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4 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, August 16 - August 22,1996 Continued from page 3 the board to consider taking a po- sition that would support reducing or eliminating observations for tenured teachers in order for ad- ministrators to spend more time working with non-tenured educa- tors. "It's so time consuming, that by default, it's become mechanical," said Feichtl in reference to both the administrative and the tenured teachers' participation in the process. Board member Susan Shupard, who was a member of the state committee that originally designed the state's teacher evalu- ation procedure, said she was dis- tressed by Feichfl's comments. "The intent for [the evaluation system] is that you create a bal- ance," said Shupard. "I have some real concerns if this is trivi- alized in the eyes of our staff." Judi Walls, a teacher at Shields Elementary School, told the board that she found her principal's dai- ly interaction with her students in her classroom, and the immediate feedback her principal provides, to be far more effective than the written observations and evalua- tions. Other teachers in the audi- ence nodded in agreement. The board made no decision regarding the position it would take with the state on the teacher evaluation system. Rehoboth board passes ban on roll up doors The Rehoboth Beach Board of Commissioners unanimously passed an ordinance on Friday, Aug. 9 prohibiting the installation of roll up doors on storefronts in the commercial district, except for the Boardwalk, as that area is more highly threatened by storm and wind damage. City Solicitor Walt Speakman said he believes the city has the proper reasons - health, safety and welfare - behind the proposal, as if there was a fire or burglary in progress, visibility would be poor. Rehoboth generates $205,000 in permits The City of Rehoboth Beach has sold $204,802 in residential parking permits as of Aug. 13, ac- cording to City Manager Greg Ferrese. Non-transferable $50 garnered the most revenue at $43,700, with business permits bringing in the least, $50. Sales peaked in May at $73,344 and so far in August, they've brought in $21,253. Ferrese estimates that as they are averaging $7,000 in sales each weekend, that they will bring in a total of $240,000 to $250,000 by Labor Day and have spent $115,000 in implemeting the sys- tem. Parking meter revenue, how- ever, is down from 1995. As of was different this year, and the city expected losses, which would be made up for with the permit system. Rehoboth simplifies off season meter regulations In an effort to streamline the parking meter season regulations enacted this past spring, which many have found confusing, the Rehoboth Beach Board of Com- missioners has amended the ordi- nance so that all parking meters will be in effect from 10 a.m. to midnight, from the Friday before Memorial Day through the second Sunday after Labor Day each year. The revised ordinance also calls for the 30-minute parking signs to remain up on meter poles where they have been approved by the city, even when the meters are taken down, in an effort to provide as many parking spaces as possi- ble for customers in the business district. Former commissioner Donald Derrickson, who serves on the parking advisory committee, brought the suggestion to the board last month. Wind sheer totals home near Long Neck A mobile home in White House Beach near Long Neck was de- molished early Tuesday, Aug. 13, when gusty winds tore the roof from the structure. The owners of the property were not home at the time of the incident. "It looked to me like possibly a wind sheer hit it," said Indian River Volunteer Fire Chief Bob Cleveland, who was the first to respond to the call. "It was localized just to that one area," said Cleveland, who said nearby homes sustained no dam- age and he saw no tree limbs down in the area. "The trailer was completely destroyed," said Cleveland, adding that the home had an enclosed, attached deck. What was a freak of nature, said Cleveland, was that although the roof of the deck had been stripped away, all of the deck furniture was in place and appeared not to have been moved even slightly. Two Lewes youths arrested with BB gun Two Lewes youths were arrest- ed Saturday, Aug. 3 in an incident which began in Rehoboth Beach at approximately 9:15 p.m. The Rehoboth Beach police responded to the High Seas Motel on Christ- ian Street, where an office win- dow had been shattered. Upon in- vestigation, it appeared that a BB or pellet gun had been used to break the window, according to Rehoboth Police Chief Creig Doyle. Shortly thereafter, the po- lice responded to the parking lot at McQuay's Liquor Store on Re- hoboth Avenue, where the win- dow of a vehicle had also been shattered by the same method. Aug. 14 in 1995, Rehoboth Beach "There was a young lady in the had brought in $788,465, while vehicle, waiting for someone in- this year, the total is $740,135. side and luckily her seat was re- However, the meter configuration clined or She would have been hit in the head," Doyle reported. Then a man from New Castle went to Troop 7 to report that a gun was pointed at him from a ve- hicle near Ames on Route One and he gave the police the license number and description of the ve- hicle. Upon contacting the owner of the vehicle, the police were in- formed that the owner was under the impression his son and a friend were at the movie theater watching "The Nutty Professor." The police found the vehicle parked in the Rehoboth Mall park- ing lot where the theaters are lo- cated. Inside the mall, they arrest- ed 18-year-old Gregory J. Mans- field of Lewes and his 17-year-old companion. They were charged with two counts of criminal mis- chief, one count of conspiracy in the third