Letters to the Editor -- May 27, 2011

CROP walk a hit, thanks to many

The 2011 Southeast Sussex CROP walk took place on a beautiful Saturday morning. We had over 150 walkers, great entertainment, baked goods for sale and delicious hot dogs. I want to thank all the walkers and everyone who donated to help improve living conditions in our community and the world.

Twenty-five percent of the money raised will go to the Pyle Center, and the rest will impact the lives of people we will never know but can feel good that we are making their lives better through the digging of wells, education small-business loans, etc.

We had 18 churches involved this year, and the recruiters for each did a great job. The walk is a short one and symbolic of the walking done by do many people all over the world who must walk for water, walk to school, walk to find shelter and are so appreciative of what we raise through our walking.

We are still collecting for the CROP walk, until June 10. You can check with your church to see who your recruiter is if you would like to donate or you can contact me, Rose Mary Hendrix, at (302) 537-9417 or rm.hendrix@mchsi.com.

Thank you to everyone who participated. You made it a great day and a successful walk. My job as coordinator was so easy because everyone was so willing to donate their time and energy to a worthy cause. Thank you, again.

Rose Mary Hendrix,
CROP Walk coordinator
South Bethany

SCRP provides basic information

Editor’s note: The following letter was addressed to Sussex County’s registered Republicans and was forwarded to the Coastal Point for publication.

Do you know you are a member of the Sussex County Republican Party (SCRP) right now? To be a SCRP member, all you need to do is to be registered to vote with the Delaware State Department of Elections as a Republican.

If you are already registered, you are automatically a member of the SCRP and you now have a voice in how the party operates, who the party nominates for elections and what goes on within your representative district, as well as your election district (ED) (your ED is sometimes called a precinct in other states).

Do you know that you can be an officer or committee person in the SCRP? Yes, you could file to run for election as the SCRP chairman, vice chairman, secretary or treasurer, or run to be a representative district chair (RDC) or an election district committeeperson (EDC).

Yes, the party leadership is open to all registered Republicans and you can play a vital role within the party. Now is the time to step up and become active — this is where it all begins. To file for any of these party positions, see the SCRP Web site for more information: http://www.sussexgop.org or file your desires for any one of the above positions with the SCRP secretary, Mrs. Carol Bodine, email: chick42@gmail.com, not later than May 30, 2011.

Do you know that you can vote for the two EDC’s who represent you on the SCRP Executive Committee? The election will be on June 13 (in a location and time to be determined) in Georgetown (watch this publication or the SCRP Web site for exact location).

To be eligible to vote for the two EDC’s who represent you on the SCRP Executive Committee, all you need to do is be registered as a Republican with the State Department of Elections. You may go here to be certain you are registered to vote: http://pollingplace.delaware.gov (this site also tells your Election District).

The SCRP seeks your participation in this open and transparent process. Become a candidate by filing for office by May 30 or at least come out and vote for your two EDC candidates on June 13.

Philip M. Drew, Election District
Committeeperson, 4th/38th
Bethany Beach

AAUW gets help in fundraising efforts

The Coastal Georgetown Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW-CG) wishes to thank: Kevin Roberts, general manager of Bethany Blues restaurant in Lewes; Nicholas Caggiano Sr., owner of Nicola Pizza in Rehoboth Beach; and Gary Piner, general manager of Greene Turtle restaurant in Lewes, for their support of three Dine Out for Scholarship fundraisers.

These benefits, which were held on Jan. 13, March 30 and May 12, 2011, respectively, represented a new way of fundraising for AAUW-CG. The assistance of each restaurant’s outstanding staff helped us earn several hundred dollars for our scholarship campaign.

Through contributions from our members and fundraisers throughout the year, AAUW-CG is able to award one or more college scholarships annually. Part of the organization’s mission is to foster education for young women, and while we target science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields, we grant scholarships to students pursuing a degree in any field.

Participation by Bethany Blues, Nicola Pizza and Greene Turtle in assisting in AAUW’s scholarship efforts reflects nicely upon their corporations and their support of the local community.

Marty Johnson, President
Coastal-Georgetown AAUW

Ward gets more support from community

I have known Nancy Ward for four years through volunteering at Lord Baltimore Elementary School and as a member of the same local service sorority, Alpha Alpha Chapter. I was shocked and disappointed to read in a recent letter to the editor that her counselor position at LB is being eliminated.

This is a great loss for children and families in need or in crisis. Besides the typical counselor duties she provides, which help to educate, comfort and support LB students, Nancy ensures that students have gifts to open Christmas morning, a Thanksgiving meal to sit down to, a bed to sleep on, glasses to see with, a winter coat to keep warm and food for nourishment.

Who will continue to provide for these children in our community when the Indian River School District abolishes its only counselor position at Lord Baltimore?

Anne Marie Rogerson
Ocean View

Ocean View’s need for sidewalks

It’s not every day that a great idea – one that immensely enhances a community’s safety and quality of life – has the potential of becoming a reality. The sidewalk project provides safe pedestrian/bicycle passage for our children and families, and promotes a sense of community.

There’s no downside to this project. It provides critical and necessary safety improvements; the monies from the Transportation Enhancement Act are available for use on this project; and widespread support exists from many residents and homeowner associations, as well as local businesses in the proximity.

I have talked to our chief of police, and he has agreed that we have very dangerous conditions along our roads for pedestrians. The many residents that I have spoken with all agree we have an extremely dangerous situation, and they have seen many close calls to pedestrians.

We currently have an elementary school that is not accessible by sidewalks to the residents. The beach is not accessible by sidewalks. There is no public transportation available to us. Ocean View has an overwhelming population of families with school-age children visiting during the summer months. Our children’s safety is paramount, and sidewalks are an essential element to safety.

West Avenue and Central Avenue, and most of the other streets, do not even have a shoulder that a pedestrian or cyclist can step onto to avoid oncoming vehicles. The lack of sidewalks and safe roads inhibits the use of bicycles and pedestrian activity, and it compromises the safety of our children.

We have many factors going against our safety in Ocean View. Delaware is the third most dangerous state for pedestrians; we are only behind Florida and Arizona. Accidents involving pedestrian children are greatest in May, June and July. We know that is our busiest time, with families visiting. It is the time of our highest traffic volume.

Our guests and residents are driving, riding bikes, walking and jogging on unfamiliar roads. We do know that people on vacation tend to drink more alcohol, and they are driving through our town to and from the beach resorts. Conditions will only get worse as traffic increases for both vehicles and pedestrians. The amount of people who walk recreationally increased 11 percent from 1990 to 1995, and this trend has continued.

We must continue to work with DelDOT and move forward with the phases of the sidewalk project. When all phases are complete, it will enable us, our children and our grandchildren to walk or ride bikes, to visit friends, to make trips to the beach or stores and to walk for exercise. These are experiences we cannot enjoy today without legitimate fear of serious injury or death.

The projects will be improvements. These improvements will bring up our home values. Ocean View is not “Mayberry” anymore; let us move forward for what is right. We must work together as a town and make necessary compromises to get this project done. I invite everyone to show support of this project by attending council meetings and workshops.

George Walter
Ocean View