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4 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Route 1 Weekly Accident U )date Continued from page 3 damaging city benches and caus- ing injuries arose out of consider- ation of adopting a helmet law for all bicycle riders under the age of 16. The state law governing hel- met use went into effect April 1 and without a city ordinance cov- ering the same territory, violators would need to be transported out of town in order to be prosecuted. Charges will be dropped for first offenders who can show that they have purchased a helmet and the police department will work with educating the public about the new law. Celsius may get second chance at expansion Celsius, a restaurant located at 50-C Wilmington Avenue, was denied a certificate of compliance by the City of Rehoboth Beach re- cently when owners Michael Brossette and Aaron Flamm sought to expand their waiting and dining area. At that time there was confusion over whether the mem- bers of the Wilmington condo- minium association objected to the proposed expansion. (Any es- tablishment serving liquor must receive the blessings of the city before any expansion can occur.) The owners sent a letter to the city this past week, stating that all but one resident of the condo had been contacted and none objected to the expansion. Noting they also have changed the floor plan to uti- lize more waiting area, the owners asked that their case be reheard by the board. However, city code re- quires a six-month waiting period before a rehearing on such a re- quest can be held, unless there are substantial changes to the plan. So, the owners have been di- rected to reapply and then the board can decide whether its new application differs substantailly enough from the old one to allow a rehearing of its request before the six month waiting period is up. Planners to consider C-2 commercial zone The Sussex County Planning and Zoning Office will consider a new C-2 commercial zoning for large commercial projects when it next meets on April 11. The County currently only has one commercial zone, but the C-2 Clarifications A story on page 57 of the March 29 edition incorrectly said professional golfers like Jack Nicklaus and Tom Kite would be playing in the May 13 Lewes-Re- hoboth Meals on Wheels Golf Tournament. The players will not be attend- ing the tournament. They will, however, be donating auto- graphed items which will be auc- tioned off to benefit Meals on Wheels. April 5 - April 11, 1996 zone would establish additional requirements for large commeri- cal projects such as superstores. Councilman George Cole has called for the additional zoning to deal with such large projects. It is proposed to impact stores or malls of more than 80,000 square feet in size, although that could change. Cole has argued that it is inappro- priate to have only one commer- cial zone affecting everything from outlet malls to fruit stands. Sussex County Planning and Zoning will meet at 7:30 p.m. in the Sussex County Courthouse on the Georgetown Circle. Inland Bays group meets April 12 "Toxins in the Bays" will be on the agenda for the Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee meeting of the Center for the In- land Bays at 9 a.m. on April 12 in the College of Marine Studies" Cannon Building. The presentation on toxins will be made by Rick Green of the De- partment of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. The agenda will also include an open forum, the status of proposal sub- missions and a planning segment for a meeting or summit to bring the Center and its committees up to date on conditions and issues surrounding the health of the in- land bays. Moratorium support on Lewes agenda April 8 The mayor and city council of Lewes will gather for their month- ly meeting on Monday, April 8 beginning at 8 p.m. Meetings are held in city hall on East Third Street and the public is welcome to attend. Lewes resident Mike Tyler, president of the Citizens Coalition, is on the agenda. He will be asking the city to support the Coalition's request for a limit- ed moratorium on all commercial development from the county line at Milford to the MD-DE line and from the bay and ocean on the east to within two miles west of Rt. 113. Citizens Coalition presented its temporary moratorium request to Sussex County Council at its Tuesday, March 26 meeting. Council members however said they were reluctant to act without indication that Lewes and Re- hoboth also supported such a move. Citizens Coalition wants the moratorium until a comprehensive land use plan scheduled to be completed by the end of this year is in place. Other items on Lewes agenda are a presentation and con- sideration of a resolution amend- ing the town's laws regarding rollerskating, rollerblading and skateboarding; consideration of fi- nal approval of Lewes Planning Commission recommendation to approve resubdivision of lots 2 and 4 on Cape Henlopen Drive; consideration towards awarding a bid for expansion of city hall to accommodate an enlarged police department; request on behalf of the Cape Henlopen High School Key Club for a fundraising run/walk to benefit the cystic fi- brosis foundation; request on be- half of the Home Of The Brave Foundation to set up a juice and fruit stop o n the Beach No. 1 park- ing lot duringthe Bike-By-The- Bay fundraiser; presentation of a proclamation declaring May 2 as National Day Of Prayer; presenta- tion of a resolution for the renewal of a one year conditional use on behalf of Cape Shores Associates for a sales office; presentation of a resolution for renewal of a one year conditional use for a barber shop at John Bishop's property on Railroad Avenue; acceptance of the candidates for the forthcoming city election to be held Saturday, May 11, 1996; appointment of the Board of Election to conduct the May 11, 1996 city election. Lewes appoints board for BPW election Lewes Council members, at their Friday, March 29 special meeting, appointed the following election board members for the Saturday, April 6 Board of Public Works election: William Steven- son will serve as inspector while Joe Stewart and