2013 Update—November 13th to December 1st

On the 13th I attended a Delaware State Chamber of Commerce luncheon recognizing ‘Superstars in Business.’  I later attended a fundraiser for Representative Dennis Williams.  On the 14th I joined a tour of the Newark Planned Parenthood facility.  That evening I joined an impromptu education reform meeting in Bear, and then attended the very popular League of Women Voters’ candidate forum for the seven candidates for Newark’s next mayor.  I taped segments for Comcast on the 15th, had a conference call on manufactured housing issues, and met with Representative Kowalko and a resident who has a very exciting new business venture.  John and I are working to help her connect with the most appropriate people in county and state government, to help her succeed.  On the 16th I attended the 175th anniversary celebration of St Johns AUMP Church (which is on the corner of Hillside and New London Roads.  Its history is AMAZING, as was the celebration, during which I presented a House and a Senate Tribute to the church.

On the 19th I met with a past legislative fellow.  On the 20th I joined a meeting with three educators, to examine challenges faced by public education of students in low SES, socio-economic status homes.  On the 21st I joined a breakfast presentation at DelTech’s Stanton campus, and learned more about the wonderful work done there.  That evening I participated in the second public meeting on midwifery, this time at DelState in Dover.  On Friday the 22nd I attended an Army National Guard deployment in New Castle, and that evening I attended a reception celebrating DE marriage equality, hosted by Delaware’s bishop, and with special guest Bishop Gene Robinson.  On Saturday Pam and I attended a reception, and then a football game at Delaware State.  DSU lost a VERY close game  against Morgan State.

On Monday the 25th I visited the Rite Aid at Fairfield, toured the store and received a flu shot.  That evening I attended and made a presentation on effective advocacy to the Newark (evening) Rotary, and then headed onto Hodgson Vo-Tech to join Senator Dave Sokola to present tributes to a 16-year old student who helped to save a woman’s life with CPR skills that she had learned at Hodgson.  On the 26th I attended an education task force meeting in Marshallton, and that evening I attended an Newark Interfaith Thanksgiving service at St. Thomas Episcopal church on South College Avenue..

We mailed out our newsletter, and have received very nice compliments on it.  I have extras, and can email it; let me know if you would like it.

In addition to working on education, midwifery, manufactured housing issues, Newark mayor election, and The Data Center/Power Plant proposal, I addressed concerns over cancelled health insurance policies, a Diwali US postage stamp, drainage in Evergreen, legislation related to suspended drivers licenses, HB196 (a housing bill), speed limits, glass in the Casho Mill pedestrian underpass, the euthanizing of dogs at the Safe Haven facility downstate, DART policy for picking up passengers at Main Towers, Oregon’s free college education program, victims of Dr. Bradley downstate, legislation clarifying taxation and zoning for educational institutions, and followup on a Casho Mill Road flooding problem that should be corrected shortly.