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8 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, February 28- March 6, 1991 giving and Christmas by Sussex Continued from page 6 jeers and services that have been on the table for years. Among the previously backlogged projects that are now complete are: dual- ization of Route 113 from Milford to Georgetown, widening of Old Baltimore Pike, and the recon- struction of 1-495. Others are now under construction, including the Ogletown Interchange project, Route 1 Odessa bypass, and the extension of rail service to Newark. At the same time, Del- DOT has assumed additional re- sponsibilities that further drain the present resources. Demand for transit services for the elderly and disabled is growing by leaps and bounds. We now have more road lane miles to plow and maintain, more right-of-way to mow, and more bridges in inventory. Not only does this Department face an expanding workload, but it must also maintain the existing system - a system that is aging and will rapidly deteriorate without additional resources. For example, right now the pavement on 76 per- cent of Delaware's roadways is in good to excellent condition. If we continue to fund transportation in- vestments at current levels, that percentage will drop to 58 percent over the next four years. We sim- ply cannot allow our roads and bridges to crumble beneath us. However, we should not be sat- isfied with simply "catching up" and providing a reasonable level of maintenance. If we cannot maintain what we have, what chance do we have of confronting the trouble spots across the state? Planning studies for Route 40 and Churchman's Crossing areas have recommended projects that will help ease the traffic burden, yet there is no foreseeable way to ful- ly fund these solutions without ad- ditional resources. Corridor Preservation improvement pro- jects on Route 1 in Kent and Sus- sex Counties also depend upon in- creased revenues. Each day the demands for better and expanded transportation services mount. Users, legislators and citizens all ask for improvements to the sys- tem, and DelDOT is committed to meeting the demands to the best of its ability. To best serve the public though, DelDOT will need the additional resources contained in this revenue proposal. The fu- ture of our roads, bridges and tran- sit services depends on it. Is two to three dollars a month too much to ask of the people who create the demand itself?. What use is it to be able to buy that sandwich, unless you have an adequate transporta- tion system to get you to the restaurant? Anne P. Canby Secretary, Delaware Depart- ment of Transportation. CHEER says thanks More than 4,500 Sussex County residents "Spread a little holiday CHEER" by participating in a fundraiser held between Thanks- County Senior Services, Inc. The donations topped last year's total and produced more than $4,000 to provide services for se- nior citizens in Sussex County. We send our thanks to all the Overs and the 23 merchants with 40 locations in Sussex County who made the campaign a suc- cess. Special thanks go to the cashiers who solicited the greatest number of donations in this drive. They are: Dee DeLauder, who works at the DeLux Dairy Market, Laurel, Joyee Cline and Ruth Martin, who work at Rite Aid in Milford, Lacey Thomas, employed by Sel- byville Food Rite, Ruth SoRes, who works at Hocker's Super Market in Clarksville, Thelma Turnage, who works at Arby's in Millsboro, Tommy Ellis, em- ployed by P.K. Video in Laurel. Sussex County businesses who participated were: Global Conve- nience Stores, with two locations in Milford and one in Seaford; Citgo in Angola, Texaco in Dewey Beach and Ocean Way Texaco in Milton; Wal-Mart in Milford; Arby's in Millsboro and Lewes; Hair by Edward James in Rehoboth; Masten's Home Cen- ters in Milford and Millsboro; P.K. Video in Laurel and Seaford; Wendy's in Seaford, Milford and Rehoboth; Pizza King and Friend- ly's in Seaford, and participating CHEER centers in Georgetown, Oak Orchard, Slaughter Neck, Roxana; De-Lux Dairy Markets, with two locations in Laurel and locations in Seaford, Dewey and Ellendale; Garden of Eatin' Restaurant in Long Neck; Hock- er's Supermarket and Hooker's Grocery and Deli in Clarksville; the G & E, Inc., in Ocean View; The Southern Grill Restaurant in Ellendale; Smith's Family Restau- rant, Thriftway and LW. Pickles Steakhouse and Saloon in George- town; Rite Aid in Milford and two locations in Seaford; Tastee Freez in Laurel and Milton; Hilltop Mini Market in Greenwood and Foodrite in Selbyville. Sussex County CHEER We need to commit money to police The need for more police offi- cers canvassing or streets is criti- cal. Last year the newspaper head- lines alone provided enough infor- mation to convince us of the situa- tion's urgency. We kneW that an- other year could not go by without the General Assembly taking an active role in seeing that our local police agencies are given the ade- quate resources to hire more cops. Last summer the Delaware Fra- ternal Order of Police also recog- nized the advancement of the crime war, especially in the City of Wilmington. In its frustration over how to take back the streets from drug dealers and gun run- ners, the FOP paid for a billboard sign at Martin Luther King Boule- yard and West