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6 FRIDAY, JUNE 19 - MONDAY, JUNE 22, 2009 Viewpoints Cape Gazette Letters )) We owe so much to Sussex Consortium Have you ever heard a word or title and an immediate image comes to your mind? Can some- one say a phrase and you have a picture in your head? That is how we used to feel about the Sussex Consortium. For years, whenever someone would mention the name, our minds could go straight to pictures of children out of con- troL wild behaviors and handicaps that couldn't fit in the regular edu- cational fields. The images ap- pear because that is sometimes what is portrayed, although maybe unintentional, through everyday contacts. As we sit and reflect on this last school year, we feel compelled to change this mindSet, even if it is one person at a time. Our child could not be comfort- able in the regular school setting. He was so filled with fear of school that it was beginning to look hopeless for a regular school setting. By the grace of God, we were introduced to the Sussex Consortium. Right away, we wor- fled, would our child become more behaviorally challenged? Would he be exposed to language and behaviors that we wouldn't be able to change? Many fears and questions came to our minds. None of these fears proved to be tk'ue. As a matter of fact, our child has had the most successful and educational year at the consor- tium, that he cannot wait to get on the bus every day and looks for- ward to school with bright eyes and excitement - this from a child that would be so fearful of school that he could not sleep at night. We owe all of this to the Sussex Consortium and the well-educat- ed staff. Mr. Meszaros and Ms. Massaroni have gone above and beyond to make him and the oth- er students develop a love for learning and a comfort equal to that of home. They have been the key to our child being so success- ful; the teachers have a love for their students and it shows in everyday activities. All of the staffhave an individual relation- ship with each child and know them by name. The administra- tion is ready to help in any given situation. We have visited the school on numerous occasions and have noticed that the kids there are happy and calm. Gone are the images in our minds of children who cannot fit into a reg- ular school environment. As the school year comes to an end, we just want to take the time to thank each and every member of the staff of the consortium for doing what they do for our child and every child that is served in their school. You do an outstand- ing job and you make such a dif- ference in the life of our child and many, many others. and James tammre Uir, oln Com'on geoml... let's go to the zl! 9h* m  aint working t much i'=re in Delaware. r, ROW Prog00rn 1,' ";:  L i II I , -- _  r lu__ ; I' tt This isn  cute ILltt iCelt the   ....... N Editorial )) In Rehoboth, the journey as the destination R ehoboth Beach's planning commis- sion will roll out the final version of its updated comprehensive develop- ment plan at a Saturday, July 18 meet- ing. The meeting will give residents, property owners and other interested parties a chance to comment on the plan's vision. Those com- ments and suggestions are an important part of getting a plan in place that has a chance of ac- tuaUy making a difference. As reported in the June 2 edition of the Cape Gazette, "The general theme of the updated plan is to create a more bicycle- and pedestri- an-friendly city while reducing automobile traffic." The idea of making Rehoboth's shaded streets even more bicycle and pedestrian friendly makes tremendous good sense. The city is already such a wonderful walking and biking experience. Signage, crosswalksand ed- ucation to make motorists more aware of cy- clists and walkers, and further promotion of public transportation options would all help the various forms of transportation blend more harmoniously. But actually reducing automobile traffic? One idea the planners have been kicking around and need to hear discussion on is the possible closure of all or sections of Baltimore and Wilmington avenues, as a means of revital- izi/lg those commercial areas. The idea would definitely reduce automobile traffic on those streets, but what would its ultimate effect be - on a temporary or otherwise basis? It didn't work on Market Street in Wilmington or in many other places, but at the height of the sum- mer season in a resort town the result might be different. The plan also keeps alive the notion of a wa- ter taxi between Lewes and Rehoboth to move people between the two cities without involv- ing cars. The addition of a city dock on the Re- hoboth end in a canalfront setting and a water- bus would enable hundreds of people to use the canal daily as the transportation corridor for which it was originally constructed. All of these forward-thinking plans would improve our health by instilling more wMking into our daffy lives. The more we use our$eet and legs for mobility the better off we will be as com- munities and individuals. Cape Gazette editorials are considered and written by members of the Cape Gazette editorial board wi'iich incJudes Dennis Fomey, publisher;, Trish Vernon, editor, Kerry Kester, associate editor; Dave Frederick, sports editor;, Laura Ritter, news editor;, and Jen Ellingsworth. arts and entertainment editoc Weather Picture )) DENNIS FORNEY PHOTO A MUSHROOM of prodigious proportions sprouted this week from around a Delaware Cape Region tree. Web Poll )) Readers support school district consolidation Do you think school districts should be consolidated to cut spending? Yes SS,4% No 26.1% Not sure 18.5% The total votes counted were 287. To par- ticipate in the current web poll, visit CapeGazette.com i Cape Gazette Volume 17 No. 4 Publisher, Dennis Fomey, Ext. 303 dnf@capegazette.com Editor, Trish Vernon. Ext. 315 newsroom@capegazette,com Office Manager, Kathy Emery, Ext. 305 kemery@capegazette.com Associate Editor, Kerry Kester, Ext. 317 kester@capegazette.com Sports Editor. Dave Frederick, Ext. 304 fredman@capegazette.com News Editor, Laura Ritter, Ext. 320 Iritter@capegazette.com A&E Editor, Jen Ellingsworth, Ext. 319 jen@capegazette.com NEWS Steve Heenigmann, Ext. 321 steveh@capegazette.cor Henry Evens, Ext, 336 hevans@capegazette.com Ron MacArthur, Ext. 318 ronm@capegazette.com Ryan Mavity, Ext. 337 ryanm@capegazette.com Kevin Spence, Ext. 339 kspence@capegazette.com Leah Hoenen, Ext. 3,38 eah@capegazette.com Rob Kunzi& Ext. 335 rkunzigct:apegazette.com Editorial Assista. Bernadette Hearn. Ext. 316 SPORTS WRITERS Tim Bareforth tim@seashorestrider.com Frederick Schranck Fschranck@HoleByHole.com CONTRIBUTORS Susan Frederick Nancy Katz Diane Albanese Eric Burnley Chris Antonio WEBMASTER Catherine M. Tanzer webmail@capegazette,com PHOTO PRODUCTION Molly Wingate, Ext. 308 PHOTOGRAPHERS Dan Cook Steven Billups PRODUCTION COORDINATOR Norma Parks, Ext. 309 nparks@capegazette.com CLASSIFIED Sandy Barr. 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