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Man picks greens over red, white and blue; loses supper
Old Glory emerges victorious in food fight
If Tony Fincher knew he'd be given
,a pop quiz in patriotism, he never
:would have stepped foot in Margarita
; His Saturday night venture to the
Halls River restaurant with his
fiance and another couple was a first
- and a last, he said, after owners
kicked the group out for not waving
flags during a patriotic program.
Their night began the same way as
any other, Friday or Saturday night at
the restaurant since the 9/11 attacks.
Restaurant owners cranked up a Sept
11 tribute slide show and servers
passed out flags for folks to wave to
The Spring Hill man said his group
waved the flags for a bit, but stopped
once their salads came out at about 9
'A man came by and said, 'I want
you out of here,'" Fincher said. 'At
first, I thought he was joking. I didn't
understand why. We weren't being dis-
Fincher said he and his group got a
little upset and left without finishing
"The guy at the next table tapped
me and said, 'just wave the flag,"' he
The Vietnam veteran said he
believes restaurant officials violated
his civil rights.
Margarita Grill co-owner Sam
"It hurts us to beg someone to wave
a flag," Piliouras said. "We have a
right to run our business the way we
Piliouras compared Margarita
Grill's flag waving policy to a fancy
restaurant's proper dress policy or
the no-shoes policy at some Asian
Margarita Grill is up-front about its
policy and posts two signs letting
patrons know about the flag
waving/slide show tribute.
"It says this is what we do, and if
Please see SUPPER/Page 4A
A second dose of parenting
Jeanie and Harold Reid show their great-grandson Bobby Reid, 6, a baby goat that was born earlier in the day. The Relds, who
have raised Bobby since he was 2, belong to Grandparents Raising Grandchildren.
Grandparents put lots of time, love into raising grandchildren
When they retired to Florida, Harold
and Jeanie Reid thought their days of
childcare were over.
They had raised three children of
their own and 21 other boys and girls as
foster parents in New Jersey.
The couple moved into a senior com-
munity and settled in to the carefree
life as retirees until a granddaughter
died in an automobile accident in
They moved from the senior commu-
nity near Clearwater and took their
great-grandson Bobby to live with them
"We thought we were out of the child-
raising business," Jeanie Reid said,
"but the good Lord had other plans for
Across the United States, more than 6
million children --about one in 12 '-
are living in households headed by
grandparents or other relatives.
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M WHEN: 10 a.m. the first Monday
of the month.
WHERE: Lecanto Government
Building off County Road 491 and
Sovereign Path near the Lecanto
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Call
Amy Englekin at 527-5434.
Florida has more than 345,000 chil-
dren living in households headed by
grandparents or other relatives labeled
Citrus County, according to U.S. cen-
sus figures for 2000, had 800 families in
These caregivers provide primary
care for children whose parents cannot
or will not care for them. Sometimes it's
due to drug abuse, illness or death.
Other times its abuse and neglect.
Economic hardship, jail or prison,
divorce, domestic violence or some
cian Ed Dodge
column for the
other crisis can also put children into
the arms of family caregivers.
Families like the Reids face chal-
lenges that include raising children on
a fixed income, providing adequate
housing for themselves and their
charge, health problems resulting from
the stress of caring for a child who may
have emotional or behavioral problems.
Jeanie Reid has been working with a
handful of other grandparents raising
grandchildren and other caregivers to
create a support group for county resi-
dents in similar situations.
"They aren't just grandparents. For
example there are two sisters in Floral
City, who are tr ing to raise three kids,"
she said. "Thei i are aunts and uncles
and a grandfather trying to raise a child
with his daughter."
