2021 Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Service Awards

We are so proud to recognize Delaware  volunteers for outstanding service to our communities. Some of the most outstanding achievements are made through the efforts of unsung heroes and we are honored to show recognition of good work. Nominate someone today. Deadline to Nominate a Superhero is September 27, 2021.

Nominations for the Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Service Award are now being accepted. The Governor’s Volunteer Service Award honors the true spirit of volunteerism by recognizing individuals, groups and businesses that make a significant contribution to their community through volunteer service. Nominate an outstanding volunteer who has demonstrated volunteer commitment to meeting Delaware’s most pressing human and/or environmental community needs.

Go this link to see more information and fill out the nomination form.

Thank you for helping someone shine!

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Harvey Mill Park Walk Through-Sat. Sept 18th

On Saturday September 18th at 10 AM there will be a fall NCWA (Naamans Creek Watershed Association) walk along Naamans Creek in Harvey Mill Park. Please meet at the downstream bridge in the park. Closest street intersection is Inwood and Rosewood.

Please spread the word, especially to folks in Wynnwood and Lancashire.

We will be looking at/for the “goodies”and the invasives – also the 10 trees planted in the spring.

Meet at downstream bridge. Wear gloves and bring a collection bag.

Our leader is Will Ryan.  

Will holds a PhD in Entomology and Wildlife Ecology and an MS in Physical Geography with a focus on ecohydrology. He has designed and managed numerous ecological restoration projects, focusing on woodlands, wetlands, and meadows. He has extensive experience drafting baseline documentation reports and land management plans for non-profit organizations and conservation landowners with a focus on solutions to the challenges of invasive species control, rare plant conservation and the management of multiple target species. See you there!

Marianne Cinaglia
Naamans Creek Watershed Association

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Community Trees Online Seminar

Registration is now open for web-based seminars (Community Forestry Institute) in October by the Penn State Extension which highlights planning and management of public trees. This may be of interest to our suburban communities.

Here is the link for more information.

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Naamans Creek Watershed Cleanup 2021 Review

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The Naamans Creek Watershed Cleanup 2021 took place from April 18th to April 24th. As of May 14th, 2021 here are the results of the Naamans Creek Watershed cleanup. Disposed of by Got Junk = 1450 lbsDisposed of by collectors … Continue reading

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Naamans Creek Watershed Association Earthday Cleanup April 18-24, 2021

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The Annual Christina River Watershed Cleanup will be a little different this year.

The Naamans Creek Watershed Association (NCWA) is coordinating with the Christina River Watershed Cleanup for April Cleanup dates.

The Cleanup will run from Sunday, April 18 to noon on Saturday, April 24. Here is a flyer you can distribute.

NCWA has posted a list of spots to clean – Participants have the freedom to choose a day and time that is best suited for themselves and their family. Everyone will have to supply their own trash bags and gloves.

Here is the link to see a list of locations and sign up.

  • If you can, take bagged trash home in bags.  If so, please note (on this signup or email) how many full bags you take!
  • Trash you cannot take home or large items, can be dropped off at the Claymont Fire Company on Naaman’s Rd (nos. 1-20, 21).  Enter the lot from the Naamans Road entrance NOT the Marsh Road entrance, and go to marked location in the back (try to keep the trash in one pile). 
  • Or trash can go to Tri-State Mall (nos21-30) – dropped off at the bottom of the lower parking lot behind Levitz, near the wooded area fence.

Sponsored by the Christina River Basin Cleanup, the Claymont Fire Company, and NCWA.

Thanks to everyone who is able to lend a hand. Your volunteering efforts are much appreciated!

Thanks to: GOT JUNK for providing trash pickup.

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Community COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics at Nemours

At the request of the State of Delaware, Nemours is providing COVID-19 vaccinations to our community. We hold our vaccination clinics at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children (N/AIDHC) by invitation and appointment only. We do not operate walk-up or drive-in mass vaccination events.

We are asking our associates for assistance with identifying anyone you know who is aDelaware resident age 65 or older and is interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine at N/AIDHC. Eligible individuals MUST live in Delaware and MUST be age 65 or older. While we are especially interested in reaching vulnerable or at-risk seniors, we hope to be able to vaccinate anyone meeting these eligibility criteria.


·         Eligible individuals should complete the survey using the link below, or have someone complete the survey on his/her behalf.

·         Once the survey closes, we will email a scheduling link to everyone on the registration list. 

·         Scheduling is on a first-come, first-served basis. Completing the survey does not guarantee someone an appointment.

·         Anyone who does not secure an appointment will have their name placed on a will-call list and be contacted when additional appointments become available.


Please be mindful that demand for the vaccine remains higher than the available supply, therefore we have a limited number of appointments available. We ask that you do not publicly share the survey link via social media or with large groups. 


Please use this Nemours Community COVID Clinic Registration Link

Questions? Contact CommunityCOVIDVaccinations@nemours.org

Thank you for your assistance protecting our community from COVID-19.

