Naugatuck Daily News from Naugatuck, Connecticut on December 26, 1969 · Page 1
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Naugatuck, Connecticut
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Friday, December 26, 1969
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Naugatuck Dedicated To Community Public Service ailu FRIDAY, DECEMBER 26, 1969 Snow! Severe Snowstorm, High Winds Lash Mew England Holiday Cities Declare E mergeneies; Conn.Banks Ordered Closed By United Press International Fewer people than estimated were dying on the nation's roads today during this long Christmas holiday period. The National Safety council had made its biggest estimate of traffic death fatalities for a holiday period, saying between 800 and 902 persons could die between 6 p.m. local time Wednesday and midnight Sunday. The council said the nation's motorists would drive 9.1 billion miles during the 102.hour holiday period, and die at the rate of about eight an hour. Today, motorists were dying at the rate of less than six an hour. A United Press International count at 7 a.m. EST showed at least 199 persons, killed in BOSTON (UPI) -- A post. Christmas .snowstorm -- the fourth in two weeks -- belted New England today. Driving was treacherous and banks were forced to close in Connecticut. The weather bureau forecast 10 to 15 Inches of snow in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont and four to six inches in southern New England where the snow was expected to turn to sleet and freezing rain. The storm was expected to taper off later today. Gale force winds lashed the coastal areas but snowfall was lighter than in northern and "Slay Home!"Police Chief Tells Residents NEWS STAFFER HARRIET RAU braved the icy winds · and snow this morning to check the weather instruments on The NEWS building and, incidentally, to check the depth of the snowfall up to 11 a.n. Her ruler showed that the white stuff had reached a depth of 16 inches on the sidewalk adjacent to the front entrance. -(News Photo by Jensen) Jimmy Fund Head Lauds IVaugatuek William S. Roster, executive director of the Jimmy Fund, recently sent the following letter to Police Chief Frank Mariano for the substantial contribution made by the borough through the coordinating efforts of Patrolman Jerry Sirica, head of the local drive. "In a period when the race for the charity dollar is being stepped up at a fantastic pace, it was heartwarming to receive your check of $1,020.89 from Chief Mead. This money which has a very "special" meaning will be put to immediate use In our research program. ·We not only like what you did but more so the thoughtful Please turn to page W Enrico Reale Dies At 87; Rites Monday Enrico Reale, 87, of 121 High St., died at St. Mary's Hospital yesterday after a long illness. He was born Dec. 15, 1882 in Italy, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Augustine Reale. He was a retired employe of the Naugatuck Chemical Company, a communicant of St. Francis Church, and had been a resident of Naugatuck for the past 60 years. Survivors include four daughters all of Naugatuck, Mrs. Carl Roland, Mrs. Raymond Schultz, Mrs. Domenic Pape, and Mrs., Albert Juliano; one sister, Rose Venditti of Italy; one brother Louis of Naugatuck; five grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. s Funeral services, originally scheduled for tomorrow have been changed because of the storm. Services will now be held Monday at 8:30 a.m.'from the Buckmlller Funeral Home, 82 Fairvtew Ave., to St. Francis Church for a solemn high Mass at 9. Interment will be in St. James Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home Sunday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Extra Truck Won't Be Al Garage Tomorrow There will be no Sanitation Dept. truck located at the Street Dept. Garage on Rubber Ave. tomorrow because of the storm, street Dept. officials said today. The extra truck has been at the garage on Saturdays for the past several weeks to allow residents to take trash to it, especially bulky items which are not picked up in the regu-. lar daily collections. Initial Sewer Plans, Cost Estimates Given Borough Man Hangs Self In Jail Cell Michael Mucha, 48, 18 Galpin St., died early this morning, a victim of suicide by hanging himself in a jail cell, according to Police Chief Frank Mariano. According to police reports, Mucha was arrested following a domestic disturbance l a t e yesterday afternoon on charges of breach of peace and intoxication after efforts to resolve the argument by investigating officers failed. At 6:20 p.m., officers on duty discovered the entire cell block covered with water the result of a broken water pipe which Mucha had kicked loose. Police then turned off the water supply to the cell block. Desk Officer Sgt. Francis Feeley checked the prisoner at 10 p.m., 1:30 a.m. and again Please turn to page 10 \.ll. Liquor Stores Open Despite Storm CONCORD, N.H. UPI - Work, ers at the state owned and operated liquor stores were told to report to their Jobs today although Gov. Walter Peterson gave most other state workers the day off because of a snowstorm. · L i q u o r Commissioner John Ratoff said the liquor store employes were exempt from the executive order because "there is an understanding that the liquor stores are essential to the economy of the state.