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Winston-Salem chronicle. (Winston-Salem, N.C.) 1974-current, October 25, 2001, Image 1

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Seven condemned homes on 14th Street will be torn down and replaced with new homes thanks to a new partnership between Habitat and all 57 of Winston-Salem's Methodist churches. This population consists of more than 30,000 peo ple. The Winston-Salem District of the United Methodist Church has a goal for every individual church member, from grandbabies through grandparents, to be repre sented by a donation of SI5. This translates into a $360,000 commitment to Habitat. Each home con stitutes an investment of $45,000 used for buildine Jenkins materials. This new building blitz will provide a major boost to the city's redevelopment efforts. This effort is part of Habitat for Humanity's commitment to rebuild the northern end of the Lib erty-Patterson Revitalization Project in partner ships with the city of Winston-Salem and the j, North Winston Neighborhood Association. Habitat will replace a total of It) substandard houses on 14th Street and 13th Street w ith new houses during 2002. This new redevelopment area on 14th Street is aligned w ith the Habitat/United Methodist project on 13th Street that was completed in 1997. In 1996. for the firsr time in its 10-year history. Habi tat decided to act as a "catalyst for change" in an area that contained many dilapidated houses, according to Sonja Murray, director of develop ment for Habitat. "We support this effort because we have (had) homeowners in this area since 1997. The revital ization of this area will continue to improve the neighborhood around the seven houses that Habi tat built." Murray said. For the past two months, the lots of the JO sub standard homes on 14th Street have been'cleared. The city will continue to relocate families and demolish houses. The building will start in March 2(X)2. Murray realizes that the city could sell the lots to for-profit builders, but the land is lieing cleared as a redevelopment area. Habitat offers a solid return on a land investment, in Murray's esti mate. "When Habitat moves families into neighbor hoods. we have the ability to leverage our spon sors' investment. When we build, we invest money in a crime-ridden neighborhood, we can bring in homeowners as a catalyst for change like we did on 13th Street." Murray said. "We can stretch their dollars and turn a whole neighborhixid around. We can change a bltx'k that was once crime-ridden." Vi'c Habitat <m A9 _ PtlOtO by Paul Collins Children decorate pumpkins at The Special Children's School. ( lie PhotO Mayor Jack Cavanagh sits at his position in the aldermen's cham ber. There are four aldermen to his right and four on the left. 1 In his own words Mayor calls himself 'visionary,' says black churches have sold themselves out, lashes out at The Chronicle BYT KEVIN WALKER THE CHRONICLE ? It was late in the week of Oct. 8 when I got a phone call from Kimberly Narvaez. She first thanked and complimented this newspaper on the articles it had done on a nonprofit agency she works with. She then introduced herself as Mayor Jack Cavanagh's campaign manager and said that the mayor would be granting inter views. She asked whether this paper would like to interview the mayor (Cavanagh faces Democrat Allen Joines in the Nov. 6 general election). 1 immediately said yes. No one from The Chronicle has sat down with the mayor for an in-depth chat for many years, but it has not been by choice. I can't begirt to count the number of times the mayor has been contacted by Chronicle staffers and calls have not been returned. I was granted up to an hour with the mayor. Narvaez emphasized that they wanted an honest story written about the mayor because they feel the mayor's mes sage has been contorted by the media many times in the past. I spent time before the interview doing homework, reading articles about Cavanagh in past issues of The Chronicle. I was a junior in college when the mayor last ran and was not in the city much dur ing that election. I arrived at Cavanagh's campaign headquarters on Link Road last Thursday where I found Ca\ anagh and another sup Si i Cavanagh A3 A New Era Harold L. Martin officially becomes 11th chancellor of university BY T. KEVIN WALKER llll CHRONK U "Just imagine the possibilities." That was how Harold Lee Martin Sr. ended his installation speech last Friday, a speech that laid out a host of possibilities for the school, inter meshed with goals that are already in the works and Martin's grandiose vision. After being given the charge to , "chart the course" for Winston-Salem State University by University of North Carolina President Molly Broad. Martin spoke to a nearly packed K.R. Williams Auditorium after being sworn in by District Court Judge Roland Hayes and being bestowed the noble-looking medal lion given to all UNC system chancel lors to wear at special university occa sions. Martin talked about the universi ty's past and its forward-thinking founder. Simon Green Atkins, who defied the odds to start Slater Industri al Academy in 1892. The academy would eventually become Winston Salem Teachers College, the first African-American college in the nation to offer a degree in elementary education. The school became Win ston-Salem State University in 1969 and then a UNC school in the early ?70s. WSSU has and will continue to change with the times. Martin said. "At each juncture, the university was forced to revision and refashion itself." Martin said. While Martin says he stands on Si'i1 Martin on A4 Photo by Bruce Chapman Winston-Salem State University Chancellor f^arold Martin is sworn in last week. His wife, Davida, holds the Bible. Ministers oppose bonds for schools BYT KEVIN WALKER THE CHRONICLE The Ministers Conference of Winston-Salem and Vicinity is iiui uuy ing what the city county Board of Educa tion . is trying to sell. The I group. | made up mostly of Sloan /amean,-American pastors, voted Tuesday against supporting the school system's $150 million bond referendum, which will appear on county ballots Nov. 6. The group will officially announce its decision tomorrow at an 11 a.m. news conference at Goler Metropolitan AME Zion Church. The vote was "not unanimous but'overvvhelming," said the Rev. Carlton Eversley, a member of the conference and the chair of the jocal NAAC'P's education caucus, which also voted this week to oppose the bonds. The main gripe of both groups. Everslev said, is the con troversial redisricting plan, which the School Board imple i mented seven years ago. The plan has led to many predomi nantly one-race schools through out the system as suburban par ents have opted to take adv antage of the school choice aspect of the Si\ Ministers <<u A4 Striving toward fullest potential Special Children s School aids challenged and typical children BY PAL I COLLINS Mil ( HKONK I I The first 18 months of life were dif ficult for Tomas. He appeared to be a happy child, but he was not verbalizing like most infants. He didn't ax>. He only cried for help. He had severe language delays after suffering severe ear infcc tions and undiagnosed seizures. His parents were terrified he would never say anything. The\ would lie awake at night and cry. They wcic scared. At the Special Children's School. Tomas was placed into a classroom that was designed to focus on communica tions. He started using signs and pro gressed to words. A milestone came months later when Tomas called his teacher by name. Tomas later attended Old Town Bap tist's preschool, where he was still served by The Special Children's School's Inclusion program, which reaches out to special needs children. Tomas' parents' dreams came true when he enrolled in regular kindergarten in the fall of 2(XX). The Special Children's School. 4505 Shattalon Drive, is a private, nonprofit day school with a five-star day care license rating It serves about 125 chil dren Iroin birth to 5 years of age with and without disabilities. About one-third of the children are "typical." w ithout dis abilities. Research shows that children leant best from one another vs. adults. Children with special needs learn signif icantly from their typically developing peers. And children who are typically developing gain from their experiences with their friends with special needs. They learn to accept children who are different from them. This exposure to diversity pays dividends throughout their lifetime. Services provided are early interven tion. special education, speech and lan guage therapy, occupational therapv. physical therapy, family support special ists, nursing, computer specialist, inclu sion consultants, nutritionist. Teachers have four-year degrees (birth-kindergarten certificate for those .So School on A4 '? ?--J # FOR SUBSCRIPTIONS CALL (336) 722-8624 ? MASTERCARD, VISA AND AMERICAN EXPRESS ACCEPTED ?

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