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8 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, January 30 - February 5, 1998 Continued from page 6 the time were safer than on school busses and in parents' vehicles with traffic conditions less than good. Thanks to the Cape administra- tion for thinking of the welfare of the children. Mr. Joe Thomas of the EOC [Sussex County Emergency Oper- ations Center] in Georgetown should let local officials make these calls, especially when he sits in Georgetown and doesn't know the conditions of our area. Walter W. Brittingham Jr. Rehoboth Beach Thanks for supporting Christmas parade The 1997 Rehoboth Beach Hometown Christmas Parade Committee would like to take this opportunity to thank the partici- pants, financial supporters and at- tendees of the 1997 Hometown Christmas Parade. This year's pa- rade was the biggest ever, with more than 100 participants. The support of members of the com- munity was instrumental in mak- ing this year's Christmas Parade and Santa's Christmas Party suc- cessful events. We would like to offer special thanks to the following businesses who made donations to support of the 1997 parade: Abizak's, Americinn Motel & Suites, Arena's Famous Deli, At- lantic Litho, Atlantic Theaters, Bad Hair Day, Bay Resort Motel, Bayberry Flowers, Bayside Builders, Beach Graphics, Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream, Breakers Hotel & Suites, Cape Gazette, Cape Suites, The Captain's Cottage, Captain's Table, Center Barber Shop, Christmas Spirit, The Col- lector, Dr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Conley, The Craft Collection, Crysti & Company, Dewey Beach Club, Dolle's Candyland, Eeono Lodge, Eddie's Surfside Treats, Etched in Time, The Glade L.L.C., The Groht Corporation, Happy Harry's Discount Drugs, Hazzard Auto Parts, Hazzard Electrical Contractors, Irish Eyes Barefootin' Continued from page 7 on Saturday, Feb. 7. Delaware Republican Chairman Basil Battaglia said, following the Alexander dinner, that half of the 1,000 tickets available for the Gingrich dinner were sold in the first 48 hours and the other half went in the next 48 hours. By going to a presidential pri- mary system early in the election year, Delaware has placed itself among the states that candidates trying to make an early mark must visit. Being as small as Delaware is, that means residents will get many chances to take a close look at the major leaguers in nationa ! potiticL Pub, Jake's Seafood, Joss, J/R's Ribs of Rehoboth, L&W Insur- ance/VFIS Insurance, Lighthouse Inn Bed & Breakfast, Louie's Piz- za, Merex Inc., Midway Realty Corp., Monograms Unlimited, N'Ice Cream Day, Ocean Baymart Amoco, Ocean Lodge, Ocean Travel, Olde Salt Gift Shop, The Rehoboth Beach Instittit, Re- hoboth Beach Pharmacy, Re- hoboth Sport and Kite, Renter Center, Roadhouse Steakjoint, Robin Hood Restaurant, Scala- wags Restaurant, Snyder's Candy, South Moon Under, Stuart Kingston, Sydney's Blues & Jazz Restaurant, Village Improvement Association, Village Toy Store, Windsor's Flowers, WQHQ/ WLVW Radio and Yesteryear's Photo Emporium. A special thanks goes to the fol- lowing businesses who sponsored trophies: American Legion Post 5, Daniel and Margot Anderson, At Melis- sa's Bed.& Breakfast, Atlantic Cellular, Atlantic Sands Hotel, Atlantic View Motel, Baltimore Trust Company, Best Western - Gold Leaf, Candy Kitchen, Casa- pulla's South, CoreStates Bank, Corner Cupboard Inn, County Bank, "Delaware Coast Press," EnvirOnmental Consultants In- ternational, Fornwalt Enterpris- es/Royal Treat, Grotto Pizza, Jack Lingo Realty, Jones Refrigeration & Air Conditioning, La La Land, Lambda Rising, Mellon Bank, Northshores Inc., O'Connor Piper & Flynn, Rehoboth Outlets, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Fac- tory, Sand Palace, Seaside Amusements/Funland, Sir Guy's Restaurant, SR Computers of Re hoboth, The Whitson/Bob's Bike Rentals, 3 Seasons Camping Re- sort, Vasilikos Construction/Re- hoboth Shoppes, Mid-Atlantic Coca-Cola, Pink Penguin and the City of Rehoboth Beach. Special thanl also goes to (he Rehoboth Beach - Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce for their assistance and support. We hope that