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June 13, 2018

Easterseals receives $25K grant from Discover Bank

Easterseals Delaware & Maryland’s Eastern Shore recently received a $25,000 grant through Discover Bank to help fund Supported Employment program for people with intellectual disabilities. Participants are able to find meaningful work and receive competitive wages with the assistance of an Easterseals employment specialist who serves as a natural support and provides on-the-job training.

“We are grateful for the continued, generous support of Discover Bank for our Supported Employment Program,” said Kenan Sklenar, Easterseals president/CEO. “Easterseals Supported Employment Program helps people with intellectual disabilities find a job in the community and supports them during their employment. Discover Bank’s support allows us to continue providing this important program and gives people with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to play an important role in their community.”

For more information, go to www.discover.com/company and www.de.easterseals.com.

WSFS earns A- senior debt rating by KBRA

For a third consecutive year, Kroll Bond Rating Agency has reaffirmed the senior debt rating of A- for WSFS Financial Corp., the parent company of WSFS Bank. The A- debt rating is among the highest that KBRA issues under its Bank Financial Strength Ratings scale. KBRA also reaffirmed WSFS’ subordinated debt rating of BBB+ and a short-term debt rating of K2. WSFS Bank, the company’s main subsidiary, received strong credit ratings as well, including an A rating for deposit and senior unsecured debt, a subordinated debt rating of A- and the short-term deposit and debt ratings of K1.

“KBRA’s reaffirmation of our high debt ratings is indicative that our company’s focus on delivering sustainable high performance, diversifying our fee income, and attracting and developing outstanding talent is giving us significant momentum,” said Dominic C. Canuso, WSFS executive vice president and chief financial officer.

KBRA noted WSFS’ improvement in core operating performance and the expectation that the company will continue to drive above-average earnings. In 2017, WSFS increased its fee revenue of total income by 19 percent from the previous year, which KBRA noted as a strength: “WSFS’ ability to derive a significant proportion of its revenue from stable and diversified noninterest revenue sources also underpins the ratings,” said the rating report.

New professional joins Law Office of Hudson, Jones, Jaywork & Fisher

The Law Office of Hudson, Jones, Jaywork & Fisher announced that Fred A. Townsend III has joined the firm as an of-counsel attorney.

A member of the bars of the State of Delaware and United States District Court since 1990, Townsend is a lifelong Delaware resident with deep roots in Kent and Sussex counties. He is a graduate of St. Andrew’s School, the University of Delaware and Delaware Law School of Widener University.

Townsend is former House Caucus attorney (1990-93), and he served as deputy insurance commissioner 1993-99. Returning to private practice in 2000, Townsend’s primary areas of practice have been real estate and land use law, insurance regulation and municipal law.

Townsend is a former Kent County Levy Court attorney and currently represents its board of adjustments. He is the solicitor for a number of towns in all three counties. His practice is focused on real estate law in Kent and Sussex counties which often includes corporate and land use matters.

Nominations due June 29 for Milford Citizen of the Year

The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Milford is seeking nominations for Citizen of the Year within the City of Milford. Nominees should be someone who has demonstrated outstanding achievement or an outstanding level of support in the community. Nominations are due by noon, Friday, June 29. The Citizen of the Year will be announced at the Third Quarter Luncheon to be held Friday, July 18, at the Rookery North.

For more information or a nomination form, call 302-422-3344or go to www.milfordchamber.com

Delaware Super Lawyers 2018 recognizes 10 Morris James attorneys

Morris James announced that Delaware Super Lawyers magazine has recognized five of its partners as top legal counsel in Delaware, and five of its attorneys as Rising Stars. The Rising Stars recognition is for lawyers who are 40 or under, or who have been practicing for 10 years or less.

Super Lawyers selects outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas throughout the United States who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations, and peer evaluations. Only the top 5 percent of attorneys in each state are honored as Super Lawyers in this annual list, and the Rising Stars selection is limited to only 2.5 percent of eligible attorneys.

Morris James attorneys recognized on the 2018 Delaware Super Lawyers list are in Business Litigation, P. Clarkson Collins, Jason C. Jowers, Lewis H. Lazarus and Edward M. McNally; and in Employment and Labor, David H. Williams.

Business Litigation Rising Stars are Meghan A. Adams, Albert J. Carroll, Bryan Townsend and Patricia A. Winston. Medical Malpractice Rising Star is Joshua Meyeroff.

New internet radio station to promote area events

Edgewater Gold Radio is an internet oldies station broadcasting from Rehoboth Beach. Its format is live and local, featuring a great variety of music from the ‘50s through the ‘80s as well as pop vocals. The target audience is local residents of the Delaware beach areas, and the station highlights local news and events happening here at home.

One of its important goals is to promote local businesses and events both on the air and on its website. Any business or individual interested can email complete information to murphmac@aol.com. For notification of when to record the broadcast, indicate that in the email and the station will make arrangements. Listeners can tune in at Edgewatergoldradio.com or download the free Edgewater Gold Radio app from the app store. For more information, contact Jim Murphy, 646-267-4855.

