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Cape Life Briefs Winter 2019-20

Genealogical society to meet Jan. 18

The Sussex County Genealogical Society will present a live interactive video, “Time Travel with Google Earth,” featuring Lisa Louise Cooke at its general meeting at 10 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 18, at Lewes Public Library. Cooke owns the multimedia Genealogy Gems company, has written four books including “The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox,” edits a blog for the National Genealogical Society, and hosts the Genealogy Gems podcast. All are welcome and coffee will be provided. For more information, go to www.scgsdelaware.org. 

Delmarva TransParent support chapter to meet Jan. 20

A safe and confidential environment for parents, grandparents, caregivers and close adult allies of transgender offspring of any age, Delmarva TransParent will meet from 7 to 8:15 p.m., Monday, Jan. 20, at Lewes Public Library. For more information, contact Rita Nelson at Delmarva.DE@transparentusa.org or go to www.transparentusa.org.

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 28 seeks volunteers Jan. 20

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 28 members invite the community to join in the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service project, Backpacks of Warmth, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday, Jan. 20, in the bingo hall at the post, 31768 Legion Road, Millsboro. Unit 28 will provide backpacks, and community support is requested for items to fill them. Ne include winter hats, gloves, mittens, scarves, hand warmers, small fleece blankets, socks, hand sanitizers and tissues. Monetary donations are also welcome.

Donations of peanut butter, jelly, bread and sandwich bags are also needed, as volunteers will be making PBJ sandwiches. Backpacks and sandwiches will be distributed to organizations helping the homeless and those in need. Breakfast will be served for volunteers. For more information, contact Linda at 302-945-5387 or Tina at 302-858-8399.

Birding field trip at Prime Hook Jan. 21

A birding field trip is set for 8 to 11 am., Tuesday, Jan. 21, at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge. Led by volunteer birding guides, beginner and experienced bird watchers will enjoy observing and learning about the bird species frequenting the refuge at this time of year. Attendees should come prepared for the weather, bring binoculars and a field guide, and expect to walk up to a mile. Leaders will have spotting scopes. Walkers meet at at the refuge office. Trips are free and open to the public, and last approximately three hours. Preregistration is not required.

Parent-tot yoga begins Jan. 22 at Rehoboth library

The Rehoboth Beach Public Library will offer free Parent-Tot Yoga classes with Miss Leslie from 10:15 to 11 a.m., starting Wednesday, Jan. 22, and continuing the third Wednesday of each month. Parents can partner with their child in simple animated poses along with games, music, literacy and breathing exercises that help strengthen coordination and build body awareness through the joy of yoga. Participants should being their own mat.

The class will be limited to 12 parent/child partners per week, so preregistration is encouraged. Caregivers are welcome. The library is at 226 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach.  For more information about library events and to register, call 302-227-8044 or email lauren.mccauley@lib.de.us. 

Fenwick history program set Jan. 22

Barefoot in Fenwick: Life on the Isle in the 19th and 20th Centuries will be the topic of educator and author Dr. Kimberly Grimes’ public lecture at  7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 22, at the Ocean View Town Hall, 32 West Ave. A Fenwick native, Grimes will talk about Fenwick’s beginnings as a camp meeting, and its colorful past of land disputes between Maryland and Delaware. The lecture is free for Ocean View Historical Society members and $5 for nonmembers. The lecture is sponsored by the Coastal Towns Historic Village in Ocean View. Light refreshments will be served, and free parking is available in the Ocean View town lots.

WSCL 89.5 FM broadcasts from new tower

WSCL 89.5 FM’s broadcast antenna and transmitter in Seaford has been relocated to a new tower approximately two miles away from its previous site. The move was requested by representatives for WHYY, which owns the tower to which the equipment was attached. WSCL’s coverage area will remain unchanged. Specializing in classical music, WSCL is part of Salisbury University-owned Delmarva Public Radio, also home to WSDL 90.7 FM, which focuses on adult album alternative music and news. The move is not expected to impact WSDL. For more information, go to www.delmarvapublicradio.net.

Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk Buddy Walk donates to KSI

KSI received a generous donation from the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk Buddy Walk organization which will enable individuals in KSI’s programs to continue experiencing community opportunities for inclusion. KSI provides vocational training, employment, supported employment, community integration, transportation, day habilitation, life enrichment, and nutritional services to individuals with disabilities throughout Sussex and Kent counties. For more information, go to www.ksiinc.org.

