Woodland Run Park : keychain found

There was a keychain found in Woodland Run Park with various tags and attachments with one key on it.

Call to identify and retrieve. 547-8465


New Castle County Parks Spring Ball Field Work - Woodland Run Park -

New Castle County Parks was out today doing spring ball field work at Woodland Run Park

This was the first time in more then a year the ball field has been dry enough to work on ..

NCC Parks needed to rake the field it had been so long ..

New Castle County Councilman Tim Sheldon's Ninth District Update

Dear friends,

Yesterday at the Community Services Committee, there were presentations made on more of New Castle County's greatest unknown assets. I wanted to share the information with you:

New Castle County's Buy From Your Neighbor

The Buy from your Neighbor program is helping to strengthen agriculture and promote healthy eating in New Castle County by linking farms to local restaurants and markets, and through raising awareness about the abundance and diversity of locally grown food.

New Castle County is offering THREE Great Farmers Markets!! One is even in our district at Carousel Park. They will be there on Fridays from 2-6 PM starting on May 25th through September 28th. For a listing of farmers markets, restaurants, stores and farms selling local food, or even to become a vendor, visit: www.nccde.org/buylocal

Summer Jobs Available for Youth

The 2012 New Castle County Youth Employment Program is for youth ages 14-21 and runs from July 1 through September 30. They will be holding an Application Processing Event on May 19, 2012 from 9AM-3PM at 77 Reads Way in the Gilliam Building Multi-purpose Room, New Castle, DE 19720. Pick up an employment application NOW at the same address listed above. To get assistance completing your application or for more information, please call (302) 395-5600.

Summer Recreation Camps

Summer Recreation Camp is designed for ages 7-12, and will be available starting June 11 th Monday through Friday, 9AM-4PM until August 17th. The camp is open to all New Castle County Residents & Financial Aid Scholrships are need based and available on a first come, first served basis. The cost is $120/week with pre & after care available for $30 at 6 of the 7 sites. You can even register online. For more information, please go to www.nccde.org/camps and see information on our Summer Sports Camps, too!

Safety Town

Safety Town is an exciting and fun program using a miniature town with streets, crosswalks, houses and signs for children 4, 5, and 6 years old. Activities through out the week teach children about safety through songs, guest visitors and role-playing. Now accepting applications for Spring and Summer sessions. For more information, please go to www.nccde.org/safetytown

I hope you have found this information useful and will share it with your family and friends. As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact my office.


New Castle County Councilman Tim Sheldon


Next Brokland Terrace Civic Club Meeting 7PM April 2nd - Marbrook Elementary School 2101 Centerville Road

Next Brookland Terrace Civic Club Meeting 2nd of April 7PM

Marbrook Elementary School

2101 Centerville Road Wilmington, DE 19808

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2012 B.T.C.C. Meeting Dates

- 2nd of April at Marbrook
- 7th of May at Marbrook
- 4th of June at Marbrook

Brookland Terrace Civic Club
Incorporated 1940

405 Hillside Ave
Wilmington Delaware 19805
United States of America




- President-Charles C. Stirk Jr
302.463.2239 ccstirkjr@gmail.com

- Vice President-Phil Weir

- Secretary

- Treasurer Joyce Grymes


Insurance Commissioner Candidate Forum, Monday, March 26th, 7:00 pm

Insurance Commissioner Candidate Forum,
Monday, March 26th, 7:00 pm
Marbrook Elementary School
2101 Centerville Road, Wilmington, DE

Dear Brookland Terrace ,

You are cordially invited to attend a forum for all filed candidates for State Insurance Commissioner tonight at Marbrook Elementary School cafeteria. This is your opportunity to hear first hand from these statewide candidates.

Please join us tonight from 7:00-9:00 PM.

This forum is open to any registered Democrat in the 4th, 12th, 13th, 19th, 21st, or 22nd Representative Districts. We will be checking registration at the door. No press please.

