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Weatherization Program Helps Delawareans Invest in Their Homes

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It’s time for Delawareans to prepare their homes for winter weather. The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control offers the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) at no cost to qualified low-income families to reduce energy costs.

DNREC encourages Delaware homeowners and renters to review the eligibility guidelines at to then receive a free energy audit. An auditor will determine the services to improve the energy efficiency of the homes. Typical services include air-sealing, insulation, heating system repair, lighting upgrades and minor repairs that are necessary to complete energy-saving measures.

Last year, 195 Delawareans benefited from this program, with an average estimated savings of $283 per home per year, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

The program will now be available throughout Delaware by Energy Coordinating Agency (ECA), which had previously contracted to provide services to 200 homes in New Castle County. Following a recent state competitive bidding process, ECA is contracted to weatherize an additional 200 homes each year in Kent and Sussex counties and, at the start of their contract, has a client waiting list with 100 potential homes. ECA will use two subtractors, Eleventh House Solutions and HELP Initiative, to provide administrative functions.

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Small Business Division lists documents needed for Relief Grant program applications

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The Division of Small Business began accepting applications for the first round of distribution from the $100 million DE Relief Grant program starting at 10 a.m. Tuesday at

Grants of up to $100,000 are available to assist Delaware small businesses (and nonprofits) impacted by coronavirus.

Business owners interested in the program can gather the required documents:

  • 2019 tax return
  • Delaware Business License
  • Receipts for qualifying expenses

Though the application portal will not be open until Tuesday morning, a video demonstrating the system and walking through the steps to apply is on the division’s Facebook page –

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Childhood Cancer Awareness Blood Drive

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Riley Jadick, 8, and Emily Higgins, 5, are two little girls who represent why we observe Childhood Cancer Awareness Month each September.

Riley, of Landenberg, Pennsylvania, took her last dose of oral chemotherapy at the end of July thereby ending her battle with

leukemia after 843 days. She was surrounded by her immediate family at home and by extended family and friends – including Blood Bank of Delmarva – via a Zoom conference call.

“After having to get Riley to take medicine every morning and night for almost two and a half years (some nights as many as 18 pills), it was nice to know that we will be able to remove the ones that have the greatest side effects, hopefully, God-willing, forever,” said Robin Jadick, Riley’s mother.

At the end of June, Emily, of Wilmington, Delaware, was taking her own last dose of oral chemotherapy and celebrating with family after 864 days of treatment for her battle against Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

With Riley, Emily and other children in mind, we’ll celebrate Childhood Cancer Awareness Month starting with the September 1 blood drive scheduled to take place at the 76ers Fieldhouse in Wilmington. Account Manager Desso Bryant will hold this blood drive in conjunction with the New Castle County Police Community Services Unit, which helped us fill 93 appointments at the first 76ers blood drive July 9.

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DNREC Offers Compost Bins and Rain Barrels at Discount Prices

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Delaware residents may preorder environmentally beneficial compost bins and rain barrels at discount prices during an online sale sponsored by DNREC. Made available by DNREC’s Division of Waste and Hazardous Substances, in conjunction with the Division of Watershed Stewardship, advance purchases must be made for both items via before the deadlines listed below:

  • Lewes – Preorder deadline is Sept. 13 for pickup on Saturday, Sept. 19 Pickup location at the DNREC Lewes Field Facility, 901 Pilottown Road, Lewes, DE 19958 (9 a.m. – 1 p.m.).
  • New Castle – Preorder deadline is Sept. 27 for pickup on Saturday, Oct. 3. Pickup location at the DNREC Office, 391 Lukens Drive, New Castle, DE. 19720 (9 a.m. – 1 p.m.).. Pickup: rear door location.
  • Dover – Preorder deadline is Oct. 4 for pickup on Saturday, Oct. 10. Pickup location at the DNREC Office, 155 Commerce Way, Suite B, Dover, DE. 19904 (9 a.m. – 1 p.m.). Pickup: rear door location.

The ”FreeGarden Earth” compost bins, offered through DNREC for $50 each, are made from recycled materials, and require no assembly. Compost bins have features that enhance the decomposition process and help make composting more efficient. These compact units transform food scraps and yard waste into a nutrient-rich soil amendment that replaces traditional fertilizers to produce healthier plants and vegetables in home gardens.

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State of Delaware, New Castle County Launch $100M Grant Program for Small Businesses and Nonprofits Statewide

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WILMINGTON, Del. – Governor John Carney, New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer and the Delaware Division of Small Business on Wednesday announced grant program of at least $100 million to assist Delaware small businesses and nonprofit organizations affected by the COVID-19 crisis.

The DE Relief Grants program announced on Wednesday is a joint initiative of the State of Delaware and New Castle County, and is funded by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

The program is expected to reach more than 3,000 small businesses and nonprofit organizations with grants of up to $100,000. The Division of Small Business is administering the program and will begin accepting applications in early September at

“Delaware small businesses are the backbone of our economy and they have made considerable sacrifices during the COVID-19 crisis. We owe them our gratitude and support,” said Governor Carney. “These relief grants will help Delaware small businesses begin the process of recovering and will help make investments necessary to create safer spaces for their customers and staff.”

“Small businesses and nonprofits are facing expensive costs as they retrofit their workplaces,” said New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer. “We’re pleased to be able to join with the State of Delaware in supporting this important program.”

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Governor Carney Announces Expansion of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Statewide

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[Source: WITN22]

WILMINGTON, Del. – Governor John Carney and First Lady Tracey Quillen Carney today joined American icon Dolly Parton to announce the statewide expansion of her namesake Imagination Library book gifting program and to encourage parents of young children across Delaware to participate.

