Reminder-Christina River Watershed Cleanup-Saturday, April 9th

2016CRWC-Postings---Naamans-1Reminder:  This Saturday, April 9th is the Christina River Cleanup. You can register online at CHRISTINARIVERCLEANUP.ORG

Here is your opportunity to join the Christina River Watershed Cleanup! Make a difference by spending a little time along the Naamas Creek!

This year’s Cleanup is scheduled for Saturday, April 9. The Naamans Watershed group will meet at 8 AM behind Sweeney’s in the F&N Shopping Center.  Hope you will be able to participate.

Below is a summary of our cleanup last year.

In 2015 the Naamans Creek contingent pulled out over 2 tons of trash from the stream and surroundings. This trash included car tires, shopping carts, and wire and wooden fencing.  Most of the material was plastic bags and bottles, soda and beer cans and newspaper circulars.

Eighty (80) volunteers cleaned 16 different sites in our watershed. County Councilman John Cartier participated in the cleanup. We had groups of volunteers from the Boy Scouts, First Unitarian Church, the DuPont Company, Ursuline Academy, and the Claymont Falcons.  Local Councilman Cartier and businesses including Harry’s, Sweeneys, Nino’s, Rite Aid, F&N Liquors, Acme, Safeway and GotJunk participated in funding the Cleanup expenses and the lunch at the end of the Cleanup.

Besides the cleanup we are trying to improve the flow of water through the watershed and health of surrounding areas by targeting areas of invasive plants for elimination and planting attractive species in floodplain areas.

For more information and to register online, visit: CHRISTINARIVERCLEANUP.ORG or call (302) 307-2757 to register.

Here are some flyers to share with your neighbors and friends:

2016CRWC Postings – Naamans 4

2016CRWC Postings – Naamans 3

2016CRWC Postings – Naamans 2

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Household Hazardous Waste / Electronic Goods / Paper Shredding Events

Here is a Collection Event Flyer of upcoming recycling events throughout the State held by the DSWA (Delaware Solid Waste Authority).

Household Hazardous Waste – Household Hazardous Waste- 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 – 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.

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

 

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Bringing Nature Home to YOUR Yard

Bringing Nature Home to YOUR Yard
Lecture & Workshop

Date: Saturday, April 30th

Time: 9 am – 12noon

Location: Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1120 Darley Road, Wilmington, DE 19810

Schedule

9-9:15 am Registration, Coffee and light refreshments
9:15-9:30 Welcome and Overview – Marianne Cinaglia, Exective Director, NCWA
9:30-10 Creating a Backyard Habitat – Elaine Schmerling, Habitat Steward, DE Nature Society
10-10:30 Watch Out for These Plants – Greg Gagliano, Red Tail Restoration and Land Mgmt.
10:30-11 Incorporating Native plants into your Plant Design – Beth Stark, Goodstay Gardens & Landscape Designer
11-noon Workshop Choices: Choose One or All!

  • Tree Planting with Councilman John Cartier (3 plantings: 11:10, 11:30, 11:40) – learn proper tree planting technique and bring wildlife to Trinity Presbyterian Church! Elaine Schmerling/Carol Larson

  • Design with Native plants: – bring photos, surveys, and/or sketches and let us make suggestions! Beth Stark and Carol Larson, Arden Forest Chair

  • Plant Identification – Not sure if you have good native plants or invasive weeds? Bring photos or plants samples (if abundant – do NOT pick rare plants) for identification. Greg Gagliano/Elaine Schmerling

  • Introduction to Backyard Composting – make your own black gold! Hetty Francke, Master Composter

    Cost: No charge! Thanks to our generous sponsors. But…please RSVP!
    RSVP: Carol Shumway, 302 475-6493 or twoshums@aol.com

Co-sponsored by:
Naaman’s Creek Watershed Association (NCWA)
Trinity Presbyterian Church Stewards of the Earth
Council of Civic Organizations of Brandywine Hundred (CCOBH)

Photograph: Douglas Tallamy

Photograph: Douglas Tallamy

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2016 Governor’s Outstanding Youth Volunteer Service Awards Nomination

NOMINATE AN OUTSTANDING YOUTH VOLUNTEER TODAY!

Volunteer DelawareNominations for the Governor’s Outstanding Youth Volunteer Service Awards are now being accepted by the State Office of Volunteerism. This is a wonderful way to recognize the impact Delaware’s youth volunteers, 18 and younger, have on their communities through volunteerism. Award recipients will be honored at a special ceremony on May 19, 2016 at Polytech Adult Education Conference Center.

Individuals and groups volunteering in the following service categories will be chosen; Arts/Culture, Community Service, Education, Environment, Health and Special Needs, Human Needs, Public Safety, Social Justice/Advocacy.  Nominees must have volunteered the hours during the 2015-2015 school calendar year.  Nomination packets must be delivered to the State Office of Volunteerism by Friday, April 8, 2016.

Why Nominate?

  • These awards are a wonderful way to capture and highlight all the ways our young people are contributing and giving back to Delaware.
  • Winners receive a framed certificate and picture of them accepting the award.
  • Winners and their organizations are highlighted in press releases and social media.
  • Great way to highlight school and community organizations accomplishments throughout the State of Delaware

If you have any questions, or would like us to review your packet before submission, please contact April Willey by email @april.willey@state.de.us or by calling her at 302-857-5006.

