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The Courier-News from Bridgewater, New Jersey · Page 24

Bridgewater, New Jersey
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Wednesday, May 16, 1979
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B-1 2 Wednesday. May 1 6, 1 97 Th3 Goufisr-Nsujs Moonie's engagement Tike knife in the heart' By BILL FALK Gannett Newi Service YONKERS, N.Y. - The Rev. Sun Myung Moon's disciples say it's a mar riage made in heaven. The future bride's mother, Mrs. Sylvia Vogel of Yonkers, says she's going through hell. "What did she send me on Mother's Day?" she said. "A hammer on the head and a knife in the heart." Mrs. Vogel's daughter, Ellen, smilingly announced to a press conference this week here that the Rev. Moon had decided she and a 23-year-old black man from Mississippi she hardly knows are a "perfect match" and will to be married in a mass wedding ceremony to be held in 1981. Ellen, 24, who left her parent's conservative Jewish home here six years . ago to join Moon's Unification Church, and her future husband, George Whitfield, were among 1,410 church members who were "matched" Sunday by Moon at his World Mission Center at the New York Hotel in Manhattan. Two such rites have occurred previously in Japan in 1970 and in South Korea in 1975. Vogel and Whitfield say their marriage is consistent with the Unification Church's goal to unite people of all races, colors and religions. Both of them wanted to marry outside of their races. Like most of the 784 couples selected by Moon, Ellen and George had hardly known each other before Sunday. But the two said they were confident about the match because they were picked "by the inspiration of the Rev. Sun Myung Moon," whom they called 'the representative of God." "By looking at us you'd wonder what we have in common," Whitfield said. "I'm black and from the South; she's a nice Jewish girl from Yonkers. What we have in common is our commitment to build a better world." Ellen said she has "known for about a year now that I would marry a black man. I prayed about it, and it came to me." As her daughter happily spoke of her impending marriage, Mrs. Vogel sat in her Yonkers home and wept. "I'm on all sorts of medication, but I'm just crying and crying," she said. "I'm absolutely hysterical. I've been considering suicide." Mrs. Vogel said her daughter, who has been working for Moon's church In Miami, called her Sunday to tell her she was in New York and had some good news she was engaged to be married. "I asked her, can I meet the boy?" Mrs. Vogel said. "She said, 'He's bUck.' The 60-year-old widow said the seven years of her daughter's involvement with the church have been a nightmare. It began when Ellen, once an outgoing, happy girl, began gaining weight and grew shy and Introverted, Mrs. Vogel said. "She was emotionally bankrupt. I really don't know why. She was a brilliant girl she graduated (from) high school in three years and could speak five languages." While working in George McGov-era's campaign organization in 1972, Ellen met someone who told her about "a one-world crusade,' Mrs. Vogel said. She began attending meetings with Moon's disciples and her personality began changing, her mother said. "After working for McGovern for months, she comes home one day and tells me to vote for Nixon," Mrs. Vogel said. "Was she brainwashed or wasn't she?" Shortly after, Ellen moved out and joined the church. Mrs. Vogel said she and Ellen's two brothers one is a rabbi have considered having her kidnapped and deprogrammed. But she said she has been advised that "if it doesn't work, you will lose your child forever." In control through most of the conversation, Mrs. Vogel now sobbed softly. "I don't want that to happen, but how long can I live with this? She's my baby. There isn't a night that I go to sleep without thinking of her." 24-hour-a-day gambling is denied Atlantic City TRENTON (AP) - Non-stop casino gambling in Atlantic City is not in the public's best interest, said Assemblyman Richard Codey, D-Essex, as the committee he chairs voted down a measure that would have permitted casinos to remain open around the clock. "To stop his gambling, to make him rethink his action is not a bad thing to force a bettor to do," Codey said yesterday. The Assembly State Government Committee voted 3-3 against the bill, which would have allowed casinos to remain open 24 hours daily. A majority vote was needed for approval. "The present hours produce a massive outpouring of patrons at closing time and thus produces a massive traffic jam," said Assemblyman Michael J. Matthews, D-Atlantic, who sponsored the ill-fated bill. Traffic leaving the casino has to pass through narrow