Naugatuck Daily News from Naugatuck, Connecticut on April 3, 1951 · Page 1
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Naugatuck, Connecticut
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Tuesday, April 3, 1951
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Weather l Diminishing rains this afternoon, rather windy. Mostly cloudy, somewhat colder tonight, the lowest temperature near freezing, Wednesday partly cloudy and continued cool, the highest temperature -'5 to 50. .. • , TEMPERATURE REPORT (By Bristol Recorder) Midnight, 38; 3 a. m., 45; 6 a. m., 42; 9 a. m., 43; noon today, 42. Glimmer Of Hope Naugatuck saw ccrr.e real American Democracy in action last night. Some didn't like the proposed revision of the charter and said so. Others upheld it. Some saw real sense in both arguments.. The important point of the whole controversy, although there was little.accomplished last night to resolve it, is that more than 400 residents crowded into the high school auditorium to listen and have their say. Obviously, the opposition was in the majority, as evidenced by the comparisons of applause accorded the speakers for each side at the outset of the meeting. And more obvious WEIS the fact that the identified proponents arid opponents were no closer to agreement at the end of this first of a series of public hearings than they were at the beginning. While members of the Charter Study Committee hinted that they were quite willing to compromise on issues in argument, they made no specific overtures. Their opponents, once disturbed by a statement that the study committee would not compromise, in turn took the stand that there could now be no basis of agreement on the challenged issues. > But in one thing they agreed: The borough charter is in need of revision. If last night's meeting is the pattern, there is serious doubt whether future meetings can have any salutary effect on the makeup of the bill now before the Cities and Boroughs Committee of the legislature. An adamant attitude for or against all the charter changes contained in that document can only lead to stalemate. True, the meetings are highly educational, although the elimination of personalities and facetious commentary would dignify them while at the same time allowing more time for discussion of the individual recommendations, paragraph by paragraph. Have we lost sight of the fact that the charter bill is before the legislature,, and that its proponents will work just as hard for its adoption as the opponents will strive to kill it? In the event of legislative approval, as it now stands, the borough is faced with more weeks of bitter recrimination prior to local referendum to finally decide its fate. Truly, there must be, in spite of what was said last night, some common meeting ground. Advocates of charter revision, with equal consideration to the arguments of both sides in the current controversy, saw but one glimmer of hope from last night's developments. Tho rcr --rhr-'.cndation of John H. Breen that a. citizens' committee" bjBv foimed to view - the charter structure through the bi-focals of proponents and opponents has met with pbjection only on the basis that there is insufficient time. The legislature has set a May 15 deadline. We'll agree that the time element is tight,' and that a citizens' committee would of necessity devote a great deal of time, that its members must be conscientious, fair-minded and sincere in the effort. With all that understood, we think Mr. Breen's suggestion is worth a spirited try. And we hrfpe that he'll take up the leadership he was preferred last night and forthwith proceed with the intent of bringing compromise proposals to the next public hearings on the charter. Farmer Know-How If anyone imagines the American farmer has been left in the lurch by technical progress, let him examine a few figures: With a 12 per cent smaller labor force than in 1900, he's turning out twice as much food and fiber today. Even since 1940 farm output per man hour has shot up 35 per cent. U. S. ingenuity plainly doesn't stop at the factory door. Quigley Takes Stamford Race For Mayor Mon. (By United Press) Political newcomer Thomas F. 3. Quigley has won the mayoralty race at Stamford by an unofficial margin of nearly 1,900 votes. -The oil company