The Orlando Sentinel from Orlando, Florida on February 5, 1990 · 13
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The Orlando Sentinel from Orlando, Florida · 13

Orlando, Florida
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Monday, February 5, 1990
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1 1 tW 7 - IJV ...It i The Orlando Sentinel Lawyers volunteer to help AIDS patients through legal troubles, B-3 fl MONDAY, February 5, 1990 'iitTfcfiiilttfiwiiiiMt- ' i itft. nj-d. "fc J"Tinr1lift',lliirrirre-i,SitinatrvlniMiUrt rifr'iltilthfrif:rfiiii- iir -lilin'i tfltlMMi ilillkin' lift IjiitiMniH'iiiiii tflilittiMl' uiMlim iftitrftifiimiifi :t tfiriffliililnniHhiiM l.AlUlIJIjU- ma 9 By Lance Oliver OF THE SENTINEL STAFF Crowded classes remain problem Bob Morris COLUMN WORLD Sign stuck to fur coat gets under wearer's skin 1 urtive business: A nice Winter Park businesswoman who said shp wnnlH prefer that her name wasn't in the paper flew into Orlando International Airport recently from a Colorado ski trip. She was wearing a fur coat. Stepping into the terminal shuttle, she noticed another woman who gave her a dirty look and then jostled her a bit as she walked past. It wasn't until a few minutes later, at the baggage claim area, that someone pointed out the sign that had been stuck to the back of her fur coat. "You should be ashamed for wearing fur," it said. Our Winter Park businesswoman was indignant. '"That woman should be ashamed fur not personally confronting me face-to-face with her opinion," she said. "To have an opinion is one thing, but to be sneaky about it is quite another." Apparently there have been other incidents like this at the airpoit. So who is behind it? "It's not us," said Stan Moore, with the local chapter of Voices for Animals. But he acknowledged that some of the group's supporters could be "freelancing." Moore said he knows of one zealous member who routinely visits local department stores and stuffs fur coats with the "You should be ashamed" signs. "But I don't believe that's the way we go about winning the hearts and minds of the people," Moore said Later this month, his group plans to demonstrate its opposition to one of Central Florida's longest-running annual events the 84th Silver Spurs Roil' o. Said Moore: "They are beating hell Til of rows and horses just for the sake of etertainmer.t., Pnd it has to stop." V V i Out there: According to our well-placed" moles at Walt Disney World, something historic is about to happen at Pleasure Island, the nighttime entertainment complex. You know how Disney just announced its seventh general admission price increase in the last 5Vfc years? Well, the wo.d is that Disney's considering culling the admission price to Pleasure Island - almost in half, from $15 to $8. Apparently those attendance figures just haven't met projections. . . . Still, crowds swarmed into Pleasure Island recently when word got out that Michael Jackson was making the rounds of the clubs. Head Disney honcho Mickey Eisner was also in town and met Jackson at the Xzfr Hockin' Rollerdrome. After the paying customers were shown the door, Eisner and Jackson slipped into skates and rolled around together. Don't you just wish you had gotten a picture of that? y v v Spotless: John Buckles of A-l Orange Cleaning Service called to say that Column World really missed a big time by not attending the recent convention here of the International Window Cleaning Association. "Window cleaners are too often looked down on as bums, and we are hoping to get out the word that there is tremendous skill involved with the profession," he said. The culmination of the event came when 125 window cleaners competed to see who could clean three 4-by-5-foot glass windows the fastest using a 12-inch squeegee. The winner, from Texas, polished off all three windows in an amazing 10.48 seconds. "And there wasn't a smudge," Buckles reported. Five of the top 10 fastest were from A-l Orange, which has been doing business in Orlando since 1925 and cleans all the windows at Walt Disney World. We assured Buckles that if the convention returns, we won't miss the window cleaning competition. "It is really exciting," he said. "There is unbelievable pressure when you are cleaning windows in front of 300 people in a room." We will take his word for it. f f f Name games: Our ever-active Department of Aptonyms has ferreted out these names that fit the occupations: He's an electrical contractor in DeLand - Bill Lighthouse. . . . And. elsewhere in Volusia County, in