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6 -CAPE GAZETTE, Tuesday, Nov. 16 - Nov. 18, 2004 NI OINTS Editorial Canalfront Park moves into high gear The community of Lewes kicked the next phase of its Canalfront Park plan into high gear Nov. 14 with a parkside reception in the renovated net house. The restored building has strong ties to Lewes ' maritime heritage, once serving as a net-repair shop for the former menhaden proqess ing plant, which stood where Cape Shores now stands. The net house will serve as headquarters for the multi-million dollar cam- paign launched Sunday to finance the environmentally advanced and sophisticated plan that has emerged through extensive collabo- ration between Philadelphia's Andropogon Associates and citizens of the community. The net house will evolve from campaign head- quarters to park headquarters, housing offices for a city parks administrator, facilities for transient boaters, and a display area for city history that can double for small meetings. In the meantime, however, the net house is open on a daily basis for people to stop in and see what great work is ahead in the next few years. Campaign co-chairs Joe and Debbie Schell joined with campaign honorary co-chairs Rowland Marshall and George H.P. Smith at the reception. They announced that the private initiative that has been so essential all along to the entire canalfront park initiative has already raised more than $800,000 toward the $3.2 million cam- paign goal. "Why has it taken so long to get to this point?" asked Schell of the crowd gathered. "Because," he said, "Lewes is a com- munity that cares very much about itself and its residents want to be involved in every step of the way." The result, he said, is a deliber- ative process that has led to progressive consensus. The park plan- ning has been painstakingly front-loaded and is why, now that con- tributions are being sought to move ahead, people are being so gen- erous and enthusiastic. Mayor Jim Ford announced that' all approvals have now been given to move forward with the first work of demolishing the present docks, dredging, and rebuilding slips and the boardwalk promenade. The long-awaited work is about to begin. Cape Gazette editorials are considered and written by members of the Cape Gazette editorial board which includes Trish Vernon, editor: Kerry Kester, associate editor: Dave Frederick, sporls editor: and Dennis Forney, publisher The Weather Picture BobTrapani photo Anyone in Lewes Nov. 13 would have noticed the tidal flooding along the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal. The moon was in perigee Nov. 14 - closest to earth - contributing to the high tides, along with strong north winds holding in the water. E Neighbors don't like proposed road The following letter was sent to Secretary Nattian Hayward III of the Department of Transportation, with a copy submitted to the Cape Gazette for publication. We are writing regarding the proposed connections to Jimtown Road (Sussex Road 285A) to accommodate the traffic generat- ed by the proposed Marine Farm development. We want you to be aware that the majority of resi- dents of Jimtown oppose the pro- posed connections to Jimtown Road. The omission of Jimtown from your Traffic Impact Study seems ironic since two connections to Jimtown Road are being pro- posed. It appears that all efforts to accommodate the developers are being made at the expense of the quality of life of Jimtown resi- dents. In your plans to correct the omission of Jimtown from the Traffic Impact Study, we expect that this additional study will be as extensive and thorough as the one conducted for the Marine Farm residential development. We alSO expect that you will amend your projections regarding the increase in traffic to reflect objec- tive data from the new study and consider the impact of proposed changes on the lives of the tax- paying citizens of Jimtown. In addition, we expect your study will consider alternative solu- tions. Please forward a copy of the Jimtown Traffic Impact Study as soon as it is available to me at the above address. Please continue to send us information regarding the Marine Farm residential develop- ment or other infrastructure changes within 10 miles of Jimtown. We look forward to hearing from you and thank you for keep- ing us informed. Rosalyn J. Allen Echols Chairperson Concerned Citizens of Jimtown and Surrounding Communities No faith left in Electoral College No matter who won, we were going to wind up with a president detested by about half the nation. I believe this country is going to be more divided than ever. No one who voted