executive led a Democratic sweep of the voting yesterday. He beat but the GOP candidate, Samuel F. Pierson. And, for the first time in more than SSnyears, a Democratic clerk gained office. Joseph Toner defeated Republican George R. Close who was seeking his 19th straight lerm. Hospital Bulletins Joseph E. Bisialski, 49, of 68 Greenwood street, is in poor condition in St. Mary's hospital, according to officials, and his name remains on the danger list. He is under treatment for a fractured skull sustained in a fall on Bank street, Waterbury, late Saturday night. Sergt. Raymond Carlson of 95 Radnor avenue, Bristol Terrace, a member of the Naugatuck police department, is in good condition in Waterbury hospital, where he underwent a nose operation today. Carl J. Ldndquist, 155 Walnut street/ injured Saturdays afternoon when he fell from a tree on 48 Woodland avenue, was reported in fair condition this' morning by St. Mary's hospital. . \ "Dedicated To Community Public Service" Vol. LXVI, No, 79. ESTABLISHED 1885 TUESDAY, APRIL 3, 1951 Leased Wire Service of the United Prtss 8 PAGES PRICE FIVJB CENTS Neutral Charter Committee Suggested Breen Plan General Scene Of Residents At Borough Charter Revision Hearing Eagles Nominate Edward Lord The Naugatuck Aerie of Eagle held nomination of officers for th ensuing year at their meeting las night at the club home. Edward Lord was nominated to president; William Stokes, vice president; Timothy J, Flynn, sec retary; Elliott Nelson, chaplain Raymond Kaiser and Stanley Auk stolis, conductor; Edward Honyotski, treasurer; trustee for two years John T. Stien; trustee for one year Stanley Unis; physician, Dr. David Bluestone. Mr. Lord and Mr. Flynn were named as delegates to the state convention to be held this June in Bridgeport. President John J. Burns appointed the following members to the committee to select the Eagles Mother of the Tear: Mr. Nelson, Paul Buckmiller, Earl Burke, John J. Gormley, Mr. Sticn, Mr. Lord, John Butkus and Mr. -Stokes. Looked. Upon With Favor McCann Doubts Work Possible In Short Time Considerable interest is develop- ng over the suggeation offered last Jght by John H. Breen, at the ublic hearing on the proposed harter revision in the Naugatuck High school auditorium, that a ieutral Citizens Committee be lamed to effect a compromise on he controversial issue. POSTMASTER FRANK T. 3REEN, a member of the Charter jtudy Ccimmittee of the Naugatuck hamber of Commerce, which rec- mmendod the charter revision, to- ay said that the consensus of opin- on of the committee is that Mr. Breen's suggestion "is excellent." MARSHALL McCANN, chairman f the opposition group'to the char- er revision, also said that he bought the formation of a Citi- ;ens Committee "a good idea." After Mr. Breen had made his proposal, C. J. Waskowicz suggested that the chairman of the board if park commissioners, he named chairman of an impartial Citizens ~roup. Mr. Green today said he had alked with some of the Chamber committee members and that "the consensus of opinion is that it is very good suggestion and it at east points in some direction." He continued, "It also seems very important that when the suggestion -vas. made the opposition seemed o be against any compromise of any sort. The opposition wants to kill the .bill as a whole. - The .committee had the Reeling that the opposition, is not very confident in its tand and shows signs of weakness, seems that the only fair and Democratic way of doing this is o have a referendum." ,? he - JB.9? tnaaster..... s tatedf,_x"I „ feel hat the commrttee»-wili teTT'Mr'. Breen to go ahead, as the commit- 'ee shouldn't organize any citizens rroup." ... - ' ' . MK. GREEN said, "The 'Citizens Committee should originate and develop from the outside, but it should be done right away. I'jn sure ;he Charter committee will accept any suggestions it makes, as long as the group represents a major- 'ty." McCann Has Doubt MR. McCANN after stating that he believed the Citizens Committee a. good idea said, "But I think it would be impossible for any compromise or revision to be made in two weeks. I doubt if it could be done. The suggestion is good in some respects, but I want to talk with other members of the opposi Uon about the matter." Mr. McCann. said that a meeting of the