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4 FRIDAY, JANUARY 22 --MONDAY, JANUARY 25, 2010 NEWS ]LDe Gazette BrieflY )) ....... Cape board to hear high school update The Cape Henlopen school board will meet at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 28, at Mariner Middle School. Board members will hear presentations on the gifted and talented committee, high school construction, a debt- service audit, federal funding and a budget presentation policy. Board members are expected to vote on a policy on public at- tendance at school events and a quarterly financial report. Delaware seeks Race to the Top funding All 19 Delaware school dis- tricts have signed on to the state's application for federal Race to the Top grant money, said Cape Henlopen Superinten- dent George Stone, He said agreeing to terms of the program makes districts eligible for a cut of the money, expected to be awarded "m April, to fund school improvement initiatives. The amount of each grant has not yet been specified, he said, but all education groups in the area have backed the plan, which calls for increased accountability for teachers and administrators, and greater cooperation among state education officials and lo- cal districts. voters Jan. 23 Milton Town Hall will be open from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Jan. 23, and Saturday, Jan. 30, to register voters and answer ques- tions. For more information, call 684-4110. Milton to m0i-or ...... nancingoptions, itrelosurCanff "b """ foreclosure rescue scams. Walk- Dewey infrastructure group meets Jan. 23 The Dewey Beach ,infrastruc- ture committee will hold its first meeting at 3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 23, at the Lifesaving Station on DagsworthyAvenue. It is slated to discuss the status and direc- tion of the Bayard Avenue proj- ect, including an engineering study, possible sources of fund- ing and a tentative timeline for construction. Housing workshop set for Jan. 23 The attorney general's Mort- gage Fraud Task Force is spon- soringa workshop from 10 a.rn. to I p.m., Saturday, Jan. 23, at Mil- ford Middle School, to help homeowners and reduce fore- closure fraud. Homeowners will be able to discuss loan modifica- tions on-site with mortgage lenders, report foreclosure fraud, meet with housing counselors and learn about government as- sistance programs. In addition to on-site meetings with mortgage lenders, the workshops will feature informa- tional presentations by represen- tatives from the Attorney Gener- al's Office, Office of the State Bank Commissioner, and Delaware State Housing Author- ity. Attendees will also be able to meet with certified housing counselors and will learn about the Delaware Mortgage Assis- tance Program, mortgage refi- in participants are encouraged. Homeowners facing foreclo- sure or who suspect foreclosure fraud are encouraged to Call the attorney general's mortgage hot- line at 800-220-5424, visit attor- neygeneral.delaware.gov or de- foreclosurehelp.org. Thesestate resources provide information about government programs, ac- cess to free Housing and Urban Development housing counsel- ing services, and fraud-preven- tion and reporting tools. Homeowners to host Briggs King Jan. 29 The Lewes Homeowners As- sociation will host a town hall meeting with Rep. Ruth Briggs King, R-Georgetown, and Coun- cilwoman Joan Deaver, D-Re- hoboth Beach, at 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 29, in the meeting room at Lewes Public Library. The meeting will follow the association's traditional format of brief presentations by each representative and opportunities for questions from members of the public. The meeting is open to all residents. DelDOT schedules hearing for Zoar Road The Department of Trans- portation is inviting the public to attend a public workshop to re- ceive an update on the status of the preliminary design for pro- posed improvements to address safety and operational concerns at the intersection of Zoar Road, Speedway Road and Bethesda Road, south of Georgetown. The public workshop will be from 4 to 7 p.m., Monday, ]an. 25, in the cafeteria of Sussex Central High School ' The purpose of the workshop is to provide the public with the opportunity to review and dis- cuss the current plans for the proposed roundabout and pro- vide input as the project contin- ues through the design process. Attendees will have an opportu- nity to review