Daily News from New York, New York on December 5, 1978 · 9
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Daily News from New York, New York · 9

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Tuesday, December 5, 1978
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ff iresnume aDUd '."Mm "j -mm n n wm wm Church has faith in city's future By SHERYL McCARTHY "We are now ready to start building again." . : - With these words, uttered with a flourish, ; -Bishop Paul Moore Jr. of the Episcopal Diocese of New York announced yesterday that for the first time in 37 years construe- . tion would resume on the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine. "I am delighted with the dtcisibn of the cathedral trustees to build again," Bishop Moore said. "I see this decision as a symbol of the resur-symbol of our saying that New York is here to stay, that New York is going to rtbuild itself." The construction is expected to take at least five years and cost in excess of $9 million. Two bell towers will be erected on the building's western side and the interior crossing of the church will be refurbrished. . , Original design eyed It will complete the original design of the massive cathedral, as conceived by architects Ralph Adams Cram and John Doran. The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, on Amsterdan Ave. and 112th St., is the largest Gothic-design cathedral in the world. It was built in 1911 and additional construction to bring the cathedral to its present form was completed in 1941. Further construction was contemplated but was suspended when the United States entered World War II. . In more recent years, completion of the cathedral has been considered, but in the mid-1960s Bishop Horace W. B. Donegan declared a moratorium on further construction so that the church could turn its attention to the upheaval of the cities, inciading the civil rights movement. See plateau on city crisis Last week, however, the - cathedral's trustees voted to resume building. Morre said the trustees . believe that the crisis of the cities has "plateaused" and that the church can proceed with its building program. " . , v - The construction work will be financed from a special cathedral building fund. The fund now has $2 million, enough o complete the stone masonry work for the two towers. Moore said the construction would be done under what he called the medieval system construction will proceed as money becomes available to finance it. , James Robert Bambridge, a British master builder who supervised the completion of Liverpool Cathedral, will supervise the stonework. He said yesterday that he would hire and train about half a dozen people from the immediate neighborhood in the art of masonry. A stoneyard. will be set up on the cathedral's north field. The West Front of St. John the Devine with the completed towers of St. Peter and St. Paul. The completed crossing of the cathedral, retain- taining the great structure s dome. The cathedral covers expanse at Amsterdam Ave. at 112th St. hkmj State urges parents to listen to him 15 minutes each day toch moves to grease city, cartmen's wheels Km BOB HERBERT Johnny can't read because he spends too much time in front of the television and not enough time "reading aloud with his parents," according to the chief of the State Senate's Education Committee. "I think it's a serious problem that parents have not been turning off the boob tube," said Committee Chairman James Donovan (R-Oneida), who noted that in many cases children have watched as many as 5,000 hours of television before they ever enter a classroom. With that in mind, Donovan is sponsoring a statewide effort to get all parents "reading with their children at least 15 minutes a day." The program was kicked off yesterday in Albany, where 20 education, business and service organizations pledged their support. The program has been dubbed "Parents as Reading Partners" and its them "Read with your children 15 minutes 8 day will soon be carried around the state In a series of local meetings, press briefings and "public service type announcements," a spokesman for Donovan said. "Parents are the first teachers of children and can serve as effective part ners with schools in improving reading skills," the senator added. But with children watching so much television, he noted, the tube may actually have a greater impact on the children than their parents. Programs similar to "Parents as Reading Partners" have been successful "in getting parents involved" in othr states, Donovan said. He hopes to get the program's theme to as many parents in New York as possible without setting up an administrative hierarchy in Albany and "without using extensive state resources." The program will be most successful if there is cooperation between local school districts and a group of local associations, Donovan said. Organizations represented at a conference n Donovan's office yesterday included the State School Boards Association, the School Administration, the New York State Council of Education Assockations, the New York State Reading Association, the New York State Catholic Conference, the Board of Jewish Education for Greater New York, the State Chamber of Commerce and the American Reding Council. By VINCENT COSGROVE Hoping to end a four-day-old strike by private garbage carters that has left more than 20,000 tons of garbage piled throughout the city, Mayor Koch said yesterday he will create an interagency commitee to streamline future relations between the private sanitation firms and the city. Negotiations between Teamsters Local 813, representing the 2,000 striking sanitmen, and representatives of 420 garbage firms were sheduled to resume late yesterday afternoon. The two groups met from 1 p.m. Sunday to 6 a.m. yesterday, discussing salary Increases and increased severance and other benefits. Serve as clearing house "Some progress was made and we are hopeful we can wrap the whole thing up soon," said Msgr. ames Nesly, chairman of the State Mediation board. He added that the city's decesion to establish a special committee to deal with the private carters was a "crucial" move tin ending the deadlock. Koch said that the interagency committee would "serve as a single clearing house for industry problems witht he city . . . The city will do whatever we can to quickly and farily process the private carters' request for a rate increase." The city's Consumer Affairs Department now seta the rates for the private firms and the Sanitation Department regulates the dumping. Representatives of both by mayoral aide Frank Have-lick. Meanwhile, 420 locations citywide have been designated as potential health and fire hazards because of the garbage overflow, according to a Sanitation spokesman. So far, 40 tons of refuse, normally collected byb private companies, have been picked up by city sandtationmen, without any overtime. "Should the strike go on, there will be an element, of overtime but it has not been incurred yet," the spokesman said. Sanitation officials said yesterday that although about 5,000 tons of garbage remain uncollected each day because to the strike, "the situation hat not yet reached a critical stage." t i r as O 8 3 CO w f

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