News Briefs

November 10, 2017
Milton offices closed for Veterans Day

Milton town offices will be closed for Veterans Day Friday, Nov. 10.

Dewey Town Hall closed Nov. 10

Dewey Beach Town Hall, 105 Rodney Ave., will be closed Friday, Nov. 10, in observance of Veterans Day. Office will reopen with normal hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday, Nov. 13.

Lewes City Hall, BPW closed Nov. 10

The offices at Lewes City Hall and the Board of Public Works will be closed Friday, Nov. 10, in observance of Veterans Day. Offices will reopen with normal hours Monday, Nov. 13.

Dewey council meeting set Nov. 11

Dewey Beach Town Council will hold its regular monthly meeting at 9 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 11, in the Dewey Beach Life Saving Station, 1 Dagsworthy Ave. The agenda calls for an executive session first, with the public portion of the meeting beginning at 10:30 a.m.

The agenda calls for a discussion on potential actions related to findings in the independent investigation into employee complaints against former Town Manager Marc Appelbaum.

The agenda calls for possible votes to replace the heating and air conditioning system for the police department, the installation of new electrical outlets on the light poles in the median of Coastal Highway and the purchase of additional multi-use parking permit machines.

The agenda also calls for a review of current committees and the creation of new committees.

A full copy of the agenda can be seen online at, at town hall, 105 Rodney Ave., and on the message board of the life saving station.

LFD sets emergency services day Nov. 11

Lewes Fire Department will be conducting an in-depth look at the community's emergency services Saturday, Nov. 11, at the Villages of Five Points clubhouse. ​The day will conclude with an event for the whole family.

​The schedule begins at 8:45 a.m. with an introduction and remarks:

​• 9 to 10 a.m. – Capt. Aiden Gause and Craig Stephens will talk about how their department responds to fire calls, including marine emergencies.

​• 10 to 10:30 a.m. – Chief Beau Fibelkorn will discuss Emergency Medical Services, and Glenn Marshall, special operations coordinator, will provide an overview of the Smart 9-1-1 System.

​• 10:30 to 10:45 a.m. – Bob Schappert and Greg Bennett will discuss fundraising and community support.

​• 10:45 to 11:30 a.m. – The whole family is invited to see a fire engine and other company equipment during the show-and-tell portion of the program, which includes giveaways for the kids.

Lewes council to meet Nov. 13

Lewes Mayor and City Council will meet at 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 13, at city hall. The group will consider a lease with Lewes in Bloom for city-owned property behind the Lewes library for the development of the Garden for All Ages. Council will discuss abandonment and decommissioning of several paper streets along Cedar Street as well as hear a request from Sandbox Land Development LLC for the rezoning of the Lewes Ice House, 110 New Road, from industrial to R-4, residential. To view the full agenda, go to

Lewes to discuss railroad tracks Nov. 14

Lewes Mayor and City Council will host a workshop at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 14, at city hall to discuss the future of the railroad tracks within city limits from Gills Neck Road to Savannah Road. Earlier this year, the Department of Transportation announced it would decommission the railroad from Cool Spring to Lewes. For more information, call city hall at 302-645-7777.

Lewes planners consider senior-living facility

The Lewes Planning Commission will meet at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 15, at city hall to discuss a request from Preston Schell of Ocean Atlantic Companies to rezone a 16.45-acre parcel between Kings Highway and Savannah Road currently zoned R-2, low-density residential. The request seeks to subdivide the property and rezone 9.34 acres to Community Facilities Health Care and the remaining 7.11 acres to Limited Commercial. Ocean Atlantic Companies and Vantage Point Retirement Living Inc. plan to build a senior-living facility on one portion of the property and medical offices on the remaining section. The commission will also consider a request from the city for a consolidation of lots on Texas Street. Commissioners will also discuss a draft site plan review zoning amendment. For more information, call city hall at 302-645-7777.

Recycling council to meet Nov. 15

Delaware's Recycling Public Advisory Council will meet at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 15, at the DNREC Field Office, 901 Pilottown Road, Lewes.

For more information about the monthly RPAC meeting, including the agenda, go to

Lewes canal bridge inspection next week

Delaware Department of Transportation contractor Pennoni Associates will be inspecting the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal bridge the week of Nov. 13. On Wednesday, Nov. 15, there will be alternating one-way traffic on Savannah Road in the area around the bridge. Flaggers will be on site to direct traffic through the work zone.

Prime Hook public area closed Nov. 18

The public use area of Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge, which includes the Visitor Contact Station, will be closed all day Saturday, Nov. 18, due to deer hunting. Only permitted hunters will have access to the headquarters area. For more information, call the refuge office at 302-684-8419.

RD20 Democratic Committee to meet

Drew Boyce, director of planning at the Delaware Division of Transportation, is the featured speaker at the RD20 Democratic Committee meeting Thursday, Nov. 16, 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. Currently Boyce is supporting the work of the Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission to create the 2018 Comprehensive Plan for Sussex County. The presentation will address transportation issues facing Sussex County. There is general agreement that coordination with DelDOT is important to manage future growth and development in the county.

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

Dewey adopt-a-family drive 2017

Dewey Beach announced Nov. 6 that it will be hosting a gift drive for children from several local families. The families were referred to the town by a Cape Henlopen School District liaison.

The list is available on the town's website,, under the news tab.

Bring wrapped gifts to town hall, 105 Rodney Ave. by Tuesday, Dec. 12. Gifts should be labeled with recipient's identification code. All families will appreciate local grocery store gift cards. For more information, call town clerk Ashleigh Hudson at 302-227-6363.