Looking back over 2014

January 30
Fire sprinkler system soaks
apartment units

Residents of a Seaford housing complex were forced out of their homes after a fire sprinkler system soaked several units in one building and jeopardized the building's electrical system. According to the Seaford Volunteer Fire Department, fire fighters responded to an alarm at the Hampton Circle housing complex at 600 Hampton Circle, Seaford, at about 6:15 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 21.

Rhea Shannon retiring
from Seaford Council

Seaford city Councilman Rhea Shannon is retiring. He announced his intention to leave at the end of his third term during the council's regular meeting Tuesday night.

February 6
Dr. Joseph hopes for resounding
vote of support

Superintendent Shawn Joseph told people at a community forum Tuesday night that he has given some thought to what will happen if the tax referendum set for Feb. 27 does not pass.

February 13
Dr. Shawn Joseph resigning from post as superintendent
Two years after accepting the position, the superintendent of the Seaford School District has resigned. Shawn Joseph's last day will be Feb. 28, just one day after the referendum on the district's requested $1.5 million hike in current expense revenues.

March 6
Woodland Ferry is back home
The Woodland Ferry is back home after nearly five months at a shipyard in Baltimore. But the Tina Fallon still has about three weeks' worth of preparation and inspection before it can be open to the public. "We will be doing our best to have [the ferry] operating for citizens before the end of March," DelDOT said.

May 8
Live for Chocolate draws
a big crowd downtown

Downtown Seaford and Blades was a sea of pink Friday evening, as it celebrated Live for Chocolate, sponsored by the city, Nanticoke Health Services and the chamber of commerce to promote awareness of women's health and breast cancer prevention.

June 12
Construction begins on third
phase of Heritage Shores

Construction has begun on the third phase at Heritage Shores, a golfing community in Bridgeville. A ground breaking for Eagle Springs at Heritage Shores was held last Thursday. The new phase will include a market space, a refurbished fitness and aquatic center, bocce courts and a new eight-course outdoor tennis facility – four courts, all lit, for pickleball and four courts, three lit and one not, for tennis. There will also be a new outdoor area for movie showings and musical performances.

August 21
Sisters dedicate two weeks
helping orphans in Ukraine

For the second year in a row, sisters Emma and Maria Scott of Bridgeville spent two weeks of their summer vacation at a camp for orphans in Ukraine. They both say that they are looking forward to returning next year.

"God's given me a passion for Ukraine and for the kids there," said Emma, 20. "I go there to bless others, then I end up being more blessed myself." "I really hope to make this an annual thing," added Maria, 22. "I think that it's really important to give of yourself and of any gifts that you have. When you do that, you get a totally different perspective on your life and on how you want to live it." Note: Maria and Emma returned from Ukraine on July 17, the same day that a Malaysia Airlines passenger plane was shot down.

September 11
Work will begin on pavilion
for Nanticoke Health Services

Nanticoke Health Services held a groundbreaking ceremony last week, to mark the start of construction of its new Nanticoke health pavilion. The pavilion will be built on Nanticoke's Mears Campus, at the corner of alternate U.S. 13 and Herring Run Road. The two-story, 33,000-square-foot pavilion will house offices for the primary-care and specialty-care doctors and nurse practitioners who are part of the Nanticoke Physician Network and who are located in the Seaford area. That will put doctors in the same complex where diagnostic imaging, labs and rehabilitation services are located. Nanticoke Immediate Care, which is also at the Mears Campus, will remain there.

September 25
Shift Destiny presents 'bride'
of cross-section of churches

The greater Seaford community came together on Saturday to rally for change, both from societal and spiritual perspectives. Deemed "Shift Destiny," the event, as well as outreach that occurred over the previous week, were spearheaded by a unified front of spiritual voices from houses of worship representing a cross-section of races and denominations.

October 2 Nanticoke railroad bridge repairs are interfering with river traffic The railroad bridge that crosses the Nanticoke River at Seaford is undergoing repairs. The swing span, built in 1895, needs its center bearing replaced, said David Pidgeon, spokesman for Norfolk Southern, the rail company that owns the bridge. During the time of the repairs, the bridge will remain perpendicular to the river so that trains can cross. It will not, however, be able to swing open to allow boats to pass by.

November 20
Penny earned in 1950 donated
this year during tribute dinner

In the summer of 1950, when Nancy Harper was just a child, she and her brother, Robbie, set up a stand along Pennsylvania Avenue in Seaford and sold cups of lemonade, 5 cents each. At the end of two days, they had sold 105 cups of the cool drink. Shortly thereafter, the two children donated the proceeds, $5.24, to the drive to build Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. The 1 cent that they were short went unaccounted for – until Thursday night, when Harper presented it to Nanticoke CEO Steve Rose.

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