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New Castle County Temporarily Allows Self-Certification for Several Inspections, Effective Immediately

Due to lack of man power New Castle County will allow self-certifications for several inspections effective immediately. You can read the full notice here.

The county also mentioned that they will be inspecting community open space starting next week for communities that are 75% complete and then communities that are 50-75% complete. They will continue to monitor open space progress each additional 5% (80%, 85%, 90%, 95%) that is completed to ensure progress is being made. If they fell progress is not being made they will hold building permits.

Becker Morgan Group Staff Obtain Engineering Licensure

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Contact: Elaina C. Iosue
Becker Morgan Group, Inc.

Becker Morgan Group is pleased to announce two of their engineers passed the Professional Engineer Examination to become Licensed Engineers. To obtain licensure, an individual must fulfill education and experience requirements, and pass the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam and the Principles and Practice of Engineering Exam, set forth by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying.


Jonathan D. Richard, P.E., Civil Engineer, is a graduate of the University of Delaware with a Bachelor in Engineering Technology. His responsibilities include overall site, road, stormwater management, and utility design, site grading, agency and client coordination, and construction phase services. Notable project experience includes Laurel High School/Middle School in Laurel, DE; Dover High School in Dover, DE; Delaware State Police Troop 3 in Camden, DE; Seaford High School in Seaford, DE; Dover Federal Credit Union in Wilmington, DE; and Beebe Medical Center School of Nursing in Lewes, DE.


Steven T. Fortunato, P.E., Civil Engineer, is a graduate of the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. His responsibilities include overall site, road, stormwater management, and utility design, site grading, agency and client coordination, and construction phase services. Notable project experience includes the Boys & Girls Club of Delaware & Kent County Recreation Center in Dover, DE; Delmar Public Library in Delmar, DE; Kent County Regional Sports Complex in Frederica, DE; Dover High School in Dover, DE; and the Dover YMCA in Dover, DE.

Becker Morgan Group provides Architecture & Engineering services with offices in Delaware, Maryland, and North Carolina. For more information, visit www.beckermorgan.com


NAHB Efforts Roll Back Tighter Floodplain Regs

Thanks to the work of NAHB members, leadership and staff, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will pull in the reins on a sweeping new standard that could have had a dramatic impact on home building and development.

This is an important victory for our industry, and we want you to know about it.

NAHB talks with the Corps have produced results that will blunt the impact of the new Federal Flood Risk Management Standard, which could have placed much tighter limits on where homes can be built.

In January, President Obama issued an executive order establishing the new standard. It expanded what we know as the 100-year floodplain to either the climate-informed science floodplain, the 500-year floodplain, or the 100-year floodplain plus an additional 2 to 3 foot freeboard.

Given the language of the executive order, NAHB was concerned that the new floodplain definition could adversely affect residential housing projects and homes that get HUD funding, require EPA permits and participate in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), making housing more expensive for your buyers.

NAHB members and staff spoke in listening sessions, submitted comments and continually pushed federal agencies to limit the applicability of the new standard.

We’re proud to tell you that these efforts have produced results.

  • In June, FEMA confirmed that the new standard will not affect the standards or rates of the NFIP or the minimum floodplain management criteria for communities. FEMA will also continue to use the 1% annual chance floodplain as the basis for the Flood Insurance Rate Maps and the overall NFIP.
  • Last week, the Army Corps of Engineers released a fact sheet stating that Clean Water Act Section 404 wetland permits will not be subject to the expanded floodplain standard.
  • Also last week, HUD confirmed to NAHB that the standard would not apply to newly constructed single-family homes financed with FHA-insured mortgages. It had already determined that the standard would not apply to existing homes purchased with an FHA-insured mortgage.

The standard will apply to multifamily properties using FHA insurance for new construction or substantial rehabilitation and to FHA 203(k) rehabilitation loans. HUD will release its proposal soon, and NAHB will be sure to weigh in on it.

You can learn more about these efforts by contacting our regulatory staff: Owen McDonough at 800-368-5242 x8662, and Mike Mittelholzer, at x8660.

NAHB will continue to meet with the agencies as they update their regulations. And we’ll continue to monitor the development of the various documents so we can ensure our members’ concerns are addressed – and that we can continue to build and remodel homes for our clients.

After Hours Networking at Four Points by Sheraton Newark

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Our September After Hours Networking Mixer will be held on Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015 from 7:00 – 9:00 PM at Four Points by Sheraton – 56 South Old Baltimore Pike, Newark, DE 19702


Free to attend: when signing up, sign up as a “invited guest.”
Bring plenty of business cards, as we are expecting 50+ people.
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Fourth Annual Girls Night Out to Fight MS Celebrates a New Orleans Jazz Theme!

