Delaware State News http://feed.informer.com/digests/ULLVGJUCBZ/feeder Delaware State News Respective post owners and feed distributors Sat, 12 Sep 2020 05:11:53 +0000 Feed Informer http://feed.informer.com/ ‘Treasury Talks’ debut on state treasurer’s website https://delawarestatenews.net/news/treasury-talks-debut-on-state-treasurers-website/ Delaware State News urn:uuid:7ce6f06a-7eff-7787-2e2a-e89de06a72ee Fri, 18 Sep 2020 17:28:47 +0000 <div style="margin: 5px 5% 10px 5%;"><img src="https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/busines_binder-clip.jpg" width="400" height="400" title="" alt="" /></div><div>DOVER — Delaware State Treasurer Colleen Davis announced the first episode of “Treasury Talks,” an ongoing series of videos featuring people from around the state and around the country discussing financial information that relates to everyone. “Treasury Talks give me the opportunity to share not only the work of the treasurer’s office, but lots of [&#8230;]</div> <p><br>DOVER — Delaware State Treasurer Colleen Davis announced the first episode of “Treasury Talks,” an ongoing series of videos featuring people from around the state and around the country discussing financial information that relates to everyone.</p> <p>“Treasury Talks give me the opportunity to share not only the work of the treasurer’s office, but lots of information about economic matters that impact Delawareans,” Ms. Davis said. “I hope to provide a lot of insight into how we’re working for you, investing your tax dollars and securing the state’s finances, especially during these turbulent times.”</p> <p>The first episode of “Treasury Talks” features Delaware Secretary of Finance Rick Geisenberger looking at the state of the state’s investments and how Delaware is weathering the current economic storm.</p> <p>Other scheduled guests include Dr. James Butkiewicz, economics professor at the University of Delaware, and Lisa Massena, former executive director of the OregonSaves retirement program in the Oregon treasurer’s office.<br>A new edition of Treasury Talks will be posted every Thursday on the state treasurer’s website and social media channels.</p> More than 32,000 Delawareans are still eligible for stimulus payments https://www.wdel.com/news/more-than-32-000-delawareans-are-still-eligible-for-stimulus-payments/article_67a75128-f9d2-11ea-adc1-73e44c137bfc.html www.wdel.com - RSS Results in news of type article urn:uuid:36132630-4956-93e5-8f94-c7cf5ba6e9f7 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 17:25:00 +0000 More than 32,000 Delawareans who aren't typically required to fie federal income tax returns may be eligible for stimulus payments they've not yet received, officials announced Friday. Group hopes Delawareans can set aside differences on Thank a Police Officer Day https://www.wdel.com/news/group-hopes-delawareans-can-set-aside-differences-on-thank-a-police-officer-day/article_305b166c-f9c0-11ea-9ef0-1f6c62bfeeb5.html www.wdel.com - RSS Results in news of type article urn:uuid:f4bac308-a661-b309-0fa7-eed2e17eee8a Fri, 18 Sep 2020 17:05:00 +0000 "This is our fifth year now that we've been spreading out across Delmarva, just to encourage the public to put out a flag, put out a blue bow, drop off lunch to a police department, get involved in some way… Delaware nonprofits invited to apply for capital grants https://delawarestatenews.net/business/delaware-nonprofits-invited-to-apply-for-capital-grants/ Delaware State News urn:uuid:51ada2ac-9968-892a-ba15-d0acef9aec84 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 16:36:58 +0000 <div style="margin: 5px 5% 10px 5%;"><img src="https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/DCF-Logo-TM.jpg" width="593" height="193" title="" alt="" /></div><div>Delaware nonprofits are invited to apply for the Delaware Community Foundation’s 2020 Capital Grants. For 2020, approximately $200,000 will be awarded to qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that serve Delawareans. Grant applications will be accepted beginning Sept. 30 and must be submitted electronically. Guidelines and application are at delcf.org/grants. Applications must be received no later than [&#8230;]</div> <p>Delaware nonprofits are invited to apply for the Delaware Community Foundation’s 2020 Capital Grants.</p> <p>For 2020, approximately $200,000 will be awarded to qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that serve Delawareans. Grant applications will be accepted beginning Sept. 30 and must be submitted electronically. Guidelines and application are at <a href="http://delcf.org/grants">delcf.org/grants</a>. Applications must be received no later than 5 p.m., Nov. 6.</p> <p>Former capital grant recipients must wait for the completion of two grant cycles before applying for another capital grant, and multi-year capital campaigns can be funded only once by the DCF. Agencies receiving DCF grants must serve the state of Delaware and its residents without discrimination based on race, religion, gender, age, disability, national origin or sexual orientation.</p> <p>Over the years, the DCF has awarded more than $5 million in capital and equipment grants, funded through the State of Delaware Fund and other field-of-interest endowments. Last year, the DCF allocated more than $279,000 in capital grants.</p> <p>These grants support projects that have a lasting, positive impact on the population served by the organization. Capital grants may be used to fund construction, renovation or repair of buildings, and/or land purchases. Capital grants typically range from $5,000 to $20,000, with a $20,000 maximum.</p> <p>“2020 has been a challenging year and has stretched thin many nonprofit budgets. These capital grants can help organizations fill the gap in funding projects that are often pushed to the back burner,” DCF President and CEO Stuart Comstock-Gay said.</p> <p>To learn more about the grant process, applicants are invited to participate in an optional remote workshop. Visit<a href="http://delcf.org/grants"> delcf.org/grants </a>to register. All applicants will be notified of the Grants Committee’s decision in writing by mid-January 2021. For more information, please contact Yolanda Rushdan at <a href="mailto:yrushdan@delcf.org">yrushdan@delcf.org</a>.</p> Troopers Conducting Death Investigation Near Vaughn Prison http://firststateupdate.com/2020/09/troopers-conducting-death-investigation-near-vaughn-prison/ First State Update urn:uuid:b4ff4b69-31cc-5c3f-89fb-f0f6c8388623 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 15:59:22 +0000 Smyrna &#8211; Delaware State Police are investigating a death near the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center. At 10:40 Friday morning rescue crews responded to Paddock and Smyrna Landing Road for &#8230; <p>Smyrna &#8211; Delaware State Police are investigating a death near the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center.</p> <p>At 10:40 Friday morning rescue crews responded to Paddock and Smyrna Landing Road for initial reports of a cardiac arrest.</p> <p>Later radio reports indicated that a body was found on the side of the road. Kent County Medics later pronounced the person deceased.</p> <p>Troopers are currently on scene investigating.</p> <p>Developing</p> US bans WeChat, TikTok from app stores citing security risk https://delawarestatenews.net/nation/us-bans-wechat-tiktok-from-app-stores-citing-security-risk/ Delaware State News urn:uuid:02fdb643-1509-800f-904b-2f59072bd419 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 15:47:41 +0000 <div style="margin: 5px 5% 10px 5%;"><img src="https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/US-NEWS-WECHAT-TIKTOK-GET.jpg" width="600" height="400" title="" alt="" /></div><div>The U.S. Commerce Department said Friday it will ban Chinese-owned TikTok and WeChat from U.S. app stores on Sunday and will saddle the apps with technical restrictions that could seriously limit their functionality in the U.S. The order, which cited national security and data privacy concerns, follows weeks of dealmaking over the video-sharing service TikTok. [&#8230;]</div> <p>The U.S. Commerce Department said Friday it will ban Chinese-owned TikTok and WeChat from U.S. app stores on Sunday and will saddle the apps with technical restrictions that could seriously limit their functionality in the U.S.</p> <p>The order, which cited national security and data privacy concerns, follows weeks of dealmaking over the video-sharing service TikTok. President Donald Trump has pressured the app’s Chinese owner to sell TikTok’s U.S. operations to a domestic company. It is not clear how the latest prohibitions will affect a deal recently struck by California tech giant Oracle aimed at satisfying U.S. concerns over TikTok’s data collection and related issues.</p> <p>TikTok expressed “disappointment” over the move and said it would continue to challenge President Donald Trump’s “unjust executive order.” The Commerce Department is enacting an order announced by President Donald Trump in August. TikTok sued to stop that ban.</p> <p>Google and Apple, the owners of the major mobile app stores, did not immediately reply to questions. Neither did WeChat owner Tencent. Oracle, which has proposed a deal with TikTok aimed at averting such a ban, also did not reply.</p> <p>“At the President’s direction, we have taken significant action to combat China’s malicious collection of American citizens’ personal data, while promoting our national values, democratic rules-based norms, and aggressive enforcement of U.S. laws and regulations,” Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in a prepared statement.</p> <p>The action is the Trump administration’s latest attempt to counter the influence of China, a rising economic superpower. Since taking office in 2017, Trump has waged a trade war with China, blocked mergers involving Chinese companies and stifled the business of Chinese firms like Huawei, a maker of phones and telecom equipment.</p> <p>China-backed hackers, meanwhile, have been blamed for data breaches of U.S. federal databases and the credit agency Equifax, and the Chinese government strictly limits what U.S. tech companies can do in China.</p> <p>The order requires WeChat, which has millions of U.S. users who rely on the app to stay in touch and conduct business with people and companies in China, to end payments through its service as of Sunday and prohibits it from getting technical services from vendors that could seriously impact its functions.</p> <p>Similar technical limitations for TikTok don’t go into effect until Nov. 12, shortly after the U.S. election. Ross said early Friday on Fox Business Network that access to that app may be possible if certain safeguards are put into place. TikTok says it has 100 million U.S. users and 700 million globally.</p> <p>Nicholas Weaver, a computer science lecturer at UC Berkeley, said the actions taking effect Sunday are short-sighted and suggest that “the U.S. is not to be trusted and not a friendly place for business.” Users, meanwhile, face a security “nightmare” because they won’t be able to get app updates that fix bugs and security vulnerabilities, he said.</p> <p>WeChat users have sued to stop the ban, and a federal judge in California appeared sympathetic to WeChat users in a hearing Thursday, but did not issue an injunction against the government. The Justice Department had said in a filing in that case that they would not target WeChat users with criminal or civil penalties for using the app for messaging.</p> <p>Like most social networks, TikTok, owned by China’s ByteDance, collects user data and moderates users’ posts. It grabs users’ locations and messages and tracks what they watch to figure out how best to target ads to them.</p> <p>Similar concerns apply to U.S.-based social networks such as Facebook and Twitter, but Chinese ownership adds an extra wrinkle because the Chinese government could demand cooperation from Chinese companies. The administration has provided no specific evidence that TikTok has made U.S. users’ data available to the Chinese government, leading several cybersecurity experts to question whether the administration’s efforts are more political efforts against China than tied to concern about data security.</p> <p>“If there are direct national security threats, that information should be shared with the U.S. population,” said David Kennedy, CEO of cybersecurity firm TrustedSec, before the Commerce Department’s regulations were announced. “We’re not taking about what needs to happen policy-wise, we’re trying to hack this together to hurt China.”</p> <p>TikTok says it does not store U.S. user data in China and that it would not give user data to the government, and does not censor videos per dictates from China.</p> TikTok downloads end Sunday in US https://www.wdel.com/news/tiktok-downloads-end-sunday-in-us/article_891c12fa-f9c1-11ea-baca-a7618b077bf7.html www.wdel.com - RSS Results in news of type article urn:uuid:af3ab0c9-5735-674c-cdec-42d55e8dcb4a Fri, 18 Sep 2020 15:13:00 +0000 The Commerce Department plans to restrict access to TikTok and WeChat on Sunday as the Trump administration's executive orders against the two apps are set to take effect. Big improvement in state’s jobless rate but many still unemployed https://delawarestatenews.net/business/big-improvement-in-states-jobless-rate-but-many-still-unemployed/ Delaware State News urn:uuid:ca2f1920-4433-143c-e0cc-6be78c97fd2b Fri, 18 Sep 2020 14:55:42 +0000 <div style="margin: 5px 5% 10px 5%;"><img src="https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/DeptLabor-MClery.jpg" width="600" height="378" title="The Delaware Department of Labor at the Blue Hen Corporate Center is closed and signs on the door state all Unemployment Insurance claims are now to be processed online. (Delaware State News/Marc Clery)" alt="" /></div><div>DOVER — Both Delaware and the country as a whole are continuing the economic recovery from coronavirus, but the jobless data does offer some good news. According to figures released Friday by the Delaware Department of Labor, Delaware’s unemployment rate fell from 10.5% to 8.9% last month. In real terms, that means 44,500 members of [&#8230;]</div> <p>DOVER — Both Delaware and the country as a whole are continuing the economic recovery from coronavirus, but the jobless data does offer some good news. According to figures released Friday by the Delaware Department of Labor, Delaware’s unemployment rate fell from 10.5% to 8.9% last month.</p> <p>In real terms, that means 44,500 members of the Delaware workforce were not employed in August, down from 53,000 the month before (although the total labor force also saw a decrease).</p> <p>Nationally, the rate slipped from 10.2% to 8.4% in August.</p> <p>Despite the improvements, we’re still a long way from pre-COVID times: The unemployment rates for the state and nation in August 2019 were 3.9% and 3.7%, respectively.</p> <p>Delaware saw its unemployment climb from 3.9% in February to 5.1% in March, the largest month-to-month increase since September 1990, before skyrocketing to 14.9% in April. It peaked at 15.9% in May.</p> <p>Delaware’s first coronavirus case was announced March 11, and businesses were under serious restrictions by the end of the month, with residents urged to remain at home.</p> <p>During the early months of the pandemic, national unemployment reached levels unseen since the Great Depression.</p> <p>Prior to this year, the state’s highest unemployment rate on record was 9.8% in 1976, the first year relevant job data is available. During the Great Recession, the First State’s worst point was 8.8%, coming in January 2010.</p> <p>Similarly, before COVID, Delaware had never seen its jobless rate improve by more than .3% in a single month.</p> <p>Delaware has lost about 41,300 non-farm jobs over the past 12 months, with around a third of those coming in the fields of leisure and hospitality. Education and health, as well as professional and business services, also saw sizable declines.</p> <p>Last month’s unemployment rates for New Castle, Kent and Sussex counties, respectively, are 9.4%, 9.8% and 7.6%. Unlike the state rate, the county figures are not seasonally adjusted.</p> <p>At the state level, the average weekly wage increased from about $916 to $949 from July to August. In August 2019, the average private-sector Delawarean was paid a little more than $886 per week.