THURSDAY. MAY 4. 1995 Section D
Smell lingering at Powell Duffryn
Coast Guard says stink to continue until chemical goo cleaned up
ByGilKnieger said Wednesday. fide turpentine tank at the tank farm acci-
fumes are decreasing,
And the date for moving Oaktree Town- dentally exploded. Since then, Powell butHe said smellystill dangerous for clean-
the situation is
homes residents home has been pushed Duffryn has paid for them to stay in area up crews next to the burned tanks.
The stink from Powell Duffryn Termi- back again, this time until Monday at the hotels and given each person $30 a day for
nals will continue until the chemical goo left earliest, said Robert Smith, director of the meals. "We have low level readings at the
Psychic leads on the site is totally cleaned up, Coast
Guard officials said Wednesday.
Chatham Emergency Management Agency. But it's not like home, said one woman
Oaktree apartments, certainly well below
danger levels," Watson said.
Between 50 and 70 percent of the resi- stopping Wednesday morning to check on anyHowever, one worker was hospitalized
Monday's failed attempt to enclose the dents are not expected to move home, Tru- her Oaktree apartment. The woman, who Monday when he inhaled hydrogen sulfide
Vietnamese rotten egg smell of hydrogen sulfide perme-
ating the eastside in a plastic tent left clean*
dy Ramsey, Oaktree property manager, declined to give her name, said she missed after opening one of the damaged tanks,
said Wednesday. her home and cooking dinner for her family. Watson said. The man, who was not identi-
up workers no option except to suck up the "This place will be a ghost town," Ram-
woman to U.S. mess into giant vacuum cleaners.
"There is nothing we can do about the
Vacuum equipment arrived Tuesday and fied, remained hospitalized in good condi-
was running Wednesday: Three truckloads tion but will be kept several days for obser-
About 200 Oaktree residents are still of vacuumed chemical sludge were already vation.
_ _h||i Bui is not particularly su- smell," Cmdr. Jim Watson of the U.S. Coast scattered in area hotels. They fled for their loaded on the barge, Cape Cod, by mid-
r • Iperstitious. Yet she likes to Guard's Marine Safety Office in Savannah lives the night of April 10 when a crude sul- morning Wednesday, Watson said. • See SMELL, Page 3D •
• read the daily aphorisms at
JL the bottom of the Vietnamese
calendar hanging in her Chatham
County Health Department office.
And she still
thinks about a
palm reader in
what was then .
weeks in the Unit-
ed States for a tax ByAmyA.Swann .
seminar, she and Savannah News-Press
a few girlfriends
stopped their Mayor Susan Weiner vetoed nonpartisan
scooters in front ;
elections Wednesday - a move some alder-
of a storefront psychic and went in for men say isan exercise in futility. *
a reading. The veto put last Thursday's 6-3 vote to
"Right away the lady points to me approve nonpartisan elections on hold until
and says, 'You already went out of the the May 11 meeting of the Savannah City
country. But the second time you Council. Aldermen will take another vote on
leave you never return, - " said Bui, the issue then and can override the veto
who worked as a statistic analyst. •, with six votes. :
Four months later, a pregnant Bui ; There was no indication Wednesday of.
and her 3 Mt-year-old son were on their wavering support for the measure, and Wei-
way home alter visiting her husband ner 'admitted that she expects to lose-this
at a nearby military base when a •one.- - •• • ' • . . • • ' ' . •••••: '. .' t
bomb landed oh Saigon. Caught in the "I do not expect this veto .to be sustained,
maelstrom, she was directed to a bus but winning was not my objective the pre-
and then a plane, which took her out vious two times I have exercised the veto;
doing the right thing for the citizens of Sa-
of the country. The day was such a vannah has always guided my decision,"
blur she didn't know who orchestrated she wrote in a one-page statement about her
the departure. For weeks, no one decision. . . -
knew where she was. Eventually she . This is the tjiird time Weiner has used
' ended up in a refugee camp in Fort the veto since taking office in January 1992.
