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Dewey council to meet Jan. 8 Dewey Beach Town Council will hold its regular monthly meeting at 9 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 8, in the Life Saving Station Mu- seum at 1 Dagsworthy St. Old business agenda items in- clude a discussion and vote on a draft ordinance.for voter registra- tion, a discussion of a draft ordi- nance for a five-year limit on site lan approvals, and a continued discussion on gaming in town. New business agenda items in- clude: a discussion and vote to ap- point election judges for 2005 a discussion and vote to cor- rect a town code reference to the federal Emergency Management Agency a discussion and vote to amend town code regarding the issuance of occupancy permits a discussion and vote to amend the fee schedules for Board of Adjustment, and a discussion to amend parking regulations from Chicago Street north to Chesapeake Street. Committees, town officials, commissioners and the mayor will give reports, The next regular town meeting will be Feb. 12. Dewey adjusters meet Jan. 10 he Dewey Beach Board of Ad- tment will meet at 7 p.m.,  ::iM0nday, Jan. 10, in the Life Sav- ing Station Museum at 1 Dagsworthy St. The board will hear two re- quests by property owners. The first hearing is a request by Robert and Barbara Sindyla for a 9.6-foot variance to the front yard setback for a screened-in porch at 118 Clayton St. The second hearing is for a vari- ance for Bruce and Jacqueline Stokes, who seek to construct a new, multifamily dwelling on a single-family lot at 123 Saulsbury St. The public is invited to attend and comment. Fisheries council honors citizen for achievement The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Man- agement Council honored Wash- ington, D.C., resident Sonya Fordham last month in Claymont. Fordham received the council's Police & Fire Wrap-up Local residences vandalized with BBs State police recently received two complaints from residents whose homes were damaged by either BBs or pellets. State police spokesman Cpl. Jeff Oldham said sometime between 10 p.m., Dec. 19,and 5acm.,4)ec. 20, someone shot the sec-tldSfloor bay window at a home in Dove Knoll. The 2004 Fisheries Achievement Award recognizing people or groups who exhibit outstanding professionalism, diligence and ef- fort to protect living marine re- sources in the Mid-Atlantic region through partnership, public edu- cation or enforcement actions. Dan Furlong, executive director of the council, praised Fordham for her support for the develop- ment of fishery conservation and management actions and for her untiring efforts to encourage pros- ecution of anglers who ignore conservation mandates. Furling said Fordham's partici- pation as a citizen activist with the Mid-Atlantic Council provided better dialogue among conserva- tion, fishing, and management in- terests and helped to secure effec- tive management of the spiny dogfish. Furlong also credited Ford- ham's personal efforts to "encour- age consistent, compatible man- agemont action by regional fish- eries management councils for New England, the Atlantic states, the National Marine Fisheries Service and Canada's Department of Fisheries and Oceans." Warm, but not quite a record "Enjoy it while it's here,, said David Legates, director of Center for Climatic Research, based at University of Delaware, speaking of Monday's unusually warm weather, which climbed to 61 de- grees. "It's just a weird little bump," he said. "Usually we don't get warm weather .in early January, but sometimes it happens. One of the nice things about weather is if you wait a while it will change." Legates said the warm weather is not an indicator that the global climate is changing. "You can never read a single event into global change," he said. The record high temperature for Jan. 3 was set just one year ago at 69 degrees. In an average year, the temperature would be hovering at 44 degrees on Jan. 3. The warm weather will be here for a while, according to Joe Miketta, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service. "For the rest of the week, and into the middle part of next week, I don't see any cold outbreaks," Miketta said. The reason for the high temper- atures is that the jet stream is bringing warm air from the Pacif- ic, rather than what the jet stream usually does in January, which is shots caused about $300 damage to the window and nearby siding. The next incident was between 10 p.m., Jan. 1, and 5 p.m., Jan. 2, when someone shot two holes in a living room bay window at a King Street home in Camelot. Those shots also caused about $300 damage to the residence. Police are asking anyone_with information about either incident to call Troop 7 at 644-5020. CAPE GAZETTE, Tuesday, Jan. 4 - Jan. 6, 2005 -3 Armed