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Briefl,: Lewes to consider street project bids The Mayor and City Council of Lewes will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 30, in council Chambers of City Hall on East Third Street to discuss bids for street improvements. The agenda for the special meeting includes two items. The first item is con- sideration toward awarding a con- tract for rehabilitation of Paynter Avenue. The second item is con- sideration toward advertising for bids regarding improvements being made to Nebraska Avenue and Milford Avenue. The special meeting i s being held so the work can get started in a timely fashion. The public is welcome to attend. Lewes architecture group to meet Sept. 2 The Lewes Commercial Architecture Review Commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 2, to discuss two agenda items. One item involves acting on the recommendation of the commission at its Aug. 5 meeting to approve plans for loca- tion of the Dairy Queen proposed for the 5ormer Frank Carter Clarifications An article in the Aug. 20 edi- tion on upcoming events in Sussex County, provided by the Sussex County Convention and Tourism Commission, contained a couple of errors The date for the annual Milton Holly Festival is Saturday, Dec. I l, not Dec. ! 3, as was announced. Also, infor- mation concerning the Toast the Coast 2000 celebration, slated for New year's Eve, was outdated. The event will be held at the Lewes Ferry Terminal, both dock- side and on the Twin Capes Ferry. from 8 p.m. to i:30 a.m. Entertainment will be provided by the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra, Caribbean Connection, Jazztech and others, with fire- works over the bay, a buffet and open bar. The cost for the black tie affair is $300 per person and tickets are available at the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce, 1-800- 441-1329, ext. 15. The caption for the page l photograph of Lighthouse Pete the Pirate - the new Cape May- Lewes Ferry mascot - said the two winners of the 'Name the Mascot' contest were pictured on the boat. The winners, Joe Trulli of Rehoboth Beach and Dana Meisbeyer of Little Falls, N.J. were not pictured on the boat. Rather, the two boat passengers were a photographer and videog- rapher hired by the Delaware River and Bay Authority to record the occasion. I Insurance property on Savannah Road near Hazzard's Auto Repair. The other item involves pre@nta- tion and consideration of the i pro- posed 21-unit townhouse project to be located at the existing Angler's Motel property! on Angler's Road on Lewes Bach. Designer John Lester and Angler s Motel owner COtt DeKuyper have'teamed up o do the project which will involv raz- ing the existing motel builling. Both are members of[ the Commercial Architecture Re,view Commission and will sit ott tbr consideration of this project, i The meeting will be held in coancil chambers of City Hall on East Third Street. The public is wel- come to attend. Resort lifeguards rem in on duty through holiday Rehoboth and Dewey betches will be adequately guarded through Labor Day weekenl, as most beach patrol member are staying on duty until after the hol- iday• Rehoboth Lifeguard lieut :nant Derek Shockro said this wec  his" patrol lost fewer than usual life- guards to early football camp and a return to college• "We're i far bette r shape this year that we expected to be," Shockro isaid. "What we're doing to make u p for the few guardswe lost to schq ol is close the stands at the extreme north and south ends of the t,each and put up signs notifying s ¢tm- mers to tighten up toward the cen- ter of town. It shouldn't posq any problems•" Dewey Beach Patrol lost I0 of its 31 guards to training clamps and early school returns, abogt the same percentage as usually ocurs this time of year. Town MaOager Bill Rutherford said the Ieach patrol will be using a simita sys- tem as Rehoboth, closing statds at the ends of the beach and pttting up signs directing people to wim at the guarded areas of the bach. The only concern to guaOs is the surf conditions. "It alvays happens at this time of yea that tropical storms and hurricanes build out to sea, and the (cean conditions get rougher, Shckro said. "But we'll keep an eye on it and be ready." Hurricane Dennis, Iocatcd in the mid-Atlantic and hetding toward the Bahamas on Thun sday, Aug. 26, is expected to melee its presence known along the mid- Atlantic coast before Labox Day weekend. Bar fights, loud housqs mar weekend at Dew ey After what has been the quietest summer this decade in E ewey Beach, police werereminded of years past as they responded to l0 bar fights and 18 disorderly lous- es last Weekend, Aug. 20 Aug. 22. "We're blaming it on the  eath- er," said Dewey Beach [olice Chief Ray Morrison. "Sat Jrday and Sunday were cloudy and windy, and people began dri 1king CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, August 27 - September 2, 1999 - 3 during the day. By night, there were more incidents of rowdiness, disorderly conduct and fighting than we've seen this season." No one was seriously hurt during the fights, Morrison said, and most of those involved did not want to press charges against thQse who had allegedly assaulted them. A review of the police com- plaint book also showed five inci- dents of underage consumption of alcohol and 20 people ticketed for urinating in public. There were two cases of theft in the resort town, two cases of mis- chief, one crosswalk violation and one driver charged for driving