Pilot Program Will Connect Library Patrons to State Services

Delaware state social workers have begun providing assistance at libraries in all three counties under a pilot program launched by the Delaware Division of Libraries and the Department of Health and Social Services.

Two social workers from the Division of Social Services’ Community Partner Support Unit are now available once per week for three hours at seven libraries across the state.

Social workers can guide patrons through the state’s online benefits application process, assist individuals in applying for food benefits, help applicants gather necessary documents, connect eligible families and individuals with employment and training resources, and connect with other DHSS agencies to answer questions as needed. This onsite assistance is in addition to the help available at the 15 State Service Centers located statewide.

Public libraries are an ideal setting for the delivery of social services. As centers for community engagement and access to technology, people in need of assistance in many cases are already library patrons.

“This partnership enables libraries to leverage DHSS expertise in assisting library patrons with meeting their needs,” said Deputy Secretary of State Dr. Courtney Stewart. “Our libraries have evolved into force-multipliers for community outreach, and adding social services to the compliment of resources available through our libraries is a perfect fit.”

“Every day, in all Delaware public libraries, people come through the doors seeking assistance on a variety of topics, including social services,” said State Librarian Dr. Annie Norman. “This pilot project reflects the reality that critical needs have become more pronounced.”

“Connecting people to services as easily and efficiently as possible is what we aim to do every day, and this program is a great example of that,” said Ray Fitzgerald, director of DHSS’ Division of Social Services. “Library patrons will receive face-to-face contact with a social worker who can help them on the spot and, as needed, connect them to other beneficial services and programs. We hope this will ease the process for those seeking services while freeing library staff to concentrate on patrons’ other needs.”

Currently, more than 150 agencies and nonprofits are collaborating with Delaware libraries to provide services to patrons across the state.

“Through Delaware Partners, our goal is to extend the reach and effectiveness of partner capabilities and resources and foster collaboration,” said Dr. Norman, “We’re delighted to add the specialized expertise of DHSS social workers in our libraries.”

The schedule for social workers in Delaware libraries is as follows:

Delaware to Sue U.S. EPA for Failure to Curb Out-of-State Air Pollution

“Delawareans deserve clean air,” says Governor John Carney 

WILMINGTON, Del. – Delaware announced today its intent to send four Notice of Intent to Sue letters to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding air pollution that comes into Delaware from other states.

The NOI letters, as required by the federal Clean Air Act, inform the EPA that the Delaware Department of Justice – acting on behalf of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control – will file suit against EPA for its failure to require power plants in Pennsylvania and West Virginia to reduce air pollution that significantly affects the quality of the air that Delawareans breathe.

Delaware has previously petitioned for relief to the EPA.

“The Clean Air Act entitles Delaware to relief from upwind pollution and the remedy we are seeking is reasonable and within EPA’s authority and responsibility to grant,” said Governor John Carney. “Delawareans deserve clean air, but our air quality is significantly impacted by pollution traveling downwind from other states. We are simply asking that the EPA require these power plants that pollute Delaware’s air to run their existing pollution control equipment when the plants are in operation.”

Four petitions filed between July and November 2016 by DNREC under Section 126 of the federal Clean Air Act, sought to have EPA require certain power plant units in upwind states to use their air pollution controls to reduce emissions.

The lawsuits will contend that EPA’s approval of the petitions is critical to protecting the health of Delawareans and helping contain the state’s rising healthcare costs from treating respiratory and lung diseases. EPA approval is also important to Delaware’s economy because fewer health-related absences from the workforce results in an increase in productivity.

Ground-level ozone, or smog, has been one of Delaware’s most pervasive and challenging air pollution problems. More than 90 percent of the ozone in Delaware originates from emissions in upwind states.

The filing of the Section 126 petitions, as well as the related Notice of Intent to Sue letters, comes after decades of efforts by DNREC to influence reduction of air pollution transported into Delaware from upwind states.

Though Delaware has made dramatic progress on improving air quality in recent years, emissions from out-of-state power plants continue to prevent Delaware from attaining and maintaining federal health-based air quality standards.

“The Department has pursued – and will continue to pursue – voluntary and collaborative efforts with partner states to ensure upwind power plants meet the same stringent standards which Delaware is required to meet,” said Shawn Garvin, Secretary of the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. “It is now time for EPA to hold upwind sources accountable for ozone emissions that are impacting downwind states.”


