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Detroit, Michigan
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Monday, March 11, 1963
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"1 & I Monday, March 11, 1963 THE SECOND FRONT PAGE Fage 3, Section A .Driver Rams 4 er Church - Goin 1 o 5 i Irai 3ur I &w it ft "More fun than studying this Mordecai (Seth Kogan). Cotton Candy is royal treat Esther (Mareie Hermelin). Beans for Human ' Jewish Congregation Marks Holiday BY IIILEV II. WARD Fr Prtss Religion Writer "Don't hurt poor Ham an . . ." And the kids threw darts at balloons that surrounded the unhappy face of the Persian premier who tried to talk a king into destroying the Jews but was tricked, and was executed himself. .; - "Feed poor Haman . . ."' AND THE kids tried to throw bean bags into the wide, ugly mouth of a cardboard Haman. It was the annual fun day of Congregation Shaarey Zedek, Eleven Mile and . Northwestern, Southfield. The occasion was the Jewish holiday of rurim, which means "lots" (Haman had drawn lots to decide what was the - best day to kill the Jews). More than 1.000 children turned out in costume. There were Queen Esthers with golden crowns, or girls who tied long locks under their nose for a moustache as they pretended to be the villain Haman o ORIOLE BECOMES A FINE CHURCH Neiv Glory for Old Theater It was resurrection day for the old Oriole Theater Sunday. The landmark at Linwood and Philadelphia, stripped long ago of anything of value, dropped its sagging marquee and its little nest of scrawny store fronts and emerged as one of the most attractive churches in Detroit. More than 2,000 .persons were on hand Sunday morning for the move-in of the New Bethel Baptist Church. The members piled into cars at the old Gold Coast Theater, 8210 Twelfth, and followed red-lettered signs. The trip from the Gold Coast Theater home for the 4.000 -member congregation since it lost its spanking new 5250,000 building to the Chrysler Expressway in 1961 was like a "trip from the valley to the mountain," said the pastor, the Rev. C. La Vaughn Franklin. He came to the congregation 17 years if" Pastor Franklin: Now " said for Queen or the old Jew, Mordecai, Haman's enemy who refused to bow to him and who got Queen Esther to intercede for his people. There was even a horse for Mordecai and a face in the front quarters belonged to Glenn Cantor, a brainy looking nine-year-old from Farmington. - - TEN - YEAR - OLD Ricky Alper, of Southfield, was busy collecting balloons. "I take them Into the lavatory, where it echoes real good ... and I jump on them ... and It's real loud ... like a bomb ..." And he trotted off with three bushel-sire balloons. The synagog's education director, Eli Grad, dressed in open sport shirt and jacket, was carrying his two-year-old, Oren, and helping him to blow a little horn. He said this kind of Purim celebration is called "adloyada"' which means, keep at it "until one won't know the difference" between Haman and Mordecai. a Jewish way of saying, have the time of your life! ago. when there were only 400 members who were meeting in a bowling alley at Willis and Hastings. MIRACLE WORKER for the $500,000 remodeling of the Oriole Theater into a church is Detroit architect Nathan Johnson. The row of glass doors at the entrance and the vast expanse of whiteness inside gives one the feeling of entering a miniature Cobo Hall. THE REMODELING is considered the first major all-Negro building project in the city. Architect, contractors, financiers all skills came from Negroes, a church officer said. The organ thundered, and a piano joined in. The New Bethel choir 120 strong swelled their voices in the "Battle Hymn of the Republic." The amplifier was turned a bit high. By the time the songsters got to the chorus j.- "on a mountain." Fre Press Photos by JIMMY TAFOYA Glenn Cantor: Mordecai's horse had two tongues. it was the loudest refrain ever . . . "Mine eyes have seen the glory ..." and the choir members were looking into the face of it Sunday. Uttermost Areas Need Christianity The Rt. Rev. Alphaeus Hamilton Zulu, suffragan bishop of the Anglican Diocese of St. John in the Province of South Africa, said in his sermon Sunday at St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral: "Your country has accepted responsibility in Africa by s e n d i ng money and men to help, but we need another kind of help, too. We must depend on missionaries who will build hospitals and go where Bishop Znla other people will not go. When Christ said to go to the uttermost part" of the world, he meant that." The Rev. Father Joseph Harasiewicz, pastor of St. Casimir's Roman Catholic Church, 3381 Twenty-Third, said in his sermon Sunday: "Every single one of us, without exception, has a very special calling from God. "The first calling from God came when God called us out of not hing-ness into the t r e m endous dignity of a human being. And God con tinues His Father calling in Harasiewicz keeping us alive and loving us personally, individually. Our very special calling is to return personal, individual love to God wherever we are." ftl yyji,ffr)iijilil.L'ffLu.nftfJ Freeway Experiment CutTieups Closing of Ramps May Be Continued BY FRANK BECKMAX Fre Press Staff Writer Detroit's latest test to improve traffic flow on the Lodge Freeway has been highly successful, according to the City's traffic engineers. The five-day test, last