The Levittown Times from Levittown, Pennsylvania on January 24, 1963 · Page 2
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ïwttfcnmt (Timra # / I '^ ■ -” ,-• v: Delaware Valley’s Great Home Newspaper WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23, 1963 PAGE 3 Bensalem, Council Rock Areas i Protest School Redistricting A storm of protest arose in the Bensalem and Council Rock school districts this morning when authorities learned that the two districts could be legislated out of existence by the middle of next year. One school director said that he was "amazed.” Howard Speck Sr., president of the Bensalem board, stated that he, the members of the board and, he was sure, the residents of the township, were “very much opposed to any change.” Dr. George E. Taylor, Council Rock superintendent, declared that the state Council of Education ‘‘should think twice” before it tinkers any further with the perintendent of schools, pointed out that according to a Bucks County Planning Commission projection. Bensalem will be the largest township in the county by the year 2010. This projection estimates 78,146 people in Bensalem at that time; it had only 23,478 in the 1960 census. The five municipalities in the Council Rock district would have a population of 92,182 according to this study. Shafer said he more or less expected such a reaction from the state council. “This was my prediction,” he said. However, he added, “There will be quite an uproar from the peo- proposed reorganization of Bucks pie. We’ll have to sit down with County schools. the facts and figures and see Plan Rejected The council yesterday rejected a reorganization plan for Bucks County which had been submitted by the county superintendent, Dr. George E. Raab, under the provisions of Act 561 which calls for reducing the number of districts in Pennsylvania. The council sent this plan back because it felt that Council Rock and Bensalem should be included in reorganization. Dr. Raab’s plan would not have changed either district. Basic reason was because neither has at present the required minimum of 4,000 students in it. This particular objection was criticized strongly yesterday. Both districts expect to have more than 4,000 by July 1, 1965, when the act goes into effect. Robert Shafer, Bensalem su- where we stand now.” To Call Meeting Speck declared that he would call a special meeting of the Bensalem school board as soon as he receives official notification of the rejection. “Our school district will be the largest in this end of the coun ty,” he said. He declared that Dr. Raab’s plan, which reducrd the Rucks districts from 13 to nine, was “the best plan available.” “I don’t see how anyone can redistrict this county by remote control from Harrisburg,” he said. “The Bucks County plan was as god as it could be.” Lukens Is Bitter Alan R. Lukens, president of the Council Rock Joint Board was bitter about the way in which Act 561 set a number as a criter Middletown Seems To Favor UF Office (Continued from Page 1) room, would be made available for township use. Lmted Fund has agreed to turn Cahm said the United Fund over the land owned by United could construct the building en- Fund and the building to the tirely on land it owns, without township at the end of a 50-year utilizing township land, but that lease period. this arrangement would not leave Opposition to the proposal was room for a buffer zone or a park- expressed by Mr. and Mrs. Wil- ing lot. The UF land, recently liam Procter, of 19 Silverspruce purchased, is 50 feet long and Road, Snowball Gate, Levittown. 270 feet deep. It is close to Route The Procters own land behind 413. the proposed office site. | In answer to a question by Mrs. Procter, Alan Williams, the township solicitor, said the supervisors did have the right to make the lease agreement without approval of the taxpayers. In answer to another question, Cahill said he personally felt the zoning board of adjustment would grant a variance to the United Fund if a variance became a necessity for them to build. The building will cost between $30.000 and $35,000, according to a statement by Cahill. It would be built immediately after the supervisors approve the lease agreement. Will Go To Court Procter said the matter might be taken to court. Mrs. Procter said their basic objection was the township’s agreeing to turn over township land, which had been designated for use by the township to expand its own facilities. Cahill said, in reply, that conditions had changed since this use was outlined. He said that he felt the township would benefit greatly by the location of the proposed building. Grupp said that part of the building, including a conference ion for a school district’s size. “No one has pursued the factor of quality in a school district,” he said. “If we were to judge by quality, every district in Bucks County would measure up.” Council Rock, he said, which is a secondary school jointure only at present, is preparing a full curriculum for elementary schols too and will put it into effect at the beginning of the next school year. “We already have the quality the