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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, January 17 - January 23, 1997.37 BUSINESS & REAL ESTATE Smith is recipient of Mae Hall McCabe Service Award Ellen Smith of Rehoboth Beach has been chosen as the recipient of thd 20th Annual Mae Hall McCabe Community Service Award, which was presented by the Rehoboth Bach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce St the annual installation dinner on Thursday, Jan. 16. Dayna Quillen, chairman of the Mac Hall McCabe Committee, termed Smith "a very quiet but energy-packed vohmteer." Hav- ing vacationed in Rehoboth Beach from her earliest memories, she met hei" husband Jim in Ocean City, Md. They purchased a home on Brooklyn Avenue in 1973 and she began her local volunteer efforts in 1978 when they became full-time residents. dents and have remained very close to one Danish boy in particular. Years later, they were also regional counselors for AFS stu- dents and host fami- lies having trouble bonding. In 1991 Smith' teamed up with Min- nie Smith (the recipi- ent of the 1994 Mac Hall McCabe Award), who at the time was vice president of West Side New Beginnings. The two Smiths SMITH began to hold rum- mage sales at All Saints Episcopal Church Along with raising their own two chii- to raise money for a community center in dren, the Smiths hosted several AFS stu- West Rehoboth. Land was later purchased for a community center and the rummage sales were transformed into a profitable permanent thrift shop on Route One, found- ed and managed by Ellen Smith, which now operates six days a week with the help of 75 volunteers. Recently! West Side New Beginnings was given a grant through the Episcopal / Church "United Thank Offering" to pur- the Rehoboth Beach Historical Society and a member of the City of Rehoboth Person- nel Committee. A past member of the City of Rehoboth Planning Commission, Smith is also past president of the Sussex Garden- ers. Previous winners of the Mac Hall McCabe Award include Harry Derrickson, 1978; Norman Calhoun, 1979; Charles and chase a new 15-seat van, with Smith com- Mary Esther Mills, 1980; Roy Simpler, pleting all of the paperwork for this acquisi- tion. Various other organizations have benefit- ed from Smith's volunteer spirit. As a mem- ber of All Saints', she knits approximately 40 sweaters! a year to sell at the Sew Sews booth during the annual Christmas Shop. She is a member of the Goucher College alumni fundraising committee, a member of 1981; Frances Phillips, 1982; Joseph Zieber, 1983; Susan Lore, 1984; Edward Seidel, 1985; Lynn Dill, 1986; Billie Shields, 1987; Dominic Pulieri, 1988; John Brown, 1989; John Van Dyke, 1990; William Hayes, 1991; Meals on Wheels volunteers, 1992; Frances "Punx" Wingate, 1993; Irene Simpler, 1994; Minnie Smith, 1995; and Fred S. Karl, 1996. I Vernon office complex north of Rehoboth is taking shape By Michael Short ' Plans to develop a small Office complex near the Marketplace Shopping Center on Rt. [ are being developed by Bill !and SharonVernon of Rehoboth Beach, Known as the Vernon Office Park, the project was deferred on Thursday, Jan. 9 by the Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission. Vernon has since requesd a front yard setback variance from the Sussex County Board of Adjustment. The project is to spread over five phases, although much of the early work was finished last year with an expansion of the existing building. That building at the location of Rt. 275A and Rt. 1, across the street from the Marketplace Shop- ping Center, houses O'Conor, Piper and Flynn Realtors. The first two phases of the pro- ject included the expansion of the existing building, which was made necessary by the rapid growth of O'Conor, Piper and Flynn Real Estate, according to Vernon. "We have already more than doubled the [existing] building." The third phase of the project calls for a semi-detached single- story building to be added. That relatively small building has already been leased, according to Vernon. He said that Comcast Cellular One has already agreed to lease that space. Vernon said that the location is nearly ideal with its easy access to Rt. 1 and existing traffic signal which is only yards away from the existing complex. The land also has room for park- ing, is relatively high, centrally located and has good visibility, according to Vernon. "We are excited about it," he said. "We love the location." Phase four would be a separate building to be housed on site. Ver- non, who owns the complex with his wife, said that they have been in serious negotiation with a client to lease the site. ! But no leasing agreement has been signed, so he declined to name any potential tenants. That two-story office complex would include approximately 2,800 square feet of office spaCe. There is also a fifth phase, which calls for a second separate I building. The two story building would include 928 square feet of office space on each.floor. But Vernon said there were no plans to devel- op that fifth phase in the immedi- ate future. The five phases are expected to total some 13,000 square feet in gross floor area. He hopes to begin work on phases three and four soon and complete that work sometime dur- ing the summer of 1997. Vernon is asking for a variance Mlchae4 Short photo Bill and Sharon Vernon are expanding the commercial com- plex at the entrance to the Marketplace (Food Lion shopping center) on Route I north of Rehoboth Beach. Now the site of the O2onor, Piper & Flynn real estate offices, the project will be completed in five phases, with office and commercial space. Comcast Cable will lease one of the spaces, with com- pletion expected by the summer. from the front yard setback within feet and that request will be heard the county's corridor overlay by the Sussex County Board of zone. Adjustment at its meeting on The variance would be for 12 Monday, Feb. 24. which debts are most advanta- geous to repay first and then for- mulate a strategy to pay them off. It is also a good idea to work with your spouse to spell out your FINANCIAL FOCUS retirement savings goals and how they fit in with your other finan- cial priorities. Determine whether you will have separate or joint checking accounts. Some couples find that friction can be avoided by keeping separate "his" and "her" checking accounts. If you and your spouse choose to keep separate accounts, an expense log book may help you to balance your household spend- ing. Each of you writes down any household purchase made from an individual account. This will allow you to keep track of whose money was used for the last expense, and when the next ibill surfaces, you'll know whose turn it is to cover the payment. Another option is to keep separate accounts for individual expenses and have a third checking account for house- hold expenses. Regardless of the checking account system you choose with your spouse, it should allow each of you to have some money to spend with no explana- tion needed. Name a financial housekeeper. Couples should designate respon- sibility for all the household finan- cial duties. You will determine who will be in charge of paying the bills, balancing the checkbook, and keeping track of investment performance. This will allow you to keep a closer eye on the effec- tiveness of your current budget, and it will help you eliminate missed payments. Keep each other updated on your financial situation. Even if your spouse is the sole financial housekeeper in your family, you should touch base periodically so that you at least know your check- ing account and credit card bal- ances. If you talk to your spouse regu- larly about money management, preferably at a time when you are not under pressure to solve a financial problem, you will find that monetary conflicts will be fewer and farther between. You will also have a chance to change your behaviors and goals as your family's financial situation changes. Glenn Shelley represents the Lutheran Brotherhood which pro- vides this information, in the Del- marva area. For more informa- tion call 422-963Z Couples argue about moaey. Although some fiscal sparks are bound to fly in a marriage, hor- ough planning and regular Com- munication can alleviate most of the common financial disputes between spouses. Consider (hese resolutions to your marriage vows. ] Establish goals and priorities ahead of time. Money is at th0 root of nearly every decision that cou- ples face. Making those decisions is much easier when couples agree on their financial priorities. ! Determine with your spouse how important housing, material goods, entertainment, trave and education are to your famlly's short and long-term finagcial goals. You should devise a plan of action with your spouse as to You spent junior's college fund on what? Glenn Sholley