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Press-Republican. (Plattsburgh, N.Y.) 1966-current, March 21, 1980, Image 3

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Press-Republican^Friday, March 21,1980 3 Vandalism marks walls of Jewish temple in city By TOM WOODMAN Staff Writer PLAtTSBURGH — It could have been-a happy scene. A moist spring breeze rolled up the hill to the synagogue of Temple Beth Israel, ruffling the vestments of .the religious leaders who had come to show support for Pittsburgh's Jewish community. But, as the 16 men and women read solemnly Scripture, they faced a glass door on which a black swastika had been crudely painted in the night, a grim* reminder that ^anti-Semitism has not been set abide. * Sometime between 5:15 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. Thursday, somebody spray painted the Nazi symbol on the windows of three walls of the temple. A large swastika was also sprayed oh the bricks of the wall facing away from quiet Bowman Street. Around the corner of the synagogue, the words \Jew Cluk Clan\ were painted on two metal bins. A Tlie desecration ot the teffipterwacr limited to the ottfrtde^fjthe building and there were no signs that the synagogue had open entered Rabbi Kerry Baker discovered the vandalism Thursday morning and, surveying the symbols of hatred, was unable to dismiss them as the work of a harmless prankster. \If there is one thing we have learned, it is that there is never a time when such activity can be dis- counted.\ HethOUghTbacrto^Wut this time a year ago when a fire of unknown origin began in the kitchen and caused smoke damage throughout the synagogue. Inside the temple Thursday after- noon a gaily colored sign announced the religious holidays and pointed to a table of books for springtime reading. \Purim is past and Passover's coming. Spring is on the way,\ the sign read. Two books had been ad- ded te the collection in the hope of explaining the previous flight's act.\\ They were \The New Anti- Semitism\ by Arnold Forster and Benjamin Epstein, and \A Short History of Anti Semitism\ by Vamberto Mora is. Outside, Dr. Joseph Burke, presi- dent of Plattsburgh State University College, and Claire Pulrang, clerk of session for the First Presbyterian Church, worked with cloths and W index to erase/a swastika- from one window. ~~~* Msgr. Morris Dwyer looked at the swastika painted on the brick and suggested a method St. John's Church has used to to clean up van- dalism. \Acid will take ft off. So will time.\ The gathering joined Rabbi Baker in reading Psalms III and a passage from Malachi that began, \Have we not one all one father; Hath not one God created us?\ Wiping clean Plattsburgh State University College President Joseph Burke watches as Rev. Joseph Aubin tries to scrub off a slur which was spray painted on a bin outside the Tem- ple Beth Israel. (PR staff phutoby John Khu) Clergy abhor act against synagogue PLATTSBURGH — Clergymen from a number of Plattsburgh churches, issued a statement Thursday afternoon condemning the desecration of Temple Beth Israel. The text ofthe statement and the names of those who signed follows. \The religious community of Plattsburgh wishes to take this op- portunity to condemn in the strongest possible terms the recent desecration perpetrated against Temple Beth Israel. \We consider this type of behavior to be abhorrent to all humani- ty, and, as such, we regard it as being completely unacceptable to persons of conscience. \We affirm that any affront to any part of the religious communi- ty is an affront to the entire community. \We reach out in sympathy to our brothers and sisters, the members of the Congregation Beth Israel. \We call upon the entire religious community to work and pray together for the elimination of religious intolerance and for greater understanding of each other.'