2016 Update—November 20th to December 2nd

On Monday the 21st I joined in the ribbon cutting for Churrascaria Saudades, the Brazilian steakhouse in Newark Shopping Center.  On Tuesday I met with a resident who is helping another resident who is in need of state services.  That evening I joined the annual Newark Interfaith Thanksgiving Service at the Head of Christiana Presbyterian Church.  On Saturday I drove through the district to finalize the determination of which district streets are in the greatest need of repaving.

On Monday the 28th I addressed a UD class on ‘political fitness’, tips for being a responsible citizen.  That afternoon I attended a UD faculty forum exploring the question of prioritizing research versus teaching for UD faculty.  I read a joint statement prepared by Senators Townsend and Sokola, and myself.  I spoke about this issue on WDEL on Tuesday afternoon the 29th.  On Wednesday the 30th I met with the mayor in the morning, then attended a lunch with colleagues and representatives of the automobile industry.  After this I attended a meeting to better understand the proposed “Florida-T” traffic pattern proposed for the intersection of Woodlawn Avenue and Library Avenue.  That evening I stopped at the emergency board meeting of the Christina School Board, and then joined a workshop held by the Newark Housing Authority regarding furthering their mission of expanding the availability of affordable housing in the City of Newark.  On Friday the 2nd I attended a breakfast with colleagues and with several school district superintendents.  I joined the We Stand With You rally on the UD campus at noon (see the letter from the UD community, below).  That evening I attended a Town Hall Meeting at the Islamic Society of Delaware, “The Trump Administration and What It Means to You”.

Emails—I have had emails to complete the 2017 list of district streets receiving repaving projects.  There were a few emails regarding supplemental services provided to patients at the local VA hospital, problems with US mail delivery.  I have responded to several emails from constituents who would like to see our state and country adopt the National Popular Vote system.

I have had several emails related to the UD Board of Trustees plans to sharply reduce the UD Faculty Senate’s power to set faculty policy, and several related to the ‘excellence in research versus teaching’ issue.  There were a few emails addressing the incident at the Bear Library with three patrons were improperly dealt with by a staff member.  I have had emails regarding the city, on fallen birdhouses, traffic committee input,

I have had emails with colleagues regarding upcoming legislation, both mine and others.  I have also had several emails with colleagues, residents, and members of the administration, regarding the charter-district lawsuit settlement.