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Briefly More businesses sign on for Home, Land Expo Several more local businesses signed on recently for the Home and Land Expo set for Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Aug. 20, 21 and 22, at Fellowship Hall of Bethel United Methodist Church in Lewes. Bob Benson of Internet magazines "Lewes Today" and "Rehoboth Today," the compa- nies sponsoring the expo, along with the Cape Gazette, said this week that Floor Coverings Inter- national, Marty&apos;s Homes, Modu- lar Home Wholesale, Road Site Construction, Hazzard Lightning Protection, Classic Kitchens, Lewes Chamber of Commerce and Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce have all confirmed that they will join the other Realtors, home-ser- vice companies, mortgage compa- nies and building contractors for the expo. Free to the public, the Home and Land Expo will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday and Friday, Aug. 20 and 21, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sat- urday, Aug. 22. "We're very pleased with the way the expo is coming together," said Benson. "Many of the exhibitors will be giving away items to visitors to their booths as well as information about their products and services. There will also be free drawings for a number of door prizes in- cluding gifts and certificates. We will also be providing bags to vis- itors so they can conveniently car- ry their items and information. Certificates from the 'Big Three at the Beach' - Roadhouse, Pasta Bowl and Roadsters - and from Midway Speedway and Water Park are among the gifts to be giv- en. Refreshment sales during the show will benefit the pre-school program at Bethel United Methodist, which is growing rapidly." The Home and Land ex- po is designed to bring products and services related to residential properties together in one place for the benefit of those looking to build or buy in Delaware's Cape region. Further information about the expo is available by calling 645-0225 or by going into the "Lewes Today" and "Rehoboth Today" Internet sites at <> and <>. Lewes-B to meet on Aug. 20 The Lewes Board of Public Works will hold its monthly meet- ing at 8 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 20, in Lewes City Hall. Clarifications An article in the Aug. 7 edition of the Cape Gazette announcing the anniversary party held for the Rev. William "Bill" Graney should have read that he was pre- sented with a basket full of flow- ers made from $20 bills. We apol- ogize for the error. The agenda includes considera- /.ion of purchasing cable for use in replacing underwater electric ca- ble at Queen Anne and Schley av- enues sites. Also on the agenda is a presentation of the proposed re- location of a sewer main and pro- posed water main extension for the proposed Pilothouse project/ Lewes Boatyard site. The board will go into executive session to hold a preliminary dis- cussion of site acquisitions for utilities and to discuss personnel matters. The public is invited to attend. Carlos Melendez of the Lewes Police Department files some of the parking per- mit signs that have been re- moved and put on the shelf. Lewes Council dissolves parking permit system By unanimous vote, Lewes Council members at their Mon- day, Aug. I0 meeting dissolved the town's short-lived pilot park- ing permit plan, which had been in place for little more than a month on Mulberry, Market and Chest- nut streets. "Sometimes you solve one problem but create more problems than you solve," said Mayor George Smith shortly be- fore Councilman Jim Ford made a motion to dissolve the program with a second by Councilman Ed Zygmonski. The mayor's com- ment, referring both to the parking permit plan and the previous deci- sion to meter the 1812 Park lot, which pushed many employee ve- hicles from that lot to the un- metered streets near the town's downtown area, followed com- ments from many residents of the affected streets. "We have three cars and only two permits," said Ira Wexler of Market Street. "One of us has to move our car every two hours or risk being fined. It's an intolerable situation. I agree with trying to discourage employees from parking all day long but this is not a good solu- tion." "We had no problems be- fore," said Karen Wexler. "Now I have to lock my car because I'm afraid someone will steal the per- mit." Jonathan Gifford of Mul- berry Street, who identified him- self as a Ph.D. in transportation engineering, questioned the whole process by which the permit sys- tem had been implemented. "I re- ceived no letter, saw no rules. This was not implemented cor- rectly. We need to collect data first. Right now the town is rely- ing on extremely impressionistic information about anecdotal prob- lems." Ralph Richardson of Chestnut Street expressed an op- posite view. "It's working for the Richardsons. It's an experiment in progress in the American way and it's working." Bob Bird echoed those sentiments. "We've had no problem finding a parking place since the program's been in effect. "If enforcement's a prob- lem, I'd be happy to take a book of tickets." But Councilman Jim Ford wanted no part of trying to make revisions and exceptions to the pilot plan to make it work bet- ter. "It's great to experiment but the pilot program has created more problems than solutions. We might make exceptions this month but more will come up next month. I think we should eat the money we spent, stop the program and start a series of workshops. Let's stay on the problem until next season." "Before the system there were very few complaints at City Hall," said Zygmonski. "Now the complaints have gone up. We should can the whole thing." "It all