for George W. Bush four years ago thought he'd drive up the deficit and get us deep into "nation-building" in Iraq. He is going to have a lot of surprises - I am sure of that. And at the very least he is the one who is going to figure out how to get us out of debt and Iraq. I no longer have any faith in the Electoral College and will work actively for it abolishment. Yes, in a true democracy the people should choose their president directly. There should be no body or institution between our voting fights and us. I am a Kerry supporter, but the popular vote is not disputable. I think that most people would believe in this result. Yes, Mr. Volume 12 No. 49 Publlsher Dennis Fomey, Ext. 303 dnf @ capegazette.com Editor Trish Vernon, Ext. 315 newsroom @ capegazette.com Office Manager Kathy Emery, Ext. 305 kemery@capegazette.com Associate Editor Kerry Kester, Ext. 317 kester@ capegazette.com Sports Editor Dave Frederick, Ext. 320 davefredman @ comcast.net News Editor Laura Ritter fritter @ capegazette.com Sports Writers Tim Bamforth tim @ seashorestriders.com Frederick Schranck Fschranck @ HoleByHole.com News Steve Hoenigmann, Ext. 321 steveh @ capegazette.com Jim Cresson, Ext. 318 jcresson @ capegazette.com Jen ElUngsworth, Ext. 319 jen@ capegazette.com Karl Chalabala, Ext. 338 karl @ capegazette.com Jim Westhoff, Ext. 339 jwesthoff @ capegazette.com Janet Andrelczyk, Ext. 335 Rosanne Pack Maggie Beetz, Ext. 337 mbeetz @ capegazette.com Henry Evans, Ext. 336 hevans@ capegazette.com Photographers Dan Cook Steven Billups Photo Production Molly Wingate, Ext. 308 Classified Sandy Barr, Ext. 300 sbarr @ capegazette.com Kim McPike, Ext. 310 kmcpike @ capegazette.com Jean San'o, Ext. 302 jeans @ ¢apegazette.com Advertising Cindy BoWlin, Ext. 307 cindy @ Cepegazette.com • Sharon Hudson, Ext. 306 shudson@capegazette.com Amanda Neafie-Lucks, Ext. 311 amandal @ capegazette.com Chris Rausch, Ext. 312 crausch @ capegazette.com Steve Lhotsky, Ext. 313 slox45 @ hotmail.com Production Coordinator Norma Parks, Ext. 309 nparks @ capegazette.com Production Staff, Exta. 322-326 Chris Wildt Teresa Rodriguez Ron Winterstein Ken Dunning Shed Oswald Kristin Comell Edwin Krumm Contributors: Susan Frederick Nancy Katz Ann Graham Webmsster Catherine M. Tanzer web @ capegazette.com Receptionists Kandy Vicary Beth Vorhauer Circulation Joni Weber, Ext. 360 joni @ capegazette.com Email for news, letters: newsroom @ capegazette.com Email for advertising: production @ capegazette.com Email to subscribe: subscribe @ capegazette.com Bush you were the winner; I sure hope you can figure out how to get us out of this mess. I sure hope he succeeds. Kent Noble Rehoboth Beach Our leaders • ignore the majority Freedom of speech? I'm con- fused how we have "freedom of speech" until someone talks about his or her beliefs in God - then there is supposed to be separation of church and state. But when one of our leaders says that they believe God sent them a message to lead our country, it's okay. I also have a problem when the Supreme Court says we shouldn't pray in school, i believe in God and don't have a problem if our elected officials do also; I actually think they should seek a higher guidance, especially when they send our loved ones into harm's way in the name of money or fame. Why is it okay to swear to tell the truth with our right hand on the Bible, but it's wrong to have the Ten Commandments in the front of our courthouses? I have always believed that God influences our lives for the greater good, if we choose to listen; it behooves us to listen. I believe if we had more leaders who listen better instead of ignoring the majority, we could all lead happi- er, more productive lives. Geoff Littlefield Lewes Gazette sports editor too modest In his Nov. 9 Off the Hook col- umn, Dave Frederick mentioned that he played football in the Philadelphia Catholic League in 1964, his senior year in high school. Well, I'm not letting Dave off the hook on this one. Owing to his own modesty and greater interest in the accomplishments of Continued on page 7 wes, DE 19958; faxto 5.1 ot The Cape Gazette (USPS 010294) is published by Cape Gazette Umited every Tuesday and Friday at 17585 Nassau Commons Blvd., Lewes, DE 19958. Second- class postage paid at Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Address all correspondence to Cape Gazette, PO Box 213, Lewes, DE 19958. Telephone: 302-645-7700. FAX: 645- 1664. Subscriplions are available at $27 par year in Sussex County; $45 elsewhere• POSTMASTER: Bend address changes to The Cape Gazette, P.O. Box 213, Lewes, DE 19958. "There is no grievance that is a fit object of redress by