A Sussex County woman has filed as a Democratic candidate for State Treasurer. Colleen Davis of Dagsboro is a health care professional who has focused on sustainability, efficiency and quality-of-care for health care providers and their patients, which she says would serve her well in the Treasurer’s office. She is challenging Republican incumbent Ken Simpler and Green Party candidate David Chandler. You can read more about Davis at http://colleendavisfortreasurer.com
Several members of the Sussex GOP will announce their re-election bids on Monday. Representatives Danny Short of Seaford, Tim Dukes of Laurel, Ron Gray of Selbyville and Steve Smyk of Milton will announce their intentions at the Old Court House in Georgetown at noon.
Twenty teachers in Delaware will be vying for the title of Teacher of the Year in October. The twenty finalists were chosen from over 9000 public and charter school teachers in the First State and nominated by their districts or the Delaware Charter School Network because of their ability to inspire students and their devotion to teaching.
The 2019 District/Charter Teachers of the Year are:
Appoquinimink: Sara Anderson, Cedar Lane Elementary, grade 5 inclusion
Brandywine: Bonnie Yurkanin, Claymont Elementary, library media
Caesar Rodney: Ashlee Upp, Allen Frear Elementary, grade 3
Cape Henlopen: Robert Harrod, Cape Henlopen High, grade 9 biology
Capital: Joseph Fuller, Dover High, Intensive Learning Center math/science
Christina: Jennifer Montanez, Etta J. Wilson Elementary, grade 5
Colonial: Mark McKenzie, William Penn High, Grades 11-12 chemistry
Delmar: Michelle Howard, Delmar High, Grades 9-12 physical science/chemistry
Indian River: Courtney White, North Georgetown Elementary, grade 5
Lake Forest: Sara Bushey, Lake Forest North Elementary, grade 3
Laurel: Carly Carrier, Laurel Middle, grade 6 science
Milford: Veronica Evans, Milford Senior High, grades 10-12 U.S. government and politics/social studies
New Castle County Vo-Tech: Lindsay Hoeschel, Howard High School of Technology, grade 11 English language arts
POLYTECH: David Watson, POLYTECH High, engineering/calculus/physics
Red Clay Consolidated: Lia Zucchino, Evan G. Shortlidge Academy, grade 2
Seaford: Dana Bowe, West Seaford Elementary, K-2 special education
Smyrna: Virginia Hoye, Clayton Intermediate, grade 5 English language arts/social studies
Sussex Tech: Anthony Natoli, Sussex Technical High, grades 9 and 11 English language arts
Woodbridge: Heather Kerrick, Woodbridge Early Childhood Education Center, grade 1 reading/social studies
Charter Network: Thomas Becker, MOT Charter High, grades 9-12 math
The weather on Tuesday was not that bad, but only a few folks went fishing. Reports were pretty slim from those that did make it out.
At Lewes Harbour Marina the report was no report except for some skates caught at B Buoy.
The news from Lighthouse View Bait and Tackle on the fishing pier at Cape Henlopen State Park was some small flounder, spot and croaker. The flounder went after jigs decorated with bright colored Gulp! while the croaker and spot take bloodworms.
Chris at Hook ‘em and Cook ‘em told us a few flounder were caught from the ocean, but described the bite as slow. The offshore fleet that went out on Monday returned late in the day with tuna. Several charter and private boats have left on overnight trips and will be back on Wednesday.
Clark at Old Inlet Bait and Tackle said nothing had come into the shop since early morning when a few keeper rockfish that were caught during the night were reported. Casting plugs and drifting sand fleas have both produced good results. Summer is here and the weather is good. Let’s go fishing!
This is Eric Burnley with your WGMD fishing report.
