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4 - CAPE GAZig'I'I'E, Friday, Nov. 15 - Nov. 21, 2002 side of Savannah Road and west side of Kings Highway. Briefly Route 1 Weekly Accident Update Continued from page 3 hoboth tradition, as dozens of Re- hoboth Beach organizations, many merchants and a cross-sec- tion of the diverse community come together to produce and en- joy this event. The dinner serves as a celebra- tion of Rehoboth's community spirit and also an occasion to hon- or one very special citizen someone who has volunteered time, energy and really given back to the community over the years. Everyone's invited to the Re- hoboth Beach Convention Center Dec.8 for an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner, holiday music, and entertainment for the whole family. The dinner menu will in- clude spaghetti, meatballs, salad, dessert and a beverage and will be served buffet style through the volunteer efforts of the Rehoboth Beach Homeowners Association, ViUage Improvement Association (VIA), city officials, state govern- ment representatives, CAMP Re- hoboth, other civic organizations and anyone else interested in making this a true community unity effort! All the proceeds go toward Re- hoboth Beach Main Street's pro- grams for downtown Rehoboth Beach. The Community Unity Outstanding Citizens Award Plaque will be presented at 6:15 p.m. during the event. Admission to the 9th Annual Community Unity Dinner is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, $3 for children ages six to 11, and $1 for children five and under. Tickets can be pur- chased at the door. Sponsors for the 2002 Commu- nity Unity Dinner to date are Nicola Pizza, that donates the pas- ta, meatballs, sauce and chefs; Prudential Gallo Realtors, Blue Moon Restaurant, CAMP Re- hoboth, Rams Head Tavern, Mc- Donald's, Care Sole, Celsius, the City of Rehoboth Beach, and Re- hoboth Beach Main Street, Inc. For further information, call 227-2772. Driving l'ndcr the Influence Re )ort Lewes council will meet Nov. 18 Lewes' Mayor and City Council will meet at 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 18, at City Hall. The agenda in7 cludes considering Lewes Plan- ning Commission Recommenda- tion No. 463 which recommends final approval of the request of Perdmini Investment for subdivi- sion of property located at 322- 324 Market Street; presenting of Canalfr0nt Park Phase II by An- dropogon Associates; presenting of ComCast Cablevision of Del- marva notification to preserve fights under current rules of their intent to adjust the limited basic service rates for the upcoming year; presenting report from Uni- versity of Delaware regarding land sale and building expansion; considering adopting a resolution to investigate possibility of an- nexing lands located on the east Lewes storm water committee meets Nov. 18 Lewes' Storm Water Committee will meet at 10 a.m., Monday, Nov. 18 at City Hall. The agenda includes discussing storm water management with representatives from DNREC and presenting a re- port on annual storm water con- ference. Lewes planning group meets Nov. 20 Lewes' Planning Commission will meet at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 20 at City Hall. The agenda includes considering a request by Robert & Susan Bartley for subdi- vision of property at 424 Park Av- enue; considering a request by Robert & Janet Hall for subdivi- sion of property located at 818 & 820 Kings Highway; considering a request by John Sergovic on be- half of Scott DeKuyper of Anchor Investments, Inc., to set a public hearing for re-development of An- glers Motel located at I10 Anglers Road; reviewing revised Critical Intersections of Transportation Plan. Search continues for lost tog fisherman State fish and wildlife agents continue to search for the body of a Pennsylvania man presumed drowned while fishing along the Lewes Harbor Breakwater, Nov. 9. Fishermen in the breakwater area notified the U.S. Coast Guard shortly before 3 p.m. that an un- manned fishing boat was adrift east of the breakwater rocks with its motor running. Coast Guard personnel from Cape May Air Station initiated a search and res- cue mission using a helicopter and called Delaware Fish & Wildlife enforcement officers and Lewes police to assist. The land search resulted in discovery of a van and boat trailer with Pennsylvania tags parked at the Lewes Little League lot along the Lewes-Re- hoboth Canal. A trace of the tags revealed its owner was Robert E. Greiner Jr., 41, of Manheim, Pa. Intensive air searches before dark revealed no sign of a body in the water. Fish & Wildlife officers have gone out to the breakwater area daily since the fisherman's disappearance, and Lewes Police officers David Lorah and Rick Schiazza have continued to search the area of Lewes Beach looking for the body. The day was unseasonably warm, the tide was at slack high and the Breakwater was crowded with fishing boats plying the wa- ters around the rocks for tautog and stripers when Greiner disap- peared. Fish & Wildlife Sgt. Aaron Hurd, who is conducting the investigation, said Greiner was obviously fishing when some sort of mishap caused him to fall from the boat. "He had all his fishing rods rigged, baited and in the water," said Hurd. "He had left the boat ramp at 9:30 a.m., and had talked with his wife by phone from the boat at 12:30 p.m. He was out there fishing alone with no life jacket. We just want to emphasize that people on the water should wear life jackets or have them handy at all tmes. When you fall out of a drifting boat, it can be hard to catch back up to it." Agents intend to meet Greiner's widow in Little Creek, Nov. 16, to return the van, boat and trailer to her. Lt. Jim Graybeal, who com- mands the Fish & Wildlife en- forcement section, said bodies of drowning victims usually appear