News Briefs

January 24, 2014

Trail extension topic of Rehoboth workshop

A Junction and Breakwater Trail extension project to Re­hoboth Avenue will be the topic of a Delaware Department of Transportation public workshop from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, at the Rehoboth Beach Conven­tion Center.

DelDOT has plans to construct a 10-foot-wide, multi-use path from the end of the existing trail at Hebron Road and Holland Glade Road into Rehoboth Beach. The proposed project includes improvements to the drawbridge over the Lewes-Rehoboth Ca­nal as well as Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant curb ramps and sidewalks. Residents can offer comments on the proj­ect at the workshop or by mail to DelDOT Public Relations, PO Box 778, Dover, DE 19903 or via email to For more information phone 1-800-652-5600.

Night meetings on Sussex council agenda

Sussex County Council will meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, in the county administra­tion building on The Circle in Georgetown. Included on the agenda is a discussion of a return to night council meetings. See a complete agenda at sussexcoun­

Eastern Sussex Republicans to meet

The Eastern Sussex Republica­tion Club invites all to a public meeting for a talk by and dis­cussion with David Stevenson of the Caesar Rodney Institute. Stevenson will focus on current proposals in the state Legislature aimed to help improve the Dela­ware economy. These proposals include raising the minimum wage, establishing right-to-work zones in Delaware, and expand­ing state energy policies. The meeting is set for Monday, Jan. 27, 7 to 9 p.m., at the The Hamp­ton Inn, 18826 Highway One, Rehoboth Beach. For details call 302-947-0720 or email eastern­

Lewes BPW meeting rescheduled for Jan. 29

The Lewes Board of Pub­lic Works meeting originally scheduled for Jan. 22 has been rescheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 29, at 7 p.m. The Jan. 22 meeting was cancelled due to the winter storm event. The board will have an open forum and introduction of the new Severn Trent lead operator of the Howard Seymour Water Reclamation Plant. The 2014-15 operations and mainte­nance budget will be presented to the BPW directors. For more information, call BPW offices at 302-645-6228.

Lewes finance meeting rescheduled for Jan. 28

The Lewes Finance Committee meeting originally scheduled for Jan. 22 has been rescheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 2 p.m. The Jan. 22 meeting was cancelled due to the winter storm event. The committee will discuss fees charged 501(c)3 nonprofit orga­nizations to use city facilities, the fiscal year 2015 budget and the status of current capital proj­ects. To view the agenda, go to

Lewes Greenways & Trails Committee meets

The Lewes Greenways & Trails Committee will meet at 9 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 25, at city hall to discuss the Canary Creek trail and New Road connections. For more information, call city hall at 302-645-7700.

Dewey to hold brewpub hearing Feb. 1

Dewey Beach Planning Com­mission will meet at 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 1, at Dewey Beach Life Saving Station on Dagswor­thy Avenue. The commission will hold a public hearing on a proposed brewpub at 2100 Coastal Hwy. The commission is also scheduled to discuss amend­ments to the town zoning code to address sea- and bay-level rise. For a complete agenda, go to

Cape hires new transportation head

The Cape Henlopen school board has hired Lenny Richardson as the district’s trans­portation supervisor. Richardson comes to Cape after more than 20 years with Polytech High School as a teacher and later an administrator. His salary is $100,903. Richardson replaces Vanessa Moore, whose last day was Aug. 23. No further informa­tion is available on her departure because of privacy issues, said Cathy Petitgout, supervisor of human relations.

Tree group to hear property appeal

Rehoboth Beach Parks and Shade Tree Commission will meet at 2 p.m., Monday, Jan. 27, in the Commissioners’ Room at 229 Rehoboth Ave. The commission is set to conduct an administra­tive appeal hearing for a Laurel Street property concerning the Comprehensive Tree Ordinance.