County community development
worker Amy Englekin, originally work-
ing through a grant from the Area
Agency on Aging, has tried to contact
others who could benefit from the infor-
Please see SECOND/Page 5A
Celebrity trial draws crowds
Jury selection in Michael Jackson's child
molestation trial started Monday./12A
City council gets virtual earful
Last week's 3-2 vote to fire
the Crystal River city manager
set off a small flurry of e-mails
in the days after, mostly by peo-
ple seemingly upset by it
Claire A. Titus, for example,
e-mailed Councilman Jim
Farley, saying that the city did-
n't need personal vendettas
exercised at the city's expense.
She said it didn't need witch
hunts based on sour grapes.
Farley had seconded
Councilwoman Susan Kirk's
motion to fire City Manager
Susan Boyer, and Councilman
Roger Proffer went along.
Council members Robert
Holmes and John Kendall
voted against the firing.
Because it was a vote to fire
with cause, Boyer must be
given time to prepare a
response at a public hearing,
which will be Feb. 15.
Another resident, Nancy
Schedivy, fired off e-mails to
all the council members. To
Kirk, she said, "I think it would
be beneficial for you to consid-
er working with Ms. Boyer
rather than firing her."
To Kendall she said, "Please
don't let Susan Boyer get fired.
WANT TO COMMENT?
Here are the e-mail address-
es and phone numbers of
Mayor Ron Kitchen and
Crystal River City Council
Mayor Ron Kitchen: 795-
951-0; mayor@crystal river
Proffer: 564-9259; rprof
Councilman Jim Farley:
I don't know her personally,
but I feel she had been doing
her job to the best of her abili-
ty. I love Crystal River and I
really don't like seeing all this
conflict going on."
To Farley, she said she was
concerned about city's future.
Please see COUNCIL/Page 4A
Residents reflect on
Black History Month
It's a history of achievement,
struggle and perseverance.
February is national Black
History Month, but for the Rev.
Doug Alexander, Feb-
ruary is simply another
month to strive for uni-
fication and accept-
ance of all people.
"I believe divided we
fall, united we stand,"
Historian Carter G.
Woodson, the second Do
black man to earn a Alexa
doctorate degree from
Harvard University, founded
Black History Month, accord-
ing to the U.S. National
Archives Web site.
While studying American
history, Woodson was dis-
turbed to find the black
American population was
largely ignored in history
books. Woodson tried to rectify
this by founding the Assoc-
iation for the Study of Negro
Life and History, the Journal of
Negro History, and the Negro
In 1926, Woodson began
Negro History Week during the
second week in
February to celebrate
the birthdays of Abra-
ham Lincoln and
In the 1960s, it
became Black History
Now almost 80 years
ug later, Alexander be-
inder lives people need to
direct their focus
toward the unification of all
"Let's talk about how we can
make it better," Alexander
said. "We cannot focus so much
on the past, but on the future."
Alexander has put this idea
into action by creating the
Please see HISTORY/Page 5A
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A trial was set Monday for a
man accused of driving drunk
and killing a Beverly Hills
woman almost two years ago.
Richard Lee Curry, 36, of
Homosassa will go to trial
March 21 for the death of
Yolanda D. Bunch, 37, who was
struck May 9,2003, while walk-
ing near the intersection of
North Forest Ridge Boulevard
.and County Road 486.
Florida- Highway Patrol
investigators say Bunch was
walking in the median of
Forest Ridge Boulevard
around 1 a.m. when she was
struck from behind by a car
they say was driven by Curry.
Curry was arrested on
charges of DUI manslaughter
-rand leaving the scene of an
Man pleads not guilty
James N. Cook, 25, of In-
verness, was arraigned Mon-
day on sexual battery charges
after sheriff's investigators say
he inappropriately touched a
3-year-old girl left alone by her
He pleaded not guilty to the
charge and the state attorney's
office will begin interviewing
potential witnesses for a trial,
Cook was arrested in
January after a child neglect
investigation involving the
girl's mother lead investigators
to question Cook about his con-
tact with the girl. According to
records, he admitted to touch-
ing the girl for h few seconds,
but stopped after he realized
what he was doing was wrong.
