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March 13, 2019

Preparing for the Next Recession investment workshop set March 20

Lokken Investment Group LLC is now enrolling for its next investment workshop. Investment advisor Jonathan Lokken, CIMA, will discuss Preparing for the Next Recession from 10 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, March 20, at Lewes Public Library. Many do not know that most “bear” markets are associated with recessions. In this workshop, Lokken will teach about recessions and go over key economic indicators that help identify potential signs of a recession. The current economic expansion is showing its age. Is a recession on the horizon? Are stocks overvalued? Is the market in a bubble? These questions and more will be discussed as Lokken shares his insights from over 25 years of experience in investment management. Workshops convene in the large meeting room at the library and provide an interactive learning environment. Refreshments are also provided. To register, go to www.lokkeninvest.com or call 302-645-6650.

Lewes library to host teen job fair and workshops March 20, 21, 23
 
The Lewes Public Library will host its 4th Annual Teen Job Fair from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, March 23. The event is open to students 14 to 17 years old who are seeking employment for the 2019 summer season. Participating businesses include: Funland, Sweet Frog, Candy Kitchen, Thrasher’s, Dairy Queen Lewes, Midway Speedway, Continental Pools, Hopkins Farm Creamery and Striper Bites.

Prior to the job fair, students will have the opportunity to attend two preparatory workshops led by Lewes professional Lesley Eichten.

In the first workshop, set for 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 20, students will learn about application basics, work permits, understanding employment forms, and how to dress to impress during fairs and interviews. The second workshop, set for 4:30 p.m., Thursday, March 21, will focus on teen money matters. Students will receive an introduction to building credit, saving and taxes.

Registration is recommended for the workshops, but walk-ins are welcome. To reserve a space, go to www.lewes.lib.de.us and find the events calendar, or call the library at 302-645-2733.

IRHS, Bethany-Fenwick chamber to host job fair March 22

The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce and Indian River High School will host a job fair from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday March 22, at IRHS, 29722 Armory Road, Dagsboro. The fair will be open to IRHS students from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and will open to the general public from 3:30 to 7 p.m.

More than 20 local businesses will be present, with over 400 full-time, year-round, part-time, and seasonal positions available. A complete list of participating businesses can be found at thequietresorts.com. Most participating businesses will conduct on-site interviews all during the job fair.

Brush Factory to host spring sale March 23

The Brush Factory in Lewes will host its Spring and Cabin Fever Tag Sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, March 23. Shake off the last of the winter ho-hum for a day of unique finds, bargains and inspiration. The tag sale will be held in the indoor pickleball court area only at the Brush Factory, 830 Kings Highway, Lewes. The pickleball courts are around the back of the building. For more information, call 302-703-7715.

Limited vendor space remains for Merchants' Attic March 23

Fewer than 12 vendor spaces remain for the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce’s supersized Merchants' Attic indoor garage sale to be held from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Saturday, March 23, at Cape Henlopen High School. Doors will open promptly at 10:30 a.m., rain or shine.

Up to 100 vendors will be selling wares including excess business inventory, handmade items, antiques, collectibles and secondhand household items. Food from Grandpa MAC and additional vendors will be on site.

Donations will be accepted at entry to benefit the chamber event fund.

Cape Henlopen High School is at 1250 Kings Highway, Lewes. There is plenty of free parking. Vendor applications are still being accepted.

For more information, call the chamber at 302-227-6446 or go to www.beach-fun.com.

Jersey Mike’s Subs to donate to Autism Delaware March 27

Autism Delaware is joining forces with Jersey Mike’s Subs restaurants on the Delmarva Peninsula for the 9th Annual March Month of Giving campaign to fund local charities. During March, customers can make a donation to Autism Delaware at participating Jersey Mike’s restaurants. 

The campaign will culminate in Jersey Mike’s Day of Giving Wednesday, March 27, when local Jersey Mike’s restaurants will give 100 percent of the day’s sales – not just profits – to Autism Delaware.

On the Day of Giving, local Jersey Mike’s owners and operators throughout the country will donate their resources and every dollar that comes in to more than 180 different charities including hospitals, youth organizations, food banks and more.

“Last year’s nationwide Month of Giving initiative raised more than $6 million for charities, making a big difference in their local communities, and this year, we hope to raise even more,” said Peter Cancro, Jersey Mike’s founder and CEO.

For more information about Jersey Mike’s Subs Month of Giving, go to www.jerseymikes.com/mog.

Applebee’s raises funds for charities

The Rose Group, a leading franchisee of Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar restaurants, announced that it raised $14.5 million for various charities throughout Delaware, Maryland Pennsylvania and New Jersey since 2010.

