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Boardwalk Arts Festival a success The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce is celebrating the success of the 35th Annual Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival. The annual fine arts festival was held on Sept. 7, and featured more than 100 artists. New this year was a Children’s Art and Activity Area and a Farmto-Table Farmer’s Market. The new Wine Tasting event was also wellreceived. “We were excited to add these new elements to the event,” said Chamber Event Manager Lauren Weaver. “By offering more to do off the Boardwalk, we impacted the town’s businesses’ in a positive way and spotlighted Bethany.” For more information about the 2013 Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival, visit www. or call Lauren Weaver at 302-539-2100.


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Area real estate agents recognized by magazine Five Star Professional has partnered with Delaware Today magazine to name top real estate agents in the Delaware area. All award winners will be announced in the November issue of Delaware Today, and on Seven of the agents, Skip Faust, Henry Castelline, John Bohne, Kathy Douglass, Diane Stacy, Trina Joyner and Rick Bennett, work at Coldwell Banker Resort Realty. Joyner Faust, of Lewes, has been a licensed realtor since 1986. He has been recognized as Coldwell Bankers’ number one agent, within franchised companies, for the state of Delaware for 17 consecutive years and is also a member of the Coldwell Faust Banker International Presidents’ Circle. Castelline has been a licensed realtor for nine years. Castelline, who has lived and worked in Sussex County for over 30 years, has earned his Accredited Buyers Representative (ABR), Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), Internet Specialist (ePro) and Short Sale and Foreclosure Specialist (SFR) designations.

Bohne, who has been a licensed Delaware realtor for nine years, was previously licensed in Massachusetts. He is a trained relocation specialist, has the GREEN designation and has completed the Bohne National Association of Realtors “Short Sales and Foreclosures” training. He has been recognized for his accomplishments with Coldwell Banker as a member of the President’s Multi-Million Dollar Circle for 2008, 2009 and 2010, and the Castelline President’s Gold Circle for 2011 and 2012. Douglass has been a licensed Delaware realtor since 2003. Douglass, who previously owned and managed her own business, holds the Green Realtor designation and is serving as vice president of membership Douglass for the Sussex County Women’s Council of Realtors.

Stacy has been a licensed Delaware realtor since 1988. She is a certified e-pro and has been included in the International Sterling Society, President’s Gold Circle and President’s MultiMillion Dollar Club. Stacy Joyner is the past 2012 president of the Sussex County Association of Realtors. A licensed realtor in Delaware and Maryland since 2003, she obtained her Delaware associate broker’s license in 2008 and holds the Certified Residential Specialist Bennett (CRS) and Green Designations. She received the 2011 Coldwell Banker President’s Silver Circle Award. Bennett has been a licensed Delaware realtor since 1995. He is the broker of record and manager of the Seaford branch. He is a member of the Coldwell Banker International President’s Circle and has been recognized as one of Delaware’s top ten producing agents many times. He is also a member of the Coldwell Banker President’s Gold Circle.

J.E. Bailey & Sons dairy is Farm Family of the Year By Carol Kinsley Sussex County Farm Bureau honored the operators of J.E. Bailey & Sons dairy farm as Farm Family of the Year and awarded former State Senator Joe Booth its Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award at the organization’s annual fall banquet Oct. 5, at the Bridgeville Fire Hall. Fellow dairyman and neighbor Jesse Vanderwende, SCFB vice president, introduced the Bailey family. The original founder was Joe Bailey and his wife Marie, who moved to Delaware in the 1940s from New York. They started a broiler operation which continued until 2007. Gradually they added a small herd of dairy cows, starting in 1945, which has grown to number more than 250 8

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Holsteins. The Baileys have two sons, Edward and Frederick, both of whom were active in FFA in their youth. Edward, now semi-retired, has served on the Delmarva Poultry Board. He and his wife, Shirley, have two sons, Alan and Glenn, both of whom work on the farm today. Alan followed the family example and earned his American degree in FFA. He also serves as unit delegate for Land O’Lakes in the region. Glenn is chief umpire for Little League, an active member of Kiwanis and a member of the local Grange. He and his wife, Norma, have a son, Justin, who works on the farm part-time. He was president of the Delaware FFA and earned a degree in agribusiness at the University of Delaware. Frederick and his wife, Shirley Jane, also

had two sons. Jeff is now president of the Bailey farming operation. His son, Matthew, works on the farm full-time and was president of his local FFA chapter. Jeff’s brother, Kevin, passed away. Sen. Joe Booth was recognized as “a friend to the Sussex County Farm Bureau for many years,” sponsoring or co-sponsoring legislation helpful to farmers. He was mayor of Georgetown, then the youngest mayor in the state. He also was the first person to spray wastewater on fields as irrigation. Samantha Kirk was introduced as next year’s SCFB Ambassador. She and two other young ladies, Megan James and Stevie Leigh Steele, received $500 scholarships from the SCFB Women’s Committee. Mikaela Hermstedt received a $1,000 scholarship.


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• Get a live Christmas tree. Christmas trees are planted expressly for the purpose of being cut down and turned into holiday decor. Responsible tree farms will plant many more trees than needed for the purpose of Christmas trees. Be a good steward for the environment and recycle your tree once the holidays are over. Some recycling centers will pick them up for free or a small fee. Or, consider buying a balled tree that can be planted after the holidays. • Make some money and save some money. Consignment shops are popular places to sell and buy preowned items. • Donate unused gifts. Nearly everyone gets an unwanted gift for Christmas. Instead of putting items in the trash or taking them back to the store, donate gifts you’ll never use to a charity or thrift shop.

• Don’t leave lights on for extended periods of time. Homes and businesses bedecked in holiday lights are staples of the season. However, extra lights, inflatable lawn Santas and other accessories consume substantial amounts of energy. Instead of leaving lights and other decorative items running for hours each night, turn them off after a little while to save energy. • Use decomposable shipping peanuts. Shipping peanuts are environmentally friendly packing products that are made from cornstarch. When they come in contact with water, they dissolve - making for easy clean-up and less trash. • Save time and gas. Before embarking on shopping trips, check advertisements to see if there are any items that fit your needs. Also, check on store hours because many have extended hours during the holiday season. • Use fabric shopping bags.

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The Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce joined Independent Beauty Consultant Tanya McDaniels in a ribbon cutting ceremony recently in Smyrna to celebrate McDaniels’ membership with the chamber. McDaniels has been an independent beauty consultant with Mary Kay for over six years and also serves as a business coach for a team of consultants located throughout the United States. For more information, contact McDaniels at 302-2993132 or TanyaElizabeth@MaryKay. com.

Food Bank graduating class

The Culinary School at the Food Bank of Delaware celebrated the accomplishments of 10 students recently at a graduation ceremony at the food bank’s Newark facility. In addition to learning hands-on skills in the food bank’s industrial-sized kitchen, the students also worked alongside some of Delaware’s top chefs. Students are now prepared for entry-level jobs in the food industry. For more information about the Food Bank of Delaware, visit www.fbd. org or call 302-292-1305.

Delaware Lottery receives award

The Delaware Lottery is the recipient of a 2013 Batchy Award in the category “best color print advertising” presented by the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL). The Batchy Award, which is named after Ralph Batch, NASPL’s first president, is considered the highest national award among lotteries. The Delaware Lottery is recognized specifically for its excellence, innovation and strategic marketing approach to its Hot Lotto “Smoke Signals” print ad. This is the third Batchy Award the Delaware Lottery has received from NASPL.

Open for Business program

In January 2011, the Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce began a new program for local businesses called Kent County is Open for Business. This program offers free business development sessions to those interested in starting or expanding their business. On the first Thursday of every month, Kent County Levy Court hosts multiple agencies to help small business cut through the red tape. To date there have been more than 250 attendees, with 13 businesses that have worked from the ground up to open their business with huge 10

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credit being given to this program. Kent County is Open for Business has now expanded throughout Delaware. As of this year, each of the three counties in Delaware now hosts their own monthly Open for Business sessions. You can speak with representatives from 14 agencies including, Delaware Economic Development Office (DEDO), U.S. Small Business Association (SBA), and SCORE Delaware. Open for Business is the one-stop-shop you need for introduction to all of the services and programs available to you if you are looking to start or expand your business. Gather your business plans and make your reservation in Kent County by calling 302-734-7513, Sussex County, 302-8557770, and New Castle County, 302-7374343.

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Bloom Energy recently celebrated its new manufacturing center in Newark and says it will be hiring more than 100 new workers in the coming months in jobs ranging from welders to production control technicians to electric/electronic engineers. Bloom Boxes use solid oxide fuel cell technology that converts fuel to electricity using an electrochemical reaction, rather than combustion, allowing customers to reduce their carbon footprint while cutting operating costs. JPMorgan Chase will be Bloom’s newest commercial customer in Delaware. JPMorgan Chase will soon pilot a 500 kW installation of Bloom boxes powering its Morgan Christiana site that will support power to its data centers. “The fact that Bloom is opening this additional manufacturing plant in Delaware gives us easy access to maintenance and monitoring engineers at our Morgan Christiana site.  We hope to expand the pilot as we move forward,” said Bill McHenry, global head of Property Operation, who spoke at the official opening. Bloom announced its plans to build its new, high-tech manufacturing center in Delaware in 2011 and broke ground on its facility in Newark in April 2012 which is located on the site of the former Chrysler plant in Newark. Bloom’s customers include WalMart as well as Google, Apple,  Bank of America, FedEx, Co a-Cola, Staples, A-t-and-T, Verizon and E-Bay. Walmart first installed Bloom systems in 2009 and is one of Bloom’s largest customers. 

