Homeowner and Civic Associations: Beyond the Basics WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. CLAYMONT LIBRARY

CCOBH is pleased to present a new semiar on Wednesday, January 11th, 2017 at 6:00 PM at the Claymont Library.

“Homeowner and Civic Associations:  Beyond the Basics”, a new entry in its series of seminars for assistance to current or future board members of Civic Associations in Brandywine Hundred.

This seminar is intended to provide Civic Association Board members with information and process beyond the basic legal and structural aspects of serving on a non-profit Board of Directors.

This seminar, to be led by CCOBH President, Robert J. Valihura, Jr., Esquire, will cover in depth the following topics:

Dispute resolutioncollection of annual dues and fees, including pursuit of collection in the Justice of the Peace Court, and enforcement of restrictive covenants and deed restrictions.

A former State Representative and a current Adjunct Professor of Law teaching the Delaware Corporate law applicable to corporations and Civic Associations, Bob focuses his practice on representation of communities up and down the state concerning these types of structural Board issues.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn what you need to know to more effectively and knowledgeably represent your community.

CCOBH hopes to see you on Wednesday, January 11th at 6:00 p.m. at the Claymont Library.

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CCOBH – State Agencies Seminar – Monday January 9th, 6-8PM

CCOBH is pleased to announce an upcoming Semiar for Civic Association leaders and interested citizens.

The CCOBH-State Agencies Seminar will be held on Monday, January 9th from 6-8 PM at the Claymont Library.

State agencies that will be at this meeting are: DelDOT, DNREC, and Health and Social Services.

The representatives will demonstrate their State Agency websites to familiarize attendees with its contents and how to locate wanted services using it.

Please bring suitable paper to write out your questions in case the State representatives may not be able to directly answer all of the questions at the meeting.

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CCOBH-New Castle County Services Seminar for Civic Association Leaders

There will be a CCOBH-New Castle County Services Seminar for Civic Association Leaders, on Monday, November 14, 2016 from 6-8 PM at the Claymont Public Library.

County personnel will discuss services including sewer line repair, police special services, permit requirements, issues involving parks and streams.

Attendees are invited to bring their own questions and George Casson from New Castle County Constituent Services will provide an answer. Mr. Casson will also indicate where on the County website Civic Association leaders can find useful information such as the Civic Association Manual and the Maintenance Corporation Manual.

Bring your questions.

If you would like to participate in actual searches for information, please bring a laptop.

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New Castle County Executive Debate-Wed. Oct. 26th-7:30pm

ncc_county-exec_debateWe invite you to attend a debate between the two candidates for New Castle County Executive, Mark Blake and Matt Meyer. It is jointly sponsored by CCOBH and EB100 (Eastern Brandywine Hundred Coordinating Council).

The debate will be held on Wednesday, October 26th at 7:30PM at the Talleyville Fire Hall. Panelists from CCOBH and EB100 will question the candidates, and questions may also be submitted by the audience.

County government is the government which most affects our daily lives, and both Mark Blake and Matt Meyer have some good ideas. We encourage residents to come out and hear those ideas, as well as to bring questions of their own.

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NCC Dept. of Special Services-Sewer Preventative Maintenance

Here in PDF format is the Powerpoint presentation given by representatives of the Department of Special Services this past Tuesday September 6, 2016 on the NCC Sewer Maintenance:Preventative Maintenance Program. This was recently shared by NCC Councilman Bob Weiner.

It includes the projected start dates in FY 2017 for Communities throughout the county to receive Preventative Sewer Maintenance (by Council District) and pipeline evaluation.

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Community Notice to Discuss Partial Redevelopment of Concord Plaza

Below is some information from Councilman Bob Weiner on an upcoming community meeting.

Thursday, September 15, 2016 @ 6:00pm

Location: Brandywine Hundred Library, 1300 Foulk Road, Wilmington, DE 19803

Dear community leaders and friends,

Please share this important information with your neighbors and friends. 

 I am pleased to facilitate a community meeting on September 15, 2016 in the Brandywine Hundred Library, 1300 Foulk Road, so that we as a community can learn about the redevelopment of Concord Plaza.  As you may know, the Buccini-Pollin Group, which owns the Concord Plaza office park on Silverside Road, near Concord Pike, intends to redevelop a portion of Concord Plaza in order to convert a portion of the office park nearest to Concord Pike into a more pedestrian-friendly and contemporary mixed-use village. (Artistic rendering embedded below)

 The applicant’s attorney, Larry Tarabicos, described the plan to us at our last community meeting as follows: The Buccini-Pollin Group intends to convert approximately 185,000 square feet of existing decades old office space into 312 apartments; 26,500 square feet of retail space; and a new state-of-the-art 54,000 square foot signature office building. The overall project involves demolishing approximately 8 of the existing buildings and replacing them with luxury apartments (including numerous amenities for the residents), atop specialty retail, restaurants, cafes; as well as the signature office building. Approximately 370,000 square feet of existing office buildings will remain; making this community a fully integrated and diverse mixed-use village, with many amenities, services, and pedestrian enhancements for the residents and employees of this community. The project continues to weave its way through the land development approval process.

 Concord Plaza is zoned “Office Regional” aka “OR”. The proposed partial redevelopment plan is consistent with the current zoning category; and no County Council rezoning vote is required. As such, New Castle County Council’s authority is limited to reviewing the Redevelopment Plan, to assure that the plan is consistent with all applicable state and county requirements, including adequacy of infrastructure and traffic capacity.

Traffic improvements must be required when there are substantially increased burdens on existing roads and intersections. If the State does not plan to invest in those improvements in the near term, the developer must.  Redevelopment policy cannot ignore this core principle.

County Council relies upon the professional guidance of the New Castle County Land Use Department. The State Department of Transportation Traffic Study is also scrutinized. If the plan conforms with the legal requirements, County Council must approve the re-subdivision plan.

 The applicant anticipates bringing the project before New Castle County Council within the next couple of months for a public hearing.

 The entire review process…undertaken by New Castle County Land Use Department professional land use and transportation planners…as well as the subsequent County Council hearing…engages the public. As such, public input is welcome and encouraged.

 Below is a short description of the project found on the New Castle County website at: http://www3.nccde.org/project/details/default.aspx?ProjectKey=530976


Information on all applications is available for public review in the Land Use Department, New Castle County Government Center, 87 Reads Way, Corporate Commons, New Castle, DE, from 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M., Monday through Friday. 302-395-5510  Alternatively, you can obtain more information by contacting my office at lhinkle@nccde.org , at bob@bobweiner.com

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Greenfest 5 2016 – Brandywine School District’s Community Recycling Event

Here is some information on Greenfest 5 – Brandywine School District’s Community Recycling Event to be held on Saturday, August 27th 8AM to 2PM at Mt. Pleasant Elementary School.


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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


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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