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4The Daily Tar HeelTuesday, December 5, 1 989
Ronald McDonald House begins fund-raising efforts;!
By JENNIFER DICKENS
The Ronald McDonald House of
Chapel Hill, which has been open for
about a year and a half, is beginning to
show signs of wear and tear. In an effort
to cover operating costs, the house has
implemented several fund-raising proj
ects. "We currently have two letters cir
culating," said Barbara Myers, coordi
nator of fund raising and public rela
tions. "One, the 'Thanks for Giving'
letter thanks those who have donated
money and outlines what we have done
with those donations. The second is a
newsletter listing things the house
The Ronald McDonald House pro
vides families of seriously ill children,
and sometimes the child, low-cost
housing and emotional support, Myers
said. This house was established for the
families of children staying in North
Carolina Memorial Hospital. "Some
Social service projects
to help needy families
By CAMERON TEW
The Orange County Department
of Social Services is seeking spon
sors for two programs it has planned
for the Christmas holidays. The Fos
ter Children's Christmas Fund and
the Christmas Fund allow people and
organizations to donate gifts to needy
people in Orange County.
The Foster program asks sponsors
to send checks or buy gifts from the
wish list of a child in a foster family,
adoption social worker Jane Maske
The program will involve 77 chil
dren this Christmas, an increase of 17
children from last year's number. The
PSS will pick up gifts, or people can
drop them off at its offices in Chapel
Hill or Hillsborough, Maske said.
Approximately 80 percent of the
children have sponsors.
Maske and foster care worker Sara
West started the program 14 years
ago. Most of the people buying pres
ents the first year were parents who
had adopted children through the
department and wanted to say thank
you by helping another child, Maske
said. During the next few years, the
service expanded to friends of the
adoptive parents and other organ
inztions who wanted to become in
volved. Social workers ask people to spend
between $35 and $40. Although the
gifts can be toys or games, the depart
ment tells sponsors sizes of clothing,
too, Maske said.
Most people find out about the
programs through newspapers or
public service announcements on
television and the radio, she said.
"Both programs are doing well, but
the foster care program is doing bet
State to conduct full audit of governor's office
By EMILIE VAN POUCKE
State Auditor Edward Renfrow
announced last Thursday he would
proceed with a full audit of Gov. Jim
Martin's research office to determine if
the office's profile on Martin's 1988
Democratic opponent should have been
financed with taxpayers' funds.
Renfrow conducted a preliminary
investigation initiated by a News and
Observer article that revealed that the
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times those children being treated as
outpatients stay here too," shesaid.
Once a children's hospital was in
corporated, it was evident there would
be a need for this house, Myers said.
"We would see families sleeping in the
hospital in the pediatrics ward. We knew
something would have to be done."
There are not many hotels available
in the area that these people can afford.
The rising cost of medical care puts
these families on a tight budget, Myers
said. "Families of sick children have
enough to worry about. Because of the
extreme stress these people are under,
we not only saw an economic, but an
emotional need to provide them with
someplace to go."
Myers said the house needed to raise
$150,000 to cover basic operations.
"Although we don't have the building
expenses we had last year, we need
$150,000 just to keep the house open.
That money doesn't cover any special
projects or activities."
ter than the needy families program.
I think this program could use a
The needy family program is called
the Christmas Fund. The Christmas
Fund is an annual campaign to help
the county's neediest families, said
Peggy Hamlett, one of two program s
Caseworkers select the five needi
est families that they work with and
then ask groups to sponsor them,
Hamlett said. Sponsors are asked to
donate canned food or money or buy
gifts for family members.
The department asks sponsors to
spend at least $50 on each family
member, Hamlett said.
"I've been pleased with the re
sponse of University groups. They
have been helpful. I hope they will
continue their sponsorships through
the coming years."
Jenifer Wilks, Parker Residence
Hall's special project co-chairperson
and a sophomore from Dunn, said the
project was popular in her hall.
"We have a mother and child we
are raising donations for. We have
had a tremendous response."
Gret Diffendal, the governor of
STOW area, said the project had been
successful in the area. "We sent let
ters to our residents asking them for
donations, and we have each hall to
buy one family member a gift from
their wish list."
