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have to take it.” The Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital is a 600-bed facility. In this year’s U.S. News and World Report’s ranking of America’s best hospitals, it was among the top 50 for heart surgery and treatment of respiratory disorders. The American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer rated the hospital as among the nation’s best comprehensive cancer centers. Rappaport took over the reins at Nanticoke Oct. 29. In an interview shortly after his arrival in Seaford, he said that financial difficulties at the hospital, and the opportunity to right them, were part of what attracted him to the job. In the last three years, including the fiscal year that ended June 30, the hospital has lost money, $1.1 million in 2006 and $1.8 million in 2007. Brown was unable to say what the loss was in 2008. “We have not received our final audited statements so I cannot release a number,” he said. This year, the hospital is on track to end with a surplus of about $1 million, Brown said. “Mark’s leadership has been important in placing Nanticoke on a solid foundation on which we can build,” said Robert Boyd, president of the hospital board. “We are in a much better position today as a

The Laurel Public Library and the Sussex County Genealogy Society are forming a new roundtable group to address connections between Sussex County families. The group, called Sussex County Cousins, will meet to share their genealogical research, compare notes on families and help each other unravel the puzzles of our ancestors and how they are related to each other. This informal group is not intended to be a how-to instruction for beginning genealogy, but rather a means of discovering other people who are researching branches of the same family trees. However, “cousins” new to genealogy research are welcome to join.

The first meeting will be held at the Laurel Public Library at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 24, in the Carpenter Community Room. After participants introduce themselves and the families they are researching, library staff will give an overview of the Delaware and Family History Collections at Laurel Library and how they, along with the available electronic databases, can be best used in Sussex County genealogy research. The meeting will last approximately one hour but the library remains open until 8 p.m. for those wishing to do more research. For details, email Norma Jean Fowler at or call 875-3184.

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result of his efforts.” Brown said that a search committee has already been formed to look for Rappaport’s replacement.

any way. Duncan designed a schedule so that all services continued uninterrupted. “It was a struggle to fill everything in,” she said. “But it was worth it. We weren’t looking at the little picture. We were looking at the big picture. There are people who need what we do five days a week, and we didn’t want to see them suffer.” But the senior center isn’t out of the

woods yet. Some of its funding, for its transportation and for its adult day-care program, comes from the federal government. That budget is due to be finalized by Oct. 1. “We have requested our federal funding, and we are waiting for that to come back, to see what it is,” Duncan said. The center has about 500 members. It serves up to 100 people a day, including its homebound meal program.

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