state wants,” he said. “What more can they ask?” He praised Dr. Raab’s plan and Dr. Raab. too. “The feeling about Dr. Raab here is tremendous,” he said. “The plan was a fine effort by a fine man.” The joint board and every one of the component boards in the Council Rock system, he said, has gone on record as opposed to Act 561, even though the members did not believe that it would effect Council Rock. Plan Not Accepted “The people do not accept it,” he said. “They feel that they are losing their grass roots representation.” Lukens said the financial problems created by reorganization, combining the assets of one district and the debits of another, would be a “nightmare.” Dr. Taylor cited current growths in the Council Rock district to establish that it would be over the minimum in 1965. Growth Revealed Newtown Township had 1,468 residents under the 1960 census, he said, but more than 2,500 now Northampton Township has grown from 6,006 to 7,500 and even small Newtown Borough from 2,323 to 2,570. The Council Rock junior nnd senior high schools expect an increase of 200 in enrollment next year, he said. He also declared that bus transportation problems would be increased. “The state council should think twice before they move these youngsters any further than they are being moved now,” he said. Dr. Raab himself «could not be reached. He left a statement in his office declaring that he has not been officially notified as yet and until he is he would prefer to make no comment. Street Road To Be Widened To 80 Feet By Highway Dept. L. S’hampton Gets Another Shop Center By DAN WECK Courier Times Staff Writer Details of a $2,500,000 shopping center on Street Road, west of Bustleton Pike in Lower Southampton were released today by its builder, John J. Mcllhinney. The new center makes the fourth major building project in Lower Southampton to be announced in the last three months. The newest addition to the Lower Southampton building boom will be called Street Road Shopping Center. Construction will start within a few months, Mcllhinney said. 25 Stores First Shelter Supplies Arrive Watson With Peace Corps Pennsbury Graduate Now In Philippines A 22-year-old Levittown man, Roger A. Watson of 3 Echo Lane, Elderberry, arrived in the Philippines today with 62 other Peace Corps volunteers to teach in one of the island's elementary schools. A graduate of Pennsbury High School and Union College on Kentucky, Watson joined the Peace Corps in San Francisco on Nov. 14 and three days later flew to Hawaii to begin his training. With 108 other volunteers, Watson took eight weeks of rigorous training at the University of Hawaii in Hilo. Tough Course He studied two Philippine dialects — Cebuano and Ilocano, history and culture of the Philippines, world affairs and communism; and also took courses in American studies, medical and I Births Lower Buck» County Hospital Jan. 22 Mr. and Mrs. John Potts, 76 Autumn Lane, Levittown, girl. Jan. 22 Mr. and Mrs. John Schunk, 56 Vermillion Way, Levittown, boy Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Long, 1115 Wood St., Burlington, N.J., Jan. 23 Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Szwech, 431 Main St., Tullytown, boy Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wood, 1305 Susan Ave., Croydon, boy Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Diem, 50 Inland Road, Levittown, boy Mr. and Mrs. Francis Devlin, 49 Eventide Lane, Levittown, girJ girl health practices, and teaching methods. Part of the training entailed a tough physical conditioning pro gram. The classes ran from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., six days a week. Writing from Hawaii to his mother, Watson said the people there treated him like royalty. “It's easy to fall in love with Hilo,” he said. “I’m really going to miss it.” After the training in Hawaii, the volunteer group was paiied down to 63 by the official selection board. Stop In Tokyo W'atson spent a needed one-week vacation in Kono, a Hawaiian vacation spot, before boarding PAA F’light 1, Tuesday for an over night stop in Tokyo prior to heading for the Philippines. With their arrival today, the new volunteers will immediately begin another month of training at a branch of the University of the Philippines in Los Banos. In addition to further dialect study, the workers will practice teach and study with more experienced volunteers in the villages. After this, they will be assigned to rural elementary schools where they will assist Filipoin teachers in the instruction of English, general science, and other courses. 