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18 : CAPE G, Frid .ay.Febru. ary25-Mh 2 J.2000 Burris reschedules announcement March 7 Hoping for a continued thaw, John M. Burris, candidate for the Republican party nomination for governor, has rescheduled his for- mal announcement for Tuesday, March 7. Burris&apos;s original date for announcing up and down the state was frozen out by a major snow storm that blanketed Delaware Jan. 25. The Burris announcement state sweep will follow the same for- mat as the canceled event, starting with a 8:30 a.m. breakfast at Smith's Family Restaurant in Georgetown. From there, the Bur- ris brigade moves to a 9:30 a.m. morning coffee at the Milford home of his parents, John E. "Jack" and Lillian Burris, and then on to a noon announcement at Legislative Hall in Dover. Lunch will follow, the location is to be announced. Afternoon stops are planned for Bear and Newark with the grand finale at 5:30 p.m. at the 1st USA Riverfront Arts Center in Wilmington. Live mu- sic, food and political froufrou are scheduled. All events are open to the public. Clearer, warmer weather has sprouted a recent crop of Burris campaign billboards in Sussex County. Spence announces education reform plans In what he termed a major edu- cation policy speech, Rep. Terry Spence, R-Stratford, listed several points in a plan that he said would make "real education reform a re- ality in Delaware." The speaker of the House of Representatives went on the record with a plan to dedicate a 25 percent of Delaware's net gaming tax rev- enues for education for rebuilding and improving public schools. He feels the present student and edu- Legislative [pdate Biden wants anticrime trust fund continued Sen. Joe Biden has introduced a bill calling for continuation of the Violent Crime Reduction Trust Fund that was created in 1994. Biden, who was the driving force behind the cre- ation of the fund, said that reauthorization BIDEN is important so that programs that it funds don't have to compete with museums and other incompa- rable programs in the federal funding pool. He said the fund would continue to be paid for with money saved as federal govern- ment programs and agencies are cator accountability bill, S.B. 260 will pass, but that students should be tested at the beginning of the school year, throughout the year, and at the end, with student and teacher performance measured in part by the periodic testing. Spence also called for a return to the neighborhood school con- cept allowing children to attend schools close to home to elimi- nate lenghry bus rides and give communities more ownership in their schools. Included in his plan are discipline and safety points with the governor's office in- volved in direct communication with schools. He also calls for more charter schools, vocational training facilities and expansion of computer education. Bill Lee sets campaign appearances Candidate for governor, Bill Lee said he is making two to three appearances a day in an effort to fill requests for him to speak or meet prospective voters. Included in his schedule are a Meet the Candidate wine and cheese recep- tion set for 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 25, at the Dewey Beach Life Saving Station on Dagsworthy Street. Monday, March 6, he will particiapate in a gubernatorial candidates' debate sponsored by the Newark Region- al Republican Committee; time and location are to be announced. Information on the candidate's schedule is available on his Web site, <www.leedelaware.com>. Carper wins AFL-CIO endorsement for Senate The Delaware State AFL-CIO recently endorsed Gov. Tom Carper in his bid for election to the U.S. Senate. State president of the labor organization, Michael Begatto said the resolution to en- dorse Carper was based on sup- port on where candidates stand on the economic issues crucial to working families in Delaware. He said Carper's record as a U.S. Congressman is evidence that he has understanding of national is- sues such as health care and eco- nomic fairness, more so than the incumbent Sen. Bill Roth. The endorsement was passed by the organization's general board made up of executive officers of each local union affiliate. Begatto said the organization is planning an issue-oriented cam- paign which will enlist union ac- tivists in talking to other union members and their families at work, at home and in the commu- nity. He said members want to en- sure maximum participation of working families in the democrat- ic process. Begatto said, "We don't have the kind of financial resources available to us that the big corporations do, but what we have is an army of volunteers who are committed to economic jus- tice for working families." Support mixed for Green Delaware's stand Green Delaware, a statewide environmental watchdog organi- zation, is actively fighting a Delaware location of an energy producing incinerator. Specifical- ly, Philpower Corporation has proposed such an incinerator for various locations in New Castle County. According to Greenies, these incinerators put out as much as 10,000 pounds