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10 - CAPE GAZETTE - Tuesday, September 5 - Thursday, Cape Continued from page 1 group expects that the mayors and state legislators will then "demand accountability" from the school district and that they will require a state audit, LoBiondo said. The second major issue regards what LoBiondo describes as the school board's "mad rush to cram the new high school down the throats of the taxpayers." Speaking by telephone during a meeting between himself and co- plaintiffs William Downs, Barbara Bitter, Wayne Hudson and their attorney Ronald Poliquin, LoBiondo said that the district was aware of serious mon- etary problems before seeking the referendum. "They knew the people would- n't vote for bricks and mortar until they [the district] had their house in order," LoBiondo said. Representatives from the taxpay- ers' groups Searched district min- utes on Aug. 23 and it was then that LoBiondo claims they found proof of what they had suspected. "We have proof that Janis Hanwell and Bob Meade lied to the board at its meetings," LoBiondo said, adding that he September 7, 2006 believed that a lot of the board had been "kept in the dark" about what was really going on. "They manipulated the facilities task force and they manipulated the recommendations," LoBiondo said. Poliquin said that the group is definitely moving forward and that he will be filing a legal plead- ing in the Court of Chancery this week asking Vice Chancellor Noble to declare the executive sessions held by the school board Thursday, Aug. 24, illegal and to force the school board to publicly reveal all budgetary information raised or discussed during those Ippolito Continued-from page 1 any action on the matter would be taken at that meeting. "That does- n't give us much time to consider our options and discuss. I'd say we will probably act at our Oct. 9 meeting. Any member of council can make a motion offering a name to fill the position, and the motion will require three votes to pass." Ford said Ippolito would be missed as a member of council. "We've had a lot of transition in town in the past year and this is one more. Jim has a long history of commitment to Lewes and knows well how the city works. He has always been there for me when I needed him to fill in, in his capacity as deputy mayor." Ford said Ippolito was one of the pioneers in the process for improving Lewes's canal- front area and has been an integral part of the Canalfront Park planning and construc- tion process. IPPOLITO "Jim has also been an active part of our emergency mitigation team andhelped Lewes be a leader in thenation in setting up our amate radio network, which assures that Lewes will have com- munication ability even if our electricity and other communica- tion systems go down." Cape Henlopen State Park and a master plan for its future have also been a major priority of Ippolito during his years serving Lewes, "Jim has always been concerned about acquiring and preserving open space," said Ford. Ford lauded Ippolito's open and forthright style as a member of council. "You always knew where Jim stood. He wasn't afraid to state his position and vote his conscience even if it meant alienating some of the peo- ple in town. You never had to wonder what his true position was." Ford said Ippolito was first elected during a time when there was controversy over whether Police Chief Ronald "Beau" Gooch was being considered for his post. "He and Ed Zygmonski were elected that year, defeating Eleanor Sheehan and George Cleaver. Jim had run the year before and lost. He then took another shot at it the following year and won. I always admired him for that. He made it clear he wasn't running against someone else, he was running for the posi- tion." Fall Festival for The Fall Festival for Life, a benefit for the Leukemia- Lymphoma Society of Delaware, will be held from noon to 6 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 10, at Hi Point Farm, located on Cedar Neck Road, next to the James Farm in Ocean View. The music and art festival will feature a variety of bands, food, a yard sale and activities for the family. The musical line up includes a Loose Endz, Over Time, Plenty Problems, Scrapple, WET BASEMENTS MADE DRY FREE INSPECTIONS &, FREE ESTIMATES -BASEMENT REPAIR FOUNDATION EXPERTS Award  Winning ....... :i Waterproofer 2000-2005 DON'T COME HOME TO THIS MISERY ANYMORE! 800-866-6292 WWW.BASEMENTS.COM Life set Sept. 10 near Cedar Neck Jimmy Bones and the Skeleton Crew and the Debbie Caldwell Band, offering everything from party rock, steel  and coun- try. Food will bi/provided by Bethany Blues, l'at chef Talbot and area chefs. "  i::: Testival goers can shop at a huge yard sale or visit any number of vendors, including artists and artisans, who will be offering their wares for sale. Anyone wishing to bring donations to the yard sale is encouraged to do so. Family fun activities include a petting zoo,Aature walks and talks, .horsestits, kayak rides offered by EC0Bfiy Tours, raffles, auctions and family games such as badminton and-blleyball. Admission to the festival is $15 for adults, $10 for students and free for children ages five and under. For more information on the festival or becoming a vendor, call 539-1200. TI;ACHI;Eg" SRIALS Now until September 16th Hours: Mon.,Tues., Thurs., 9 - 5:30 Wed. - Fri.9- 7 Sat. 9 ' 5 208 Main St., Millsboro, DE (302) 934-8119 sessions. As reported by the Cape Gazette Friday, Sept. 1, the school board anticipates painful deci- sions to avoid an impending budg- et shortfall and issues have been raised regarding budgetary mat- ters to which it is believed that the public should have access that were addressed during the school board's closed executive sessions held during the Aug. 24 meeting. The taxpayer group also contin- ues to focus on irregularities in the bidding process for the school dis- trict's major capital improvement project and now claims that there were no interviews of prospective construction managers conducted before the district hired EDiS Company. The group intends to take its position to the public on radio Tuesday morning, Sept. 5, when it will also be soliciting contribu- tions to continue its lawsuit against the district. Cape district representatives could not be reached for comment due to the Labor Day holiday. theBI u :ii e.eron Milton, I,awl21e 19968 G-- I I- toll free: 866-313-GOLF lit tl IBF  ur$0 phone: 302"684"3000   IINIII  fax: 302-684"3389 Servinq Breakfast & Lunch daily 8 a!m. - 5 p.m. Sunday Breakfast Buffet $ serving until I:00 p.m. Special Everyday $3.99 I I (1/2) Half Sandwich w/cup of homemade soup Open to the Public Dine-In or Take-out ~ (302) 684-3103 Caterinq Available on or off site call for specifics Milton Chamber of Commerce would like to thank all who participated in our annual Bargains on the Broadkill and the Great Duck Race held on August 26th. The Great Duck Race grand prize .:: winner of $500 went to Jane Bailey. ........ Contributed by the Milton Chamber of Commerce. Additional cash prizes were awarded " by the following businesses: Security Instrument Corp., Jack Lingo Realtors, Reed Trucking, Happy Harry's, Wilmington Trust Bank, Bob Willey & Sons, Kings Homemade Ice Cream, Cape Gazette, East Coast Property Mgmt., Friends of Prime Hook NWR, B. Gustafson, Clock & Watch Repair, Sussex Countian, Tidewater Physica ! Therapy and Curves of Milton. Everyone was rewarded with great sounds of Andrew Abde of Double "A" Productions who provided the day's entertainment. Special thanks also goes to the Milton Historical Society. The Milton Development Corporation, The Lions Club and all of the Chamber members, residents and visitors who made this event a huge success. Proceeds from Bargains on the Broadkill and The Great Duck Race benefit the Milton Chamber's membership, marketing and tourism programs.