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Poll: people want more trees planted This week's poll on the capegazette.com website shows that community members are be- coming increasingly appreciative of the trees. The following are the results: "Should we plant a tree for every one we cut down?" Yes, save the trees - 84 percent; No, let us choose where we plant -12 per- cent; That's a stupid idea - 4 per- cent. There were 95 total votes. Anyone wishing to participate in the weekly poll should go to the front page of the capegazette,com website and cast a vote. Motel property clears planning commission Scott Dekuyper cleared another hurdle in his plan for a condo/ho- tel/retail complex at the site of Anglers Motel in Lewes. Lewes' Planning Commission unani- mously approved preliminary plans at- a Dec. 4 meeting. Pro- posed plans call for a three-story structure to include 12 residential condominium units, 16 hotel rooms and six street-level corn- inertial units. Two buildings that currently function as Anglers Mo- tel will be demolished to make way for the new development. The next step for DeKuyper will be to appear before city council Monday, Dec. 9. Because the project falls under two separate categories - major subdivision and sunsetting - a public hearing must be scheduled by council be- fore final approval. Lewes council meets December 9 Lewes' Mayor and Council will meet at 7 p.m,, Monday, Dec. 9, at City Hall. The agenda includes Police briefs Checkpoint Strikeforce nets 87 DUIs to date With just one month left in Delaware's alcohol enforcement- campaign, Checkpoint Strike- force, police from eight state and local law enforcement agencies have arrested 87 people for Dri- ving Under the Influence (DUI) of alcohol since the campaign's July 3 kickoff. In addition to the DUI arrests, officers have issued eight cita- tions for unbelted children, 100 citations for other traffic arrests, 20 seat belt assessments, appre- hended seven wanted people, re- covered one stolen vehicle and made nine drug arrests. Checkpoint Strikeforce is a six- month alcohol enforcement cam- paign taking place simultaneously in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsyl- vania, V'trginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia, which make up the National Highway considering an ordinance that amends zoning code to add fire stations as a permitted use in CR- 2 Commercial Residential District and includes fire departments for permitted sign placement; pre- senting the year-end report from the Pedestrian Safety Committee; presenting a status report from the Mitigation Planning Team; con- sideringLewes Fire Department's request to remove phragmites along Lewes and Rehoboth Canal, the entire length of Cedar Street; considering a public hearing on the matter of a major subdivision and land development on behalf of Scott DeKuyper of Anchor In- vestments for redevelopment of Anglers Motel property located at 110 Anglers Road; and appointing four members to Pedestrian Safe- ty Review Committee to fill ex- pired terms. Lewes postpones Dec. 10 workshop Lewes Mayor and Council post- poned a workshop originally scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 10, at City Hall. The workshop, which deal with discussing a resolution proposing to amend the zoning code to replace the existing His- toric District Regulations as Arti- cle X of the zoning code, chapter 197, will be rescheduled. Lewes decorations committee meets Dec. 11 Lewes' Holiday Decorations Subcommittee will .meet at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 11, at City Hall. The panel will discuss up- grading holiday decorations for the city. BFW street improvement committee meets Dec. 17 Lewes' Board of Public Works Street Improvement Ad-Hoe Committee will meet at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 17, at City Hall. The agenda includes presenting Traffic Safety Administration's Region HI. Every week between the July 4 holiday and Jan. 1, each state will conduct at least one DUI checkpoint. In Delaware 48 checkpoints have been scheduled for the campaign. During the holiday season, 17 police agencies will supplement the checkpoints with roving DUI patrols. The patrols are part of Delaware's participation in the national You Drink & Drive, You Lose enforcement mobilization, and OHS's Safe Family Holiday Campaign. OHS funds both en- forcement efforts using federal highway safety dollars. A total of eight state