Community Forestry Training Survey – your input is needed

The following may be of interest to members of our community

Dear Community Tree Advocates:

Penn State Extension Urban Forestry Program in partnership with DCNR Bureau of Forestry is planning a comprehensive program to train and assist municipal shade tree commissioners and staff (including managers, arborists, foresters, public works and parks staff, community tree advocates and volunteers) gain knowledge and skills in the effective management of public trees in Pennsylvania communities to maximize environmental, social, and economic benefits. This training would cover 20 topics and may be offered over several days or various formats including live and web-based.

In order for us to plan the training, we would like you to fill out this survey. Even if you are not sure about attending this training, please take the time to complete the survey so we can plan future educational programs. We plan on providing the training live and recording the lectures for use via the internet for future online training opportunities.

Please open the survey with the link below. There are just 13 simple questions.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Communityforestry

If you have already received this email through another source and completed the survey, we thank you for your input. If you have not yet completed this survey, please consider taking a few moments to let us know how we can better tailor this program to meet your needs.

Thank you,
Julianne Schieffer
Urban Forester, Southeast region
and
Brian Wolyniak
Urban Forester, Southwest region
Penn State Extension

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Councilman Bob Weiner ALERT: Community Meeting Notice

Councilman Bob Weiner ALERT: Community Meeting Notice to Discuss Martine Nursery Parcel Development Plans, Wednesday August 26 at 6 pm at the County Library on Foulk Road

Dear community leaders and friends,

The New Castle County Land Use Department has received a major land development exploratory plan and rezoning application for the defunct Martine Nursery parcel located on Shipley Road. The site is proposed to be rezoned for a retirement home.  More specifically, the application plan proposes to rezone 8.419 acres from S (Suburban) to ST (Suburban Transition) and to construct a 100,316 square foot 120-bed assisted living facility.

I have scheduled a community meeting and invite you to attend. The community meeting is scheduled for Wednesday August 26 at 6 pm at the County Library on Foulk Road. The applicant and its attorney, Shawn Tucker, will present the plan to our community and answer questions. The County Land Use Department and I will be present to listen to community queries and provide guidance.

I present you with a short description of the project. You can obtain more information by clicking on the link below, by contacting my office at lhinkle@nccde.org or by calling my office at 302-395-8362.

With the submission of the exploratory sketch and rezoning plan and a State of Delaware PLUS meeting on Wednesday, July 21, 2015, this proposed rezoning will soon be ready to move forward to New Castle County Council introduction and a subsequent New Castle County Planning Board Public Hearing. The County Land Use Department will not schedule a Planning Board Public Hearing until after the State PLUS report has been reviewed by New Castle County. As a consequence, a Planning Board Public Hearing is not likely until at least October, 2015. The rezoning application will be subject to a final public hearing and Council vote at a subsequent New Castle County Council Public Hearing.

The introduction of a rezoning ordinance requires a sponsor. I have opted to be the sponsor. Being a sponsor does not mean support, but enables me to control the progress of the ordinance through the County Council legislative process.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns regarding the above referenced major plan/rezoning and the rezoning process

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION for Project # 20150344:

The property consists of two tax parcels numbers – 06-078.00-404 and 06-078.00-459 and is located at 2004 Shipley Road, Wilmington DE.

The legal owners are William and Kathleen Meany, while the equitable owner is Harbor Retirement Development.

Harborchase of Wilmington (2015-0344-S/Z) is located in Brandywine Hundred on the west side of Shipley Road, north of Parkside Drive and south of the Lane Swim Club.  The developer has been working closely with the New Castle County Department of Land Use over the last several months regarding potential redevelopment options including assisted living and is now prepared to present a Plan to our community for our consideration.

For information about your New Castle County land use process, visit www.nccde.org.

For more information about the Harbor Chase company, visit http://www.harborchase.com/locations.htm.

For more details about the State of Delaware “PLUS” Review, visit www.stateplanning.delaware.gov/plus

Best wishes to all.

Bob Weiner, your County Councilman
Hon. Robert S. Weiner Esq.
Council District 2, New Castle County, DE
www.bobweiner.com
Louis Hinkle, aide to Councilman Weiner 302-395-8362

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Recycling in Delaware – A comprehensive guide

topics_recyclingLast month we reviewed some recycling Q&A. Now here is a Comprehensive guide on recycling in Delaware that you can share with your community.

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Recycling Q&A

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Not always sure what items can be recycled? Below are some questions and answers that may be helpful and add clarification to Delaware’s Recycling Program

1. Are the heavy plastic “bags” that sheets and blankets and bedspread come in recyclable?  If so, do they go in with the more flexible plastic bags or with the single cycle stuff.

All plastic film and bags should be brought back to the stores.  Nearly all plastic films are recyclable.  Any plastic bags or film put into single stream containers are thrown away as residue. DO NOT PUT PLASTIC BAGS OR FILM IN RECYCLING CARTS.

 
2. If you shred you own paper – bills and back statements – can you get it into the single cycle stream somehow. 

All shredded paper put into recycling carts is thrown away as residue. DO NOT PUT SHREDDED PAPER IN RECYCLING CARTS.

