Amherst News-Times, 1999-07-28
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' | Officials want more cable service - - Page 3 Fence law re-surfaces - - Page 5 ! A m A m* n m a o e •£> x i i- X i- h C O* O o * I —>*■ — Amnerst rNews-ume Wednesday. July 28, 1999 Amherst, Ohio c m m t»f et 3 -t — < n rTi ^ ./I o Woman returns to funeral business started by family by QLEN MLLER Nawa-Timas reporter Mary Misencik Burik has embarked in a business career in which few women have yet to venture alone. She has to be a compassionate, understanding businessperson at a time when most people are in an emotional upheaval and are grieving over the loss of a loved one. Burik is Amherst's first funeral director to buy and operate her own funeral home and one of the few female funeral home directors in the Greater Cleveland area. The daughter of Joseph A. and Marilyn Misencik, she purchased the funeral home from her parents in early January and recently completed an extensive remodeling of the historic structure. It includes a show room for caskets, a feature that is becoming more common in funeral homes. A former accountant, Burik, 39, was raised on the business of burying people. Her great grandfather, Paul Misencik, and grandfather, Joseph Misencik, also were funeral directors. Living at a funeral home might make a lot of people skittish or uncomfortable. Not her. She and her two sisters, Anita Smirz, and Lucy Grea- ney, and brother, Joseph, . grew up in their parents' funeral home in Lakewood. "That was our way of life. It's not always the most optimal way because it wasn't a normal 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. job that had regularity, but we made it work," she explained. "We were always busy." In addition to being on call seven days a week, her father ran an ambulance service, a side business many funeral homes used to be in before the advent of emergency medical technicians and paramedics. The Misenciks purchased the funeral home from the late Wayne Garland in 1982. Burik is the fourth generation of Misenciks to become what used to be commonly referred to decades ago as a mortician. Her brother Joseph also has a funeral director's license but currently is pursuing a career in contracting. She's had lots of experience in the last few years. She worked as a funeral director at her father's Lakewood funeral home for a few years before deciding to go on her own. But by purchasing the Amherst funeral home, she is keeping the Misencik name while retaining the historical significance of the Garland name. On her list of things to do is membership in the Amherst Historical Society and the Amherst Downtown Business Association. Even though she has always been a history buff, she especially is interested in the latter because of the historical CONTINUED on paga 2 Mary Misencik Burik stands outside the funeral home business which she-learned from her father. She returned to Amherst to buy the family business ing as funeral and is one of few women work- directors. ASK THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNOt WHY AMHER.ST JUST LOST TENS OF THOU.SANDS A YEAR IN WMOL1AXES1 ANDERSON & UTKOVITZ BAD for BUSINESS BAD for AMHERST ■' >rt"3 Crystal Mortgage president David Moore has had 50 of these posters made criticizing the city's prosecution of the firm. Moore plans fight to keep Anderson from a win at polls by GLEN MILLER Nawa-Timas raporter Crystal Mortgage president David Moore has decided lo move hit corporate headquar- ters out of Ainherst, but not before he helps get law director AIM Anderson voted out of office. Moore said he plans to move tha company s corporate tteatlquarters from tne dty in Pffaaji/ffff in retaliation for the continued proaecution for allegedly failing to pay 1997 iiaCo-M tax. a ■isdnmiawor criminal offense But first. Moon said he into oversee a campaign Anderson in the The first phase of the campaign includes the distribution of "Anyone but Anderson- bumper stickers, the printing of which Moore financed. They are expected to be distributed beginning this week. He blames Anderson and city treasurer Kathleen Litko- viu for refusing to drop the charges against the company. In a lawsuit, be has alleged the city and Litkovitz are maliciously prosecuting Crystal Mortgage and claims Litko- vitz'a office erred in how it oeternined the company's income taxes. Moore said he is considering launching a similar campaign nafAm Litkovitz next CONTMUID on pege 1 Residents urged to light up night Residents throughout Amherst are being asked to join a nationwide "Night Out" against drugs and crime by turning on their porch lights a Aug. 3 from 7 to 10 p.m. Sergeant Dan Makruski, who heads the Amherst Police Department's Neighborhood Watch program, said turning on a porch light indicates neighborhood residenu are against drugs and crime. He said this is the first time Amherst has joined the nationwide program. It was started several year ago and is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch