News Briefs 10/19/18

October 19, 2018

Rehoboth shade tree commission to meet Oct. 22
The Rehoboth Beach Parks and Shade Tree Commission has scheduled a meeting for 2 p.m., Monday, Oct. 22, in the commissioners room of city hall, 229 Rehoboth Ave. There are four appeal hearings on the agenda, three of which pertain to a determination of a fee in lieu of mitigation for a tree. The fourth pertains to the denial of a tree removal at 318 Country Club Drive. For more information call 302-227-6181. A copy of the agenda can be found at city hall or at

Rehoboth law oversight committee to meet Oct. 23
The Rehoboth Beach Law Oversight Committee has scheduled a meeting for 2 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 23, in the commissioners room of city hall, 229 Rehoboth Ave. The agenda calls for discussions regarding specific tree code issues, the utilization of support from Delaware Law School, and a discussion and amendments to the zoning code that would convert criminal penalties to civil penalties. For more information call 302-227-6181. A full copy of the agenda can be found at town hall or online at

Surfgimp 2019 grant application available
The Surfgimp Foundation’s 2019 grant application is now available. The grant application opened Oct. 15 and closes Saturday, Dec. 15. The Surfgimp Foundation assists individuals with disabilities to participate in limitless adventures by awarding grant funding to help cover the cost of equipment, travel, lodging, support personnel/caregivers, admission/entry fees and more. Applications can be downloaded at They will not be accepted after the deadline. Applications should be submitted via email to Although not preferred, applications can also be mailed to P.O. Box 5153 Arlington, VA 22205.

Milton Sustainability Committee to meet Oct. 23
Milton Sustainability Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 23, at Milton library. The committee will discuss the town’s draft sustainability plan and a proposal put forth by environmental policy expert Brandy Espinola.

Volunteer firefighters warn of phone scam
The Delaware  Volunteer Firefighters Association has been advised of a telephone scam soliciting donations for local fire departments and EMS services.  No fire department in the state of Delaware does this type of solicitation over the phone. These people are taking money and giving a portion to a fire department to make it  seem legitimate, then keeping a portion for themselves. Fire departments do operate off donations, and the best way to donate to a local to fire department is to donate directly to them. Only then do 100 percent of the proceeds go toward the fire departments. The association also asks the public to gather any information - names, phone numbers and addresses - that could be helpful with the prosecution through the fraud unit at the Attorney General’s Office. For any additional comments contact 302-381-9780.

Lewes parks and rec to discuss Fishers Cove Oct. 22
Lewes Parks and Recreation Commission will meet at 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 22, at city hall. The group will review the Fishers Cove subdivision plan as it relates to existing or proposed open space, affect on adjacent park areas or other natural features. The developer is seeking to build 18 single-family homes on 12 acres. The commission will also consider new playground equipment for George H.P. Smith Park and upgrades to the bump-outs on Second Street.

Lewes beach parking committee to meet Oct. 23
The Lewes Beach Parking Review Committee will meet at 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 23, at city hall. The group will review obstructions in the right of way on residential streets between Savannah Road and Roosevelt Inlet. Members will also discuss a final report to mayor and city council. For more information, call city hall at 302-645-7777.

Plan hearing on Sussex council agenda Oct. 23
Sussex County Council will meet at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 23, in the county administration building, 2 The Circle, Georgetown. Included on the agenda is an 11 a.m. public hearing on the 2018 comprehensive plan. Council will also hear a presentation on affordable housing by Brandy Nauman, housing coordinator and fair housing compliance officer. See a complete agenda at

Candidate forum for Sussex District 5 set Oct. 25
Candidates for Sussex County Council District 5 Ellen Magee and John Rieley will field questions from the audience at a public forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Sussex County Thursday, Oct. 25, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., at the Laurel library, 101 4th St.  Magee (Democrat) and Rieley (Republican) are vying for the seat vacated by Rob Arlett, representing southern Sussex County, extending from the Maryland line to the Atlantic Ocean and including the communities of Dagsboro, Delmar, Fenwick Island, Frankford, Laurel, Millville, Millsboro, Selbyville and South Bethany. 

Both candidates have posted background information and their answers to questions on key issues on, the League of Women Voters’ online voters’ guide. Questions posed to the candidates on the website focus on their priorities for the county as well as their views on protecting and improving water quality, working with DelDOT on traffic issues, addressing sea level rise, and communicating with constituents. Following brief opening statements by the candidates, the Oct. 25 forum will be devoted to written questions from the floor. The audience can pick up note cards and pencils for posing questions at the entry door or from monitors in the aisles throughout the program.

LWVSC sets districts 6, 14 candidates forum Oct. 23
The League of Women Voters of Sussex County is hosting a public forum for candidates for state Senate District 6 and House of Representatives District 14 Tuesday, Oct. 23, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Lewes library. Candidates for senator Ernesto Lopez (R) and David Baker (D), and candidates for representative Peter Schwartzkopf (D) and James DeMartino (R) will field questions from the audience. Voters can find their district numbers on their Delaware Polling Place Card or by entering their address on