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14 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, April 25- May 1, 1997 Increase in Hispanic population points to need for services By Ro#aa Pack Recent population figures for Delaware show a trend that was no surprise for many in southern Delaware: the Hispanic popula- tion in the state has increased dramatically and Sussex County is on the leading edge of the trend. In a time period surveyed by .the De!aware p0pulation  199010 County has grown mo/e than 200 percent, while it has grown 61 percent statewide. And some who work with members of the Hispanic community feel that those figures are too conservative, especially in Sussex. In 1990. it was estimated that there were 2,317 I-Iispanics in the state&apos;s southernmost county. The consortium's figures show 1995 numbers to be estimated at almost 8,000. "I think that the figures are still far too low," said Gonzaio Martinez. "We need more accurate numbers; there is much more work to be done. "But, having said that, I will add that we are getting closer to reality, and that will help us develop better services for those who. need them." he said. "I'm not sure how the consortium got their figures, however, at least they are reflecting more what is truly here." The consortium is a group of state and pri- vate business officials who compile projec- tions on population and employmenLAc, .codi, ag :.,.to..;+- the :Delaware + Ec0nomic Development Office, the non-partisan group is the primary source for projections that are MARTINEZ used for state planning. Working with the University of Delaware, the consortium was established more than 20 years ago. Figures show need In Martinez's opinion, the higher popula- tion figures can serve a variety of purposes, but they should be particularly useful to or- ganizations and agencies that serve as re- source centers for I-Iispanics. He said much of the work of centers such as La Esperunsa and La Casita involves putting immigrants in touch with existing programsfor social -Sen. Joe Biden agrees with that line of thinking. Biden's office recently announced that additional Immigration and Naturaliza- tion Service (INS) officers are to be as- signed to southern Delaware. After a year of campaigning for a greater INS presence in Delaware, specifically in southern Kent and in Sussex counties, Biden said the total oftO'_officrS that will be stationed in i':'_:aad rgetown is a great-improve= menL Biden sees progress "Ihe new INS office and seven new offi- cers Will provide on-site services to help the increasing Hispanic population in southern Delaware, poultry plants and their foreign- born employees and county and state offi- cials address immigration-related issues and concerns," the senator said. Although timing of the consortium's re= lease of population figures was coincidental to the approval of additional INS officers for southern Delaware, Biden said the re= port supports the need that he and state and private officials had identified. "With the recent report by the Delaware Population Consortium of a nearly 61 per- .- Martinez, a Lewes resident, is active with - services and immigration issues. He said cent increase in Delaware's Hispanic popu- La Esperana, a I-Iispunic cbm/ni/t--.eh = that the centers offe.k..OW.lrs : lation,>ii is Tore impoPamt t lure ever/that ter in Georgetown. He said the actual popu- for literacy, English as a second lanel "_"INS provides a full range of immigfig, n latlon figures could be as high as double andlegal rights. ...... and naturalization services in the stateto as- those .recently. rel ' According to Mar- ,'We will certainly use these new figures, sist those who want to become U.S. citl- tinez, as ny  500 I- pai.'fq  the..ser-. Jo.show thee.need fgtr  particularly zel,while strictly enforcing our U.S. ira- vices of La Esperansa in a month; and most in the areasof health care, chili care and migration Laws/' Biden said. of thOSe.are not repeat visitor_. - - housing," MaRinez sald "There ie many:  Biden,spokesperson Claire DeMatteis "If you look at these numbers, they show .important ways_to use:these numbers and said the Senator is concerned with enforce that w e see close to 8,000 & year, and obvi. serve peopleotber Itum strictly immi : mefit, lwev he sees providing seiMces ously, we  not seeing  who are here," enforcement." - ' to individuals and families as being of great By Michael Short The deal is done and the check is written. Delaware has purchased Massey's Landing from the Faucett family for $910,000. The purchase of approximately four acres of land on the waterfront gives Delaware title to one of the most popular spots in Sussex County for fisbermen and boaters. Massey's Landing has long been a popular spot for boaters with its easy access to both Re- hoboth and Indian River Bays. Delaware went to settlement this week for the property, according to David Small, the director of in- formation for the Department of Natural Resources and Environ- mental Control (DNREC) importance as well. "The Senator is of the same frame of mind as Mr. Martinez," DeMatteis said. "He feels that the INS office must also make connections for people. A big piece of this pie is that more services will be made available because of the increase in the INS office. "Also, the convenience for individuals and for employers