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January 10, 2018

Draper Media to acquire MTS Broadcasting Stations

Draper Media and MTS Broadcasting announced Jan. 5 that they have entered into a purchase agreement for WAAI-FM, WTDK-FM, WCEM-FM and WCEM-AM to join the Draper Media broadcasting company. "We're looking forward to bringing WBOC's local news, information and weather to the listeners of the mid-shore's top radio stations," says Craig Jahelka, president of Draper Media. "These four radio stations will help Draper Media reinforce our commitment to serving our family, friends and neighbors here on the Delmarva Peninsula." The stations provide listeners with a variety of programming which currently includes a mix of country music, modern hits and classic favorites as well as public affairs programming and community event information.

"We're happy that the ownership of these radio stations will remain in the hands of a local, family-owned broadcast company with a rich history of serving the people of Delmarva," said Thomas Mulitz, owner of MTS Broadcasting.

Draper Media consists of WBOC-TV, FOX21, Antenna TV, Telemundo Delmarva, WBOC-FM and WBOC Digital Media based in Salisbury, Md., with satellite offices in Dover and Milton and a bureau in Cambridge, Md. Greg Guy of Patrick Communications served as the broker representing MTS Broadcasting in this transaction. Transfer of ownership is expected to close in the first quarter of 2018 subject to approval by the Federal Communications Commission.

Delaware Hospice employee nominated for state committee

Delaware Hospice's Keith Markowitz, director of service development, was nominated to help lead Delaware's Quality of Life Coalition as vice president. Markowitz and the rest of the committee, comprising President Dr. John Goodill, Treasurer Terri Latorre-Tegtmeier, and Secretary Chris Morandi, will work to help Delawareans navigate the healthcare system, especially at the end of their journeys. The coalition’s purpose is to stimulate public and professional awareness, share knowledge and create change so every Delawarean is aware of issues and choices related to the end of life.

"I am excited to take on this role with the coalition," said Markowitz. "My role at Delaware Hospice has allowed me to meet and talk with individuals up and down the state. I hope to represent Delawareans well and continue to demonstrate the importance of having 'the conversation' with family and loved ones."

Delaware Hospice encourages its employees to hold volunteer positions to help bring awareness to end-of-life issues, and it recognizes that employees who participate in committees are able to maintain a higher level of skill sets which are passed along through better care to patients and families.

Chocolate lovers’ party set at Blooming Boutique Lewes stores Jan. 13-14

Treasures, Lewes Gifts, Lewes Wear and Blooming Boutique Accessories, all in downtown Lewes, will join Blooming Boutique in a progressive chocolate party Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 13 and 14. The stores will be featuring chocolate and non-chocolate drinks and goodies including chocolate martinis, chocolate merlot wine, sea salt caramel, nuts and chocolate candies. Attendees can pick up an Indulgence Card and visit all the Lewes stores to have the card signed at each one. Once cards are completed, cardholders will be entered to win $25 store gift certificates. There will be five prizes awarded each day, one for each store. The winner will be notified by phone Monday, Jan. 15. Blooming Boutique and Treasures in Long Neck will also be having a chocolate lovers’ event.

For more information, email info@bloomingboutique.com or call 302-644-4052.

Restorative, low-hammock aerial yoga workshop set Jan. 13

Nate Metz of Dimitra Yoga will lead a restorative, low-hammock aerial yoga workshop from 1 to 3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 13, at the Rehoboth studio. This workshop will focus on a lower, slower practice, perfect for deep relaxation and self-inquiry. Aerial hammocks are hung 12-18 inches from the floor, personalized for comfort and safety. No previous aerial yoga experience is necessary. Cost is $35. Space is limited. For more information and to register, go to www.dimitrayoga.com or email studio@dimitrayoga.com

Meditation 101 workshop set at Dimitra Yoga Jan. 20

Marina Bogatkina of Dimitra Yoga will lead a Meditation 101 workshop from 12 to 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 20, at the Lewes studio. Students will explore various meditation practices and learn how they can impact one's life. No experience is necessary. All are welcome. Cost is $35. For more information and to register, go to www.dimitrayoga.com or email studio@dimitrayoga.com

