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Offical Darley Civic news and announcments will be posted here.

Family Fun Night - Monday June 3

posted May 28, 2013, 8:17 AM by Joe Abele   [ updated May 28, 2013, 8:19 AM ]

On Monday June 3, 2013 Friendly's restaurant in the Brandywine Town Center is hosting a Family Fun Night with a portion of the sales benefiting the Friends of Rockwood.   See flyer below for details

New Law: Door-to-door sales requires State ID Card

posted Jun 15, 2012, 7:20 AM by Joe Abele   [ updated Jun 15, 2012, 7:25 AM ]

As of June 15, 2012, a new state law requires door-to-door salespeople in the State of Delaware to display a Salesperson Identification Card or be subject to criminal prosecution.

Please read the attached PDF document below for full details. Here is a photo of what the new ID Cards look like. 

A list of all Salesperson ID Card holders will be published online at the Division of Revenue website at www.revenue.delaware.gov.

The Darley Civic Association would like to thank Representative Bryon Short for helping get this new law passed.
Delaware Sales ID

Highland Woods flood plain property for sale

posted May 15, 2012, 8:41 AM by Joe Abele

We have been notified that the Vari property located on the Naaman's creek side of Mill Race Rd has been listed for sale.  As this property sits in a designated flood plain, we are concerned that potential buyers may be misled.  If you are aware of anyone researching this property, please help them understand the flood plain issues that exist next to Naaman's creek.

Help control invasive ivy species

posted Mar 5, 2012, 7:21 AM by Joe Abele   [ updated Mar 5, 2012, 7:31 AM ]

Hello Neighbors,

The Naamans Creek Water Shed Association has arranged for Americorps to work in the Naamans Creek Watershed the last three weeks in March to remove as many invasive plant species as possible. The focus will be on English Ivy, which has gotten out of control in many areas. 

The Americorp group, 10 young people, will be working at certain areas during the three week period, including, tentatively, along both immediate sides of the Naamans creek from the CSX tracks to the Hanby Trust, on Saturdays March 24th and 31st. Nate Cloud has spoken to several neighbors who live on the HW/IF side of the creek, and they have no objections, but if any other residents who live along the creek object please let Nate Cloud (cloudnct@dca.net) or Joe Abele (joeabele@gmail.com) know.

In fact, we would appreciate it if residents would even join in to pull Ivy from the ground, and cut the ivy at the bottom of trees leaving the ivy to die on the trees, vs. letting it kill the trees, requiring expensive removal. Nate recently paid $2,800 to remove a large diseased oak. 

A general pledge to become more familiar with invasives, and to help eradicate Ivy from natural areas, is attached below. We urge residents to read, "sign", and return this to Nate Cloud as a reminder and to raise awareness.


Joe Abele

President, Darley Civic Association

The following is a note sent out to the Ardens, it contains some information you may find helpful in controlling the ivy.


Please help to save the trees on and bordering your leasehold.  ANY TIME, even one hour,  you spend cutting off the ivy (or hiring someone to do it) can count!  Please note that ivy climbing up trees can not only kill them when the ivy covers the trees (and prevents leaves from coming out), but ivy roots open up the bark and provide easy entry to many diseases that can harm the trees.   We have had so much damage from storms this year, Ardentown has spent far more than was budgeted for trees.  We have no additional money to pay anyone to remove ivy from street trees. So, if you can, please help us out and save the trees in our community!  Also, if you can't remove all the ivy from your leasehold, at least try to prevent its spread into natural areas...or if it has already spread out there, try to pull back the spread from the good areas.  Any work you hire someone to do can also count, as well as can time spent removing other invasive plants.  

To remove ivy from a tree, cut or saw it off at the bottom from ALL the vines.  The more you can pull away from the tree, the longer it will take to regrow (or pull it all out if you can!)  You do NOT need to pull off cut vines from the tree; if they are cut, they should wither and eventually fall off.  For more details, check out our webpage at http://www.theardens.com/weedNWalk.htm.  

Please contact us if YOU would like to help restore areas of our beautiful woods, or if you would like help identifying other invasive plants on your leasehold.

Thank you for your support in caring for our trees and woods,

Carol Larson, Arden

2009 Christina River Wrap up

posted May 7, 2009, 11:59 AM by Joe Abele

Wrap up of the 18th Annual Christina River Clean Up around Naamans Creek

This year we had 62 participants, including those from Arden and Ardentown and nine participants from the Girls’ and Boys’ Club of Claymont.  We had seven students (in addition to those from Claymont) who participated and received community service hours.  Drew Hayes and Danny Juan rode the Got Junk trucks to insure that all the collected trash was picked up.  Drew states that about 4500 pounds would be a fair estimate of volume.  This included a few mattresses, benches, and chairs.  Got Junk both picked up the trash and paid the tipping fees for it at the landfill.

Dan and Lois Deeble (and their daughter) arranged a fine lunch in Harry’s rear parking lot.  Harry’s, Sweeney’s, Acme, Safeway, Rite Aid, and Papa John’s were kind enough to supply materials for the lunch.

We picked up materials from both directly around the creek and also in DelDOT wetlands, stormwater basins and in swales below catchbasins along Naamans Road.  Evraz Claymont Steel had employees pick up trash from the section of the creek within its property.

State Senator Cathy Cloutier and her two children joined in the clean up and County Councilman John Cartier both recruited helpers from the Girls’ and Boys’ Club and contributed to the financial cost of running the affair.  We owe both legislators a big thank you.