degree, one count of as- sault in the third degree and four counts of reckless endangering. The juvenile was taken to Juve- nile Court, while Mansfield was taken to the Court of Common Pleas. Doyle confirmed that the pistol found in their possession was a western-style BB gun. State park road, parking lot closed Aug. 17 On Saturday, Aug. 17 , Dune Road and Herring Point Parking Lot will close to vehicles briefly in Cape Henlopen State Park. The area will be closed to vehicles un- til 2 p.m. for the ceremony closing the Naval Reserve Facility, the last single military facility in the state park area. Mixer for Murray set August 22 An evening campaign mixer will be held for Republican repre- sentative candidate William Mur- ray on Thursday, August 22. Mur- ray is running for the 38th District Representative seat that is being vacated by Rep. George Bunting. The August event runs from 6 to 10 p.m. and is to be held at the Ocean View home of Peter De- Marie, the fundraising chairman for Murry. The location of the mixer is the DeMarie home on Daisey Ave., 1 DeMarie Drive. To reach Daisey Avenue, turn at Iron Age Antiques on Central Avenue and proceed to the Grand View Shores Sign and make the first right past the sign. Refreshments will be served, entertainment will be provided and a contribution will be accepted. For specific de- tails and reservations, please call DeMarie at (302) 539-9200. Plans firming up for Dewey birthday bash Plans for the anniversary of Dewey Beach are firming up. The celebration is planned for the weekend of September 13-15. "Things are firming up nicely," said Pat Freedman-Wright, who is helping organize the anniversary celebration. Freedman-Wright said she is trying to organize a celebration that will emphasize youth and lo- cal children. She spoke at the Aug. 9 meeting of the Dewey DATE 8/05/96 8/05/96 8/05/96 8/05/96 8/06/96 8/06/96 8/07/96 8/08/96 8/08/96 8/09/96 8/10/96 8/10/96 8/10/96 8/10/96 8/10/96 8/11/96 8/11/96 8/11/96 8/11/96 FOR WEEK OF AUOUST 5 TO AUGUST 11, 1996 LOCATION TYPE Rt. 1 south of Milton #2 Rt. 1 and Cty. Rd. 273A #2 Rt. 1 south of Postal Lane #2 Rt. 1 and Cty. Rd. 270A #2 Rt. 1 at entrance to Sea Air Mobile Home Park #2 Rt. 1 at SuperFresh parking lot #3 Rt. 1 east of Milton #5 Rt. 1 at Rehoboth Outlets parking lot #3 Rt. 1 at Rt. 1A #5 Rt. 1 and Postal Lane #2 Rt. 1 and Washington Street #2 Rt. 1 north of Lewes #2 Rt. 1 north of Rehoboth Beach #4 Rt. 1 east of Milton #4 Rt. 1 west of Lewes #5 Rt. 1 north of Rt. 273 #2 Rt. 1 and Rt. 24 #2 Rt. 1 north of Rt. 24 #2 Rt. 1 south of Lewes #2 ii:::::::.iiiiii:: .................... ........: ..... Beach commissioners. The still tentative schedule at this point includes a town meeting on Sept. 13, which will kick off the 15th anniversary. Senator Richard Cordrey (D-Millsboro) will be honored, a bonftre will be held after the meeting and there will be a Dewey history presenta- tion (if completed). The tentative schedule for Sept. 14 includes an evening bonfire, skateboarding demonstration and possible skim- boarding demonstration. Dewey approves municipal court idea Dewey Beach approved a reso- lution at its August 9 town meet- ing calling for a town municipal court. The resolution must now be approved by the legislature and no action is anticipated before next year. The action, which has been de- bated for months, was expected by the commissioners. The change would mean that local town ordinance violations and misdemeanors would have to be heard first in the Dewey Beach court. Now, violations can be heard in the town alderman court or they can be transferred to the Court of Common Pleas (felonies are not heard in the alderman court). Mayor Bob Frederick said that transferring cases means cas- es are often heard three months later. He argues that having the cases heard in Dewey is vital for "home rule." If the change is adopted and Dewey develops a municipal court, the violations could not be transferred to the Court of Com- mon Pleas. They would have to be heard locally, although the out- come could still be appealed to Sussex County Superior Court. There has also been a proposal in a Courts 2000 report to elimi- nate the state alderman courts largely because of the issue of how well alderman are trained. Newark and Elsmere have already attempted to develop their own municipal court system (Wilm- ington has a municipal court sys- tem). If eliminating the aldermans courts becomes reality, then Dewey Beach would be left with- out any local court system and town officials said they worry about that potential impact. Dewey uses kid power to clean beaches Dewey Beach has taken a youthful approach to keeping its beach clean. Officials have long wrestled with the idea of how to clean the beach, an issue frequent- ly raised by residents and visitors. A survey of residents and visitors found beach cleaning raised as one of the most common con- cerns. The problem is that beach cleaning equipment can cost tens of thousands of dollars and Dewey's limited budget just does not allow it to purchase the neces- sary equipment. The town has considered using equipment used by other towns, but that idea has not proven successful. So, officials came up with a ba- sic idea at the August 9 town meeting which they hope will help clean litter from the beach. Town Attorney Robert Witsil suggested paying young people a few dol- lars, prrhaps $5 to carry a trash bag up and down the beach to pick up litter. "You would probably have 30 kids showing up," he said, suggesting that Town Man- ager Bill Rutherford take perhaps 20 $5 bills and offer them to the youthful beach cleaners. The youthful trash cleaners might only cost the town $3,000 per year, Witsil estimated. Rutherford said this week that Dewey expects to try the idea out, paying people $5 an hour to police the beaches.