Daily News from New York, New York on September 28, 1977 · 120
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Daily News from New York, New York · 120

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Wednesday, September 28, 1977
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8 DAILY NEWS. WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 1977 fr-tr Big Apple Polishers IS. Officials Pecline o is lecent Fires ail Blaze Report i By CLINT ROSWELL Federal prison officials refused to link the release of yesterday's f)5-page report on the July 7 jail fire in Danbury, Conn., which killed five inmates, with a recent series of nine suspicious fires in the last 12 davs at the same institution. "We believe the fires to be arson. but it hasn't come to our attention what the issue or the point of the fires are." said Danbury warden Ray Nelson yesterday. "We thought we had a suspect, transferred him to another prison, and had two more fires since. We have not been made aware that the fires are in protest to the report or that they are trying to draw attention to any specific thing." The federal report issued in Washington yesterday went only as far as to label the July 7 blaze, in which 74 inmates were hurt, as "humanly initiated either by intentional or unintentional means." It did state on Pace 79 that the fire erupted in the coat room across the wash basin in Unit G between 1:00 a.m. and 1:15 a.m. Preventive Recommendations Although the report detailed the chronological sequence of events then, H did not put any blame on the prison staff, according to Justice Department officials. "It was an honest, very frank report." said U.S. Attorney Richard Blumenthal at his office in New Haven. ""It offered a lot of recommendations that would make it most unlikely for another fire of that nature to occur." In the recent incidents, eight of the nine fires in the past 12 days have been set in the cell C living unit. In a difference from the incident in July, the inmates have been uncooperative in the investigation. According to federal officials, inmates have written letters repeatedly warning about the unsafe and hazardous conditions in the prison. Fires were set on three separate occasions on Sept. 13, anr' other fires on Sept. 15. 18, 23. 24, and 25. "It's abnormally high." admits Warden Nelson. ""Fires are the usual type of protest of inmates, but we have no i Artists to Exchange Talents for Docs' By CLAIRE SPIEGEL Artists have arranged to exchange their masterpieces for medical care at three New York City hospitals under a program an nou need yesterday to improve the lot of those creators who are neither heakhy nor wealthy. About $10 million worth of art will be distributed to hospitals nationwide. Topless Are By MICHAEL HANRAHAN Suffolk County covered up yesferday so that girls can uncover. That is. the county put a ne-9, roof on a bar featuring topless dancers. "Thank goodness the county is finally doing something for us." quipped barmaid Lindy Campbell at the Key Note Lounge in Central Islip. "Last week the girls might just as well have been wearing umbrellas," said Lindy. an Australian lass who has been drawing beers ard customers at the Key Note for the last three years. The reason the county is covering reason to believe it's in protest to the report." Contrary to one of 12 safety recommendations listed in the report, one inmate is reported to have said, flammable fiber-glass plastic panels have not been removed from the prison. Nelson denied this. Some of the other modifications recommended in the report are the installation of a sprinkler system and smoke detectors; the installation of one fire extinguisher for each of the ten units: and the reduction of the inmate population from 824 to 658. They Seek Funds for Family Building Rv BRYANT MASON Pledging dollars and efforts, people bent on strengthening black family life in Harlenj kicked off a fund-raising drive yesterday to convert nine abandoned brownstones along landmark Mount Morris Park West into a community mental-health care facility. The $3 million conversion would provide a residential treatment facility for male and female teenagers who come from broken homes and are in dire need of therapeutic guidance. "This is a dream that is desperately needed," one leader, Arthur Barnes, said, "because life is no joy and has no meaning for many of Harlem's youth who are trapped in lives of crime." Barnes is the president of the New York Urban Coalition and of the Harlem Interfaith Counseling Service, Inc. It Will Take 2 Years The counseling service is currently at 215 W. 125th St. and is involved in individual psychotherapy, and marriage and parental counseling. It is expected to be two years before the offices can be moved to the renovated facility, which is between 121st and 120th Sts. starting with three in the city, by Change Inc., a nonprofit service organization for artists. In return. Change will send needy artists to the hospitals for free health care. The