Natural Dairy Products opens headquarters in Newark

Family-owned Natural Dairy Products Corporation has relocated its headquarters from Avondale, Pa. to Newark, where the gold-standard quality dairy operation will make and distribute its organic, grass-fed dairy products. The dairy business brings 19 jobs to Delaware and intends to grow in the First State. Natural Dairy Products founder and President Ned MacArthur and his company embody the spirit of innovation and start-ups that are quickly becoming the hallmark of the First State. In 1994, MacArthur left behind the frustrations of trying to sell organic milk as a farmer and, along with his father, Norman, developed a system that propelled Natural Dairy Products to success. “While small in stature, businesses like Natural Dairy Products form the sturdy foundation of Delaware’s economy. Natural Dairy Products has plans to grow here, and we intend to help the company achieve that goal,” said Gov. Markell at the recent grand opening. The company’s product line, Natural by Nature, includes butter, milk, yogurt, buttermilk, cream and other goods made with milk from 22 certified organic dairy farms in Pennsylvania. Its new 30,000-square-foot dairy facility, tucked away off Markus Court near the intersection of Otts Chapel Road and Elkton Road, has been outfitted to pull these products under one roof. MacArthur said that the proximity of Newark to its former headquarters in Avondale was a key factor in the company’s choice of Delaware. But it was the assistance of state and local officials that tipped the scale in favor of Newark. Natural Dairy Products was approved for a $140,169 Delaware Strategic Fund performance grant for the creation of 19 jobs, as well as a $134,831 capital expenditure grant.

Non-profits find savings in energy partnership The Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility recently partnered with the University of Delaware’s award-winning Industrial Assessment Center to finance energy assessments for non-residential buildings in Delaware. Industrial Assessment Centers (IAC) are national programs funded by the U.S. Department of Energy to assist large industries in reducing energy usage and costs. The University of Delaware houses the MidAtlantic IAC. Focusing mainly on non-profits, the efforts of the SEU/UD partnership has already begun to pay off. The first two assessments - for The Modern Maturity Center in Dover and for Kent-Sussex Industries in Milford - provided recommendations that could save tens of thousands of dollars by making their buildings more energy efficient. The SEU and IAC are also conducting assessments with The People’s Settlement House and Claymont Renaissance Development Corporation. “The team was professional and thorough. They provided actionable recommendations that could save us up to $14K annually.

Small Business Saturday In 2010 American Express conceived and promoted Small Business Saturday, which is held the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Holiday shoppers are encouraged to patronize small and local businesses. Consumers spent an estimated $5.5 billion in 2012 while supporting the businesses which are locally owned. This year the day to support your friends and neighbors is Saturday, November 30. First observed on November 27, 2010, Small Business Saturday is a counterpart to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which feature big box retail and e-commerce stores respectively. By contrast, the Small Business Saturday campaign encourages holiday shoppers to patronize brick and mortar businesses that are small and local.

Every dollar we save goes directly to helping us fulfill our mission of providing employment for people with disabilities,” said Craig Crouch, chief executive officer, Kent-Sussex Industries, Inc. Through SEU support, the IAC can now service nearly every kind of non-residential building in Delaware. The program also provides hands-on experience to UD science and engineering students by exposing them to real life assessing. “The mission of the IAC dovetails perfectly with that of the SEU by extending our expertise to commercial and light industries. By targeting non-profits, we’ve been able to provide real-time actionable recommendations – many of which can be implemented immediately – including cost-benefit analysis. Our group educates facility personnel about energy savings to get their buy-in for the recommendations we make. Typically, a one day energy audit can save an organization with annual utility costs of between $70 - $250 thousand as much as 20%. Smaller and larger facilities are also being helped. The program

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also provides hands-on experience for our graduate and undergraduate students as they study to become energy professionals,” said Dr. Keith Goosen, IAC director, University of Delaware. “With private and corporate donations on the decline due to the slow economy, our Board of Directors wanted to target non-profits. Our program will give them a monetary leg up in the realization of their missions while at the same time fulfilling the mission of the SEU. It’s a win-win for everyone, especially for the elderly and those with disabilities who depend on these organizations,” said Tony DePrima, executive director, Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility. Delaware’s Sustainable Energy Utility (SEU) is a unique nonprofit organization created by the State of Delaware to foster a sustainable energy future for the state. The SEU’s EnergizeDelaware programs are committed to helping Delaware residents, businesses and non-profits save energy and money by increasing the energy efficiency of their facilities.

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Nanticoke Health Services CEO Steve Rose shows off his Greater Seaford Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year plaque. He is surrounded by Nanticoke employees. Photo by Lynn R. Parks

Steve Rose is honored for his role in Nanticoke Health’s turn around By Lynn R. Parks When Steve Rose took over the reins of Nanticoke Health Services, the organization, including its Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, were in decline. It had seen three straight years of financial losses, totaling $11 million. The hospital’s emergency department had lost its state certification as a level III trauma center, meaning that ambulances were passing the hospital by, taking patients elsewhere. The fifth floor was closed, as was the first-floor pediatric ward, and the Cancer Care Center had very few patients. The hospital was shrinking. “Nanticoke was adrift,” Tom Brown, senior vice president of Nanticoke Health Services and president of the Nanticoke Physician Network, told members of the Greater Seaford Chamber of Commerce at the chamber’s annual dinner last week. “We had lost our focus. We were struggling operationally, financially and spiritually.” 12

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Rose, who took over the leadership position in November 2008, was the fourth CEO to head Nanticoke in four years. “Everyone was watching what he did,” Brown said. “The community, the employees and even the state.” And Rose, under all of that scrutiny and with the financial clock ticking, succeeded, Brown said. The hospital has its trauma center certification back. It has opened a fifth-floor surgery center and reopened the pediatric ward, offers cardiac catheterization round the clock and is an award-winning stroke treatment center. The Cancer Care Center is so busy that planners are considering adding on. Last year, Nanticoke ended $7 million in the black. Rose was honored at a dinner on October 17 as the chamber’s business person of the year. “While restoring the community’s faith and trust in Nanticoke, Rose and his board of governance, medical staff and employees reminded everyone that hospitals are about service that is

measured by patient satisfaction,” the chamber said in making the announcement of Rose’s award. “Employees agree that Nanticoke is their ‘employer of choice’ and exhibit that choice through a strong work ethic and teamwork.” Brown said that in preparing his speech, he had asked Nanticoke employees for adjectives to describe Rose. “People used terms like visionary, genuine, humble, inspirational and mentor,” he said. Rose started his tenure at Nanticoke by getting to know the employees there, he added: “He could have done the textbook thing, getting rid of people. That would have been the safe play. But that’s not the play that he chose. He saw the potential in the people who were there, and he kept them. And he convinced them that they were instrumental to the survival of the hospital.” Before turning the podium over to Rose, Brown predicted what the award-winner would say in his acceptance speech. “He’s going to

tell you that it was not him, that the employees made all the difference,” Brown said. “But we had four CEOs in four years. They all had the same materials to work with that Steve had, the same employees. And he was the only one who was able to succeed. Steve brought joy to the workplace. He provided hope, encouragement and a vision for an organization that appeared to be lost, and he expected us to be better than we thought that we could be.” As Brown had predicted, Rose did give credit for Nanticoke’s turnaround to the employ-

ees. “To be a good leader, all you have to do is surround yourself with good people. I am totally surrounded,” he said. And he said that a big part of what he called Nanticoke’s Cinderella story was supporting its employees. “All that we had to do was restore the pride that people had in what they do,” he said. Rose also thanked his wife, Rosie, whom he called “my rock and my support.” The chamber dinner, which was held at the Seaford Fire Hall, also featured the presentation of the volunteer of the year awards. Chamber

executive director Paula Gunson said that Jason Feller, general manager of the Heritage Shore golf club in Bridgeville, and Meagan Miller Sekscinski with Hilyard’s Business Solutions in Salisbury, Md., revitalized the chamber with their enthusiasm. “They jumped right in, doing things when asked and making suggestions,” Gunson said. The chamber also presented a lifetime membership to Spuck Bennett, former owner of Harley-Davidson of Seaford and business person of the year in 2004.

Gated community on Nanticoke gets okay By Lynn R. Parks A gated rental community on the banks of the Nanticoke River got the final okay from the Seaford City Council in October. The Residences at Riverplace is planned for property at South North Street and Water Street, and will have two buildings with a combined 72 units. The complex will also have a marina and a 1,200-square foot community center for its residents. As part of the project, the city’s fishing pier on the east end of the property will be relocated west to be adjacent to the drawbridge. The new, 785-square foot pier will be slightly larger than the current pier, which is 627 square feet. The city’s public canoe launch, which is just north of the current fishing pier, will remain where it is. Assistant city manager Charles Anderson said that keeping the rental units affordable was one reason that the city agreed to several waivers from the building code that the developer requested. Where the city’s C-3 Riverfront Development Zone calls for buildings to be no more than 50 feet tall, the buildings of the Residences at Riverplace will be 59 feet tall. The complex will have one and a half parking places per unit, as opposed to the two places per unit required by code. The complex will also have more than 29 living units per acre, compared to the code’s limit of 25 units per acre, and 36 units per building, compared to the code’s limit of 25 units per building. These waivers were made possible by a new zoning ordinance that the council passed in March. Prior to that, city law made no provision for deviation from the Riverfront Development Zone.

There are moments in life that cause us to hesitate. Selling your home shouldn’t be one of them. If you’re thinking about selling your home, don’t hesitate. The combination of low interest rates for home buyers and a shortage of homes for sale in many areas of the country indicate that now may be the right time to sell. When you’re ready, be sure to contact a real estate agent who’s a REALTOR®. REALTORS® have up-to-date information on market conditions in your area and can show you options that best fit your situation.

