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Bucks County Courier Times (Newspaper) - March 9, 1977, Levittown, Pennsylvania VOI. No. 58 March 1977 68 Pages 20 Cents Strike closes more stores By BIU Hanaegan Courier Times Staff Writer Market outlets of three food chains in Lower Bucks closed further at 9 a.m. today by order of the management. The order to close some 16 outlets resulted from a strike since Sunday of the Amalgamated Meat Cutters Un- four locals here and In New Jer- sey and Delaware with some members. will notify you when you should report to work in the read a notice to employes which was posted in the doors of nine Acme mar- five markets and two Pan- try Pride markets in Lower Bucks. A estimate was unavailable this morning of the number of employes locked out of the stores. Before today's decision to close the meat cutters were turned away from work since Sunday. No meats were cut this week and supplies io stores ran out early yesterday. Representatives of the meat cut- ters and 475 tri-state outlets of the chains scheduled a negotiation session this afternoon in Cherry at 3. Disputed issues include manage- ment attempts to reduce premium pay for work on weekends and mid- night shifts. The many of which have recently gone to seven- day-a-week want to reduce double-time-and-a-half pay for Sun- day work. meateutters want offered now at age after age 50 and 30 years of work with the chains. Terms of the 30-year pension plan were written into the three-year con- tract of retail who went oo strike and closed stores of the chains for almost three weeks in 1975. before markets were ordered an outlet manag- er lot of customers are buy- ing frozen meats and dinners. We are well-stocked said Patrick Hanrahan. Hanrahan manages the outlet in Southampton Shopping Up- per Southampton Township. John manager of an outlet in Falls said yester- of frozen meats for several weeks are Chalela stocks of frozen meats in the store at 8919 New Falls Road were put out by mem- bers of locals not organized by the meat who are supposed to shelve the feoods. About the Chalela hate to see anybody out of work Be- my registers are not ringing hard enough without fresh meat 'George m charge of frozen not at a Morrisvitle pointed out gaping holes in the stock of frozen meats. who works at the 833 W. Trenton Road said really starting to sell is the two-pound packager of frozen meat steak and fried chick- en. Pot pies and fish also are emptying right he added. At the outlet's deli he point- ed out shelves of lunch meats unavailable for sale be- cause meat cutters handled cutting and sale of the goods. He said the meats were reseated by store manag- but salads probably could not be saved. Bingo 'baloney9 stirs Centennial By Carolyn Mieser Courier Tunes Writer Taxing bingo games held in the Catholic churches In Warminster and Southampton was considered almost sacrilegious by about 100 par- ents at the Centennial School Board meeting last night. Spat erupts over Heights contracts By Susan Sprague Courier Times Staff Writer A Warminster Township fuel oil dealer is charging a conflict of Interest in the distribution of plumbing and fuel oil contracts by the Warminster Heights Re- development Authority. Joseph Sands of the C R Oil Company sent letters to the Bucks County Courier Times and the authority charging a is being petrated for personal gain against the people of Ms com- Identifying himself as a member of a citi- zens group of Warminster Town- charges that two mem- bers of the Project Area Committee are get- ting jobs because of their posi- tions. Nofavortism J. Preston execu- tive director of the re- sponded by saying no favoritism Is shown to either businessman because of his position on the PAC board. Luitweiler said both men have complied with the authori- ty's conflict of interest which requires all individuals having connections with the cor- poration to disclose that connec- tion in writing to authority. on page A2 col. is a part of our one angry parent shouted. taxing our the man continued. The controversy began when Joseph A. Centennial busi- ness sent a letter to the Catholic churches in the district in- forming them that the amusement tax enacted by the school board last June affects almost all forms of entertainment held in the churches. Tax levied The tax may be levied on football dances and class plays as well as bingo. The tax covers activities held in Centennial schools also. 'This baloney about Wngo really bugs said Urci- voli of Southampton. don't run bingo to entertain the but to keep our heads above water I think you ought to keep your damn hands out of it because now you are hitting me in the reli- Paul former township supervisor and the father of three children in parochial we have chosen to send our children to private schools. In that sense we are paying a double tax because of the tuition. With this new we are being triply taxed. I ask that you remove it from the Students transfer Dietrich maintained that for every Centennial collects in amusement two students will transfer to the public school sys- tem. can't educate two students for Dietrich said. Organizations renting a Catholic church for dinners or dances are also subject to the amusement Albano said. School director Mary Pat McPhillips was certainty not the intention of this board to be an fncumberance of the churches. We will took into the ordinance and get our solicitor's To consult attorney Eugene J. school board finance his com- mittee will consult with the school board attorney and review the tax at the next finance committee meeting. will have a report for you at the April 6 board said. that time I suggest you do nothing until the law Is Grossi said the school district had hoped to receive about income from the tax. Only about has been collected so far this year. Spring trimming Tom McDonald of Warminster scurries about Bucks County trim- ming tree tops before spring busts out all over. a employe of Philadelphia Electric Is seen here high above NewporU ville Road in Bristol Township. Warm weather is on the way. See Page A3. It's been a year of changes for Abt survivors Michael Abt By Kathy Canavaa and David Harris Courier Times Staff Writers Michael Abt doesn't hesitate a sec- ond when asked whether he wants to see George Geschwendt die In the electric chair. He says he would be willing to pull the switch himself. he would be dis- appointed if they didn't ask me to do On Saturday it will be one year since the Abts' 24-year-old neighbor broke into their Trcvose crouched behind the living room wall with a .22-magnum In his hand and popped out six times killing five of the Abts and a family friend. and his 24-year-old brother. weathered a of changes In the last twelve months. Those changes came like fists out of battering their heads