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4 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, November 6 - November 12, 1998 Continued from page ments for a proposed expansion to the existing building on the Boardwalk. The second hearing concerns a variance request by Daniel T. Porter and Helen M. Porter, own- ers of 54 Delaware Ave., to alter the location of the western lot liRe to correct a long-standing en- croachment from lots 56 and 58 Delaware Avenue, decreasing the size of the lot and feet of frontage to less than is required by the city code. The hearings get underway at 7 p.m. Ranney named chair of Council on Homing The Rev. John D. Ranney of Milford was re-elected to the post of chairing the Delaware Council on Housing. Ranney is pastor of the Reformation Lutheran Church of Milford and president of the Lutheran Senior Services of Sus- sex County Inc. He is one of nine members representing Delaware's business and housing communi- ties. The council oversees and ap- proves financial assistance for af- fordable housing initiatives through the state's Housing De- velopment Fund. Since the fund's inception in 1968, the Council on Housing has approved nearly $140 million in loans and grants - Hot Spots- Route 1 Accident Update Dennis Fomey photo Contractors replacing Zwaanendael roof Contractors started work recently on replacing the terra cotta files that make up the roof O f the Zwaanendael Museum in Lewes. According to Adele Hudson, supervisor of opera- tions at the museum, the new tiles are being made by the same firm - Ludowici - that made the original tiles in place since the building was completed in 1931 for the 300th an. niversary of the landing of the area's first European settlers. The new roof tiles are being custom-produced by the firm. In several cases, the firm will have to use templates made from existing tiles to create a number of nonstandard tiles that are part of the roof. In preparation for replacing the roof, con- tractors are now in the process of repointing the brick and stonework of the structure. The entire project is expected to take four to five months. Hudson said that copper flashing on the roof has been deteriorating, "due to acid in the climate," which has resulted in some water damage in the building. The roof tiles, in place for 67 years, are beyond their normally expected life, which is why they are being replaced at this time. Hudson said there is no specific plan for disposal of the existing tiles. "We have been thinking about possibly pre- serving a number of them and allowing the public to pur- chase them and have the proceeds go toward defraying the cost of preserving the artifacts from the HM Brig DeBraak. But that's just talk at this point. A lot of the tile will be dam- aged in the removal process but some could be preserved." The main display floor of the Zwaanendael is open during the construction work. The second floor is closed. The Zwaanen- dael Museum, owned and operated by Delaware's Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, is a replica of the City Hall in Hoorn, Holland, the ancestral home of Capt. David Pieterson de Vries who, in 1631, sent the settlers who were later massa- cred by the Indians His statue stands atop the front gable of the museum. The building was designed by Wilmington ar- chitect E. William Martin who studied the building at Hoorn. The building is of a style known as Dutch Renaissance. to support various rental, home ownership, housing rehabilitation and emergency shelterprograms sponsored by public and private sponsors of affordable housing in Delaware. Milton Middle Fro sets Nov. 10 meeting The Milton Middle School PTO will present two guest speakers at its next meeting, slated for 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 10. One speaker will be Nancy Bearss, coordinator of the Sussex Tech Wellness Cen- ter, who will talk on "problems facing our kids today and how to talk about them." The other speaker is Gloria Walls, program director for Aquila, a teen sub- stance abuse program, who .will discuss "current illicit drugs in our community and tips on keeping our kids safe.'" The community is invited to attend. Candlelight vigil slated Nov. 12 in Wilmington The Human Relations Commis- sion of Delaware is hosting a Can- dlelight Memorial for all people who have suffered from hate crimes, at 6 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 12, at the Carvel State Building Plaza, between 8th and 9th streets, on French Street. In the event of inclement weather, the