Cape Life Briefs
Friends of the Lewes Public Library seek candidates for board; apply by June 7
The Friends of the Lewes Public Library are seeking candidates from the greater Lewes area to serve a three-year appointment on the Board of Directors. Interested individuals must be current members of the Friends of the Lewes Public Library. To be considered, send a completed application to President Candace Vessella, Friends of the Lewes Public Library Board of Directors, P.O. Box 356, Lewes, DE 19958, by Friday, June 7. Applications may be picked up at the library or downloaded from the Friends page of the Lewes Public Library website (www.leweslibrary.org).
The purpose of the Friends Board of Directors is to promote the library and help raise funds for its use, such as purchasing lending materials including books, sponsoring performances and enhancing the Children's Program. Meetings are held every other month. For further information, contact Vessella at 302-703-2212.
Coast Guard Station Indian River Inlet open house May 17 and 18
During Safe Boating Week, Coast Guard Station Indian River Inlet will host a Public Open House from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday and Saturday, May 17 and 18. Visit this active base for tours of the station and of the vessels stationed there. Survival gear will be on display, and Coast Guard staff will be available to answer questions.
The station is also offering available slips in the basin and parking for boat owners to bring in their vessels in for free safety examinations courtesy of the Coast Guard Auxiliary.
Reservations are not necessary. Drive to the base at 39373 Inlet Road, Rehoboth Beach, where parking is free.
Donations wanted for annual MERR yard sale May 18
Donations are being sought for the annual Marine Education, Research and Rehabilitation Institute yard sale and open house. The sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, May 18, rain or shine. The event will feature numerous items for sale as well as tours of the rescue facility.
All funds raised during the event will go to the year-round efforts of the nonprofit organization, and will assist in providing veterinary care and response for marine mammals and sea turtles stranding in Delaware. The yard sale is one of the major fundraisers for the organization, and will also feature a bake sale and refreshments throughout the day.
The yard sale will be at the MERR facility, 801 Pilottown Road, Lewes, approximately one mile from downtown (toward the DNREC boat ramp) on the canal.
To donate to the MERR yard sale, call 302-396-9508.
Quilts of Love meets May 18 for quilting bee
Quilts of Love is sponsoring a day of quilt-making from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, May 18, at St. Edmond’s Catholic Church, Rehoboth Beach. Quilts are given to infants and children in Sussex County.
All materials will be provided. Those who don't know how to sew will be shown. Those who have a sewing machine are asked to bring it. Bring a covered dish to share at lunch. Organizers welcome the following donations for future bees: pure cotton fabrics and flannel, 100 percent cotton thread, low-loft batting, embroidery floss.
Due to hot irons and extension cords, don’t bring small children. For more information call Jan at 302-703-2107.
Hobos in Rehoboth to host doggy happy hour May 18
The Delaware Humane Association will hold its next Playtime at the Beach from noon to 3 p.m., Saturday, May 18 at Hobos Restaurant and Bar, 56 Baltimore Ave. in Rehoboth Beach. Playtime at the Beach doggy happy hours are hosted by local restaurants and bars in Rehoboth Beach. Dogs are welcome at each venue but must be on a leash. A portion of the proceeds from each happy hour will be donated to DHA.
Hobos is the perfect place to start the day or wind down at the end of it with its signature cocktail menu. It offers great food from around the world with a focus on locally grown produce. For more information visit myhobos.com or contact Hobos at 302-226-2226 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For a complete list of upcoming Playtime at the Beach events, visit dehumane.org/playtimebeach.
Delaware Teen Idol auditions May 18
First State Community Action Agency & Delaware Prevention Coalition will host auditions for Delaware Teen Idol from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 18. Auditions will be held at Georgetown Middle School, 301 W. Market St., and are open to Sussex County teens ages 13-18. Individuals and groups must perform an original song, rap, dance or poem addressing safe sex, fatherhood involvement, anti-drug use, anti-violence or anti-crime. Finalists will have the opportunity to compete in the state competition in Wilmington for a chance to win cash and other cool prizes.
Interested youth can register now for the auditions at First State Community Action Agency office in Georgetown at 308 N. Railroad Ave. For an application or more information contact Maria Porter at 302-856-7761, Ext. 267 or Sandi Hagans at 302-856-7761, Ext. 113.
NARFE chapter to meet May 20 in Seaford
Western Sussex Chapter 1992 of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association will hold a meeting at noon, Monday, May 20, with lunch at the Pizza King Restaurant on Stein Highway in Seaford. The speaker will be state Sen. Robert Venables, D-Laurel. For more information, contact Richard Stec at 302-684-1729.
