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Business Briefs

Apr 21, 2014

Philly Pretzel Factory to give away free pretzels April 26

Philly Pretzel Factory in Rehoboth Beach will be giving away free pretzels Saturday, April 26, to everyone who comes in the store. In honor of National Pretzel Day, each customer who comes into Philly Pretzel Factory will receive one free pretzel. Philly Pretzel is looking to give away 1 million free pretzels nationwide. Philly Pretzel Factory in Rehoboth Beach is at 1807 Coastal Highway. Saturday hours are 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Deadline April 27 for Food Lion customers to name soda flavors

Through April 27, Food Lion customers can name their favorite private brand soda flavors for a chance to win prizes.

To participate, customers should submit their suggested names for Food Lion brand root beer, ginger ale, orange soda, grape soda and fruit punch. One entry per soda per day is allowed in order to offer multiple opportunities to win prizes.

Participants should visit to enter the contest. Five grand prize winners will receive $500, plus one a one-year supply of free private brand soda. Ten more winners will receive a $100 Food Lion gift card, as well as a three-month supply of free private brand soda.

Customers will have the chance to vote on their favorite names at from May 7 through May 13.

Jane and Georgie to hold Alzheimer's fundraiser April 30

Jane and Georgie, 419 Rehoboth Ave. in Rehoboth Beach, will host a fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association Wednesday, April 30, in memory of the owner’s grandparents, who were affected by the debilitating disease. Twenty percent of sales either in the store or online will be donated to the organization. Volunteers will be in the store from 4 to 7 p.m. or available online throughout the day to offer information about Alzheimer’s disease. Visit

Walt Lydic to represent AAG for reverse mortgages in Delaware

American Advisors Group has selected industry veteran Walt Lydic as a retail reverse mortgage professional to cover Delaware and Maryland's Eastern Shore. AAG, based in Orange, Calif., is the nation's top reverse mortgage lender. Lydic, of Ocean View, has 26 years of mortgage origination experience in Delaware and Maryland, and has specialized in reverse mortgages for the past seven years, most of them with Wells Fargo and MetLife. Reverse mortgages allow qualified seniors ages 62 or older to convert a portion of their existing home equity into cash. Former Sen. Fred Thompson is the television spokesman for AAG. Lydic can be reached at or 302-363-5913.

Community shredding event May 2

The Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce in partnership with WSFS and the chamber’s Green Force will host a shredding event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, May 2, rain or shine. The community is invited to bring used paper to Bethany Blues in Lewes, 18385 Coastal Highway.

Bethany Blues will provide light refreshments for participants. Attendees will be able to gain information on green initiatives and reduce their carbon footprint with free shredding. There is no charge, but donations for the benefit of the Destination Station Project are welcome.

Any paper-based printed material can be shredded, as well as x-rays, CDs, floppy disks, cassette/audio tapes, microfilm, and more. Staples, rubber bands, folders, paper clips, etc. do not need to be removed before shredding occurs. Materials must be removed from three-ring binders prior to shredding.

For more information, call the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce at 302-227-6446 or visit

Avoiding Probate class May 5

A free class in avoiding probate is being offered to the public from 6 to 7 p.m., Monday, May 5, at the Georgetown Public Library, 123 West Pine St., Georgetown.  The class covers how to make the transition of property occur seamlessly at the time of death, without opening an estate.  The sponsor, Delaware Money School, provides an experienced and well-qualified instructor, Deirdre O'Shea McCartney Esq., to the public. Having written, spoken and taught on the subject many times, she breaks down what appears to be a complex subject to simple, understandable layman's terms. This class teaches how to prepare an estate in such a manner that the entire probate process can be avoided, and the will never comes into play.