Holiday open house at Millville Town Peddler set Jan. 21, Feb. 18

As a thank you to loyal customers and the local community, Millville Town Peddler will host winter open house shopping events beginning at 11 a.m., Sunday, Jan. 21 and Feb. 18. Featured vendors showing and selling their products include Samantha Reynolds with Paparazzi Accessories, Jenny Bochanski with LulaRoe, Logan Galbreath with Macramé Essence, Courtney Giblin with Mary Kay Makeup, Jennifer Fuhrer with Young Living, Eve Wick with Thirty-One, Lisa Bird with Pampered Chef, Susan Millard with Touchstone Crystal by Swarovski, Heather Edgens with Boog & Bec Soap Co., Sarah Ellis with Perfectly Posh and Christina Kober with Be Charmed by Christina. The address is 35308 Atlantic Ave. (Route 26), Millville. For more information, call 302-381-5891, email mtpeddler@verizon.net, stop in or go to www.mtpeddler.com.

Condominium fee decreased for Eagles Landing II

Signature Property Management, property managers for Eagles Landing II Condominiums in Rehoboth Beach, announced that the 2018 condominium fees will decrease. This decrease is the result of the association reaching its financial objectives and requirements including all reserve obligations. The board of directors and Signature Property Management have worked collectively and diligently to achieve the financial goals for the association.

As a result, the  board announced this decrease at the recent fall meeting, to the delight and surprise to the owners of Eagles Landing II. By achieving a major goal for the community while help building value to the asset, Signature Property Management President and General Manager Stuart Galkin said this milestone demonstrates Signature’s commitment to its clients. Galkin wishes to extend a special thank you to the volunteers of the board of directors at Eagles Landing II and the team at Signature Property Management in this accomplishment.

The Greene Turtle raises $88,000 for Toys for Tots

The Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille announced that it raised $88,126 through the 12th annual Tips for Tots initiative this year, with the stores raising $76,126 and The Greene Turtle Franchising Corp. contributing $12,000. In its 12 years, the initiative has raised over $421,000.

Employees at The Greene Turtle's 43 participating locations donated 100 percent of the tips they earned Dec. 13 to Toys for Tots across communities in Delaware, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington, D.C. The Greene Turtle Franchising Corp. added a matching $500 donation for each participating location that earned $1,000 in tips. With the money that each of the 43 participating locations raised, the restaurant's employees went shopping at local stores to buy toys to donate to Toys for Tots.

"The Greene Turtle is proud of our employees and their dedication to the community and giving back this holiday season," said Layla Nielsen, senior director of marketing. "Without their support and enthusiasm, the Tips for Tots initiative would not be nearly as successful as it has proven to be over the last 12 years."

Tips for Tots was the selfless idea of Corlie Brice, a bartender at The Greene Turtle in Salisbury, Md., in 2006.

Delaware Association of Realtors new officers installed

Bayard Williams, a Realtor with RE/MAX Town & Country, was installed as president of the 3,900-member Delaware Association of Realtors for 2018. The event took place at White Clay Creek Country Club in Wilmington and included installation of the organization's 2018 officers and directors. Their terms officially began Monday, Jan. 1. The full slate of 2018 DAR officers is President-Elect Brad Riedle, Sussex County; Vice President R.T. Christopher, New Castle County; Treasurer Mia Burch, New Castle County; and National Association of Realtors Director Robert Harman Sr., Sussex County.

As president, Williams will preside at all DAR board of directors and executive committee meetings, and he will serve as an ex officio member of all state association committees and work groups. Williams will also act as the official spokesperson for the association on issues related to the real estate industry and local housing market in Delaware. He also will represent DAR and its members on the National Association of Realtors board of directors, and at local, state and national functions. Williams was named Delaware’s Realtor of the Year in 2015 and served as president of the New Castle County Board of Realtors in 2016. As 2017 DAR president-elect, he was a member of the executive, public policy, and finance committees. Williams is a member of the Delaware Association of Homebuilders and is a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity.

John McManus to serve on 2018 NASBA Ethics Committee

Raymond F. Book & Associates PA announced that John McManus PA has been selected to serve on the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy Ethics Committee. The NASBA serves as a forum for the nation’s Boards of Accountancy, which administer the Uniform CPA Examination, license more than 650,000 certified public accountants and regulate the practice of public accountancy in the United States.