Insurance Commissioner Candidate Forum
March 26, 2012 at 7:00PM
Marbrook Elementary School
2101 Centerville Rd, Wilmington

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No increases in taxes or sewer rates in Clark’s proposed FY13 budget for New Castle County

Via Nancy Willing

WDEL - click to the link for the audio
County Exec outlines FY '13 budget; Council reacts
By Frank Gerace/Jim Hilgen

County Executive Paul Clark's proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2013 contains no increases in taxes or sewer fees.
In his budget address, broadcast on WDEL, Clark said budget numbers are important, but it's more important to remember what those numbers stand for.
The roughly 166 and a half million-dollar budget is about 1 and a half percent larger than that for FY2012, and doesn't call for any layoffs, spending of general fund reserves or cuts in services.
The budget proposal gets a mixed reaction from County Council.
Democratic councilman George Smiley says the spending plan wisely uses the taxpayers dollars.
Some 30 members of F-O-P Lodge 5 were in attendance over concerns that the hiring of new officers on the federal dime may endanger jobs down the road.
But, Republican Council President Tom Kovach takes issue with calling Clark's proposal a "balanced budget."
Kovach says more needs to be done to contain costs and simplify government.
Councilman Smiley says all the credit for this latest budget goes beyond the executive or council.
Some 30 members of F-O-P Lodge 5 were in attendance over concerns that the hiring of new officers on the federal dime may endanger jobs down the road.
Council must approve the budget by the end of May.
It goes into effect July 1st.


Clark pitches budget plans

New Castle County Executive Paul Clark proposed budgets Tuesday for the fiscal year that starts in July that hold the line on property taxes and sewer fees.
Three times at the beginning of his 25-minute speech, Clark noted that the proposed $166.6 million operating budget was balanced without having to use the county's reserve funds.
"With the economy recovering so slowly, we are continuing to conserve the reserve," Clark said.
While it's true that the two general fund reserve accounts, which total $84 million, wouldn't be touched, a $1.7 million transfer from the Real Estate Transfer Tax Reserve Fund would be made to the general fund, Chief Financial Officer Ed Milowicki said.
In order to balance the $71 million sewer budget, a $1.7 million transfer would be made from one of the two reserve funds to the sewer account. Those accounts total $27.7 million, Milowicki said.
This is the second set of budgets the Clark administration has overseen. Clark was elevated to county executive in November 2010 after Chris Coons left office after winning a U.S. Senate seat. Clark will try to get elected to the position for the first time later this year.
Bill Shahan, Clark's opponent in the Sept. 11 Democratic primary, said using transfers from the reserve accounts instead of increasing taxes and fees is just a slick way of introducing election-year budgets that voters like.
"This budget proposal is something I would expect in an election year and from someone with a background in retail business like him," Shahan said, adding that more money should be allocated for police officers.
County Council will hold a series of budget hearings over the next several weeks, then vote on the final budget sometime in May.
County property taxes for homeowners with a median assessment of $67,000 would remain at $440 annually. County taxes generally make up about one-third of a property owner's tax bill. The rest is school taxes. The average residential sewer bill would stay at $283 a year.
There are no cuts in services in the budget.
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Six police officers would be added, bringing the department's authorized strength to 370. There are currently 30 vacancies. A federal COPS grant would pay 100 percent of the new officers' salaries and benefits, county spokesman Jim Grant said. Eight 911 operators also would be hired.
"As I have said repeatedly, public safety is our highest priority," Clark said.
About 30 officers in bright yellow Fraternal Order of Police T-shirts attended the speech to protest a recent arbitration decision that gave police a contract that included a 2.5 percent compensation reduction. The police union has appealed the decision.
FOP Lodge 5 President Mike Zielinski said Clark doesn't place a high value on public safety.
"We still have recruitment and retention issues and sooner or later he's going to have to deal with us," he said.
The county had projected a $7.1 million shortfall for the next budget year.
About $2 million would be saved by the 1,562 full-time county employees' agreeing to a 2.5 percent giveback in compensation. Layoffs would have been necessary without the reductions, said Vince Meconi, Clark's deputy chief administrative officer.
An additional $1.7 million would be covered by the transfer from the real estate tax reserve fund, and $1.6 million in "stale money" from a series of inactive accounts was discovered and would be used to reduce the projected deficit as well, Chief Administrative Officer Gregg Wilson said.
An additional $1.8 million would be saved by several cost-cutting moves, most of which are connected to employee health care benefits.
Despite better deals on insurance policies and prescription coverage, health care will go up $2 million in the next fiscal year, a 10 percent increase. Pension contributions will rise $1.7 million, a 16 percent jump. Rising fuel prices will cost the county an estimated $400,000 more for police cars and ambulances.
A faltering housing market, which has seen the average home price decline to $237,000 this year, also has limited money the county earns. The county expects to collect $16.2 million in real estate transfer taxes, compared to $40 million in 2006.
Clark also proposed a $17 million capital budget Tuesday, most of it for sewer and library projects. Money for the infrastructure projects would be from bond sales scheduled for the fall, Milowicki said.
Clark proposed using $424,000 recently discovered in inactive accounts by Sheriff Trinidad Navarro to supplement the county's Senior Home Repair Program. About $100,000 in federal money is allocated to the program each year. Using the county money for the program would require County Council approval.
Contact Adam Taylor at 324-2787 or ataylor@delawareonline.com.