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Three area festivals win honors as North America’s Best Three of the state’s most beloved festivals have been chosen among the best in North America by the American Bus Association, the leading trade group representing the motorcoach, tour and travel industry in the United States and Canada. The ABA said its Top 100 Events and Festivals selection committee evaluated hundreds of nominations before including the Delaware Wine & Beer Festival, Dover Days Festival, and the World Championship Punkin Chunkin as three of the best events in North America to experience via motorcoach in 2014. “Considering the many thousands of events across the U.S. and Canada, it’s an incredible achievement for Delaware to have three included in the Top 100,” said Linda Parkowski, director of the Delaware Tourism Office. Most visible among the Delaware winners is the Punkin Chunkin, which attracts national media attention and television coverage each year. Held in Bridgeville each fall, the event attracts tens of thousands from across the country to watch teams hurl pumpkins using home-made contraptions, aiming to toss theirs the farthest and win the title. The fun includes live bands, food and rides. The event will be held Nov. 1-3 this year. See for more. Held on Oct. 20 this year in Dover, the Delaware Wine & Beer Festival showcases the First State’s finest wineries, breweries, and distilleries. In just four years since its debut, the festival has become Kent County’s premier event for learning about the art of wine and craft brewing, enjoying live music, indulging in mouth-watering fare by select local eateries, and browsing the works of Delaware’s favorite artists and artisans. This event is also where Delaware’s home-brewing champion is crowned each year. See www.delawarewineandbeerfestival. com for more. Blending modern-day fun with a look back at Delaware’s Colonial past, Dover Days Festival (held May 3-5, 2013, and May 2-4, 2014) offers a chance to celebrate spring’s charms with Maypole Dancing on Dover’s Green, a Civil War-era baseball game, and more than 350 vendors, crafters, 14

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and food purveyors. Now more than 80-years-old, the festival also holds the distinction of being held at one of the sites of the nation’s newest National Monument. Festival-goers also get free admission to the Old State House, Biggs Museum of

While the Top 100 Events are not ranked, ABA does highlight the Top U.S. The AMA’s Top 100 web page is at The complete list of winners is available at Final.pdf.

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Bayard Pharmacy

The Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce joined Bayard Pharmacy in a ribbon cutting ceremony recently to celebrate their six month anniversary. Bayard Pharmacy, a family-owned pharmacy located in the heart of downtown Dover, is a full-service pharmacy, as well as a retail shop carrying food, beverages, household goods, gifts and other convenience items. They accept most major insurance plans and offer many discounts. For more information, call 302-724-4497 or visit www.bayardrx. com.

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Don Dykes named Businessperson of the year for Laurel Laurel Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Don Dykes, has been lauded over the years for his ability to stay on top of the needs of local businesses. So, he was obviously taken by surprise when he learned that his peers on the Chamber of Commerce have named him this year’s “Laurel Businessperson of the Year.” For the past few years Dykes has taken the helm of the Chamber and has been the catalyst behind a revitalization of the organization’s membership. Under his leadership, what was a waning chamber membership of 80 members has grown to 212 members, and is once again a vital part of the business community. He gives the credit for this growth to the members who stayed the course and to “the blessings of the Lord Jesus.” Dykes began his career as an employee of Dukes Construction. Owners Ross and Dale Dukes, convinced him to start his own business in the late 1980s, doing various construction work and, eventually, building homes. In 1997, after 22 years, Dykes sold the business. He credits Ross and Dale Dukes for not only their encouragement, but also for “sharing the Lord Jesus Christ” with him. After leaving the ownership of his business Dykes became executive director of the Laurel Chamber and also worked as the property manager for the Laurel Redevelopment Corporation and did small business counseling. He eventually transitioned back into the workforce, joining first County Bank and then The Bank of Delmarva. He remained in banking for 10 years, until he began his next “career” as a commercial realtor for Sperry Van Ness and as a business developer for Bob Wheatley and The Whayland Company. He is now part owner of Alliance Real Estate Professionals. Dykes was asked to return to the Laurel Chamber as part time executive director. He made the decision to accept the challenge, even while working with his co-owners to build their new real estate company. “First of all, I am flabbergasted that the Chamber was able to do this without me knowing about,” he said laughing. “I am absolutely tickled to death about this. It is such a great honor to be recognized by my peers in the business community. These are people who understand business and for them to nominate me for this award means so much to me.”

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Classic Cakes

The Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce joined Classic Cakes of Dover recently for a ribbon cutting to celebrate their grand opening. In addition to cakes, Classic Cakes offers coffee, bagels, healthy lunch options and assorted desserts. Visit Classic Cakes in the Brenford Plaza shopping center located at 4115 N. DuPont Hwy., Dover. For more information, visit or call 302-678-2061.


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From the left: Sam Wilson, Seaford City Council; The Honorable Alan Levin, Director, Delaware Economic Development Office; Representative Helene Keeley; Representative Bobby Outten; Governor Jack Markell; Bill Wallach, CEO ILC Dover & President Grayling Industries; Representative Daniel Short; David Genshaw, Mayor of Seaford; John McMahon, Secretary of Labor

Grayling Industries hopes to employ up to 180 by next year in Seaford facility By Rebecca J. Davis The new Grayling Industries manufacturing plant opened in Seaford on Sept. 17. Gov. Jack Markell attended the opening. “I was in New York this morning but having the new plant here is an incredibly big deal,” Markell said. “Grayling is an amazing company. They know how important it is to get people working and we know how important jobs are in Seaford. [Grayling] could have kept the plant in Mexico but they didn’t. They chose Seaford. The CEO knows that the quality of workers in Seaford is exceptional and I’m looking forward to seeing this plant grow.” The plant is owned by ILC Dover, Frederica, known for making spacesuits for NASA. The opening consisted of speeches from Markell, plant manager Tony Asti, Alan Levin, director of the Delaware Economic Development Office, and ILC Dover CEO Bill Wallach. There also was a tour of the production floor by Steven Lloyd and a ribbon cutting ceremony. “The jobs coming back to Seaford is a great thing,” Levin said. “Thank you for your commitment to Seaford. There’s nothing we can’t do.” 16

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He also gave a special thank you to Department of Labor’s Bonnie Brittingham. “Bonnie made the difference here,” Levin said. “I thank you for your vision.” Wallach stated, “We are the state of Delaware. Delaware is the place we want to be and the quality of work force in Seaford is phenomenal. We built the space suit for the first man on the moon and the bags for Rover. The Grayling business will grow.” The plant manufactures containers used for the safe removal of asbestos as well as containers that hold food, cosmetics and liquid food. The company currently has one production line in use but hopes to have 85 pieces of equipment in the plant (a total of nine production lines) by next July and to employ 120-180 people by next year. Many representatives and officials attended the opening and were excited about the new plant. “The plant is a great help to the economy and Seaford,” state Rep Delaware Bob Outten of Harrington said. “It’s a win-win.” State Sen. Brian Pettyjohn (R Georgetown) stated, “It’s great to have dozen of jobs coming to Seaford. This is my district and there are a lot of families that will benefit from the plant.”

ILC Dover CEO Bill Wallach speaks during the recent Grayling plant’s opening near Seaford.

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Peninsula Home Care at Nanticoke staff members are (left to right) seated Shelley Hughes, RN, clinical manager; Sandy Russ, RN, branch director; and Amy Massey, RN, clinical manager. In the back row (left to right) are Thelma Mercado, HHA; Amy Reynolds, PTA; Crystal Fensick, RN; Terri Stafford, RN; Debbie Straub, administration specialist; Andrea Figgs, administration specialist; Patricia Murphy, PT; Micheal Kirn, RN; Laura Hummel, home care coordinator; and Megan Keglovits, OT.

Peninsula Home Care at Nanticoke provides special care for NMH Health Service patients By Carol Kinsley Peninsula Home Care, founded in 1985 on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, has been providing home health care to patients in Sussex County since 2005. Now there is a special partnership between Peninsula Home Care and Nanticoke Health Services in Seaford, which will more closely align home health care for patients discharged from the hospital. The partnership is called Peninsula Home Care at Nanticoke. Services include skilled nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and access to medical social workers and home health aides. Sandy Russ, director of the Delaware branch, noted the Salisbury office covers Wicomico and Somerset counties, while the Ocean Pines office handles patients in Worcester County. The agency also has a partnership with Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Russ said. “The services we provide include: assessment, teaching disease management, medication teaching, wound care, IV therapy, ostomy 18

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management, in-home chemotherapy, available 24/7 referrals and rehab exercises. We have skilled nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, social workers and home health aides.” For example, “When a patient is released from the hospital, as with a knee replacement, we follow up in the home until the patient is ready for out-patient therapy,” Russ continued. Another example, “When we go out and do the Start of Care, we review the medicines and compare them to the discharge instructions from the discharge facility. And if there is a problem, we call the patient’s physician for clarification.” Visits are intermittent. “Most of our patients are under Medicare,” Russ continued. “One of the regulations for Medicare is that the patient must be home-bound, that is, for them to leave the house must require a taxing effort.” Peninsula Home Care plays a critical role in caring for the patient until he or she is stable enough for outpatient treatment. “Our mission statement,” Russ said, “is ‘to

provide the best care by the best people in the best place...Home.’” When needed, home health aides provide assistance in bathing and dressing, all with the goal of helping the patient become selfsufficient. This year’s initiative is to reduce re-admissions to the hospital for congestive heart failure. In the hospital, patients get stabilized and discharged home. “When they are discharged home, we work with the patient/caregiver to keep patients at home and not returning to facility,” Russ explained. “Next year’s initiative is COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease),” she added. “Plus, we are getting tele-health, a new tool to keep patients from having to be readmitted, and physicians are requesting this tool. “The main goal is to keep patients at home and get them back to their optimum level of self-care.” John Pulse of Seaford has been “hit” four times over a 15-year period with knee surgery. He says the difference between the first round and the second round of surgeries was the care

he received from Peninsula Home Care. His plan of care included physical therapy and exercises that have helped him get back to doing what he loves best — taking his therapy dog, Sonny, to visit local nursing home residents. When he returned to outpatient therapy after three weeks of at-home visits from Peninsula Home Care, the results were “quite obvious,” he said. Peninsula Home Care also offers educational sessions in the community on chronic diseases and information on preventive measures. For more information on services provided by Peninsula Home Care at Nanticoke or Peninsula Home Care, visit online at, or call the nearest office: Seaford - 302-629-4914, Salisbury, Md. - 410-543-7550 or Ocean Pines, Md. 410-208-4828.