Of that amount, Its five Applebee’s locations along the eastern shore of Delaware and Maryland raised a combined total of $894,000 through fundraisers for a variety of nonprofits.

“Fundraising and charitable giving have always been a cultural staple at The Rose Group,” said Jeff Warden, president and CEO. “At our core, we are a company focused on community engagement. We find there is no better way to get to know and engage with our neighbors than bringing everyone together for a good cause. We are incredibly impressed and humbled by the vigor that our local stores as well as each of our individual employees have put into fundraising efforts since 2010. It speaks to their character, and we are proud to have them as part of our team.”

Lewes resident named Young Engineer of the Year

The Delaware Department of Transportation announced that Scott Walls, a project manager with the bridge design section, has been named the Delaware Engineering Society’s 2019 Young Engineer of the Year.

Walls began his career at DelDOT in 2012, and he has been lead designer for numerous replacement and rehabilitation projects designing with both steel and concrete. In his current position as supervising engineer, Walls leads a small group of engineers and consultants from project initiation through project completion.

Now residing in Lewes, Walls was born and raised in Dover, and graduated from Caesar Rodney High School. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from the University of Delaware. 

“We are very proud of Scott for receiving this recognition, and fortunate for his work and that of all our talented engineers who work to maintain and improve our infrastructure in Delaware,” said Secretary of Transportation Jennifer Cohan.

DelDOT currently employs 120 professional engineers who oversee more than 1,700 bridges and nearly 14,000 lane miles of road in the state.

First Shore Federal earns top ratings for financial strength and stability

Bank rating firm BauerFinancial Inc. announces that First Shore Federal Savings & Loan Association has been awarded its highest rating for financial strength and stability. Earning a 5-Star rating indicates this bank excels in areas of capital adequacy, profitability, asset quality and more.

First Shore Federal Savings & Loan Association has earned and maintained Bauer’s recommendation, with 5 or 4 stars, for 113 consecutive quarters.

“First Shore Federal’s ability to excel and consistently deliver a stellar financial performance is a true testament to its values and dedication,” said Karen Dorway, president of BauerFinancial. “Through an unwavering commitment to its customers and personal relationships, First Shore Federal Savings & Loan Association has distinguished itself as one of the strongest banks in the nation.”

Established in 1953, First Shore Federal Savings & Loan Association has been building relationships and providing personalized solutions for its customers for 65 years. Today it operates through eight conveniently located offices in Delaware and Maryland. For more information, go to www.firstshorefederal.com.

Voice Radio Network renews as chamber VIP Partner

The Greater Georgetown Chamber of Commerce welcomes back the Voice Radio Network as a Full VIP Partner for 2019. As such, the network takes advantage of exclusive advertising opportunities, event sponsorships and visibility within the community as an organization committed to the betterment of the greater Georgetown area. The Voice Radio Network is committed to the region’s economic and cultural progress.

Headquartered on Delmarva, the Voice Radio Network staff members understand the pulse of  the communities and develop persuasive messages for clients. From classic rock to urban contemporary and Latin pop, its stations reach a large audience from central Delaware to the Eastern Shore of Virginia.

“We are proud to partner with the Georgetown Chamber,” said Kevin Andradre, Voice Radio Network president and CEO. “Our four live and local radio stations are excited to continue helping local businesses, nonprofits and community events to grow.”

The Voice Radio Network is  home to Power 101.7FM, Maxima 95.3FM, Classic Rock 103.5FM and 106.1FM, and La Raza 900AM and 100.3FM. For more information, go to www.thevoiceradionetwork.com. The Voice Radio Network is located at 20254 Dupont Blvd., Georgetown.

TCC Verizon stores donate supply packs to area schools

TCC Verizon Authorized Wireless Retailer stores in the Cape Region recently took part in the sixth annual Teachers Rock Supply Giveaway. More than 570 of Round Room LLC’s TCC stores donated school supply packs to nearly 6,000 teachers across the U.S.

Each participating TCC store partnered with a local school to donate the supply packs, valued at $77 each. Packs include pencils, pens, dry erase markers, erasers, glue, paper, tissue boxes, sticky notes and more, and enable each teacher to impact an average of 30 students.

Schools in Delaware that received the supply packs from TCC include Indian River High School in Dagsboro, Long Neck Elementary School in Long Neck, and Sussex Technical High School in Georgetown.

More information about the Teachers Rock Supply Giveaway is available at www.TCCRocks.com.

Ribbon cutting held for Main Street Online advertising company

The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Milford recently held a ribbon-cutting celebration for Main Street Online owned by Steve Opara. The company provides lead technology for small businesses to reach prospective customers online through social media advertising. For more information regarding Main Street Online, call 386-316-6961or go to www.mainstreetonline.net.

