NCC Land Use Hosts UDC Public Workshop June 28th

The New Castle County Land Use Department will host the 5th UDC (Unified Development Code) Public Workshop on Wednesday, June 28, 2015 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm at the Christiana Firehouse located at 2 E Main St, Christiana, DE 19702.

We hope you will mark your calendar to attend!  NCC Land Use will be discussing proposed code language changes within the UDC which affect “Process” and “Site Design”.

Information regarding the UDC update project can be found here.  Please save the date and refer back to the UDC project web site for additional information.

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Nominations being accepted now through June 23 for DNREC’s 2017 Young Environmentalist of the Year

Last year, 18-year-old Hunter Seaman of Milford was honored for his commitment to the conservation and preservation of wetlands and waterfowl as a youth leader with Ducks Unlimited. Middle school level environmentalists were Adrianna Snyder, 11, and Hannah Steenkamer, 13, both of Newark. As part of her physical therapy, Adrianna devoted many hours to picking up trash on her school grounds, setting an example for her peers. Hannah served as a volunteer junior counselor with the Iron Hill Museum & Science Center’s junior naturalist program. To bring public awareness to the problems of plastic bag pollution, elementary honoree Sonja Rose Bucic, 8, organized a drive to collect single-use plastic bags to create the world’s largest plastic bag ball for Earth Day 2016. The resulting 340-pound bag ball, made of more than 52,000 bags, set a Guinness World Record.

For their innovative ideas, good stewardship and concern for the natural world, Hunter, Adrianna, Hannah and Sonja were honored by the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control as Delaware’s 2016 Young Environmentalists of the Year.

If you know students like them who are putting their passions into projects that benefit our environment, you can nominate them for the 2017 Young Environmentalist of the Year Awards.

Open to Delaware students in grades 1 through 12, this annual awards program seeks nominees whose actions have resulted in the protection, restoration or enhancement of our state’s natural resources. Projects must have been completed between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017. Nominations will be accepted through June 23.

Past honorees have also included students who have organized tree plantings, a household hazardous waste community collection day and school recycling programs; and students who have volunteered their time with the Delaware Nature Society, DNREC’s Piping Plover Monitoring Program and the Marine Education, Research and Rehabilitation Institute, among other organizations.

Anyone can nominate a deserving student – teachers, parents, classmates, club or group leaders – by filling out a nomination form and including letters, reports, photos or other documentation of the project.

Winners will be chosen in three categories: elementary grades 1-4, middle school grades 5-8 and high school grades 9-12, and each will receive a gift card and a prize pack from Delaware State Parks. Winners will be honored in a special ceremony at the Delaware State Fair in July.

This is the 24th year for the awards program, which was established by DNREC colleagues and friends in honor of Dr. Edwin H. Clark II, who served as Secretary of DNREC from 1989 until 1993.

For more information, please contact Young Environmentalist Awards Coordinator Joanna Wilson in the DNREC Public Affairs Office at 302-739-9902 or by emailing Joanna Wilson.

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CCOBH Presents “Homeowner and Civic Associations: Beyond the Basics”

The Council of Civic Organizations of Brandywine Hundred (CCOBH) presents “Homeowner and Civic Associations:  Beyond the Basics”

MONDAY, MAY 22, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at the CLAYMONT LIBRARY

CCOBH is pleased to present, ”Homeowner and Civic Associations:  Beyond the Basics,” a repeat of its well-received advanced seminars for assistance to current or future board members of Civic Associations in Brandywine Hundred.

This seminar is intended to provide Civic Association Board members with information and process beyond the basic legal and structural aspects of serving on a non-profit Board of Directors.

This seminar, to be led by CCOBH President, Robert J. Valihura, Jr., Esquire, will cover in depth the following topics:

  1. Dispute resolution
  2. Collection of annual dues and fees, including pursuit of collection in the Justice of the Peace Court, and
  3. Enforcement of restrictive covenants and deed restrictions

A former State Representative and a current Adjunct Professor of Law teaching the Delaware Corporate law applicable to corporations and Civic Associations, Bob focuses his practice on representation of communities up and down the state concerning these types of structural Board issues.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn what you need to know to more effectively and knowledgeably represent your community. CCOBH hopes to see you on MONDAY, MAY 22, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at the CLAYMONT LIBRARY

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Christina River Watershed Cleanup Results

70 people turned out on April 8th to help clean up the creeks and stormwater basins in Brandywine Hundred that feed into the Naamans Creek Watershed and then the Delaware River.

2 tons of trash were collected, including 15 bags of trash from the basins at Channin and Brandon, 15 automobile tires from one place and 22 from another, 5 more from miscellaneous spots, 2 bicycles, 5 shopping carts, a bed headboard, upholstery cushions and, as usual, much plastic (bottles and bags) and glass bottles.

We got significant support for the after-cleanup luncheon from Harry’s Savoy Grill and the businesses in the F&N Shopping Center including Sweeney’s Bakery, Nino’s Pizza, the Acme, Safeway, Rite Aid and F&N Liquors.

1-800-GotJunk again collected and disposed of the trash.

A special “thank you” to Jack Waslyn for organizing the luncheon, Bruce Shumway for riding the Got Junk Truck and Larry Walker for carting 37 tires to the cleanup drop-off spot at the Airport Sheraton.

