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1B i CAPE AZEq[']PE, Friday, June 26 - Jul 2, 1998 Bar curfews " meeting set JrilLy 17 hot Dewey toptc; By Jen EUingsworth subishi Eclipse. The Jeep spun Will closing the bars earlier in and hit Shepard, who was walking Dewey Beach make a difference along the shoulder. Cpl. Preston in the numberof pedestrian acci- Lewis, Delaware State Police dents? spokesman, said tests have been That's the question on the minds of many this week, follow- ing last week's request from Dewey Beach Mayor Bob Freder- ick for establishments in the town to voluntarily shorten their hours of alcohol service. Frederick said it's a measure he feels is necessary to prevent pedestrian accidents such as the one that has left Aaron Sheperd, a 21-year-old Rehoboth Beach Pa- trol lifeguard, in critical condition at Christiana Hospital in a drug- induced coma. In light of that accident and oth- er discussions regarding pedestri- an safety and overcrowded condi- tions, Frederick announced last week that the town will seek to stop the sale of alcohol at 11:30 p.m. Currently, last call is 1 a.m. Sheperd was injured in a serious accident Saturday, June 13, at ap- proximately 1:40 a.m., when he was struck while walking along the side of the highway just out- side town limits at Elizabeth Street. Operating a Jeep Cherokee in the northbound lane on Route !, Anthony DiDomenicis, 26, of Re- hoboth Beach, attempted a left turn onto Elizabeth Street when he was struck by a southbound Mit- taken to determine if alcohol was a factor, but results are not back yet. No charges have been filed. Town most dangerous after last call Just hours before the accident, officials discussed ways the town could contain its pedestrian traffic at the town meeting Friday, June 12. Police chief Ray Morrison said that he sees most pedestrian traffic after the establishments close. He said he's noticed that pedes- trians show little regard for traffic, whether it's on the highway or on other streets in town. "We had an incident on Dagsworthy Street and it was so packed," he said at the meeting. "They don't care if it's a police car with its lights flashing or not. It's like they're playing chicken out there." While Morrison has said he's extremely concerned about pedes- trian safety, he has also said he doesn't want to give up residential coverage in order to cover Route I. He said his department is focus- ing its attention on jaywalkers and aggressively fining violators. Dewey Beach resident and busi- DelDOT takes short-term safety measures, drafts permanent ones By Michael Short Delaware's Department of Transportation (DelDOT) decided on Thursday, June 25, to take two short-term actions to improve safety at the site of a serious pedestrian accident near Dewey Beach. Michelle Ackles, spokesperson for DelDOT, said that DelDOT decided to make the improve- ments to the intersection at Eliza- beth Street and Route 1, located just north of Route i. A new pedestrian crosswalk will be painted at the intersection and a sign on the north side of Route 1 will be put in place to warn drivers that they are ap- proaching a pedestrian crosswalk. Both are short-term improve- ments that can be put into place in the next few weeks, Ackles said. They are designed to make pedestrians and drivers more aware, improve visibility and di- rect pedestrians to the safer, northern side of the intersection, she said. In the meantime, a draft of rec- ommendations for improvements to the so-called "Forgotten Mile" area is being circulated by the de partment. DelDOT's plans, which are still preliminary, have been in the works for months and are the outcome of bicycle and pedestrian study work, she said. Here is a brief summary of some recommendations: Bayard Avenue - Based on an engineering assessment, it is rec- ommended that turning move- ments by motorists be restricted along Chicago Street and Bayard Avenue to the north. Instead, traf- fic would be directed on to Cullen Street, where a traffic signal is recommended. Lewes and Rehoboth Canal to Bayard Avenue - Crosswalks are needed along South Route I due to the volume of pedestrian traffic traveling between residential ar- eas and beaches during the year, in combination with the four lanes of heavy automobile traffic on South Route 1. These crosswalks will not be noticed by motorists without traffic signals_Curb cuts and sidewalks are needed all along the South Route I corridor and would be particularly helpful in encouraging pedestrian use of crosswalks. Intersection at Bay Mart Cen- ter - Curb cuts and sidewalks shouM be installed on the western side of the intersection to connect with the crosswalk. These side- walks should extend south into the condominium complex and north into the shopping center to pro- vide a continuous path for pedes- trians traveling between these des- tinations...Additionally, ladder- striped crosswalks, pedestrian sig- nals and curb cuts should be in- stalled on the northern side of the Continued on page 18 For the year 1997, The Wall Street Journal recognized Edward Jones' recommended stock portfolio as the top performer among 15 of the nation '-s leading investment firms. For a copy of the current "Investment Perspective," including recommendations from our Research Department, contact my office. Anthony Egelnl A [ New Devon lnn [  I 142 Second St. I  I Lewes I I 645-7710 ] lk] I lJJ Membe r SIPC Angle Moon photo 'Members of the Rehoboth Beach Patrol are keeping Aaron Edwardlo Sheperd in their thoughts. - nee Serving Individual Investors Since t87a hess owner Charlie Pollard sees In a letter he submitted to the this measure as only a temporary Cape Gazette this week, Pollard fix. He said he thinks the solution suggests the town post monitors to I isn't issuing tickets, but helping man the traffic signals with hand Subscribe today I pedestrians cross the street safely. Continued on page 18 Call 645-7700 Hey, Cape Region_Look What's Com" Soon! 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