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2- CAPE GAZETTE, Fridayt May 28, 1993 3 juveniles plead not guilty in gay bashing incident Three juveniles have pleaded not guilty to assault charges in connec- tion with the May 16 beating of three gay men with champagne bottles and a baseball bat in Rehoboth Beach. The incident left one man with brain damage and possible permanent disabilities. Two others were treated for severe cuts at Beebe Medical Center in Lewes. On Wednesday, the juveniles pleaded not guilty in Family Court. The state attorney general's office later had them arrested on new charges. They were each charged with possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, a charge which carries a mandatory two-year sentence. Two adults, Miles L. Cuffee, 18, and Fer- nando O. Harris, 21, also were arrested in connection with the beating. Judge orders evaluation for David DeRiemer Superior Court Judge T. Henley Graves has ordered competency test- ing for David DeRiemer, a Lewes resident who allegedly waved a shot- gun at two enforcement officers from the Delaware Department of Nat- ural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) last December. Judge Graves ordered the competency examination after DeRiemer challenged the court's unwillingness to grant a delay in his trial, which was scheduled to start last Monday. The evaluation, which is to be car- tied out at Delaware State Hospital in Smyrna, may be completed by today. DeRiemer has filed suit against 35 persons, including Judge Graves, Superior Court Judge William Swain Lee, and Court of Com- mon Pleas Judge Paul Ellis. The suit charges the judicial officers with deception and fraud. AI Gore rumored to be in resort area Rumors are circulating in Rehoboth Beach that Vice President A1 Gore will be in the area over Memorial Day weekend. However, the vice president's press office in Washington, D.C. declined to comment on Gore's plans for the weekend other than to say that he is "spending pri- vate time with his family." Sewer Continul from lingo 1 George & Lynch was the low bidder for the design/build project. To comply with bidding laws, council must act on the bids by June 10. The proposed sewer system would consist of aerated lagoons and spray irrigation on a 511-acre parcel of land located along Sus- sex 270 between the Holland Glade and Wolfe Runne subdivi- sions. The land is owned by J.G. Townsend Jr. & Co., which is part of George & Lynch. The county had expected to have new projected user rates available Thursday. Although the county did release the revised facility plan for the sewer district on Thursday, the document excluded projected front foot assessment fees. "We're not keeping anything from anybody; we just don't have them," said County Administrator Robert L. Stickels. "We want to make sure we're accurate when release them." According to Sussex County Engineer Robert W. Wood, the projections should be available within one or two weeks. In July 1991, the typical annual user charge was estimated to be $936.50 for a singie-family home with 65 front feet. This figure is the sum of the annual service charge and the front foot assess- ment charge. Although front footage charges were not available, the facility plan did report on the projected bnUal .'ee clmrge >which has slasl by nearly tWo- to $200. In July 1991, the service charge was projected to be $605 a year per equivalent dwelling unit (EDU). A single-family home is equal to one EDU. State and county officials are toying with the idea of "artificially lowering" household sewer costs by deferring some of the principal costs until new residents move into the sewer district, according to Peter Bozick, of George, Miles & Buhr. Based in Salisbury, Md., George, Miles & Buhr has been hired by the county to design the sewer system. Current capitalization fees to hook into the sewer system are between $1,000 and $2,000, depending on the size of the lot. County engineers have recom- mended that the fee be increased to $3,500 for new developments beginning in August of 1996. The capitalization fee would increase by 10 percent each subsequent year until it reached a cap of $4,500. An estimated 7,200 EDU's are expected to be served by the sewer system when it becomes opera- tional in September of 1995. Prop- erty owners will have one year to connect to the sewer system. County Council will hold a pub- lic workshop meeting prior to a June 29 public hearing on the revised facility plan, which will include the projected user costs. Council is expected to vote on the plan some time in July. As a result of water usage sur- vey results for mobile home parks in the sewer district, the design year waste water flow has been reduced from 4.32 million gallons per day (mgd) to 4.0 million gal- lons per day. Activities Continued from page 1 ing Officer at the U.S. Coast Guard Station at the Indian River Inlet, will speak about the Memor- ial Day tradition at the Odd Fel- lows Cemetery in Milton. The City of Rehoboth Beach has scheduled a Bandstand perfor- mance by the Cape Henlopen High School Jazz Band beginning at 8 p.m. on Friday, June 4. Bands are lined up throughout the sum- mer. On Wednesday, June 9, the Delaware Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics will kick off at 7:30 p.m, at the Band- stand. In the "nation's summer capi- tal," the Miss Delaware Pageant will be held on Saturday, June 5 at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Hall. As an added attraction, the city has organized a Miss Delaware Parade for Friday, June "4. "Years ago, we used to do this," said Sandra Ardis, executive director of the Rehoboth Beach- Dewey