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Lewes Zoning Ad-Hoc Committee meets Nov. 6 The City of Lewes Zoning Ad- Hoc Drafting Committee will meet on Tuesday, Nov. 4, at 7:30 p.m. Items on the agenda include discussion of the open space dis- trict, discussion of applications and permits within the draft zon- ing ordinance, and a discussion of proposed changes as recommend- ed by Lewes Building Inspector Bill Massey. The public is wel- come to attend. Lewes architecture review meeting cancelled The Commercial Architecture Review Commission meeting scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 6 will not be held because there are no agenda items. Dolphin Bay Resorts receives DelDOT OK Delaware&apos;s Department of Transportation (DelDOT) recent- ly approved the commercial en- trance plan for the Dolphin Bay Resorts Motel project proposed for the site of the existing De- Braak building on the bayfront in Lewes. Joel D. Leidy, DelDOT subdivision engineer, sent the let- ter of approval for Dolphin Bay on Oct. 16. With that approval, Dolphin Bay, according to one of the partners involved in the pro- ject, now has all the permits it needs to apply to the city of Lewes for a building permit. George Metz, of HKM Partner- ship, said the group plans to pro- ceed with its building permit ap- plication, even though two sepa- rate suits have been filed in Sus- sex County Superior Court ap- pealing the Lewes Board of Ad- justment decision to grant vari- ances needed for construction of the 57-unit building. That appeal process is expected to take at least six months for completion. If the court upholds the Board of Ad- justment decision, Metz said con- struction could begin as early as spring of 1998. Maull House benefit dinner on Saturday The 36th annual buffet dinner to benefit the upkeep and restoration of the Maull House of the Col. David Hall Chapter of the Daugh- ters of the American Revolution (DAR) will be held Saturday, Nov. 1 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The dinner, including roast beef and chicken, will be served in the cafeteria of Cape Henlopen High School; the cost is $9 for adults and $3.50 for children. The Maull House was built in 1739 and was acquired by the Col. David Hall chapter in 1963 and represented one of the earliest ef- forts in Lewes of the historic preservation so important to the community today. The DAR es- tablished historic plaques in the late 1950s to place on buildings of historic value which enhanced the town's preservation attitude. Vir- ginia Cullen's "History of Lewes," published in 1956 by the Col. David Hall chapter to com- memorate the 325th anniversary of the Dutch settlement in Lewes in 1631, also included an histori- cal guide and tour of Lewes and the vicinity, which also served to heighten awareness of the impor- tance and depth of Lewes's histo- ry. The annual dinner, which is the DAR's only local fundraiser, providing important resources for the Maull House. Rolls Royce owners coming this weeknd If it seems like there are an ex- traordinarily large number of wealthy people in the area this weekend, there's a reason. The Rolls Royce Owners' Club of Vir- ginia, Maryland, Delaware and Pennsylvania is holding its fall meeting in Delaware's Cape Re- gion. According to Billy Martin of Lewes, who is coordinating the event, 12 to 15 Rolls Royces - the unique British motor car - and their owners will be staying in the area and touring. Some, said Martin, date back to as early as the 1920s and '30s. Punkin' Chunkin' will be among their stops. "Some of these vehicles are worth as much as $500,000," said Martin. "They really are something to see," said Martin. Rehoboth board to tackle meaty agenda The Rehoboth Beach Board of Commissioners will hold its regu- lar monthly workshop session at 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 3, in the commissioners room. The agenda includes a discus- sion on the hiring of a city planner to the staff; consideration of the request from the Rehoboth Beach- Dewey Beach Chamber of Com- merce to execute the five-year op- tion on the lease of the chamber's visitor's center and offices in the Railroad Station near the entrance to the city; and a proposal to amend city ordinances governing peddling. Also on the agenda is a discussion of the possibility of es- tablishing a police commission in the city to act as a liaison between the board and the police depart- ment, and a discussion of provid- ing a quitclaim deed for Lot 4 in the second block of Olive Avenue for a small triangular piece of property owned by the city but which has been used by the adja- cent property owner as a driveway area for many years. Tentatively scheduled for discussion is the possibility of the city hosting the 1999 National Lifeguard Olympics next July. The workshop will be preceded by a listening post sessior, at 6:30 p.m., when the citizenry !s invited to speak out on any issues they feel are pertinent. Rehoboth Planners approve partitionings The Rehoboth Beach Planning CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, October 31 - November 6, 1997 - 3 Commission approved two parti- tioning requests during a special meeting held Monday, Oct. 27. The first request came from David Vessels, owner of lots 47, 49 and 51 Delaware Avenue. The planners first partitioned 47 from 49 and 51, as it is an unencum- bered parcel. They then granted partitioning of lots 49 and 51, with stipulations, as the porch of the house on lot 51 encroaches in- to the necessary