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m  i Delaware Cape Re:00ion History Ill Photogral)hs Letters Continued from page 6 there have always been a joyful experience for all who attend. As long-standing - 23 years - members of the Rehoboth Art League, and as the former secre- tary of the RAL's board of direc- tors - nine years - we wish to voice our concerns about the upcoming Henlopen Acres zoning change to inhibit the present activities of the League. We were saddened to learn that the town of HenlolSen Acres is presenting these zoning code changes direct- ed exclusively at the Art League, after many of their summer resi- dents have returned to their per- manent homes elsewhere, leaving a select few to voice their opin- ions. The township of Henlopen Acres was built around the Art League, not the reverse. The Rehoboth Art League pre-dates any of the Acres' present homes, and was - and still is - a selling feature to purchasing property there. The League has always been a "good neighbor" as more and more homes were built around it. The galleries and classrooms on its grounds have been in con- stant need of repair and upkeep, which is always a major undertak- ing - especially its beautiful his- toric Homestead. Nancy Alexander - the Rehoboth Art League's present executive direc- tor - has worked tirelessly to upgrade these structures, keeping them up to code for the benefit of the League and its neighbors. The RAL's board of directors has also been working diligently with the Henlopen Acres Board of Commissioners proposing a new structure in the middle of the cam- pus to replace an existing one. Meeting after meeting with the Acres were held on RAL's grounds to explain its needs and proposals. Now, the Town of Henlopen Acres is planning on "throwing a net" on the Art League by having the final say over any present pro- gram or future ones with their zoning code changes. This must not happen!? The Rehoboth Art League does not plan to expand...only to continue with what has been existing there for decades. As any one who owns a home knows, one must constantly update. We hope that everyone who benefits from this historic gem in our beautiful area will voice their concerns. Please let the township of Henlopen Acres know how you feel about these proposed zoning changes. Act now ! ! Joanne and Michael DeFiore Rehoboth Beach VIA golf tourney a great success The VIA held its eighth annual 18-hole golf outing on Sept. 25. The participants golfed and then enjoyed lunch provided by Chef Chuck Van Heest of the Pelican Grill. Prizes awarded included prizes for the winning team, door prizes, a 50/50 raffle and raffle items. The tournament was a big success and the VIA wants to thank the golfers who played, the staff at Marsh Island for their wonderful hospitality, Chef'Van Heest, for the dedication lunch, the businesses who sponsored holes and contributed prizes and the volunteers who assisted. We thank our hole sponsors and prize contributors because their generous gifts enable our organi- zation to provide resources to local charities in Sussex County. The following businesses or indi- viduals were hole sponsors: Abstractions Sushi Bar and Restaurant, Alesi Construction & Renovation Inc., Atlantic Jewelry Expressions, Atlantic Liquors, Atlantic Sands Hotel, Bay Road Package Store, Big Fish Grill, Boardwalk Builders, C.K.'s Hair Port, Cape Gazette, Charlie Engel, County Bank, Cove Liquors, Curves for Women, DCOR Design Center of Rehoboth, Dolle's Cand, yland, Elegant Slumming, Ibach's Candy, Jack Lingo Realtor, John and Nancy Barlow, Kay Burkhart, RE/MAX Coast and Country, Klopp's Lawn Care, Mercantile Peninsula Bank, Nicola Pizza, Ocean Travel Inc., Oceanside CAPE GAZETTE Tuesday, October 10 - Thursday, October 12, 2006.7 Photo courtesy of Jim Brittingham A turn-of-the-century house in Lewes This photograph from about 1900 shows a typical house in Lewes with a nice, picketed fence and a driveway made of clam and oyster shells. The house may have been on a Lewes Beach location but Jim Brittingham, who had the photo restored from an old original, said he isn't sure of the location. Anyone want to hazard a guess as to its location and the identi- ty of the people shown? Call Dennis at 645-7700. Casual Furniture, Pat Campbell- White, RE/MAX Realty Group, Dr. Paul Peet, RF_,/IVIAX Realty Group of Rehoboth Beach, Sea Shell