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Delaware's Cape Region Friday, January 30 - Thursday, February 5, 1998 Volume 5, No. 36 Winds gusting to 80 flood beaches, level trees Officials still assessing damage from unexpectedly intense Jan. 28 nor'easter By Dennis Forney When the Pilots Association of the Bay and River Delaware suspends operations because of weather, you know it's a bad storm. For only about the third time in a quarter century, that's what happened on Wednes- day of this week when storm-driven north- east winds reached steady speeds of 70 mph and gusted past 80 mph, Hundreds of large trees along the coast fell to the relentless wind, and the morn- hag's high tide pushed deep saltwater into parts of Lewes, North Shores and Dewey Beach that haven't seen those depths since the infamois nor'easter of 1962. "It rivals any storm or wind that I've seen in my two decades in Delaware," said Delaware Beach Preservation specialist Tony Pratt. "There were times when we were checking beaches that the wind literal- ly pulled the breath out of me" The storm drove seas into the foundations of Broadldll Beach homes and sent a fully loaded petroleum tanker that was headed Continued on page 12 ' Bill Massoy photo Lewes officials patrolling Cedar Avenue find flood waters nearly 2 feet deep across the roadway during the Wednes- day, Jan. 28, storm. Redden files for seat on Cape school board; Millman to bow out By Kerry Kester Allan Redden, Delaware Department of Transportation dis- trict engineer, revealed on Mon- day, Jan. 26, that he will seek election to a position on the Cape Henlopen School District Board of Education. Redden filed with the Depart- ment of Elections on Wednesday, Jan. 28, to run for the Area A seat currently held by Becki Millman, who said she will not seek re- election. The Area D seat, currently held by Sue Shupard, is also up for election this year. Shupard said she has not decided whether she will seek re-election. The Area D seat is for a four-year term. Shu- pard is completing the one-year transition term that became avail- able last spring, when the district changed its election boundary areas. Redden has been active in Cape schools for several years. He has held the treasurer's and presi- dent's positions in Milton Middle School's Parent Teacher Organi- zation. This year, he is treasurer of the Cape Henlopen High School Parent Teacher Organiza- tion. "Several people approached me and asked me to run," said Red- den. "I've been active with the schools, and this is a good way to carry on." He said he has no pre- set agenda and that his interest is simply for all students to receive an equitable education in the Cape dis- trict. He said he would like to examine some of the issues involved in gifted and talented edu- cational pro- REDDEN gramming, and he is also interested in learn- ing more about the incentives and disincentives of the state's proposed accountability plan. "There are some major implica- tions about the accountability plan," said Redden. Redden, 48, earned his bache- lor's degree in civil engineering from the University of Delaware in 1971. He and his wife, Eilleen, live in the Milton area. Their children, Mark, a senior, and Elizabeth, a freshman, are students at Cape Henlopen High School. Descriptions for the Area A and Area D election boundaries Continued on page 16 Rehoboth Mall confirms new anchor stores; remains mum on identities Derrickson eyes Farmer's Market for new theaters - See page 16 By Michael Short Rehoboth Mall has confu-med that it will be adding at least one new anchor store. The vice president of the com- pany that owns the mall, Cordish Company, is remaining mum about the identity of the tenant, but said this week that a new anchor will be added to the mail this year. "We have some new anchor tenants we are working with," said Cordish Vice President Joe Weinberg. "It will happen this year." He declined to give specifics, but said that all of the existing stores, which includes Super Fresh, Peebles, Roses, Eckerd Drug, Radio Shack and the Rehoboth Mall Cinema, will remain at the mall. "AI[ the exist- ing stores will remain," Wein- berg said. He declined to say whether more than one anchor store would be added to the mall. There have been unconfirmed rumors for years that Wal-Mart is interested in locating at the Rehoboth Mall, especially after plans to build a store on Route 9 west of Lewes were denied when Delaware's Department of Trans- portation (DelDOT) refused to grant an access permit for the proposed Wal-Mart. But Wal-Mart corporate spokesman Keith Morris said that Wal-Mart already has successful Sussex County stores in Seaford and Milford. Plans were just approved for a Wilmington loca- Continued on page 16