Letters to the Editor — October 14, 2016

Reader offers chance to offer voice


Between now and Oct. 21, residents of Sussex County have a very convenient online opportunity to express their 2 cents on the planning that will determine quality of life in this region.

Please see the SurveyMonkey tool at this website and publicize it to your readers: www.sussexplan.com.

Jeanette Akhter


BBVFC thanks other companies for help


The Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company would like to publicly recognize several neighboring fire companies for lending their ambulances to BBVFC during our time of need.

From mid-August through early September of 2016, the BBVFC’s entire fleet of three ambulances was out of service due to a myriad of mechanical and engine issues. At one point, all three were out of service simultaneously!

The Bethany Beach staff were able to respond in a timely manner to each emergency, thanks to the ambulances that were provided on loan by the Millville Volunteer Fire Company, the Roxana Volunteer Fire Company and the Frankford Volunteer Fire Company.

During the aforementioned period of time, many in our area witnessed the visiting ambulances responding to emergencies within the Bethany Beach Fire District and were curious as to why the familiar yellow ambulances were nowhere to be found.

The BBVFC sincerely thanks the Millville, Roxana and Frankford volunteer fire companies for lending their ambulances so that we could continue to meet the emergency needs of our community.

Michael L. Wilgus, President

Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company

Reader offers opinion on referendum


IRSD Superintendent Susan Bunting assured the public: “It’s not a huge amount.” But to this fixed-income retiree, the 16 percent tax hike being sought by IRSD is a pretty big chunk of change.

Senior citizens in our district need to get out to vote against this referendum on Nov. 22, 2016. Call the district for an absentee ballot if you can’t make it to the polls on that date. Call now, so your vote gets counted! (302-436-1000)

By reporting the increase as a daily amount (just 27 cents per day) the superintendent cleverly obscures the true picture of the size of the tax increase. Do the math yourself. Look at your tax bill.

Maybe 16 percent isn’t a “huge amount” for someone making over $100,000 each year on the taxpayers’ tab (Susan Bunting’s salary is publically reported at $171,529), but for those of us who don’t see half of that on our 1040, it is way out of line.

By the way, the superintendent has virtually guaranteed another referendum and another tax hike later this year. It is time we stand together and send a loud and clear message: No tax increases!

Chet H. Elder

Bethany Beach

Editor’s note: Delaware’s Senior School Property Tax Relief program makes resident homeowners age 65 or older eligible for a tax credit of 50 percent (up to $500) against regular school property taxes.

Fenwick Lions grateful for support


The Fenwick Island Lions Club wants to thank the community for coming out and supporting our recent successful spaghetti dinner fundraiser. We also want to recognize the Indian River High School Leos, who assisted us in serving the dinners.

We thank the following businesses who continue to support one of our largest fundraisers: Grotto Pizza, Hocker’s and G&E Supermarket, Al Casapulla’s, Devito’s Deli, Brasure’s Pest Control, Brasure’s Auto Repair, Lighthouse Liquors, Harpoon Hanna’s Restaurant, Bob’s Marine Service, Bishop-Hastings Funeral Home, West Fenwick Car Wash, Shady Park Mobile Homes, Jimmy’s Kitchen, Dirty Harry’s Restaurant, Brandywine Senior Living, Harris Teeter, European Coach Werkes, Foxes Den, Rooster’s Nest and Crab Cake Factory Bayside.

We especially want to thank Mr. Scott Mumford for allowing us to use the Warren’s Station Family Restaurant to hold this spaghetti dinner. As in the past, the food that was left over was given to Diakonia, a shelter in Ocean City, Md.

The community support and the generosity of all of these businesses enabled us to have a successful fundraiser; and, you should know that 100 percent of the money raised goes back to serve the needs in the community.

Sam Mooney

Committee Chair and Director

Fenwick Island Lions Club

Go Red for Women Event very successful


Thanks to the attendees of the 10th Annual Go Red for Women Luncheon & Fashion Show, which was recently held at Baywood Greens. This was our most successful event to date.

We want to thank our sponsors: Beebe Healthcare, Boulevard Ford Lincoln of Lewes and Georgetown, Delaware Electric Co-op, Fulton Bank, Nanticoke Cardiology, NRG, Preston Automotive Group, WSFS Bank and Zumba Fitness Instructors. We wish to express thanks to our speaker, Christopher Genco, M.D., thoracic and cardiovascular surgeon, who spoke about the latest lifesaving heart procedures.

We also want to thank the following merchants, restaurants and individuals who so generously donated money, merchandise and gift certificates for the silent and live auctions.