Monday through Friday, was conducted on the 3.2-mile, television-controlled section of the freeway between the Ford and Davison interchanges. It involved the systematic closing of nine entrance ramps during morning and ' afternoon rush periods to reduce congestion. Arthur C. Gibson, traffic research engineer for the Detroit Department of Streets and Traffic, said the results may warrant permanent use of the system. - DURING THE test, "Don't Enter" signals were used to seal certain entrances when freeway traffic was heavy. Previously, the signals activated at the TV control center - were used only to close ramps when there were accidents or vehicle breakdowns on the freeway. "We got our best results in the morning by closing the Glendale and Webb ramps to southbound traffic," Gibson said. "This reduced the number of times that vehicles came to a complete stop by 60 per cent. "Tuesoay, between 8 and 9 a.m., was our best morning," he added. "We had only three stoppages compared with 42 on Tuesday of the previous week." Gibson said permitted Xfc southbound Lmmu traffic to main- Gibson tain an average speed of 36 miles an hour during the experimental period. Usually it's 20 to 25 miles an hour. "One morning Wednesday we were able to get up to 45 miles an hour and moved the normal number of cars, 6,000," Gibson said. GIBSON" SAID even better results were obtained during the afternoon rush period. "One day we tried closing the Grand Blvd. ramp 30 minutes and the Seward ramp 15 minutes in the period between 5 and 5:30 p.m. We were able to increase the average speed to 40 miles an hour and carry vehicles at the rate of 7.200 an hour, compared with 6.000 vehicles on a comparable day the previous week. "For one 10-minute period, traffic flowed at a rate of 7,600 vehicles an hour." Gibson said It was noted on television that many persons in the General Motors Building area were getting on the Lodge via the Grand Blvd. ramp for a short trip to westbound Davison. By sealing the Grand Blvd. ramp, he said, this traffic was diverted from the freeway and avoided congestion. He said there was no resultant congestion on surface streets as a result of the test except in the morning on southbound Woodrow Wilson between Webb and Glendale. C7VT- LA Blasted Car Is Really Shot His car was just about shot anyway, Robert LaPointe was figuring in the wee hours Sunday morning, when he was about half shot. So he finished the job. Not on himself on the car. He took out a 12 - gauge shotgun and, circling the nine-year-old vehicle like the Indians surrounded Custer, blasted away at it so many times that State Police couldn't count the holes. TROOPERS Richard Perry and Charles Johnson, summoned to LaPointe's home in Erie, Monroe County, at 3:15 - I'' : HP li'iwr - ft , imniiii I, f f I -f it ; - . - iJf f '-jv.; ; , t t, - pi'ti;;; ft If WORKERS CLEAN" UP the debris left by a speeding: auto that was deliberately crashed into a crowded Macomb County trailer park Sunday morning. The bedspring in the foreground is propping up the roof of one of the trailers to keep it from collapsing to the ground. The car already ha4 been pulled out backwards. Firemen are working where a utility pole once stood. A shattered pole is at lower left. Core City Club Aids Residents The W. Grand Boulevard- Clairmount Improvement As sociation tries hard to live up to its name. Joseph Williams, president of the Detroit organ ization. took time out to re port on just how hard every one worked in 1962. The organization: A Helped 2,150 persons with problems in the Association's office at 7634 Twelfth, staffed by 75 volunteers. Organized a senior citizens and retirees club, which meets weekly. 0 Secured 180 jobs for the unemployed; persuaded 13 teen-agers to return to school. Sent representatives to 15 Zoning Board of Appeals meetings and five Common Council sessions. 0 Sponsored evening band concerts with the co-operation of the Department of Parks and Recreation; arranged 42 junior block club meetings; held six general meetings with prominent speakers. 0 Organized apartment building caretakers for weekly meetings aimed at having them help their tenants and community. Published a- weekly newsletter for free distribution. Q Lined up 23 college students to serve as tutors for neighborhood youngsters for the coming summer months- 0 Arranged for. a Junior-Senior High School Workshop to be held April 6 at which time representatives of colleges and universities will discuss entrance requirements, scholarships and other subjects. Williams and his volunteers spend their spare moments raising funds for all of this a?nd more. They hope to have $10,000 for 1963 operations. a.m., were surveying the damage when the 22-year-old bartender came walking up the road. He did it, he told them. He had been drinking, and he "got mad at the car because it didn't run right." The car's performance should be academic, the troopers suggested, to a man whose license had been revoked. - Well, LaPointe explained, there were a lot of things bugging him. . LaPointe was taken to Monroe County Jail and booked for careless use of M V. V ; H fi " Deputy Harold Shaw 4,000 Hear Hoffa, Friends Teamster President James of his verbal broadsides at fore 4.000 unionists' at an vention Arena. The same old targets were Senators Barry Goldwater and John B. McClellan, Attorney General Rob ert Kennedy and the press Hoffa criticized the