CHS teacher's aide
The case of a Citrus High
School job coach accused of
having sex with two students
has been continued to Feb. 14.
Tammy Lee Huggins, 35, of
Hernando, did not appear in
court for Monday's arraign-
ment, and it was rescheduled.
She faces charges of lewd and,
lascivious battery of a child
According to records,
Huggins admitted to sheriff's
investigators that she had sex
with two boys, age 15 and 16.
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CATHOLIC SCHOOL WEEK
* Sports Day or Crazy Hat Day
* 1:30 p.m. Pep rally and pig races
* Celebrate Our Faith Day and Mass
with the Bishop
j Twin or Triplet Day
S No Test Day
0 9 a.m. Jog-a-thon
* Low Down/Hoedown Day
N 9:30 a.m. Brunch for VIP volunteers
* 1 p.m. Faculty/8th grade volleyball
* 2 p.m. Movies
S6 to 9 p.m. Family PTO Dance
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PJPII celebrates week
Students at Pope John Paul II Catholic
School traded in their school uniforms for
pajamas Monday, kicking off Catholic
School week in comfort.
School officials have planned a week's
worth of activities for students and staff,
including Wednesday's Celebrate Our
Faith Day this year's theme. The entire
school will be taking a field trip to Bishop
Charles B. McLauglin High School in
Students from the diocese's four ele-
mentary schools and the high school will
gather for a Mass, lunch and a concert,
Whitaker said. The bishop, area pastors,
school staff and parents are invited.
"It was our idea to get all the schools
together," PJPII Principal Lou Whitaker
said. "Because we our the host school, we
bring everyone together."
On Monday, students, met with their
Circle of Life Families for book readings,
cookies and milk
"Each employee has adopted seven chil-
dren in the school," Whitaker said. "We've
developed our own little families within
Monday was also Backwards Day.
Students began their day with eighth peri-
od first To top off the day, students were
not given homework as, part No
Accident on U.S. 19 snarls Crystal River traffic
A Crystal River woman was
airlifted to Shands Hospital in
Gainesville after the tractor-
trailer she was driving jack-
knifed late Monday afternoon
on U.S. 19.
Judy Perry, a worker for EJG
Inc. of Crystal River, was flown
by Aeromed medical helicop-
ter after the crash, which
occurred around 5:15 p.m. in
front of Seven Rivers Regional
Medical Center. Traffic was
halted in the southbound and
northbound lanes of U.S. 19 so
the helicopter could land on
Chief Brown Dumas of
Crystal River Fire & Rescue
said Perry was coherent when
rescue personnel arrived.
Tom Perry, her husband and
co-worker at EJG, said he and
his wife were driving to pick up
a load of concrete when the
accident happened. He said he
was driving in front of his wife
and saw her go off the road.
"I was scared," he said.
Dumas said it appeared
Perry was braking for an ambu-
lance that had just left the hos-
pital. Skid marks from the
truck could be seen in the left
lane of U.S. 19 north. The
truck's cab came to a rest fac-
ing south, in a two-foot rut in
the median formed when the
Traffic was moving again
after about 20 minutes.
The FHP is investigating the
Annexation lawsuits coming to a head at March 10 hearing
The question of whether the Crystal
River City Council acted legally in
annexing about 500-acres of land last
year will soon be answered.
Circuit Judge Richard Weinberg told
lawyers involved in the two pending an-
nexation lawsuits he will hear final oral
arguments at 9 a.m. Thursday, March
10, at the Citrus County Courthouse.
Weinberg has set aside a full day for
the arguments, and half of the next day
-if necessary, but he won't necessarily
make his decision during the hearing.
A local group Citizens Opposed to
RealtiCorp Annexation (CORA) filed
suit last year challenging the legal basis
for approving the annexation. The
county also filed suit to overturn the
One of the central allegations by
CORA is that property owner Realti-
Corp is trying to bring its Wal-Mart
Supercenter project under city regula-
tions to escape the county's oversight, a
charge the city denies.