opposition forces has been called for Thursday evening at the Millville library. Second Ward Democratic Burgess William C. Rado today went on record as favoring the organizing of a Citizens Committee and said that Mr. Breen's suggestion was "very good." H e said that his only objection to the proposed charter is the provision for a life-time director of public works and the director of finance. A general scene of residents attending the public hearing held last night in the Xuueatiick High school auditorium on thi subject of the proposed borough charter revision. The group is a portion of the estimated 400 present; at the hearing, which was adjourned to April 16. (News Photo—Rosenberg) • Cancer Fund Receives $700 Public donation to the Naugatuck Cancer Campaign, which opened Sunday with a house-to-house, canvass, has passed the $700 mark, Mrs. Ralph Pronovost of the Nau-' gatuck Junior Woman's club, fund chairman, has announced. Mrs. Pro- ovost has expressed.her apprecia- '.. for-the fine response to the irst few days of the drive. : In consderation or the .fine work eing done by the local Red Cross, nd their vital need for continued uppprt in their drive, Mrs. Prono- ost and her committee' bring at- entiori to the fact that the Red 'ross sign is still on the Green, in,- tead of being replaced by the Caner emblem, as has been done in he past. • -.. v y^an_aet of Qongress, April.has eeh"~s"ef aside "Tis ""'Cancer' MiSnth' nd Naugatuck has been assigned goal of $3,000 for their share .of he $355,000 Connecticut quota. The ommit'tee, hopes the public will ontinue to donate generously to he worthy cause,' to 'strike back at cancer. ' —The perfect food in milk. See that your family bas pleBty of milk from Great Omk Farm. Telepho>» ;»«.—Adv. CD Volunteers To Take Oath Members of the Civil Defense movement in the borough, who have not been administered the oath, are requested to attend a meeting tomorrow evening at 7:30 o'clock in the Maple street firehouse Civil Defense office at which time they will have an opportunity to be sworn in, according to Harold R. Perry, coordinator of Civil Defense in Naugatuck. Mr. Perry said that any volunteers, or other interested persons, who have not been administered the oath, are urged to attend the session. COP Accepts Dual-Job Ban Hartford, April 3—(UP)— Th House has approved the Demo cratic version of the dual-job ban ning- bill. The measure prohibit; legislators from holding othei state or court jobs during their tenure as elected representatives. The ban applies to judicial, leg islative, and executive jobs includ ing: Probate Judges, Trial Justices and Prosecuting Grand Jurors." The Republican-controlled Hous agreed to accept the Democratit bill after it became apparent tha the Democrats, who control th State. Senate, were not' going t compromise on differences in th two bills. The Republican bill would hav excluded certain lower county an small court positions from the ban The dual job bah won't apply t men now in office, until 1953. —'-"Greatest car on the road."—That's the popular thought for the 1951 Stnde- baker. See it at Erlckson Motors.—Adv. OVER PARALLEL Tokyo—General MacArthur sent American troops in Korea across the S8th Parallel in force today, for the first time. And he himself jeeped 15 miles into North Korea during a flying visit to the front. The American crossing was made along a 10-mile line on the western front above Seoul, Claire Semplenski Named To Attend Girls' State Schaf t'er-Fischer Auxiliary Selects High School Girl Beacon Falls Pinesbridge Correspondent's Phones 2228—5377 Mastropietro Withdraws From Burgess Fight A two-cornered race will take place at the First Ward Democrat- c caucus tomorrow night, with the announcement today by Pasquale tfastropietro that he has withdrawn as a candidate for burgesses and will support incumbent Burgess J. Francis Cullen. Mr. Cullen today announced his slate of delegates as follows: Mr. •ullen, Joseph L. Dinneny, Da.niel J. Callahan, Francis V. Curtin, Francis Burns, Peter F. Meegan and John E. Ash, with alternates being Cyril Tuohy and Raymond Deegan. The contest will be between Mr. Cullen and Matthew Jankowski, who will attempt to unseat the burgess, who also is chairman of the Democratic town committee. Mr. Jankowski's slate includes himself, Peter Klukis, James Fernandez, George Hansleit, John Bickerdike, Jake Mariano and Raymond Mengacci, with alternates John Paplauskas and Edward Urashka. To Speak Here Births FERRARI—A son, to Pfc. and Mrs. Nicholas Ferrari, Jr., Forest street, this morning in Waterbury hospital. Mrs. Fe'rrari is the former Elizabeth Holy cross Ash. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Holycross, New Haven road, and Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Ferrari, Sr., Waterville. G. ALBERT HELL, State Highway Commissioner, will be guest speaker at the weekly luncheon meeting of the Nauga.tuck Rotary Club tomorrow noon at the YMCA, 13:15, President Donald Brubaker announced today. He will discuss State Highways, with specific references to the Naugatuck Route 8 problem. —When in need o[ Furniture or HOB'S Furnishings., tliink o[ Hartley's, Water bury's gri>at furniture store, serrtng th local populace for map}- years,—AUr. Mrs.. J. Arthur Hackett, -president of the Women's Auxiliary of Schaffer-Fischer - post,. ' American Legion,. announces thai Miss Claire Semplenski, daughter of First Selectman and Mrs.,- Frank W.- Semplenski, Burton road, has been selected >by the Auxiliary to attend Laurel Girls' State. The annual even will be held at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, June 24 through 30. -.-M4ss-Sem'plenski.-is_a. member- of- Ihe junior class at the Seymour Higrh 'school. . ', • • . ' No Court No cases ;were heard in town court : last-evening. , . Vi /Meeting Postponed Tliei Indies' Aid' Society of the United Church has postponed the Thursday meeting until the fol- owihg Aveek, on April 12, at 2:30 'clock, it has been, announced by Mrs; .Charlotte Koerber. " Funeral Sunday Funeral services for Stephen irenesky. husband of Mi's. Tekla Dem'anchyk Krenesky,/ Feldspar avenue, who died Thursday in •race-New Haven hospital, were ield Sunday at 12:30 o'clock from he late, home. The service of Di- ine Liturgy was 1 o'clock at the Three Saints' Russian Orth- dox church, Rev. Jacob E. Grig- n-ieff,' pastorj officiating, assisted >y Professor Gregory Samolik. Burial-was in the -family plot in "'ine Grove cemetery, Ansonia. Bearers were Michael Dripchak, Michael Uhelsky, Walter Suprario- vich, Ostafi Kwochka, John La- oowsky and Leo Rdziak, all members of St. Vladimir's Society of Seymour, of which Mr. Krenesky was affiliated. Funeral arrangements were in charge of the James F. Shay funeral home, Seymour. Monthly Meeting The Auxiliary of Schaffer-Fischer post, American Legion, will hole their regular monthly meeting Wednesday evening, at 8. o'clock at the .post home. Hostesses for the evening will b Mrs. David O'Shea, chairman, Mrs John Donahue, .Mrs. William Fish er, .and Mrs. Arthur Andrew. Sewer Authority The Sewer Authority will meet Wednesday night at 8 o'clock in the town hall. Stationed In Africa Frank Wynne, Jr., Navy Air Force, who recently reenlisted has arrived safely in French Morocco, Africa, .according to news received byv.his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Wynne, Wolfe avenue. Loyal Daughters The Loyal Daughters of the United Church will meet Monday evening, April 9 in the church "at S o'clock. Custodians Named Custodians for the United Church for the month of April are: Mrs. Charlotte Koenbeiv Mrs.- Andrew Toshak,- Mrs. Harold. 'Wilcox and Miss June Wilcox. '_ Board Meeting April 9 ' The Beacon Falls 'Board of Education will_ meet Monday evening, April : 9, Superintendent of Rural schools Eric A. Hirst has announced-. • Board members and others are reminded of the Textbook Exhibit in the Wdqdbury gym, Thursday, 'April 5, from 2 until 4 o'clock. Included on the agenda will be: four of the seven town's in 1 the district share Rural Supervisory Service with' two other districts. : Although Beacon Falls is fortunate in hav- BULLETINS ( By United Press) ROCHE FOR MARSHAL Washington — President Truinan today nominated James M. Roche, New Haven, U. S. marshal for Conn., succeeding Bernard Fitch, retired. • - oOo - AIR BATTLE Fifth Air Force Headquarters, Korea — The Fifth Air Force says American Jet pilots shot down thjtee 'enemy: jet~H'gh;t.Jrs .and 'dam-aged* three - : mor.e today •'in a half-' hour ^battle just south of the border between Korea and Manchuria. The battle began when 11 enemy jets; attacked a single F- 80 • Shooting Star. .Both sides rushed reinforcements into the •battle. : ??