the community of Osteen. it's so very appropriate that the principal of Osteen Elementary School is none other than Marcella Osteen . . . We're just barely into the 1990s, but Paul Lester, assistant professor of art at the University of Central Florida, already has been wondering what we're going to call the decade just ahead. You know, the 10 years from 2000 and 2009. The Twenty Hundreds? Nah. kind of drags. Lester asked students in his visual communications class. Their offerings: The Nothings, The Ohs, he Fit sties, The Ty iple Ohs and Lester's favorite The Naughties. Small class size is the goal but not the reality at Florida's public universities, and the University of Central Florida has the highest percentage of crowded classrooms.- A preliminary survey done by consultants to the Postsecondary Education Planning Commission, a state government advisory body, said 70 percent of the core curriculum classes at the nine state universities have more than 22 students. At UCF, 91 percent of those classes have 22 or more students. The numbers show the picture of a state university system aiming to be among the nation's best but not getting the money needed to ensure that quality, said Jim Wilson, president of the statewide United Faculty of Florida union. "We're the fourth or fifth largest state in the nation, and we want to have the fourth or fifth best university system in the nation, but if we don't devote the resources to it, we're not going to reach that goal," Wilson said. Florida ranks 44th in the nation in the percentage of its state spending on higher education, according to a federal government study. larger classes is one indicator of lack of money, especially when student enrollments are growing as Ihey are in Florida, Wilson said. At UCF, a school that has been trying since it opened in 1968 to catch up to its growth in numbers of students, crowded classrooms are an accepted fact of life. The oldest joke on campus is that UCF stands for "U Can't Finish" because of the difficulty of enrolling in crowded courses. Most students and professors can recount stories of classrooms with standing room only or students silting on the floor. Many students never even think about Please see CLASS, B-5 JOHN RAOUXSENTINEL Cynthia (second from left) swaps stories with Andrea, David and Victoria the family she never knew. Reunited family celebrates end of 30-year secret By Mark Vosburgh OF THE SENTINEL STAFF If only she could have watched and listened Sunday afternoon, Harriet Chinlund would have forgiven her children. For there were David and Victoria, Andrea and Cynthia, all grown up and together. All swapping childhood stories and laughing. All looking so happy, even if they were unraveling a secret Harriet had carried to her grave. The secret: Cynthia had been given up for adoption at birth. "Mommy's up there watching," said Victoria Snyder, 41, who hosted a reunion at. her Winter Park home. "I'm sure she's happy," said Cynthia Lewis, 30, the long-lost sister from Atlanta. "I think she didn't tell us because she didn't, think we'd understand," said Andrea Braxton, 39, of Orlando. The story began 30 years ago, when Harriet flew from Chicago to Orlando with three children in tow and expecting a fourth. She was to join her husband, who had already started a new job with Martin Marietta. Victoria, who was 10 at the time, recalled that her father met the family at the airport, but didn't take them home. Instead, he told his wife that he had started a new life and wanted a divorce. Pregnant, and unemployed, Harriet Chinlund also had nowhere to go. She had just sold the house in Chicago. So she stayed in Orlando with her three children, and when the time came, went to the hospital to give birth. "We talked to her she said we had had died," Victoria said, other word about it." Even David Chinlu time, never suspected "I was immature," in the hospital, and i little sister, but she "She never said an- nd, a teen-ager at the the truth. said David, now 48 and the owner of a video game company in California. "I didn't care about anything except the girl across the street. She wore very, very short shorts " The truth was that Harriet had her eios- Pease see REUNION, B-5 Store clerk disappears in Orange By Gary Taylor OF THE SENTINEL STAFF A clerk disappeared from the east Orange County convenience store where she was working, leaving behind her car and purse. Orange County sheriffs investigators were trying to find Deborah D. Poe, a clerk at the Circle K at Hall Road and Aloma Avenue in