* Preliminary e n g i n e e r i n g plans and cost estimates for sewer lines in the area of the new 'middle school have been submitted to both Mayor Paul Bessette and Borough Engineer Frank Desmond by the consultant engineering firm ofSeelye, Stevenson, Value and Knecht of New York. The report is broken into four sections with each of the four including the establishment of horizontal and vertical control for the length of the section; obtaining a field survey of the location includingfrontUnes of existing buildings, existing pavements, d r i v e s , hedges, utility poles, drainage struc-' tures and other significant items of topography; obtaining sill elevations of buildings and inverts of drainage structures along the sections; obtaining a prdfile along the probable center line of the sewer for the full length of the section and providing all survey data on scale maps, profiles and cross sections. Also included will be the mathematical establishment of the right-of-way line of the existing streets along the full sections, established to conform reasonable to the existing pavement and to such property line monuments that can be found and located with the borough supplying deed descriptions, copies of plot plans or subdivision maps which are available with a final review by the borough engineer of the basic map. Section I, 3,350 lineal feet on City Hill St. from Wooster St. to May St.,' with all of the above listed services will cost an estimated $5,300; Section II, on Pond Hill Rd. from May St. to 850 feet east of OsborneRd., a total of 1,858 lineal feet will cost an estimated $3,500; Section in, on Morris St. from Grace St. to City Hill St., a distance of 1,740 lineal feet, will cost an estimated $1,900; Section IV, across the middle school property from City Hill St. to Lincoln St. and along Please turn to page 10 Please turn to page 10 11 Known Dead In Fire In Famed Hotel SAFFRON WALDEN, Eng. land (UPI)- Fire swept a 400. year-old hotel today, some of the 40 guests and staff sliding down bedsheet ropes to safety but others perishing before firemen could pluck them by ladder from upper story windows. Firemen said at least 11 persons, including two children, perished in the blaze that consumed the 16th century Rose and Crown Hotel. Four more persons were admitted to hospitals when pulled from the flames of the hotel where diarist Samuel Pepys used to stay during his journeys from Cambridge to London. "People were hanging out of all the windows shouting for help before the clouds of smoke reached them. But only one or two could be rescued at a time," said Jack Delee, wiio runs the King's Arms Pub across the street. "I saw one man being rescued by firemen but his wife, who was shouting from Please turn to page 10 "Stay home!" was the only advice offered by Police Chief Frank Mariano this morning when asked about road conditions in the borough. He added that only in cases of emergency should people venture from their homes, In view of the Weather. Street Dept. crews began work at 9 p.m. last night and according to a spokesman, now that the snow has turned to freezing rain, it Is expected that plows Will be able to get to outlying streets. Resident Trooper Robert G. Malesky of Beacon Falls also urged residents to stay at home and Issued a plea for people to remove their cars parked at the roadside to facilitate plowing operations. Both Waterbury and St. Mary's Hospital reported no problems with service despite absentees and spokesmen said that they were prepared for emergencies. Trooper Thomas Bennett at Bethany Barracks reported only minor accidents but advised only emergency travel. 