</p> 2 juveniles charged with armed robbery of a 3rd during Dover cellphone sale https://www.wdel.com/news/2-juveniles-charged-with-armed-robbery-of-a-3rd-during-dover-cellphone-sale/article_b02ab79e-f9bb-11ea-b0a1-d74615f4047c.html www.wdel.com - RSS Results in news of type article urn:uuid:89f99d7e-6735-7daa-42dc-24f114f51b85 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 14:31:00 +0000 Two juveniles were charged with robbing a third at gunpoint during a prearranged sale of a cellphone outside a Dover convenience store, city authorities said Friday. More than 32,000 Delawareans May Be Eligible for Stimulus Payments https://news.delaware.gov/2020/09/18/irsnonfileletter/ State of Delaware News urn:uuid:148fcb3e-685d-838b-98b3-9986d4021c25 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 13:58:34 +0000 Non-filers have until October 15th to register State Treasurer Colleen Davis urges Delawareans not typically required to file federal income tax returns to watch their mail for a letter from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) saying they may qualify for a federal Economic Impact Payment (EIP). The letter urges recipients to visit the special Non-Filers: [&#8230;] Police: 11-Year-Old Robbed At Gunpoint By 12 and 14-Year-Old Suspects, Gunman Released http://firststateupdate.com/2020/09/police-11-year-old-robbed-at-gunpoint-by-12-and-14-year-old-suspects-gunman-released/ First State Update urn:uuid:026824ff-a4a3-75ac-e613-756901a767a4 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 13:51:31 +0000 The Dover Police Department arrested two juvenile suspects after they robbed an 11-year-old boy outside a convenience store on Thursday afternoon, according to Public Information Office Sergeant Mark Hoffman. Hoffman said &#8230; <p>The Dover Police Department arrested two juvenile suspects after they robbed an 11-year-old boy outside a convenience store on Thursday afternoon, according to Public Information Office Sergeant Mark Hoffman.</p> <p>Hoffman said at approximately 3:49 p.m., the victim was outside of the One Stop Convenience Store when he was approached by a 12-year-old male suspect who attempted to sell the victim an iPhone. The 12-year-old suspect then retrieved a black bag from a 14-year-old male suspect nearby.</p> <p>Hoffman the 12-year-old suspect then ran at the victim and displayed a firearm and demanded his belongings. The 12-year-old took a bag from the victim that contained an EBT card and a bag of chips. The suspects were then seen on surveillance footage running toward Manchester Square (Stevenson Drive). Detectives responded to Manchester Square and located the suspects and took them into custody without incident.</p> <p>Both suspects were charged with the following offenses:<br /> -Robbery 1st Degree<br /> -Possession of Deadly Weapon During Commission of Felony<br /> -Possession of Firearm by Person Prohibited<br /> -Carry Concealed Deadly Weapon<br /> -Conspiracy 2nd Degree</p> <p>The 12-year-old suspect was turned over to his parents. The 14-year-old suspect was committed to Stevenson House on a $31,000 secured bond.</p> Gay drag queen defeats Democrat who opposed equal marriage in Delaware primary https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/eric-morrison-democrat-delaware-primary-gay-marriage-draq-queen-lgbt-rights-b481597.html The Independent urn:uuid:803b6e53-ca34-0177-8b63-e09d1c6d4756 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 13:50:58 +0000 &lt;p&gt;Eric Morrison previously attacked by opponent for appearing as drag queen Anita Mann at fundraiser&lt;/p&gt; Gay drag queen defeats Democrat who opposed equal marriage in Delaware primary https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/eric-morrison-democrat-delaware-primary-gay-marriage-draq-queen-lgbt-rights-b481597.html The Independent urn:uuid:629dab57-81ed-2dee-b43c-d117d4fb9378 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 13:36:24 +0000 &lt;p&gt;Eric Morrison previously attacked by opponent for appearing as drag queen Anita Mann at fundraiser&lt;/p&gt; DNREC to Host Public Hearing on Diamond State Port Corp.’s Proposed Container Port on Sept. 29 https://news.delaware.gov/2020/09/18/dnrec-to-host-public-hearing-on-diamond-state-port-corp-s-proposed-container-port-on-sept-29/ State of Delaware News urn:uuid:067862eb-e968-ff51-1276-d9dbd6735703 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 13:15:05 +0000 The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control will hold a virtual public hearing Tuesday, Sept. 29 on a proposal from the Diamond State Port Corporation (DSPC) to construct a new container port on the Delaware River at the DSPC property at 4600 Hay Road, Edgemoor, New Castle County. Reports: Two Injured In Accident Involving County Officer Thursday Night http://firststateupdate.com/2020/09/reports-two-injured-in-accident-involving-county-officer-thursday-night/ First State Update urn:uuid:79d5b591-088e-8b5e-8606-07ac976d2951 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 12:44:41 +0000 Bear &#8211; Just before 9:30 Thursday evening rescue crews from the Christiana and Delaware City Fire Companies responded to the intersection of Red lion Road and Church Road for reports &#8230; <p>Bear &#8211; Just before 9:30 Thursday evening rescue crews from the Christiana and Delaware City Fire Companies responded to the intersection of Red lion Road and Church Road for reports of a motor vehicle accident with injuries.</p> <p>Sources familiar with the accident tell First State Update that the accident involved a County Officer and that the officer was transported to Christiana Hospital.  The officer&#8217;s condition has not been released.</p> <p>We&#8217;re told that the patrol vehicle, believed to be a Tahoe, appeared to have been T- Boned on the driver side with most of the damage to the front of the vehicle.</p> <p>The driver of the second vehicle was also transported to the hospital with undetermined injuries.</p> <p>A resident in a nearby neighborhood reported seeing a heavy police and emergency services response.</p> <p>County officials have not released details surrounding the accident just yet.</p> <p>This is a developing story.</p> Brandon Harvath Named Saint Francis Healthcare President And COO http://firststateupdate.com/2020/09/brandon-harvath-named-saint-francis-healthcare-president-and-coo/ First State Update urn:uuid:4762ebe6-a192-2994-465e-38dc5374bd51 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 12:02:05 +0000 On Tuesday Saint Francis Healthcare, part of Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic announced Brandon Harvath as president and chief operating officer. Harvath oversees all operating functions of the hospital, physician practices and &#8230; <p>On Tuesday Saint Francis Healthcare, part of Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic announced Brandon Harvath as president and chief operating officer.</p> <p>Harvath oversees all operating functions of the hospital, physician practices and out-patient services. He also serves as the executive director of the Delaware Care Collaboration, Saint Francis’ Accountable Care Organization.</p> <p>“I am honored to be named president of Saint Francis Healthcare and excited to continue our long-standing tradition of being a transforming, healing presence for the Wilmington community,” said Harvath. “We are committed to leading Delaware through the COVID-19 pandemic and strive to emerge stronger than ever as a trusted healthcare provider in our state.”</p> <p>Harvath has served as chief operating officer of Saint Francis Healthcare since 2019 and was interim president prior to the official appointment. Previously, he served as vice president of operations for Pittsburgh-based Highmark. He also previously held leadership roles for Cigna, Independence Blue Cross and MBNA American Bank/Bank of America.</p> <p>Among Harvath’s goals for the future of Saint Francis Healthcare, he aims to build upon recent growth at the hospital while preserving the traditions of the hospital’s faith-based, community-focused mission.</p> <p>“With more than 20 years of innovative and strategic healthcare and financial leadership, Brandon is the perfect choice to lead Saint Francis Healthcare,” said James L. Woodward, President and CEO of Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic. “Our community and patients will benefit from his dedication to innovative, quality care, and I look forward to our continued collaboration and commitment to provide excellent healthcare in Wilmington.”</p> <p>Harvath is a native Delawarean and resides in Smyrna with his wife and six children.</p> <p>Source: Saint Francis Healthcare</p> Gay drag queen defeats Democrat who opposed equal marriage in Delaware primary https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/eric-morrison-democrat-delaware-primary-gay-marriage-draq-queen-lgbt-rights-b481597.html The Independent urn:uuid:2ba3a807-e99c-a375-8821-8883154c744f Fri, 18 Sep 2020 11:04:11 +0000 A Democratic lawmaker who opposed equal marriage has been defeated in Delaware&rsquo;s primary elections by an openly gay candidate and drag queen. &nbsp; Fall sports gets OK: Narrow vote opens door for October start https://delawarestatenews.net/sport/fall-sports-gets-ok-narrow-vote-opens-door-for-october-start/ Delaware State News urn:uuid:b8cbe624-e226-e7c7-3796-aa401a0bc1c2 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 02:49:45 +0000 <div style="margin: 5px 5% 10px 5%;"><img src="https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/CRHSSportsPractice2-MClery.jpg" width="600" height="400" title="Caesar Rodney head soccer coach Dwayne Lavender demonstrates a drill during the first day of practice at CR on Thursday Delaware State News/Marc Clery" alt="" /></div><div>DOVER — Perhaps it was fitting that it was decided like this. It was like some heart-pounding state championship basketball game where the lead kept changing hands in the closing seconds. Finally, though, by a nail-biting vote of just 4-3, the state Board of Education decided scholastic sports can be played in Delaware this fall. [&#8230;]</div> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="600" height="400" src="https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/CRHSSportsPractice2-MClery.jpg" alt="" class="wp-image-105840" srcset="https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/CRHSSportsPractice2-MClery.jpg 600w, https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/CRHSSportsPractice2-MClery-300x200.jpg 300w, https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/CRHSSportsPractice2-MClery-120x80.jpg 120w" sizes="(max-width: 600px) 100vw, 600px" /><figcaption>Caesar Rodney head soccer coach Dwayne Lavender demonstrates a drill during the first day of practice at CR on Thursday Delaware State News/Marc Clery</figcaption></figure> <p>DOVER — Perhaps it was fitting that it was decided like this.</p> <p>It was like some heart-pounding state championship basketball game where the lead kept changing hands in the closing seconds.</p> <p>Finally, though, by a nail-biting vote of just 4-3, the state Board of Education decided scholastic sports can be played in Delaware this fall.</p> <p>The vote came after more than three hours of debate among both the state board and board members from the Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association.</p> <p>In the end, the state board approved the DIAA’s plan to start the pre-season for high school sports on Sept. 28. Competition will start on Oct. 19 for all sports except football, which will begin on Oct. 23.</p> <p>Individual school districts still can decide that their schools won’t take part in sports.</p> <p>The state board pressed DIAA’s board members on what had changed between their votes in August, when they unanimously decided to delay fall sports, until September, when they voted to start right away by a 14-2 margin.</p> <p>The biggest change, DIAA officials said, was that Gov. John Carney and state health officials said that football can be played in the state as long as certain protocol are followed. Previously, there was no guidance from the state about football.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="600" height="580" src="https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/CRHSSportsPractice1-MClery.jpg" alt="" class="wp-image-105839" srcset="https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/CRHSSportsPractice1-MClery.jpg 600w, https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/CRHSSportsPractice1-MClery-300x290.jpg 300w, https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/CRHSSportsPractice1-MClery-45x45.jpg 45w" sizes="(max-width: 600px) 100vw, 600px" /><figcaption>Caesar Rodney captain Zander Omans reaches to block a shot during the first day of soccer practice at CR on Thursday.</figcaption></figure> <p>On Thursday, DIAA officials said that — a few weeks after schools have opened — they have a better understanding of dealing with health guidelines.</p> <p>At the same time, some state board members were bothered by the fact that sports might be starting before all students are physically back in school because of the coronavirus pandemic.</p> <p>“I have to say that I’m still not clear about those circumstances of kids returning to sports have changed in just one month since DIAA strongly supported a delayed schedule,” said board member Audrey Noble, who voted against the proposal.</p> <p>“As one Delaware citizen said to me, the science hasn’t changed, the spread of the virus has not diminished in the last month — actually we’re seeing increases in most tracking data — and we know a lot of that has to do with colleges re-opening and other events.</p> <p>“And I also doubt that all of our schools and districts are ready to safely start fall sports.”</p> <p>Donna Polk, the DIAA executive director, said in some ways it’s not fair that so much attention is put on sports when there are other extra-curricular groups that want to start up again, too.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="600" height="422" src="https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/CRHSSportsPractice5-MClery.jpg" alt="" class="wp-image-105843" srcset="https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/CRHSSportsPractice5-MClery.jpg 600w, https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/CRHSSportsPractice5-MClery-300x211.jpg 300w" sizes="(max-width: 600px) 100vw, 600px" /><figcaption>Caesar Rodney volleyball coach Nicole Shuba Johnson instructs players during the first day of practice at CR on Thursday.</figcaption></figure> <p>“It doesn’t say that we’re more important than any other co-curricular activity,” she said. “It just means that we have the platform right now. We have an association that is sanctioned by the government to conduct it at this level.</p> <p>“I just ask that the board not penalize us because we have a platform. I’m an education-based person. … The public gets to speak and I heard the board say that they weigh the public (input). Whether we’re for it or against it, this is where we are.”</p> <p>At Thursday’s meeting, the state heard from 10 parents, only one of which was against starting sports this fall. Many were members of an on-line group of about 4,000 members who pushed to have sports played in the fall.</p> <p>“Kids have no quality of life, everything they love has been ripped away,” said parent Sharon Urban, who said she is a nurse. “Our kids are suffering, mental health and substance abuse issues are rising.”</p> <p>Group organizer Kelly Klerlein Boettcher, a mother of two Caravel seniors, called in from her daughter’s field hockey game at DE Turf.</p> <p>“This should really basically be about choices,” she said. “And our choice as parents is to let our kids play. We’re not making anyone — if you feel it’s not safe — go out and play. People can choose to come out, they can choose to play. Or they can choose to stay out of the game.”</p> <p>Thursday’s vote was probably the last big obstacle for playing sports in the fall.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="600" height="592" src="https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/CRHSSportsPractice3-MClery.jpg" alt="" class="wp-image-105841" srcset="https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/CRHSSportsPractice3-MClery.jpg 600w, https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/CRHSSportsPractice3-MClery-300x296.jpg 300w, https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/CRHSSportsPractice3-MClery-80x80.jpg 80w, https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/CRHSSportsPractice3-MClery-100x100.jpg 100w, https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/CRHSSportsPractice3-MClery-45x45.jpg 45w" sizes="(max-width: 600px) 100vw, 600px" /><figcaption>Caesar Rodney soccer coach Frank Victory helps player Cyier Fitzgerald sign in during the first day of practice.</figcaption></figure> <p>In August the DIAA board voted for the scholastic sports schedule to start in December with winter sports.</p> <p>Traditional fall sports would have been played beginning in late February. All three sports seasons — winter, fall and spring — would have played shorter schedules.</p> <p>The DIAA’s decision was made, in part, because state guidelines originally would not have permitted football to be played.<br>Considering that football includes 23 percent of the total number of fall sports in Delaware, board members felt it would have been unfair to leave one sport out of the fall schedule.</p> <div class="wp-block-image"><figure class="alignleft size-large is-resized"><img src="https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/CRHSSportsPractice4-MClery.jpg" alt="" class="wp-image-105842" width="250" srcset="https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/CRHSSportsPractice4-MClery.jpg 414w, https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/CRHSSportsPractice4-MClery-155x300.jpg 155w" sizes="(max-width: 414px) 100vw, 414px" /><figcaption>CR soccer player Sawyer Ott dribbles the ball during the first day of practice.