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,JIJIIL Briefly )) Inland Bays board meets Friday, Mah 13 Th e Center for the Inland Bays board of directors will meet at 9"30 azn., Friday, March 13, at the center building on Inlet Road in Delaware Seashore State Park, north of the Indian River Inlet bridge. The board will hear a presen- tation from Eric Buehl, habitat coordinator for the center, about the Slough's Gut marsh-en- hancement project at ]ames Farm Ecological Preserve on In- dian River Bay. That project is designed to return more natural water flow to the wetlands, which will increase habitat area and wildlife abundance. The board will consider a re- sponse to Sussex County's law- suit considering promulgation of the Inland Bays pollution control strategies by the Department of Natural Resources and Environ- mental ControL The meeting is open to the public. The center can be reached at 226-8105. Changes due at Bryan Drive traffic signal Signs on Route I are posted for changing tmc signal phasing to occur this week. There is no roadwork scheduled. Timing of the Bryan Drive- Route I intersection tmc signal will be modified for better traffic flow, said Tina Shockley, Delaware Department of Trans- portation spokeswoman. She said the intersection is one of the busiest on the highway because of traffic from the outlets, stores in other nearby strip malls and restaurants in the Midway area. The signs have been posted m alert motorists to new timing of signals to allow for a different pattern of turning at the intersec- fion. DNREC to participate in Delmarva Power plan Gov. Jack Markell has directed the Department of Natural Re- sources and Environmental Con- trol to intervene as the Public Service Commission considers Delmarva Power's integrated-re- source plan. The plan lays out power sources the company ex- pects to use and plans for energy eciency. MarkeU told the department to seek status as a party in the pro- ceedings, so it can evaluate the effect of Dehnarva Power's plan on the environment and public health. Markell's administration says one of the department's top priorities will be identifying public-health concerns around pollution and reducing those emissions. "Where we choose to get our energy affects both the health of our .citizens and the integrity of our environment," said MarkeU. The department will work with public-health otticials to re- search Delmarva Power's pro- posals, said Joe Rogalsky, MarkeU's spokesman. Recycling council to meet March 18 The Recycling Public Adviso- .ry Council will meet from 1"30 to 3".30 pan., Wednesday, March 18, at the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environ- mental Control's Lewes facility, 901Pilottown Road. Topics on the agenda include public comments, the annual re- port, recycling-market updates, and future meetings and initia- fives. For more information or for directions, contact Lynette Lee at 302-739-9403. Student testing program to be replaced State education officials are seeking proposals for an online assessment to replace the cur- rent standardized student-evalu= ation pmgr-a A legislative task force has stated the next-generation as- sessment must assess elemen- tary and middle school students online, give high school students end-of-course assessments, offer writing assessments online and use assessment systems to moni- tor student progresg Secretary of Education Lillian Lowery said the department is looking for a test that offers im- mediate feedback to students and teachers. She said the as- sessmentswiU be flexible and al- low students to retake a course exam three times per year to demonstrate proficiency. Specifications for bidding are online at and can be obtained by writing to Dr. John Marinucci of the Delaware Department of Education Finan- cial Management Department, 401 Federal St., Suite 2, Dover, 19901; or calling him at 302-735- 4040. Insurance pool prefiled for small businesses Rep. Joe Booth, R-George- town, plans to introduce House Bill 64 this year. The bill is a reintroduc- tion of a 2007 bill that would allow small businesses to participate in a state group health-insur- ance progran'L By being part Joe Booth of a large pool, it might be possible for businesses to obtain lower premiums than they could by buying policies on their own. There would be no cost to the state, since businesses would be responsible for paying their own premiums, said Booth. House Majority Leader Pete Schwartzkopf, D-Rehoboth Beach, said he supports the con- cept, but he's still unsure how much the plan would cost the state. He thinks a hearing before the Appropriations Committee would be required. "I just know right now we can't put anything into place that will cost the state money:' Schwartzkopf said. "This will allow small busi- nesses m take advantage of an in- surance pool, saving costs for smallbusinesses:' said Booth. "It will take care of the overwhelm- ing health-insurance costs for small businesses,' The measure, which is pending action in the House Economic Development, Banking, Insurance and Com- merce Committee, has never been up for a vote in the House. THE Urrv or DELAWARE'S 24Tn AL  & SEA .FREE TALKS BY KEY GOVERNMENT LEADERS FlUDAY, MARO1113 "But Are They Learning?." with Lillian M. Lowet, Ed.D., Secretary of Education Hear bmu educalm's  .with the mai interetatiom f manda #da #a. and lx, d la and bow rond to Ha'race Mann's 1847 call jr a f syst of edx.ealion tl includes everyone. UP FOR Tim.  OF TIE MONTH... IlUDAY. IIIIIOI  "Ho,    Tman," with Rit Soctm. Pelrrmealt ofHdth M ( aia] Servio Merrill Lynch .Invites You To Our Monthly Education Series Each month we will discuss a different topic and answer any questions you may have about your investments and retirement. "Organizing Your Financial Life" Saturday, March 14 Merrill Lynch 19535 Camelot Drive Rehoboth Beach, DE 19958 Donuts and coffee will be served starting at 9:30a.m. and the discussion will begin at 10:00am Please R.S.V.P. to Becky Brasure rebecca_brasure@ml, com or (302) 227-5136