WGMD LOCAL NEWS
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Dr Larry Koch speaks out on Common Core -
Cape School Board Member Sandi Minard joined Delmarva's Morning News to discuss the impending vote on a Bible Literacy elective for Cape Henlopen High School
A still from Ping Pong Summer featuring Oscar winner Susan Sarandon
Young actors Myles Massey and Marcello Conte
The Movie, Ping Pong Summer, which was filmed in Ocean City will Premiere this January. The Independent Film, Ping Pong Summer, was filmed entirely in Ocean City during the fall of 2012 and this week, the producer George Rush announced that the movie would have its World Premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, in Park Place Utah, on January 18th. The festival was founded by Robert Redford in 1978.
Written and directed by Maryland native Michael Tully, Ping Pong Summer is a coming-of-age story set in the summer of 1985, about a teenage boy obsessed with ping pong and the summer family vacation to Ocean City that changes his life.
The film stars Susan Sarandon, John Hannah and Lea Thompson. The last scene of the movie was filmed on Ocean City’s Fishing Pier, one day before Hurrricane Sandy hit the resort.
Emmi Sockley from Ocean City, Andrew Riddle and Joseph McCoughtry
Ping Pong Summer Press Conference at the Hyatt in Ocean City 2012 - Susan Sarandon, Lea Thompson, John Hannah, Director, Michael Tully and Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan
Most of the 2,000 Elks Lodges across America will be hosting Youth Free Throw/Hoop Shoot contests this weekend for children ages 8 to 13. Cape Henlopen Elks Lodge 2540 will be one of them.
The Cape Henlopen Elks Lodge will be holding its contest from 1 to 3 Sunday afternoon at the Sussex County YMCA on Church Street in Rehoboth Beach. Advance registration isn't necessary, but competitors are asked to show up at the Y by 12:45 to register. Competitiors will be split up into age groups of 8 to 9, 10 to 11, and 12 to 13. Certificates will be presented to everyone who competes, and awards will be presented to the top three shooters.
Wayne Becraft of the Cape Henlopen Elks Lodge explains that the contest starts at the local level, and then moves on to the district level. There are 10 lodges in the Cape Henlopen Lodge's district. From there, winners will move on to the state competition (there are 38 Elks Lodges in Delaware). The winners of the state competitions will move on to the regional competitions. Delaware will be in the Mid-Atlantic region, competing against Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey. The winners of the regional contests will compete in the national finals, which will be held in Springfield, Massachusetts in April.
A Stockton man has been arrested on child pornography charges.
Perry Sharpley was arrested on Thursday, capping an investigation by the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office, the Maryland State Police Computer Crimes Unit, and the Department of Homeland Security. Investigators say Sharpley uploaded an image of child porn onto a Facebook account he’d created, and that three more images were found on his personal laptop computer.
Sharpley has been charged with one count of distribution of child pornography, and three counts of possession of child pornography. He’ll have to appear in Worcester County District Court in Snow Hill for a preliminary hearing on January 7.
Delaware Congressman John Carney calls the National Defense Authorization Act a reasonable compromise in setting the U.S.’s defense policy for the next year.
Representative Carney voted for the FY 2014 National Defense Authorization Act, which was passed by the House on a 349 to 69 vote Thursday night. Carney says as the U.S. military winds down its presence in Afghanistan and prepares to face more new and complex challenges in other parts of the world, the federal government should regularly reevaluate its national defense priorities, and adjust accordingly.
Carney was also happy to see that the bill authorizes a pay increase for troops.
Senator Chris Coons met with the heads of two Delaware manufacturing companies.
Senator Coons, who’s the leader of the Senate’s Manufacturing Jobs for America campaign, sat down with top executives from a pair of manufacturing companies in New Castle County for a roundtable policy discussion in Washington on Thursday. They discussed policies to help manufacturers grow and create jobs. The manufacturers also talked about the challenges they face in trying to grow, while also remaining profitable at the same time. Among the challenges they say they’re facing are a shortage of skilled labor and trouble accessing capital so they can expand.
Manufacturing Jobs for America focuses on opening foreign markets to American manufacturers, increasing access to capital, creating conditions that allow for growth, and investing in job skills training for employees.
