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Port Arthur News (Newspaper) - March 11, 1990, Port Arthur, Texas Sunday March la 1990 port Arthur news 3aymca has High Hopes of raising $20,000 by Creg Rabel port Arthurn it it staff writer _ the port Arthur Myca Board of directors kicked off a monthlong sustaining drive with an inspirational meeting this week in Hopes of raising $20 000 to fund current and future y programs. Myca officials also gathered to recognize City of port Arthur officials for their cooperation during they a past financial Dif a cities. Though Board members feel that past publicity on the y has been mostly negative a we can turn that around and use it to our advantage to show that there is great support for the y. We have a new lease on life. Lets get out and Poland the pavement a fund drive chairman Ken Whitlow said. Incoming Board president Rita Davis urged fund raisers to look beyond the drive for funds in their Campaign to the Public. A you need to in your heart believe that this y is important to this Community. You have a More important Job than just raising Money. Each of you have to serve As a link to Tell the Community that the y is Here it is alive a Davis said. She added that the Public a perception of the y is still hazy with Many attend ipg the recent business expo not knowing of its operations. A some of them did no to know we had a swimming Pool. Others thought we belonged to the Church and some thought the y was a Church. You a be surprised How Little is known about All the services we provide a Davis said. Executive director Cindy Stewart in an a a inspirational Pep talk told y supporters of a youth who was in the past a a troublemaker and Ever time he came into the building i found a Way to kick him out. A now this kid is up Here most every night. He not Only participates in programs but if i Tell him to grab a Broom and sweep up he does it. I can Trust him in this facility a Stewart said giving but one example of they a youth a Success an inspirational speech was also Given by Jim Darby referred to by Stewart As the a a Myca kids for his 50-year involvement As member and supporter of the y. A my reason for having such a feeling for the y goes Back to the 30s. It was a very difficult time the depression. Even though my father afford the i was certainly not denied that privilege a Darby said. A a in la always feel that the y is something i have to support and we need to support As far As the youth in our Community a Darby told the Kickoff Campaign. The amount of Money the Public spends to support a y facility is of Little consequence a when you consider that we have saved one or two of our youth from getting on crack cocaine or something like that a Darby said. A whatever it is is a very Small tuesdays reception sponsored by Park place Hospital recognized the staff of the City of port Arthur in their recent work in hammering out a two year rental agreement with the y. Through they a default of a $1 million loan from the City the City now holds deeds to both the fitness Center and the ninth Avenue Central y Branch. A a we be done a lot of soul searching in this matter. We re pleased with the Progress the y has made and you have two years to continue this Progress a mayor Malcolm Clark said at the port Arthur club reception. A let me reiterate loud and Clear that somewhere out there is $1 million that we Hope the y can in the future reimburse but As Long As you have Cindy and the others in there we re sure Progress will be made a Clark said. Board member and Park place Hospital chief administrator Luis Silva said during tuesdays reception that he expected the $20,000 goal to be exceeded. A a we re going to see a positive drive this year what with knowing the doors Are going to be open for the next two years and beyond a Silva said. Of fit of in. I pm n Trimble at a Flange paid plans Spring break amp students in the port Arthur Independent school District will have the week off for Spring break beginning monday. It classes will resume March 19. Lupa Library offices to stay open a Lamar University at port Arthur offices and Gates memorial Library will remain open during the Spring break a March 12 through 16. Both the Library and offices will be open from 8 . To 5 . On weekdays. Of Connor files for third term Nederland a Betty o Connor a 4-year member of the. Water control and improvement District to Board has filed to run for a third term on the Board. Two at Large positions will be open when the terms of of Connor and Glen Meaux end. O Connor 42, served As Secretary on the Board for the past two years and director during her first two years on the Board. She said she will continue to provide the Community with representation to maintain excellent water and sewer services which citizens have had in District to for several years. O Connor the 35-year Nederland area resident teaches math at Nederland High school. She and her husband Larry have two sons. Larry of Connor jr., and Tim 15. Of Connor obtained a Bachelor of business administration in i accounting and a masters degree in secondary educations from Lamar University in Beaumont. Meaux who also has filed and of Connor say they Are planning to Campaign together for the May 5 election. Lamar payment deadline near Lamar University student who enrolled on the three payment instalment plan must make their third payment