display materials and provide comments to Delaware Department of Trans- portation (DelDOT) representa- tives. Mail written views with rea- sons for support of or in opposi- tion to the proposed project to DelDOT Public Relations, P.O. Box 778, Dover, DE 19903-0778. The meeting location is acces- sible to people with disabilities. Any person having special needs or requiring special aid, such as an interpreter for the hearing im- paired, is requested to contact DelDOT by phone or mail one week in advance. For more in- formation, call 800-652-5600. Rehoboth planners' meeting cancelled The Rehoboth Beach Planning Commission has cancelled its regular meeting scheduled for 6 p.m., Friday, Feb. 12, due to a lack camp ign a Trail )) Frank Shade to run for the 37th District seat By Kevin Spence kspence@capegazette.com Democrat Frank Shade, presi- dent of Punkin Chunkin for sev- en years, is seeking the Democ- ratic nomination for the 37th Representative District, a seat held by Republican Ruth Briggs King. In a special election last year, Briggs King won the seat, top- ping Georgetown attor- ney and Democrat Rob Robinson, who won the nomination in a vote of Sussex County Democ- rats. Shade said that during this election, he has the support of Robinson and the Democrats' 37th Representative District Frank Shade Committee, although the committee will not be en- dorsing candidates until ]uly 30 - the deadline for candidates to file for office for the November General Election. "Rob and I spoke, and he's go_ ing to support me in this run. We have businesses that need to be kept here. Prevailing wage is a real issue with me; as I see it, I would like to do away with it. I'm real Concerned with the issue we had recently with cab drivers and limo drivers and regula- tions;' he said. Shade referred to the November murder of a Lewes woman who was allegedly killed by her taxicab driver. "I want to make sure citizens and tourists are protected." Shade, 61, lives in Nesbitt Sta- tion just outside Lewes and is Sussex County director of pur- chasing and fleet management. "Since I've been in purchasing, I've seen state contacts and jobs going outside the state. We need to keep them here," he said. From 2002 to 2008, Shade served as president of the Punkin Chunkin Association, and he said he chose not to seek another term last year. Instead, he became a Punkin Chunkin trustee and di- rector of promotions and media. Under his presidency, he said Punkin Chunkin earned an international reputa- tion. Shade also serves on the board of the Low- er Delaware Autism Foundation and volun- teers with the Sussex County Cancer Sur- vivors Fund that benefits the Tunnell Cancer Center. Shade plans t announce his candidacy at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 26, at Georgetown's Brick Hotel. Later that day, he will an- nounce at 2 p.m., at The Buttery in Lewes. "It looks like we'll do it again. We have thesupport of the 37th Democratic District Committee," said Shade. Briggs King said, "Quite frankly I was a little surprised be- cause we had similar opinions in the last election. I was just inau- gurated last week. I thought it was a bit early to announce, but that's f'me. So far, I think I've had a good track record with keeping my promises and constituent services." John Carney kicks off congressional run Former Lt. Gov. John Carney, who announced in April he's running for the congres- sional seat held by Rep. Mike Castle, will hold a kickoff event at 6 p.m., Sat- urday, ]an. 23, at the CHEER John Carney center in Georgetown. Sponsored by the Carney for Congress Committee, a cocktail reception will begin at 6 p.m., fop lowed by a buffet dinner at 7 p.m. Celebrity servers, including po- litical figures, business leaders and other Cape Region personal- ities, will be on hand. JD Cruise will provide the mu- sic. Tickets are $50 per person. For ticket information, call Char- lotte at 539-4999 or Harriet at 645-0596. Greg Fuller seeks another term Sussex County Register of Wills Greg Fuller has fried .his in- tent to run for another term in the Novem- ber General Election. Fuller will make a formal announce- ment at 11 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 4, at Blue Greg Fuller ., Ocean Restau- rant and Diner in- Milton on Route 16. The public is welcome to attend and participate. For more information, contact Pete Keenan at 841-8582 or Esther Fuller at 245-3107. capegazette.com