An assistant principal at Dover High School is Delaware’s nominee for the 2014 National Secondary Assistant Principal of the Year award.
The Delaware Association of School Administrators has announced that Dr. Courtney Voshell is the state’s applicant for the award, which is cosponsored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals and Virco. The award recognizes outstanding school leaders who’ve succeeded in providing high-quality learning opportunities for their students.
Holly is very much a part of Christmas, and it'll be celebrated this weekend.
The 24th annual Holly Festival will be in downtown Milton from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Milton Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Lisa Sumstine says there are vendors who come to the festival every year, and more who want to be a part of the festival. This year, in addition to the Milton Fire Hall, the Chamber has opened up the library and some of the vacant buildings in downtown Milton to create more space for vendors, which will mean more variety for visitors to peruse. Sumstine also says the festival will feature a nice loop to take visitors around town so they can shop 'til they drop. Wreath-making demonstrations, warm cider and cookies will also be part of the festival.
The Milton Holiday House Tour will also be on Saturday between 2:30 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance, and $20 on Saturday. To order tickets, call (302) 684-3736.
A resolution on protecting trees will be on the agenda for tonight’s Rehoboth Beach Planning Commission meeting.
The Planning Commission will consider a resolution that was passed by the Mayor and Commissioners asking the Planning Commission to research and propose amendments to the Rehoboth Beach City Code to protect and enhance the health and beauty of the city’s urban forest. The Planning Commission will also review a request for a partition of a property on Park Avenue.
The Planning Commission meeting will begin at 6:30 tonight in the Commissioners Meeting Room inside the Rehoboth Beach Municipal Building.
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Wilmington and Payless Shoe Source are teaming up to give shoes to needy kids.
Catholic Charities has been selected by the shoe store company as an official partner for the Payless Gives Shoes 4 Kids holiday giving program. 800 charitable agencies from all 50 states, Canada and a dozen Latin American countries are taking part in the program, which is in its sixth year.
Catholic Charities will be distributing certificates for children’s shoes to families in Delaware on their client list. While studies have shown that properly fitting shoes are important for a child’s health and development, many children don't own shoes that fit properly.
Delaware Senator Tom Carper wants to see doctors get paid by Medicare based on their performance with patients, instead of being paid for providing their services.
During the Senate Finance Committee’s markup of Medicare physician payment legislation, Senator Carper described how many committee members have been arguing for the need to move away from fee-for-service payments, and towards payments that are based on performance. Senator Carper says the bill encourages healthcare providers to take part in what are known as Accountable Care Organizations, patient-centered medical homes, and other innovative delivery and payment models. He says the bill encourages doctors to improve health outcomes for patients, and drive down costs by keeping them as healthy as they can.
The bill would repeal and replace the Sustainable Growth Rate in doctor reimbursement rates.
The Delaware Children’s Department’s new multi-purpose facility is officially open for business.
Governor Jack Markell and Lieutenant Governor Matt Denn joined Secretary Jennifer Ranji, her staff and nearly 70 special guests for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new $5 million Juvenile Multi-Purpose Education Facility on the DSCYF’s administrative campus on Faulkland Road in Wilmington. The facility is fully wired with smart boards and a computer lab. It has more classroom space, and will be the new home for young people who are committed to the department’s Level Four Residential Cottages. It’s designed to help youth transition back into mainstream society.
Delaware Senator Chris Coons is calling on Senate Republicans to end what he calls their partisan obstruction of the President’s judicial nominees.
In a speech Wednesday on the Senate floor, Senator Coons says both the majority and minority have rights and responsibilities. Coons was critical of Republicans for taking all the time allowed for debate on President Obama’s nominees for the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to protest the recent vote to invoke “the nuclear option” on filibusters.
Coons said the Senate should be spending more time debating substantive legislation instead of wasting hour after hour on “nothing.”
Delaware’s lone Representative in the U.S. House voted in favor of the Fiscal Year 2014 budget deal, but he wasn’t very impressed with it.
The budget that was agreed to by Senate Budget Committee Chair Patty Murray and House Budget Committee Chair Paul Ryan was passed by the House 332 to 94 Thursday evening. Representative Carney says the best thing about the budget agreement Murray and Ryan reached is that it was better than nothing. He says the compromise brings Congress back to a rational way of dealing with government spending. However, it only slightly reduces the deficit, and gets rid of only a small portion of the sequestration cuts.