Here is the 2016 Governor’s Outstanding Youth Awards Nomination Form.

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Christina River Watershed Cleanup – Saturday April 9th

2016CRWC-Postings---Naamans-1Here is your opportunity to join the Christina River Watershed Cleanup! Make a difference by spending a little time along the Naamas Creek!

This year’s Cleanup is scheduled for Saturday, April 9. The Naamans Watershed group will meet at 8 AM behind Sweeney’s in the F&N Shopping Center.  Hope you will be able to participate.

Below is a summary of our cleanup last year.

In 2015 the Naamans Creek contingent pulled out over 2 tons of trash from the stream and surroundings. This trash included car tires, shopping carts, and wire and wooden fencing.  Most of the material was plastic bags and bottles, soda and beer cans and newspaper circulars.

Eighty (80) volunteers cleaned 16 different sites in our watershed. County Councilman John Cartier participated in the cleanup. We had groups of volunteers from the Boy Scouts, First Unitarian Church, the DuPont Company, Ursuline Academy, and the Claymont Falcons.  Local Councilman Cartier and businesses including Harry’s, Sweeneys, Nino’s, Rite Aid, F&N Liquors, Acme, Safeway and GotJunk participated in funding the Cleanup expenses and the lunch at the end of the Cleanup.

Besides the cleanup we are trying to improve the flow of water through the watershed and health of surrounding areas by targeting areas of invasive plants for elimination and planting attractive species in floodplain areas.

For more information and to register online, visit: CHRISTINARIVERCLEANUP.ORG or call (302) 307-2757 to register.

Here are some flyers to share with your neighbors and friends:

2016CRWC Postings – Naamans 4

2016CRWC Postings – Naamans 3

2016CRWC Postings – Naamans 2

 

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State Attorney General’s Office-Ombudsperson for the Common Interest Community

A new State Office was formed under Attorney General Matt Denn last year. It is called The Ombudperson for the Common Interest Community.

This office was formed to help both civic associations and maintenance corporations resolve disputes.

The contact information for this office is:

Christopher Curtin
Deputy Attorney General
302-577-6499

Here is the link to Common Interest Community Ombudsperson

For future reference, we also placed a link on our Resource Page under the State of Delaware subhead.

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North Claymont Area Master Plan

Below is an invitation to Community Leaders from WILMAPCO regarding the
North Claymont Area Master Plan

Dear Community Leader:

I am writing to encourage your participation in the North Claymont Area Master Plan. On November 23, we invite you to take part in a focus group interview, along with community and business leaders such as yourself, to provide early input on your concerns and ideas for this important plan. The focus group will be held in the Darley House (3701 Philadelphia Pike, Claymont, DE 19703) at 6 p.m. and should last approximately one hour.

The North Claymont Plan is being developed to assess the potential for a mixed use residential, commercial and industrial area designed to promote economic activity, make public transit successful, walking and bicycling convenient and safe, and provide for a vibrant, livable community. You may learn more about the project at www.wilmapco.org/NCAMP.

WILMAPCO is developing the Plan in partnership with New Castle County, Claymont Renaissance Development Corporation (CRDC), Delaware state agencies (Office of State Planning Coordination, DelDOT, DART, DNREC, and DECO), and the Claymont community. Your participation in a November 23 focus group interview will help the planning team learn about community interests, ideas and recommendations in advance of a future community visioning workshop.

Please RSVP, or have an appropriate member of your organization RSVP to Heather Dunigan at 302.737.6205, ext. 118 or email hdunigan@wilmapco.org. If you would prefer an individual telephone interview or would like a presentation to your organization, we would be happy to arrange this with you.

Sincerely,

Heather Dunigan
Heather Dunigan, Principal Planner

WILMAPCO
850 Library Ave., Suite 100, Newark, DE 19711
302/737-6205 ext. 118
hdunigan@wilmapco.org
www.wilmapco.org

www.facebook.com/WILMAPCO

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Household Hazardous Waste/Electronics Recycling/Paper Shredding Event

Here is some information about an upcoming Household Hazardous Waste/Electronics Recycling and Paper Shredding Event this Saturday, October 31st, 8AM-2PM.

Here is the link

Also, please note:
Shredded paper IS recyclable ONLY when it is brought to an event like this – NOT when it is put into the regular recycle in a plastic bag already shredded.

Household Hazardous Waste      
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
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. All events are restricted to Delaware residents and are held rain or shine
 
Event Date: Saturday, October 31, 2015
Time: 08:00AM–02:00PM
Location: University of Delaware-Campus Guard Building
550 S. College Avenue
Newark, DE
New Castle County
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DNREC Homeowner Assistance Program-Removing Old Underground Tanks

Out with the Old – In with the New
By Amy Bryson and Christina Wirtz

DNREC’s new heating fuel underground storage tank closure assistance program helps homeowners remove old underground tanks.

The article can be found in the Fall, 2015 edition of Outdoor Delaware

Here is the link to the article on page 24.

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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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