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Cape Gazette -Cape Life TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 18 -THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2008 13 West Rehoboth comes together for cleanup Community effort draws over 150 volunteers By Ryan Mavity "We can do things together. Yes we can," he said with a smile. The words "Yes we can," be- came much more than a political slogan in West Rehoboth Nov. 8. More than 150 volunteers - black, white, young, old, bikers and clergy - came together in the small community to help with a neighborhood cleanup. Diaz Bonville, program direc- tor of West Side New Begin- nings, said, "We have people from all walks of life coming to- gether on such a great day to make this happen. The only way it can happen is by people work- ing together. We have to be able to put aside our differences and take 'self' out of the equation and see what's best for the communi- ty." The cleanup received mone- tary and food donations from all kinds of people, BonviUe said. A front-end loader hauls garbage to its final resting place, a dumpster, during the cleanup effort in West Rehoboth. The cleanup required the services of three loaders varying in size and four dumpsters, in addition to 150 volun- teers. The cleanup is just the begin- ning of a fresh new start for West Rehoboth, a community ravaged by poverty, drugs and physical deterioration. One thing that could be no- ticed during the cleanup was that everybody was chipping in to help; there was no one visibly standing around and watching. Bonville cited the leadership of Doc Roberts as a major factor in the cleanup efforts, calling him the glue that holds things togeth- er. Of coordinating the cleanup effort, Bonville said, 't first we thought it was going to be a diffi- cult task But believe it or not, it was a lot easier than what we thought because people were willing and ready to get the job done. They believe in this com- munity and they want to see things happen" The cleanup was part of a community revitalization plan put forth by the West Side New Beginnings Coalition, an afFilia- tion consisting of the Lewes-Re- hoboth Association of Churches, the West Side New Beginnings Committee, the West Rehoboth Community Land Trust, the Citi- zens Committee for West Re- hoboth and the Coalition for Tol- erance and ]ustice. The coali- tion's plan includes investments in new and rehabilitated afford- able housing, improving the neighborhood aesthetics, en- couraging new small businesses and removing abandoned build- hags. Continued on page 14 RYAN MAVITY PHOTOS NOV. 8, WAS A NEW BEGINNING for the community of West Rehoboth as 150 volunteers came out for West Side New Be- ginnings' Cleanup Day. The streets of West Rehoboth were filled with people and equipment helping in the clean-up efforts. Among the volunteers were the Biker Brothas motorcycle club, which brought seven of its members to help and took time to pose with West Side New Beginnings program director Diaz Bonville. Representing the club along with Bonville, far left, are (I-r), President O'Dongo "lrocc" Lewis, Raymond "Sugar Ray" Graham, Jason "J-Bone" Tiggs, Isaiah "Freaky Zeke" Custis, Herman "Choir Boy" Fuller, Paul "B-Focus" Bryant and Chris "Bigmo" Morris. At left, Beth Doty, left, and Randy Brit- tingham take out the trash during West Side New Beginnings' Cleanup Day in West Rehoboth, Saturday, Nov. 8. Saltwater Portrait )) Equestrian works his way to the top By I.eah Hoenen thletes come in many forms. Some devote an their and ener- gy to one sport, while others blend multiple sports in with other aspects of life, such as academics. Lewes native and University of Delaware student Alex Makowski is an intramural athlete at the University Of Delaware; with an up-and-com- ing young horse he will compete next year in three-day eventing. A rigorous equestrian sport, three-day eventing requires horse-and-rider teams to prove proficiency at three disciplines that test precision of training SUBMITTED PHOTO LOCAL EQUESTRIAN ALEX MAKOWSKI shares a quiet moment with his thor- oughbred, Red. and endurance through a dres- cross-country course. "Out of sage test, jumping course and the mainstream English disci- plines, the riders and horses that are good are the best of the best. You must be well-rounded in the three disciplines and be profi- cient at each," Makowski said. He has reached out to some of the sport's top stars for help, furst as a working student at a Grand Prix jumper barn in Pennsylvania at the age of 12. He has interned with local trainers who specialize in developing young horses, and started train- ing his family's thoroughbred horses before they went to the racetrack to compete. Makowski got his first horse, Banner, when he was in eighth grade and spent weekends working offboard bills. That be- gan a trend that continues to this day - a working rider balancing horses with school and other sports. As a high school senior, he let- tered in varsity cross country, swimming and outdoor track. At the same time, he was riding Banner and waiting for Red, his thoroughbred mare, to deliver the family's first home-bred foal. He wanted a foal, but wanted to learn more. During that sen- ior year, while Red was in foal with Grace, Makowski was a fast-year lifeguard in Rehoboth Beach. "Your rookie year is the hardest. I had one day off a week and I went to Federalsburg [Mck] to work off Grace's breed- Continued on page 14