and local law enforce- ment agencies throughout Delaware are involved in Check- point strikeforce. Milton police arrest man for threatening Milton police officers arrested Damn R. Wickkiser, 33, of Bear, on an outstanding warrant for two counts of harassment and terroris- tic threatening. Wickkiser is ac- street inventory with recommend- ed microsurfacing, mill and over- lay, and new road design. Smoking ban prompts complaints The Division of Public Health (DPH) has received 37 com- plaints on the toll-free number es- tablished to handle enforcement of Delaware's new Clean Indoor Air Act. The comprehensive smoking ban, which went into ef- fect Nov. 27, prohibits smoking in nearly all indoor places. ''he calls are being triaged and assigned. The investigators will contact the complainants and col- lect information," said Kevin E, Charles, Public Health Systems Protection chief. The Division of Public Health has 18 investigators assigned to enforcing the law. "They will contact the facilities and give them a chance to re- spond. If there is sufficient evi- dence, we would issue a letter of intent to fine," said Charles. He added that the first fines could be issued within the next two weeks. Businesses can pay the fine or re- quest an administrative hearing. Under the law, the fine for vio- lating the smoking ban is $100, with subsequent violations draw- ing a $250 fine. The Department of Labor, not DPH, is responsible for responding to employee and employer complaints. An em- ployer that fires or discriminates against an employee attempting to enforce the ban will face a $2,000 fine. Repeat offenses could run the employers up to $10,000. All fines will go into the state's gener- al fund. "If we have repeated consistent complaints we will continue to levy frees, and we will continue to increase those f'mes," said Allison Taylor Levine, Delaware Health and Social Services communica- tions director. 'l'his is a law and we don't intend to just sit by and allow people to flout it." cused of repeatedly calling a for- mer girlfriend and threatening to shoot a male at her residence. Delaware State Police picked up Wiekkiser in New Castle County, Nov. 23, and transported him to Troop 6. From there, he was re- layed to Troop 9 in Odessa, where Milton police picked him up. He was remanded to Sussex Correc- tional Institution in default of $1,500 secured bond, pending fur- ther court action. Two stabbed in West Rehoboth fight Delaware State Police are seek- ing public assistance with an in- vestigation into a stabbing inci- dent that occurred in West Re- hoboth Nov. 30. Troopers report- ed to the Social Club on Burton Avenue, shortly after midnight/ where they discovered three peo- ple were injured during a fight A 21-year-old man and a 17-year- old male had been stabbed, and a 28-year-old man had a head lacer- ation. Cpl. Walter Newton, state po- lice spokesman, said it appears CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Dec. 6 - Dec. 12, 2002.3 Dan Cook photo Snow createsroadway hazards Cpl. Troy Pezzuto of Delaware State Police Troop 7 discov- ered an abandoned vehicle on Sussex 88 near Milton, early Dec. 5, after Mother Nature deposited about four inches of snow. The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) recently completed its annual inspection of the more than 340 pieces of snow-removal equipment. DelDOT has approxi- mately 20,000 tons of salt available to dust roads statewide. DelDOT uses a combination of salt and sand on snowyroad- ways, which not only adds traction but helps melt snow. Ad- ditionally, because straight salt is not used, there is less dam- age to bridges and roadsides. During peak snow periods, all available DelDOT employees participate in snow-removal op- erations, and during particularly lengthy or difficult storms, DelDOT may hire additional private contractors. Roadways are divided into categories, with primary roads and transit routes receiving first and continuous attention. Only after the primary roads are open and passable do crews move to the secondary and tertiary roads. DelDOT maintains 88 per- cent of all roadways in the state - approximately 5,500 miles of roadways. To report smoking in an estab- lishment where it is not permitted, call 800-297-5926. For work- place violations, call 302-761- 8200 or 422-1134. Dewey to discuss budget Dec. 7  The Dewey Beach Town Coun- cil will hold a special meeting, with the budget as the only agen- da item, at 