Delmarva Power supports Special Olympics in 2018 Ride to the Tide

Delmarva Power continued its support for Special Olympics Delaware by sponsoring the organization’s annual Ride to the Tide fundraiser April 22. This is the eighth year the company has supported the event. The annual event has raised nearly $300,000 over 12 years of rides. This year, nearly 100 riders from Delmarva Power joined more than 1,400 bikers and passengers in raising $63,000 to support Special Olympics Delaware.

Partnering with Special Olympics Delaware, which provides sports training and athletic competition for more than 4,200 children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community, aligns with the company’s charitable goals of directly improving the quality of life for customers and communities across its service area.

Delmarva Power is committed to community involvement and being a good corporate citizen for the communities where its employees live and work. In 2017, Delmarva Powercontributed more than $1.3 million to local nonprofits, while its employees volunteered nearly 11,300 hours to help hundreds of organizations throughout Delaware and Maryland.

Food trucks serve at Nassau Commons Tuesdays and Wednesdays

Atlantic Millwork & Cabinetry in Lewes is partnering with local food trucks The Big Salami of Casapulla’s and Zogg’s food truck the Sea Hogg. Every Tuesday and Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., they will be parked and serving food in front of Atlantic Millwork & Cabinetry in Nassau Commons between Route 1 and Route 9, across from Nassau Valley Vineyards. After lunch, anyone who brings a receipt from the food truck inside Atlantic Millwork & Cabinetry will receive a free coffee mug while supplies last. For more information, go to www.atlanticmillwork.com or call 302-644-1405.

New aquatic specialist joins SOLitude Lake Management

SOLitude Lake Management welcomes aquatic specialist Trent Batson to the company’s growing team. Serving clients in Delaware and Maryland, Batson specializes in the management of nuisance aquatic weeds and algae in community ponds and stormwater management facilities, and is experienced in the collection and study of plant life. He also has a special interest in water-quality monitoring and gained experience working with the state of Delaware’s Citizen Monitoring Program. He has a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from Virginia Wesleyan University. 

Salted Vines Vineyard & Winery receives chamber’s Best in Business award

The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce presented its Best in Business Award to Salted Vines Vineyard & Winery in Fenwick Island. The award recognizes a member business that provides high-quality customer service above and beyond industry standards.

“We are honored to receive this award and want to thank all of our friends and customers who supported us by voting. Since the winery opened, it’s been our goal to create a warm and friendly atmosphere for people to enjoy our wine and socialize with friends. We host a variety of unique events throughout the year to offer locals and visitors another option for entertainment at the beach. At our larger events, we support local charities by sharing a portion of ticket proceeds or sales and collecting donations; it’s our way of giving back to the community,” said Adrian Mobilia, owner of Salted Vines Vineyard & Winery.

In March, the winery hosted an adult-only, glow-in-the-dark Easter egg hunt, and donated half of the ticket proceeds to Easterseals of Maryland and Delaware’s Eastern Shore. Earlier in the year, Salted Vines supported Meals on Wheels in the same way, by donating ticket proceeds from its Crock-Off cooking contest.

The Little Guys offers cleaning and handyman services

The Little Guys, a new business owned and operated by husband and wife team Kevin and Dawn Hart, has opened its doors to Delaware residents. Little Guys offers a wide variety of services from cleaning home, office or rentals to handyman services such as trim, drywall, small repairs, installations, junk removal and everything in between. Dawn is the former owner of Girl Friday, a cleaning and odd job business, and Kevin has a carpentry and construction background.

The business is based out of Milford but is already accepting clients from Dover to Delmar, Lewes to Bridgeville. For more information, call 302-786-1300 or like the business page on Facebook.

Matthew Gleason joins Long & Foster in Rehoboth Beach

Long & Foster Real Estate welcomes Matt Gleason to its Rehoboth Beach office in Rehoboth Beach. Gleason will specialize in working with homebuyers and sellers. “We are very excited and fortunate to have Matt join our team of highly trained professionals,” said Carol Materniak, manager of the Lewes and Rehoboh Beach offices. “The combination of Long & Foster and Matt’s unique skills and knowledge will no doubt provide the highest level of service to local buyers and sellers.”

Gleason is participating in Long & Foster’s Success Path program, which offers extensive training and resources for agents at any stage of their career. The program’s curriculum includes tools for agents to build their business, mentor-style programs, techniques for prospecting and working with buyers and sellers, skills for negotiating and more.

Gleason has lived in Rehoboth for many years and works at Arena’s in town and has a pulse on the local community. “I enjoy interacting with people and am eager to chart a course to guide you to the beach home of your dreams,” said Gleason. For more information, go to www.LongandFoster.com.

Edward Jones ranks No. 5 of Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For

Financial services firm Edward Jones ranks No. 5 on the 2018 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For list in its 19th appearance on the prestigious list, according to global research and consulting firm Great Place to Work and FORTUNE magazine. The firm is the highest-ranking financial services firm on the list.