Beach Chamber of Com- merce. A Fourth of July Community Committee is toying with the idea of bringing back Fourth of July fh-eworks. The proposal is a coop- erative effort among the chamber, the Rehoboth Beach Downtown Business Association, WesfSide New Beginnings, and several civic groups. "Right now, we have no approval to do it," said Carol Everhart, marketing director for the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce. Several years ago, city officials scrapped the Fourth of July fire- works after motorists parked their cars on traffic-choked streets to watch the fireworks. The commit- tee still needs to hammer out a transportation plan and gain city approval for the proposed fire- works, according to Patty Derrick, a Rehoboth Beach business owner who serves on the committee. Other events planned in Rehoboth Beach include the 44th Cottage Art Tour (July 13 and 14), the Best Body on the Beach con- test (July 24), and the Sand Castle Contest (Aug. 7). The city has also put together an-impressive Band- stand program for the summer, according to Ardis. Everhart noted that residents and visitors can rent out pavilions at Grove Park. To reserve a pavil- ion, contact city hall at 227-6181. Also in June, the Lewes Cham- ber of Commerce and Friends of the Fisher-Martin House will sponsor the Fourth Annual Zwaanedael Heritage Garden Tour. The tour will be held from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 19. The n date is June 20. The Lewes Beach Cottage Tour, sponsored by Friends of the Lewes Library, will be held on August 5. The Lewes Historical Society is organizing a craft fair in July and an antique fair and flea market in August. For National Fishing Week, Fisherman, s Wharf in Lewes has scheduled a bevy of activities June 7 through 13. On Sunday, June 13, the fishing complex will sponsor a fishing derby and will also allow kids to fish for free, according to Keena Parsons, of Fisherman's Wharf. The University of Delaware's Summer Arts Festival, featuring the Delaware Symphony, will run from July 10- 18. On July 4, Lewes will hold its fourth annual Harbor Boat Parade and Miss Lewes Harbor Contest at Anglers Marina. This year's theme is "Stars and Stripes: A Patriotic Celebration." Queen Anne's Railroad offers a two and a half hour train ride, which includes a four-course meal catered by Kupchick's Restaurant. The cost of the train fide, includ- ing dinner and gratuity, is $35.95. The train will run four times a week in July and August, and dai- ly excursions will run on Wednes- days and Saturdays. OPEN HOUSE SAT., SUN. & MON NOON TO 5 Crews are putting the finishing touches on these 2 new homes in Chapel Omen. This "Open Space" development features sewer and water, community club house & tennis courts. These 3 bed- room, 2 bath homes are priced under $100,000. Call Walt Wagamon 227-6200 2- CAPE GAZETTE, Fridayt May 28, 1993 3 juveniles plead not guilty in gay bashing incident Three juveniles have pleaded not guilty to assault charges in connec- tion with the May 16 beating of three gay men with champagne bottles and a baseball bat in Rehoboth Beach. The incident left one man with brain damage and possible permanent disabilities. Two others were treated for severe cuts at Beebe Medical Center in Lewes. On Wednesday, the juveniles pleaded not guilty in Family Court. The state attorney general's office later had them arrested on new charges. They were each charged with possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, a charge which carries a mandatory two-year sentence. Two adults, Miles L. Cuffee, 18, and Fer- nando O. Harris, 21, also were arrested in connection with the beating. Judge orders evaluation for David DeRiemer Superior Court Judge T. Henley Graves has ordered competency test- ing for David DeRiemer, a Lewes resident who allegedly waved a shot- gun at two enforcement officers from the Delaware Department of Nat- ural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) last December. Judge Graves ordered the competency examination after DeRiemer challenged the court's unwillingness to grant a delay in his trial, which was scheduled to start last Monday. The evaluation, which is to be car- tied out at Delaware State Hospital in Smyrna, may be completed by today. DeRiemer has filed suit against 35 persons, including Judge Graves, Superior Court Judge William Swain Lee, and Court of Com- mon Pleas Judge Paul Ellis. The suit charges the judicial officers with deception and fraud. AI Gore rumored to be in resort area Rumors are circulating in Rehoboth Beach that Vice President A1 Gore will be in the area over Memorial Day weekend. However, the vice president's press office in Washington, D.C. declined to comment on Gore's plans for the weekend other than to say that he is "spending pri- vate time with his family." Sewer Continul from lingo 1 George & Lynch was the low bidder for the design/build project. To comply with bidding laws, council must act on the bids by June 10. The proposed sewer system would consist of aerated lagoons and spray irrigation on a 511-acre parcel of land located along Sus- sex 270 between the Holland Glade and Wolfe Runne subdivi- sions. The land is owned by J.G. Townsend Jr. & Co., which is part of George & Lynch. The county had expected to have new projected user rates available Thursday. Although the county did release the revised facility plan for the sewer district on Thursday, the document excluded projected front foot assessment fees. "We're not keeping anything from anybody; we just don't have them," said County Administrator Robert L. Stickels. "We want to make sure we're accurate when release