Christmas Light Judging & Santa Visit

We will be judging all Christmas decorated houses on December 18 between the hours of 7pm– 9pm. We cannot wait to see what you’ve come up with this year.
This year Santa would like to visit your little ones on December 18 between the hours of 6pm-8pm . If you are interested in having him make a special visit to your home please contact Pat by email (or message us your e-mail) so that she can set up the visitation times. Santa cannot wait to visit you all!
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New Castle County Council Land Use Committee Meeting Notice Concord Plaza Project Summary

Compliments of Bob Weiner, your County Councilman
Council District 2, New Castle County, DE
Louis Hinkle, aide to Councilman Weiner: 302-395-8362


New Castle County Council Land Use Committee  Meeting Notice

Concord Plaza Project Summary




Tuesday, December 6, 2016 3:00 P.M.  City County Building 800 N. French Street

8th Floor Conference Room



Dear community leaders and friends,


Please share this important information with your neighbors and friends. 


I am notifying you of your opportunity to attend and speak at the May 6 County Council Land Use Committee meeting to discuss questions and concerns surrounding the redevelopment of the Concord Plaza.   Below is a summary of the Concord Plaza project recently provided by the applicant’s attorney, Larry Tarabicos.


“The Buccini-Pollin Group intends to partially redevelop the Concord Plaza office complex on Silverside Road into a fully-integrated, pedestrian friendly, diverse, and contemporary  mixed-use village.  The Plan would convert approximately 185,000 square feet of existing, decades-old office space into: (1) 341 apartments; (2) 37,578 square feet of retail space; and (3) a state-of-the-art 60,000 square foot signature office building.  The overall project involves demolishing eight of the existing buildings and replacing them with luxury apartments, including numerous amenities for the residents, atop specialty retail, restaurants, cafes.  Approximately 359,500 square feet of existing office buildings will remain, and the property will retain its Office Regional (OR) zoning category, as the proposed partial redevelopment is consistent with the existing zoning.  Between the many amenities, services, and pedestrian enhancements, the project represents a very positive change for the residents and employees of this community.”


Please note that County Council may consider and vote upon this Major Record Plan as soon as our December 13 County Council Business Meeting, if all the application is deemed ready to proceed by our County Land Use Department.


Alternatively, it is anticipated that the Concord Plaza Major Record Plan will be considered and voted upon by New Castle County Council at our regular Business Meeting on the evening of January 10, 2017.  


It is also important to note that this plan is a “MAJOR RECORD PLAN” and not a rezoning.    There is a major difference between a major record plan and a rezoning with a major record plan.  If a major plan is in general compliance with the standards of the Unified Development Code, those plans may advance to the Planning Board public hearing.  A major record plan submission will afford public comment along the application process.  However, if the plan is code compliant, then Council is required by code to provide approval of the plan. (UDC 40.31.100)


For major plans with rezonings where the Department finds the exploratory plan to be in general compliance with the standards of the UDC, those plans may advance to the Planning Board public hearing process and then to Council for hearing before the Land Use Committee and then the Regular meeting of Council.  Council can reject the plan with due cause. (UDC 40.31.114.G)


  • D.  Council consent.
  1.  For major plans, the record plan shall be forwarded to County Council for its consent. Upon receipt of the plan, County Council shall schedule the matter for its next public hearing, and may take one (1) of the following actions:
  2. Adopt a resolution approving the record major plan; or
  3. Table and refer the plan back to the Department, no more than twice, with specific questions relating to technical compliance with this Chapter, State or federal constitutional requirements or any other statute or ordinance for which compliance is required. Upon receipt of a Department recommendation reaffirming approval of the plan, County Council shall adopt the resolution of approval, unless a second referral is made because of additional questions or concerns. Upon receipt of the Department’s recommendation reaffirming approval of the plan after review of any additional concerns raised by County Council, Council shall adopt the resolution of approval.


  1. County Council may use any one (1) or more of the above options subject to the limitations contained in each subparagraph.
  2. Action upon receipt of County Council referral. Upon receipt of specific questions from County Council, the Department shall respond with its findings and a recommendation. The recommendation shall be one (1) of the following:
  3. That the plan be approved, in which case County Council shall adopt the resolution of plan approval at its next scheduled meeting unless a second referral is made, in which case Council shall adopt the resolution of plan approval at its next scheduled meeting following the second approval.
  4. That the Department has rescinded its previous approval of the plan for noncompliance, in which case County Council shall withdraw the resolution of planapproval.   (Ord. No. 09-066, § 18, 10-13-2009; Ord. No. 10-113, § 1(Exh. A), 1-18-2011)




 Below is a short description of the project found on the New Castle County website at:


Project # 20150715 – Concord Office Plaza

Status: Active
Plan Reviewer: MARCO K. BOYCE
Engineering Reviewer: JOHN GYSLING


To view:

Department of Land Use Web Pages file documents for the project – click here


Traffic Impact Study Review Letter of Scoping Meeting 01-14-2016 – click here –


Record Plan- click here –


PLUS Report of 02-23-2016- click here –


Information on all applications is available for public review in the Land Use Department, New Castle County Government Center, 87 Reads Way, Corporate Commons, New Castle, DE, from 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M., Monday through Friday. 302-395-5510.   Alternatively, you can obtain more information by contacting my office at , at

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2016 – 2016 Dues

It’s October already. That means we’ve entered our next fiscal year. 2016-2017 dues are now being collected. $25.00 per home ($16 on Wilson Rd.)