Why NCCo budget has no new taxes, sewer hikes OP-ED

It's easy to govern when plenty of money rolls in from rock-solid revenue generators. But like the rest of the nation, that has not been the lot of New Castle County's government for several years now.
However, County Executive Paul Clark's proposed fiscal year 2013 spending plan has no increases in taxes or sewer rates, and he's doing it without tapping into the county's reserves fund.
At the same time NCCo workers' health care costs are projected to increase by 10 percent, the county's contributions to pensions will rise from 14.5 percent to 16.10 percent and merit step increases will cost nearly a $1 million. So what gives?
A priority on efficient use of tax dollars and public-private partnerships. For example rebidding medical stop/loss coverage saves $553,000; deleted funding for unfilled positions nets another $355,000.
And this wasn't all top-down management driven. Employees identified savings that made their departments more nimble in terms of day-to-day operations.
But critical to this leaner spending plan is recognition of the costs that come from foregoing deferred maintenance on critical public projects, such as the county's aging sewer system. During the last five years, $155 million has been spent on modernization. Those updates now are projected to save the county $29 million in savings this year.
Essentially, New Castle County is benefiting from imitating successful a business model: When times are tough, hunker down on the kind of efficiencies that make your operations more fiscally effective and durable in the long-term.


Del-Dot - Lane Closures Kirkwood Highway , Route 2 and Route 72/Possum Park Road

Good afternoon,

I wanted to make everyone aware of lane closures planned for Kirkwood Highway and Possum Park Road. This is a DELDOT project and is NOT related to the Stopyra property.


Additionally, I will be using a free mailing service to handle our ever growing distribution list. It will also allow me to send html emails. I wanted to give you a heads up in case you receive something from our email address with Mail Chimp web service. It will also allow you to easily “unsubscribe” from our mailing list and forward our email on…

Thank you everyone, and have a great day!!

Stephanie Rizzo
Legislative Aide to Councilman Sheldon
800 N. French Street
Wilmington, DE 19801

Press Release -- March 15, 2012

TRAFFIC ALERT - Highway Safety Improvement Project Will Require Daytime and Nighttime Lane Closures on Route 2 and Route 72/Possum Park Road

Newark -- The Department of Transportation (DelDOT) announces that Grassbusters Landscaping Company will modify the left-turn phasing on Route 2 approaches to Possum Park Road from protected-permissive to protected. This will require the extension of Route 2 eastbound left-turn lane to accommodate the projected increased left turn. Improvements will also be made for curbed islands and sidewalks to accommodate pedestrians at the intersection.

Daytime and nighttime lane closures will occur in the eastbound and westbound lanes beginning on Thursday, March 22.

The $350,000 project is expected to be completed within 26 calendar days, pending weather.

DelDOT appreciates your patience and reminds you to please drive with caution through the construction site and be on the lookout for crews and their equipment.


Sign Up For Email Updates Next BTCC Meeting the 2nd of April 7PM at Marbrook

We are up dating the Brookland Terrace Civic Club email list .

If you would like to receive email updates please follow the link below

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Next BTCC Meeting the 2nd of April at Marbrook 7PM

At Marbrook Elementary School
2101 Centerville Road Wilmington, DE 19808


County Comments, March 2012, Civic League for New Castle County


Tuesday, March 20th, 7PM, Troop 2,

Is the date for the next meeting of the Civic League for New Castle County

Dr, Lillian Lowery, Delaware Secretary of Education

On Tues Mar 13 County Council will vote on the Stoltz plan for 20 Montchanin

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

On Tues Mar 13 County Council will vote on the Stoltz plan for 20 Montchanin. This is a watershed decision that will forever impact the gateway to the Brandywine Valley.