</figcaption></figure></div> <p>There’s still a great deal of work to be done before sports are played.</p> <p>There’s a long list of protocols that will have to be followed, schedules will have to be re-worked and other logistics will have to be figured out.</p> <p>“Will there be issues getting kids to school? … Yes,” said Caesar Rodney superintendent Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald, a DIAA board member. “But as heavy a lift as it may be, we do see the value in having our students participate not only in athletics but in band and cheerleading.</p> <p>“We are committed to doing the best that we possibly can to try to provide a meaningful experience to all of our children.”</p> Fall sports can be played in Delaware after DOE approval https://delawarestatenews.net/sport/fall-sports-can-be-played-in-delaware-after-doe-approval/ Delaware State News urn:uuid:405e7e69-f272-9b51-ca0c-062e72d5ce50 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 01:18:12 +0000 <div style="margin: 5px 5% 10px 5%;"><img src="https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/XCStates10-MClery.jpg" width="600" height="426" title="XCStates10-MCleryCR's Ritchey Colin runs in the pack at the start of the Division 2 Boys Cross Country Championships at Killens Pond on Saturday. Delaware State News/Marc Clery" alt="" /></div><div>DOVER &#8211; After more than three hours of debate tonight, the state Department of Education approved the start of Delaware high school sports later this month.The motion carried by a vote of just 4-3 after both DOE and DIAA board members debated back and forth the decision of when to re-start high school sports in [&#8230;]</div> <p>DOVER &#8211; After more than three hours of debate tonight, the state Department of Education approved the start of Delaware high school sports later this month.<br>The motion carried by a vote of just 4-3 after both DOE and DIAA board members debated back and forth the decision of when to re-start high school sports in the midst of the coronavirus pandmic.<br>Thursday&#8217;s vote was probably the last big obstacle for playing sports in the fall. But individual school districts still can decide that their schools won&#8217;t take part in sports.<br>The DOE board pressed DIAA&#8217;s board members on what had changed between their votes in August, when they decided to delay fall sports, until September, when they voted to start right away.<br>The biggest change was that Governor John Carney and state health officials said that football can be played in the state as long as certain protocol are followed. Previously, there were no guidance from the state about football.<br>On Thursday, DIAA officials said that &#8211; a few weeks after schools have opened &#8211; they have a better understanding of dealing with health guidelines.<br>DOE heard from 10 parents during Thursday&#8217;s meeeting, only one of which was against starting sports this fall.<br>&#8220;Kids have no quality of life, everything they love has been ripped away,&#8221; said parent Sharon Urban, who said she is a nurse. &#8220;Our kids are suffering, mental health and substance abuse issues are rising.&#8221;<br>After getting new guidelines from Gov. John Carney and state health officials, the DIAA voted last week that pre-season practice for fall sports can start on Sept. 28. The regular season would then begin on Oct. 19.<br>Football, which would begin on Oct. 23, can hold up to seven regular-season games with boys&#8217; soccer, cross country, field hockey and volleyball holding up to 12 contests.<br>That reversed a decision made by the DIAA board in August. Under that plan, the scholastic sports schedule would have started in December with winter sports.<br>Traditional fall sports would have been played beginning in late February. All three sports seasons &#8211; winter, fall and spring &#8211; would have played shorter schedules.<br>The DIAA&#8217;s decision was made, in part, because state guidelines originally would not have permitted football to be played. Considering that football includes 23 percent of the total number of fall sports in Delaware, board members felt it would have been unfair to leave one sport out of the fall schedule.<br>The decision to delay the start of the scholastic sports schedule was also impacted by the fact that many schools in the state don&#8217;t have students back for in-person instruction yet.<br>Sports editor Andy Walter can be reached at 741-8227 or walter@newszap.com.</p> <p></p> <p><em>Sports editor Andy Walter can be reached at 741-8227 or walter@newszap.com.</em></p> BREAKING | Fall sports approved in Delaware https://www.wdel.com/news/breaking-fall-sports-approved-in-delaware/article_309af080-f94c-11ea-aadd-d3fbd2ae9edb.html www.wdel.com - RSS Results in news of type article urn:uuid:3650d9a2-d35c-d023-7831-6a9eed88f19f Fri, 18 Sep 2020 01:13:00 +0000 Fall sports in Delaware cleared another major hurdle. Fall sports approved in Delaware after tight vote by State Board of Education https://www.wdel.com/news/fall-sports-approved-in-delaware-after-tight-vote-by-state-board-of-education/article_309af080-f94c-11ea-aadd-d3fbd2ae9edb.html www.wdel.com - RSS Results in news of type article urn:uuid:879fbe17-2352-53ce-bb7b-191200a8d552 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 01:13:00 +0000 Fall sports in Delaware cleared another major hurdle. 2 arrested in home invasion, kidnapping in Brandywine Hundred https://www.wdel.com/news/2-arrested-in-home-invasion-kidnapping-in-brandywine-hundred/article_7705dabc-f947-11ea-953a-0f4267512951.html www.wdel.com - RSS Results in news of type article urn:uuid:8299570e-6877-a765-abcd-8776af22641a Fri, 18 Sep 2020 00:39:00 +0000 A man and woman have been arrested in connection with a home invasion and kidnapping in Brandywine Hundred. Stormy sky https://delawarestatenews.net/scenic-delaware/stormy-sky/ Delaware State News urn:uuid:b23f6b20-030f-b0da-649b-f36c568ceae9 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 00:31:48 +0000 <div style="margin: 5px 5% 10px 5%;"><img src="https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/18dsn-Scenic-Delaware.jpg" width="600" height="450" title="" alt="" /></div><div>Brett Williams took this photo Aug. 2 in Felton while a storm front passed by.</div> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="600" height="450" src="https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/18dsn-Scenic-Delaware.jpg" alt="" class="wp-image-105837" srcset="https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/18dsn-Scenic-Delaware.jpg 600w, https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/18dsn-Scenic-Delaware-300x225.jpg 300w" sizes="(max-width: 600px) 100vw, 600px" /></figure> <p>Brett Williams took this photo Aug. 2 in Felton while a storm front passed by.</p> QOTD: Have you received seeds from China? https://delawarestatenews.net/qotd/qotd-have-you-received-seeds-from-china/ Delaware State News urn:uuid:6cf0503f-729c-a398-b09f-cd7cd4696e66 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 00:29:00 +0000 <div style="margin: 5px 5% 10px 5%;"><img src="https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/qotd-wpp1599145196205.jpg" width="600" height="602" title="" alt="" /></div><div>Amazon has banned the sale of foreign seeds to U.S. customers. The change comes after mysterious seed packets, postmarked from China, began to arrive in mailboxes unprompted this summer. Did you or anyone you know, receive a pack of seeds from China?</div> <p>Amazon has banned the sale of foreign seeds to U.S. customers. The change comes after mysterious seed packets, postmarked from China, began to arrive in mailboxes unprompted this summer. Did you or anyone you know, receive a pack of seeds from China?<br></p> <p></p> Letter to the Editor: Dover councilman supports Ennis for Senate https://delawarestatenews.net/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/letter-to-the-editor-dover-councilman-supports-ennis-for-senate/ Delaware State News urn:uuid:a86127c4-3d17-5dbb-db65-6c1da95fc819 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 00:26:09 +0000 <div style="margin: 5px 5% 10px 5%;"><img src="https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/letters-to-the-editor.png" width="400" height="400" title="" alt="" /></div><div>My observation as a newsman in my first career is that elected officials are either politicians seeking power or statesmen. A statesman or stateswoman places the public’s interest above special interest groups. Sen. Bruce Ennis, D-Smyrna, earned the title of statesman during his long career. That is why it is not surprising that he sponsored [&#8230;]</div> <p>My observation as a newsman in my first career is that elected officials are either politicians seeking power or statesmen.<br></p> <p>A statesman or stateswoman places the public’s interest above special interest groups. Sen. Bruce Ennis, D-Smyrna, earned the title of statesman during his long career. That is why it is not surprising that he sponsored Senate Bill 253, signed into law, to extend the price-gouging protections put in place at the start of the pandemic, for up to 60 days beyond the state of emergency.<br></p> <p>Delaware citizens are best served with his continued service. Actions always speak louder than words or promises.<br></p> <p class="has-text-align-right"><strong>Councilman Fred Neil<br></strong>3rd District, Dover City Council</p> Letter to the Editor: Moskowitz, Persinger right choices for Dewey Beach https://delawarestatenews.net/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/letter-to-the-editor-moskowitz-persinger-right-choices-for-dewey-beach/ Delaware State News urn:uuid:edc61e9c-30ff-99e1-eddb-1f4037086952 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 00:24:32 +0000 <div style="margin: 5px 5% 10px 5%;"><img src="https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/letters-to-the-editor.png" width="400" height="400" title="" alt="" /></div><div>I am asking for your vote. And if you choose to vote for a second commissioner, vote Gary Persinger. We are first and second on the ballot, so it’s as simple as a one-two punch: Vote to re-elect Commissioners David Moskowitz and Gary Persinger. I have worked with Gary on numerous items these past few [&#8230;]</div> <p>I am asking for your vote. And if you choose to vote for a second commissioner, vote Gary Persinger. We are first and second on the ballot, so it’s as simple as a one-two punch: Vote to re-elect Commissioners David Moskowitz and Gary Persinger.<br></p> <p>I have worked with Gary on numerous items these past few years, including preventing an increase in property owners’ seasonal parking rates, the town’s whistleblower policy and reducing the conditional use fee for small businesses.<br></p> <p>As a full-time resident and parent living in Dewey Beach, I have an inherent interest in our town’s success. Beginning with my work as a member and leader of the Investment Committee, which helped the town make $1,027,075 in investment income, I have always put in the time and energy to help make Dewey Beach the best that it can be for all constituents. Read more about my background, qualifications and accomplishments at deweybeach2020.com.<br></p> <p>Dewey Beach is at a critical juncture in choosing the right town manager, who will need to start from Day One on a list over a hundred items long. It’s important you vote, as the last election was decided by three voters. I would like to remain a voice and a force for providing more transparency and accountability for everything we do with our finances and our policies.<br></p> <p>My votes have been and will be:<br>• Yes to responding to property owner concerns.<br>• Yes to helping the town work on its infrastructure issues.<br>• Yes to livestreams and upgrading the audio portion of public meetings.<br>• Yes to competitive bidding on town contracts.<br>• Yes to recording police calls and radio transmissions.<br></p> <p>And…<br>• No to raising the 3% rental tax.<br>• No to a backdoor property tax.<br>• No to increasing property owners’ seasonal parking rates.<br></p> <p>There are three ways to vote in the Sept. 26 election: mail-in absentee, in-person absentee and in person on Election Day. Go to deweybeach2020.com/vote for detailed instructions.<br></p> <p>I hope you can support me with your vote. I will support you with mine.<br></p> <p class="has-text-align-right"><strong>David Moskowitz<br></strong>Commissioner, town of Dewey Beach</p> Letter to the Editor: Putting the fires out should be the priority https://delawarestatenews.net/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/letter-to-the-editor-putting-the-fires-out-should-be-the-priority/ Delaware State News urn:uuid:ab1965b5-d811-d875-3e63-d7008800ca3e Fri, 18 Sep 2020 00:22:08 +0000 <div style="margin: 5px 5% 10px 5%;"><img src="https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/letters-to-the-editor.png" width="400" height="400" title="" alt="" /></div><div>If I were a candidate running for a new job or trying to keep the one I have, I would have every plane and every helicopter in the United States in the air putting out the fires. There are people dying, people who are losing their homes — homes that they have worked all their [&#8230;]</div> <p>If I were a candidate running for a new job or trying to keep the one I have, I would have every plane and every helicopter in the United States in the air putting out the fires.<br></p> <p>There are people dying, people who are losing their homes — homes that they have worked all their lives for. The wildlife, destroyed. You should have been out there as soon as this started. Instead, all I have heard this election is the most important thing: making bad remarks against one another. Stupidity.<br></p> <p>My heart goes out to the young ones growing up. They will never know the beautiful world we have had. They will only know about wildlife from pictures. How sad.<br></p> <p>Being that I am on a roll, I think we should have at least three or four running for president. At least we would have a clear choice. This way, we only have two. Only choice: the lesser of the two evils.<br></p> <p class="has-text-align-right"><strong>Gladys Groff<br></strong>Greenwood</p> Best Bets: Biggs Museum uncovers works by ‘hidden gem’ Lewis https://delawarestatenews.net/entertainment/best-bets-biggs-museum-uncovers-works-by-hidden-gem-lewis/ Delaware State News urn:uuid:d2347772-f639-2703-5538-e0c1ccf5a67c Fri, 18 Sep 2020 00:08:56 +0000 <div style="margin: 5px 5% 10px 5%;"><img src="https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/JackLewis-Biggs4.jpg" width="600" height="625" title="" alt="" /></div><div>Taylor Collins got the surprise of a lifetime early in her artistic career. While looking at art books at the Dover Public Library back in the mid-70s, she came across works by famed Delaware artist Jack Lewis. “I loved what he did. He had the painting and then he told a story about the scene. [&#8230;]</div> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="600" height="474" src="https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/JackLewis-Biggs6.jpg" alt="" class="wp-image-105819" srcset="https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/JackLewis-Biggs6.jpg 600w, https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/JackLewis-Biggs6-300x237.jpg 300w" sizes="(max-width: 600px) 100vw, 600px" /><figcaption>Approximately 50 works by Jack Lewis are on the walls of the Biggs Museum of American Art in Dover through November. (Delaware State News/Marc Clery)</figcaption></figure> <p>Taylor Collins got the surprise of a lifetime early in her artistic career.</p> <p>While looking at art books at the Dover Public Library back in the mid-70s, she came across works by famed Delaware artist Jack Lewis.</p> <p>“I loved what he did. He had the painting and then he told a story about the scene. The whole thing with the Delaware scene just really appealed to me,” she said.</p> <p>“The books were in the Delaware reference section. You had to get a key and they would unlock the case. It’s not like today. But I assumed he had died way back in the 50s and 60s or something. One of his books had an introduction by N.C. Wyeth.”</p> <p>Although thinking he was no longer around, she came to think of Mr. Lewis as a mentor for her own work. So it came as quite a shock to her when reading in the Delaware State News a few years later that he was giving a workshop at the Rehoboth Art League.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large is-resized"><img loading="lazy" src="https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Best-Bets-logo-NEW.jpg" alt="" class="wp-image-23719" width="285" height="122" srcset="https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Best-Bets-logo-NEW.jpg 469w, https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Best-Bets-logo-NEW-300x128.jpg 300w, https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Best-Bets-logo-NEW-280x120.jpg 280w" sizes="(max-width: 285px) 100vw, 285px" /></figure> <p>“I said ‘Oh my gosh.’ I almost fainted,” Ms. Collins said with a laugh.</p> <p>“Here’s this person that you really idolized and all of a sudden you find that he’s still among the living.”</p> <p>Thus began a 20-year education and friendship with the renowned painter until his death in 2012 at the age of 99.</p> <p>“He was a real gem. There was no one like him,” said Ms. Collins, the owner of Parke Green Galleries in downtown Dover..</p> <p>The Biggs Museum of American Art in Dover is currently featuring over 50 paintings by Mr. Lewis in an exhibit appropriately called “Delaware’s Hidden Gem.”</p> <p>The exhibition is a rare look at Mr. Lewis’s work from private collections. The core of the exhibition is drawn from gifts given to the Biggs Museum and the Rehoboth Art League from area collectors such as Paul Baker and Sam Profetta. The other half of this exhibition was curated from private collections throughout Kent and Sussex counties.</p> <p>The works were selected to highlight areas in the Mid-Atlantic Region — most from the Delmarva Peninsula — and to demonstrate the range of Mr. Lewis’ artistic career from his early years on the peninsula in the 1930s to works he completed in the late 1980s. As often as possible, the original Lewis painting drawn from this 50-year period is compared to photographs of the same areas as they appear today.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="600" height="502" src="https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/TaylorCollins1-MClery.jpg" alt="" class="wp-image-105820" srcset="https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/TaylorCollins1-MClery.jpg 600w, https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/TaylorCollins1-MClery-300x251.jpg 300w" sizes="(max-width: 600px) 100vw, 600px" /><figcaption>Dover artist Taylor Collins looks at a photo that she took of late painter Jack Lewis in 1989. Ms. Collins studied with and was a friend of Mr. Lewis for 30 years.</figcaption></figure> <p>The Biggs is also offering a driving tour available to download featuring some of Mr. Lewis’ favorite places to paint and the venues he painted.</p> <p>Born in Baltimore in 1912, Mr. Lewis moved to Delaware in the 1930s to record the labors of the Civilian Conservation Corps — a federal program to employ workers during the Great Depression. He painted the daily activities of three CCC camps doing mosquito control in Lewes, Magnolia and Leipsic.</p> <p>Every day he would pick a destination and drive until he found a scene that would cause him to stop and make a plein air painting from the side of the road.</p> <p>He enlisted in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1942 and was sent to the Pacific. Upon his return, he earned a master’s degree and began teaching. He worked in public schools and Delaware Technical Community College from 1949 to 1976.</p> <p>After retiring, he taught in many venues in the community, including the Delaware Correctional Center, the Dover Art League and the Rehoboth Art League.</p> <p>In 1986, Mr. Lewis was commissioned by Delaware’s Legislative Council to create murals celebrating the bicentennial of Delaware’s ratification of the Constitution. The murals still hang in Legislative Hall in Dover.</p> <p>Mr. Lewis moved to Maine with his wife in the 1990s to be closer to his daughters. But well into his 90s, he made the trek by himself from Maine to exhibit his work at the Rehoboth Art League Outdoor Show each August.</p> <p>Ms. Collins said she always appreciated the “earthiness of Mr. Lewis’ work.</p> <p>“What he really captured lies in what he called the elementals, which are the people of the earth. How they make their living from the land and how they lived on the land and heat and that’s what I wanted to capture in my work. I wanted to be able to tell Delaware’s folk history and not the fancy DuPont history or that kind of thing, but just the regular little events and things that Delaware people like,” she said.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="600" height="625" src="https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/JackLewis-Biggs4.jpg" alt="" class="wp-image-105821" srcset="https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/JackLewis-Biggs4.jpg 600w, https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/JackLewis-Biggs4-288x300.jpg 288w" sizes="(max-width: 600px) 100vw, 600px" /><figcaption>“Fish Cleaning Station in Lewes” is an acrylic on sheetrock by Jack Lewis. Mr. Lewis died in 2012, 11 days shy of his 100th birthday.</figcaption></figure> <p>“Because we’re just never going to be New York City. We just aren’t. And so that’s one of the things that really attracted me to him was he just had this earthiness to him.”</p> <p>Working for the USDA for 30 years, Ms. Collins would take off mornings and drive down to Rehoboth to take classes from Mr. Lewis.</p> <p>“I had always wanted to be an artist but I was just doing the pen and ink stuff and making these into prints. So when I took the class with Jack, it was watercolor, which I knew nothing about,” she said.</p> <p>“I knew I could pick his brain. He had written all these books. He was so engaging. He was just this true gentleman but so quirky. He wore a beret. He was an artist’s artist.”</p> <p>Ms. Collins is in the process of writing a book about the value of mentoring in art and highlighting Mr. Lewis’ influence on her and her career.</p> <p>“He actually taught you how to be an artist, which isn’t something that is really taught. He just gave you this mindset of you live the role. It’s more like it’s not a profession. It’s a way of living. And he personified it.’ she said.</p> <p>“That’s so different than learning how to put paint on a piece of paper. He was such a philosopher. He would get off on these tangents. He was always going off on the deep end on some subject. I loved that because I’m a talker and anybody who digresses like that, I just love. So he was the perfect person to learn from. But he was just a gem. He was so open and warm. I can’t ever say enough about him as a person and as an artist. He was just wonderful. He just always had time for you.”</p> <p>Ms. Collins said he put her in the proper mindset of being an artist.</p> <p>“It’s just different being an artist. If you’re going to be an artist, you’ve got to be that artist and it really changes your whole outlook. I was always self conscious and worried like, ‘Oh, is somebody’s going to like it or are the not gonna like it?” she said.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="600" height="404" src="https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/JackLewis-Biggs7.jpg" alt="" class="wp-image-105822" srcset="https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/JackLewis-Biggs7.jpg 600w, https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/JackLewis-Biggs7-300x202.jpg 300w, https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/JackLewis-Biggs7-120x80.jpg 120w" sizes="(max-width: 600px) 100vw, 600px" /><figcaption>Jack Lewis’ 1970 work “Rear View Mirror,” a watercolor and gouache on paper, is part of 50 paintings by the famed Delaware artist in an exhibit at the Biggs Museum of American Art in Dover entitled “Delaware’s Hidden Gem.”</figcaption></figure> <p>“What he taught you was you don’t care whether somebody accepts you or not. It’s about the work, What he really liked about me is I had something to say. Because so many artists, they just want to paint a flower. They want to paint a lighthouse or they want to paint whatever. But they don’t ever really have anything they want to say. They don’t have that artistic passion. And he knew my whole goal was to capture the Delaware scene on my own, the folk art scene. And he really admired that.”</p> <p>Ms. Collins fondly recalls the trips they would take to the National Gallery of Art in Washington after each session was over.</p> <p>“We would all pile in his van and go analyze paintings from real masters. You can’t get that from books. You need to see the paintings in person. I always looked forward to going over there just to do the critiques and figure out how they painted the paintings and all that,” she said.</p> <p>After he left Delaware with his wife Dorothy to be closer to family in Maine, Ms. Collins still saw him a handful of times.</p> <p>“I always said Dorothy kidnapped him to Maine. But I did get to see him about five times in Maine. When I worked for the government, we had some training up in New Hampshire every other year. And so every time I went to Manchester, I would scoot over to Maine and see him. I did get to see him right before he died.”</p> <p>Ms. Collins recalled that final time that she and her sister went to visit Mr. Lewis in a retirement community. At 99 years old, she figured it would be the last time she would see him and she was worried about what kind of shape he would be in. When they arrived, she was told he was in the dining hall.</p> <p>“When we walked in, he was in there by himself playing ‘Lady of Spain’ on the harmonica. We immediately knew it was him,” she said.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="600" height="406" src="https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/TaylorCollins2.jpg" alt="" class="wp-image-105823" srcset="https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/TaylorCollins2.jpg 600w, https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/TaylorCollins2-300x203.jpg 300w, https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/TaylorCollins2-120x80.jpg 120w" sizes="(max-width: 600px) 100vw, 600px" /><figcaption>Dover artist Taylor Collins stands with painter Jack Lewis at the Rehoboth Art League’s Outdoor Show in the 1980s.</figcaption></figure> <p>“He was in a sports jacket dressed for dinner. It was such a relief that he was OK. I was dreading the visit but it was great. Although when we got in the car, we bawled our eyes out. It was so emotional. I knew I was never going to get back up there.”</p> <p>Ms. Collins did have one regret about the visit.</p> <p>“He loved doing jigsaw puzzles. The last time I was at his house he must have had 500 jigsaw puzzles stacked up. I bought him this 2,000-piece puzzle of a Monet painting. I don’t remember which one. He loved all of impressionists. I figured ‘This will keep him busy for a while.’ But I forgot it and just figured I would mail it to him about a week before his birthday,” she said.</p> <p>“Then I found out he died and I was so sad. I had already wrapped it to go to the post office.”</p> <p>Mr. Lewis died Aug. 19, 2012, 11 days shy of his 100th birthday. The jigsaw puzzle remains in Ms. Collins’ house — still wrapped.</p> <p>“It’s around here somewhere. I don’t have the heart to open it,” she said.</p> <div class="wp-block-image"><figure class="aligncenter size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="433" height="800" src="https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/JackLewis-Biggs1.jpg" alt="" class="wp-image-105825" srcset="https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/JackLewis-Biggs1.jpg 433w, https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/JackLewis-Biggs1-162x300.jpg 162w" sizes="(max-width: 433px) 100vw, 433px" /><figcaption>This period piece is of Cooch’s Bridge in New Castle County. The 1986 work is an acrylic on sheetrock.</figcaption></figure></div> <p>The Jack Lewis exhibit runs at the Biggs until Nov. 22. Social distancing rules and mask wearing are in effect. For more information, visit <a href="http://BiggsMuseum.org">BiggsMuseum.org</a> or call 674-2111 for more information.</p> <p>The Biggs Museum of American Art is at 406 Federal St. in Dover.</p> <p><strong>Driving Tour</strong></p> <p>The Jack Lewis Road Trip Driving Tour starts on the Eastern Shore of Maryland include stops at the Port of Annapolis and Tilghman Island. New Castle and Kent County stops include Cooch’s Bridge and The Green in Dover.</p> <p>The many spots in Sussex County include Cape Henlopen, Georgetown Circle, Lewes Harbor, the Rehoboth Art League and more.</p> <p>The PDF with all of the stops and accompanying paintings can be downloaded at <a href="https://www.biggsmuseum.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Jack-Lewis-Driving-Tour-with-map.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">https://www.biggsmuseum.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Jack-Lewis-Driving-Tour-with-map.pdf</a>.</p> <p><strong>Connelly exhibit</strong></p> <p>Rosemary Connelly, the Milford-based watercolor journalist, will display a number of her artistically rendered travel journals as part of this exhibit. With the same spirit that drove Mr. Lewis to explore his region, to find unique subjects and scenes, and to record them in watercolor sketches, Mr. Connelly has explored numerous locations, both local and international to record her unique impressions of architectural details and natural landscapes.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="600" height="311" src="https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/2019-02-14_Hotel-Coronado-4.2MB.jpg" alt="" class="wp-image-105826" srcset="https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/2019-02-14_Hotel-Coronado-4.2MB.jpg 600w, https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/2019-02-14_Hotel-Coronado-4.2MB-300x156.jpg 300w" sizes="(max-width: 600px) 100vw, 600px" /></figure> <p>Ms. Connelly is a Mispillion Art League board member, a member of the Rehoboth Art League and is a founder of Urban Sketchers Delaware. She is also the chairwoman of The 2020 Big Draw Festival Delaware, presented by Mispillion Art League, partnering with the city of Milford, taking place in October and reimagined in this time of COVID-19.</p> <p>On Sept. 25 from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Ms. Connelly welcomes intermediate artists into the Biggs Studio for a watercolor journaling workshop accompanied by a glass of wine. Register online for tickets or call 302-674-2111. For questions, contact Kristen Matulewicz, curator of Community and Academic Programs, at <a href="kmatulewicz@biggsmuseum.org">kmatulewicz@biggsmuseum.org </a>or at ext. 104.</p> <p><strong>Now Showing</strong></p> <p>New in theaters this weekend is the suspense-thriller “Infidel.”</p> <p></p> Creativity, flexibility at core of Sussex Tech’s modified remote learning plan https://delawarestatenews.net/schools/creativity-flexibility-at-core-of-sussex-techs-modified-remote-learning-plan/ Delaware State News urn:uuid:a193c559-b0c4-9954-15bd-f867258a50fc Thu, 17 Sep 2020 23:59:01 +0000 <div style="margin: 5px 5% 10px 5%;"><img src="https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Sussex-Tech-applicaiton-deadline.jpg" width="600" height="538" title="" alt="" /></div><div>GEORGETOWN – On the first day of classes, Sussex Technical High School’s senior health professions students are learning vital signs. “Raise your hand if you know what T-P-R stands for,” Nancy Massaro tells her class of senior health professions students. “Temperature, pulse, and respiration,” one student responds from a small rectangle on a Zoom video [&#8230;]</div> <p>GEORGETOWN – On the first day of classes, Sussex Technical High School’s senior health professions students are learning vital signs.</p> <p>“Raise your hand if you know what T-P-R stands for,” Nancy Massaro tells her class of senior health professions students.</p> <p>“Temperature, pulse, and respiration,” one student responds from a small rectangle on a Zoom video screen.</p> <p>Vital signs – also including blood pressure, height, weight, and pain – are critical knowledge for students who will be working as certified nurse assistants later this year.</p> <p>Equally important is knowing how to take them, which is why the students of veteran nurses Ms. Massaro and Tamara Lewis are learning remotely but coming to school in small groups later this month to put their knowledge into practice in the school’s fully-equipped nursing lab.</p> <p>That combination of virtual and in-person learning is at the heart of Sussex Tech’s modified remote learning plan. Students are starting the year learning remotely, but teachers have the flexibility to bring them on to campus for voluntary hands-on instruction, demonstrations, or practice.</p> <p>That option was especially important for the school’s 16 career-technical areas, which are heavily hands-on, said Sussex Tech Acting Superintendent Dr. Kevin Carson.</p> <p>“We know that our students and our teachers are eager to get back into the classroom and especially their technical fields,” Dr. Carson said. “This approach balances health and safety with the high-quality career-technical education that Sussex Tech is known for.”</p> <p>District leadership will evaluate the remote learning plan each marking period, examining current health statistics and state guidance in determining the direction for the second marking period, with the hope that students will be able to return to campus full-time later in the year.</p> <p>That’s also the hope of environmental and landscaping teacher G.L. Jefferson, who kicked off virtual lessons this week with his 10th-grade students focusing on a new ecology unit. He’s front-loading the semester with classroom-based topics and hoping to bring students back into Tech’s greenhouse and outdoor lab areas later.