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Page 4 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, June 5, 1985
Council okays sidewalk changes

From United Press International

In an attempt to connect Kerrytown with Main, Liberty
and State streets, the Ann Arbor City Council
unanimously passed a plan to widen sidewalks and install
lights along Fourth Avenue.
The Downtown Development Authority, which proposed
the plan, hopes the improvements will generate pedestrian
"WITH THESE improvements,a person in one area of
town can walk to other areas in an attractive, safe en-
vironment," said John Swisher, a member of the Down-
town Development Authority.
The improvements will he made along Fourth Avenue
between Liberty and Catherine streets.
Originally the improvements were going to be made all
the way to Kerrytown, but council member Larry Hunter
said that improvements should stop at Urban Sculpture

Park - about 100 yards short of Kerrytown - because the
park is already popular.
HUNTER SAID that people are using the park now and
the council should proceed carefully before approving
plans. "If it ain't broken, dont fix it," he said late Monday
night before the council approved the plan.
If the Downtown Development Authority comes back to
the council with a more detailed plan, Hunter said the
council would consider extending the improvements all
the way to Kerrytown.
But Swisher said he would rather put the money into
other parts of the improvement plan.
Construction will not start on either Liberty Street or
Fourth Avenue until after the Art Fair in late July,
Swisher said.
"We hope to finish before the snow flies this winter," he

Long term resident program aids teens
(Continued from Page 1)
problems.CI was dependent. I didn't accept it un- and see things in yourself that you
JON, FOR example, had par- til now." never saw before," he said.
ticipated in four other dependency All residents, prior to their admit- DURING THE afternoon, daily
programs before his arrival at Alpha tance, are required to have suc- special treatment seminars are
House. cessfully completed a short-term scheduled to focus on issues that all
On the wall of the Alpha House con- dependency program. Referrals to adolescents must face. The sexuality,
ference room hangs a sign that reads the house can be made by family social, and community seminars deal
"Sobriety is a Life and Death Issue." members, school staff, employers, with an individual's personal values,
These youths have chosen to live by physicians, the courts, or by the in- pressures and feelings.
following the Alcoholics Anonymous dividual. "The uniqueness about Alpha House
road to recovery. The AA12-step self- "These adolescents do not need the compared to an adult treatment cen-
help and spiritual recovery program intensity of a hospital center. Lesser ter is that it also has to work with
begins with admittance. restrictions are placed on them," adolescents who are all going through
Prior to their arrival, the Carolan said. Although their day is an identity crisis," Edwards said.
adolescents have been denying their structured-filled with various group Every night residents attend
disease, according to Edwards. counseling-Alpha House is set up Alcoholic Anonymous meetings, and
"Before coming to Alpha House and with a homey atmosphere. community members come to the
taking the first step (in the AA The house has four bedroom suites, meetings inside the Alpha House.
program), everyone else had taken each furnished with its own bathroom. The aftercare program extends the
responsibility for the teens...their Newly modeled bunk beds, matching recovery and well-being of the youths.
parents, friends and teachers," wooden desks, and plants are fur- For two years, former residents and
Carolan said. nished for every room. Each resident their families will be involved in
MICKEY, a 17-year-old resident, has daily chores like making beds and group therapy and progress
said, "It was a big step, my admitting doing the wash. monitoring.
The teens also see a family member THE RESIDENTS and program
one night a week for direct family graduates are also involved in com-
Course Syllabus therapy-an important part of the munity programs and volunteer ser-
PAD -101 Alpha House program. At this time vice projects that are designed to
Course Topic- the adults and teens take part in coun- allow the teens to 'renew themselves
C r e To seling sessions and intensive family as worthwhile members of the com-
How to live comfortably and evaluations. In addition, three hours munity," according to a program
affordably ona college on Sunday are reserved for visiting description sheet.
budget.. time. The idea to form Alpha House began
Offered Dates: A certified teacher provided by the over two years ago when 16 com-
Full season with a few Ann Arbor Public School System and munity members and mothers of
openings for our the Washtenaw Intermediate School alcoholic and drug dependent
summer session. District conducts three hours of math, adolescents sought funding for the
Instructor: English, and history for the youths project. Several were staff members
each day. at the Catherine McAuley Health Cen-
Randy Pickut "Most of the adolescents have had ter, and the funding was raised from
665-21g4 difficulty in school," Edwards said. donations by members of the com-
Office Hours: Because of this, the schooling function munity through a 1983-84 campaign.
0:30-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. on a special education basis. The last The cost for a resident's stay at
(Mr. Pickeutis available for six to eight weeks of their stay in Alpha House is approximately $100 a
tuongbyappt.) Alpha House, the teens will attend day. "However, we work with the
Course Material: school at Pioneer High School. parents and have a sliding scale fee,"
The Tiffany: 736 Packard, "The purpose of this is to gradually Edwards said. A scholarship fund by
The Colony: 731 Packard, allow the adolescent to get back into the Catherine McAuley Health Center
The Madison: the outside world and community is available to those families who
316 E. Madison again," Edwards said. One of the could otherwise not afford the fee.
youths will have received his diploma
Course Objectives: by the time his stay at Alpha House is THE SUCCESS rate for the residen-
You will learn in this course complete. its will not be measured primarily on
through your extensive and A LARGE portion of the day, which whether or not the adolescent is
comprehensive first hand begins at 6 a.m., consists of group chemically dependent any more, ac-
lab work just how easy it counseling among the adolescent's cording to Carolan. He cited con-
is to live close to campus peers and is facilitated by a staff tinuous sobriety, an increase in ac-
in comfortable and member. ceptable behavior at home and school,
affordable surroundings. "In a longer term program such as and a decrease in time spent in jail as
The offered material will this, we do not have to push to get the indications of success.
demonstrate to the student kids to talk," said staff member "The quality of life is what is impor-
the convenience of its Sheila Ritter. tant. We ask, 'Has the teen's life and
efficiency, 1 and 2 bedroom Fifteen-year-old Niev was the first their families lives improved?"'
apartments. resident to walk through the doors of Carolan said
Fees: Alpha House with his suitcases Unity, friendship, and support are
Less than you'd expect. packed with enough clothes to last some of the effects Alpha House has
half a year. "Group is important. It already had on the teens. "It is like a
helps you work out your own feelings family here," Mickey said.