robbels make off with sh Delaware State Police detectives are asking for public assistance in identifying and locating three men they believe are connected with an armed rob- bery that occurred Dec. 29. Cpl. Jeff Oldham, state police spokesman, said the incident started when a 32-year-old male victim agreed to lend a man some money after Christmas. The two had become ac- quainted when the victim helped the man purchase gifts with money from a church project. Oldham said at about 8:40 p.m., the victim heard a vehicle pull up outside his Summerlyn apartment in Lewes, so he went outside to meet him. When he got there, the first suspect exited a van with another man. While the victim was talking to the first sus- pect, the second man came running toward him from the area behind the van. He brandished a chrome handgun and ordered the victim to the ground, said Oldham. "The victim complied, and the suspect I to bring colder air from Canada. "Right now it's going more from west to east, rather north to south," Miketta said. A jet stream, he said, is the ribbon of air that moves weather systems around the planet. "It can meander," he said. "It's like a big string of spaghetti wrapped around the globe ." Brady reviews law on salary increases The Attorney General's Office has received a number of inquiries regarding the preliminary recom- mendations of the Delaware Com- pensation Commission with re- gard to the salaries of state elected and appointed officials. In re- sponse, Attorney General Jane Brady issued the following state- "  i searched through the victim's pockets. He removed some cash and the victim's wallet." The third suspect then drove the van near where the victim was on the ground, and the other two sus- pects got into the vehicle, said Oldham. The victim described the van as dark blue or black with a gold stripe near the bottom. The first suspect is a black male about 6-feet-2-inches tall who weighs about 240 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes. The second suspect is a black male who is about 5-feet- 10-inches tail and weighs about 180 pounds. At the time of the incident, he was wearing a gray hooded sweat shirt that partially covered his face. The third suspect is described only as a black male. Oldham said because the investigation is ongoing, no further information is available. Police are asking anyone with information about the case to call 13et. Tom Elliott at 856-5850, Ext. 216. ment: "Delaware law provides that the Commission shall not recommend, except for the Office of Governor, remuneration in excess of 120 percent of the remuneration re- ceived in the fiscal year in which the recommendation is made. The law also provides that the recom- mendations of the commission shall take effect on Feb. 1, absent a joint resolution of the General Assembly rejecting the report in its entirety. "The constitution of the state of Delaware provides that the gover- nor can receive no increase or de- crease in compensation during a term of office. The constitution provides the governor's term of office is effective upon taking the oath of office on the third Tuesday of January, which for Gov. Min- ner is Jan. 18, 2005. "This means that, absent an af- firmative vote of the General As- sembly changing the effective date, the governor in office on Feb. 1, 2005, may not receive the proposed salary, as it would con- stitute an increase in compensa- tion during a term of office. In addition, absent an affirmative vote of the General Assembly to remove the prohibition in the law against any recommendation to increase a salary by more than 20 percent, any such raise would be contrary to Delaware law. "I have spoken with a member of the Delaware Compensation Commission, who indicates the memberSfacts.,, are aware of tS e Jim Westhoff photo Beebe welcomes first born Beebe Medical Center welcomed Jonathan Ojedo Agustin as its first baby of 2005. Born at 1:28 p.m., Jan. 2, Jonathan shows off his parents, Raquel and Delfino J. Agustin of Selbyville, at the hospital. The 8-pound, 4- ounce, 21.5-inch boy is the first child for the Agustins, who said he was born with no com- plications. Dr. Susan Kelly, an obstetrician, oversaw the delivery. Beebe presented the family with gifts including clothing, toys, lo- tion and other baby necessities. Kim Wilkins photo Milford welcomes first born Adrienne Dully of Lincoln gave birth to the first baby born at Bayhealth Medical Center- Milford Memorial Hospital in 2005. Titus James Erv/n arrived at 11:59 a.m., Jan. 1. He weighed 6 pounds, 7.75 ounces and is 19 inches long. He is the son of Tony Ervin and has three brothers and two sisters. Bay- health celebrated Titus' arrival with a gifts including a car seat, baby blankets, Pampers and wipes, a new outfit, stuffed animals, flowers and balloons.