</p> <p>“It’s difficult to do technical work through video – we can’t go out to the greenhouse or go out to the pond or get dirty in the wetlands,” said Mr. Jefferson. “The majority of this is going to be bookwork material, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less important. We’re saving the greenhouse and pond areas for when we finally get into school.”</p> <p>Mr. Jefferson helps his students log into a video platform that creates an interactive experience, while acknowledging that they’d all prefer to be doing hands-on work. “I would much rather have you guys in school than looking at you through a computer screen,” he said. “I’d love to hear about your stories about stuff you did over the summer. But it’s a situation we can’t control. What we can definitely control is how you handle it, as either positive or negative.”</p> <p>When other state restrictions are lifted, Tech’s health professions seniors will be heading into the field to complete required clinical hours in a health care setting and then sit for the state CNA exam. </p> <p>Once they pass, they will have the opportunity to go into the workforce full-time for the remainder of the year under Tech’s Career Capstone work-based learning program.</p> <p>“We’ll move through that, but we’re in a holding pattern right now,” Ms. Massaro tells her students. “We’re going to do everything in our power to make this as easy as possible so you can practice at your own pace at home.”</p> Police: Elderly Man Kidnapped From Home Near Bellefonte Thursday http://firststateupdate.com/2020/09/police-elderly-man-kidnapped-from-home-near-bellefonte-thursday/ First State Update urn:uuid:34fd905d-9ab2-fa6c-8e54-7f62256985b6 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 23:57:20 +0000 Officers from the New Castle County Division of Police have arrested 23-year-old Monee Wilson and her accomplice 20-year-old Malik Singleton for burglary and kidnapping charges, according to spokesman Grigori Lopez-Garcia. Lopez-Garcia &#8230; <p>Officers from the New Castle County Division of Police have arrested 23-year-old Monee Wilson and her accomplice 20-year-old Malik Singleton for burglary and kidnapping charges, according to spokesman Grigori Lopez-Garcia.</p> <p>Lopez-Garcia said today September 17, 2020, at approximately 1:30 A.M., Officers from the New Castle County Division of Police were dispatched to the unit block of Seville Avenue, in the community of Villa Monterey for an unknown problem.</p> <p>After being dispatched, the officers received further information from emergency dispatchers that two armed burglars had entered the residence and kidnapped the elderly male homeowner using his own vehicle, according to Lopez-Garcia.</p> <p>The officers observed the victim’s vehicle traveling in the area of Marsh Road and followed it into Winterhaven Drive. A vehicle stop was conducted and both suspects were taken into custody without incident. The victim was found unharmed.</p> <p>Detectives from the New Castle County Division of Police Criminal Investigations Unit arrived on scene and have assumed the investigation. This is an active and ongoing investigation.</p> <p>Monee Wilson was charged with 3 counts of Felony Robbery in the First Degree, 1 count of Felony Kidnapping in the First Degree, 6 counts of Felony Burglary in the First Degree, 3 counts of Felony Aggravated Menacing, 1 count of Felony Theft of a Motor Vehicle, and 1 count of Felony Conspiracy in the Second Degree. At the time of this release Monee Wilson was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Court 2 and held in lieu of $55,000 cash bail.</p> <p>Malik Singleton was charged with 3 counts of Felony Robbery in the First Degree, 1 count of Felony Kidnapping in the First Degree, 6 counts of Felony Burglary in the First Degree, 3 counts of Felony Aggravated Menacing, 1 count of Felony Theft of a Motor Vehicle, and 1 count of Felony Conspiracy in the Second Degree. At the time of this release Malik Singleton was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Court 2 and held in lieu of $55,000 cash bail.</p> <p>If you have any information and/or video pertaining to this investigation, please contact Detective John Mancuso (John.Mancuso@newcastlede.gov.) or New Castle County Division of Police at (302) 395-2743.</p> US judge blocks Postal Service changes that slowed mail https://delawarestatenews.net/nation/us-judge-blocks-postal-service-changes-that-slowed-mail/ Delaware State News urn:uuid:f972f862-371a-190b-446c-a2153ac6052c Thu, 17 Sep 2020 23:44:57 +0000 <div style="margin: 5px 5% 10px 5%;"><img src="https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/03dsn-USPostalService.jpg" width="400" height="324" title="" alt="" /></div><div>SEATTLE (AP) — A U.S. judge on Thursday blocked controversial Postal Service changes that have slowed mail nationwide, calling them “a politically motivated attack on the efficiency of the Postal Service” before the November election. Judge Stanley Bastian in Yakima, Washington, said he was issuing a nationwide preliminary injunction sought by 14 states that sued [&#8230;]</div> <p>SEATTLE (AP) — A U.S. judge on Thursday blocked controversial Postal Service changes that have slowed mail nationwide, calling them “a politically motivated attack on the efficiency of the Postal Service” before the November election.</p> <p>Judge Stanley Bastian in Yakima, Washington, said he was issuing a nationwide preliminary injunction sought by 14 states that sued the Trump administration and the U.S. Postal Service.</p> <p>The states challenged the Postal Service’s so-called “leave behind” policy, where trucks have been leaving postal facilities on time regardless of whether there is more mail to load. They also sought to force the Postal Service to treat election mail as First Class mail.</p> <p>The judge noted after a hearing that Trump had repeatedly attacked voting by mail by making unfounded claims that it is rife with fraud. Many more voters are expected to vote by mail this November because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the states have expressed concern that delays might result in voters not receiving ballots or registration forms in time.</p> <p>“The states have demonstrated the defendants are involved in a politically motivated attack on the efficiency of the Postal Service,” Bastian said.</p> <p>He also said the changes created “a substantial possibility many voters will be disenfranchised.”</p> <p>Bastian, an appointee of former President Barack Obama, said he planned to issue a written order by Friday, but that it would be substantially the same as the injunction sought by the states.</p> <p>Postal Service spokesman Dave Partenheimer said in a statement the organization is reviewing its legal options, but that “there should be no doubt that the Postal Service is ready and committed to handle whatever volume of election mail it receives.”</p> <p>Lee Moak, a member of the USPS Board of Governors, called the notion any changes were politically motivated “completely and utterly without merit.”</p> <p>Following a national uproar, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, a major donor to President Donald Trump and the GOP, announced he was suspending some changes — including the removal of iconic blue mailboxes in many cities and the decommissioning of mail processing machines.</p> <p>But other changes remained in place, and the states — including the battlegrounds of Michigan, Wisconsin and Nevada — asked the court to block them. The states sought to have the “leave behind” policy revoked; election mail treated as First Class mail rather than as slower-moving categories; the reinstallation of any mail processing machines needed to ensure the prompt handling of election mail; and that the court hold DeJoy to his promise to suspend other changes.</p> <p>Led by Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson, the states said the Postal Service made the changes without first bringing them to the Postal Regulatory Commission for public comment and an advisory opinion, as required by federal law. They also said the changes interfered with their constitutional authority to administer their elections.</p> <p>At the hearing, Justice Department attorney Joseph Borson sought to assure the judge that the Postal Service would handle election mail promptly, noting that a surge of ballots in the mail would pale in comparison to increases from, say, holiday cards.</p> <p>He also said slow-downs caused by the “leave behind” policy had gotten better since it was first implemented, and that the Postal Service in reality had made no changes with regard to how it classifies and processes election mail. DeJoy has repeatedly insisted that processing election mail remains the organization’s top priority.</p> <p>“There’s been a lot of confusion in the briefing and in the press about what the Postal Service has done,” Borson said. “The states are accusing us of making changes we have not in fact made.”</p> <p>Voters who are worried about their ballots being counted “can simply promptly drop their ballots in the mail,” he said, and states can help by mailing registration form or absentee ballots early.</p> <p>Borson also insisted that the states also were required to bring their challenge not in court, but before the Postal Regulatory Commission itself — even though by law the commission has 90 days to respond. Bastian rejected that notion, saying there was no time for that with the election just seven weeks away.</p> <p>The states conceded that mail delays have eased since the service cuts first created a national uproar in July, but they said on-time deliveries remain well below their prior levels, meaning millions of pieces of mail that would otherwise arrive on-time no longer are.</p> <p>They also noted some of the effects the changes had already wrought: Michigan spent $2 million earlier this year on envelopes that met election mail standards — only to learn that the Postal Service wouldn’t treat them as first class mail. In Madison, Wisconsin, the number of ballots that weren’t counted because they arrived late for the August primary doubled from the August 2018 primary.</p> <p>Further, they cited research from information technology consultant Mynor Urizar-Hunter, who helped start a website tracking the USPS changes, noting that 78% of the machines slated for removal were in counties won by Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016.</p> <p>The states suing are Washington, Michigan, Wisconsin, Nevada, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Virginia — all led by Democratic attorneys general.</p> <p>Pennsylvania is leading a separate multistate lawsuit over the changes, and New York and Montana have filed their own challenges.</p> Appoquinimink parent groups rally to reopen schools https://delawarestatenews.net/coronavirus/appoquinimink-parent-groups-rally-to-reopen-schools/ Delaware State News urn:uuid:c6e21b0c-7182-9aec-d0de-658112fb4ed8 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 23:42:19 +0000 <div style="margin: 5px 5% 10px 5%;"><img src="https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/18dsn-appo-rally3.jpg" width="600" height="729" title="Lisa McCulley, an Appoquinimink parent and founder of StandUp Delaware, speaks to the crowd Thursday. StandUp Delaware was created in opposition to Gov. John Carney's restrictions in response to coronavirus. (Delaware State News/Brook Schultz)" alt="" /></div><div>ODESSA — Holding a bunch of American flags and a sign, Lucy Hastings, a fifth-grade student in Appoquinimink School District, was among the crowd that gathered outside of the district’s administrative building Thursday afternoon to rally for reopening schools. “I really want to go back to school in person because it’s my last year in [&#8230;]</div> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="600" height="729" src="https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/18dsn-appo-rally3.jpg" alt="" class="wp-image-105805" srcset="https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/18dsn-appo-rally3.jpg 600w, https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/18dsn-appo-rally3-247x300.jpg 247w" sizes="(max-width: 600px) 100vw, 600px" /><figcaption>Lisa McCulley, an Appoquinimink parent and founder of StandUp Delaware, speaks to the crowd Thursday. StandUp Delaware was created in opposition to Gov. John Carney&#8217;s restrictions in response to coronavirus. (Delaware State News/Brook Schultz)</figcaption></figure> <p>ODESSA — Holding a bunch of American flags and a sign, Lucy Hastings, a fifth-grade student in Appoquinimink School District, was among the crowd that gathered outside of the district’s administrative building Thursday afternoon to rally for reopening schools.</p> <p>“I really want to go back to school in person because it’s my last year in elementary school and I want to see my friends and my teachers,” she said. “It’s really hard to do online school because sometimes the Zooms don’t work and it’s hard to sometimes understand what the teacher is saying and the links won’t work sometimes but the teacher can’t help you because she’s online.”</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="600" height="399" src="https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/18dsn-appo-rally2.jpg" alt="" class="wp-image-105804" srcset="https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/18dsn-appo-rally2.jpg 600w, https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/18dsn-appo-rally2-300x200.jpg 300w, https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/18dsn-appo-rally2-120x80.jpg 120w" sizes="(max-width: 600px) 100vw, 600px" /><figcaption>Protesters rally for a reopening of schools in Odessa Thursday. (Delaware State News/Brooke Schultz)</figcaption></figure> <p>Appoquinimink schools have been back in session for about two weeks now, with virtual classes having kicked off Sept. 8.</p> <p>At the start of last month, Gov. John Carney said that schools could reopen their doors in the hybrid fashion, which is a mixture of in-person and remote learning. The Delaware Department of Education released a 34-page guidance that laid out specifications for mask-wearing, transportation, cleaning, social distancing and more.</p> <p>After that, it was local decisions across the state for how schools would return to session.</p> <p>Many, like Appoquinimink, opted for a virtual start before beginning hybrid instruction after about six weeks, slated for mid-October. Others downstate — Seaford, Cape Henlopen, Polytech, for instance — opened their doors from the get-go to allow students in school for several days, and learning from home for others.</p> <p>“I have two children in the school district and they are suffering terribly by not being able to go to school,” said Angela Hastings, Lucy’s mom. “We are asking for a choice and we’re being denied any kind of choice for our children.”</p> <p>“Choice” is in the name for the group formed by Appoquinimink parents in the wake of school decisions — Appo Parents/Students for Having the CHOICE for School.</p> <p>The group, along with StandUp Delaware, founded by another Appoquinimink parent Lisa McCulley in opposition to the restrictions implemented by Gov. Carney in response to coronavirus, and the Delaware High School Parents group, hosted the rally.</p> <p>“I could feel the frustrations of parents that we were just handed a choice because that [district-released school reopening] survey was very limited in its choices and answers and people would say probably by design it was that way,” said Lindsey Sanford, founder of Appo Parents/Students for Having a CHOICE for School. “So I started the group to hopefully get parents together to feel like they have a voice for a choice and it doesn’t mean everybody wants to be in school full time, it may mean that they want remote. But we got our choice basically taken from us.”</p> <p>Since forming after the board’s decision in early August, the group has accrued about 1,100 people on Facebook.</p> <p>StandUp Delaware has been fighting to reopen schools since May, said Ms. McCulley last week.</p> <p>At Thursday’s protest, Ms. McCulley was choked up when she advocated for schools to reopen full time in person.</p> <p>“When I was a child, my school was my safe place. It was my haven and my teachers were my heroes. I came from a very abusive home,” she told the group that gathered outside the district building. “So when the state of emergency was called on March 12 — March 12 — and after several weeks of us hunkering down and waiting for that two weeks to flatten to curve, my heart started to ache. My heart started to ache for our children because I know first hand that many children are in trouble, even right now, today as we speak.”</p> <p>The debate to reopen schools was also steeped in politics at Thursday’s rally.</p> <p>Donyale Hall, a candidate for lieutenant governor, said her internet couldn’t support four of her children on live Zooms in the spring. Sitting along with her children as they completed their classes, she noted that supporting them academically was a challenge even for her.