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Contact: Colleen Ostafy, Noble’s Pond Lifestyle Director
Office:  302-736-5000 – Cell:  302-650-7088
13 Noble’s Pond Crossing, Dover, DE 19904

Grab Your Girlfriends and Swing, Sway and Boogie like they do on Bourbon Street down New Orleans Way!
Girls Night Out to Fight MS – Noble’s Pond – Thursday, September 17th

DOVER, DE –   Join women from across the state for the fourth annual Girls Night Out to Fight MS event at The Point at Noble’s Pond located at 13 Noble’s Pond Crossing, Dover, DE 19904. The New Orleans inspired event will be held on Thursday, September 17, 2015 from 6:30-9:30pm.

Girls Night Out, organized by Colleen Ostafy, Lifestyle Director at Noble’s Pond, will be fun-filled with complimentary heavy hors d’oeuvres and a signature cocktail, an extensive silent auction featuring premier items and services from Delaware businesses, two fabulous fashion shows sponsored by Dressbarn and Knight’s Fine Jewelry. Guests will be greeted to the cool jazz sounds of the Joe Baione duo and the evening’s    celebration will kick off with a dance performance to “All That Jazz.” Shopping opportunities abound with many unique boutiques and Ghostar Sound Entertainment will spin the tunes for a fun-filled girls dance party.  Sponsors of this event are Noble’s Pond, Dover Post, Abbots Grill, Maple Dale Country Club, Pizza Delight by Giacomo, Captains Catch, Doc Magrogan’s Oyster House, Frederica Pizza and Pasta House, An Affair to Remember Catering and Cajun Queens. Fashions from Dressbarn and jewelry from Knight’s Fine Jewelry will be modeled in the two fashion shows.

After the last three years attendance of over 500 people, this is an event you don’t want to miss! “What a fantastic time we had the last three years, raising money and having a blast with all our girlfriends.  This year will be over the top, with new table boutiques, a Martini Bar, a wine bar from Boisset Family Estates, tons of fantastic items for auction, dancing and an overwhelming variety of food and drinks,” said Colleen Ostafy, hostess of Girls Night Out.

Girls Night Out carries a lot of significance in the MS Community. Noble’s Pond was named Corporation of the Year in 2013 by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Delaware Chapter. “We were so proud to be honored with this recognition and plan to continue the fight for a cure until the day that one is found,” stated Colleen Ostafy.  Nationally, twice as many women as men are diagnosed with the disease; locally, 73% of those diagnosed with MS are women. “This is a great opportunity for women to fight against multiple sclerosis. Funds raised tonight will support national research projects that look into the cause of MS, the development of more effective treatments and one day soon a cure,” stated Meg Dipanni, Vice President, Development of the National MS Society, Greater Delaware Valley Chapter.

Tickets are only $20 per person and can be purchased online, by phone, or at the door. Call 302-736-5000 or log on to http://www.noblespondhomes.com/upcoming-events to buy your tickets today. Visit us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/girlsnightouttofightms.


About Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Every hour in the United States, someone is newly diagnosed with the disease. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 400,000 people in the U.S. and over 2.1 million worldwide.

About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society

MS stops people from moving. The National MS Society exists to make sure it doesn’t. We help each person address the challenges of living with MS. In 2012 alone, through our national office and 50-state network of chapters, we devoted $164 million to programs and services that improved the lives of more than one million people. To move us closer to a world free of MS, the Society also invested $40 million to support more than 325 new and ongoing research projects around the world. We are people who want to do something about MS now.  Join the movement at nationalMSsociety.org. In Delaware, call (302) 655-5610. Or visit www.MSdelaware.org.


Christopher Peterson, Master Impersonator, presents Eyecons at the Schwartz Center

Contact: Mary Field
Mobile: 302.363.5934
Email: mfield@noblespondhomes.com

A feisty benefit in honor of a feisty lady….In Honor of Muriel Schwartz , WE LOVE THE ARTS Presents:
August 29, 2015 8 PM – Info.at www.schwartzcenter.com


We Love the Arts committee is pleased to announce the performance of Master Impersonator, Christopher Peterson, in Eyecons at the Schwartz Center for the Arts on Saturday, August 29, 2015 at 8 PM. This event will raise funds to support the Schwartz Center and its ongoing entertainment and educational programs for the community. The beautiful Schwartz Center is located in historic downtown Dover, DE.