per day of health-threatening air pollutants. A Green Delaware commu- niqu6 reports that Gov. Tom Carp- er, who is running for the U.S. Senate, and Lt. Governor Ruth Ann Minner, who is seeking the governor's seat, have not taken a position on Philpower's proposal. However, Green Delaware report- ed Rep. Terry Spence, R-Strat- ford, who is seeking the Republi- can Party gubernatorial nomina- tion, has gone on the record in op- position to Philpower locating an reduced; an increase in taxes is not necessary. The trust fund has made possible anti-crime pro- grams that are credited with help- ing to reduce the national crime rate in the last few years. Among the programs initiated or aided by trust fund money are Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), the nationwide drug court system and programs includ- ed under the Violence Against Women Act. Biden said that COPS provided funding for 100,000 new police officers and created 250 new adult and juvenile drug courts. Other funding has built or expanded cor- rectional facilities under the Vio- lent Offender Incarceration/ Truth-in-Sentencing Grants Pro- gram which keeps violent offend- ers in prison and off the streets longer. "The trust fund works," Biden said. "It ensures that the programs we've passed have mon- ey to operate. Nobody wants crime, and nobody wants to raise taxes, which is why this trust fund has broad bipartisan support." The bill Biden introduced would re-au- thorize the Violent Crime Reduc- tion Trust Fund for rive years. Biden names Dorsey to run state offices Sen. Joe Biden recently an- nounced that Wilmington attor-. ney, John Dorsey will join his staff as Delaware state director. In that position, Dorsey is responsible for oversight and administration in the senator's three Delaware of- rices. He replaces Claire DeMat- teis whom Biden promoted to sen- ior counsel. Dorsey served in the military and spent three years in the Federal Bureau of Investiga- tion. He is currently an associate with the law firm of Richards, Layton and Finger. incinerator in Delaware. Democrats: 5 percent voted in prima W The Feb, 5 Democratic presi- dential primary cost the state $350,000 or $31.55 for each of the 11,093 registered Democrats who voted. The nonbinding primary drew little attention from local party members and less from candi- dates who honored New Hamp- shire's request that they not cam- paign in another state within a week of that state's primary. Vice President AI Gore won handily, but actual delegates to the nation- al convention will not be selected until regional caucuses and the state convention are held. After the primary, Sussex County Democratic Chairman Tim Willard said the party and the state need to look at the Delaware primary system. He said he is sure that no one wants to see a repeat of this year's event. Compiled by Rosanne Pack Former Nature Conservancy Jen Ellingsworth illustration Grant will expand Prime Hook Prime Hook Wildlife Refuge is about to get a little bigger. The refuge is going to use a federal grant to buy roughly 35 acres of land, including one quarter mile of undisturbed beachfront. The land is mostly freshwater wetlands and sand dunes, but it will help provide important habitat for migrating shorebirds and the horseshoe crabs whose eggs fuel their spring migration to the Arctic. Sen. Bill Roth and Congressman Mike Castle announced Tuesday, Feb. 22, there is a federal grant of $325,000 to purchase the property at the north end of Prime Hook Beach. The dunes are also good habitat for threatened piping plover shorebirds and th help provide abarrier to protect the vast freshwater areas of Prime Hook from saltwater flooding during coastal storms, said Assistant Refuge Superintendent George OShea. The former Wayne Jones land has been most recently owned by the Nature Conservancy. The federal grant allows the land to become part of the refuge and protects it from develop- ment. "It is a nice piece of land," O'Shea said. Castle said the action helps preserve an environmental legacy for the future and Roth said "Adding this land to Prime Hook means that man and animal alike will enjoy the benefits of this ecologically valuable area for generations to come." MOVIES AT I MIDWAY ? Lewes Rehoboth ROUTE 1 Jen Ellingsworth illustration Bay Crossing development resurfaces The proposed Bay Crossing development has resurfaced in a slightly different form after introduction of a zoning change ordinance by Sussex County Council Tuesday, Feb. 22. Previous development plans were withdrawn after Sus- sex County Planning and Zoning recommended denial of the project, which is located just north of the Midway Shopping Center near Dove Knoll and Midway Park. The project is proposed to contain 172 single-family homes and 84 townhouses, a housing unit total of 256 units located on 106 acres of land. The recently withdrawn plans called for a total of 274 housing units. The project has been on the books, as an already approved smaller project, for a consid- erable time period. It was originally approved as Carpen- ter's Crossing, a 133-unit subdivision.