Frost Illustrated (Newspaper) - July 21, 2004, Fort Wayne, Indiana
Hews Briefs 2 FROST Illustratedr July 21-27,2004 Urban Brightest braces for Ball State decision By Robbin L. Melton At 3:45 p.m., July 15, Urban Brightest Community Academy officials put forth their best effort to appeal Ball State University's decision to repeal the school's charter. Ball State officials proposed revoking the school's charter in late June, citing eight significant problems with the school. Rosalind Walker-Lewis, board president of Urban Brightest, the Hon. John Surbeck, board vice president, and a handful of other Urban Brightest representatives argued on behalf of their school for nearly four hours. Marty Dezelan, Ball State's charter schools director, represented the opposing side, explained a Ball State University spokesperson. Dezelan could not be reached for comment by press time. In a telephone interview prior to the appeal hearing, Walker-Lewis explained that Urban Brightest's problems are no different frofn any first-year business. "There have been challenges and there have been rewards," she said. "It's rewarding to work with a diverse group of young people who have academically and behav-iorally improved, and made overall progress." Though some media entities "highlighted Urban Brightest's low ISTEP scores in recent reports, both Dezelan and Walker-Lewis said the scores were indicative of what students had learned prior to attending Urban Brightest. "We're getting community support in response to the media hype so we're not going to fight the media because there's no point," said Walker-Lewis. "This is an important initiative and endeavor." Despite not knowing whether or not Urban Brightest will remain open until later .this week, Walker-Lewis said the school is continuing to operate its summer program which currently has 20 children enrolled, and is still accepting enrollment applications for the upcoming school year. School representatives and supporters have been canvassing apartment complexes and examining other options to let the community know about the charter school. "We started with 140 students, but dropped slightly," said Walker-Lewis, who attributed the decrease to a delayed opening date due to construction. Walker-Lewis declined to divulge current student enrollment numbers because of the "ongoing" enrollment process. "We're planning to operate at fullest capacity if we're allowed to stay open," said Aaron Hill of C&A Associates, the school's management firm. High pressure sales calls not coming from real company FORT WAYNE-American Stationery has received several complaints from consumers about high pressure sales calls. The problem is-the calls are not coming from American Stationery. Here is how it works: The scam artist finds a legitimate company, usually one that sends out catalogs. He programs the legitimate company's 800 number into his telephone-so it will appear in the consumer's called I.D. when he calls the consumer. He calls a consumer and claims to be a representative of the legitimate company. He tries to sell products to the consumer, over the phone, using product informa- tion he got from the legitimate company's catalog or Web site. If he cannot make an immediate sale, he offers to send a catalog. He then calls in a catalog request to the legitimate company, using the consumer's name, address and phone number. The catalog is sent directly to the consumer. A few days later (allowing time for the catalog) to be delivered,, he calls the consumer again, and attempts to sell products offered by the legitimate company. He may continue to make calls and use high pressure sales techniques until the consumer relents and places an order with him. When the consumer places an Cathy T\ Serrano Attorney a t Law General Practice Bankruptcy Personal Injury Business Law Real Estate 202 West liiM-rv St., 2d0.-428.2203 Suite 710 1 2b0.42b.33d0 ti rt VV.ivni', I N KiK02 1. M a i 1: sci io n o t J " in no.nim order with him, he takes the consumer's credit card info and uses it illegally. When the consumer becomes aware of the theft, he or she blames the legitimate company whose name and number were "borrowed." Consumers and businesses beware! Consumers should never place an order with, or provide credit card information to, anyone who calls them. All legitimate companies that take orders over the phone have in-bound call centers. Phone order should ONLY be placed when the consumer calls the company-not when the company calls the consumer. The Better Business Bureau serving Northeastern Indiana assists businesses and consumers in 17 Hoosier counties helping resolve disputes, building confidence in business and providing no-cost education on consumer issues. Additional information on the Better Business Bureau is available on the Internet. Visit http://www.neindiana.bbb.org/ or http://www.bbbonline.org/. Or call (260) 426-9970 or (800) 552-4631. "Retirement Plan" Should Bring A Smile To Your Employees Face. From several employees to several hundred. Established corporation or energetic start-up. II your company is not enjoying the benefits of a qualified retirement plan, or if you're not