</p> <p>“What do we do with our children when we already have a very wide achievement gap? Our children are falling through the cracks and it’s time to stop this,” she said. “These children were already behind and in this environment right now, remote learning, they continue to fall.”</p> <p>Lee Murphy, who is vying to unseat Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester for the lone seat in the House of Representatives, said Gov. Carney was “trying to take away our rights” and “divide us.”</p> <p>“Let me tell you, he is going to fail,” he said, drawing a cheer from the crowd. “All other people in public office, they are complicit with Gov. Carney by their silence.”</p> <p>He told the crowd the difficulties his grandchildren have adapting to virtual environments.</p> <p>“We are at a crucial time in Delaware’s history, in our nation’s history,” he said. “If we don’t stand up and if we don’t get 10 people for each person that’s here to stand up, we’re in trouble.”</p> COVID rolling average falls but hospitalizations increase https://delawarestatenews.net/coronavirus/covid-rolling-average-falls-but-hospitalizations-increase/ Delaware State News urn:uuid:13c9e6f6-3142-afd6-b3ee-aed04abaa7ed Thu, 17 Sep 2020 22:53:37 +0000 <div style="margin: 5px 5% 10px 5%;"><img src="https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/US-NEWS-BIOLOGY-BASIC-EVOLUTION-COULD-1-OH.jpg" width="600" height="338" title="" alt="" /></div><div>DOVER — Delaware’s seven-day rolling average of percentage of positive COVID-19 tests fell for the first time in a week, but hospitalizations increased, according to the Delaware Division of Public Health’s (DPH) daily report on Thursday. There are currently 66 individuals hospitalized with the virus in Delaware — an increase of eight compared to the [&#8230;]</div> <p>DOVER — Delaware’s seven-day rolling average of percentage of positive COVID-19 tests fell for the first time in a week, but hospitalizations increased, according to the Delaware Division of Public Health’s (DPH) daily report on Thursday.</p> <p>There are currently 66 individuals hospitalized with the virus in Delaware — an increase of eight compared to the previous day. Of those currently hospitalized, 18 are considered critical, which is an increase of seven.</p> <p>The DPH reported 89 new positive cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the state’s total to 19,318. All numbers via the DPH reflect data as of Wednesday at 6 p.m.</p> <p>The seven-day rolling average of percentage of positive tests dropped by 0.1% to 7.1%, the DPH reported. It had increased for seven days in a row prior to the release of the new data on Thursday.</p> <p>The mark of 7.1% is still above the recommended number of 5% by the World Health Organization. Delaware had hovered between 4% and 5% for most of August and early September before this week’s increases.</p> <p>County-wise, Sussex County is the only county who is below the 5% mark recommended by the WHO. It is barely under at 4.9% after the seven-day rolling average dropped from 5.8% to 4.9% compared to the day prior.</p> <p>Kent County’s seven-day rolling average is 6.5% while New Castle is the highest at 8.2%.</p> <p>The DPH also reported no new COVID-19 related deaths on Thursday, ending a streak of three consecutive days with at least one death. The state’s death toll remained at 619.</p> <p>There were only four recoveries from the virus reported by the DPH on Thursday, to raise that total to 10,193.</p> <p>An additional 1,179 people tested negative for COVID-19, bringing that total to 247,850, according to the DPH.</p> Man sought on first-degree assault charge https://delawarestatenews.net/police/man-sought-on-first-degree-assault-charge/ Delaware State News urn:uuid:1c1013da-2465-914e-5577-85654696a3dc Thu, 17 Sep 2020 21:50:55 +0000 <div style="margin: 5px 5% 10px 5%;"><img src="https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/18dsn-Quajer-Washington-.jpg" width="300" height="355" title="Quajer Washington" alt="" /></div><div>GEORGETOWN — Delaware State Police are seeking the public’s assisting in locating a 29-year-old man sought in a Sept. 1 assault case, spokeswoman Master Cpl. Heather Pepper said. Authorities alleged that Quajer Washington pointed a gun at a 19-year-old acquaintance while traveling in a vehicle on Johnson Road in Lincoln. A physical assault followed, police [&#8230;]</div> <p>GEORGETOWN — Delaware State Police are seeking the public’s assisting in locating a 29-year-old man sought in a Sept. 1 assault case, spokeswoman Master Cpl. Heather Pepper said.</p> <p>Authorities alleged that Quajer Washington pointed a gun at a 19-year-old acquaintance while traveling in a vehicle on Johnson Road in Lincoln. A physical assault followed, police said, causing serious injury.</p> <div class="wp-block-image"><figure class="alignleft size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="300" height="355" src="https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/18dsn-Quajer-Washington-.jpg" alt="" class="wp-image-105789" srcset="https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/18dsn-Quajer-Washington-.jpg 300w, https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/18dsn-Quajer-Washington--254x300.jpg 254w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /><figcaption>Quajer Washington</figcaption></figure></div> <p>Police said Mr. Washington fled from the scene.</p> <p>Mr. Washington is sought on charges of possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, first-degree assault, aggravated menacing (two counts) and possession of a firearm by person prohibited.</p> <p>Police asked anyone with information on Mr. Washington’s whereabouts to contact Troop 4, Detective A. Bluto at 752-3864 or call 911. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or online at <a href="http://delaware.crimestoppersweb.com">delaware.crimestoppersweb.com</a>.</p> Seaford motorist charged following stop https://delawarestatenews.net/police/seaford-motorist-charged-following-stop/ Delaware State News urn:uuid:7ed0f30c-b49b-d329-e3e4-9d47e2a1f1fa Thu, 17 Sep 2020 21:49:06 +0000 <div style="margin: 5px 5% 10px 5%;"><img src="https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/18dsn-Deshawn-Godwin.jpg" width="264" height="319" title="Deshawn Godwin" alt="" /></div><div>DAGSBORO — A 19-year-old Seaford man was arrested on felony drug charges following a Wednesday afternoon traffic stop, authorities said. Deshawn Godwin was pulled over for a registration violation at 3:07 p.m. on Power Plant Road. He exited his vehicle and allegedly tossed an object under a parked vehicle. Police said a sandwich bag was [&#8230;]</div> <p>DAGSBORO — A 19-year-old Seaford man was arrested on felony drug charges following a Wednesday afternoon traffic stop, authorities said.</p> <div class="wp-block-image"><figure class="alignleft size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="264" height="319" src="https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/18dsn-Deshawn-Godwin.jpg" alt="" class="wp-image-105786" srcset="https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/18dsn-Deshawn-Godwin.jpg 264w, https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/18dsn-Deshawn-Godwin-248x300.jpg 248w" sizes="(max-width: 264px) 100vw, 264px" /><figcaption>Deshawn Godwin</figcaption></figure></div> <p>Deshawn Godwin was pulled over for a registration violation at 3:07 p.m. on Power Plant Road. He exited his vehicle and allegedly tossed an object under a parked vehicle.</p> <p>Police said a sandwich bag was found under the parked car with approximately 14.32 grams of cocaine inside, 130 bags of heroin weighing approximately 0.91 grams, and drug paraphernalia.</p> <p>A search incident to arrest was conducted, and located in Mr. Godwin’s pant pocket was one empty bag of heroin, police said.</p> <p>Mr. Godwin was taken into custody without incident and charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, tampering with physical evidence, and possession of drug paraphernalia.</p> <p>Following arraignment in Justice of the Peace Court 2, Mr. Godwin was released on his own recognizance.</p> Man arrested on fourth burglary charge https://delawarestatenews.net/police/man-arrested-on-fourth-burglary-charge/ Delaware State News urn:uuid:8c3d2700-d947-c92d-46d9-de9cffae16eb Thu, 17 Sep 2020 21:47:16 +0000 <div style="margin: 5px 5% 10px 5%;"><img src="https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/18dsn-Brian-Bower.jpg" width="300" height="375" title="Brian Bower" alt="" /></div><div>DOVER — A 34-year-old man was arrested on his third and fourth burglary charges in three days following incidents on Wednesday, Dover police spokesman Sgt. Mark Hoffman said. After detectives reviewed surveillance, Brian Bower was identified as a person of interest and taken into custody without incident in the downtown area Wednesday, police said. According [&#8230;]</div> <p>DOVER — A 34-year-old man was arrested on his third and fourth burglary charges in three days following incidents on Wednesday, Dover police spokesman Sgt. Mark Hoffman said.</p> <div class="wp-block-image"><figure class="alignleft size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="300" height="375" src="https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/18dsn-Brian-Bower.jpg" alt="" class="wp-image-105785" srcset="https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/18dsn-Brian-Bower.jpg 300w, https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/18dsn-Brian-Bower-240x300.jpg 240w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /><figcaption>Brian Bower</figcaption></figure></div> <p>After detectives reviewed surveillance, Brian Bower was identified as a person of interest and taken into custody without incident in the downtown area Wednesday, police said.</p> <p>According to authorities, the Caribbean Market and PNC Bank had been burglarized. Mr. Bower had earlier been charged in two burglaries occurring on Monday morning, police said.</p> <p>Mr. Bower was charged with second-degree burglary (two counts), criminal mischief (two counts), theft under $1,500, possession of burglary tools and attempted theft. He was released on unsecured bond but police said he was to be committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on a violation of probation.</p> Three arrested on felony shoplifting charges https://delawarestatenews.net/police/three-arrested-on-felony-shoplifting-charges/ Delaware State News urn:uuid:0795600a-3c12-d6d3-4334-ea2f88ae92e4 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 21:44:44 +0000 <div style="margin: 5px 5% 10px 5%;"><img src="https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/1-J-BryantS.-S.-Ponsell.jpg" width="600" height="400" title="" alt="" /></div><div>REHOBOTH BEACH — Three arrests were made following a series of alleged shoplifting incidents, Delaware State Police spokeswoman Master Cpl. Heather Pepper said. Wilmington residents Lavelle Comer, 25, and Reginald Willingham, 51, and Latifah Willingham, 31, of New Castle were taken into custody after police were initially dispatched to The North Face business at approximately [&#8230;]</div> <div class="wp-block-image"><figure class="alignleft size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="200" height="242" src="https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/18dsn-Reginald-Willingham.jpg" alt="" class="wp-image-105790"/><figcaption>Reginald Willingham</figcaption></figure></div> <p>REHOBOTH BEACH — Three arrests were made following a series of alleged shoplifting incidents, Delaware State Police spokeswoman Master Cpl. Heather Pepper said.</p> <p>Wilmington residents Lavelle Comer, 25, and Reginald Willingham, 51, and Latifah Willingham, 31, of New Castle were taken into custody after police were initially dispatched to The North Face business at approximately 4:58 p.m. for a reported shoplifting in progress.</p> <div class="wp-block-image"><figure class="alignleft size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="200" height="228" src="https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/18dsn-Latifah-Willingham.jpg" alt="" class="wp-image-105787"/><figcaption>Latifah Willingham</figcaption></figure></div> <p>An arriving trooper saw a suspect vehicle traveling northbound in the area of Coastal Highway and Old Landing Road and a traffic stop followed. Police said the vehicle then fled out of a parking lot toward Coastal Highway before stopping on a dead-end road.</p> <p>A search of the vehicle located several large trash bags with more than $8,600 worth of merchandise inside.</p> <div class="wp-block-image"><figure class="alignleft size-medium"><img loading="lazy" width="234" height="300" src="https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/18dsn-Lavelle-S.-Comer-234x300.jpg" alt="" class="wp-image-105788" srcset="https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/18dsn-Lavelle-S.-Comer-234x300.jpg 234w, https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/18dsn-Lavelle-S.-Comer.jpg 300w" sizes="(max-width: 234px) 100vw, 234px" /><figcaption>Lavelle S. Comer</figcaption></figure></div> <p>All three defendants were charged with felony shoplifting over $1,500, second-degree conspiracy and criminal mischief, among other charges.</p> <p>Mr. Willingham was released on $6,000 unsecured bond, Ms. Willingham on $4,000 and Ms. Comer on $3,000.</p> 34 new cases of COVID-19 at University of Delaware, single biggest jump since testing started https://www.wdel.com/news/34-new-cases-of-covid-19-at-university-of-delaware-single-biggest-jump-since-testing/article_d5b967e6-f92d-11ea-8be0-e7685bb9498f.html www.wdel.com - RSS Results in news of type article urn:uuid:05811e05-d842-6942-1460-b0c4d8484627 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 21:36:00 +0000 There are 34 new positive novel coronavirus COVID-19 cases at the University of Delaware, school officials reported Thursday, the largest single-day jump since the school started testing on the last day of August 2020. Smoke from western US wildfires arrives in Delaware https://delawarestatenews.net/news/smoke-from-western-us-wildfires-arrives-in-delaware/ Delaware State News urn:uuid:a51ed1cc-d749-0fb1-e7a0-7d477e91b836 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 21:35:30 +0000 <div style="margin: 5px 5% 10px 5%;"><img src="https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/18dsn-Fire-Haze.jpg" width="600" height="800" title="A haze, emanating from the fires on the West Coast, sets over a field in Magnolia in the late afternoon hours of Tuesday. (Submitted photo/David Krauss)" alt="" /></div><div>DOVER — Carried thousands of miles by prevailing winds, drifting smoke from western United States wildfires has hovered above Delaware the past several days. According to National Weather Service meteorologist Lee Robertson, rising smoke in California and other states became trapped inside the jet stream and was carried east. The effect was noticeable upon arrival [&#8230;]</div> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="600" height="800" src="https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/18dsn-Fire-Haze.jpg" alt="" class="wp-image-105782" srcset="https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/18dsn-Fire-Haze.jpg 600w, https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/18dsn-Fire-Haze-225x300.jpg 225w" sizes="(max-width: 600px) 100vw, 600px" /><figcaption>A haze, emanating from the fires on the West Coast, sets over a field in Magnolia in the late afternoon hours of Tuesday. (Submitted photo/David Krauss)</figcaption></figure> <p>DOVER — Carried thousands of miles by prevailing winds, drifting smoke from western United States wildfires has hovered above Delaware the past several days.</p> <p>According to National Weather Service meteorologist Lee Robertson, rising smoke in California and other states became trapped inside the jet stream and was carried east.</p> <p>The effect was noticeable upon arrival under clear skies that turned slightly hazy in Delaware, though Mr. Robertson said that the past couple cloudy days lessened the view above.</p> <p>Though the smoke thinned as it continued blowing this way “there was still enough left to filter the sun,” he said.</p> <p>While the smoke dropped to about 10,000 feet from its arriving altitude of 25,000 feet or so, Mr. Robertson said Delawareans aren’t facing health consequences at this point. On Thursday, he pointed to an online air quality assessment at airnow.gov indicating that “it’s in the good range in this area.”</p> <p>The public can sign up to receive air quality alerts from AirNow.gov. Maps showing smoke plumes are also available at the website.</p> <p>The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Division of Air Quality Unit said that it did not anticipate an impact to ground-level ozone levels and no elevated levels have been detected.</p> <p>Also, DNREC said, “The haze (or smoke) is blocking sunlight and is potentially impacting the formation of ground level ozone.