News Briefs 11/20/20

November 20, 2020
Cape Gazette posts early deadlines

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the classified and retail advertising deadlines for the Friday, Nov. 27 edition of the Cape Gazette will be noon, Monday, Nov. 23. The retail and classified advertising deadlines for the Tuesday, Dec. 1 edition will be noon, Wednesday, Nov. 25. Cape Gazette business offices will be closed Thursday-Friday, Nov. 26-27.

Rehoboth Audit Committee to meet

The Rehoboth Beach Audit Committee has scheduled a virtual meeting for 1 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 24. The agenda calls for a presentation and discussion on the audit of the fiscal year that ended March 31, 2020. Members of the public wishing to speak must preregister at least 24 hours prior to the meeting by emailing Meeting materials are accessible at For more information, call 302-227-6181.

Sussex council has three December meetings

Sussex County Council will not meet Tuesday, Nov. 24. Council has three more Tuesday meetings before the end of the year, Dec. 1, Dec. 8 and Dec. 15. Meetings start at 10 a.m. in the county administration building, 2 The Circle, Georgetown. Agendas are posted at on the Wednesdays before the meetings. On Tuesday, Jan. 5, two new council members will be sworn in: Mark Schaeffer of Lewes, District 3, and Cindy Green of Greenwood, District 2.

Rehoboth city hall closed Nov. 26-27

In observance of Thanksgiving, Rehoboth Beach City Hall, 229 Rehoboth Ave., will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 26 and 27. There will be no residential trash pickup Nov. 26. Regular trash pickup will resume city-wide Nov. 27. Visit for a trash collection calendar. For more information, contact the communications department at 302-227-6181 Ext. 522 or

Henlopen Acres town hall closed Nov. 26-27

In observance of Thanksgiving, Henlopen Acres Town Hall, 104 Tidewaters, will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 26 and 27. For more information, call 302-227-6411.

Beebe to host COVID-19 update Nov. 23 

Beebe Healthcare will hold a virtual COVID-19 Town Hall for the public from 5 to 6 p.m., Monday, Nov. 23.  David A. Tam, Beebe Healthcare president & CEO, and Bill Chasanov, DO, Beebe’s COVID-19 Response medical director and infectious disease physician, will share updates about the latest in cases, hospitalizations, and general information about the upcoming COVID-19 vaccine. To watch, log into Facebook and go to Beebe Healthcare’s Facebook page to look for the live video. Those without access to Facebook can listen to the presentation by calling 415-466-7000 and entering the PIN: 3530981 #; or 760-699-0393 with PIN: 8657924697 #. For more information about COVID-19, go to

Lewes Board of Health meets Nov. 24

The Lewes Board of Health will meet virtually at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 24. The group will discuss the state of the COVID-19 pandemic in Lewes and possible actions to recommend to mayor and city council. A link can be found at

Lewes Beach Parking Committee to meet

The Lewes Beach Parking Committee will meet virtually at 4 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 24. The group will continue to discuss encroachments on the city right of way on Lewes Beach. Streets to be discussed include Midland, West Canal, Delaware, Oregon and Illinois. A link to the meeting can be found at

Lewes Public Art Committee to meet

The Lewes Public Art Committee will meet virtually at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 24. The group will discuss 2021 project ideas and a concept for a public symposium. A link to the meeting can be found at

Route 24 signal in operation Nov. 20

There will be nighttime lane closures on Hollymount Road, Route 24 and Sloan Road for traffic signal activation for the new Walden subdivisions. Flaggers will be on-site to direct motorists. The signal will go into full stop-and-go operation after the morning rush hour Friday, Nov. 20, pending weather conditions. Message boards have been posted to notify motorists of the new traffic pattern.

Milton tree lighting canceled 

Milton’s annual tree lighting ceremony has been canceled due to increased restrictions on gatherings. The outdoor event was set for Nov. 27, but Milton Town Manager Kristy Rogers said officials are unable to enforce or monitor the state’s new 50-person limit on outdoor gatherings.  She said the tree and the lights in Milton Memorial Park will still be lit starting Nov. 27.

Portion of Munchy Branch Road to close

A portion of Munchy Branch Road near Rehoboth Beach will be closed to complete a sewer tie-in for McKinney’s Grove until 6 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 25, depending on weather conditions. The section closed will be between Delpany Street and Field Lane. Detour routes: Munchy Branch from Wolf Neck Road – South onto Wolf Neck Road, turn left to Route 1 southbound and turn left to Munchy Branch Road. Munchy Branch Road from Route 1 – Straight on Route 1 northbound past Munchy Branch Road, turn right on Wolf Neck Road and turn right to return to Munchy Branch Road. Detour signage will be posted.

Sussex council awards grants to nonprofits

Sussex County Council awarded the following councilmanic grants during its Nov. 10 meeting: $3,000 to Boy Scouts of America Troop 1 in Lewes to purchase equipment; $3,100 to Sussex Central High School to purchase calculus calculators; $1,500 to Lewes Public Library for its 5th annual Shakespeare Festival planned for April 2021; and $21,000 to Georgetown Historical Society for roofing repairs to the Nutter Marvel complex barrel barn.

Department of Correction temporarily suspends in-person visitation 

The Delaware Department of Correction has temporarily suspended in-person visitation in all of its Level V prison and Level IV work release and violation of probation facilities starting Nov. 12 as a precaution to protect inmates and staff from COVID-19. This comes as public health officials report rapidly increasing numbers of positive COVID-19 test results among the general population and indications of significant community spread of the disease. “The Department of Correction is carefully monitoring the growing number of cases across Delaware, and as a precaution we are proactively suspending in-person visitation temporarily to reduce the risk of this illness entering and spreading within our facilities,” said Commissioner Claire DeMatteis. “Regular interaction with loved ones is very important, and the DOC provides phone access in all correctional facilities as well as video visitation in every Level V prison to facilitate ongoing communication between inmates and their family and community supports.” There are only two isolated cases of COVID-19 among inmates, both from Sussex Correctional Institution, officials said. These isolated cases were identified through proactive screening and testing, and both are receiving treatment. There have been no new positive inmate COVID-19 test results since Oct. 29, officials said.

Rehoboth collects 142 pounds of prescription drugs

As part of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, the Rehoboth Beach Police Department collected 142 pounds of unused, expired and unwanted prescription drugs. “The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day addresses a critical public safety and public health issue,” said Rehoboth Beach Police Chief Keith Banks. Take-back programs are the safest method for disposing of prescription drugs because they are organized and closely monitored by local, state, and federal government agencies. These agencies ensure the proper disposal of the drugs in accordance with federal law.

Sussex council awards nonprofit grants

Sussex County Council awarded the following councilmanic grants during its Oct. 27 meeting: $500 to Town of Delmar for its tree-lighting ceremony; $1,000 to Delaware Center for the Inland Bays for a project at the James Farm; and a $5,000 county-wide youth grant to Delaware Community Foundation for Sussex County Health Coalition’s Delaware Goes Purple substance-abuse prevention project.

December 14th DMHOA Conference Call Monthly General Membership Meeting

The Delaware Manufactured Home Owners Association (DMHOA) is a nonprofit organization and the only legislative advocate representing the interests of manufactured housing homeowners living on leased land in Delaware. Our December 14th General Membership meeting will be conducted as conference call. Dial in number: 978-990-5000  Access Code: 907460#. For best reception use a land line. Meeting call starts promptly at 6:30 pm and open to anyone living in manufactured housing on leased land.  For more information visit: or check out our Facebook page: dmhoahu or call 302-945-2122.

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