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tamumlml,]llLUlllll.l J Cape board election shows board division The Cape Henlopen Board of Education showed a clearly de- fined split when it nominated two board members for the position of vice president, and roll call votes were required for each. On July 10, June Turansky, former vice president, nominated Estie Class for vice president; the motion was seconded by Becld Millman, past board president. Board member Brent Moore nominated Barry Porter; his motion was seconded by Tony Streett. Turansky, Mill- man and Class voted for Class, and Moore, Porter, Streett and Sue Shupard, president, voted against the nomination. The next vote put Porter's nomination on the table, and the votes were reversed, with those in opposition to Class voting in favor of Porter, and those in support of Class voting against Porter. Porter will serve as the board's vice president for the 1997-98 school year. Police seeking public's help in investigation Delaware State Police are seek- ing help from the public to sup- port an investigation. According to Cpi. Preston Lewis, state police spokesman, detectives at Troop 4 are investigating a recent rash of criminal mischief incidents and car vandalisms that have been documented in the Sussex 270 and Sussex 270A, Midway area. Lewis said the crimes involved suspects smashing windows on vehicles and stealing property from them. Police are asking public assis- tance to identify the owners of two pieces of evidence collected in the investigation. The first piece of evidence is a key for a Nissan vehicle. Attached to the ring is a three-inch black plastic pocket knife marked with an Eddy Bauer emblem. The other item is a cigarette lighter shaped like a handgun. Anyone who can identi- fy the property should call Det. Dave Kline at Troop 4, 856-5850. Suspects sought in Rehoboth armed robbery The Rehoboth Beach Police De- partment is investigating an armed robbery that occurred at an apart- ment on Baltimore Avenue at 5:11 a.m. on Monday, July 28. Ac- Clarifications An incorrect date was listed as the filing deadline for the Dewey Beach Town Election. The cor- rect date for the filing deadline is Thursday, Aug. 21. Interested in- dividuals must submit a letter of intent to the Dewey Beach Town Hall by 5 p.m. on that date in or- der to run for the office of com- missioner. The town's election will take place Saturday, Sept. 20. cording to police, the suspect is described as a 6-foot-3-inch, thin- ly built black male, wearing a black sweatshirt, jeans and gloves. Det. Keith Banks said the suspect, who was armed with a handgun, woke the apartment's occupant, secured the victim and stole an undetermined amount of cash. The suspect then fled from the area. "We don't have any strong sus- pects at this time," said Banks. Neither Banks nor the state police believe there isany reason to link the Rehoboth robbery with the burglary that occurred at Khalsa Jewelers in the Rehoboth Outlet Mall on Monday, July 21. '/his is real rare for the city to have things like this happen," said Banks. However, crime, he said can occur in any community at any time. He suggested the public use common sense to protect themselves and their property. For example, doors should be locked, and those who have alarm systems should keep them activat- ed. Locks should also be regular- ly checked to ensure they are in working order. Lastly, he said, "Communicate with your local police department if you hear or see anything that seems suspi- cious." He said anyone with in- formation should call Banks at 227-2577. Two die in separate Cape Region accidents Giovanna Bellafiore, 28, of Mil- lville, died Thursday, July 24, af- ter she was struck by a vehicle as she walked along Sussex 277 near Lewes. Ina Bryan, 54, of Mills- boro, died Sunday, July 26, when the car she was driving veered away from the lane on Route 26. The two deaths marked the 77th and 78th on Delaware roads this year, compared to 67 at this time last year. According to Delaware State Police spokesman Cpl. Preston Lewis, at approximately 7:50 p.m., Bellafiore "was walking south on [Sussex 277] and she was walking with traffic. She was approximately one foot walking on the roadway, and she was struck from the rear by the south- bound vehicle." That vehicle, a 1965 Chevy Nova, was operated by Karl Chalabala, 18, of Lewes, who was not injured in the acci- dent. "She was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics," said Lewis. At approximately 1 a.m. Bryan, for unknown reasons, said Sgt. David Thomas, Delaware State Police spokesman, "drifted off the roadway, across the southbound lanes of Route 26, then her car went into a small ravine. She was trapped in the vehicle and extri- cated from the vehicle by the Gumboro Fire Company." The Maryland State Police helicopter flew her to Peninsula Regional Medical Center, said Thomas, where she died from multiple trauma. Both accidents remain under in- vestigation, and no charges have yet been filed against Chalabala. Alcohol was not a factor in either of the accidents. Dewey police assist two girls left by parents Two girls, ages six and 12, were apparently forgotten or ignored by their parents on Saturday, July 26, when they failed to pick up the girls at the Boardwalk in Re- hoboth Beach. According to Dewey Beach Police Chief Ray Morrison, officers are speculating the girls expected to be met by an adult sometime between 6 and 8 p.m., but no one arrived to pick them up. "That's when they start- ed walking," said Morrison. The girls began walking toward Bethany Beach, he said, where they expected to find their parents. "We picked them up at 11:34 p.m. at Route 1 and Tower Road," said Morrison. They were driven to the Bethany Beach home, but by 12:30, no one was at the resi- dence, so they were taken back to the Dewey Beach Police Depart- ment, he said. 