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6 - CAPE GAZETYE, Friday' May 5 - May 11, 1995 VIlI00WP()I]00 ITS Editorial Route 1 focus should continue The biggest local news continues to be rapid commercial develop- ment along Rt. 1 and the accompanying safety and mobility issues that the added traffic brought on by that development will bring. Two new sets of outlet stores are racing against the clock to have doors open and parking lots finished for their tenants in time for the high season. That high season will begin in mid-June when regional schools close for the summer. With heavy marketing efforts under way to draw traffic to existing and new outlets, we can only predict that congestion on Rt. 1 this summer will be worse than any of us have ever seen. Efforts to come up With ideas and solutions for dealing with the problems that have already existed during congested periods in sum- mers past are continuing. The Del. Rt. 1 working group, in conjunc- tion with Delaware's Department of Transportation, is looking at preparing a unique set of standards for the state's most rapidly grow- ing corridor. Among the suggestions being studied is requiring any further commercial developments to provide service roads to elimi- nate the need for more traffic lights and other entrances off of Rt. 1. Those lights and entrances only serve to further slow the progression of traffic to its destination, For at least two years now, there has been talk of constructing a service road from the entrance to Reboboth Beach, on the northbound side, which would connect the Ocean Out- lets with the Kmart parking lot and the lot for the new commercial center slated for construction by the summer of 1996 just north of Kmart. As always, it only makes sense to swim with the tide and move forward quickly with the service road plan so the benefit can be realized sooner than later. Letters V-E Day ceremony unique opportunity This Saturday, ceremonies will be held in Bethany Beach marking the 50th anniversary of Germany's surrender to allied forces and the end of World War II in Europe. More than one person has remarked that World War II represents the last time this nation was united in a cause. Since that time, the nation has splintered into dozens of fac- tions, is reassessing every premise on which the nation was founded including its entire history, and is victim of more pervasive partisan- ship than at any time since the Civil War. Each passing decade will further cloud memories and diminish the numbers of those with first- hand recollections of how a nation galvanized itself to win a major world-wide, humanitarian victory. Saturday's ceremony offers a unique opportunity to touch that historical event and hear about it from people who, in a quarter of a century, will be gone. Weather Picture Parking for employees at the new Ocean Outlet mall cur- rently under construction is at a premiun First Quarter Full Moon Last Quarter New Moon May 7 May 14 May 21 May 29 I b We'd love to change the name to Veteran's Lane to honor you guys, but the inconvenience would be too much of a sacrifice. Cape committee supports issues The Cape Henlopen School District Legislative Action Committee recom- mends support for the following educa- tion issues. A copy has been sent to each member of our state legislative delega- tion and the school board with a request for their support. These issues have been approved by the executive committees of the Lewes Middle School PTA, Cape Henlopen High School PTSA, Rehoboth Elementary PTO, Shield Elementary PTA and the Sussex Consortium Parents Support Group. I. Use a portion of the "21st Century Fund" to pay for technology infrastruc- ture in our schools and technology train- ing for teachers. We should also ensure resources are available for hardware and software to be accessible to all students in the classroom. 2. Increase the amount of Division II funds available to teachers for discre- tionary spending on instructional materi- als such as supplemental materials and supplies. 3. Schools should be safe and con- ducive for learning. We expect this in the work place and should expect the same for our children in school and on school buses. Alternative schooling can be appropriate for chronically disruptive children and children with discipline problems. 4. The public school system should continue to serve all children. Each child is special and has different needs. Staff should be added for enrichment and remedial studies. 5. The current system of performance reviews, fixed salary schedules and These positions should be kept separate. Schools should receive state funding for partial units. If a child moves from one school district to another after the Sep- tember 30 head count cut off date, the funds should move with the child. 7. The background check law should be modified to exclude parents involved in group activities, such as class trips, from the cost and inconvenience of back- ground checks. David T. Stevenson LAC Chairman Lewes In response to Lewes editorial I appreciate your prod toward finish- ing the work on the Lewes Long Range Plan implementation (editorial in the April 28 edition). As you are probably aware, Councilperson James Ford guid- ed two of the three implementation com- mittees to conclusion last year. Both the Open Space Committee and the Annexa- tion Committee have completed their work and submitted the final recommen- dations to Lewes City Council. Those committee members did a great job and should be recognized for their hard work. The unfinished work which is the sub- ject of your editorial is rewriting of the zoning ordinance. I take full responsi- bility for the current status of the work on this task. I ask that due consideration be given to the extenuating circum- stances that have contributed to the long delay since the Zoning Committee last met. These include the loss of Jack Messick from our committee; the time needed for Tempe Steen to get fully acquainted with all of Jack's work n Lewes, including, among the many issues and potential litigation hanging Continued on page 8 tenure do not encourage excellence. We ,:.ii!iii,:iiiiiiiii!!%!!iiiHiiiii!iiiiiiiiiST!iiiiii,iiiiiiii i:, : :,: i ::i: should begin an open discussion with the employees of the educational system about possible changes to personnel poli- cies to see what is possible and in the best interest of everyone. 6. Class size is slowly getting larger as new support positions such as counselors and psychologists are added and includ- ed in the basic class size unit count. iiiiiiii !i!00!iii 00iiii00000000iiiii00ii!iiii !ii iii00iiii ii00ii0000iii00i!i0000iiiiiiil iiii0000iii00ii!i iii00iiii0000i!i iiii00ii!ii!ii Volume 2 No. 50 Publisher Dennis Fomey Editor Trish Vemon News Editor Steve Hoenigmann Reporters Denise Marshall Kerry Kester Kristen Seal Sports EdRor Dave Frederick Advertising Director Carol Mawyer Fehrenbach Advertising Cindy Roberts Nancy Tytecki Office Manager Kathy Emery Production Director Catherine Tanzer Radar Production Staff Susan Porter Deidre Sudimak Chds Wildt Contributors: Tim Bamforth Betty Reining Susan Frederick Nancy Katz Angie Moon Geoff Vemon The Cape Gazette (USPS 010294) is pub- ,shed by Cape Gazette Limited every Friday at 'the Shoppes of Camelot, 4375 High- way 1, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware 19971. Second class postage paid at Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Address all correspondence to: Cape Gazette, P.O. Box 213, Lewes, Delaware 19958. Tele- phone: 302-226-2273. FAX - 226-2277. Subscriptions are avail- able at $25 per year in Sussex County; $40 elsewhere. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The Cape Gazette, P.O. Box 213, Lewes, Delaware 19958. "Genius might weft be defined as the ability to make a platitude sound as though it were an original remark." - L.B. Wait=