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May 15

GEORGETOWN — A local tribute honoring health care workers and first responders on front lines during the COVID-19 pandemic will take flight across Sussex County Saturday, May 23.

Coined Sussex County Air Force Salute, the locally produced flyover that will take place over Beebe Medical Center in Lewes, Bayhealth Hospital Sussex Campus in Milford and Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford as well as other points across the county.

May 8

The YMCA of Delaware continues to distribute food at multiple locations across the state and will serve as pickup sites for the Food Bank of Delaware Backpack Program. To date, the YMCA has distributed more than 92,000 meals to community members in need. For more information, visit www.ymcade.org/food-distribution/.

Food Distribution

Community members will be able to pick up boxes of pre-packaged non-refrigerated/non-perishable food staples. This is open to the community and registration is not required. Quantities are limited. Food will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis.

SCHEDULE: Distribution will be from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. or until supplies are depleted on the dates listed below.

Backpack Program

Each Friday, the YMCA of Delaware distributes weekend meals for children in need through the Food Bank of Delaware Backpack Program at the Brandywine Y, Western Y, Bear-Glasgow Y, Central Y, Dover Y, Sussex Y and Middletown Y. Meals will include nutritious food such as shelf-stable milk and juice, macaroni and cheese, spaghetti and meatballs, beef stew, granola bars, apple sauce, cereal and more. Meals are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. No registration is required.

Food Pickup Date/Time:  Fridays from 8 – 10 a.m. or until supplies are depleted

May 6


The Salvation Army of Delaware will hold drive-thru food distribution on Thursday May 7 at locations in New Castle, Kent, and Sussex Counties.
Captain Timothy Sheehan, Delaware State Coordinator says that food insecurity has always been front- line service for The Salvation Army, but the COVID-19 pandemic has broadened the scope and gravity of the need. “We have seen a tremendous increase in recent food requests and the difficulties many are facing as a result of the current pandemic. Many have been laid off or have lost their jobs altogether,” said Sheehan.
In response, The Salvation Army will increase efforts with a mass food distribution day, Thursday, May 7 at its corps locations in Wilmington, Dover, and Seaford. Community members will be asked to provide proof of Delaware residency and have trunk space available and accessible. Boxed food will be placed in the trunk or back of each vehicle. To maintain a standard of hygiene and social distancing, drivers should remain in their vehicles.

Times and locations for the May 7, 2020 event are listed below:
• New Castle County – 105 W. 5th Street, Wilmington, DE (Use 5th Street only). 9a.m. – 12p.m.
• Kent County – 611 Forest St. Dover, DE 9a.m. -12p.m.
• Sussex County – 22318 Sussex Hwy. Seaford, DE 9a.m.-1p.m.

April 30

The YMCA of Delaware will be distributing food at multiple locations across the state and will serve as pickup sites for the Food Bank of Delaware Backpack Program. For more information, visit www.ymcade.org/food-distribution/.

Food Distribution

Community members will be able to pick up boxes of pre-packaged non-refrigerated/non-perishable food staples. This is open to the community and registration is not required. Quantities are limited. Food will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis.

SCHEDULE: Distribution will be from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., or until supplies are depleted on the dates listed below.

  • Wednesday, April 29Brandywine YMCA (3 Mount Lebanon Road, Wilmington, DE 19803)
  • Wednesday, April 29Western YMCA (2600 Kirkwood Highway, Newark, DE 19711)
  • Thursday, April 30 (Rain date will be Friday, May 1) Bear- Glasgow YMCA (351 George Williams Way, Newark, DE 19702)
  • Thursday, April 30 (Rain date will be Friday, May 1)  – Central YMCA (Central YMCA – 501 West Eleventh Street, Wilmington, DE 19801)
  • Tuesday, May 5 – Dover YMCA (1137 South State Street, Dover, DE 19901)
  • Tuesday, May 5 – Sussex YMCA (20080 Church Street, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971)
  • Thursday, May 7 – Middletown YMCA (404 N. Cass Street, Middletown, DE 19709)

Drive-thru testing begins in Salisbury
SALISBURY, Md. — Several dates for COVID-19 testing to specifically support those at high risk, especially those who work in the Delmarva poultry processing plants and their families, will be open beginning Thursday.
Peninsula Regional Medical Center and the Wicomico County Health Department will hold drive-thru testing for those at high risk for COVID-19, officials said Wednesday.
The tests will be held today, Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 to 7 p.m. at the Arthur W. Perdue (Shorebirds) Stadium in Salisbury, Md.

April 29

April 29, 2020 – Bayhealth is partnering with the Governor’s office, the Division of Public Health, and our other healthcare systems to expand Coronavirus community testing and outreach to high-risk populations in Sussex County. No appointment is necessary.

