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Briefly Cape Gazette posts early holiday deadlines The Cape Gazette has an- nounced that the deadlines for the next edition will be early due to the New Year&apos;s Day holiday, The Cape Gazette will be published ThurSday, Dec. 31, with retail ad- vertising deadline at noon Mon- day, Dec, 28, and classified and news release deadlines at noon Tuesday, Dec. 29. The office will be closed Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. Sharky's donates bike to Dewey police Sharky's Grill owners Rick Shindledecker and Steve Owens were on hand at the Dec. 12 Dewey Beach town meeting to donate a new bicycle to the Dewey Beach Police Department. Shindledecker commended the town administration and its police department for their efforts to keep Dewey Beach safe. Sharky's Grill, which is currently closed for the season, is located on Route 1 at Read Avenue. At the meeting, town attorney Rob Witsil presented the police department with a light for the bike. Dewey Lions address playground concerns A letter sent to the Dewey Beach Lions Club earlier this month has prompted that organi- zation to evaluate the condition of equipment at its McKinley Av- enue playground, said Lions Club President Bob Frederick. Sent by Rose Lucas of Wilm- ington Dec. 9, the letter states that her youngest grandson, Lucas, who fell off the merry-go-round approximately five weeks earlier at the John Waples Memorial Park playground, received a "cut in his scalp that took five staples to close at Beebe Hospital." She said screws on the under- side of the seat of the equipment had not been cut off, resulting in the injury. In her letter, she said her family appreciates the park and the fact that it is well-maintained but urged the Lions to examine the safety of the equipment. Frederick said her letter has prompted a complete review Of the park and its equipment by the Lions Club. "We addressed her concerns at a recent board meeting," he said. "It has precipitated an overall re- view [of the playground equip- ment]." Clarifications The name of the teacher at Ep- worth Preschool in Rehoboth Beach who heads up the class that staged the Christmas play pho- tographed for the front page of the Dec. 18 edition was misidentified. The teacher is Lin Riffe and her assistant is Leslie Sheridan-Lee. In an e-mail sent to the Cape Gazette Dec. 21, Lucas said she received a letter from the Lions Club that stated they were looking into equipment problems. "I am very grateful to the Lions Club for providing the park,"- she wrote. "It is well maintained and laid out nicely. It is a shame that Lucas was hurt. All I want is the safety of the park checked so that no other child is hurt." Rehoboth cancels regular workshop  The Rehoboth Beach Board of Commissioners will not hold a regular workshop session on Mon- day, Dec. 28. The next regular meeting is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 8 at 7 p.m., in the commis- sioners room. Rehoboth Planners to hear partitioning request The Rehoboth Beach Planning Commission will hear a request for partitioning of Lots K-L Park Avenue at the Monday, Jan. 11, regular monthly meeting. The re- quest comes from Mary Jane Messina. The meeting begins at 7 p.m., in the commissioners room. Rehoboth creche vandalism reported The nativity scene at the Re- hoboth Beach Bandstand was van- dalized sometime during the wee hours of Monday, Dec. 21, ac- cording to Rehoboth Beach Po- lice. City employee John Brown dis- covered vandalism on his rounds at approximately 7 a.m. Many of the plastic figures, that were re- cently refurbished by the Cape Henlopen High School Key Club under the auspices of the Re- hoboth Beach Kiwanis Club, had been moved from their usual places where they had been se- cured with wire. A couple of the sheep were found in the "mating" position and the Baby Jesus figure had been put out front and an animal figure put in its place. The vandals damaged one of the figures by taking off the head and putting it on another ani- mal, stated Patrolman Scott O'Bier. The figures were quickly placed back into their.original places and nothing was reported missing. If arrested, the suspects will be charged with criminal mischief. Anyone with any information should contact the police depart- ment at 227-2577. DelDOT to host aviation plan update The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) will hold a public workshop between 5 and 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 5, at the DelDOT administration building, Bay Road, Dover, to present pro- posed plans for the Delaware avia- tion system plan update. The focus of the workshop will be the Phase II portion of the plan update. The system plan update is concerned with the state's overall CAPE GAZETI'I, Thursday, December 24 - December 30, 1998.3 aviation plan through the year 2015. This update contains the identification of aviation system alternatives, the evaluation of those alternatives, the selection of a recommended plan, and the de- velopment of an implementation strategy. Comments will be received dur- ing the workshop or may be mailed to DelDOT's office of Ex- ternal Affairs, P.O. Box 778, Dover, DE 19903. Bell to appoint Pusey as assistant recorder Rick Bell, recorder of deeds- elect, has announced his intention to appoint Rachel H. Pusey as his deputy upon taking office Jan. 5. Pusey has worked in the recorder's office since 1967 and has served as deputy for the past four years. "Rachel's experience, dedica- tion and lead- ership has been the heart and soul ot this office for more than 20 years and I am personally