Legislation that would guns out of the hands of people who are deemed to pose a public danger by the courts has been approved in the State Senate. House Bill 222, which creates a Lethal Violence Protection Order, was approved with a vote of 20 yes and 1 absent. It passed in the State House with a unanimous vote earlier this month. The bill is headed to the Governor for his signature. Another piece of legislation, Senate Bill 163, which would ban the future sale of military-style assault weapons in Delaware, was defeated in committee. Two Democrats joined the Republicans on the committee to prevent a debate.
Delaware will NOT be sending National Guard troops to the Southern Border.
Governor Carney’s Statement on the Delaware National Guard and Deployment to the Southern Border
DOVER, Del. – Governor John Carney on Tuesday issued the following statement on the Delaware National Guard and deployment to the southern border:
“I take my job as Commander-in-Chief of the Delaware National Guard extremely seriously. In the last year, we’ve sent Guardsmen and women to Texas, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico to help our fellow citizens cope with natural disasters. We’ve sent Delaware Guardsmen and women overseas to keep us safe. I’m extremely proud of Delaware’s soldiers and airmen and women. Today, we received a request to send Delaware National Guard troops to the southwest border. Under normal circumstances, we wouldn’t hesitate to answer the call. But given what we know about the policies currently in effect at the border, I can’t in good conscience send Delawareans to help with that mission.
If President Trump revokes the current inhumane policy of separating children from their parents, Delaware will be first in line to assist our sister states in securing the border. I served in Congress, and I watched for six years as that body failed to pass a comprehensive immigration policy that would secure our borders in a way that upholds the values of this great country. Congress and the President need to step up and fix the mess that our immigration system has become.”
The Sussex County Council has approved the proposed $177-million operating budget for FY 2019. The council has approved the operating budget, assessment rolls and established the annual service charges and assessment rates for teh county water and sewer districts. The vote was unanimous for each. During the public hearing on the operating budget, Dan Kramer asked about the lack of comment on employee raises, which was later answered by Finance Director Gina Jennings who said the county employees are receiving a 2% COLA in the upcoming spending plan. Terry Jester, Sussex County President of the Delaware Volunteer Firefighter’s Association, thanked the Council for the funding allocated for the volunteer firefighters, especially the 13 stations in the county that are not as fiscally secure.
An opening in the Planning and Zoning Commission led to the nomination of Holly Wingate for that position. She underwent a public interview from County Administrator Todd Lawson and the County Council. The Council approved Wingate for the P&Z Commission by a 4 to 0 vote – with Sam Wilson not voting. Wingate begins her 3 year term on the Planning Commission on July 1st.
The County Administrator’s report was turned over to EMS Director Robert Stuart who spoke in honor of Stephanie Callaway, who died when the ambulance she was treating a patient in crashed on Route 24 in Angola on June 17, 2008. The patient she was treating also died. Stuart said that a monument in her honor is in the works that will be placed on the Circle in Georgetown.
Sunday, July 1st
– Fireworks – at about 9:15pm (but could begin earlier) spectators should be in town early. Music with the Funsters before the fireworks and after the display ends until 11pm (Rain date, Monday July 2 at 9:15pm – Information and updates – cityofrehoboth.com)
Parking Information –
Bandstand will be closed to vehicle traffic from 6pm – midnight
– Use the Park & Ride
– Parking also available at Epworth Church on Holland Glade Road, $20 per vehicle – includes transportation on the Jolly Trolley to and from downtown Rehoboth. Cash only, lot opens at 6pm until full
– North Rehoboth Deauville Lot – fee per car till filled
– Metered & non-metered fee permit parking spaces throughout town
– Jolly Trolley
Wednesday, July 4
MILTON – Milton Memorial Park from 10am – 2pm
Bring Mayberry back to Milton! Fun for the whole family – a dunk tank, pie baking contest, train rides, relay and sack races, chess matches and games & activities for children. Music and food, too! A decorating contest and bike parade begins at 11am – decorated bikes must register by 10:45 at the back patio of Irish Eyes.
For further information contact Maryellen Kiernan at email@example.com or call 302-684-5005.