them." According to Sussex County Engineer Robert W. Wood, the projections should be available within one or two weeks. In July 1991, the typical annual user charge was estimated to be $936.50 for a singie-family home with 65 front feet. This figure is the sum of the annual service charge and the front foot assess- ment charge. Although front footage charges were not available, the facility plan did report on the projected bnUal .'ee clmrge >which has slasl by nearly tWo- to $200. In July 1991, the service charge was projected to be $605 a year per equivalent dwelling unit (EDU). A single-family home is equal to one EDU. State and county officials are toying with the idea of "artificially lowering" household sewer costs by deferring some of the principal costs until new residents move into the sewer district, according to Peter Bozick, of George, Miles & Buhr. Based in Salisbury, Md., George, Miles & Buhr has been hired by the county to design the sewer system. Current capitalization fees to hook into the sewer system are between $1,000 and $2,000, depending on the size of the lot. County engineers have recom- mended that the fee be increased to $3,500 for new developments beginning in August of 1996. The capitalization fee would increase by 10 percent each subsequent year until it reached a cap of $4,500. An estimated 7,200 EDU's are expected to be served by the sewer system when it becomes opera- tional in September of 1995. Prop- erty owners will have one year to connect to the sewer system. County Council will hold a pub- lic workshop meeting prior to a June 29 public hearing on the revised facility plan, which will include the projected user costs. Council is expected to vote on the plan some time in July. As a result of water usage sur- vey results for mobile home parks in the sewer district, the design year waste water flow has been reduced from 4.32 million gallons per day (mgd) to 4.0 million gal- lons per day. Activities Continued from page 1 ing Officer at the U.S. Coast Guard Station at the Indian River Inlet, will speak about the Memor- ial Day tradition at the Odd Fel- lows Cemetery in Milton. The City of Rehoboth Beach has scheduled a Bandstand perfor- mance by the Cape Henlopen High School Jazz Band beginning at 8 p.m. on Friday, June 4. Bands are lined up throughout the sum- mer. On Wednesday, June 9, the Delaware Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics will kick off at 7:30 p.m, at the Band- stand. In the "nation's summer capi- tal," the Miss Delaware Pageant will be held on Saturday, June 5 at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Hall. As an added attraction, the city has organized a Miss Delaware Parade for Friday, June "4. "Years ago, we used to do this," said Sandra Ardis, executive director of the Rehoboth Beach- Dewey Beach Chamber of Com- merce. A Fourth of July Community Committee is toying with the idea of bringing back Fourth of July fh-eworks. The proposal is a coop- erative effort among the chamber, the Rehoboth Beach Downtown Business Association, WesfSide New Beginnings, and several civic groups. "Right now, we have no approval to do it," said Carol Everhart, marketing director for the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce. Several years ago, city officials scrapped the Fourth of July fire- works after motorists parked their cars on traffic-choked streets to watch the fireworks. The commit- tee still needs to hammer out a transportation plan and gain city approval for the proposed fire- works, according to Patty Derrick, a Rehoboth Beach business owner who serves on the committee. Other events planned in Rehoboth Beach include the 44th Cottage Art Tour (July 13 and 14), the Best Body on the Beach con- test (July 24), and the Sand Castle Contest (Aug. 7). The city has also put together an-impressive Band- stand program for the summer, according to Ardis. Everhart noted that residents and visitors can rent out pavilions at Grove Park. To reserve a pavil- ion, contact city hall at 227-6181. Also in June, the Lewes Cham- ber of Commerce and Friends of the Fisher-Martin House will sponsor the Fourth Annual Zwaanedael Heritage Garden Tour. The tour will be held from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 19. The n date is June 20. The Lewes Beach Cottage Tour, sponsored by Friends of the Lewes Library, will be held on August 5. The Lewes Historical Society is organizing a craft fair in July and an antique fair and flea market in August. For National Fishing Week, Fisherman, s Wharf in Lewes has scheduled a bevy of activities June 7 through 13. On Sunday, June 13, the fishing complex will sponsor a fishing derby and will also allow kids to fish for free, according to Keena Parsons, of Fisherman's Wharf. The University of Delaware's Summer Arts Festival, featuring the Delaware Symphony, will run from July 10- 18. On July 4, Lewes will hold its fourth annual Harbor Boat Parade and Miss Lewes Harbor Contest at Anglers Marina. This year's theme is "Stars and Stripes: A Patriotic Celebration." Queen Anne's Railroad offers a two and a half hour train ride, which includes a four-course meal catered by Kupchick's Restaurant. The cost of the train fide, includ- ing dinner and gratuity, is $35.95. The train will run four times a week in July and August, and dai- ly excursions will run on Wednes- days and Saturdays. OPEN HOUSE SAT., SUN. & MON NOON TO 5 Crews are putting the finishing touches on these 2 new homes in Chapel Omen. This "Open Space" development features sewer and water, community club house & tennis courts. These 3 bed- room, 2 bath homes are priced under $100,000. Call Walt Wagamon 227-6200