3. How dangerous is it to put unshredded bank statements into the single stream?

DSWA holds 18 paper shredding events each year. This is the best way to get sensitive documents recycled. 

4.  Are places like Sea Colony considered multiple family or businesses?

If trash is collected from house to house then it is residential. If there are centralized dumpsters then it is considered multi-family.

5.  Since all haulers do not use DSWA facilities what are the responsibilities of waste collectors to inform their customers on what they will take? Is it a one time contact or is it annual?

There are no obligations by law, but most haulers communicate with their customers on an as needed basis.

6. In NCC, Waste Management is now using DSWA facilities.

 Waste Management MRF and DSWA MRF take the exact same things. No differences.

7. Are there different guidelines for the three categories – single family, multiple family, commercial – in how often the hauler communicates/clarifies collection policies?

There are no specific requirements for the haulers to communicate with their customers. There are no requirements for any category.

8. In order to do business in the State do haulers have to file their collection policies to get a license?

Yes, haulers must tell DSWA what they plan to collect in order to get licensed.

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Household Hazardous Waste / Electronic Goods / Paper Shredding

Event Date: Saturday, June 06, 2015
Time: 08:00AM–02:00PM
Location: University of Delaware-Campus Guard Building
550 S. College Avenue
Newark, DE
Household Hazardous Waste               http://dswa.com/programs_haz.asp
Product containers marked with words, “Warning: Hazardous,” “Flammable,” “Poisonous,” “Corrosive” or “Explosive.” For example; household cleaners, garden pesticides, oil-based paints only (no latex paint will be accepted), nail polish, fluorescent bulbs, or antifreeze.
Electronic Goods Recycling                      http://dswa.com/programs_electronic.asp
Electronic equipment such as, old computers, printers, CD players, microwaves, telephones, televisions, game boys, fax machines, answering machines, and VCRs.
Paper Shredding– Residents can bring up to 2 file boxes of personal confidential papers for shredding (financial and legal documents, receipts, and tax and medical records). Papers with staples or paper clips are accepted.

 

The Delaware Solid Waste Authority (DSWA) operates Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Events at different locations throughout the year. Delaware residents can bring their HHW to the event free of charge.

All events are restricted to Delaware residents and are held rain or shine.

For more information checkout the DSWA website here. Click here to download a printable PDF of the DSWA schedule and acceptable materials list.

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Claymont Steel Public Meeting – Wednesday, May 20

Layout 1Claymont Steel Public Meeting – Wednesday, May 20 at 7:00pm –
Crowne Plaza – Wilmington North, 630 Naamans Road, Claymont, DE 19703

There is a serious proposal on the table to redevelop the 425 acre Claymont Steel site. Join the CRDC and your elected officials to see the plans and a short video presentation of what this area of North Claymont could become and the project’s potential to become the largest job creator the State of Delaware has seen for a while.

Representatives of Commercial Development Corporation of St. Louis, MO will be present to take questions from those who attend. We welcome non-Claymont residents to this public meeting because the effects of this project could be felt well beyond Claymont’s borders.

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2015 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events Schedule

Household Hazardous Waste / Electronic Goods / Paper Shredding

The Delaware Solid Waste Authority (DSWA) operates Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Events at different locations throughout the year. Delaware residents can bring their HHW to the event free of charge.

Checkout the DSWA website here. Click here to download a printable PDF of the DSWA schedule and acceptable materials list.

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Naamans Creek Watershed April 18th Cleanup Review

The 2015 Naamans Creek Watershed Cleanup, held annually in connection with the Christina River Watershed Cleanup, pulled out a lot of trash from the stream and surrounding areas.

Below are some pictures from the the April 18th Christina River Cleanup.

We ended up recycling 3,820 lbs which is close to 2 tons.

The good news is that this amount is down considerably from past years – which is a good sign for the river.

We especially want to thank all our volunteers for their service to the community! If you have some pictures we can share on this website, please send them to contact@ccobh.org and we will post them here.

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Councilman John Cartier Tri State Mall

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Volunteers Cleanup Crew

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Brandywine School District Board Candidate Forum-4/27/15

Come meet the Candidates for the Brandywine School Board of Education. The Brandywine School District Board Candidate Forum is set for Monday, April 27th 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm at the Brandywine High School Auditorium.

Organized by Delaware PTA – Region 1

Following introductions, there will be a question and answer session.  The audience will have an opportunity to submit questions in writing.  After each question is read, each candidate will then be given a time to respond.

For more information on the Candidates Forum and the Candidates background information, click here.

 

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New Castle County’s UDC Focus Group – Civic Organizations

You are cordially invited join a workshop for community leaders and civic organizations regarding changes to the New Castle County Department of Land Use Unified Development Code (UDC).

The Focus Group will meet on Thursday, March 26 , 2015 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The workshop will be located at the Government Center – 87 Reads Way, New Castle. Specific room TBD.

Please respond to Mark Veasey, NCC Land Use Administer (302) 395-5510 if you plan to attend the session.

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