637 In Philippines The arrival of this group will bring to 637 the number of Peace Corps volunteers in the Philippines, over twice the number of those stationed in any other part of the world. After his two-year Peace Corps assignment, Watson intends to return to the United States for more schooling, perhaps for the ministry. Down It Went! 3 p.m. 47 4 p.m. 46 5 p.m. 46 6 p.m. 44 7 p.m. 42 8 p.m. 41 9 p.m. 40 10 p.m. 30 11 p.m. 20 11:30 p.m. 16 12 midnight 17 1 a.m. 14 2 a.m. 12 3 a.m. 10 4 a.m. 8 5 a.m. 6 6 a.m. 4 7 a.m. 2 8 a.m. 2 9 a.m. 3 10 a.m. 4 11 a.m. 5 12 noon 4 1 p.m. 5 2 p.m. 5 3 p.m. 6 Parolee Charged For Two Rapes PHILADELPHIA <UPI> — A parolee from Virginia State Penitentiary is held without bail on charges of attacking two women in center city office buildings. On a tract, slightly more than 13 acres in size, the builders expect to have over 25 stores, employing about 450 people. The new center will face the proposed J. M. Fields Development which will be across Street Road. The buildings will be all brick Colonial in design, Mcllhinney announced, in keeping with the desire of the township supervisors to stress Colonial architecture in the community. Other Contracts The Atlantic & Pacific stores have already signed a lease for a store in the new property, Mc­ llhinney announced. In addition there are nine other chains with contracts pending. The center will yield, according to accounting estimates, between $30,000 and $35,000 annual tax revenue. Included in the center will be paint store, national variety chain, a bank branch, bakery, delicatessen, dry cleaner, restaurant, auto supply store, shoe store, men’s clothing, and children’s store. Parking will be provided for more than 1,200 cars in the area, which will have to be vacated by its present occupant, a pansy farm. The center’s estimated $2,500,000 valuation will include the value of real estate, construction and facilities. When Mcllhinney and his partner Joseph Ryan, first closed the land purchase with Fred Boetefuer *' r $160,000, he told the Courier-Times that the addition of Street Road Shopping Center would bring the total commercial building in the Bustleton Pike- Street Road vicinity to more than $17,000,000 in valuation. Large Area “This,” Mcllhinney said, “will make a regional shopping center in Feasterville larger than any other in Bucks County.” It will draw customers from a large area of Philadelphia, and Montgomery and Bucks Counties, he said. Attlee Edwards (left), shelter officer for Northampton Township Civil Defense, carries the first of Bucks County’s public shelter supplies over the threshhold of St. Joseph’s Home for the Aged, Holland Road, Northampton. Sister M. Ephrema, charge of buildings for St. Joseph’s, and William Booth, Northampton Township CD director, look on. There are 41 public shelters in Lower Bucks to be stocked with fpod, water, and sanitary supplies before summer. (Courier-Times Photo) Croydon Woman WhoDidn’tHeed Own Words Identifies Attacker A Croydon woman, who didn’t heed her own warnings, identified a Philadelphia man this week as the one who attacked her last Nov. 18, after she had gotten in a car with him on a Philadelphia corner. Sheldon Glasshofer, 31, of Phila- Tom Tindall Dies In Crash Thomas Tindall, 37, former Courier - Times reporter, was killed instantly today in an auto crash in Trenton. Tindall, single, who lived at 219 Tettemer Ave., in Hamilton Township, just outside Trenton, was driving alone in his auto when it ¡crashed into a tree at 1:10 p.m at Broad St. and Churchill Ave. No other details were available at press time. Tindall was employed by the N.J. Highway Department. 2 Boys Hurt In School Mishaps Two Levittown youths were injured yesterday in accidents at Bristol Township schools. Robert Vogt, 13, of 190 Farmbrook Drive, suffered a possible btoken knee when he slipped during gym class at Benjamin Franklin Junior High School at 1:25 p.m. Paul Schade, 9, of 389 Holly Drive, fell while playing outside George Washington School at 3:25 p.m. and suffered a possible broken shoulder. Both boys were treated at Lower Bucks County Hospital after being taken there by the Levittown-Fairless Hills Rescue Squad. Fire Destroys Restaurant MAPLE SHADE, N.J. <UPI) — A wind-whipped fire in bitter cold destroyed the Spanish-style Villa Capri Restaurant in this Burlington County community today, causing a quarter-million dollar loss. The blaze in the building, known as the former Barlow Mansion, was reported to firemen bv professional football player Bobby W a 1 s t o n of the Philadelphia Eagles, who lives nearby on East Woodcrest Avenue. The two-story stucco building, built in the 1920s, burned to U>e ground. Flying sparks for a time threatened nearby homes. T h e building was owned by Masso, Inc. of Pennsauken. delphia, was “positively” identified by the Croydon woman and six other Philadelphia women in a lineup at a Phildelphia police station. A detainer has been placed against Glasshofer who will be charged with indecent assault after the Philadelphia case is completed. The Philadelphia man, however, denies ever having attacked the Croydon woman, Bensalem Township Police Chief William Riempp Jr. said. Police are withholding the woman’s name. The Croydon woman, a mother of three children, said that she had always warned her children not to get into a car with a stranger. When Glasshofer pulled alongside the corner of Cottman St. and Frankford Ave., in Philadelphia, where the Croydon woman was waiting for a bus, that evening at 5:30 the mother of three children thought the man was a neighbor. The man drove her to Tennis Ave., near the Cornwell’s Heights railroad station, where