The Money School is the signature program of the nonprofit Delaware Financial Literacy Institute. Registration to attend the class is done at

For more information on this class, contact Deirdre O'Shea McCartney at or 302-855-0551

Encore Entrepreneur Mentor Day May 8

The U.S. Small Business Administration and AARP are teaming up to present National Mentor Month, a nationwide effort to promote entrepreneurship among individuals over 50.  SBA and AARP will present Encore Entrepreneur Mentor Day events from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Thursday, May 8, at CHEER Community Center, 20520 Sand Hill Road, Georgetown.

Presentations will spotlight technical business assistance resources, business financing resources, franchising opportunities, and second-career entrepreneurs discussing their experience starting a business.

Preregistration is preferred but not required; seating is limited. To register, email

RSVP by May 9 for board and committee training seminar May 12

Legum & Norman Inc. Resorts Division, an Associa company, will host a complimentary board and committee training seminar, The Board’s Role, Management’s Role, Do’s and Don’t’s of a Community Meeting, and 
Effective Minute Taking, from 9 a.m. to noon, Monday, May 12, at Bayside at Bethany Lakes Community Center, 38335 Old Mill Way, Ocean View. Open to all area condominium owners, HOA board members, homeowners and potential board members, the program will be facilitated by L&N’s credentialed, professional managers. Continental breakfast and handouts will be provided.

RSVP to Erika Grden by May 9 at 302-227-8448 or

Rehoboth-Dewey Chamber Spring Sidewalk Sale May 16-18

The Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce announces the 31st Annual Spring Sidewalk Sale, Friday to Sunday, May 16 to 18. The sale runs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day (store hours might vary). Stores in Rehoboth Beach, Dewey Beach and along Route 1 will be participating.

2014 top billing Event Sponsors to date Include Delaware Today - Perfect Wave Sponsor, WBOC - Perfect Wave Sponsor, Sussex County Federal Credit Union - Tidal Wave Sponsor, County Bank - Swell Sponsor, Delmarva Power - Swell Sponsor, Tanger Outlets - Swell Sponsor, 7 Eleven - Rip Wave Sponsor, Affinity Energy Management - Rip Wave Sponsor and Jiffy Lube Lewes - Rip Wave Sponsor

For more information, call the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce at 302-227-6446 or visit

Barnett-Baker joins Tastefully Simple

Nichole Barnett-Baker of Georgetown has become an independent consultant with Tastefully Simple Inc., a national direct sales company featuring more than 60 delicious, easy-to-prepare foods.

As an independent business owner, Barnett-Baker offers food samples at home taste-testing parties, along with easy ideas for everyday meals, recipes and serving suggestions. All of Tastefully Simple's products are open-and-enjoy or can be prepared by adding only one or two ingredients.

For more information about Tastefully Simple products, taste-testing parties or starting a Tastefully Simple business, contact Barnett-Baker at For more information about Tastefully Simple, visit

Stephen Gorski joins Duffield Associates

Stephen Gorski, PE, has joined Duffield Associates’ civil engineering/water resources department as a senior project manager. Gorski has more than 25 years of experience in civil engineering design, management and construction for a variety of large and complex civil engineering and land development projects throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.

Gorski graduated from the University of Delaware with BS degrees in civil engineering and geology. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Society of American Military Engineers, Homebuilders Association, as well as other professional organizations.

Duffield Associates provides consulting in civil engineering, water and natural resources, environmental services, geotechnical engineering, coastal/waterfront engineering, structural engineering and construction services. Duffield Associates has offices in Wilmington and Georgetown, Philadelphia and Carlisle, Pa; Havre de Grace, Md; and Cape May Court House, N.J.

Delmarva Insulation opens Home Performance

To better serve homeowners on the Delmarva Peninsula, Delmarva Insulation in Georgetown has launched its Home Performance division. This division will focus specifically on improving energy efficiency for existing homes including crawl space encapsulation, insulating and air sealing.

“We have been upgrading insulation in existing homes since we opened in 2002,” says Victor Bautista, general manager of Delmarva Insulation. “With today’s increased understanding of building science and the unique needs of existing homes, our Home Performance team has been established to address the needs of these homeowners so they can save money on their energy bills and have more comfortable homes.”