Senators for backing legislatibn that would destroy the labor move ment. He charged Kennedy tries to intimidate labor and the press distorts coverage of the labor movement. The rally was billed as "grass roots" protest against anti-labor laws pending before Congress. It was sponsored by a group calling itself Michigan's Com mittee for an Open Labor Forum. It is headed by Stan Arnold, secretary-treasurer of firearms, and the troopers went back on patrol. THEY SOON' found a hardware store broken open in the village, and some 12-gauge shotgun shells miss- LaPointe took them, he admitted. He had used up all his ammunition on the car, and was returning with a fresh supply when he met the troopers. He was booked again for breaking and entering by night. The Monroe County prosecutor will be bugging him Monday morning. III 1 d Wtf'lli n,,'- j .,.-- ,1,1 lg J and Jacob Kubrich at Forum R. Hoffa delivered another his enemies Sunday night be "open labor forum" in Con the Michigan State Building and Construction Trades- Council. - LITERATURE handed to those at the meeting was domi nated by messages from Hoffa and the Teamsters condemning pending labor legislation. Rep. James Roosevelt (D., Calif.) told the audience labor has many enemies and it must fight them while putting "its own house in order." JOSEPH CURRAX, "presi dent of the National Maritime Union and a member of the I executive council of the AFLr- CIO, said he had been advised not to appear on the program with Hoffa. "But I want you people to Know I am proud to stand behind- Jimmy Hoffa," he said. "All these attacks on Hoffa are merely a smokescreen to destroy the labor movement." Mrs. Myra Wolfgang assailed Goldwater, saying he "is not on the FBI's most wanted list but he is cer-tainlv on labor's most wanted list." Michigan's Democratic Senators. Patrick V. McNamara and Phillip A. Hart, and the Congressional delegation had been invited to attend along with Oregon's Democratic Senator, Wayne Morse. Rep. Harold M. Ryan (D., Mich.) alone appeared. r..r Auto Hurls Into Camp At 80 MPH 'God's Order,' Says Driver; Tots Spared BY JEROME HANSEN Free Press Staff Writer A 39-year-old Mt. Clemens man deliberately rammed his speeding automobile into a crowded Macomb County trailer park Sunday morning to impress upon residents "the wickedness of not going to church on Sunday." Jacob Rubrich, df 48 V3 Dickinson, Mt. Clemens, was traveling about 80 miles an hour when he crashed his car into four trailers parked in the Blue Skies Trailer Court, 36530 Jefferson, Harrison Township. , "God told me to go down there, wake those people up and get them to church," he told sheriffs deputies. Macomb County Sheriff Lester Almstadt said it was a miracle that none of the eight occupants of the four trailers including an in'ant and a small girl was seriously injured. MOST SERIOUSLY hurt was Mrs. Dorothy Newport, 44, who suffered a back injury when she was thrown out of bed by the impact. She was treated at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Mt. Clemens. Shaken were the other residents Mrs. Hazel Verdi, Mrs. Lois Garton, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Buechl and their 10-year-old daughter, Julie and Andrew Newport and his 23-month-old son. They complained that they ached from being tossed around like toothpicks in the trailers. They refused treatment, however. Rubrich suffered only a bump on his head, despite the fact his car was almost demolished. Mrs. Verdi and Mrs. Newport and her infant son were still asleep when Rubrich smashed into their trailers shortly after 8 a.m: The mothers had just gotten up and were preparing breakfast. The Buechl girl was playing in the living room of her trailer. MRS. VERDI said she thought at first that a Selfridge Air Force Base jet had crashed in the trailer camp or there had been an earthquake. "I was sound asleep In bed and the next thing I knew I was flat on my back on the floor," Mrs. Verdi said. "Everything on the walls flew off and one of the pictures hit me on the face." Mrs. Garton was sitting in a chair when Rubrich plowed through the bedroom she had left just a minute before. "I was lifted off the chair and thrown to the floor," Mrs. Garton said. "Then the furniture started flying around the trailer like feathers in a windstorm." The Buechls and Newports gave similar accounts. NOBODY ACTUALLY saw the impact and Rubrich doesn't remember too many details except that "God told me to do it." However, Sheriff Almstadt said study of the scene disclosed that this is probably what happened: "Rubrich was traveling south on Crocker Blvd. between 80 and 90 miles an hour. He shot across heavily traveled Jefferson without stopping, darted through the driveway of a gasoline station on the southwest corner of the intersection, nar rowly missing a cluster of fuel pumps. "Then he plowed Into the, trailer camp. "It appears that he never took - his foot off the accelerator. We couldn't find one skid mark to indicate he attempted to slop." After hitting the trailers. Rubrich's car struck a utility pole, snapping it off at the ground. The pole fell on the hood and roof of the car, caving in both. THE CAR struck the trailers with such force that it broke them loose from their foundations and turned them on the axles. The Harrison Township Fire Department was sent to the Turn to Page 5A, Column 1 .

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