Representative Carney says Congress still has a lot of work to do to reach a balanced deficit reduction plan that has smart spending cuts and brings in new revenue.
The significant rainfall over the summer months did considerable damage to crops across Delmarva. Local farmers may now be able to receive some help.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has declared Kent and Sussex Counties in Delaware "primary natural disaster areas" due to crop damage caused by the more than 30 inches of rainfall between May 1 and September 15. Farmers and ranchers in New Castle County, along with Kent, Queen Anne's, Dorchester, Wicomico and Worcester Counties in Maryland also qualify for natural disaster assistance because the counties are contiguous.
Farmers in eligible counties have eight months from the date of the declaration to apply for loans to help cover part of their actual losses.
Two people have been arrested for marijuana possession after a traffic stop in West Ocean City.
Just before 10:30 Thursday night, a Maryland State Trooper was conducting moving radar checks on Route 611 (Stephen Decatur Highway) near Sunset Avenue, and stopped a white Ford Explorer for speeding. The Trooper says when he approached the SUV, he smelled an overwhelming odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. A search of the SUV found 4.68 grams of pot and two multi-colored glass smoking devices.
Ethan Cruice, the driver, and the passenger, Natalie Cheng, were both arrested, and given criminal citations for possession of marijuana.
The Delaware Electric Cooperative is asking members to beat the peak this morning.
A "Beat the Peak" advisory will be in effect until 8 o'clock this morning because of the unseasonably cold temperatures. During times of peak energy usage, the Co-op pays a premium price for energy. They're requesting that customers turn off any unnecessary lights and computers, and delay using appliances such as dishwashers, washing machines and other major appliances. Turning your thermostat down just a few degrees can also significantly reduce how much energy you use.
The Delaware Dream Team is being formed – these will be the people responsible for developing the Common Core formative assessment items that will be shed with all Delaware teachers. Thirty-four teachers from across the state – including 6 from the Indian River, Cape Henlopen, Woodbridge and Milford School Districts – will work with fellow teachers and Common Core coaches from across the country. The Dream Team will meet for Delaware’s TeachFest January 9 through 11 – and then return to their own schools to continue working with their peers and content coaches in online professional learning communities. The Delaware Department of Education is partnering with LearnZillion, which worked with 200 teachers from 42 states last summer to create thousands of Common Core resources in math and English language arts. The chosen teachers were selected through a competitive application process.
A bipartisan group of attorneys including Maryland AG Doug Gansler is urging the FDA to reconsider a recent decision to approve a high-dose narcotic painkiller. AG Doug Gansler says that the FDA went against the recommendation of its advisory panel in approving Zohydro ER in October. The panel voted 11 to 2 against approval because the drug has a high potential for misuse and its lack of abuse-deterrent formulation. Just before approving Zohydro ER, the FDA recommended reclassifying all hydrocodone products to Schedule II controlled substances because of their abuse potential. In a letter to the FDA the Attorneys General said they don’t want to see another vicious cycle of overzealous pharmaceutical sales, doctors over-prescribing the drug and patients tampering with it – resulting in a nationwide prescription drug epidemic that claims thousands of lives.
The Coastal Sussex Chapter 1690 of NARFE – the National Active and Retired Federal Employees donated Christmas gifts to residents of three local senior nursing facilities. The chapter collected over 70 gifts that were distributed at the Atlantic Shores Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Millsboro, Harbor Healthcare in Lewes and Harrison Senior Living in Georgetown. This is the 23rd year the local NARFE chapter has sponsored the program.
Last weekend’s sobriety checkpoints were cancelled because of the weather, however there were still patrols for the Safe Family Holiday patrols on the road during the week and they arrested 6 people for DUI. Also 3 wanted people were arrested, police made 3 drug arrests and issued 185 citations for a variety of traffic violations. Also 4 additional green lights have been added to the DUI Victims tree for 4 people injured in DUI-involved crashes. The first red light has also been added for an alcohol related death. There will be 2 sobriety checkpoints this weekend – both are Friday night – one is in Wilmington – and one in Rehoboth Beach.
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