Cape Gazette

Cape Life Briefs

Sep 16, 2014
Purple Purse Challenge now through Oct. 3 will aid People's Place

To raise awareness of domestic violence issues, The Allstate Foundation has created the Purple Purse Challenge, friendly contests among the more than 140 nonprofit organizations which have a chance to win additional funding. More than $640,000 in total prize funding will be provided by the foundation. People’s Place in Milford is one of the more than 140 nonprofits participating.

Local Delaware residents are encouraged to join the Purple Purse Challenge by donating to People’s Place at Money donated will benefit life-changing financial empowerment services for survivors. With 98 percent of victims also suffering financial abuse, where an abuser will limit access to money and credit, these services are critical to help women break free and stay free.

Tickets now on sale for Elks Crab Fest Sept. 27

Cape Henlopen Elks No. 2540, 18544 Beaver Dam Road near Lewes, is having a Crab Fest from 3 to 7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 27. Crabs will be served until 5:30 p.m. with fried chicken, baked beans, cole slaw, corn on the cob and more, along with draft beer and sodas included.  There will also be a DJ, 50/50 raffles and games of chance.

Tickets will be on sale from noon to 8 p.m. at the lodge. Tickets are $40 per person and will not be sold at the door the day of the event. Contact the lodge at 302-645-7016 for more information.

Reply by Sept. 17 to attend Older Worker's Celebration Sept. 23

To commemorate National Employ Older Workers Week Sept. 21- 27, First State’s Senior Community Service Employment Program will host an Older Worker’s Celebration event from 10 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, Sept. 23. The event will take place in the Bernice M. Edwards Community Resource and Training Center at First State Community Action Agency, 308 N. Railroad Ave., Georgetown. It will include a continental breakfast from 9 to 10 a.m. and an awards ceremony recognizing the outstanding older worker, outstanding employer, SCSEP participants, training sites, and project staff. Event is free and open to the public. RSVP by Wednesday, Sept.17. To RSVP or for more information, contact Roy Hazzard at 302-856-7761, Ext. 169.

De-Cluttering workshop Sept. 19

A popular workshop, De-Cluttering: Controlling Your Things So They Don't Control You, will be offered from 2:30 to 4:40 p.m., Friday, Sept. 19, at Rehoboth Public Library.

About 80 percent of the clutter in homes and offices is due to disorganization, not lack of space. Almost anyone can significantly cut the clutter in their lives by getting organized and letting go of things they really won’t ever use.  Participants in this workshop will learn how to overcome the emotional blocks to letting go of stuff  and acquire strategies for eliminating clutter. Cost is $5; call 302-227-8044 to guarantee a spot.

UNICO offers classes in Italian language and culture starting Sept. 20

UNICO, Delaware District 1 will offer Italian classes from 1 to 3 p.m. the third Saturday of each month from September to May. Classes will be offered free to UNICO members and at a fee of $10 per class for nonmembers and parishioners to defray the cost of handouts, CDs, etc. (no textbook required). Proceeds will be used to offset District 1 expenses and charitable contributions.

Instruction will include pronunciation, frequently used expressions, discussions on Italian culture (holidays, history, music, art), etc.

For more information contact Maria Teresa Morrison at 302-226-0620 or

Military Order of the Purple Heart meets Sept. 20

Chapter 1787 of The Military Order of the Purple Heart is calling all combat-wounded veterans to join in efforts to promote patriotism, history, fraternalism, and assistance to all veterans. The next meeting will begin at 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 20, at Pizza King, 358 East DuPont Hwy. (Route 113 south), Millsboro. For more information, contact John Jackson at 302-228-9577 or email Visit MOPH Facebook page at for information on veteran healthcare, benefits, and employment information.

PFLAG Community Bully Project meeting Sept. 22

Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays will hold its next Community Bully Project meeting at 6 p.m., Monday, Sept. 22, at the Lewes Public Library. PFLAG's Bully Project meeting in February produced discussion and ideas to help communities become more aware of the problem of bullying. At the Sept. 22 meeting, participants will put together an action plan to get these ideas into practice.

