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Bridgewater, New Jersey
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Thursday, February 21, 1985
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w Town Crier B-2 Obituaries B-3 Religion B-4 B-1 T THE COURIER-NEWSThursday, February 21, 1985 J Sill By THOMAS H. FREZZA Courier-News Staff Writer NORTH BRUNSWICK - For the second time this year, corrections officers at the new $20 million Middlesex County Adult Correction Center have refused to report to their posts, Deputy Warden August Marazo said last night. The job action began yesterday afternoon when officers began calling the jail and requesting personal days that Marazo said cannot be granted. As of last night, 15 to 20 corrections officers were involved in the slowdown. "We're in the middle of a job action; I have no idea why they're doing it," Marazo said. "There haven't been any incidents, and local municipalities have been told to keep their prisoners Volunteers sought for tests By MARILYN OSTERMILLER Courier-News Staff Writer NEW BRUNSWICK - Middlesex General-University Hospital is seeking volunteers for tests of a long-term birth-control device and an ointment for treating herpes. The clinical studies, which include research into menopause and urinary- Plainfield honors VERDELL L. ROUNDTREE FREEMAN WHETSTONE ( ) - r JOHN MARSHALL gyaras s ir profi in their lockups. As far as I'm concerned, it's an unauthorized walkout." Marazo said superiors, sergeants and lieutenants were filling in to replace the officers. Louis Wodash, president of Policemen's Benevolent Association Local 152, said the slowdown wasn't sanctioned with his group, which represents the officers. He said, however, that he had an idea why it was being done. Wodash is scheduled to address the county Board of Freeholders tonight on staff levels and safety issues at the lockup. "We're working below staff," Wodash said. "Some of the officers might be doing it individually as an act of support. I'm sure they're pulling individual time. We've had some officer-inmate confrontations recently. One officer had his jaw broken by a tract infections, are made with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Rutgers Medical School, under the direction of Dr. Samuel A. Pasquale of the hospital's Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. For a five-year study of a contraceptive implant known as Norplant, the hospital is seeking 100 wom Helps black colleges A tireless worker on behalf of black colleges, Roundtree was appointed vice president of national programs of the United Negro College Fund in 1983. She was instrumental in forming the first, corporate committee of the organization, a move that increased contributions. She received a bachelor's degree from Tennessee State University and is a former high school English teacher and past assistant to the president of Fisk University. Roundtree is adviser and mentor to the development director of the Theatre of Universal Images in Newark and is a member of the board of Public Service Electric and Gas Co. Roundtree has been appointed to agencies by three governors, serv-ingas vice chairman of the New Jersey Tax Policy Commission under Gov. William Cahill; board of directors of the New Jersey Transit Corp. under Gov. Brendan Byrne; and the Leadership Commission for Educa-tionan Excellence under Kean. Civil rights pioneer A native of Plainfield, Whetstone has long been a familiar face in community affairs. He was in the forefront of the the civil rights movement at its beginning, playing an active role in organizations devoted to aiding the oppressed and the poor. A retired American Cyanamid employee, where he worked for 40 years, Whetstone has been president of the United Housing Corp. since 1972. He devoted countless volunteer hours in taking the Dr. Whitney Young Jr. and the Rev. Frank W. Allen apartments from the planning stages to completion. Whetstone, who served in the Coast Guard in World War II, is a member of the executive committee of the NAACP. He is a former president of the Neighborhood House Association and several years ago was awarded the YMCA's Service to Youth Award, He was a member of the old Model Cities Neighborhood Council and belongs to the city Citizens Advisory Committee. Track record-holder A 1981 Plainfield High School graduate, Marshall broke the 800-meter collegiate record in 1982 and was named to the U.S. Junior National Team. The same year he was chosen the most valuable runner in the Penn Relays and won the Pan-American junior national championship. He qualified for the U.S. Olympic track and field team last year but failed to place for the final 800-meter event. Now in his last competitive year at Villanova University, Marshall is regarded as the nation's top 800-meter runner. He plans to enter law school in 1986. While attending high school, Marshall was the national scholastic champion in his event, winning all-county and all-state honors with the second fastest 800-meter time 1:48.05 in the nation. He received one or more scholarship offers from colleges in every state in the nation. state prisoner at the new facility after the prisoner had gotten a hold of some homemade liquor." Wodash charged that most officers have been going through their tour of duty without lunch or breaks. He said more than 500 prisoners are locked up at the new facility and the old workhouse in North Brunswick, where 140 corrections officers work. "There's a definite need for manpower," he said. "The county is trying to run the new and old facilities with the same number of officers we had before the new one opened." Corrections officers refused to report to their posts on the 7 a.m.