In quick succession. Nursing slomacb problems Their family was murdered last March 12. Their childhood chum was charged with the deaths a week later. They listened to the gruesome medi- cal testimony and relived the killings during the July trial. They were satis- fied when the Jury sentenced Ges- chwendt to death. Now they read defense attorneys are appealing the conviction and asking to have their client transferred to a psychiatric fa- cility. Mike Abt's twenty-second year has been his hardest He no longer Is the kid who guzzled beer In front of the tel- evision cameras and popped tranquil- tiers in the police station. He looks back on all that and says somebody should have put htm In a stralghtjack- et for his own Now he spends his days nursing stomach problems he did not have a year watching television with his girlfriend and readings books about crime and criminals. He was laid oft when winter put a lid on the construction so he is doing some work on the house be In- herited. He has replaced the blood- splattered living room rug. Now he Is remodeling the upstairs bedrooms and sanding the kitchen a job he says seems to drag on forever. Neighborhood bar He keeps two purebred Great Danes. There's who he got to keep him and who be got to keep Zeus company. He spent Christmas visiting friends In Florida. It wasn't an easy time as he don't have any choice. I gotta beep tried to he remem- Just didn't seem like much of a place to celebrate. The average crowd was a lot younger than So he spent most of his time on his walking the beach and talking to people in the streets. Even talking Is different for htm since last March 12. had a few occasions where people told me how long they knew me and they didn't realize who they were oo page A2col. news summary Bucks County Bucks gas dealer wonUJtli boycott service station operator from Falrless Hills has always valued independence from oil companies. Dante tells columnist Joe Ha tberstein he would support shutdown of pumps to boycott 3 Catholic students rate high achieve- ments. Catholic students in Bucks and other 1 suburban Philadelphia counties scored higliur me national average in scholastic achievement tests. according to the superintendent of schools office. 1 TMrty-sli file for gwenneal stody mission. The two major parties are almost equally represented a mong the announced candidates for the proposed county government study commission. After yesterday's deadline for submitting 18 Republicans and IT bst-f thotr intentions to run for the seven commission slots. One Constitutionalist filed. tacks BUB enters sheriff race. Terry J. from MlUord filed nominating petitions on the GOP ticket for sheriff. beer plans to opposed party endorsed candidate Blair B. Boose of HlUtown Township. Falls Falls seeks disorderly floes. Falls. Township ordinance provides for disorderly conduct fine of but state second class township code only allows fine for disorderly charge. Township solicitor says fine could not be board voles to recommend state raise fine to Newtown Editorial t An answer for schools before It's too late. Top priority for new school funding as local school board members throw up their hands in disgust. C Small cost for koaesty. Campaigns for Congress should be funded through tax contributions just as the presidential races are financed. Sate on potholes. No one goes shopping for of but that's what many shoppers are finding in the parking lot of their favorite store. It's time to fill these Tapes of made during alleged drug deal Involving Bucks County maa are played fora federal Juiy m Trenton. George of and Eileen of Bensalem are charged with five fehmj cotmttof distributing and conspiring to dtoti In Hew Jersey from their Croydon Use. Tape to one of twom by cowcrenoant pleaded nriKy earNerafldwbsbtestlfvMgfir Newtown Borough Council members last night agreed to proceed with toe drafting of their own toning ordinance amendment allowing new apartment construction. The action came days after developer Benjamin Emgeflleda challenge to the ordinance. Upper Southampton SftovM part-timer get medical Controversy continued last night before the Upper Southampton supervisors over whether Craig Fox. part-time park director for the township. Is entitled to hospitalization benefits usually offered to full-time employes. Ontrttnial 9 CefttemnalVMrt ratifies pact School board unanimously approved contract with CEA last night's meeting. Board sees deficit of by June A. Money that Is needed for schools. A student at Poquesslng Middle tn a letter to the comments on the funds wasted In esoteric studies while school facilities cannot be kept In operating condition. 7 Working can we make more Carter administration faces the challenge of creating either public works or public service Jobs to spur the economy. The question remains whether the efforts will work enough 7 IJnlMtswMltoJtwtftepeapttwtebave Jomed the Armj. Military unions are discussed by a scholar from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. 7 These mnlnessnwi cram for battle wftb PR types drill executives to fine-tune their responses to press Inquiries. rmdla Indira Gandhi faces tough vppositfon In the wring the first held since she declared India's emergency In I87S. good evening You'll be getting your tax rebate IB May or according to what we hear. The House passed the necessary bill yesterday and it goes to the Senate where little opposition Is expect- ed. So what are you going to do wlta the fifty bucks when you get Buy a new A Cadillac or Take a trip to Whatever you decide. It'll he wrong. If you spend the you'll be contributing to Inflation. If you save you won't be providing the country with the economic stimulus tt needs. Ronald Adley has shown us a way to get and it's a tough way In- deed. Now that he's been rescued from the mine tn Tower he's being offered up to for bis sto- ry- _____ That frightening experience ought to be worth more than Ron. Maybe you should hold out tor more. Sometime In It's been an- nounced. President Carter will spend the night In the home of an in W. Va. So put a cot up in the dining room and get the kids to double up. That's the way ordinary citizens handle over- night guests. And ever this ordinary citi- zen will be extraordinary. Average pay Increase for county workers In Doylestown will be It's estimated. And In an austerity too. that's even more than the threatened strike against SEPTA. There's another way to get Work for the county. What's the county tax bills are Just out. All we have to do now Is pay for these raises. So relax. Some people never learn to relax. Others never Icam anything else. Election time Is coming again and we'll be reminded that some have a two-hour vocabulary but only a two-minute Idea. p.w. 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