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between the shopping center and the Derricks' property. Briefly Police report relatively quiet holiday weekend Memorial Day weekend was relatively quiet from a law en- forcement point of view, accord- ing to local police departments. "It was a good weekend," Re- hoboth Beach Police Chief Creig Police respond to call involving Del. deputies The state Justice Department is looking into a noise complaint in- volving a group of state deputies partying at the Henlopen Hotel last month. Reboboth Beach Po- lice Department responded to a noise eomplalnt about 3 a.m. on /Friday, May 19. No arrests were Doyle said. "I couldn't say it was7 made. the quietest Memorial Day, butit was fairly mellow- even with Sunday's poor weather. "What made me happy was the positive feedback from businesses and residents on our new commu- nity visitation program," be con- tinued. "They were impressed that the officers came in and intro- duced themselves." Chief Doyle said police re- sponded to a couple of minor traf- fic accidents. Dewey Beach Po- lice Chief Raymond P. Morrison Jr. said there were no accidents in town over the holiday weekend. According to Chief Morrison, police arrested several disorderly subjects who were hooting and howling in residential neighbor- hoods during the late-night and early-morning hours. "There are no warnings at all," he said. Dewey Beach Town Adminis- trator William Rutherford said the crowd was estimated to he be- tween 30,000 and 40,000 people. Sewer flows for Rehoboth Beach were about the same as last year, according to Bob Stenger, plant manager at the Rehoboth Beach sewer treatment plant. Sewer flows for the four-day holi- day weekend totaled 8.504 million gallons per day this year and 8.537 million gallons per day in 1994. Marketplace shops sold for $4.3 million Rojan, Inc., a Wilmington- based company which owns and manages several shopping centers in New Castle County, has pur- chased the Marketplace shopping center along Del. 1 near Rebohoth Beach for $4.3 million. The shop- ping center, which houses the Food Lion supermarket, is adja- cent to the site of a Sea Shell Shop and miniature golf course being developed by Thomas and Patricia Derrick. Concerned about traffic safety along the congested high- way, officials .from the Delaware Department of Transportation (DeIDOT) are negotiating with the new owner of the Marketplace shopping center to allow access Clarifications A photo caption for the JROTC program in the May 26 edition of the Cape Gazette inadvertently omitted the name of Maggie Wid- does. Carolyn Mitchell awarded Widdoes the Daughters of Ameri- can Colonists medal for excel- lence on JROTC training, leader- ship, dependability and patrio- tism. "There was (sic) a group of deputies who were having a party with the doors open in the early morning hours," recounted Keith R. Brady, the state's chief deputy attorney general. Brady, who said be had been at the party for about 10 minutes when the police arrived, said the noise carried out into the streets. The party was disbanded as a re- salt of the complaint, he said. "It shouldn't have happened," Brady said. Brady, who is charge of the in- vestigation, said any disciplinary action against personnel will be kept confidential. The incident occurred during the fifth annual retreat of slightly over 100 state Justice Department lawyers and employees on May 18 and 19. The retreat is designed to provide continuing legal educa- tion to deputies. Milton boy arrested after bringing knife to court A 15-year-old Milton youth was arrested Wednesday after he at- tempted to bring a knife into Fam- ily Court in Georgetown, accord- ing to Delaware State Police Spokesman Cpl. Preston Lewis. Police said the Cave Colony youth arrived at Family Court for a pre- vious resisting arrest charge. As he passed through the metal detec- tion in the courthouse, the alarm sounded. Police said a search turned up a 12-inch butcher knife in the boy's sock. He was charged with terror- istic threatening and carrying a concealed deadly weapon, Cpl. Lewis said. The boy was commit- ted to the Stevenson Home juve- nile detention center near Milford in default of $11,000 secured bond. Sussex planners approve subdivision The Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission on Thursday, May 25 voted to ap- prove an application by Pine Acres, Inc. for a 63-1ot subdivi- sion near Long Neck. The 26.45- acre site is located 110 feet north- east of the end of Rudder Road within Seafarers Village, approxi- mately 