LEWES – Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration
Old-fashioned games for the kids on Second Street beginning at 9am
At 1:30pm the Boat Parade down the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal to Fisherman’s Wharf
At 5pm the Doo-Dah Parade begins on King’s Highway, Savannah Road and to Second Street
Dusk – Fireworks from Lewes Beach
BETHANY BEACH – “Happy Birthday America!”
Parade at noon (Join the fun & enter your float in the parade )
Awards ceremony at 7:15pm
Evening entertainment at 7:30pm with Love Seed Mama Jump
Fireworks at dusk
8am – Prayer Breakfast at Abbott’s on Broadcreek
3pm – King’s Ransom
4–8pm – Car Show/Front Street, also clown, petting zoo, face painting in Market Square Park
6pm – Little Miss Independence Pageant & cornhole tourney in Market Square Park
7pm – Parade
8pm – music from Pistol Whipped
Dusk – fireworks
Information or entry forms
DEWEY BEACH –
Fireworks at dusk
OCEAN CITY –
Northside Park, 125th Street –
Music at 8pm and fireworks at dusk
Downtown on the Beach –
Music at 8pm at N. Division Street and fireworks at dusk
SALISBURY – RED, WHITE & BOOM
Fireworks at Wicomico County Stadium on Civic Avenue at dusk (around 9:15pm). Vendors will be open at 6:30pm. Parking is available in the front and back of the school.
The fireworks will be visible nearly everywhere in town – you can join your friends and neighbors at JMB or celebrate the 4th with elsewhere around town.
REHOBOTH – 3rd ANNUAL RED, WHITE & BLUE 5K & KIDDIE K
At the Rehoboth Country Club – register
After 3 years on the airwaves of 92.7 Bob Steele is retiring. Join us in saying good bye to Bob Thursday, June 21, 9a-12noon at Lewes Meineke, Rt 1 just north of 5 Points, Lewes for the Bye Bye Bob Final Tour. Food, fun and a chance to say good bye. Don’t miss it!!
Maryland State Police are investigating a crash Monday afternoon that left one person dead. Police say just before 4pm a box truck went off the roadway at Route 13 and Peach Orchard Road near Pocomoke City, struck several trees and caught fire. The driver was trapped in the cab and was pronounced dead at the scene. Pocomoke fire officials helped put out the fire. Several large trees were uprooted during the crash and Route 13 was closed for some time while the trees were removed.
Monday finally felt like summer.
At Lighthouse View Tackle on the fishing pier at Cape Henlopen State Park the report was a fair number of spot on bloodworms and keeper flounder on jigs with bright colored Gulp!.
Old Inlet Bait and Tackle said a 39-inch rockfish was caught and released at the Coast Guard Station on the northside of Indian River Inlet. The big fish took a sand flea. The incoming current brought in lots of hickory shad and a few small blues. Both will hit a small spoon.
A few kings were caught from the surf on bloodworms with skates and sharks a more common catch.
Chris at Hook ‘em and Cook ‘em said he saw some flounder come in from the Old Grounds. This is good news as that area has been devoid of fish all spring. Right now jigging seems to attract more bites than just drifting squid and minnow combinations. Small blues were caught at Fenwick Shoal.
Julie at Lewes Harbour Marina said the Katydid came in with 56 sea bass and 14 flounder. The Angler had a mixed bag of kings, ling, blowfish, a trout and a 17-pound drum.
This is Eric Burnley with your WGMD fishing report.
The Sussex County Council meets at 10 Tuesday morning. On this week’s agenda is a series of public hearings beginning at 10:15 on the FY 2019 budget, Assessment rolls for sewer and water districts and establishing annual service charges and rates for County water and sewer districts. The Council will also vote to amend the County Code in online document retrieval fees for the Recorder of Deeds. The Council will hold a public interview for Planning Commission nominee Holly Wingate as well. Click here for to read the proposed FY 2019 Sussex County Budget – the council meets in the county offices on the Circle in Georgetown.
