Archive for the ‘Causes’ Category

Happy July 4 2016!

July 4, 2016

Happy July 4, 2016!

I hope everyone is having a great year. Be sure to take some time off to relax and enjoy your friends and family this July 4th. Thanks to everyone and have a great holiday!

David Henke 
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc – Devon, PA/Wilmington, DE 
Office: 610-225-7400/Direct: 610-618-0808

Remember to Vote in the Primary! Now!

April 26, 2016

Today is Primary Day in both Pennsylvania and Delaware. The polls will remain open in both states until 8:00 PM. Please be sure to make your vote count before you lose the opportunity!


It continues to be a volatile year with many closely contested races in many areas. Many elections will be effectively decided with the results of the primary …. and it is a beautiful day to be out, see your friends, and vote.

David Henke 
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc – Devon, PA/Wilmington, DE 
Office: 610-225-7400/Direct: 610-618-0808 


Wilmington Flower Market 2012

May 10, 2012

Wilmington Flower Market 2012Just a quick reminder that the Wilmington Flower Market is now open.

Continuing a Mother’s Day weekend tradition from 1921, the event is being held this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday in Rockford Park. It will be open from 10:00AM – 8:00PM daily with a great selection of rides, vendors, and, of course, plenty of plants and flowers. There is also a full slate of scheduled entertainment daily.

Wilmington Flower Market Rockford Park DE
The proceeds are distributed to a “wide range of charities throughout the state of Delaware supporting children.

Be sure to take some time to visit the Wilmington Flower Market, support their sponsors, and enjoy the entertainment, all while supporting Delaware’s Children.

David Henke
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc – Bear, DE/Devon, PA
Office: 302-834-3431/Direct: 610-618-0808  

Happy Halloween!

October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Time to eat candy – lots and lots of candy, dress up in costumes, and wander the neighborhood surprising your unsuspecting friends, neighbors, and family. Eat well and enjoy!

David Henke Long & Foster Real Estate Inc – Devon,PA/Bear, DE
Office: 610-225-7400/Direct: 610-618-0808 

Hockessin DE Library Used Book Sale This Weekend!

January 27, 2011

The Friends of the Hockessin Library will be holding their Annual Used Book Sale this Thursday through Sunday.

Hockessin Library Annual Used Book Sale DEJust a quick reminder that this weekend the Friends of the Hockessin Library will be holding their annual Hockessin Library Used Book Sale. There will be over 60,000 thousand books available covering every imaginable area including mysteries, biographies, science fiction, cookbooks, children’s books, and much more.  They will even have videos, CDs and DVDs available.

The Sale opens with a preview Thursday night from 5-9 PM for Members of the Friends of the  Hockessin Library. Then on Friday the Used Book Sale will be open from 9-9, Saturday 9-5, and Sunday 9-3. Admission is free for those three days. Hockessin DE Memorial Fire HallSunday is bargain day when you can fill a grocery bag for $6.00. See their website for additional details. The sale will be centrally located at the Hockessin Memorial Fir Hall at the Junction of Lancaster Pike and Yorklyn Rd in Hockessin. The money raised supports the operations of the library as well as scholarship money for college.

If you are looking for books for yourself, gifts, or have birthdays/events coming up, this is a great chance to find some interesting reading material and support a good cause at the same time. It is always a great time to read a book!

David Henke
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc – Bear, DE/Newtown Square, PA
Office: 302-290-2999/Cell: 610-618-0808

Hagley Museum Summer Events Wilmington DE

July 23, 2010

Be sure to visit Hagley Museum on Wednesdays or Thursdays this summer in Wilmington DE.

Hagley Museum Sign Wilmington DEIn July and August, Hagley Museum in Wilmington DE is offering reduced admission prices for events every Wednesday night and Thursday during the day.  Hagley Museum and Library are located on the site of the original gunpowder works founded by today’s DuPont Company in 1802.  The main entrance is just off Route 141 as it crosses the Brandywine River close to Greenville DE.  It is just minutes off I-95 and Route 202 and easily accessible from all New Castle County.

On Wednesday nights, Hagley will be holding their Bike and Hike nightsHagley Museum Wilmington DEFrom 5 – 8 PM every Wednesday through August, admission will only be $2 per person allowing you the chance to enjoy the trails, walk the riverside, and picnic along the Brandywine.  Admission is free for members.