Delaware Veterans Coalition to meet Jan. 27

The Delaware Veterans Coalition will meet at 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 27,  at FOP Lodge 3, 1584 Kitts Hummock Road, Dover. The agenda includes election of officers to two-year terms, a discussion of the Delaware Veterans Home in Milford, upcoming events, updates on suicide prevention efforts, a legislative proposal that would post all audio and video from floor and committee proceedings online, the Delaware Veterans Trust Fund and a proposal to eliminate the coalition’s July meeting. Founded in May 2011 as a registered lobbying organization to address issues affecting all generations of Delaware’s veterans, the coalition meets at 7 p.m., the fourth Monday of every other month beginning in January. Meetings are open to all honorably discharged veterans residing in Delaware, regardless of membership, including those with general discharges under honorable conditions. For more information, go to www.DelawareVeteransCoalition.com.

Healthy weight maintenance program to meet Jan. 28

How to Handle Healthy Weight will meet from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 28, at Millsboro Seventh Day Adventist Church, 30007 Cordrey Road, Millsboro. A medical professional will speak on maintaining a healthy weight the right way and not just dieting. The body rebounds faster the more it’s used to a healthy lifestyle. Disease prevention begins with diet and exercise. Taking care of the body lengthens one’s life span and quality of life. To RSVP with how many will attend, call and leave a message for Millie at 302-841-4606 or email mpolkcs@aol.com.

Register by Feb. 1 for elopement celebration

This Valentine’s Day it will be black, white and wed all over in the ballroom at the Doubletree in Wilmington when Lynda Daring, owner of Delaware Elopements, holds a couples’ elopement celebration from 4 to 8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 14. Couples looking to marry are invited to join Daring and other couples for one heartfelt ceremony where they will take their vows, exchange rings and be pronounced married. “The idea is to allow people to get married sooner rather than later with less hustle and bustle, and much less cost,” said Daring. “This signature event allows couples to get married and then spend their time and money on what matters most to them.” Cost is $249 per couple and $35 per guest with a four-guest limit. The event includes the ceremony, champagne toast, buffet dinner and dancing as well as a photographer, videographer, photo booth, DJ and wedding cupcakes. Couples show up in their wedding attire and present their valid Delaware marriage license at the door to enter. An authorized signatory and two witnesses will solemnize the marriage. Each couple leaves with a copy of the paperwork, and Delaware Elopements keeps a copy to be filed with the Delaware Clerk of the Peace. To make a required reservation by Saturday, Feb. 1, email info@de-elopements.com. 

Ocean to Bay Bike Tour set April 24-25

The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce announced the 31st Annual Ocean to Bay Bike Tour will be held Friday and Saturday, April 24 and 25. Cyclists can choose a 30-, 50-, 62.5-, or 100-mile ride. Traveling throughout Southern Delaware’s scenic beaches and bays, registrants will receive access to exclusive gifts and amenities including a long-sleeve tech T-shirt and fully equipped rest stops. A 15-mile Friday Fun Ride featuring an out-and-back route from Bethany Beach to the Indian River Inlet will be held Friday, April 24. Registration for the Friday Fun Ride is an extra $15. Individual riders can register for $50 through December, and riders in teams of six or more can register for $45 each. For more information, go to www.oceantobaybiketour.com.

Child support division ne updated mailing addresses

In early 2020, the Delaware Division of Child Support Services will team up with U.S. Bank to issue a new prepaid debit card, the U.S. Bank ReliaCard, for child support recipients to receive their payments electronically. The ReliaCard will replace the current First State Family Card. In order to ensure timely mailing of the new ReliaCard to child support recipients, the Division of Child Support Services is urging customers to verify that their Social Security number, date of birth and most current street address are on file by contacting DCSS. 

“For our customers to continue to receive timely payments, and for a smooth transition to the ReliaCard, it is extremely important for us to have their current street addresses,” said Ted Mermigos, DCSS director.

Delawareans with child support cases can send a change of address to the Division of Child Support Services at PO Box 15012, Wilmington, DE 19850. To add their address or make a change, call a child support specialist from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday at 302-856-5386. Customers will need their case number when they call.

CASA child advocate training classes forming now

The Office of the Child Advocate Court Appointed Special Advocate Program of Delaware is expanding its efforts to represent the interests of abused and neglected children.

The program is seeking qualified adults to serve as CASA volunteers, trained members of the community who are appointed by Family Court judges to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in court proceedings. The CASA volunteer conducts an independent investigation into the child’s life, and provides information and recommendations to the judge. CASA volunteers work with attorneys, social workers and family members to attain a safe and permanent home for each child

CASA volunteers have varied professional, educational and ethnic backgrounds. They are selected on the basis of their objectivity, competence and commitment. Each volunteer accepted into the program must complete 30 hours of initial training. Casework supervision is provided by full time program coordinators.

Classes are forming now for training statewide. For more information, contact Lauren Brueckner at 302-245-1895 or email lauren.brueckner@delaware.gov. To apply, go to www.courts.delaware.gov and search CASA application.

