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Lewes's Jack McCarthy moving to Vermont Lewes educator Jack McCarthy and his family will be moving to Swanton, Vermont this summer where Jack has taken a position as principal of Mississquois Valley Union High School. According to Jack's wife, Pam, the school houses 1,100 stu- McCARTHY dents in grades 7-12. He will begin his new duties on the first of July. Jack has held a number of educa- tion positions in local schools. He served as band director for Cape Henlopen High School before moving into the assistant princi- pal's position there. He then moved to Indian River School District where he served as princi- pal at Sussex Central Middle in Millsboro and then principal of Sussex Central High School in Georgetown. It was during his tenure there that he gained nation- al attention in the case of the fir- ing of math teacher Adele Jones. In the much celebrated legal hat- fie, Jones was eventually rehired to her position. McCarthy then moved into the Indian River Dis- trict office before taking his pre- sent position as Project 21 site co- ordinator for Delaware's Depart- ment of Public Instruction. Tom Selleck has not bought S mansion One of the most persistent, star- studded rumors of the area in re- cent months is that movie and television actor Tom Selleck has purchased the Otis Smith mansion on Gills Neck Road at the edge of Lewes. "Absolutely no truth to that one," said Hazell Smith this week. Married to former Lewes mayor and menhaden magnate Otis Smith for many years, Hazell Smith now owns the brick man- sion and surrounding farmland where she continues to pursue her lifelong love of horses. How about the other rumor that Shelly Long, who played Diane in the popular television series Cheers and has starred in a number of films, is also interested in the Smith estate. "Now that's a dif- ferent story," said Smith. "She hasn't purchased anything here but she is a frequent visitor. Her brother has a house here. Shelly lived in Lewes back in the 1970s and cleaned out horse stalls for me. There wasn't enough money in it for her though. She said the big money was in acting so she went off to New York. She was right." Smith said Long's been back to Lewes a number of times. "I usually have some yearling standardbreds for sale and she comes to look at them for friends." Lewes personnel policy meeting planned May 23 There will be a meeting of the committee regarding personnel policy issues for the city of Lewes on Tuesday, May 23 beginning at 7:30 p.m. The meeting will be held within Council Chambers of City Hall located on East Third Street. Citizens Coalition meets Sunday, May 21 Citizens Coalition, a group of citizens concerned with promot- ing effective planning and sound land use, will meet on Sunday, May 21. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Lewes Grange Hall on Savannah Road. Agenda items include updates on plans for a Jiffy Lube, a miniature golf course and other developments along Del 1.; discussion regarding action on the environment; con- sideration of Citizens Coalition incorporating; and discussion on farm preservation. Bracken, Lavelle, Tausey seek re-election in Dewey The "BLT" slate, comprised of Dewey Beach Town Commission- ers James Bracken, James Lavelle and William Tansey, will be on the municipal election ballot this summer. Although no one has of_ ficially filed as a candidate for the September election, the three in- cumbents have indicated that they will seek re-election. Three seats - one resident and two non-resi- dent - are up for election this year. Lavelle, an instructor at Delaware Technical and Commu- nity College in Georgetown, plans to file as a resident commissioner candidate. A former Dewey Beach mayor, Lavelle currently serves as the town's police com- missioner. Bracken and Tansey will run as non-resident commissioner candi- dates. Bracken, who lives in Alexandria, Va., is president and chief executive of an event man- agement company that specializes in shows and conferences. He currently serves as special pro- jects and public relations commis- sioner. A Wilmington resident, Tansey is an engineer at the Star Enter- prise Refinery in Delaware City. He is the town's administrative commissioner. The trio won over- whelmingly during the 1993 mu- nicipai election. Sussex planners deny Jiffy Lube plan The Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission on Thursday, May 11 denied a site plan for a new Jiffy Lube north of the Midway Tire Center on Del. 1. According to Shane Abbott, a planner in the Sussex County Planning Office, the site plan was denied as submitted because it showed parking five feet from Del. I. Under county regulations, parking must be at least 40 feet away from the highway, he said. The applicant will be required to submit a revised site plan. Judge urges compromise in Harbeson lawsuit Delaware Chancery Court Chancellor William T. Allen is pressing Allen Family Foods and a group of Harbeson residents to reach a compromise in a legal bat- tle over the company's plans to operate a chicken rendering plant on 35 acres near the intersection of U.S. 9 and Del. 5. During oral arguments in the case Thursday (May 11), Allen encouraged the two parties to settle their differ- ences out of court. However, it is unlikely that the parties will reach an out-of-court settlement, ac- cording to James A. Puqua Jr., the attorney representing Seaford- based Allen Family Foods. Residents are concerned that the proposed rendering plant will cre- ate a foul odor and pollute the air and groundwater. In addition to the Chancery Court suit, the resi- dents have filed legal action in Su- perior Court asking the court to overturn the Sussex County Board of Adjustment's approval of the project. Asphalt plant plan stirs controversy The Sussex County Board of Adjustment early Tuesday (May 16) deferred action on a request by contractor Melvin L. Joseph to