Bernie Bowden supervise use of the voting ma- chines. Clerks for the election will be Elizabeth Ball, Linda Evans, Elizabeth Creadick, and Yvonne Martz. Polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cape makes calendar changes for this year Changes were .necessary in the 1995-96 school calendar because of the unusual number of winter snow days. The Cape Henlopen Board of Education has approved the following calendar for the re- mainder of the school year: April 4, report cards; April 5-12, spring vacation; April 15, school re- opens; April 26, early dismissal (K-12 inservice); May 27, Memo- rial Day vacation; June 4, gradua- tion; June 17-18, early dismissal (K- 12 inserviee); June 19, last stu- dent day/early dismissal (K-12 in- service); and June 20, last teacher day. Seven-year-old injured in school bus accident The Delaware State Police Fatal Accident and Reconstruction (FAIR) team is investigating a school bus accident that left a sev- en-year-old girl seriously injured on Wednesday, April 3 at 3:35 p.m. Loren Willey, 7, of Milton is in stable condition at Johns Hop- kins Hospital in Baltimore, said Cpl. Preston Lewis, Delaware State Police spokesman. According to Lewis, the acci- dent occurred on County Road 233, when Robert Leitton, 74, of Lewes was dropping Willey off at her bus stop. "The driver closed the door, trapping the girl's right foot and her book bag," said Lewis. "The girl was dragged ap- proximately 115 feet before she was able to break free from the door." Lewis said the girl was ini- tially taken to Beebe Medical FOR WEEK OF MARCH 27 TO APRIL 1, 1996 DATE LOCATION TYPE 3/29/96 Rt. 1 north of Five Points #2 3130196 Rt. 1 Five Points intersection #4 3130196 Rt. 1 Lowe's intersection #6 4101196 Rt. 1 Midway #3 i!ilii!ii!!ii iiiiii!!iii!!iiiiii!!iiii!iiiiiiiiiii!iiiiiiiiiiiii!ii!iii!iii!i!!!!!!!iiiiiiiii!i!iiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!iiii!iiiii iiiiiii-iiiiiiiiii!!!iiiii!!ii!i!iiiiiiiii!iiiiii!iiiii!iii!iiii!ii!iiiiiiiiiiiii!!iiii!i!!!!iii!iiii!iiiii!iiiii!iiiii iiiiiiiiii ii iiiiiiii!iiiii!iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!i!i!iiii!iii!!!!!!iiiiiiiii!ii!iiiii!iiii!i!!!i!iiiiiii!i!!iii!ii!!!i!iiiiiiiii!iiiiiiiiiii!iii!iiiiiiiiii Information provided by Delaware State Police Troop 7 Center then transferred to Johns Hopkins. Charges are pending against Leitton, pending further investigation. "The driver is not going to drive until we get some closure on this from the state po- lice," said Greg Weer, Cape Hen- lopen School District supervisor of transportation. "We all feel re- ally bad about it." Weer said that another contractor and another driver immediately offered their support following the accident and took the other children home. Leitton has been licensed to drive school buses since December. No bomb found at high school after threat Delaware State Police are inves- tigating a bomb threat that oc- curred at Cape Henlopen High School on Thursday, April 4 at 11:12 a.m. According to Cpl. Pre- ston Lewis, Delaware State Police spokesman, a male caller phoned in the threat that there was a bomb in school and it would go off in 10 minutes. The students were im- mediately evacuated. State police officers, assisted by Lewes police, searched the building, and classes resumed at 1 p.m. Lewes police arrest three on drug charges Lewes Police Officer Edward Sabo arrested three Cape Region teens on drug charges following a routin.e investigation on Monday, April 1. The incident occurred while Sabo was patrolling and ob- served a black vehicle in the park- ing lot of Roosevelt Inlet on Cedar Avenue. Sabo found three men inside the vehicle acting suspi- ciously. Additional investigation revealed a small amount of mari- juana and drug paraphernalia pre- sent in the vehicle, so he charged all three with possession of mari- juana and possession of drug para- phernalia. The three men - Paul Lawson, 18, of Milton; John Mok- shefsky, 19, and Brian Lutton, 18, both of Nassau Mobile Home Park, were taken to Court 3 and released on $500 unsecured bond, pending trial. Milton VFW requests. annexation to town In a letter addressed to the Mil- ton Town Council, dated March 14, 1996, the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 6984 requested annexation to the town. The VFW has, in the last several months, had several heated discussions with Milton Town Council mem-. bers, who have been studying the options of increasing sewer rates for those wishing to access the town sewer system or requiring annexation in order to access the sewer. The VFW already access- es town water, at double the usual rate. Charlie Farrell, who spoke on behalf of the post during a March 4 town meeting, said he be- lieved it was unreasonable to in- crease the sewer rates - that it was only a means of coercing the VFW to annex the town. The council did not make a decision at that meeting about setting rates. According to the March 14 letter, "the general membership voted to request inclusion of our post in the town limits. We so request annex- ation in the town limits." The let- ter was signed by Harry Trout- man, post president. The council is still expected to make some changes in the future tO its out of town limits sewer access rate. Milton Main Street elects new director The Milton Main Street Com- mittee elected Nora Martin to its board of directors during its Tues- day, April 2 meeting. Martin is filling the position vacated by Pat- ti Fraley, who recently resigned from her post. The committee al- so has set a date for additional training from the National Main Street program. On May 22, Gene Delgado, a National Main Street facilitator, will discuss fund raising and volunteer development with the Mil- ton commit- tee. In order to prepare for that session, the Main MARTIN Street sub- committees will meet after a gen- eral membership meeting on May 7 to prepare information for Del- gado. Also during the meeting, the members approved Main Street President Tony Boyd-Heron's continued investigation of a fall canoe race. He has been working with the American Canoe Associ- ation and the Nature Conservancy Council to develop a plan.