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. I the 28-year-old man had been struck with a broken bottle; he was treated at Beebe Medical Center, then released. "The 21- year-old victim was admitted with a punctured liver," said Newton. "l'he 17-year-old victim was ad- mitted for a punctured lung." Po- lice did not know what their con- ditions were. Troopers have documented con- flicting accounts of what prompt- ed the altercation. "The victims are also giving false and/or con- flicting versions of what oc- curred," said Newton. Police are asking anyone who may have in- formation about the incident to call 856-5850, Ext. 218. Burglars target two homes in Oak Orchard Delaware State Police officers are investigating two burglaries that occurred in Oak Orchard. The first incident was Nov. 28, at Captains Grant, when someone broke into a porch and stole a re- frigerator. The next incident was Dec, 1, when someone entered an 7, in the Lifesaving Station, 1 Dagsworthy Ave. The regular town meeting will be at 9 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 14. The commission's first order of business will be a vote to appoint Alice Walsh to fill the vacant seat created by the resignation of Bill Tansey.  Additionally, the Voter Eligibil- ity Committee is due back with its report for the council, and the Continued on page 4 Oak Orchard residence and stole cash. Police are asking anyone with information about either of the cases to call Troop 7 at 644- 5020. White Horse Farm victim of felony theft State troopers are investigating a burglary that occurred at White Horse Farm in Harbeson Dec. 1. Someone pried open a door in the rear master bedroom. The suspect then entered a closet and stole a safe containing a large sum of cash. Police are asking anyone with information about the case to call Troop 4 at 856-5850 or Crimestoppers at 800-TIP-3333. Construction materials stolen from Lewes home Officers at Delaware State Po- lice Troop 7 are seeking informa- tion that will lead to the location of stolen Spanish marble tiles that were stolen from a residence on Sussex 277 in Lewes Nov. 29. Police are asking anyone with in- formation to call 644-5020. I I [IIT['IFIITIlIIlnll"[mW]ITI1T]HllTII11111IInlT]]TT I  Trl]TI IIrl]71111111111111m.ll Poll: people want more trees planted This week's poll on the capegazette.com website shows that community members are be- coming increasingly appreciative of the trees. The following are the results: "Should we plant a tree for every one we cut down?" Yes, save the trees - 84 percent; No, let us choose where we plant -12 per- cent; That's a stupid idea - 4 per- cent. There were 95 total votes. Anyone wishing to participate in the weekly poll should go to the front page of the capegazette,com website and cast a vote. Motel property clears planning commission Scott Dekuyper cleared another hurdle in his plan for a condo/ho- tel/retail complex at the site of Anglers Motel in Lewes. Lewes' Planning Commission unani- mously approved preliminary plans at- a Dec. 4 meeting. Pro- posed plans call for a three-story structure to include 12 residential condominium units, 16 hotel rooms and six street-level corn- inertial units. Two buildings that currently function as Anglers Mo- tel will be demolished to make way for the new development. The next step for DeKuyper will be to appear before city council Monday, Dec. 9. Because the project falls under two separate categories - major subdivision and sunsetting - a public hearing must be scheduled by council be- fore final approval. Lewes council meets December 9 Lewes' Mayor and Council will meet at 7 p.m,, Monday, Dec. 9, at City Hall. The agenda includes Police briefs Checkpoint Strikeforce nets 87 DUIs to date With just one month left in Delaware's alcohol enforcement- campaign, Checkpoint Strike- force, police from eight state and local law enforcement agencies have arrested 87 people for Dri- ving Under the Influence (DUI) of alcohol since the campaign's July 3 kickoff. In addition to the DUI arrests, officers have issued eight cita- tions for unbelted children, 100 citations for other traffic arrests, 20 seat belt assessments, appre- hended seven wanted people, re- covered one stolen vehicle and made nine drug arrests. Checkpoint Strikeforce is a six- month alcohol enforcement cam- paign taking place simultaneously in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsyl- vania, V'trginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia, which