'l'hey were tired and hungry. The officers were spending their own money buying them food." Since the police sta- tion was very busy, the girls stayed in the dispatch area, said Morrison. Police investigated whether a report had been filed for the miss- ing children, he said, but no report had been filed. Sometime after 1 a.m., police located the parents. Morrison said they turned the case over to Family Services, although the girls were released to their parents. The girls, said Morrison, were cousins. The six-year-old's family lives in Sea Air Mobile Home Park, and the 12-year-old's family resides in Dagsboro. According to Jane Pierantozzi, executive assistant to the director at the Division of Family Ser- vices, the case is currently being investigated. Typically, she said, investigations last for a couple of weeks. "We will not be asking the police to file charges at this time," said Pierantozzi. "We are actively investigating." Cape district monies best spent in state During a presentation to the Cape Henlopen School District Board of Education on Thursday, July 24, Andy Brandenberger, di- rector of business operations, said the district's property taxes are the lowest in the state, but the district is among the top five for highest expenditures for both students and teachers. According to the docu- ment he presented, Cape spends $27,326 of its local funds for each teaching unit an average of $1,366 per regular education student from kindergarten through grade 12. The other Sussex County school districts spend the following local funding amounts per teaching unit: Indian River- $19,611; Del- mar - $9,347; Woodbridge - $9,233; Milford, $8,357; Seaford - $7,454; and Laurel - $7,200. Their average spending per regu- lar education pupil in grades kindergarten through 12 are as CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, August 1 - August 7, 1997 - 3 follow: Indian River - $981; Del- mar - $467; Woodbridge - $9462; Milford, $418; Seaford - $373; and Laurel - $360. Milton town clean.up slated for Aug. 3 Everyone interested in helping Milton put agood face on things is invited to join in the first town clean-up effort sponsored by the Milton Chamber of Commerce. Starting at noon, Sunday, Aug. 3, people are invited to bring their brooms, buckets and scrub brush- es to Union Street in the center of the downtown section. Ed Harris, chamber president, said that side walks will be swept, windows washed and flower boxes will be weeded and watered. The fire company will pitch in and hose down the street, and city officials are expected to be on hand to sweep and scrub along with cham- ber members and towns people. Harris said that Milton Hard- ware is donating mulch to apply to flower boxes and beds, and free hot dogs and soft drinks will be available for all who participate. The area of concentration for this clean-up day is from city hall to the library, however, those with energy and ideas are encouraged to work on other sections. Harris said that response to the project has been good, and he feels that there is a lot of interest in down- town Milton presenting a finished professional appearance. The clean-up is expected to last from noon until approximately 3 p.m. For information, call the Mil- ton Chamber of Commerce, 684- 1101. Price, Bunting help fund traffic signals Rep. Shirley A. Price (D-Mil- lville) and Sen. George H. Bunting (D-Bethany Beach) were instrumental in obtaining new traffic signals in the resort area. The two lawmakers made an emergency allocation and worked with Delaware Department of Transportation to see that two new signals were in place before the July 4th holiday weekend. The signals are at the intersection of Jefferson Bridge Road and Route 1 and where Fred Hudson Road (Route 360) enters Cedar Neck Road (Route 357), both in the Ocean View area. "Both of these lights are in- stalled at intersections which are very heavily traveled, especially in the summer months," said Price. "We want to ensure the roadways are as safe as possible for our pedestrians and drivers." The Route 1 and Jefferson Bridge Road was already in the works, but Price and Bunting hur- ried the effort along with their al- location and close coordination with DelDOT. Salt Pond Associ- ates also contributed to the cost of the light at Fred Hudson and Cedar Neck roads. Price said, "We thank the com- munity for their patience, Salt Pond Associates for their aid, and the DelDOT workers for their timely assistance. We look for- ward to safer roadways with the installation of these lights." 'Traffic continually increases in our area, and I'm pleased we were able to work together to meet these needs," said Bunting. "We work constantly with'the towns and community groups to improve safety and travel were we can." Reboboth contemplates fate of McQuay's With the death of William "Butch" McQuay last week, there is a lot of speculation concerning the fate of his grocery store at the entrance to the City of Rehoboth Beach, as well as the Ice House liquor store across the street, as the market closed even before his death. During the listening post ses- sion prior to the July 28 work- shop, resident Ann Stellmann told the city's Board of Commission- ers she heard the property was go- ing up for auction in mid-August. "You're all aware that the plan- ning commission says we ought to have something that looks nice coming into Rehoboth," she told them, "so maybe you ought to look into buying it." She added that if the city had adopted site plan review measures, it would at least have input into what would take the market's place if it was purchased privately. Asked what she thought the city should do with the property if it purchased it, Stellmann replied that she had no suggestion, "but I'd hate to see a used car lot there." Later in the workshop, Com- missioner Kenny Vincent suggest- ed they put the matter on the agen- da for the Aug. 8 regular monthly meeting as an executive session item. First, Commissioner Richard Sargent noted, they should find out more about the parcel, before discussing it, adding that he's interested in pur- suing the idea. In the meantime, Mayor Sam Cooper said he has been in contact with McQuay family members, who informed him that the auction was discussed prior to McQuay's death. Now, with him gone, it may take more time to sort out the le- galities, "so there's nothing to be discussed at this point," Cooper said. He added that he would actually be more interested in the liquor store property, as it is adjacent to the city's Grove park, "and I have a sense it may go on the market." While hesitant to speculate as to what the city would do with the parcel if it were obtained, other than assurance it wouldn't operate a liquor store there, Cooper said it would at least protect the city from some private concern erect- ing something garishat the en- trance to the city. Donofrio wins motel name competition Joan Donofrio of Lewes sub- mitted the winning name for the Continued on page 4