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Sun Coast Gondolier (Newspaper) - October 20, 1977, Venice, FloridaSun coast gondolier the Vole oof Tho South county a vol. 33, no. 77 60 pages second class postage paid at Venice Florida 33595 Telephone 813 484-2611 thursday october 20, 1977 published twice weekly a Price 10c Bing s Friend remembers the Good old by sunny Sullivan Sun coast gondolier staff writer when Bing Crosby 73, died last week in Madrid Spain the loss was Felt by everyone including a Venice resident who recalled the crooner with definite fondness. Crosby timed his Talent and his Melody so Well that even his Early performances had everyone and everything a going his Way a according to mrs. Crawford Perks. A the was a professional a mrs. Perks says of the times she worked with a Der she says he was never the cause of problems. A instead he would always smooth out any that might come at the time mrs. Perks worked with the Cream of the crooners the Uso War Effort was at its Peak. A Hollywood stars were contributing their time at the request of general Ralph cousins a mrs. Perks recalled. A it was Christmas of 1943 when i first met him. We had contacted him Crosby along with Edward g. Robinson and Danny Kaye to do one of the waxing Quot mrs. Perks noted. And he was always relaxed and easy going according to mrs. Perks who explained that the a waxing so were made during a performance for the men on the base and later sent overseas to the military personnel stationed there. Mrs. Perks late husband major . Jones served As a Liaison Between general cousins and the motion picture stars who were lending their special talents and personalities to the radio production unit of the Santa Ana army air Force Headquarters located in California. A Crosby would make an Effort to do things that some of your a Star celebrities would consider beneath their status a she recalled citing an incident related to the radio production unit Story. In 1943 when everyone was scrambling to survive Crosby travelled to the army air Force Headquarters on a Road going from Hollywood that a was meaner and bumper than Broderick Crawford a face a she quipped a and not Many people would go that later on mrs. Perks remarried Frank Sully Sullivan the 40�?Ts character actor and had the Opportunity to work with Crosby again. A when Frank worked with him he was on the Queen Mary sailing to England. Frank and Bing had both gotten a jacket of the same Tweed while they were in London Quot the former Hollywood lady reminisced. A through the years Frank and Crosby would banter about it they had a running joke about it. Frank used to say Only Crosby would go that far to get something that expensive and that unique. A Crosby would reply that Only Frank could go that far to find a tailor he Trust. A Tailer who would sell them both the same jacket Quot she recalled. Continued on Page 5 officials silent on police chief a new look a City workmen remove the old incandescent lighting fixtures from the Council Chambers at City Hall As part of the renovation process there. Old lamps which used to hang Over the audience lie on the floor in the foreground. Photo by Tony Briggs by Tony Briggs Sun coast gondolier news editor the selection process for a new City police chief has been All but completed the Sun coast gondolier Learned wednesday and although the name of the new chief has not been released indications Are that the two applicants from the Venice police department have been eliminated from the running. Councilman John Vickers said he understands that there is one person in the front running position but stressed that the Choice is tentative. Vickers said he wants to discuss the matter a Little More before he makes up his mind. Police capt. Verlon Ball said yesterday he does not know if a final selection has been made but explained that he has been told that he did not get the Job and he doubted that anyone else in the department would either. A from what i understand i doubt it a he said. Acting police chief Allen Slater was the other applicant from the department but he was not available for comment wednesday morning. Ball and Slater applied for the chiefs position when former police chief John Shockey retired several years ago but were passed Over in favor of a candidate who was from Michigan. City manager Dale Rieth who was responsible for the selection process would not comment on who is being recommended. He explained that the name will be made Public during next tuesdays Council meeting but Vickers said the selection May be finalized later this week. The new chief will take the position vacated by Robert ferry who resigned in september Over a conflict with the councils handling of the police department budget. Since that time several of the officers in the department also have resigned. Council Chambers get new look a a Side to Faa City to meet when the new Venice City Council members Are sworn in this december they Are going to find the Council chamber has a Brand new look. In fact renovation of the Council chamber is already underway and completion of the project is expected before the end of the month. The City Council appropriated nearly $7,000 to revamp the Council chamber during budget hearings last summer. One of the reasons is that under the new charter there will be seven Council members instead of the five that now