gratified that she will con- tinue to serve," Bell PUSEY said. "Her continued stewardship of the day- to-day business of the recorder's office will ensure seamless conti- nuity in our operations." Bell also announced that he would be forming a professional advisory committee of attorneys, paralegals and researchers who actively use the resources and ser- vices of the recorder's office. The committee will meet six times per year to advise the recorder on the public agenda of the office. Sub- committees may be assembled to concentrate on individual issues or initiatives. "I would like to see an active group that will propose and pro- mote a proactive agenda," said Bell. "I know where we're going and I'll carry the torch, but these are the clientele, and they are a very practical group of profession- als. This group can contribute an enormous amount toward our de- velopment. My goal is the devel- opment of the office. "We will have to discuss and prioritize, but I am sure we will talk about such matters as expedit- ed services, "swipe the card" at- torney payments, separate books for satisfactions, uniform plot plans and utilization of the state's DCIS (Delaware Corporation In- formation System) among many other important issues and alterna- tives. We'll strategize to get the most important items into the next budget, and make long range plans for other agenda items," Bell said. Professionals who use the recorder's research area are en- couraged to become members of the professional advisory commit- tee by attending the first meeting to be held at 7 p.m., Jan. 7 at the recorder's office on the George- town circle. Angle Moon photo Goodies delivered to West Rehoboth Cape Region community members raised approximately $1,400 for the Strong Communities Initiative through private collections and donations during the month of December. Some of the funds were used to sponsor the Strong Communi- ties' children's Christmas party held Tuesday, Dec. 22. The remainder of the funds were used to purchase food for 12 complete holiday dinners. Ten of the food packages were dis- tributed in West Rehoboth, and two were distributed in E1- lendale, with the help of the Delaware State Police Rural Community Policing Unit that serves the Strong Communi- ties. Food was delivered Friday, Dec. 18, to the home of Miss Minnie Smith, president of Westside New Beginnings; Smith volunteered use of her home as a distribution and coordina- tion site for the families receiving the gifts. Shown is (l-r) Cpl. Wes Barnett of the state police, assisting Sandra Cassady in unloading the food at Smith's house. For information contact Rick Bell by e-mail at <rhb4rod @> or call Rachel Pusey at 855-7785. Community outreach will be a strong part of Bell's agenda. He hopes the recorder's office can or- ganize a lecture series for Sussex County historical societies on how to use the recorder of deeds office to research the history of dwellings and properties. He will also propose a series of professional training courses on utilizing the office of the recorder of deeds, and plans to ask Del Tech to offer credit for the cours- es. "I hope our curriculum on how to access the enormous volume of information at the recorder's of- fice will be an excellent addition to their paralegal course offerings. I think there is a strong demand for paralegal courses here in Sus- sex County," Bell said. Sussex Council to apply for CDBG funds Sussex County Council ap- proved an application for Commu- nity Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding at its Tuesday, Dec. 22 meeting. Sussex County will apply for $2,025,757 in funding from the Delaware State Housing Authori- ty, most of which is used to reha- bilitate substandard homes in Sus- sex County. County Administrator Robert Stickels said there is a waiting list of 500 homes for the program. Eagle's Nest hearing set for Feb. 2 A conditional use request re- quested by Eagle's Nest Fellow- ship Church to allow a pri*ate school on 57.14 acres of land will be heard by Sussex County Coun- cil Tuesday, Feb. 2. The request is for land located north of Sussex 235,850 feet from Route 16. County hears large scale store zoning Feb. 2 Proposed changes to the C-1 commercial zoning will be heard by Sussex County Council Feb. 2. The changes are aimed at large businesses and were originally in- corporated into a proposed C-2 zoning. County Council decided against a separate zoning but in- corporated most of the provisions into proposed changes to the cur- rent zoning. For large scale projects, the pro- posal would mean increased set- backs, landscaping and parking. County Councilman George Cole has argued that large businesses like "big box stores" should meet additional requirements. One pro- vision of the proposed C-2 zoning that did not get included in the proposed changes is a mandatory public hearing on large-scale pro- jects. The hearing will be held in the afternoon session of the Tues- day, Feb. 2 meeting. Afternoon sessions begin at 1:30 p.m., al- though the actual hearing time may be later. Multifamily parking changes to be considered Sussex County Council will consider increasing parking re- quirements for multifamily hous- ing when it meets Tuesday, Feb. 2. Sussex County Councilman George Cole has asked for addi- tional parking, saying that many town homes attract large numbers of tenants and have very limited parking. He said limited requirements mean parking is helter-skelter on area roads. The hearing will take place during the afternoon ses- sion. The afternoon session begins at 1:30 p.m., although the actual hearing time may be later.