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THE BOSTON GLOBE THURSDAY. NOVEMBER 15, 1984 27 fx IAN MENZIZS Tie answer is in trains Legislature faces deadline for harbor cleanup vote By Jerry Ackerman Globe Staff The court-appointed special master in the Boston Harbor pollution case said yesterday he is urging Judge Paul G. Garrity to give the state Legislature only five more working days to pass a water resources authority bill intended to enable a cleanup to start. Harvard Law Prof. Charles M.

Haar said Garrity is prepared to put the Metropolitan District Commission (MDC), whose sewers are responsible for much of the harbor's pollution, into receivership if the Legislature doesn't act quickly. Eighteen months after taking jurisdiction over the complex issue of who bears responsiblity for the harbor, "Judge Garrity cannot afford to wait any longer," rrv Xs cl 4aid Haar. "The long-promised deadline for action has arrived. His remarks were made before more than 500 persons at Faneuil Hall yesterday during the 30th annual Boston Citizen Seminar sponsored by Boston College. Others on the program were Gov.

Michael S. Dukakis, Senate President William M. Bulger and Boston Mayor Raymond L. Flynn, none of whom responded directly to Haar's admonition. Garrity is to receive Haar's recommendation as he reconvenes the continuing Boston Harbor case at 2 p.m.

today in Middlesex Superior Court in Cambridge. Haar, in a brief interview after his speech, said his remarks had Garrity's approval and that he and the judge had agreed the deadline for action by the Legislature would be "the Monday after Thanksgiving," Nov. 26. "The administration and the Legislature have had ample time to study the legislation, to air their differences and to negotiate an acceptable compromise," Haar said. "I can assure you that Judge Garrity, however reluctant, is prepared to act." His audience included public officials and environmental activists as well as several residents of Win-throp, who oppose any more sewage treatment facilities being built at Deer Island.

The issue pending in the Legislature centers on whether Gov. Dukakis' proposed water resources authority, meant to provide autonomous bonding authority to pay for pollution-control work, should also take over the MDC's water-supply role. HARBOR, Page 29 METROREGION NEWS Pages 27-33, 46-49, 65 Nelson Belanger sits at home waiting for word of his missing daughter, 8-year-old Tammy. About 75 searchers failed to find the girr yesterday. ap photo Searchers find no trace of N.H.

girl who left for school arid disappeared Next week the Southeast Expressway resumes its normal role as the most dangerous, overloaded, fouled-up urban highway in the nation. Gone will be the express lanes, the Jersey barriers, the State Police and the 40-mph limit. Back, without restriction, will be the 18-wheelers, the lane changers, the tail-gaters and the frustrated car commuters who, for nine months, have struggled with mass transit. The lineup is perfect to renew the demolition derby. This is by way of saying that reconstruction of the Southeast Expressway is the answer to nothing for commuters south of Boston.

Driving safety may be in- creased, but not capacity. If we also consider the Central Artery, we're talking about the prospect of 12-hour, instead of eight-hour traffic jams. So, at this midpoint in a virtually profitless multimillion-dollar X-way repair job, it would be well to recognize that what we're facing is a worsening future ending in ultimate gridlock. Highways are not the solution. Widening Rte.

3 won't change rush-hour on the ultimate bottleneck the Southeast Expressway. Alternative roads already are over-capacity, as well as over-signaled and under-policed, reducing traffic to a ridiculously slow flow. Nor is the Red Line an answer, even when this branch of the MBTA gets its new cars, lengthened stations, improved roadbed and an efficient signal system. "-it's true that with improved service ri-dership will grow, but there will be greater commuter-growth in areas not well served by the Red Line. And the Red Line can't carry freight that, with improved rail, could reduce highway truck volume.

How then do we deal with the fastest growing area of the state? New homes new offices and new industrial plants areT going up fast in this now-booming South Shore-Cape Cod-southeastern segment of the state, Yet its commuter connections to Boston are the worst in the state, whichxould -prove in time to be an economic depressant. What is the answer? Simple. Commuter rail, utilizing the three railroad rights-of-way that already track to (1) the South Shore, (2) Plymouth and (3) Middlebor-ough. This is the Old Colony rail network that the Legislature, in one of the most monumental blunders ever, allowed the New Haven railroad to close to commuter traffic in 1959, forcing 10,000 riders onto the new Southeast Expressway. What that did was leave the southeastern segment of the state, which includes the South Shore and Cape Cod, as the only area without commuter rail to But those rights-of-way still except for the end section of the South Shore's Greenbush line, and are still used to transport freight by rail.

However, with the demolition of the Ne-ponset rail bridge, following a convenient fire soon aftef abandonment, rail traffic from Boston must now first go to Taunton, then back up, before feeding back into the Old Colony system. The first order of business in restoring commuter rail, and stepped-up freight between Boston and the South Shore, Plymouth, Cape Cod and Middleborough has to be a new rail bridge. Last summer, the MBTA completed a study for the Legislature on the "feasibility of restoring Old Colony rail." The stady outlines options and costs. One option would be to restore rail but not the bridge at Neponset, which would mean commuters switching from rail to the MBTA at Braintree. We'll say now, and forever repeat, commuters won't do it.

Commuter rail works because of its convenience. Riders have responded to enlargement of service with a 3ft percent increase in ridership in the last three years. No form of public transit, except perhaps fast commuter boats, is more favored. It's obviously the way to go or, more aptly, as regards the Old Colony, return to. Transit Secretary Fred Salyucci, asked his reaction to the feasibility study, says he'll make a decision on restoration of Old Colony commuter rail system before the first of the year.

