State of Delaware
Plenty has happened around the community over the off-season. In case you’ve been out of town, or have just been too busy to stay on top of things, here are some of the items that could most affect your summer season.
It’s time to see what Delaware has come up with to become more resilient to climate change.
The Governor’s Cabinet Committee on Climate & Resiliency (CCoCAR) has written 159 recommendations for reducing greenhouse gases, minimizing flood risks and increasing resilience to climate impacts (such as changes in temperature, precipitation or sea level).
The traditional Sussex County Memorial Day Service will be held on the Circle in Georgetown on Sunday, May 24, at 1:30 p.m. The co-sponsors are the Georgetown Kiwanis Club and the Korean War Veterans Association.
Late-night work is getting a little later this summer on Route 26. The Delaware Department of Transportation was already scheduled to begin a second year of overnight work on the road construction project, from May 15 to Sept. 30, in a schedule designed to accommodate summer traffic.
BREAKING NEWS: New parking restrictions in place for vehicles at Delaware State Parks’ surf-fishing beaches
Delaware State Parks Director Ray Bivens announced Tuesday that recreational surf-fishing management changes that include parking restrictions were going into effect immediately for all state surf-fishing beaches.
DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers between April 20 and 26 made 729 contacts with anglers, hunters, boaters and the general public, including 115 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Officers responded to 30 complaints and issued 17 citations.
About 40 high school juniors filled the Sussex County Council chambers last Thursday, April 16. They were not in chambers to request a grant or make public comment on a proposed ordinance, but rather as representatives of Girls and Boys State.
Boys and Girls State are programs through the American Legion, offering high school juniors the opportunity to become part of the operation of local, county and state government.
“The national organization requires them to be a member of the junior class, becoming seniors in the fall,” explained Lyman Brenner, chairman of Delaware Boys State. “The state of Delaware has added, too, that they must be in the upper third of their class academically.”
Boys State has existed in Delaware since 1946, and those who wish to participate may be recommended from their school, previous Boys and Girls State participants, American Legion posts or military service academy nominees.
DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers between April 6-12 made 1,254 contacts with anglers, hunters, boaters and the general public, including 110 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Officers responded to 41 complaints and issued 26 citations.
On May 9, golfers can play a round and celebrate a fallen U.S. Marine in the process. The second annual Cory Palmer Memorial Golf Tournament is being hosted by a group of the young man’s best friends that Saturday, at Heritage Shores Golf Club in Bridgeville.
Seaford resident Cory L. Palmer died on May 6, 2006, when his Humvee patrol was struck by a roadside bomb near Fallujah, Iraq.
From Millsboro to Selbyville, residents worried about plans for the future of Route 113 can breathe a sigh of relief. The Delaware Department of Transportation is scrapping the proposed 16.5-mile Route 113 bypass in favor of smaller road projects.
The Sussex County Action Prevention Coalition (SCAPC) met this week to discuss the group’s mission to address the growing drug problem in the state and county.
“In order to conquer addiction in our communities, we need teamwork, we need programs, we need education,” said Jim Martin, who chairs the coalition.
Delaware’s spring turkey hunting season opens Saturday, April 11, and runs through Saturday, May 9, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced this week.
While touring the renovated Delaware Seashore State Park, Ray Bivens marveled at the two-part campground.
“For a park that’s divided by a highway, a bridge and an inlet, it’s now very connected,” said Bivens, director of the Delaware Division of Parks & Recreation.
“We’re all gonna imagine what it’s like here in June and July, when it’s 80 degrees out,” he told stakeholders who gathers on a cold, blustery March 27 to officially cut the ribbon on nearly $10 million worth of improvements.
The Delaware Department of Transportation took responsibility for putting the park back together after commandeering part of the campgrounds for the construction of the new Indian River Inlet Bridge. The Federal Highway Administration paid $7.06 million of the $9.87 million cost for the project.
It may come as a surprise to some that not all Delawareans who fought during the Civil War have grave markers indicating their service. To rectify this situation, Glenn Layton and Dan Cowgill have taken on the immense task of identifying everyone from this state who donned a uniform between the years 1861 and 1865.
Eric Bodenweiser, 56, of Georgetown pled no contest on March 18 to two counts of third-degree unlawful sexual contact in Sussex County Superior Court.