Bayhealth will provide walk-up or drive-up community testing at the DHSS State Services Center in Milford located at 253 NE Front Street from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on these dates: April 30, May 2, May 4, May 7, May 9, and May 11.

This expanded community testing is geared to the following high-risk populations: those with symptoms consistent with COVID-19, those living or working with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, family members or housemates of those working in the poultry industry, and those with chronic medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, hypertension, or compromised immune systems.

April 23

Yearick

Join State Rep. Lyndon Yearick Monday evening at 6 p.m. for a Facebook Live event featuring two guests.

Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald, Superintendent of the Caesar Rodney School District, will discuss how the COVID-19 crisis has challenged students and teachers and what might lie ahead.

A representative of the Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce will talk about the current economic disruption and how local businesses are dealing with the turmoil.

MONDAY, APRIL 27 @ 6 P.M.

Questions can be submitted during the event via the comments section.

The event will take place on Rep. Yearick’s official state Facebook page. Use this link to access it:
https://www.facebook.com/State-Rep-Lyndon-Yearick-422309141867700/?modal=admin_todo_tour

Friday Night Lights

In acknowledgement of the sacrifice of our student-athletes, coaches, teams, and officials, the DIAA asks that all member schools and all other athletic facilities in the State of Delaware join us in an effort to let all interscholastic student-athletes, coaches, officials, and families know that we recognize their dedication, commitment, and desire to compete. 

On Friday April 24, 2020, we are asking all outdoor athletics facilities in Delaware to operate their stadium and facility lights at 8 p.m. for 20 minutes and 20 seconds as a sign of support to interscholastic athletics.  This is particularly important for our high school seniors, the Class of 2020, who have had their senior seasons impacted by the pandemic. 

April 16

Kent County Sheriff’s office postpones foreclosure sale

DOVER — Due to the recent COVID-19 pandemic and Gov. John Carney’s State of Emergency Declaration, the Kent County Sheriff’s Office has postponed the Sheriff’s Foreclosure Sale, to be held Thursday, May 7, at 10 a.m. at the Kent County Levy Court Building. Call 302-736-2161 for more information.

Kent County Board of Adjustments to meet virtually

DOVER — The Kent County Board of Adjustment will hold its April 16 meeting by phone and video conferencing software to allow the applicants, owners, and/or members of the public to provide testimony on applications. This meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. instead of the normal 6:30 p.m. start time.

The call in number to enter the meeting is 1-800-377-8846. Use pass code 92535882#.

A complete agenda can be found online at www.co.kent.de.us/ boards- committees/ board- of- adjustment. aspx

DART joins

#SoundTheHorn initiative

DOVER — DART, together with Amtrak, NJ TRANSIT, SEPTA and other regional public transit operators Wednesday launched a coordinated day of action to simultaneously sound their fleet of bus horns on April 16 to honor heroic transportation workers across the region.

As a tribute to #HeroesMoving-Heroes on the front lines of this public health crisis, all buses running in service will give two one- second horn blasts at 3 p.m. in solidarity with partner agencies.

Transportation workers continue to provide critical service for healthcare workers, first responders, childcare workers, grocery store employees and others who are performing critically essential work during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The sounding of horns advances the #HeroesMovingHeroes campaign, which is dedicated to honoring public transportation employees who continue to go above and beyond the call of duty during this challenging time, organizers said.

Food Bank hosting three drive-thru mobile pantries

NEWARK — To help address increased demands for food assistance during the coronavirus pandemic, the Food Bank of Delaware will host three more drive-thru mobile pantries in each county for families struggling to afford food.

Participants are asked to bring proof of identification and Delaware residency. All food recipients must stay in a vehicle. The Food Bank of Delaware also requests that participants clear their trunks so volunteers can load food with minimal interaction. To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, public restrooms will not be available.

Pre-registration has been set up for each pantry to help speed up the check-in process. Pre-registration does not guarantee service. On- site registration also will be available for those who do not have computer/ smart phone access. Service will be first- come, first- serve.

The Food Bank of Delaware is prepared to serve up to 2,500 households at each pantry: * Monday, April 20, at 11 a.m. at the Christiana Mall parking lot in Newark.

* Wednesday, April 22, at 11 a.m. at the Dover International Speedway. (Officials are directing people to enter through the Dover Downs Hotel and Casino entrance. Pre-registration: kentcountyfood. eventbrite.com * Friday, April 24, at noon at Sussex Central High School, 26026 Patriots Way, Georgetown. Pre-registration: sussexcountyfood. eventbrite.com.

