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cape Gazette BRIEFS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21- MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2014 3 Briefly )) Kreis family fundraiser at Nicola Pizza Nov. 22 A fundraiser for a Rehoboth family who lost their home in a recent fire will be held Saturday, Nov. 22, at Nicola Pizza in Re- hoboth Beach. The restaurant is holding the fundraiser to help Taylor Kreis and her family of three young boys who lost their Sea Air home in a Nov. 10 fire, said Manager Kelly Munyan. From 6 to 10 p.m., the restau- rant will donate 15 percent of purchases at both the First Street and Rehoboth Avenue locations to the family, Munyan said. There will be a 50/50 raffle and silent auction with plenty of gift certificates from local restau- rants and spas, she said. Starting at 7 p.m. in the upstairs of the Rehoboth Avenue location, Munyan said local singer Viki Dee will perform until 10 p.m. The restaurant also will accept cash donations. Munyan said she expects local American Legion and AMVETS groups to present checks during the event. "It's going to be a great time," she said. For more information, call Mu- nyan at 302-227-6211. Rehoboth committee meeting cancelled The Rehoboth Beach Com- munications Committee has cancelled its Friday, Nov. 21 meet- ing due to lack of a quorum. A new meeting date has not been announced. Rehoboth board to meet Nov. 21 The Rehoboth Beach commis- sioners will meet at 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 21, in the city commission- ers' room, to hold a permit of compliance hearing for Modern Mixture. Owner Leo Cabrera is seeking to modify the floor plan of the 62A Rehoboth Ave. restaurant. The commissioners will confirm appointments to the planning commission, board of adjustment and parks and shade tree commission. The commissioners will consider appointments to the board of elections and other city com- mittees. Rehoboth streets committee to meet The Rehoboth Beach Streets and Transportation Committee will meet at 9 a.m., Monday, Nov. 24, in the city commissioners' room, to discuss the status of a proposal to put limits on the use of bicycles on the Boardwalk. The committee will hear re- ports on speed-control devices on Hickman Street and a request to work with the state on city gateway issues. Discussion will be held on a proposal for a citywide traffic study, encouraging bike riders to use safer streets, and parking is- sues. Finally, the committee will consider updating its 2015 bicycle street guide and discuss a snow- removal program. Rehoboth parks committee to meet The Rehoboth Beach Parks and Shade Tree Commission will meet at 2 p.m., Monday, Nov. 24, in the city commissioners' room, to hear an administrative appeal hearing. The hearing has been request- ed by ]eft Meredith of Sussex Tree on behalf of Philip Mudd, owner of 3 Park Ave., to appeal the denial of a request to remove two trees. Milton Police Ad-Hoc Committee to meet Milton's Police Ad-Hoc Com- mittee will meet at 6 p.m., Monday, Nov. 24, at the Milton library. The committee agenda in- cludes the nomination and election of a chairperson and secretary, as well as discussion and possible vote on a modified approach to the department's take-home vehicles and informa- tion on the K9 program. For more information, call 302-684-4110 or visit Lewes hosts two public hearings Nov. 24 Lewes Mayor and City Council will hold two public hearings beginning at 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 24, at city hall. The first hearing will collect public opinion on the proposed smoking ban on all of Lewes' public beach areas. The second hearing will be held at 7:30 p.m., and pertains to Beebe Medical Center Inc.'s request to rezone the property at 410 Mar- ket St. from R-4 to community facilities healthcare. The hospital has owned the property since 1977 and used the home for of- rices. For more information, call city hall at 302-645-7777. Highland Acres tax ditch raises rates The Highland Acres Tax Ditch held its annual meeting Nov. 12 in Lewes. Members voted to raise rates $1 per month for a new annual rate of $27. By increasing rates, the tax ditch can now col- lect the legal maximum of $8,800 per year from all its members. A tax ditch is allowed to tax up to 90 percent of the value of the ditch. The Highland Acres Tax Ditch is valued at $9,800, a value that was determined in 1958. There are ongoing issues with the tax ditch, as a drainage pipe was improperly installed 18 inches above the bottom of the ditch many years ago. Tax ditch manager Joe Stormer said the increase will hopefully allow him to save some of the money. He