They are: 1776, Abbott’s Grill/Laurel, Aquamarine Boutique, Atlantic Jewelry, Bad Hair Day, Bay Package Store, Baywood Greens, Beebe Gift Shop, Bon Appetit-Seaford, Micha Seto of Blooming Boutique, Lewes Gifts & Treasures, Cape Pharmacy, Casapulla’s Subs, Crabby Dick’s Crab House, Cracker Barrel, Crooked Hammock Brewery, Crust & Craft, Deanna’s and Pic- colino’s, Delaware Distilling, The Dental Group, De Taylor, East Coast Garden Center, Fins Ale House, Fork & Flask at Nage, Frank & Louie’s, Go Brit, Green Turtle, Gutter Helmet of Eastern Shore, Half Full, Harry K., Barbara Harsch, Harry & David, Heirloom/Lewes, Helen and John Prah, Hickman’s Meat Market, Irish Eyes, Jeanine O’Donnell—State Farm, Jerry’s Seafood, Joan Knapp, Johnny Janosik, Joyce Adams, Kids Ketch, Louie’s Pizza, Maple Dale Country Club, Marion Bau, Tiffany Hart/Mary Kay Cosmetics, Molly Mc Auliffe/art teacher, Suzanne McCarty, Mary Morton, Movies at Midway, Mr. P’s Nectar/Lewes, Nicola’s Pizza Norma Cleaveland, Notting Hill Coffee, Orek, Orvis, Pacific Wines & Spirits, Palate, Panera Bread, Pilot Town Fish Co/Milton, Procino-Wells & Woodland LLC Law, Shari Sack, William Shannahan, Stephanie Shull and daughters, Something Comfortable, Sussex County Members of the Red Hat Society, Rose & Crown, Sandy Farrell of Twila Farrell, Seaside Pet Salon, Shannon Moore of Sabika Jewelry, Shorebreak, Sposato Family Vineyards, Surf Bagel, TD Bank, Tip Top Nails & Spa, Dave Tissot, Urban Studios, Village Salon & Spa.

We also want to thank our committee members: Henrietta Belcher-Stack, Kay and Larry Burgee, Lois Clark, Lutie Davis, Mary Esposito, Diane Fischer, Judith Hannan, Linda Hyle, Nancy Lawrence, Joan Nicholls, Muriel Pfeiffer, Sandy Roberts, Connie Shockley, Kathy Young and B.J. Young, public relations.

And we cannot forget our models: Henrietta Belcher-Stack, Elizabeth Brode, Judith Hannan, Neepa Jani, Lisa Mc Donald, Joan Nicholls, Geri Pease, Sandy Roberts, Connie Shockley and Sharon Simons. Thanks to everyone who contributed to the success of this event.

Patricia Sandy and Lynn Toth, co-chairs

Go Red for Women Event

Women’s club thankful for support


The Lord Baltimore Women’s Club would like to thank the following restaurants that donated gift certificates for our Fashion Show and Dine Around Raffle: Al Casapulla’s, Just Hooked/Off the Hook/Hooked Up/Hooked, Armands’ Pizza by the Sea, Baja Beach House Grill, McCabe’s Gourmet Market, Bethany Diner, McDonald’s, Big Fish Grill, Mill Pond Family Restaurant, Blue Water Grill, Ocean View Family Restaurant, The Boat House, Perucci’s, The Café on 26, Porto Pizza & Grill, Capriotti’s, Rosenfeld’s Jewish Deli, Chaddsford Winery, The Salted Rim, Cook N Solo Restaurants/Philadelphia, Sedona, The Cottage Café, SoDel Concepts, Cripple Creek, Summer Salts Café, Di Febo’s/Bethany Beach, Taco Taco, Fox’s Pizza Den, Touch of Italy, Frankford Family Diner, Turtle Beach Café, Frog House, Yellowfins Bar & Grill, Harpoon Hanna’s and Zen Saigon.

