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Voiuma^rrNumber 12 Greenbelt, Maryland 7 November 7, 1941 Five'Cents G. C. A. Votes In Favor of Hospital; 300 Greenbelt Families Will Be Compelled To Move Opposes Conncil Salary Increase Under Order Issued by Farm Security Administration After a prolonged discussion the Citizens Association passed a motion asking the Town Council to take any measures it deems ad visable for the continuance of the Greenbelt hospital. Mrs. Lyman Woodman, representing the Women’s Auxiliary of the Hos pital, stated that her group was in favor of a hospital, well-staffed and equipped to offer the best services to Greenbelt residents. No definite stand was taken by the Association on answering the questions outlined in the survey, mailed to each citizen by the Town Council. Mr. Marjan Staniec, chairman of the Legislative and Administra tive committee, presented a res olution to be presented to the Town Council seeking to amend the town charter to legalize a motion by the present council to reduce its salary to SIOO for each Councilman. However, after much discussion, a motion was passed that it was the opinion of the people of Greenbelt that the sal ary of each councilman should be reduced to SIOO a year. The exec utive committee was authorized to draw up a resolution to this effect to be presented to the Town Coun cl;- A lively discussion resulted with the consideration of the clothesline ordinance. Opinion was dnided on whether the ordinance, which is not a town ordinance but a federal requirement, was a bad one, or whether the fault lay with the enforcement of the or dinance A resolution requesting the Council to rescind this land lord .provision was totleduntil .a future meeting. i_ n Hriir Hfft nrjchargeul the Hou*fi% Committee,! presented the most-recent developments regard ing the new homes, which have been going up in Greenbelt. Mr. Hull stated that 150 units will be ready for occupancy and that these units will probably be filled with residents by December 1 of this year. Eligible residents will be classified into three groups: (a) enlisted men in the top three grades of the army, navy, etc.; (b) civilians working in army or navy posts—e. g. Bolling Field, etc.; and (c) civilians working in defense industries. Because of the possibility that there may not be enough of these eligibles to fill all the available units these homes may be eventually opened to de fense agency workers in Wash ington and nearby Maryland. The rental for apartment units with one bedroom will be $27.50 a month; one with two bedrooms, $30.00 a m<jnth; and, finally, the three bedroom apartments will rent for $33 per month. A Family Selection staff has already been set up to begin its preliminary in vestigations into the eligibility of the future residents of Greenbelt. The association donated sls to | the Prince George’s County Police Boys’ Club Drive. A Boys’ Club unit has been planned for Green ■ belt-, Stanley Ostler, chairman of | .the Membership Committee, in ‘ formed the association that his | block captains and volunteers were distributing a petition among the > residents of the town requesting the Postmaster General to grant m Greenbelt a free-delivery service. " Sherrod East, in charge of educa tional activities, reported that § Plus the regular academic courses being taught at the school, a class j| in pre-school child instruction, a Red Cross first-aid class and | string instrument classes have H been added to the curriculum. L The Association authorized the |: establishment of a Grievance Com mittee to handle complaints and grievances arising from the land f lord-tenant situation in Greenbelt. j The door prize, 2 football tick • ets, was won by Mrs. Lyman j •< oodman who assured everyone concerned that she was going to attend the game and “wouldn’t ’ misa it for the world”. | Literary Club Meets The next meeting of the Liter ary Group will be held Tuesday, November 18, at 8:00 P. M., in the Mias Councell will have charge of the meeting and the subject . , will be Willa Cather. Everyone is Hallowe'en Is Hearty Host to Haunted Hacks in Cipriano Hall I WSI Jr Amid the wind-swayed colorful goblins and lanterns which cast Jhe.eeriei shadows of Halloween, a gay and laughing crowd disported ’ themselves at the annual madcap affair given by the Cooperator staff to that* eminent and worthwhile crowd of good fellows, the Cooperator staff. With costumes calculated more for effect than adornment, a hol iday crowd gathered in the cobwebbed (strictly sterile) wine cellars of Maitre Cipriano for a bibbling, bubbling good time. Coquettish senoras mingled with painted Pierrots in the mad crashing dances and folk steps to the accompaniment of loud laughs, sweet music, tender moonlight, flashing eyes, and clinking glasses of cider (soft). . Phil Wexler made a terrific hit as a glamour girl and rated first prize for his costume. Beer ran a close second, with the heaping plates of food bringing up the pack. Among the pranksters, gagsters, and post-debs present were: Ye ed and the missus, Frank Penn, and ditto, the poiper snapshooter, Jack Shrivers and attachments, Peggy Arness and the junior (do he love cider) Al, A. and “Queenie” Chasanow, the Carsons, and a host of other friends of a free press, and we do mean free. Food Store Sales Reach New High During October Breaking previous records, total sales during October for the meat department and the entire food store climbed to $4,!)64 and $20,293, respectively, it was an nounced this week. The record for meals was made in November last year when total volume was $4,799. Sales total ing $19,088 in December, 1933 was the previous high for the food store. Meat department sales in Oc tober last year totaled $4,151, more than SBOO less than the new record. For the food store the increase over the same month a year ago was $3,575. There were 26,822 customers in the store last month. Under the management of Mr. George A. Farrall since September, the meat department has shown a decided improve ment, it was reported. Satisfaction on the part of the patrons is revealed not only by the increased sales volume but also by favorable remarks made to the management, stated a spokesman for Greenbelt Con rumer Services. The food store also has been under new management since early in September. Thomas B. Jeffries, an employee of the store since November l, 1938, became acting manager following the res ignation of Lionel C. Patrick, who entered a trucking business for himself. Mr. Jeffries had been first as sistant in