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Forwood Property Meeting

The Board of Adjustment of New Castle County will hold a public hearing on Thursday, October 27th @ 6pm in Department of Land Use New Castle Room, New Castle County Government Center, 87 Reads Way New Castle, DE – One of the adjustments being requested concerns the Forwood property on Silverside Road. Full details in the attached PDFs.

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Community Meeting Notice To Discuss Re-development of 2925 Shipley Road

Monday, October 24, 2016 @ 7:00pm

Location: Talleyville Fire Hall, Route 202, Wilmington, DE 19803


Dear community leaders and friends,

 Please share this important information with your neighbors and friends. 

I am pleased to facilitate a community meeting on Monday, October 24, 2016 so that we as a community can learn about the redevelopment of 2925 Shipley Road. 

 The applicant, Glenn Prechtl, The ReDevelopment Company, described the plan to us at a recent meeting as follows:

 “My company is interested in subdividing 2925 Shipley Road into five (5) building lots, which is considered to be a Minor Subdivision Plan.  The existing home will remain on one of the lots and four (4) additional building lots will be created.  The new homes to be built on the four (4) building lots will be single family homes priced close to $450,000.

I have not submitted formal plans to New Castle County at this point as I am still working through the layout design of the lots.  The zoning specifics for the property are as follows:

 Zoning:         NC10 (10,000 SF lot sizes)

Lot Width:     80’

Setbacks:     25’ street, 30’ rear, 8’ sides

 My company focuses on in-fill development projects within New Castle County, and I have completed many projects similar to this within the county.

 One significant aspect of a minor plan as compared to a major plan submission is the minor plan does not require County Council approval limiting your opportunity for public comment.  If the plan complies with all laws and codes and passes New Castle County review, the plan is approved. County Council relies upon the professional guidance of the New Castle County Land Use Department and as such, New Castle County Council’s authority is limited to reviewing the development Plan to assure that the plan is consistent with all applicable state and county requirements, including adequacy of infrastructure and traffic capacity.

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2016 Fall Garage Sale

Hey South Graylyn! Don’t forget the fall garage sale is coming up.

October 29th from 9am – 2pm.

Time to clean out those garages and closets!

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2016 Fall Festival

Don’t forget the Fall Festival will be held on October 23rd from 1pm until 5pm in Chatham park. There will be games, prizes, moon-bouce, face paint, and free food. Please come out and see your neighbors and meet new ones. There is a costume contest for ages 0-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. Bring your beaches chairs and if possible an extra folding table. Volunteers are needed!!! To volunteer please contact Chastity ( Can’t wait to see everyone there!

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Upcoming Civic Association Meeting

The next South Graylyn Civic Association meeting will take place at Brandywine High School on September 27 at 6:30 pm.

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Murphy Road Lane Diet Virtual Public Workshop

The Delaware Department of Transportation would like to invite local residents, business owners and all other interested parties to view a Virtual Workshop to learn about the proposed Murphy Road Lane Diet Project from Concord Pike to Foulk Road.

The purpose of the workshop is to present the details of a proposed lane reduction and to solicit input from the public regarding the plans. The workshop will be available online beginning Wednesday, August 31, 2016 and will be accessible for 30 days.

Interested persons are invited to express their views in writing. Comments will be received during the workshop or can be mailed to DelDOT Community Relations, P.O. Box 778, Dover, DE 19903 or sent via email If you need further assistance or additional information, please contact DelDOT Community Relations at 1-800-652-5600 (in DE) or 302-760-2080 or write to the above address.

When: From Wednesday, August 31 to Thursday, September 29

Where: Click here for the Virtual Workshop

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Historical and Cultural Affairs

Historical and Cultural Affairs

The historic-preservation and museums newsletter of the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs.


Historical and Cultural Affairs is designed to stimulate public interest in the division’s museums, programs and services, and to increase awareness of the value that history and historic preservation bring to the lives of Delaware’s citizens and visitors. The newsletter is distributed during the last week of each month, via e-mail, to division staff members, Delaware’s historical- and preservation-related communities and friends. Please submit relevant articles, news items and suggestions to Jim Yurasek, newsletter editor, at



Historical and Cultural Affairs

The historic-preservation and museums newsletter of the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs.

Aug. 29, 2016 * Volume 9, Issue 8




Native-American heritage to be spotlighted at division museums during September 2016

Programs on Delaware’s Lenape and Nanticoke Indian tribes to be featured.

Read more …


Lenape fancy dancer. The Lenape Indian Tribe of Delaware will be celebrating its heritage with drums, songs and dancing on Sept. 3, 2016.


Free admission beginning Aug. 31, 2016 for “Lost off Lewes: The British warship DeBraak”

Tours explore the surviving hull section of an 18th-century shipwreck.

