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Generation gap yawns in Waynesboro

November 15, 1996

11/15/96

By STEVEN T. DENNIS

Staff Writer, Waynesboro

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Youth Are Our Concern of Waynesboro, police representatives from Waynesboro and Washington Township and others met with the manager of Extremes Nite Club Thursday and discussed security and smoking at the club.

The meeting had been set up in advance of Monday's scuffle between teens and police at the club that left two car windows smashed and three 16-year-old boys in custody on charges ranging from aggravated assault to criminal trespass. A crowd of teens cursed and spat at officers on the scene.

Members discussed club owner Mark Hoffman's efforts to contain mischief, what help he needed from the community and the smoking policy at the club.

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Waynesboro Police Chief Glenn Phenicie has said that police have responded to 40 calls from the night club since it opened more than a month ago.

Hoffman and Phenicie agreed that a small group of teens were creating problems by refusing to follow rules or authority.

"What's concerned me is the lack of parent involvement," Hoffman said. "I probably see these kids more in one day than their parents would in one week."

Hoffman said he's kicked out a number of kids and won't let them back in unless their mother calls him. Hoffman also said he would give any parent a free slice of pizza and a soda if they came by and took a look around.

YAOC President Steven Schwartz suggested that Hoffman post house rules, and Phenicie said he felt having an adult bouncer at the club would help. Hoffman said he plans to hire more bouncers and already was compiling a list of rules.

YAOC member Tom Rocks said having adults come in and talk to the teens would help.

Several members were concerned about the intense underage smoking at the club, but Hoffman said he would lose a lot of his business if he banned it.

Hoffman said if he didn't allow smoking, the teens would just smoke outside. He also said schools and parents need to take more responsibility regarding smoking, and noted that he doesn't sell cigarettes or alcohol.

"Those cigarettes were in that school for eight hours before they came here. Ultimately, it's the parents' responsibility. There is no way they could do laundry and not know (their kids) smoke. They just don't care."

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