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October 11, 2017

WBOC launches Telemundo affiliate on Delmarva

WBOC-TV launched Telemundo Delmarva Oct. 2. "Telemundo is the industry leader for high-quality Spanish-language content in the U.S. and worldwide," saids Craig Jahelka, Draper Media president. "We are proud to partner with Telemundo to provide a vast array of Telemundo programming to Delmarva's underserved Hispanic audience."

Telemundo programming features original scripted and nonscripted productions, theatrical motion pictures, specials, news and the world's two most prestigious sporting events, the FIFA World Cup through 2026 and the Summer Olympic Games through 2032.

Jahelka says the new WBOC-LD television station is licensed to Georgetown and will be available free, over the air in high definition on 42.1.

"We hope the cable companies here on Delmarva will soon agree to carry Telemundo Delmarva," Jahelka said. "We want to ultimately serve all of the Hispanic viewers on Delmarva.”

Telemundo is a world-class media company leading the industry in the production and distribution of high-quality Spanish-language content across its multiplatform portfolio to U.S. Hispanics and audiences around the world.  

Draper Media comprises WBOC-TV, FOX21, WBOC Classics, Telemundo 42 and 102.5 WBOC-FM. Draper Media is locally owned and operated by Draper Holdings, which also owns Loblolly LLC.

Retirement planning boot camp begins Oct. 17 at Georgetown library

A series of free retirement planning classes is being offered to the public from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct, 17; Monday, Oct. 23; and Tuesday, Oct. 31, at Georgetown Public Library. The topics to be covered are retirement preparation, Social Security, and investing in retirement. The three-part course is a detailed retirement planning seminar designed to educate those who are nearing retirement or who have recently retired.

Organizers of sponsor Delaware Money School will provide well-qualified instructor Eric Johnston, CFP, to the public. Having written, spoken and taught on the subject many times, he will break down a complex subject to simple, understandable layman's terms. This class focuses on steps the lay person can take to increase the probabilities of a successful retirement. The goal is to help make people aware of the challenges in retirement and teach them suitable ways to overcome them. Johnston is a financial advisor offering securities and advisory services through Cetera Advisors LLC, member FINRA, SIPC.

The Money School is the signature program of the nonprofit Delaware Financial Literacy Institute. It offers more than 600 free, no-hassle personal finance classes a year, throughout the state, taught by volunteers from the nonprofit and corporate sectors. The library is at 123 West Pine St., Georgetown. To register online, go to www.dfli.org. For more information, contact InFocus Financial Advisors at robertj@retireinfocus.com or 410-677-4848.

Third Thursday to support Milford parade Oct. 18

Downtown Milford Inc. announced the drawing winner for September's Third Thursday event is Ashleigh Crawford of Milford. She won a basket donated by the Milford History Museum including books on the story of Milford along with hometown goodies including a DMI T-shirt and a Bucs pride car magnet.

Crawford's name was drawn from all entries on a night when Milford came out to celebrate the town's 230th birthday. Mayor Bryan Shupe was on hand with his daughter to blow out the candles and cut the cake. Well-wishers sang "Happy Birthday" to Milford and enjoyed Milford's retail shops, restaurants and galleries.

October's Third Thursday event Oct. 18 will be in support of Milford's Community Parade. Stores will be open until 7 p.m., and food trucks will be on Park Avenue. Rain or shine, Third Thursday is a great way to bring family and friends to discover Milford's retail shops, restaurants and galleries while waiting for the parade to begin. For more information, call 302-839-1180 or find the event on Downtown Milford Inc.'s Facebook page.

Beebe Healthcare to host RN job fair in Delmar Oct. 19

Beebe Healthcare will host an RN job fair from 3 to 5 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 19, at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 30232 Lighthouse Square Drive, Delmar, Md.
Beebe is seeking to hire RNs for its Clinical Decision Unit, Intensive Care Unit, Float Pool and Medical/Surgical Unit.

To RSVP and find out about qualifying for a $3,000-5,000 sign-on bonus, call 302-645-3336 or email employment@beebehealthcare.org. Sign-on bonuses are for full-time RN positions. Limited offer does not apply to other units or positions. Qualified applicants will be able to have an on-site interview during the job fair. The award-winning team at Beebe Healthcare is seeking dedicated, experienced, patient-focused RNs with a minimum of one to two years of acute care experience. For most units, BLS and ACLS certifications are required. Casual and per diem positions are also available.