hospitals which have pledged in-. volvement in the program so far are: The Hospital for Joint Diseases in Manhattan, LaGuardia Hospital in Queens, and Jewish Hospital and Medical Center in Brooklyn. Given (Hoof) up the saloon but not the dancers is that the county is the landlord for the nearly 50-year-old converted house at 1011 Islip Ave. Rain Splattered Dancers Lindy said that under the terms of the lease the operators of the bar are only responsible for what comes off inside; the county is responsible for what must go on outside. She said that during the recent rains the dancers spent as much time mopping up the state as the girls did wriggling to the moanful sounds of the juke box. The operators of the saloon pay the county $650 a month rent for the two- ii wg- ry fit iJlf :n m Umr kmi .. XJ- .- ."1 Sanit Commissioner Anthonv Vaccarella (left) and telephone company's John Mulhern Hank mobile litter "bin during I Love a Clean New York parade yesterday. March around Bryant Park was rained out last week but got under way under sunny skies yesterday at 9:30 a.m. Twenty-five city corporations sent representatives to march that launches a six-week campaign by businessmen to clean up town. facing Mount Morris Park, sometimes called Marcus Garvey Park. At a breakfast meeting, Barnes used slides and held himself to brief comments in his presentation. Bankers, foundation representatives and members of the Uptown Chamber of Commerce attended the meeting which was held in the Harlem State Office Building. According to Michael Wurmfeld, an architect, the turn-of-the-century brown-stones have already been granted preliminary approval by the Landmarks Preservation Commission to permit alteration of the facades of four of the buildings. Glass will replace the front walls, with historic architectural remnants reattached "to give the sensation Harvey Machaver, executive director of the Hospital 'or Joint Diseases, explained that this unique arrangement will benefit not only needy artists but will also help create a therapeutic environment for all the hospital's patients. "Health care professionals are becoming increasingly aware of good visual art as a therapeutic tool," noted Machaver. "Good art is stimulating and evocative, giving patients something lowering story building, which includes an upstairs apartment. The repairs to the structure were apparently ordered last week by Sidney Mitchell, the county's commissioner of land management. Mitchell was in Albany yesterday, unavailable for comment, according to department staffers. County Executive John Klein said, however, that the county took .title to the property as a result of a tax default. He said there was an existing lease held by the operators of the topless saloon. "In order to protect the county's interest we would make repairs on the building no matter who occupied it," said Klein. . News ohoto bv Jim Hughes they are floating in front of the glass," Wurmfeld said. When complete, the buildings will include a gym, an auditorium, counseling rooms, offices, dining area and separate dormitories to house 24 girls and 24 boys. Solar heating will complement conventional heating. For the Rev. Frederick E. Dennard and his wife, Doris, who are the executive and clinical directors, the announcement of the fund-raising drive brings them closer to a dream which began 10 years ago. Their dream is to employ a psycho-spiritual techniques in rehabilitating teenagers in a residential setting. "We know the strengths of the black family," Mrs. Dennard said, "and we have created a family-oriented program to nurture those strengths." She said that she hoped that the community will donate to the fund-raising drive because "'the more we help ourselves, the more we help our credibility when asking for help from foundations." Scalpel Skills positive to focus on. The art exhibited in our corridors will attract patients out of their rooms, encouraging them to walk." Artist Robert Rauschenberg, president of Change, explained: "There are many artists, particularly young ones, who live marginal lives with no source of funds readily available." .... - - - . .- uvul,Bl .AVlOU piugiaju, 11c auu, ai uoia may aici l Change to their medical emergencies. Change will screen all requests for medical attention and refer destitute artists to hospitals who have accepted art gifts from Change. The cost of the care will be deduct- ed from the value of the art provided the hospital by Change. 250G Worth of Art Machaver said that the Hospital for Joint Diseases expects to receive about $250,000 worth of art this year, or enough to treat 50 to 70 patients with severe medical problems. The hospital has already received some lithographs and paintings by artists James Rosen-quist and Rauschenberg. Machaver said the hospital will create a special gallery of art for its patients, in addition to displaying the art in the hallways on patient floors and in waiting areas.

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