He says he's concerned about the Ne-. ponset river bridge question and whether the right-of-way between Boston and Braintree can still accommodate two tracks (the MBTA took over part of the original right-of-way) or at least be redesigned to provide enlarged passing sections, i "I intend to walk the tracks and find out," says Salvuccl. It won't be difficult to be negative about restoration of Old Colony service Let us hope, however, that the decision to restore service is as farsighted as the decision to end it was myopic. II1 1 By "Brad Pokorny Globe $taff EXETER, N.H. Betty far as police Blanchette, as know, was the last one to see Tammy Belanger before she disappeared Tuesday.

Blanchette was eating breakfast that morning when she glanced out the kitchen window and saw the 8-year-old girl at the street apparently on her way to school. "She looked both ways before crossing," said Blan Teen claims threats in anthem dispute By Philip Bennett Globe Staff Susan Shapiro stayed home from school on her 17th birthday yesterday, but not to celebrate. The Randolph High School senior said she has been threatened because of publicity surrounding her refusal to stand during the playing of the national anthem and the pledge of allegiance in her homeroom class. The Shapiro family said it has received some 50 telephone calls, most of them anti-Semitic, since the publication of a story in the Patriot Ledger over the Veterans Day weekend. The article recounted a controversy at the school over Susan's choice to remain seated during the morning salute to the flag.

"I decided that I'm afraid to go to school alone," she said. "I've heard of threats from kids. I don't want to go to school and get beat up." Gerald Shapiro, Susan's father, said that he met yesterday with representatives of the US Justice Department to discuss the case. He said he would not allow his daughter to return to school until officials could guarantee her safety. Susan said the trouble began shortly after classes resumed in September, when she sat through a recorded version of "The Star Spangled Banner," which is played over the the school's public address system each morning, and the pledge of allegiance.

"To me, people make America, not the flag." she said. FLAG, Page 32 TAMMY BELANGER that's been missing for a long time, and the circumstances are highly questionable." For that reason, Caracciolo said, the FBI was called into the case on the chance that kidnaping is involved. "We're covering all the bases," he said. Tammy Belanger left for school around 8 a.m., said her father. Nelson Belanger, 41, a water works production supervisor.

When she had not arrived home at 3:30, he said, his wife, Patricia, called the school and learned the girl had not been in class. Police then were called. Belanger said he doubted his daughter had strayed from her normal route to school or become lost. She had walked the mile to the Lincoln Street School since the first grade, he said. "She enjoys school and has good grades," he said.

"She is very punctual. She gets up early and has breakfast and goes to school right when she should at. 8." Belanger said he also doubted his daughter would have been easily enticed to go with a stranger. "She is not the type of youngster to take a ride from somebody, even a neighbor," he said. "She is very timid." Searchers yesterday were pursuing every possibility.

In addition to the helicopter searching from the air and the volunteers on the ground, officials used a boat to look along the banks of the Exeter River, which runs behind the Belangers' River street home. In wooded areas, searchers scratched at any sign of freshly disturbed earth, and in yards they probed through compost piles. After classes were dismissed yesterday afternoon, volunteers searched carefully through locked closets and other hideaways at the girl's school. EXETER, Page 32 chette, a neighbor and longtime friend of the Belanger family. "And then She just skipped across the street, you know how little girls do.

Then she was out of sight." No one has seen the third-grader since, police said last night. She never arrived at school. Yesterday, with the aid of a Coast Guard helicopter, about 75 firefighters, police officers and volunteers combed the woods and backyards around the Belanger neighborhood and the girl's school in this quiet southeastern New Hampshire town of 13,000 people, searching for any clue to what might have happened. The search was suspended because of darkness. "It's as if this young lady walked into a vacuum," said Police Chief Frank Caracciolo.

"As far as we know at this point, she is simply a missing child. We have no evidence of foul play, but we do have an 8-year-old House begins work on major education package equalize educational funding for poorer communities and provide for pre-school educational opportunities. New requirements for receiving a high school diploma would be established, and students unable to meet them would have until age 22 to qualify. Rep. James G.

Collins (D-Amherst), House chairman of the Education Committee, said his analysis of state revenue figures over the next 18 months shows $468.3 million in new revenue. Based on those figures, he said, the bill "will not require a tax increase." i He said he does not agree with Gov. Michael S. Dukakis' projected revenue figures, which are much more conservative. "The administration changed their revenue estimas six times in the last nine jjjonths," said Collins, who also has major differences with Dukakis over the education package.

EDUCATION, Page 30 The amendment, offered by Rep. Andrew S. Natsios (R-Holliston), would have stripped the state of the power to approve local school plans. Additionally, it would have denied the state power to direct how so-called Chapter 70 money state education aid to local communities should be spent if a community failed to meet state objectives. Municipalities currently can use the money for purposes other than education.

The debate on education package will continue when the House returns at 1 1 a.m. today. Revision of the education system is the first major piece of legislation taken up by the House after a recess of almost three months. Its cost over the next four years has been variously estimated at $400 million to $500 million. The bill would establish the highest educational standards in the country, set a minimum starting for teachers at $18,000, allow early retirement.

By Andrew Blake Globe Staff A sweeping and costly proposal for' revamping the public education system in Massachusetts would be funded by dedicating 20 percent of the state sales tax revenue to the program under an amendment adopted yesterday by the Massachusetts House. "One penny of sales tax would produce $269 million, more than the estimated second-year cost of the program." Minority Leader William G. Robinson (R-Mel-rose) said during the debate on the legislation. Robinson, who proposed the amendment, also questioned "whether this is reform or the takeover of the public school system." After more than four hours of debate, an amendment that would have substantially weakened the enforcement provisions of the education bill was beaten back by a vote of 88-54..

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