Hotel strike continues
NEW YORK-The powerful
Teamsters union threw its support
behind striking hotel workers
Tuesday, saying it would not cross
picket lines to pick up garbage or
deliver food at 45 hotels affected by
a raucous four-day walkout.
Meanwhile, the president of the
hotel workers union, Vito Pitta,
said he did not think any progress
would come from a new round of
talks with a state mediator aimed
at ending the increasingly bitter
and violent dispute over wages and
The strike by workers ranging
from bellhops to bartenders, which
could cost the city millions in
tourist and business trade at the
start of the summer rush, is the
first in the 46-year history of the
AFL-CIO Hotel and Motel Trade
Reporter sentenced
to jail over sources
BOSTON-Television reporter
Susan Wornick was found in con-
tempt of court and sentenced to
three months in jail yesterday for
refusing to name a news source
who told her he saw police looting a
Revere drugstore.
Superior Court Judge James
Donohue called Wonick's refusal to
reveal the source a "clear obstruc-
tion of justice" and sentenced her
to jail until she either changes her
mind or a grand jury closes its in-
vestigation of the case.
State Appeals Court Judge
Donald Grant refused to stay the
sentence, saying state law does not
protect reporters in such cases,
and attorneys for Wornick, who
remained free during the appeals
process, immediately appealed to
the state Supreme Judicial Court.
Old age begins at 75
NEW YORK-Gains in longevity
give 65-year-olds a "10 year grace
period" and the old age starting
gate is now 75, the president of
Blue Cross and Blue Shield
Association said yesterday.

"Yet the image in our minds
evoked by 'age 65,' is still adorned
with canes and hearing aids and
little old ladies in tennis shoes,
even as we are jostled on the
streets and in the stores by
energetic, vigorous men and
women in a hurry-at age 75,"
Bernard Tesnowski said in a
report on aging.
Custody fight ends
in tragedy
for custody of two children
triggered a reign of terror that
killed nine members of two
prominentsfamilies-including the
youngsters-before ending when a
van blew up in a police chase,
authorities said yesterday.
"A lot of people do a lot of things
that don't make sense, but what
happened to those kids is a really
tragic ending," Greensboro police
officer R.L. Bunton said.
Police said Frederick "Fritz"
Klenner, 32, was wanted for killing
five people in two states to prevent
them from testifying in an impending
custody case over the children of his
first cousin, Susie Newsom Lynch, 39.
Monday, when police surprised
the couple at their apartment,
Klenner sprayed officers, with
machine-gun fire and sped away in
his explosives-packed van with
Lynch and her children, John 10,
and Jim, 9.
Moment of silence
approved by Court
WASHINGTON - The Supreme
Court yesterday refused to lift its
23-year-ban on state-sponsored
prayer in public schools, but gave
its blessing to state laws calling for
a simple "moment of silence"
when students may pray quietly.
In the first high court test of such
laws, the justices, on a 6-3 vote,
upheld a lower court ruling that an
Alabama law mandating a
moment of silence:for meditation
or voluntary prayer is uncon-

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