“I am so excited to be working with Governor and First Lady Carney to bring my Imagination Library to children and families across Delaware!” said Ms. Parton. “It takes visionary leaders to make this possible, and I can’t thank them enough. It is such an important time to share the gift of books and reading with as many children as we can, and I know Delaware families will love receiving a specially selected book in the mail each month.”

Children whose parents enroll them with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library [] through Delaware libraries receive one new book in the mail each month from birth until the child’s fifth birthday at no cost to the family, creating a personal library of as many as 60 books that can help form the foundation of a child’s early reading experience. Information and registration are available online through the Delaware Division of Libraries [].

Books are selected by a national panel of early childhood literacy experts who review hundreds of children’s books each year and choose those that best fit the needs of children as they learn and grow.

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Update: Surge in Covid-19 cases largely due to adding in past info from corrections system

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Test results from the state’s corrections system were behind what at first glance looked like a surge in coronavirus cases, the Delaware Division of Public health noted in its weekly report.

The cases stemmed from an earlier outbreak in the Sussex Correctional Institution. The outbreak was contained but did come with word of two deaths from people with pre-existing conditions.

Over the last week, the number of new COVID-19 cases remained below 100 per day for the first time since late-June. The number of positive cases, as of Friday night, was 52.

The 14-day average for the percentage of persons who tested positive for COVID-19 fell back to 4.2 on Friday from 4.3 percent as of Thursday, Aug. 13. In addition, the number of people urrently hospitalized due to COVID-19 in Delaware fell from 38 to 35.

A total of 593 Delawareans have passed away due to complications from COVID-19. The state reported five additional deaths since last week’s update. None were residents of long-term care facilities.

DPH noted thatwhile the total cumulative number of positive cases increased by 373 between Wednesday and Thursday night, 291 positive cases largely represent test results reported by the Department of Correction that were recently processed into the Division of Public Health’s system. Additionally, 88 DOC-related positive cases were added the day before.

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FREE Rabies Shots and Microchip Clinic for Dogs and Cats on Sunday, August 23 in Wilmington from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki and the Chief Executive Officer of the Brandywine Valley SPCA, Adam Lamb, today invited animal lovers to bring their dogs and cats to a FREE rabies shot clinic to be held on Sunday, August 23 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Tilton Park at West 8th Street and North Broom Street in Wilmington. Advance registration is required. Register at

The pets brought to the event will receive FREE rabies and distemper shots (dogs) or the FVRCP vaccination (cats). FREE microchipping will also be available, and the Brandywine Valley SPCA will have pet food assistance available for as long as supplies last. Pet owners with questions about the Sunday, August 23 clinic, made possible thanks to a grant from the Petco Foundation, should call 302.516.1004 and speak with a representative of the Brandywine Valley SPCA.

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Governor Carney, DSHA, New Castle County Announce $40 Million in Housing Assistance

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WILMINGTON, Del. – Governor John Carney and Delaware State Housing Authority (DSHA) Director Anas Ben Addi on Monday announced the reopening of the Delaware Housing Assistance Program (DE HAP), which provides financial assistance for renters affected by COVID-19, and announced that emergency mortgage assistance is now available for homeowners who have missed payments due to the pandemic.

The State of Delaware and New Castle County will contribute a combined $40 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding to provide payments for qualified applications to both the rental and mortgage assistance programs.

“We know many Delawareans continue to face a very challenging time as they struggle with the economic effects of the COVID-19 crisis,” said Governor John Carney. “By reopening the rental assistance program and providing similar financial assistance to homeowners, we hope to help more Delaware families stay in their homes both during and after the pandemic.”

“We know that many of our neighbors remain unemployed or underemployed and are struggling to keep a roof over their heads,” said DSHA Director Anas Ben Addi. “Today’s announcement builds on our efforts to prevent evictions and foreclosures resulting from the pandemic and will allow DSHA and our partners the opportunity to better assist both renters and homeowners throughout the state with their housing needs.”

“No one should be thrown out on the street due to the inability to pay their rent or mortgage during a public health emergency,” said New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer. “Since day one of the COVID-19 pandemic, our county government has focused on protecting New Castle County’s most vulnerable residents. We have partnered with the state on these efforts throughout the pandemic, and I am thankful for the leadership Governor Carney and Director Ben Addi have shown by reopening the rental assistance program and the start of emergency mortgage assistance. I am proud that $20 million of our CARES Act funding will go to support these programs that will continue to enable so many families to have a place to call home.”

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Delaware Food Bank Holding Mobile Food Pantry

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DOVER, Del.- The Food Bank of Delaware is hosting three mobile pantries beginning Monday.

Gov. John Carney announced the pantries Sunday on Twitter.

On Monday, Aug. 3, a mobile pantry will be held in Georgetown starting at 11 a.m. It will be held at the Crossroad Community Church on State Forest Road.

On Wednesday, Aug. 5, a drive-thru food drive will be held  at Glasgow High School in Newark, New Castle County. It will also be held at 11 a.m.

On Friday, Aug. 7, it will once again begin at 11 a.m. in Kent County. This time it will be held at the Dover International Speedway on North Dupont Highway.

You can sign up in advance or register upon arrival. Signing up ahead of time does not guarantee service as it is a first come first serve basis.

The Food Bank of Delaware says to stay in your vehicle and make sure your truck is cleared out. An ID and proof of Delaware residency is required.

[Source: WRDE]

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