make up the National Highway considering an ordinance that amends zoning code to add fire stations as a permitted use in CR- 2 Commercial Residential District and includes fire departments for permitted sign placement; pre- senting the year-end report from the Pedestrian Safety Committee; presenting a status report from the Mitigation Planning Team; con- sideringLewes Fire Department's request to remove phragmites along Lewes and Rehoboth Canal, the entire length of Cedar Street; considering a public hearing on the matter of a major subdivision and land development on behalf of Scott DeKuyper of Anchor In- vestments for redevelopment of Anglers Motel property located at 110 Anglers Road; and appointing four members to Pedestrian Safe- ty Review Committee to fill ex- pired terms. Lewes postpones Dec. 10 workshop Lewes Mayor and Council post- poned a workshop originally scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 10, at City Hall. The workshop, which deal with discussing a resolution proposing to amend the zoning code to replace the existing His- toric District Regulations as Arti- cle X of the zoning code, chapter 197, will be rescheduled. Lewes decorations committee meets Dec. 11 Lewes' Holiday Decorations Subcommittee will .meet at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 11, at City Hall. The panel will discuss up- grading holiday decorations for the city. BFW street improvement committee meets Dec. 17 Lewes' Board of Public Works Street Improvement Ad-Hoe Committee will meet at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 17, at City Hall. The agenda includes presenting Traffic Safety Administration's Region HI. Every week between the July 4 holiday and Jan. 1, each state will conduct at least one DUI checkpoint. In Delaware 48 checkpoints have been scheduled for the campaign. During the holiday season, 17 police agencies will supplement the checkpoints with roving DUI patrols. The patrols are part of Delaware's participation in the national You Drink & Drive, You Lose enforcement mobilization, and OHS's Safe Family Holiday Campaign. OHS funds both en- forcement efforts using federal highway safety dollars. A total of eight state and local law enforce- ment agencies throughout Delaware are involved in Check- point strikeforce. Milton police arrest man for threatening Milton police officers arrested Damn R. Wickkiser, 33, of Bear, on an outstanding warrant for two counts of harassment and terroris- tic threatening. Wickkiser is ac- street inventory with recommend- ed microsurfacing, mill and over- lay, and new road design. Smoking ban prompts complaints The Division of Public Health (DPH) has received 37 com- plaints on the toll-free number es- tablished to handle enforcement of Delaware's new Clean Indoor Air Act. The comprehensive smoking ban, which went into ef- fect Nov. 27, prohibits smoking in nearly all indoor places. ''he calls are being triaged and assigned. The investigators will contact the complainants and col- lect information," said Kevin E, Charles, Public Health Systems Protection chief. The Division of Public Health has 18 investigators assigned to enforcing the law. "They will contact the facilities and give them a chance to re- spond. If there is sufficient evi- dence, we would issue a letter of intent to fine," said Charles. He added that the first fines could be issued within the next two weeks. Businesses can pay the fine or re- quest an administrative hearing. Under the law, the fine for vio- lating the smoking ban is $100, with subsequent violations draw- ing a $250 fine. The Department of Labor, not DPH, is responsible for responding to employee and employer complaints. An em- ployer that fires or discriminates against an employee attempting to enforce the ban will face a $2,000 fine. Repeat offenses could run the employers up to $10,000. All fines will go into the state's gener- al fund. "If we have repeated consistent complaints we will continue to levy frees, and we will continue to increase those f'mes," said Allison Taylor Levine, Delaware Health and Social Services communica- tions director. 