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16 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, April 26 - May 2, 1996 Milton Chamber cancels concert; telemarketers questionable By Kerry Kester The Chamber of Commerce of Milton, concerned that a telemar- keting company it hired to pro- mote a 50s musical revue was duping the public, canceled its contract and the event scheduled to be held June I at Cape Hen- lopen High School. The chamber hired Tri-State Consultants, Inc. dba Community Events on Feb. 12 when it signed an agreement stating that the com- pany would produce the shows and the chamber would sponsor it. "There was a solicitation from a theatrical marketing service," said Jackson Dunlap, the chamber's at- torney. It was an open letter to various organizations, he said, "indicating that they would put on an event in the area." As a fundraising enterprise, a percentage of the proceeds would go to the chamber. The telemarketers would be re- sponsible for contracting the Dovells, a musical group, and telemarketing ticket sales. The chamber was to have collected tickets at the door and provided ushers on the day of the shows. Telemarketing solicitations be- gan on approximately March 9. About a week later, people began registering complaints with the chamber. "The chamber was receiving feedback of complaints that peo- ple were being solicited for dona- tions, some of which were for a scholarship fund," said Dunlap. He said complaints also indicated telemarketers were saying they Inland Bays Continued from page 14 panel discussions and breakout groups. Inland Bays Center Chair Dr. Kent Price said a meeting could be a "fresh look" at the bays. The STAC also heard a report from Rick Green of the Depart- ment of Natural Resources and Environmental Control on toxins in the inland bays. That proved a hot issue last fall when an EPA re- port on Delmarva's bays found some toxins in bottom sediments. At the time, DNREC officials said news accounts of the report overplayed that report and pointed Seabright Continued fieom page 13 But Tyler complimented Berl for speaking to the coalition and keeping the lines of communica- tion open. Mable Granke said that perhaps the county should develop an in- termediate density zone for simi- lar development projects. The Coalition took no official position on the project. But a peti- were from other chambers of commerce. Additionally, the telemarketers apparently issued family passes - without indicating how many peo- ple were included on a pass, dis- tributed family passes without re- ceiving payments, and could not account for the number of tickets distributed. "Knowing Cape Henlopen High School has only a 300 seat capaci- ty, the chamber became concerned about how many tickets had been sold or disseminated," said Dun- lap. "The chamber took the position that the agreement executed with Community Events did not have the authority to solicit contribu- tions for any charitable purpose on behalf of the Milton Chamber," Dunlap said. 'q'hus, the Milton Chamber in- formed Community Events that on April 18 it rescinded the agree- ment it executed on February 12." "We've communicated with their attorney. We're not going to take any affirmative steps [against the company]," said Dunlap. The termination agreement to which both parties agreed was that Community Events would retain those funds that it had already re- ceived as payment, would forward to the Chamber any and all checks received after the termination agreement, and would take re- sponsibility for canceling the per- formers' contracts. "The Milton Chamber is going to contact every person who has sent funds or made contributions to the Milton Chamber. It is ready out that some of those toxins, in- cluding DDT or similar chemical compounds, are banned, but are still present in the environment because they take a very long time to break down and be eliminated. Price said that EPA report has information about toxins in the sediment of the inland bays. But it does not contain information about the impact of the toxins on living organisms (a bioassay) or on the bottom or benthic dwellers. Price said that means the infor- mation is not complete and the group has decided to ask the Envi- ronmental Protection Agency to do more research and study those other two aspects to learn more about how much of a concern the toxins should be. tion was circulated around the room by local residents asking that the rezoning from general res- idential be denied. Area resident Terry Bartley said that he is uncertain how many sig- natures have been gathered (the Coalition is not circulating that petition). Bartley said, however, that he knows they have at least 100 signatures. Nevros estimated that the num- ber could reach several hundred, noting that other petitions were still in circulation. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PRESENTS FABULOUS 'FIFTIES REVUE starring THE DOVELLS SATURDAY JUNE 1, 1996 5:00 P.M. CAPE HENLOPEN HIGH SCHOOL- LITTLE THEATRE AUDITORIUM Producer reserves the right to refund purchase price or present additional performances. Tickets distibuted for the June 1 show indicated they were a family pass, which led to con- fusion over what constitutes a family. to refund the money to each con- tributor," said Dunlap. "Or, if that person desires to make a contribution to the cham- ber, the money will be utilized by the Milton Chamber for the schol- arship fund it has in place for stu- dents in the Cape Henlopen School District." Dunlap said the chamber is set- ting aside all funds exceeding ex- penses for the scholarship fund. "Delaware is contemplating legislation that, if passed like in other states, will have some con- trol over these agencies," said Dunlap. He said similar bills in other states require telemarketers to identify themselves, whothey are working for, and what percentage of the sales go toward the con- tracted organization if consumers inquire. Dunlap said the consumer divi- sion in Delaware's Attorney Gen- eral's office is examining the tele- marketing issue. FArm, FRIENDS, AND MY WIFE HAVE G(YYrEN ME INTO MY RECOVERY. MY HEARTFELT THANKS TO ALL OF YOU. GOD SPEED CHARLEY SHEPPARD tinted T. Shirls & Sporlswear Geoff Vernon is now in independent operation as Artwork Logo Design Quick Service " Quality Work Reasonable Prices 227-0101 227-0449