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ADVISORY: Discussion on Wilmington with the Family Services Cabinet Council

Governor Carney and Council members will hold meeting to discuss state service delivery in Wilmington

WILMINGTON, Del. – At 6:00 p.m. on Monday, November 13, Governor Carney will host a public discussion on Wilmington with the Family Services Cabinet Council.

Governor Carney signed Executive Order #5 in February, re-establishing the Family Services Cabinet Council to help coordinate critical services for families across Delaware – including workforce and job-related services, early childhood education programs, social service delivery, and programs to improve public safety. Next Monday’s meeting will include presentations by members of the Council. Stakeholders and members of the public will have the opportunity to provide feedback to the Council and offer ideas for improving state service delivery in Wilmington.

Governor Carney chairs the Family Services Cabinet Council, which includes eight members of his Cabinet.

Discussion on Wilmington with the Family Services Cabinet Council

This event is open to the press.

WHAT:          Governor John Carney will host a public discussion with the Family Services Cabinet Council at Delaware Technical Community College in Wilmington. The agenda will include presentations on data-sharing efforts among state agencies in Wilmington, state service coordination for low-income families, and a planned dual generation center to improve the delivery of job-related services, and services for Wilmington children.

The event is an opportunity for stakeholders and members of the public to provide feedback and ideas for improving the delivery of state services in Wilmington.

WHO:  Governor John Carney
Dr. Kara Odom Walker, Secretary, Department of Health and Social Services
Patrice Gilliam-Johnson, Secretary, Department of Labor
James Collins, Chief Information Officer, Department of Technology and Information
Josette Manning, Secretary, Department of Services for Children, Youth and their Families
Dorrell Green, Director, Office of Innovation and Improvement, Department of Education
Other members of the Family Services Cabinet Council
Community members

WHEN:         Monday, November 13, 2017
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

WHERE:      Delaware Technical Community College, George Campus
300 N. Orange Street
Wilmington, DE 19801


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Delaware DOL Secy. Gilliam-Johnson visits Kent, Sussex farms in review of Migrant Seasonal Farm Worker program

October 10, 2017

As part of its ongoing work monitoring and tracking the state’s Foreign Labor Certification and Migrant Seasonal Farm Worker activities, officials from the Delaware Department ofLabor paid a recent visit to Kent and Sussex County farms enrolled in the programs.

DOL Secretary Dr. Patrice Gilliam-Johnson was joined by Deputy Secretary Karryl McManus, Division of Employment and Training Director Stacey Laing, DET Administrator Sherese Brewington-Carr, Keyla Rivero Rodriquez, State Monitor Advocate and Camille Nieves, Program Coordinator of the Foreign Labor Certification Program as they toured the various areas of the operation from field to factory.

The Foreign Labor Certification also known as Alien Labor Certification provides assistance to the residents & businesses of Delaware as well as foreign workers.

The Foreign Labor Certification Unit/State Workforce Agency assists employers in meeting requirements for recruitment of alien workers an

d assures that regulatory processes are followed to document that American workers are not available.

In addition, the program ensures the employment of the foreign worker will not adversely affect the wages and working conditions of the U.S. workers that are employed.

Foreign Labor Certification pro

grams assists U.S. employers in hiring foreign workers on either a temporary or permanent basis to fill jobs essential to the U.S. economy.

Certification may be obtained in cases in where it can be demonstrated that there are insufficient qualified U.S. workers available and willing to

perform the work at wages that meet or exceed the prevailing wage paid for that occupation in the area of intended employment.

This season, Delaware saw 25 agricultural operations registered in the programs.

For more information on this program visit https://det.delawareworks.com/flc/



The Delaware Department of Labor connects people to jobs, resources, monetary benefits, work

place protections and labor market information to promote financial independence, workplace justice and a strong economy. The department is made up of four divisions:

Division of Unemployment Insurance

Division of Employment and Training

Division of Industrial Affairs

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

Office of Occupational and Labor Market Information

The combined efforts of these divisions and offices support the employment-related needs of nearly 400,000 Delaware workers and more than 20,000 businesses throughout the state.



