2015 Update—September 26th to October 9th

On Saturday the 26th I attended the annual festival at the Krantz Farm on New London Road. On Sunday the 27th I attended the Taste of Newark event, and afterwards drove to Milford to discuss veterans issues including those tied to the charitable video lottery system. On Wednesday the 30th I hosted a meeting of area stakeholders in serving the homeless population in the greater Newark area, and later joined a conference call on some upcoming legislation affecting public libraries. On Thursday the 1st I attended a meeting in Dover of the Health Care Commission, and discussed the proposal to establish an End of Life Advisory Council. On Friday the 2nd I attended the bill signing at the YWCA in Wilmington of Senate Bill 83, a domestic violence bill. Afterwards, I had a brief tour of DAPI, the Delaware Adolescent Program, Inc, which ensures the public education for young women who are pregnant. Last year they achieved a 100% graduation rate for their high school seniors.

This Monday, the 5th, I attended a meeting of the UD Faculty Senate, which passed a resolution requesting that the UD Presidential Search committee ask its finalists if they are willing to publicly meet faculty, students, staff, and members of the community during their campus visit. On Tuesday the 6th I attended an annual award breakfast at the Newark Senior Center, then a meeting in Dover of the Delaware Education and Support System advisory committee, and that evening I attended a meeting of the City of Newark Planning Commission, where they rejected a proposal to change the zoning for the Newark Country Club. On Wednesday I hosted my monthly coffee at Panera. On Thursday the 8th I attended the Grand Opening and Dedication of a JP Morgan Chase facility on the UD campus, and afterwards I went to Shue Medill Middle School for a meet and greet with the Acting Superintendent of Christina School District, Bob Andrzejewski. On Friday the 9th I had a meeting with DelDOT on Mason Drive, to determine whether a repaving project is warranted at this time.

Email Update

I have had emails to help a local church find a meeting location if and when the Newark Cinema Center is unavailable to them. On behalf of a (new) resident, I reached out to DMV regarding a documentation question. I reached out to the Department of Education, regarding a resident’s questions related to a Smarter Balanced test result mailing. I have reached out to a service organization, based on questions raised by a resident who lives in one of the organization’s group homes. I have passed on a resident’s veterans cemetery question ‘up the chain.’ I have passed a resident’s question regarding City of Newark utility rates to the appropriate city staff member. I have had emails with a resident regarding a four-way stop sign request. I am working with a resident who is having difficulties with her application to the Alder Creek community.

This week I submitted comments regarding the proposed deed restriction amendment to permit a CVS at the corner of Paper Mill and Corner Ketch Roads to the Land Use Department of the County. I also helped craft a joint letter of support for a funding request made by Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County, for funding to help them help lower-income homeowners in several Newark neighborhoods.

I have had emails and phone calls regarding the issue raised in a recent lawsuit by the ACLU against the Delaware State Police.

I had emails between a member of the Christina School District board and a member of the state Department of Education, regarding an upcoming requirement for CSD’s priority schools.

I have had emails and discussions regarding the White Clay Creek State Park.

I have had some emails regarding manufactured housing concerns.

I have requested that legislation be drafted regarding required disclosure to patients being admitted to a healthcare facility, related to what procedures that facility does not perform based on the facility’s religious beliefs.

I have had several emails regarding my efforts to establish an End of Life Advisory Council.

I have had several emails and discussions regarding the Newark Country Club, including the exploration of several ‘outside the box’ concepts.