Rep. Kim Williams' August Community Update

CONTACT INFORMATION

Carvel Office Building
820 N. French Street
11th Floor 
Wilmington, DE 19801
Phone: (302) 577-8476

Legislative Hall
411 Legislative Avenue
Dover, DE 19901
Phone: (302) 744-4351

  

Dear {{Salutation,DefaultTo=Neighbor}},

I hope you have been having an enjoyable summer and that you and yours have a relaxing and safe Labor Day weekend.

With the 2015–2016 school year upon us, please use care on the roads and be mindful of school buses and walking students. I have provided information below about back-to-school safety and health tips from the Delaware Division of Public Health.  

I’ve also included the latest notice from DelDOT about Labor Day weekend traffic. Please see the information below and adjust your travel plans accordingly.

In addition, I've included information about several upcoming community events, including the Limestone Medical Properties Health Fair on Saturday,  September 12th, from Noon – 4 p.m., at the Limestone Medical Center, and the University of Delaware’s Center for Disabilities Studies’ annual Artfest celebration on Saturday, September 26th, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., at the New Castle County Absalom Jones Community Center in Newport. 

As always, please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns about issues facing our community or the state at large.

 

Sincerely

Kim Williams

 

 
Limestone Medical Properties Health Fair
Below is information regarding the upcoming Limestone Medical Properties Health Fair on Saturday,  September 12th, from Noon – 4 p.m., at the Limestone Medical Center, located on 1941 Limestone Road in Wilmington. There will be multiple tenants exhibiting and giving health screenings, as well as professionals from the medical and business community present with additional exhibits. 

UD Center For Disabilities Studies’ Annual Artfest Celebration

Below is information regarding the upcoming University of Delaware Center for Disabilities Studies’ annual Artfest celebration on Saturday, September 26th, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., at the New Castle County Absalom Jones Community Center in Newport. 


Back-To-School Health and Safety Tips

Back to school is a busy time and there are many things for time-crunched parents to remember.  The Division of Public Health (DPH) wants to help with these tips for a healthy and safe school year:

  • Wellness check: DPH recommends that children and adolescents have an annual wellness check-up that includes a physical examination.  At these visits, the child’s health care provider will screen the child’s overall health, including vision, hearing, and oral health. Healthcare providers also take this opportunity to assess promote healthy behaviors and strategies to prevent diseases.  Annual wellness checks beginning at age 2 are strongly encouraged.
  • Immunizations: To prevent communicable diseases such as chickenpox, measles, and mumps, DPH’s Immunization Program recommends that Delawareans be up-to-date with their immunizations.   New for the 2015-2016 school year, meningococcal and Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap) vaccines are strongly recommended for 9th-grade entry. Starting in the 2016-2017 school year they will be required. For a list of required immunizations by age, visit the Delaware Immunization Program's website here or call 800-282-8672.
  • School medical forms: Medical and safety forms should be completed as soon as possible and returned to the school.  In particular, school nurses need to know medical and learning conditions, prescribed medications, and allergies.
  • Sports participation forms: Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association forms must be completed by parents or guardians and signed by the student’s physician.
  • Backpacks:  Backpacks should be light - most doctors and physical therapists recommend that kids carry no more than 10 percent-15 percent of their body weight in their backpacks when loaded. Children should wear backpacks over both shoulders not just one to reduce the risk of muscle and neck strains or injuries.
  • Reflective tape: Buy back-to-school outer clothes and supplies with reflective tape to assist bus drivers and other motorists to see children at bus stops, and walking or bicycling to and from school. 
  • Bus Safety: Parents should review bus information with their children.  Write down the bus driver’s name, bus number, driver phone number, and the pick-up and drop-off times and locations. Keep that information handy at home and also include it in the child’s backpack for their easy reference.
  • Pedestrian Safety: All children should be coached about crossing at crosswalks and be taught to obey traffic signals, highway signs, and laws. Safe routes to and from school should be mapped out, and children should be reminded never to accept rides, candy, or other invitations from strangers. When possible, younger children should be accompanied by a trustworthy adult.
  • Healthy lunches: Parents should complete and return school forms to establish lunch accounts quickly, sending some lunch money the first days of school as a back-up measure. To prevent foodborne illness, pack lunches in insulated coolers with ice or ice packs to keep food at 40 °F or below. Pack nutritious, lunches with protein, whole grains and fruits, and vegetables. Water or non-fat milk is great drink choices.

For more information about preparing children for returning to school, visit the KidsHealth from Nemours parenting website here


DelDOT Prepared for Labor Day Traffic 

The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) will suspend planned lane closures on Delaware’s major roadways beginning at noon on Friday, September 4th, and ending at midnight on Monday, September 7th.

DelDOT’s Transportation Management Center (TMC) monitors and adjusts traffic signals for heavy congestion or incidents.  Motorists can contact the TMC (24/7) at the following numbers:  Dial #77 from any cell phone; (302) 659-4600; or 1-800-324-8379.

We urge motorists to use DelDOT’s App on their tablets and smart phones. The app can be downloaded free at the Apple and Google Play stores or go to www.DelDOT.gov and click on the link to stores. 

Motorists who have E-ZPass can expedite their trip by using the E-ZPass Speed Lanes at I-95 Newark, Route 1-Biddles Corner, and Route 1-Dover Toll Plazas. 

DART First State bus services, both fixed route and paratransit, will not operate on Monday, September 7th, with the exception of the Resort Transit Routes 201-208, its related paratransit service, and Route 305 – Beach Connection.  Monday, September 7th is the last day of operation for Route 305 – Beach Connection; however, the Resort Transit Routes will continue to provide service through Sunday, September 13th, serving Rehoboth, Lewes, Georgetown, Dewey, Bethany, Fenwick Island and Ocean City, MD. Transit information can be found at www.DartFirstState.com

Motorists may also stop at the I-95 Service Plaza in Newark or the Smyrna Rest Area just off of Exit 119 on Route 1. 

SEPTA’s Wilmington/Newark Line will operate its weekend schedule. 

Please visit http://www.septa.org/schedules/rail/pdf/nwk.pdf for schedule information.

For up-to-date travel information visit www.DelDOT.gov and for web enabled telephones and tablets visit www.DelDOT.gov/Mobile