Please support these local businesses who so kindly donated to our event on Sept. 28, 2016, by patronizing them whenever you can: All About You Salon, Avalanche Industries, L’ete, Beachview Health Assoc., Miller’s Creek, Bethany Beach Books, Oceanova Spa, Bethany Sea Crest, Patti’s Hallmark, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Paws & Claws, Blooming Boutique, Possum Point Players, Blossoms Florist, Remember When, Carolina Street, Rooster’s Nest, Clayton Theatre, Sea Level Designs, Crazy Ladyz, Seaquels Furniture Consignments, Creative Concepts, Serendipity, Dickens Parlour Theatre, Somerhouse, Ellen Egan Chun Designs, Southern Exposure, Ellen Rice Gallery, Sweet Disposition, Fenwick Floaters, Tennis String King, Fenwick Hardware, The Coastal Cottage, Food Lion, The FlutterBy House, Gallery One, the Calico Tree Boutique, Giant Foods, The Spice & Tea Exchange, Harris Teeter, Treasure Island, Harry & David, Trendz Salon, Hocker’s, Vera Bradley, Hudson’s General Store, Walgreen’s, Jayne’s Reliable, West Fenwick Car Wash, Lady Fenwick, Wild About Birds, World Gym and, last but not least Chico’s, for allowing Lord Baltimore Women’s Club to showcase their fashions. All of the fashion show attendees were treated to all of the new fashion trends, colors and a certificate for a percentage off on their next purchase.

Thank you, one and all, for everything you did, no matter how small or large your part was in making the 2016 fashion show the huge success it was.

Lord Baltimore Women’s Club

LWVSC encourages people to vote


One way or another, the Nov. 8, 2016, election will go down as a watershed moment in American history. What will we say when our grand- or great-grand-children ask, “Where did you stand?”

Public opinion surveys indicate that too many of us don’t plan to stand at all. Put off by the media circus, even some lifelong voters are saying they’ll just sit back and see how things shake out — thus avoiding any responsibility for the consequences. If we don’t stand up to vote on Election Day, we toss aside the hard-fought right to shape our own destiny.

Regardless of individual preferences, the League of Women Voters urges everyone to take a stand — and to face the issues at stake. Although the person we choose to be our president can’t dictate exactly how things will go, he or she will make decisions that establish the direction that the country will go.

Will we have more or less war? Will we have more or less economic growth? Will we have more or less environmental protection? Will we have more or less renewable energy? Will we have more or less racial justice? Will we have more or less racial, ethnic and gender equality? Will we have more or less affordable healthcare? Will we have more or less access to higher education?

The candidates we choose for our state offices and for our County Council will make decisions that even more directly affect our everyday lives. The consequences of our votes may determine whether we have more or less opportunity for living-wage jobs, more or less air and water pollution, more or less traffic congestion, more or less affordable housing, more or less equality in opportunities for quality education, more or less reform of our criminal justice system.

Of course, we won’t all agree on exactly what we value more and what we value less, but we should be able to come together around the idea of sustaining our communities. Don’t we all want our elected officials to make decisions that will enable our neighborhoods, towns, and state to survive and thrive?

How would each of the candidates balance the needs for security, for economic opportunities, for environmental protection, for adequate roads and public transportation, for affordable housing and for quality education?

If we don’t take the time to get to know who all the candidates are and where they stand, we can only blame ourselves when things go awry. If we don’t stand up to vote on Election Day, we have no grounds to complain. No matter how skeptical or disillusioned we may become, we can’t afford to simply throw up our hands and abandon our faith in democracy.

Jane Lord, President

League of Women Voters of Sussex County

Reader says Route 54 dangerous after dark


Route 54 from Route 1 to Lincoln Drive at Cape Windsor is very dangerous for pedestrian traffic after dark. As we all know, there is a lot of pedestrian during the summer. This ¾-mile stretch of road is the only artery off Route 1 without proper street lighting, bike paths and/or sidewalks.

Considering pedestrians have already lost their lives on this poorly-lit road, wouldn’t it be a good idea to put together a task force to study this hazardous stretch of road?

Bruce Mears

Ocean View

Local businesses support local effort


Thank you to the local businesses who supported the breast cancer fundraiser at Sea Colony on Friday, Oct. 7. Once again, Sea Colony Tennis Center hosted the women’s doubles tennis event (big thanks to them).

Women travel from all over to play tennis, meet new friends, share stories over lunch, have lots of fun, supporting a most worthy cause. Players pay to play, and an important part of the fundraising (and fun) is through raffle baskets put together by women.

This year, we reached out to many local businesses and asked them to consider supporting this year’s event. Listed below are the businesses who made generous donations of a gift card, merchandise or other services (some, more than one). Tell them you saw their names in this paper, and please thank them as you continue to be a patron of their business: Al Casapulla’s, Bethany Beach Books, CraZy LadyZ!, Dunkin’ Donuts, Hair Cuttery, Mango’s, Summer Salts, the Cottage Café and The Salted Rim.

I know there are many challenges for a small business in a resort town, but they said yes. Thank you, thank you. As a consumer, we have choices of where to spend our dollars. We will continue to choose those that support local causes.

Gale Poudrier and Lauri Brown

Raffle Basket Committee

Pink Ribbon Ladies Doubles Tournament