Walton Beach, Fla. She was the first mayor in 22 years to exer-
She would not see her husband or cise the power, and her vetoes on the pre-
, her parents for 15 years. vious issues were upheldjj^jf
Too scared to write her family in : Adam TnunVBmnmh NtwvPrtti Weiner listed five reasonsrrar the action,
Saigon, Bui communicated through an RESEARCHING WETLANDS: Nick Gordon, of Bullpch's Marvin Pittman School, and Ray Johnson, of Myers Middle including her belief mat sucnXa major
uncle in Marseilles, France, That's School, discuss their research findings at Lazaretto Creek recently. change should be decided ty city voters. ,
how she learned her brother had es- 'She also said the move to nonpartisan
caped and relocated in Savannah. Af-
ter one year, she joined him. Three -
years later, she received a two-sen-* .
tehee communique from her husband
science in was a political one - not one to save money
or make the elections more open. She would
not say whether the move was an attempt to
derail her re-election campaign.
saying he was safe. Like most officers
of the South Vietnamese Army, he Area students sharpen math and Supporters of the measure scoffed at the
intimation of political maneuvering and
had been sent to a ''re-education1' ', said Weiner was the one acting out of politi-
- camp, where he spent 10% years. gy David Donald It all comes together in the muck. . . signment. cal motivation,
In 1990, he made it to Savannah, an .SavannahNews-Press, , ' . , "This isn't a field trip," Myers social . "They'll be able to take this back to the :
"That's the pot calling the kettle black,"
occasion remembered by a yellowing studies teacher Dennis White said, watch- classroom and use it," White said. And said Alderman Ellis Cook, who has raised
newspaper photograph pasted to her If environmental science teaches that ing about 40 students from the three higher thinking skills and teamwork are
•we're all in it together, Telanna Jones, v skills that business leaders say are neces- the ire of the Chatham County Republican
wall with a headline that read* "Free Tiffany Johnson and Tisia Boyles got a schools prepare to enter the marsh last Party by siding with fturttemocrats to sup-
at Last." Her husband was reintro- week. "This isfield study," sary to compete in today's international .port the nonpartisan measure.
firsthand look while'standing in the muck. Myers science teacher Rob Priestly di- marketplace.
duced to his son, who was 18, his "It's a good thing we're all girls," Whilethe students examined the way "She'had to play her last card, even
daughter, 15, and his wife, an Ameri- Boyles said, standing in the marsh near rected the students as they filed off a Bui-' though she's going to lose," Cook said. "I
can citizen. He became like a "big loch school bus at the Lazaretto Creek life and the environment intertwine, the think her veto will be overridden in the next
Lazaretto Creek just west of Tybee Island. boat launch/ ' teachers saw the fruits of their joint plan-
brother" to his children, she said. "We've all become friends." ning. One of the initiative's goals is to de- meeting."
"I was so afraid when he came be- The two eighth-graders and a sixth- They staked a string 100 yards into the All of the aldermen reached Wednesday
cause maybe I would not be the same marsh and began taking notes and sketch- velop teams of teachers statewide who agreed that the veto will be voted down.. Al-
grader were brought together by the Geor- ing the marsh life based on their observa- can improve science teaching and pass it
person and maybe he would not be ei- gia Initiative for Math and Science. on to their peers. derman Qwen Goodman could not be
. then," Bui, 49, said. "I left at 29 with Through a $10 million, five-year grant tions. .*''.. reached by telephone.
no penny in my pocket, nothing but "We're trying to get these middle The teachers share information and Braun said the veto smacks of an abuse
from the National Science Foundation, the school kids out of the classroom,',' Priestly distribute it to other science and math
what I was wearing and a rosary I statewide initiative is geared toward im- teachers around Georgia. of power.
still have. I was a shy woman with no proving math and science education as it said. "There's more to science than a . *?I would hope that the veto-power would
gray hair and scared to open my book, and this is how it's done." "When we all put it together, we get to
gets educators from different school dis- White explained that the Georgia initia- see some good teaching methods,'' said • See WEINER, Page 3D
mouth around Americans except to tricts to learn from each other. Beth Joyner, who teaches at the Pittman
say *yes'or'no.'" tive is based on interdisciplinary coopera-
She is not shy anymore, but a few Education's critics often say that too tion: students learn from various subjects laboratory school at Georgia Southern
much of school does not prepare students while working as a group and using higher University.
strands of gray hair now frame her
open, moon-shaped face. The only for life after graduation. Educators from
Chatham and Bulloch counties participat-
thinking skills rather than by rote memo- The field study has led to successes she
can see already, Joyner said. Students re-
Savannah funds 180
woman on the 10-member Vietnamese rization.
Nationalists of Savannah committee,
Bui works full time as a refugee case-
ing in the initiative, now in its third year,
are crafting lessons addressing some of
For example, the students worked in
teams of three, with each group made up
tain the information much better while fe-
male students, who often lag behind male grant proposals for
those concerns. of one student from each of the schools. peers in math and science, are now on
worker at the Chatham County Health
Department and is an active member Teachers from Chatham's Myers Mid* For the field study, they: equal footing.
