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CoBins,Ra!ph leaving Sussex posts, pg. 1 1 Delaware's Cape Region Friday, December 19 - Thursday, December25, 1997 Volume 5, No. 30 Crystal plans second run for 37th District seat By Michael Short Harry "Hap" Crystal has announced his decision to run for the 37th District Repre- sentative seat now held by Rep. John Schroeder (D-Lewes). Schroeder is consid- ering making a run for the 18th Senate seat now held by retiring Sen. Bob Voshell (D- Milford), but he said he has not made a decision about a possible Senate bid. Schroeder and Crystal faced each other in 1996 in what was essentially the first politi- cal outing for Crystal. The announcement comes as no surprise to political watchers. Crystal says that many politicians suffer from a flaw in their political outlook. "I think government is sometimes too fast to act," he said. He explained that sometimes politicians don't pause to fully research and consider issues before they try to enact leg- islation, legislation which may not be the best solution. In officially announcing his candidacy Wednesday, Crystal stressed the need for action to help residents of the district, which includes Lewes, Rehoboth Beach, Dewey Beach, Angola, parts of Long Neck and Harbeson. "We need state action to help counties and local communities deal with the costly instal- lation of sewer sys- tems, like the West Rehoboth Sewer Dis- trict. Crystal said that as a Republican, he would be Well positioned to move legislation through the GOP dom- inated House. Republi- CRYSTAL cans hold 28 of the 41 House seats. Crystal said he has worked with local res- idents through his work as a member of the Lewes-Rehoboth Rotary, the Rehoboth Kiwanis Club and the Juvenile Justice Task Force. He served as a Delaware State Policeman, where he rose to the rank of captain and received the Superintendent's Citation for Courage. Crystal now uncovers consumer fraud as an investigator with the Department of Insurance. A native Delawarean, Crystal was edu- cated at Henry C. Conrad High School, Wilmington College and the University of Delaware. He currently lives in Winding Continued on page 12 'Tis the season to be giving generously Throughout the Cape Region, the fortunate are reach- ing out to those in need, and yet some will still find little or nothing in their stockings on Christmas morning. Above, Diana Hoenen from the Gospel Quest Sidewalk Angle Moon photo Sunday School, passes out presents at Burton Village in West Rehoboth on Tuesday, Dec. 16. One of the lucky recipients is Destiny Pierce, age four, of Rehoboth Beach. 'Jj's Law' Proposed liquor law raises questions of personal responsibility By Rosanne Pack Cloaked against a chilling winter wind, Dian Stein stood in support of Rep. Terry Spence (R-Stratford) last week as he proposed legisla- tion that would impose liability on commercial establishments that are found to be negligent or irresponsible in serving alcohol. If enacted, H.B. 422, "JJ's Law," would allow civil action to be taken against commercial alcohol bever- age servers who are judged to create, through their negligence, a situation that results in per- sonal injury or property damage. Speaking as a mother who lost a son because of an alcohol-related accident, Stein read a brief statement citing that her son was a victim of greed, indifference and unwillingness to follow through with the measures that protect human beings. She said, "I ask you to protect those you love. Our son, J J, due to lack of society's pro- tection, lost his life on this bridge of sorrow. I ask you to help me so that his life was not in Continued on page 14 Sussex approves West Rehoboth sewer loan Critics claim system still too expensive By Michael Short Susx County Council has unanimously approved a $12 million loan from the state of Delaware to help pay for the third and final phase of the controversial $90 million West Rehoboth Sewer District. But Tuesday's decision came after criti- cism from several local residents, some of whom argued that the massive sewer dis- trict is considerably more expensive than necessary. "You could have built this for 50 percent less and you know it," according to John Nevros, who has consistently argued that another alternative, specifically a low- pressure pipe system, would have done the job for considerably less expense. But county officials said they considered 34 alternatives, picked what they believed to be the best choice and believed a low pressure pipe system would not work well in this area. Other critics argued that they should have been allowed to vote on the system in a ref- erendum when it was created following a 1989 development moratorium imposed by the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) or that the third phase of the district, located near Red Mill Pond, does not need central sewer because of its bigger lots and lower density. "You cannot tell me that is contaminating the water... I cannot understand why we have to be in on this," said local resident Theresa Giambrome. Continued on page 1