Cape Henlopen Senior Center offers exercise classes

Cape Henlopen Senior Center, 11 Christian St., Rehoboth Beach, offers a variety of exercise classes for seniors 55 and older. On Mondays, Sit Get Fit is 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. and Balance Class is 2 to 3 p.m.; Tuesdays – Tai Chi, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. and Zumba, 3 to 4 p.m.; Wednesdays – Arthritis Exercises, 9 to 10 a.m. and Fitness Circuit Training, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.; Thursdays – Yoga, 1 to 2 p.m., Dancercise, 2:15 to 3:15 p.m. and Chair Yoga, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.; Fridays – Sit Get Fit, 9:15 to 10:15 a.m., Ballroom Aerobics, 10:20 to 11:20 a.m., and Tai Chi, 11:25 a.m. to 12:25 p.m. Cost for each class is $5. All class instructors are certified.

For more information, call 302-227-2055.

Beebe Auxiliary seeks volunteers

Beebe Auxiliary, a local volunteer group, is nearing its 83rd anniversary. The group currently has 170 members.

The auxiliary ne volunteers, any age, young or seasoned, to help out at the Beebe Treasure Chest Thrift Store, open seven days a week in the Midway Shopping Center on Route 1 behind Candy Kitchen. Volunteers can choose the hours they want to work. Tasks include sorting donated items, arranging displays, restocking shelves and working the cash register. Especially needed are young, strong individuals who can help with furniture pickups and deliveries.

Volunteers are also needed at the Margaret H. Rollins Lewes Campus to help in the gift shop as well as the east and west information desks.

To submit volunteer applications, go to www.beebehealthcare.org/volunteer-beebe. For more information, email Nancy Almacy at nalmacy@gmail.com or call 302-703-2600.

Use Rehoboth library card for online resource access 

Many Rehoboth Beach Public Library users don’t realize the wide variety of valuable resources their library card can unlock.

If they enjoy browsing through current magazines or looking up articles from past issues, it’s as easy as visiting the library website, www.rehobothlibrary.org, and looking up Flipster Digital Magazines under the Resources link. Magazines can be viewed page by page on a PC, laptop, or tablet, and articles can be printed out if needed.

For card holders with a Kindle, Nook or other e-reader who would like to borrow an ebook rather than buying one, there’s a Resources link to find out how to download an app for that. The Resources tab also will provide access to the entire available ebook collection, searchable by title, content, author or language.

There are also links to countywide and statewide library databases, the Library of Congress, and more.

For more information on accessing these and other library services, go to www.rehobothlibrary.org, call 302-227-8044 or stop by the Rehoboth Beach Public Library, 226 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach.

Geneaology help offered first Saturdays

The Sussex County Genealogical Society and the Lewes Historical Society sponsor a monthly genealogist in residence program at the Lewes History Museum, Margaret H. Rollins Community Center, 101 Adams Ave., Lewes, the site of the old library. From 10 a.m. to noon the first Saturday of the month, SCGS members are available to help people begin or advance their family history research. No appointment is needed. For more information, go to www.scgsdelaware.org.

Millsboro Lions collect eyeglasses

Millsboro Lions Club collects eyeglasses to recycle for new wearers. Eyeglasses may be dropped off at the following collection sites: Accurate Eye, Peninsula Crossing, 26670 Centerview Drive No. 5, Millsboro; American Legion Post 28, 31768 Legion Road, Millsboro; Best Ace Hardware Long Neck, 32362 Long Neck Road, Millsboro; Christian Storehouse, 149 Mitchell St., Millsboro; Delaware Eye Clinic, office of Dr. Jaoude, 28322 Lewes-Georgetown Highway, Milton; Indian River Senior Center, 214 Irons Ave., Millsboro; Millsboro Public Library, 217 W. State St., Millsboro; Millsboro Post Office, 100 Main St., Millsboro; and Sussex Eye Long Neck, 32030 Long Neck Road, Millsboro.

Child advocates needed

The Office of the Child Advocate-Court Appointed Special Advocate Program of Delaware is expanding its efforts to represent the interests of abused and neglected children. The program is seeking qualified adults to serve as CASA volunteers. These are trained members of the community appointed by Family Court judges to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in court proceedings. The CASA volunteer conducts an independent investigation into the child’s life, and provides information and recommendations to the judge. CASA volunteers work with attorneys, social workers and family members to attain the goal of a safe and permanent home for each child.

CASA volunteers have varied professional, educational and ethnic backgrounds. They are selected on the basis of their objectivity, competence and commitment. Each volunteer accepted into the program must complete 30 hours of initial training. Casework supervision is provided by full-time program coordinators.

The problems of child abuse and neglect belong to everyone. To be a part of the solution, be a CASA volunteer. Classes are forming now for training statewide. To apply, go to http://courts.delaware.gov/childadvocate.