PFLAG Rehoboth Beach meets at 6 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at Lewes Public Library. All are welcome. For more information, call Linda Gregory at 302-841-1339 or email

Matter of Balance classes begin Sept. 23

The American Legion Auxiliary, in conjunction with Sussex County RSVP, will conduct A Matter of Balance classes 10 a.m. to noon, once a week for eight weeks starting Tuesday, Sept. 23 thru Tuesday, Nov. 18  (no class Nov. 11). Classes will be held in the post hall at 31768 Legion Road, Millsboro. A Matter of Balance is an award-winning program designed to help older adults manage falls and increase activity levels. The program emphasizes practical strategies to manage falls and will identify that falls are controllable, help set goals for increasing activity, make changes at home to reduces risks of falling and provide exercise techniques to increase strength and balance. This program is open to the community. Registration is requested. There is no fee. For more information or to register, call Cindy at 302-945-9191 or Tina at 302-329-9090.

Millsboro Lions meet Sept. 23

The Millsboro Lions Club will host a speaker at its Tuesday, Sept. 23 meeting. Clyde Bragg will discuss the eyeglass collection process done by Lions all over the world and specifically what is done in Delaware.

Millsboro Lions Club meets at Country Kitchen, between Main and Washington streets in Millsboro.  The dinner meeting starts at 6:45 p.m. with ordering off the menu. Speaker will begin at 7:30. All are welcome. For more information, call 302-945-2607.

American Legion Quarter Auction Sept. 24

The American Legion Auxiliary will hold a Quarter Auction Wednesday, Sept. 24, in the Bingo Hall at the post, 31768 Legion Road, Millsboro. There will be lots of vendors including Miche bags, Origami Owl, Damsel in Defense, Tastefully Simple, and more. The doors will open at 6:15 p.m. with the auction starting at 7 sharp. The cost of admission is $5, which includes first paddle for auction. Additional paddles will be $3 each. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Vendors will also offer retail specials prior to the auction, and there will be door prizes. The public is welcome. First come, first served, no advance tickets needed. For more information, contact Tina at 302-329-9090 or Beth at 302-947-2984.

Contestants for Sussex County Pageant should apply by Sept. 27

Applications are now available for the 2015 Sussex County Pageant.  This year’s program will be held starting at 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 25, at Grace United Methodist Church in Georgetown.

All participants in the young divisions (ages 4-12) must be residents of Sussex County. The divisions are Little Miss 4-6, Juvenile Miss 7-9, and Junior Miss 10-12.  All contestants will receive a trophy and a sponsor gift for their participation. Deadline for applications is Sept. 27.

Applications are also available for the Teen division (ages 13-17) and the Miss division (ages 17-24).  This program will be held starting at 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 25.

To request an application or for more information, contact Alison Dubinski at 302-898-1558 or

Registration opens Oct. 1 for Bay to Ocean Writers Conference

The 18th Annual Bay to Ocean Writers Conference will be held Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills, Md. This year’s conference features 30 one-hour sessions whose topics will include the craft of writing - fiction, poetry, mystery and memoir; publishing and marketing; the internet for writers; creativity; and three panel discussions. One-on-one manuscript reviews by published authors will be available by appointment. Conference fees are $115 for adults and $55 for students with ID. Fees include buffet breakfast, lunch and afternoon snacks. As one of the region’s premier educational seminars, last year's conference drew a sellout crowd of over 200 writers from five states and D.C. Registration will open Wednesday, Oct. 1, at Early registration is strongly encouraged as the conference has sold out for the last eight years.

Friends of Rehoboth library to hold annual meeting, luncheon Oct. 4

The Friends of the Rehoboth Beach Library will hold its annual meeting and luncheon at noon, Saturday Oct. 4, at Kings Creek Country Club. The speaker will be popular humor writer Fay Jacobs.