Leon Tucker, Director of Communications

Delaware Department of Labor

302.761.8002 office

302.530.5770 Cell





7th Annual Arborist and Tree Care Seminar on Oct. 30 and 31 at State Fairgrounds in Harrington

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(DOVER, Del.) – The Delaware Forest Service’s urban and community forestry program will hold its 7th Annual Delaware Arborist and Tree Care Seminar—a one and a half-day seminar on October 30 and 31, 2017 at the Delaware State Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall. Speakers include tree care experts, policymakers, and academic researchers who will incorporate classroom lectures, outdoor demonstrations, and vendor exhibits to cover tree pest and disease issues, tree care management, and best practices in worker safety and pesticide use.

online registrationAttendees can earn continuing education credits from the International Society of Arboriculture, Maryland Licensed Tree Expert, and Delaware pesticide certification. Cost is $95 for both days (meals and snacks included). Register at this link or click the image at right.

For more information, contact Kesha Braunskill at kesha.braunskill@delaware.gov.

Download a one-page copy of the 2017 Arborist Agenda with speaker presentations and bios listed below:


Kevin Braun, estate arborist at Winterthur, measures a state champion tree on the historic property.
Arborist Kevin Braun helps to measure a state champion tree at Winterthur Museum and Garden Estate. Braun will be a featured speaker at the 7th Annual Delaware Arborist and Tree Care Seminar on October 30 and 31 at the Delaware State Fair in Harrington. He will talk about the challenges and rewards of managing large and historic trees on Winterthur’s grounds.


Kevin Braun
Kevin Braun, arborist at Winterthur Museum and Garden Estate in Wilmington.

Day One – Monday, October 30

8:30 AM – Mature Tree Management at Winterthur Garden & Estate – Kevin Braun, Arborist

Winterthur in northern Delaware is home to some of Delaware’s largest and oldest trees, such as the state champion dawn-redwood and yellow-poplar trees. Braun will be sharing first-hand experiences on how a public garden manages its mature tree canopy for forest and tree health, visitor safety, and historic correctness.

Kevin Braun has been the Garden and Estate Arborist at Winterthur for seven years. As a second-generation certified arborist, he holds a B.S. in forest management and urban forestry from Penn State. He also worked at Bartlett Tree Experts in Nantucket, Massachusetts and on the Penn State tree crew at its main campus in University Park.

9:30 AM – Interpreting Pesticide Labels – Tracey Harpster, Penn State Extension

Pesticide labels have changed over the years. This presentation will cover the different sections of the label and how to find the information needed to make safe, effective and legal applications.

Tracey Harpster joined the Pennsylvania Dept. of Agriculture Pesticide Education Program as a pesticide safety educator in 2016. She previously worked in the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences at the Joseph E. Valentine Turfgrass Research Center. Harpster has an extensive background in horticulture, specifically weed identification and control strategies in various planting and cropping situations.

9:30 AM – Jobsite Setup, Safety and Tree Removal Demonstration – Jay Ashby and Joe Shoup,
Cypress Tree Care (outdoor demonstration)

Jay Ashby is the Director of Operations for Cypress Tree Care and the vice-chair of teh Delaware Urban and Community Foresry Council. He is scheduled to demonstrate proper set-up and safety techniques for a tree removal at the 7th Annual Arborist & Tree Care Seminar in Harrington on October 30 and 31.
Jay Ashby is Director of Operations for Cypress Tree Care and the vice-chair of the Delaware Urban and Community Foresry Council. He will demonstrate proper set-up and safety on a tree removal at the 7th Annual Delaware Arborist & Tree Care Seminar on October 30 and 31.

During the course of an actual tree removal on the State Fairgrounds, Ashby and Shoup will conduct a hands-on, outdoor demonstration on how to set up a work site properly and implement best practices in worker safety.

Currently the vice-chair of the Delaware Urban and Community Forestry Council, Jay Ashby is Director of Operations for Cypress Tree Care, with over 30 years of experience in tree care, landscaping, and wood waste recycling industries. An ISA-certified arborist with a Municipal Specialist designation, Ashby also holds the ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification, and is also a TCIA-certified Tree Care Safety Professional and a Delaware Certified Nursery Professional. Ashby is committed to encouraging the protection, growth, and long-term maintenance of Delaware’s urban forestry resources.

10:45 AM – Tree Care Industry Safety: How OSHA’s Consultation Program Can Help – Fred Eysaldt, Delaware Dept. of Labor

This session will cover the fundamentals of tree industry safety, as well as OSHA standards that apply to the tree care industry. The talk will also cover frequently-cited OSHA standards and information about the OSHA consultation program..

For the past 10 years, Fred Eysaldt has been the labor market information supervisor for the Delaware Department of Labor’s Office of Safety and Health Consultation. Prior to that, he worked for nine years as assistant vice-president for health and safety services at MBNA America. He is also Chief Emeritus at Delaware’s Mill Creek Fire Company, where he has served for 43 years.