The total Christina River Cleanup gathered 20 tons of trash including several hundred tires. About 850 volunteers participated.

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Recycling News

Starting in June

1st Saturday of every Month at the Delaware Recycling Center DRC (1101 Lambsons Lane, in New Castle) from 8 am – 2 pm
-Paper Shredding and HHW collection

1st Wednesday of every Month 10 am – 2 pm
-Paper Shredding

Every Wednesday 10 am – 2 pm
-HHW Collection

 

 

Every Monday – Saturday
-Single Stream
-Cardboard
-Used Oil
-Oil Filters
-Batteries
-Styrofoam
-Electronics

For more information: DSWA

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Pop-Up Planting Project

Sorry for the last minute notification on this special project FOR THIS THURSDAY MORNING that just came to our attention. Please help spread the word.

Location:
Department of Community Services Special Events
Talley Day Park

Duties:
Calling all available volunteers (minimum age 18):

What and Where: Native plant installation at Talley-Day Park
When: Thursday, April 27, 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon.
Why: This project will help control storm water run-off and keep the beautiful Shellpot Creek clean and healthy. The native plants also provide important habitat for beneficial insects, birds, and other animals.

This is the perfect project for corporate teams or other groups.

Sign-up at http://www.nccde.org/517/Volunteer-Opportunities

To sign up please call or email Susan Eggert ASAP (302) 395-5651 seggert@nccde.org

Be sure to wear clothes that can get dirty, work boots, bring gardening gloves. Wear a hat, sunscreen and bring water and a snack.

Qualifications:
A good pair of footwear that can handle mud and the ability to bend and plant small native perennials.
Directions:
From Route 202 (north of Wilmington) turn north east on Foulk Road (Route 261). Turn right on Wilson Road. Turn left into driveway at 823 Wilson Road. See white house down drive with a red barn to right of house. Project is in meadow/lawn to left. Ask for Bernadette.
Address:
823 Wilson Road
Wilmington, DE 19803

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National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

To improve safety in our homes, communities, and waterways, the Division of Public Health is coordinating with the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 29th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Delawareans can discard their expired and unused medicines at one of 33 designated collection sites statewide. Identification is not required and no questions will be asked. Collection sites will accept prescription and over-the-counter pills, liquids, and cream medications, and even pet medications. No syringes or inhalers will be accepted.

Enter your zip code to find a location near you.

“We must view addiction as the chronic disease it is. We can all improve the safety of our homes and communities by properly disposing of unused medicines,” said DHSS Secretary Dr. Kara Odom Walker. “National studies show that almost two-thirds of people who misuse prescription drugs get them from friends and family, including by raiding medicine cabinets, purses, and drawers.”

21 PERMANENT COLLECTION SITES have also been established at Police Departments & Walgreens in Delaware

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CCOBH Presents Homeowner and Civic Associations:  The Basics 

MONDAY, APRIL 24, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at the CLAYMONT LIBRARY

CCOBH is pleased to once again present, ”Homeowner and Civic Associations:  The Basics,” a repeat of its well-received initial seminar in a series of seminars for assistance to current or future board members of Civic Associations in Brandywine Hundred.

This seminar is intended to introduce newly installed Civic Association Board members to the legal and structural aspects of serving on a non-profit Board of Directors. This seminar, to be led by CCOBH President, Robert J. Valihura, Jr., Esquire, will cover the structures of Civic Associations and Homeowner Associations, the integration of Delaware law and a community’s controlling documents, the role of the Board of Directors, including fiduciary duties imposed on board members, reporting obligations and the limitation of personal liability of directors.

As a former State Representative and a current Adjunct Professor of Law teaching the Delaware Corporate law applicable to corporations and Civic Associations, Bob focuses his legal practice on representation of communities up and down the state concerning these types of structural Board issues.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn what you need to know to more effectively and knowledgeably represent your community. CCOBH hopes to see you on MONDAY, APRIL 24, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at the Claymont Library.

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Christina River Watershed Cleanup – Sat. April 8th, 8AM-11PM

Its time for the annual Christina River Watershed Cleanup scheduled for Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 8AM-11PM.

The Naamans Creek contingent will meet at the F&N shopping center behind Sweeney’s Bakery at 8:00 AM. Lunch for volunteers will be served at 11:30 AM.

Contact your friends and community members and sign up at Christinarivercleanup.org. Here are some Christina River Watershed Cleanup flyers you can print out and get your community or group to come out and participate.

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2017 Governor’s Outstanding Youth Volunteer Awards

Nominations for the Governor’s Outstanding Youth Volunteer Service Awards are now being accepted by the State Office of Volunteerism. This is a wonderful way to recognize the impact Delaware’s youth volunteers, 17 years of age and younger, have on their communities through volunteerism. Award recipients will be honored at a special ceremony on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at Polytech Adult Education Conference Center.

Individuals and groups volunteering in the following service categories will be chosen; Arts/Culture, Community Service, Education, Environment, Health and Special Needs, Human Needs, Public Safety, Social Justice/Advocacy. Nominees must have volunteered the hours during the 2016 school calendar years. (January 1st – December 31st)

Nomination packets must be delivered to the State Office of Volunteerism by Friday, April 7, 2017.

Questions? Email us at dhss_VolunteerDelaware@state.de.us

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