RealtiCorp had proposed building a
store on property just south of the
Crystal River Airport in the unincorpo-
rated part of the county, but county
planners resisted the company's pro-
posal to destroy a 12-acre cypress
swamp for the supercenter. RealtiCorp
then approached the city.
City Attorney David LaCroix said
Monday the city is not trying to give Wal-
Mart a better deal He said the city will
use the county's land development regu-
lations until it amends its comprehensive
plan to include the annexed properties.
"Sooner or later the city will do an
amendment that probably looks exactly
like it does in the county," LaCroix said.
He said RealtiCorp officials told him
they approached the city because coun-
ty staff "was jacking them around."
CORA has also argued LaCroix
should not have testified as a witness in
the hearing where the annexation ordi-
nance was adopted, because he later
switched roles and represented the city
as its lawyer.
The county argues in its lawsuit that
its legal rights were violated when the
city changed the annexation ordinance
after the public hearing process had
CORA and the county argue that the
city failed to comply with the require-
ments of state law when it annexed the
by air after crash
Two drivers were seriously
injured Monday afternoon in a
crash on County Road 491 just
north of State Road 44.
Aeromed workers flew Leta
Damiani Schmitt, 80, of Hom-
osassa, and James R. Allen, 72,
Inverness, to area hospitals
after the noon accident.
Schmitt said she lost control
exiting the post office when she
hit a speed bump, Florida
Highway Patrol trooper Tod
Cloud said. Cloud said Schmitt's
red Mustang collided with Allen's
white truck, which was traveling
north on C.R. 491.
Both drivers became
entrapped, causing workers to
tear open their vehicles. Both
sustained serious, but non-life-
threatening injuries, Cloud said.
In addition to FHP, Nature
Coast EMS workers, Citrus
County Sheriff's Office deputies
and fire rescue units from dis-
tricts in Beverly Hills, Hom-
osassa and Inverness respond-
ed to the crash.
. Schmitt was in critical condi-
tion at Tampa General Hospital,
a hospital spokeswoman said. It
was unknown Monday evening
to which hospital Allen was
City council plans
The Crystal River City Council
will have a land development
code workshop at 6 p.m. today
in council chambers at City Hall,
123 N.W. on U.S. 19. The chap-
ters being discussed are avail-
able for download at the city's
Web site: www.crystalriver.org.
Gail Easley of The Gail
Easley Co., which has been
contracted by the city to develop
the new code, will facilitate this
workshop. City staff will also be
present at the meeting. Public
attendance is encouraged and
public input is welcome.
to meet Wednesday
The Parks, Planning and
Zoning Commission of the City
of Crystal River will meet at 6:30
p.m. Wednesday to continue the
site plan review of the Hearth &
Home Retail Center, and to hold
a public hearing for two small-
scale comprehensive plan
The meeting will be held in
city council chambers in City
Hall, 123 N.W. on U.S. 19.
From staff reports
A story on Page 1 A of Mon-
day's Chronicle, "The Path to
new way of life," requires clarifi-
cation. Joe Monroe is president
of the Mid-Florida Homeless
Coalition and chairman of the
Citrus County Homeless
Continuum of Care, which is
endorsed by that coalition. The
story did not make that clear.
Because of editor error, an
incorrect headline appeared with
the photo on Page 8A of
Monday's edition. The Garden
Club of Crystal River plans a
fashion show Feb. 23.
The Chronicle regrets the
A walk in the park
Jim Whitmarsh stops Monday afternoon to chat with his neighbor Judy Porrele and her dog Harry at a park in Meadowcrest, east
of Crystal River. Whitmarsh said he walks his dogs Mickey and Gunner around the lake in Meadowcrest about four or five times
a day. In addition to keeping the dogs happy, he said it's healthy. "It keeps the blood pressure down, too," he said.