</p> <p>“The haze may actually be responsible for lowering temperatures by a degree or two, according the National Weather Service, which is another ingredient for ozone formation. Our particulate monitors are not detecting any unusual elevations in fine particulates.”</p> <p>While smoke effects have reached Delaware from the Carolinas and Virginia before, Mr. Robertson said they’ve also arrived from as far as Alaska during wildfires.</p> <p>“It there are enough fires covering a large enough area they can come from across the country,” he said.</p> <p>According to the Associated Press, the sun was transformed into a perfect orange orb as it set over New York City on Tuesday. Photographs of it sinking behind the skyline and glinting through tree leaves flooded social media.</p> <p>On Wednesday, New Jersey residents described a yellow tinge to the overcast skies, and weather forecasters were kept busy explaining the phenomenon and making predictions as to how long the conditions would last, the AP reported.</p> <p>The smoke has stretched across the country and also pushed into Mexico, Canada and Europe. While the dangerous plumes are forcing people inside along the West Coast, residents thousands of miles away in the East are seeing unusually hazy skies and remarkable sunsets.</p> <p>The wildfires racing across tinder-dry landscape in California, Idaho, Oregon and Washington are extraordinary, but the long reach of their smoke isn’t unprecedented. While there are only small pockets in the southeastern U.S. that are haze free, experts say the smoke poses less of a health concern for those who are farther away.</p> <p>On the opposite coast, air quality conditions were among some of the worst ever recorded. Smoke cloaked the Golden Gate Bridge and left Portland and Seattle in an ashy fog, as crews have exhausted themselves trying to keep the flames from consuming more homes and even wider swaths of forest.</p> <p>Satellite images showed that smoke from the wildfires has traveled almost 5,000 miles (8,000 kilometers) to Britain and other parts of northern Europe, scientists said Wednesday.</p> <p>The current weather system, which favors a westerly wind across the higher levels of the atmosphere, is to blame for the reach of the smoke, experts explained.</p> <p>“We always seem, at times, to get the right combination of enough smoke and the upper level jet stream to line up to bring that across the country, so we’re just seeing this again,” said Matt Solum with the NWS’s regional operations center in Salt Lake City, Utah. “It’s definitely not the first time this has happened.”</p> <p>There could be some easing of the haze this weekend as a storm system is expected to move into the Pacific Northwest and could affect the conditions that helped the smoke travel across the country. But Solum said there’s always a chance for more smoke and haze to shift around.</p> <p>“Just due to all the wildfires that are going on, this is likely going to continue for a while,” he said. “You might have ebbs and flows of that smoke just depending on how the upper level winds set up.”</p> <p>Kim Knowlton, a senior scientist with the Natural Resources Defense Council in New York City, said she woke up Wednesday to a red sunrise and more haze.</p> <p>She said millions of people who live beyond the flames can end up dealing with diminished air quality as it’s not uncommon for wildfire smoke to travel hundreds of miles.</p> <p>Although the health impacts are reduced the farther and higher into the atmosphere the smoke travels, Knowlton and her colleagues said the resulting haze can exacerbate existing problems like asthma and add to ozone pollution.</p> Blunt-Rochester recognized by American Cancer Society https://delawarestatenews.net/news/blunt-rochester-recognized-by-american-cancer-society/ Delaware State News urn:uuid:40213074-54cb-6314-a431-92d75563b00f Thu, 17 Sep 2020 20:31:26 +0000 <div style="margin: 5px 5% 10px 5%;"><img src="https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Health_tablet.jpg" width="400" height="400" title="" alt="" /></div><div>DOVER — Rep. Lisa Blunt-Rochester recently received the National Distinguished Advocacy Award, the most prestigious award presented by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, in recognition of her significant contributions to the fight against cancer. ACS CAN, the advocacy affiliate of the American Cancer Society, presents the annual award to select lawmakers who demonstrate [&#8230;]</div> <p><br>DOVER — Rep. Lisa Blunt-Rochester recently received the National Distinguished Advocacy Award, the most prestigious award presented by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, in recognition of her significant contributions to the fight against cancer.</p> <p>ACS CAN, the advocacy affiliate of the American Cancer Society, presents the annual award to select lawmakers who demonstrate outstanding leadership in the area of cancer-related public policy advocacy.</p> <p>“Rep. Blunt-Rochester is making cancer a top national priority, benefiting families impacted by this disease in Delaware and across the country,” said Lisa Lacasse, president of ACS CAN. “She has been a driving force behind numerous pieces of legislation aimed at increasing access to care, diversifying enrollment in clinical trials and reducing the toll of tobacco nationwide. ACS CAN looks forward to continued partnership as we work to address the burden of cancer for families across the country.”<br>Rep. Blunt-Rochester serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which has jurisdiction over much of health policy, and is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus.</p> <p>She is a cosponsor of a number of bills intended to reduce the burden of cancer across the country, including: the Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act; the Palliative Care Hospice Education and Training Act; the Henrietta Lacks Enhancing Cancer Research Act; and the Protecting American Lungs and Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act. She recently introduced the Quit Because of COVID-19 Act (H.R. 7286) to expand tobacco cessation coverage to all Medicaid beneficiaries during the COVID-19 public health emergency.</p> <p>In January 2020, Rep. Blunt-Rochester invited ACS CAN volunteer and cancer survivor Jan White to attend the State of the Union as her guest. White said of Blunt-Rochester, “She always makes time to hear about our needs and priorities. She represents a true voice for cancer patients, survivors and their families in Congress.”</p> <p>The award was presented on Sept. 15 as part of the annual ACS CAN Leadership Summit and Lobby Day. Nearly 700 cancer patients, survivors and their loved ones met virtually with their elected officials to urge them to support policies that increase funding for cancer research and prevention programs and address barriers that prevent diverse populations from enrolling in clinical trials.</p> Milford police investigate two shooting incidents within three days https://delawarestatenews.net/police/milford-police-investigate-two-shooting-incidents-within-three-days/ Delaware State News urn:uuid:ab24856d-94dd-1dc9-19ba-93ef59be8956 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 20:19:03 +0000 <div style="margin: 5px 5% 10px 5%;"><img src="https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/US-NEWS-CALIF-FESTIVAL-SHOOTING-DMT.jpg" width="600" height="400" title="" alt="" /></div><div>MILFORD — Two shooting incidents within about 48 hours of each other, including one with injury, are under investigation, authorities said Thursday. On Wednesday night at the Brightway Commons Apartment Complex, a man was struck in the torso by a small caliber round from a firearm. An unknown suspect or suspects were sought, Milford police [&#8230;]</div> <p>MILFORD — Two shooting incidents within about 48 hours of each other, including one with injury, are under investigation, authorities said Thursday.</p> <p>On Wednesday night at the Brightway Commons Apartment Complex, a man was struck in the torso by a small caliber round from a firearm. An unknown suspect or suspects were sought, Milford police spokesman Det. Timothy Maloney said.</p> <p>The injured victim was transported to Bayhealth Hospital, Sussex Campus, where he was listed in serious but stable condition, police said.</p> <p>The shooting at Bright Way occurred at approximately 9:40 p.m., according to authorities.</p> <p>On Monday at approximately 8:55 p.m. shots were reportedly fired in the 900 blocks of N. Church Street and N. Walnut Street, Det. Maloney said. No injuries or property damage were reported.</p> <p>Det. Maloney said the incidents were not believed to be connected.</p> <p>Police asked anyone who may have seen either incident or have information to contact the Criminal Investigations Division at 422-8081 or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333. Tips can also be submitted online at <a href="http://MilfordPoliceDE.org/tips/">MilfordPoliceDE.org/tips/</a>.</p> <p>More information on the incidents would be released when warranted, Det. Maloney said.</p> <p>On July 15, a vehicle was struck by gunfire at approximately 11:36 a.m. at the Brightway Commons Apartment Complex in the area of Aurora Place and Allen Way.</p> Coons introduces legislation to recognize, preserve Delaware's own Brown v. Board of Ed. landmarks https://www.wdel.com/news/coons-introduces-legislation-to-recognize-preserve-delawares-own-brown-v-board-of-ed-landmarks/article_ca1c3f30-f90a-11ea-9147-7b2f7fe08d6f.html www.wdel.com - RSS Results in news of type article urn:uuid:091a1cf9-bea1-c9d8-b7f0-0d72bcb23f6d Thu, 17 Sep 2020 20:00:00 +0000 "I'm very happy to announce that, today, I, along with Senator [Chris] Coons [have introduced] legislation to honor and commemorate the historic sites that contributed to the 1954 Brown versus Board of Education case that all of us know as… Lewes K-9 Officer Passes Away After Seven Years Of Service http://firststateupdate.com/2020/09/lewes-k-9-officer-passes-away-after-seven-years-of-service/ First State Update urn:uuid:87c8a1a3-bea6-2209-a19b-1a6004c300b8 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 19:56:46 +0000 Lewes Police have announced the death of a K-9 officer. On behalf of the men and women of the Lewes Police Department and his partner PFC Tyrone Woodyard, I am &#8230; <p>Lewes Police have announced the death of a K-9 officer.</p> <p>On behalf of the men and women of the Lewes Police Department and his partner PFC Tyrone Woodyard, I am sadly announcing the death of our beloved Police K9, Blue, said Chief of Police Thomas Spell.</p> <p>Blue, a 9 ½ years old Belgian Malinois, was “hired” and started his service to the citizens of the City of Lewes in March of 2013 and provided over 7 years of dedicated service. Blue has made dozens of criminal apprehensions over the years, located illegal drugs, and seized thousands of dollars in suspected drug-related money.</p> <p>He also protected his partner, other police officers, and the public by his mere presence at crime scenes and events.</p> <p><img alt='' class='alignnone size-full wp-image-56165 ' src='http://firststateupdate.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/img_5f63bf06d672f.png' /></p> <p>Equally as important is the community-oriented and highly visible public presence Blue has provided the City in hundreds of public events and walks within our downtown and neighborhoods.</p> <p>I would like to thank PFC. Woodyard and his entire extended family for providing Blue with a warm and loving home atmosphere, said Spell. “Rest easy Blue, we’ll take it from here”</p> <p>Blue passed away on September 13, 2020.</p> DHSS launches new Behavioral Treatment Referral Portal online https://delawarestatenews.net/health/dhss-launches-new-behavioral-treatment-referral-portal-online/ Delaware State News urn:uuid:e51e4aa0-249b-93d8-eb1d-26b9cfde193b Thu, 17 Sep 2020 19:46:08 +0000 <div style="margin: 5px 5% 10px 5%;"><img src="https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/DHSS.png" width="224" height="224" title="" alt="" /></div><div>NEW CASTLE – The Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) announced Thursday the launch of a new online platform that allows Delawareans to find substance use disorder or mental health treatment services for themselves or a loved one. DHSS’ Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health (DSAMH) partnered with Appriss Health, a national technology [&#8230;]</div> <p>NEW CASTLE – The Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) announced Thursday the launch of a new online platform that allows Delawareans to find substance use disorder or mental health treatment services for themselves or a loved one.</p> <p>DHSS’ Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health (DSAMH) partnered with Appriss Health, a national technology company that provides solutions to health care entities and government agencies, to develop the online Behavioral Health Referral Portal for Delaware.</p> <p>The new application – which can be accessed through <a href="https://www.helpisherede.com/Get-Help?source=homepage-link#help-now">HelpisHereDE.com</a> and directly through Treatment Connection (<a href="http://www.treatmentconnection.com">www.treatmentconnection.com</a>) – enables those seeking mental health and substance use disorder (SUD) treatment services to anonymously search for nearby providers, evaluate the type of care needed, and submit confidential online referral inquiries to appropriate treatment providers vetted by DHSS.</p> <p>Delawareans needing support for mental health and substance use disorder challenges will have self-service access to:</p> <ul><li>A self-assessment tool to help determine the most appropriate level of treatment.</li><li>A searchable list of trusted treatment services and providers by ZIP code and distance.</li><li>Educational materials.</li><li>Contact information for providers with current treatment capacity.</li><li>Confidential communications with treatment providers about next steps.</li></ul> <p>“This is critical access for Delaware families who have long sought a way to connect online with substance use disorder and mental health providers about confidential treatment services for loved ones,” DHSS Secretary Molly Magarik said. “In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, having this virtual connection is even more important.”</p> <p>Through August, Delaware’s Division of Forensic Science had reported 256 deaths from suspected overdoses in Delaware, an increase of about 32% from the same period in 2019.</p> <p>In a <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/mm6932a1.htm">study published in August</a>, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found elevated adverse mental health conditions associated with COVID-19 among U.S. adults. In the study, 31% of respondents reported symptoms of anxiety or depression, 26% reported symptoms of trauma or stressor-related disorder, 13% said they had started or increased substance use, and 11% reported having seriously considered suicide in the 30 days prior to the study.</p> <p>“Time is of the essence,” said Lt. Gov. Bethany Hall-Long, who chairs the Behavorial Health Consortium. “We must do everything we can for individuals and families seeking help when they need it. Our focus has been to close gaps in services and provide choices for individuals in addressing their recovery needs.</p> <p>“This virtual referral platform provides another level of care coordination to ensure Delawareans have recovery options to support a stronger and healthier Delaware.”</p> <p>In addition to the new online portal, Delawareans can seek behavioral health support for themselves or their loved ones by:</p> <ul><li>Calling DHSS’ 24/7 Delaware Hope Line at 1-833-9-HOPEDE (1-833-946-7333) and talking with a trained professional.</li><li>Visiting one of <a href="https://www.helpisherede.com/Get-Help?source=homepage-link#help-now">DSAMH’s Bridge Clinics</a> in person. For an appointment, call the New Castle County clinic at 302-255-1650; for Kent County, call 302-857-5060; for Sussex County, call 302-515-3310.</li><li>Talking with their doctor or another trusted health care professional.