Amherst News-Times, 1999-11-17
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Thanksgiving service set — Page 2 Football coach earns kudos — Page Amherst News-Time i1 2 * E r .r C Tl ._, Wednesday. November 17, 1999 Amherst, Ohio 1 A combined 21 gun salute is part of the ceremonies held at city hall observing Veterans Day. Veterans give students lesson on 'ultimate' job Veterans Don Breen and Howard Maegle are showing kids at Powers Elementary School how to fold and handle a U.S. flag. Beginning this year, the state government has now legislated that schools have some type of awareness program on Veterans Day. According to documentation send to Powers Elementary School principal David Anghilantc on Oct. 29, the new ruling is an amendment to the Ohio Revised Code, mandating that all schools in all districts devote times in observance of Veterans Day. Anghilante believes the amendment must have recently been approved. "There is a support group for education that normally provides us with materials that we can purchase. Apparently this change happened so •quickly that none of thooPBds were - available to us this year. Next year we may have age appropriate materials." Anghilante said. This year's school observance was handled by Jean Tammaro, who knows veteran Don Breen, and put together the Veterans Day program. The observance began Nov. 10, with a movie on veterans shown to all students. Breen, and fellow veteran Howard Maegle, then spoke to students last Thursday, the official Veterans Day holiday. Breen is a past local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post commander, a retired school teacher from South- view, and World War II veteran, where he served as a sonar operator on a navy fleet tug in the Pacific. Maegle, also a WWII Navy veteran, served in Panama and the Pacific on both on a sub tender and on a destroyer tender. 1 The men demonstrated the proper way to fold and handle a U.S. flag. After completing the school demonstration, both men joined others from their posts for a Veterans Day ceremony at city hall. From the steps of city hall mayor John Higgins spoke to a number of city officials, participating veterans, members of the community and the press. The mayor thanked the veterans for their willingness to risk their lives to keep America free. "Every day I thank you," Higgins said. "Amherst needs to remember the unselfnh deeds of its veterans, especially those that paid the ultimate price and gave up their lives, never to see their wives, sons and daughters again." Participating veterans groups represented were Amherst Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1662, American Legion Post 118 from Amherst and Post 197 from South Amherst. The ceremony concluded with a joint 21 gun salute and taps played by bugler Orville Butler. City agrees to apologize for filing tax charge by KATHLEEN WILLBOND News-Times editor Basking in the glow of seeing city law director Alan Anderson defeated at the polls in the Nov. 2 election, David Moore is now glowing over an apology he has received from the city for its pursuit of criminal charges against him. The city last week agreed not to pursue any charges against Moore, stemming from an attempt to collect what the city felt were unpaid back income taxes stemming from Moore's business, Crystal Mortgage. The charges were first filed last year, and then abruptly dropped this fall, but Moore, adament that his company did not owe any back taxes, fought the charges on two fronts: he filed a suit claiming his civil rights were being violated and City stays mum on case course by KATHLEEN WILLBOND News-Times editor Dave Moore took a very public approach to his battle with the city after criminal charges were filed against him for alleged failure to pay city income taxes. He talked to the press and openly chastised city officials, mainly law director Alan Anderson and treasurer Kathleen Litkovitz. He credits his campaign to get Anderson ousted from office in the Nov. 2 election for the law director's demise at the polls; Anderson lost to Kenneth Stumphauzer who will be the new city law director in January. Moore printed posters, showing himself in shackles, and purchased newspaper advertising, urging residents to vote in new council members and "Anybody But Anderson," the catch phrase for his anti- Anderson campaign. He claims he'll do the same in two years when Litkovitz is up for re-election. City officials, on the other hand, have said Utile through out the venture, which ended last week with the city and Moore signing a consent agreement in which the city admitted Moore's income tax filings for 1996 and 1997 were correct, and issuing an apology to the businessman. The criminal charges were abruptly withdrawn, with no explanation from Anderson or Ihe city but Moore's civil suit against the city remained intact until last week when he agreed to drop it after the consent agenda was signed. Anderson still claims that he acted properly and with instruction from the treasurer's office. "The last communication I got from the treasurer's office was that there were taxes due," Anderson said last week, adding that the communication indicated that $7,500 in withholding taxes had to be paid. "Litkovitz could have said at any time that they (treasurer's office) were satisfied and I would have withdrawn the charges," Anderson said. When asked why the CONTINUED on page 8 he campaigned to have city law director Anderson ousted from office. He won on both fronts. Moore signed a consent agenda, along with mayor John Higgins, Anderson and city treasurer Kathleen Litkovitz last Tuesday. All parties agreed to drop their charges and suits and the city agreed to apologize to Moore, something he has insisted must happen throughout the affair. According to the agreement, the city "accepts, as filed and without any changes, the 1996 and 1997 city tax returns of Crystal Mortgage Company, Inc., David J. Moore, Lenders M.D. Inc., Bayside Title and Escrow agency. Inc., DJ. Moore Enterprises, Inc., FTP, Ltd, and the employees" of all these businesses. The city also agreed it would not CONTINUED on page 8 Spanish teacher adds some spice to St. Joe's class by KEITH GRIBBINS News-Times reporter When Anna Castillo walks through the halls of St. Joseph's Elementary School, she gets a little different reaction from the student body than most teachers might get. "I'll be walki...,* down the hall at the end of the day and I'll have children say adios or via condious," Castillo said. "It's really a wonderful feeling." Castillo is the pillar of the new conversational Spanish program at St. Joseph's. Singing songs, playing games, and developing vocabulary in Spanish, St. Joseph's is taking a new route to enhancing language development for their young student body. "This is wonderful I have to recommend it to all schools," stated principal John Gregory. "This not only helps the children learn Spanish but helps them learn English as well." Castillo is a native of Los Angeles; her parents are Guatemalan. She attended Allentown College in Center Valley. Pa., before moving to Amherst with her husband and two children. She heard through her parish Sagrada Familia, holy family, in Amherst that St Joseph's CONTINUED en page t Spanish tttcfttr Ann* CtsMto wdmmmwmml*. s
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1999-11-17|
|Date of Original||17-NOV-1999|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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