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I U CAPE GAZETTE - Tuesday, March 6 - Thursday, March 8, 2007 - 5 Merriwether joins Cape school board race By e, eota l.,eontnm Cal Oazam sta U.S. Department of Defense retiree and former Charlottesville, Va. school board chairman Richard Merriwether has chal- lenged two-term incumbent Camilla Conlon to the area D Cape Henlopen school board seat, representing the Rehoboth area. A Rehoboth resident since 2003, Merriwether promptly became involved in community and educational matters. Currently president of the Rehoboth Beach Lions Club, he also served for two years as a member of the facilities task force that made recommendations to the school board regarding the district's new high school. He now serves as a member of the strategic planning committee for academic excel- lence, a position he has held for 18 months. With a wife who is a retired educator and three grown children and three grandchil- dren, all of whom have attended public school with the exception of the youngest grandchild, an infant, Merriwether said he has a very strong interest in education. "I want to see all children get a good edu- cation," Merriwether said when asked why he filed to run for the seat. "Even though the students may not realize it, education is one of the most important things they can get." Current district issues Merriwether said he is very concerned about the budget crunch the district is fac- ing. He said he doesn't want to see anyone lose their job. "It's a very tough situation," he said, adding he hopes the district will find enough money to keep people on payroll and that the numbers of teachers and para- professionals will decrease through attri- tion. "I want to keep the teachers and paras, and I want to keep the high school on schedule," Merriwether said. He also said that he wants to see more Advanced Placement courses and that he welcomes an anticipated increase in the number of credits required by the state for graduation - though he suspects that some parents may not be too happy about it. Merriwether said he believes the district does well on disciplinary issues. He consid- ers Cape's new high school principal, John Continued on page 8 Rehoboth tree trial gets under way March By Ryan Malty cape  staff Rehoboth Beach's tree ordinance is scheduled to see its f'vrst test in a court Wednesday, March 7. After several post- ponements, the case of a Rehoboth home- owner who was charged with cutting down 27 trees on her property will be heard. On Jan. 24, 2006 the city of Rehoboth became the first municipality in Delaware to enact a tree ordinance. The law was cre- ated to "regulate the protection, planting, removal, and long term management" of the city's trees. Under the ordinance, home- owners who wish to remove trees more than 3 inches in diameter mugt apply for a $50 permit. The ordinance also says home- owners who remove any tree without per- mit will be subject to a $500 fine. If the fine is not paid within seven days then the fine increases to $500 per day until it is paid. In early October 2006, after an anony- mous tip, the building and licensing depart- ment verified that 27 holly and hemlock trees at 218 Laurel St. had been cut down. A permit had been issued for the removal of one tree from the property, but the rest had been removed illegally, albeit not by the tree removal service, city officials said. The city issued a summons to Holly Malone, who owns the property along with her two sisters, to appear in Aldermans Court. Malone pleaded not guilty and requested a trial. Rehoboth solicitor Glenn Mandalas will represent the city. Representing Malone will be Brad Eaby, who was recently elect- ed to the Kent County Levy Council. Eaby could not be reached for comment at press time. If Malone is found guilty, the judge could require her to pay a fine, Mandalas said. The trial will also have "little or no influence on the long term viability of the tree ordinance," he said. The trial will be held at 8:30 a.m. in the Court of Common Pleas in Georgetown. Contact Ryan Mavity at ryanm@capegazette.com. WED 8 PM THUR$ 9 PM FRI . 9 PM OPEN 7 Days Lunch Dinner Late Night Happy Hour Daily 4-7