Letters to the Editor -- June 26, 2009

Nantais family grateful for support

Mary Ellen and I would like to express our thanks and appreciation again for another successful Gala at Cripple Creek Country Club for The Justin W. Jennings Foundation. Even in these economic times, the outpouring generosity was unbelievable.

The Caribbean theme, margaritas and sunshine made for a fun-filled evening of dancing and dining. We had two of the best local guys, Rick Chamberlin and Tommy Adkins, doing their own version of a pig roast (delicious).

After Mike Cummings and the guys from Contractors for a Cause presented Mary Ellen Nantais, Justin’s mom, with a gold shovel, for the groundbreaking this September, one of the foundation’s biggest supporters, Mackie and Russell Banks and their family, presented MaryEllen with two separate checks of $5,000 each in honor of Basia Banks and Mayra Echenique, along with donating their home in Puerto Rico for the live auction and then buying a No. 1 print of the painting “Hope” donated by Ellen Rice.

I had commissioned Ellen earlier this year with this inspirational painting of “Hope” for our wedding 25th anniversary.

Then, Ethan Rhodes of BSD hollered from the crowd, “We’ll supply all the windows for Justin’s house.” Next, it was Jenn Dieste from Mark Dieste Builders donating $3,000. And from there it went to others offering their help, from cleaning by Nichii’s to painting by Mark King. We’re also so grateful for the pledge of an elevator by Atlantic Elevator, and plumbing by Penco Corp, as well as services by Element Design.

Just when you thought it was over, in came a surprise guest, provided by 84 Lumber’s Brendan Welch: Baltimore Ravens fullback LeRon McClain, who signed football after football and then pledged $10,000.

Ted and Sherry Stephens of Morning Star Builders donated their home in Puerto Rico again this year. There were Bethany Cycle’s Cole brothers, George and Joe, who donate two bikes each year, and our surfboard from KCoast, and, of course, The Coastal Point.

Other silent auction items were donated by event and auction sponsors: 84 Lumber, Addy Sea, Atlantic Bodywork, Bad Hair Day, Baja Beach Bar & Grill, Banks Wines and Spirits, Barbara Deitrick, Bayside Resort Golf Club, Bear Trap, The Bistro, Bethany Blues, Bethany Cycle, Bethany Florist, Big Fish, Bob’s Marina, The Buttery, Capriotti’s, Al Casapulla’s, Catcher’s, Coastal Point, Cottage Café, Cripple Creek Golf and Country Club, Cultured Pearl, Custom Mechanical, David Nilsson, DiFebo’s restaurant, Tom and Susan Della Donne, Diana Freccia, Dr. Mark Brown, Eagle Estimating, Element Design, Ellen Rice Gallery, Fat Tuna, Freeman Fitness Center, Fred Windward, Fresco’s, Galaxy Restaurant, Green Turtle, Gloria Nantais, Halpern Eyes, I’d Rather Be Tanning, Interiors by Kim, Irish Eyes, K-Coast, Kool Bean, the Jim and Alyce Kyger family, Laura Hickman, Lord’s Landscaping, Lombardi’s, the Lyons family, Mango’s, Matteo’s, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Miller’s Creek, Michael McCarthy, Nantucket restaurant, New Wave Spa, Oak Arbor, The Parkway restaurant, Joe and Tina Pipitone, PNC Bank, Premier Glass, Purple Parrot, Randall and Laurie Smith, The Road House, Sakatumi, Secrets, Sedona restaurant, Jay and Connie Stellini, Studio 8, Studio 26, Warren’s Station restaurant and 1776 restaurant.

A heartfelt thank-you to all who made this event possible. With your help, we can make Justin’s Beach House a reality.

Craig Nantais, Director of Events
Justin W. Jennings Foundation

Booth explains stance on DelPointe racino

The recent interest and actions regarding the DelPointe economic development project have prompted me to clarify my position on the issue.

