Business Briefs

April 25, 2017

NextRE Ocean View to market Stoney Ridge community

Insight Homes property developers announced that they are working with the NextRE Ocean View agent team for marketing their Stoney Ridge properties in Millsboro.  The agent team of Terry Scott, Jerry Clark, Roxanne Sprague, Michael Geletej, Jillian Gharavinia and Bill Roebuck will be representing multiple homes to be built in this area. An Insight Homes representative said, "We are excited to benefit from the NextRE agents' innovative approach and marketing prowess." For more information, call 302-541-2806.

Spurgin joins Artisans' Bank in residential lending

Artisans' Bank announced that Randale M. Spurgin has joined as vice president of residential lending. Spurgin has 25 years of experience specialized in lending, originating, collecting and managing traditional consumer banking products. Adding to his knowledge in the retail lending field, his professional experience includes training in processing, automotive financing and business development. Spurgin has worked as a mortgage originator with PNC Mortgage, Wells Fargo Bank and Roma Bank. He has a significant level of banking experience and accomplishments in the area of sales and relationship management which will be beneficial to serve customers in Sussex County from the Rehoboth Beach office. Spurgin is a graduate of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, where he received his master’s degree in international relations. He received his bachelor’s degree in political science/pre-law from California State University San Bernardino. He resides with his wife Suzann in Ocean Pines, Md. For more information, go to

Ron Ladue named Highest Dollar Volume Agent for March

Ron Ladue, sales associate with Long and Foster Real Estate Inc., was named Highest Dollar Volume Agent for March 2017 for Long and Foster's Lewes office. "We are proud to announce Ron Ladue as March's Highest Dollar Volume," said Carol Materniak, branch manager for Long and Foster Lewes and Rehoboth Beach offices. On a recent survey, his client said, "Ron was great! We'll call him if we decide to sell our house in Bethany." In 2016, Ladue achieved Long & Foster's Top Silver Team - Director's Club Award. For more information, go to

Executive Chef Aileen Delario joins Casa DiLeo

Casa DiLeo owner John DiLeo and his staff are excited to welcome Executive Chef Aileen Delario to the Casa DiLeo team. Delario has been cooking nearly her entire life, having learned homemade recipes from her mother and grandmother. She is known for her creative coastal entrées and decadent homemade, award-winning desserts. Living and working in Rehoboth for over 26 years, Delario brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the kitchen. Having won many awards including six first-place awards in the Chocolate Festival, Sussex County Chef of the Year, Battle at the Beach Chef Cook-off 2014, Celebrity Chef Throwdown Champion and Two Chop championship for Meals on Wheels Delaware, the Casa DiLeo team is thrilled to have Delario working in the kitchen.

Millville Town Peddler fifth anniversary specials to run May 1-15

Millville Town Peddler is celebrating its fifth anniversary with a special customer appreciation event from Monday, May 1, to Monday, May 15. The store will offer large discounts plus special giveaways. The event is a special thank you for all of their loyal customers throughout the five years. The store will be open most weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Fridays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays.
Millville Town Peddler is at 35308 Atlantic Ave. (Route 26), Millville. It was reopened in 2012 by two local teenagers, a brother and sister team, Clay and Samantha. The team specializes in new and used treasures including fiberglass surfboards under the brand name Reynolds' Back Door Surfboards which are custom made on the premises, and local artwork and photographs by Samantha Ariel Photography. "You never know what you will find, so come often to shop with us," says Clay Reynolds.
For more information, call 302-381-5891 or email

Anniversary event for Puppy Palace Doggie Daycare set May 6

Puppy Palace Doggie Daycare will have its one-year anniversary celebration from 12 to 3 p.m., Saturday, May 6. Everyone is invited to this free event, and doggies are allowed to bring their well-behaved parents. There will be a 50/50 drawing, some giveaways and also raffles, with all proceeds going to Saved Souls Animal Rescue. There will be food, drinks and Tailbangers treats for the doggies. Queen, the mascot, will be there, so attendees should bring cameras. Saved Souls Animal Rescue will be there with some of its dogs available for adoption. The address is 32567 Long Neck Road. For more information, call 302-945-3390 or email

