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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - November 3, 1999, Alton, Illinois Til J ii TELEGRAPH Prep soccer CM loses in Super-Sectionals Page Cl Today s Food Pie lovers Sweet & tangy, crunchy, hearty and sticky Page Bl The outlook    }    Sunman surrenders Sunny and    I    7 killed rn cool; High    I    Xerox 54, low 36    I    shooting Page DIO Page AIQ ,    w,---- www.thetelegraph.com By LINDA N. WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON - The city’s home ownership program should be adjusted to offer greater incentives for people buying houses in the inner city, an alderman says. At the same time, Alderman Fred Young of Ward 4 said, the size of forgivable loans for purchasers of newly built houses in outlying areas should be reduced. “I think it would be better to have additional incentives in the inner city,” Young said “We are seeing growth in wards 5, 6 and 7. The inner city has blighted vacant properties in the core of the city.” The city’s program has assisted nearly 200 people in buying houses within the city limits, said Dennis Dugan, director of housing and com munity development. Through July, 170 homebuyers had participated in the program; the loans totaled $329,025. None of the loans was for new construction, he said. After last week’s City Council meeting, Young said he wants the city to develop a plan that will encourage sales in “distressed areas." He said those buying new houses in the outskirts of Alton would buy them without the help of the city’s program. Young has met with Mayor Don Sandidge to address another housing issue of concern to his constituents — trying to get some portion of their low interest loans for home rehabilitation to be forgivable. For those participating in the residential facade program, the city provides a 25 percent matching grant up to $5,000 for exterior repairs or replacing the exteriors of homes. “The majority of these loans in the Fourth Ward have been to senior citizens, primarily widows. They have to sign a lien on their property if they want to stay in their homes. These people have paid (city) taxes for years ” The Alton Department of Housing and Community Development’s programs are designed to promote home ownership so residents have a stake in the community, a public responsibility and more stable neighborhoods “It’s been a big success,” Dugan said. “It is gaining momentum. People are moving here from Bethalto and Brighton and say the loan program is one reason they ■ See BREAK, Page A11 __  Th®    Telegraph/MARGIE M. BARNES Michael Jackson of Godfrey wears gloves and a hood to protect himself from the high winds Tuesday while installing a steel roof on the pavilion in Riverfront Park in Alton. Chill in airToday should be coldest of season By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph staff writer ALTON — A cold blast of air out of Canada may drop the temperature to the mid-20s early today, the coldest day of the autumn season. •The cold air rolled out of the far north with rain, high wind and freezing temperatures," said Gary Schmocker of the National Weather Service in St. Louis. “The frigid air will cause the temperature to fall into the 20s Wednesday morning ” Children wore coats and caps to face the cola November wind on the way to school Tuesday morning. “The cold wind blew gusts up to 30 mph, Schmocker said. Red and gold autumn leaves swirled high in the air in the wind, dimming the annual display of tall “The strong winds and rain on Monday night blew many leaves off the trees,” Schmocker said. Garbage cans rattled down the streets, and portable signs tumbled end over end in front of some business places in Alton. A Wood River street crew was kept busy Monday night when high wind knocked a tree down across Rock Hill Road, blocking traffic near the Ivy Heights Subdivision. “We used a backhoe to push the tree off the road ■ See CHILL, Page A11 Local volunteers will help in crash recovery effort By STEVE WHITWORTH Telegraph city editor ALTON — Four area residents caught a flight Tuesday for the East Coast, where they will help feed and shelter emergency workers taking part in the effort to recover bodies and wreckage from the crash of EgyptAir Flight 990. The four residents are volunteers from the Southwestern Illinois Chapter of the American Red Cross. They are Brenda and Bob Prestenback of Godfrey, Richard Gonzales of Godfrey and Carl Carmody of Bodies won’t be intact Page A12 Carrollton. The Red Cross has activated its specially trained Aviation Incident Response Team to provide emergency relief for the people affected by Sunday’s crash off the coast of Nantucket, Mass., which killed 217 people. The local disaster volunteers are part of the national network of Red Cross volunteers who are sent to national disaster assignments, said ■ See RECOVERY, Page A11 Area/Illinois ..... Bulletin Board A6 Business .........DI Classifieds ...... -C7 Comics ..........D8 Editorial..........A4 Horoscope .......D8 Nation/world . .A10,12 UUllUallco •  ....... Coontz, Lane, Kreuiter, Major, Nichols, Savage, Skundrick, Williams, Wooley, Worthy Scoreboard.......C2 Stocks ...........D2 Television ........D9 _______ The    Telegraph/MARGIE    M.    BARNES ess stjsst Wav cleared for two CVS pharmacies —    _,»nni,A/i    ehnnnino nr the heeinnine of second will close once these treestand By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer The ground is cleared for two freestanding CVS Pharmacy stores that are expected to be operating by spring. CVS spokesman Mike DeAngeles said the company has not yet determined whether the new stores will replace existing CVS Pharmacy stores that are attached to shopping malls. One new site is at the corner of College Avenue and the former Scovell Street in Upper Alton. The second pharmacy will be built in Godfrey off West Delmar Avenue. “These are both going to be freestanding, single-story prototypes totaling 10,125 square feet,” DeAngeles said. “We’re scheduled to open these stores by the end of the first quarter or the beginning of second quarter 2000.” Wall-to-wall carpeting, extra wide aisles, a drive-through pharmacy and a one-hour photo lab will be included in the new Alton and Godfrey CVS stores. DeAngeles said expanded product lines of greeting cards and cosmetics are part of the plan for these new locations. “It’s too early to say whether the nearby CVS stores will close once these freestanding prototype stores open,” DeAngeles said. “As we get closer to opening, there will definitely be employment opportunities, lf we are open the standard number of operating hours, we will be looking at needing a staff of between one dozen to 25 or 30 employees. If these stores become 24-hour CVS pharmacy locations, we may need up to 75 employees.”SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 ;

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