Volunteer training to be offered April 11 and 16
The Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve (DNERR) is seeking volunteers to assist with DNREC’s annual bay-wide horseshoe crab spawning survey in May and June on the Ted Harvey Wildlife Area, Kitts Hummock and North Bowers beaches.
The love of your life has just kneeled on one knee and asked for your hand in marriage… But now what?
Many dream of having a beach wedding, where the vastness of the sea mirrors their love for one and other, but the logistics of planning can be difficult.
Enter Delaware Seaside Bride. With a website — DelawareSeasideBride.com — and yearly print magazine that will launch March 6, 2015, Delaware Seaside Bride will be your guide to planning your dream day, surrounded by the beauty of the Delaware beaches.
The moment that many inland bays residents have awaited is here. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opened public comments for Delaware shellfish aquaculture on Jan. 21. Comments are due by Wednesday, Feb. 23.
DNREC’s Division of Parks and Recreation has received approval by DNREC Secretary David Small to implement new user fee increases that will go into effect mid-month.
Delaware State Police this week were asking for the public’s assistance after a 66-year-old man was assaulted in his home on Squirrel Run Circle, off of Whites Neck Road, in an unincorporated part of Sussex County north of Millville.
Delaware State Police this week were investigating a home invasion that occurred north of Millville on Sunday night.
Police said the incident occurred about 9 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, and a 911 call was placed by a 66-year-old man, stating that two people had just entered his residence and assaulted him.
With 2015 in full swing, local Chambers of Commerce are geared up for a new year and reflecting on a successful 2014.
Last year, the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce welcomed a number of new faces, including Executive Director Kristie Maravalli, who joined the Chamber originally as director of membership.
Attorney General Matt Denn, state Sens. Bruce Ennis and Margaret Rose Henry and Rep. Larry Mitchell announced legislation Monday designed to guarantee prison time for offenders caught with guns they are prohibited having by law because of prior violent crimes.
Having run opposed for his second term representing Delaware’s 38th District, Ron Gray is ready to get more involved in the state legislature and Republican Caucus.
“As a freshman, I was kinda on the fringes to making decisions,” he said. “I feel much more comfortable going into this.”
The 148th state legislative session begins with a clean slate, so new legislators were sworn in, and returning members will begin writing new bills or resubmitting those that failed in previous years.
Gray plans to keep the public informed with regular public meetings.
Gray recently gathered stakeholders in a discussion of how to improve police coverage in southeastern Sussex County.
Many of the area’s municipalities have their own police force, but the Delaware State Police cover all unincorporated lands outside of town limits, as well as some municipalities that don’t have their own police departments. Sometimes there are even pockets of unincorporated land within a municipality where property owners do not wish to be annexed and fall under DSP jurisdiction.
Delaware Attorney General Matt Denn announced last week that the state’s Department of Justice would be restructured to create a new Office of Civil Rights & Public Trust.
Secretary Shailen Bhatt will leave his post at Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) to take the same position within Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT).
He departs in late January after three-and-a-half years of managing a nearly-$1 billion-dollar budget and 2,800 employees.
Friends, family and community members gathered Tuesday morning to see five Sussex County officials sworn into office.
“It’s an exercise that by Delaware Code we have to partake in to officially embark in the services of the County Council and the County Row Offices,” said County Administrator Todd Lawson, encouraging the audience to take pictures. “We want this moment memorialized for you all for the significance of what this day means for you all and what it took to get here.”
In attendance were a number of members from the Delaware General Assembly, including District 38 Rep. Ron Gray and District 41 Rep. Rich Collins.
“Members of the General Assembly, we appreciate you being here as well. We appreciate your support always,” said Lawson. “Your lucky day is a week from today.”
Selbyville Middle School has taken leadership to the next level, as local students fill four of five positions on the state student council (Delaware Student Council Association).
“We have had a great run of leadership at the state level in the student council,” Superintendent Susan Bunting has said. That’s due to help and encouragement of SMS advisor Patricia Jennings.
This year SMS students swept the entire council, aside from the presidency, held by Jordan Ide of Smyrna Middle School.
SMS councilmembers include Vice President Dominic Patille, grade 8, Secretary Gabrielle “Gabby” Tierney, 7th, Treasurer Chloe McCabe, 7th, and Historian Maddie Weber, 8th.
Half the battle was showing up, the students said. Statewide, only a few middle school delegations could break away from regular classwork to participate in elections.
The young leaders heard speeches by Delaware’s First Lady, Carla Markell, plus Carrie Hart of Volunteer Delaware.