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Prominent Rehoboth businessman 'Papajohn' dead at 95 Nicholas Papaloanu, known to all as Papajohn, died Sunday, Dec. 31, 1997, in his second-floor apartment overlooking the Re- hoboth Beach Boardwalk, on which he was a fixture for nearly 70 years, just shy of his 96th birthday on Jan. 6. Born in Galatine, PAPA,JOHN Greece, Papa- john migrated to the United States in 1922, at the age of 21, earning money by shining shoes in a street comer in Philadelphia. "I knew no English so it took me a while to get started. Then I started working in restaurants and moved up to manage some of them," he told the Cape Gazette in a 1994 inter- view. In 1926, he became an American citizen and purchased a Harvester Continued from page 1 ation to minimize the bycatch," Hughes said. Among the issues the state has considered is the by- catch, how helpful the harvesting is and whether it is worthwhile en- vironmentally. The state removed vast tons of the material, but critics aren't sure that is the best way to improve the inland bays. The blooms are be- lieved to be caused by excessive nutrients in the inland bays, which come from a variety of potential sources of pollution. Even sup- porters acknowledge that this treats the symptoms and not the cause of environmental problems, essentially applying an environ- mental band-aid. Still, it does re- move vast amounts of the sea let- tuce, which can virtually smother out other forms of sea life such as  clams and eel grass. "How effec- tive it is from an environmental standpoint is very difficult for sci- entists to evaluate ... On the other hand, if you do nothing, it is basi- cally adding nutrients and com- pounding the problem. We are at least being proactive," according to Schroeder. Delaware did little hard research last summer into the issue of bycatch. Delaware Divi- sion of Fish and Wildlife's Roy Miller said that only seven buck- ets of the seaweed were collected and then sorted to determine the number of animals that were caught when the seaweed was col- lected. Hughes said this will be "a summer of learning," and Miller said last year's bycatch studies were "preliminary and incom- plete." Hughes said there will al- most certainly be some harvesting changes made this year, as the state learns more about the process. Schroeder admits this will not solve all the environmen- tal problems, but he believes it may help. "Each step forward is, hopefully, going to bring us closer to cleaning up the bays," he said. restaurant called the Park View across from Fairmount Park in Philadelphia, which he operated until 1938. Papajohn first tasted Rehoboth Beach in 1928, when he visited Rehoboth businessman Thomas Pachides, whom he had known from Greece. Following a return to his native country to marry Theologia Trahos in 1932, he and his two brothers-in-law purchased, at sheriff's sale, the Belhaven Hotel, located at the comer of Rehoboth Avenue and the Boardwalk, for $32,300. In 1947, the property was split, with Papajohn and his wife taking over the Belhaven, with its Board- walk level restaurant and cocktail lounge, and the relatives taking the property fronting Wilmington Avenue and the Boardwalk. In 1959, the restaurant was closed, and the area converted into retail shops. The "Great Storm of '62" took 10 rooms off of the front of the two-story part of the Bel- haven, while the back four-story section remained until it was lev- eled in1985, when it became evi- dent that new, stringent fire regu- lations would require expensive renovations. While the Papajohns still owned the valuable commercial property, they leased it out to businesses, such as Candy Kitchen and Do- minick Pulieri of Grotto Pizza, who named Papajohn's Beach Bar after his fellow businessman. "Fifteen years ago a guy offered me $2.5 million for the property. I said 'You crazy!' "Papajohn told the Cape Gazette. Few people are aware that Papa- john also operated a bar, Riniker's Place, in Lewes, next to the Can- nonball House during World War II, which was frequented by the soldiers stationed at Fort Miles. Papajohn was active until his death, continuing to climb the flight of steps to his apartment a number of times a day. His heirs said they have no intention of sell- ing the property. He was a member of St. Con- stantine and Helen Church in Washington, D.C. Along with his wife, he is sur- vived by two sons, John Papajohn of Arlington, Va. and Michael Pa- paioanu of Hilton Head, S.C.; four grandchildren; and a brother, Manolis Papaioanu-Thessasaloni- ka, a general in the Greek army. Services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Dec. 26, at St. George's Greek Orthodox Church, Coastal Highway, Ocean City, Md., with burial in St. George's Chapel Cemetery, Angola. Friends may call at the church prior to the ser- vice. Arrangements were made by Parsell Funeral Homes and Cre- matorium, Lewes. ~ Wishing you much joy and many blessings during the coming year! From all us at the A ZETT