Double Dutch lady Continued from page A1
Double Dutch was developed
19 years ago by two policemen in
New York City who saw it as a sport
perfectly suited to inner city girls.
Peebles maintains, and many
local parents agree, that Double
Dutch builds self-esteem, leadership
qualities, group interaction, and
"They learn how to lose with
honor," says Peebles. "It takes a lot
of guts to get out on that floor
knowing they may fail. I tell them,
if you fail, if you fall, get up: one of
these times you're going to succeed.
And when they're jumping, you see
this big smile across their face, and
they're thinking, I can do it. It
makes them brave. It makes them
take on other challenges."
Peebles has supplied her former
supervisor at the Girl Scouts with
nearly two dozen letters of praise
from the community for her Double
Dutch work. Because of her efforts,
the national Double Dutch Champi
onship was held in Winston-Salem
this June, and last year's competi
tion held here was attended by
Essence publisher Susan Taylor,
Oprah Winfrey, and Stedman Gra
ham. Peebles' Double Dutch work
was recognized by the Chronicle
last fall at the annual Chronicle
Peebles' former bc^s, Brandon,
verified that Peebles has filed a
grievance, "but instead of using the
grievance process we have in place,
she has chosen late in the game to
More than 400 girls have participated in Double Dutch jump-roping in Forsyth County.
The council's executive com
mittee has proposed names for a
grievance committee to study Pee
bles' complaint, and has submitted
the list to her. The members of the
committee must be agreed upon by
Asked what result she expects
from the grievance procedure, Pee
bles did not say she wants her job
back. She laughed and said, "I just
want this resolved."
She says her work as Double
Dutch state director, a position she
has held since 1984, is a volunteer
work and will continue regardless
of her employment. The national
program does not have a budget to
support other programs, according
to Peebles, and is run by volunteers.
"But the statewide Double
Dutch program is self-sufficient.
We have sponsors who help us out,"
she said. "I believe so strongly in
this program, and I have faith in
God, and I believe He will make a
way for the door to open."
By TRAVIS MITCHELL
Chronido Staff Writer
about medical waste put to rest
Stony Glenn residents don't
have to worry about possible con
tamination from hundreds of medi
cal supplies that were found in the
community last week.
Last Thursday the Housing
Authority convened a meeting that
included the residents and officials
from the fire department, emergen
cy management services, the police
department and the health depart
Most residents wanted to know
where the supplies came from; how
they got to Stony Glenn; and if
there was a possibility of contami
According to Capt. Moreau of
the police department, the supplies
were taken from the property of
Mark Hubbard, 628 Waltrude
Avenue, by neighborhood young
sters and dispersed throughout the
area. He said the supplies had been
seen in the neighborhood as early as
four days before officials were noti
fied. Hubbard told authorities that
he had the supplies as a part of a
medical kit that insurance compa
nies give to doctors to perform
examinations on their clients. Hub
bard used to work for an insurance
"Our investigation is almost
complete," Moreau said. "The juve
niles won't be charged and there is
no law on the1>ooks regarding
throwing away needles."
Ron Campbell of emergency
management services (EMS), said
that little of the supply was used
and that test vials and containers
incorporated a large percentage of
the materials. He said that EMS
conducted a thorough clean-up of
the area, along with the fire depart
ment. The first clean-up effort was
conducted Sunday, August 23.
"Everything is back to normal,"
said Otis Cooper, deputy fire chief.
"It was scary, but thank God it wasn't
as bad as it could have been."
Health department officials told
residents there was very little
chance of disease or infection, but
offered free treatment at Reynolds
Park Health Center for anyone who
wanted to be checked.
The housing authority contract
ed another professional waste
removal company just to make sure
that the threat of contagion had
"We just wanted to make sure
that we put to rest any fears that res
idents might have about the discov
ery of the medical supplies," said
Clifton Graves, a Housing Authori
ty representative. Residents in the
community said that they were
pleased with the prompt response,
but some tenants shared related
"If we were so upset about
those needles then we should be
upset about the other thingsHhat go
on," said Patricia Hairston, 621
Stony Glenn Cir.
"I've had to pick up wine bot
tles, needles and crack vials... There
are good hard-working residents
here, but some people ought to have
more pride in the community."
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