April 14

AARP Town Hall

Tonight at 7:00 p.m., U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Dr. Karyl Rattay, director of the Delaware Division of Public Health, will be joining a telephone town hall to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic. The call is hosted by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP). Delawareans are encouraged to join the call and ask questions on the line. The event will run for approximately 60 minutes.

Delawareans are encouraged to register ahead at vekeo.com/aarpdelaware. Registrants will receive a call before the event. The event will be livestreamed on the senator’s Facebook. Participants may ask questions over the phone, but not via Facebook.

Carper Town Hall

U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.), will host a Telephone Town Hall on Wednesday, April 15th at 5:50 PM to hear from Delawareans impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, answer their questions, and discuss the recently enacted Coronavirus, Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

Delawareans and press interested in joining the Telephone Town Hall should RSVP by emailing their phone number to CarperTownhall@gmail.com.

April 10

MOT Rotary Club to Buy Medical Masks

The Rotary Club of Middletown-Odessa-Townsend (MOT Rotary Club) is partnering with other local Rotary clubs and organizations to raise money to purchase 10,000 medical masks for local hospitals. The masks are being purchased through Disaster Aid USA and will be delivered to medical facilities in need of additional Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). 

MOT Rotary Club is appealing to the public to assist financially in this project.  Donations as little as $15 can cover the cost of 10 masks.  Please contact Club President John Nanni to make a donation (302) 449-5346 or donate by mailing a check to MOT Rotary Club, PO Box 201, Middletown, DE 19709. 

Good Friday Services

Good Friday celebrations will still be happening throughout Delaware today, albeit virtually.

With churches closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Christians will be turning to their computer screens for Good Friday mass.

The Delaware State News has compiled a list of online Good Friday services

Easter Celebrations

The Easter Bunny will be making an appearance on Georgetown’s Circle on Saturday from noon to 2 p.m.

Guests are asked to remain in their cars and wave to the big furry one as they ride around The Circle.

Before he goes to Georgetown, the Easter Bunny will visit the Frankford Volunteer Fire Company Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon.

Find more Easter celebration info

April 9

YMCA

This Friday (April 10) the YMCA will distribute weekend meals for children in need through the Food Bank of Delaware Backpack Program. Meals will include nutritious food such as shelf-stable milk and juice, macaroni and cheese, spaghetti and meatballs, beef stew, granola bars, apple sauce, cereal and more.

Food Pickup Date/Time:
Friday, April 10, 2020, 8 – 10 a.m.

Registration Required:
Those interested in receiving meals must register. Meals are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Here is the link to register:

https://ymcade.formstack.com/forms/foodpickup

Dover Downs

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Dover Downs announced Thursday that it has rescheduled all spring and summer upcoming entertainment at the Rollins Center.

Read the full Story


April 7

Levy Court

Tonight’s Levy Court committee meetings will be held at 7 p.m. via telephone conference. The public can join the meeting by calling 1-800-377-8846 and using the passcode: 92535882#.


April 6

CHEER

CHEER, Inc. has initiated an Essential Grocery Shopping Program to aid senior citizens during the COVID-19 State of Emergency in Sussex County.

CHEER customers can sign up for this new service and obtain a copy of the program guidelines by calling Nancy Elliott at 302-515-3040 or emailing her at nelliottgrocery@cheerde.com.

Beebe Healthcare

Beebe Healthcare is inviting the public to a one-hour COVID-19 virtual town hall at 5 p.m. on Monday.

Interested participants can watch the virtual town hall live on Beebe’s Facebook page, or they can dial one of the following numbers, enter the participant PIN followed by # to confirm: The primary line is 415-466-7000 (PIN: 6947511 #) and the second line is 760-699-0393 (PIN: 1139268796 #).

IRSD

The Indian River School District will be making a series of changes to its meal service schedule during the period of April 6-17 to accommodate the Easter holiday.

The school district announced Friday that meals will not be served on Good Friday, April 10, or Monday, April 13. Regular service will resume on Wednesday, April 15.

Find the full schedule and locations for IRSD meals.

DHSS

The Department of Health and Social Services is canceling all walk-in access to its offices. Client needs will be met in person by appointment only and otherwise will be addressed through phone, email or online interactions, except for crisis services, emergencies or people without phone or computer access.

Additionally, DHSS is collaborating with the United Way of Delaware to better triage incoming calls related to COVID-19. Anyone with a question about the coronavirus should call Delaware 2-1-1 at 1-800-560-3372 (7-1-1 for individuals with a hearing impairment) or text their ZIP code to 898-211. Delaware 2-1-1 has increased its hours and added operators, and now is available seven days a week.


