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Cape Gazette BRIEFS FRIDAY, APRIL 11- MONDAY, APRIL 14, 2014 3 Briefly )) Rehoboth changes meeting date The Rehoboth Beach commis- sioners have moved the date of their regular meeting from Fri- day, April 18, to 9 a.m., Monday, April 21, in the city commission- ers' room. The meeting date was changed due to the Good Friday holiday. Dewey commissioners to meet April 12 The Dewey Beach Town Com- missioner will meet will at 9 a.m., Saturday, April 12, in the Dewey Beach Life Saving Station, 1 Dag- sworthy Ave. Items on the agenda include discussions on the zoning code of the north end of town, poten- tial parking changes to Dickinson and Van Dyke avenues, and the possible institution of traffic- calming measures on West Street and other streets in northern Dewey. Dewey planners to discuss sea level rise The Dewey Beach Planning Commission will hold the first of three public hearings relating to sea level rise issues facing the town. Issues to be discussed include circumstances for elevating a structure height higher than 35 feet, an increase in freeboard, an extension of town code prohib- iting building seaward of mean high tide, a redefining of "sub- stantial damage" in town code, and a change in the building permit process for significant repair or construction of non- eonforming buildings. The meeting begins at 3 p.m., Saturday, April 12, and will be held in the Dewey Beach Life Saving Station, 1 Dagsworthy Ave. Sussex council off the next two weeks Sussex County Council will not meet Tuesday, April 15, be- cause of a lack of agenda items or Tuesday, April 22, for its annual Easter holiday. The next scheduled meeting is at 10 a.m., Tuesday, April 29, in the county administration build- ing on The Circle in Georgetown. First Sussex Ready for Hillary event set Sussex county's first Ready for Hillary event, hosted by Lise Haupt and her husband Dennis Berlin, will be held Saturday, April 12, beginning at 10 a.m. at their house, 35556 Hatteras Court, Rehoboth Beach. Allida Black, a founder of Ready for Hillary, will speak to the gathering. She is a professor of Histo- ry and International Affairs at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She is the recipient of the Millenium Medal from George Washington University and the James Jordan Award from Penn State University for Outstanding Dedication and Excellence. Her expertise is in the areas of human rights, the United Nations and Eleanor Roosevelt. Those interested in attending should call 302-260-9176. Correction )) BOYS' LACROSSE - In a story in the April 1 Cape Gazette, the final name in the list of scorers in the boys' lacrosse game should have been J.C. Ashby. CO-OWNER- A story in the March 28 edition should have identified Tom Durso as a co-owner of Simply Dressed clothing store in Rehoboth Beach. ALY FISHER - A story in the April 4 edition should have said Aly Fisher has limb-girdle muscular dys- trophy LEWES ELECTION - Lew- es City Councilman Fred Beaufait is not up for re- election in the Saturday, May 10 election. An April 4 story was incorrect. HOWARD ADKINS RE- MEMBERED - One of the photographs April 8 for the Final Call for Howard Adkins misidentified the lady thanking volunteers. She was Annette Allman, Howard's daughter. Police & Fire )) FIREFIGHTERS KICK OFF RECRUITMENT CAMPAIGN APRIL 13 CHRIS FLOOD PHOTO FLANKED BY MEMBERS of the General Assembly on his left and members of the Delaware Volunteer Firefight- ers Association on his right, Gov. Jack A. Markell presented a tribute in recognition of the firefighters and mem- bers of the ladies auxiliary Tuesday, April 8, on the steps of Legislative Hall in Dover. The tribute kicked off the statewide Delaware Volunteer Firefighters Make a Difference Campaign, which is intended to support the re- cruitment of new volunteer firefighters and members. As part of the campaign, fire houses across the state will be hosting open houses from noon to 4 p.m., Sunday, April 13. HER PRAISED IN MILTON HENRY J, EVANS JR. PHOTO IT'S LIKELY TO BE a long time before Town of Milton residents will count among them someone as dedicated and spirited as Gladys M. Wilkins. Gladys died Dec. 23, at age 84, having lived her lifetime in the Milton farmhouse where she was born. Gladys will be remembered for her volunteerism, Milton Mayor Marion Jones said at the April 7 mayor and town council meeting. Gladys' nephew Ed Maas of Seaford, his wife and daughters attend- ed the meeting. Jones read a proclamation honoring Gladys' volunteer work with the Milton Century Club, Milton Garden Club, Milton Fire Department La- dies Auxiliary, Milton Historical Society and other organizations. Jones also proclaimed April as Volunteerism Month in the town, and she encouraged town residents to become involved with its volunteer or- ganizations. A photo portrait of Gladys is among fhose in the show Miltonians: The Portrait Show, on display until Tuesday, May 20, at the Milton Historical Society. The show features more than 30 portraits, many of Milton art- ists, all by Milton artists. Shown at the Milton Mayor and Town Council meeting are Gladys Wilkins' family members (I-r) Cathy Hastings, great-niece; her mother, Janet Maas; Ed Maas; and Judy Tate, great-niece. Milton artist Jeanie Greenhaugh made the photo portrait of Gladys. Fire damage closes Blue Water 6rill By Molly MacMillan When Blue Water Grill co- owner Jessica Wiggins received a call from her husband, Josh, saying the restaurant was on fire, she first hoped it was an early April Fool's prank. Unfor- tunately, he wasn't kidding. Shortly before dinner ser- vice March 28, an electrical fire sparked in the walls of the res- taurant and bar, Wiggins said, frying the wiring. By the time the fire was out, the interior of the restaurant was waterlogged and unfit for business. Wiggins said about 4 p.m., the staff smelled something burn- ing, and Josh took a look. "He discovered it was coming from the wall and called the fire com- pany," she said. "They were able to put it out very quickly, but it is such an old building. There's water damage and everything is connected." Fortunately, there were no injuries, and the fire was discov- ered in the afternoon. Wiggins said a nighttime fire could have destroyed the entire old city block on Main Street in Mills- boro. In addition to restoring the dining room and kitchen so the Blue Water Grill can reopen, the owners said they must first repair and update the old infra- structure. Wiggins said she received es- timates this process will take anywhere from two to four months and has tried to help her staff f'md temporary employment until the grill can reopen. All the food, including an entire shipment they had just received, is a complete loss, Wig- gins said. Even the dry goods had to be thrown out after the ceiling came down. "We had just re- ceived enough new food to feed 400 people in the shipment," she said. "There are so many aspects that are out of our control. Right now, it's iust sad." With adequate insurance and the support of her community, including local Rep. John Atkins, D-Millsboro, who Wiggins said beat her to the scene of the fire that night, the owner said she is hopeful that the Blue Water Grill will soon be back in business. Fans and regulars can stay up- dated by checking the Blue Water Grill page on Facebook, she said, and they will also continue to update information through the Blue Water Grill voicemail box at 302-934-5160. "Everything hap- pens for a reason, and we will just have an awesome grand reopening party, whenever that happens," Wiggins said.