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From the Vault: News from the Wednesday, May 20, 1992 edition of the Press & Journal

Posted 5/17/17

Prelude to resignation request? Group to discuss school director

A loosely organized coalition of area residents may be gearing up to seek the resignation of Middletown Area School Board member …

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From the Vault: News from the Wednesday, May 20, 1992 edition of the Press & Journal

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Prelude to resignation request? Group to discuss school director

A loosely organized coalition of area residents may be gearing up to seek the resignation of Middletown Area School Board member Wayne D. Evans, who angered many in the community recently by stating that single-parent families have caused disciplinary problems and financial hardship for the local school district.

The group will meet this Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the Middletown community center off Emaus Street, according to reports.

Evans startled area officials at the May 4 borough council meeting when he accused the local government of supporting “socialistic housing” through several low-income rental projects. The most recent example of the borough’s pursuit of these endeavors, he said, is the renovation currently underway at the old Roughwear factory at Wood and Wilson streets. That project, which will eventually be called Woodlayne Court, will make 49 units available upon its completion late this summer.

“This kind of housing creates problems for the school district,” Evans complained to borough council. “Most of the renters are single-parent families and many of their children need special education programs when they get to school. ... The result is they create far more than their proportionate share of problems for the school district.”

Council President Barbara Layne, who says she is helping to organize the protest against Evans, responded at the time that she was “shocked” that an elected official could make “such critical comments about a worthwhile public housing project.”

M-Town’s Martin named for full scholarship at Coppin State

Terry Martin, an all-star basketball guard at Middletown Area High School, has received a full scholarship offer from Coppin State University, a 2,500-student Division I school located in Baltimore.

Coppin State competes in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. Head basketball coach Ron Mitchell has run the program for six years, directing winning teams the past four seasons. In the 1989-90 season, Coppin State qualified for the NCAA Tournament with a 26-7 record.

Mitchell said he was impressed with Martin’s ball-handling skills at Middletown and pictures him as his team’s future point guard, a position he held for the past two seasons while a Blue Raider. As a senior, Martin averaged five assists and scored 17 points per game including the winning basket in the Blue Raiders’ triple-overtime win over Susquehanna Township in the MPC II championship.

Martin, who has also enjoyed an outstanding track career at MAHS, is the son of Florence Brosius of Middletown.

Getting tough on vandals

Concerned that penalties for vandalism are too lenient, Middletown Borough Council has directed its solicitor to draft a new law that would hit offenders where it often hurts the most —in their wallets or pocketbooks.

Councilman Charles Benson, chairman of the public works committee, initiated the measure during council’s workshop April 21 after four teenagers reportedly shared a fine of $13 for allegedly damaging a table at Oak Hills Park.

Under Middletown’s current ordinance regarding criminal mischief, convicted vandals only pay the cost of the damage they have done, Benson said.

Benson recommended the borough adopt a minimum fine of $200 for vandals who destroy property without any reason.

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Headlines from throughout the edition

• Graduation ceremonies outlined

• Pineford residents ‘tire’ of several hubcap thefts

• Hershey man charged with using fictitious Maine drivers license

• Raiders share league crown (girls softball)

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