Free first-time home buyers seminar set at Hope Realty Oct. 19

When considering buying a home, condominium or townhome, some people may be surprised to hear about opportunities that first-time home buyers can take advantage of in Delaware. A free first-time home buyers seminar is set at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 19, at Hope Realty, 12001 Vine Blvd., Unit 105, Lewes. Speakers Collena Hope, an expert real estate broker, and Patricia LaRosa, an expert mortgage lending officer, truly enjoy working with first-time home buyers. The 60-minute seminar will wrap up with a knowledgeable insurance professional who will explain everything about homeowner's insurance, which is required by mortgage lenders. LaRosa is a loan originator with Acopica Home Loans. Hope is broker/owner of Hope Realty. For more information, go to www.acopiahomeloans.com and www.hope4housing.com.

CruiseOne in Long Neck celebrates Plan a Cruise Month in October 

Bob and Cathy Cardaneo, cruise vacation planning experts and franchise owners with CruiseOne, are participating in Cruise Lines International Association’s Plan a Cruise Month this October. The cruise industry has come together to showcase the wide variety of cruise experiences, proving there is a cruise vacation for every travel style, budget and occasion. "Being able to help our clients plan their cruise vacation is very gratifying. We not only make sure they have the best price available to them, but we monitor the price changes and reduce their fares after they book their cruise," said Bob Cardaneo. Plan a Cruise Month puts a spotlight on cruise travel and offers unprecedented cruise vacation deals and promotions throughout October. For example, onboard room credits, spa credits, specialty restaurant vouchers and shore excursion vouchers are offered. As CruiseOne franchise owners, the Cardaneos are part of the World Travel Holdings family of brands, a top travel retail network. For more information, call 302-945-4620 or go to www.CruiseWithBob.com

Trunk or treat set Oct. 28 at First State Chevrolet

First State Chevrolet in Georgetown will host its Third Annual Trunk or Treat day of treats, games and safe Halloween activities from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 28.  There will be hayrides, face painting and raffles. Hot dogs, chips and drinks will be served for lunch starting at 11 a.m.

Local resident joins Edward Jones team

Cindy Cole recently joined the Georgetown office of financial services firm Edward Jones as a branch office administrator. "A branch office administrator is not only responsible for the daily operation of the branch, but also must provide top-level client service and marketing support for my activities," said Glenn Sweeten, local financial advisor for the firm. Sweeten said he was impressed not only with Cole's office skills and efficiency but also with her knowledge of the community. "I know she will be a terrific asset to our team as we strive to provide our clients unparalleled personal service," said Sweeten. The branch is at 505 W. Market St., Suite 145, Georgetown. For more information, call 302-856-3083. 

Merck Foundation donates to KSI's transportation program

Kent-Sussex Industries Inc. recently received a generous grant from Merck Foundation which will help fund KSI's growing transportation program.

Merck Foundation has Embraced Abilities with KSI since the 1980s. This support has enabled KSI programs to grow, serving more adults with disabilities. Employees from Merck Animal Health in Millsboro have seen firsthand the dedication and quality job performance from KSI work crews for decades.

KSI is a nonprofit agency providing vocational training, employment, supported employment, community integration, transportation and life enrichment services. KSI is committed to making all reasonable accommodations in order to ensure that its programs and services are as accessible as possible to as many people as possible. For more information, contact Alicia Hollis at 302-422-4014, Ext. 3015 or hollisa@ksiinc.org or go to www.ksiinc.org.

Cones for Kids at Friendly's benefits Boys & Girls Clubs through Oct. 31

Friendly's restaurants and Boys & Girls Clubs of America are teaming up for their second annual in-restaurant Halloween Cones for Kids fundraising campaign. In exchange for a $1 donation to Boys & Girls Clubs of America, guests dining at Friendly's restaurant will receive a kid card featuring five coupons, each good for one free single cone. Just in time for eager parents planning what to hand out for this year's spooktacular treat, these sweet surprises are sure to be a hit with neighborhood kids donning their favorite costumes.

A $1 donation can also be exchanged for an adult coupon book featuring offers for $5 off $25 purchase, $3 off $15 purchase, free kids meal with adult entrée, BOGO any size sundae and BOGO free breakfast on weekends.

"Friendly's believes that every child deserves a great future and is proud to be aligned with Boys & Girls Clubs of America," said John Maguire, president and CEO of Friendly's. "For over 150 years, the organization has enabled young people who are in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens, and Friendly's is excited to help continue that mission through our annual Cones for Kids fundraising efforts."