he threatened her with a knife and then committed the assault, police said. Glasshofer, who had been a policeman on the Philadelphia police force several years ago, quit just before a pending discharge. Chief Riempp said the Glasshofer told police that he blacks out and he doesn’t remember what happens. Man Charged After Accident Two area men were involved in an automobile accident yesterday at Oxford Valley Road and Trenton Road, Fairless Hills. They are Lill?am Sandow, 60, of 618 Austin Drive, Fairless Hills and Frank D. Jacob, 42, of 63 Lavender Lane, Lakeside, Levittown. Sandow was charged with improper turning. According to Riempp, Glasshofer asked that the following message be relayed to the Croydon woman: “Apologize to the woman for me just incase 1 did it. Tell her I’m sorry.” Chief Riempp pointed out that “a man wouldn’t say he was sorry for something if he was positive he didn’t do it.” Emptied Pocketbooks The chief said that Glasshofer emptied the pocketbooks of victims, took money, and their cards. Then he would warn them that “I’ll get you and your kids if you tell the police.” Glasshofer and other men in the Phildelphia lineup were told to repeat this sentence. “All this stuff should be publicized,” Chief Riempp said. “Maybe it will help curb this kind of violation. Women shouldn’t be ashamed to come in and report incidents like this. There’s no telling how tjiany cases of this have happened where women were too afraid to come in and report it.” The Bensalem chief said that juries are “too easy on the dependents, and they weigh their personality rather than the offense when making a decision.” With A Maximum Of Efficiency Health Dept Staff Small, Does A Big Job (Tw* is the second in • three-part i bureau does is arrange special series examining the work, structure) ... , and future of the Bucks County De-j Clinics — for typhoid, polio, etc. partment of Health. Today: functions and structure.) By AL« CHESTER Courier-Times Staff Writer The Bucks County Health Department is so structured that the maximum of efficiency is extracted from a relatively small staff- 68 persons. Directly under the executive office, located in Doylestown, headed by Dr. William J. Meyer, come the Office of Health Education, the Bureau of Environmental ! Health and the Bureau of Medical Services. The latter bureau, which is supervised directly by Dr. Meyer, conducts a vast medical program . ___ in addition to its tuberculosis con- j low-up both patients and contacts when the need warrants Surveilance Program This surveilance program is assisted by private physicians who report certain communicable diseases to the bureau. These might include various types of food poisoning, as well as hepatitis, influenza, trichinosis, typhoid fever, syphilis, and gonorrhea. In many cases, these diseases require follow-up work by personnel of the other branches of the health department: for instance, environmental health and nursing divisions. The bureau’s venereal disease clinic is maintained at Lower Bucks County Hospital. The clinic seeks to diagnose the diseases, treat affected persons, and fol- trol work. The bureau maintains a surveilance on all kinds of communicable diseases: diptheria, typhoid, dysentery, whooping cough, infectious hepatitis, and others. One of the concrete things the Well Child Clinics The bureau maintains Well Child Clinics, offering 29 sessions a week in 22 locations. These clinics offer parents counselling amd advice in child care. In addi­ tion, the clinics provide immunization programs for whooping cough, tetanus, diptheria, smallpox and polio. Other clinics include a monthly parasitology clinic and a monthly orthopedic clinic. The latter is held in Doylestown in cooperation with the state health department program for handicapped children. The orthopedic program supplies, when needed, medical care, pediatric care, physical therapy, and rehabilitation consultation. The program is available to all county residents from birth to 21 years of age. The bureau also functions in the area of chronic ailments, treating such problems as diabetes, rheumatic fever, and heart trouble. Preventative Program In the preventative program for rheumatic fever, private physicians refer patients to the county health department for penicillin., Although the department provides i the penicillin, the patient remains under his doctor’s supervision. School children who have shown possible heart defects in their school physical examinations may be referred for special diagnostic services. Again, the private physician retains his supervision. Contemplated for the near fu ture is a screening program for diabetes, cancer, glaucoma, and other chronic illnesses. Because the department believes that “fostering good mental health is a part of our community education program”, it works closely with the Bucks County Psychiatric Center. Together, they maintain regular out-patient care, including consultations with patients who have psychiatric problems. In the department’s organization three divisions operate under the Bureau of Medical Services: Medical Social Work, Nutrition, and