comprise that body and room had to be made for the additional members. But As mayor Harry Case explained a it just needed to be done. It was an awkward the antiquated sound system will be replaced in the remodelling project As Well As the incandescent lighting fixtures. The 20-foot ceiling Over one portion of the chamber will be lowered to allow for recessed fluorescent lights which will be More efficient and cooler than the old fixtures that Are now used. Also planned is a blackout curtain for the North Wall which is essentially one big window. Case explained that it is necessary to be Able to make the Chambers dark so educational slide programs for City employees can be shown. The air conditioning and heating ducts Are also being rearranged to provide a better distribution of hot and cold air in the Chambers. As it is now the Council is often sweating while the audience is freezing Case noted. Also planned is an extra table for the City clerk and finance officer to make room at the main Council table for the two additional Council members. It is expected that when the changes Are completed those attending Council meetings will be Able to see better hear better and be More comfortable than they were before. 46a i 1 inside today Bridge scene. P. 20 i classified 29 1 editorial. .3 8 1 fishing. 10 1 Flea Market ads. 28 1 Horoscope. 20 i 1 Hospital. 19 i 1 inquiring photographer. 3 1 1 obits. .8 real estate 29 thru 35 1 society. 25-26-27 1 sports. 10-11-12. Tides. .2 City and Federal aviation administration Faa officials will meet face to face in Venice nov. 4 in an attempt to work out differences Over the operation of the Venice Airport and the City a use of Airport property. City manager Dale Rieth said Early this week he arranged the meeting after speaking with Faa officials in Miami by phone. One of the main questions to be worked out is whether the City is really to be expected to pay an amount equal to the a fair Market value for the use of such Airport lands As the fishing pier sewer treatment Plant and Chuck Reiter Field. Rieth As Well As most members of the City Council have publicly stated that such a demand would be totally unrealistic because the land is potentially so valuable. They Are hoping the Faa will Compromise in this area. The question of just what is the fair Market value of the land was one of the primary reasons for asking Faa representatives to come to Venice. Councilman . Quot Berry Quot Walker has expressed the View that once the Faa officials hear the logic behind the City a reasoning it will yield on some of continued on Page 2 Sun fiesta begins after months of planning by organizers and weeks of waiting by area residents the countdown has begun for the Start of the fifth annual venetian Sun fiesta. R i weather High Low rain october 13 85 60 .71 october 14 72 50 .00 october 1 5 71 50 .00 october 16 75 50 .00 october 17 78 51 .00 october 18 73 48 .00 october 19 77 48 .00 1 rain for the week. .71 i rain for the month. .71 i rain for the year. 42.38 1 temperatures and rainfall Are 1 1 recorded at i o m daily on the j i dates shown Tor the preceding i 24 hour period a a special 24-Page edition is included with today a Issue of the Sun coast gondolier to help area citizens with scheduling during the 10-Day festival which officially begins tomorrow Friday. The special edition is a keep around item that residents will want to have on hand when deciding what to do when to do it and How to get there. It contains a map of the event locations features on new activities and old favourites and lots of interesting photographs. The fiesta has become a tradition awaited with anticipation by area fun lovers who enjoy the myriad events scheduled for the pleasure of Young and old alike. There a always plenty to do during the action packed Calendar of events and the Good continued on Page 5 swimmers kept stroking after others washed out super swimmers Nick Rieth left and Earl Kennedy right proudly examine the a we moult patches Given them by Betty Morse american res Cross safety director. The local residents earned the recognition by swimming a touch 50-mile course in the Gulf. By Sheri Bridges Sun coast gondolier staff writer swimming 50 Miles in the often Choppy Waters of the Gulf of Mexico is no easy feat but two Venice residents recently proved that Quot when the going gets Tough the Tough get Earl Kennedy a 69-year-old super swimmer from Bay indies Mobile Home Park and Nick Rieth the 16-year-old son of City manager Dale Rieth tuesday received recognition from the american red Cross for completing a 50-mile course off municipal Beach. About 40 people signed up to face the Marathon Challenge but Kennedy and Rieth were the Only swimmers to see the Job through. The two plunged into the Competition determined to finish what they had started. When the resolutions of the other swimmers waned Kennedy and Rieth kept right on stroking. Both began in june with what was to become a daily regime. Swimming a mile every morning Rieth wound up at the finish line in the Middle of August while Kennedy hit the 50-mile Mark around the first of september. Quot proper breathing and rhythm a Kennedy said is the trick to Long distance swimming. A spacing yourself that a a Good Way to put Rieth readily agreed saying swimming in the Gulf is much continued on Page 5

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