State of Delaware

Moms Club seeking recipient for consignment sale donation

The Moms Club of Coastal Delaware is seeking child-centered certified non-profit organizations located in Sussex County to apply to receive funds from the 9th Annual Children’s Consignment Sale, to be held Oct. 4 and 5 in the Cape Henlopen High School gymnasium in Lewes.

Tanning beds off-limits to minors in Delaware as of 2015

Teenagers looking for a UV-based golden glow will have to go to the beach starting in 2015, when Delaware’s newest tanning law begins. Beginning at the new year, no one younger than 18 can use UV tanning devices at tanning facilities.

Drivers urged to not let ‘suicide lanes’ live up to their name

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : Rep. Ron Gray is concerned that people using center turn lanes as merge lanes is dangerous.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : Rep. Ron Gray is concerned that people using center turn lanes as merge lanes is dangerous.Traffic can get pretty backed up on a two-lane road. Imagine getting stuck behind the person who can’t turn left because oncoming traffic blocked his way. That’s why center turn lanes are such a timesaver. Drivers can wait there to turn off the roadway, or use it as a merge lane to slip into traffic.

It’s legal to use a center turn lane in either way, but state Rep. Ron Gray is among those concerned that multiple cars may travel in opposite directions in a single lane at the same time.

“I’m afraid for safety reasons,” Gray said. “People need to be aware that the center turn lane is very useful and it needs to be used with caution.”

He first heard eyewitness accounts of near-collisions from his tenants at Hit the Deck outdoor furnishings on Route 54.

“We witness it,” said owner Kebbie Crout. “We see a lot of people pulling out from their neighborhoods,” planning to merge into traffic. “Of course,” Crout added, “when you’re looking to merge, you’re looking behind you” at openings in your desired lane, not at the cars potentially sitting ahead.

“Or seeing people use it as a passing lane… pass my trucks, pass each other. It is becoming a major safety hazard.”

Biden announces Delaware Child Predator Task Force’s 200th conviction

Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden announced this week that the state’s Child Predator Task Force has surpassed the 200-conviction milestone.

Comments sought on Hurricane Sandy grants for historic purposes

On July 29, the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs announced three awards for the Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Assistance Grants for Historic Properties program, and the agency is seeking public comment on its finding that the selected projects will not adversely affect historic properties.

Delaware ranked seventh in nation for solar energy

Delaware is again among the states leading the nation in solar energy — ranked seventh per capita for cumulative solar installations, according to a report released this week by Environment America Research & Policy Center, “Lighting the Way: The Top Ten States that Helped Drive America’s Solar Energy Boom in 2013.”

DNREC announces changes to Delaware’s Green Energy Fund

DNREC’s Division of Energy and Climate and the state’s Sustainable Energy Utility (SEU) recently announced the Aug. 4 launch of the Joint Green Energy Program, with the intention of increasing small-scale photovoltaic installations in Delaware through the state’s Green Energy Fund.

Law enforcement in state authorized to carry overdose drug

Joined by elected officials, law-enforcement officers, first-responders, non-profit leaders and families who have lost loved ones to drug overdoses, Gov. Jack Markell recently signed legislation authorizing law-enforcement officers to carry Naloxone, a prescription drug that counteracts the effects of opioid-related overdoses.

Civil War Profiles: ‘Dead heroes’ of the 2nd Delaware

After the outbreak of hostilities between the states in 1861, authorities in Washington soon acknowledged that the war would last longer than originally believed. Consequently, they called for men to join the Union army for a three-year enlistment.

Military & Veteran Resource Fair scheduled for July 30

Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden announced recently that his office is sponsoring a Delaware Military & Veterans Resource Fair on Wednesday, July 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Delaware State University in Dover. The free one-day event is open to active and reserve members of the United States military and Delaware National Guard, veterans and their families.

Bodenweiser to be retried by the State

The Delaware Department of Justice announced on July 15 that the State of Delaware would be moving forward in retrying former state senate candidate Eric Bodenweiser on charges stemming from allegations that he had unlawful sexual contact with a boy more than 20 years ago, when that boy was as young as 10.

Atkins files for reelection to 41st District seat

Incumbent John Atkins has filed for reelection to serve as representative of the 41st District in the Delaware House of Representatives.

Criminal Justice Council names executive director

Lt. Gov. Matt Denn, chairman, of the Delaware Criminal Justice Council announced this week that the group unanimously confirmed the appointment of Sussex County resident Christian L. Kervick as its executive director.

