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On the Light Side

April 2, 1985

NEW YORK (AP) _ Green Bay Packers fans can stop worrying - they’re not moving to New York, despite the April Fool’s Day pronouncement of Comptroller Harrison J. Goldin.

Just kidding, Goldin’s aides said after distributing the news release saying the city pension system had bought $4 million in Packers stock, intended to buy a majority share and would move it to New York.

City Council president and mayoral candidate Carol Bellamy, making light of Mayor Edward I. Koch’s promise not to discuss charges by his opponents for the next 100 days, said that if Koch discussed anything of substance during that period, she would brand it as, ″vile, outrageous and malicious.″

Koch declined comment.

It was thought at first that he was playing an April Fools’ joke when his public schedule listed an early-morning ″photo opportunity″ with a Brooklyn College soccer team that was going to Katmandu, Nepal, for an international tournament.

Spokesman Thomas Kelly said the event actually happened.


BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) - To most thrift-store shoppers a bargain is paying $2 for an old $15 dress, but folks do things on a grander scale in posh Palm Beach County, where a $1,500 designer gown went for $200.

Givenchy and Oscar de la Renta originals were the bait for upscale shoppers at the annual Debbie-Rand Memorial Service League Thrift Shoppe sale.

″You can get beaded dresses that cost $1,000, at least, for $45,″ said happy shopper Suzanne Bender of Miami.

The ″thrifty″ extravagance is for a good cause - the Boca Raton Community Hospital, said Margaret Lovett, who helped run the sale.

She said the second-hand designer gowns and luxurious furs donated by the upper crust bring in about $30,000 every year.

The most expensive item at Monday’s sale was the $1,500 gown, decorated with so many beads that it weighed nearly 20 pounds, Ms. Lovett said.

The sale has become so crowded in recent years that dressing rooms are hard to find. Diane Tubbs of Boca Raton solved the problem by wearing a bathing suit and slipping on $1,000 gowns over it until finally deciding on a mauve chiffon cocktail dress for $20.

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