setback by one- foot, 1 l-inches. The partitioning is contingent on either removing one-foot, 11-inches of a side porch from the house, or the prospective buyer of the parcel creating an eight-foot setback when building to provide 12 feet of space between the units. The planners also granted parti- tioning of lots 27 and 28 Philadel- phia Street, owned by the Dinner Bell Inn, from the remainder of the inn's property. Each lot is 25 feet wide, creating one 50-foot by 140-foot lot at the intersection of Second, Christian and Philadel- phia streets. The purchaser of the new lot plans to construct a house on the parcel. The planners will hear a request for partitioning of lots 39 and 41 Pennsylvania Avenue at 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 10. The request is sought by owners Kimber and Lee Vought. Sipple pleads guilty to poisoning eagle Douglas Sipple, 50, changed his plea from not guilty to guilty Tuesday, Oct. 28, in U.S. District Court for violating the federal En- dangered Species Act in the killing of a bald eagle. Sipple claimed he was only pro- tecting his rabbits from predators back in April when he placed meatballs laced with the pesticide Furadan around his 68-acre farm outside of Georgetown. He faces up to one year in jail and/or a $100,000 fine; sentencing is scheduled for January. He had been charged with using a bald eagle for scientific purposes, killing migratory birds and unlaw- ful use of pesticides, but by plead- ing guilty to the single misde- meanor of violating the Endan- gered Species Act, other charges will be dropped at the sentencing. Sipple's public defender, Christopher Koyste, said no com- ment would be made on the change in his plea until after the sentencing takes place. A red-tailed hawk and two turkey vultures were also killed by the pesticide, along with foxes, opossums, dogs and cats, accord- ing to court records. Sipple's son Jacob, the subject of a custody dispute between fa- ther and mother, Priscilla Jones, was selected as a federal witness in the trial, which was dropped when Sipple pled guilty. As a key witness, Federal Magistrate Mary Pat Trostle originally ordered that Sipple, who had custody of the child, have no contact with Jacob until the trial. That order was lift- ed, but not before Jones was awarded temporary custody in Angie Moon photos Making a Difference in Lewes Many organizations observed Make a Difference Day on Saturday, Oct. 25, by providing a variety of community ser- vices. Above, Jessica Small, 7, the daughter of David and Cindy Small of Lewes and member of Brownie Troop 807 of Lewes, plants flower bulbs with fellow troop members in Stango Park. The bulbs were donated by J.B. Landscaping and Ed Sobozenski, with Jack Gallagher of the Department of Parks and Recreation providing time and assistance to the Brownies. Family Court. Jones went into hiding with Ja- cob for nine weeks instead of re- turning him to his father; she was later charged with interfering with custody and could be sentenced to up to two years in prison. She has been ordered to have no additional contact with the boy. Jacob is now back with his fa- ther and Jones is awaiting a ruling on her motion to have a heating to amend the no-contact order. Title I group announces fall meeting dates The Title I community program has announced its schedule for November and December, and has extended an invitation for interest- ed members of the public to attend a meeting to find out about com- munity schools and their pro- grams. Meetings will be held at the fol- lowing locations: Shields Elemen- tarry, Nov. 5; Rehoboth Elemen- taxy, Nov. 12; and H.O. Britting- ham Elementary, Nov. 19. At these meetings, the same agenda w;ill be followed, including a pre- sentation by school social worker Garnet Smith, a math and reading computer night, and compacts. There will also be a district- wide community night at Cape Henlopen High School on Dec. 3 to evaluate the group's achieve- ments thus far. There will also be holiday refreshments and gifts. All meetings are held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wrdliam Penn instructor is Teacher of the Year Harry Kutch, a math teacher at William Penn High School in the Colonial School District, has been named the 1998 Delaware Teacher of the Year. Kutch, a resident of New Castle, was cited for representing the best traits of Delaware's 6,700 public school teachers. As teacher of the year, Kutch will receive a $10,000 state grant from the Delaware State Legislature and an eMate 300 computer from Apple Com- puter, Inc. He becomes Delaware's candidate for the 1998 National Teacher of the Year. Kutch was chosen from nine- teen teachers nominated by their school district superintendent. Terry Suess, a teacher at the Sus- sex Consortium, was the Cape Henlopen District Teacher of the Year. No Halloween costumes allowed at Cape game No one will be admitted wear- ing a costume of any kind to the Cape Henlopen High School foot- ball game on Friday, Oct. 31, said Cape Athletic Director Bud Hitchens. Individuals wearing any kind of a costume, including masks or face-painting, will not be allowed into the stadium. Rehoboth city offices to close Veterans Day Rehoboth Beach City manager Greg Ferrese announced that the City of Rehoboth Beach's admin- istrative offices will be closed on Tuesday, Nov. 11, in observance of Veterans Day. Refuse will not be picked up on Rat day. -Fne Cny w-ll pcl< up refuse on the north side of town on Wednesday, Nov. 12. Continued on page 4