Peninsula Home Care at Nanticoke Occupational Therapist Megan Keglovits, right, assists a patient with reaching for objects in a kitchen cabinet.


There are many resources available for area residents who could use some help or want to get more out of living on the Delmarva Peninsula: • Maryland Department of Resources: The Office of Adult Services’ Programs, including Adult Protective Services, In-Home Aide Services, Project Home and Social Services to Adults, focus on the needs of the elderly and the disabled vulnerable adult - • Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene: Medical and Long-term Programs & Eligibility in Maryland - mma/mmahome.html • The Department of Aging Maryland: Provides Senior Information and Assistance as a statewide program that provides a single point of entry into the aging network and offers convenient access to information on services and benefits for older persons, their families and caregivers - www.mdoa. • LifeStyle (local area) Delaware Maryland

Peninsula Home Care at Nanticoke Physical Therapist Patricia Murphy, right, assists a patient with leg-strengthening exercises.

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Don’t wait until December to do your year-end tax planning

By Brian Stratton, CPA

Last November, as we took our annual look at year-end tax planning, we feared that Congress would soon walk off the dreaded “fiscal cliff,” triggering all sorts of confusion and prompting suggestions that some taxpayers should abandon the traditional strategies of deferring income and accelerating deductions. This year, the brinksmanship in Washington over the government shutdown and raising the debt ceiling has clouded the overall economic outlook but our view of tax-planning scenarios is the clearest it has been in years. While there are several changes in tax laws that merit discussion, we can be confident that the rules now on the books are unlikely to change in any way that will affect the returns we will file for the 2013 tax year. Last year, Congress even resolved the perennial issue of the “AMT patch,” coming up with a permanent solution that eliminates the need for annually adjusting the income levels of taxpayers subject to the annoying Alternative Minimum Tax. This year, our overall planning goes back to normal. To the extent possible, taxpayers should do what they can to log deductions before the end of the year and defer income into next year. This strategy may enable you to claim larger deductions, credits, and other tax breaks for 2013 that are phased out over varying levels of adjusted gross income (AGI). These include child tax credits, higher education tax credits, the abovethe-line deduction for higher education expenses, and deductions for student loan interest. Postponing income also is desirable for those taxpayers who anticipate being in a lower tax bracket next year due to changed financial circumstances. There are, as always, a series of challenges to take into consideration. For taxpayers with higher incomes, new rates for ordinary income, capital gains and dividends must be considered. Also, for both individuals and businesses, an array of deductions and credits 20

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are scheduled to expire on Dec. 31. Since there are no guarantees that Congress will vote to extend these provisions next year, taxpayers should adopt a “use it or lose it” approach toward these items. Provisions of the Affordable Care Act include two new levies on higherincome taxpayers. The smaller of the two is a Medicare payroll tax of 0.9 percent on wages and self-employment income. It applies to individuals with employment earnings of $200,000 or more ($250,000 for married couples filing jointly or $125,000 for married couples filing separately). The overall tax bite is not huge — a couple with employment earnings of $350,000 would see a $900 increase — and many salaried workers should be having the additional tax withheld from their paychecks. However, married couples earning $150,000 each, for example, might be in for a surprise if their withholding was not adjusted earlier in the year. The same goes for any of the self-employed who have not increased their quarterly estimated tax payments. The other new tax is a complicated 3.8 percent surtax on net investment income. It is assessed on the lesser of: (1) net investment income (NII), or (2) the excess of modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) over an unindexed threshold amount ($250,000 for joint filers or surviving spouses, $125,000 for a married individual filing a separate return, and $200,000 in any other case). To give one set of examples, if a couple’s MAGI is $260,000 and net investment income is $20,000, the 3.8 percent levy would be assessed on $10,000. If MAGI is $280,000 and net investment income is $20,000, the 3.8 percent would be assessed on $20,000. Depending on individual situations, taxpayers may want to minimize additional NII, or reduce MAGI (other than unearned income). Some might want to consider reductions in both areas. Since the tax is new and the calculations are complex, taxpayers with concerns should consult with their accountant or tax advisor. For higher-income taxpayers who have substantial income from capital gains and dividends that is subject to lower tax rates as well as significant itemized deductions, that AMT remains a concern. Other than by reducing your income (which is not a recommended strategy), there is little that can be done to avoid the AMT, so it is better to plan

for it, so you are less surprised by the amount of your final tax liability. Again, questions on this topic are best handled by your accountant or tax advisor. For individual taxpayers, three provisions fall into the “use it or lose it” category. One of them, the option to deduct state and local sales taxes rather than state and local income taxes, is irrelevant for most people living in Delaware, which has no sales tax. Individuals who are 70½ or older might want to use their last chance to take a tax-free distribution from their Individual Retirement Account to make a charitable contribution. Also set to expire is the above-the-line deduction (up to $4,000) for qualified higher education expenses. To claim this deduction, pay any qualifying bills that would be due by March 31, 2014, before the end of this year. Business deductions scheduled to expire or be reduced at the end of this year include the 50 percent bonus first-year depreciation for most new machinery, equipment and software; an extraordinarily high $500,000 expensing limitation; the research tax credit; and the 15-year write-off for qualified leasehold improvements, qualified restaurant buildings and improvements and qualified retail improvements. With these provisions due to change, businesses should give strong consideration to accelerating spending and putting new equipment into service this year, when more favorable tax rules apply. The business property expensing limitation, now $500,000, is scheduled to drop to a mere $25,000 next year; phase-out provisions, which now start at $2 million of investments, will drop to $200,000. The current generous dollar ceilings mean that many small and mid-sized businesses can deduct most, if not all, of their outlays for equipment and machinery this year but, unless Congress changes the law, these write-offs will not be available in 2014. The bottom line: Don’t wait until midDecember to do your year-end tax planning. By then, it may be too late to make all the changes you desire to maximize your tax savings. About the author Brian Stratton, CPA, is a director with Horty & Horty, P.A., a Delaware accounting firm with offices in Dover and Wilmington.

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Biff Lee named Laurel Citizen of the Year

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The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Milford, along with Milford Mayor Ronnie Rogers, chamber members, employees, family and friends held a ribbon cutting and grand opening celebration recently at Transamerica Agency Network, Inc. Transamerica, which offers an array of innovative financial services and products, is located in the Milford Square Shopping Center in Milford. For more information, visit Pictured from left: Richard Bromley, Dover Federal Credit Union; Rich Marinucci, regional vice president; Mrs. Rogers; Mayor Ronnie Rogers; Greg Lynch, district manager; Charlotte Eccleston, agency coordinator; and Dan Bindle, senior regional vice president.

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Fidelity Power Systems

Fidelity Power Systems, headquartered in Sparks, Md., recently opened a sales and service branch in Seaford. Fidelity, in business since 1945,   is a distributor for Kohler Generator Power Systems. Attending a recent ribbon cutting are, from left: Fidelity Operations manager Charlie Hicks, Seaford city manager Dolores Slatcher, state Rep. Dan Short, Fidelity president Jim Slechta, acting Seaford mayor David Genshaw, Judy Murphy, Fidelity service coordinator, Fidelity sales rep Connie Langhans, Seaford assistant city manager Charles Anderson and  Trisha Newcomer, also with the city of Seaford. The Seaford Fidelity office can be reached at 536-7655. 22

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A longtime state legislator and retired Delaware state trooper has been named this year’s Laurel “Citizen of the Year.” Clifford “Biff” Lee Jr., was honored at a special banquet on October 24 at the Laurel Fire Hall. Lee decided against seeking another term in the Delaware House after 22 years, and instead endorsed current Representative Tim Dukes in his successful bid as Laurel’s state representative. A former Delaware state trooper, Lee took his father’s place in the Delaware House after the elder Lee was killed in a traffic crash in 1990. Recently the Laurel Chamber of Commerce, who hosts the annual award, opened nominations and Lee was chosen this year’s recipient. The Lee name is no stranger to the Citizen of the Year honors as Lee’s mother, Janet, late father, Clifford, and brother Randy, are all previous Citizens of the Year recipients. Lee was born in New Castle County and moved to Laurel as a child. He has been a resident of the Laurel School district for almost 60 years and graduated from Laurel High School in 1965. He served in the United States Air Force and is a member of the Laurel American Legion. In 1970, Lee graduated from the Delaware State Police Training Academy and joined the force as a Delaware state trooper. He retired as a sergeant in 1990, and filled his father’s seat as 40th District representative following his death. While serving as a legislator, Lee chaired the corrections committee, served on the judiciary committee, public safety committee, and bond bill committee, as well as being majority whip for eight years. As a legislator Lee brought his career work ethic with him, saying “Being on time is being 15 minutes early.” Following his legislative career Lee continues as a lifetime member of the Laurel Fire Department where he has held the office of president and served on various committees. In addition, he served as president of the Sussex County Firefighters Association. Lee is also a member of the Laurel Lions Club. An active member of the Centenary United Methodist Church, Laurel, Lee currently serves as chairman of the finance committee and is a member of the Sunshine Sunday school class. For over 40 years he has served as a football official for the State of Delaware. He has also been active in the Laurel Little League for many years where he volunteered as an umpire and has always supported his children and grandchildren at their games.