Shop, Starboard Restaurant, Stuart Kingston, The Back Porch Caf, The Bellmoor, The Buttery Restaurant, The RLJ Companies and Trinacria Builders. The following organizations provided prizes for the winners of the golf tournament, door prizes and raffle items: A Friend of the VIA, Atlantic Theatres/Movies at Midway, Avenue Day Spa, Bad Hair Day?, Baywood Greens, Bin 66, Blue Moon Restaurant, Clubhouse Golf, Flagship Media, Frank and Ronnie Lutz, Joanne DeFiore, Marsh Island Golf Course, Midway Par 3, Old Landing Golf Course, Outback Steak House, Ruddo's Golf, Salt Pond Golf Course, Savannah Cafr, Spa by the Sea, Sussex Pines Country Club, The Wooden Indian, Windsor's Plants and Flowers, and Yesteryear's Photographic Emporium. We thank Melynda Peet, the president, for her advice, support and encouragement. We appreci- ate the effort of the women of the VIA who serve on the golf com- mittee, solicited hole sponsors and prizes, baked the delicious breakfast breads and desserts and worked the day of the event. Most importantly, the VIA commends the community for its continuing support. Nancy Barlow and Ronnie Lutz Golf Outing co-chairs LDAF supports Sussex Consortium Over the past year the Lower Delaware Autism Foundation (LDAF) has committed a total of $18,000 to assist the Sussex Consortium in the recruitment of speech-language pathologists and school psychologists. Factors considered in making this com- mitment included the continued growth of the Consortium's autism program, the subsequent need for additional staff, the high cost of housing in the area and the continued nationwide shortag,of qualified specialists in these disci- plines. Funds are made available to individual staff in the form of a supplemental housing stipend, payable on a montht, basis with contingencies related to length of employment. The stipend is avail- able to new hires for a maximum total of two years. To date, this initiative has assisted in the recruitment of two speech pathol- ogists and two school psycholo- gists to the Sussex Consortium staff. For more information on this or other LDAF programs, please call Charlotte Herbert at 644-3410 or visit www.ldaf.com. Charlotte Herbert Executive director We can bring choice, innovation to First State The Delaware Public Service Commission has held hearings in Lewes, Newark and Dover for public input on a franchise agree- ment allowing Verizon to offer its FiOS TV service in the unincor- porated areas of the state. Approval of this franchise would open the state's cable-TV market to true competition. Verizon already has received franchises in several incorporated communities. Clearly, competition exists between cable and telephone companies for Internet access and local ph3ne service. To offer the best service possi- ble and stay ahead of our competi- COMMENTARY William R. Allan tors, Verizon has invested mil- lions of dollars in Delaware to deploy a new, all-fiber-optic net- work. But, there is virtually no choice for wireline cable television serv- ice in Delaware, resulting in ris- ing cable rates, little innovation and poor custbmer service for consumers. \\; \\;\ By contrast, in parts of Texas, Florida and Virginia - where Verizon offers FiOS TV - incum- bent cable operators have cut prices up to 40 percent, according to a Bank of America study. A Phoenix Center study shows that the cost to consumers nation- ally of just a year's delay in the introduction of wireline cable competition is $8.2 billion. That translates to $27 million in Delaware. The American Consumer Institute found that senior citizens - among the biggest users of cable TV - could save $1,100 over the next five years through added cable competition. We expect our opponents to attempt to delay Verizon's efforts to expand its FiOS TV service in Delaware. We simply ask the PSC to con- sider this : Competition works. It puts downward pressure on prices, spurs innovation by providers and generates new cus- tomers from satellite and other sources - increasing local cable franchise-fee income. Consumers demand competi- tion, and they expect their law- makers and regulators to promote it. Verizon is prepared to offer true wireline cable choice to residents in diverse communities in Delaware. Working together, we can bring choice and innovation to the First State. Our customers, residents and state deserve nothing less. William R. Allan is