Daily News from New York, New York on March 21, 1970 · 207
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Daily News from New York, New York · 207

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Saturday, March 21, 1970
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Lcviss 'Joins' Retarded Group - NEWS photo by Jo Farringron Martin Striar, 9, of Doaglaston, hands membership card of Association of Retarded Children to smiling Queens Borough President Sidney Leviss. Mrs. Walter K rails of Rego Park stands by in his Borough Hall office. V : m QUE For Daily Horn Del ivory tall 458-0320 DAILY NEWS, SATURDAY, MARCH 21, 1970 15 taifiiefifi sis Aiirp M!rIlIn) Ura8-U.-S. Three local congressmen yesterday urged immediate action by Secretary of Transportation John A.Volpe to transform Floyd Bennett Field, now under Navy Department control, into a general aviation airport "to help alleviate the air traffic crisis that persists m the metropolitan area. Pointing out . that this plan would go a long way toward easing the crowding at John F. Ken nedy and LaGnari'ia Airports. Rept. Lester L. Woift, Joseph P. Addabbo and Frank J. Brasco announced their intention at a press conference at Kennedy Airport. The lawmakers received firm support for the plan from George Classmates' Blood Saves Pal's Pa By POLLY KLINE The critically-ill father of a Queens high school youth was getting better in Queens Hospital Center yesterday because of the life-saving blood given to him by more than a score of the son s classmates. 375 Children Get Injections For Hepatitis Two grades of a Queens public school were vaccinated against hepatitis yesterday after four children came down with the -disease in the last nine days. Gamma globulin was given to 375 children in the second and third grades of PS 14 at 107-01 Otis Ave., Corona, to prevent the disease from spreading. School officials said the first three hepatitis victims were all from the same class. When a fourth child, . from another grade, fell sick, school officials and the Board of Health decided upon a mass innoculation. Board Critized Assemblyman Joseph Lisa (D-Carona) critized the Board of Health yesterday for not reporting a hepatitis diagnosis on a child admitted to Flushing Hospital from PS 14 in February. "The Board of Health should have notified the school after the hospital informed them of the child's disease," he said. Dr. Tibor Foder, chief of the city Health Department's epidemiology division replied: "It isn't the normal procedure of the department to notify the principal in these instances because hepatitis isn't that conttagious." Icelander Put On Hot Spot The case of a citizen of Iceland who was twice arrested here in connection with stolen autos is pending before a Queens County grand jury. The man, Sefan Arnason, 27, who has lived at 20 Deerf ield Court, Babylon, while on a visit here, was first arrested Jan. 10 by Port Authority police at Kennedy Airport as he allegedly tried to steal a car from an airport parking lot. Another stolen auto was found iii the garage at his home, police said. He was released in $1,000 bail. , He was arrested again March 8 as he was about to board a plane for his native land. He was charged with selling a foreign car containing a stolen motor and other stolen parts and was released in an additional $1,000 i i They are seniors at Thomas A. Edison Vocational High School, Jamaica, and were - in classes Wednesday when a distraught woman phoned Dean Charles J. Parla. Asked for Volunteers She said there was an emergency and her son, Alvin Williams, was needed at once at the hospital to give blood for his father. The father, James Williams, 60, of 150-19 115th Dr., Jamaica, was in critical condition after an operation for bleeding ulcers. Parla said he found Alvin in an electrical shop, told the teacher the circumstances and asked him to send the youth and any others who might wish to volunteer to his office. " . White Two to One "In 15 minutes," Parla said, "there were 20 boys in my office and then on the way to the hospital. It was most wonderful. The following day, 13 more came in some who were under 18 had to bring their parents' consent for them to be blood donors." Williams and' his son are black, but "nobody asked any questions - the boys who responded were white, two to one," Parla said. "We're so busy damning these young kids, we seem to forget that if you give them a chance, they prove what they're really like," he said. Williams received 16 pints of blood and the rest was kept in reserve, according to a spokesman for Long Island Jewish Medical Center which operates the blood bank and the intensive care unit at Queens General where Williams is a patient. E Trains to Stop On Lower Level Beginning Monday, Brooklyn-bound E subway trains on the Eighth Ave. IND line will operate during rush hours from the lower-level platform of the 42d St. sta tion in Manhattan. At other times these trains will continue to operate from the upper level. This change is intended to cut train delays by reducing congestion on the station platforms. M. Gary, regional director of the Federal Aviation Agency, who revealed that the field could continue to accommodate some of its present tenants who perform important tasks such as the Coast Guard's search and rescue missions, the New York Police" Department's rescue and traffic assignments, and defense support missions of the Army and National Guard. Addabbo, whose district in cludes Kennedy Airport, was most concerned with the problem of proper spacing landings J J. Brasco Their Subject: Saving Lives P Class in first aid at St. John's Hospital, Queens, crowds around as student practices mouth-to-ntouth resuscitation on a dummy and Red Cross instructor Peter Rocco comments. After four-week course, they'll be ready for life-saving work. Frank and takeoffs at Kennedy. "With Floyd Bennett Field taking the smaller aircraft,", he said, "you would be able to establish a bet-tes safety factos in air traffic control." Brasco opposed plans for hous ing there because of the aircraft noise at Kennedy. "If Gov. Rockefeller wants to put up houses, 1 can show him plenty of loca-t i o n s throughout Brownsville that need it." Called Answer to "Crisis" He also opposed plans for an industrial park at the site because of lack of transportation for workers. "New shopping centers would make the area abominably crowded," he said. Warning that a housing project might force the closing of JFK. Wolff contended that the 1,300-acre Bennett site, "with its concrete runways and current Lester L. Wolff Joseph P. Addabbo facilities, provided the solution to the air traffic crisis for the 1970s." All three insisted, however, the plan if adopted would not eliminate the need for a fourth jet airport. This need was recognized, but the fact that it takes almost 10 years for a jetnort to become operational, called for a "fresh approach," they said. Roys Jones, of the Aircraft support to the idea." Phoenix House Has A $ee-for-Y ourseff By RUDY GARCIA In the face of renewed opposition to the Phoenix House at 2400 Seagirt Blvd., Far Rockaway, 30 ex-addicts invited members of the surrounding community to visit their center yesterday and see for themselves what goes on. About 60 residents accepted, including some senior citizens, who had beer? fearful of having addicts next door. At the conclusion of the meeting, nearly everyone left with a favorable impression, the hosts reported. . Tony Risicato, youthful dicrec-tor of the therapeutic enterprise, issued a blanket invitation to the community through those who at tended, to vitjiPhoeoixHouse lrii.flti&IStff- - - V&aK&4 JfeVQCtiteLEIitoflfe. Hue vetting: Aru of its location to come in and ta'k with him. Among those present yes er'ay was Mrs. Jean Larkin, Democratic district leader for the Rockaways, who has b-en a strong supporter of P-oenix House, and Peggy Eustice, of tse Queens Village Mental He -'th Committee, who donated $r,C0 worth of furniture to the renter. District Attorney Thomas Mackell issued a plea t those present to give the facil'ty a chance. "This is a fight which must be joined in every are." he said. "We can't leave it for the next fellow." Risicato said.trat the most important fact to get across Jo the coimnTutv lsvthat-noi one in

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