* It is signed by Dr. Earl Johnson Jr., pastor of the First Presbyterian Church;* the Rev. Richard H. Mueller, associate pastor of the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer; the Rev. Karl E. Cron, pastor of the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer. And, the Rev. John Studebaker, pastor of the Protestant Campus Ministry; Claire Anne Pulrang, clerk of session of the First Presbyterian Church; Julius A. Archibald Jr., lay leader of the United MethTSdist Church. And, Lynn Neale of the Bahai Faith; the Rev. Richard Campbell, pastor of the United Methodist Church; the Rev. Daniel Keefe, pastor of John XXIII College Community. Also, Msgr. Morris Dwyer, pastor of St. John's Catholic Churfch; the Rev. Bert Demers, pastor of St. Peter's Catholic Church; the Rev. Joseph Aubin, pastor of Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church. And, Sister Virginia Brady, associate pastor of John XXIII Col- lege Community; Capt. Phil Satterlee, Salvation Army commander in Plattsburgh; Dr. Robert Rennie, pastor of the First Baptist Church. \ ; Vandalism Rev. Joseph Aubin inspects one of the swastikas which was, spray painted on the Temple Beth Israel Synagogue. Standing next to Aubin are Rev. Richard Campbell and Rabbi Kqrry Baker. (PR staff photo by John Kho) Accident claims life of Pittsburgh youth PLATTSBURGH — Some friendly showing off among three Platt- sburgh youths led to tragedy Thursday evening when a 12-gauge shotgun accidentally went off, kill- ing a 17-year-old Plattsburgh boy. Steven J. Giambruno, the son of Richard Giambruno of 1 Wall St.. was snot tnrough the arm and chest and was pronounced dead in the city apartment in which the accident • took place. The Plattsburgh Police Depart- ment was investigating the tragedy Thursday night but no charges had been filed. According to the police, two 15- year-old friends of Giambruno were showing him the newly aoquired weapon when it discharged, hitting the lad at close range. -One—el—the—twe—friends—was- hospitalized for treatment of shock following the incident. According to police, the youngsters were legally permitted to have the gun in their possession. A different kind of catch While Gary Rock stands by with a grappling hook, Randy French attempts to haul a shopping cart up out of the Saranac River near the Mcdonough Monument tfhis week. Rock and French, two fishermen who are distressed by the routine dumping of carts in the river by vandals, took advantage of the low water to do a dif- ferent kind of fishing. (PR staff photo by Jarn^s Kinsella) Town aims to collect overcharge By LINDA GALLAGHER Staff Writer PLATTSBURGH — The Town of Plattsburgh has reaffirmed iu stand with toe city en alleged over- charges to two town sewer districts — the town wants rerarbursemenr and to settle the issue as soon as possible. In a March 19 letter to the city the town a&Jced for repayment of nearly (80.000 for charges it claims the city has made inaccurately since 1974. Because of the statute of limita- tions that gives the town the right to make claims for six years past, the letter aJso asked that this matter be cleared in the near future. According to an investigation by a New York City auditing firm hired by tlje town, both the Cumberland Corners and the Route 3 Water District have overpaid the city about £80.000 during the past five years. Plattsburgh Mayor John Lanelli said late Thursday that-he had received the roost reCt^ft com- munication, but that the city hasn't finished studying the figures used in the town's claim Irish dinner to be held on Sunday PERU — St Augustine's Knights of Columbus Council TZ71 of Peru has scheduled an Irish-style dinner for Sunday from noon to 4 p m at the church frail The menu will feature ham. cor : cabbage, potatoes, car- rots, beverages and dessert The cost will be 14 for aduits and $2 for children under 12. The proceeds wfil benefit the Knights charitable and community programs ~ lanelli summed up the matter in question saying, \It all depends on how you use the figures.\ The city will continue checking and compar- ing data and probably complete its study within the next couple of mon- ths, the mayor added. Town and city representatives have had two meetings on this so far but no progress had been made, ac- cording to town officials. Specific repayment amounts re- quested are. $19,705 for Cumberland Corners Sewer District charges from 1974-79: and SS9.817 for Route 3 Sewer District billsTrom 1974-79. The town has been paying the in- creased charges for these two sewer districts under protest since 1978 The auditing firm began looking at the rates in March 1979 and finished its report in November of last year Plattsburgh Town Supervisor Ar- thur LeFevre could not be reached Thursday to comment on what steps the town wiH take if no settlement *» reached with the city. Besides