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! LI I J it |LEI L, IN J ]IIJIHII I1 t  a m'I'NHILI 4L IPlqllmLat'nnJIHiePP,l--. lit 'J qn I L,w.-mmw,o i  8 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, April 26 - May 2, 1996 Dewey is doing a great job I wanted both William Ruther- ford and Raymond Morrison, Jr. to know how pleased my family is with the substantial improvements in Dewey Beach over the last few years. We have been vacationing on the Delaware and Maryland shore for 25 years. I once owned a condominium apartment in Ocean City and have rented places for years in Rehoboth. In 1988, my family, along with several other families, bought a townhouse in Dewey Beach. Only our partners and families use the house. It is never rented. I am per- sonally there at least once a month all year round. The improvements you have made in life at Dewey Beach are great. I don't know if you ever re- ceive enough thanks. The town is quieter, the police coverage is im- proved and everything looks bet- ter (landscaping, cleanliness, new buildings, etc.). And a special note of thanks to you, Chief Morrison. I understand that you came from the Washing- ton, D.C. police force. I am a na- tive of the Washington area and know the problems you faced there. I think the improvements you have brought to Dewey Beach are substantial. Throughout the winter, I have the occasion to chat with your police officers when they are parked and carrying out their patrols. They all seem to be totally dedicated to giving us the comfort and protection we need. I encourage both of you to con- tinue the programs that you are carrying out making Dewey Beach a better place to vacation year round. I hope you are getting the full support of the Town Council in your efforts. Speaking as one of your regular part-time residents, I certainly appreciate it. Jim Todd Fairfax, Va. Vote for Class Estie Class is a candidate for the school board seat presently held by "Butch" Archer, who is also a candidate this year. For a number of reasons, I hope Estie wins. One of these reasons is that, while I agree with Mr. Archer that "The children of this district come first," I fail to understand how his actions support his words. If Mr. Archer really believes what he says, then why did he vote last month to change board Policy 303 to permit the hiring of administra- tive assistants for superintendent Suellen Skeen - when the need was certainly not evident - and then refuse to add kindergarten teachers to relieve classroom crowding - when the need was ob- vious? Did the children or the beauracracy come first in this in- stance? And why did Mr. Archer vote to shift authority from the school board to its superintendent? His vote to change Policy 302 did just that by permitting the superinten- dent to act without board approval in certain important areas - such as the hiring and reassignment of school administrators, for exam- ple. While these policy changes are unsettling, the Archer board's fail- ure in the past to adhere to exist- ing policy should also be noted. Specifically, recall that last year the superintendent elevated the special education manager to an administrative position and then promptly moved the former Shields school principal into it. This was all done without the board's formal approval by vote as required under the old Policy 302, which was then in force. It is quite clear that, either by design or neglect, Mr. Archer has been systematically shifting au- thority and responsibility from the elected school board to its ap- pointed superintendent. As re- ported in the Cape Gazette on March 29, Mr. Archer says the changes are to avoid "micro man- agement" by the school board. I say it is a power grab by the super- intendent through her willing ac- complice, "Butch" Archer. My vote will go to Estie Class on May 11. David L. Greer Lewes "Hap" Crystal gets the job done Harry "Hap" Crystal is running for representative of the 37th dis- trict and already he has begun to represent his constituents, me in particular. I had problems and concerns regarding class size, dis- cipline policy, and availability of materials here at Cape District Grammar Schools. Crystal's attendance at school board meetings shows his real in- terest in informing himself of the issues first hand. Over the last few months he has been at each of the board meetings I've attended. Af- ter one of these Thursday board meetings I spoke to him out in the hallway about a sensitive issue that I had been trying to handle for over four years. He said he would look into the matter for me. Monday morning I received a phone call from a senior office in the state legislature. I was told that they had already contacted several people on the issue I brought up and that they were working on a resolution to the situation. Wednesday I received a letter that detailed the final solution and res- olution to the problem along with copies of faxes, that were sent and received, which gave me a full de- scription of what had been done, who had been involved and all the steps to reach the favorable con- clusion. The situation was a particularly important one that affected virtu- ally all the