The 63rd Annual DFRC Blue-Gold Football Game will take place on Saturday evening. The game will be played at the University of Delaware’s Tubby Raymond Field in Newark beginning at 6pm. You can help to enrich the lives of Delawareans with intellectual disABILITIES. Tickets for the game are available at dfrc.org
1:00 PM: Public Parking Areas open
Parking $5.00 per car
2:00 PM: Family Fun Zone opens – presented by Aramark.
Includes games, face painting, bouncy houses, balloon creations, and a trackless train!
3:00 PM: Ticket Sales Window opens
General Admission Tickets: $10
Student General Admission Tickets: $8
Blue-Gold Alumni Tent opens and welcomes all past game participants and DFRC friends.
4:00 PM: Stadium Gates open
5:00 PM: On-field pre-game ceremonies begin
Introduction of High School Participants, All★Star Buddies, and VIPs
6:00 PM: Kickoff
Post-Game: Presentation of Post-Game Awards at mid-field
Dover Police were notified of several cell phone thefts at the Firefly Music Festival over the weekend. Police say one victim was able to track her phone with the “Find my iPhone” app and officers from Dover PD and the Delaware State Police tracked the phone to 34 year old William Rodriguez of Miami, Florida. He was arrested and found in possession of 27 cell phones – including the victim’s phone.
Another man was spotted by undercover officers selling counterfeit Firefly T-shirts in Camping Lot 2. When police tried to contact 24 year old Hassah Mceachin of South Carolina, he ran off on foot but was arrested after a short chase. Police seized 37 counterfeit T-shirts, $850 in cash and a gram of marijuana.
Five other men from Virginia and Ohio were arrested after selling a variety of drugs to undercover officers. Police seized everything from amphetamines to LSD to ecstasy.
Over the course of the last week the Delaware State Police have investigated a rash of vehicle break-ins that have taken place in New Castle County. While these most recent incidents have occurred in specific areas, we must realize that there is the potential for anyone, anywhere to be the victim of a similar crime. With that in mind the State Police are offering the following prevention and awareness tips:
- Keep the doors of your vehicles locked at all times and windows shut.
- Do not leave items of value in your vehicle. This includes purses, wallets, credit cards, electronics, check books, money, SS card, loose change, documents and paperwork with your personal information listed.
- Store valuable tools inside your residence. If needed daily for work, create an easy system to load and unload, such as using storage containers to transport.
- Lock your glove box, which should only store your registration and insurance cards. Do not store your vehicle title in the glove box. Store it in a safe place in your residence.
- Do not leave items that have a perceived value, such as a laptop case with no laptop.
- Clear the vehicle of all clutter and personal items. This can give the general impression that other property of value may be within the vehicle.
- Do not keep a spare vehicle key hidden in the same vehicle. Do not store house keys or other keys in your vehicle.
- If possible, keep your vehicle parked under a lighted area that you can check on from your residence.
- If you have a surveillance security system, include your vehicles in the angle of your camera. If you locate a suspicious subject on your property, in the area of your vehicles, do not confront them, call 911 immediately.
And finally, be a good witness for your neighbors, co-workers and fellow citizens, as you would want them to do the same for you. Pay attention and be aware to what is going on in your neighborhood, and other places that you frequent throughout the course of your day such as the parking lots of local businesses, your workplace, parks etc.
If you See Something-Say Something, by reporting all suspicious activity to your local law enforcement agency.
Information may also be provided by calling Delaware crime stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at http://www.delaware.
Wicomico County School officials say Prince Street Elementary School was place on lock down for about 20 minutes Monday morning after a school staff member reported a male juvenile showing a weapon outside on the school grounds. County Sheriff’s deputies responded and a school resource officer contacted and questioned two juveniles. One had a BB gun in his pants pocket – the other had a BB gun in his backpack. Nearby Bennett and Parkside High Schools were also placed on lock down as a precaution. There were no students in the schools – only teachers and staff who were completing their last day of school before summer break. The incident is being referred to Juvenile Services – the two boys were released to a parent.
