Community Briefs 8/10/22

August 10, 2022
Public-private investment to help build thriving communities

Healthy Communities Delaware announced a $3 million combined public-private investment in communities between the State of Delaware and Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware. This investment is targeted to support place-based, community-driven initiatives to improve the vital conditions all communities need to thrive. The $1.5 million investment from Highmark Delaware’s grant fund, BluePrints for the Community, matches a $1.5 million investment from the State of Delaware in a public-private partnership to advance health, well-being and equity.

“Highmark Delaware’s investment will directly support the work of many HCD community partners, which are community-based organizations throughout the state working to create healthy, safe and vibrant neighborhoods. Highmark’s investment is vital to advancing health, well-being and equity, and will help move us toward a Delaware where all people and places are thriving,” said Stuart Comstock-Gay, Delaware Community Foundation president and CEO, and Healthy Communities Delaware managing partner.

Bettie James Fest 5K set Aug. 13

The inaugural Bettie James Fest 5K Run/Walk will be held at Northbeach in Dewey Beach at 7:30 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 13. The race is part of the Ten Sisters of Dewey Beach Running Series. The run/walk is named after country music singer and songwriter Jimmie Allen’s late father, James Allen, and late grandmother, Bettie Snead. Fresh off his first Grammy nomination, the Milton native will host his second Bettie James Fest at Hudson Fields Aug. 13.

Awards for the 5K are all based on chip time and include overall male and female and masters and top three in five-year age groups. Registration and packet pickup takes place at Northbeach from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. There will be race-day registration. There will be post-race food and refreshments at Northbeach, including beer for those 21 and over. The proceeds benefit the Dewey Beach Patrol and Rotary 41 Clubs.

For more information, go to

Girl Scouts to host movie event Aug. 13

Girls of ages are invited to a sisterhood celebration at the Movies at Midway from 1 to 3 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 13. To build more positive and peaceful relationships, Girl Scout Troop 1150 will be showing “Finding Dory” and holding a discussion afterward about taking action to help change the world. The cost is $5 per girl.

Mostly Mozart concert at All Saints’ Aug. 14
All Saints' Church will host a Mostly Mozart concert at 4 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 14, at 18 Olive Ave. in downtown Rehoboth Beach. Compositions by Puccini, Schumann and Wagner will also be presented. Performers will include Jennifer Barbarita, Tony Gizzi, Liz McGrady, and Ellen and Joseph Turri. All are welcome to attend. There is no admission fee; a freewill offering will be taken. All Saints' church is fully handicapped accessible and off-street parking is available on the church grounds. For more information, contact Jon Rania, music and communications director, at or 302-227-7202.
UUSD in-person/virtual service set Aug. 14

The Unitarian Universalists of Southern Delaware will hold an online and in-person service at 10 a.m., Sunday, Aug. 14, with the topic What's the Difference? For registration information or to access the livestreamed service, go to

Beebe to host virtual town hall on monkeypox virus Aug. 15

Beebe Healthcare invites the public to a virtual town hall for a discussion on monkeypox virus in Sussex County at 5:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 15. Dr. David A. Tam, president and CEO, and Dr. Bill Chasanov, chief population health officer, will share updates on monkeypox as a public health concern. The overall risk to the public remains low at this time; however, awareness and education about the virus are the best ways to reduce possible spread. To watch, join Beebe’s Facebook or YouTube page for the live presentation. Recordings will be published for viewing after the town hall ends. Live ASL interpretation will be available on screen.

Caesar Rodney Class of ‘71 reunion RSVPs due Aug. 15

Caesar Rodney High School Class of 1971 will hold reunion activities Friday and Saturday, Sept. 23 and 24, including a happy hour at Irish Eyes in Lewes from 3 to 7 p.m., Sept. 23. A tour of the current facility will be offered at 9 a.m., Sept. 24, at 239 Old North Road, Camden. The main event from 1 to 6 p.m., at 16 Cedarfield Road in Magnolia, will feature Mission BBQ catering, a DJ spinning tunes from the ‘70s and late ‘60s, a photo and memorabilia slide show, and more. Cost is $20. RSVPs are requested by Monday, Aug. 15, to Sam at

First State Antique Tractor Club to meet Aug. 16

The First State Antique Tractor Club will meet at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 16, at the Greenwood VFW, on the corner of Governors Avenue and Mill Street, Greenwood. Plans for the fall tractor drive will be discussed, in addition to new club business and events. Light refreshments will be served. The club is always looking for new members. For details, go to, or contact Maralene Givens at 302-228-2674 or

Learn about state contracts at Aug. 18 workshop

Anyone interested in doing business with the State of Delaware is invited to attend a Vendor Day workshop from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 18. The workshop is offered both in-person at 600 S. Bay Road, Dover, and virtually.

It will cover several topics, including: how the state purchases products and services; learning about existing contracts and who uses them; where to find information on smaller purchases and currently advertised bidding opportunities; tips for developing a successful proposal; and strategies for positioning one’s business to participate in unadvertised smaller purchases.

Registration is required for both in-person and virtual workshops, and in-person seating is limited. Go to for in-person registration or to sign up for virtual access.

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