Christopher Peterson is a master of impersonation with impeccable comic timing. His show is ALL live, no lip sync, and audiences will be thrilled with his characterizations such as Marilyn Monroe Carol Channing, Madonna, Joan Rivers, Tina Turner, Barbra Streisand, Liza Minnelli, Cher, Judy Garland and countless others. Guests will be amazed as Christopher transforms himself from icon to icon right before their eyes. Christopher is planning a special evening with a variety of his most popular Eyecons for this unique benefit. See more at www.christopherpeterson.net.

This masterful performance will be presented by We Love the Arts, a group of friends working to help the arts flourish in Central Delaware. We invite all to consider a tax-deductible gift to the Schwartz Center for the Arts. Your donation will help keep ticket prices low and accessible, provide a performance venue for local art groups and enhance the quality of life for all through the arts. Your support of this exciting event will ensure that the Schwartz Center for the Arts keeps bringing exceptional shows and educational programs to the greater Kent County community.

Christopher Peterson is excited to play a part in the growth of the Schwartz Center for the Arts. He encourages and invites all to see his show and support this worthy cause. Sponsorship opportunities are available and include premium seating, tickets to future events, an invitation to the encore reception following the show and an opportunity to meet Christopher Peterson.

We Love the Arts committee members for this exciting evening of entertainment are Kathy Andrus, Sydney Arzt, Mary Borger, Rocky Bushweller, Shelly Cecchett, Meghan Clapp Garrison, Mary Davis, Darin Dell, Mary Field, Candice Fifer, Carolyn Fredericks, Sophia Kramedas, Todd Lightcap, Nisha Lodhavia, Tonda Parks, Cindy Small, Ron Pleasanton and Cindy Thurman.

For sponsorship information and opportunities please call 302.678.5152 or email TheArts@schwartzcenter.com or any We Love the Arts committee member.


Get The Data You Need to Support Your Business Decisions from NAHB’s HousingEconomics.com

Concise, insightful, and timely—HousingEconomics.com provides housing data along with in-depth analysis that gives you the insight for your own business forecasts and planning. NAHB has provided research and analytical solutions for the housing industry since 1970. This kind of in-depth analysis and editorial excellence can only be found at HousingEconomics.com.

You can access timely data such as:

  • State and Metro Forecasts—vital forecasts–including in-depth analysis–and downloadable Excel tables of total, Single-Family–and Multifamily Housing Starts by Regions, States and the top 100 Metro Areas (See free sample).
  • Executive-level Forecast—monthly forecast of economic activity, inflation, interest rates–and housing activity; the Executive-level forecasts contain an executive summary, in-depth detail–and historical data with annual and quarterly forecasts for all indicators (See free sample).
  • National Update—monthly economic and housing overview, the National Update tracks the health of the housing industry (new construction) with analyses of major legislative, regulatory–and executive actions (See free sample).

To subscribe today, visit HousingEconomics.com.

HBADE Loses a Leader; Joseph M. Capano


Joseph M. Capano died suddenly Monday, August 10th, 2015.  Joe was 62 years of age.  Our sympathy and deepest condolences go out to Joe’s entire family for their loss.

As the founder and President of Capano Homes, Joe was a long standing member of our Association, the Home Builders Association of Delaware (HBA/DE). He was involved as an active member prior to founding Capano Homes, and he later ascended the succession ladder of the Executive Committee and became President of HBA/DE in 2000.  Joe was active with many of our activities including our golf committee, our New Castle County nuts and bolts committee, and others such that he was recognized by his peers to attain the distinguished Leon N. Weiner Builder of the Year Award in 2001.

Besides serving our Association and the building industry here in Delaware Joe also served at the national level for 20 years and was recognized in June 2015 as a Senior Life Director of the National Association of Home Builders.

Joe showed his charitable side by hosting for many years our Fall Golf Outings at his Odessa National Golf course at greatly discounted prices.  Giving back to the community, Joe and his brother Louis and their family initiated the Louis Capano Sr. Scholarship Fund at the University of Delaware.  Founded in honor of their father, the scholarship continues to support UD students each year.

Joe is survived by his wife Joanne McHugh Capano; his children Anthony Capano, Angie Gray, Michelle Chandler and Marie Downes. He is also survived by his siblings, Marian Ramunno, Louis Jr., and Gerard; along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends. He was loved by all who knew him and will be missed.

