“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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Annual Christina River Watershed Cleanup Postponed

Hello Cleanup Volunteers - As public health officials continue to monitor and respond to the ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control is focused on taking a proactive and preventative approach to keep our community safe. Governor John Carney has issued a State of Emergency declaration to help prepare for the spread of this disease. All state offices, parks, and education centers remain open during normal operating hours at this time, but we are implementing social distancing measures.

The Annual Christina River Watershed Cleanup previously scheduled for Saturday, April 4th has been postponed. DNREC will issue regular updates when available to keep you informed.  We will be posting updates to our primary social media pages on Facebook and Twitter. As a reminder, please take a moment and read through everyday actions to help you remain healthy.  For the latest information in Delaware, visit de.gov/coronavirus. 

Andrea Stewart Christina River Watershed Cleanup DNREC – Mosquito Control (302) 836-2555 http://www.ChristinaRiverCleanup.org

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2020 Annual Christina Watershed Cleanup

The 29th Annual Christina Cleanup is scheduled for Saturday, April 4, 2020 (8:00 AM to 11:00 AM) Lunch @ 11:30 AM.

Adopt your local Stormwater Basin. Volunteer at Naamans Creek. Below is a link to share with your community to get out the word for the Cleanup.

Christina River Watershed Cleanup Flyers

The Naamans Creek volunteers will meet at the back end of F & N Shopping Center (near the Wells Fargo side). Volunteers are invited to meet for lunch at 11:30 AM.

Volunteers should dress for the weather, wear long pants, brightly-colored shirts with long sleeves, boots or water resistant shoes, hat, heavy duty gloves, insect repellent, and sunscreen. 

Naamans Creek Watershed Association (NCWA) has been coordinating its annual cleanup with that of the Christina Conservancy for over 20 years.

The Christina River Watershed Cleanup’s mission has always been the removal of man-made debris from within this beautiful watershed, while raising public awareness for pollution prevention.  Since the Cleanup began in 1992, more than 360 tons of tires, appliances, household items, and other trash have been cleared from within the watershed.

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Governor Printz Boulevard Corridor Study Visioning Workshop

You are invited to the Governor Printz Boulevard Corridor Study Visioning Workshop on Wednesday, January 29. The Workshop will be held at the Brandywine Hundred Fire Company (1006 Brandywine Blvd, Wilmington, DE 19809), with open house displays from 5-6 p.m., and a presentation with group discussion from 6-7:30 p.m. Your feedback will be critical to learn local preferences, needs, and concerns.

The Study will develop recommendations for Governor Printz Boulevard from the City of Wilmington border to Philadelphia Pike, and Philadelphia Pike through Claymont. The purpose of this Corridor Study is to improve mobility, safety, and travel choices while supporting sustainable economic development and enhanced neighborhood vitality. The Study will identify and assess the feasibility of multimodal transportation projects that will accommodate current and future transportation and land use needs, including roadway, transit, walking, and bicycle travel.

This Corridor Study will be conducted by WILMAPCO in partnership with New Castle County Land Use, DelDOT, DART First State, and Delaware Greenways. We encourage you to spread the word to others in your community. A flyer for the workshop is attached, or you may visit the project web site to learn more at www.wilmapco.org/governorprintz. In addition, a facebook event page is set up at www.facebook.com/events/295899131332221/.  

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NCC Public Meeting-Jester Park Concept Plan

Jester Park is a 31-acre open space located off Grubb Road, just south of the Naamans Road intersection.

New Castle County would like to give the residents the opportunity to review the Jester Park Concept Plan. The public meeting will take place on Thursday, January 16th 6:30pm at the Brandywine Hundred Library 1300 Foulk Road, Wilmington DE

Join us to learn more about the plan.

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2020 Governor’s Youth Volunteer Service Awards-Save the Date

Volunteer Delaware

These awards recognize the important contributions that Delaware’s Youth volunteers, 17 years old and younger, make to their communities. The awards honor young Delawareans volunteerism in the areas of arts and culture, community service, education, environment, health, human needs, public service and social justice/advocacy.

Here is a link to the 2020 Governor’s Youth Volunteer Service Awards where you can find more information. This webpage also includes a link to open the Youth Nomination Form.

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2020 Decennial Census Employment Opportunities

The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting to fill hundreds of thousands of temporary positions to assist with this census count.

Below is a flyer regarding employment opportunities for the upcoming 2020 Decennial Census. Full and Part-time census taker positions are available for applicants from 18 years old to seniors.

For more information regarding jobs for this event, you can apply now at 2020census.gov or call 1-855-JOB-2020.

Area Census Office Locations and Pay Rates in Delaware.

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National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

To improve safety in our homes, communities, and waterways, the Division of Public Health is coordinating with the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, October 26th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Delawareans can discard their expired and unused medicines at more than 20 designated collection sites statewide. Identification is not required and no questions will be asked. Collection sites will accept prescription and over-the-counter pills, liquids, and cream medications, and even pet medications. No syringes or inhalers will be accepted.

Enter your zip code to find a location near you: https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/SEARCH-NTBI/

“Delawareans in each county will have many options to locate a disposal site near them. We greatly appreciate the participation of each of these sites and their partnership in helping us promote safe prescription drug disposal,” said Dr. Karyl Rattay, director of Delaware’s Division of Public Health. “Offering this opportunity can help Delawareans avoid painful addictions, illegal substance use, and tragic overdoses, as well as protect our groundwater and aquatic life from contamination by substances that are often improperly flushed down drains and toilets.”

While National Prescription Take-Back Day happens only twice a year, it is important for Delaware residents to know that they can drop off their unused or expired prescription medications year-round at any of the state’s 21 designated drop-box locations. Visit https://www.helpisherede.com/Get-Help/Prescription-Drug-Drop-Box for a list of disposal sites in New Castle, Kent, and Sussex counties.

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GREENCC is a countywide program established to improve the environment and enhance the quality of life for county residents.

Below is some information regarding GreeNCC which may be of our interest to our communities.

The initiative intends to:

  • Enhance water and air quality
  • Encourage healthy and eco-friendly lifestyles
  • Conserve and protect local habitats
  • Promote smart growth
  • Reduce harmful emissions by promoting renewables and improving energy efficiency

We have included a link to a brochure describing NCC’s green efforts.

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Volunteer Delaware

The Delaware Department of Health and Social Services and the Delaware Department of Education have partnered to develop the process by which young adults can receive recognition for volunteerism. Upon completion of 90 hours, the students can receive one elective credit on their high school transcript.  

The active participation of young adults in volunteer activities is necessary to achieve a truly healthy community and to teach young people how to be contributing members of that community.

If your organization has any opportunities for young adults to volunteer please contact Tina Gray at the address below.  This is an opportunity for your organization to recruit volunteers and the State Office of Volunteerism to help with the recruitment.  

The office is looking to create a link on our webpage that would be specific to youth and would provide us with the ability to share information with school counselors and students. Please contact our office if you work with youth and are interested in promoting youth volunteerism. Together we can build a stronger community through volunteerism.

Warm regards, 
Tina Gary 
Volunteer Services Coordinator/Volunteer
Delaware Delaware Department of Health and Social Services 
Division of State Service Centers 
805 River Road Dover, DE 19901 
Office: (302) 857-5014 Fax: (302) 857-5041 

“The mission of the Division of State Service Centers is to provide convenient access to human services, assist vulnerable populations, support communities and promote volunteer service opportunities”. 

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