then I jump the person and pull out my switchblade. Sometimes I feel bad because I think they could be my mother. But then I think of my two kids. I have to buy food and clothes for them." The woman, like most of the other gang members who agreed to talk to a reporter, asked to be identified only by her nickname, Loca, which means crazy in Spanish. "We're one big family pulling together to survive this world," said Donna Capalbo, 20, looking on in her Bronx apartment as a fellow gang member, Crazy Cat, bounced her 7-month-old daughter on his knee. Crazy Cat is the vice president of the Sheridans gang. Tammy, a member of a gang called the Cowboys, said she joined because her boyfriend was a member. "I'm with him so I'm with his family," said Tammy as she walked along Lexington Avenue near 115th Street amid the crumbling buildings and sidewalks that are her gang's turf. These women are among the hundreds of women associated with predominantly male street gangs, according to law-enforcement officials. Women in male-run gangs live in two contradictory worlds, according to law enforcement officials, sociologists and gang members. On the one hand, they may fight, steal and spy with the same gusto as some of the roughest men on the street. On the other hand, many of them are motivated by women's traditional desires to find a husband and build a family. According to Sgt. John Galea of the youth services division of the police department, women have been in street gangs for more than a century in New York. The current members, he said, tend to have divorced parents, be members of minority groups and live in ghettos. They range in age from 8 to 45, he said, and average about 17. Some of the youngest have parents in the gang and others just hang around and are informally adopted. Street gangs in New York tend to rise and fall in decadelong cycles, Galea said, and the 1980s seems to be a slack period. But the presence of women in them has remained constant. The number of gangs dropped from 278 in 1975 to 66 in 1983, he said, but the percentage of women who are members has remained about 5 percent. During periods of high gang activity, women form their own gangs. At other times, they can be found only as members of male gangs, he said. Loca has never been married. She said she had only had one minor conviction and served a brief sentence. She primps for a party not by applying makeup but by using vaseline to shine the unicorn tattooed on her shoulder. Her jewelry is a symbol of her femininity, she says, but her rings depict skulls, sharks and spiders. And yet she is a devoted mother to her 5-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son, she says, willing to commit crimes to keep them fed and clothed. Other women join gangs to increase their chances of finding a companion or husband, sociologists say. Gangs are the singles bars of the street set, reservoirs of some of the brightest, toughest and most sociable youths from urban ghettos. A cardinal gang rule is that men fight men and women fight women. A joint officers' installation of Fidelity Rebekah Lodge 169, Brookville, and Miriam Rebekah Lodge 8, Salina, recently was held. New officers of the Brookville lodge are Ethel Gane, noble grand; Alice Hartley, vice grand; Betty Dent, recording secretary; Clara Wagner, chaplain; Marie Shanks, warden, and Dorothy Richards, conductor. Salina lodge officers are Alberta Paramore, noble grand; Evelyn Ernst and Berniece Carlin, right and left supporters; Hazel Gray, recording secretary; Arlene Fezler, financial secretary; Marie Shanks, treasurer; Geneva Patterson, junior past noble grand; Betty Randies and Daisy Fetteroff, right and left supporters; Mary Wood, warden; Oletha Farrar, conductor; Ethel Boyer, chaplain; Bernadine Katherineberg and Goldie Powell, right and left supporters; Florence Karns, musician; Nora McCullough, inside guardian; Betty Just, outside guardian, and Ruby Freeman, color bearer. Masterpieces of the American West NEW YORK (AP) — Georgia O'Keeffe, Frederic Remington, Jackson Pollock and Helen Frankenthaler are among the 65 artists whose work is included in the exhibition, "Masterpieces of the American West," at the American Museum of Natural History through Feb. 16. The exhibition contains 76 paintings. White vinegar keeps washer running well Dear Heloise: I asked the serviceman why my automatic washer is pumping water out too slowly. He said, "Save the $35 for a service call and pour one gallon of white vinegar into the washing machine. Let it soak for 4 to 6 hours, then run through the cycle." Presto! I did and the pump got cleaned out and the washer is as good as new. Vinegar also works on clogged shower heads that can be removed and soaked in vinegar. — John I spoke to Walter Blake of the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers, and he said this tip would work. It breaks up hard water and soap deposits. Do this often to prevent the buildup.—Heloise Dear Heloise: I enjoy your column and find many handy hints. Here's one that may be useful. Heloise's hints KING FEATURES I have a 30 x 50-inch lightweight beach towel I find handy as a couch throw when I rest. A knit or crochet afghan would be too warm at times but a colorful towel is fine. — E. 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Maybe it's old but it's new to me. I had always had a hard time keeping my place when I was reading a book. Now I take the back flap of the book jacket and tuck it into the page where I leave off. When I resume reading I just put the flap back in place. — Faithful Reader Simple but effective.—Heloise Dear Heloise: Getting organized to go to the supermarket can be a hassle sometimes, so here is a suggestion I find helpful. I put a legal-size envelope on my refrigerator with a magnet. Whenever I run out of something, I write it on the envelope so by the time I go shopping I have a complete list. I take the envelope off the refrigerator, go through my coupons and take only those I need and slip them inside the envelope. Everything is handy for shopping and checking out at the store.—Mrs. AnitalMellkill You are an organized woman! Thanks for writing.—Heloise SALESPERSON WANTED We are now accepting applications for a part-time salesperson leading to full-time. 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