Business Briefs Fall 2019

October 16, 2019

Denise Karas named Most Listings Agent at Long & Foster Rehoboth 

Denise Karas with Long & Foster Real Estate Inc. was recognized as Most Listings Agent for September for Long and Foster’s Rehoboth Beach office, 37156 Rehoboth Ave.

With more than 30 years in education, Karas uses her teaching skills to help her clients. Educating clients on financing options, home buying strategies and selling tips has made Karas the first choice when it comes to choosing a real estate agent.

Carol Materniak, branch manager for Long & Foster Lewes and Rehoboth Beach offices, said, “Along with Denise’s professionalism, her enthusiasm and conscientious efforts have contributed to her success.”

Karas was recently recognized for Long & Foster’s Silver Team’s President’s Club. 

Tidewater to acquire water companies

Middlesex Water Company, a provider of water and wastewater services, announced that its subsidiary Tidewater Utilities Inc. has received approval from the Delaware Public Service Commission to acquire the Wilkerson Water Company in Milford and the Broadkiln Beach Water Company in Broadkill Beach from J.H. Wilkerson & Son Inc.

Customers of these companies will be served by Tidewater’s regulated water utility business that currently serves more than 47,000 accounts throughout Delaware.

The commission approval also authorizes Tidewater to maintain the existing rates the Wilkerson and Broadkiln customers currently pay. Wilkerson provides service through over 500 customer connections via seven community water systems in Kent and Sussex counties. Broadkiln provides service through over 500 customer connections in the Broadkill Beach community on the Delaware Bay.

“We are pleased to welcome customers of Wilkerson Water and Broadkiln Beach Water companies to the Tidewater family, and we thank David Wilkerson for working to ensure a smooth transition,” said A. Bruce O’Connor, president of Tidewater Utilities. “Tidewater’s team of experienced professionals looks forward to providing the high-quality, local and reliable water service customers have depended upon under the leadership of the Wilkerson family.”

Giant offers curbside pickup

Giant Food announced Giant Pickup earlier this year, allowing customers to place their grocery orders online and pick them up in as little as four hours at their local Giant without ever leaving their cars. Pickup is available from Giant stores in Rehoboth Beach and Long Neck. New convenient features include an expanded assortment with hundreds of new items, such as plant-based foods as well as unique global offerings. To place an order with Giant Pickup, customers may use any device to visit, or use the app, enter their ZIP code and begin filling their cart. 

Free social media marketing workshop set Oct. 22

Downtown Milford Inc. is partnering with Delaware’s Small Business Development Center to host a free workshop for small businesses from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 22, at the Milford Public Library. This workshop will focus on promoting a business on social media platforms for Small Business Saturday, which will be Saturday, Nov. 30, this year. In 2017, 108 million consumers shopped or dined on Small Business Saturday. This workshop will provide retail businesses and restaurants effective ideas that they can utilize for this year’s Small Business Saturday campaign to help bring in more customers. This workshop will also provide a rough outline on a marketing campaign that businesses can use together to help drive increased business that Saturday after Thanksgiving. For more information or to register, call 302-856-1555 or go to

Corporate tax filing extended deadline is Nov. 15

Last year’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act affects many corporate taxpayers, including those that have filed extensions for the 2018 tax year. Because the Division of Revenue recognizes that some taxpayers may have trouble meeting Delaware’s extended filing deadline because the return due date coincides with the extended due date for federal returns, Delaware will implement a grace period for corporate taxpayers who file on or before Friday, Nov. 15.

The grace period should eliminate the late-filing penalty for any Forms 1100 and 1100-S submitted on or before Nov. 15, but taxpayers who do receive a notice of assessment may file a protest with the Tax Conferee. This should be sent via email to, or by mail to Tax Conferee Campbell Hay, Esq., Delaware Division of Revenue, P.O. Box 8714, Wilmington, DE 19801.

For details, contact the Delaware Division of Revenue at 302-577-8205.