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20 THE BOSTON GLOBE TUESDAY. NOVEMBER 27. 1984 Ross Field, once racially torn, unites to oppose a liquor store i U'M'l ,,11 Alice Stacy, in her Columbia Point apartment, talks with her dog. globe staff photo by john blanding. fli: i Hyde vf Us Park: fj 5.

A cial attacks flared, even against residents like Johnson, who had lived in the area for several years. After the 1982 incidents, a number of neighborhood groups sprang up: the Bel-Nel Neighborhood Assn and Wood Ave. Neighbors United focused on neighborhood crime. Hyde Park United, funded by the Boston Committee, focused on racial issues. The groups have met with some success.

Since the 1982 incidents, for example, the number of reported racial incidents in Hyde Park has dropped from about 30 in 1983 to less than 15 this year, acording to James Walsh, head of Hyde Park United. When word spread in October that the city was ready to grant a liquor license to the River street store in a commercial complex that houses a pizza shop and an ice cream store, the Ross Field groups, led by Hyde Park United, mobilized. Having missed the first hearing on the proposed liquor license because their names didn't appear on City Hall mailing lists, the Ross Field groups gathered zuu signatures on a petition to demand a rehearing. They advertised their opposition through church newsletters. They sent representatives to churches on Sunday to pass out leaflets announcing tonight's meeting.

I Planned ban on pets at Columbia Point 'draws protests from elderly residents But, according to a spokeswoman for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, the protection applies only when elderly and handicapped residents live in buildings designated solely for them. "But a general project building with elderly people and families is not covered by the law," said Jacqueline Roundtree of HUD. "The residents must get rid of their pets by Jan. 31 unless the local housing authority gives them an exception." HYDE PARK Continued from Page 17 The current focus of neighborhood concern, expressed by both blacks and whites, is a proposed liquor store on the corner of River street and Wood avenue, three blocks from Ross Field. A hearing on the license is scheduled for tonight at St.

Joseph's church on Wood avenue. The attorney for the building's owner says the decision to put a liquor store near Ross Field is strictly business. "The man feels he can sell liquor there," said Francis X. Goode, lawyer for Stephen Myers. But for many residents, the idea of a liquor store close to Ross Field stirs up memories of the 1982 racial incidents in which young whites drank in Ross Field and then broke windows of homes belonging to black families, urinated on their lawns and overturned their cars.

"You could just see the problem escalate as more alcohol carne into the field," said Johnson. "This the proposed liquor store can only make things worse." Behind the fight over the liquor store lies the broader efforts of several neighborhood gropups to stitch together the Ross Field area after years of escalating racial tension, rising crime and a sense among residents that neither politicians nor city officials cared much what they thought. Located at the easternmost end of Hyde Park, the Ross Field area is about 65 percent white and 35 percent black and Hispanic, according to the 1980 census. Some streets have a majority of black families while others are predominantly white. When blacks began buying its small one- and two-family homes in the 1970s and 1980s, many whites began leaving the area.

Ra- "They can enforce the law which does not permit excess weaving from one lane to another though," he said, TIerney said police would be observing the roadway but not In great numbers. "I don't like to call it an honor system Expressway but that's what it is," he said. Several years ago, the state set up express lanes marked with painted diamond patterns. Access was limited to vanpools, buses and cars with three or more passengers. TIerney said that experiment failed because it was "ill-conceived." TIerney said the honor system will take "a certain amount of discipline and cooperation." Once drivers get Into the express lanes, he said, "you can't move out of them." TIerney also urged that the left hand express lanes be used by buses and cars carrying several passengers.

"People have dealt with this except for barriers. We're asking them to do it without barriers," he said. The roadway carries more than 135,000 vehicles a day in each direction, most of them during rush hours. One official at the American Automobile who did not want to be identified, said he doubted the plan would be effective. "The honor system won't work when you have to put up with honor versus getting to work on time," he said.

PETS Continued from Page 17 had been ignored for years, according to Roger Taylor, task force president. "A lot of people in the development let their dogs run loose," Taylor said. "A lot of children have been bitten and we don't know who owns the dogs." Mostly poor and elderly people now live in 344 of Columbia Point's 1500 units. The project is slated to become a racially and economically mixed development with 1400 apartments and town-houses. For years the project has had a problem with stray dogs.

Taylor said. Since the developers, Corcoran. Mullins, Jennison Inc. of Quincy, took over as management agent last month, the tenant group and the firm have decided CRIMSON 'Honor system' express lanes begin Monday on the Expressway License of Actori day care home suspended after abuse complaints CLUB MED CANCUN Mexico to enforce several rules, including the ban on pets. "We have been sitting down and individually going over the new rules and regulations with the tenants," said manager Paul Whitley, "and we have had a very positive response from the tenants." Tenants on both sides of the no-pet rule have been emotional in expressing their feelings, he said.

"It doesn't make my day to talk to someone about this," Whitley said. "However, it's a community-wide rule and you cannot selectively enforce rules. How do you take a dog away from a 10-year-old boy and not from the elderly?" The only exception made, he be for seeing-eye dogs. Last year Congress passed a law that bars discrimination of elderly and handicapped public housing residents who own pets. TRAVEL VACATIONS FROM BOSTON! Martinique Vacations include RT jet from Boa.

