News Briefs

April 19, 2013
Committee to discuss Dewey election

Dewey Beach Election Com­mittee will meet at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, April 20, at Dewey Beach Life Saving Station on Dagsworthy Avenue. The com­mittee is scheduled to discuss implementation of its elec­tronic voter registration system for the September election. For a complete agenda, go to

Sussex council awards nonprofit grants

Sussex County Council award­ed the following councilmanic grants during its April 16 meet­ing: $500 to Woodland Ferry Association for its September festival; $1,000 to Laurel Inde­pendence Day Committee for fireworks; and $2,500 to Re­hoboth Little League toward a $20,000 field renovations proj­ect. Council presents grants to nonprofit agencies providing services to county residents.

Entrance work scheduled at Chick-fil-A

A project is scheduled at the entrance to the new Chick-fil-A restaurant on Route 1 in Re­hoboth Beach. A crew will begin turn-lane and drainage work on Wednesday, April 24. The project is expected to be completed by Tuesday, May 14, and the res­taurant is expected to be open in June.

Rehoboth drug take back set for April 27

The Drug Enforcement Ad­ministration will be collecting unused or expired prescription medications at the Rehoboth Beach Police Department from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 27.

This is the sixth annual drug take back day conducted by the DEA, which collects unused or expired drugs to ensure that the drugs are safely disposed of and to prevent abuse and contami­nation of the environment. Last year’s drug take back day col­lected 244 tons of prescription medications nationwide.

To learn more about the pro­gram, visit

Milton Mayor sets up two ad hoc committees

New Milton Mayor Marion Jones set up two new ad hoc committees at the April 1 town council meeting. One ad hoc committee will perform a po­lice study, looking into how the department is run and the many issues raised by the public at a recent workshop session. The committee will be chaired by former mayor and retired police officer John Bushey, who will be joined by Police Chief William Phillips and residents Lynn Eke­lund, Roger Thompson and Judy Shandler.

The second ad hoc committee will research the interest of a col­lege located in Milton. Chairman Don Shandler, town manager Win Abbott and resident Bob Howard will report their find­ings at an upcoming meeting. American College Delaware has expressed interest in putting a campus in the Cape Region and has considered locations in Lewes and Rehoboth Beach.

'We're going to send a small envoy of folks out to get that answered definitively, so we can put to end some of the rumors and it can be announced here in public what has been found out,' said Jones.

For more information, call town hall at 302-684-4110.

Russum named Milton's public works director

Town Manager Win Abbott announced that Dustan Russum was named Milton's new pub­lic works director at the April 1 town council meeting. Rus­sum replaces Allen Atkins, who retired after 11 years with the town. The town is accepting ap­plications for Russum's previous position, water division supervi­sor. For more information, call town hall at 302-684-4110.

State police warn of Mexican phone scams

Delaware State Police are warning Sussex County residents about a phone scam that involves wiring money to Mexico.

Police are investigating several cases in which an alleged grand­son calls an elderly resident and says he needs thousands of dol­lars immediately, said Cpl. John Day of the Delaware State Police.

The caller sometimes explains he needs money for bail because of a car accident or he needs to buy a plane ticket to leave the country, Day said.

The caller usually says he is embarrassed to tell his parents.

Day said some residents have wired thousands of dollars to Mexico only to discover their grandson is not there.

Police remind residents to follow these tips before wiring money: Verify that whoever you think is asking for money is actually abroad. Call the parents or an­other relative. Most victims later realize their relative was never traveling.

Ask the caller questions that only your relative would know.

Obtain a phone number at which you can call the caller back.

If you feel you must pay for something abroad, attempt to do it with a credit card, instead of wiring the money. This makes it easier to identify the recipient and rescind payment.

If you are skeptical about the caller, talk to a neighbor or friend about the call before sending any money.

Day said scammers often con­tinue calling for money. Anyone who believes they may have been a victim should call police.

DNREC to hold April 23 hearing on revisions

DNREC’s Division of Water­shed Stewardship will hold its second public hearing on pro­posed revisions to the Delaware Sediment and Stormwater Regu­lations at 6 p.m., Tuesday, April 23, in the DNREC Auditorium, Richardson and Robbins Build­ing, 89 Kings Highway, Dover.

The revisions are designed to address the April 2005 recom­mendations of the Task Force on Surface Water Management, as well as changes to regulatory lan­guage following the first public hearing held March 1, 2012.

The proposed regulation re­visions may be inspected at Georgetown Public Library, 123 West Pine St., Georgetown.

The proposed regulation revisions and the technical docu­ment may also be inspected on the DNREC Division of Water­shed Stewardship’s Sediment & Stormwater Management Pro­gram website.

For additional information or to make an appointment to inspect the proposed regula­tion revisions or the technical document at DNREC’s Dover office, contact Elaine Webb, DN­REC Sediment and Stormwater Management Program, at 302-739-9921, or Elaine.Webb@state. Review of the documents at the library can be made during the scheduled operating hours.

Interested parties may present statements and testimony orally or in writing on the proposed regulation changes at the April 23 public hearing or submit com­ments in writing by May 8, 2013. Comments submitted as part of the first public comment period will remain as part of the record. Those interested in speaking at the public hearing are asked to register in advance. Writ­ten comments on the technical document will be accepted until Tuesday, April 30.

Written statements and comments on the proposed regulation changes may be ad­dressed to: Elaine Webb, DNREC Sediment and Stormwater Man­agement Program, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901, or submitted by email to

Rehoboth trash pickup moves to twice a week

Rehoboth Beach will begin twice-a-week trash pickup Mon­day, April 22.

On each Monday and Thurs­day, trash will be picked up on the south side of town. The north side and the Schoolvue area will be picked up on Tuesday and Friday. In the commercial areas – Rehoboth, Baltimore and Wilmington avenues – trash will be picked up Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

Trash barrels along the av­enues and on the Boardwalk are for general public use and are not to be used for household trash disposal. For more information, call City Hall, 227-6181.

Lewes homeowners to hold Candidates' Forum

The Lewes Homeowners As­sociation recently announced a Candidates’ Forum at 7 p.m., Fri­day April 26, in the auditorium of the Lewes School on Savannah Road, where the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute holds classes.

The event will give voters in the May 11 election for Lewes City Council an opportunity to hear from the candidates and engage in dialogue with them about issues of concern to both candidates and the public.

Four individuals are running to fill two seats on the Lewes City Council. Fred Beaufait is running for re-election. The other three candidates are Nancy Stenger Joseph, Dennis Reardon and Candace Vessella. The term of office for the Lewes City Council seats is two years.

Voters must be registered to vote with the City of Lewes. Registration is open until 4 p.m., Friday, April 26. Those who have voted in either of the past two contested elections for Lewes City Council (May 2011 and May 2012) should still be registered to vote.

Call the City of Lewes offices at 302-645-7777 for registration status. Any person whose pri­mary residence is within the corporate city limits of the City of Lewes who is at least 18 years old and also a citizen of the United States is eligible to vote.

For information on the Lewes Homeowners Association, go to www.leweshomeowners. com.

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