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CaPe Gazette "A]E&apos;IL| E FRIDAY, JANUARY 22- MONDAY, JANUARY 25, 2010 When aperson has a dream, how do you respond to dream s?- I am having a problem with drearff killers. I am addressing this problem as adult to adult. My question is, when an individual has a dream like going to back college, starting a new relation- ship as a senior or working hard to engage others in a worthy cause, how do you respond to the dream kiUers privately, or if of public interest, bring the issue to the public eye? I am specifically concerned with fighting for the ex- istence of the arts in our commu- nity. What is the best way to deal with people who spread rumors or denounce a cause as unworthy of people's personal time and money because success is not im- mediately appareht? It is so diffi- cult and frustrating to get try to reach one's community goals and at the same time waste important resources to fight useless and time-consuming waves of negativ- ity. I don't say someone has to agree with one's dream but do they have the right to destroy the opportunity to make it happen? Fm lookingfor a brighter future. <( Maribeth Evans No, not one person on this Earth has a right to destroy any- one's dream. To kill someone's inner driving force because they don't think it is worthy, because the success is not immediately apparent, is just wrong on every level_ These are not the kind of people you should spend your time with. They are negative and they are sapping your ener- gy and joy. I believe that any community project is worthy of any sweat you can give it. There are so many people who could not care less about the community they live in arid the only result is a sort of death ... a loss of connec- tiorL We see the slow decline of community every day. When people don't pay attention to their surroundings and the peo- ple, arts, garden clubs and enter- tainment that feed their commu- nity, then it dies a slow, painful death. Something as simple as meeting your neighbor is something that is not considered normal any more. These new communities are built with houses right on top of one another and when you ask some- one who their neighbor is, they don't know. What in the world is that about? I want to know who is living next to me. I don't need to know their personal business, but I do want them to be able to recognize me as a person that they know. (Even a little bit.) Has that become uneogmmn? I grew up in a community that was so close we knew more than we wanted to know, but the one thing we had was each other. We were there no matter what hap- pened to offer support or tO fiX the problem. Why not now? Why this discormection? Afraid to get involved. Well, we sure involve ourselves in plenty of gossip about others that just breeds more negativity. A friend once said to me, "Gossip has no friend." There is no truerstatement. When you devote yourself to negative gossip rather than being part of the solu- tiorg then you should move away from the community ... you're a virus, infecting all who come in contact with you. Why did you move here? Did you want to get out of the city ... for what? What are you looking for? I think it is a connection with something, someone and anything. This is your time to change your environment. You need to support all that is posi- tive in your community. Give it the sweat and blood it needs to survive or we will be back in the city with a barn instead of a high-rise. Mariheth Evans is awner and director of The Ilawam ,School of Protocol in Milton. Professionally trained at the Washington School of Pmtocdi, Evans invites questiom on mannem and atiquatte from readem She may he oMactnd at manners@atLneL CARDIOLOGY CONSULTANTS P. ,'t. Experience * Access * Communication SPCA adoption event set for Jan. 23 in Rehoboth The Sussex County SPCA will hold an adoption event from 10"30 a.m. to 12"30 pan., Saturday, Jan. 23, at Concord Pets in Rehoboth. Cats and dogs will be present and available for adoptiol All dog and cat adoptions from the Georgetown SPCA include neu- terin_g, microchipping, a free wellness exam, and initial distemper and rabies shots. Adopting an animal from the SPCA provides a loving home to a deserving animal, neutering and microeahipping services at a fraction of what it would cost elsewhere, and supports the Delaware SPCA-Georgetown and its mission of preventing cruelty to local ani- mals. Concord Pets is on Route I behind the Sea Shell Shop in Re- hoboth. For more information, call 302-541-4478. To contact the Georgetown shelter, call 856-6361 or visit Smith Continued from page 48 lopen School District at Re- hoboth Elementary School. Af- ter retiring, he continued to men- tor students through volunteer tutoring sessions. Although Smith served as a member and director of numer- ous organizations, his passion was to improve his hometown of Lewes. Smith was often praised by his colleagues for his level-headed and calm demeanor and his gen- uine love of people. r- "1 Mold, mildew and water leakage into your basement causes health land foundation damage. What can be done to fix the problem? I Allstate American Waterproofing is an honest, hardworking local company. I We will give you a FREE evaluation and estimate and a fair price. We I have repaired thousands of basements in the area; we can provide local references. When your neighbors needed waterproofing, they called I Allstate American. Why don't you? Call now to receive a0% discount with I your FREE ESTIMATE. MHIC#36672 I i CALL 1 800420 7783 NOW]. I. ............ J