•.. ' •• NO? FLOODS Boston — It doesn't look as though this morning's heavy rain •will cause any serious floods in New England.. The weather bureau and the Army engineers both report thai rivers and streams are full but not overflowing except hi a r few lowland sections., '"'"'•,: Board Opens Budget Study The first consideration of the 1951-52 fiscal year budget will be given tonight at the monthly, meeting, of the board of warden anc burgesses at & o'clock in the borough court room, and the proposed financial document may require a five-mill increase, in the tax rate to cover in its original form. Requests of department heads for operational funds, for . the fisca year, which. began .Sunday, hav created a record high budget. Th. school department's budget alone would require a/tax rate increase of approximately two and a hal mills to cover the additional re quests over the budget of last year Between $35,000 and $45,000 mus be appropriated this year to cove expenses of a property revaluation required by state law. Although the. public welfare budget has decreased by about $4,000,- the boar< of: park commissioners has asked for an increase of about $7,500. Police, fire and street department budgets are expected to be higher than last year's. However, following budget sessions of the borough board, requests are normally slashed, and there is a possibility the budget will' require an increase of only three mills on the tax rate. Plait To Invite Students Here Tentative plans to invite a young foreign student- to' Naugatuck to give him a first hand view of America and the !life of a community,, were made..,'last night at a meeting in the Y. M. C. A. The plan is sponso'red by Open Road, Inc., New York city, and requires support of local civic organizations. Attending, last .night's meeting were Walter Anderson, president of the Naugatuc'lt Exchange club; the Rev. Harry Ekstam, minister of the iiillside Covenant church; the Rev. Wiliard B. Soper, minister of the. Congregational church; J.. Rudolph Anderson, superintendent t>? jjublic welfare,, and Edward Muller, who presided at the meeting. (Continued on Page 8) Rado Says Second Ward Will Support Quinn For Warden John F. Quinn, 596 Rubber avenue, has been named as a possible candidate for warden, with the Rubber Official Sees Shortage . Washington, April 5 —(UP)— The president of one of the nation's biggest rubber companies says we will race a serious tire shortage by summer unless there is an immediate and radical change In government rubber policies'. .-.'.. President John Collyer of the B. F. Goodrich company told the Senate Small Business Committee that we are heading straight for a transportation and Indus-r trial crisis. Collyer: said the government must reconsider Its recent orders limiting the civilian use of rubber; ' ' ; ;:. ; - . ... ' The Goodrich head said the government should declare an immediate moratorium on its stockpiling of rubber for defense. The present stockpile, plus the supplies of natural and synthetic rubber on hand, he said, provides an adequate margin of safety. JOHN QtTINN statement .by Second Ward Burgess William Rado .CD)^ that the delegates of the second ward would support his candidacy. Mr. Quinn , is, retired' from the U. S. Rubber company since 1948 having been with the firm for 5] years, and as manager of the footwear plant salesroom for 30 years Known affectionately to hia associates as "Uncle Jack," he was active :in sports during.'.his youth of) the Millville baseball team, was office representative on the Factory Council, and is a member of the Fifty Year club of the Rubber company. Mr. Quinn could not be reachec today for comment. —Follow adTe'ntnres ol "I Scream" Kids presented regularly l>y yonr favorite MECHANICAL NOSE Boston — A mechanical nose, even more sensitive than the human nose, was discussed at the American Chemical society's annual meeting in Boston this morning. .-The. gadget is designed to detect industrial fumes, but also would help warn of surprise gas attacks; "Bill" OUUkowski at the City Pack nge Slore on llrhlpe street loatorts ice cream, Jiaugatuck Dalrj.—Adv. 'delivery serviee.: Phone 18*2.