on the beach within three days af- ter the accident. "Currents, tides, and water temperatures often in- fluence that general three-day window," said Graybeal. "It could be hung up in the rocks; it could have been carried out into the bay. When the water is cold, the body sometimes doesn't surface at all." Greiner is considered by law enforcement agents as missing, presumed drowned. Lewes Beach residents and all boaters around the Cape Henlopen area are asked to keep vigilant for signs of the body. Anyone who discovers it is asked to call 911 and give its loca- tion. lawyer who killed dog to work off time in SPCA Noted Wilmington attorney Wayne N. Elliott, 60, pied guilty in Superior Court, Nov. 9, to killing a neighbor's pet puppy a year ago when it ran across the back yard of his Deimar farm home. Elliott, who admitted to shoot- ing the young dog, Nov. 21, 2001, and putting its body in a construc- tion dumpster on his property, was ordered by Superior Court Judge Richard Stokes to pay a $500 fine and court costs, pay $934 to the dog's owner, serve one year of probation, perform 100 hours of community service at the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), forfeit his shot- gun to the SPCA and have no con- tact with the dog's owner. He was also prohibited from owning ani- mals for five years. The seven- month-old dog was chasing a rab- bit across Elliott's property when he shot it. He was originally charged with felony counts of cru- elty to animals and possessing a firearm during the commission of a felony, but those were reduced to misdemeanor charges as part of the defendant's guilty plea. SPCA Executive Director John Caldwell expressed his disap- peintment at not getting full pros- ecution on the felony charges against Elliott. Caldwell said EI- liott would work off his commu- nity service doing "everything our regular staff does." That would in- elude cleaning out dog and cat kennels, working the front desk and answering telephone calls. Elliott is a partner in the fn'rn of Prickett Jones & Elliott. DATE 11106/02 11/07/02 11/08/02 11109102 FOR WEEK OF Nov. 4 - Nov. 10. 2002 LOCATION TYPE Rt. 1 and Me/son Road, south of Lewes 4 Rt. 1 and Sussex 268A, west of Lewes 4 Rt. 1 and Sussex 258, north of Lewes 2 Rts. 1 and 16, north of Lewes 4 Route 1 accident information provided by Delaware State Police Troop Numbers: first, tom DUI arrests; second, total DUIs involved in crashes; third, minors arrested for DUII * Troop 7 Susmt County Kent Couaty New CaU County [ 4, 0, 0 19, 5, 0 16, 1, 1 28, 7, 4 | Of the 63 people arrested for DUI, la were involved in crashes. and were involved in underage consumption. Troop 7 has responded to 3,S74 more complaints this year than durin9 last year at this time, 23 of those were cases of domestic violence. Sussex issues $78 million industrial revenue bonds Sussex County Council ap- proved the issuance of up to $78,050,000 of its revenue bonds, Nov. 12, to the Carl M. Freeman Communities LLC for use on its Americana Bayside residential planned community near Fenwick Island. In a unanimous vote supported by the approval of the county's In- dustrial Revenue Bond Commit- tee, council members gave Free- man Communities the right to use the bonds to obtain loans for con- stmction at the 1,700-home com- munity that straddles both sides of Route 54 west of Fenwick Island. A $16,120,000 nontaxable por- tion of the bonds will be used to finance sewer installation at the residential and commercial Amer- icana Bayside project. The re- maining $61,930,000 taxable por- tion of the bonds will be used for a variety of aspects of the project under construction. Freeman Communities will work with Sus- sex County officials to find direct funding, based on the bond is- suance. 'q'he county is in no way liable for repaying the bond-based loans," said Stickels. "And even though the county name is on the bonds, the county has absolutely no risk of losing any money from this bond issuance." Industrial revenue bonds ORB), widely issued by the county dur- ing the 1980s, are vehicles by which the county can help the pri- vate sector obtain construction money. 1RBs are believed to spur economic development and pro- vide jobs in Sussex County. Freeman Communities' capital expenditures from the bonds will include construction of up to 170,000 square feet of commer- cial/retail/office space in Ameri- cana Bayside, as well as another 178,000 square feet of other buildings such as hotels, assisted living facility, infrastructure con- struction, fire and police construc- tion and other public use build- ings. County to obtain credit card for employees Sussex County Council unani- mously approved a request by the staff of its paramedic department, Nov. 12, that a credit card be ob- tained for use by employees. Paramedics asked for the card so they could use it when making approved purchases or reserving and paying for hotel rooms when traveling out of state for training seminars or other job-related busi- ness. County Finance Director David Baker explained that a no-interest Citizens Bank Visa Card could be obtained for the desired purpose. All use of the card would require preapproval-from the county fi- nance department and receipts for all use would also be required. No employee would carry the card, Baker said. It would stay in the hands of the finance department. Rehoboth parking committee meets Nov. 26 The Rehoboth Beach Parking Advisory Committee will meet at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 26, in the commissioners room. The agenda includes a summary on the 2002 parking permit season by Kaye Batchelor and a discussion on the price of permits for 2003. Also on the agenda is a discussion of in- stalling Reino parking meters from Second Street to Fifth Street The parking of mopeds will also be discussed.