mob law." Abraham Lincoln 6 -CAPE GAZETTE, Tuesday, Nov. 16 - Nov. 18, 2004 NI OINTS Editorial Canalfront Park moves into high gear The community of Lewes kicked the next phase of its Canalfront Park plan into high gear Nov. 14 with a parkside reception in the renovated net house. The restored building has strong ties to Lewes ' maritime heritage, once serving as a net-repair shop for the former menhaden proqess ing plant, which stood where Cape Shores now stands. The net house will serve as headquarters for the multi-million dollar cam- paign launched Sunday to finance the environmentally advanced and sophisticated plan that has emerged through extensive collabo- ration between Philadelphia's Andropogon Associates and citizens of the community. The net house will evolve from campaign head- quarters to park headquarters, housing offices for a city parks administrator, facilities for transient boaters, and a display area for city history that can double for small meetings. In the meantime, however, the net house is open on a daily basis for people to stop in and see what great work is ahead in the next few years. Campaign co-chairs Joe and Debbie Schell joined with campaign honorary co-chairs Rowland Marshall and George H.P. Smith at the reception. They announced that the private initiative that has been so essential all along to the entire canalfront park initiative has already raised more than $800,000 toward the $3.2 million cam- paign goal. "Why has it taken so long to get to this point?" asked Schell of the crowd gathered. "Because," he said, "Lewes is a com- munity that cares very much about itself and its residents want to be involved in every step of the way." The result, he said, is a deliber- ative process that has led to progressive consensus. The park plan- ning has been painstakingly front-loaded and is why, now that con- tributions are being sought to move ahead, people are being so gen- erous and enthusiastic. Mayor Jim Ford announced that' all approvals have now been given to move forward with the first work of demolishing the present docks, dredging, and rebuilding slips and the boardwalk promenade. The long-awaited work is about to begin. Cape Gazette editorials are considered and written by members of the Cape Gazette editorial board which includes Trish Vernon, editor: Kerry Kester, associate editor: Dave Frederick, sporls editor: and Dennis Forney, publisher The Weather Picture BobTrapani photo Anyone in Lewes Nov. 13 would have noticed the tidal flooding along the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal. The moon was in perigee Nov. 14 - closest to earth - contributing to the high tides, along with strong north winds holding in the water. E Neighbors don't like proposed road The following letter was sent to Secretary Nattian Hayward III of the Department of Transportation, with a copy submitted to the Cape Gazette for publication. We are writing regarding the proposed connections to Jimtown Road (Sussex Road 285A) to accommodate the traffic generat- ed by the proposed Marine Farm development. We want you to be aware that the majority of resi- dents of Jimtown oppose the pro- posed connections to Jimtown Road. The omission of Jimtown from your Traffic Impact Study seems ironic since two connections to Jimtown Road are being pro- posed. It appears that all efforts to accommodate the developers are being made at the expense of the quality of life of Jimtown resi- dents. In your plans to correct the omission of Jimtown from the Traffic Impact Study, we expect that this additional study will be as extensive and thorough as the one conducted for the Marine Farm residential development. We alSO expect that you will amend your projections regarding the increase in traffic to reflect objec- tive data from the new study and consider the impact of proposed changes on the lives of the tax- paying citizens of Jimtown. In addition, we expect your study will consider alternative solu- tions. Please forward a copy of the Jimtown Traffic Impact Study as soon as it is available to me at the above address. Please continue to send us information regarding the Marine Farm residential develop- ment or other infrastructure changes within 10 miles of Jimtown. We look forward to hearing from you and thank you for keep- ing us informed. Rosalyn J. Allen Echols Chairperson Concerned Citizens of Jimtown and Surrounding Communities No faith left in Electoral College No matter who won, we were going to wind up with a president detested by about half the nation. I believe this country is going to be more divided than ever. No one who voted for George W. Bush four