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--.you don't like it, leave,"
Restaurant employees also
.,:pake an announcement prior
i the 7-minute tribute, which
4icludes "God Bless America"
_by Leann Rimes and "Proud to
be an American."
Fincher said he heard the
announcement asking patrons
,' Continued from Page 1A
"I've been very upset over
this city manager situation and
Would like to request that you-
consider working out your dif-
ferences with Ms. Boyer rather
than yet again firing another
Another e-mail, however,
from Edward "Ted" Johnson to
Farley, said while Farley prob-
_:bly got a lot of advice from
people, Johnson's advice was:
"+'Don't forget you have a voting
bloc three council members
can control a meeting."
Linda and Glen Lanier sent
an e-mail to Farley saying they
saw the meeting on TV "We
Were appalled at the events
that took place at this meeting,
n "d demeanor in which it hap-
pened. The animosity is so bla-
tant we have to wonder if this
city can function," they wrote.
'The majority of the council
Sis so determined to ruin this
Citrus County Sheriff
3r Domestic battery
: U Robert Charles Bryant Jr., 23,
4'Crystal River, at 8:46 p.m. Sunday
3,on charges of domestic battery, car-
,rying a concealed weapon, assault
:and possession of marijuana.
A deputy was dispatched to a
.Crystal River h6ouse in reference to a
battery. A man said Bryant stayed at
this house for a few hours while he
.went to the store. He said when he
wicame back, his house smelled like
Marijuana, according to the arrest
.'r The man said Bryant raised an
"empty beer bottle at him. as if to
tstrke him, but instead punched him
3in his chest with his left hand,
.according to the report. The man's
,wife witnessed the incident and pro-
Zvided a written statement.
Deputies found a set of brass
knuckless in Bryant's pocket, accord-
3,ing to the report. A bag containing
marijuana was also found in the
=bushes near where deputies found
2* His bond was set at $1,000.
.. U Brian David Wheeler, 36,
to leave if they'd be upset see-
ing a 9/11 tribute slide show.
"We weren't uncomfortable,"
Fincher said. "We didn't under-
If a customer refuses to wave
Old Glory, he is ushered out to
the tune of "Hit the Road
Jack," Piliouras said.
And Saturday's incident was-
n't the first time someone chal-
lenged the policy.
On Nov. 13, 2004, sheriff's
deputies arrested Keith
Douglas of Marietta, Ga., after
city; maybe the best thing that
could.happen is to dissolve the
city," they said.
The Laniers thanked Mayor
Ron Kitchen for handling what
they called a difficult situation
involving "some very rude peo-
ple," and people with "only
one agenda in mind."
On the other side, the John
Wood family e-mailed Kirk,
saying, "Hold her feet to the
fire! Good for you! Thank you
for watching out for us."
In her motion to fire Boyer,
Kirk gave a number of reasons,
particularly what she felt were
unauthorized payments for
storm cleanup last fall. She
included other charges, such
as not naming a temporary city
manager per the city charter
and not producing documents
when asked. She has since
asked the city attorney if she
can revise the charges.
Resident Dee Atkins e-
mailed Kitchen and the coun-:
cil members to say that living
on the other side of the street
from the city limits, she saw
Homosassa, at 5:21 p.m. Sunday
on a charge of domestic battery.
A deputy responded to a,
Homosassa home in reference to a
verbal disturbance. Wheeler told the
deputy he asked a woman to come
over to check his son's head for lice,
according to the report. Wheeler
said the woman started picking up
items, so he pushed her out the front
Contact was made with the
woman during a traffic stop within a
,mile of the house. She said Wheeler
grabbed her from behind and
attempted to throw her out the
house, according to the report. She
had an injury on her left side near
her abdomen, according to the
No bond Was set.
James Phillip Kennedy, 52,
422 N. Ventura Ave. Crystal River, at
7:44 p.m. Sunday on a charge of
driving under the influence.