For a complete agenda, go to the event calendar at cityofre­

Rehoboth to talk scooter, bicycle parking

Rehoboth Beach Streets and Transportation Committee will meet at 9 a.m., Monday, Jan. 27, in the Commissioners’ Room at 229 Rehoboth Ave. The committee is scheduled to discuss park­ing restrictions on Surf Avenue, scooter parking and permits, and bicycle parking downtown. For a complete agenda, go to the event calendar at cityofre­

Stonewall Dems to hold forum on LGBT issues

Barbara Gittings, Delaware Stonewall Democrats and the LGBT Democratic Club of Dela­ware will hold a panel discussion on LGBT youth issues at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 18 Olive Ave., Rehoboth Beach be­ginning at noon, Saturday, Jan. 25, with a primary focus on bul­lying in the school systems. The moderator of this panel will be Rep. Darryl Scott, D Dover; and the panel will include Cape Hen­lopen school board member Roni Posner, John Sadowski from the Delaware Department of Educa­tion, Colleen Dougherty of Big Brothers Big Sisters LGBT Men­torship program; and Bob Martz of United Way of Delaware Pride Council. The event will be part of the annual meeting held by the organization. The organization was started in 2003 as a response to the need to make Democrats more responsive to LGBT issues. Contact Peter Schott at or 226-0196 if planning to attend

Rep. Ron Gray to hold meeting Jan. 30

State Rep. Ron Gray, R-Sel­byville, will hold a coffee meeting with constituents Thursday, Jan. 30, at 8:30 a.m. at Hocker’s Deli on Route 26. Stop by for coffee, donuts and conversation with Rep. Gray. Gray holds periodic meetings with constituents in order to listen to their issues of concerns as they relate to state government or the district. Gray says the meeting will be a good opportunity for district residents to find out more about some of the priorities of this year’s legislative session in Dover, as well as any important local news affecting those living in the 38th District.

Sussex awards grants to nonprofits

Sussex County Council award­ed the following councilmanic grants during its Jan. 14 meeting: $500 to Eastern Shore AFRAM Festival committee for its west­ern Sussex Martin Luther King Jr. prayer breakfast and $500 to Greater Laurel Chamber of Com­merce for the Broad Creek Bike & Brew Tour.

Council voted against a grant to support First State Com­munity Action Agency’s brick paver tribute program to cre­ate a maintenance endowment. Councilman Sam Wilson, R-Georgetown, said the county had provided funding for the organization’s building project.

Lewes awards bid for restroom rehab

Lewes Mayor and City Coun­cil accepted a bid of $224,000 from Kent Construction to re­habilitate the comfort stations in Zwaanendael and Mary Vessels parks. Deputy Mayor Ted Becker said the work involves the total replacement of the restroom facilities in Zwaanendael Park and the rehabilitation and ex­pansion of the facilities in Mary Vessels Park. The expansion will allow for two individuals in each of the men and women’s rest­rooms. The contract has a 90-day construction period, so it is antic­ipated both comfort stations will be ready in time for the summer season. For more information, call city hall at 302-645-7777.

Farmers market approved for 2014

Lewes Mayor and City Council gave the go-ahead for the His­toric Lewes Farmers Market to return to the historical society and Shields Elementary grounds for the 2014 season. The market will be held every Saturday from May 10 to Sept. 27 at the Lewes Historical Society complex and from Oct. 4 through Nov. 22 at Richard Shields Elementary School. For more information call 302-644-1436.

Lewes sets public hearing dates

Lewes Mayor and City Council set dates for two upcoming pub­lic hearings. At 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 13, council will open the floor for the public to comment on a proposed moratorium on applications for a special excep­tion to construct a residential structure in the marine com­mercial zone. Then at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 29, council will hold a hearing on the proposed annexation of land where the Point Farm com­munity is to be built.

Dewey installs surveillance cameras

Surveillance cameras are up and running in Dewey Beach, said Town Manager Marc Ap­pelbaum.

The $98,000 surveillance sys­tem, which monitors outdoor areas near popular bars and res­taurants in town, was paid for by a combination of grants, police funds and town funds, he said.

Cameras were installed on Dickinson Avenue at the Light­house; at the Dewey Beach Lions Club; on Route 1 at Dagswor­thy and Dickinson avenues and Saulsbury and New Orleans streets; and at the intersection of Route 1 and 1A.

Public invited to Jan. 27 community forum

A group of Kent County and Sussex County elected officials are inviting community mem­bers to ask questions about the issues that impact their lives at a public forum scheduled for Monday, Jan. 27, in Harrington.

The event will feature senators Gary Simpson and Dave Lawson, and representatives Dave Wilson and Bobby Outten. Commis­sioner Terry L. Pepper, at-large representative for Kent County Levy Court, and Glen Howell, 6th District Levy Court commis­sioner, will also participate.

“These forums are an excellent way for the public to interact with their local officials and ask the questions that matter to them,” Simpson said.

The forum will be held at the Harrington Fire Hall from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

It will include brief comments from each elected official fol­lowed by a question and answer session.

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