years ago thought he'd drive up the deficit and get us deep into "nation-building" in Iraq. He is going to have a lot of surprises - I am sure of that. And at the very least he is the one who is going to figure out how to get us out of debt and Iraq. I no longer have any faith in the Electoral College and will work actively for it abolishment. Yes, in a true democracy the people should choose their president directly. There should be no body or institution between our voting fights and us. I am a Kerry supporter, but the popular vote is not disputable. I think that most people would believe in this result. Yes, Mr. Volume 12 No. 49 Publlsher Dennis Fomey, Ext. 303 dnf @ capegazette.com Editor Trish Vernon, Ext. 315 newsroom @ capegazette.com Office Manager Kathy Emery, Ext. 305 kemery@capegazette.com Associate Editor Kerry Kester, Ext. 317 kester@ capegazette.com Sports Editor Dave Frederick, Ext. 320 davefredman @ comcast.net News Editor Laura Ritter fritter @ capegazette.com Sports Writers Tim Bamforth tim @ seashorestriders.com Frederick Schranck Fschranck @ HoleByHole.com News Steve Hoenigmann, Ext. 321 steveh @ capegazette.com Jim Cresson, Ext. 318 jcresson @ capegazette.com Jen ElUngsworth, Ext. 319 jen@ capegazette.com Karl Chalabala, Ext. 338 karl @ capegazette.com Jim Westhoff, Ext. 339 jwesthoff @ capegazette.com Janet Andrelczyk, Ext. 335 Rosanne Pack Maggie Beetz, Ext. 337 mbeetz @ capegazette.com Henry Evans, Ext. 336 hevans@ capegazette.com Photographers Dan Cook Steven Billups Photo Production Molly Wingate, Ext. 308 Classified Sandy Barr, Ext. 300 sbarr @ capegazette.com Kim McPike, Ext. 310 kmcpike @ capegazette.com Jean San'o, Ext. 302 jeans @ ¢apegazette.com Advertising Cindy BoWlin, Ext. 307 cindy @ Cepegazette.com • Sharon Hudson, Ext. 306 shudson@capegazette.com Amanda Neafie-Lucks, Ext. 311 amandal @ capegazette.com Chris Rausch, Ext. 312 crausch @ capegazette.com Steve Lhotsky, Ext. 313 slox45 @ hotmail.com Production Coordinator Norma Parks, Ext. 309 nparks @ capegazette.com Production Staff, Exta. 322-326 Chris Wildt Teresa Rodriguez Ron Winterstein Ken Dunning Shed Oswald Kristin Comell Edwin Krumm Contributors: Susan Frederick Nancy Katz Ann Graham Webmsster Catherine M. Tanzer web @ capegazette.com Receptionists Kandy Vicary Beth Vorhauer Circulation Joni Weber, Ext. 360 joni @ capegazette.com Email for news, letters: newsroom @ capegazette.com Email for advertising: production @ capegazette.com Email to subscribe: subscribe @ capegazette.com Bush you were the winner; I sure hope you can figure out how to get us out of this mess. I sure hope he succeeds. Kent Noble Rehoboth Beach Our leaders • ignore the majority Freedom of speech? I'm con- fused how we have "freedom of speech" until someone talks about his or her beliefs in God - then there is supposed to be separation of church and state. But when one of our leaders says that they believe God sent them a message to lead our country, it's okay. I also have a problem when the Supreme Court says we shouldn't pray in school, i believe in God and don't have a problem if our elected officials do also; I actually think they should seek a higher guidance, especially when they send our loved ones into harm's way in the name of money or fame. Why is it okay to swear to tell the truth with our right hand on the Bible, but it's wrong to have the Ten Commandments in the front of our courthouses? I have always believed that God influences our lives for the greater good, if we choose to listen; it behooves us to listen. I believe if we had more leaders who listen better instead of ignoring the majority, we could all lead happi- er, more productive lives. Geoff Littlefield Lewes Gazette sports editor too modest In his Nov. 9 Off the Hook col- umn, Dave Frederick mentioned that he played football in the Philadelphia Catholic League in 1964, his senior year in high school. Well, I'm not letting Dave off the hook on this one. Owing to his own modesty and greater interest in the accomplishments of Continued on page 7 wes, DE 19958; faxto 5.1 ot The Cape Gazette (USPS 010294) is published by Cape Gazette Umited every Tuesday and Friday at 17585 Nassau Commons Blvd., Lewes, DE 19958. Second- class postage paid at Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Address all correspondence to Cape Gazette, PO Box 213, Lewes, DE 19958. Telephone: 302-645-7700. FAX: 645- 1664. Subscriplions are available at $27 par year in Sussex County; $45 elsewhere• POSTMASTER: Bend address changes to The Cape Gazette, P.O. Box 213, Lewes, DE 19958. "There is no grievance that is a fit object of redress by mob law." Abraham Lincoln