everyone enjoyed the 1997 Hometown Christmas Parade and visit from Santa Claus. We wish everyone a prosperous and fire safe 1998 and hope to see every- one at the 1998 Hometown Christ- mas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 12, 1998, at 6 p.m. Leonard C. Tylecki Chairman RBVFC Christmas Parade Committee Kiwanis say thanks The Kiwanis Club of Rehoboth wishes to express its sincere thanks to the Cape Gazette for its part in the recovery of the Christ- mas creche figures, which were stolen from the cr,che at the band- shell prior to Christmas. We also wish to thank Chief Doyle and his police force for their diligence and alertness in ef- fecting the recovery. Having the guilty parties con- tribute hours of community ser- vice to both the city and the Kiwa- nis Club seems an appropriate punishment. We are most appre- e'ttive. ' *' ....... George Vest Publicity chairman Rehoboth Kiwanis Club' Church thanks community There were a lot of people working diligently to ensure the annual Christmas canned goods distribution, children's gift give- away, sick-n-shut-in dinners, and foods distributed and packed dur- ing the holidays. The annual com- munity event was sponsored in part by the Dewey Beach Lions Club, Burton Village Housing and Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church. Special thanks and appreciation goes out to the following organi- zations, individuals, and business- es for preparing the food bags, hosting the event, and delivering the meals: Pepsi Cola Bottling Company, Corner Cupboard, Happy Harry's, Mt. Pleasant U.M. Church, Holly's Chicken, Friend- ly's Restaurant, Company Store, Pizza Hut, Casapulla's, Arby's, Burton Village Housing, Dewey Beach Lions Club, Josephine Dean, Doris Biles, Lisa Maker, Elton Frazier, Yvonne White, Gary Hood, .Karen Maull, Linda Bonville, Bernita Hackney, Diane Duffy, Regina Batso.n, Irene Duffy, Janie Miller, Gwen Harris, St. Paul United Methodist Church, Jalisa Bonville, Sarah Harmon, Dilinda BonviUe, Latoya Bonville and Joyce Lafferty. Diaz Bonville Organizer Hoenen thanks supporters I want to give a heartfelt thanks to each and every person who helped me carry out a task that was given to me by my Father above. Gospel Quest was able to bless hundreds of children this Christmas because Of the compas- sion that was shared by others this holiday season. I wish you could all have seen those glowing smiles and felt those little arms around you as I did, because you helped make it all possible! Each and every donation, big and small alike, filled the stockings that made the true meaning of Christ- mas shine! Christmas is only one day a year, but the needs of these chil- dren last all year long. So to all that this letter reaches, I pray you will celebrate the joy of this blessed season by reaching out to those less fortunate than your- selves throughout the whole year of 1998, and help make our world a nicer place. Thanks to: Bethel Methodist Church, Lewes; Dagsboro Church of God; Eagles Nest Church; Edgehill Pharmacy, Long Neck; Emmaus Reunion Group; Ep- worth Christian School and Dr. Carlisle; Georgetown Church of God; Go Forth'Singles Ministry; Gospel Quest volunteers; Grotto Pizza; Gumboro Fellowship Church; Linda Jones; Midway As- sembly of God; Toys for Tots/Mulligans. God bless all. Diana Hoenen Lewes Rehoboth to consider McQuay's 'ice house' parcel purchase The Rehoboth Beach Board of Commissioners will hold a special meeting at 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 2, at the beginning of the usually scheduled workshop session. The special meeting has been called in order to consider the pur- chase of the parcel of land where McQuay's Ice House Liquors is located on Rehoboth Avenue at the canal bridge. While it has been listed on the market at $550,000, including the liquor business, the city has the opportunity to consider purchas- ing the building and land, minus the business, at $385,000, from Jewell McQuay, the widow of well-known businessman William "Butch" McQuay, who died last year. If the city were to purchase the parcel, McQuay would then sell the liquor business to three inter- ested individuals who would be given a four-and-a-half-year lease and who would find a new