Toastmasters seek new members; club meets in Georgetown

Southern Delaware Toastmasters is seeking individuals who would like to become confident at public speaking and improve their leadership skills at the same time. The club offers a supportive learn-by-doing environment that allows members to achieve their goals at a pace that’s right for them. The Southern Delaware Toastmasters club meets at 6 p.m., the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at Georgetown Public Library, 123 W. Pine St., Georgetown. For those who are interested in learning about Toastmasters, visitors are welcome to observe meetings a few times before becoming members. For more information, go to https://www.toastmasters.org/Find-a-Club/01003044-01003044.

Optimist Club meets first and third Mondays

The Optimist Club of Sussex County meets from 5:30 to 7 p.m., the first and third Mondays of each month at J.D. Shuckers in Georgetown. All Sussex County residents who would like to promote optimism and help children develop to their full potential are invited to join. For more information, email Sussexoptimist@gmail.com.

Lewes library seeks groups to display information in lobby

Nonprofit organizations or community groups looking to reach more people may be able to place information in the lobby display case at Lewes Public Library. The library is seeking groups to organize informational displays for a two-week period in its lobby display case which is seen by the hundr of people who walk through the library doors every day. For nonprofit agencies, this is an opportunity to educate the community. For community groups, this is a chance to let others know what they offer and to recruit new members. To schedule a time period, contact Rebecca Lowe, library development director, at 302-645-2733, Ext. 4117, or Rebecca.Lowe@lib.de.us.

Commemorative brick paver sale to benefit Rehoboth library

Rehoboth Beach Public Library is now selling commemorative brick pavers to be engraved with memories or milestones such as remembering loved ones, weddings, births, graduations and anniversaries. The library has adopted the fundraiser from Rehoboth Beach Main Street. Each commemorative brick is $175, and all purchases are 100 percent tax deductible. Proce will help the Rehoboth library maintain its commitment to the vibrant seaside community. Commemorative bricks are installed in the Penny Lane area, in the beach block between Rehoboth and Wilmington avenues. For more information or to purchase a brick, go to www.rehobothlibrary.org, or call 302-227-8044.

Volunteers needed for Guardianship Monitoring Program

There are approximately 1,200 active adult guardianship cases in the State of Delaware. These vulnerable individuals are adults who have been deemed incapacitated by the Court of Chancery and have had guardians appointed to make medical and/or financial decisions on their behalf. The Guardianship Monitoring Program is in need of volunteers to meet with these individuals, in care facilities as well as in the community, and to update the court on their current health and well-being. The program is seeking both individual volunteers and those interested in volunteering as partners, in all three Delaware counties. This is an extremely flexible and rewarding volunteer opportunity. Volunteers must be at least 18, pass a background check, have reliable transportation with valid insurance and attend a brief training session. For more information, contact Theresa Marsico, volunteer services coordinator, Office of the Public Guardian at theresa.marsico@state.de.us or 302-223-1794.

Alliance for Racial Justice seeks members

The Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice educates, informs and advocates for racial justice, equality and fair opportunity. Anyone who is interested in ending racism and its corrosive consequences is invited to join free. Monthly meetings are held at Trinity Faith Christian Center in Lewes. Monthly book discussions are held at Lewes library. For more information, to sign up for the newsletter and to see a calendar of events, go to www.sdarj.org. 

PFLAG-Rehoboth Beach meets second Tuesdays

PFLAG–Rehoboth Beach provides support, education, and advocacy to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons, their loved ones, family and friends, to cope with the unique challenges each of them may face. It can be difficult to learn that oneself or a loved one is gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgendered. PFLAG offers a safe place for people who have questions or would like share their experiences with others. PFLAG provides a confidential setting that is respectful of human diversity. PFLAG-Rehoboth Beach meets at 6 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month at the Lewes Public Library. Everyone is welcome. For more information, go to www.pflagrehobothbeach.org or contact Linda Gregory at 302-841-1339 or PFLAGRehobothBeach@gmail.com.

Read Aloud Delaware seeks volunteers to read to children

Read Aloud Delaware is looking for volunteers who love to read to children. Volunteers usually read one to two hours per week in local child care centers. To sign up online, go to www.readalouddelaware.org. For more information, call 302-856-2527.

Delaware offers online help for veterans

The Delaware Commission of Veterans Affairs has launched an online application for making donations to programs that serve veterans. Donors can easily make online contributions to the Delaware Veterans Trust Fund and the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery. To find the  DCVA mobile-friendly application, go to www,de.gov/donatevets. The commission is dedicated to assisting veterans and their family members in obtaining benefits and coordinating support programs. Users can designate donations to the Delaware Veterans Trust Fund to help assist veterans with immediate ne or toward projects such as beautification of the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemeteries for commemorative events honoring Delaware veterans or the Memorial Tree in memory of a loved one. Donations can be made in honor of a specific individual or cause. For more information, go to www.veteransaffairs.delaware.gov.