Berni Sallac accepts limited partnership

Berni Sallac, a branch office administrator at Edward Jones in Ocean View, has accepted an invitation to become a limited partner in the Jones Financial Companies, the holding company for the St. Louis-based financial services firm.

Edward Jones currently employs 45,000 associates in all 50 states and through its affiliate in Canada. This is the firm's 17th limited partnership offering in its 97-year history.

The Jones Financial Cos. was created in 1987 to enable the firm to expand into new business areas while allowing it to remain a partnership. The Jones Financial Cos. owns Edward D. Jones & Co., LP, which operates under the trade name Edward Jones, EDJ Leasing Co., the Edward Jones Trust Co., and its international financial services subsidiary, Edward Jones Canada.

Lewes Realty names top agents for January

Lewes Realty announced its top listing and sales agents for the month of January. Both titles were awarded to Zack Sieber, rental and sales team. Sieber has experience in helping property investors, first-time home buyers and second-home buyers find what they are looking for in their real estate endeavors. Lewes Realty is at 418 E. Savannah Road, Lewes. For more information, call 302-645-1955.

HVAC and plumbing openings announced

Real HVAC Services of Salisbury, Md., a Delmarva-area heating, air conditioning and plumbing company, is expanding to open a new location in Rehoboth Beach.

"2019 is looking very promising," said Shawn Harrison, Real HVAC founder and managing member.

The company has openings for several new positions including experienced service technicians, plumbing and HVAC apprentices, installers and sales people to support its newest location.

Founded in 2007, Real HVAC Services provides residential and commercial heating, air conditioning and plumbing service, maintenance and new installation in the Delmarva area. For more information about employment opportunities, contact human resources at 302-727-0272 or go to www.realhvacservices.com.

Tidewater executives to serve on state committee

Bruce Patrick, vice president and general manager of Tidewater Utilities Inc., has been appointed to the Delaware Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research committee in partnership with the University of Delaware. Also appointed to the committee and representing the water sector is Jerry Esposito, former president of Tidewater Utilities. Patrick and Esposito will serve in advisory capacities and provide guidance to improve the security and quality of Delaware’s water resources, and facilitate identifying Delaware as a model of progressive change in the water industry.

Other participants in the program are Delaware State University, Delaware Technical Community College, and Wesley College. Each educational institution will partner with the public and private sectors to create jobs; reinforce physical, cyber- and operational security; develop workforce training programs; and conduct research. EPSCoR has been awarded $19.3 million over five years to research and develop new technologies and policy, provide education and training, and enhance infrastructure that supports solutions derived by activities of this program.

“As a longtime steward of Delaware’s water resources, Tidewater is honored to lend leadership and guidance to the EPSCoR committee,” said Bruce O’Connor, Tidewater Utilities president. “Working cooperatively, we can assess vulnerabilities and develop best practices to protect Delaware’s coastal environment and ensure water quality for future generations.”

Home Builders Association of Delaware holds annual meeting

Members of the Home Builders Association of Delaware gathered for their annual meeting and holiday celebration Dec. 8. Nine awards were presented to individuals recognizing their distinguished work and dedication to the home building industry across the state.

The association advocates for Delaware home builders, remodelers and associates. Comprising 6,000 employees in the housing, development, and real estate communities, its membership makes up a substantial portion of the workforce and touches virtually every aspect of the Delaware economy.

Mark Gandy of Middletown Kitchen and Bath was sworn in as HBADE president. During his speech, Gandy spoke on his priorities to further advance the organization. Some of those include promoting careers in the construction industry, increasing membership diversity,  and promoting member-to-member business.

The 2018 award winners were: Builder of the Year Fred Fortunato; Associate of the Year Richard Forsten; Remodeler of the Year James Stevenson; Young Associate of the Year Caroline Dentino; Young Builder of the Year Justin Olear; Defender of Housing Kevin Hensley; President’s Distinguished Service Award, Jeff Haggerty; Lifetime Achievement Award, Kevin Kelly; and Legislative Champion Award, Rep. Pete Schwartzkopf, D-Rehoboth Beach.

Chesapeake Utilities announces executive appointments

Chesapeake Utilities Corp. announced two executive appointments for its Delmarva natural gas distribution operations and mid-Atlantic propane gas distribution operation.

Shane E. Breakie has been promoted to assistant vice president of Chesapeake Utilities. Breakie will assume expanded responsibilities regarding the day-to-day activities of the company’s natural gas distribution systems on the Delmarva Peninsula.

