Rep. Scott: Happy Holidays E-Newsletter

 



Dear Neighbor,

Happy holidays! Can you believe 2013 is almost over? Christmas is a day away and next week we will turn over our calendars to 2014. The year has flown by.

It is my sincerest hope that you find time to visit with family and friends, enjoy a great meal and maybe even catch a football game or two. That’s what our family will be doing this holiday season.

This month's newsletter includes some helpful information about upcoming scholarship deadlines, holiday travel advisories and the impending legislative session, which begins January 14. 

As always, I encourage you to read and share with friends by clicking the “Forward to a Friend” link below.

It has been a privilege to serve you again this year.

In your service,

   


Darryl Scott

State Representative

31th District
  



2014 Legislative Session

January 14 kicks off the second leg of the 147th General Assembly, and I wanted to talk about some of the items we will likely address at Legislative Hall in the coming months.

The number one issue continues to be jobs and what your state government can do help foster an environment for job creation, retention and business expansion. My colleagues and I believe this will again be at the forefront of issues we address this year.

Improving our job market is more than a short term question. Certainly there are families in need of jobs right now, and we will continue our efforts to provide opportunities for those families. In addition, in order to foster long term economic growth in our state, we need to create an educational system that provides an education second to none – nationally or internationally.

A strong educational system is critically important to the business leaders I speak to as a member of the Council on Development Finance; the panel that reviews all applications for grants and loans from our state’s strategic economic development fund. If our state becomes known as “the First State in educational excellence,” top companies will be more likely to relocate here to take advantage of our skilled workforce.

As a father of two sons, this is also a personal quest. I would like nothing more than for my sons to have the opportunity to complete their education and find gainful employment right here in Delaware.   

As always, I encourage you to stay informed, and to contact my office if you have any questions.  I can be reached via phone at (302) 744-4351, or via email at darryl.scott@state.de.us.


DelDOT Suspends Lane Closures for Holidays

The Department of Transportation (DelDOT) reminds drivers to expect additional traffic on Delaware's roadways beginning on Saturday, December 21. Mall and retail center traffic will be particularly congested. Traffic accidents and other unpredictable types of transportation incidents may cause lane closures and/or delays.   

Planned lane closures on Delaware’s major roadways, Route 1, I-95, and U.S. Route 202 will be suspended at midnight on Tuesday, December 24 and will resume at midnight on Saturday, December 28; and midnight on Tuesday, December 31 and will resume at midnight on Friday, January 3, 2014. 

DelDOT’s Transportation Management Center (TMC) will monitor over 5,500 miles of state-maintained roads around the clock. TMC staff, through a range of automated systems, will monitor and adjust computerized traffic signal systems in response to increased demand and/or incidents.

During the holidays, the State’s three toll plazas: I-95 Newark Plaza, Route 1, Biddle’s Corner Plaza, and Route 1, Dover Plaza will be staffed with extra personnel to help minimize traffic congestion. 

Motorists can adjust their routes or travel times by using DelDOT’s Smartphone application. The DelDOT App is available for Apple & Android smart phones and tablets, and can be downloaded free at the Apple and Google Play stores. 

DART First State’s statewide transit services, for both fixed route and paratransit service, will not operate on Christmas and New Year’s Day. Additional transit information can be found on DART First State’s websitewww.DARTFirstState.com

SEPTA Wilmington/Newark line train service will operate on a modified special Christmas Day schedule and on a Sunday schedule on New Year’s Day. For specific times, please check www.SEPTA.org

Motorists are also reminded that Delaware’s Move Over law requires drivers to safely move over to the next lane or slow down for stopped emergency and maintenance vehicles.


Scholarship Deadlines Approaching

It is time to start thinking about applying for scholarship funding for the 2014-2015 school year. The Delaware Department of Education has released 2014 due dates for various scholarship programs run by the state.

December 9 is the first day applicants can complete the Common Merit Application online. First-time users must establish an account and provide a valid email and mailing address before proceeding to the application.

Below are 2014 deadlines for various scholarships.

February 6:

 March 6:

 March 20:

April 15:

Deadlines vary for the Academic Common Market and for Educational Benefits for Children of Deceased Veterans & Others scholarships (high school seniors, undergraduates and graduate students).

For more information, contact the Delaware Department of Education’s higher education office at (302) 735-4120 or (800) 292-7935, or visit www.doe.k12.de.us/dheo.