discussing the water charges at its meeting Monday, the Plattsburgh town board also: * •Gave the highway superinten- dent permission to advertise for bids for a hydraulic power mower forme by the highway department. Used to cut brush and weed, the mower would be adapted to use with the town's 19S4 Ford tractor. •Gave Administrative Assistant Al Sweenor permission to advertise for bids for heavy construction and standby equipment for 1380 con- struction work These would be for Use by any town department needing them •Received notice from the State Department of Transportation that the signal lights at the intersection of Route 3 and the Keeseviiie Bank are now activated by traffic de- mand from ail directions The signals previously worked or. a time sequence system, regardiess of the traffic flow •Renewed Star Dust Dnve-Ir. s tteense for ewe year to conduct and operate a ptace of public amuse- ment. Aldermen seek meeting with area fire districts By JAMES KINSELLA Staff Writer PLATTSBURGH — Several aldermen at Thursday night's com- mon council meeting expressed the desire to meet with the commis- sioners of the six fire districts around Plattsburgh before am- bulance service is cut to those districts on Tuesday, April 1. Ward 3 Alderman George Poitras started the ball rolling by asking if the common council had to formally approve the cutoff before it could take place. Poitras cited the stipula- tion attached to Mayor John lanelli's seven-point plan that each point had to be individually ap- proved by the council. lanelli told Poitras that the coun- cil indeed had approved the cutoff when the deadline was extended for ie districts from Jan. 1 to April 1. The mayor said the districts had known about the plan to keep the ambulance in the city unless pay- ment was rendered by each district for six months, and no compromise had yet been reached. Poitras replied that he agreed with the mayor that a charge should be levied for ambulance calls out of the city. However, the alderman said the budget for the fire depart- ment could continue to support runs outside the city, and questioned whether shutting off the districts at the arbitrary date would be a wise move. In terming, the city ambulance a vital service to the people in the districts, Poitras said, \1 don't think anyone should be penalized with their lives for the sake of an argu- ment between the city and the coun- ty.\ lanelli pointed out that the districts* had rejected a 15 dollar- a-call proposal, which he has called very reasonable. He added the districts still could make use of the CVPH Medical Center ambulance, although for the higher fee of 133 a call. Poitras replied the response time of the city ambulance was superior to that of the hospital's. Several aldermen, including Poitras, Ward 1 Alderman Dick Baughn and Ward 2 Alderman Stan Stanley, said a meeting should be set up quickly with the fire commis- sioners, lanelli said he was willing to extend the shutoff date by ex- ecutive order in order to hold a meeting with the commissioners. The mayor later said be was willing to set up a meeting for the commis- sioners if they wished to contact him Mod indicate their desire to have such a meeting. Grant can be used for new site PLATTSBURGH — One of the keys to the redeveiopment of pro- pen y along Saranac Street into housing units was placed in the ci- ty's hands^ Thursday as the Depart- ment of Housing and Urban Development agreed to ho id oper. a i: 35 rr.;;::or. grant for the pr^chase and deve^pme^^f tr.e property Announcement of the grant came from Mayor John lane.i: Thursday morning fo.?ow;ng a press con- ference or. sewage treatment plann- ing Iaj^e..: siu. was trnhing about the grant after the common counci. meeting Thursday evening The mayor was happy since HUD had Kept the grant intact after two previous redeveiopment attempts — on Macomb Street and at the Pittsburgh Foundry\ on White Street — had fa*ien through. The Macomb Street project was opposed by a coalition of neighborhood residents and preservationists and the White Street development came te a ha.t when the foundry rejected the city s offer to relocate the firm Iane;;i r r ope< te conclude negotia- tions with SYSEAC by September 'or ihe ^and, w,± the firm moving or? the *a.nd by the middle of the coming winter

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