Real estate sales up, Sussex Association reports Data released by the Sussex County Association of Realtors (SCAOR) continues to indicate a strong local real estate market in southern Delaware. These positive sales figures, compiled by the trade association for the first three quarters of 2013, show sustained growth across all segments of the market in the state’s southernmost and largest geographic county. The data is the latest in a string of positive reports for SCAOR, which has now reported more than two years of strong data pertaining to Sussex County’s real estate industry. “This is more great news for all of us, not only as Sussex County real estate professionals, but also as local residents,” says Bob McVey, 2013 president of SCAOR. “As the real estate market goes, so goes the local economy.” Single-family home sales for the months of July, August and September rose more than 21 percent over the same quarter last year (following a 22 percent increase from 2011 to 2012), with the average threebedroom home in the county selling for a

median price of $248,008. Nearly 2,900 homes were sold in Sussex County through the end of September, selling at a 14 percent higher clip than during the third quarter of 2012. And more good news – the final selling price for all three categories of single family homes are trending higher in 2013. Final sales figures for two bedroom homes have increased 12 percent, three bedroom homes 4 percent and four bedroom homes 7 percent during the first three quarters of the year. “I believe that the same reasons our markets held up better than most during the recession are the same reasons why it’s bounced back so quickly. Our proximity to the coastline, our lower tax rates and our higher quality of life continue to draw people here to Sussex County, and I believe that will continue,” says McVey. “Our numbers are up, and I think a big reason for that is because residents of other states continue to see Delaware real estate as a strong investment, which, of course, it is.” A “Money” magazine article published

earlier this year also makes the case that the housing industry serves as a major driving force for the nation’s economy. Points made in the piece include: • Home prices in the last year have increased in 92 of the country’s 100 largest metropolitan areas • Homes are more affordable than they’ve been in 40 years • The number of houses for sale is at the lowest level in a decade • Price increases are projected for most of the country for the rest of 2013 More than $856 million in local real estate has been sold through the first three quarters of 2013 in Sussex County, in the single-family market segment alone. Additionally, more than $215 million has been generated in condominium and/or townhome sales, more than $15 million in mobile home sales and more than $52 million in sales of land. To read more about issues related to Sussex County’s real estate industry, visit

Founder’s day

WSFS Financial Corporation

WSFS Financial Corporation (NASDAQ: WSFS), the parent company of WSFS Bank, has announced that Oct. 1 will be marked as WSFS Founder’s Day, honoring this day in 1831 when its founder, Willard Hall, was elected president of Wilmington Savings Fund Society. In August 1831, Willard Hall and other community leaders started to plan for a savings bank because there was a strong need by the hard-working citizens of the area to have a safe place to deposit and grow their savings. At the time, banks were very sparse and primarily for the wealthy; most people kept their savings under the mattress or hidden in drawers, and it often went missing. For more information about WSFS Bank, visit 23

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Christmas Ball will raise money to eliminate childhood hunger


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Bayhealth volunteer coordinator Sharon Conley welcomed Ocean View Church of Christ members Sue Anstead and Kay Lyttle, who brought bags of toiletries to stock the Ronald McDonald Room at Bayhealth Kent General recently. Anstead and Lyttle belong to Sisters in Service, a group of women at the church who donate time and energy to community service work. Pictured from left: Sue Anstead; Erin Ryan, community and family room coordinator, Ronald McDonald House of Delaware; Bayhealth volunteer coordinator Sharon Conley; Kay Lyttle.

The Harry K Foundation will host their first annual Christmas Ball on Saturday, Dec. 14 from 6 to 11 p.m., at the Rehoboth Beach Country Club. Founded by Harry Keswani, the Harry K Foundation’s mission is to end childhood hunger in Sussex County. The lavish, black-tie event, which is a cornerstone event for the foundation’s fundraising efforts, will include an open bar, dinner and live music by The Funsters. There will be live and silent auctions. Tickets are $250 and seating is limited. Sponsorships are available. For more information on tickets, sponsorship levels or to make a donation, visit

Veterans Day parade

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Jerry Mueller Real Estate

The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce welcomes Michael Kwiecien, realtor, Jerry Mueller Real Estate, to the business community. Over the past 10 years, Mike has worked as site coordinator and purchase/estimator for the Carl M. Freeman Companies and, most recently, as president of Explorer Homes, Inc. Kwiecien also served as a sergeant in the US Army and was deployed to Macedonia and Kosovo during his tenure. Visit or call 302-853-2728 to learn how Mike can help you with your real estate needs.


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Laurel American Legion Post 19 is planning a Veterans Day parade to honor the United States military. Christie Shirey, a co-chair of the committee, said organizers have big ideas for the parade, which is scheduled to be held on Saturday, Nov. 9, at 11 a.m., two days before the official celebration of Veterans Day on Nov. 11. The parade planning committee is reaching out all over the area as well as the state and country to seek possible parade participants. Shirey said the organizers are very interested in having local entries in the parade. The only requirement is that the entry must support the theme, which is focused on honoring all veterans of the United States military regardless of the branch or era of service. Laurel American Legion Post 19 will provide the official Honor Guard for the parade and entries are being accepted from bands, marching units and equipment from military branches, local high schools, civic organizations and the community at-large. To register an entry in the Veteran’s Day parade, pick up a registration form at Laurel Town Hall. Information is also available by e-mailing

Holiday Gathering Places By Carol Kinsley

Holidays mean get-togethers, whether family, organization or business functions, and the first thing to settle is where everyone will gather. Will it be at home, at the club house, at the office? Do you need to reserve a space somewhere — a hall, a hotel, a banquet room, a whole restaurant? The second decision is who will provide the food. For some, the holidays are a time for traditional favorites, a menu that is passed down through the generations, along with the recipes. For others, it’s a time to enjoy special dishes that someone else prepares. If you want to relax and truly enjoy the holidays, let someone else do the cooking, at least, and if it’s a big bash, let someone else do the set-up and clean up, too. Included in this issue are excellent venues for parties any time of the year. For a quiet retreat, try the University of Delaware’s Virden Center in Lewes - you don’t have to get your toes wet in the surf to enjoy the beach! And did you know there are plenty of meeting rooms and even a restaurant at Polytech Adult Education and Conference Center? Think outside the box! For smaller gatherings, there’s the Stargate Diner in either Harringon or Seaford. If your crowd’s too big, arrange for catering! Plan ahead, and with a little help, your holiday party will be the hit of the season.

Stargate offers good home cooking By Carol Kinsley

Looking for good home cooking, good service and reasonable prices? Look no farther than the Stargate Diner at 23415 Sussex Highway in Seaford. The familyowned and operated Stargate Diner is open at 6 a.m. seven days a week, closing at 10 p.m. daily except for Sunday, when closing is 9 p.m. An all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet is available Saturday and Sunday, but you can order breakfast at any time, any day. Watch for daily specials like the “2-2-2.” Duray Salman opened the Stargate Diner two years ago, following the successful opening of the Stargate in Harrington five years ago. “I’ve been working in restaurants since 1993,” Salman said. “I started washing dishes, busing, cooking, working as a chef, then owned my own restaurant, starting in 2001.”

The Stargate Diner serves American dishes, Italian specialities, steak and chops, seafood, sauted delights, hot pressed paninis, hot and cold sandwiches and wraps. The soup is homemade, with a different special every day. A salad bar is available in Seaford. Catering is available for any special occasion, or bring your party in — there’s a separate room that holds 75 to 80 people for banquets, birthday parties, business meetings, holiday gatherings, baby showers and weddings. Customers can arrange a buffet meal with a choice of menu items. Call (302) 629-4894 to schedule your holiday celebration. Or drop in any time for a good home-cooked meal. When in Harrington, visit Stargate Diner at 16967 S Dupont Highway. Call (302) 398-4390 for information about banquet and catering service in Central Delaware, or visit




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Virden Conference & Retreat Center in Lewes By Carol Kinsley

The next time you’re charged with finding a venue for a meeting, retreat, party, seminar or even a wedding, consider the unique experience offered at the University of Delaware’s Virden Conference & Retreat Center. The center’s 5,200-plus square feet of meeting space includes six private meeting rooms for 10 to 150 people and a 1,330-square-foot general session

room that accommodates 90 people classroom-style or 150 theater style. High speed wireless Internet is available, in addition to every conceivable audio/visual and video conferencing need. You’ll have a dedicated conference services manager and an AV tech ready to help, along with other business services. Located in the historic seaside town of Lewes, Del., the Virden Center offers a change of pace. Escape to a beautiful place

Make it merry.

At the Virden Center, we have just the right space for a festive celebration. Mingle about in our open spaces, or relax in a quiet nook for some cozy conversation. Warm your spirits while savoring some of the season’s favorite delectables. You won’t find any holiday stress here! You will find plenty of parking, on-site catering, overnight lodging, and friendly event managers who will guide the entire process from start to finish. So don’t forget to treat yourselves this busy holiday season. Give us a call…and let the holidays shine.

