News Briefs

June 13, 2014

Cape Region NBC TV affiliate goes on air

WRDE, Rehoboth Beach-Salisbury, becomes the Eastern Shore’s official NBC affiliate be­ginning Monday, June 16. WRDE NBC Coast TV will offer commu­nities throughout Sussex County, the Eastern Shore of Maryland and the Salisbury DMA, local news, sports and weather at 6 and 11 p.m. WRDE Coast TV will be available in both high defini­tion and standard definition on Comcast, in standard definition on Dish Network, and over-the-­air on channel 31.1.

WRDE’s existing classic tele­vision will move to 31.2, and will continue on Comcast and over-the-air. That channel, new­ly named “My Network COZI TV,” broadcasts My Network TV Monday through Friday from 8 to 10 p.m., with a variety of popular programming including the Philadelphia Phillies, Phila­delphia Eagles preseason games, ACC football and basketball, plus the best in classic television pro­grams and movies.

Dewey investment committee meeting set

The Dewey Beach investment committee is meeting at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 14, in the Dewey Beach Life Saving Station, 1 Dag­sworthy Ave. The committee will be discuss­ing the investment policy that will be presented to council and what the next steps will be if it’s approved by town council.

The full agenda is listed on the town’s website at

Lewes council grants Half Full subdivide

Lewes Mayor and City Council approved the combining and re-subdividing of two lots at 125 Second St. and 111 Bank St., the current home of Kindle and future home of Half Full. The measure evened out the property lines between the two business­es. Work on Half Full will not begin until the fall. In the mean­time, owner Matt DiSabatino has leased the space to photographer Kevin Fleming to open a gallery for the summer season.

Lewes Mayor and City Coun­cil have rescheduled a public hearing on the annexation of the future Harbor Point subdivision to Wednesday, Sept. 3. The plan­ning commission has not yet given preliminary consent, so council may not move forward until a decision is rendered. For more information, call city hall at 302-645-7777.

Lewes to offer new public parking lot

Lewes Mayor and City Council have signed a memorandum of understanding with the Board of Public works to use property at the corner of Schley and Franklin avenues as a new public parking lot. The idea of the lot is to offer downtown business employees a place to park that will not clog the downtown area. Officials say the lot is about a five-minute walk to Second Street. The mem­orandum of understanding will go before the BPW at its June 25 meeting. For more information, call city hall at 302-645-7777.

Lewes grants two amplified requests

Lewes Mayor and City Council granted two requests to use am­plified music at one-time events. Amplified music will be allowed Saturday, June 21, at 358 Pilot­town Road and Saturday, July 12 at 1006 Bay Ave. Both events are to cease the music at 11 p.m. For more information, call city hall at 302-645-7777.

Sussex council awards nonprofit grants

Sussex County Council presented the following coun­cilmanic grants during its June 10 meeting: $500 to Coolspring Civic Association for its motor­cycle show and barbecue; $500 to CHEER for its annual car, truck and bike show; $3,500 to City of Milford to support its fund raising campaign; and $750 to Town of Delmar to support its town museum restoration project. Council also awarded $550 from its youth grant fund to Pathways for Success for a girls’ after-school mentoring program.

Budget hearing on Sussex council agenda

Sussex County Council will meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 17, in the county administra­tion building on The Circle in Georgetown. Included on the agenda is a 10:15 a.m. public hear­ing on the county’s fiscal year 2015 budget. See a complete agenda at

Sea level rise seminar hosted by Inland Bays

The Inland Bays Foundation hosted a Sea Level Rise Seminar in the South Coastal Library May 15 to a packed conference room. Members of the League of Wom­en Voters attended and provided valuable support for this effort. Over 60 people attended to hear Ken Kristl, professor of law at Widner University, lead the dis­cussion of the legal implications of sea level rise in Delaware and the subsequent flooding issues. A lively discussion of this timely topic followed. For information go to or

First plover chicks hatching at Point

This season’s first piping plo­ver chicks have begun hatching on the Point at Cape Henlo­pen, Delaware beachnesting bird monitors reported, noting the nest contained one chick and three eggs when observed. “We anticipate seeing chicks hatch­ing in another nest on the Point by Friday,” said wildlife biologist Matthew Bailey, who coordinates the Division of Fish and Wild­life’s Piping Plover Protection Program, noting that a third nest is expected to hatch next week.

“A fourth pair of plovers has just begun laying eggs on the Point. We expect that nest to reach a full clutch by this Saturday,” Bailey said. Meanwhile, at Gor­dons Pond, two pairs of plovers are incubating their nests, with hatching anticipated during the second and third weeks of June.

In other beachnesting bird news, American oystercatcher pairs continue to be observed at the Point, but no nests have been seen yet. Least terns also are colonizing Gordons Pond, with as many as a dozen terns in the area making scrapes. One least tern nest has been found at the site so far.

For more information, contact Bailey at 302-382-4151 or email