FAA Oral Arguments - May 11, 9:30 am

posted May 7, 2009, 11:46 AM by Joe Abele   [ updated May 7, 2009, 11:58 AM ]

A reminder that oral argument for our consolidated appeal of the FAA's Airspace Redesign is scheduled for Monday, May 11 at 9:30 at the courthouse for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, 333 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC.  The argument will last approximately one-hour, with each side getting 30 minutes to address the following three issues that were raised in our briefing: (1) NEPA; (2) Section 4(f), 49 U.S.C. sec. 7506; and (3) Clean Air Act, 42 U.S.C. sec. 750.  Those issues will be argued in that order per the court's instruction.
Getting to this point and the process for this complex and multi-state, multi faceted appeal has been arduous.  As you are all aware, this appeal involves thousands of constituents across five states.  Many of the petitioners have positions that are aligned with ours for purposes of challenging the FAA's Record of Decisions regarding the airspace redesign.   To that end, the court determined to limit the time of the appellant arguments on the issues as a whole to 30 minutes.  Further, the Court has decided that in the interest of time and coherence, it will not permit all 40 of the lawyers involved to make an argument.  Simply, the Court, and the global committee, with the Court's guidance, have selected three individuals to present argument to the Court.  At the Court's direction, these decisions were guided by the size of the geographic area represented, the complexity of the issues presented by a particular area, and the knowledge that no argument on behalf of any petitioner would be waived merely because each and every argument had not been addressed orally in Court.  Unfortunately, not only for us, but for the co-petitioners as a whole, Mike will not be arguing.  Presenting oral argument on Monday on behalf of all petitioners will be as follows:
1.    Attorney General for Connecticut, Richard Blumenthal - AG Blumenthal will be making the NEPA argument.  He is a five-term Attorney General, and a former state Senator, state Representative, and U.S. Attorney.  He has argued several cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and the court that we are presently before.  You can view his bio at: http://www.ct.gov/ag/cwp/view.asp?A=2178&Q=295440
1.    Larry Liebesman - Larry will be making the Section 4(f) argument. He is a former FAA lawyer, and has practiced before the appellate court in DC for close to 40 years. Larry represents Rockland County NY, and all its constituency including certain nature preserves.  You can view his bio at: http://www.hklaw.com/id77/extended1/biosLLIEBESM/
2.    Barbara Lichman - Barbara will be making the Clean Air Act argument.  She is an attorney who specializes in aviation issues.  She has argued many of these cases nationwide.  She represents Delaware County, and for purposes of our appeal here, their position is aligned precisely with ours.  She will mention our case specific issue, historic preservation, during her argument.  You can view her bio at: http://www.calairlaw.com/Lichman.htm
If any of you are planning to attend, I would suggest getting there early as there is limited seating.  The courtroom itself probably won't open until around 9:00, but I'm sure it's going to fill up quickly.

2009 Spring Meeting

posted May 5, 2009, 6:58 AM by Joe Abele

The annual Spring Meeting of the Darley Civic Association will be held at 7:00 pm on Tuesday May 5, 2009 at the Trinity Presbyterian Church (located at the corner of Naaman's Road and Darley Road). 

Agenda for the business meeting is as follows:

Approval of Minutes of the October 19, 2008 Meeting
Treasurer’s Report
Committee Reports
Election of Officers

Old Business:
Chestnut Street Cleanup
Snow Removal – Specific discussion on possibility of using new vendor
Sand Barrel Sign-up
Darley Road Property
Airplane Noise
LNG Update
Civic Association Fall Dinner
New Business:
Proposed Walgreen’s at Naaman’s & Darley Rd
Hunting & Fires at Naaman’s Creek
 - John Cartier - County Councilman 
 - Catherine Cloutier – State Senate
 - Bryon Short – State House of Representatives
 - Dennis Williams – State House of Representatives
Bylaw amendment discussion
Election of Officers and Directors

See you there!

2008 Fall Dinner Meeting

posted Sep 22, 2008, 9:06 AM by Joe Abele

The fourth annual Fall Dinner Meeting of the Darley Civic Association will be held at 5:00 pm on Sunday, October 19th, 2008 at the Robinson House (located at the corner of Naaman's Road nad Philadelphia Pike).  THe dinner will be catetered by Lamberti's and teh cost will be $17.00 per person.  The dinner price will include a salad, bread, pasta/chicken dish, cheesecake, coffee/tea/soda, rental fee and donation to the Robinson House.  A maximum of 50 dinner seats area available so reservations are required and on a first come, first served basis.  Beer and wine will be available at an extra cost.  Contact Rose Killian at rkillian4@comcast.net by October 12th to reserve your place.
The business meeting is open to non-diners and is expected to begin at 6:30pm and end by 7:30 pm.
Agenda for the business meeting is as follows:
  • Snow Removal
  • Brookview Redevelopment
  • Neighborhood Updates
  • Legislative Issues
  • Comments from Members
See you there!

2008 Spring Meeting - April 16th

posted Apr 10, 2008, 2:05 PM by Joe Abele

The DCA 2008 Spring Meeting will be held on April 16th 2008 at 7:00 pm
We will be meeting at the Trinity Presbyterian Church on the corner of Darly and Naaman's roads.
All residents of Highland Woods and Indian Field are invited to attend.

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