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52- CAPE GAZE'rI, Friday, October 17- October 23, 1997 Nominations sought for Trailblazer Award Nominations are now being accepted for the 17th annual Trailblazer Award. The award recognizes a professional woman in Delaware who - by demonstrating outstanding personal achievement in her field or in the community - has enhanced the visibility and stature of Delaware women. The deadline for submitting a nominee is Nov. 14. The selec- tion criteria include demonstrated initiative and leadership qualities, an indication that the recipient is clearly viewed as a role model for other women, and a record of outstanding achievement and accomplishment in her profession or in the community-at-large. For details on placing a nomination, call Shirley Seibert at 302-892-8181. The Trailblazer Award is sponsored by the Agenda for Delaware Women. It will be pre- sented at the 17th annual Trailblazer Dinner on Feb. 18, at the Hotel DuPont. For information, call Marilyn Parks at 302-658-7030. Jen EIIingsworth photo Russ Palmer Builders slates open house Oct. 25 Russ Palmer Builders will host an open house at its new office in a custom-designed-and- built model home at 1310 Kings Highway in Lewes on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Owner Russ Palmer, a native of the Cape Region, is shown in the spacious kitchen of the mod- el home. Priced at $124,900, the home also includes three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a great room, a sunroom and a dining room. All features within the model are standard upgrade fea- tures, said Palmer, and include hardwood floors, a gas fireplace and a whirlpool bathtub. "We've used great materials inside and outside of the house," he said. "The emphasis you see here is what we use in all houses we build." He said the emphasis of his business is placed on being "The Customer's Builder." He and his wife, Nicole, also did all decorating within the model home. Not shown in the photo is office manager Ann Semanco. For more information about Russ Palmer Builders, call 645-1665. Autobuy takes hassle out of car shopping By Michael Short Tired of the hassles of buying a new car? Fed up with negotiating and haggling? Richard D'Orazio says he will take the hassle out of car shop- ping. His new business, Autobuy Services, will negotiate for you. "What I want to do is locate and ne- gotiate the best price possible for customers," he said. D'Orazio D'ORAZIO said doing your homework, comparison shopping and knowing a few tech- niques for car shopping can save you hundreds of dollars. For ex- ample, many people pay too little attention to their trade-in. A survey by D'Orazio of more than 100 vehicles showed the av- erage mark-up on a trade-in to be more profitable for a car dealer than the sale of the new car. The average mark-up was approxi- mately $3,200, he said. "Why not try to sell it on the market and make some of that $3,200?" he suggested. D'Orazio said he will work with a car buyer to buy almost any kind of new or used vehicle. He will re- search trade-in values, compari- son shop and either go with you to buy a car or go to negotiate by himself. It's a hands-on approach that takes an average of perhaps .10 hours of work for each car pur- chased. "I think it appeals to anyone who doesn't like the hassle that comes with buying cars," he said. "The service is out there if people want to use it. But if you don't use it, then do your homework." He charges $200 for a new car and $150 for a used car and said most people have been pleased. "They have been happy so far. I have done some consultation and feedback has been positive." He said knowledge is power and urged people to be prepared. "The more we know about a subject, the better off we will be," he said. "Do your homework. With any- thing, the more you know, the bet- ter off you are." He said another way for car shoppers to save money is to un- derstand that they can buy an ex- tended warranty from someone other than the car dealer. In some cases,' a factory-to-dealer rebate can also mean lower purchase price. It pays to clean a used car before you try to sell it and it may be worth your while to detail the car. D'Orazio said $100 spent on such work may help make the car easier to sell, meaning it will more than pay for itself. This is only a part-time job for D'Orazio, but he hopes that the business will become full time. He lives near Ocean View, but said he will work with people in Kent, Sussex and the surrounding Mary- land areas. "If we have to go to Wilmington to-get a better deal, then we will go to Wilmington." To reach D'Orazio, call him at 541-0477. Business After Hours to be held at Sir Guys Oct. 30 Sir Guy's Restaurant & Pub in Rehoboth Beach will host Business After Hours for the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Com- merce on Thursday, Oct. 30, from 5 to 7 p.m. For more information, call the Chamber at 227-2233, ext. 11. WkK00D: HOMI00 The demand is high for fine homes. If you've been frustrated by your home not selling, or want to see what your home is worth in today's ever changing market, call Century 21 MANN & MOORE to speak with an experienced agent. Our office SELLS FAST FOR TOP DOLLAR. We guarantee our service in writing. "Don't wait, the buyers won't". Call 227-9477 or 800-255-8200. As always, our brokerage fee is l O0% negotiable.   o,,***, nEALTCq" OPEN HOUSE Saturday, October 18... Jazz Festival Weekend Sea Gate Village... Oceanfront Rehoboth by the Sea 1:00 - 3:00 - Chicago Street YoiJ will remember your tour of this stunning oceanfront community that offers the most unique amenities on the coast! A former summer estate of the DuPont family, the original manor home, oceanfron t pools, and Hartru tennis render a country club ambiance for the owners and their guests, as well as exceptional value to each villa. The tropical landscaping and stuccoed walls of Sea Gate are reminiscent of Bermuda. The villas have distinctive designs and decor with fireplaces in the great room and master suite. There will be seven villas open for you to preview with asking prices ranging from $339,000 - $369,000 furnished. Hosted by: Melissa Thoroughgood Lou Cristaldi Re/Max Realty Group Jack Lingo Realtor Herb Shupard Dot Ritterson Re/Max Realty Group O'Conor, Piper & Flynn