We are asking Council to preserve the highly protective deed restrictions put in place 43 years ago which mandate a single low rise office building.

We object to Stoltz's plan to give up these important protections and permit retail, sportsbars/restaurants and other new uses in multiple locations across the site.

Please take a look at the attached drawing. Stoltz is proposing a buildable area covering over 80% of the site! A picture really does say a thousand words.

Many of your neighbors have already registered their objection to the Stoltz plan. But your voice needs to be heard. Please

-write or call County Council today to demand that the existing deed restrictions be preserved

-attend the final vote at 7pm on Tues Mar 13 in the City-County Building, 800 French Street in Wilmington. Speakers are encouraged...3 minute max.

The incredible beauty and heritage of this area is owned by all Delawareans. We can make a difference.

Thank you for protecting our community.

Your neighbors at Save Our County & http://www.facebook.com/saveourcounty

Email address for the full County Council is below
tkovach@nccde.org; jmreda@nccde.org; rsweiner@nccde.org;
jkilpatrick@nccde.org; phollins@nccde.org; ediller@nccde.org;
wepowersjr@nccde.org; gsmiley@nccde.org; jjcartier@nccde.org;
tpsheldon@nccde.org; jpstreet@nccde.org; dltackett@nccde.org;
jwbell@nccde.org; bob@bobweiner.com


Civic League For New Castle County Meeting: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 - Dr. Lilian Lowery, Delaware Secretary of Education.

On Tuesday, March 20, 2012, the Civic League for New Castle County will host a presentation by Dr. Lilian Lowery, Delaware Secretary of Education.

This will be our regular monthly meeting, staring at 7:00PM, Paris Community Room, Delaware State Police, Troop 2, 100 LaGrange Ave., Bear.

The public is encouraged to attend.

Chuck Mulholland - President, Civic League for New Castle County

Civic League for New Castle County Meeting Dates March - May 2012


Del-Dot Transportation Enhancement Projects

Here is the information on the Transportation Enhancement projects through Del-DOT. I think you as a neighborhood association can ask for a study to be done on that section of Centerville Road in front of the school. Look under Pedestrian facilities guidelines…. It will take a while with studies, engineering, etc. but it will be nice once it’s finally done. Look around and see some examples of work that has been done…

Stephanie Rizzo
Legislative Aide to Councilman Sheldon
800 N. French Street
Wilmington, DE 19801


Newport Train Station Public Open House Workshop : March 15th, 4:00-7:00 p.m., at Newport’s Old Town Hall, 15 N. Augustine Street.

Newport Train Station Feasibility Study. The planning team is seeking input on their draft alternatives on March 15th, 4:00-7:00 p.m., at Newport’s Old Town Hall, 15 N. Augustine Street.

The Wilmington Area Planning Council (WILMAPCO) is hosting a second public workshop as part of their Newport Train Station Feasibility Study. The planning team is seeking input on their draft alternatives on March 15th, 4:00-7:00 p.m., at Newport’s Old Town Hall, 15 N. Augustine Street.

Newport’s original train station was built in 1908. The station was taken offline in the 1960's, before a fire destroyed it in 2000. This study will determine the feasibility of reopening the station, and develop options for driving transit-oriented growth in the town. The Town of Newport, WILMAPCO, DelDOT, DART, elected officials and local business interests have guided the study.

Everyone is welcome to participate in this public workshop. For more information, please call WILMAPCO at (302) 737-6205 x122, email dgula@wilmapco.org, or visit www.wilmapco.org/newport.

WILMAPCO is the Metropolitan Planning Organization for New Castle County, Delaware, and Cecil County, Maryland that is responsible for coordinating transportation planning in the region and involving the public to ensure that transportation projects will meet its needs. For more information about WILMAPCO visit www.wilmapco.org, call 302-737-6205, or call toll-free from Cecil County at 1-888-808-7088. Whitman, Requardt & Associates, LLP of Wilmington is the consulting firm preparing the study for WILMAPCO.