For more information about Delmarva Insulation Home Performance and its services, visit

Flexera exhibits at Spring Trade Expo

Flexera Inc., widely recognized as a leader in the alternative energy space specializing in solar power and LED lighting solutions, was a featured exhibitor at the 40th annual Ocean City Hotel-Motel Restaurant Association Spring Trade Expo held March 9 and 10 in Ocean City, Md. This marked the fifth consecutive year for Flexera as an exhibitor.

“Flexera is a tremendous supporter of the Ocean City Hotel-Motel Restaurant Association, and we couldn’t be more proud to participate in the 2014 Expo,” said Flexera CEO Bob Light. “Our representatives in attendance always admire the productive conversations had with participants."

Flexera is a full-service provider of innovative energy services, solutions, and products to the Mid-Atlantic region. For more information, visit For more frequent updates, follow on Twitter @Flexera_Inc.

Employers urged to use tax credit

With the return of the Delaware National Guard’s 198th Expeditionary Signal Battalion, Delaware Gov. Jack A. Markell reminds employers about the state’s Veterans Opportunity Tax Credit.

“Military veterans possess skills that strengthen our workforce, and we should do everything we can to help these men and women find gainful employment when they return home,” said Markell. “We are grateful to local employers who support Delaware veterans and we, in turn, want to ensure they take advantage of the tax credit available to them.”

The credit, signed into law by Markell in August 2012, offers Delaware employers up to $1,500 a year - for three years - for each veteran hired. To qualify for the credit, veterans must have received an Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, or a Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal. They must also be hired between Jan. 1, 2012 and Jan. 1, 2016.

Rufft awarded Women in Water Award

Artesian Resources Corporation has announced that Joanne C. Rufft, director of community relations and environmental initiatives, was awarded the 2014 Women in Water Award from the Delaware Rural Water Association.

Rufft received the award at a Feb. 26 luncheon during DRWA's 24th Annual Technical and Conference Exhibition held on the Delaware State Fairgrounds. The award recognized Rufft for her performance and dedication and the positive impact she has had on the water industry. Rufft, who has been in the water industry for 25 years, administers Artesian's community, environmental, conservation and education programs and events. She directs Artesian's participation in the annual Christina River Watershed Cleanup and has conducted educational outreach program to local schools, both in Delaware and Maryland.

Artesian Resources Corporation operates as the holding company of wholly owned subsidiaries offering water, wastewater services and related services on the Delmarva Peninsula. Artesian Water Company, the principal subsidiary, is the oldest and largest investor-owned public water utility on the Delmarva Peninsula.

Lori M. Leonard joins The Pampered Chef

Millsboro resident Lori M. Leonard has joined The Pampered Chef, the largest direct seller of cookware and accessories for entertainment at home, as an independent consultant. Leonard will offer cooking shows to teach people how to cook at home easily and affordably, as well as provide practical solutions for family mealtimes.

The Pampered Chef's independent consultants organize, develop and maintain their business according to their personal needs. They determine their own hours, goals and levels of achievement. By holding just two cooking shows a week, the average consultant can earn more than $850 a month.

For more information about hosting a cooking show or purchasing products, call Leonard at 302-228-2108 or visit For more information about the Pampered Chef, call 1‐800‐266‐5562, visit or like on Facebook.

TD Bank launches online community for financial guidaance

TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank, recently introduced TD Helps, an online social community providing financial information and guidance to U.S. consumers.

TD Helps is a managed community where people can ask questions about a wide range of personal finance topics and receive answers from knowledgeable TD Bank specialists and other consumers.

From first-time home buying to planning for retirement, TD Helps specialists guide consumers on their personal financial journeys.

Specialists answer all questions submitted to TD Helps, and if a question cannot be published for privacy or other reasons, the TD Helps program team will respond to the consumer privately within 24 hours via email. All answers are checked for accuracy before they are published. To visit TD Helps, go to

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