During this year’s Maryland State’s Attorney’s Conference in Ocean City, Worcester County was honored for having the highest DUI conviction rate in Maryland. The statewide average of DUI convictions is 78% – Worcester County has received a 91.1% conviction rate. The county has won this award five times in the past 6 years.
The “first white marlin” of the season has been caught in Ocean City. Ron Bennett reeled in the first white marlin of 2018 on Saturday, June 13 while the crew of “Stalker” was fishing off the shore of Ocean City. The fish was released after the catch. For bringing in the first white marlin of the season, Bennett will receive a $5,000 prize awarded by the Town of Ocean City. Mayor Rick Meehan says the first white marlin catch of the season is a symbolic start to the fishing season and hopefully a sign of many more for our offshore fishermen this summer. Bennett is also expected to receive a $5,000 prize from the Marlin Club and $5,000 from a local fishing group.
Delaware Electric Cooperative is asking members to help Beat the Peak this evening from 4 to 6pm. The very warm temperatures that have arrived in the area is sending the cost of electricity skyrocketing, but when members conserve during these times, the Co-op doesn’t have to buy as much energy during times when electricity prices are higher. You can help to conserve by turning off unnecessary lights, delaying the use of major appliances and hot water and turning the thermostat up a couple of degrees.
Monday will be a Code Orange Air Quality Action Day for Delaware! Temperatures in the 90’s, mostly sunny skies and increased weekday emissions will result in Code Orange levels of ozone. Increasing humidity will increase particle concentrations but they will remain in the Moderate range. Extended Forecast: A “back door” cold front is expected to reach northern Delaware by morning rush hour Tuesday and drop slowly southward across the state during the remainder of the day. Northerly winds behind the frontal boundary, along with increased cloud cover and a chance of precipitation, should drop ozone levels back into the Moderate range. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
Father’s Day brought beautiful weather, but fishing was not as good as on Saturday. Part of the problem may have been the large crowds at the most popular locations.
At Lewes Harbour Marina Tommy said the Katydid came in with flounder and sea bass, but no limits of either one. He did see a few flounder caught from the Canal. John Robinson fished the pier for a limit of flounder.
At Lighthouse View Bait and Tackle on the fishing pier at Cape Henlopen State Park the report was some keeper flounder and a good mess of spot. Jigs with Gulp! or bottom rigs with minnows and squid strips were the most popular flounder baits.
At Old Inlet Bait and Tackle we heard the beach has been very crowded and most anglers didn’t have much luck. A few kings were caught on bloodworms, but sharks and skates were a more common catch. The Inlet is pretty much a dead zone.
At Hook ‘em and Cook ‘em Burt told us the head boat had a few flounder and he heard of the return of the small blues to Fenwick Island. Trolling spoons is the top technique for the blues.
This is Eric Burnley with your WGMD fishing report.
The Rehoboth Art League opened its 45th annual members’ fine craft exhibition this past Friday featuring the work of 30-some member artists. “The majority is very fine craft which sort of blurs the edge of fine art and craft,” says Jay Pastore, RAL’s artistic director who has been curating the shows for the past four years. The RAL has actually been hosting this exhibition for the last 80 years, he explained, but 45 years ago the RAL split the members’ fine art and members’ fine craft from a single larger show.
“This show has really grown since I have been here,” Pastore points out, “I think particularly because we are curating master-level artists to sort of spotlight exhibitions. The award winners are doing spotlight exhibitions which add a whole level of skill and talent to the crowd,” he observes.
An exhibition currently in the Tubbs Gallery spotlights award winners from last year’s members’ fine craft exhibition. Two new solo-shows of fine art appear in the Ventures Gallery featuring Susan Frey, who is a member artist, and in the Homestead Gallery featuring Megan Burak who is a young artist who graduated from Salisbury University.