</li></ul> <p>DSAMH will provide behavioral health providers statewide with marketing materials to promote the new online service. </p> 'Driving a wedge' | New Castle County police union accuses county council of dividing police, community over FOP's endorsement of Trump https://www.wdel.com/news/driving-a-wedge-new-castle-county-police-union-accuses-county-council-of-dividing-police-community/article_7c5da8dc-f915-11ea-8e95-3787c1e1d3ed.html www.wdel.com - RSS Results in news of type article urn:uuid:b53d88bb-00ea-a6fd-8d17-275be340f993 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 19:30:00 +0000 New Castle County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #5 president Jonathon Yard fired back at members of New Castle County Council, who spent the end of their recent meeting criticizing the organization for its endorsement of President Donald Trump. DHSS’ Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Launches Online Behavioral Health Treatment Referral Platform https://news.delaware.gov/2020/09/17/dhss-division-of-substance-abuse-and-mental-health-launches-online-behavioral-health-treatment-referral-platform/ State of Delaware News urn:uuid:d58cb4b4-2445-8183-c3f3-3481c70fd5c1 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 19:17:57 +0000 NEW CASTLE (Sept. 17, 2020) – The Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) announced today the launch of a new online platform that allows Delawareans to find substance use disorder or mental health treatment services for themselves or a loved one. DHSS’ Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health (DSAMH) partnered with Appriss Health, [&#8230;] Following ex-chief’s misconduct, Fenwick Island promises more oversight https://delawarestatenews.net/police/following-ex-chiefs-misconduct-fenwick-island-promises-more-oversight/ Delaware State News urn:uuid:bd0e5432-7819-367f-1c5f-17c5d373cea6 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 19:00:08 +0000 <div style="margin: 5px 5% 10px 5%;"><img src="https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Police_car_with_emergency_lights_on.jpg" width="600" height="399" title="" alt="" /></div><div>FENWICK ISLAND — The day after its former police chief’s guilty plea to official misconduct was made public, town of Fenwick Island officials pledged to prevent future offenses through greater oversight mechanisms. The town’s news release today followed the Delaware Department of Justice’s announcement that ex-chief William Boyden pleaded guilty to misconduct and falsifying business [&#8230;]</div> <p>FENWICK ISLAND — The day after its former police chief’s guilty plea to official misconduct was made public, town of Fenwick Island officials pledged to prevent future offenses through greater oversight mechanisms.<br><br>The town’s news release today followed the Delaware Department of Justice’s announcement that ex-chief William Boyden pleaded guilty to misconduct and falsifying business records for his firearms certification reports. The reports were submitted to the Delaware Council on Police Training between February 2014 and March 2020 and resulted in two Class A misdemeanor offenses, the DOJ said.<br><br>While the town declined to comment further on the specifics of the case, the report said, “To be clear, this was an individual failure and not a reflection of an organizational problem.<br><br>“The agency made the discovery, reported the issue and actively supported this review. Going forward, additional mechanisms of oversight have been adopted to prevent a future occurrence of similar behavior. A comprehensive policy review will follow in an effort to identify other areas of potential improvement.”<br><br>Fenwick Island Police Department supervisors notified town officials after questionable documentation regarding Mr. Boyden’s training record was discovered in May, according to the news release. The then-chief was immediately placed on administrative leave as an investigation began, the town said.<br><br>Mr. Boyden then “chose to depart from the FIPD,” the town said.<br><br>Lt. John Devlin now serves as Fenwick Island’s acting police chief.<br><br>The DOJ’s Division of Civil Rights and Public Trust investigated, assisted by the town of Fenwick Island.<br><br>The town described the finalized case as “another step toward accountability and transparency as it relates to this regrettable event.”<br><br>Mr. Boyden was sentenced to a year in prison, which was suspended for a concurrent year of Level II probation; a suspended fine was also issued, the DOJ said. His probation will be discharged upon the completion of 100 hours of community service.<br><br>Mr. Boyden, who the DOJ said accepted responsibility at the first available court hearing, agreed to no longer work in a law enforcement capacity.<br><br>The town’s news release described the FIPD as “a team of professional and hardworking public servants. Residents and visitors to Fenwick Island can expect our officers to continue their proud history of delivering superior service and providing a safe environment to live, work and thrive.”</p> <figure class="wp-block-image"><img alt=""/></figure> Sussex County property taxes due Sept. 30 https://delawarestatenews.net/news/sussex-county-property-taxes-due-sept-30/ Delaware State News urn:uuid:0d3a3689-36b8-e817-f631-6a45037712bd Thu, 17 Sep 2020 18:54:31 +0000 <div style="margin: 5px 5% 10px 5%;"><img src="https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Sussex-County-Council-logo.png" width="600" height="596" title="" alt="" /></div><div>GEORGETOWN – Sussex County reminds property owners that Sept. 30 is the state-mandated deadline to pay annual county property tax bills. In August, the county’s Billing Services office issued tax bills for the 2021 fiscal year, totaling an estimated $166.3 million in revenue. Annual tax bills include county property taxes, and county sewer and water, [&#8230;]</div> <p>GEORGETOWN – Sussex County reminds property owners that Sept. 30 is the state-mandated deadline to pay annual county property tax bills.</p> <p>In August, the county’s Billing Services office issued tax bills for the 2021 fiscal year, totaling an estimated $166.3 million in revenue. Annual tax bills include county property taxes, and county sewer and water, tax ditch and street lighting fees, where applicable.</p> <p>Additionally, bills include local school district taxes, which are set by and vary among the eight independent school districts. Delaware law requires Sussex County to bill property owners for school taxes on behalf of the districts, with those funds then turned over to the state. Approximately 10 percent of the typical residential tax bill is for county property taxes, with the balance going to public education.</p> <p>Bills can be viewed online, at https://munis.sussexcountyde.gov/MSS/citizens/RealEstate/.</p> <p>Tax bills feature an easy-to-read format to help taxpayers understand their bills and payment options, a number of which are available for the public’s convenience, an important offering given the ongoing COVID-19 emergency facing Delaware and the nation. A tutorial explaining how to view account information and make payments is available on the county’s website, at http://www.sussexcountyde.gov/property-tax-portal-tutorial.</p> <p>Sussex County accepts tax payments by cash, check, money order, and debit or credit cards. Taxpayers have different options to make their payments. These include:</p> <p><strong>Through Lender</strong></p> <p>Many taxpayers have their annual taxes paid out of escrow accounts by their mortgage lenders. Escrow customers do not receive paper bills. However, billed amounts are available online by visiting www.sussexcountyde.gov/pay-your-bill and selecting the “Sussex County Self Service site” link on the page. If escrow customers have any questions regarding the status of their accounts, they should contact their lenders.</p> <p><strong>Online</strong></p> <p>Payment can be made online with most major credit cards or by e-check. Please visit www.sussexcountyde.gov and select “Online Payment” at the top right of the page.</p> <p><strong>By mail</strong></p> <p>Property owners can mail their tax payments using the return envelopes included with their bills. Checks and money orders should be made payable to “Sussex County Government” and addressed to the Sussex County Treasury Division, PO Box 601, Georgetown, DE 19947. All payments sent by mail must be postmarked by Sept. 30 to be considered received on time. Unpaid balances are subject to monthly interest charges.</p> <p><strong>In person or by telephone</strong></p> <p>The county’s payment center is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.; access may be limited at times and is subject to change due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions. Anyone paying in person is subject to a health screening and safety protocols, including answering a wellness survey, undergoing a temperature check, and wearing a mask/face-covering.</p> <p>The office is located on the first floor of the County Administrative Offices building at 2 The Circle, in Georgetown. A convenient and secure after-hours payment drop box also is available, located in the lobby. For those making payment by telephone, call 1-866-791-9802. Callers must have their annual tax bill available when making a telephone payment.</p> <p>For more information or general questions about tax bill payments, please call (302) 855-7871. For the latest information as it relates to County operations, including office hours and safety protocols when visiting public facilities during the COVID-19 emergency, visit <a href="http://www.sussexcountyde.gov/June2020-reopening">www.sussexcountyde.gov/June2020-reopening</a>.</p> Connected World honors ChristianaCare president https://delawarestatenews.net/health/connected-world-honors-christianacare-president/ Delaware State News urn:uuid:000b924c-042f-b929-6f61-2e657b17184a Thu, 17 Sep 2020 18:30:01 +0000 <div style="margin: 5px 5% 10px 5%;"><img src="https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Health_tablet.jpg" width="400" height="400" title="" alt="" /></div><div>NEWARK — Connected World; a business and technology magazine that reports on industry trends, has selected ChristianaCare president and CEO Janice Nevin, M.D., MPH, as a 2020 Women of Technology winner. Dr. Nevin is one of 50 women for the eighth annual list, chosen because they bring a unique lens to their organizations and possess [&#8230;]</div> <p><br>NEWARK — Connected World; a business and technology magazine that reports on industry trends, has selected ChristianaCare president and CEO Janice Nevin, M.D., MPH, as a 2020 Women of Technology winner.</p> <p>Dr. Nevin is one of 50 women for the eighth annual list, chosen because they bring a unique lens to their organizations and possess “a remarkable vision for people, digital transformation and innovation.”</p> <p>“I am deeply honored to receive the 2020 Women of Technology award among so many distinguished women who are leading innovation today,” said Dr. Nevin. “The COVID-19 pandemic has affected every aspect of our lives, and it has highlighted the need to rapidly transform how we deliver care. At ChristianaCare, we were already well on our way in that journey. Through our CareVio<img src="https://s.w.org/images/core/emoji/13.0.0/72x72/2122.png" alt="™" class="wp-smiley" style="height: 1em; max-height: 1em;" /> care management platform and a strategy guided by our values of love and excellence, we are building a future in which all care that can be done in the home will be, and all care that can be digital will be. Technology creates the potential for a new model of healthcare that’s data-driven, hyper-personalized, effective, affordable and achieves health equity.”</p> <p>During the COVID-19 pandemic, ChristianaCare has leveraged technology in numerous ways to improve patient care, achieving more than 13,000 virtual visits, the monitoring of 6,500 patients and 308,000 secure text messages to patients.</p> Highmark BluePrints for the Community announces $1.1 million in grants https://delawarestatenews.net/business/highmark-blueprints-for-the-community-announces-1-1-million-in-grants/ Delaware State News urn:uuid:11db7e95-0bb0-bf9c-a059-91c0c6518e21 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 17:46:02 +0000 <div style="margin: 5px 5% 10px 5%;"><img src="https://delawarestatenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Highmark.png" width="460" height="109" title="" alt="" /></div><div>WILMINGTON – Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware has announced the most recent recipients of its BluePrints for the Community grant funding. A total of nine Delaware nonprofits will receive more than $1.1 million in funding. Established as a donor-advised fund at the Delaware Community Foundation, BluePrints for the Community has contributed more than $16 [&#8230;]</div> <p>WILMINGTON – Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware has announced the most recent recipients of its BluePrints for the Community grant funding. A total of nine Delaware nonprofits will receive more than $1.1 million in funding.</p> <p>Established as a donor-advised fund at the Delaware Community Foundation, BluePrints for the Community has contributed more than $16 million to the community since its inception in 2007. The fund supports projects that focus on social determinants of health, increasing access to health care, decreasing health disparities, early childhood health and health care workforce development.</p> <p>Highmark Delaware is looking forward to partnering with the newest grantees on their respective programs and projects to improve health outcomes, which include:</p> <ul><li>Bayhealth Foundation: Bayhealth Family Medicine Residency program</li><li>Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence: Domestic Violence Community Health Worker Collaborative program</li><li>Delaware Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement: Impaired Driving Simulator program</li><li>Family Counseling Center of St. Paul’s: Expansion of Continuum of Care program</li><li>Mental Health Association in Delaware: Community Education and Training program</li><li>Pressley Ridge Delaware: Expansion of Care for Foster Youth Returning Home program</li><li>St. Francis Foundation: Enhanced Ambulance Services project</li><li>University of Delaware: Veterans &amp; College Athletes Together (VCAT) program</li><li>YMCA: LIVESTRONG cancer support program</li></ul> <p>Earlier this year, BluePrints for the Community awarded $1.3 million to 10 organizations in March. It also contributed $100,000 each to the Delaware Does More COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund and the Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund, to join efforts in alleviating community challenges brought on by the pandemic.</p> <p>Additionally, more than $196,000 has been disbursed to 13 organizations in the form of BluePrints small grants, for a total of more than $2.5 million committed to the community in 2020 alone.</p> <p>“Community is key,” said Nick Moriello, president of Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware. “Highmark has always believed that, and it rings true especially now. Our grant fund BluePrints for the Community has been supporting health-related projects in Delaware for more than a decade, and we plan to continue doing so as long as our community needs us.”</p> <p>BluePrints for the Community is governed by an external Advisory Council, which recently named Rita Landgraf as its chair, former secretary of the Delaware Department&nbsp;of Health and Social Services, and current director of University of Delaware’s Partnership for Healthy Communities and professor of practice and distinguished Health &amp; Social Services administrator in residence.</p> <p>“I am extremely honored to follow the leadership of Frances West as the newly appointed chair,” Ms. Landgraf said. “The BluePrints Council is important to me as a grant program focused on enhancing the overall health and wellbeing of those who experience inequities and disparities.</p> <p>“As a former secretary of Health and Social Services, I am keenly aware of the challenges so many in our state confront on a daily basis. I am grateful for the opportunity to be of service, in partnership with my distinguished fellow council members.”</p> <p>The council has the following members providing their expertise and insight: Theodore “Ted” Becker; Vicky Cooke; Zaida Guajardo; Richard Heffron; Janice Tildon-Burton M.D.; Fred A. Townsend, III, Esq.; Terry Wiley; Gregory Williams, Esq.; and Bill Willis, Jr.</p> <p>Recognition is given to retiring council chair, Frances West, who has formerly served as treasurer of the National Consumers League, Delaware&#8217;s first woman director of Consumer Affairs, president of Delaware&#8217;s Better Business Bureau and Delaware’s Highway Commissioner; and retiring member David Roselle, former president of the University of Delaware and director of the Winterthur Museum.</p> <p>March 2020 awardees include American Cancer Society – Delaware, Autism Delaware, CHEER, Inc., Dover Interfaith Mission for Housing, Easterseals of DE &amp; MD&#8217;s Eastern Shore, Lt. Governor’s First Book Initiative, Food Bank of Delaware, La Red Health Center, Ronald McDonald House of Delaware, and St. Patrick&#8217;s Center, Inc.</p> <p>Small grants, which fund projects requesting $20,000 or less, have been made to Delaware Children&#8217;s Museum, Keystone Human Services, Odyssey Charter School, ContactLifeline, Red Clay Consolidated School District, Del-Mar-Va Council Boy Scouts, Friends of Wilmington Parks, Alliance for Eating Disorders, Rodney Street Tennis, Choir School of Delaware, Serviam Girls Academy, KIDS COUNT in Delaware, March of Dimes, and Cancer Support Community Delaware.</p> <p>Organizations interested in applying for a BluePrints grant should visit <a href="https://www.highmark.com/about/corporate-responsibility/corporate-giving/highmark-delaware-blueprints.html">www.highmark.com/about/corporate-responsibility/corporate-giving/highmark-delaware-blueprints.html</a></p>