the management of the Health Ass'n Plans Membership Drive An elaborate membership drive to attract non-member residents of the community into the Greenbelt Health Association was outlined at a membership meeting of that organization on October 29, to an attendance of about 120 members. Mrs. Aaron Chinitz, chairman of the Educational Committee, des cribed a plan to be put into action in the near future, which included neighborhood meetings, the show ing of movies and the issuance of a pamphlet on the benefits of group health. The business meeting was pro ceeded by the showing of a movie on “Meat; selection, cooking, carv ing and food value.” The audience appeared pleased by the showing and expressed awe at the ease with which the expert in the movie carved up the most complicated cuts of meat. The status of the arbitration voted by, the special membership meeting was discussed and the board was asked to urge Dr. Dean Clark of the U. S. Public Health Service and Dr. Samuel C. Buk hantz, Medical Corps, U. S. Army, who are the representatives of the parties concerned, to make a re port as soon as possible. The business meeting included a report by the Auditing Commit tee, presented by Paul Roller, and a report by George Barker, treas urer of the association. The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ daily index of 28 basic commodi ties rose 1.3% last week, as prices of farm products took a jump. The advance placed the index at 152.6% of the August 1939 level. store for some time prior to being placed in charge two months ago. March 31 f 1942, Is Effective Date For Onster of High Income Families About 300 families now living in Greenbelt will soon have to seek homes elsewhere as a result of an order issued by the Farm Security Administration, under which all fam ilies whose present total income exceeds maximum entrance requirements by more than 25 per cent will have to move. The new order goes into effect March 31, 1942 and will be carried out semi-annually after that date. A canvass of the incomes of all Greenbelt residents will be made every six months to determine the number of families no longer eligible for Greenbelt’s low rent homes. Residents planning to build their own homes in Green belt will probably be given an extension until completion of the building qf their homes. Employees of the Admin istration and of local cooperative enterprises will be per mitted to stay with the payment of additional rent. In all other cases the regulation will be strictly enforced. Resi dents forced to move will be given 30 days notice. G. C. S. Reports Increased Sales For 3rd Quarter Stockholders of Greenbelt Con sumer Services, at their meeting Wednesday night, heard a finan cial report which showed that total sales volume for the third quarter was well above that of the second quarter, while the net operating margin was only $6 more than last quarter. A net operating margin of SIOO was made during the 3-month per iod despite a departmental loss of $436 in the Valet Shop, a loss that occurred as a result of the strike, which began about July 2, at the plant where laundry was being sent. For a time no laundry service could be obtained at any other plant and action by the board of directors prevented G. C. S. laundry from being taken to a plant on strike. / It was pointed out that, while the net operating margin for the quarter was about $6 more than for the previous quarter, total net margin was considerably less. Of last quarter’s profit of $1,794; $1,401 was 1940 patron age dividends, received during the second quarter, on gasoline and grocery purchases made by G. C. S. from cooperative whole sales during last year. Without these dividends last quarter’s margin would have amounted to about $393. In comparing operations for the last two quarters it was noted that slight improvements were shown in some of the enterprises, particularly the Food Store, Drug Store, Service Station, and Theatre. Sales increases have not re sulted in corresponding increases in margins because of the condi ion existing with regard to ad vances in wholesale and retail costs. Increases in wholesale costs have been relatively more than increases in retail charges, caus ing reduced margins, it was pointed out. Turkey Shoot Next Tues. The community Turkey Shoot starts on the Greenbelt Target Range just north of the disposal plant at 10:00 A. M. next Tuesday, Armistice Day, and will continue until dusk. The Gun Club, sponsor of the shoot, will have guns and ammun ition for the use of competitors. Coffee and doughnut will be avail able in the range cabin. Announcements of the shoot are being sent to neighboring towns and a large turn-out is exnecte. The checking of incomes will begin with sworn statements by each resident and further investi gation will include information from employers and, possibly, check-up through credit associ ations and income-tax reports. Family incomes will be deter mined by totaling incomes of hus bands and wives. For employed members of the household over 21 years of age, $260 will be added to the family income. All persons living with a family for three months or more will be regarded as members of the household. The probable cause for the cracking down on oversized in comes is the existence of a waiting list of 1,300 families, who are seeking Greenbelt residence. This waiting list is the highest in the history of Greenbelt and is com posed of families with an average income, which, it is felt, causes them to be more eligible for resi dence in Greenbelt than those fam ilies with high incomes who now occupy homes here. Maximum incomes for the pur pose of determining eligibility for continued residence at Greenbelt will be as follows: For a family of 1-$1,800; 2-$2,000; 3-$2,300; 4-$2.600; 5-$2,800; 6-$2,900. These limits are based on a 26 per cent increase above maximum en trance incomes. Conservative estimates of the number of families who would be immediately affected by the order place between three and four hun dred families in the excessive in come classification. However, many working wives are expected to leave their jobs and the final fig ure will probably fall somewhat below these figures. Just what effect the carrying out of the. re moval order will have on Greenbelt community life is difficult to esti mate at this early date. Red Cross Drive Nets $141.00 Greenbelters gave $141.86 to the Red Cross during the recent drive, and the Elementary School contributed 100 v uM - sum of $20.36 tors especial! ' Charles Ms. W r now fed Right! ICES, Inc.