News Briefs 09/12/17

September 12, 2017

Lopez hosts Coffee and Conversation Sept. 13
Sen. Ernie Lopez, R-Lewes, will be hosting his monthly constituent coffee Wednesday, Sept. 13, beginning at 7 p.m., at the Lewes Public Library, 111 Adams Ave., Lewes. All residents of the 6th state Senate District are invited to attend. The 6th district includes Dewey Beach, Henlopen Acres, Rehoboth Beach, Lewes, Milton, Harbeson and surrounding areas. Lopez will be reviewing legislation from the first session of the 149th Delaware General Assembly and answering questions from attendees. Coffee and dessert will be provided by the senator.

Lewes Bike and Ped Committee to meet
The Lewes Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Advisory Committee will meet at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 13, at city hall. The group will discuss the new bicycle parking lot on Gills Neck Road and how to direct bicyclists to it. Members will also discuss silent policemen, the ice cream ticket program for children 12 and under wearing a helmet and the necessity of the committee. To see the full agenda, go to

Inland Bays Foundation meets Sept. 12
The Inland Bays Foundation will host Gerald Kauffmann at its next monthly meeting at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 12, at the South Coastal Library. Kauffmann, director of the University of Delaware Water Resources Center, will discuss the Trump administration's plan to rescind the Clean Water Rule. For more, go to

Milton historic commission to meet
Milton Historic Preservation Commission will meet at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 12, at the Milton library to review training options for commissioners and a request for a proposed front porch at 120 Federal St. For more information or a full agenda, go to or call 302-684-4110.

Two Milton committees to meet Sept. 13
Milton Water Committee will meet at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 13, at the Milton library to review the results of a water modeling project, town code, capital improvements and possible impacts of Artesian's Northern Sussex Regional Water Recharge Facility. At 3 p.m., Milton Infrastructure Land Acquisition Committee will meet to discuss and approve previous meeting minutes. For more information or full agendas, go to or call 302-684-4110.

Hudson Road to be closed for repairs
Replacement of crossover pipe will require the closure of Hudson Road at 7 a.m., Monday, Sept. 18, until 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 22, pending weather. The rain date is 7 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 23, until 3 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 26. Hudson Road will be closed between Wiley Branch Road and Hickory Hill Road, Millsboro. DelDOT's maintenance crew will be removing and replacing a crossroad pipe on Hudson Road. Detour signage will be posted for motorists.

Mental health facility topic Sept. 18
As Sussex County's population has swelled in recent years, so, too, has the demand for new services, particularly as it relates to healthcare. But those suffering from mental health or substance abuse issues have long found a lack of options when it came to care in southern Delaware. The sun, however, will be rising soon on a new facility that aims to change that.

The Sussex County Advisory Committee on Aging & Adults with Physical Disabilities will host a presentation by SUN Behavioral Health CEO Steve Page. The meeting will take place at 10 a.m., Monday, Sept. 18, at the CHEER Community Center, 20520 Sand Hill Road, Georgetown. Page will provide an update on SUN's 90-bed behavioral health hospital complex currently under construction in Georgetown.

The $25 million, two-story facility - the first of its kind in Sussex County – is expected to open next summer, and will provide a full continuum of specialized care, including inpatient and day hospital services for those suffering mental health and substance use issues. SUN Behavioral Delaware, which is expected to eventually add as many as 130 jobs to the local economy, will offer specialized programs for children, adolescents, adults and seniors.

The Sussex County Advisory Committee on Aging & Adults with Physical Disabilities is an 11-member panel established by the Sussex County Council to be an advocate for programs and policies that benefit older and disabled residents. The committee meets every other month, in January, March, May, July, September and November. All meetings are open to the public.
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Cape update set at 20th District Dems meeting
What priorities have been set in the Cape Henlopen School District for the 2017/18 school year? How will Cape Henlopen schools be impacted by the 2018 state education budget and current state and federal education policies? What can residents in the district do to support education, teachers and students? A panel of speakers including Cape Henlopen School District Superintendent Robert Fulton; Faye Blake, executive director of Pathways to Success; and Esthelda (Stell) Parker-Selby, former Cape Henlopen teacher, principal and school board member, will address these and other issues at the RD20 Democratic Committee meeting Thursday, Sept. 21, at Fish On Restaurant, 17300 Village Main Blvd., Lewes. Members and guests gather at 5:30 p.m. for refreshments and dinner (optional) followed at 6 p.m. by the presentation. The public is welcome.

Following the presentation, RD20 Democratic Committee will conduct its monthly business meeting. All registered Democrats in the district may attend. For further information contact Kerry Thalheim at RD 20 is the local Democratic Party organization for residents in the Lewes, Coolspring, Harbeson, and Milton areas of Sussex County. RD 20 is an advocate for the common good.