Street which stated, "WARNING ! ENTERING WILMINGTON! SERIOUS CRIME AREAl" It also read "Po- lice Staffing Is Down! Help us to Protect You!" In 1996, 20 murders went on record in the City of Wilmington - that is the highest number of homicides in the City over the last decade. In addition, with 38 fewer offi- cers in 1996 than in 1970, the Wilmington Police Department responded to five times as many complaints. In 1970, there were 32,000 calls for service, with 275 officers. Yet, last year, there were nearly 160,000 calls for service with only 237 officers. Delaware, along with the rest of the country, is also engaged in a drug war. The drug dealers are coming out of the cities of Wilmington and Dover and are now setting up shop in our suburbs and small towns. The amount of crime is not the only concern these days. The nature of the crimes has also taken a more violent torn. The state could no longer sit back and do very little while the violent crime continued. It was time for law- makers to get involved and com- mit more state dollars to assist our local police agencies in the crime War. House Bill 92 is a good start. The "statewide crime bill" would appropriate $10 million over two years for counties, municipalities, towns, cities and certain state po- lice specialized programs to hire additional police officers. The two-year appropriation would re- quire that require that the officers be hired for a minimum of three years. It will help counties, cities and towns such as Newark, Smyrna, Cheswold, and Milford, as well as other small towns that want to start a police department. The two-year ftlnding commit- ment has the full support of the Delaware FOP and is designed to strengthen the partnership be- tween the state and our local po- lice agencies. Our local law enforcement agencies have been asking for the additional help and we think that the legislature has an obligation to provide as much assistance as possible. The safety of our con- stituents depends on it. House Bill 92 provides the addi- tional resources that some of our local governments just do not have. We are committed to this funding effort, and believe that providing more of a police pres- ence is the lust step toward get- ring the upper hand in the war on crime. Terry R. Spence, Speaker, House of Representatives 18th District Charles W. Welch, Majority Whip, House of Representatives 29th District. Editor's Note: Rep. Spence and Rep. Welch are the lead House sponsors of House Bill 92. Rehoboth thanks parade supporters The 1996 Rehoboth Beach Hometown Christmas Parade Committee would like to take this opportunity to thank the financial supporters and registrants of the 1996 Hometown Christmas Pa- tilde. R was with deep regret that the members of the committee made the decision to cancel the parade as this year's parade had 125 par- ticipants registered to attend. The support of members of the community was instrumental in helping us to plan for the parade and we are sorry that we had to disappoint so many people by can- celing the parade due to the weather. We would like to offer special thanks to the following businesses who made donations in support of the 1996 parade: Robin Hood Restaurant, Abizak's, Arena's Fa- mous Deli, Atlantic Theaters, The Bay Resort Motel, Bayside Builders, Bob's Bike Rentals, The Breakers, Candy Kitchen, The Cape Gazette, The Center Barber Shop, The Collector, Dr. Thomas E. Conley; Dewey Beach Club, The Glade, The Groht Corporation, Hazzard Big A Auto Parts, Hazzard Elec- tric, J.R.'s Ribs of Rehoboth, Dr. Robert L. Klingel, Lingo Realty, The Craft Connection, Louie's Pizza, Midway Realty, Mono- grams Unlimited; N'Ice Cream Day, Ocean Lodge, Rehoboth Beach Pharma- cy, Rehoboth Sport and Kite, Renter Center, Scalawags Restau- rant, Stuart Kingston, Three Sea- sons Camping Resort, The Whit- son, Windsor's Flowers, WQHQ, WLVW Radio; Yesteryear's Photographic Em- porium, Americinn Motel, Bad Hair Day, Captains Table Restau- rant, Eddie's Surfside Treats, Happy Harry's, Jake's Seafood House, Ocean Baymart Amoco, Ocean Travel, Snyder's Candy, South Moon Under, Village Im- provement Association, Village Toy Store, and Dotle's Candy- land. A special thanks goes to the fol- lowing businesses who sponsored trophies: Atlantic Cellular, Best Western - Gold Leaf, Corner Cup- board Inn, County Bank, Daniel and Margot Anderson, Royal Treat, Grotto Pizza, LaLa Land, Mellon Bank; Rehoboth Shoppes/Vasilikos Construction, Funland, Sir Guy's Pub, and the City of Rehoboth Beach. Special thanks also goes to the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce for their assistance and support. We wish everyone a prosperous and fire-safe 1997, and hope to see everyone at the 1997 Home- town Christmas Parade on Satur- day, Dec. 13, 1997 at 6 p.m. Leonard C. Tylecki Chairman, RBVFC Christmas Parade Committee Bury the Sussex Land Use Plan With all the opposition at the public hearing on the land use plan for Sussex County, I think that Sussex County Council should take the land use plan, and give it a decent burial and then bury it! Daniel J. Kramer Greenwood FREE* PRE-LICENSING COURSE NEXT CLASS BEGINS: MARCH 3, 1997 i 4311 HIGHWAY ONE REHOBOTH BEACH, DE 19971 CALL: (302) 227 2541 (302) 539-9040 LONG & FOSTER INSTITUTEOF REAL ESTATE* * LONG & FOS00.R TUmON REBATE PROCRAM ./