'l'his is a law and we don't intend to just sit by and allow people to flout it." cused of repeatedly calling a for- mer girlfriend and threatening to shoot a male at her residence. Delaware State Police picked up Wiekkiser in New Castle County, Nov. 23, and transported him to Troop 6. From there, he was re- layed to Troop 9 in Odessa, where Milton police picked him up. He was remanded to Sussex Correc- tional Institution in default of $1,500 secured bond, pending fur- ther court action. Two stabbed in West Rehoboth fight Delaware State Police are seek- ing public assistance with an in- vestigation into a stabbing inci- dent that occurred in West Re- hoboth Nov. 30. Troopers report- ed to the Social Club on Burton Avenue, shortly after midnight/ where they discovered three peo- ple were injured during a fight A 21-year-old man and a 17-year- old male had been stabbed, and a 28-year-old man had a head lacer- ation. Cpl. Walter Newton, state po- lice spokesman, said it appears CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Dec. 6 - Dec. 12, 2002.3 Dan Cook photo Snow createsroadway hazards Cpl. Troy Pezzuto of Delaware State Police Troop 7 discov- ered an abandoned vehicle on Sussex 88 near Milton, early Dec. 5, after Mother Nature deposited about four inches of snow. The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) recently completed its annual inspection of the more than 340 pieces of snow-removal equipment. DelDOT has approxi- mately 20,000 tons of salt available to dust roads statewide. DelDOT uses a combination of salt and sand on snowyroad- ways, which not only adds traction but helps melt snow. Ad- ditionally, because straight salt is not used, there is less dam- age to bridges and roadsides. During peak snow periods, all available DelDOT employees participate in snow-removal op- erations, and during particularly lengthy or difficult storms, DelDOT may hire additional private contractors. Roadways are divided into categories, with primary roads and transit routes receiving first and continuous attention. Only after the primary roads are open and passable do crews move to the secondary and tertiary roads. DelDOT maintains 88 per- cent of all roadways in the state - approximately 5,500 miles of roadways. To report smoking in an estab- lishment where it is not permitted, call 800-297-5926. For work- place violations, call 302-761- 8200 or 422-1134. Dewey to discuss budget Dec. 7  The Dewey Beach Town Coun- cil will hold a special meeting, with the budget as the only agen- da item, at 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. I the 28-year-old man had been struck with a broken bottle; he was treated at Beebe Medical Center, then released. "The 21- year-old victim was admitted with a punctured liver," said Newton. "l'he 17-year-old victim was ad- mitted for a punctured lung." Po- lice did not know what their con- ditions were. Troopers have documented con- flicting accounts of what prompt- ed the altercation. "The victims are also giving false and/or con- flicting versions of what oc- curred," said Newton. Police are asking anyone who may have in- formation about the incident to call 856-5850, Ext. 218. Burglars target two homes in Oak Orchard Delaware State Police officers are investigating two burglaries that occurred in Oak Orchard. The first incident was Nov. 28, at Captains Grant, when someone broke into a porch and stole a re- frigerator. The next incident was Dec, 1, when someone entered an 7, in the Lifesaving Station, 1 Dagsworthy Ave. The regular town meeting will be at 9 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 14. The commission's first order of business will be a vote to appoint Alice Walsh to fill the vacant seat created by the resignation of Bill Tansey.  Additionally, the Voter Eligibil- ity Committee is due back with its report for the council, and the Continued on page 4 Oak Orchard residence and stole cash. Police are asking anyone with information about either of the cases to call Troop 7 at 644- 5020. White Horse Farm victim of felony theft State troopers are investigating a burglary that occurred at White Horse Farm in Harbeson Dec. 1. Someone pried open a door in the rear master bedroom. The suspect then entered a closet and stole a safe containing a large sum of cash. Police are asking anyone with information about the case to call Troop 4 at 856-5850 or Crimestoppers at 800-TIP-3333. Construction materials stolen from Lewes home Officers at Delaware State Po- lice Troop 7 are seeking informa- tion that will lead to the location of stolen Spanish marble tiles that were stolen from a residence on Sussex 277 in Lewes Nov. 29. Police are asking anyone with in- formation to call 644-5020. I I [IIT['IFIITIlIIlnll"[mW]ITI1T]HllTII11111IInlT]]TT I  Trl]TI IIrl]71111111111111m.ll