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38 - CAPE GAZETTE - Friday, April 11 - Monday, April 14, 2008 CHEF partners with businesses to help Cape district Endowment fund to support local schools By Leah Hoenen Cape Gazette staff The Cape Henlopen Education Foundation is partnering with local businesses to raise money for its endowment fund and other projects. With three fundraisers already planned through June, the Cape Henlopen Education Foundation (CHEF) wants to make a habit of teaming up with area businesses. Winterjam helped fund the mini- grants the foundation offers to teachers for special classroom projects. People who give to the founda- tion will support school district events and things for teachers and students that are not now paid for by the district, said foundation board member Chris King. "We're trying to have a good endowment fund to support the district in the future," said King. State and federal budgets are getting cut and King said it doesn't now look promising that school dis- tricts will get those monies back. The founda- KING tion is trying to fill that gap. "We hope people will rally for the school district and see the impor- tance of having strong schools in our community," she said. The foundation is kicking off spring fundraising in style. From Tuesday, April 15 to Thursday, May 15 full-service Artistic Designs Day Spa and Salon on Route 24 in Lewes will donate 20 percent of the cost of its services, besides specials, to CHEE Then, over the three-day Memorial Day weekend, King's Ice Cream will donate 20 percent. On June 7 local band 33 1/3 will play a benefit show at Beseme in Lewes. The restaurant will donate 10 Mortgages Continued from page 37 insurance premiums for three years, through Dec. 31, 2010. Survivor's home sale exclusion - In an important development for recently widowed spouses, the new law extends the period of time during which a surviving spouse may use the joint return f'ilers' $500,000 home-sale gain exclusion before being treated as a single individual entitled only to a $250,000 exclusion. Previously, a _surviving spouse was entitled to the $500,000 exclusion only to the extent he or she could file a joint return with the deceased spouse's estate, which only occurs for the tax year in which the spouse dies. Starting Jan. 1, 2008, the sale of a residence that had been jointly owned and oocupied by the sur- viving and deceased spouse is entitled to the $500,000 gain exclusion provided the sale occurs no later than two years after the date of death of the indi- vidual's spouse. Volunteer emergency respon- ders - The foreclosure relief bill also gives volunteer firefighters and emergency medical respon- ders some tax relief. Individuals who receive a qualified state and local tax benefit - any reduction or rebate of a tax and qualified pay- ments of up to $360 each year provided on account of their vol- unteer services - can exclude them from income. This treatment applies to tax years beginning after Dec. 31, 2007. Frederick Dean Jr. is a char- tered retirement planning coun- selor and financial .adviser at For more infor- mation, call 302-236-6700, send email to dean @ or visit, www. percent of the evening's proceeds to the foundation. Founded in 2006 by the Cape Henlopen school board, CHEF provides minigrants to teachers for special projects, offers schol- arships to graduating students who wish to return to teach at Cape, supplements performing arts and athletics, and supports early childhood education initia- tives and the Superintendent's Citizenship Honor Award Program. The Cape Henlopen Performing Arts Scholarship is now managed by the foundation, which also col- laborates with vocational and technical programs, such as certi- fied nursing assistant programs and heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) apprentice programs a t area colleges. For more information regarding partnering with CHEF, contact CHEF President Rick Grier- Reynolds at or 529-0534. Contact Leah Hoenen at leah @ capegazette, com. The co00fo00 ofho00e. The caring of Cadbury. Caring for those with Alzheimer's or other memory impairment takes a balance of professionalism and sensitivity. That's why Cadbury at Lewes created Safe Harbor, a unique environment for those at all levels of Alzheimer's and other dementias. Our "home within a home" design helps residents feel comfortable--with a front porch and an enclosed garden area right outside the full kitchen, living and dining room areas. 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