On Thursdays from 9:30-4:30 Hagley Museum admission is only $1 per person.  This will allow admission to both the museum and grounds.  This is a great opportunity to revisit, or visit the museum for the first time,  and explore the grounds and exhibitions.  Admission is free for members.

Hagley Powder Mills Wilmington DEIn addition, this will give you an ideal time to learn of the events already scheduled throughout the fall.  These include the Hagley Car Show and Hagley Film Showcase in September,  the Hagley Craft Fair in October, and Christmas at Hagley running from November 26 through the New Year.

Another great opportunity to enjoy all the area has to offer!

David Henke
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc – Bear, DE/Newtown Square, PA
Office: 302-834-3431/Cell: 610-618-0808

The 2010 Wilmington Flower Market Arrives This Week

May 6, 2010

The Wilmington Flower Market opened today in Rockford Park DE continuing its 90 year tradition of support for the local community.

The Wilmington Flower Market began its traditional Mother’s Day weekend run on Thursday May 6 and will run through Saturday May 8.  Filled with flowers, plants, vendors, rides, and fun, it appears that it could not be a better weekend for the event.

The Wilmington Flower Market was founded in 1921 as a volunteer organization by Mrs A. Felix duPont to raise money to benefit children in the Wilmington area.  Through its history it has been held in Cool Spring Park, Brandywine Park, and since 1952 in Rockford Park and is run with support of the community and now over 6000 volunteers.

This year the market will be held Thursday through Saturday and is open from 10:00-7:00 each day.  This year’s entertainment is provided by 93.7 WSTW and 1150 WDEL and will be presented by Horizon Services on the Arbys Stage.  Along with numerous local recording acts and celebrities, the line up also includes national recording acts We The Kings, Cartel, Mayday Parade, and Iyaz.  be sure to check out WSTW’s site for the complete list with times.

So be sure to take some time this week, visit Rockford Park and enjoy all that the Wilmington Flower Market has to offer – Another great Delaware Tradition that everyone can enjoy.

David Henke
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc – Newtown Square,PA/Bear, DE
Office: 302-834-3431/Cell: 610-618-0808

Dorchester Academy Museum of African-American History in Midway GA Needs Your Help!

October 30, 2009

The Dorchester Academy Museum needs your help today!

Dorchester Academy Moore Hall Midway GARecently while traveling in Georgia, we had the chance to visit the Dorchester Academy Museum of African-American History in Midway GA.  They need to raise funds to stabilize and restore their historic campus.

Following the Civil War, there was a great need for education throughout the south.  Moore Hall Interior Dorchester Academy Midway GAIn 1868, the school that would become the Dorchester Academy was started as a primary school and Congregational Church by the AMA. An abolitionist, Eliza Ann Ward, was sent from Massachusetts to open the school in “Goldings Grove” and taught until 1872.  Floyd Snelson was then hired to foster the school.  In 1879, the school was enlarged to provide secondary education to freedman in Liberty County and was then named the Dorchester Academy.  The Academy was both a day school and a boarding school.  In 1934 the entire graduating class was admitted to college, and the school was classified as one of the best schools in the state.  The school grew and prospered until 1940 when Liberty County built a consolidated public school for black youth.

Dr Martin Luther King Room inDorchester Academy GAThe Academy closed and many of the old buildings were torn down in 1945.  The AMA then donated $10 for every $1 toward the remodeling of the brick boys dormitory – the Elizabeth Moore Hall.  The facilities were turned over to the new Dorchester Cooperative Center (DCC).  The Center included the Credit Union (founded in 1938), the Farmers Union, the Liberty County Political Council, and Dorchester Improvement Association.  The programs developed at Dorchester were a model for later community development in the 1960’s.  In 1968, the Liberty County Schools were integrated.Original Boy's Dormitory Room Dorchester Academy Midway GA

“In 1961 the Southern Christian Leadership Council in cooperation with the American Missionary Association (AMA) established “Leadership Training Programs and Citizenship Schools” at Dorchester to train grass roots leaders from throughout the south”.  Andrew Young headed the project in the formative years and Dr Martin Luther King was deeply involved and often visited.  Leaders from throughout the country taught and trained here and King’s biographer contends he planned his 1963 Birmingham campaign while staying here.