'Roads are slippery, high winds have cut visibility to near zero and the snow is expected to continue all day," Bennett said. Only a few cars have ventured onto city streets and Route 8 appears virtually empty of traffic except for plowing equipment. There were a number of cancellations, postponements and business closings because of the storm. Many downtown local businesses decided to keep doors closed today, including the following: Rosenblatt's, F r e e d - man's, Rossi's and Breen's, also B r o w n Lumber and O'Toole's Pharmacy, Ruella's Coiffures, Norman's Beauty Salon, Art Craft Memorials and Paul's Ski Shop. All banks in the state were ordered to remain closed today. Area businesses closed included: BG Discount Paneling, G. Fox In the Naugatuck Valley Mall; Dee's Beauty Salon, Watertown; Issacson'sin Seymour; Arlan's in Waterbury, and all Please turn to page 10 Middle School Low Bid Set At$3,190,000 "It's a little higher than what we had hoped, but we're still within safe ground," Charles F. Hall, chairman of the school building Committee said today Jn reference to the winning bid of $3,190,000 submitted by L. F. Pace Sons on the new middle school. In all, seven bids were opened Tuesday. Other firms submitting bids were P. Francini Co. with a bid of $3,232,000; Felix Buzz! Son with a bid of $3,235,000; Waterbury Construction Co. with a bid of $3,298,000; Monaco Construction Co. withabldof$3,317,000; Gellaty Construction Co. with a bid of $3,329,500 and Edwin Moss Son with a bid of $3,413,836. Hall reported that these bids are good for 60 days with the previous bids postponed for acceptance until Feb. 15 pending the item coming to referendum early in February. REALE. ENRICO, of 121 High St., died In W»Wbury, Dec. 25. 1969. Funeral Monday at 8:30, from the Buckmlller Funeral Home, 82 Falrvlew Ave., to St. Francis Church, for · solemn high Mass at 9. Burial in St. cramei cemetery. Frlendi may call Sun. day from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 P.m. central sections. Relief was in sight for Saturday, the weather, man said, with the return of fair weather. Connecticut Banking Commis- sloner Philip Hewes announced at 7 a.m. that all banks In the state wera ordered closed be- , cause of the storm. Snow emergencies wers in ef. feet in some of the region's largest cities. Boston, Hartford, Conn., and Cambridge, Mass., banned parking In downtown areas. New Hampshire Gov. Walter Peterson told most state work, ers to stay home today because of the weather. The exceptions included those who work at the state-run liquor stores. Connecticut was one of the hardest hit states with near blizzard conditions prevailing. Northeast winds of 25 to 40 miles per hour whipped the heavy snow. Maine was getting up to 15 inches of new snow. Highway crews In New Hampshire were out at 2 a.m. to clear roads, and the cities of Manchester, Concord, Keene and Nashua all reported heavy snowfall. In V e r m o n t, Brattleboro, Springfield, Bellows Falls and Bennington were receiving up to 15 inches. The state was blanketed by 18 Inches by a storm Monday. Temperatures were at a record breaking low in Vermont on Christmas Day. Burlington re. corded 16 degrees below zero, while Montpeller dipped to an arctic minus 20 and White Rlv. er Junction was 18 below. About 150 families in Burling, ton, vt., were without power Christmas Day for the second time in a week. Work crews labored in the subzero tempera, tures to repair a shattered light pole. In Rhode Island, snow ranged from four inches in Warwick to more than six in northern parts of the state. More snow was ex. pected. Gale warnings were in effect for Narrabansett Bay. T h e Massachusetts Department of Public Works said 2,200 plows and sanders were battling to keep the state's roads open. No highways were closed, although driving was hazardous. Please turn to page 10 Snow today tapering off to flurries by later afternoon, windy and cold with considerable blowing and drifting snow causing near blizzard conditions. Total snow accumulation of a foot or more likely. High temperatures in the mid 20s. Northeast winds 25 to 35 miles-per- hour this morning becoming north to northwest 20 to 30 tills afternoon continuing tonight. Variable cloudiness continued windy and cold tonight. Low temperatures in the teens. Saturday partly sunny continued cold. High temperatures in the mid to upper 20s. The probability of snow becoming '10 per cent by late afternoon 20 per cent tonight and 10 per cent Saturday. (By BRISTOL RECORDER) Temperature Midnight, 22; 3 a.m., 22; 6 a.m., 24; 9 a.m., 28; noon, 32. Barometric Pressure Midnight, 20.9; 3 a.m., 30.4; 6 a.m., 30.1; 9 a.m., 29.9; noon, 29.7. LAFF - A - DAY A FLORIDA MAN, James 8. Ritter, 31, North Ocean Boulevard, Del Ray Beach, was cited hr failure to drive in the proper lane following this accident on Prospect St. Christmas Eve. Ritter was traveling west on Prospect St. when he crossed the center line and struck an oncoming car operated by Bruce E. Malloy, 156 Glenbrook Dr., Mt. Laurel, N.J. Ritter was released on a J25 cos/i bond pending his appearance in court Jan. 26. -(News Photo by Newman) "I'm sorry, sir, but it'* the policy of the management to refuse service to a patron who's not wearing A tic."

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