1,460 feet north of Long Neck Road. The commission also voted to approve the final site plan for Patricia and Thomas Derrick's miniature golf course on Del. 1 north of Rehoboth Beach. In other business, the commis- sion recommended that County Council approve a conditional use application for model homes sales and a display lot next to the Del. 24 entrance of Rehoboth Mall. The applicant, Angola Communi- ty Partners, L.L.C., wants to mar- ket single-family homes for An- gola Estates, a residential commu- nity located next to the Angola Beach mobile home park. The maximum 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 also recom- mended approval of a conditional use application for a crematorium within the Parsell, Atkins, & Lodge funeral home being con- structed on Kings Highway. In addition, the commission support- ed a conditional use application by Atlantic Coastal Aerial Adver- tising for the continued use of a private airstrip for an existing banner towing service on Sussex 303 near Long Neck. The commission voted to rec- ommend that County Council ap- prove proposed amendments to the county's zoning and subdivi- sion ordinances relating to flood prone districts. In order to contin- ue receiving subsidized flood in- surance, Sussex County needs to come into compliance with re- vised Federal Emergency Man- agement Agency (FEMA) regula- tions, according to Sussex County Planning Director Lawrence B. Lank. The proposed amendments are housekeeping measures. Cape to be part of New Directions research base Cape Henlopen School District Superintendent Suellen Skeen has announced to the Board of Educa- tion that the district has been in- vited to participate in a study of Delaware's standards-based edu- cational reform initiative, New Directions. According to Skeen, the Cape district is one of three in the state who will provide re- search during the three-year study. Skeen said at a May 18 board meeting that participation in the study being conducted by the Uni- versity of Delaware Research and Development Center will not re- quire teachers to lose any class time. Additionally, she said, par- ticipation is at no cost to the dis- trict. "We're part of the research for New Directions," said Skeen dur- ing an interview. She said the re- search center wanted districts "to be involved in it willingly." She said that only three Cape schools will he involved in the da- m collection - H. O. Brittingham Elementary School, Milton Mid- dle School and Cape Henlopen High School. "They wanted a line feeder pat- tern," Skeen said. According to minutes from the May 18 meet- ing, 'Fhis is not an evaluation of our programs but examines one, how standards-based reform is af- fecting teaching and learning in Delaware's schools; two, how systemic change efforts are being interpreted in the classroom/school/district; and- three, how the factors at these lev- els facilitate or act as barriers to systemic change." CAPE GAZE'IWE, Friday, June 2 - June 8, 1995 - 3 DRBA begins trolley express The fleet of four ferry trolleys is now in service, with 20 to 30 minute departures daily, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week this sumaner, beginning at the Cape May.Lewes Ferry Terminal, stopping at Ocean Outlets Bayside, heading for a stop at the Rehobeth Beach municipal building, before a last stop at Ocean Outlets Seaside and back to the ferry terminal in Lewes. Above, Gerald Hitchens, Lewes Terminal manager, stands with Rehoboth City Manager Greg Ferrese at the Re- hoboth Beach stop. The cost of a ticket is $1 one way or $2 round trip, on the new antique looking trolley buses with a 47 .passenger capacity. Board member elect denied access to meeting According to Cape Henlopen Board of Education member elect Brent Moore, district Superinten- dent Suellen Skeen denied him an opportunity to ease into his new position by attending executive sessions of the board prior to his swearing in. Moore, who will take his oath ' of office in July, said he attempted to attend the May 18 executive session so he would gain an un- derstanding of board issues prior to beginning in an official capaci- ty. "I wanted to start learning some of the personnel issues, so in July I wouldn't he walking in cold," said Moore. "Dr. Skeen said I wasn't allcved into executive ses- sion because of liability reasons." Moore said that he had heard from others in the state that 17 of the 19 districts allowed board members elect into executive sessions, but he had not confirmed that with each district. Sue Shupard, president of the Delaware