Amherst News-Times, 1999-09-08
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Age is no difference to pen pals — Page 3 Players take to the stage — Pac j Amherst News-Time Wednesday, September 8. 1999 Amherst, Ohio City drops Moore tax charges but says littli The city of Amherst has abandoned one battlefield in its fight with David Moore, but the war is far from over. The city last week filed a motion to dismiss criminal charges against Moore for failure to pay city income taxes. Law director Alan Anderson would not comment on the city's reason for dropping the charges, but he said the city would continue to fight. "The city has not given up on its efforts to collect and have paid any taxes that are owed," Anderson said. Moore said he was pleased wilh the city's decision, but he was not ready to drop his civil suit against the city. "They should have done it in February," Moore said. "This is just a travesty what they've done to me." Moore and the city are at odds over an alleged underpayment of payroll taxes for Moore's Crystal Mortgage Company. Moore said the city was trying to collect payroll on income generated by his offices outside of Amherst for 19% and 1997. In April Moore filed a civil suit against the city charging the city with unconstitutionally overtaxing him and unfairly filing criminal charges against him. In addition, he has mounted a campaign unseat Anderson, who is running for reelection this year, and city treasurer Kathleen Litkovitz, whose term expires next year. That suit, too, could be dropped if the city agrees to a compromise proposed by Moore last week. In a letter to the city, Moore said he would end his civil suit in return for an apology from city officials, including Anderson and Litkovitz. In addition to the apology, the letter asks for a letter, approved by city council, including an outline of the Amherst city tax code and a statement that both Moore and Crystal Mortgage have paid their full city tax obligation for the years in question. The letter originally placed a deadline of S p.m. last Friday for the city to respond, but Moore's attorneys granted an extension to S p.m. yesterday due the long holiday weekend. Mayor John Higgins said Moore's request was very complicated and city attorneys needed the additional time to study it Local boy chosen for clinic's TV commercial Jeff and Nancy Hewitt were expecting their first child. Like most parents, she could hardly wait to see the baby on the ultrasound. Nancy, a registered nurse, was 27 weeks along when she saw Matthew for the first time. The ultrasound staff noticed the baby's kidneys were enlarged. They concluded that both renal tubes were blocked, causing urine to back up inside the kidneys. When they first explained the prognosis to Nancy, she concluded the prognosis was hers. When she finally realized the diagnosis was her son's, she was devastated. For a week she had to take steroids to strengthen the baby's lungs. They look the baby "C" section and performed emergency surgery to insert drain tubes in both kidneys. The ends exited through Matthew's sides. The attending physicians told the Hewitts that the boy probably would not last the week. Jeff, an air traffic controller at Oberlin, and Nancy are members of St. Joseph's Catholic rChurch in Amherst. They called for prayer for Matthew and it became the subject of a nationwide prayer chain. In spite of the grim prognosis, Matthew Hewitt continued to improve. It would be two months and another surgery before he could go home with his parents. When Matt was two, another surgery was required to remove one kidney that had failed. His other kidney Was operating at 17 percent capacity, but dialysis was not Comet mascot pumps crowds Holy sidelines Batman — Amherst has its own caped crusader! Marion Steele High School has joined the ranks of high schools having their own professional grade mascot Comet Man was unveiled Aug. 27 during the home opener against the Warrensville Tigers. The Quarterback Club, the cheerleaders, and the Athletic Boosters began the project last year, pooling resources to bring the mascot to the high school. According to Mary Ann Bigrigg, vice president of the Quarterback Club, Comet Man began on the desk of commercial artist Jeff Pappas of Westlake. The group examined a number of drawings, sending the favorite sketch to Chip's Chancier Creations in California. Chip's Creations makes Mascot bodies and other one-of-kind costumes. "We decided to go with Chip's because he guaranteed his work and a professionally-made mascot would last a long time," Bigrigg said. She declined to share the cost of Comet Man, but did say he was very expensive. Because of the number of high school sports Comet Man is to represent, a host of students will jump into a locker room (phone booths are not always available and Comet Man is not svelte enough to perform such feats in tight quarters) and don the outfit Getting overheated is a problem because of the suit's insulatiilg properties, so mascot duties are pm- sendy shared by junior Valerie Mot- Matthew Hewitt, 9, proves he really was In California to make a commercial for the Cleveland Clinic by pointing out the license plate on a car there. The youngster's lifelong battle with a kidney problem led doctors to submit his name for the commercial. required. Now nine years old, Matthew visits the hospital about