His bond was set at $500.
Michael Medina, 26, 7320 S.
Roy Terrace, Floral City, at 10:16
p.m. Sunday on charges of driving
under the influence and driving while
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he became violent when
restaurant owners asked him
the leave because he refused to
wave the flag.
"He threw the flag on the
ground," Piliouras said.
An altercation broke out and
Douglas grabbed a 15-year-old
boy by the neck
When deputies arrived,
Douglas said he grabbed the
boy by the neck, but that other
employees were choking and
punching him, according to the
firsthand what a great job the
city did in its cleanup of the
storm debris, compared to her
street in the unincorporated-
"I have never see the majori-
ty of a city council condemn a
city manager for doing an
exemplary job," she wrote.
In an e-mail to Proffer, city
resident Gail Janarone, a regu-
lar.at the city council meetings,
said she felt the firing was the
result of "petty, vindictive per-
Resident Karen Pape e-
mailed Kitchen, saying, "I
think Susan Boyer has done an
outstanding job given the mess
she was given." Pape, who
attends council meetings, told
Kirk she was ashamed of the
bickering and fighting at coun-
To Holmes, she wrote:
"Thank you for putting the wel-
fare of the city of Crystal River
above your political aspira-
tions." ; -. -..
In more fallout over the vote,
the top candidate for the open
His bond was set at $1,500.
N Jason Harvey Raasch, 31,
5971 S. Plantain Point, Lecanto, at
1:42 a.m. Monday on a charge of
driving under the influence.
His bond was set at $500.
Marquee Jerome Scrivens,
21, 8180 E. Gulf-to-Lake Highway,
Inverness, at 8:59 a.m. Sunday on a'
charge of battery.
His bond was set at $1,000.
Earline Virginia Martin, 60,
734 Greenleaf Ave., Inverness, at
2:21 p.m. Sunday on a charge of
battery on an elderly person.
Deputies responded to a house
in reference to an anonymous 911
call'regarding a possible domestic
He was arrested on charges
of battery and child abuse. He
was jailed on $5,500 and
Piliouras, who runs the
restaurant with his father,
Tommy Piliouras, a Greek
immigrant, said he doesn't
understand why someone
wouldn't want to participate in
"Even if you don't agree with
the war ... it's not about that,"
Piliouras said. "You should be
proud to wave the flag." -
director of Public Works job
backed out. Last week the
planning director, Nancy
Smith, submitted her resigna-
Boyer said in a recent memo
to the mayor and council that
she pulled the Public Works
appointment from the agenda
last week because although the
candidate had accepted the
position, final negotiations had
not been completed. She said
that because of the last council
meeting "this individual has
withdrawn and is no long inter-
ested in coming to 'Crystal
River given the current cir-
cumstances and the existing
strained work environment"
Former Councilwoman Kitty
Ebert, who lost a re-election bid
to Farley, sent e-mails in which
she also criticized the vote.
There were other emails,
too, including caustic charac-
terizations of Kirk, Farley and
Proffer's vote, a plea to a legis-
lator for help and an offer by a
Winter Haven company to
search for a new city manager.
A 92-year-old woman told the
deputy Martin grabbed her arms and
twisted them, causing a fresh bruise
to her right forearm, according to the
arrest report. She said the disagree-
ment was over who was going to
cook the lasagna supper.
No bond was set.
Crystal River Police
E Michael Steven Loncosky Jr.,
45, 6495 W. Honey Hill Lane,
Crystal River, at 10:52 p.m. Sunday
on charges of possession of a
firearm/concealed weapon by a con-
victed felon and giving false informa-
tion to a pawn broker.
His bond was set at $10,000.
