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10 FRIDAY, JANUARY 22- MONDAY, JANUARY 25, 2010 VIEWPOINTS cam Gette Letters )) Continued from page 8 mother called met to tell me of what Ms. Davison had said. I called Ms. Davison and informed her that I - not my parents - owned the property and that she had crossed a line in the manner she spoke to my ill mother. I also told her that as president, I thought she would be on the side of the homeowner once she had found that the problem was caused by the builder. She wanted me to halt construction and wait three weeks till the next board meeting for approval, despite a large opening now existing in the back of my house. I knew that all she had to do was call fellow board members to speed up the process. It took me and neighbors several calls to Ms. Davison for her to perform the simple act of calling her neighboring board members. I agreed to serve on the board and was shocked to see how Ms. Davison held sway over com- munity matters. She made it clear to me that my first loyalty was to the board before homeowners. I was admonished by her when I once polled my neighbors as to their position on sheds which had been coming up at meetings. I was told I should not have asked my neighbors their feelings on the matter - I was opening a can of worms she didn't need opened. Silly me, thinking we were a democracy. She and a fellow board member operating a busi- ness against covenant rules made it clear we could not trust our fel- low homeowners ,when it came to sheds. They felt homeowners would put up sheds that would not comply with their standards. Even concerns about storing com- bustible, highly flammable liquids in our garages would not sway them to permit a referendum on sheds. I was present at a board meeting when Ms. Davison brought in our lawyer to guide the board on the matter of the covenant barring businesses from operating out of residences in Sandy Brae. The lawyer made it clear that the covenant was valid and enforceable. The lawyer ad- vised that if brought to court a judge would "likely" role in favor of businesses, Ms. Davison decid- ed it would be okay to ignore this covenant. I find it hypocritical that she has fmed people in the thou- sands of dollars for failure to obey other covenants when she is ig- noring the very first one on the list. She is having the lawyer put liens on people's houses who fail to pay the frees she has imposed. Once you receive a free in Sandy Brae it goes up $25 a day till paid even if you do not agree that you are in violation. This board had in- volved itself even in personal mat- ters of taste, telling homeowners that their planned additions do not fit in with the character of the community. I find that very inap- propriate. Others have been told in social conversations as to what they may and not may have on their property, such as a Rubber- maid container and a greenhouse for plants.I was especially fright- ened at her continued mentioning of finding a way to have more con- trol of our roads that now belong to the state. I said that any repairs done by the association would make us liable to harm caused by said repairs to property or person. I was informed that the covenants said you walk in Sandy Brae at your own risld I am not sure if that is in there, but do know that it would be worthless if any action of the association caused harm. Ms. Miller: When I bought my house 14 years ago I found Sandy Brae to be warm and welcoming. I was recently told I should sell my house and move ifI didn't agree with the covenants and the board's actions. Funny that he would have the nerve to saythis as he breaks the fwst covenant on running businesses out of your residence. Regardless, my house is now on the market! James McWiUiams Sandy Brae Lewes Holiday coat drive a great success On behalf of the entire staff of Southern Delaware Physical Ther- apy Inc. we wish to express our most sincere thanks to our pa- tients, friends and neighbors who made our 16th annual coat/Nan- ket drive such a great success. This was a commum'ty-wide effort made possible by many. Thank you to Thoroughgood Appliances that saved huge boxes to hold the many coats and blan- kets that were collected at each of our office locations. The commu- nity as a whole responded over- whelmingly, bringing in coats and blankets by the hundreds. We even had people calling to ask when the coat drive was to begin as they had been saving them in anticipation of our annual coat drive. We received so many coats and blankets that we were able to distribute them from Laurel to Smyrna ind every place in be- tween. None of this could hav been possible however, without the kind individuals who got the coats and blankets to where they were needed most. Thank you Dale Dunning, and your "iusst Sooup" Ministry for delivering not only your fabulous soup but also a warm coat or blanket as well. Thank you to Roxann Stayton of the Delaware State Housing Au- thority who delivered coats to those in need, especially the chil- dren of Burton Village, Hickory Tree, Laverty Lane, Liberty Court and Clark's Comer. Finally, thank you to the Junior Youth Group of St. Jude the Aposde Church. Southern Delaware Physical Ther- apy had so many coats we were able to help the youth group with donations to their coat drive. The staff offers our .sincere ap- preciation to everyone who had anyting to do with making our coat/blanket drive the success it was. Bizabeth Hall Southern Ilawam Physical Therapy money back in pockets of people Our state Legislature is back to work. Along these lines - the main concern is the economy and jobs. Yet, the state chased Valero out because of the environmentalists. Just remember, you can't have it all! Valero was good -they were good for the state, gave back and provided jobs. OK, environmen- talists - now what? You can ask for more stimulus, you can ask for contributions but that is not going to put money back into the pock- ets of the people.who lost their jobs and the community. Wise up. lard Andmon Lewes Rehoboth Doors open at 2:00 PM Tickets: $15 for an Individual Ticket $5 for children under 12 Free for all children under 5 Food, Sodas, Beer & Wine all included Silent Auction, Door Prizes & Raffles Madden Challenge Contest - Prizes for all age groups For tickets, call: Jim Holdridge (302) 542-0371 Clay Monroe (302).645-9344 Phil Allen (302) 226-2230 SPONSORS: Advance tickets: Bill's Sport Shop 18388 Coastal Hwy., Lewes Trader's- 2nd Street, Lewes M i i i I IHII lllllllllll r--