president of Verizon Delaware. m  i Delaware Cape Re:00ion History Ill Photogral)hs Letters Continued from page 6 there have always been a joyful experience for all who attend. As long-standing - 23 years - members of the Rehoboth Art League, and as the former secre- tary of the RAL's board of direc- tors - nine years - we wish to voice our concerns about the upcoming Henlopen Acres zoning change to inhibit the present activities of the League. We were saddened to learn that the town of HenlolSen Acres is presenting these zoning code changes direct- ed exclusively at the Art League, after many of their summer resi- dents have returned to their per- manent homes elsewhere, leaving a select few to voice their opin- ions. The township of Henlopen Acres was built around the Art League, not the reverse. The Rehoboth Art League pre-dates any of the Acres' present homes, and was - and still is - a selling feature to purchasing property there. The League has always been a "good neighbor" as more and more homes were built around it. The galleries and classrooms on its grounds have been in con- stant need of repair and upkeep, which is always a major undertak- ing - especially its beautiful his- toric Homestead. Nancy Alexander - the Rehoboth Art League's present executive direc- tor - has worked tirelessly to upgrade these structures, keeping them up to code for the benefit of the League and its neighbors. The RAL's board of directors has also been working diligently with the Henlopen Acres Board of Commissioners proposing a new structure in the middle of the cam- pus to replace an existing one. Meeting after meeting with the Acres were held on RAL's grounds to explain its needs and proposals. Now, the Town of Henlopen Acres is planning on "throwing a net" on the Art League by having the final say over any present pro- gram or future ones with their zoning code changes. This must not happen!? The Rehoboth Art League does not plan to expand...only to continue with what has been existing there for decades. As any one who owns a home knows, one must constantly update. We hope that everyone who benefits from this historic gem in our beautiful area will voice their concerns. Please let the township of Henlopen Acres know how you feel about these proposed zoning changes. Act now ! ! Joanne and Michael DeFiore Rehoboth Beach VIA golf tourney a great success The VIA held its eighth annual 18-hole golf outing on Sept. 25. The participants golfed and then enjoyed lunch provided by Chef Chuck Van Heest of the Pelican Grill. Prizes awarded included prizes for the winning team, door prizes, a 50/50 raffle and raffle items. The tournament was a big success and the VIA wants to thank the golfers who played, the staff at Marsh Island for their wonderful hospitality, Chef'Van Heest, for the dedication lunch, the businesses who sponsored holes and contributed prizes and the volunteers who assisted. We thank our hole sponsors and prize contributors because their generous gifts enable our organi- zation to provide resources to local charities in Sussex County. The following businesses or indi- viduals were hole sponsors: Abstractions Sushi Bar and Restaurant, Alesi Construction & Renovation Inc., Atlantic Jewelry Expressions, Atlantic Liquors, Atlantic Sands Hotel, Bay Road Package Store, Big Fish Grill, Boardwalk Builders, C.K.'s Hair Port, Cape Gazette, Charlie Engel, County Bank, Cove Liquors, Curves for Women, DCOR Design Center of Rehoboth, Dolle's Cand, yland, Elegant Slumming, Ibach's Candy, Jack Lingo Realtor, John and Nancy Barlow, Kay Burkhart, RE/MAX Coast and Country, Klopp's Lawn Care, Mercantile Peninsula Bank, Nicola Pizza, Ocean Travel Inc., Oceanside CAPE GAZETTE Tuesday, October 10 - Thursday, October 12, 2006.7 Photo courtesy of Jim Brittingham A turn-of-the-century house in Lewes This photograph from about 1900 shows a typical house in Lewes with a nice, picketed fence and a driveway made of clam and oyster shells. The house may have been on a Lewes Beach location but Jim Brittingham, who had the photo restored from an old original, said he isn't sure of the location. Anyone want to hazard a guess as to its location and the identi- ty of the people shown? Call Dennis at 645-7700. Casual Furniture, Pat Campbell- White, RE/MAX Realty Group, Dr. Paul Peet, RF_,/IVIAX Realty Group of Rehoboth Beach, Sea Shell Shop, Starboard Restaurant, Stuart