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Briefly Stevenson top EMS chief; Torbert named in Sussex Sussex County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Director William H. Stevenson has re- signec! to be- come the State EMS Director for Delaware. Stevenson has served as director of the county pro- gram since it began in STEVENSON 1990, and as the first employee of the program, develope d and implemented the service, providing paramedic re- sponse to Sussex County with five units and 60 personnel. Stevenson called the creation of the paramedic system in the coun- ty "the most professionally re- warding experience of my emer- gency service career." A native of Lewes, Stevenson has spent 20 years in emergency services as a paid firefighter/para- medic and chief officer, haz- ardous materials specialist, in- structor, emergency manager and department director. Much of his service career was spent in Florida before returning toLewes in 1988. Stevenson is a graduate of the University of South Florida, and will complete master's degrees in Public Administration and Health Care Administration at Wilming- ton College. He is also a graduate of the National Fire Academy Ex- ecutive Fire Officer Program. Stevenson will start his new po- sition on May 1. County Council honored Stevenson on Tuesday, May 25 as they also named his successor George Torbert IV. Sussex Coun- ty Administrator Bob Stickels in- formed the Council of Stevenson's new position with regret and Sussex County Council Pres- ident Dale Dukes praised TORBERT Stevenson for his leadership and service to Sus- sex County while overseeing the paramedic program. "You were the right man at the right time," said Councilman George Cole. Torbert is a graduate of Salis- bury State University, where he has a BA degree in communica- tion arts and a minor in psycholo- gy. He has completed classes at the National Fire Academy, com- pleted a 1,200 hour paramedic program at Kent General Hospital and completed over 160 hours of training at Delaware State Fire ville. His invol,ement in EMS started in March, 1981 when he joined the Bridgeville Fire De- partment. In 1990, he was hired by Sussex as a paramedic trainee. After graduating from the first class trained at Kent General for Sussex County, he was assigned as a field paramedic until Septem- ber, 1991, when he was promoted to supervisor. In 1995, he was promoted to Division Manager of Operations. He lives in Bethel with his wife and their two chil- dren. Court reprimands Lewes attorney The Delaware Supreme Court publicly reprimanded Lewes at- torney Dennis A. Reardon on Thursday, March 20 for failing to file state personal income tax re- turns and for failing to pay state and federal taxes. Unpaid federal and state taxes, excluding interest and penalties, totaled approximately $46,000, according to the Office of Disc.i- pliuary Counsel of the Delaware Supreme Court, Reardon also falsely certified to the court that be had filed and paid his taxes on a timely basis. The court's order placed Rear- don on a two-year period of pro- bation, during which he will be re- quired to enter into, and comply with, payment agreements with the taxing authorities. Reardon would not comment on the matter. Cable TV bids top Rehoboth agenda The Rehoboth Beach Board.of Commissioners is expected to re- view the request' for proposals (RFP) for bids on cable television service within the city at the Mon- day, March 31 regular workshop session, for which a special meet- ing has been called especially for that purpose. The city has been working under an extension of the present contract with Comcast Ca- blevision and is hoping to receive bids from other cable TV services. Under new business, the board will entertain a request from Del- MarVA OnLine! to position a camera at the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand and will discuss a pro- posal to further limit bar areas in restaurants, which presently are allowed to be 10 percent of the to- tal square footage or 350 square feet, whichever is the greater sum. A city manager's report and committee reports are also on the agenda. While the meeting gets underway at 7 p.m., there is usual- ly a listening post session at 6:30 p.m. for those wishing to address the board on pertinent matters. Rehoboth offices closed Good Friday gehoboth Beach Administrative Offices are closed on Good Fri- day, March 29 and there will be trash pick up in the commercial area only. Regularly scheduled twice weekly trash pickup resum- ing the week of April 7. Statewide sewer conference set April 9 The Delaware League of Women Voters Education Fund and the Wastewater Facilities Ad- visory Council will be presenting a statewide wastewater manage- ment conference on Wednesday, April 9. As part of the Wastewater Management Conference, the West Reboboth District treatment plant will host an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Wastewater Management Conference