Read more …


Division’s exhibit of World War II photographs moves to the Middletown Historical Society

Exhibit features photographs taken by Dover, Del. native William D. Willis from 1943 to 1945.

Read more …


“Listen Up!”: How About Something Different?

Division’s spoken-word program to explore Native-American themes on Sept. 3, 2016.

Read more …


Go here for more news items …


Help Save Delaware History


Kara Briggs joins the division staff as an architectural historian

New employee will serve in the State Historic Preservation Office.

Read more …


Fort Dupont project combines waterfront development with historic preservation

WDDE Radio, Dover, Del.—Aug. 19, 2016

Site originally built for coastal defense during the American Civil War.

Read more …


Grants for historic preservation

National Park Service now accepting applications for African American Civil Rights Grants.

Read more …


“Preserving Our Past for a Better Future: Delaware’s Historic Preservation Plan, 2013–2017”

Document provides a roadmap for focusing on the broad goals and needs of Delaware’s preservation community.

Read more …


Media Roundup

The following Delaware history-related articles have recently appeared in the media:


11 ways you can still savor summer with these lesser-known national parks

Washington Examiner, D.C.—Aug.17, 2016

Article includes information on the First State National Historical Park.


Two new exhibits to open at museum in Middletown

Middletown Transcript, Del.—Aug. 10, 2016

“World War II Through the Lens of William D. Willis: a photographic exhibit” was designed by the division.


Listen Up Delaware
The Delaware Way, KJWP TV, Wilmington, Del.—Aug. 8, 2016

Television segment explores the division’s spoken-word program which is designed to teach young people about Delaware history.


Enlighten Me: Reopening Fort Christina

WDDE Radio, Dover, Del.—July 29, 2016

Park re-opened through partnership between the division, the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation and the First State National Historic Park.


Mended clothing helps mend lives in Delaware

News Journal, Wilmington, Del.—July 16, 2016

Buena Vista Conference Center was a partner in the program.


Articles on Abbott’s Mill

Division leases the historic mill building to the Delaware Nature Society.


Fall Weather Brings Play Back Home

Milford LIVE, Del.—Aug. 21, 2016


Abbott’s Mill Nature Center celebrates 35 years

Delaware State News, Dover, Del.—Aug. 17, 2016




Wednesday, Aug. 31

Weaving Wednesday – John Dickinson Plantation


Wednesdays and Thursdays, Aug. 31; Sept. 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 and 29

Lost Off Lewes: Tours of the British Warship DeBraak – Zwaanendael Museum


Saturday, Sept. 3

The First People of the First State: A Lenape Celebration of Heritage – The Green, Dover

Lenape Drums on The Green – The Green, Dover

Battlefield Memorial Ceremony – Pencader Heritage Museum

Trades of the Plantation: Plaster-Casting – John Dickinson Plantation


Saturday, Sept. 3 and Monday, Sept. 5

Man’s Best Friend – Johnson Victrola Museum


Monday, Sept. 5

Labor Day – Johnson Victrola Museum, Old State House, John Dickinson Plantation, New Castle Court House Museum and the Zwaanendael Museum will be open

Post Cards of Dover – The Old State House

The Long Road to Recognition – The Old State House


Wednesday, Sept. 7

Hale-Byrnes Open House – Hale-Byrnes House


Saturday, Sept. 10

Trades of the Plantation: Weaving – John Dickinson Plantation

Delaware State Parks: Time Travelers – The Old State House

Demonstrations by the Thistledown Fiber Arts Guild – John Dickinson Plantation

Annual Lafayette’s Birthday Party – Hale-Byrnes House

Lighthouse Sunset Cruise – Lewes Harbor


Sunday, Sept. 11

Land Grants in Mill Creek Hundred – Hale-Byrnes House


Wednesday, Sept. 14

1779-1780: War and Politics – New Castle Court House Museum


Saturday, Sept. 17

Trades of the Plantation: Blacksmithing – John Dickinson Plantation

We ARE Still Here! – The Old State House

Running of the Mill – Abbott’s Mill Nature Center


Saturday, Sept. 24

Historic Claymont Tour – Claymont

Trades of the Plantation: Smokehouse – John Dickinson Plantation

Surviving Invasion: The First People of the First State – The Old State House

Songs and Stories: Oral Traditions of Delaware’s Native Peoples – Zwaanendael Museum


For a comprehensive, long-term calendar of division-sponsored events, go here.


Exhibits and displays


Thru Dec. 31, 2016

Wine and Spirits in Delaware: Producing, Preserving, and Presenting – Zwaanendael Museum


Thru mid-April, 2017

The Old State House: A True Restoration 1976-2016 – The Old State House


Thru August 2017

World War II Through the Lens of William D. Willis – Middletown Historical Society



Discovering Delaware’s Maritime Past – Zwaanendael Museum

Emeline Hawkins: Her Journey from Slavery to Freedom on the Underground Railroad – New Castle Court House Museum

Sculpture by Charles Parks – New Castle Court House Museum

A Seaborne Citizenry: The DeBraak and Its Atlantic World – Zwaanendael Museum

Simple Machines – John Dickinson Plantation

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