NASBA’s mission is to enhance the effectiveness and advance the common interests of the Boards of Accountancy in meeting their regulatory responsibilities. The association promotes the exchange of information among accountancy boards, serving the needs of the 55 U.S. jurisdictions.

With offices in Lewes, Dover and Middletown, R.F. Book & Associates PA is a regional certified public accounting and advisory firm which specializes in accounting, auditing and management advisory services. McManus has been with the firm since 1970 and serves as an accounting manager in the Lewes area. For more information, call 302-734-5826.

Willow Construction launches new website

Willow Construction is inviting visitors to explore its new, improved and redesigned website at www.willowconstruction.com. The new website provides enhanced navigation and user experience, and aims at showcasing the company's best practices, completed projects, and value-added services. The Easton, Md.-based commercial construction firm and residential builder’s new website is designed with all stakeholders in mind, including architects, engineers, developers and the communities served. Visitors seeking to find the best in construction solutions can now quickly locate information with ease of access to project delivery methods, types of construction services, and completed projects in the region, as well as stay up-to-date with the latest news, press releases and upcoming events. Willow Construction's primary objective is to be an online resource center for customers and prospects looking to learn more about the industries’ advantages and best practices when considering a construction project.

WSFS and SoFi strike agreement on new cash management account

WSFS Financial Corp., the parent company of WSFS Bank, has entered into a two-year partnership to provide payment processing and debit card sponsorship services for a new cash management account by SoFi Securities, a subsidiary of SoFi. The new SoFi Money account is expected to launch in early 2018.

"At WSFS, we have welcomed innovation and accepted the challenge to adopt technologies and create and support solutions that will meet customers' evolving financial needs," said Mark Turner, chairman, president and CEO, WSFS Financial Corp. "Our partnership with SoFi makes strategic sense. As technology disruption accelerates, community banks must adapt. WSFS is at the forefront of working with fintech providers and bringing innovative solutions to market."

"Being able to offer these accounts will move us closer to our vision of serving all our members' financial needs, but more importantly it's something our members really want and have been asking for," said Steven Freiberg, vice chairman of SoFi. "We're happy to do this together with a forward-thinking partner in WSFS."

Delaware Resorts Home Expo set April 7-8, continues to expand at Cape

The 21st annual Delaware Resorts Home Expo, scheduled for Saturday-Sunday, April 7-8, will take place again at Cape Henlopen High School on Kings Highway in Lewes . More than 80 home-related exhibitors will present their products and services over the two days. Admission is free to the public. Kathy Benson founded and has been coordinating the Home Expo since its inception, guiding it through market changes and regional growth. "Our Home Expo just gets bigger and better each year, in part due to the beautiful and spacious Cape Henlopen High School. This facility is a real gem, and we enjoy encouraging the community to experience it," said Benson.

Several exhibitors are also key sponsors, including Andersen Windows, Cape Gazette, Clean Energy USA, Comcast Spotlight, DelMarVa Resorts Realty, Schell Brothers, Schagrin Gas and WMDT. The Home Expo benefits Sussex County Habitat for Humanity, a nonprofit organization assisting qualified residents with simple, affordable housing.

Expo visitors enjoy the convenience of viewing a full spectrum of home-related products and services in one place. Several exhibitors will offer specials, and many will be giving away gifts and prizes. Exhibitors include Realtors, developers, builders, and mortgage, finance and insurance firms as well as a large array of new home product and service companies. A limited amount of vendor spaces remain. For more information, contact Kathy Benson at 302-236-0857 or kathy@lewestoday.com.

Nicole Faries receives Randall J. Holland Professionalism Award

Nicole M. Faries, a senior associate with Michael P. Morton PA, has been selected as the first recipient of the Terry-Carey Inn of Court Randall J. Holland Professionalism Award. This prestigious honor was awarded to Faries at the Terry-Carey Inn of Court Nov. 15. She is a member of the Delaware State Bar Association, participating in the young lawyers and real estate sections; a member of the Preliminary Review Committee of the Delaware Board of Professional Responsibility; a member of the Terry-Carey Inn of Court; and a trustee for The Delaware Law Related Education Center Inc. Faries previously served on the Delaware Board of Canvass, as an associate member on the Delaware Board of Bar Examiners, and as the Kent and Sussex Liaison for the New Lawyer's DSBA Section. She was also an active member in the Kent County Bar Association. Faries was recently elected to the board of directors of the First State Manufactured Housing Association. In addition to her involvement in the legal industry, Faries is a member of SAG-Aftra and participates in union activities in the Philadelphia division. Faries has a full-services civil litigation practice with a particular focus and specialty in land-use issues, landlord-tenant law and manufactured housing law.