will also try to work with Sussex LANE RESTRICTIONS AT CEDAR GROVE-POSTAL LANE RON MACARTHUR PHOTO A PROJECT to realign Cedar Grove Road and Postal Lane to create a single intersection at Plantation Road will begin Monday, Dec. 1. Postal Lane currently intersects Plantation Road about 150 feet north of the intersection of Plantation Road and Cedar Grove Road. Daytime lane restrictions will occur from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday with nighttime restrictions in the future. The project includes left-turn lanes, through and right- turn lanes on each side of the intersection and also includes bicycle lanes, sidewalks and street lighting. A-Del Construction was awarded the $3.28 million contract, which is expected to take 215 calendar days. Access to all homes within the project limits will be maintained at all times. Message boards are posted and Saturday work may be required. Soil, the city of Lewes, the Board beacons will also be installed of Public Works and the devel- on top of the stop signs at the oper of the proposed Highland intersection in all directions. The Heights development to fix the work is anticipated to be corn- problem, plete by the end of December, pending weather. Sussex council awards nonprofit grants Sussex County Council award- ed the following councilmanic grants during its Nov. 18 meeting: $2,000 to Town of Georgetown for Return Day expenses; $1,000 to Laurel Farmers Auction Mar- ket to promote Sussex County agriculture; $1,000 to Good Sa- maritan Aid Organization in Laurel for its Christmas basket program; $600 to Town of Blades for its Kids Christmas Bazaar; $500 to Greater Seaford Cham- ber of Commerce for Christmas parade expenses; $2,500 to Re- hoboth Art League for its capital campaign for a new art studio in Nassau Vineyards on Route 9 near Lewes; and $250 to Sussex County Foster Parent Cluster Association for its annual family event. DelDOT begins work on HollyvUle intersection The Department of Trans- portation's Traffic Section, in conjunction with Kriss Contract- ing, announces that preliminary work has begun at the intersec- tion of Hollyville Road at Zoar Road/Harmons Hill Road in Millsboro. The work involves converting the present two-way stop-controlled intersection to all-way stop control. Yellow solar hazard identification bea- cons will be installed on the Stop Ahead signs approaching the intersection in all directions. Red solar intersection control Sussex County offices closed two days Sussex County offices will be closed Thursday, Nov. 27, and Friday, Nov. 28, in observance of Thanksgiving, Offices will re- open at 8:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 1. No Sussex council meeting on Nov, 25 Sussex County Council will not meet Tuesday, Nov. 25, in observance of Thanksgiving. The next regularly scheduled meeting is at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2. Hudson Road closing for realignment The Department of Transpor- tation's contractor American Infrastructure will be closing Hudson Road between Route 9 and Log Cabin Hill Road at 7 a.m., Monday, Dec. 1 until Friday, Jan. 16, pending weather. The contractor will be remov- ing and replacing the crossroad pipe; and realigning Hudson Road to line up with Fisher Road. The detour northbound is from Route 9 to Cool Spring Road onto Log Cabin Hill Road and return to Hudson Road. The detour southbound is from Hudson Road to Log Cabin Hill Road to Cool Spring Road onto Route 9. Detour siguage will be posted for motorists. Police & Fire )) Two pets die in Millsboro fire Two pets died Nov. 18 after a fire heavily damaged a Millsboro home. The family was not home when the ranch-style house on Sussex Alley burned at 6:31 p.m., said Harry Miller, chief deputy state fire marshal. There were no other injuries, he said. Total fire damage was estimated at $45,000. Lewes man, 75, dies after Route 24 crash A 75-year-old Lewes man died Nov. 19 after he was struck by a van on Route 24. William McCafferty, 75, was walking southwest on Route 24 near Camp Arrowhead Road at 5:50 a.m. when he was struck by a 2002 Dodge Ram van driven by Jason A. ]ewell, 36, of Seaford, said Master Cpl. Gary Fournier of the Delaware State Police. McCafferty had no flashlight or reflective or light-colored clothing when he was struck; Fournier said McCafferty was thrown into the roadway and pronounced dead at the scene. ]ewell brought his van to a con- trolled stop after the collision. Neither ]ewell nor his 33-year- old passenger, also from Seaford, were injured. Route 24 was closed for about three hours and reopened at 9 a.m. Fournier said alcohol and speed do not appear to be factors in this incident.