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					                                                                                              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-
                                              Savannah News-Press
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 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
                                                                                                  sey said.
                                                                                                                                                   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
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Weiner vetoes
    thinks about a
    1974visittoa
    palm reader in
    what was then .
    Saigon, After
    spending nine
    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-
 1
    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
                                                                                                                                                                                                      inner-city areas
   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
imagine?"
                                              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.

				
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