Letters to the Editor — November 29, 2013

Hocker thanks panel, residents for event


Rep. Ron Gray (38th District) and I would like to thank the 168 residents that came out to our Storm Preparedness/Evacuation Meeting held last night, Nov. 19, at the Roxana Fire Department. This meeting was made a success by Rep. Gray’s invited panel and his organization of time.

The panel that came gave their time and deserves a very special thank-you.

Brooks Cahall, environmental program manager of the Division of Watershed Stewardship (DNREC) took an evening of his personal vacation to join us. Mike Powell, environmental scientist, of the Division of Watershed Stewardship (DNREC); Don Knox, chief of Natural Hazards of DEMA; Kevin Keeley, acting deputy director of DEMA; Joe Thomas, director of the Sussex County Emergency Operations Center; and Gene Donaldson, TMC operations manager (DelDOT) all came down after working hours to meet with us.

Each of these gentlemen provided information and offered personal assistance to those in attendance regarding storm preparedness, evacuation procedures, emergency information systems and current projects in place to review the flooding that occurs in the back bays.

Tony Pratt of DNREC was present in the audience and was kind to provide some clarification in regards to the flooding concerns for the residents along Route 54.

For anyone that missed the meeting, Rep. Ron Gray and I will have additional information available on our websites and in our upcoming newsletters.

State Sen. Gerald Hocker

Candidate: There’s a question no one is asking


I know we all try to keep ourselves well-versed with the topics of our state government, subjects such as the status of our poor Moody Analytical report, ranking Delaware’s economy at the bottom of the list of recovering and falling back into the recession.

Delaware’s unemployment rate is approximately 35,000 people. Delaware’s education system ranking is 22nd in the nation. These are just a few of our current administration’s unsuccessful policies from an extensive roster that have Delaware near the bottom of the list.

But the question no one is asking is “Why Delaware is ranked No. 4 out of 50 as the most corrupt state?” Is this something we, as taxpayers, should be proud of where we rank at the top of the list? It’s embarrassing, to say the least, among the current administration’s unsuccessful policies (http://t.co/Zh7ZJ0SqKo via @thedailybeast).

I am truly disturbed that our beloved state has taken a nosedive in the past 20 years regarding its image among the rest of the country. Mass media, newspapers and information transported through the Internet has informed all of us of the corrupted practices among politicians and business professionals who link themselves together in their attempts to gain statewide power, status, favors and financial gain at the high cost of the Delaware tax payer.

When is enough, enough? Let’s move on, eliminating the career crooked politicians in 2014 and 2016 as consensus voters making Delaware the first state it once was.

Lacey Lafferty
Republican Candidate for Governor in 2016<.em>

LBWC grateful for support with event


On behalf of Lord Baltimore Women’s Club, I want to thank the community for their overwhelming support of our recent Fall Luncheon & Fashion Show held at Baywood Greens Country Club, with fashions by Treasure Island. It was a wonderful event and has provided more than $6,600 in funding for college scholarships for local students and for financial support to our local schools.

We want to say a particular thank-you to the businesses listed whose generous donations made our success possible. I also want to thank our members for their hard work and dedication to the people of our community!

Addy Sea Bed & Breakfast, Al Casapula’s Subs, Steaks & Pizza, Armand’s Pizza By the Sea, Beachview Chiropractic Center, Bethany Beach Books, Bethany Florist, Birch Tree Cafe, Blooming Boutique, The Blue Crab, Blue Heron, Boordy Vineyards, The Café on 26, Carolina Street, Clear Space Theater Co., Coronado Jewelers, The Cottage Café, Crazy LadyZ, Creative Concepts, Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club, Curves, Ocean View, Dickens Parlour Theatre , DiFebo’s, Donna’s Family Cut & Curl, D’Ortone’s Homestyle Italian, Ellen Rice Gallery, Fat Tuna Grill, Float-ors, Food Lion, Kim Frye, Gallery One, Giant Foods, Harris Teeter, Harry & David, Hocker’s Grocery & Deli, Hudson’s General Store, Jayne’s Reliable , Just Hooked/Off the Hook, Kitty’s Ltd., Kool Bean Bistro, Lady Fenwick, Lavender and Lace Antiques and Gifts, Ms. Dollie Lewis, Lord’s Landscaping, Magnolia’s Seafood Bar & Grill, Made By Hand , Mancini’s Restaurant, McCabe’s Gourmet Market, Mia Fratello Italian Steakhouse, Miller’s Creek, Millville Pet Stop, Mind, Body & Sole, Nage Bistro, Oceanova Spa, Olivia’s Closet, Dr. Robert Parsons, Patti’s Hallmark Shop , Perucci’s, Pitter Patter, Premier Design, Romeo’s Kitchen, The Rooster’s Nest, Sabor Restaurant, Salon on Central, The Salted Rim, Sea Needles, Sedona, Sequels, Serendipity Quilt Shop, Silhouettes, Somerhouse, Southern Exposure, Summer House Restaurant, Touch of Italy, Treasure Island, Turquoise Restaurant & Bar, Turtle Beach Café, Turtle Moon Designs, Twinings Lobster Shanty, Victoria’s Restaurant, Walgreens, Warren’s Station, Wear It Out, Zahav Restaurant (Philadelphia).

Pat Nitzsche, President
Lord Baltimore Women’s Club

Sound United thankful for help, support


Sound United Methodist Church recently held a Soup, Sandwich and Silent Auction Event on Nov. 16, 2013. This event not only serves as a fundraiser for our church but also supports our community outreach efforts. It was received with great success.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the businesses and kind donors for their generous support: Ace Hardware, Georgia House, Amber Peterson, Hoban’s Service Center, Bayside Rug Co., Jeffrey Auxer, Bayville Package Store, Johnson’s Country Market, Bayville Postal Services, Johnson Family Restaurant, Beach Carpet Cleaning, June Truitt, Beverly Mattox, Kaye Hudson, Brasure’s Auto Repair, Ken’s Bayside Subs and Pizza, Brasure’s Carpet Care, Mancini’s Restaurant, Brasure’s Pest Control, One of a Kind, Candy Kitchen, Sandy Hudson, Ceramic Zone, Sea Level, Countryside Café, Selbyville Holly Kia, D.B.’s Fries, Shirley Beacom, Dairy Queen, Sweet Disposition, Donna’s Family Cut & Curl, Taste of South Philly, Eastern Shore Podiatry, Tina’s House of Hair, Fenwick Hardware, Tracey Berry, Fisher’s Popcorn, Treasure Beach General Store, Frankford Diner, Warren’s Station, Galaxy 66 and West Fenwick Car Wash.

Sound United Methodist Church

GFWC women hold successful fundraiser


The GFWC Zwaanendael Women’s Club of Lewes held an annual fundraiser at Accents Jewelry on Thursday, Nov. 21, from 5 to 7 p.m. Complimentary wine, cheese, crackers and snacks were served to the public.

The club would like to thank Accents, our members, friends and the public for being part of this successful fundraiser. Proceeds will aid the scholarship fund and the homeless in our community.

Karen Sweigart, Chair
GFWC Zwaanendael Women’s Club of Lewes