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8 TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6- THURSDA iEPTEMBER 8, 2011 VIEWPOINTS Cape Gazette Letters )) Continued from page 7 the generosity of Fernando Gua- jardo and Clothes2 You Cleaners, Milford location. Our waterfront Park Avenue location has a disad- vantage in that the Mispillion Riv- er likes to come visit in heavy rains and did this past weekend. While we had some great vol- unteers who helped bag the gowns in preparation for Irene, and Fernando and his staff, thank- fiflly, rolled up carpets, we do have about 35 gowns from our mature collection that need to be cleaned. After an active prom season, our funds are low, and with home- comings just around the corner, we need your help! Please help us serve women and girls who de- serve to attend formals this fall make their memories real and do- nate to the project. No donation is too little; everything helps! Thank you in advance for your consideration. You can contact me at or at 302-242-0032 for donation in- formation. Rosemary Joseph-Kappel Gee..You Will Project Yard waste laws are outrageous Please tell which idiots in our state made the new rule this year about yard waste (trees, grass and shrubs) not allowed in the landfill anymore. Yard waste will decom- pose within a year or two, but it's free to fill the dump up witl5 plas- tic (bags, bottles and such) that will be in the ground for 500 years. Makes no sense at all. Time to find out who wrote and passed this stupid law and get rid of them. Mark D. Joiner Rehoboth Beach Humane society provides free service The Delaware Humane Associ- ation's mobile medical unit trav- eled from Wilmington to Re- hoboth Beach June 8 and June 29. More than 60 cats were spayed or neutered during these two visits, as well as given needed vaccina- tions. These vital services were provided at no cost as a way to give back to the community, and made possible by funds raised at DHPds 8th Annual Walk for the Animals at the Beach, held April 30 in Rehoboth Beach. DHA would like to thank the Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company Station 2 for providing a place to park the van, and all of our sponsors and supporters who raised money for the walk. Delaware Humane Association Dog park would be positive addition We are writing in support of the development of a dog park in Lewes. This initiative dovetails nicely with the other community- based programs which make Lewes such a great place. The uni- fying factors in all of these are that they are about the community and for the community. As we all know, Lewes is a pet-friendly and pet-supportive town. For the most part, folks in Lewes with dogs are compliant with leash laws and re- fuse (poop) pickup. A dog park, appropriately fenced and main- tained, seems to us asthe next log- ical step. We have often wished for a protected environment where we could let our pug off leash to wander and explore. Pugs are not much for running and ]2,- year-old Bessie is somewhat past moving very fast. However, she would really enjoy a place where she has the freedom to sniff to her heart's content without the both- ersome leash. Knowing the individuals who are working on this project, we can wholeheartedly state that we know them to be conscientious stewards of the environment and appreciative of the details that must be attended to in order for this to be a success and a positive addition to the community. Bob Rosenberg and MaRy D'Erasmo Lewes A dog park would be beneficial to Lewes I am a homeowner in Lewes and I would like to see Lewes have a dog park. Like many dog owners TO BE/MINISTEID-B9 A DE IJCENSED VITERIIRI/h3I SATIJRD/Lg. SEPTEMBER I0th. 2011 - 9 AM - II AM ;IIGI VACCIIIATIOI$: DISTEMPER: 22 1301DETIJ nnel h) reIred for dje: 20 LgME: 2E l?I DX;MPER G BORDETELLA PJtJI@: 60 (3-year Paclge)50 (l-ye" Paclge) MICRO-CIiIPPI6: 2 r doggie) NO !ePOITMET'S RECEt9 - FIRST COME FI]t;T SEIED NO WELE EXaM FEE! I want my dog to be able to at times be off-leash, so that she may rtm and exercise, and enjoy the company of Other dogs. Many dogs in Lewes are presently off- leash, but not in places they should be. They are often nmning in public spaces all over Lewes - especially spaces that are fenced in some