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Cape Life Briefs Summer 2020

June 17, 2020

Green Drinks to meet online June 29

Green Drinks will meet for a talk on light pollution and its effect on migratory birds from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Monday, June 29. Guest speaker will be Dr. Jeff Buler, associate professor of wildlife ecology and head of the aeroecology program at the University of Delaware since 2011. He has led the development of novel methods for using data from weather surveillance radar networks to study the movement and habitat use patterns of migrating birds. He is excited to share his lab's recent and ongoing research providing evidence of broad-scale impacts of light pollution on migrating birds throughout North America. Rehoboth Beach Green Drinks is a monthly gathering of people interested in hearing a discussion on green or environmental topics. To RSVP for Zoom call information, contact Joan Flaherty or Charlie Garlow at 301-312-7703 or 240-353-4962.

Satellite walk raises $4K for Read Aloud Delaware

Read Aloud Delaware Sussex County Coordinoator Stacy Penaranda extends thanks to Read Aloud staff, volunteers and friends who turned out June 13 for the inaugural Sussex County satellite walk as part of the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community. Generally held in Wilmington with hundreds of participants, the event was turned into virtual and satellite walks this year.

Penaranda said, “We are grateful to our Sussex Striders Team: Ed and Eileen Grochowski, Daniella Penaranda, Jan Benjamin, Natalie Smith, Bill Liggett, PJ Kotowski, Regina and Jim McShane, and Linda and Andy D'Aloisio. Through their fundraising efforts and the overwhelming donations from other supporters, our Sussex team was able to raise over $4,000 for Read Aloud Delaware.”

Over $23,400 was donated statewide. All monies raised will go toward continuing Read Aloud’s mission to ensure that each preschool child in the state is regularly read to one-on-one.

To donate, send a check to Read Aloud Delaware, 108 N. Bedford St., Georgetown, DE 19947 or go to www.readalouddelaware.org.

Stand Up Delaware to host Back the Red, White & BLUE rally July 4

Stand Up Delaware will host its next rally, Back the Red, White & BLUE, from 12 to 3 p.m., Saturday, July 4, at Legislative Mall in Dover. Co-host is Dover City Councilman David Anderson.

All are invited to celebrate the United States’ independence made possible by Caesar Rodney's historic ride. The rally will honor founding fathers and show appreciation and support for law enforcement officers, first responders, military and veterans. There will be special music and entertainment as well. Attendees are asked to bring their own lawn chairs, blankets, water and sunscreen.

A percentage of sponsor proceeds will benefit the official fundraiser to support the Delaware Law Enforcement Memorial. To donate, go to www.gofundme.com and search DE FOP Official Law Enforcement Memorial Fund.

For more information, go to Facebook and search for Back The Red, White & BLUE, hosted by Stand Up Delaware or go to www.reopendelaware.org.

Social Security unveils redesigned retirement benefits portal

The Social Security Administration announced the first of several steps it is taking to improve the public’s experience on its website. The newly redesigned retirement benefits portal, www.socialsecurity.gov/benefits/retirement, will help millions of people prepare for and apply for retirement. 

“We are working hard to continue improving our website to provide people with clear, helpful information and easy access to our online services,” said Andrew Saul, Social Security commissioner. “Our new retirement portal is more user-friendly and easier to navigate, whether someone is ready to learn about, apply for, or manage their retirement benefits.”

The redesigned portal will make it easier for people to find and read about Social Security retirement benefits, with fewer pages and clearer information. The portal also is optimized for mobile devices and now includes the ability to subscribe for retirement information and updates.

For more information and to learn how to create a personal Social Security account online, go to www.socialsecurity.gov/benefits/retirement.

ACLU to discuss criminal justice reform July 15

ACLU of Delaware will host its annual meeting virtually from 7 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, July 15. The topic will be Flattening the Curve of Inequality, which will cover plans to reform the criminal justice system, increase education equity and protect voting rights. The meeting will be conducted via Zoom and streamed on Facebook Live. To participate, one must fill out an RSVP form to receive the Zoom link. To register, go to www.action.aclu.org/webform/de-2020-annual-meeting.

Delaware nonprofits invited to apply for grants

The new Community Needs Grants Program and the Vision Grants Program are now open to Delaware nonprofits through the Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund at the Delaware Community Foundation. 

Through the Community Needs Grants Program, the fund will award monthly grants up to $50,000 to enable nonprofits to better serve Delawareans by providing resources to help them shift to new or modified operating models, or restart or pivot programs in response to COVID-19. These grants are not intended for emergency needs. Rather, they are intended to support nonprofit sectors through organizations that are sustainable with strong leadership, management and fiscal accountability, as well as solid programmatic outcomes that benefit Delawareans.

Through the Vision Grants Program, the fund will invest in innovative solutions across a variety of topic areas that address the emerging and evolving needs arising from or exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Vision grants will support bold solutions and innovative ways of delivering services and programs, address specific social problems, include key partners, and drive broader social or systems changes.

For more information and to apply, go to www.delcf.org/covid-grants.