Public Health Nursing. Under the direction of Miss (Continued on Page 16) Bus Company (Continued from Page 1) present fare structure on the line “to see how it works.” Although there appears a possibility that PTC personnel operating the coach company buses might not receive the same pay as PTC drivers in the city, Berdan would not make any comment. The coach company picks up passengers from Trenton to Penndel, then proceeds as an express to Philadelphia. In Levittown, it starts at the shopping center and makes stops within Levittown before heading onto Route 1 to Penndel. Joseph Hamilton, vice president of the Atlantic City Transportation Co., parent company of Capital Transit, said he expected a PUC decision in about 30 days. He felt transfer of the coach line to the Philadelphia company would be “a change for the better.” He said his company wanted to sell the line in order to “concentrate on local operations.” Negotiations have been under way for some time, he said, “even before we acquired Capital - in July of 1961.” George Bruner of Capital, an administrative assistant to Hamilton, also felt the sale would benefit riders. According to Berdan, operation of the coach line by Capital was a financial headache. He thought PTC had a better chance of breaking even due to its location. Entire Length Involved The widening of Street Road to 80 feet with a “singing strip” dividing line was revealed when John Mcllhinney, a developer, announced his new shopping center project in Lower Southampton. Mcllhinney recently sent a representative to the Pennsylvania State Highway Department offices at Haverford to check on the details of widening the road before planning the Street Road Shopping Center! According to the reports he received, the entire length of Street Road will be widened to 80 feet except for the part in Feasterville where it passes the front of the Friends Cemetery, at which point it will be nine feet less. The newly widened road will continue from the point where Street Road has joined with the still incomplete Delaware Valley Expressway up to the point in Central Bucks where the road is already 80 feet in width. This will include Bensalem township, both Southamptons, and Warminster in Lower Bucks. The exact date of the widening has not been settled, but it will be completed before 1965 according to present highway department plans. “Street Road is the main artery in Bucks County,” Mcllhinney said, “and it is going to grow more important with these new developments.” The widening of the road will add to the interest of industry and commercial firms in building along it, he said. Apartment Job Delayed Construction of a $240,000 garden-type apartment project in Levittown was delayed last night when the developer withdrew his application because of an inaccurate architectural plan. Appearing before a special meeting of the Bristol Township Board of Commissioners, Theodore Malpezzi, secretary of CMC Builders, Inc., of Huntingdon Valley, said the blueprints showed more land than actually exists. He said his firm would redraft the specifications and make new application at a future date. The 39-unit project is planned to be built on a site of VA acres at the intersection of Mill Creek Road and Edgely Ave. Not Enough Room Commissioner Leonard Sokolove told the board that the plans as presented wouldn’t allow enough room to build the 30 apartments. He noted that the plans showed 80 feet more land than the builder actually owns. The commissioner also suggested the board consider making some revisions in the garden-type apartment ordinance, regarding minimum size of plots, density and height requirements. Township regulations specify that only 40 per cent of a site may be occupied by apartment buildings. Joseph Mixner, chairman of the township planning commission, said the CMC plans indicated the site would be 60 per cent occupied by dwellings. Favors Approval Mixner told the board that he would still favor approval of the project when plans are revised because it would “mean a large tax ratable for the township.” One resident, Charles J. McGrath, of 55 Violet Road, Violet- wood, voiced objection to the apartments. McGrath, a member of the Bristol Township School Board, said his home is only 200 feet from the apartment site. He objected to apartment buildings “butting next to our homes. It’s a mistake to try and change the entire suburban concept of an area just to obtain tax ratables,” he stated. Weather Name Mixup Corrected Due to an error, the Courier- Times yesterday reported that Mark Mackles, of Forsythia Gate, Levittown, was the victim of ; robbery and assault on Friday night. The boy involved was Marc Machlin. of 43 Scarlet Oak Road, Snowball Gate, Levittown. C ontinued cold FORECAST: Fair, windy and cold today; high 10-li. Clear tonight, low zero or little be* low. Tomorrow, fair not quite so cold; high in mid 20s. High today: 13. Low tonight: Zero. High yesterday: 47. Low yesterday: 16. Low this morning: 2. Sunset tonight: 5:08 p.m. Sunrise tomorrow: 7:14 a.m. Sunset tomorrow: 5:09 p.m.

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