The Boston Globe from Boston, Massachusetts on July 5, 1992 · 25
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THE BOSTON SUNDAY GLOBE JULY 5, 1992 25 R.I. city, beset by scandals, hangs on BWOONSOCKET r Continued from Page 23 350,000 depositors. Marquette, .which had been the lOth-largest . . credit union in the country, account-:, ed for $341 million of that total. Marquette boasted 40,000 members in ' and around Woonsocket -" Even Mayor Francis L. Lanctot , was affected. His $422 campaign , fund was frozen. Founded as a small working- mans' thrift to help future generations, Marquette had phenomenal growth in the 1970s and '80s, becom-;ing the city's financial heartbeat. But " state and federal audits over the " ; past year showed the big credit ,' union was insolvent from massive losses on questionable loans. As he waited at Citizens Bank last week to collect his savings, Roland Theroux, 57, said he felt "really ; felt let down by our institution. We were misled into believing Marquette was doing well." Theroux, a retired deputy fire chief, said the Marquette mess took away more than money from his neighbors - it also claimed their sense of trust. Muriel Portman, who works for a pharmaceutical company in nearby Milford, Mass., said she and eight of her 11 brothers and sisters had their money in Marquette. "We were unable to help each other get through the hard times," she said. "There was a lot of sacrificing. My main worry was getting my son into college. We scraped up a little bit of money and went out and got - some loans," Portman said. "Now we Z can pay them off." C y McKenna, whom the crisis Z turned from ordinary businessman I Into a leading advocate for the rights , of depositors, said every family in the city was touched somehow by the "Marquette insolvency. - "There was untold misery. There Z are people who have lost their Z homes, lost their hopes," McKenna t said last week at his tire and auto sales business. "I know one elderly woman with $87,000 frozen in Marquette who was buying dog food to eat." Former real estate developer Ko-land Verrier now manages a store- Connecticut orders reporting of HIV infection in children B CONNECTICUT Continued from Page 23 ciency virus (HTV), which causes AIDS. The state has assured physicians that the names will be kept confidential. Since 1981, when the State Health Services Department began keeping track of full-blown AIDS cases, there have been 81 children in Connecticut diagnosed with the disease, 37 of whom have died. Eleven cases have been reported so far this year. Pediatric AIDS cases account for 3 percent of the state's total AIDS caseload. Connecticut and Florida are the two states with the highest percentages of pediatric AIDS as a proportion of their entire AIDS caseloads, according to Patricia J. Checko, director of AIDS epidemiology in the State Department of Health Services. Connecticut does not require the reporting of names of HIV-infected people older than 13, but Checko said health officials are considering changing the rule and will make a decision sometime this summer. Elsewhere in New England, Maine, New Hampshire and Rhode Island require reporting of numbers of people who test positively for HIV virus, but no names are reported. Massachusetts and Vermont have no reporting requirements for the cases of HlV-infection. Full-blown AIDS cases are reported around the country, Checko said, adding that 25 states require reporting of names of HIV-infected residents, regardless of their age. Checko said the decision was made to require reporting of HIV-infected children because the state has a severe problem with pediatric AIDS which, in most cases, is transmitted in the womb by HPT-positive motherg. Depositor activist Terry McKenna front eatery, Kim's New York-style Deli, in the old Stadium Theater building on Main Street. So much property is for rent, including buildings he used to own, that Verrier says he isn't sure what Woonsocket has to offer anymore. Verrier says he owned 52 apartments prior to Marquette's closure. He says he lost them all, because the mortgages were all issued by Marquette. 1 Verrier said his frozen accounts were bled by Marquette's receivers as partial payment on his loans. Then the properties underwent foreclosure. He estimated the crisis cost him several million dollars in savings and real estate investments. He has filed for bankruptcy. "I'm a good businessman," Verrier said, "but my eyes never picked up on how easy it was to get money from Marquette. The money was loaned quick and without question." Police Department turmoil As Woonsocket residents scrimped, sacrificed and rallied for their frozen funds, their attention was also riveted on the resolution of the Doreen Picard murder case. , . The 22-year-old woman was bludgeoned and strangled in a basement in 1982 apparently when she walked in during the savage beating of her landlady. For most of a decade, rumors swirled about a possible police co-verup in the case. In the spring Ray Babies of HIV-infected mothers all test positive at birth, but that changes with time. Between 20 to 30 percent of those infants are actually infected, Checko said. "It's Russian roulette. We don't know which ones will be positive if we're not following them all," she said. "We feel if a kid is known to be positive at birth, we need to try to work to with the medical system to have the kid get care and that's why we're doing it," she said. She added that "you can't wait until they're 15 months old to find that out when the greatest risk of getting infected and eventually dying is in the first six months of life." However, Connecticut doesn't require HIV testing of mothers or babies at birth, so testing would only be done if a physician knew a mother had tested positive for the virus, she said. Physicians and AIDS workers suggested that state officials would be better off putting its efforts into promoting testing for AIDS among women of child-bearing age, particularly in cities where the problem is most prevalent . Dr. Brian