streets, he explained. "God help us if there's a major emergency," he added. Resorts International Hotel Casino is required to close at 4 a.m. weekdays. The casino may remain open until 6 a.m. on weekends. It opens daily at 10 a.m. Codey said the issue of 24-hour gambling could be raised after Atlantic City has passed through its "embryonic" stage of casino gambling. Although Resorts International is the state's only operating casino, Caesars World and Bally Manufacturing Corp. plan to open casinos by Labor Day. Gov. Brendan T. Byrne has said he is "inalterably opposed" to 24-hour casino gambling because it would create a "Las Vegas-type atmosphere." Lawyer Joel Sterns, who represents Resorts International, argued continuous gambling would lead to increased employment in the resort city. "The closer we can get to three-shift employment, that would create new jobs and new opportunities," be said. David Satz, a lawyer for the Atlantic City Casino Hotel Association, said 24-hour casino gambling would ease police protection problems that occur when the casinos are forced to close. In other action, the commitee voted to endorse amendments to provisions of the Casino Control Act, including one that would allow casinos to operate for one year with a temporary casino license. If approved, the amendment would allow a casino to operate on a temporary license for nine months, with provisions for a three-month extension. Currently, a temporary casino permit is good for six months, with one three-month extension. The commission said the additional three month lifespan of the temporary permit would allow for more time for the investigation of the casino appliant. The committee also approved an amendment that would extend from 42 to 70 days the time in which the commission must decide on a casino's application for a temporary permit. Marlboro fights transfer of accused mass killer MARLBORO TOWNSHIP (AP) - The transfer of an accused mass murderer from Trenton State Hospital to a minimum-security facility in this Monmouth County community has come under fire from of township officials who vow to block the move. Howard B. Unruh, 58, would be transferred to Marlboro State Hospital on July 1 under a state Department of Human Services directive endorsed by officials of both hospitals. Mayor Arthur Goldzweig has contacted Human Services Commissioner Ann Klein, Gov. Brendan T. Byrne and Attorney General John Degnan asking for a delay in the move. "The residents cannot be satisfied that Mr. Unruh can be safely housed in a minimum-security hospital such as Marlboro," Goldzweig said in a recent letter to state officials. Unruh has been confined to the maximum security Vroom Building of Trenton State Hospital since Sept. 7, 1949, the day after he allegedly killed 13 persons during a shooting rampage in Camden. "We i respectfully request that the transfer be delayed until such time as we have had an opportunity to meet with hospital personnel and representatives of the Department of Human Services," the mayor said. Dr. Harvey Musicoff, director of Trenton State Hospital, last week said Unruh is "an excellent risk" and his transfer was recommended by officials during a hearing at the hospital. He said the township has always objected to the bousing at Marlboro patients facing possible criminal action. "Mr. Unruh is the type of detainer patient that we wish never to see housed in Marlboro," he said. Goldzweig said township officials also would raise the question of whether Unruh belonged in Marlboro because he was a Camden County resident when the shootings occurred. Unruh has never been found competent to stand trial for 16 pending indictments, 13 of which are for murder. Marlboro serves patients from Monomouth, Ocean, Middlesex, Union and j parts of Essex counties, the mayor said. Damage in millions feared at A-plant Gannett News Service SALEM - All the fuel In the Salem nuclear power plant Is being removed for inspection because parts of some of the fuel assemblies have been damaged. The cost of repair or replacement Is not yet known, but It could run into the millions of dollars. The New Jersey plant has been closed since April 3 for refueling and maintenance, a process that was supposed to have involved removal of only 20 percent of the fuel. Now, all of It is being pulled from the reactor. A spokesman for the Public Service Electric & Gas Co.,(PSEfcU) which runs the plant, said there is no danger and no radiation has been released. PSE&G is uncertain about the cause the damage, but spokesman Patrick Wheeler speculated yesterday that It might have occurred during the refueling process. A Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokesman said there have been a few