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Continued from page 2 Regulatory Advisory Committee will met Jan. 16 and 17 at the Grass Dal Conference Center, Delaware Chy. The meetings will be held from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day. The agenda will include discussions on work being conducted by the sub-committees inctudi0g the use of environmental indicators and industrial flexibility. chance to question their state leg- islators about upcoming issues. f, Delaware sends air filters to third world Outdated filters used for air quality monitoring are finding a new use in Kenya and Nepal through the World Health Organi- zation and the Department of Nat- ural Resources and Enviro/amental Control (DNREC). According to DNREC officials, quality assurance procedures don't allow the use of the filters which are used to monitor particu- The group is comprised ofep- late matter in Delaware's air. Ac- resentatives of industry, censer O- tion organizations, the administra cording to Division of Air and tion and citizens and is attempting Waste Management Program Manager John Thomas, more than First Beebe baby to develop guidelinas to be used 2,000 filters are being donated to | by DNREC in developing regula- thenternational program. The Consuelo Ortiz of Frank- ford is the proud mother of tions to administer the Coastal valueof the filters is approximate- the first baby to be born in Zone Act. The Act prohibits new Beebe Medical Center in ad. iot- lie the be of [of ect pc- the ion ec- ect ire ler- Iier ur o nty . be 112 the ;fer ' of as- the )ur- ith snt will industry in Delaware's Coastal Zone and regulates existing indus- try and manufacturers. The meet- ings are open to the public. DSHA gets bond boost for homebuyer program The Delaware State Housing Authority was the recipient of nearly $2 million last week gener- ated by a bond deal engineered by the Housing Authority, Green- wood Trust Company and Benefi- cial National Bank USA. The funds will be used to assist low and moderate income homebuyers with downpayment and closing costs. Hopeful homebuyers earning less than $30,000 may qualify for the six percent interest rate loans of up to $5,000 to help them af- ford the up-frout fees associated with buying a home. Loan recipi- ents may defer repayment until they satisfy the first mortgage on the home. Since DSHA designed the hous- ing assistance program in 1989, over 1,200 loans have been made to Delaware families," making home ownership more attainable in the state. SCAT legislative meeting Jan. 8 The Sussex County Association of Towns (SCAT) will hold its an- nual meeting with state legislators on Wednesday, Jan. 8. The annual session will be held at Laurel Fire Hall and gives local towns a ly $6,00Q. The filters are supplied to the state by the. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Once the fil- ters are more tha a year. old, they cannot be used for chemical analysis of particulate matter. However, they are stillwaluable to researchers seeking to\\;measure the quantity of particulate, in the air. The United Nations Envirgn- mental Prograa Global Environ mental Monitoring System (GEMS) program has been oper- ating more than 250 air monitor- ing stations in more than 50 na- tions since 1970. The program of- fers air pollution control agencies in the United States an opportuni- ty to help developing countries by donating used air monitors and other equipment. South Bethany gets storm damage help -The Sussex County Department of Engineering with the assistayce of the Delaware Division qf/Soil and Water Conservation/lfad the Federal Emergency Ma/aagement Agency, will be makirg improve- ments this winter which will re- duce future sto/rm damage to South Bethany, S sanitary sewer system. WheWstorms damage the sewer line/beneath Ocean Drive and conlrctions of oceanfront homes/t0 this line, rocks, sand and salt yqatel" are washed into th e sewer. This debris corrodes and .ages pumps and other system equipment. To mitigate these problems, the 1997, Matthew Pavon, who came into the world at 12:59 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 1. Matthew, whose father is Jose Pavon, weighed in at eight pounds and was 20-and- a-quarter inches long. Those contributing to little Matthew's gift basket are Trader's Jewelry, Timeles S Image, Mary Kay Makeup, Mead Johnson, House of Can - dies, Browseabout Bffoks, Kids Ketch, Lewes Printing, ugs n' Stitches, Ocean Out- , Baby Baby, T/he Road- e, Bayberry Flowers, and Sands and Beebe Cen,00p. county l]/install 20 valves which canfl\\;ose off Ocean Drive from thg/restf the town sewer system/. When sorrns hit, closing thes/e/valves will'prevent debris frgm passing into tl rest of the lo/wn 's system, reducihg damage. "This project is the result of a partnership between FEMA, the state, the county and the town to reduce both federal and state re- covery burdens from future storms," said Michael PoweR, of the Division of Soil and Water Conservation Natural Hazards Section. "This is one of many ex- amples of how the federal govern- ment and the state work within the county to floodproof sewer sys- tems around the inland bays." FEMA is providing half of the funding for this project. Work is expected to begin this winter and be completed by April. For addi- tional information contact Brad Hawkes, of the Sussex County Department of Engineering at 855-7730. FOR WEEK F DECEMBER 23 TO DECEMBER 29, 1996 DATE LOCATION 12/23/96 and Rt. 30 1 2/23196 TYPE #4 #3 #1 #4 #1 No tenants yet for former