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MORITZ Switzerland 'st'. Jyr-fi GLOBE MAP City officials have been surprised by the Intensity of neighborhood concern. "The area was never sensitive to licensing issues," says Thomas Stanton, secretary to the licensing board. "It never developed any sophistication in dealing with licensing issues like the Back Bay or Beacon Hill. They've learned fast." Liquor store opponents say that, like people in many neighborhoods, they don't want a liquor store in Ross Field because it will hurt the neighborhood's residential character.

Goode counters that Hyde Park has traditionally had six liquor stores and these days has only five. "This store will not increase the number of liquor stores in Hyde Park," he said. He also rejects community concerns that a liquor store will spur drinking in Ross Field. "The proposed liquor store wasn't the source of their booze before," he said. But opponents, mobilized by Ross Field's new spirit of activism, say there is more at stake than liquor sales.

They plan to fill tonight's hearing. "It was young people drinking in Ross Field, coming home at 2 or 3 in the morning causing the harassment in 1982," said Walsh of Hyde Park United. "This community has too many things going for it to have something like this set it back." time the application was signed." Harsip, one of the home's lawyers, said testimony against his client and her relative during the appeals hearing was "hearsay refuted by an avalanche of evidence. We believe that these children were not molested." He said the children allegedly involved did not testify, and said he did not believe any criminal charges have been brought against the youth. Cpughlin, spokesman for the Office for Children, said the agency is awaiting results of the Acton appeal as well as an appeal of the Maiden suspension.

Appeal hearings for the Hull day care home suspension begin Thursday, Coughlln said. Coughlin said the Acton suspension had not been made public before because he had not been asked specifically about the home and because his office does not issue press releases about such cases. Drivers questioned in search for Tammy United Press International EXETER. N.H. Police questioned motorists near the Exeter Elementary School yesterday in another attempt to solve the disappearance of Tammy Belanger.

Police Chief Frank Caracciolo said 20 local and state police officers stopped drivers near the school for 90 minutes, hoping to dredge up a clue to the third-grader's fate. Tammy, 8, disappeared Nov. 13 after leaving her home for the 10-minute walk to school. After her parents reported her missing that evening, investigators discovered the girl had never arrived at school. A police spokesman also said the reward offered for information leading to the youngster's whereabouts had grown to $15,000.

Caracciolo said more than one source reported seeing a suspicious blue vehicle in the vicinity of the school the morning Tammy disappeared. "The purpose of the road check was to determine if any motorist may have also seen this vehicle in order to determine the owner or the operator." the police chief said. Investigators believe the girl was abducted. Boston 2 Center Plaza Gov. Ctr.Cambridge39 J.F.K.

St. Harvard Sq. 742-8500 1 868-2600 tttfSX. 4 Smooch If-'pf for Christmas 3f Jit EXPRESSWAY Continued from Page 17 riers were removed last week from northbound lanes until work resumes next March on the southbound lanes as the second phase of the $63 million project that Includes resurfacing, rebuilding some bridges, improving lighting and working on medians. Tierney said drivers liked the express lanes once they became used to them.

When the system began, some drivers complained that if they got into the wrong lanes, they couldn't get off the roadway until reaching Braintree, Tierney said. "I want to maintain the same philosophy but without the barriers," he said. Next week, the honor system express lanes will be used from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. inbound from Braintree to the Massachusetts avenue exit in Boston, and from 3 p.m.

to 7 p.m. outbound. Trucks will be prohibited from using the outer lanes. Tierney said the DPW and police request that drivers in the express lanes refrain from crossing back into the right hand lanes. Truck drivers who do not stay in the right-hand lanes will be ticketed, but Tierney said police do not think they can keep motorists from crossing back and forth between lanes.

mm DAT CARE Continued from Page 17 lowing accusations of sexual abuse and other irregularities. The Winthrop center's license was reinstated earier this month. According to Office for Children documents relating to the Acton case, the unnamed woman was licensed Aug. 25, 1983 to care for no more than five children in her home. On April 26, 1984, the agency received information that a child in the woman's care had been "the object of inappropriate sexual behavior on at least two occasions," by the youth.

The agency's documents do not indicate whether action was taken on the April 26 complaint. On Oct. 3, the office received a written complaint from the state Department of Social Services alleging that another child under the woman's care had been "repeatedly touched In her genital area," by the same youth. The same day, two agency officials made an unannounced visit to the home and allegedly found the woman caring for eight children. Office for Children Director Gloria J.

Clark signed a notice of emergency suspension of the woman's license Oct. 5.. An, amended suspension was issued Oct. 30, charging the woman with continuing to care for children after her license was suspended. The latter document also charged the woman with filing false information about the mental health of her assistant and of the young relative, who the agency contends "was suffering from a mental-emotional illness at the Food for Thoughtful Shoppers cam (Certificates from Dini's SeaGrill 94 Tremont Street Boston -Aigflflgg Pop gteggggg sMTamP Wlt li "45(r jpS-'i lifts St(i rr.

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