"These kids don't know it, but they'll
of St. James Catholic Church. Her die School and Bulloch's Marvin Pittman • Practiced math skills of measuring
children, now 24 and 20, attend Savan- and Stilson elementary schools, for exam- and analyzing. remember this trip the rest of their lives," Savannah Newt-Pitts
nah State College and Armstrong ple, run a course in wetlands study that • Used art techniques in their sketches. Joyner said.
not only meets the initiative's goals but • Applied the environmental ideas Regardless of the memory, the stu- Leaders from 20 Savannah inner-city
State College and live at home. teaches skills in demand in today's work- communities accepted Grants for Blocks
And her husband works with a lo- studied in class.
place. • Cooperated or didn't complete the as- • See MUCK, Page 3D awards Wednesday that will fund ideas
cal construction company. On May 13, neighborhood residents offered to improve
they will celebrate their 25th wedding their areas.
anniversary. The city funded 180 grant proposals at a
"The only problem we have is with cost of $66,000, officials said. Residents
boxes and boxes of things I don't want
to throw away," Bui said. "I still keep
my son's pajamas that he was wear-
2 candidates for 4th District asked the city to fund more than 200, Mayor
Susan Weiner said.
Officials first offered the grants three
ing when we left and his tiny shoe, but
these days he is over six feet. Can you
speak out on drainage problems years ago in hopes of enticing residents in
inner-city neighborhoods to get involved in
improving their domain, Assistant City
She dreams in English and Viet- ly sure, however, that the proposed outlay is Manager Henry Moore told a crowd of about
namese. But every time she tries to ByTomZoelner 200 gathered at the Civic Center.
Savannah News-Press a good idea.
cook American, macaroni and cheese, "I feel, as you do, should your taxes pay Each year, the city received more fund-
say, or spaghetti; it ends up tasting • Two Republican candidates for alder- for it?" said Stafford, who lives in the Oak- ing requests than expected, he said.
like Vietnamese food. man hedged Wednesday when asked if gov- hurst neighborhood south of Oglethorpe "What this means is that you care about
It doesn't matter, she says. The lo ernment should be paying for the relocation FLEXON STAFFORD your blocks," Moore said. "You came up
Mall. "I had five houses flooded on my
mein or egg rolls that her American of flooded residents of Baker Street. street, and nobody called to see how we Flexon and Stafford differed on few is- with the idea. You planned the idea. And
friends make don't taste very Courtney Flexon and D.M. "Pete" Staf- were doing." sues. you had to convince someone to help you im-
Vietnamese, either. Besides, they like ford, seeking an open 4th District seat on He then added: "It's a situation that's A former market research analyst and plement it."
her Vietnamese food better. the City Council, said in their first joint pub- being gone about in the right way; getting the wife of a local doctor, Flexon said she And there were a lot of ideas - every-
She likes visiting "Little Saigon/' lic appearance that they are concerned as many local and federal funds as possi- will emphasize community-oriented thing from landscaping and garden projects
a five-mile stretch of a community in about a better drainage system. ble." policing, strict zoning regulations and storm to renting industrial equipment and setting
Orange County, Calif., where her But the city is pursuing more ambitious Flexon, whose Ardsley Park neighbor- drainage in her campaign for the seat being up a tool library for residents.
mother, father, sister, brother and plans. The Department of Housing and Ur- hood was Hooded in heavy rains last Octo- left by Beth Sheehan. Neighborhoods accepting grant awards
200,000 other Vietnamese have settled. ban Development recently siphoned $8.97 ber, said she had no specific idea's on how to "Inappropriate commercial encroach- Wednesday included Liberty City, Baldwin
But she intends to stay in Savannah, million to pay for part of a city wide plan to address what she called the "thorny situa- ment" into residential areas is ruining Sa- Park, Live Oak, Benjamin Van Clark, Met-
where the number of local Vietnam- move residents out of the notoriously flood- tion" of whether government should pay to vannah's neighborhoods," said Flexon, ropolitan, Carver Heights, Midtown, Cyla-
ese has grown from 200 in 1975 to be- prone Baker Street neighborhood on the relocate disaster victims. Stafford, a retired officer with the Savan- Brown, Ogeecheeton-Dawes, Dixon Park,
tween 1,800 and 2,000. westside. "1 don't know enough about this subject nah Police Department, offered no specific Tremont Park, Eastside Showcase 1, Thom-
"To me, this is like homeland," Flexon and Stafford, speaking at a - and it's something that everyone on the issues, but called himself a team player who as Square, East Savannah, Tatemville, East
she said. "Here, we feel reborn." monthly luncheon of the Savannah Area Re- City Council needs to educate themselves would take a "community-oriented service" Victorian, Woodville, Wyler Terrace, West
publican Women's club, weren't immediate- tremendously on," she said. approach to government. Savannah and Hudson Hill.