Goldenrod. Poe, 26, is 5-foot-3 and 100 pounds, with blue-green eyes and medium-length blond hair. atierin s spokeswoman Denise Gainer said there is nothing missing from the , store, and there are no signs of a struggle. Poe's Circle K smock, worn by emDlovees over their clothes, Poe was inside the store. Her purse was in her locked car, and the car keys were in her purse. One of the store's regular customers called the sheriff's department just before 4:30 a.m. after discovering Poe wasn't there. The woman was fine when her boyfriend visited her at the store about midnight, Gainer said. She said Poe, who lives in an apartment complex near the store, moved to the Orlando area from Washington, D.C., last October. Gainer said that according to Poe's friends, the clerk has been working two jobs to save enough money to start her own business. Besides her job at the Circle K, Poe works in the retail advertising department of The Orlando Sentinel. Gainer said she did not know what business Poe wanted to start. Anyone with information should call the sheriffs office at 657-2500. Stepdad says he loved boy, didn't kill him By Mark Pankowski OF THE SENTINEL STAFF SANFORD Carl Alvarez cannot believe the hatred aimed at him since his arrest on charges of beating his 7-year-old stepson to death. After Alvarez tried to kill himself by swallowing a plastic spoon, people mailed more of the utensils to the Seminole County jail. They were addressed to Alvarez. "WTiat kind of society do we live in?" asked Alvarez, speaking in his first interview since his stepson's death in December. "They assume that you're guilty. . . But people don't know me from Adam. "I have totally lost my faith in people." Seminole County sheriffs detectives say Alvarez sexually assaulted and beat Joshua Boynton' late Dec. 7 in their home near Cas-selberry. Bruised and brain-dead, the first-grader died two days later. But Alvarez insists that he is innocent. "What happened that night was a complete accident," said Alvarez, speaking at the jail last week. "It was a tragic accident. "I loved my son very much," Alvarez said. "He was like my shad- Please see ALVAREZ, B-6 Vo : ' . Paulucci hasn't given up in Seminole mall race By Mike Berry OF THE SF NIINH SrATF JOE BURBANKSENTINFL A little friendly fishing Lemonte White, 8, and Willie Myers, 10, enjoy each other's company, some early morning sunshine and one of their favorite pastimes Sunday at Lake Ivanhoe ir Orlando. SANFORD The race to build a shopping mall in north Seminole County has lost one of its three competitors. Millionaire developer Jeno Paulucci fancies himself as the tortoise of the remaining two. The hare, Paulucci said, is San-ford Interstate Properties, which is well ahead of him in the labyrinth of government review. A regional planning council could a p -prove his competitor's proposed Seminole Mall next month. But Paulucci, who has proposed a mall called Heathrow Town Center, said whoever signs up ihe stores first will win. In that respect, he said, he sees himself ahead. "Maybe we're more like the tortoise," Paulucci said. "We haven't been sleeping. Our feeling is, it's not going to happen right away. But we feel quite confident in the end we will pievail." Seminole Mall, which is tentatively named, would be just east of Interstate 4. between State Road 40 anc County Road 46-A. Heathrow Town Center would be Maybe we're more like the tortoise. We haven 't been sleeping. Developer Jeno Paulucci in the same area but west of 1-4, just north of C.R. 46-A. The developers are racing because they and planners agree that north Seminole can support only one large mall. A third competitor, Hornart Development Co. of Atlanta, never got out of the starting gate. Hornart announced plans in late 1988 to build a mall north of S.R. 46 and west of 1-4. But because of environmental problems much of the area is wetlands - and turmoil in the de partment store industry, Hornart reconsidered, said Jack 0 1 i a r o , vice president for mall development. "You need the department stores," he said. "We just didn't see them ready to step into a commitment." Homart's withdrawal leaves only Heathrow Town Center and Seminole Mall on the course. The latter is a $278 million, two-story project being developed by Melvin Simon & Associates of Indianapolis, Central Florida developer Norman Rossman and American Pioneer Savings Bank of Orlando. Sanford Interstate Properties is the name of the joint venture. Please see MALLS, B 5

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