JUDS observes cyber security month in October

Jefferson, Urian, Doane & Sterner PA announced that October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. The firm is committed to being a 2017 NCSAM champion to help promote safer and more secure online practices. "Our firm takes cybersecurity very seriously," said Ben Galvacky, CISSP, IT and security consultant. "One of our top priorities is the protection of client information. However, we also feel it is necessary for our clients, partners and communities to take steps to help protect themselves and their organizations from cyber risks."

JUDS will be advocating cybersecurity awareness as part of the StaySafeOnline campaign with the National Cyber Security Alliance. Each week during October on Facebook and Linkedin, JUDS will help promote and discuss the shared responsibility to help make friends, family and businesses safer online.

Dog training and social hour at Concord Pet set Nov. 5

K-10 Dog Training will be at Concord Pet Supply Store in Rehoboth Beach from 12 to 1 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 5. Friendly dogs on regular 6-foot leashes are welcome to come in and mingle with other dogs as customers ask training questions. Safety comes first. Aggressive dogs need in-home, private consultations and should not attend the Concord Pet event. For more information, go to www.k10dogtraining.com, call 302-236-2496 or email info@k10dogtraining.com.

First State Manufacturing hosts Cape students

As part of National Manufacturing Day celebrations across the country, nationally honored First State Manufacturing welcomed students from Cape Henlopen High School to tour its site and learn about the endless possibilities of soft textile manufacturing. Students and leaders were at the state-of-the-art facility in Milford Oct. 5. As a former board member of Delaware's Manufacturing Association, Sher Valenzuela, co-founder of FSM, said, "Manufacturing is the backbone of America's small business and represents the creativity and ingenuity of Americans. We think and then we build; that's what we do." Valenzuela's husband, founder and President Eli Valenzuela said, "We are excited to share what we have learned and know with the next generation."

Alayna Aiken, family and consumer sciences educator at Cape Henlopen High School, leads the visiting class. She enjoys giving her students opportunities to bring their futures to life by giving them every experience possible. For more information, go to www.firststatemfg.com.

Downtown Development District grant applications due Dec. 15

The Delaware State Housing Authority is accepting applications through 4 p.m., Friday, Dec. 15, for large project grants through the Downtown Development District Program. The grants provide up to 20 percent rebates on qualified real property investments in designated downtown districts in Georgetown, Laurel, Milford and Seaford. The application period is for large property construction or redevelopment project investments of more than $250,000. Qualified applicants include property owners, tenants, for-profit developers, nonprofit organizations, businesses and homeowners. Eligible project expenses include capital investments on rehabilitation, expansion or new construction for commercial, industrial, residential or mixed-use buildings within the district boundaries. Rebates are issued after the project is completed.

"The Downtown Development District Program has successfully spurred nearly $450 million in private investment with just $22 million in state funding," said DSHA Director Anas Ben Addi. "It continues to give a shot in the arm to our downtown communities, providing property owners, business owners and homeowners with an incentive to help keep our downtowns thriving and growing."

Applications for small projects - an investment of between $15,000 and $250,000 - are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year contingent upon funding.

For more information and application materials, go to destatehousing.com/ddd or call 888-363-8808.

Attorney Michael W. Andrew recognized for client satisfaction

The American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys has recognized the exceptional performance of Delaware's Criminal Law Attorney Michael W. Andrew as one of the 2017 10 Best Criminal Law Attorneys for Client Satisfaction. The American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys is a third-party attorney rating organization that publishes an annual list of the Top 10 Criminal Law attorneys in each state. Attorneys who are selected must pass AIOCLA's rigorous selection process, which is based on client and/or peer nominations, thorough research and AIOCLA's independent evaluation. One of the most significant aspects of the selection process involves attorneys' relationships and reputation among their clients. As clients should be an attorney's top priority, AIOCLA places the utmost emphasis on selecting lawyers who have achieved significant success in the field of criminal law without sacrificing the service and support they provide. Selection criteria therefore focus on attorneys who demonstrate the highest standards of client satisfaction. To contact Andrew, call 302-856-3070.

Becker Morgan Group ranks among Mid-Atlantic Top Design Firms 

Becker Morgan Group was recognized by Engineering News-Record as one of the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Top Design Firms, ranking No. 68. The annual Top Design Firm list ranks the largest U.S. design firms based on 2016 revenue earned in Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington D.C., and West Virginia. ENR is the leader in providing engineering and construction news, analysis and data throughout the industry. W. Ronald Morgan, AIA, president, said, "We remain fortunate in continuing to attract exceptional clients and gifted staff members who are committed to design excellence." For more information, go to www.beckermorgan.com.