no later than March i. Students who do not pay on time May have difficulties with course credits records and possibly graduation. Payments tray be made in person with Cash Money order Check Mastercard or visa or by mail with Money order or Check. Lamar University at port Arthur students May make their payments at the Cashiers office in the Madison Monroe educational building. A student who pays by mail should include his social Security number. Address the payment to Lamar University at port Arthur finance office . Box 310, port Arthur Texas 77641-0310. To make inquiries about payment Call 983-4921 or 727-0886, ext. 305, Between 8 . And 5 . Weekdays. Fact to Salute Mandella a Salute to Nelson Mandella and the 25th anniversary of the voting rights act of 1965 in a a let Freedom ring event will be held March is by the pasta civic club. The event will be held at 3 . March 18 at the new St. John missionary Baptist Church 1048 Gulf Way drive. The Rev. Seymour Adolph or. Of new Hope missionary Baptist Church will be keynote speaker. Or. Charles Hodge Dean of the College of education at Lamar University will give a profile of Mandella. Judge a Donald Floyd of the 172 District court for Jefferson county will speak i the voting rights act. The Rev. Randy Vaughn of it. Sinai missionary Baptist Church and pastor Claude Comeaux of new St. John missionary Baptist Church also Are scheduled to participate. Deris Hayes fact member said that a it is the Hope of pasta to reinforce to those in attendance that the value of civil rights of americans is the existence of that living document ithe Constitution of the United states of America and its president of fact is Connie Allison. Nederland to accept land for Park f Nederland a the Nederland City Council is expected tuesday to accept a parcel of land donated by the Nederland heritage festival foundation for use As a City Park. I the donation was delayed from a previous Council fleeting. In other City matters the Council will a discuss payment of $3,631.69 to . Consulting Engi Peers for engineering services relative to water Plant renovations. A discuss waiving Pool rental fees for the mid county Myca of swimming lessons for the summer of 1990. A authorise City payment of utilities not to exceed $2,000 each for the mid county babe Ruth and senior babe Ruth leagues the Nederland South Little league and girl s softball league. Sunray a 7 . A Nederland heritage festival Bike races sanctioned the United states cycling federation sponsored by the Triangle legs. Between 300 and 400 licenced racers from several states. Spectators Welcome. Sunday races from 7 . At lakefront Park on pleasure Island. The Public race 10 40 . Public entry fee $10. Registration begins each Day one hour before the first race. Information 727-9817. I a 9 .-i . A All you con eat Pancake breakfast knights of Columbus Hall 9126 Gulf Way drive. Cost $2.90. Includes breakfast leverage. Sponsored by St. Joseph pc Council 7946. A 9 30 . A Public service Porum. Spindle top unitarian Church 1979 spindle top Rood. Beaumont. Speaker Jennifer Hudson Bethel president of Golden Triangle chapter of National organisation far Woolen an Quot a historical perspective of reproductive a 1 30 . And 9 . A shrine Orcas produced by Tarzan Zerbini. Central mall. Proceeds Benefit the Elmine Temple shrine a club. Tickets $6-$10advonce tickets from Sears. A 2 . A baby Derby Central Middle school gym. Admission free. A 2-9 . A Tupper Wora party to Benefit Homs hire Fannett operation graduation Homs Lre Connett Middle school cafeteria. South of Texas 124 in Fannett. Bingo will be played for Prises. Refreshments to be served. A 2 30 . A Quot wait until port Arthur Little theater 4701 79th St. Tickets $6.90. Reservations 962-1340 or 722-3012. I a in i Quot rotary a Gumbo feast Success by Darragh Doiron port Arthur news staff writer there a Good reason the rotary club of port Arthur Calls its annual event a taste of Gumbo. A taste is All a body has room for when 16 Kitchen Crews Are offering their Best. Saturdays tasting at the port Arthur civic Center Drew almost 3,000 stomachs eager for samples brimming with shrimp crawfish and sausage. Chairman Steve Mcreynolds said the crowd topped last years figure. Word has spread of the Best $5 Deal to be had in the area he said. Families stayed the tastings full three hours visiting friends and hoping their name would be called in the near constant Stream of door prize winners. Many Booths had a gimmick to draw tasters a the farm Royal served its famous seasoned Toast and a human crawfish danced to cajun music at Larry a French Market Booth. Taster Reda David of port Arthur was one of dozens touting the St. Mary Hospital offering As the Best. A beaming Angus Mcintosh executive chef at St. Mary said his Crew cooked a double Batch of 60 Gallons because they had a sneaking suspicion folks would like the crab shrimp crawfish and a Douille combination. A a we be had a non Stop line. In be seen people up Here four times. Some have quit tasting and started eating a he said. Mcintosh said he May have been in trouble if Chili were being served but he comes from Lake Charles la., where Gumbo is not just soup but an elixir of life. The port Arthur club ran out of its sausage Chicken and crab dish. Every version was different in color Aroma and texture. Even the Rice was different from Booth to Booth. The jetty