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where there’s always plenty of sun and sea air to ease your mind and body, enabling you to be productive in a casual, informative atmosphere. Situated at 700 Pilottown Road, on the University Of Delaware Graduate College Of Marine Studies Hugh R. Sharp Campus, at Delaware Bay’s Roosevelt Inlet, the Virden Center offers plenty of free parking. On-site catering can be arranged in any meeting area for groups up to 200 people, including a patio encircled with the signs and sounds of natural habitat. You’ll find the customized menus are delicious, fresh, varied and satisfying. The modest size of this facility ensures quick, courteous responsiveness from the staff. Overnight accommodations include two lodges adjacent to the conference center, featuring 23 guest rooms capable of housing up to 46 guests. Each room features a private bath, air conditioning, television and a spacious screened porch overlooking the surrounding wetlands. A hospitality room with a kitchenette is available as an adjoining suite or as a gathering place for after-meeting socializing. If you have time, spend an extra day on bike, foot or boat, visiting nearby beaches or salt marshes, watching for dolphins on a sunset cruise, or go fishing, golfing or outlet shopping. Tour a nearby winery or brewery or arrange a fishing excursion. The Virden Retreat Center is open yearround, offering a peaceful haven free from the interruptions of daily life and a beautiful site for holiday parties, corporate meetings and family reunions. University of Delaware’s Conference Services offer two other locations. The first is the Newark campus which features Clayton Hall’s auditorium and other meeting rooms, the Bob Carpenter Center and Club, two ice rinks, an outdoor swimming pool, and when not in use during the summer, the university’s classrooms and lecture halls, theaters, student centers, dining facilities and even the Morris Library. The Wilmington campus, on the edge of the city, includes the historic Goodstay Center and modern Arsht Hall. Goodstay is a favorite site for weddings and social gatherings, with its beautifully restored, intimate meeting and dining rooms and Tudor gardens. Arsht Hall is equipped with state-of-the-art technology for today’s business and offers 17,000 square feet of meeting space. For information on any of these, particularly the Virden Center, call H. Jay Taylor, conference manager, at (302) 645-4100 or for general information call 302-831-2214. You can take a virtual tour of the conference centers at locations/lewes.html.

Polytech Conference Center in Woodside By Carol Kinsley

Polytech Adult Education not only offers to strengthen the workforce and the community with a wide range of classes for adults in the mid-Delmarva region, but can provide a venue for conferences, meetings, luncheons, dinners and parties. Conveniently located on the Polytech School District campus in Woodside, Del., just off Route 13, four miles from exit 97 on Route 1, Polytech Adult Education and Conference Center encompasses 68,000 square feet of classroom, training and meeting space, with an auditorium that seats 175, a restaurant that seats 125, and computer labs for software, web-based or specialized technology training. The auditorium can be expanded to allow for 300 occupants, accommodating any size business meeting, medical or

education conference or civic organization meeting. The state-of-the-art facility is equipped with the latest technology and includes on-site tech support. Smaller classroom settings accommodate up to 50 people and include use of a whiteboard, ELMO visualizer, DVD/ VCR and television monitor. On-site catering is available for breakfast, lunch or dinner, even a lavish banquet, or light refreshments or hors d’oeuvres for a meeting or small party. Adult students from the culinary arts program at Polytech participate in fullservice catering events. The facilities are available year-round, day or evening hours, or on weekends. Reservations are being taken now for the holiday season. For questions about the center, contact Sandy Watson-Parmegiani at (302) 697-4545 or by email, sandy. Photos are available online at www.polytechworks.



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com. You’ll find the adult education course catalog posted online as well. Polytech has participants from “birth through life span,” commented Betsy Jones, director of adult education and principal of James H. Groves Adult High School. Classes include “Parents as Teachers” for firsttime parents of infants up to age 3 and family literacy program services for children with parents pursing a high school education or G.E.D. English as a Second Language is offered in many community locations. In addition to the adult high school, there are a number of post-secondary training programs, including apprenticeships in construction trades and career training certification programs leading to state or national licensing. The school’s LPN nursing program is nationally accredited. The automotive program and collision repair includes an internship program with local dealerships where students get manufacturer-specific training, something not available anywhere else, Jones said. “Beyond that, there are personal enrichment, fun classes,” Jones continued, “guitar lessons, cake decorating, belly dancing, photography... There are also computer software classes and business entrepreneurship training.” Businesses can arrange customized training programs to meet specific needs. Instructors, either full-time or part-time, are subject matter experts who assist in course development to maximize the quality of the curriculum as well as the delivery of instruction. Polytech Adult Education was begun in 1964 and annually serves 2,500 students. “We draw our students from Kent County, southern New Castle County, northern Sussex County and the Eastern Shore of Maryland,” Jones said. There are new classes starting every week, different courses at different times of the year, so there is something for everyone, she added. Visit the website to see what is offered, or could be offered, for you or your company. For more information, call (302) 697-4545 or inquire via email at


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Ruth Donovan celebrates 65 years of service On June 23, 2013, Ruth Donovan reached a milestone of 65 years of service with J. G. Townsend, Jr. & Co. Miss Ruth, 90, started working for the company prior to 1948, but records document her hire date as June 23, 1948. At that time, Miss Ruth was not only a wife, but mother to three small children. Miss Ruth handled the bookkeeping and daily operations of Townsend’s Fuel, a subsidiary of J. G. Townsend. During this time, Miss Ruth added two more children to her growing family. In 1994, when Townsend’s Fuel was dissolved, Miss Ruth continued working with the frozen food division of J. G. Townsend, Jr. & Co. While maintaining a full time position with J. G. Townsend, Miss Ruth also worked with her husband, Harvey Donovan, owner and proprietor of Donovan’s Salvage Works. Miss Ruth would still be actively working if it were not for an unfortunate fall which has required her to receive rehabilitation and some much needed rest.

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Rheumatologist Ximena Ruiz, MD, is joining the practice of Ivonne Herrera, MD, at the Arthritis & Osteoporosis Center in Seaford, which, after operating for more than 10 years, is considered one of south Delaware’s most experienced rheumatology practices. The Arthritis & Osteoporosis Center also has an Infusion Suite on premise offering the most effective therapies for a variety of rheumatologic conditions. “The area is in need of rheumatology care,” said Herrera, “and we now can better fill that need with Dr. Ruiz joining the practice. We are scheduling appointments for her now.” Ruiz said, “I am excited to come to Seaford. I have been here for a week for interviews and such. Seaford looks like a nice town with nice, friendly people. I am happy to be here, and I love being close to the ocean. I like that there’s a lot of agriculture in the area. I’m looking forward to starting work and meeting patients and helping them.” Ruiz’s areas of interest include rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, gout, fibromyalgia, lupus, Sjogren’s syndrome and carpal tunnel syndrome, among other autoimmune connective tissue diseases. Ruiz grew up in Colombia, South America, in a city called Medellin, which has become a leading city for medical treatment and aesthetic procedures drawing patients from all over the globe. She went to medical school there. “After I graduated, I came to the United States for a post-doctoral fellowship as a research associate at the University of Pittsburgh,” Ruiz continued. Her research was in pulmonary fibrosis and scleroderma. While pursuing an internal medicine residency at the University of Connecticut, Ruiz received a Veterans Administration Award

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Bayhealth welcomes Dr.Szydlowski Bayhealth announces that cardio-thoracic surgeon Gary Szydlowski, MD, has joined Bayhealth Cardiovascular Surgical Associates in Dover. For the past nine years, Dr. Szydlowski has served as associate chief, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery; chief of section cardiac surgery; and physician practice leader with the Lehigh Valley Health Network, in Allentown, Pa. To schedule an appointment, call 302-744-7980..

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Kevin D. Bristowe, MD, director of emergency medicine at Beebe Medical Center and member of the Beebe Medical Staff, with the Standards of Excellence Award. He is pictured with Jeffrey M. Fried, FACHE, president and CEO of Beebe Medical Center to his left, and The Honorable William Swain Lee, chairman of the board of Beebe Medical Center to his right.

Beebe physician receives excellence award Beebe Medical Center has recognized Kevin D. Bristowe, MD, for his commitment to clinical excellence and for his contributions to healthcare by honoring him with the organization’s Standards of Excellence Award. The Honorable William Swain Lee, board chairman of Beebe Medical Center, and Jeffrey M. Fried, FACHE, president and CEO of Beebe Medical Center, presented the award at the second annual New Provider Reception and Physician Awards dinner event. Dr. Bristowe, a Board-certified emergency medicine physician, has served as medical director of the Beebe Medical Center Emergency Department for five years. He joined Beebe Medical Center in 1998. Previously, he earned his medical

degree at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia and completed his residency at the Medical Center of Delaware (now Christiania Care), in Wilmington. A Delaware native, Dr. Bristowe has served as medical director of Sussex County EMS for more than 10 years. The Beebe Medical Center Standards of Excellence Award is based on several factors, including patient satisfaction scores, patient outcomes, and the physician’s commitment and participation with colleagues on hospital committees, performance improvement projects, workgroups and other forums focusing on improving overall patient care. Beebe Medical Center also recognized Lewes orthopaedic surgeon David Sopa, DO, for 25 years of service.

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they meet other kids who recount how they handle challenges such as teasing, speaking out in class, and teaching others about stuttering. Swish, a lively and engaging animated basketball character designed by students at Purdue University, narrates the DVD. The children, from first-graders to high school students, offer frank and sometimes differing views of stuttering.

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Justin Lee Elder, DO, an ear, nose and throat, and facial plastic surgery specialist, has joined the Beebe Medical staff and is seeing patients in the Medical Arts Building, Ste. 201, at 18947 John J. Williams Hwy., Rehoboth Beach. Dr. Elder earned his doctor of osteopathy from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Philadelphia. He completed an internship and residency in otolaryngology/facial plastic surgery at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, N.J. To schedule an appointment, call 302-645-4801.