way. It is happening in the parks, on the tennis courts. and until the gates were locked, in the Little League ball parks. Dogs off-leash in areas not built for them to run freely create con- flict. People walking, running and biking in parks don't expect, and are often startled by, a dog that is suddenly running toward them. A dog park is a fenced area where only people and their dogs can play, Dog parks are the communi- ty gathering spaces for dogs that have been socialized and their people. In Washington, D.C., there are a number of dog parks - both city dog parks (open to the public) and private dog parks (member- ship). I take my dog regularly to those parks when in Washington, and feel that the dog parks not on- ly benefit me and my dog, but the community as a whole for the fol- lowing reasons: Dogs that go to dog parks are often better socialized because they become accustomed to react- ing with other dogs and people other than their owners. They are likely to react better with strangers, even when not in the parks. Dog parks help keep off-leash dogs from infringing on the com- munity at large - runners, bike rid- ers, children playing, and those who are just uncomfortable with dogs. Dog parks help with the en- forcement of leash laws. as there is less reason to have one's dog off- leash when not in the dog park. Dog parks help dogs get th e exercise they need which means less destructive behaviors. A tired dog is a good dog. Dog parks lead to more re- sponsible dog owners. Not all be- haviors are tolerated in dog parks. There are always rules that must be followed, and those who take their dog to a dog park must learn the rules. I believe that as a community, we can create a dog park that will be well maintained, and a great addition to Lewes. Helaine Harris Lewes Dog owners admonished to clean up poop I am not a jogger, runner or cy- clist. I am, however, a daily two large dog walker in my communi- ty and our beautiful state parks. While walking, I have become in- creasingly dismayed by the num- ber of thoughtless dog owners who do not pick up after their dogs. Not only is it against the law not to clean up after your dog but is it a public health risk, creating po- tential disease for other dogs, jog- gers, runners, cyclists and the myrid of other citizens who walk to enjw our pathways expecting that dog owners will obey the law and respect the rights of others. These people should not have to walk, jog, run or cycle to dodge your dog's left deposits. Please, dog owners, do the right thing and clean up after your pet. Your dog's left-behind waste gives all dog owners a bad name. Cathy Balshy Lewes Friends of Canalfront Park offer big thank you The Friends of the Canalfront Park in Lewes would like to thank everyone for making our second summer season of free events in the park a huge success. WBOC/FOX 21 and the Rehoboth Beach Film Society brought us our fantastic movie series, Quest Fit- ness had a fun-filled fishing after- noon in the park and Dimitra Yoga stretched us out on Sunday morn- ings. Our entire concert series was made possible with over $2000 in gift cards donated by our incredi- ble Lewes merchants. We would like to thank each of them: Aqua- marine, Bethany Blues, Dogfish Head, Striper Bites, Half Full, Kin- die, Arena's, Beseme, Caf6 Azafran, Teller Wines, Villa Sor- rento, Greene Turtle-Lewes. Twila Farrell, Irish Eyes. Annabella's. Dell 88, Gilligan's Waterfront, Tokyo Steakhouse, Auntie M's Emporium, Quest Kayak, Quest Fitness, Lewes Bake Shoppe, Touch of Italy-LeweS, East of Mani, Historic Lewes Farmers Market, Packard Reath Gallery, Biblion, Betty's, Fish On, Two Friends, The Buttery, Lewes Gourmet & Puzzles. Blooming Boutique. Kids' Ketch, Lewes Gifts. Capriotti's, EU.ES of Lewes. Lloyd's IGA Grocery, Jerry's Seafood and R&L Liquors. With their generosity, we sold raffle tickets to win four $500 bundles of gift cards in our "Taste of Lewes" summer raffle. We had an over- whelming response from the com- munity and we sold over 1,000 tickets. Another huge thank you to our community for making this concert series a success. We look forward to the 2012 season! The board of Lewes Canalfront Park OFF WEDN SDAY ONLY FOR SENIOR CITI.ZENS Expires 9128111 Kick n' Chi n "Hatched here m ty"