enjoying the current management of your plan, you'll find that it pays ; to see Lake City. Outstanding service, expertise and flexibility for: 401(k) Money Purchase 403(b) Profit Sharing Defined Benefit Contact your local Lake City Bank representative today, or call us and ask for Trust & Investment Management Trust & Investment Services Call: 260-490-1374 Bank www.lakecityban>u:om More than $1.5 million given to Citilink U.S. Sen. Evan Bayh recently announced that Citilink will receive more than $1.5 million toward construction of a new transfer station with an improved heating system, ticket agent and dispatch accommodations, improved bus schedule information displays and restrooms. During the first six months of this year, a total of 800,012 people rode Citilink buses, a nine percent increase from,last year. Study shows city needs new hotel A study conducted by C.H, Johnson Consulting Inc. revealed July 12 that Fort Wayne's downtown could benefit from a new hotel. Recommendations include a mid-level to full-service hotel adjacent to the Grand Wayne Center in the $91 to $101 daily room rate range, a minimum of 300 rooms, a possible 10 breakout rooms, 8,000 square-foot ballroom, 5,000 square-foot "junior" ballroom, two restaurants, pool, fitness center, coffee and thrift shops, business center, 300-vehicle parking and two 1,000 square-foot boardrooms. About 68 percent of the hotel would be used by groups and conventions, 18 percent for corporate events and 14 by percent leisure visitors. City pledges $4 million in housing The City of Fort Wayne recently pledged $4 million in housing investments as part of the city's housing strategy to create affordable and attractive houses through public and private investments in neighborhood development. City officials also are sending out requests for proposals to attract developers interested in building homes in targeted areas of the city. SBA names top minority lender The U.S. Small Business Administration recently named Bank of America as the top minority lender for the second consecutive year. Bank of America gave minorities 40 percent of its loans and loan dollars, and tripled the number of loans to Hispanics and African Americans last year. The average Bank of America loan to minorities in 2003 was $35,000. CANI changes hours Community Action of Northeast Indiana, 2260 Lake Ave., now is open to walk-ins from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and Friday by appointment or until the office closes at noon. Appointments also are accepted at CANI's 2105 Fleetwood Dr. office which is open on Wednesdays. Call (260) 424-6021 or (260) 423-3546 for details. Credo; We wish to plead our own cause. Too long has the public been deceived by misrepresentations in things which concern us dearly.... Hating no man, fearing no man, the BLACK PRESS strives to help every man in the firm belief that all men are hurt as long as anyone is held back. FROST ILLUSTRATED" Published by Frost Inc. CIRCULATION AUDITED BY COMMUNITY PAPERS VERIFICATION SERVICE (CPVS)* MEMBER OF THE NATIONAL NEWSPAPER PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION (NNPA); -THE NATIONAL NEWSPAPER ASSOCIATION (NNA); THE HOOSIER STATE PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION & THE GREATER FORT WAYNE CHAMBER OF . COMMERCE Publisher Edward N. Smith Executive Editor ..... -...................:.......... ----EdnaM. Smith Managing Editor................... .............v. -............M. Patterson Layout & Production Manager....................................Bill Grindstaff Distribution Manager...'..........................____Edward N. Smith Jr. Staff Writer IX...-,1',... ..:.<......................................Robbin L. Melton SnapslVpt Survey .........____...............................Edward N. Smith Jr. PistributJpj:.:.,................................................ .Derrick Neal Sr, Published: FROST ILLUSTRATED" is published weekly for $25 a year locally, $30 outside of Fort Wa'yift'by Frost Incorporated* 3121 South Calhoun Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46807. POSTMASTER: Sentf!^ FROST ILLUSTRATED", 3121 South Calhoun Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46807. FROST ILLUSTRATED" js not responsible for any unsolicited material. ADDRESS all correspondence, to Executive Editor, FROST ILLUSTRATED", 3121 South Calhoun Street-Fort Wayne, IN 46807. Telephone: (260) 745-0552. Fax: (260) 745-95037 Email: [email protected]
/.com ATTENTION MAIL SUBSCRIBERS: If you do not receive your paper, by mail or are dissatisfied with delivery, you should ask your local postmaster for a Consumer Service Card and record your complaint on that form. If this does not bring about improvements, please contact FROST ILLUSTRATED" as well as the Consumer Advocate, US Postal Service Headquarters, Washington, D.C, 20260. If you have not received your newspaper by Friday, please telephone your carrier and our office at 745-0552. If you do not receive your paper, we will deliver or send a replacement copy to you. E^TRA COP|ES of any particular issue of FROST ILLUSTRATED" are available at our office, 3121 South Calhoun Street, for up to one year.