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 (c.rouse@sgcca.org). 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 todotpr@state.de.us. 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 jim.yurasek@state.de.us.



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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Newsletter Distribution Help Requested

We are looking for 3 neighborhood teens to help distribute newsletters to the community. Please respond to this post or message SGCCA if you’re interested. As a token of appreciation a small gift will be given to those who help. Thanks!

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Upcoming Road Closures and Workshops

Portion of Philadelphia Pike Closed

Removal of Railroad Crossing Requires a Portion of Philadelphia Pike to be Closed

Claymont:  The Delaware Department of Transportation’s (DelDOT) Railroad Section will be removing the railroad crossing on Philadelphia Pike between Naamans Road and Alcott Avenue. The closure is scheduled today at 5 a.m. until midnight on Saturday, July 9th. The closure could be delayed due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances.

Detour Routes:

Southbound:  Philadelphia Pike onto Naamans Road to Darley Road and return to Philadelphia Pike.

Northbound:  Philadelphia Pike to Darley Road onto Naamans Road and back to Philadelphia Pike.

Public Workshop to Discuss Marsh & Carr Roads

Public Workshop for I-95 & Marsh Road/Carr Road Interchange Improvements

Wilmington: The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) would like to invite all interested parties to a Public Workshop to discuss proposed improvements at the intersection of I-95, Carr Road and Marsh Road Interchange. Proposed improvements include capacity, safety, and multi-modal needs at this location. The purpose of the workshop is to solicit input from the public. The workshop will be open to the public from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Monday, July 11th, at Faith Presbyterian Church, 720 Marsh Road in Wilmington.

Interested persons are invited to express their views in writing, giving reasons for support of or in opposition to the proposed project. Comments will be received during the public workshop or can be mailed to DelDOT Community Relations, P.O. Box 778, Dover, DE 19903 or sent via email todotpr@state.de.us. For further information, please contact DelDOT Community Relations at 1-800-652-5600 or 302-760-2080.

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As the Fourth of July holiday approaches, the Delaware State Police Community Outreach Unit and the Office of the State Fire Marshal reminds all citizens and visitors of Delaware that fireworks are illegal to possess, use, or sell in the State of Delaware. This includes sparklers and sky lanterns.

Fireworks can cause serious injuries or death. Temperatures for a burning sparkler can exceed 1200 degrees Fahrenheit Projectiles from exploded fireworks can cause eye injuries, burns, and amputations of fingers. Over 10,000 people were treated in the nation’s hospitals in 2014 for injuries related to the use of fireworks. The highest number of injuries occurred around the July Fourth holiday.

Fires can be started easily by exploding fireworks causing property damage especially in the dry summer months. During the evening hours it is very difficult to spot a fire starting during the fire’s incipient (early) stage. Fires may erupt from discharged fireworks well after the initial explosion. Burning fireworks can land in dry grass or on the roof of house without any one detecting the danger. Fires on a roof may smolder for an extended time before breaking out in flames visible from the ground.

Please leave fireworks in the hands of professionals by attending a professional fireworks show in lieu of creating your own show. The public displays are conducted by licensed professionals and the firework sites are inspected and receive approval prior to the events.

Penalties for the use of fireworks or possession of fireworks are misdemeanors subject to a fine. Damage or injuries caused by the use of fireworks can result in felony charges.

For additional information please contact your local fire company or fire marshal’s office.

We hope everyone has a safe and happy Fourth of July!

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June 2016 Safety Reminder

Keeping you and your family safe is a big deal. But sometimes, it is the little changes you make that add up to a big difference. Here are some residential security tips to help every member of the family feel safe and secure.