Keep safety in mind when traveling by car, bike or foot

With the summer season in full swing, it is important to take the time to be extra cautious when traveling on area roads, for the safety of motorists, pedestrians and cyclists alike.

After a number of crashes in the area last year involving cyclists and pedestrians, at least one such accident has already been added to the tally for 2014.

Tourism campaign shines a spotlight on outdoor adventure

Recognizing that both eco-tourism and adventure tourism are booming trends, with many travelers seeking out opportunities to participate in nature-based activities while traveling, Southern Delaware Tourism is working to make sure visitors and potential visitors are aware of all the outdoor adventure opportunities and outlets available in Sussex County.

Arlett files for District 5 Sussex County Council seat

Frankford resident Rob Arlett officially filed this week to run as a District 5 candidate in the upcoming Sussex County Council election in November.

“I believe that we have a great vision for the future of the county and for the councilmanic District 5, and we want to be a part of that process,” said Arlett.

Hung jury leads to mistrial ruling in Bodenweiser case

On Monday afternoon, Superior Court Judge E. Scott Bradley declared a mistrial in the Eric Bodenweiser sexual abuse case.

Coastal Point launches new app: Explore Coastal Delaware

Digital may be the wave of the future for newspapers, but providing useful information through smartphones and tablets is something the Coastal Point is doing today. We launched our first-ever app this week — Explore Coastal Delaware — with an eye toward informing both visitors and longtime residents about the best the Delaware shore has to offer.

Trap Pond State Park to host Great American Backyard Campout

Thousands of families across the nation and in Delaware will unplug and get outside on June 28 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the National Wildlife Federation’s Great American Backyard Campout. People will participate in the national event by vowing to sleep under the stars, whether they camp in parks, on public lands or even in their own back yards.

Gray files for reelection to 38th District representative seat

Ron Gray this week filed with the Sussex County Board of Elections to run for a second term. Gray, who was elected for the first time in November 2012, followed then-newly elected state Sen. Gerald Hocker as representative for the 38th District in the state House of Representatives.

Collins files to make a run at District 41 representative seat

Last week, Richard Collins filed to serve as the representative of the 41st District in the Delaware House of Representatives.

Collins said he hopes to address the State’s finances, if elected.

DNREC Q&A to cover dredging, navigation, parks

People have a lot of questions about local waterways and parklands, so state legislators have invited officials with the Delaware Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control (DNREC) to give some answers on Tuesday, May 13, at 7:30 p.m. at the Millville fire hall.

MidAtlantic Wine + Food Festival offers tastes, courses for the curious

Calling all foodies: The MidAtlantic Wine + Food Festival is coming to Delaware next week, with four days of events at more than 40 venues stretching from the Main Line of Pennsylvania to the Delaware beaches.

Heroin: Part two of a three-part series

The Heroin Takeover

“My son is addicted to heroin,” said Heather LaRoue (whose name has been changed to protect her identity), an addiction specialist at a Sussex County outpatient counseling facility.

Governor has plans to revive downtowns

Lawmakers are considering a new way to wake up downtown districts. To get the lights on and people moving, Gov. Jack Markell has proposed “Downtown Development Districts” (DDDs) — districts within cities or towns that would benefit from development, with State incentives offered to those who move to fulfill that need.

Bill to fight human trafficking introduced in Delaware

New legislation aimed at fighting human trafficking has been introduced in the Delaware General Assembly. The bill, introduced last week, is designed to enhance criminal penalties for those who engage in human trafficking and provide greater protections for victims of human trafficking.

Beach Boys, Barenaked Ladies, Jennifer Nettles to star at Freeman Stage

Big things are on the horizon for the Freeman Stage at Bayside. Whether people want to rock out or relax, they’ll have plenty of options when the Freeman Stage hosts 10 national recording artists among nearly 50 performances this season.

Business resiliency checkup can help avoid disaster

How can people cope with a major business disruption, such as a hurricane or cyber-attack? The nonprofit Delaware Business Resiliency Initiative will host a free workshop to help local businesses stay open when unexpected events disrupt service.

Markell talks water, transportation with Chamber

Gov. Jack Markell spoke to members of the Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce last week about his proposals to improve the state’s transportation and water.

“We got some issues in the state that we’ve got to deal with,” he said.

During the March 20 meeting at Blue Water Grill, Markell said Delaware must invest in its roads and bridges.

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