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Police museum features Rehoboth crime scene. Pg. 101 Delaware's Cape Region Friday, May I -Thursday, May 7, 1998 Volume 5, NO. 49 Order restored at Cape High; community works for unity By Kerry Kester In the calm after the storm of conflict that plagued Cape Henlopen High School dur- ing the week of April 20, students and staff returned to a normal environment and activ- ities on Monday, April 27. Students from the rivaling West Rehoboth and Slaughter Neck communities appear to be making progress toward better communication and increasing their understanding of each oth- er. Out-of-school conflicts between students from each of the communities spilled into the school cafeteria on Monday morning, April 20, only minutes after students returned from their spring vacation. Vio- lent fights led to injuries, suspensions, potential expulsions and arrests, including two arrests involving weapons violations. School officials bent on keeping the envi- ronment safe and educationally productive, Senior privileges and the breakfast program were suspended; order was restored. However, rumors persisted that students had guns and were intending to engage in another violent confrontation on Friday night, possibly at The Warehouse, a teen club in Seaford, where it appears the initial conflicts began. Principal Ron Burrows called for an enlisted help from the state police, which ,emergency meeting with parents and com- by Thursday, April 23, meant 10 troopers munity members to find a solution to the were patrolling the halls of Cape High. problems that were affecting perhaps less Schroeder seeks bond bill funds to stop inlet sewer plant discharge Councilman Otorge Cole to ques- tion the discharge and prompted a letter from Bob Stickels, who is the county administrator, urging the state to take the plunge and hook its treatment plant into the South Coastal treatment plant operated by Sussex County. On Thursday, April 30, Schroed- er said he will go one step further and ask for bond bill funding this year to stop the discharge. He said the plant may have more impact than originally thought after being told during Thursday's legislative session that some closed shellfish areas could probably be reopened seasonally to clamming if the plant is closed. Sehroeder was not certain how large the shellfish areas are. Gerard Esposito, who testified before the Legislature, also was not sure how large the shellfish areas are. "We have a responsibility to remove these point source dis- Continued on page 17 Change would open bay shellfish areas By Michael Short Rep. John Schroeder, D-Lewes, will ask for funding in the Delaware bond bill to stop the dis- charge of treated sewage into Indi- an River Inlei by the state of Delaware. The dischargeis from the sewage treatment plant at the campground in Delaware Seashore State Park. The discharge is only when the tide is outgoing and offi- cials have said. that the treated wastewater has a minimal impact on the inland bays because of the strong tide at the inlet. This is not a new issue. But it surfaced once more last week when Sussex County was asked to approve a connection from a pri- vate housing development, South Shore Marina, to the sewer plant. That prompted Sussex County than 1 percent of the school population involved in the problem. The response was excellent; more than 50 parents, educators, community leaders, clergy and students attended the Friday, April 24 meeting. Pointed words from a Cape High student gave pause for thought: "I think if a lot of parents was involved with their children, this wouldn't have happened," said DeShon James. "I don't see many black parents in the school. I don't see very many black Continued on page 16 Tim Bamforth photo Cape High's Kai Maul1 leaps to victory at Penn Relays Surrounded by the historic buildings of University of Pennsylvania's Franklin Field, Cape Henlopen High School's Kai Maull flies through the air on the way to setting a personal record and winning the long-jump event at the nationally prestigious Penn Relays. Maull's leap of 24 feet 9 inches put him well ahead of the second-place contender from Puerto Rico, Guillermo Toledo. The distance also set a Delaware record for the event. [For story, please turn to page 77.] The burial will be part of a busy weekend of activities in Lewes featuring the opening of a new musuem that focuses on the DeBraak. The buried remains, placed in two infant coffins, will be marked by a stone engraved with the names of the sailors aboard the vessel when it sank. The commemoration activities will mark the 200th anniversary of the sinking of "His Majesty's Brig DeBraak." Exactly 200 years to the day that the H.M.B. DeBraak sank, the crew members lost in the shipwreck will be buried in an honorary consecration service. Following the service, the museum will unveil the new H.M.B. DeBraak exhibit, a com- pilation of rare and previously unseen artifacts from the vessel. The Memorial Day events are open to the public and will include an 18th century-style funeral pro- cession for the DeBraak crew members' remains, complete with national and regional dignitaries participating as principle mourn- ers; pall bearers in period attire led by the Colonial Williamsburg Fife & Drum Corps; a consecra- tion; and burial ceremony officiat- ed by a Royal Navy chaplain for the 200-year-old remains of the H.M.B. DeBraak's crew mem- bers. The events are being sponsored Continued on page 17 State workers have been prepar- ing a special burying ground this week alongside the Zwaanendael Museum in Lewes. On Monday, May 25, following a funeral procession beginning at St. Peter's Church, bones recov- ered when the sailing vessel DeBraak was raised in 1984 will be placed in the grave. DeBraak seamen's bones to be buffed in Memorial Day fete