Last year, 167 families were in
volved in the Christmas Fund and
more than 200 families are expected
to participate this year; Hamlett said.
To sponsor a foster child or needy
family, interested parties should call
the Orange County department of
Social Services at 968-4501 (Chapel
Hill) or 732-9361 (Hillsborough).
governor's office had compiled a de
tailed analysis of former Lt. Gov. Bob
Jordan's political views.
"At this point I don't anticipate any
fraudulent criminal activity ... it's a
matter of whether that information was
used properly," Renfrow said in a tele
phone interview. "When someone raises
a question, we have to put it to rest."
The News and Observer reported
that the 70-position profile on the for
mer lieutenant governor indicated his
political weaknesses. These weak
nesses included Jordan's involvement
with the Democratic General
Assembly's attempt at an "economic
downturn" in North Carolina, his ac
tions contributing to employee layoffs
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Myers said the "Thanks for Giving"
letter had been sent to those who had
donated money in the past with the
hope that they would donate again. "In
the letter we outline how their dona
tions have helped. Hopefully this will
inspire people to give again this year."
The letter also mentions plans to es
tablish a $1.5 million endowment.
Myers said interest from that endow
ment would generate the $150,000
needed each year to operate the house.
"This way we wouldn't have to ask
for donations every year," she said.
"People's money would keep working
for us each year. Unfortunately, this
endowment may take up to 10 years to
establish. Until then, we will depend on
people's annual donations."
Many donators have responded to
the idea of sponsoring families, Myers
said. Each family stays at the house for
an average of five nights, and some
people have decided to donate enough
money to cover the family's entire stay.
"own manager to ires
By KIM JASKI
All of the good ones seem to leave
too early. Michael Jordan left UNC
during his junior year, and now David
Taylor, after eight years as town man
ager, plans to resign on Dec. 3 1 .
Taylor's experience in local govern
ment began 30 years ago. He was town
manager for 17 years in Tarboro and
prior to that, assistant town manager in
Taylor's decision to resign from the
town manager position to become chief
executive of the Chapel Hill Chamber
of Commerce ended the Chamber' s 1 4
month search. Taylor said a desire to
By ERIC LUSK
The state Friday will present a Pitt
County judge with a motion for a sub
poena for untelevised footage of riots at
Greenville apartment complex on Hal
The riots occurred at the Tar River
Estates apartment complex near down
town Greenville. Students from East
Carolina University were among 134
people arrested for failing to disperse
when asked to do so by police and ECU
The trial for those arrested was origi
nally scheduled for Nov. 29 but was
postponed by a district court judge until
The state requested three stations
WNCT in Greenville, WITN in Wash
ington and WCn in New Bern to
submit tapes of footage not shown on
the air, said Roy Hardy, news director
for WNCT. All three stations refused
because the state has sufficient resources
for gaining evidence without bothering
the media, he said.
"There were over 75 officers actu
at Burlington Industries and his favor
for higher taxes.
Martin offered his full cooperation
to the auditor's office and instructed his
staff to keep all information intact. Also,
he has said he has confidence in the
auditors' abilities and thinks they will
be fair and objective.
Martin has said if it is proven that his
office misappropriated funds, he would
reimburse the taxpayers.
'This wasn't done as a campaign
tool and wouldn't have been effective,"
said Dave Prather, deputy press secre
tary for the governor's office. "The
campaign issues are ones in the spot
light during the campaign, and there is
no way to prepare for those."
specific accounting practices, pizzas
made with 100 percent dairy cheese
and a rebate to Marriott, Derby said.
The amount of the rebate was a set,
non-negotiable amount. Carolina Din
ing Services wanted to base its decision
on quality of the service and not the
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Staying at the house costs $28 per
room, per night. The house asks the
family to contribute at least $8 of the
cost, Myers said, so funds have to be
generated to cover the rest of the fee.
'The remaining $20 sometimes has to
come from somewhere else."
Myers said the house needed money
just to keep up the general mainte
nance. "The wear and tear on the house
has been tremendous. We have only
been open for a year and a half and
already many things need to be re
placed. We need things like new sheets,
bedspreads and alarm clocks."
