Darryl Scott E-Newsletter

Dover Community Garden

This summer, I am proud to partner with students and staff of Capital School District and Delaware State University, city of Dover and Southern States to plant our fourth annual community garden. These organizations have once again donated their time, resources and talent to make the community gardens a reality for many people in the Dover area. We started several years ago with a garden at Dover High School, and over the years have continued to expand the project.

This year, in addition to Dover High, we are pleased to be joined by students from Fairview Elementary and staff from Central Middle School to plant a new garden near the Kenton Road firehouse. With the help of the students, teachers and other volunteers, we will maintain the garden throughout the summer and then harvest the crops to donate to the Food Bank of Delaware, which can certainly use fresh food donations this time of year.

So, if your garden produces more than you can use, please consider donating a portion to the Food Bank or another food pantry in our community. Together, we can work to make Dover a better place for all of its residents. If you know of a community that could benefit from a garden or you want to get involved in the current garden project, give my office a call at (302) 744-4351.

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Dear Neighbor,

We recently finished up the first leg of the 147th General Assembly, which was a packed, productive session. My colleagues and I tackled many difficult issues, and I am happy to say that we were able to improve the quality of life for our citizens. While marriage equality, reducing gun violence and charter school reform received extensive media coverage, those issues barely scratch the surface of what we accomplished this year.

I supported the marriage equality for all couples and I was proud to see us take this step this year. This is an issue of fairness – all Delaware couples who are in a loving and committed relationship deserve the respect and recognition of marriage.

We all were shocked and saddened by the actions at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. Delaware took its time in assembling a package of bills designed to reduce gun violence through a variety of methods: keeping firearms out of the hands of those prohibited, addressing mental health issues and increasing penalties for those who commit gun crimes. We made some noticeable improvements, such as requiring background checks on virtually all firearm purchases and mandating the reporting of lost or stolen firearms. These measures will go a long way to making sure firearms stay out of the hands of those who should not possess them.

While these issues tend to get a lot of the media coverage, other pieces of legislation also continue to help move Delaware forward, including:

As always, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, feel free to contact my office at (302) 744-4351 anytime, or email me at Darryl.scott@state.de.us.

Best,

Darryl