State to distribute KI tablets

The Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) and Delaware Division of Public Health will distribute potassium iodide (KI) tablets to Delaware residents living within a 10-mile radius of the Salem/ Hope Creek Nuclear Generating Stations. Residents living within the affected radius, called the Emergency Planning Zone (EPZ), have received notification of the distribution via mail.   For more information, call the Delaware Emergency Management Agency Radiological Emergency Planning section at 302-659-3362.

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The annual PNC Bank Thanksgiving Day Run/Walk for MS in Wilmington will take place on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 28. For more information and to register, visit www. All proceeds go to MS research and the programs and services needed by more than 1,550 Delawareans with MS and their families.

BUSINESS LICENSES Bridgeville Youdeline, Charleron, 102 Elliott Dr., Bridgeville; direct care worker Camden JF Marketing Inc.; 2140 S. Dupont Hwy., Camden; retailer-various products Delmar Affordable Hair Extensions LLC; 38660 Sussex Hwy. Unit 7, Delmar; retailer-various products Dover 7-Eleven Inc., 7-Eleven Store 36876H; 654 N. Dupont Hwy., Dover; retailer-food (except restaurant), tobacco products Ahrem, John, BOC Painting; 65 Hatteras Dr., Dover; contractor-residential Bethany’s Bodacious Kettle Corn; 6020 Larch Ct., Dover; retailer-food (except restaurant) Bodine, Ashley Dawn, Sady’s Cleaning; 49 Howell St., Dover; professional and/or personal services-unclassified Carbaugh, Brian C.; 1132 S. Little Creek Rd., Dover; professional and/or personal services Clean Slate Services LLC; 224 Thornton St., Dover; professional and/or personal services Coastal Car Wash LLC; 1117 S. Dupont Hwy., Dover; personal services-car wash Colbert, Melvin, First Capital-2; 9 Congress Pl., Dover; retailer-various products Cooper, Ernestine K., C&K Gifts; 407 Worchester Dr., Dover; retailer-various products Dale, George, Asian Tree Int.; 207 Sheffield Dr., Dover; professional and/or personal services-unclassified Dicks Sporting Goods Inc.; 1365 N. Dupont Hwy., Ste. 6000, Dover; retailer-dry goods & apparel Dusty Boots Farm LLC; 2577 W. Denneys Rd., Dover; professional and/or personal services Fineran, Joseph, JP Fineran Landscape & Hardscape; 45 Maple Ln., Dover; contractorresidential Hair, Hair & More Stylin Studio; 495 Barrister Pl., Dover; personal servicesbeautician Indie; 108 W. Loockerman St., Dover; reconciliation purpose code Iris Property Services LLC; 31 Boxton Ct., Dover; professional and/or personal services It’s Our Time to Shine Childcare; 207 Millcreek Dr., Dover; professional and/or personal services Jervey Sharise; 1432 Garfield Dr., Dover; professional and/or personal services Donald L. Jones; 3916 Peachtree Run Rd., Dover; professional and/or personal services-unclassified Kelly’s Corner Consignments & Co.; 406 S. Governors Ave., Dover; retailer-various

products Meisinger, Ryan S.; 1471 Central Church Rd., Dover; contractor-residential Miller, David R.; 2781 Yoder Dr., Dover; contractor-residential Mrs. Clean LLC; 505 Oak Ln., Dover; reconciliation purpose code Nichols, Michael C., Michael C. Nichols, LPCMH; 2466 Hazlettville Rd., Dover; professional services-counselor Oerigo Consulting LLC, Oerigo Beauty Supplies; 4164 N. Dupont Hwy., Ste. 8, Dover; retailer-various products Pacific MDCL Travel & Tours LLC; 510 S. Greenberry Ln., Dover; reconciliation purpose code Rising Tides Restoration LLC; 324 Wyoming Ave., Dover; reconciliation purpose code RPD Enterprises; 402 Cold Spring Pl., Dover; professional and/or personal services Ruffin Group International Inc.; 160 Greentree Dr., Ste. 101, Dover; professional and/or personal services Short, Jessica M., Happy Harper’s Food & Drinks; 262 Stonewater Way, Dover; retailer-transient Spradlin, Shelly Colleen, Colleen’s Silk Flower Arrangements Crafts; 2459 State St., Dover; reconciliation purpose code Stevens, Robert, Sealguard Asphalt Maintenance; 2878 Pearsons Corner Rd., Dover; contractor-residential Virssage; 1365 N. Dupont Hwy., Dover; personal services-entertainment agent Windsor Photography; 207 N. Caroline Pl., Dover; photographer Yoder, Daniel S., Yoder Drive Builders, Inc.; 3416 Yoder Dr., Dover; contractorresidential Georgetown Bradley, Ashley D., The Treasure Trove Shoppe; 16570 Seashore Hwy., Georgetown; retailer-various products Justus, Jennifer; 25319 Anne St., Georgetown; direct care worker Law Office of Chad Lingenfelder; 23360 Zoar Rd., Georgetown; professional serviceslegal office White Tiger Transportation; 22416 Deep Branch Rd., Georgetown; drayperson/mover Greenwood Brock, Crystal N., Sunnyside Daycare; 14281 Woodbridge Rd., Greenwood; professional and/or personal services-unclassified McKoy, Yolanda F., Hands of Faith Massage; 1101 Seachase Ln., Greenwood; professional and/or personal services Mikerra Transportation LLC; 22745 S. Dupont Hwy., Greenwood; professional and/ or personal services-unclassified Harrington Bollinger, Jeffrey S., Jeff’s Garage; 1378 Killens Pond Rd., Harrington; personal services-general repairperson Smith, Amanda S., Lyriks - N - Ink; 305 Central Park Dr., Harrington; professional

and/or personal services-unclassified Streett Septic Services LLC; 407 Friendship Village Dr., Harrington; personal services-cesspool cleaner/contractor-residential Tennefoss, Eric M., Debri Removal; 472 Gun and Rod Club Rd., Harrington; professional and/or personal services Laurel Cubbage, Michael, Simple Things; 34144 Hitch Pond Rd., Laurel; retailer-furniture & fixtures Jet Fleet Services Inc.; 29393 Edgewood Ave., Laurel; personal service-motor vehicle service Moore’s Contracting Services LLC; 130 Broad Creek Rd., Laurel; contractorresidential Oney Lamerice, All Purpose Oney; 32104 S. Spring Ct., Laurel; professional and/or personal services-unclassified Ritchie, Kevin B., KTR Labor; 32458 Whaleys Way, Laurel; professional and/or personal services Lewes Beach Eyes, Beach Bonz; 32757 Harburg Dr., Lewes; retailer-various products Cake Break Inc.; 109 Savannah Rd., Lewes; retailer-food (except restaurant) Garcia, Joseph A., Garcia Tile & Stone; 203 Cedar St., Lewes; contractor-residential Lewes Gifts LLC, Del-A-Wear; 109 Savannah Rd., Unit B, Lewes; retailer-dry goods & apparel Loynes, Ronald, Ron Loynes LLC; 3321 Ships Ct., Lewes; contractor-residential Milford Heishman, Heather; 2688 Milford Harrington Hwy., Milford; direct care worker Moore, Charles J., Moore & Kleitz Plumbing & Construction; 21356 Shockley Rd., Milford; reconciliation purpose code Sleepys LLC; US Rt. 113, Milford Gallery Shopping Center, Milford; retailervarious products Tractor Supply Company, Tractor Supply Company #1745; 609B N. Dupont Blvd., Milford; retailer-farm machinery dealer millsboro BCB Export and Import Inc.; 32930 Curley Dr., Millsboro; wholesaler-any products Dillon James Construction, Dillon James Collins; 24343 Indian Town Rd., Millsboro; contractor-residential DIY Tool Supply; 32966 Black Duck Ct., Millsboro; retailer-hardware plumbing & heating; Oak Orchard LLC; 31507 Oak Orchard Rd., Millsboro; retailer-petroleum products, tobacco products retailer Taylor, Alex S., Windowed Universe; 22764 Dennis Ln., Millsboro; reconciliation purpose code 31

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Seaford 3PL Recruiting; 7856 Grace Circle, Seaford; professional services-employment agent Dayspring Consulting Group, Askaline Career Advice Job Coach; PO Box 1743, Seaford; professional and/or personal services Hertrich Family of Automobiles; 26905 Sussex Hwy., Seaford; professional and/or personal services LaPlant, Adam J. Sr., LaPlants Home Improvements; 710 E. Poplar St., Seaford; resident contractor/developer Lewis, Douglas, Douglas W. Lewis Inc.; 9385 River Vista Dr., Seaford; reconciliation purpose code Short, Edward M., Short-Composite Technologies; 12 Marathon Dr., Seaford; manufacturer-rubber/misc. plastic products Smyrna 1 North Main Smyrna LLC; 1 N Main St., Smyrna; commercial lessor Angel Helpers; 144 Winston Ct., Smyrna; professional and/or personal services Bad Productions LLC; 93 Dodge Dr., Smyrna; photographer Dunn, Alyssa, Simply Nutrition and


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Massage; 3129A Brenford Rd., Smyrna; professional and/or personal services-unclassified French, Andre, Frenchy Landscaping & Lawn Care; 11 Ferndale Dr., Smyrna; professional and/or personal services Galimah, Aloysius; 113 Talon Ct., Smyrna; direct care worker HGH Retailers; 519 Leo Ct., Smyrna; retailer-various products Jack’s Custom Designs; 177 Golden Plover Dr., Smyrna; contractor-residential LFS Islamic Institute Daycare; 412 Kates Way, Smyrna; professional and/or personal services-unclassified Main Street Clayton LLC; 5819 Underwoods Corner Rd., Smyrna; professional and/or personal services M Dove Group; 196 York Dr., Smyrna; advertising agency Mello Antiques and Collectibles; 88 Skyline Locust Dr., Smyrna; retailer-furniture & fixtures Millman, Jason; 308 W. Commerce St., Apt. C, Smyrna; professional and/or personal services Patriot Armory Inc.; 30 Raphael Rd., Smyrna; retailer-various products Peace of Mind; 323 Mulberry St.,