Myers said the house also needed
flashlights to use in case of a power
failure. If the power goes out, the house
needs at least 20 flashlights for the
children and their families. She said
she would rather not give them candles
because the candles can be dangerous.
Myers said she hoped fund-raising
efforts would be successful. "Responses
while we were building were great. But
move from the public sector to the
private one was one of the main factors
in his decision.
"I want to work with the Chamber of
Commerce to help improve the busi
ness climate and relations between
government units to make for a better
Chapel Hill," he said.
Chapel Hill Mayor Jonathan Howes
said although he thought Taylor would
possibly look for another position in
town government after so many years
of service, he had hoped Taylor's resig
nation would not come for a couple of
"I wish he were not leaving. David
Taylor has brought sound management
use of u otelevised tapes in trial
ally on the scene," said James Ch
eatham, attorney for WNCT. 'Two of
them had video cameras, and another
had a regular, still shot camera."
Cheatham said the stations were
protected from unwanted intrusions into
their video files by a qualified privilege
statute that says the state cannot come
in and search unaired material unless
they have exhausted all other resources
and still have no substantial evidence.
"The law is clear cut," said Wade
Hargrove, a Raleigh attorney repre
senting the broadcast media. "Unless
the material is shown to be relevant, no
other sources can be found and justice
is not obstructed, the state can't use the
Chris McDaniel, news director of
WITN, said he would be happy to hand
over any tapes of footage already aired,
but he refused to submit the unaired
portions of the riots.
"I sympathize with the police here,
but it is the principal that we are argu
ing on," he said. "Laws hold that the
state must have no other way to get
evidence before calling us in. In this
Other profiles of Democratic leaders
consisted of their comments on issues
such as corporal punishment in the
schools, the Equal Rights Amendment
The research office did not provide
any information concerning profiles on
other Democratic leaders.
"I think it would be reasonable to
believe that he would have some oppo
sition from the Democratic party," N.C.
Senate Majority Leader Tony Rand said
in a telephone interview. "He (Jordan)
was the highest (state official) in the
party, and it was widely known (during
the time the governor's office was re
searching him) that he was going to be
running for governor."
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amount of profit that a business was
willing to give to Marriott, he said.
Stoehr said Domino's and Pizza Hut
had an advantage in the bidding proc
ess because as national corporations
they could better meet Marriott's de
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once you get open, once you reach
completion, the fund raising plateaus."
It's hard to know the amount of
expenses at the house from day to day,
Myers said. "We would like to provide
more for our families. And sometimes
families arrive without anything, and
we need to provide everything from
personal hygiene products to clothes."
During the last year and a half, the
house has helped many families get
through rough times, Myers said. "We
have had over 1,000 families stay with
us. I feel we are doing a lot of good."
Besides providing a place to stay, the
comfortable atmosphere of the house
also helps the families cope with stress.
"I was afraid the house would be de
pressing, but it's not," Myers said. 'The
atmosphere is comfortable and allows
an outlet for their feelings."
This is not just a shelter or a hotel,
Myers said, it is a house where families
can sit around and share their feelings
over a cup of coffee.
practices to town government," Howes
said. "He has been a very effective
manager for Chapel Hill.
"David Taylor is a former president
of the International City Management
Association. He has brought national
distinction to Chapel Hill."
Sonna Lowenthal, assistant town
manager, will be the interim town
manager beginning Jan. 1 . She said she
was sorry to see Taylor leave. "He has
outstanding management and leader
ship abilities and will make a fine presi
dent of the Chamber of Commerce."
Nancy Preston, a member of the
Chapel Hill Town Council, said she
was surprised to hear of Taylor's resig
case, this just doesn't apply.
McDaniel said reporters must have
the autonomy to do their jobs without
having to worry about people intruding
on their work.
