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Fusco donates land to Ronald McDonald House To help ensure any family with a seriously ill or injured child re- ceiving care in Delaware has an affordable and homelike place to stay, Anthony N. Fusco of Fusco Properties donated the 2.2 acres of property the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware currently {tLoq eupies to the-I06fltiqgIbd  House of Delaware. ',xO In addition, Fusco donated fin additional 0.58 acre strip of land next to the House that can be used for future expansion of the facili- ty. "This very generous property donation will allow us to expand the house in the future to meet the increasing needs from families having children in local hospi- tals," said Ben Smith, Ronald Mc- Donald House of Delaware vice president and chairman of the building and grounds committee. In addition to the land donation, the Ronald McDonald House has recently made significant im- provements to the grounds with the addition of its own front en- trance driveway off Rockland Road in Wilmington, which was provided by the Delaware Depart- ment of Transportation as part of the Blueball Development Project and the new AstraZeneca Day Care Center. "We are very grateful to a num- ber of people who made these changes happen," Smith said. Vandemark and Lynch Inc. and McCormick Taylor & Associates provided the design for the new front entrance and rearrangements toifl adjacent parking lot. Corra- dOAerican Inc., Gilbane uild- inlompany and AstraZeneca provided the resources to con- struct the front entrance plus make the required rearrangements to the parking lot. Mayfield Gar- dens donated the landscaping re- quired by the county. Work on the project started in late October, and is essentially complete. The new front entrance will al- low improved access to the House as well as a better way for families to cross Rockland Road as they walk back and forth to the Alfred I. duPont Hospital. The Ronald McDonald House of Delaware serves families from Kent and Sussex counties, as well as those from the other 49 states and many countries worldwide whose children are receiving treatment at the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children and other Wilmington area medical centers. Founded in 1986, the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware ( is a safe, afford- able, home-away-from-home, where families can live together and receive the kind of special care they need at such difficult times. Families are asked to pay a nominal fee of $15 per night; however, many families have paid less. No family is turned away if unable to pay. The house is supported by do- nations of cash, goods, services, and many hours of volunteer time. For more information call, toll free, 888-656-4847. Submitted photo Anthony N. Fusco of Fusco Properties recently donated the 2.2 acres of property the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware currently occupies to the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware. Shown during an appreciation ceremony are (1. r) Richard Gessner, Ronald McDonald House of Delaware president-elect; Frank Vassallo of Fuseo Properties; Ben Smith, Ronald McDonald House of Delaware vice president; and Tony Fusco of Fusco Properties. Poets to read at Booksandcoffee June 3 Delaware poets Gibbons Ruark and James Keegan will read their poems at Booksandcoffee in Dewey Beach at 8 p.m., Tuesday, June 3. Ruark, professor of Eng- lish at The University of Delaware in Newark, has pub- lished five books of poems, and his poems have appeared in nu- merous magazines, including "The New Yorker," ',Poetry Northwest" and "American Poet- ry Review." He has received sev- eral Poetry Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. His most recent book, "Passing Through Customs," is a retro- spective of 30 years' work. There i are evocations of Ruark's beloved and strife-torn Ireland, others of Italy's bounty, portraits of now missed faces, and the abiding presence of his wife. Ruark will be reading with a former student, James Keegan of Milton. Keegan is assistant pro- fessor of English at the University of Delaware in Georgetown. His poems have appeared most re- cently in "The Southern Review," "Poet Lore," and "The Formal- isL" He is also an actor, a painter and most recently a returning and highly repentant Irish fiddler. For more information, call 226- 9959. INJURED ? We will provide you with professional and experienced legal representation. I THOMAS J. STUMPF, esq. BRIAN F. DOLAN, esq. (The practice of these lawyers is primarily limited to personal injury claims, litigation and resolution.) 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