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Continued from Page 1A
nation and support offered by
"There are a lot of groups
out there that can help," Reid
said. "The Boys & Girls Clubs
are very helpful to give chil-
dren a place to play with other
children. There is an USDA
food distribution site at the
Vineyard Church (on U.S. 41
south in Inverness). You don't
have to be poor to use their
In addition to dealing with
their own health issues, they
have to find energy to work with
pediatricians, daycare, schools
and teachers, homework, diffi-
cult behaviors and a number of
activities their grandchildren
want to participate in.
With all those demands,
caregivers need support
Kathleen Bogolea of the
Mid-Florida Area Agency on
Aging says that her office offers
a course, developed by
University of Florida professor
Millie Ferrer, to help grand-
parents face up to the chal-
lenges in raising children.
Ferrer, of the university's
Family, Youth and Community
Sciences department, part of
the Institute of Food and
Agricultural Sciences, said the
course she developed over a
year's time was the result of
canvassing groups of grandpar-
ents raising grandchildren
across the state.
The first part has to do with
navigating the system, includ-
ing finding and using commu-
nity resources and then learn-
ing the language of another
system the legal system.
Another part of the course,
which she said could be
ordered through the county
extension agent, includes
understanding the behavior of
grandchildren and how to
She said that understanding
relationships and building
relationships offers grandpar-
ents tools to cope, to build sup-
port groups and to set bound-
aries in relationships.
She said she developed the
course to support the grand-
parents, who she says want to
continue the process of family.
Bobby Reid keeps close to
Jeanie while' Harold feeds the
OTHER RESOURCES AVAILABLE
Besides the local support group, there are a
wide variety of resources for grandparents rais-
ing children. They include:
* Caring for the Caregiver sponsored by the
Mid-Florida Area Agency on Aging Inc. and
the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, 5700
SW 34th St., Suite 222, Gainesville 32608
phone; (800) 262-2243; E-mail
* AARP Grandparent Information Center.
Provides information about services and pro-
grams that can help improve the lives of
Grandparents can search the National
Database of Grandparent Support Groups at
You can also write: AARP Grandparent
Information Center, 601 E Street NW,
Washington, DC 20049; phone: (800) 434-
3410; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web site:
* Generations United. A national organization
that focuses solely on promoting intergenera-
tional strategies, programs and policies. Web
* Grand Parent Again. This Web site offers
information about education, legal support,
support groups, and other organizations for
grandparents raising grandchildren. Web site:
* GrandsPlace. A Web site dedicated to sup-
porting grandparents and other relatives rais-
ing others' children. Web site: www.grand.
* National Association of Child Care Resource
and Referral Agencies. NACCRRA is the
national network of community-based child-
care resource and referral agencies. It is a
common ground where families, childcare
providers and communities can share infor-
mation about quality childcare. Web site:
* National Council on Aging Benefits CheckUp.
A free service to help older Americans and
their families identify state and federal assis-
tance programs. The service is confidential,2
and takes only a few minutes to complete.
Web site: www.benefitscheckup.org.
* The American bar Association. The ABA prc.,
vides information about how to find legal '
assistance, even if you can't afford a lawyer.
Information about the judicial system is avail-
able as well. Web site:
* The Children's Defense Fund. CDF educated'
the nation about the needs of children and '
provides information about children's issues:-
such as health insurance, child care and '
school age care. Web site: www.childrensde-'
H T i Y and experienced first-hand
HISTORY |what it was like to grow up
black in Citrus County.
Continued from Page 1A She said that things have
changed a lot since the days
Church Without Walls, a non- when she land her family were
denominational, multi-cultural expected to knock only on the
church in Citrus County. back doors of a white person's
"I know Martin Luther King home.
died for a purpose, and our But some things have stayed
forefathers died for a pur- the same.
pose," Alexander said. "Let's "You still have people who
live what they wanted." hate for no reason at all,"
Alida Langley, the domestic Langley said. "But that's just
violence coordinator at the life you learn to adjust to
Citrus County Courthouse,. has:&. whatyou've been given."
lived in Floral City all her life, Langley said that racism and
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