Rep. Andria Bennett's May E-Newsletter

Dear Neighbor,

I hope this message finds you well! With the spring season well underway and warmer weather ahead, I wanted to take this opportunity to provide you with a few important updates. 

This weekend, the Dover area will be busy with several community events, including the 83rd Annual Old Dover Days Festival,  the 2nd Annual History, Heritage & Hops Festival, and a leaf compost giveaway in Schutte Park. Please see below for additional information. 

I've also included information about the upcoming Kent County School Board Elections, which will occur on Tuesday, May 10th, as well as details about the Office of Animal Welfare's new website to help connect Delawareans to available pet services.  

As always, I welcome your input on the issues most important to you and your family. Please feel free to reach out to me whenever you have concerns, questions, or if you just want to update me about something happening in our community.


Andria Bennett 


Board of Education Vote on May 10th

On May 10th, residents of Kent County will have the opportunity to choose the future board of education members in the Capital, Lake Forest, and Caesar Rodney School Districts.

  • Capital School District Election – Tuesday, May 10th from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. For more information about the election and polling locations, visit the Department of Elections website here.
  • Lake Forest School District Election – Tuesday, May 10th from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. For more information about the election and polling locations, visit the Department of Elections website here.
  • Caesar Rodney School District Election – Tuesday, May 10th from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. For more information about the election and polling locations, visit the Department of Elections website here.

Click here to read recent coverage of the election from the Dover Post

Dover Days This Weekend

This weekend is the 83rd Annual Dover Days Festival, one of the largest, longest-running, FREE, popular events in the state of Delaware dedicated to promoting the heritage and culture of Dover and the state of Delaware. In 2015, the Dover Days Festival attracted a record-breaking attendance of approximately 55,000 people. Kent County Tourism coordinates the Annual Dover Days Festival at the request of the City of DOVER. Dover Days hosts the largest parade in Dover with approximately 4,500 participants and watched by approximately 9,000 people; the Governor of the state of Delaware serves as the Grand Marshal. Activities reflect Delaware’s history and heritage as well as contemporary times and include, but are not limited to, the parade, traditional Maypole Dancing with 250 plus schoolchildren, vintage auto rides, colonial artisans’ village, car show, historic re-enactment groups representing the Revolutionary War, WW II and the Civil War, children’s activities, carnival, fireworks, exhibits and lectures as well all-day entertainment and more.

For more information about the event schedule and vendors, please visit their website here

 History, Heritage & Hops

History, Heritage & Hops is returning to Downtown Dover for the second annual music, craft beverage, and food festival. On Saturday, May 7th, Loockerman Street Downtown Dover will host a block party in conjunction with the 83rd Old Dover Days Festival. The festival will begin with acoustic tunes from local favorite, Antique Roadshow as the restaurants and food trucks are putting the final touches on smoked ribs, brisket, chicken, seafood, and other festival treats. The reunion will fill the air with classic rock and blues into the midafternoon while folks enjoy the craft brews and spirits the First State is known for. Crazy in Stereo will take the stage early in the evening and bring Dover to their feet for a concert experience that shouldn't be missed. As the restaurants and food trucks prepare the second round for the evening crowd, Mike Hines, and the Look will bring H-3 home with a high energy set and a few special guests on stage.

Proceeds from the first annual festival funded the pressure washing and gum removal on 3 blocks of brick paver sidewalks downtown.

Click here for more information.  

Leaf Compost Giveaway at Schutte Park

On May 6th, 13th, and 20th from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and May 7th, 14th, and 21st from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the City of Dover will be giving away free leaf compost at Schutte Park. Schutte Park is located on Electric Avenue off of Hazlettville Road, west of Proctor & Gamble. Public works personnel will be on site for assistance.

Questions concerning this program should be directed to the Department of Public Works at 302-736-7025. Click here for more information

New Website for Pet Services

Recently the Office of Animal Welfare (OAW) launched an updated website,, to connect Delawareans to animal control, dog licensing, and pet lost and found services provided by Delaware Animal Services, the enforcement unit of the OAW.  The site also offers educational resources for pet owners, information on low-cost sterilization and veterinary programs, disaster preparedness information, and enables residents to submit non-emergency animal control or cruelty complaints online.

The site specifically outlines animal control, cruelty, and rabies control services we offer, and provides information for making reports.  Non-emergency reports can now be submitted online.  Their 24-hour hotline is 302-255-4646.

Residents can also click “Lost and Found” to access the first statewide Lost and Found Pet Registry.