Andrew R. Hesson has been promoted to vice president of Sharp Energy Inc., the company’s mid-Atlantic propane distribution business unit. He will become Sharp Energy’s business unit leader upon Bob Zola’s retirement in January.

Jeffry M. Householder, president and CEO of Chesapeake Utilities Corp., said, “Shane and Andy exemplify our core values, and I am proud to promote them to these new leadership roles. Their strategic and innovative approaches have led to enhanced company performance, and I have no doubt they will continue to inspire others to make a positive impact within the company and in the community.”

Woman-owned wealth management firm partners with Girls Inc.

Lovett Advisors LLC was created in Wilmington 10 years ago to offer a full menu of wealth management services. Kim Lovett, CFP, recognized her clients’ needs for a more comprehensive level of service, so she started her own independent registered investment advisory firm. Lovett’s goal remains to be the trusted advisor to a select group of clients in the coordination of their financial affairs. This is accomplished through sound financial planning, objective advice, transparence, independence and exceptional customer service.

Lovett Advisors is celebrating 10 years of success by giving back to the local community.

“The best way to celebrate my personal success and the success of Lovett Advisors is to give back to the community in a way that will inspire young women to be all they can be and to live their dreams,” said Lovett.

Lovett is partnering as a mentor with Girls Inc. of Delaware, a statewide nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire girls to be strong, smart and bold. Its research-based programs provide girls with life-changing experiences and real solutions to the unique issues they face. Lovett is proud to be involved with such an amazing organization and is excited to collaborate.

For more information, go to www.lovettadvisors.com or call 302-250-4740.

Sandals Resorts recognizes Bethany Travel with multiple awards

Sandals Resorts International, voted World’s Leading All-Inclusive Company for 23 consecutive years, recognized Bethany Travel/Dream Vacations for its outstanding achievements at the 17th annual Sandals Travel Agency Recognition Awards held recently at Sandals Ochi Beach Resort.

This prestigious event honors travel agencies from across the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and Latin America. Top travel agencies are awarded for exemplary sales performance and their commitment to using extensive product knowledge of Sandals Luxury Included resorts in creating dream vacations for their clients.

Bethany Travel/Dream Vacations’ awards included Best of the Best Agency, Chairman’s Royal Club Elite Agent and Top Club Sandals Agency

“We value the hard work of travel agents like Cindy McCabe, and take the opportunity to commend them, as they are essential in bringing the Sandals Resorts’ and Beaches Resorts’ vacation experiences to life for their clients,” said Gordon Butch Stewart, chairman of Sandals Resorts International.

Bethany Travel/Dream Vacations is located at 28436 Dupont Blvd., Millsboro. For more information, call 302-933-0955 or go to www.bethanytravel.net.

KDI Office Technology extends partnership with Dover International Speedway

KDI Office Technology and Dover International Speedway have reached a five-year partnership extension through 2024, making KDI the official and exclusive business solutions provider to the Monster Mile, and also gaining naming rights to the track’s infield media center.
 
The KDI Office Technology Media Center at Dover International Speedway, located near the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series garage inside Turn 1, provides local, regional and national media with a work area while at the track during NASCAR tripleheader weekends. The center is used for most press conferences and driver interviews during the weekend. KDI Office Technology will serve as the first presenting partner of the media center in the track’s 50-year history.
 
“This full-fledged sponsorship is a big step in our relationship with Dover, and we couldn’t be happier,” said Don Schatzman, KDI president. “We enjoy entertaining our clients at the track and giving them the complete Dover NASCAR experience. Given our long history together, we are so proud to be the first partner in Dover’s history to have our name on the media center. It’s very special, and we look forward to many more years of working with the wonderful people at Dover.”

Local travel advisor among first to experience new cruise ship

Sailing on the inaugural launches of the latest cruise ships is an honor reserved for top travel industry insiders. This year, local travel agent Judy Carton was among the first to sail on Celebrity Cruises’ newest cruise ship, Celebrity Edge, as part of Cruise Planners’ annual convention, which kicked off its 25th year in business.

“Sailing on the newest ship in the industry that incorporates the beauty of modern design and edgy entertainment was a thrill,” Carton said. “I want my clients to know that they have access to the best in the industry, and now I have firsthand knowledge of it.”

Carton was among 500 travel advisors to tour some of the luxury suites well-appointed with full bathrooms and wrap-around balconies. Edge is the prototype for an innovative new series of ships at Celebrity called the Edge Class. Designed to be oriented to the ocean in an unusual way for big vessels, it boasts several features that are groundbreaking not just for the line but the industry.

Cruise Planners creates customized vacations from cruises to land vacations. For more information, go to www.havefungonow.com.