-to-3 p.m. shift Jan. 3 to protest overtime schedules. Wodash claimed that an increasing number of officers who don't want overtime must work the extra hours. en, 18 to 40 years old. The study, which began at the hospital in August 1983, already involves 150 volunteers. The implants, in the form of two or six rods or capsules, are inserted through a small incision under the skin of a woman's upper arm. They contain a progestin known as Continued on Page B-3 seven outstanding black "They have demonstrated their commitment and talent to Plainfield" Richard Taylor Plainfield mayor f ' X ' I In l f . j &t...A. ... .r, -.r rW g-,MBg . &tafr.4fe JlUM MILLS and CATHERINE Worked Married for 62 years, the couple moved back to Plainfield from Virginia a few years ago. Both have been active in educational, cultural and civic endeavors wherever they have lived. i Mr. Barnes is considered an expert on Plainfield's black history, possessing a keen knowledge about the city from his early childhood days. His fight for equal treatment of blacks WILLIAM LEWIS 1 T . ,VJ 1, I I . if i JfHi lit 1 1 fs " : f 'If f't " ' GX ill J: Courler-Newi Photo By Hal Brown A Middlesex Borough man was injured yesterday when a car was backed into the window of a store in the Blue Star Shopping Center in Watchung. Car hurls man through window By JERRY E. BEMBRY Courier-News Staff Writer WATCHUNG - A Middlesex man viewing an eyeglass display at a Blue Star Shopping Center store was injured yesterday when he was struck by an out-of-control car and thrown through the display window. Joseph Shello was listed in good condition in Muhlenberg Hospital in Plainfield after undergoing BARNES with YVC A and all minorities predates the civil rights movement of the 1960s. They have worked together and separately for community improvement through the Adult Learning Center and the YWCA. Mr. Barnes organized the Plainfield Negro History Club in the 1920s, campaigning at that time against segregation, minstrel shows, discrimination and derogatory handling of news about blacks. Helped civic groups A resident of the city for 32 years, Lewis is an active participant in civic, social and humanitarian programs, a person who makes civic awareness a part of his creed. For several years, Lewis was em ployed in the city's traffic maintenance division. He recently was transferred to head the Recycling Center. His forte at meetings is reducing com' plicated bureaucratic propositions to everyday English. He began his activism with the old Model Cities organization and shifted his efforts to the Citizens Advisory Committee, where he speaks loudly on the social-services branch. Lewis has been president of the West End Neigh borhood Association and is treasurer of Shiloh Baptist Church. . AS I ':i I fl f f J surgery. Police said Shello was standing in front of the Vision World eyeglass store in the Route 22 shopping center when a car driven by Constance Ciferni of Berkeley Heights accidently shifted into reverse. After hitting Shello, the 1979 Audi wound up partly through a plate-glass window, damaging a display case, police said. Police said that there were other shoppers on the sidewalk but that Mayor urges youth to emulate honoree By JACK W. GILL Courier-News Staff Writer PLAINFIELD - When Catherine T. Barnes came from Albany, N.Y., to Plainfield in 1922, a black could not enter an ice cream parlor in the city, she told an audience here last night. Then she looked at the crowd of youngsters gathered in City Hall and said, "You would not be standing in here in those days." Last night, as part of a Black History Month ceremony, the city that once did not welcome minorities honored five black residents for their outstanding accomplishments and contributions to the community. A special award also was presented to Barnes and her husband, Mills S. Barnes, for being "an example of the stability of the black family." The Barneses have been married for 62 years. Mayor Richard L. Taylor, the second black mayor in the city's history, sponsored the ceremony and helped select the award winners with the assistance of a committee. Honored were Dr. Lorraine Laneuville Jones, a pediatrician; Verdell Roundtree, vice president for national programs of the United Negro College Fund; John Marshall, Olympic runner and Villanova University track star, William Lewis, a longtime city employee and civic leader, and Freeman Whetstone, civil rights worker active in housing programs. " The mayor said he hoped youth attending the ceremony would consider the five honorees as role models and try to emulate their lifestyles and devotion to community service. "They have demonstrated their commitment and talent to Plain- r i A Dr. L. LANEUVILLE JONES ij ilfiU I Id i they avoided the car. Shello was thrown through the store window into the building. "The woman was blowing her horn as the vechicle went backward and everyone got out of the way except the man," said a police officer who investigated. "It looked like someone had backed into the window. Other than the plate-glass window, it didn't look Continued on Page B-3 citizens field," Taylor said, describing the city as "rich in multi-ethnic culture representing every spectrum in the rainbow." Dr. Jones said her "deepest concern is for children," adding, "If we cannot help our children, then it is a sad commentary on all of us." The importance of a good education was stressed by Marshall, who singled out youth in the audience for his message. "The Olympics are over, but my education will continue," he declared. "No one can take my education away from me." Marshall, who plans to attend law school next year, urged parents to "never deny your kids their goals, no matter how high their goals and expectations are." Mr. Barnes, who said he was one of only six blacks to graduate from Plainfield High School in the 1920s, said there was no reference to black history in the school. He and several of his friends organized the Plainfield Negro History Club, leading to the first interest to study the contributions of blacks in the nation and the world. Whetstone said his philosophy has been, "Be the best you possibly can," adding he has "enjoyed getting out and doing something for my community." Lewis, who observed his 63rd birthday this week, said he would be "forever grateful for being selected as a role model, adding.I am a good one. The invocation was given by the Rev. Burton Cathie, pastor of the Community Church of God. Pepsi Charles, a writer and teacher, read a poem, "For My People." Music was provided by the high school Gospel Choir. Leads block group A pediatrician, member of the board of trustees of Muhlenberg Hospital and former member of Runnells Hospital board, she has been active with the Red Cross, NAACP, Grant Avenue Community Center, St. Mary's Catholic Church and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. She has been president of her neighborhood block association for 14 years and is a member of Gov. Thomas H. Kean's Committee for Better Schools! Admired for her work with children and their parents, Jones is the donor of an annual memorial award to a Plain-field High School senior showing excellence in Afro-American history. A native of New Orleans, she is a graduate of Meharry Medical College Nashville, Tenn., and programs at Flint Goodridge Hospital, New Orleans, and Hahnemann Hospital (now Community Medical Center), Scran-ton, Pa.

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