Using Thrift Savings Plan in retirement bootcamp set May 10

A free class on the Thrift Savings Plan is being offered from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 10, at the Lewes Public Library. The class covers how the Thrift Savings Plan works, and what strategies are available to distribute TSP assets in retirement. This course is a detailed retirement planning seminar designed to educate federal employees who are nearing retirement or who have recently retired. Sponsor Delaware Money School provides free of charge, experienced and well-qualified instructor Robert Jeter, CRPC, to the public. Having written, spoken and taught on the different aspects of retirement many times, he will break down a complex subject to simple layman's terms. The goal is to help make people aware of the challenges of utilizing this plan in retirement, and strategies to help overcome them. Robert Jeter, CRPC 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. For more information or to register, go to or call 410-677-4848.

Lewes author publishes co-op business memoir

"Journeys of Hope and Reality: A Memoir," a new book by Russell C. Notar, has been released by Dorrance Publishing Co. Inc. In the memoir, Notar chronicles his international work experiences on behalf of cooperatives, giving readers an in-depth look at world events which took place in the 1990s. Through his experiences, he gained a new perspective on what is really important in life - assisting those who need support. Notar became executive vice president of the Credit Union National Association, which continued his commitment to introducing cooperative financial assistance in the United States and overseas. Later, he was named president and CEO of the National Cooperative Business Association and Cooperative Business International, a trade subsidiary. He traveled extensively, assisting in the development of cooperatives throughout the world. Notar resides with his wife, Ellen, in Lewes.

Free shredding day set May 5

The Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with WSFS and the chamber's Green Force, will host a shredding event from 8 to 11 a.m., Friday, May 5. The Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach community is invited to bring their used paper to Bethany Blues in Lewes for shredding. Bethany Blues will provide refreshment coupons for participants. Attendees will be able to reduce their carbon footprint with free shredding fun. The event will take place rain or shine. There is no charge, but donations are welcome. Things that can be shredded include any paper-based printed material, x-rays and more. Things like staples, rubber bands, folders and paper clips do not need to be removed before shredding occurs, but materials must be removed from three-ring binders. For more information, call 302-227-6446 or or go to

Homewatch CareGivers Dover named to multimillionaire club

Paulette and Jim Nacchia, local owners of Homewatch CareGivers Dover, were recently named to the company's multimillionaire club, as this business earned more than $2 million in revenue last year. From its Lewes office, Homewatch CareGivers has been providing home care services in the Cape Region since 2009.  "It's always a great feeling to see our franchisees grow," said Julie Smith, president and COO of Homewatch CareGivers, Greenwood Village, Colo. "We're pleased to welcome the Nacchias to our Multimillion Dollar Club. They are strong examples of outstanding Homewatch CareGivers franchisees. We're grateful to them, along with our entire franchise network." Homewatch CareGivers provides home care services for families arranging care for senior-aged loved ones and others living with chronic illnesses, convalescing after illness or surgery, or who prefer to age in their own homes under the supervision and care of highly trained caregivers.For more information, go to

Downs Automotive joins U-Haul dealer network

U-Haul Co. of Delaware announced that Downs Automotive Inc. has signed on as a U-Haul neighborhood dealer to serve the Georgetown community. Downs Automotive will offer U-Haul trucks, trailers, towing equipment and support rental items. Downs Automotive owner Steven Downs is proud to team with the industry leader in do-it-yourself moving and self-storage to better meet the demands of Sussex County. Both U-Haul and Downs Automotive are striving to benefit the environment through sustainability initiatives. Truck sharing is a core U-Haul sustainability business practice that allows individuals to access a fleet of trucks that is larger than what they could access on an individual basis. Every U-Haul truck placed in a community helps keep 19 personally owned large-capacity vehicles, pickups, SUVs and vans off the road. Fewer vehicles means less traffic congestion, less pollution, less fuel burned and cleaner air. The address is 21606 Park Ave. in Georgetown. Hours are 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday. After-hours drop-off is available for customer convenience. For more information, call 302-339-8044 or go to