loca- tion for the license to sell liquor. Noting that Commissioner Don Derrickson will not be in town for the meeting, Mayor Sam Cooper said that the six remaining board members may go into executive session that evening prior to any vote on the matter. While reminding that such mat- ters as the purchase of property must be discussed in executive session as not to play the city's hand in the negotiations, Cooper would still like public input on the proposal. He favors the purchase because the land is adjacent to the city-owned Grove park and that he would hate to see a private pur- chaser come in and set up a garish neon-lit business at the entrance to the city. Cooper said that there as been a lot of discussed uses for the land if the city bought it, although the strongest reason for purchasing it is to protect the park's ambience. The present liquor store is fairly low impact traffic wise, but relo- cating the police station there would result in a lot of activity that may not be in the best interest of the city. Cooper said that there is state land-preservation funding avail- able, at 50 percent of the cost, for municipalities and other govern- ment agencies that purchase land for open space and recreational purposes. He noted, however, that some board members have voiced concern over the property being limited to such uses. The oldest part of the building, which houses the liquor store, was built in 1916 and originally used as an ice house. Cooper said he inspected the building and found that it is in pretty good condition, although there is a little leakage. Planning assistance sought The evening TM s workshop agen- da.includes a discussion of the proposal for planning assistance from the University of Delaware. me ore y's .g commission, along with the uni- versity's Institute for Public Ad- ministration Director Jerome Lewis and his associates, will be there to explain the proposal and answer any questions. Rehoboth is in the process of shaping its budget for fiscal 1998, and City Manager Greg Ferrese said there is enough money allo- cated to pay the $20,000 for a year of planning services from Lewis and company, with matching funds anticipated from the state. The focus of their work would be to establish a neighborhood preservation program, focusing on residential areas, but closely net- working with the committee over- seeing efforts to revitalize the downtown area. Toast the Coast revisited Under old business, the board will revisit the Toast the Coast 2000 proposal presented at the January meeting by the Rehoboth- Dewey Chamber of Commerce and Artist Services, Inc. They wish to hold a celebration of the millennium New Year's Eve, 1999, and the rest of the weekend, which would entail erecting a tent on the Bandstand and Boardwalk that could hold 2,000 people for a $550-a-couple New Year's Eve dinner party. The tent would then be used for a Taste the Coast on Saturday, where the public would be charged admission to taste food from area restaurants, and on Sun- day for'Sweeten and Roast the Coast, when nonprofit agencies could sell their wares. The board instructed the organizers to return with a better offer than the esti- mated $20,000 to $40,000, which would be earmarked for down- town improvement projects, that was offered through the Saturday venue. They also hoped to receive in- put from the citizenry of Re- hoboth Beach on the proposal. As of Thursday, Jan. 29, the only public response received by the city is from the Rehoboth Beach Homeowners Association (RBHA) board of directors. The letter "counsels caution," noting the di- rectors' surprise that there is little concrete information on income and expenses, and goes On to question how such an event will benefit the residents of Rehoboth Beach. "We see no need to provide a venue for someone else's party," they wrote. Cooper also-said he hasn't seen any new figures from the organizers, on estimated rev- enues. Committee reports will include a discussion of the street paving list compiled by the city's Street and Light Committee, chaired by Commissioner Richard Sargent. A listening-post session will kick off the evening from 6:30 to 7 p.m., when input and comments from citizens on any topic will be meeiJ,