  1. Inspect smoke and carbon monoxide detectors for dust and lint build up that can hinder sensors.
  2. Whether you are buying, building or just remodeling your home make sure to select roofing that is fire resistant.
  3. If possible, install a locked mailbox at your home and never put outgoing mail containing personal information in an unsecured out-box or in your mailbox for pick up.
  4. To help prevent tipping off burglars, if you plan to be away from home for an extended period of time, set your phone ringer to the lowest volume.
  5. Never leave notes on your door for service people or visitors when you are not home. It’s a signal to burglars that the home is empty.
  6. Do not use indoor extension cords outdoors. A safe outdoor cord will read “Suitable for Use with Outdoor Appliances.”
  7. If your power goes out, a full freezer can hold food safely for up to 48 hours.
  8. It is recommended to have interconnected smoke alarms. These alarms are linked together; if one alarm is triggered they all go off.
  9. Never attempt to charge non-rechargeable batteries. Attempting to recharge non-rechargeable batteries could cause the batteries to explode.
  10. Oily rags can easily combust, even without being exposed directly to a flame. Hang them outside to dry, and then throw them away in a metal can with a lid when finished.

The following is a list of activities that many residents continue to express concern about and which we remind everyone of at least once a year. The great news is that most of us do most of these things most of the time so the challenge for each of us is to change the word “most” to “all” if we want to continue to have the kind of beautiful, friendly, quiet and safe community we all desire! Safety is of increased concern now that we have many new families with small children who need our constant protection especially now that we’re on Standard Time and darkness occurs very early.


  • Observe the 25 mph speed limit and slow down when pedestrians are present.
  • Make full stops at all stop signs and right turns 24/7.
  • Keep roadways clear of vehicles overnight to permit easy access of emergency/maintenance vehicles and to enhance the appearance of the community.
  • Vehicles parked on a roadway should be facing the same direction as traffic so that your red tail light reflectors are effective.
  • Park at least 30 feet (2 car lengths) back from the Sorrel/Silverside Roads intersection and stop sign so as to not block movement of vehicles at that dangerous intersection.
  • Be cautious and patient when approaching a school bus stop with children present.
  • Stop at the stop line and over the sensor wires at the Coachman/Shipley Roads intersection so the signal will cycle for you.
  • Parking of unattached trailers and oversized motor vehicles on roadways is prohibited. (see attachment)
  • Parking of boats and camping vehicles on residential property is restricted by County Code.

PEDISTRIANS & BICYCLES (the attached Pedestrians’ Rights and Duties are critical to reducing pedestrian casualties)

  • Walk on the left side facing traffic. This will protect you from being hit by a vehicle that you couldn’t see and might not have heard!
  • Carry a light or reflector at night.
  • Yield the right-of-way to vehicles.
  • Ride bikes on the same side as cars

ANIMALS (see attachment for Codes regarding animals and noise)

  • Restrain dogs at all times when off property with a leash (in hand) of maximum 20 foot length.
  • Remove excrement immediately.
  • Quiet a constantly barking dog.

NOISE (see attachment for Codes regarding noise)

  • Schedule loud equipment jobs to begin after 9:00 AM.

 Be vigilant, be prepared and report all suspicious activity immediately to 9-1-1


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Upcoming Meeting on the Forwood Property

Community Meeting to Discuss Preliminary Redevelopment Plan for the Former Forwood Schoolhouse on Silverside Road near Marsh Road

Monday, April 18th at 7:00pm
Location: Brandywine High School Auditorium, 1400 Foulk Road, Wilmington, DE 19803

Dear community leaders and friends,

I am pleased to facilitate a community meeting on Monday, April 18, 2016 at 7:00pm in the Brandywine High School Auditorium, 1400 Foulk Road, so that we as a community can learn about the revisions to the redevelopment plans for the former Forwood Schoolhouse. These modifications have been implemented since the time of our last community meeting with the applicant and his representatives on July 8, 2015. The developer has continued to work closely with the New Castle County Department of Land Use regarding community and land use department concerns; and has now submitted an Exploratory Sketch Plan for Land Use Department Review. All documents are posted at http://www3.nccde.org/project/details/default.aspx?ProjectKey=536326 .