and 9Qi lfat*twion, the manufacturers of a variety of waxes. Makruski said National Night Out was created to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness and generate support for and partici pation in local anti-crime efforts. A lit porch light signifies neighborhood spirit and cooperation with police against crime. In addition, it helps criminals realize neighborhoods are organized and fighting back against crime, he said. The parents of children are especially urged to take note of the meaning of the event and participate by turning on their outside house lights, Makruski added. Future Nights Out may include special events to help create a partnership with police and promote the event's importance. Volunteers will distribute small door hangers to about 1,000 residents reminding diem of the night. They will include coupons for S.E. Johnson products, including Windex. Teacher claims he was forced out by QLEN MILLER Naws-Timas raporter After 27 years of teaching children with learning disabilities, Harry James has been forced to exit his profession because of another kind of disability — blindness. An Amherst teacher for more than 21 yean of his career, James has been left legally blind by diabetes, a family genetic trait he hoped not to inherit. Sadly, he did develop diabetes about four years ago, but managed to continue teaching at Nord Junior High School until earlier this year. It was then when school officials thought his blindness had progressed to the point that it impaired his teaching ability. James has filed a discrimination suit against the school board, claiming it is discriminating against him because of his blindness. It has been filed through the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Both the commission and school officials have declined comment because of the litigation. James said he will never forget the day now retired principal Bill Mariey reluctantly suggested he seek disability retirement, something he didn't want to do. His last day of teaching was Feb. 12. • James specialized in teaching lower-level functioning students, those who could not learn above a certain grade level. He loved teaching and had hoped to continue for three more years. To this day, he believes he could have regardless of the pressures and fears expressed by some parents to school administrators. Some supported him while others seriously questioned his ability to continue the demanding job of teaching their children. Some parents supported him while others didn't regardless of his reputation for being an excellent teacher. "The grief and the hostilities that I went through were such that the best thing I could do was step out of the classroom," he explained. "It's -i! I '/I'maw, Harry James sad. I'd like to think I could still teach but, even with accommoda- tions, there was a lot of pressure and concern about me being able to do the job." His diabetes was discovered during a routine blood test in 1995. For two years, it was border line. Diabetes normally attacks weak areas of: of the body. His were his eyes. It didn't begin to bother his eyes until about two years, but steadily grew worse. He cannot see clearly; for more than four or five feet even • with thick glasses. One part of him was relieved by: the decision because he no longer had to worry about watching over; students, a job that was heavily de-! pendent on Annette Weinmiller.. with whom he team taught for the' last few years. Conversely, he was upset because! he perceived the school admmistra-: tion could have done more to help; him. He didn't like his departure be-: ing classified as a resignation rather than retirement due to disability. : "I felt that all of a sudden I was being locked out due to something I had no control over," he explained. "What happened physically to me; was bad enough. This was not a voluntary resignation, so I thought they | could have handled it better." CONTsNOEDon pege m Commercial zoning rules scrutinized An effort to rezone about 42 acres of open land on Rl 58-north of the turnpike was closely aoutkiized by city officials July 19 before they agreed to set aside mom room for Several n-embers of council's buildings and lands committee balked at car dealer 1^ Abraham's request to increaee cominercisl land from about 700 to 1.000 feetakmgs atxttooftweluaWeyjamaorthof Ihe turnpike. In addition, Abraham said he and fellow land owners David and Rosaline George want more land for C-2 commercial development than the original 700 of noes feet slhrfsifd The change sdl would leave 746 feet available tor writfeniial deve- But councilman Terry Traster elee," he and. suggested a 50-foot buffer, more Abraham noted he and the j than is required by the dty. 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|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1999-07-28|
|Date of Original||28-JUL-1999|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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