instances of such damage at other plants, but details of the damage and the causes were not immediately available. The assemblies were sold to PSE&G by Westinghouse. Inspection of fuel assemblies as they were being put in storage revealed slight nicks and cracks along the edges of the honeycomb-type grids which hold the rods, Wheeler said. . So far the utility has found site damage to 20 of the 116 assemblies examined. There are a total of 193 assemblies, and inspection should be completed by tomorrow. The assemblies are highly radioactive and must be kept under water after they are removed from the reactor. Exposure could kill in a matter of seconds. The spent fuel storage area, where all of the assemblies are being taken through a water-filled channel from the reactor building, has not been used before because this is the year-old reactor's first refueling. PSEtG is faced with either trying to fix or replace the grids, made of a nickel alloy, or replacing the entire fuel assemblies, which cost 1200,000 each. The shutdown is costing the utility up to $500,000 a day. Salem was to have reopened in late June. But, the assembly grid problem could extend the shutdown well into the summer, when electrical use peaks. This not only could cost the utility millions more but deprive the regional power network of about 9 percent of lis reserve summer capacity. Marston, Green winners in Philly PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Republican David Marston and Democrat Bill Green won their party's mayoral primaries yesterday in bids to inherit the crumbling political dynasty of Frank Rizzo. It was a sweet triumph for Green, a former congressman who lost by 50,000 votes in the 1971 Democratic mayoral primary to Rizzo, then the city's police commissioner. This time Green won by some 40,000 votes, defeating Charles Bowser, a Philadelphia attorney making his second bid to become Philadelphia's first black mayor. With almost all the vote in, Green had just over 201,000 votes - the most in any primary election here since Bernard Samuel ran up 226,000 in 1947 to become the city's last GOP mayor, and more than Rizzo polled in both the 1971 and 1975 primaries. Bowser, angry over the outcome and trailing with 158,000 votes, claimed there had been hanky-panky at the polls. He said he'd contest the outcome. Late last night, a city judge ordered a recount of all ballots cast in 25 percent of the city's wards. The winner in the fall will succeed Rizzo, whose no-nonsense stance as police commissioner toward lawbreakers won over a city on edge from anti-war demonstrations and race riots of the 1960s. He's barred from seeking a third consecutive term by a City Charter he tried to change at the polls last fall in a last-gasp push to retain power. As expected, the GOP mayoral primary was a yawn. Marston, the former federal prosecutor whose row with President Carter over the political spoils system WILLIAM J. GREEN ...Democratic winner won him instant fame, was endorsed by the party. He trounced three opponents. But it will be another story in the fall. Democrats outnumber Republicans here by a 7-2 edge. DAVID MARSTON ...Republican winner Marston, 36, was ousted as U.S. attorney here in January 1978 by Attorney General Griffin Bell, fanning the brouhaha with Carter over political patronage. Bare chests are barred WILDWOOD (AP) - There will be no bare chests on Wildwood's boardwalk again this summer because this city's controversial dress code will be enforced, Mayor Guy ' Muziani vows. "As far as I'm concerned, it's: going to be enforced," Muziani said. The code, passed last year as a city ordinance, requires all persons over 12 years old to wear "proper attire" in all public places except the beach. The code's biggest impact was to prevent men from going shirtless on the city's boardwalk. Muziani said he hopes to change the ordinance to limit enforcement to the evening hours and omit a loophole that allowed a local judge last year dismiss charges against American Civil Liberties Union official Jack Barense, even though Barense appeared on the boardwalk -without a shirt. Barense, who went shirtless last August to test the constitutionality of the ordinance, was cleared after the arresting officer admitted that he was not actually violating the letter of the law because he was not v "scantily attired." Muziani has repeatedly defended the code as "designed to protect families from seeing bare-chested individuals." However, the wording of the ordinance does not specifically prohibit this. DIESEL FUEL AUTO OWNERS Hedge against future fuel shortages For more Info, callRJS (201)754-6030,24 Hrs. WILL YOUt HAVE THE ENERGY? 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