to be able to go to Georgetov;,n or Dover rather than to Philadelphia is a vast improvement. It will make it easier for the INS officials to carry out their responsibilities as far as making on-site visits." Sussex County Administrator Robert Stickels expressed his appreciation to Biden for his efforts in improving INS ser- vices in southern Delaware. He said the ad- ditional officers should help county and state officials address immigration issues and concerns. Martinez feels that the emphasis that the local INS officials put on services remains to be seen. He said, "We need clarification on immigration's r01e. Of the new officers, only one is designated for service. Only one? They have to apply the law, but it's the waY they apply it." In the meantime, Martinez said that he and others in southern.Delaware who ac- 'fivdy work in the Hislmiccommtmity wilt continue to strive for better programming, better services and better communications between the diverse cultural groups and pri- vate and public agencies including the sch0ols. He Sai/d re, cogniti0n 0f tad grow- ing population will help them in their en- deavors. "Circle of Strength', forumaimed at preventing child abuse Reported child abuse,, on a local, state mately 350 people attended the Seventh venile delinquency, substance abuse and "We must take a hard look at our atti- and national level, continues to be docu- mented at high rates. Delaware's Criminal Justice Analysis Center's domestic vio- lence report from. 1992 crime data revealed that children are three times more likely to be victims of forcible rape in Delaware than adults. In Delaware, there was a 48.3 percent in- crease in reports of child abuse and neglect between Fiscal Year (FY) '90 and FY '96. In FY 97, the Division of Family Services received 5,512 reports of child abuse and neglect Many Delawareans find those numbers unacceptable and are doing something to prevent child abuse and neglect. Approxi- Annual Prevcnti0n Forum held in Dewey Beach fromMonday, April 21, through Wednesday;April 23. "Circle of Strength: Embracing Delaware's Children and Fames" was the theme of the statewide conference aimed at preventing child abuse. Held at Rudder- towne, the conference kicked off on Mon- day with a opening address from Thomas Eichler, cabinet secretary for the Depart- ment of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families. "Prevention not only saves fives, but it al- so saves money," said Eichler. "We all have a stake in preventing social problems that may begin with child abuse such as ju- domestic violence. The forum is one way the department can Wovide the community with tools to identify and prevent child abuse and strengthen families." James Levine, Ed.D, director of The Fa- therhood Project with the Families and Work Institute in New York, gave a keynote address entitled, "New Expecta- tions to Create Strong Families." He ad. dressed concerns about the breakdown of family values in America and the budgetary problems of agencies serving children and their families. "I offer people working with families a new model that has proven to be effective across the country," said Levine. tudes and assumptions :about bow we think. about fathers, mothers and children, as the first step to successful change," he said. !Wbe model primarily focuses, on dumging Our personal expectations for fathers and men." Levine's address was followed Monday by Peter Alsop, Ph.D, of Moose School Productions. Alsop's stories and humorous sing-alongs shed light on how family inter- actions impact people and reflect on chil- dren, workplaces and communities. Other seminars on Monday included the following: "Raising Children in a Socially Toxic Environment"; "Preventing the Cy- Continued on page 15 State finalizespurch00e ofMasSey's0000nd00g; boat ramp<ilon:00ay The purchase gives Delaware a to beready for public use by later   site with an existing boat ramp, this spring. ITII t, abundant parking, pilings and Additional plans will come later dock space at the end of Long and Small said that a public meet- etoa " Neck Road. The pilings and docks ing will be held later this year,  are not in good condition and a probably in the Long Neck vicini- t,ts - tackle shop and snack bar on the ty to discuss what kind of facili- I   -'._.%, fxl  _  aow areal% site is probably beyond repair, ties should be available at the site. I.y" Both have deteriorated since the "It is a great location," he said. Fancett family stopped operating The purchase of the property was the private business, which had done with 75 percent sportfish suffered storm damage, restoration funding, a federal pro- But what the state is purchasing gram. The remaining 25 percent [ ., oy#' , st..3r" q, ,/  is location. Massey's Ditch lies of the cost, approximately [_- -  -d, X :: midway between both hays and is $225,000, was paid by the state of I J within easy reach of Indiun River Delaware. 1 -W  d .,-: Inlet. "Access to the inland bays is In addition to its fine fishing, "" IsC -- _ kT somewhat limited," Small said. Massey's Landing is:also consid-  INDSa RIVER BAY It. The state, is also getting abun- ered to have some of the best wa- L_.._ dant parking and an existing boat ter quality of any place in thein- ramp. Plans call for the boat ramp land bays. This map shows.the state's acquis/tion,-Massey'a Landing.