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CCOBH and the Naamans Creek Watershed Association (NCWA) are pleased to announce their first educational Zoom Webinar:  

“DE State and NCC Regulations Impacting Development of the Former Claymont Steel Mill Industrial Site.”

Please join us to learn from the experts how State and New Castle County regulations guide redevelopers for repurposing this important industrial site.

March 29, 2021 (Monday)
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EST)

Presenters at the Webinar are:

  • Marianne Cinaglia, Executive Director of the NCWA
  • Gene Castellano, Local Historian
  • Richard E. Hall, General Manager, NCC Dept of Land Use
  • Shawn M. Garvin, DNREC Secretary


  • Introduction to the Claymont Steel Mill Industrial Site and its History.
  • County & State Regulations affecting the development of the Site.
  • Q&A Session – Your questions will be answered by the Presenters.

Registration in advance is required. Attendance is limited to 100 participants; therefore we encourage you to register now. To register for this webinar  click here
If you prefer, alternatively you can click on this link to register.  

After registration, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with a link for joining the webinar.  

We hope you can join us!  

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NCC@2050 Comprehensive Plan

NCC@2050 will replace the New Castle County 2012 Comprehensive Plan update. The 2012 Comprehensive Plan is the current comprehensive development plan, required by the State, serving to guide development and decision-making associated with our community’s built and natural environment. 

See more detail at https://ncc2050-nccde.hub.arcgis.com

The County wants to increase the input by county residents.  The County would like local civic associations to make their residents aware of the surveys. Residents can choose between a survey that takes 5-10 minutes or a more comprehensive one that takes 10-20 minutes.

Here are the direct links to the two surveys: 

  1. Growing Better Places: New Castle County: This survey is an exercise that will allow you to consider of the benefits and trade-offs of different land use policy decisions.  There are many different approaches that the community could take to guiding expected growth over the next 30+ years. The following exercise includes hypothetical questions, based on real data, that will help us all understand the implications of different amounts and patterns of growth in New Castle County into 2050.  This survey should take around 15-20 minutes. (https://app.maptionnaire.com/en/6636/ )
  2.  NCC@2050 Survey 2-key directions: The following survey is a brief survey intended to help prioritize and confirm what we’ve heard thus far as well as provide the opportunity to provide additional input.  This survey should take around 5-10 minutes. (https://survey123.arcgis.com/share/d64fda115da642bcaf58cb816eb4b526)

Please feel free to share the surveys with your friends, neighbors, and social media networks.  Kindest regards,

New Castle County Department of Land Use  

87 Reads Way New Castle, DE 19720

(302) 395-5400

Email: NCC2050@newcastlede.gov

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Northern Delaware Greenway Trail

National Recreation Trail in Brandywine Hundred

A 10-mile “National Recreation Trail” runs through seven unique State and County Parks in northern Delaware’s “Brandywine Hundred” district — from the Brandywine Creek in Wilmington to the Delaware River!

This is the spectacular Northern Delaware Greenway Trail (NDGT). It encompasses over 1,200 acres of preserved natural lands in Brandywine Hundred, has over 29 miles of inter-connected trails and includes an amazing range of amenities for local Brandywine Hundred residents!

Northern Delaware Greenway Trail:  Walk, explore, hike, bike or just relax in Northern Delaware’s piedmont area. 

To find out more about the NDGT, each park’s varied landscape and the many recreational resources along the Trail, go to www.DelawareGreenways.org and click on the “Trails & Pathways” section*. Take the NDGT Website Tour.

Highlights of NDGT & Park Resources:

  • The 10-mile, paved NDG Trail connects to another 19 miles of trails within each of the seven park’s trail network. (The NDG Trail is also part of the “East Coast Greenway” that passes through Delaware.)
  • Many recreation resources, including: Exercise Track on former horse race course; the Brandywine Zoo; a Public Golf Course & Tennis Courts; Sports Fields; Playgrounds; quiet Natural Areas – and even an Ice Skating Rink.
  • Wayside Interpretive Kiosks at rest areas along Trail for historic and cultural information.
  • Over 1,200 acres of protected Greenspace with Picnic areas, Pavilions, and many other amenities throughout the 29-mile, inter-connected trail “network”.


* Quick NDGT website Connection: https://arcg.is/0jGy8e              CPS – 6/3/20

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“Navigating the New Castle County Land Use Labyrinth – A Primer for Community Engagement & Participation Meeting”

You are invited to a Zoom meeting on “Navigating the New Castle County Land Use Labyrinth – A Primer for Community Engagement & Participation Meeting” hosted by CCOBH.

When: Thursday, May 21, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Guest Speaker: Dave Carter, New Castle County Council Member

The meeting will be a comprehensive look at the land use process in New Castle County, a “how-to navigate” guide for community involvement and advocacy, and discussion of potential ways to create more opportunities for public input.

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