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From the Delaware Independent: Home development is transforming Ellendale

By Andrew Sharp Welcome back to the beach” is the message written large on a billboard for drivers heading east into the town of Ellendale, accompanied by the image of a real estate agent with arms outstretched.  Ellendale is about as much “the beach” as Milford or Georgetown, which is to say it is not. But it is within shouting distance,...

State sees slight downturn in home sales

Delaware saw a slight slowdown in home sales, according to the May report from Berkshire Hathaway Home Services  Fox & Roach and Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Gallo. Inventories remain right. Total properties sold in Kent and New Castle Counties dipped by 3.6 percent, from 940 sold in May 2021 to 906 sold in May 2022. New Castle County posted a 22.2 percent decrease...

US Wind eyes Delaware locations for bringing submarine powerlines ashore

It appears increasingly likely that underwater powerlines from Maryland offshore wind projects will come ashore in Delaware. Both the US Wind and Øersted's Skipjack projects are moving in the direction of moving electricity generated from wind turbines 19 miles offshore to a grid connection in Delaware. Indian River Bay is a likely location with US Wind studying that area,...

Beebe Healthcare rolls out five-year strategic plan in crowded Sussex market

Beebe Healthcare leaders unveiled a five-year strategic plan on Wednesday. “Beebe Healthcare is and will continue to be the healthcare provider of choice in Sussex County,” Terry Megee, board chair, Beebe Healthcare Board of Directors, said in a statement. “It is with that spirit that we boldly embark on our next chapter as “One Beebe,” guided by a strategic framework that encompasses...

Sussex moves to CDC’s Covid-19 ‘amber zone’ as New Castle and Kent remain in red territory

According to a Centers for Disease Control dashboard, Sussex County moved out of the red zone for Covid-19 transmission. The CDC widget below shows New Castle and Kent counties in the red zone, the highest designation of spread.  The widget below lists green, amber, and red zones, with Sussex now in the amber category.   You need javascript enabled to view this...

Organizations, DNREC team up in effort to deal with cigarette litter in coastal state parks

The Surfrider Foundation Delaware Chapter and Plastic Free Delaware are combining efforts to deal with the issue of cigarette butts in coastal state parks - Cape Henlopen, Delaware Seashore, and Fenwick Island. “To help conserve and restore Delaware’s fragile ecosystem, we intend to alleviate cigarette litter by increasing awareness of the environmental dangers of discarding cigarette butts and inspiring smokers...

Business people: June 13, 2022

Grant named Chesapeake's chief diversity officer Chesapeake Utilities Corporation, Dover, named Sharon Grant as assistant vice president and diversity officer. Grant will oversee Chesapeake Utilities' equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) strategy and initiatives, including its EDI Council and employee resource groups, while also collaborating across the organization with the teams responsible for the enterprise-wide environmental, social and governance plan. In addition,...

(Video) Bidens fly back to White House after Rehoboth weekend with a press conference and brief evacuation

President Joe Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden flew back to the White House Sunday morning, after spending an eventful weekend in Rehoboth Beach that began Thursday night. It marked a rare weekend in the beach town for the Bidens who have a vacation home in North Shores in coastal Sussex County. The First Couple rarely...

Gannett daily and weekly news employees approve contract

Editorial employees at the News Journal and Dover (Post) operations approved their first two-year contract by an overwhelming margin. According to a News Guild of Greater Philadelphia release, the vote was 14-3 (News Journal) with a 3-0 vote for weeklies. (Dover Post) A group of employees organized the Delaware News Guild in an effort to form a union during...

ChristianaCare to open Milford office focusing on seniors, families

Site will join Rehoboth area office with the same mission ChristianaCare is expanding into the fast-growing Milford area with the opening later this year of a new primary care practice for families and a separate practice exclusively for members of the Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware Medicare Advantage plans. The two practices are slated to open in October 2022 in...

Homebuilder pressure leads to watered down Sussex waterway buffer ordinance

From The Bay Journal By Jeremy Cox Under pressure from homebuilders, officials in Delaware’s fastest-growing county have approved new regulations for construction near wetlands and streams that, in some crucial instances, would provide less protection than the county’s existing 34-year-old code. Evidence has been mounting for years that Sussex County’s waters are becoming increasingly polluted with nitrogen and phosphorus, two nutrients that...

DNREC closes crossings to some state beaches

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control confirmed that several Delaware State Parks crossings will be closed this Memorial Day Weekend due to widespread erosion along Delaware’s coastline from a May 8 nor’easter. Unsafe drop-offs along the dunes where crossings meet the beach necessitated the closures. Also, little beach is available for drive-on surf fishing even during low...

Lewes, Beach Bus service launched

This week, DART marked the opening of a Lewes transit service and seasonal beach bus service. The new  Lewes Line bus service pilot program aims to reduce traffic and parking congestion in the town. The service is operated by the City of Lewes and will run seven days a week through September 30. Further information is available at  www.ci.lewes.de.us/363/Lewes-Line The  Beach Bus service operates seven days...

State prison system limits vistitors after Covid cases increase in region

The Delaware Department of Correction (DOC) announced that in-person visitation at all of its Level V prison and Level IV work release and violation of probation facilities is now limited to one adult visitor per inmate.  All visitors will be offered a surgical face mask upon their arrival and will be encouraged to wear it while in DOC facilities. ...

National Guard called up to relieve staff shortage at Stockley Center

On Sunday, Gov. John Carney on Sunday issued an Executive Order calling out members of the Delaware National Guard to serve at the Stockley Center in Georgetown. Stockleyis facing a staff shortage due to a recent increase in Covid-19 community levels and industry-wide staffing shortages. Delaware has seen a sharp increase in Covid-19 cases in recent...