children at the school and now that it is resolved the school is a much better place as a result. Crystal has said that he feels strongly about parental involve- ment being a better solution to higher standards in our schools than more government interven- tion and cost. My interest in this matter was as a parent, but my substantial involvement over a four year period was less effective than Crystal's 72-hour interven- tion on my behalf. Obviously even before being elected to office this gentleman knows how to get things done, quickly, effectively and with good documentation to boot. Nora A. Martin Milton Choral Society expresses thanks On behalf of the Southern Delaware Choral Society and all music lovers, we wish to express our appreciation to the many indi- viduals and groups who made possible the wonderful perfor- mance of Lee Mitchell's "Delaware: a Secular Oratorio." We are especially indebted to the Delaware State Arts Council, the Sussex County Council, Leslie and Clay Davis and Dorothy Ten- nov for underwriting the commis- sion of the work. Major supporters of the concert itself included Johnson Wax, Inc., County Bank, First Omni Bank, J. Corm Scott Furniture, Pepsi Cola Bottling Company, Townsend's, Inc., Pru- dential Joy-Gallo Realtors, the Town of Dewey Beach and the City of Seaford. The press and media must be singled out for their in-depth coverage of this world premiere, as well as the Sussex County Arts Council and the Indian River School District for their generous co-operation. Special accolades go to Dick Eck- erd, our loyal and hard-working director, and to Lee Mitchell, who gave generously of himself not only in the creation of a mar- velous musical work but also in his attendance at every rehearsal and his superb technical coaching. We must also credit Mike and Re- becca Dennis of the Blue Gold Inn for their generosity in providing the lovely reception following the performance. Finally, it would be inappropri- ate not to acknowledge the work of photographers Betty Palmer and Jeannie Greenhaugh, whose generosity and expertise were in- valuable. The ultimate thank-you must go, of course, to the wonder- ful people of Sussex County and beyond who supported this effort with their words of encourage- ment, their financial support and their attendance. Who ever would have thought, even several years ago, that Delaware and Sussex County, in particular, would be able to claim a world class composer as its own? We in Sussex County can be justly proud of our place in the cultural landscape of the first state. Sussex Countains, you de- serve the best of the arts, and the arts are grateful for your support. John Ranney, President Board of Trustees Southern Delaware Choral Society It takes a special kind of person I would like to congratulate and express how proud I am of Carol Barlow for being named Consor- tium Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Barlow and the whole team of wonderful teachers and specialists are finally being recog- nized for the successful program they have developed. It takes a special kind of person to work with "medically fragile" children. Some of the children are deaf, blind, use alternate breathing routes or have a combination of these challenges. Most people see children held captive by their handicaps who will never contribute to society as "normal" people, and feel pity for the life these children are confined tO. But Mrs. Barlow looks for ways to assess the children's challenges and to make the best out of their situation. As her daughter, I am very bi- ased. But as her daughter, I have also seen the "behind the scenes" time, effort and heartache that has come from trials with the children and the school system. She has seen many obstacles including the deaths of three of her children. She has also seen many triumphs. She has planned field trips to such places as Power Play (an indoor play area in Milford), Children's Beach House, school assemblies and shopping centers. They have strolled the board- walk and Cape Henlopen High School cheerleaders were brought to Harbor Healthcare to cheer up the kids. A recent addition is a patio for the children of the present over- looking a memorial garden for the children of the past. It is not very often that children get to tell their parents how proud the children are of all you both have become. I am very proud of my parents. In my eyes, my mother is the quote by Edith Wharton: "There are two ways of spreading light - to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it." The children are the candles that allow my mother to perform her job reflecting their wonderful and special brilliant light. Lindsay B. Barlow Clemson University Clemson, S.C. 24 Burton Court, Bay Harbor Charming, well cared for residence with a functional floor plan that features: a living room with 12 foot ceilings, brick fireplace, and access to deck; a spacious and light eat-in kitchen opening to deck; formal dining room; entry foyer; 3 bedrooms, two and a half baths; the large deck has an adjoining privately fenced hot tub area; two car garage and mature landscaping. Please call Derrick Lingo. Listing #5053J MOTIVATED SELLER!