"We feel very proud of this consistent recognition that we have created a special workplace where we care about our clients and we care about each other," said Edward Jones Managing Partner Jim Weddle. "As a partnership, all of us work together with the sole focus of uniquely understanding and delivering value to the clients we serve."

The list is based on survey responses from more than 310,000 employees rating their workplace culture on 50-plus elements. These include trust in managers, compensation, fairness, camaraderie and workplace traits linked to innovation. The ranking accounted for the experiences of all employees including women, people of color, LGBT individuals, older team members and disabled employees.

The 100 Best Companies is one in a series of rankings by Great Place to Work and Fortune, based on employee feedback from Great Place to Work-certified organizations. Edward Jones also was ranked as a Best Workplace for women, millennials, Gen Xers, those close to retirement, giving back, camaraderie and flexibility.

Edward Jones listed among World's Most Admired Companies

Financial services firm Edward Jones has been named to Fortune magazine's list of the World's Most Admired Companies, a ranking of the most respected and reputable companies. Based on a survey of 3,900 executives, directors, analysts and experts, the ranking takes into account nine criteria, from investment value and quality of management and products, to social responsibility and the ability to attract talent.

To create this list, Fortune magazine and Korn Ferry whittled down a selection of about 1,500 of the world's largest companies based on revenue to a pool of 680 with the highest revenues in each of 52 industries. In all, 29 countries were represented. A total of 330 companies made the final list. Edward Jones ranked sixth in the category of Securities/Asset Management.

The most admired ranking is the latest in a series of honors for Edward Jones by Fortune magazine. In its 18th appearance on the list, the firm ranked No. 5 on the magazine's 100 Best Companies to Work For 2017. Edward Jones also was named a great place to work for women, for millennials and for camaraderie by the Great Place to Work and Fortune magazine.

Edward Jones, a Fortune 500 company headquartered in St. Louis, provides financial services in the U.S. and, through its affiliate, in Canada. Every aspect of the firm's business, from the investments its financial advisors offer to the location of its branch offices, caters to individual investors. The firm's 15,000-plus financial advisors serve more than 7 million clients and care for $1 trillion in assets under management. 

To reach Edward Jones financial advisor Janet Maher, visit 28322 Lewes-Georgetown Highway, Milton, call 302-684-5946 or go to janet.maher@edwardjones.com.

DVH Turf Management earns 2017 Angie’s List Super Service Award

DVH Turf Management of Rehoboth Beach has earned the home service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award. This award honors service professionals who have maintained exceptional service ratings and reviews on Angie’s List in 2017. This is the the second year in a row DVH Turf Management has received this honor.

“The service providers that receive our Angie’s List Super Service Award demonstrate the level of excellence that members have come to expect,” said Angie’s List founder Angie Hicks. “These pros are top-notch and absolutely deserve recognition for the trustworthy and exemplary customer service they exhibited in the past year and overall.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2017 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include maintaining an A rating in overall grade, recent grade and review period grade. The SSA winners must be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check, record a current trade license attestation and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines. DVH has been included on Angie’s List since 2013. 

Ocean View designer/builder awarded Best Of Houzz 2018

Bruce Mears, designer/builder in Ocean View, has won Best Of Designer/Builder on Houzz, the leading platform for homes, remodeling and design. The 33-year-old design/build firm was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than 1 million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

"The Houzz community selected a phenomenal group of Best of Houzz 2018 award winners, so this year's recipients should be very proud," said Liza Hausman, vice president of industry marketing at Houzz. "Best of Houzz winners represent some of the most talented and customer-focused professionals in our industry, and we are extremely pleased to give them both this recognition and a platform on which to showcase their expertise."

To follow Bruce Mears, designer/builder, go to www.houzz.com/pro/brucemears/bruce-mears-designer-builder.

Bayside Exteriors earns award for customer service

Bayside Exteriors has earned the home service industry's coveted Angie's List Super Service Award, which honors service professionals who have maintained exceptional service ratings and reviews on Angie's List in 2017.

"The service providers that receive our Angie's List Super Service Award demonstrate the level of excellence that members have come to expect," said Angie's List founder Angie Hicks. "These pros are top-notch and absolutely deserve recognition for the trustworthy and exemplary customer service they exhibited in the past year and overall."

Angie's List Super Service Award 2017 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include maintaining an A rating in overall grade, recent grade and review period grade. The winners must be in good standing with Angie's List, pass a background check, record a current trade license attestation and abide by Angie's List operational guidelines.

Bayside Exteriors has been listed on Angie's List since 2012, and this is the fourth year Bayside Exteriors has received this honor.

Bayside Exteriors is a family-owned and -operated roofing contractor in Maryland and Delaware. Customers can rely on Bayside's many years of experience in the industry to find a solution for their specific roofing needs. Bayside offers high-quality products, but most importantly, professional roofing services.

For more information, go to www.baysideexteriors.net.