ii at Central mall served the very lightest Gumbo. Port Arthur nows staff photo by Bill Snow or. Taylor Mcreynolds 2, of port Arthur samples Gumbo Ron Kyles general manager said he prefers a lighter Roux. But that a just his opinion he said because he knows that devotions run Strong in the Gumbo Field. Just ask port Arthur Sisters Lynda Hall and Phyllis Charles. The two were looking full after bowls of every single one of the samples. Although Charles said she found some wonderful recipes she like most Cooks still preferred her own Gumbo. The nearly $10,000 raised saturday will go Back into the Community through rotary donations Mcreynolds said. A police suffer staff shortage by Janies Castillo tort Arthur now Sloff or Law almost All the overtime allotted to the police department has been used because of under staffing said acting port Arthur police chief James Huebel. Overtime allotted in october for this fiscal year has almost All been used because the police department is understaffed by about 13 officers Huebel said. The department now has 49 officers on the Street but once had 64, he said. A shortage of officers has put a Strain on the department and limits the amount of coverage in port Arthur. This affects police coverage of the City and response time he said. A you can to deliver the same service because you just done to have the time. It makes it difficult. Something has got to give. The citizens suffer a Huebel said. Almost 60 officers with 317 years of experience combined have left the port Arthur police department in the last nine years Huebel said. There Are seven training officers in the Field seven More attending the police Academy he said. Another officer is waiting to attend the next Academy he added. Field training officers must team up with an experienced officer. Police department officials developed a pay increase package in an attempt to retain experienced officers in port Arthur. The Public is not aware How expensive it is to operate a police department he said. Police officials considered other police departments pay increases when considering their own. The port Arthur police officers association voted against the pay package because Huebel requested the association agree not to pursue collective bargaining for two years if the package was accepted according to Eddie Robertson association president. The group has voted to obtain collective bargaining. Officers who left port Arthur had an average of 5.4 years experience Huebel said. Officials have been discussing ways to alleviate the under staffing problem by decreasing the service the department officers said Huebel. A we have to get away from full service a he said. Changes that have been discussed include not jailing Misdemeanour offenders such As shoplifters and not having officers respond to fender benders Huebel said. A i believe we ought to make every wreck a he said but the understaffed department Dosena to have the officers to spare. A it takes just As Long to Book a felony As it does to Book a Misdemeanour a he said. In toxics Monitor to begin operation by Greg Rabel port Arthur now Stow Wal tar port Neches a an Urban air toxics Monitor part of an environmental Protection Agency sponsored monitoring program will begin operations near port Neches Groves High school monday. Tab officials decided to move a monitoring station from Dallas to port Neches because of a growing concerns from the Public in this area and to collect additional data for planning actions on air toxics related issues both statewide and nationally a said Steve Davis. The Tab monitored higher than Normal Levels of benzene butadiene and Styrene while conducting tests near the Texaco chemical co. And Amer pol syn pol inc. Facilities in port Neches. The air samples will be collected for at least one year by personnel from the Tab Region to office in Beaumont. The samples will be shipped to and Analysed by personnel at the Epa office of air Quality planning and standards at research Triangle Park n c. Radian corp., an environmental consulting firm is the contractor for the Monitor and is responsible for moving and assembling the monitoring equipment. The Monitor one of two located in Texas and to nationwide is part of the Urban air toxics monitoring program which addresses the status and magnitude of the air toxics problem throughout the country. Birthing methods to be discussed Beaumont a a new county method of birthing care for indigent women will be discussed during a special workshop session monday morning at 8 30 . In Jef Ferson county commissioners court. _ Bart care inc. Is a Jefferson county corporation recently founded to provide economical and Safe alternatives to county Hospital maturity services. Officials said the birthing clinic is proposing South and Beaumont locations with midwife support and physicians on 24-hour Call in Case of emergencies. A regular commissioners court meeting will follow at to . On the fourth floor of the old Jefferson county courthouse. During regular court commissioners will discuss awarding bids for aviation fuel at the Airport for general aviation pilots and commell Cial planes that refuel locally. Commissioners will also consider application for Federal Money through the Texas governors office for a five officer team to Stop narcotics traffic through Jefferson county

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