The Morning News for June 25, 2010

by Dave on June 25, 2010

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The Morning News for Friday, June 25, 2010:

Hand-held ban changing habits (Delaware Online)

Dwyane Wilson was motivated to buy a hands-free headset after he got an $81 ticket for talking on a cell phone while driving in downtown Wilmington. (MORE)

Delaware bill tries to draw film industry (BusinessWeek)

State lawmakers have introduced a bill aimed at establishing a homegrown film industry in Delaware. The bill introduced Wednesday with bipartisan support in both the House and Senate is an attempt to offer incentives to the film industry without direct use of tax dollars. (MORE)

Street fund gets a boost (News Journal)

Legislators will get $175,000 to pay for street repairs in their districts, an increase from the current $125,000, thanks to a vote by the Bond Bill Committee late Thursday night. But cash-strapped municipalities, which had pressed for an increase to the $4 million proposed for street aid to their communities, lost their battle. (MORE)

Heat, severe storms disrupt power, traffic (Delaware Online)

Thunderstorms, and in some places hail, Thursday left thousands in northern Delaware and Maryland without electricity while extreme heat caused traffic problems in Milford. (MORE)

Delaware insurance commissioner’s chief of staff removed (News Journal)

Delaware’s embattled insurance commissioner, Karen Weldin Stewart, has ousted her chief of staff, moving Elliott Jacobson into an advisory role in the midst of an investigation of health care claims denials by insurance companies in the state. (MORE)

Delaware company builds unmanned airships for U.S. military (WHYY)

ILC Dover has extended its contract with Lockheed Martin to provide lighter-than-air “aerostats”, very similar to a blimp.  The aerostats are used in Afghanistan and Iraq to provide surveillance and communication for U.S. troops. (MORE)

Delaware Lures Thrill Seekers, History Buffs (KTVU-San Francisco)

Delaware has something for every member of the family. For those who like the outdoors, the First State’s forests, rivers, parks and campgrounds provide an ideal setting for outdoor adventures. (MORE)

Sporting News tabs University of Delaware football No. 18 (News Journal)

The University of Delaware football team was chosen 18th nationally by the Sporting News College Football Preview. (MORE)

LDAF and Autism Delaware merge (WGMD)

Families throughout Delaware affected by autism will be getting more help in the coming years thanks to the merger of two organizations: Autism Delaware and the Lower Delaware Autism Foundation. (MORE)

Education Dept. awarded $10.5M improvement grant (Delaware Online)

The state Department of Education was awarded a $10.5 million School Improvement Grant from the U.S. Department of Education to help improve schools with struggling students. (MORE)

Good Samaritans roam the beaches (DelmarvaNow.com)

Sharie Valerio knows a parking ticket can ruin a good beach day. So the Annapolis resident does what she can to help her fellow vacationers avoid the downer. (MORE)

Bluewater deadline extended (Delaware Online)

Delmarva Power has granted NRG Bluewater Wind an extension of a crucial deadline, as the renewable-energy developer works through federal uncertainty that could delay construction of the wind farm planned off Rehoboth Beach. (MORE)

Big Chill Creamery dishes up Hershey’s ice cream (Cape Gazette)

Derek Shockro calls Big Chill Creamery a traditional ice cream shop: good ice cream and a welcoming atmosphere with as little fussing as possible. (MORE)

PETA Proposes Pupular New Soy Ice Cream Flavors—‘Dog Poop’ and ‘Kitty Litter’ (PETA)

Today, PETA sent a letter to Luther Hearn, owner of The Ice Cream Store in Rehoboth Beach, Del., dishing out the poop on the dog and cat overpopulation crisis. (MORE)

Jogger dies in Rehoboth (WGMD)

A Pennsylvania man is dead after he collapsed while running in Rehoboth Beach yesterday morning. (MORE)

Lewes celebrates its rich history (Baltimore Sun)

The Lewes Historical Society will host the Mid-Atlantic Sea Glass Festival. Collecting sea glass is popular pastime for beachgoers, and this festival attracts hobbyists of all types. (MORE)

Six secrets to do Fenwick Island right (DelmarvaNow.com)

After spending some time in Fenwick Island last week, we’ve come to the conclusion that the “quiet resort” is very much a microcosm of the state of Delaware. (MORE)

A new boardwalk look underfoot (Coastal Point)

Visitors to the Bethany Beach boardwalk this summer might have notice a few changes from last summer, beyond the damage done to the reconstructed dune during the Veteran’s Day storms of 2009, though those changes could easily be missed from a distance. But, really, the changes are right there, under their… feet. (MORE)

Millville votes against C-2 rezoning (Coastal Point)

The Millville Town Council met on Wednesday, June 16, and held a public hearing and vote on the possible rezoning of four applicants’ properties from C-1, commercial, to C-2, large-scale commercial, zoning. (MORE)

Bethany moves to fix botched appeal (Coastal Point)

Bethany Beach Town Council members were on the receiving end of another round of chastisement on Friday, June 18, when the town held a public hearing in advance of a vote to finally repeal an ordinance that most everyone in the town had believed, until very recently, had been repealed four years ago. (MORE)

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THIS WEEKEND’S LOCAL EVENTS:

  • Friday

    Georgetown Farmers Market

    Book Signing: Cassandra Tororian “Don’t Buy The Bull”

    Opus Nine Orchestra

    Keyboard America Organ Recital

    Captain Quint

    Second Street Players: MOONLIGHT & MAGNOLIAS

    Saturday

    Historic Lighthouse Tour

    Sea Glass & Coastal Art Festival

    6th Jungle Jim’s 5K Splash

    Historic Lewes Farmer’s Market

    Milford Farmers Market

    Free Alley Oop Skim Clinic

    The Magic of Joe Romano

    The Crimestoppers: Woodstock Remembered

    Second Street Players: MOONLIGHT & MAGNOLIAS

    The New Relics

    Sunday

    15th Bill Degnan 5K Run

    Bethany Beach Farmer’s Market

    Second Street Players: MOONLIGHT & MAGNOLIAS

    Chesapeake Brass Band

    Cello Fury

  • Click Here for Details & the Full Calendar.

Enjoy your day,

Dave Burris Coastal Sussex Morning News

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