SecureNetMD named a 2017 Inc. 5000 company

SecureNetMD is one of the fastest-growing companies in the country, and one of the top 10 in Delaware, according to Inc. 5000. Each year for 36 years, Inc., the magazine for growing companies, has recognized the 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in America. SecureNetMD joined that exclusive club this year, earning the position of 3,604th in the country on the 2017 Inc. 5000. Of the Delaware companies making the list, SecureNetMD was in the top 10. Companies that made the list, on average, have grown sixfold since 2013, a period when the economy only grew by 6.7 percent.

SecureNetMD, a division of Troy Ventures LLC, was founded in 2009 and has quickly become an industry leader in providing HIPAA-compliant managed IT services to healthcare providers nationwide. The company's exclusive focus on healthcare IT delivers comprehensive, next-generation solutions that allow healthcare providers to get back to focusing on what is most important - improving patient care.

"We are very excited to be part of the 2017 class of Inc. 5000 honorees," said Jack Berberian, co-founder and CEO of SecureNetMD. "Many of the past honorees have gone on to become household names in the United States and the World. We are proud to be in such good company and will continue to build on the great service we deliver now to continue our growth."

The 2017 Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2013 to 2016. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2013. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent - not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies. The minimum revenue required for 2013 is $100,000; the minimum for 2016 is $2 million.

New venture capital firm seeks investment opportunities

Rehoboth Beach-based Coastal Venture Capital announced its official launch July 27. It is seeking new investment opportunities in early-stage and growth-oriented companies. The firm founded by two Delaware natives is not the typical venture capital firm. Coastal Venture Capital is a nonprofit organization that provides a platform for bringing its members together with high-growth businesses and entrepreneurs. CVC uses a unique model combining a membership of successful business executives, entrepreneurs and investors, and a centralized deal-sourcing process. The founders believe this structure enables each member to benefit from the group's diverse expertise while maintaining decision-making for their investments, while entrepreneurs seeking capital are able to access funding in a more efficient and flexible way.

The founders' goal is to make capital easier to obtain, under equitable terms, for new and growing companies, particularly those in the mid-Atlantic. They feel there are countless great businesses and entrepreneurs that either are unable to tap into the traditional venture capital funding network or do so under onerous financial terms. Over the last six months, CVC has established a strong investor-member base with significant capital to invest and is now encouraging entrepreneurs and businesses to submit their investment opportunities via the company's website.

The firm will consider investments in any industry, but is specifically interested in financial services/fintech, hospitality, agriculture, energy, IT, medical, materials and consumer product sectors. For more information on the company and investment strategy, or to submit an investment for consideration, go to www.coastalventurecapital.com

Internet chat support launched for insurance consumers and agents

The Delaware Department of Insurance has added a live chat support feature to its website. The chat box offers online users a quick and convenient way to connect with a department specialist who can answer basic insurance inquiries. "It's our job to answer insurance questions, and our goal to be as accessible as possible in doing so," said Commissioner Trinidad Navarro. "Adding chat support is a win for everyone. It provides our consumers with near-instant access to our institutional knowledge, and it streamlines the process of answering the more straightforward inquiries."

The live chat support is available from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday, except state holidays. During offline hours, consumers may leave their contact information with their message so someone from the department can contact them. To find the chat box in the lower left corner of the department's webpage, go to www.insurance.delaware.gov. Consumers must enter their name and email address before initiating a chat. Agents and consumers with basic questions are encouraged to utilize the chat. Because of the sensitive nature of the information exchanged when filing a complaint, complainants should continue to call the department's Consumer Services Division at 302-674-7310.

Delaware searches for unclaimed property holders

The Delaware Department of Finance's Office of Unclaimed Property sent out letters May 8 in an effort to reach unclaimed property owners. Unclaimed property can include forgotten savings and checking accounts, uncashed checks, insurance policy proceeds, stocks, and utility deposits and refunds. After years of inactivity, these accounts are now considered abandoned, and have been turned over to the state for safekeeping. The Office of Unclaimed Property has processed over 50,000 claims in recent years, successfully reuniting citizens with more than $402 million in previously unclaimed funds. To search the website or file a claim, go to https://delaware.findyourunclaimedproperty.com. Documentation can be submitted online through the state's secure servers, making the entire process safe and fast. For more information, call the Office of Unclaimed Property at 855-505-7520 or email escheat.claimquestions@state.de.us