April 5

Flags for Heroes

Dover Capital City Rotary Club will continue its 7th annual Flags for Heroes program, a collaboration between the club and Delaware Technical College to display 400 American flags between Friday, May 22, and Tuesday, June 2nd.

The program’s stated purpose has always been not only to honor those who have been lost in our nation’s service but also first responders and anyone who has been a positive influence in a person’s life, including teachers, parents, mentors, community leaders and others. 

“That’s particularly relevant today because we are emphasizing medical personnel, police, military members, food service workers and all those who work in daily contact with the public during this very real crisis,” said Dr. Kirill Alekseyev, the club’s flag program chair, who serves as medical director of Dover’s PAM Hospital.

Little Creek Volunteer Fire Company

Little Creek Volunteer Fire Company posted a request for community donations to support their operations as they continue to respond during the coronavirus pandemic.

In a Facebook post, the fire company asked for materials such as cleaning supplies; hand sanitizer; and masks, including surgical, dust or N95.

Donations can be made by calling the fire house at 302-674-2149 to arrange a drop off, or messaging the fire company’s Facebook.

Tests

On Saturday, DPH received a shipment of 5,000 rapid test kits, which will primarily be used to test “health care workers, first responders and residents of long-term care facilities where outbreaks are suspected,” according to a release from DPH. Results can be provided in 5 to 15 minutes.

Delaware Disaster Declaration

President Donald J. Trump declared on Sunday that a major disaster exists in the State of Delaware and ordered federal assistance to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic beginning on Jan. 20 and continuing.

DAFB

Effective Wednesday, retired military members, their dependents and approved Veteran Health Identification Card (VHIC) holders will only be allowed access to the installation on Wednesdays and Saturdays, during which they will have exclusive access to the commissary and pharmacy (once reopened).

On these days, retirees, their dependents and VHIC holders will also have shared access to other base facilities, including but not limited to the Base Exchange, shoppette and base post office. This policy does not apply to the housing side of base.

Active-duty members and their dependents will only have access to the commissary on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays and access to the pharmacy on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. This group will have access to other base facilities throughout the week.


April 4

CARES ACT

The federal CARES Act includes a $350 billion Paycheck Protection Program that provides forgivable loans for small businesses that keep workers employed. It also covers independent contractors and self-employed individuals. The program starts accepting applications from small businesses on April 3. Independent contractors and self-employed individuals can begin applying on April 10.

Informational PDF document

PDF Application

CDC

CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings to slow spread of COVID-19 in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, such as in grocery stores and pharmacies, especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

James T. Vaughn Correctional Center

A corrections officer assigned to James T. Vaughn Correctional Center has tested positive for coronavirus.

The officer was last at Vaughn on Friday, March 27. The officer began to self-isolate at home after experiencing flu-like symptoms the next day, and sought medical attention Sunday, March 29.


April 3

DTTC

Sussex County agencies and lawmakers have collaborated to facilitate a drop-off location for donated Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and medical supply items.

Beginning Thursday, April 2, 2020, persons interested in donating PPEs and medical supplies will be able to drop them off at the Delaware Technical Community College’s Georgetown Campus (in the parking lot near the baseball field).

The drop-off site will be open and staffed by first responders on April 2, 3, and 4 between the hours of 12 and 6 pm. Contributors will remain in their vehicle and on-site staff will collect donated items. All donated items will be distributed by need and availability to police, fire, and EMS agenciesas well as to medical facilities throughout Sussex County.

School Board

The meeting is the second the state board has held virtually — it approved three charter modifications in March — but the first to come after Gov. John Carney announced schools would close through May 15. The meeting can be accessed at global.gotomeeting.com/join/401641413, or by phone +1 (571) 317-3112, using the access code 401-641-413.

DAFB

Citing “an abundance of caution related to possible COVID-19 exposure, and in line with Department of Defense and Center for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines,” Col. Matthew Jones, 436thAirlift Wing commander, ordered a temporary closure of the Dover Air Force Base pharmacy to all beneficiaries effective April 2 for one week.

DART

DART is not collecting fares on its transit services, both fixed route and paratransit, until further notice.

Beebe Healthcare

Beebe Healthcare is inviting the public to a one-hour COVID-19 virtual town hall at 5 p.m. on Monday.

Interested participants can watch the virtual town hall live on Beebe’s Facebook page, or they can dial one of the following numbers, enter the participant PIN followed by # to confirm: The primary line is 415-466-7000 (PIN: 6947511 #) and the second line is 760-699-0393 (PIN: 1139268796 #).

University of Delaware

University of Delaware announced Thursday that it would postpone its 2020 Commencement, originally scheduled for May 30.