With the submission of an exploratory sketch plan by the applicant, this plan will move forward to New Castle County Council for introduction and a subsequent New Castle County Planning Board Public Hearing. The New Castle County Land Use Department will not schedule a Planning Board Public Hearing until after the State PLUS report has been reviewed by the New Castle County Land Use Department. For more details about the State of Delaware “PLUS” Review process, please visit www.stateplanning.delaware.gov/plus .

The introduction of a plan legally requires a member of County Council to sponsor a formal Resolution of Introduction. This is a major land development plan, coupled with a rezoning; which either must be sponsored by the district councilperson or by the County Council President. As district councilperson, I have opted to be the sponsor. Being a sponsor does not mean support; but enables me to control the progress of the plan through the County Council legislative process.

For the past 20 years I have been involved with various iterations of the Forwood parcel development plans. At the time of the initial rezoning over 20 years ago, I represented our community as CCOBH Zoning Vice President. Since that time, as both a neighbor of the parcel and as our district councilperson, I have engaged in numerous collaborative meetings with the former owner and current owner and our community.

At our first community meeting with the applicant on July 8, 2015, the applicant proposed a pedestrian friendly village, centered around an internal pedestrian precinct with integrated pathways. We were generally supportive of this concept; but emphasized that: 1) we deserve a thoughtful land use development plan with architectural excellence, quality construction materials, and first class design elements; 2) we deserve walkability so that we can all enjoy the option to walk to where we live, shop, work and play; 3) we deserve information about traffic impact and expect our new neighbor and our county government to consider our traffic concerns; 4) we deserve respect for the intrinsic history of the original Forwood School and integration of the historic structure into our new community addition.

Like you, I look forward to learning about the developer’s revised proposal. As has been my practice during my 20 years as your County Councilperson, I do not meet alone with developers, applicants or their attorneys. I requested this community meeting so that we will see the revised plan together. The community will continue to play an integral role as we go forward together through the public hearing process.

Here is information about the proposed plan provided by the developer:

“Developer Joe Setting, of Montchanin-based Setting Properties Inc., proposes a new mixed-use project, Branmar Commons, on the land containing the former Forwood Schoolhouse near Silverside and Marsh roads. Plans for the 11.5-acre site call for 38 townhomes as well as 32,000 square feet of commercial retail that includes a restaurant, a bank, a coffee shop, and a pharmacy. The proposal is a pedestrian oriented, walkable village with high architectural design standards and quality construction materials, designed around open and landscaped green areas.

Reclaimed stone from the Forwood Schoolhouse will be repurposed into a replica structure measuring 20’ x 22’. The schoolhouse replica will be placed in a prominent location on the site as an attractive and historically significant focal point for the village.

This proposal will create and foster a vibrant and pedestrian-friendly community in Brandywine Hundred. The design of Branmar Commons, with sidewalks both internal to the site and connecting to the neighboring commercial properties along Silverside Road, encourages residents and visitors to comfortably spend a portion of their day walking throughout the village and enjoying the amenities that will be offered, including attractive landscaping and pedestrian features as well as public gathering spaces.

The existing residential neighborhoods will be substantially buffered from Branmar Commons through a combination of landscaping and natural vegetation. The proposed buffer ranges from 43’ up to 270’, and all buildings will be setback a minimum of 94’ from the existing property line adjacent to the residential neighborhoods. Plans for the proposal, including architectural renderings, will be presented at the scheduled community meeting. The project will require a rezoning.

The community meeting has been scheduled for Monday, April 18th at 7:00pm in the Brandywine High School auditorium.”

The property is zoned NCSD Semi-Detached Residential for residential development. The proposed concept would require a rezoning. The County Land Use Department professional planners will be in attendance at our community meeting and will be carefully considering our thoughtful comments and questions.

We as a community will be engaged in the public hearing process to assure that this site is consistent with community character, respectful of our traffic capacity, is walking and bike friendly, and architecturally enhances our community.

For additional information or questions, please contact my office at 302-395-8362.

Best wishes to all.
Bob Weiner, your County Councilman

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