School Board Associa- tion, said Cape's policy of permit- ting board members elect into ex- ecutive session "changed five years ago. [Board members] Wal- ter [Hopkins] and Dave [Baker] were not allowed, and that was on advice of counsel. It's an inter- pretation of the Freedom of Infor- mation Act." Moore said, "This is a good transitional educational time for us [the new board members]. I'm going to push for a change." Milton to discuss adding street lights Milton Town Council will dis- cuss erecting additional Victorian street light replicas to Union and Federal street locations during its next town council meeting. The town may be eligible to receive discretionary county funds to add the lights that are consistent with the town's Main Street revitaliza- tion vision. In addition to the lights, the council will also discuss the status of the Governor's Walk and the possibility of extending it into the park. Council members are also expected to hear community members' comments about re- moving the basketball court from a Front street playground. The council voted in April to re- move it because the community had lodged complaints with the police department that young adults who used the facility were loud, used alcohol or other sub- stances, and used obscene lan- guage. During the May meeting, some young men and community mem- bers voiced opposition to Coun- cil's April decision. Bernice Ed- wards of Milton recommended at that meeting that a committee be formed to study the problem and present a proposal to the council. The Milton Town Council will hold its meeting on Monday, June 5 a 7:30 p.m. in the Milton Public Library. Lewes Zoning Ad-Hoc Committee to meet There will be a meeting of the Zoning Ad-Hoc Drafting Com- mittee for the city of Lewes on Tuesday, June 6 at 7:30 p.m. The meeting will be held within coun- cil chambers of city hall at E. Third Street, Lewes. According to Lewes Councilman Tony Pratt, chairman of the committee, the meeting will serve to get the process of adapting the town's zoning ordinances to provisions of the new Long Range Plan back on track. That process came to a halt when former city of Lewes coun- selor John E. Messick died in the summer of 1994. His associate, Tempe B. Steen, has taken over counselor duties for Lewes and Continued on page 4 between the shopping center and the Derricks' property. Briefly Police report relatively quiet holiday weekend Memorial Day weekend was relatively quiet from a law en- forcement point of view, accord- ing to local police departments. "It was a good weekend," Re- hoboth Beach Police Chief Creig Police respond to call involving Del. deputies The state Justice Department is looking into a noise complaint in- volving a group of state deputies partying at the Henlopen Hotel last month. Reboboth Beach Po- lice Department responded to a noise eomplalnt about 3 a.m. on /Friday, May 19. No arrests were Doyle said. "I couldn't say it was7 made. the quietest Memorial Day, butit was fairly mellow- even with Sunday's poor weather. "What made me happy was the positive feedback from businesses and residents on our new commu- nity visitation program," be con- tinued. "They were impressed that the officers came in and intro- duced themselves." Chief Doyle said police re- sponded to a couple of minor traf- fic accidents. Dewey Beach Po- lice Chief Raymond P. Morrison Jr. said there were no accidents in town over the holiday weekend. According to Chief Morrison, police arrested several disorderly subjects who were hooting and howling in residential neighbor- hoods during the late-night and early-morning hours. "There are no warnings at all," he said. Dewey Beach Town Adminis- trator William Rutherford said the crowd was estimated to he be- tween 30,000 and 40,000 people. Sewer flows for Rehoboth Beach were about the same as last year, according to Bob Stenger, plant manager at the Rehoboth Beach sewer treatment plant. Sewer flows for the four-day holi- day weekend totaled 8.504 million gallons per day this year and 8.537 million gallons per day in 1994. Marketplace shops sold for $4.3 million Rojan, Inc., a Wilmington- based company which owns and manages several shopping centers in New Castle County, has pur- chased the Marketplace shopping center along Del. 1 near Rebohoth Beach for $4.3 million. The shop- ping center, which houses the Food Lion supermarket, is adja- cent to the site of a Sea Shell Shop and miniature golf course being developed by Thomas and Patricia Derrick. Concerned about traffic safety along the congested high- way, officials .from the Delaware Department of Transportation (DeIDOT) are negotiating with the new owner of the Marketplace shopping center to allow access Clarifications A photo caption for the JROTC program in the May 26 edition of the Cape Gazette inadvertently omitted the name of Maggie Wid- does. Carolyn Mitchell awarded Widdoes the Daughters of Ameri- can Colonists medal for excel- lence on JROTC training, leader- ship, dependability and patrio- tism. "There was (sic) a group of deputies who were having a party with the doors open in the early morning hours," recounted Keith R. Brady, the state's chief deputy attorney general. Brady, who said be had been at the party for about 10 minutes when the police arrived, said the noise carried out into the streets. The party was disbanded as a re- salt of the complaint, he said. "It shouldn't have happened," Brady said. Brady, who is charge of the in- vestigation, said any disciplinary action against personnel will be kept confidential. The incident occurred during the fifth annual retreat of slightly over 100 state Justice Department lawyers and employees on May 18 and 19. The retreat is designed to provide continuing legal educa- tion to deputies. Milton boy arrested after bringing knife to court A 15-year-old Milton youth was arrested Wednesday after he at- tempted to bring a knife into Fam- ily Court in Georgetown, accord- ing to Delaware State Police Spokesman Cpl. Preston Lewis. Police said the Cave Colony youth arrived at Family Court for a pre- vious resisting arrest charge. As he passed through the metal detec- tion in the courthouse, the alarm sounded. Police said a search turned up a 12-inch butcher knife in the boy's sock. He was charged with terror- istic threatening and carrying a concealed deadly weapon, Cpl. Lewis said. The boy was commit- ted to the Stevenson Home juve- nile detention center near Milford in default of $11,000 secured bond. Sussex planners approve subdivision The Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission on Thursday, May 25 voted to ap- prove an application by Pine Acres, Inc. for a 63-1ot subdivi- sion near Long Neck. The 26.45- acre site is located 110 feet north- east of the end of Rudder Road within Seafarers Village, approxi- mately 1,460 feet north of Long Neck Road. The commission also voted to approve the final site plan for Patricia and Thomas Derrick's miniature golf course on Del. 1 north of Rehoboth Beach. In other business, the commis- sion recommended that County Council approve a conditional use application for model homes sales and a display lot next to the Del. 24 entrance of Rehoboth Mall. The applicant, Angola Communi- ty Partners, L.L.C., wants to mar- ket single-family homes for An- gola Estates, a residential commu- nity located next to the Angola Beach mobile home park. The maximum 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 also recom- mended approval of a conditional use application for a crematorium within the Parsell, Atkins, & Lodge funeral home being con- structed on Kings Highway. In addition, the commission support- ed a conditional use application by Atlantic Coastal Aerial Adver- tising for the continued use of a private airstrip for an existing banner towing service on Sussex 303 near Long Neck. The commission voted to rec- ommend that County Council ap- prove proposed amendments to the county's zoning and subdivi- sion ordinances relating to flood prone districts. In order to contin- ue receiving subsidized flood in- surance, Sussex County needs to come into compliance with re- vised Federal Emergency Man- agement Agency (FEMA) regula- tions, according to Sussex County Planning Director Lawrence B. Lank. The proposed amendments are housekeeping measures. Cape to be part of New Directions research base Cape Henlopen School District Superintendent Suellen Skeen has announced to the Board of Educa- tion that the district has been in- vited to participate in a study of Delaware's standards-based edu- cational reform initiative, New Directions. According to Skeen, the Cape district is one of three in the state who will provide re- search during the three-year study. Skeen said at a May 18 board meeting that participation in the study being conducted by the Uni- versity of Delaware Research and Development Center will not re- quire teachers to lose any class time. Additionally, she said, par- ticipation is at no cost to the dis- trict. "We're part of the research for New Directions," said Skeen dur- ing an interview. She said the re- search center wanted districts "to