—AdY. 400 Attend Long Debate On Revision Little Progress In Direction Of Compromise; Breen Proposes Citizens' Group Make New Effort An estimated. 400 Naugatuck citizens heard two and three-quarters lours of debate, on the proposed >orough charter revision last night at the first of three' public hear- ngs scheduled on the issue, in the Maugatuck High school auditorium. The large group heard an attempt to create a Naugatuck Citizens Committee as a neutral body :o compromise the controversial, ssue. The citizenry heard pleas of, support for the charter revision on the basis that it would modernize' and streamline the borough's government. They also heard the new document called "a monstrosity." JOHN H. BREEN, chairman of the board of park commissioners,, introduced- the plan 'to appoint a. neutral body of men and women, to be known as a Citizens Committee, to compromise the issue.. After he said the group would not be interested in the opposition or proponents of the charter revision," he added that "we're not going to get anywhere, the way you are talking tonight." ... . . C. 3. VVASKOWICZ echoed Mr. Breen's sentiments and said, "we could argue here all night and get no where." Suggesting that Mr. Breen be named chairman of a neutral group, he stated that the purpose of the organization would be to get "both sides to accept .some « of the provisions" in the proposed . revised -charter. . ; MRS: GEORGE W. CARROLL stated she was in accord with Mr. Breen aird- BuppOTrted the idea of a • GitizeijsjCpnVnrittee saying that -. he plan'shouldT'Se tried before be- r ng turned down by the opponents >c proponents. ' HENRY T. MQECKEL, JR., who erved as moderator for the hear- ng, in answer to the proposition i : aid, "It is- a good thought, but I :: on't think this meeting was called " or that purpose." And Clifford Owens; one of. three opponents of he debating panel, said, "Tho bought is well taken, but you pro- ose to do in two weeks what eight men couldn't do in three years. We annot compromise. I do think in he future a; committee should be amed by the borough board." ATTY. MARTIN L. CAINE, also . member of the opposition group, when asked by Mr. Waskowicz if he opposition would consider "any ompromise," said, "The important ections of. the new charter are so ibjectionable that I can see no ompromise. There is the director >f finance, purchasing agent, life- ime director of public works and Dthers too numerous to mention. am in favor of the freemen's meeting, and I have never felt that any group attending a freemen's meeting to overrule budget provisions is a minority group. I've seen this charter revision tried be: ore. It can't be done." WHEN QUESTIONED by Clay- ion Detblefsen if "he opposition is n favor of a charter change, Atty. Caine isaid, "I can't answer that 'ully. 'That's asking for a snap mdgment." When pressed by Mr. Dethlefsen for a direct answer to :he question, the attorney stated hat the opposition is "against the present proposed charter revision." • Opened by Mengacci The hearing was opened by State Representative Adam Mengacci, who .explained its purpose, and turned the meeting-over to the moderator, who stated the methods,.. Which would . be employed in conduct!J|g the. session. Speaking in; favor of the proposed revision were Atty. Lawrence' J. Matzkin, Atty.- Joseph. E. Talbbt -and'Post- master. .Frank T. Green, with the opposition represented by Mr. Owens, Atty. Caine and .William Brush. ATTY. MATZKIN, the first speaker, prefaced his remarks with facetious- comments, which were criticized by the opposition. The member of the Charter Study Committee of the Naugatuck Chamber of Commerce, which recommended the charter change, said that, propaganda of the opposition was to distort, the purpose of the charter revision. He said "that the Charter Study Committee had been working since 1847 to: correct the "horse and iljuggy" -charter currently in use and called it "archaic, confused and hard, to read." Home Rule "Precious" ? He pointed* but .that nothing has been done in 30 .years except talking on a proposed charter revision'. He stated 1 that'the home rule clause in thi new charter is "a precious possession" and should "stimulate civ!c : ; pride." Atty. Matzkin said (Continued on Page 8) .,

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