Kingston, The Back Porch Caf, The Bellmoor, The Buttery Restaurant, The RLJ Companies and Trinacria Builders. The following organizations provided prizes for the winners of the golf tournament, door prizes and raffle items: A Friend of the VIA, Atlantic Theatres/Movies at Midway, Avenue Day Spa, Bad Hair Day?, Baywood Greens, Bin 66, Blue Moon Restaurant, Clubhouse Golf, Flagship Media, Frank and Ronnie Lutz, Joanne DeFiore, Marsh Island Golf Course, Midway Par 3, Old Landing Golf Course, Outback Steak House, Ruddo's Golf, Salt Pond Golf Course, Savannah Cafr, Spa by the Sea, Sussex Pines Country Club, The Wooden Indian, Windsor's Plants and Flowers, and Yesteryear's Photographic Emporium. We thank Melynda Peet, the president, for her advice, support and encouragement. We appreci- ate the effort of the women of the VIA who serve on the golf com- mittee, solicited hole sponsors and prizes, baked the delicious breakfast breads and desserts and worked the day of the event. Most importantly, the VIA commends the community for its continuing support. Nancy Barlow and Ronnie Lutz Golf Outing co-chairs LDAF supports Sussex Consortium Over the past year the Lower Delaware Autism Foundation (LDAF) has committed a total of $18,000 to assist the Sussex Consortium in the recruitment of speech-language pathologists and school psychologists. Factors considered in making this com- mitment included the continued growth of the Consortium's autism program, the subsequent need for additional staff, the high cost of housing in the area and the continued nationwide shortag,of qualified specialists in these disci- plines. Funds are made available to individual staff in the form of a supplemental housing stipend, payable on a montht, basis with contingencies related to length of employment. The stipend is avail- able to new hires for a maximum total of two years. To date, this initiative has assisted in the recruitment of two speech pathol- ogists and two school psycholo- gists to the Sussex Consortium staff. For more information on this or other LDAF programs, please call Charlotte Herbert at 644-3410 or visit www.ldaf.com. Charlotte Herbert Executive director We can bring choice, innovation to First State The Delaware Public Service Commission has held hearings in Lewes, Newark and Dover for public input on a franchise agree- ment allowing Verizon to offer its FiOS TV service in the unincor- porated areas of the state. Approval of this franchise would open the state's cable-TV market to true competition. Verizon already has received franchises in several incorporated communities. Clearly, competition exists between cable and telephone companies for Internet access and local ph3ne service. To offer the best service possi- ble and stay ahead of our competi- COMMENTARY William R. Allan tors, Verizon has invested mil- lions of dollars in Delaware to deploy a new, all-fiber-optic net- work. But, there is virtually no choice for wireline cable television serv- ice in Delaware, resulting in ris- ing cable rates, little innovation and poor custbmer service for consumers. \\; \\;\ By contrast, in parts of Texas, Florida and Virginia - where Verizon offers FiOS TV - incum- bent cable operators have cut prices up to 40 percent, according to a Bank of America study. A Phoenix Center study shows that the cost to consumers nation- ally of just a year's delay in the introduction of wireline cable competition is $8.2 billion. That translates to $27 million in Delaware. The American Consumer Institute found that senior citizens - among the biggest users of cable TV - could save $1,100 over the next five years through added cable competition. We expect our opponents to attempt to delay Verizon's efforts to expand its FiOS TV service in Delaware. We simply ask the PSC to con- sider this : Competition works. It puts downward pressure on prices, spurs innovation by providers and generates new cus- tomers from satellite and other sources - increasing local cable franchise-fee income. Consumers demand competi- tion, and they expect their law- makers and regulators to promote it. Verizon is prepared to offer true wireline cable choice to residents in diverse communities in Delaware. Working together, we can bring choice and innovation to the First State. Our customers, residents and state deserve nothing less. William R. Allan is president of Verizon Delaware.