AARP Defensive Driving Refresher Course May 21 at Harbour Lights
Harbour Lights CHEER Center, 34211 Woods Edge Drive in Lewes, will host an AARP Defensive Driving Refresher Course from 1 to 5 p.m., Tuesday, May 21. Cost is $12 for AARP members, $14 for nonmembers.
Prior completion of the Basic Driving Course is required before taking the refresher course. This class teaches valuable defensive driving techniques and provides a refresher about the rules of the road. Plus, in some states, completing this course could qualify participants for a multiyear discount on insurance.
Call the center, 302-645-9239, to preregister.
Military officers will meet May 21
The Southern Delaware Chapter of MOAA will meet from noon to 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 21, at Irish Eyes Pub and Restaurant, 213 Anglers Road, Lewes. Laurie White of the Georgetown Veterans Administration office will speak on Understanding The Health Care Reform Act's Effects on Veterans' and Retired Military Benefits. Attend and get clarification and answers to questions. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. A buffet luncheon will be served. Guests are welcome.
Long Neck AARP to hold monthly luncheon meeting May 22
Long Neck AARP Chapter 4903 will have its monthly luncheon and presentation at noon, Wednesday, May 22, at American Legion Post 28, 31768 Legion Road.
The program is by Roger Marino of Mountaire Farms, who will focus on issues for the elderly. Menu choice is chicken parmesan, spaghetti & salad or roast beef, scalloped potatoes and California blend vegetables; dessert is strawberry shortcake.
Reservations are required by May 17. RSVP to Lynne, 302-644-8774; Ruth, 302-945-4510; or Mari, 302-684-8485. The luncheon and presentation cost $12 for chapter members, $12.50 for nonmembers. All members and prospective members are invited to attend.
Caregiver support group meets May 28
A caregiver resource support group will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, May 28, at Harbour Lights CHEER Center, 34211 Woods Edge Drive in Lewes. The group meets the fourth Tuesday of each month. Lunch is available for $3 for those age 60 and up, $4.50 for others. Call 302-645-9239 to register.
Delaware Hospice offers 'Off the Clock' Elder Law Q&A session May 29
In collaboration with Procino Wells LLC Attorneys at Law, Delaware Hospice is offering "Off the Clock," a complimentary elder law question-and-answer session from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 29, at the Delaware Hospice Center, 100 Patriots Way, Milford.
Patients and family members face many challenges at the end of life, including legal questions. What is a power of attorney versus a guardianship? What responsibility does a durable medical power of attorney give? What steps can one take to safely protect assets?
“Off the Clock” presenters will be Michele Procino-Wells, Esq., and Amber B. Woodland, Esq., from Procino Wells LLC. Participants will hear a brief presentation and then be invited to ask questions. Additional sessions are scheduled at 3 p.m.,Monday, June 17 and Friday, July 12. Learn more by contacting Katie Berna, MHA, BSN, CHPN, associate director of education for Delaware Hospice, at email@example.com or 302-530-2388.
Delaware Manufactured Home Owners travel to Shorebirds game June 8
Delaware Manufactured Home Owners Association is selling tickets for the Delmarva Shorebirds playing baseball against the Lakewood Blue Claws at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, June 8, at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium. Tickets are $6 each and may be obtained from home owners associations presidents or by calling 302-945-7943. There will be fireworks after the ballgame.
The funds raised by this event will benefit the work DMHOA does to help those in need who live in manufactured home communities on leased land.
New Refuge Summer Readers Program begins June 18
Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge in Milton will begin a new program, Refuge Summer Readers. Youth ages 8 to 12 will read selected books on their own, then join refuge staff and volunteers for a discussion and activity related to the story. The program will take place from 1 to 3:30 p.m., Tuesdays, June 18, July 16 and Aug. 13 in the refuge auditorium. June’s book is “Bully for You, Teddy Roosevelt!” by Jean Fritz. July’s book is “Earth Heroes: Champions of Wild Animals” by Carol and Bruce Malnor. August’s book is “John Muir: My Life with Nature” by Joseph Cornell. Books are available for purchase in the Friends' store at Prime Hook or are available on loan. Participation is free, but those interested must call the refuge at 302-684-8419 to preregister. For more information on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service visit www.fws.gov.
Lewes Public Library announces vacancies for Teen Advisory Board
The Lewes Public Library has vacancies for its Teen Advisory Board. The board will help with collection development, selecting books, magazines and other audiovisual materials for the teen collection. In addition, the Teen Advisory Board will help create library programs for teens.