The state could be violating the First
Amendment in asking for unaired foot
age, Hargrove said. Unless relevant to
their case, the courts will not allow a
"If law enforcement agencies could
just come in and use the media to do its
own investigative work, officers would
just sit back and rely on reporters," he
Supremacists urge shoppers
to ignore Raleigh mall boycott
By WENDY BOUNDS
A white supremacist group Saturday
recorded a message urging whites to
continue shopping at Crabtree Valley
Mall in response to black boycott at
tempts encouraging consumers to shop
The tape of the message was played
Saturday morning on WCLY-AM, a
public broadcasting station. The mes
sage made references to "black men
molesting white women at Crabtree,"
"black ladies stealing from stores at the
mall" and "black kids playing obnox
ious music around the mall on boom
boxes," said Franklin Suggs, WCLY
Crabtree officials said they did not
support the message. "We have been
made aware that (the) phone message
recorded ... implicates Crabtree Valley
Mall management and merchants as
desiring to keep black customers out of
the mall," Crabtree officials said in a
public statement which named the white
supremacist group, the Confederate
Knights of America.
"We are infuriated by these repre
sentations ... and are currently taking
whatever legal action is necessary to
restrain this group from disseminating
this inaccurate information now and in
the future," the statement said.
Blacks have staged weekend pro
tests at Crabtree mall since Nov. 1 8 in
response to requests by mall officials to
curtail Saturday bus services from
downtown Raleigh, which has a pre
dominantly black population, to the
Crabtree officials declined to make a
statement regarding the request.
The mall officials' request to stop
busing was in response to merchant
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The house always needs volunteers: '
"If anyone is interested, all they need to
do is call the house and either talk to
Donna Baker who is the house man
ager, or me," Myers said. "Most volun- -teers
work three-hour shifts. They can -'
either work at the desk, do hand letter- '
ing or other jobs around the house.-'
'The house has 20 bedrooms. Lately
we have been filled completely. The '
next couple of weeks we plan to be very
busy because doctors try their best to "
get the children in and out before the '
holidays. So our Christmas wish is to
be empty," she said.
The house will host a holiday party,
which is open to the public, from 2 p.m. '
to 5 p.m. Saturday. Ronald McDonald
will appear between 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 '
p.m., and Santa will be there from 3:30 '
p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
'This is an opportunity for the fami
lies to meet those who are supporting
them and say thank you," Myers said.
nation. "He has excellent management ;
and good fiscal skills," Preston said. .
She said Taylor had a good knowledge ;
of Chapel Hill and could apply these
qual ities to the Chamber of Commerce.
As president of the Chamber of;
Commerce, Taylor wil 1 be working withe
a smaller organization and smaller
budget than he did as town manager.
Taylor also will be taking a pay "cut
from $89,750 to $75,000. Originally,
this position was only budgeted for'
$50,000. After Taylor was hired, the '
salary was increased. '
The council Monday will hold its
first discussion on the selection process
for the new manager during a meeting.
said. "This would severely impair the ;
media's ability to gather news." . :
McDaniel said that in the event that .
the judge ruled against the stations, he ,
would comply with the subpoena, but
he did not want to be in the position of
prosecutor or defendant. ; .
"Hopefully the subpoena will be
modified to include only the footage
that we showed on the air and not the
unaired material," Hardy said.
Although the hearing begins Friday
the decision may not come until days4
or even weeks, later, McDaniel said.
complaints about groups of black teen.-.
agers loitering and harassing paying
customers in the mall, said an anony
mous spokeswoman for G.C. Murphey
Co., a discount store in Crabtree mall.
If busing from the downtown area was
curtailed, it would be difficult for these
teenagers to find transportation to the
The number of paying customers at; ,
G.C. Murphey has not decreased since;
the request was initiated, the spokes
"We have, however, seen a drop in
the number of non-paying customers,
namely the groups of loitering indi
viduals," she said.
Spencer Gifts Inc., another store
located in Crabtree mall, does not .al
low loitering on its premises under any
circumstances, said an assistant man
ager who also asked to remain anony
mous. "If there is any loitering, we do not
tolerate it and ask them to leave," he
said. "But I am aware that it may be a
significant problem elsewhere in the
mall, although not regularly."
Last week, two boys trying to play
arcade games in the G.C. Murphey
gameroom wwere harassed with pro
fane language by a group of boys who
were loitering in the store, the G.C.
Murphey spokeswoman said. -,-.
"The group of boys used abusive
language and told the two little boys to
go tell their mother," she said. "I re
ceived a call from their mother the next
day. This harrassment is a significant
problem, and it must stop."
But curtail ing busing from the down
town area is not the solution, she said.
"If that happened, I wouldn't have
any employees," she said. . ,