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16 - CAPE GAZETTE - Friday, September I - Monday, September 4, 2006 Foreign students seek return of security deposits By Jim Westhoff Cape Gazette staff At least two Bulgarian. students are returning to their native coun- try feeling they were tipped off by a local business. Lybomira Lyubenova and Emil Tsvetkov, university students from Plodiv, Bulgaria, expect to fly home Friday, Sept. 1, but they say they will go home without $200 security deposits they paid to the owners of Star Gate International Student Center in Rehoboth Beach. The two students said they can- not locate the owners of Star Gate in order to get their money back. "One time I saw Anton [Mesropyan, owner of Star Gate]. He said it was not a good day, he had no money in the cash regis- ter," said Lyubenova. "He told me to come back the next day at 11 a.m. I went there and sat from 11 a.m. to midnight. Thirteen hours and he never showed." Lyubenova and Tsetkov made arrangements with Star Gate to locate housing. Star Gate contact- ed landlords and acted as a third party, but Star Gate required each student to pay a $200 deposit for Plant Continued from page 15 continues to help evaluate health events, while explaining health effects to the public. "DNREC's proposed regula- tions are consistent with EPA's regulations," said Rivera's spokesperson. "DPH does support EPA's regulations and positions. DPH respects differing opinions and understands that there are seg- ments of the population that believe regulations regarding pol- lution are never stringent enough. We welcome healthy dialogue on the subject." The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) has held three public workshops, any possible damage to the prop- erty. A contract, signed by the stu- dents and Mesropyan, said the money would be refunded before the students left the area. "Now we go to Star Gate and the people working there don't know when the Owners will be back and they won't answer their cell phones," Tsvetkov said. While he does not have much hope he will get his deposit back before he boards a plane, Tsvetkov said he wants to help other students who will leave in the next few weeks. "We are the first students leaving," he said. "Others are leaving next week. Most of them decided to just for- get about the money." Tsvetkov, who said he worked at Staples, J.Crew and Appleby's to make enough money, estimates that 2,000 students used the serv- ices of Star Gate to find housing or jobs. No damage to property The students' landlord said there is no reason not to return the deposit. "Everything is fine with me. Star Gate has to pay back the one in each county, during the summer to discuss the proposed regulations and get public feed- back. However, many of the atten- dees of these workshops have complained that those running them did not write down sugges- tions or seem to take questions and comments seriously. Alan Muller, founder of Green Delaware, an environmental citi- zens action group, said the DNREC officials running the workshops never take public com- ments seriously. "The workshops were held with the stated purpose of obtaining input from the public so the draft regulations could be refined prior to public notice of same. The input received seemed clear and consistent: the public wants greater reductions based on con- deposit for the housing,' said Hakan Ak, who owns the property on Shady Ridge Drive where the Bulgarian students were living. Owners of Star Gate did not respond to phone messages or vis- its to the Rehoboth Avenue store- front. Good news There may be good news for Tsetkov and Lyubenova. The for- mer owner of Star Gate agreed Thursday, Aug. 31, to personally refund the $400 to the students. "I will give the money back to those guys," said Yevgeniy Krutov, who was reached by cell phone. Krutov said the new owners undermined relationships with local employers so Star Gate may have difficulty placing students in jobs next year. "I will probably take everything back in my hands because those guys can't handle it," Krutov said. Krutov said he will probably not buy back the company, but he intends to rekindle relationships .with employers and landlords in the area. "Those people want to Continued on page 17 sideration of the health damage done by power plant pollution," said Muller. "Green Delaware has taken the position that all units should be brought up to the level of environmental performance that would be required were they to be built new at this time." " Muller was referring to the low- est achievable emission rate, which is the lowest level of pollu- tion put out by new power plants. If the draft regulations are passed by the state, the existing power plants would not have to clean up to this lowest rate. After advocating for a public hearing in each counby, Muller was able to get that request grant- ed. The state will now hold three public hearings, which are the last chance the public has to get com- Emil Tsvetkov, left, and Lybomira Lyubenova are preparing to return to Bulgaria after spending the summer at the Cape Region. They say Star Gate International Student Center has failed to return their $200 security deposits even though their landlord says the money should be returned. ments about the draft regulations on the record. The first public hearing will be held at 6 p.m., Monday, Sept. 25, at the DNREC auditorium in Dover. The second will be held at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 27, in New Castle and the third will be held at 6 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 28, at the Delaware Technical and Community College in Georgetown. The public is invited to submit comments or attend the event to suggest changes to the draft. For more information about the pro- posed pollution regulations, visit gs/AQMMultiPReg.htm. Letters can also be sent to Gov. Ruth Ann Minner at the Tatnall Office Bldg., 150 William Penn St., Dover, DE 19901. Makes take out feel tike fine classic cool by Hinkley @ HINKLEY. L I G H T l N G design, illuminate enloy AVAILABLE AT dining. 16813 COASTAL HIGHWAY LEWES, DE 19958 302-645-1207 TOLL FREE 888-858-4255 l u'n "] .......... k--v .... ,,, , @1 -: ...... mll ........ I - Jim Westhoff photo The Steve Malcom PREPARING A HOME FOR MARKETING When home selling changes from a seller's market to a buyer's market, more thought and planning is needed to prepare a home for being shown and sold. In recent years, very little time was needed to sell a residential property. Many homes were sold within days of being placed on the market. 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