every two months for blood work. His improvement has enabled him to play normally with brothers Brad, 5, and Brian, 4; sports are out the question. But Matthew's larger body mass is putting increased strain on his remaining kidney, and the vital organ js losing ground. Barring a miracle, a kidney transplant will be required down the road, and mom at present is the matching donor. The longer they can slave off the operation, the belter the chances sci ence will come up with something new to eliminate transplants and all of the associated rejection and infection medicines. The bright spot in the Hewitt family's situation has come as a direct result of the constant trips to the hospital. Matt's physicians, Robert Cunningham, a pediatric nephrolo- gist at the Cleveland Clinic and Rami Boutros, who practices pediatrics and adolescent medicine at the clinic satellite center in Amherst, saw a fax fronrthe clinic stating that the foundation was about to shoot a commercial about chronically ill children as the subject Boutros, who had come to know the Hewiu family on a first name basis, turned in Matthew's name. Representatives of Dektor Films, a Chicago based film company, interviewed Matthew. Hewitt was selected as one of the two subjects for the 30 second spot. Kyle Sherwood, a surviving clinic cancer patient and Ohio resident, was also chosen. During the trip the boys became friends and have exchanged E- mail addresses and kept in touch. The Hewitts and Sherwoods flew to Los Angeles on Aug. 26 and returned Aug. 28. A stretch Limousine picked them up at the airport and took them to Le Meridien Hotel in Beverly Hills. They were treated to dinner at a Japanese Restaurant, although Mau admits he prefers hamburgers and french fries to sushi and other Japanese delicacies. The rows of motor homes and masses of people, cameras and equipment on Malibu Beach totally overwhelmed Matthew and the family. "I was in awe of the entire com- CONTINUED on page 2 Schools' new food service manager comes back home for ideal postiion Comet Man works the crowd during a recent through the i football game. Tho now mascot was produced nar and senior BIO Ferber. They clarity are restricted by a dark mesh "hand-off" Comet Mao on a quar- screen recessed in* the mascot's tarty beats. mouth. Comal Mm ia constructed for Accoecting to high school prind- people 3*9" atooutf.6'3'. short peo- pal Frtd Holland, The crowd mac- & without Mate seed not apply, uoa m Comet Man was many great, oceopem's field of vision and ,H» raw**** high (Ives from every- > of tlie Quarterback Club. one up and down the fence. Kids ran up to touch Comet Man and many had their pictures taken with the After 26 years and about eight months of planning and serving food to people from Ohio to Texas, Wanda Watford's dream has come true. Earlier this month, she returned the Amherst schools, not as a teacher but food service manager for the school district She's taken up temporary job residence at Marion L. Steele High School, from where she graduated in 1973. In the coming weeks, her office will be moved from a tiny office in the corner of the Steele kitchen to a larger office in the school district's administrative offices on Forest Street "I knew what I wanted to do when I graduated and always wondered in the back of my mind if I could ever come back here," she said. "It took awhile, but here I am and I couldn't be happier." She wasn't really gone from Amhent very long. The daughter of Amherst auto dealer Pete Sliman, she only was away between 198449. Thorn were the days she worked in the high tech city of Austin, Texas. She was food service manager for a consortium of computer companies that were used to fine dining, a far cry from school Comet Mae's debut was capped by a 31-S victory over the Wanens- viUe Prior m that, she had been ia charge of food service at Southwest General Hospital ia MttMmrg Heights fcom 197740 end she Yar? and moved south, only to return and head food service at Ford Motor Company's Avon Lake van plant There, she worked for a private company that operated the plant's dining facilities. Warford also was the food service manager at the Olmsted Falls schools until last spring. It was when retiring Amherst school food service manager Barbara Wolfe encouraged her to apply for her soon- to-be vacant job. Now she has come back to Amherst to plan meals, something that first piqued her interest while living in a family of six. "We were always entertaining at home and I was the main helper, ao somebody around the house was always cooking," Warford explained. "I've always enjoyed being around food and entertaining." That got her interested in nutrition and dietetics, a career she first studied at Bowling Green Stale University. In her new position, the wil oversee 23 miittami and helpers, oae of whom may unofficially ba her aaa, Jonathan, a student at Shupe Middle School. If he hu his way, students will be asatma a lot of onua —-art Mexican e^F^^"""""""""BBj m* mwaam mama maammmmmam ea~iwmmsm warn~wm~ia-e—e—ejm food. Ws mother doesn't plan to fate dktm oat, bat has other ideas. Ito providing salads, emit aad meff Thea she nutiried .fay a—eM m tsaama a l_aka__l h_d_at aaai QOal ■anWemm_an¥ I f'm *#**•?.-
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1999-09-08|
|Date of Original||08-SEP-1999|
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