New Hope center awarded $5K Freeman FACES grant

The New Hope Recreation and Development Center in Ellendale has been awarded a 2020 Freeman Foundation FACES Grant of $5,000. As in prior years, this award is used to fund the New Hope summer and after-school programs. However, the 2020 summer program has been suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Fall programming options are being evaluated. The center’s focus remains on the health and safety of youth and staff, and doing its part in restricting disease spread. Over the coming months, the center will continue to follow updates from local and state health departments to determine options. Its priority is to ensure an environment where youth can safely learn and engage in activities. Plans will be communicated when finalized. The program’s success is due in great part to the hard work and dedication of its volunteer staff.

New Hope Recreation and Development Center is at 12564 N. Old State Road, Ellendale. For more information, call 302-491-6058 or go to www.nhrdc.org.

SNAP online purchase pilot approved in Delaware

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced approval of a request from Delaware to provide online food purchasing to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program households.

This approval will allow Delaware to expedite implementation of online purchasing with currently authorized SNAP online retailers; a target start date will be announced later.

Delaware’s SNAP participation is more than 119,000 individuals and over 58,000 households, and totals $178 million annually in federal benefits.

The USDA Food and Nutrition Service is working hand-in-hand with state program leadership to provide support and guidance to adapt to the challenges of this public health emergency. 

Involution Yoga offers beach classes in Lewes and Dewey

Involution Yoga studio announced a soft reopening including several outdoor yoga classes on the beach in Lewes and Dewey Beach.

Lewes Beach yoga classes will be offered at 7:30 a.m., Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays on the beach at Roosevelt Inlet at the end of Cedar Street.

Dewey Beach yoga classes will be offered at 5:30 p.m., Wednesdays, and 8:45 a.m., Thursdays at the end of Chesapeake Street.

The studio also is reintroducing limited in-studio classes with social distancing and other safety measures in place, consistent with Phase 1 reopening standards. For more information, go to www.involutionyoga.com.

Young philanthropists raise $23K for addiction services

Next Gen South, the southern chapter of the Next Generation of the Delaware Community Foundation, raised more than $23,564 at its Chowdown for Charity event held March 6 at Maple Dale Country Club.

In the friendly culinary competition, Greene Turtle Restaurant was dubbed Chowdown Champion 2020, and Haass Butcher Shop finished in second place, beating out signature dishes from competitors Brickworks Brewing & Eats, Maple Dale Country Club, Chaiyo, The Brick, Bethany Blues, Crooked Hammock and Wild Quail Country Club.

“We are blown away by the support of our community. This event has grown tremendously, and it wouldn’t be possible without the support of our sponsors, restaurants, and guests,” said Courtney Duncan, Next Generation South vice president.

More 275 attendees enjoyed delicious foods, tasty drinks by EasySpeaks and Fordham & Dominion Brewing Company, and ended the night with cookies and coffee provided by House of Coffi. 

“Funds raised from this event will stay in our Kent and Sussex communities to help our neighbors struggling with addiction,” said Samantha Hemphill, Next Generation South president.

Operation SEAs the Day moves Warrior Beach Week to 2021

Operation SEAs the Day announced its 8th Warrior Beach Week will not be held in 2020.

President Becky Johns said, “This event is important to Bethany Beach and surrounding areas, and we are extremely disappointed to make this decision. However, the impact of COVID-19 on the health and well-being of our guest families as well as our volunteers and the community outweigh holding this event this year.”

Warrior Beach Week provides military veterans a week of rest and relaxation to enjoy the sun, sand, and recognition of the community in the Bethany Beach area. The community support has changed lives and made this a favorite event for veterans and their families. Recognizing that warriors and their families still need help, organizers suggest that contributions that would have been made to Operation SEAs the Day this year be redirected to veterans organizations and/or those being affected by the pandemic. 

In the past seven years, the event has hosted more than 1,000 individuals, held four weddings, and with community support, positively affected the lives of guests simply by extending thanks and hospitality. The celebration is set for Tuesday to Sunday, Sept. 7 to 12, 2021.

For more information, go to www.operationseastheday.org.

Morning meditation offers connection

The Community Coherence Project created by Dr. Krista Griffin is a way for community members to share 20-30 minutes of connection and meditation, at 7:30 a.m. each day via Zoom. To join and be a part of this collective consciousness, find Alchemy 4 Life Delaware on Facebook or go to www.Alchemy4Life.com.

Recovery program meetings info available online

Due to government restrictions and continuing concerns about the spread of coronavirus/COVID-19, many area facilities that host recovery program meetings have been closed indefinitely. Some meetings have been moved online, while others are canceled until further notice.

Recovery is a challenging process, made more so during this time of limitations on face-to-face contacts and group meetings.

To help those who are dealing with alcohol-related substance use issues and need support, information and resources have been made available online. Those seeking help can find out about locally based meetings that have temporarily moved online or have been newly created. For details, go to www.sussexaa.org.

Historical society postpones Lewes Preservation Awards to 2021

Nominations for the Lewes Historical Society 2020 Preservation Awards are being postponed until April 2021.

The biennial awards honor outstanding Lewes preservationists in the areas of Restoration/Rehabilitation, New Construction, Community and Stewardship. The honorees are those who will be deemed to have made an indelible impact on the Lewes community by preserving and enhancing the town through preservation, and thoughtful design and services.

Applications will be available in January 2021 to nominate an individual or organization. For more information, go to www.historiclewes.org or call 302-645-7670.

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