be involved in it willingly." She said that only three Cape schools will he involved in the da- m collection - H. O. Brittingham Elementary School, Milton Mid- dle School and Cape Henlopen High School. "They wanted a line feeder pat- tern," Skeen said. According to minutes from the May 18 meet- ing, 'Fhis is not an evaluation of our programs but examines one, how standards-based reform is af- fecting teaching and learning in Delaware's schools; two, how systemic change efforts are being interpreted in the classroom/school/district; and- three, how the factors at these lev- els facilitate or act as barriers to systemic change." CAPE GAZE'IWE, Friday, June 2 - June 8, 1995 - 3 DRBA begins trolley express The fleet of four ferry trolleys is now in service, with 20 to 30 minute departures daily, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week this sumaner, beginning at the Cape May.Lewes Ferry Terminal, stopping at Ocean Outlets Bayside, heading for a stop at the Rehobeth Beach municipal building, before a last stop at Ocean Outlets Seaside and back to the ferry terminal in Lewes. Above, Gerald Hitchens, Lewes Terminal manager, stands with Rehoboth City Manager Greg Ferrese at the Re- hoboth Beach stop. The cost of a ticket is $1 one way or $2 round trip, on the new antique looking trolley buses with a 47 .passenger capacity. Board member elect denied access to meeting According to Cape Henlopen Board of Education member elect Brent Moore, district Superinten- dent Suellen Skeen denied him an opportunity to ease into his new position by attending executive sessions of the board prior to his swearing in. Moore, who will take his oath ' of office in July, said he attempted to attend the May 18 executive session so he would gain an un- derstanding of board issues prior to beginning in an official capaci- ty. "I wanted to start learning some of the personnel issues, so in July I wouldn't he walking in cold," said Moore. "Dr. Skeen said I wasn't allcved into executive ses- sion because of liability reasons." Moore said that he had heard from others in the state that 17 of the 19 districts allowed board members elect into executive sessions, but he had not confirmed that with each district. Sue Shupard, president of the Delaware School Board Associa- tion, said Cape's policy of permit- ting board members elect into ex- ecutive session "changed five years ago. [Board members] Wal- ter [Hopkins] and Dave [Baker] were not allowed, and that was on advice of counsel. It's an inter- pretation of the Freedom of Infor- mation Act." Moore said, "This is a good transitional educational time for us [the new board members]. I'm going to push for a change." Milton to discuss adding street lights Milton Town Council will dis- cuss erecting additional Victorian street light replicas to Union and Federal street locations during its next town council meeting. The town may be eligible to receive discretionary county funds to add the lights that are consistent with the town's Main Street revitaliza- tion vision. In addition to the lights, the council will also discuss the status of the Governor's Walk and the possibility of extending it into the park. Council members are also expected to hear community members' comments about re- moving the basketball court from a Front street playground. The council voted in April to re- move it because the community had lodged complaints with the police department that young adults who used the facility were loud, used alcohol or other sub- stances, and used obscene lan- guage. During the May meeting, some young men and community mem- bers voiced opposition to Coun- cil's April decision. Bernice Ed- wards of Milton recommended at that meeting that a committee be formed to study the problem and present a proposal to the council. The Milton Town Council will hold its meeting on Monday, June 5 a 7:30 p.m. in the Milton Public Library. Lewes Zoning Ad-Hoc Committee to meet There will be a meeting of the Zoning Ad-Hoc Drafting Com- mittee for the city of Lewes on Tuesday, June 6 at 7:30 p.m. The meeting will be held within coun- cil chambers of city hall at E. Third Street, Lewes. According to Lewes Councilman Tony Pratt, chairman of the committee, the meeting will serve to get the process of adapting the town's zoning ordinances to provisions of the new Long Range Plan back on track. That process came to a halt when former city of Lewes coun- selor John E. Messick died in the summer of 1994. His associate, Tempe B. Steen, has taken over counselor duties for Lewes and Continued on page 4