Standard-Speaker from Hazleton, Pennsylvania on December 8, 1980 · 35
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Standard-Speaker from Hazleton, Pennsylvania · 35

Hazleton, Pennsylvania
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Monday, December 8, 1980
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r m m w Huieton Standard-Speaker. Mondiy. December I. 1SM 35 , J lid i Church groups respond to earthquake victims 9 N.2T,F CATLE -The home of demolition until Dec. 19, received minor Injuries In the John Burns stands partially demolished and boarded , incident after refusing to leave his Northwest Side up after a wrecking crew allegedly tried to raze the Chicago house when the wrecking crew arrived The L ?,a bdozef. knowing that Burns front porch and a wall were damaged by the wreckers, was still inside the bouse and the gas and electricity (APLaserphoto) were still to service. Burns, who had obtained a stay of NEW YORK (API - American religious groups - Roman Catholic Protestant. Eastern Orthodox and Jewish - have mobilized their relief forces to help victims of the devastating earthquake in southern Italy Initial sources of aid and supplies have been dispatched, along with church representatives, while additional resources were being rounded up It's "a tragedy of vast dimensions.'' said Archbishop John R Roach of Minneapolis St Paul, president of the National Conference of Cathlic Bishops, in urging extra donations for the relief effort He sent messages to the beads of the church's 117 U S dioceses, asking them to conduct special collections this Sunday or next to help provide shelter, medicine, food and clothing for the thousands left homeless More than 3.006 died in the disaster last week, with 1,500 still missing More than 7,000 were injured, and countless others, including old people and children, left homeless in rainy cold weather "This drastic emergency demands immediate response," Roach's message said Catholic Relief Services, with headquarters in New York, allotted an immediate $50,000 to the effort, and established a Southern Italy Earthquake Fund to channel further assistance Church World Service relief arm of the National Council of Churches also set up a special Italian Relief Fund, and asked $100,000 in contnbutions to it from J2 member denominations Protestant and Eastern Orthodox It has already sent $16 400 worth of blankets and 1 million water purification tablets, worth $13,000 for distribution among victims by the Italian government Further aid was to be sent through the Federation of Italian Evangelical Chur cbes, which has relief personnel on the scene The Southern Baptist Convention the largest Protestant body not belonging to the cooperative council, sent an ltn mediate $30,000 to be distributed by mis sionaries in the area and Italian Baptists Numerous churches still intact in the more than 100 damaged cities and towns were reported being used as relief centers Although only a few Jews live in the area, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, through its Rome office, allocated $30,000 to the relief effort, and dispatched a volunteer unit of 30 people that included eight doctors and five nurses Bishop Edwin B Brodenck head of Catholic Relief Services ho visited the scene, savs the greatest need is for funds to buy emergence supplies on the local market The SaUation Army s national head quarters cabled an immediate $10,000 in aid and as collecting additional funds Four Salvation Army rescue teams were orking on the scene Lt Col Ernest Miller of Washington head of the Salvationists' World Service office, says the immediate effort is con centrated on providing temporary shelter blankets and clothing Besides the religious operations many Italian American organizations were donating to the cause For instance the Sons of Italy in Philadelphia pledged $300,000. sas Maria Pia Fanfani. wife of the president of the Italian Senate, on tour of I' S cities seeking cash contributions to the relief efforts Congress also speedily provided $50 million in disaster aid for reconstruction of shattered buildings and roads Considering the scope of the disaster, the reconstruction job would be a long one, and church agencies foresaw extensive involvement in it Classified Ads bring results il - 11 I ' jh m -m mmi - m m mmum I Hospital deductible pegged to costs Copley News Service Q. I have just read that the hospital deductible is going up to $204 in January. How do they arrive at that figure? C.I. A. The annual deductible for hospital insurance (Part A of Medicare) is related to the average daily cost of hospitalization. The rate is reviewed annually and an increase in the deductible becomes effective each January. Q. It u my understanding that a 1977 amendment to the Social Security Act provides that after Dec. 31, 1982, a spouse's benefit will be reduced by the amount of any government pension, whether it be federal, state, county or city pension, based on his or her own employment that is not covered by Social Security. If that is correct would I then have to retire before Dec. 31, 1982, in order to draw full spouse's benefits? I will be 56 in 1982 but I am eligible to retire in 1981. E.E. A. Under the 1977 amendments, if you are eligible for retirement before Dec. 31, 1982 whether or not you retire and regardless of your age your future Social Security benefits will not be reduced by the amount of your government annuity. Congress delayed the effective date of the provision to avoid penalizing dependent spouses who are already retired from public employment, or who are nearing retirement, and who cannot be expected to readjust their retirement plans to take account of the offset provision. Q. I have a repair shop which nets about $2,500 per year. I also have rental income from some apartments that I own. The Social Security office said I shouldn't have paid Social Security tax on my rentals. Do yon agree? T.H. A. Rentals from real estate do not count for Social Security unless the rentals are received in the course of a trade or business or services are rendered primarily for the convenience of the occupant. These services may consist of room service, making beds, furnishing linens and towels, providing laundry service, preparing and serving meals, etc. Q. h there any difference between reporting the domestic help I hire to work in my home and the employees who work in my factory? K.T. A. Any wages paid to your factory workers, without regard to a minimum amount, must be reported for Social Security purposes. Wages for domestic employees must be reported only if cash wages amount to $50 or more in a calendar quarter. Questions on Social Security may be sent to Copley News Service, in care of this newspaper. This column ii based oo Information provided by the Social Security I Office in San DiejCallf Post Cereals and Boscov's . . . Team up for . . . 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T "1 tei- - v ) tcon) LAST CHANGE TO SAVE! SYLCON "TOP OF THE LINE" BEST SELLING 1980 POSTURE MATTRESS AND BOX SPRING AT THIS LOWEST PRICE IN HISTORY! SAVE $43 to $170 LM rorro"V San . .r0 f nle , .,rv Qu ' r i ,rfr IUA YOU SAVE $43 TWIN SIZE REG. $119.75 EACH n n9 ,ed tP $affe ' QUEEN SIZE 2 PIECE SET. Reg. $379.50 YOU SAVE $80 FULL SIZE-EACH REG. $149.75 YOU SAVE $50 $ $ 299 KING SIZE 3 PIECE SET. Reg. $519.50 YOU SAVE $170 $ 99 349 PRICE BREAK! Camelot Traditional BRASS PLATED HEADBOARDS Size Bg. SALE Twin 41JX) 29.99 Full 4000 39.99 Queen 51.00 42.99 King 57.00 48.99 HAZLETON, LAUREL MALL IfOTTSVILLE, FAIRLANE VILLAGE AAALLC c i LLuMt i mi m . . , x . i m

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