vigil will be held in the State Office Build- ing auditorium. Everyone is invit- ed to attend and among those scheduled to be there are political, community leaders and organiza- tions representing Delaware's di- verse populations. This will be a time of healing and solidarity against hatred toward people of different backgrounds, ethnicity, preferences and persuasions. From this grassroots effort, a coalition may be formed consist- ing of people who will work to prevent hate crimes and educate. mediate and resolve issues sur- rounding hate crimes. Lewes Fire Department makes 640 responses During June, July and August, members of the Lewes Fire De- partment responded to 640 calls, including 148 alarms and 492 re- quests for ambulance services. The busiest month for alarms was August, with 52, and the busiest month for ambulance calls was July, with 168. A total of 2,428 volunteers an- swered the alarms for the summer and 1,351 firefighters responded to the 492 ambulance incidents. Some of the calls responded to during the summer included 54 personal injury automobile acci- dents, 15 house fires, 23 false au- tomatic alarms, 15 assists to other departments, 11 water rescues five commercial business fires and three woods fires. There were 36 assists to other communities with the ambulance. Fire department apparatus and ambulances traveled 7,852 miles during the three summer months. Of the 148 alarms, 81 were gen- eral with the siren sounded and 68 were silent with only pagers used. FOR WEEK OF OCTOBER 26 - NOVEMBER 1, 1998 DATE LOCATION 10/27/98 Rt. 1 and Rt. 9, west of Lewes 10/27/98 Rt. 1 and Sussex 268, south of Lewes 10/30/98 Rt. 1 and Rt. 9, west of Lewes 10/30/98 Rt. 1 and Sussex 266B, north of Lewes 10/31/98 Rt. 1 and Sussex 264, north of Lewes 11101198 Rt. 1 and Sussex 88, north of Lewes 11/01/98 Rt. 1 and Rt. 24, north of Lewes #2 #4 #2 #2 #2 #2 #2 Route 1 accident information provided b)? Delaware State Police Troo3 7. FOR WEEK OF OCTOBER 26 - NOVEMBER 1, 1998 I Troop 7 Sussex County Kent County New Castle County I 7 18 6 32 | Of the 56 people ai'rested for DUI, 11 were involved In accidents. | FROM APRIL 1. 1998. THROUGH OCT. 30. 1998 ROUTE I CORRIDOR NUMBER OF ACCIDENT LOCATIONS ACCIDENTS Route 1 and Sussex 283 40 Route 1 and Route 24 35 Route 1 and Rehoboth Ave. Extended 27 Route 1 and Route 9 27 Route 1 and Route 16 8 Route 1 at Rehoboth Outlets 9 Route 1 and Sussex 270A 18 Route 1 at Kmart parking lot 5 Route 1 and Sussex 274 16 Route 1 and Sussex 273 22 Route 1 and Sussex 268A 9 Route 1 and Sussex 12 8 Tors, AI R0trrE 1 Srms Personal Injury 89 Property Damage Under $1,000 129 Private Property Damage Under $1,000 32 Property Damage Over $1,000 129 Pdvate Property Damage Over $1,000 .7:::::i.: ;:; i:: ::i :i/:i;?::  :/:? ::.:.::.: ;: ::::':i: In cooperation with Delaware State Police Troop 7, the Cape Gazette has been reporting the vehicular accidents on Route 1 from just north of Milton to just south Of Dewey Beach, an area known as the Route 1 corridor. The total number of accidents the Cape Gazette has reported from April 1, 1998, through Oct. 30, 1998, is approximately 385. Above are figures that note the "hot spots," or areas where approximately 70+ percent of the accidents occurred. Also noted is the nature and amount of the property and life lost because of all accidents that occurred along the corridor. There was no rest for the weary, as September started off on a record pace with both fire and am- bulance calls. Correctional officers get grant for body armor The Delaware Correctional Of- ficers Association (DCOA) re- cently lobbied for and received a $718,000 allocation from the Delaware Legislature for body ar- mor. The funds will be used to provide each correctional officer with these protective devices. Recent rulings by the Delaware Supreme Court resulted in a deci- sion that gives the Merit Employ: ee Relations Board authority to grant attorney's fees for a hearing and appeal, causing the state of Delaware to settle merit rules cas- es when it has no legitimate de- fense. DCOA also garnered a ruling that the Department of Correc- tions may not restrict off-duty conduct unless it affects security or work performance. The grievance process has also been streamlined, with a new of_ fice and two full-time administra- tive assistants to facilitate paper- work and procedures. Rehoboth Planners meet Monday, Nov. 9 The Rehoboth Beach Planning Commission will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m., Mon- day, Nov. 9, in the Commission- ers Room.