The library is hoping to fill three positions with candidates age 13 and older. Meetings will be held monthly from 6 to 7 p.m. on a Thursday night. The exact Thursday of the month has yet to be determined and will be decided once all candidates express their preference. For more information contact Teen Services Librarian Lea Tomer at 302-645-2733.
Sussex County Habitat for Humanity seeks applicants for Milford home
Sussex County Habitat for Humanity is partnering with two Milford companies, Brendon T. Warfel Construction and Burris Logistics, to build a Habitat home in Milford. Sussex County Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. Interested applicants should have a need for affordable housing; a willingness to partner with Habitat by contributing 250 hours of volunteer labor, participating in family classes, etc.; and the ability to pay a 30-year not-for-profit mortgage. The successful applicant must have an income comparable with a not-for-profit mortgage payment, approximately $500/month, and no overwhelming debt. For more information or have an application mailed out, call Margaret Reyes at 302-855-1153, Ext. 204.
PFLAG Rehoboth Beach meets second Sunday of every month
Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays Rehoboth Beach provides support, education and advocacy to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons, their loved ones, family and friends, to cope with the unique challenges each of them may face. PFLAG offers a safe place for people who have questions or would like share their experiences with others. PFLAG provides a confidential setting that is respectful of human diversity. PFLAG - Rehoboth Beach meets at 4 p.m., the second Sunday of every month at Epworth United Methodist Church, 19285 Holland Glade Road, Rehoboth Beach. Everyone is welcome! For more information, call Linda Gregory at 302-841-1339 or email PFLAGRehobothBeach@gmail.com.
Beachcombing conference comes to Lewes Oct. 3-6
The fifth annual International Beachcombing Conference is coming to Lewes Oct. 3 to 6, at the University of Delaware’s Virden Center. The event offers new, novice and skilled beachcombers alike a weekend of serious learning fun on the beachcombing experience.
IBC ’13 includes tutorials ranging from sea glass genres and Miocene beach fossils to Thames River mud-larking and tsunami debris tracking. Tutors also discuss factors negatively affecting marine health and beachcombing including the plastic problem, water-borne diseases and lack of beach access. This year’s tutors include British-born geologist Dr. Richard Ash, marine scientist Dr. Blair Witherington, Plastic Trash Coordinator for the Ocean Conservancy Allison Shutes and conference chair and beachcomb specialist Dr. Deacon Ritterbush.
Conference space is limited and preregistration is required. For information or to register, visit www.beachcombingconference.com.
Marine Corps League Detachment 704 meets fourth Thursday every month
The Marine Corps is currently enlisting any active or discharged U.S. Marines to join the Diamond State Detachment 704. Meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at American Legion Post 28, Route 24 and American Legion Road in Millsboro. Those attending should bring current DD214.
Applications open for Mrs. Delaware 2014
The search is on for Mrs. Delaware 2014. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and married and residents of the state (military exceptions allowed). The areas of competition are swimsuit, evening gown and personal interview. No performing talent is required. The winner will win a trip to represent the First State in the Mrs. America Pageant in summer 2014, and awarded a prize package worth over $5,000. She will have the opportunity to make public appearances throughout the state and be a role model for married women. The pageant will be held Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Clear Space Theater in Rehoboth Beach. The reigning Mrs. Delaware is Christine Rich of Dover. For more information, call 302-228-7741 or visit www.mrsdelawareamerica.com.
Marine Corps Pvt. Matthew V. Polichetti graduates from training
Marine Corps Pvt. Matthew V. Polichetti, son of Anne M. and Joseph M. Polichetti of Rehoboth Beach, earned the title of United States Marine after graduating from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C.
The 13-week training included close-order drill, marksmanship with an M-16A4 rifle, physical fitness, martial arts, swimming, and military history, customs and courtesies.
One week prior to graduation, Polichetti endured The Crucible, a 54-hour final test of recruits' minds and bodies. Upon completion, recruits are presented the Marine Corps emblem and called Marines for the first time.
Polichetti is a 2012 graduate of Cape Henlopen High School in Lewes.
Marine Corps Pfc. Elijah J. Dehosse graduates from training
Marine Corps Pfc. Elijah J. Dehosse, son of Michele Sturgill of Milton and Pierre J. Dehosse of Dallas, Ga., earned the title of United States Marine after graduating from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C.
For 13 weeks, Dehosse stayed committed during some of the world's most demanding entry-level military training in order to be transformed from civilian to Marine instilled with pride, discipline and the core values of honor, courage and commitment. One week prior to graduation, Dehosse endured The Crucible, a 54-hour final test of recruits' minds and bodies. Upon completion, recruits are presented the Marine Corps emblem and called Marines for the first time.
Dehosse is a 2011 graduate of Cass High School of White, Ga.