Smyrna; professional and/or personal services Rodriguez, Christina, Magic Broom Cleaning Services; 32 Renza Lane, Smyrna; professional and/or personal services TAC Ventures LLC, Top Dog; 616 N. Main St., Smyrna; retailer-restaurant Zy Ly Boutique; 192 Needham Dr., Smyrna; retailer-dry goods & apparel

Jobs group honors Gov. Pete duPont On Sept. 26, Jobs for Delaware Graduates (JDG) celebrated their 35th Anniversary with a dinner at the Chase Center in downtown Wilmington. The evening highlighted the success that JDG has experienced throughout the First State keeping students in high school and preparing them for future training and the workplace. JDG programs are located in every high school in Delaware and select middle schools. The high school graduation rate of students in the program is 93%. The focus of the event was to honor Governor Pete duPont who founded Jobs for Delaware Graduates as a solution to the unemployment problem that Delaware faced 35 years ago. The success of the program led to the creation of Jobs for America’s Graduates which is now a national program operating in 33 states. Governor duPont was presented the HOPE Award by Governor Jack Markell. The HOPE Award symbolizes Horizons, Opportunities, Partnerships and Entrepreneurship. These virtues are afforded every student involved in the JDG program. Since its inception, over 48,000 students have been involved in JDG programs.

Brain Injury Association of Delaware to honor Schell Brothers for service “We just always do things for others,” says Chris Schell, with a shrug. “It’s our company culture.” The younger-by-minutes twin of business brother, Preston, Chris is president/CEO of Schell Brothers home builders. The two were commenting on Brain Injury Association of Delaware (BIAD) praise and the publicity their firm has been receiving for having taken charge of helping a Dover family survive a life-altering tragedy. When 16-year-old athlete and musician Ben Knapp experienced severe brain injury after his heart suddenly stopped, his parents and sisters faced instant overwhelm. Ben’s resulting oxygen loss produced visual impairment and mobility limitations that require use of a wheelchair. His home and family were not equipped to meet all the

new needs and expenses. Preston Schell says a friend called to tell him about the Knapp’s, and that after a quick huddle with Chris, the decision was made to provide the family with an “extreme house makeover” that would allow Ben wheelchair and shower access, a functional nurse’s station, a track system for lifting Ben to and from bed and his chair, and soundproof walls to augment his hearing. Chris Schell says, “Ben’s parents are both in jobs that give more to others than themselves, and giving back to them seemed the right thing to do.” His father, Chip, coaches Wesley College football and his mother, Cindy, works in the child welfare field. Dion Lamb, in charge of the home renovation project, thinks “Ben’s story would grip anyone who has kids.” The project, he

KSI receives grant for transporation Kent-Sussex Industries, Inc. (KSI) has received a $1,000 Community Service Grant from the Kent County Levy Court, funds which will help KSI with the cost of operating its transportation program. KSI traveled 1,164,331 miles in fiscal year 13, and provided 104,262 trips moving people with disabilities to and from employment and training opportunities. Program participants were able to access employment opportunities, earning $1,177,934 in wages during fiscal year 13. KSI is a not for profit agency, providing vocational training and employment services to individuals with disabilities throughout Kent and Sussex counties. To support KSI, donations can be mailed to KSI, attn: Alicia Hollis, 301 N. Rehoboth Blvd., Milford, DE 19963, or online at For more information, contact Hollis at 302-4224014, ext. 3015, or email hollisa@

says, is a detailed and substantial undertaking, “and it’s made more challenging because the existing structure doesn’t readily lend itself to the required changes, and because the family needs to be living in the home while we are renovating.” BIAD will honor Schell Brothers at their November 2 “Embellish Your Melon” fundraiser from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Harry’s Savoy Ballroom in Wilmington. Advance registration at www.BIADE. org is $49 per person ($59 at the door) and includes a gourmet selection of hors d’oeuvres, live music, dancing, contest entry, and silent auction admission. Participants are requested to wear a favorite hat or creative head-covering to help promote head injury awareness. Dress is formal to business casual, depending on individual preferences.

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Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce Judy Diogo 302-734-7513 302-678-0189 fax 435 N. DuPont Hwy. Dover, DE 19901 Georgetown Chamber of Commerce Karen Duffield 302-856-1544 302-856-1577 fax 229 E. Market St., PO Box 1 Georgetown, DE 19947 Lewes Chamber of Commerce Betsy Reamer 302-645-8073 Toll Free 877-465-3937 302-645-8412 fax 120 Kings Hwy., P.O. Box 1 Lewes, DE 19958 Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce Amy Simmons 302-934-6777 302-934-6065 fax P.O. Box 187 Millsboro, DE 19966 Milton Chamber of Commerce Lisa Sumstine 302-684-1101 707 Chestnut St., P.O. Box 61 Milton, DE 19968

Rehoboth Beach - Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center Carol Everhart 302-227-6446 302-227-2233 ext. 13 302-227-8351 fax 501 Rehoboth Ave. Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971 Greater Seaford Chamber of Commerce Paula Gunson 302-629-9690 302-629-0281 fax 304 A High St. Seaford, DE 19973 EDUCATION Delaware Technical Community College Corporate and Community Programs Christopher M. Moody, Director (302) 259-6330 302-259-6759 fax Jason Technology Center 21179 College Drive Georgetown, DE 19947 University of Delaware Professional & Continuing Studies Tara Kee 866-820-0238 302-831-3292 fax ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTING Envirotech Environmental Consulting, Inc. Todd Fritchman 302-684-5201 302-684-5204 fax 26412 Broadkill Road Milton, DE 19968

FINANCIAL Bank of Delmarva Scott Rukowicz 302-875-5901 302-875-1766 fax 200 East Market St. Laurel, DE 19956 County Bank 7 Sussex County Locations 302-226-9800 302-226-3182 fax 19927 Shuttle Rd. (Main Office) Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971 Del One Federal Credit Union 7 Statewide Locations Amy Resh 302-672-1492 302-739-1790 fax 270 Beiser Blvd. Dover, DE 19904 Delaware State Police Federal Credit Union Stephen Cimo 302-856-3501 ext. 120 302-856-2539 fax P.O. Box 800 Georgetown, DE 19947 Seaford Federal Credit Union Seaford Branch Mary Adams 302-629-7852 302-629-9125 fax Seaford Professional Center Rt. 13, Seaford, DE 19973

Seaford Federal Credit Union Dagsboro Branch Veronica Nhan-Nock 302-934-1774 302-297-0016 fax 30650 Dupont Hwy. Dagsboro, DE 19939 Sussex County Federal Credit Union Debbie Jewell 302-629-0100 302-629-0966 fax 1941 Bridgeville Hwy. Seaford, DE 19973 FUNERAL SERVICES Watson Yates Funeral Home Gary Yates 302-629-8561 302-629-7961 fax Front & King St. Seaford, DE 19973 GRAPHIC/WEBSITE DESIGN Dean Design Marketing Group Jane E. Dean 302-674-5007 302-229-3633 717-898-9570 fax 13 Water St. Lincoln, DE 19960 Health Bayhealth Kent General Milford Memorial Pam Marecki 302-744-7013 302-735-3227 fax 640 S. State St. Dover, DE 19901 Beebe Medical Center Kelly Griffin 302-645-3220 302-644-9032 fax 424 Savannah Rd. Lewes, DE 19958

Nanticoke Health Services Sharon Harrington 302-629-6611 302-629-3211 fax 801 Middleford Rd. Seaford, DE 19973 INSURANCE Farnell & Gast Insurance Joe Gast, CPCU 302-629-4514 302-536-6257 fax 500 W. Stein Highway Seaford, DE 19973 IFS Benefits Patrick Fitzgerald Ryan Dunn Bob Sonchen 302-645-2356 302-645-5723 fax 17527 Nassau Commons Blvd Suite 208 Lewes DE 19958 Lyons Companies David F. Lyons, Sr. David F. Lyons, Jr. Lew Harrington 302-227-7100 19643 Blue Bird Lane, Unit 8 Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971

INTERNET SERVICE & WEB PAGE DESIGN Delmarva Digital Tim Smith 302-875-7700 302-875-8288 fax 220 Laureltowne Laurel, DE 19956

JEWELERS Holland Jewelers 302-947-1200 20750 John J. Williams Hwy. Peddlers Village Lewes, DE 19958 LEGAL

Portraits In The Sand Dave Koster 302-226-9226 302-226-8424 fax 110 White Oak Rd. Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971

Sergovic, Carmean & Weidman, P.A Attorneys At Law John A. Sergovic, Jr. Shannon D. Carmean Leslie Case DiPietro 302-855-1260 302-855-1270 fax 142 E. Market St. PO Box 751 Georgetown, DE 19947


Law Offices of Karen Y. Vicks, LLC 302-674-1100 888-598-8890 500 W. Loockerman St. Suite 102 Dover, DE 19904 OFFICE FURNITURE

Coldwell Banker Resort Realty Skip Faust 302-227-5000 office 302-745-8764 cell 302-227-3804 fax 20184 Coastal Hwy. Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971

AMI Business Interiors Tom Woodstock 800-830-0801 302-226-0801 302-226-0302 fax 123 Glade Circle West Rehoboth, DE 19971

Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. Tracey Espada 302-227-2541 800-462-3224 302-227-8165 fax 37156 Rehoboth Ave. Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971



Payroll Professionals Jessica Amaty 302-645-5700 302-645-0395 fax 33815 Clay Road Lewes, DE 19958

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