Graduation celebrated for Leadership Delaware fellows

Leadership Delaware celebrated the graduation of its ninth class of fellows Nov. 30. The fellows completed a year-long program which challenges participants to rise to ever higher levels of leadership and accomplishment in their career field and profession, the nonprofit sector, and government and politics. They attended 230 hours of classroom/session time where they heard from 143 speakers, prominent and accomplished leaders from every sector of the Delaware community, and spent countless hours outside the classroom bonding, nurturing and growing relationships.

Southern Delaware fellows include Brittany Hazzard, social worker, Love Creek Elementary; Jeremy Kalmbacher, director of engineering, Tidewater Utilities Inc.; Stephenie Tatman,auditor, Office of Pensions, State of Delaware, and owner, Dolce Bakery; and Matthew Windsor, area director, Southern Delaware YoungLife.

For more information, go to www.leadershipdelaware.org.

Advance Financial extends loan services to Delaware

Nashville-based financial services company Advance Financial announced that it is extending its flex loan services to residents of Delaware via an online portal. The company offers flexible, small-dollar loans with an open-end line of credit that customers apply for once and can use in amounts anywhere from $1,000 to $4,000 all year long. The loans carry no pre-paid penalties, and they accrue daily interest.

"We are thrilled to offer our services to all residents of Delaware, especially after seeing how our flex loan program has helped families all over Tennessee," said Tina Hodges, chief executive and chief experience officer at Advance Financial.

The application and approval processes are completely online and take approximately 20 minutes from start to finish. Once approved, loans are dispersed via direct deposit that same day. For more information, go to www.af247.com/services.

Atlantic/Smith, Cropper & Deeley announces new client relations agents

Two new client relations agents have joined Atlantic/Smith, Cropper & Deeley. 

Lauren D'Ambrosio joins the team as a life and health client relations agent. She brings several years of customer service experience from numerous local area retail stores. Her secret to success in the workplace is to take everyone's opinions into consideration and not be judgmental of other people. D’Ambrosio resides in Selbyville and enjoys traveling, kayaking, and spending time with family and friends.

Kelly Bell joins the team as a commercial lines client relations agent. Bell comes to the firm with 13 years of insurance experience. She has been a customer service representative in both commercial and personal lines. Her secret to success in the workplace is to always be open to change. She resides in Laurel with her husband Rodney and their four children. She enjoys camping and spending time at the beach with her family.

Headquartered in Willards, Md., Atlantic/Smith, Cropper & Deeley is an independent insurance agency specializing in employer benefits, business and personal insurances. For more information, go to www.ascd.net.

HPS Management acquires Guardian Property Management

HPS Management and Guardian Property Management jointly announced the acquisition of Guardian by HPS Management effective immediately. The terms of the agreement will merge Guardian's managed communities with the communities currently managed by HPS Management, while Guardian's maintenance department will reorganize into a new, separate company providing maintenance and construction services in Delaware.

Guardian President Bob Scott said, "I couldn't be more excited to have the opportunity to partner with HPS Management. Through this process we were looking to partner with a company that shared our core values, and we have the utmost confidence HPS Management will serve our current customers in a superior fashion, as well as the entire community."

Scott will serve as president of the newly created Guardian Property Services LLC and continue to provide maintenance and construction services. HPS founder and President J.D. Russell said, "We are very excited to have the opportunity to serve the entire Delmarva Peninsula, and we look forward to having the Guardian communities and staff members join our team as we continue to grow and revolutionize the community management industry. We are also very fortunate to have Guardian's original founder, Susan Jiménez, join our business development staff focusing on the Delaware portfolio."

HPS Management, founded in 2010 and formerly known as Harford Property Services, is a commercial and community management company currently managing homeowner associations, condominiums and commercial properties in Maryland and Delaware. Guardian Property Management was founded in 2004 in Lewes to serve homeowners associations and condominium associations in Sussex and Kent counties. For more information go to www.HPSmanagement.com.

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. 

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.

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.