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2 TUESDAY, JUNE 9 - THURSDAY, JUNE 11, 2015 NEWS- Cape Gazette Briefly )) Lewes email alerts give residents information Since the City of Lewes de- buted an email blast alert system last summer, the function has attracted nearly 500 subscribers. The program is designed to pro- vide residents with information about a multitude of topics, from updates on road construction and traffic conditions to notifi- cation of city functions, such as public hearings and city council meetings. Councilwoman Bonnie Osier said in the 10-plus months since its inception, the program has sent only 40 emails, averaging less than one email per week. The email alerts comple- ment the city's website, which offers more comprehensive in- formation about issues, whether through its News & Notices sec- tion or through agendas and minutes for city council and all commissions and committees. To sign up for emails, go to, click the box la- beled "get emails," and fill out and submit the brief sign-up form. Subscribers' email addresses will only be used for the purpose of the service. Progressive Dems of Sussex to meet June 22 Progressive Democrats of Sus- sex County will meet Monday, June 22, at Fish On in the Vil- lages of Five Points. There will be a happy hour starting at 5p.m., in the restaurant's private din- ing room with a PDSC strategy meeting to follow. The meeting is open to all Democrats who want to engage in concrete, practical action to improve the quality of human life while at the same time respect- ing the natural environment that sustains it. There will be an update on current issues and legislationin- cluding living wage, voting rights and funding to clean Delaware's waterways, as well as a discus- sion of new initiatives. For more information or to RSVP contact Joanne Cabry at or 302-226-5019. Rehoboth reports huge Memorial Day weekend Rehoboth Beach City Mamlger Sharon Lynn reported the city took in $137,000 in parking me- ter revenue over M emori d pay weekend. Lynn said this was an improve- ment over the $100,000 thecity took in last Memorial Day Week- end. All in all, Lynn said the city made $74,324 from quarters and $62,784 from the Parkmobile pay- by-phone system. Eastern Sussex Republicans to meet The Eastern Sussex Re- publican Club is offering an opportunity for the public to hear the perspectives of the first new Republican statewide of- fice holder since 1990, the State Treasurer Ken Simpler. Simpler began his four-year term in Janu- ary 2015, just as Delaware's fiscal architecture began to expose its vulnerability. Historically Delaware shifted the tax burden to others, rely- ing on gambling and abandoned property revenues, but these rev- enue sources are now becoming bad bets. Simpler will assess the state's financial outlook and what steps Delaware could take to ensure its long-term stability. The meeting will be held Mon- day, June 22, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Hampton Inn, 18826 Coastal Highway, Rehoboth Beach. Seat- ing is limited. To assure a reserved seat, RSVP to Mary Lane, ESRC corre- sponding secretary, at mollyffl@, or by phone, 302- 226-5021. For other questions, contact Tony Matero, president, ESRC, at, or 302-947-0720. Pettyjohn asks for help with survey Sen. Brian Pettyiohn, R- Georgetown, is asking local residents to take part in his re- cently released annual survey of constituents. The issues in the survey specif- ically focus on the 19th Senatorial District, however, feedback from residents throughout the state is welcome. Pettyiohn asks that people be honest in their responses, espe- cially those dealing with place of residence, as he often makes follow-up calls in response to questions asked. "I know how valuable your JUNCTION-BREAKWATER TRAIL WORK IN FINAL STAGE RON MACARTHUR PHOTO WORK~IS EXPEC;I'ED to be Completed by mid-June on the Junction and Breakwater Trail extension through the proposed Showfield devel- opment in Lewes. