News Briefs

September 24, 2013

Proceeds from ‘The Butler’ going to Wounded Warriors

Atlantic Theaters owner Richard Derrickson is planning to donate The Movies at Midway profits from box office revenue from “The Butler” to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Derrickson initially did not wish to play “The Butler” at his theater due to Jane Fonda starring as Nancy Reagan in the film and her actions which supported the North Vietnamese Army during the Vietnam War.

When Derrickson informed the Weinstein Co. that Atlantic Theaters was not going to screen “The Butler,” he was told that he would not be able to play upcoming Weinstein films if he did not show “The Butler.”

Derrickson then agreed to show “The Butler” at The Movies at Midway, but in order to remain true to his feelings regarding Fonda, he will be donating The Movies at Midway box office revenue profits from “The Butler” to the Wounded Warrior Project and support a very worthy cause. There are four shows offered daily of “The Butler” at 1, 3:50, 6:35 and 9:20 p.m.

Capital Transportation Program hearings set for Sept. 25 in Sussex

Interested people are encouraged to participate in the development of the state’s six-year Capital Transportation Program for fiscal years 2015-20 by attending public hearings to be held in September. The hearings are jointly sponsored by the Council on Transportation and the Delaware Department of Transportation.

The Sussex County DelDOT public hearing will be held from 4 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 25, at the DelDOT South District Administration Building, 23697 DuPont Blvd., Georgetown. Project information will be displayed, and there will be opportunities for discussion with DelDOT and County representatives.

Anyone having special needs or requiring special aid, such as an interpreter for the hearing impaired, is requested to contact DelDOT by phone or mail. Questions, comments or written material can be submitted to Office of Public Relations, Department of Transportation, P.O. Box 778, Dover, DE 19903, or call 1-800-652-5600 (in Delaware) or 302-760-2080.

Cape Henlopen school board meets Sept. 26

The Cape Henlopen school board will meet Thursday, Sept. 26, in the cafeteria of Mariner Middle School. The board will take action on a tentative contract with the Cape Henlopen Support Staff Association. The board also will discuss for approval a trip to Hawaii by the high school baseball team.

Board members will hear an update on the new elementary school plan.

Lopez to host coffee with constituents

Sen. Ernie Lopez, R-Lewes, will host a series of meetings with constituents over coffee at Surf Bagel on Route 1 in Lewes. Conversations will be held from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 26; Oct. 24; and Nov. 21. Residents of Senate District 6 are invited to ask questions, share concerns and listen to discussions with the senator.

LWV of Sussex County launches voter registration drives

The League of Women Voters of Sussex County announced it will be sponsoring voter registration drives on Voter Registration Day. League volunteers will be registering voters from 3 to 6 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 24, at two locations: Walmart Supercenter, 4 College Park Lane, Georgetown and Giant Supermarket, 25939 John J. Williams Highway, Millsboro. The league will have certified registration agents at each location to facilitate registration. To register to vote in Delaware, one must be a U.S. citizen, a resident of Delaware and 18 years old by the date of the next election. Proof of residency is required.

“Voter registration is a critical step to making sure our voter rolls - and our halls of power - actually reflect the diversity of our communities,” said Jane Lord, president of the League of Women Voters of Sussex County.

According to census data, nonpartisan groups like the league are responsible for registering large numbers of voters who otherwise would have been left out of the voting process - including young people, new citizens and Americans without college degrees.

For information about how to register to vote and to learn more about the voting process, visit To get involved in the league’s effort, email

Sussex County libraries to close Oct. 3

Public libraries in Sussex County will be closed Thursday, Oct. 3, for the annual Sussex County Staff Development Day.

Staff from all 14 public libraries throughout Sussex County will meet at Delaware Technical Community College in Georgetown for the 23rd annual conference, a daylong session to learn about a variety of topics, including virtual readers’ advisory and book clubs, mental health awareness, and social media for libraries.


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