A brief business meeting will be held for the selection of officers and directors. Luncheon tickets are $22, and advance reservations are required; call Gail McDermott at 302-227-2807 for more information.

Oct. 4 Beef & Beer fundraiser slated for Veterans United Outreach

Veterans United Outreach, a committee of Kent County Chapter 850, Vietnam Veterans of America, will host a Beef & Beer fundraiser from 5 to 10 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Hartly Fire Hall in support of the committee's veterans outreach efforts.

“Veterans United Outreach of Delaware was founded in May 2001 to reach out to all military veterans on educational, physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels, to guide them to freedom and comfort in their own lives,” said Michael Snyder, Outreach president.

The Outreach networks with federal, state and local agencies, and coordinates with all veteran organizations in Delaware.

Tickets are $20 and include dinner; DJ E.C. Starr; silent, Chinese and live auctions; and a 50/50. Call Kathy Steele at 302-223-8277 or 302-678-1285 for tickets. Visit for more information about the organization.

Dover Stamp Club meets Oct. 11

The Dover Stamp Club will have its 62nd Stamp Show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 11, at the Camden-Wyoming Fire Hall, 200 E. Camden Wyoming Ave., Camden-Wyoming. This year's theme is the State Soil. The show will feature members and youth exhibits, and a wide array of philatelic materials including supplies, special anniversary cancellation, bid boxes and a searching table for young collectors. Refreshments available.

Website provides digital library

Delaware libraries have expanded their services with a new digital collection website experience just for kids.  The Kids eReading Room filters the overall digital collection to only show children’s content, which gets kids to the books they want faster.  Browsing can be done by subject, reading level, or interest level.  The Kids Collection features popular series such as Big Nate, Fancy Nancy, Harry Potter and more.  It also includes nonfiction subjects such as STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), history, and art.

This user-friendly site contains eBooks and audiobooks.  Digital titles are available anytime, anywhere and expire automatically, so there is no need to worry about late fees.  This service is available and free to anyone with a Delaware public library card.

The main digital collection is at  From there, users can click on the For Kids Reading Room icon to go to the kids’ site.  Or, they can go there directly at

Beebe Thrift Store seeks volunteers

The Beebe Thrift Store, 18675 Coastal Highway in the Midway Shopping Center, is looking for volunteers to help on its delivery truck a morning or two a week. The truck runs most mornings from 9 a.m. until noon. Volunteers will be representatives of the Beebe Medical Center Auxiliary.  To join the group, stop and see Pam or Michael at the shop for more information and an application. This is an unpaid position. Call 302-644-2878.

Libraries offer online magazines

The Sussex County Department of Libraries announces Zinio for Libraries, an online service that offers multiuser access to dozens of popular periodicals, free of charge. Awarded Best New Database of 2012 by Library Journal, Zinio is the world’s largest newsstand, providing access both in and out of local libraries to users of e-readers, tablets and other internet-connected devices.

Zinio’s unique technology digitally recreates a magazine page for page, including full-color pictures, intuitive navigation, keyword article search, and audio and video. Users only need an active Sussex County library card.

See a library staff member at a Sussex County library for more information on how to access this service, or go to and click on the Zinio link.

Delaware offers online help for veterans

The Delaware Commission of Veterans Affairs has launched a new online application for making donations to programs that serve veterans. Donors can easily make online contributions to the Delaware Veterans Trust Fund and the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery.

The new DCVA mobile-friendly application is accessible from the DCVA website or can be found directly at The DCVA is dedicated to assisting veterans and their family members in obtaining benefits and coordinating support programs.

Users can designate donations to the Delaware Veterans Trust Fund to help the DCVA assist veterans with immediate needs or toward projects such as beautification of the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemeteries for commemorative events honoring Delaware veterans or the Memorial Tree in memory of a loved one. Donations can be made in honor of a specific individual or cause.

For more information about the DCVA and its programs, go to


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