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36 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, May 2 - May 8, 2003 State Fire Marshal's ()ffice and bar owners promote safety By Jim Cresson State Fire Marshal Willard E Preston III met with about two dozen nightclub owners, April 28, to update tbem on the need to maintain strict adherence to their occupancy limits this season. "In the wake of recent over- crowding tragedies in Rhode Is- land and Chicago, we feel it is im- perative that all club owners pay close attention to the size of their crowds this summer," said Pre- ston. "We don't want to have an ad- versarial role with club owners, rather we want to work with them and help prevent trouble. This is very important work. Safety is our top priority." Preston informed owners that state fire mar- shals would begin inspec- tions in the very near fu- ture, before the big crowds ar- rive in late May. "We are explaining PRESTON what roles we'll play to help the bar owners and what they must do to comply with what we want of them. Hopefully, we'll have another safe season at the beach. Our agents will be on the scene making their rounds in great force this year, and the owners have been notified of that." The preseason sitdowns with Daniel Russell joins Edward Jones f'Lrm in Lewes The financial services firm Ed- ward Jones has hired Daniel Rus- sell as the investment representa- tive to open Edward Jones' first branch office in Bethany Beach. "We're very proud to have Daniel on board as we become part of the Bethany Beach com- munity," said John Bachmann, managing partner of Edward Jones. "He brings a level of com- mitment and enthusiasm that is certain to benefit his clients." Russell said he is excited to be opening a new office for a firm that has built a reputation on serv- ing individual investors. "Edward Jones is the largest financial serv- ices firm in the nation in terms of offices, but it maintains its com- mitment to individuals," Russell said. "I have been impressed with the interest the firm's headquarters in St. Louis [Mo.] has shown in this new office. Bethany Beach, and the investors who live here, are very important to the firm, and I really like that." Prior to join- ing Edward Jones, Russell was a financial adviser at Mer- rill Lynch. He graduated, from Washing- RUSSELL ton College irl 1992. "I'm eager to become ac- quainted with all the people of Bethany Beach," he said, "and I am looking forward to settling down here and becoming an ac- tive member of the community." The largest firm in the nation in terms of branch offices, Edward Jones currently has more than 8,700 offices in the United States and through its affiliates in Cana- da and the United Kingdom. Plans call for expansion to 10,000 offices by 2003. For more information, Visit the Edward Jones website at www.ed- ward INJURED ? We will provide you with professional and experienced legal representation. I THOMAS J. STUMPF, esq. BRIAN F. DOLAN, esq. I (The practice of these lawyers is primarily limited to personal injury claims, litigation and resolution.) Stumpf, Vickers & Sandy, P.A. 8 West Market Street, Georgetown, DE 19947 (302) 856-3561 owners have occurred during the past several springs. The owners who have attended those meetings, say they are helpful. They also say they agree with the fire marshal's concerns. "We like these sessions," said Gary Canon, owner of Gary's Surf & Spray in Dewey Beach. "This is good information," said Richard Robinson, owner of Mc- Shea's in Dewey. "It helps us all be prepared." For his part, Preston said the deaths of 99 people in a Rhode Is- land club fire and 20 more in a Chicago club fire this winter "scared the heck out of me. I could see that happening in a Delaware bar." Chief Deputy Fire Marshal Richard Ward talked about how people are now more conscious of safety when they go to a bar. "People still want to drink and party, but they want to make sure they are able to be safe and get out of the bar and go home." Preston and Ward told bar own- ers that their agents Will check their establishments for various codes. If something needs correct- ing, they will help the club owner make on-the-spot improvements. "We are not out there to make life tough," said Ward. "We are out there to make it safe." Inspections will be made statewide, as well as at the beach, said Preston. Preston also encouraged all bar owners to make sure they have ad- equate sprinkler systems working in their establishments. "Imagine your bar on a crowded night and a fire breaks out," said Preston. "If there are no sprinkler systems, the people have less than a minute to get out or there are going to be deaths. None of us want that." He also asked them to brief their staffs to the need for safety. He explained how crowd-control staff at the Rhode Island club ran out of the burning building rather than stay at their posts and direct people out. .,,.,#..ldl   ,,-,,  ..,,,,,,- .