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,e 6 FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3- MONDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2010 Cape Gazette Letters )) Rehohoth will address noise issue Dec. 17 Many businesses and patrons have asked that restrictions on dining outside on patios at night be removed. I favor this idea, but feel that we must first have an en- forceable noise ordinance that we currently lack. Some have questioned whether a resort town such as Rehoboth really has a noise problem and whether it needs an enforceable noise ordinance. There have been many complaints over the years, and it's been suggested that we have primarily a complaint prob- lem and not a noise problem However, my own observations indicate that we do, in fact, have a significant noise problem.. Recently I was able to hear the music from a Rehoboth Avenue business and then from a Balti- more Avenue business, each from over a block away. This exceeds by far the standards set forth in our current noise ordinance. However, our police chief indi- cates that for technical and legal reasons he cannot use noise me- ters to enforce our current ordi- nance and that the businesses that I heard will not comply voluntari- ly to reduce'the sound level heard outside their premises. Several commissioners recently met with a police officer from Newark, a town that has noise problems similar to Rehoboth's. Over 20 years ago Newark adopt- ed a different approach to defin- ing what constitutes noise viola- tions. The officer indicated that Newark does not use noise meters to control the noise level from businesses, that they have no technical or legal impediments to enforcing their noise ordinance, and that the level of compliance by their businesses is higl At the regular commissioners meeting, at 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 17, the Newark officer will discuss Newark's experience with its noise ordinance. Rehoboth Police Chief Keith Banks will also attend and both will answer questions from the commissioners. Resi- dents-and business owners will al- so have an oppoflunity to ask questions. 8111Saqp cmm sdo r R both l ich Milton residents: prepare to open your wallets I'm w ting in re axds to the Milton town employee who was arrested on seven charges of theft, suspended without pay and awaiting notice of termination due to alleged theft allocations. All in the amount of Staples "Re- ward Points" of less than $180 - award points that arrived at the employee's home, in the employ- ee's name but with an unidentifi- able sku number that wasn't as- Continued on page 7 O ne:We agree on two'things.- educe the federal deficit/) -/, \\\-- ///l-I -Editorial )) Brealdng sexual abuse cycle won't be easy or the past several months, more than 1,900 Beebe Medical Center staff, physi- cians, administrators and associates have been through a comprehensive education program instructing them on their obligation to report - through a dual-reporting system - any unsafe or unprofessional behavior they observe. Signs with hotline numbers have been posted around the center's two campuses. Brochures created by Beebe, outlining chaper- oning policies and procedures, and doctor visit expectations, are be'rag distributed to doctors' offices and day-care centers. In lanuary, a printed comprehensive report detailing these and other new policies and pro- cedures arising from an investigative commis- sion will be distributed to the public via Beebe's periodic Beacon publication. These materials will also be available to the public via Beebe's website at beebemed.org. The goal, of course, is to guarantee patient safety and help the community avoid a repeat of the crimes against children allegedly perpe- trated by pediatrician Earl Bradley in his pri- vate offices. The education and reporting polio cies are being woven into Beebe's institutional fabric, including mandates for constant moni- toting and annual instruction for all Beebe as- sociates. Beebe is reaching out aggressively to further sensitize the community to the pervasive prob- lerns of sexual abuse and assault, but all ofns must join this effort to address one of the most serious problems of our community and na- tion. Cheri Rich, sexual assault and domestic violence coordinator at Beebe, says the Bradley allegations are just the tip of the iceberg. Of all the sexual assault injuries and investigations that corn e through Beebe, 70 perdent, she says, involve children. Couple that with her assess- ment that one of three adults have, in their lives, experienced some sort of sexual abuse or assault and the magnitude of the problem be- comes clear. This problem is obviously systemic to the human condition in our society. Only the type of campaign being undertaken by Beebe, sus- tained for several decades and empowering people to act, has a chance of breaking the cy- cle. Cape Gazette editorials are considered and written by members of the Cape Gazette editorial board which includes Dennis Forney, aublisher; Trish Vernon, editor; Kerry Kester, associate editor; Dave Frederick soorts editor;. Laura Ritter. news editor:, and Jen Ellingsworth, arts and entertainment ~itot Weather Picture )) Lettersmust be signed and include a t~iephone numberfor " : Ve~. Please keep I~ers tOEFJO Word~ or fewer. We ~rv the right to edit for c~t~er~ta~ length. " Write tO Cape Gazette, . POI}~ 21~ Lewes, DE 19958; '" fax 645~; or email ; newsroornC~apegazette.com. Web Poll )) Readers say leave homework to teachers A SURE SIGN that winter is closing Who should decide homework policies? RON MACARTHUR PHOTOTeacher ~Ol~l/~ in is a squirrel stocking up on food. Principal 12.7% ...... -.- - . School board 16.6% " --1 The total votes counted were 379 To ~ar- ticipate in the current web poll. visit =~*:i~' -2~ '~ ~ , . ,. CapeGazette.com, Cape Gazette Volume 17 No. 51 Publisher, Dennis Forney, Ext. 303 dnf@capegazette.com Editor, Trish Vernon, Ext. 315 newsroom@capegazetre.com Office Manager, Kathy Emery, Ext: 305 kemery@capegazette.com Associate I~ditor, Kerry Kester, Ext. 317 kester@capegazette.com Sports Editor, Dave Frederick, Ext. 304 fredman@capegazette.com News Editor, Laura Ritter, Ext. 320 Iritter@capegazette.com A&E Editor, Jen Ellingsworth. Ext. 319 Jen@capegazette.com NEWS Henry Evans. Ext. 336 hevans@capegazette.com Ron Mac.Arthur, Ext. 318 ronm@capegazette.com Ryan Mavity, Ext. 337 rya nm@capegazette.com Leah Hoenen, Ext. 338 leah@capegazette.com Rob Kunzig, Ext. 335 rkunzig@capegazette.com Kara Nuzbacl~ Ext. 339 knuzback@capegazett e.com Editorial Assistant, Bernadette Hearn. Ext. 316 SPORTS WRITERS Tim Bamforti~ tim@seashorestrider.com Frederick Schranck Fschranck@HoleByHole.com CONTRIBUTORS Susan Frederick Nancy Katz Diane Albanese Eric Bumley Chris Antonio WEBMASTER Catherine M. 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