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place as soon as construction is completed, said Delaware Department of Transportation spokesman Geoff Sundstrom. The three-quarter-mile extension con- nects Gills Neck Road and Freeman Highway to allow safe access into Lewes. Most of the 7-mile trail goes through Cape Henlopen State Park linking Lewes and Rehoboth Beach. It's also part of a 16-mile loop - in conjunction with the Gordons Pond Trail - between the two resorts. time is, and I truly appreciate the to: http://survey.brianpettyjohn. opportunity to gain additional com. insight to the issues that matter Those who prefer to have a to you," said Pettyjohn. "It's an hard copy of the survey mailed honor to serve the people of the to them should call Patricia An- 19th District, and I always wel- derson at 302-744-4197. come your feedback. Two-way As always, Pettyjohn is avail- communication is key to achiev- able for answering questions at ing any success." To take part in the survey go 28 cited for underage drinking at Collins Avenue residence By Chris Flood the Party Crashers worked the Jones said there is a plan for ex- southern part of the state. He ecuting a search warrant of this said DATE has worked with the matter. He said the mounted divi- Lt. Kevin Jones said he expect- University of Delaware and New sion of the Delaware State Police ed the Party Crashers initiative Castle County Police depart- may have been on the street, but in Dewey Beach to find underage ments in the past. did not participate in the arrests. drinkers. What he didn't expect Jones said police received no. He said surrounding a property is a group of Cape Henlopen complaint about the party, but prevents individuals from trying High School graduates would be an officer noticed a bunch of to run from the scene. the first week's biggest bust. young kids walking to a particu- "What commonly happens is Iones is the Delaware Alcohol lar house, that kids will jump from a win- and Tobacco Enforcement officer An age-appropriate officer was dow or try to hop a fence, which in charge of the two-week-long sent to the house and followed a could lead to them getting hurt, program aimed at cracking down group right in, said Jones. He was and nobody wants that," he said, on underage drinking in Dewey there for about 15 minutes before "Once the situation is under con- Beach. The program kicked off he left, the officer said. trol the officers disperse." June 1 and runs through the end After obtaining a search war- Colucci said that the under- of this week. rant on information provided by cover officers weren't invited in, Twenty-four hours after Cape the undercover agent, Jones said, and he believes that all 28 kids Henlopen High School's 2015 the police surrounded the house at the party would attest to that. graduation June 2, and iust two and ended the party. Colucci said there was nothing days after the program was ini- Tom Colucci, of Rehoboth going on in the streets of Dewey tiated, officers cited 28 teens Beach, said his son was at the that night, and the police actively, June 3 for underage drinking in party. He said he was taken aback and in his opinion, unnecessarily, a house at 17 Collins Ave. One by the heavy-handedness of the searched out the party. adult, Mark Woodruff, 50, was action taken by the police force. "This was not a bunch of charged with providing alcohol He said 18 officers surrounded kids wrecking a house," he said. to minors, the house to break up the party, "These were all local kids; citi- "I would have figured the 1o- some on horseback, zens of the area. This is a bad cals would have known better, "Police officers on horses are scene." but that's what happens," Jones about riot control," he said. ' nd Colucci said the Party Crashers said. these kids weren't bothering initiative is a political reaction He said this is the first time anyone." to a problem that doesn't really -/ ' ' '4 CHRIS FLOOD PHOTO THIS HOUSE in Dewey Beach was where a party of underage drinkers was busted June 3 by the initiative Party Crashers. exist. "Many of the kids do this," he Jones said by all accounts the said. "That's a good thing. We're kids cooperated fully with the all young once. They'll have to police, and that it's unfortunate pay for this mistake now, but not the incident happened. He said for the rest of their lives." the problem with kids drinking Other than the bust of Cape at that age is they don't have the Henlopen students, Jones said experience and often drink to Dewey Beach officers said the excess. "Lord knows what that first week of the initiative was might lead to," he said. unusually quiet for this time of Jones said there's a mandatory year. A total of 26 other citations license suspension of 30 days were issued by Friday afternoon, for Delaware residents who are including selling of alcohol to found guilty of underage drink- a minor and driving under the ing. He said when the individual influence. Jones said the poor turns 21he or she may petition to weather played a role in the have the incident expunged from relative calm, but he credited the their record, initiative as the main reason.