Forsyth, a pediatrician who is board chairman of AIDS Project New Haven, said infected children are prone to pneumonia somewhere between five and seven months" of age. "So, children basically get it and come in and die," said Forsyth, who works in the pediatric AIDS program at Yale-New Haven Hospital He said earlier treatment could save their lives, but if children aren't tested, the reporting system won't help. The state is "putting the emphasis in the wrong place," Forsyth said. "The problem is one more of early identification and appropriate treatment for HIV-infected women and their children. This doesn't solve that problem," he said. i i. M.I . jj.ii in wmmmnm ti 'fyi m"im?UlMim JL . . GLOBE STAFF PHOTO PAT GREENHOUSE stands in front of the former Marquette Credit Union in Woonsocket mond D. (Beaver) Tempest Jr., a member of one of the city's most prominent law enforcement families, was convicted of second-degree murder in the case. Tempest's father, Raymond Tempest Sr., is a retired Woonsocket detective commander who later became Providence County high sheriff. His brother Gordon is a detective lieutenant. At Tempest's trial in Providence, one prosecution witness testified that Tempest once boasted that his father, his brother and a Woonsocket police captain who later became chief of the department conspired to cover up the crime. Two weeks ago, Tempest was sentenced to 85 years in prison. Gordon Tempest has been on suspension pending trial on a charge that he perjured himself before a grand jury probing the Picard murder. Former Police Chief Francis Lynch, a captain at the time of the Picard killing, was suspended last fall for allegedly undermining the investigation because of his friendship with the elder Tempest. Lynch was cleared of all charges by a police review board and reinstated. He retired earlier this year. Lanctot,' the mayor, says he believes Woonsocket has survived its the banking crisis and the police scandal "amazingly well." The thawing of the former Marquette funds will free up $200 million Despite assurances from the Health Services Department about confidentiality, AIDS workers expressed skepticism. Tim Hack, executive director of AIDS Project New Haven, said "the fear is it will inhibit people from being tested because of the reportability factor." Dr. Henry Feder Jr., professor of pediatrics and family medicine at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, agreed. He said since most children are infected by their mothers, reporting of a child's name is tantamount to also reporting the mother's name. "What scares everybody is if the state knows something, maybe everyone in the world knows it," said Feder, who treats AIDS patients at the UConn Health Center in Far-mington. He said even when AIDS-infect-ed people have been identified, there are many obstacles to their treatment Poor people, for example, may not have access to transportation. "Right now, I can't get them to clinics," he said of HIV-infected children. But Checko said anonymous reporting can hinder accessibility to care. She cited Rhode Island, saying "they're actually trying to do some followup with physicians on cases, and it's very very difficult to do anything without a name. In Connecticut she said, "we're doing what we believe is right and we believe the time is right We know we have things we can do for these kids." She said in Connecticut since 1988, 150 HIV-infected women a year have given birth. "That means we have 600 HIV-exposed kids. They need to be in a system of care where they're being followed and monitored," she said. "We think the situation with the kids is serious enough, so we can no longer wait" in local funds and a top-to-bottom police reorganization has begun under the leadership of a new police chief - Rodney Remblad, a former detective who helped crack the Tempest case. "The only problem we have now is that there are not enough jobs. If we had the jobs we need, all our problems would go away," Lanctot said. He said he is confident that expansion of a city-owned industrial park will create up to 10,000 new jobs over the next five years. "I'm very optimistic that if we can get through this period without further severe blows, Woonsocket is going to do OK. Many of the problems will be a memory in a very short period of time," Lanctot said. McKenna hopes the mayor is right. "The nicest part about being at the bottom," McKenna said, "is that you can only go up." "How much people loosen up and spend some of their money now will determine how soon Woonsocket will spring back." Gome Into GREYHOUNDS 5 Nonstops, 22 Total Departures Daily. Staten Island, Brooklyn. Queens, the Bronx, the whole city can be yours for just $19. Because Greyhound has expanded their schedules and lowered their fares. The one-way, walk-up fare to New York is now just $19. No advance purchase required. And with the expanded Greyhound schedule to New York, 22 daily departures with five nonstops, you'll be rolling in Manhattan real estate in no time. Greyhound Fare and schedules subject to change without notice. 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She said two attorney positions were authorized with the new budget for environmental work in other areas, including hazardous materials. Others suggest the department has enough lawyers, but has decided to use them elsewhere, leaving the enforcement side lightly covered. "You can't only call it a lack of resources question, you have to ask what are the priorities of the decision makers," said Aaron Adler, the Environmental Board's assistant executive director. But Rich Phillips, director of the enforcement division,, said that with just one attorney, his office can't do much more. "I would be lucky with everything that's going on here to get one order out in a month," he said. Roughly 1,500 environmental complaints are lodged with the Department of Environmental Conservation each year. Phillips said 90 percent are cor For $19 , if rl II ., li.,,,,.,;-,,,! i iiini. 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