started with the me- tering of 1812 Park lot and Third Street," said Mayor Smith. "It may have been better to not meter those areas in the first place." Most of the residents of the affect- ed streets applauded heavily fol- lowing the vote. City workers had all the two-hour-limit/permit-re- quired signs off the streets by 11 a.m. Tuesday morning. Mayor recommends three for Dewey group Dewey Beach Mayor Bob Fred- erick said he will recommend that commissioners appoint two resi- dents and a manager of a business to a public safety committee at the town meeting at 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 14, at the U.S. Lifesaving Station on Dagsworthy Avenue. The committee was proposed by Frederick at the July town meet- ing, following extensive discus- sion about pedestrian safety and overcrowding in Dewey Beach. Frederick said he will recom- mend year-round resident Chris Richter, Dewey Beach Civic League President Bobbi Turk and Bay Resorts Motel General Man- ager Dave Beebe for the commit- tee, which he said will meet with him and Commissioner Jim Lavelle in the near future. Police seek more victims of scam Delaware State Police detec- tives from Troop 4 arrested Scott Ream, 34, of the Lewes area Mon- day, Aug. 17, for theft by false pretense. Cpl. Preston Lewis, state police spokesman, said that Ream allegedly received $50 from an 81-year-old Milton man who took pity on Ream, after he al- legedly misrepresented himself. "Ream has continuously en- countered individuals in the Lewes and Rehoboth areas and asked for funds to retrieve his car, that he said has been impounded or is in need of repairs," said CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, August 14 - August 20, 1998 - 3 Angle Moon photo State's largest red oak blocks traffic Delaware's largest red oak, a specimen tree with aclassic spreading crown made up of branches the size of mature indi- vidual hardwoods, shrank a bit last week when a steady northeast wind split one of the tree's large branches. The branch blocked traffic on Sussex 298, just north of Long Neck Road. and just east of Route 24, where the tree lives. The tree is not only the largest red oak in Delaware but is also one of the state's overall largest trees. This photograph, showing the tree towering above the single-story house in the yard beside it, provides a sense of the grandeur of the red oak. Lewis. "At times, it has been re- ported that Ream has asked for money to purchase gas to visit a family member." After his arrest, Ream was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution in default of $13,000 bond. Lewis said the police investiga- tion remains open as detectives seek other victims from Ream's alleged scam. Those who believe they may have been victimized should call Det. Larry Corrigan at Troop 4, at 856-5856. Police seek driver in accident Police from Delaware State Po- lice Troop 7 are seeking the whereabouts of the operator of a vehicle that struck and killed a Felton woman Saturday, Aug. 8. According to Cpl. Preston Lewis, state police spokesman, shortly after midnight, Carolyn Weapher- ly, 31, was walking along Route 9, approximately one-half mile west of Harbeson, when she was struck from behind by a light-colored, 1980-85 Oldsmobile Cutlass. Her 1 l-year-old son, who was walking ahead of her, was narrowly missed in the collision. Weapherly was transported to Beebe Medical Center, where she was pro- nounced dead. The vehicle that struck her left the scene of the accident. Police are asking anyone who may have information about accident or the vehicle, which they believe is damaged on the front right side, to call Troop 7 at 644-5020. Bicyclist dies in Route 24 accident Richard Hughes of New Jersey was killed as he bicycled on Route 24, Wednesday, Aug. 12, and was struck by a 1993 Ford Aerostar van. According to Lt. Rick Chamberlin, Delaware State Po- lice spokesman, Hughes and Wal- ter Woolman, 16, of Milton were traveling eastbound on Route 24 at approximately 10:44 p.m. "Mr. Hughes apparently pulled into the traffic lane, into the path of the van," said Chamberlin. Hughes, whose age was either 35 or 48, was transported to Beebe Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 11:24 p.m. The state po- lice Fatal Accident Investigation and Reconstruction team is inves- tigating the accident; no charges have been filed. Drunk driver pleads; will serve five years Kevin L. Zimmerman, 33, of Reboboth Beach pleaded guilty in Superior Court Monday, Aug. 17, to first-degree assault and felony driving under the influence (DUI). Judge T. Henley Graves sen- tenced him to five years of incar- ceration, followed by six years of probation. His driver's license, which was already revoked, will remain revoked. According to Deputy Attorney General Stephanie Tsantes, the tough sentence was probably be- cause Zimmerman had a history of DUI arrests, and his victim was elderly. On April 12, Zimmer- man, who was operating a Chevrolet van in the eastbound lane of Route 5, crossed the center line and struck a 1977 Oldsmo- bile, driven by Eugene Grossr.27,+ _+ of Millsboro. Both men were in- jured; Gross' injuries were severe. Tsantes noted that Gross was in and out of intensive care for ap- proximately two months. He lost his independence; he now must reside with family members, she said. "He's still undergoing reha- bilitative care," said Tsantes. She said that at the time of the acci- dent, Zimmerman's blood-alcohol level was recorded at 3.2 percent, more than three times the legal limit. In February 1996, Zimmerman was convicted of his fourth DUI offense. His history also includes numerous other traffic violations, including four charges of driving Continued on page 4