Gail Gingrich, one of the artists with work on display, lives on Broadkill Beach and collects items from the beach and uses a set of grinding wheels to help slice and polish stones. “It is kind of fascinating to see what is inside these stones,” she says. She hand-fabricates all her work using copper and silver and includes stones only from the beach in front of her home! The stones have been polished, tumbled and often her mountings are inspired by the stone.
These two mixed media and paper works by James Ulry are interesting in that if one keeps looking at them, different shapes and patterns become apparent. One viewer might see a woman and another sees the State of Delaware! Shown here are his works, Ms. Della and Mason-Dixon, the Divide.
“We had a great judge who was here who gave a talk and she had some interesting comments about how a lot of the work here reflects the regional landscapes and just being on the water… it was a good observation,” Pastore pointed out.
This work in fiber is not a local landscape, but could almost pass as a local barn! It is the Wyoming Homestead by John Flourney.
These exhibitions will be on display through July 22. Please see the RAL website for details.
Gary Glass, one of the three candidates for the two soon-to-be-open commissioner seats in Rehoboth Beach, held his first public meet-and-greet this past Saturday at the lovely home of Kate and Bunky Markert. More than 40 people attended including current Commissioners Patrick Gossett and Jay Lagree, who both decided not to run for reelection in the upcoming 2018 municipal election. They were accompanied by former Commissioners Lorraine Zellers and Bill Sargent, and Susan Gay who ran last year. The tradition in Rehoboth Beach had been to start serious campaigning after July 4. But Glass is trying to get a head start.
Probably the most common concern expressed by those attending is the continued commercialization of Rehoboth’s residential neighborhoods. This includes homes owned by private companies that are built to the maximum size allowed, often with a swimming pool, and are rented sometimes for just one night.
“I support the homeowners and the people that actually lay their head on a pillow and go to sleep in town,” Glass said. “I think those people should have the greatest say in a government over their destiny, their financial security and their quality of life.”
The other two commissioner candidates are Richard Byrne and Patricia Coluzzi. No new news from Coluzzi this past week but Byrne says, among other things, he visited the Cape Henlopen Senior Center last week for the pancake breakfast fundraiser. He is pictured here with Commissioners Stan Mills, Kathy McGuiness and Lisa Schlosser and Richard Kaplan, the senior center interim president.
“The ‘seniors’ are saying what I’ve been saying as a candidate,” Byrne states. “They want the City to continue to protect the things they love about the City they live in — keep our City clean, safe and friendly and keep the downtown business areas vibrant and thriving with easy parking options, and maintain the sidewalks and streets.”
The deadline to register to vote in the August 11, 2018 election is July 12. See the city’s website for info.
The Dover Police Department is investigating the death of a 20-year-old woman that occurred on Sunday morning. At approximately 6:30AM, officers were alerted to an unresponsive female in Firefly Camping Lot 18 at Dover International Speedway. Upon arrival, officers observed that Caroline Friedman from Philadelphia, PA was unconscious at her campsite. Friedman was treated on scene by medical staff and transported to Bayhealth Kent General Hospital where she was pronounced deceased at 6:55AM. Friedman was an attendee of the 2018 Firefly Music Festival being hosted at Dover International Speedway.
The cause of Friedman’s death is unknown, but is not the result of foul play. An official cause of death is dependent upon autopsy and toxicology results.
After several years in Dover, the Miss Delaware Scholarship Pageant and Miss Delaware Outstanding Teen Pageant have moved back to Cape Henlopen High School. Last night a new Miss Delaware was crowned for 2018 – she is Joanna Wicks – Miss Wilmington. She will represent Delaware in the Miss America Pageant in September.
Joanna Wicks currently lives in New Castle County and is a graduate of the University of Delaware. She teaches art at St Thomas More Academy in Magnolia.