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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - April 15, 1999, Alton, Illinois The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN Rescue workers from the Alton Fire Department pull Lynn Shiang, 48, of St. Louis, from her car Wednesday on the Berm Highway near the Broadway Connector. Shiang's car was in a 12:15 p.m. collision with a pickup truck driven by Erie Wiwczaroski, 21, of the 1400 block of Eberhardt Avenue in Edwardsville. Shiang was treated at Alton Memorial Hospital and released. Wiwczaroski was uninjured. By LINDA N. WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON — In a surprise move Wednesday, city Comptroller Al Charleston submitted his resignation to Mayor Don Sandidge. Aldermen then unanimously approved Charleston’s resignation “with regret" at the City Council meeting Wednesday night. The resignation is effective April 28. “I hate to lose him; he’s done an excellent job,” Sandidge said after the meeting. “I tried to talk him out of it; he will be difficult to replace.” A local search for Charleston’s replacement will begin immediately, the mayor said. Sandidge and Charleston both said the comptroller was not asked to resign. “I’m 63 years old, it’s time to do something else,” Charleston said. “Ifs been an exciting time for me. I’ve been in politics since 1975, and I would like to spend my time with my family. This was totally my decision; we had no disagreement over anything. I thank the mayor for the opportunity to do this." Charleston said he has no further employment plans. In, recent weeks, Charleston disagreed with some aldermen and city treasurer Dan Beiser over use of gambling money for construction of a new police station. Charleston favors paying cash for the station — on a reduced scale from the projected $10 million. Others want to put excess gambling money in reserve and issue bonds in case Alton Belle’s head tax is cut off. At that time, Charleston said the disagreement was “philosophical" and nothing serious. Alderman Tom Hoechst, 1st Ward, said he regrets Charleston’s resignation. “We’re going to miss him, no doubt about it,” Hoechst said. Sandidge appointed Charleston to the comptroller’s post when he was elected mayor in 1997. Besides his stint as a city employee, Charleston has served 16 years as an alderman. He was elected alderman of the 4th Ward in 1971, becoming the second black alderman in the city. He lost a re-election bid in 1973 but was elected again in 1975. He served as alderman until 1989, that same year, he ■ See COMPTROLLER. Page A-11 Alton in bloom Colors bursting forth along streets By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph staff writer ALTON — Hundreds of trees are unveiling their red, pink and purple blossoms in the annual spring show of colors along the streets of Alton. “The trees are blossoming in a spectacular display of spring beauty,” said Tom Weathers, executive director of the Alton Park and Recreation . Department. Floribunda crab apple trees are bursting open in a display of bright, pink blossoms at the State House Circle at College and Central avenues. “The floribunda crab apples put on a pretty show of colors in the spring,” Weathers said. More than 3,000 flowering trees of 56 varieties are showing their spring blossoms. The spectacle of flowering trees started in 1960 with a few hundred trees and has blossomed in 1999 to thousands. The flowering trees were born from an idea by the late Dr. Gordon F. Moore, who was chairman of the Alton Park and Recreation Commissions, Weathers said. The tree program sprouted when Moore teamed up with Pride Inc., Alton Community Service League    and    East    End Improvement Association to plant trees. “Dr. Moore loved trees and flowers and envisioned Alton as a showcase of beautiful, blossoming trees,” Weathers said. In the 1960s, Moore, horticulturist Paul Owens of Alton and Robert    E.    Goetz    and Associates, a landscape architect, designed a plan for flowering trees along the streets, Weathers said. “Dr. Moore wanted different kinds of trees planted on different streets,” he said. Moore loved the giant double blooms of Kwansan cherry ■ See BLOOM, Page A-11 The Telegraph/M ARGIL M. bAHNbs Paul Scharth of Alton walks his neighbor's dogs, Henry and Fergi, down Langdon Street in Alton among the blooming red bud trees. Ailing teen takes risk to test new chemotherapy By BETHANY BEHRHORST Telegraph staff writer Lying down on her mother’s and stepfather’s waterbed, Chrissy Brumley closed her eyes gently as heightened tension filled the room. The increasing pain made it hard for her to think: about living, about dying — about anything. Just a few more minutes and the MS Contin, a time-released morphine elixir, would kick in and she would be off to sleep. Everything would be peaceful again. Terri Smith, Chrissy Brumley’s mother, sat next to her daughter stroking her hair, whispering that the pain would pass. At least she wasn’t screaming in pain. Smith The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN Chrissy Brumley Has rare cancer hated seeing her daughter cry in pain. She was handling it like a trooper, as always. Chrissy’s clear bright eyes met her mother’s, and she ■ See TEEN. Page A-11 Sex Week teaches students a few new lessons By SANFORD J. SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE Students appeared none the worse for wear Wednesday after the first two days of “Sex Week 1999 at SIUE.” Some of the young people said they learned something from the activities of Sex Week, put on by University Housing and the Madison County AIDS Program. The Sex Week program attracts attention with a healthy dose of humor, but there are serious aspects. “AIDS is a devastating disease,” said Erie Fetcher, a volunteer with the AIDS program, which set up a display at the Morris* University Center as part of Sex Week. He offered that observation after his colleague, Madeleine Myers, offered a piece of candy and/or a condom to passers-by. Students said they heard some things they already knew but also learned some new things. Jaycie Carlson, a freshman from Pontiac, said she learned there are a lot more gay students than most people realize. She said she realized that from a “Sex Squares” quiz pro gram held the night before. “My boyfriend was one of the contestants, and they asked about gays in the form of a multiple-choice question,” Carlson said. About one in IO college students are gay, instead of one in 20, the answer her boyfriend gave, she said. “I heard a lot that I knew ■ See SEX, Page A-11 Good Morning Area/Illinois .A-3-10 Bulletin Board .A-6 Business C-5 Classifieds C-9 Comics .......A-8 Editorial ......A-4 Horoscope A-8 Nation/world . .A-12 Obituaries.....A-5 Afflack, Ash, Grammer, Hayes, Heitzman, Johnson, Osborne, Richnak, Schlemer Scoreboard B-2 Stocks........C-6 Television.....C-4 SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 THE TE LEG I* ‘Cline*cst Coronoria' I IPPH hacohsll    W    —^     —    Ttl0    OlltiOOH Sunset Serenade' ; ICCC baseball Godfrey j Alton’s Fox photographers I comes work on display i home to mf " atEpcot I play Page C-l i    Page B-l The outlook Cloudy with rain likely. 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