under the influence of alcohol. "The numbers may seem higher than normal this year, but they're not bad considering there were probably 25,000 people in town over the weekend," Morrison said. "Most behaved themselves; those who didn't were ticketed for town violations." Morrison said a few members of the town's summer patrol offi- cers, called monitors, have returned to college but plan to be on the job during weekends through Labor Day. "These sum- mer officers have made a big dif- ference in Dewey Beach," Morrison said. "Without them on the streets, patrolling their assigned neighborhoods, we would lose a valuable crime-pre- vention resource." Child struck by car in Rehoboth Beach A 5-year-old girl was struck by a compact car at the corner of First Street and Baltimore Avenue in Rehoboth Beach Aug. 25, as she darted between two parked cars to cross First Street• According to Patrolman Mike Armstrong, the girl sustained only minor abrasians to her back and arm and was treated and released from Beebe Medical Center. Armstrong said the accident occurred at 1:35 p.m., when the child's parents were crossing First Street. The child's father had crossed, and her mother was in the process of crossing, when the girl ran between the two cars to catch up with her father. A 16-year-old Pennsylvania girl, traveling at about 15 mph, was driving south- bound on First Street toward Rehoboth Av.enue and could not have seen the child, said Armstrong. The child ran into the side of the car. "It was just a fluke," said Armstrong• "No charges will be filed." Cyclist struck by car on Route 1 Delaware State Police made no arrests when Amanda Bradley, 22, a seasonal resident of Dewey Beach, was struck by a car while riding her bicycle along Route I. According to the police report, shortly after 2 p.m., Aug. 25, Bradley was riding northbound along the shoulder of the south- bound lane on Route l. Edward Lassotovitch, 62, of Rehoboth Beach, was backing out Submitted photo Lewes Police Dept. takes uniform award The next time you see a Lewes police officer, take a moment to notice the uniform. It's one of the best in the nation, according to the National Association of Uniform Manufacturers & Distributors. The New York-based trade group has given the department honorable mention in its 1999 Best Dressed Police Department competition. Awards for the contest are given, in five categories: state; county; city with over 200 officers; city with less than 200 offi- cers; and specialized agency. One winner is chosen from each , category and a number of honorable mentions are awarded at the judges' discretion. Lewes received an honorable men- tion in the city under 200 category. Top winners receive award plaques; honorable mentions, a certificate suitable for framing. Members of the Lewes police force pose in the uniforms that won them an award. Shown are, l-r, Chief Beau Gooch, Officer Patrick Quigley, PFC Michael BulIard, Sgt. Greg Mansfield and Offer Paul Martin. I I of the parking lot at Angler's Restaurant, the former Jiggers, when his car struck Bradley's left leg, causing her to flip over her bike. She sustained only minor abrasians and a bruise; she was treated and released at Beebe Medical Center. Rehoboth man charged with DUI, vehicle assault Delaware State Police charged Grant Willis, 23, of Rehoboth Beach, with driving under the influence and vehicular assault Aug. 24, after he was involved in a 7:22 a.m. crash on Route 1. According to Lt. John Yeomans, state police spokesman, Willis was operating a 1996 Pontiac Firebird in the right, northbound laiae, approximately one-fourth mile north of Fenwick Island, when his vehicle left the east edge of the roadway and struck a road sign. "The vehicle continued to travel and then struck a cyclist who was transporting his 9-year-old daugh- ter on the back of the bicycle in a child seat," said Yeomans. The cyclist, Andrew Oslosky, 47, of Ligonier, Pa., sustained minor injuries and was transported to Beebe Medical Center. His daughter sustained a compound fracture to her right arm and was flown to Children's Hospital in Washington, D.C. Oslosky's wife, Sandy, who had been jogging in front of her hus- band and daughter on the north- bound shoulder, was also struck. She sustained bruises and was treated at Beebe before accompa- nying her daughter to Washington. The incident remains under investigation. Milton budget discussion continues Aug. 30 Milton Town Council will meet in workshop session 7 p.m., Monday, Aug. 30, to continue FY2000 budget discussions. This is the second workshop session council members will hold to review projected figures of income and expenses before preparing a final budget to be voted on Tuesday, Sept. 7. The new budget goes into effect Oct. 1. The workshop is in Town Hall, and is open to the public. Teacher accountability committee meets After breaking down to a com- mittee within a committee, the multi-level task force working on "an acceptable plan for teacher accountability will again convene as a whole next week. The group of educators, legislators, business people and representatives of the Department of Education and the Carper administration met several times before the close of the General Assembly on June 30, but did not progress to the point of drafting legislation. Committee member Rep. John Schroeder, D- Lewes, recommended that the committee as a whole step back and let a smaller, representative number meet to come up with points of agreement that the larger group could progress from. He Continued on page 4