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16. CAPE GAZETI, Friday, December 19 - December 25, 1997 WSNB signs 'building contract for new community center By Kerry Kester After seven years of pursuing support for a community center, Westside New Beginnings (WSNB) secured funding for a 17,500-square-fo0t building, and organization officers signed the building contract on Tuesday, Dec. 16. If Sussex County Council and Sussex County Planning and Zon- ing approve conditional use appli- cations, Job Construction General Contractors will erect the approxi- Westside New Beginnings treasurer, John Pumphrey, and president, Minnie Smith, sign the construction con- tract for the new community to be built in West Rehoboth, providing the county ap- proves the project. mately $160,000 facility on the southeast corner of Norwood Street and Burton Avenue in West Rehoboth. Most of the funds were secured through a matching grant from the 21 st Century Fund. "We are very proud to meet to- gether this evening to sign the contract together," said WSNB president Minnie Smith, address- ing the youth and adult communi- ty members present for the con- tract signing. "We are thankful to God for this to happen." John Pumphrey, WSNB treasur- er, said the new steel-framed structure will provide a better en- vironment for the educational and social programs in the community because of its significantly en- larged space and improved conve- niences. In particular, he said, the addi- tional space will provide a more conducive learning environment for the youth programs. Current- ly, the building housing the youth activities room is approximately the size of an average living room. Floor space is severely limited by desks and 'computer stations; stor- age is extremely limited; tempera- ture can't be regulated; and light- ing is poor. The community organization regularly offers young people summer and after-school pro- grams. It also provides special Members of Westside New Beginnings (WSNB), and some of those who helped them secure funding to build a community center, celebrated Tuesday, Dec. 16, after officers in the organi- zation signed the contract to build the facility in West Rehoboth. Shown are (l-r) Steve Gay, project manager at Job Construction General Contractors; Mamie Harris, WSNB past presi- dent; Bernice Edwards, First State Community Action Agency deputy director;, Minnie Smith, WSNB president; John Pumphrey, WSNB treasurer, Brenda Kelley, WSNB assistant chair- woman; Bob Jewett, First State Community Action Agency wastewater coordinator;, Doris Biles (seated),WSNB assistant treasurer;, Lashelle Hardy, WSNB assistant treasurer;, Rose Lawson, community prevention coordinator, Henley Graves; and Mary Sturdivant, youth pro- gram coordinator. programs and events for pregnan- cy and substance-abuse preven- tion. "We have to give them a jump start in life, and it has to start from home," said Pumphrey. In a larger room connected to the youth activities room, the cen- ter now holds its larger events, such as community dinners and youth step-group rehearsals. That room is approximately twice the size of the youth activities room but has the same problems with storage, lighting and temperature control. The project's start date is pend- ing the outcome of the county's conditional-use hearings. A1 Philli s, Sussex County Community Development & Housing Division rehabilitation specialist, displays the in- come guidelines to qualify for subsidized'water hookups. A water main will be installed in West Rehoboth if the commu- nity wins a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) from the Delaware State Housing Authority. West Side New Beginnings ORs West Rehoboth water main By Kerry Kester Westside New Beginnings, the community organization repre- senting West Rehoboth and Bur- to.n Village, voted on Tuesday, Dec. 9 to seek funding from the Delaware State Housing Authori- ty Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for water lines in West Rehoboth. "Last year, the funds went to a whole community center," said William LeCates, director of the Sussex County Community & Housing Division. The infrastruc- ture project provided more than $100,000 to provide municipal water to the community center on Burton Avenue. "This year, it will go to individual homes," he said. Currently, much of the water in the community is from wells, and most of it is unsafe for human consumption. LeCates said this year's grant for a water main could allow Duffy, Dunbar and Norwood streets access to the mu- nicipal water supply. With last year's grant, a portion of Hebron Road was included Continued on page 17