operate an asphalt plant on Sussex 322 near Georgetown. During a public hearing on the request Monday (May 15), opponents of the application expressed concern that the proposed asphalt plant would devalue their properties, create air pollution and noise, and add truck traffic. Earlier this month, the county's Board of Adjustment upheld a de- cision by County Planning Direc- tor Lawrence B. Lank to approve another asphalt plant at the county industrial park. The board's next meeting is June 5. Sussex planners have full agenda May 25 The Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission will meet on Thursday, May 25. The commission will hold a public hearing on a conditional use appli- cation for model homes sales and a display lot next to the Del. 24 entrance of Rehoboth Mall. The applicant, Angola Community Partners, L.L.C., wants to market single-family homes for Angola Estates, a residential community located next to the Angola Beach mobile home park. The maxi- mum number of model homes that could be located on the 1.21-acre site is five, according to County Planning Director Lawrence B. Lank. The commission will also con- duct a hearing on a conditional use application for a crematorium within the Parsell, Atkins, & Lodge funeral home being con- structed on Kings Highway. In other business, the commission will consider an application by Pine Acres, Inc. for a 63-1ot subdi- vision near Long Neck. The 26.45-acre site is located 110 feet northeast of the end of Rudder CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, May 19 - May 25, 1995 - 3 Road within Seafarers Village, approximately 1,460 feet north of Long Neck Road. The commission will also hold hearings on amendments to the county's zoning and subdivision ordinances relating to flood prone districts. The proposed amend- ments are housekeeping mea- sures. The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. in the County Council Chambers of the Courthouse in Georgetown. CURE group to ask for superintendent input Citizens United Regarding Edu- cation (CURE) decided at its May 15 executive board meeting to ask Cape Henlopen School District Superintendent Suellen Skeen to explain the district's strategic plan for implementing New Directions. CURE's spokeswoman, Estie Class, said since a major part of the group's focus is on the state's education reform initiative, New Directions, it is interested in learn- ing how the initiative will directly impact local students. No meet- ing date has yet been confirmed. The group has not yet deter- mined its next meeting date. Cape School Board to vote on tax rate The Cape Henlopen Board of Education is expected to vote on the tax rate at its next regular meeting, Thursday, May 25. Also on the agenda is a report by Board Member Sue Shupard and Super- intendent Suellen Skeen on the School-to-Work program. The program, said Skeen, is state and federally funded. It tar- gets the non-college bound stu- dents who, after leaving high school, enter the workforce. She said that although she is still re- searching it, it appears the pro- gram involves high school voca- tional education staff develop- ment. Its intent, she believes, is to foster a smoother transition from school to the business world. The board will also have special recognition awards for students who have earned honors in state organizations, science competi- tions, sports, and Special Olympics. Additionally, it will honor student and staff volunteers who have merited state recogni- tion and a teacher who won a DuPont mini-grant. The meeting will he held in the library at Cape Henlopen High School at 8 p.m. Shields teacher elected to Indian River board Shields Elementary School first grade teacher Chris Lecates was elected to the Indian River Board of Education on Saturday, May 13. Lecates, 42, has been teaching in the Cape Henlopen School Dis- trict for 21 years. She won 542 to 306 in the race against Preston In- gram. Several issues are important to her, said Lecates. "The superin- tendent search is the big thing," said Lecates. "I felt that would be the biggest issue - would have the Gala to benefit Catholic high school Plans are presently being formulated to build a region- al Catholic high school, St. Joseph's, to serve students in Sussex County, as well as Ocean City, Berlin and Salis- bury, Md. Gerri Cole of Bethany Beach and Joe Conaway of Seaford, sup- porters of the proposed pro- ject, are shown with a poster advertising a fundraising gala, to be held Sunday, June 11 from 4 to 8 p.m., at the Bay- Center, Ruddertowne, Dewey Beach. Tickets, $15 each, may be obtained by calling 537- 1386 or 539-1611. While no site has been found for the school, support- ers believe that there is enough interest to institute such a school, which would pride itself on small class size and teach morals. It would also give parents, Catholic or non-Catholic, another option in this area other than public or private school Interested people may also attend capital campaign committeemeetings, which are held every Thursday at 7:30 p.m., at St. Ann's Catholic Church, Bethany Beach. biggest im- pact - on the future of the Indian River School Dis- trict." Lecates al- so is interest- ed in the state's educa- tion reform ..... , LECATES initiative, New Direc- tions. "It's an enormous amount of money in a time when districts are facing a financial crunch," she said. "We have good standards. We have good methods of instruc- tional strategies. I think we should focus on our strengths and build from our strengths. "I want a lot of input. It's my responsibility to be prepared and make sound decisions for the fu- ture of the district." The future is particularly important to her, she said, because she has a seventh grade daughter at Sussex Central Middle School. She said she wants to make sure her daughter continues to receive quality edu- cation during a time when budget problems are plaguing districts statewide.