grocery store Blake Thompson, one of the owners of the vacant grocery store located north of Rehoboth Beach between Ocean Wine and Spirits and PNC Bank, said there are no definite tenants for the site yet. The site housed a former Food City and Safeway, but is now va- cant. The site is located just north of Rehoboth Beach near Golf Down Under and the adjoining outlet mall complex. Thompson said that the owners have spoken with several potential CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, January 3 - January 9, 1997- 3 Mason trial faces continuance By Rosanne Pack Calendar congestion being what it is, the Family Court trial sched- uled for 18-year-old Beau Mason is already running into timing trouble. On Thursday, Jan. 9, Ma- son was set to plead not guilty to disorderly conduct and resisting arrest for an August incident in- volving Rehoboth Chief of Police Creig Doyle. However, when Mason's attor- ney, Richard Abbott, was made aware of the date, he found that he has a previous court commitment in northern Delaware for/that time. Abbott said that he has asked for a continuance/,, but has not been notified yet ofreschedul- ing. Mason was arrested Aug. 22 af- ter being asked/to get down from sitting On the/back of a bench in the boardw/alk pavilion at the end of Wilmington Avenue. FolloWing what he and his fam- ily prceived as illegal arrest that usga unnecessary force, Mason 9rid his mother filed a formal complaint against Chief Doyle. Processing of that complaint has been suspended until the trial is resolved. Mason, of Hagerstown, Md., _ chose not to accept mediation and to plead not guilty to the two charges placed against hiha. He al- leges that he complied with the chief's request to get down from the back of a bench, but then was verbally harassed and physically tackled and thrown to the board- walk by Doyle. Mason's mother, Susan Sager- Mason, said that they are disap- pointed that there is a scheduling tenants, but have found nothing definite yet. "We just haven't found the right tenant;' he said. Thompson said the owners hope to lease the large property to a sin- gle tenant. But if necessary, they ae willing to subdivide the ap- proximately 22,000 square foot storem'ea to more than one tenant. problem with the first/trial date; however, she and herson remain determined to follow/through with the not-guilty pie/a/and trial. "We are very/anxious to get on with the trial/My son is not guilty of disordeffy conduct or resisting arrest," he said. "We are deter- minedfo see this through and we will/not lose our momentum be- cau/se of a continuance:" Abbott said that he has already spoken with several witnesses to the incident and has subpoenaed some of those witndsses. "The witnesses have been very cooperative," Abbott said. "The account they give of the incident is consistent with that of Beau Mason. "They present a pretty detailed picture of what actually happened that evening." Wilmington attorney Abbott said that he doesn't expect any problem with being approved for a continuance. He said that it is rare for a request to be denied when it is the first time a trial has been scheduled. "It's not like we've asked for continuance after continuance," he said. "I know the family wants to get it resolved as soon as possi- ble so we are hopeful of getting another court date in the near fu- ture." With schedules disrupted by holidays and the usual court back- log, Abbott said it is difficult to guess how soon the trial might be reschaduled. Since the August arrest, Mason turned 18, but he will still be tried in Family Court since the charges are not particularly serious. I I said. One of the arguments made by sewer opponents was that the sewer amounted to land use plan- ning before a land use plan was put into place. County officials have said a previous land use plan is in effect, although a new pro- posed plan had not been adopted yet and remains controversial. Little new on West Rehoboth\\;sewer suit There is littleew to report on the legal efforts\\; involving the West Rehoboth Sewer District. Sussex County had given tenants in the district until the end of 1996 to connect to the system orface a much higher capitalization fee The attorney representing opp 9- nents of the district had said that some legal action might be forth- coming to protect residents from that deadline and from having to pay much higher capitalization fees. But no legal action has yet been filed. Fran Schanne, the at- torney, said that he continues to study the options and that no ac- tion has been taken yet. Schanne sending a letter to Sussex County on Thursday, Jan. 2 asking for more information on zoning changes, land use planning and other similar issues. Such requests for information are routine, he Grants available for non- profit housing agencies The Delaware State Housing Authority will award administra- tive grants and professional tech- nical assistance in early 1997 to qualified nonprofit agencies that provide affordable housing ser- vices to low and moderate income Delawareans. The program, jointly sponsored by DSHA, the University of Delaware's. Center for Communi- tyDevelopment, the Delaware Community Foundation and the Delaware Community Investment Corporation, is accepting applica- tions now through Jan. 31 for the first of two fnding cycles. Ap- plications willbe ranked accord- plicant's request will enhance the organization's abiht to provide affordable housing forneedy indi- viduals and families. For,more in- formation, contact Terry Kreer at (302) 739-4263.