10:45 AM – Tree Cabling and Support – Jim Savage, Penn State Extension

This talk will focus on the how’s and why’s of tree cabling and support, and when they should be best applied.

Jim Savage is an affiliate instructor in Horticulture at Penn State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

11:30 AM – Vendor Exhibits and Lunch

1 PM – Storms over the Urban Forest – Phillip Rodbell, U.S. Forest Service

“You don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone” – this refrain from singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell becomes all too real when a storm strikes a community. Whether by wind, flood, ice, or fire – or a gradual loss from pests such as Dutch elm disease or emerald ash borer – the effect on communities from the loss of trees in the landscape is devastating and long lasting, taking years to recover. This presentation will provide tools to identify and communicate the public values at stake, and to better predict and prepare for the potential damage and outright losses that may occur as a result of common storms and the new normal in a changing climate. Before the next storm strikes, the question is: “Are you prepared?”

Phil Rodbell is the regional urban forester for the U.S. Forest Service Northeastern Area. He provides leadership in federally funded action to plant and improve community trees and forests in the Midwest, New England, and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States. He has 35 years of experience in federal program management, nonprofit action, state program administration, and local government consulting, including three years of international experience with the Peace Corps in Honduras, Central America. Phillip is a Certified Arborist and has a Master of Science degree in Forestry from North Carolina State University and a B.S. in Forest Resources from the University of Washington in Seattle.

2:15 PM – “The Basics of IPM” – Mike Leventry, Verdant Plant Health Care

This talk will teach attendees how to take an “Integrated Pest Management” (IPM) or “toolbox” approach to solving landscape pest issues. Leventry will cover the foundations of an IPM program as well as the control strategies to employ to reduce pests to a tolerable level.

Mike Leventry owns Verdant Plant Health Care in Wilmington, Delaware, where he provides environmentally responsible solutions to clients’ landscape health issues. During his career, Mike has consulted on the health of some of our region’s most impressive specimen trees and managed pests ranging from insects to algae to skunks. He has worked at Longwood Gardens, the University of Delaware, and the Kennett Collection, which is North America’s largest privately held bonsai collection. As an ISA-certified arborist, Leventry has a degree from the University of Delaware, where he studied plant protection and concentrated on horticulture and education. He has taught seminars on integrated pest management on the local, regional, and national levels.

Day Two – Tuesday, October 31

8:15 AM – An Update on Emerald Ash Borer in the Region – Colleen Kenny, Maryland Forest Service

Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) has moved across the United States, killing approximately 99 percent of ash trees in as little as one to three years. This presentation will cover EAB symptoms, status, and response options, and regional efforts to manage EAB impacts. A single EAB adult was captured in northern Delaware in August, 2016. Currently, as of August 2017, EAB has been found in 31 states, and the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec

Colleen Kenny holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Colby College and an M.S. in Forestry from the University of New Hampshire, where she conducted research on invasive plant ecology. She has been with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Forest Service since 2015, where she coordinates statewide Emerald Ash Borer response and invasive plant management projects.

9:15 AM – “Urban tree mortality: New approaches to an old problem” – Lara Roman, U.S. Forest Service Philadelphia Field Station

Roman will outline how field studies to monitor street and yard trees can yield insights into urban tree establishment losses and population changes.

Lara Roman is a research ecologist with the U.S. Forest Service’s Philadelphia Field Station. She studies the temporal dynamics of urban forests, including tree mortality and growth, canopy cover change, historical development of urban forests, species composition change, and citizen science monitoring. Her studies take a participatory research approach, collaborating with practitioners for study design and implementation. She has been funded by the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center, the TREE Fund, the Garden Club of America, and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District. She received a PhD at the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.S. in Biology and a M.S. of Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.

10:15 AM – Bucket Truck Inspection – Tracy Gauger and Terry Anderson, Tunnell Companies Fleet Services

This outdoor demonstration features a hands-on, practical look at the bucket truck inspection process: what to know and what to do from experts with more than 40 years of combined experience in the industry.

Tracy Gauger and Terry Anderson are both fleet services managers with Tunnell Companies in Sussex County, Delaware. Gauger has 17 years of lift experience and is certified on Terex, Duco, Altec, and Versalift. Anderson has 25 years of experience and is a certified ASE Master Tech.