will start with registration at 3:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Inn in Dover. Any- one wishing to attend this confer- ence, should contact the Delaware League of Women Voters. April 2 set for Sussex Airport meeting A meeting of the Sussex County Airport Committee will be held Wednesday, April 2 at the Emer- gency Operations Center in Georgetown. The meeting is open to the public and will beheld at 10 a.m. For further information please call the Sussex County Economic Development and In- dustrial Airpark office at 302-855- 7770. Seabright Village lawsuit b dismissed A lawsuit brought by residents Terry and Erin Bartley against Seabright Village has been dis- missed. The Bartleys filed the suit in Chancery Court on Friday, Sept. 20 against County Council and the developers of the project. The project plans to develop townhouses off Route 270A adja- cent to Beachaven on 4.74 acres near Route 1. The plans calls for 38 townhouse units, although de- velopers pointed out that they could have developed the property to a higher density. The suit sought to overturn the rezoning of the land, but the suit was dis- missed with prejudice in Chancery Court, which means it can't be refiled. The exceedingly brief decision gave no reason for dismissal of the lawsuit. Welfare reform impact topic of statewide forum To facilitate communication about the impact of welfare re- form on thousands of women and children in Delaware and across the nation, the Delaware Commis- sion for Women will sponsor a statewide interactive video forum, "The Impact of Welfare Reform on Women and Children in Delaware" on Wednesday, April 2. The forum is slated at the Delaware Tech Owens Campus in Georgetown, with keynote speak- er Elaine Archangelo, director of the Division of Social Services, who will discuss "Balancing the CApE , Friday, March 28-April 3, 1997 - 3 b wasu photo Hale-Bopp appears over Atlantic Ocean With a northwest wind blowing the sky dear, Rob Witsil of Rehoboth Beach crawled out of bed early on the morning of Monday, March 17 to fetch a "4:45 a.m. photo of the eelegtial wonder of the year: the comet Hale-Bopp (named for the two men who almost simultaneously d/seovered the comet). Wit- sil stood a tri;pod in the sand at Fisherman's Beach north of the Henlopen Hotel and looking to the north focused on the comet crossing the sky above the ocoa Using his faithful Pentax Spotmatic, Witsil opened the  Pentax lens all the way to 1.4 and held the shutter open for several seconds. The film is 200 Aria color. "It was a beaut/ful sight, u said Witsil. Fund, on "Welfare to Work: Un- derstanding the Challenges;" and Andrew W. Hastings, director of Delaware Association of Non- profit Agencies, on "The Non- profit Perspective.'? Using interactive video technol- ogy, this forum will allow agen- cies, clients, policy makers and other interested individuals throughout the state to engage in dialogue designed to establish a collaborative path forward for welfare reform in Delaware. Registration is free and open to the public but space is limited. Call 302-761-8005 for more infor- mation and registration. Rogers seeks Su.00ex Republican chairmanship Bruce A. Rogers, a Georgetown attorney and committee chair of the 41st election district, has an- nounced his intention to seek the posi- tion of chair of the Sussex County Re- publican Committee, as the current chairman, Roland Der- ROGERS rickson, has announced he will not seek re- election. Rogers has been a member of the Sussex County Republican Committee for a number of years, rising to the position of election county's Republican organization. "We are fortunate to have a strong base of senior committee persons who have held their jobs for a number of years, coupled with a growing number of young Repub- licans. We must work together so that all Republicans, young and old, strive for success at the polls," Rogers said. Another aspect of the campaign is the need to energize the local committee, Rogers noted. "Sus- sex County has long recognized the wisdom of the Republican phi- losophy in our county, state and nation. We need to do a better job in communicating this message to everyone in anticipation of elec- tions in 1998 and beyond," he said. Rogers, a Sussex County native, is engaged in the private practice 0f law in Georgetown and lives near Georgetown .with his wife and three children. Council seeks nominees for Greenway awards The Delaware Council on Greenways and Trails would like to recognize volunteers who go above and beyond the call of duty to make Delaware's network of greenways and trails a reality. The council is seeking nominees for its 1997 Greenway and Trails Volun- teer awards. Nominations must be post- marked no later than midnight, April I. For nomination materials, contact the Delaware Division of School. trash pick up will resume on Mon- Welfare Reform Equation;" Joan district chair in 1996. 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