Friends and family are invited for calling hours at the CHANDLER FUNERAL HOME, 2506 Concord Pike, Wilmington on Sunday, August 16, 2015 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Monday August 17th at 10:00 am at St. Anthony of Padua Church, 901 N. DuPont Street. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorial contributions to the Mary Campbell Center, 4651 Weldin Road, Wilmington DE 19803; or to the Louis J. Capano Sr. Scholarship Fund, Attn: Howard Fortunato, 1600 N. Little Creek Road, Dover, DE 19901.

DE NAHIRO Sponsored: Downtown Development Districts Conference

Friday, September 18, 2015
9:00 am to 2:30 pm
Hyatt Place Hotel
1301 Coastal Highway
Dewey Beach, DE  19971

The Downtown Development Districts Act was enacted to help build stable communities of long term residents by improving housing opportunities and to assist municipalities in strengthening neighborhoods, while creating and maintaining vibrant downtowns for talented people, innovative small businesses, and residents from all walks of life.  The program is designed to spur private capital investment to stimulate job growth and improve commercial vitality.  The first round of District Designations have been awarded to Wilmington, Dover and Seaford with a second round in the works.

The Conference will review the background and formulation of the program, the application process and upcoming grant cycles.  Panelists will cover what determines a great DDD application and recommendations for putting your application together.  Best practices from existing projects will be discussed by a panel of first round District Designation representatives.  Learn about proposed development plans and strategies; and have an opportunity to ask questions of the experts on the program.  Find out what you need to know to become a designated Downtown Development District.

The designation entitles the selected cities to significant development incentives and other benefits to spur investment and community development to help revitalize downtowns and surrounding neighborhoods.  Benefits include tax breaks, city/county incentives and grants to those making qualified real estate investments of up to 20 percent of their investments’ costs.

Who Should Attend are people that either are already involved in the Downtown Development Districts initiative, or people who would LIKE to be involved in the Downtown Development Districts initiative. The people who are already involved will have a chance to meet with their counterparts from other communities, and discuss how they’re getting along with their projects—any barriers encountered, successes, and challenges. The people who would LIKE to be involved can learn more about how to put together a successful application, and what kinds of projects will be funded.  This is a good opportunity to get tips, pointers, etc. from the people who are instrumental in putting this initiative together (learn what the DDD panel is looking for when reviewing applications).

~~Government (State, County & Local) Officials
~~Business Owners
~~Community Leaders
~~Elected Officials

Important:  The Hyatt Place Hotel is offering a discount room rate for Conference Attendees.  Rooms are available for $119/night plus tax Thursday night and $215/night plus tax for Friday & Saturday nights with a two night minimum stay.  To take advantage of the rate give them the conference code G-NAHR when making your reservation.  Reservations must be made by August18, 2015 to take advantage of this rate.  Call 302-864-9100 to make your reservation.

Questions?? Contact Paula Sims at Paula@denahro.org  or by phone 302-252-7531.  Completed Conference registration forms should be sent by September 11th to DE NAHRO, c/o Paula Sims, 410 Tamara Circle, Newark, DE 19711 with the registration fee of $65.

Download your conference registration form here.

ENR Ranks Becker Morgan Group Among MidAtlantic Design Firms

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Contact: Elaina C. Iosue
Becker Morgan Group, Inc.

Becker Morgan Group is honored to be recognized by Engineering News-Record (ENR) as a 2015 MidAtlantic Top Design Firm, ranking #62 in the region and #6 in Delaware, among many national and international design firms. The firm also ranked #6 in Master-Planned Development/Site Infrastructure and #19 in Education. This annual list of Top Design Firms includes architects, engineers, and other design professionals doing business in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington DC and West Virginia. ENR is a leading provider of news, analysis, commentary and data for construction industry professionals.

Becker Morgan Group provides Architecture & Engineering services with offices in Delaware, Maryland, and North Carolina. For more information, visit www.beckermorgan.com.

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  • NLRB Overturns Browning-Ferris Decision; Reinstates Prior Joint Employer Standard December 15, 2017
    In a victory for NAHB and the small business community, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) voted on Dec. 14 to overturn its 2015 ruling in the case of Browning-Ferris Industries. Yesterday's 3-2 vote effectively overturns an Obama-era decision that radically expanded the traditional definition for joint employer status.
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  • IHA Meeting Focuses on Housing Affordability December 15, 2017
    Housing affordability continues to be a priority for housing experts not just in the United States, but worldwide, said participants at the 2017 Interim Meeting of the International Housing Association held in Tokyo last month.
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    NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz provides a brief summary of the challenges builders faced in 2017, and describes the impacts of hefty tariffs on Canadian softwood lumber.
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