Amherst News-Times, 1999-05-26
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Annual bike rodeo planned — Page 5 I Athletes make state runs — Pages 7-8 Amherst News-Time o *o r ■z. .r o •X < X •/> - .fl Vodnpsday. May 26. 1999 Amhorst. Ohio > Jennifer Oargasz Gargasz won't let CF stop her plans by PAUL MORTON News-Times reporter If there is a lemonade stand at the Marion L. Steele High School graduation ceremony on June 6, it could be graduating senior Jennifer Gargasz selling the lemonade she made from the lemons life has handed her. Jennifer, who will graduate with honors this year, has cystic fibrosis, an hereditary disease which usually claims its victims in their late teens or early 20s. Because of her illness, Jennifer gets up every day at 4:45 a.m. and spends two hours taking medication and undergoing therapy to keep her lungs clear of the heavy mucus secretions which characterize CF. She goes to school, but is finished at 11 a.m., since she has already completed her graduation requirements. But she doesn't go home when her classes are done; she works as an office aide until noon. Then she goes home and takes another round of medications and therapy, according to Jenny's mother, Donna Ritzrow. She then gets another round in the evening. ■ "I'll bet Jenny takes 40 pills a day," Ritzrow said. "It's an all-day thing with her i dedications. She takes pills to enable her to breathe, she I ikes inhalers. But she doesn't I st it stop her." j And therein lies the wonder of Jennifer Gargasz. In spite of a debilitating disease she lias lived with her entire life, Jenny has lived very close to a normal life. She marches with the high school marching band as a member of the flag corps and works as an aide in the office. Academically, she was inducted to the National Honor Society as a junior, and this year she will graduate with ho/iors. She was awarded the Casherine Murray Memorial Scholarship in addition to a $500 scholarship-from the state Cor having passed all five sections of the 12th grade proficiency test She passed the math section of the teat with honors. Jenny's high school gui- laaa-rt'jjfiiirrrtrT Vicki Yunker, said Jenny had never gotten a grade lower than a B, despite her iUnael because she is a "go-geutjr.f "Jenny's junior year, her schedule was ftotafttly She ditsai Jenny cre- wp her mind to Hit list: annual street repairs to beg The city will spend more than $860,000 this summer to fix city streets, hopefully without getting a barrage of complaints about curb lawn damage. Ten streets will be fixed using funds from the city's half percent street and bridge repair income tax levy. The most extensive projects will be pavement replacement work along Brennan Drive between Middle Ridge Road and Gordon Avenue, Terra Lane north of Sunrise Drive, Tenney Avenue between Spring and S. Main streets and Forest Street between Park and Cleveland avenues. City council's finance committee recommended spending more than $713,000 on paving and $50,000 on a regular crack and joint sealing program at its May 17 meeting. Engineering and contingency amount to $135,000. It wasn't the amount of money that concerned councilmember John Mishak, rather the curb lawns that may be dug up during work. In the past, he and other council members have received dozens of complaints about failure to restore curb lawns to their former condition. Mayor John Higgins estimated that 75 percent of the complaints have resulted from work done by contractors who did little more than toss seed and a little hay on the bare ground. This was eliminated last year after his administration, with council's approval, eliminated curb lawn replacement from contractor's work o — ■a 'jO and gave it to la 'They've done The complaints at 90 percent," the quality of work i better." One of the biggest remaining problems is the failure of residents to water and weed the re-seeded CONTINUED on page 3 Road warriors: cops turn into bikers Law breakers, traffic violators and bad guys beware. Amherst police may be around and you won't notice them unless you're looking for cops on two wheels. Starting Memorial Day, you may see any one of five officers climb out of their patrol cars and on to mountain bicycles as they pedal in pursuit of law and order. The pedal patrol is being started as part of an effort to bring police in closer contact with the community and its neighborhoods, according to sergeant Dan Jasinski, officer in charge of the program. Jasinski, sergeant Dan Makruski and patrolmen Gary Fernandez, Keith Biczykowski and Les Carrender, the department's DARE officer, will make up the special bike patrol. All have undergone special training to acquaint themselves with newly acquired all-terrain mountain bikes. Funded as part of Amherst's community policing program, money for the patrol was accessed with the help of the Lorain County Prosecutor's Office and chief assistant prosecutor Jonathan Rosenbaum. "The idea is to get officers out of their patrol cars more and bring them closer to people," Jasinski said. "When you patrol on bikes, you can stop and talk to people. There's more conversation and an exchange of ideas. It's like the cop on the beat in the old days." The biking officers will be easy to spot even when wet weather forces them back in their patrol cars. Each will have a bike rack mounted on the back of their squad car. Members of the patrol will simply park and lock their cars in a neighborhood and pedal off. Catching speeders won't be part of the job because pedal power can't catch horsepower. Nor are the bikes equipped with radar to clock heavy footed motorists. But other traffic violators can and will be stopped. The license plate 1 Patrolman Gary Fernandez (left) and Keith Biczykowski prepare for a practice patrol on their new mountain bikes. numbers of those who don't can be radioed to one of two patrol cars that will be in service. The other alternative will be for officers to write down the plate number and pay them a visit later. Given the fact the bikes can move along at a pretty good clip, officers can try to give chase and flag a motorist down. Studies have shown that most do stop, Makruski said. Amherst is among the last area police departments to adopt the two- wheel patrols. Oberlin, Grafton, Wellington, Elyria and Lorain have had bike patrols for a year or more. The program has been well- received by people in those communities, Jasinski said. It will enable the five officers to concentrate on one or more neigh borhoods and then move on to another. It also will let them remain close enough to their patrol cars should a sudden shower er thunderstorm pop up. And then there are the uniforms. The regular black uniforms will be shed in favor of a back golf shirt with an embossed police badge and black shorts. Dan George, owner of Dad's Sunoco, is paying for the uniforms. The special bikes were purchased through Dale's Bike Shop, which will provide maintenance as well. The patrols will have another benefit — Jasinski, Makruski, Biczykowski, Fernandez and Carrender will stay in excellent shape to chase down criminals. On a stage: kids compose own opera -r CONRNUtD on pege 2 •fr Anthony Flock learned what a recitative and aria are while Chelsea and Ben Cooksey now know what a libretto is thanks to their roles in an opera written and sung by them and 50 Harris Elementary School fourth graders. In a time when rock n' roll and pop music dominants the music scene, the Cleveland Opera is trying to initiate interest in the classical art form by getting children involved at an early age. As a part of their education, children in schools participating in the program are asked to write and sing their own mini opera. With the help of the Cleveland Opera's mentor Eileen Moore, the 54 kids spent 10 weeks learning about opera by writing, singing and helping produce "The Long Road to Freedom." a story about the Underground Railroad. The story was the idea of the students, who were learning about the Underground Railroad as part of their social studies classes. At about the same time, they were introduced • to opera by Moore and Harris music teacher Debbie LeSuer. After considering several ideas, they decided to make escaped slaves and their flight to freedom the subject of their opera. The Harris students chose to write a libretto, or amy text, about a group of escaped slaves and their cruel slave catchers. 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|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1999-05-26|
|Date of Original||26-MAY-1999|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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