While much of the debate over DelPointe centers on the racino aspect of the proposal, the project will also include: a hotel and convention center, a family resort hotel, an indoor water park, an indoor sports complex, a movie theater, five restaurants, 350,000 square feet of retail space and 50,000 square feet of office space – all of which will provide non-gaming jobs and revenue.

DelPointe has already been approved to build and run a 1-mile harness racing track, and I do not see why they should be treated any differently than the state’s three other horse racing facilities. To that end, I’m co-sponsoring House Bill 194, which would allow DelPointe to operate slot machines. This is a fair approach that gives the Sussex County track the same authorization already extended to Harrington Raceway, Dover Downs and Delaware Park.

For the last 15 years, all Delawareans have enjoyed the huge tax benefits associated with the state’s three existing racinos. However, the residents of New Castle and Kent counties have received the lion’s share of the jobs associated with these venues. I believe it’s time Sussex Countians were treated equally and provided with the same employment opportunities as their fellow citizens.

Building DelPointe will create 6,000 construction jobs; 2,000 people will be employed in permanent jobs once the facility opens. Additionally, one study indicates another 2,000 jobs will be generated elsewhere in the county as a result of DelPointe’s operations. If this project delivers on even half of this promise, it would have a huge impact on Sussex County’s economy and the well-being of thousands of local families.

Additionally, aside from the money this project would pump into the state’s coffers, it would generate an estimated $900,000 for the Indian River School District and $2 million for the Town of Millsboro annually.

Opponents of this plan, some of whom I count among my friends, denounce the immortality of gambling. While I don’t disagree with their views, I would counter that I have an ethical obligation, especially in the current recession, to help facilitate the means by which many hard-working Sussex Countians could provide for their families.

I am not a proponent of gambling, but rather an advocate for the people of the 37th Representatives District. I believe I have a duty to them to ensure that they are treated equally and receive the same advantages as their neighbors to the north.

In these bad economic times, I will not turn a blind eye to a rational plan that could save many local families from a grim economic fate.

State Rep. Joe Booth
37th District

Planned Parenthood thanks local restaurants

Planned Parenthood of Delaware would like to extend a warm thank you to the restaurants and community members that dined out at Rehoboth, Lewes and Bethany from June 1 to 14, 2009. A fun and fantastic fundraiser; diners showed support for women’s health by dining at their favorite restaurant

Lead by 11 local restaurants, Dining for Choice offered the opportunity to eat out for a good cause. A very special thank you to Aerie Art Gallery, Nage, Mariachi, Blue Moon, Greenman Juice Bar Bistro for hosting a night in honor of women’s health.

Restaurant patrons were also able to support women’s health at: Espuma in Rehoboth, Mango’s in Bethany, Parkway in Bethany, Sedona in Bethany and The Porchini House in Rehoboth.

Patrons enjoyed tasty food, good company and the PLANtini (a drink created in honor of Planned Parenthood — purple, tasty and very cold).

“At Planned Parenthood of Delaware, we are so grateful to those business owners and friends who supported women’s health this June”, said Nanci Hoffman, president and CEO. “We are already looking forward to Dining for Choice next year.”

Funding raised from the event will support health services for low-income women, including cancer screenings, prenatal services, health counseling, education, and prevention and treatment.

The mission of Planned Parenthood of Delaware is to ensure all individuals access to the appropriate information and services necessary for their own reproduction, sexuality, and health.

The Planned Parenthood in Rehoboth offers provides family planning, prenatal care, nutrition counseling, cancer screening and prevention and health education. The agency served over 11,000 people last year in all three counties and has operated in Delaware for over 75 years.

Emily Knearl, VP for Public Affairs
Planned Parenthood of Delaware

Brady’s family thankful for support

We would like to thank you and everyone for the cards and your support during the time of our bereavement. Out father loved this area and the people who live here. He will be sorely missed by his family and extended family here at the beach.

Our family will remember the wonderful times we have had with him in this area and the wonderful people we met through him here.

Thank you so much.
The Brady Family