Many of the original buildings have been removed over the years, but the original brick boy’s dormitory built in 1934 (and named in honor of Miss Elizabeth Moore, the first African-American woman principal) is being restored in the center of the campus and has been listed on the US National Register of Historic Places.Dorchester Academy Museum of African-American History Midway GA This building has been the center of much of the key activity over the years including the time that the Southern Leadership council used the facilities.   The original rooms and furniture used by Dr King are still preserved in the building.

Today, the building is badly in need of restoration and needs your help.  On April 28, 2009, the National Trust for Historic Preservation named the Dorchester Academy to its 2009 list of the 11 Most Endangered Places in America. “The Academy …. has been an institute for education, community development,and positive political and social change since its founding day” –  Pres Jimmy Carter. Our Thank You to Don O’Neal for taking the time to show us throughout the property and explain its history.

All donations and help are greatly needed and appreciated – contact:

Don O’Neal
Dorchester Academy Museum of African-American History
PO Box 51, Midway, GA  31320

“In addition to its highly significant role as a school for generations of African-American students, Dorchester played a seminal role in the great social movements of our nation’s history.” – Richard Moe – National Trust for Historic Preservation

(Note: all above history is a compilation taken from the website, on site displays, National Trust site, and discussions – please let me know if you find any errors/missing information)

Local Political Notes: Delco PA Changes Ahead

June 1, 2009

Well – it looks like we may be losing our Congressman but possibly gaining a new senator.  Delaware County PA is once again lining up to be an important battleground in the 2010 election on the national stage.

Delaware County Courthouse Media PALast week, the local Delaware County Times reported that “Sestak (is) All But In For Senate Race“.  What does this mean?  What are the local impacts?  Too soon to tell but, let’s put a little perspective on it.

Joe Sestak is currently the local Pennsylvania US Representative in Congress (Brady represents a small portion of southeastern Delaware County).  He won his 2008 race last year against Republican W. Craig Williams by a vote of 209,955 (59.6%) to 142,362 (40.4%).  He continues to be popular in the local area and won his seat originally by beating out longtime local Representative Curt Weldin in 2006.

Delaware County itself is trending increasingly Democratic.  As of November 2008, from an over 2:1 majority in the early 2000’s, registered Republicans now number 189,977 (46.7%) in the county versus 172,946 (42.5%) for the Democrats and 43,600 (10.7%) for other parties.  In the State Senate, the county elected 1 Republican, Dominic Pileggi, and 1 Democratic, Daylin Leach, in the 2008 races.  For the Pennsylvania State House in 2008, Delaware County elected 5 Republicans, 5 Democrats, and one who was represented on both tickets.  Bottom line: we’re pretty well split down the middle but still leaning Republican.

Governmnet Center Plaza Media PASestak’s potential Senate primary competitior, Arlen Spector, won his statewide US Senate race comfortably in 2004 against Joe Hoeffel by 2,925,080 (52.6%) to 2,334,126 (41.9%) .  He was in a much tougher primary against Pat Toomey which based on the trending demographics he felt he would be unable to win against in a Republican primary in 2010.  He switched parties to the Democrats based on his feeling that he would have a better shot of getting throught the primaries to the general election.

Sestak clearly doesn’t intend to walk away.  According to the TPM website, the move has not deterred him and he is close to making a decision.  This is certainly supported by his latest notes to his supporters.  It appears that this could be a very close primary.

Can he win?  Too early to say, but 2010 is already shaping up to be an interesting race in the local area.

Alternative Renewable Energy Sources – Radnor PA Sustainability Series

May 19, 2009

Just Consider:

Pennsylvania contributes 1% of GLOBAL greenhouse gases.

Think about the impact we are having globally from here in our own backyard.

Last night Radnor held the second meeting in it’s  Sustainability Series: Issues in Sustainable Living and Growth in Radnor TownshipHome Solar Array Thorbury Township PAThe night’s topic was Alternative, Renewable Energy Sources: Transforming our Energy Economy.  The series is hosted at the Radnor PA Township Municipal Building on Iven but the presentations are also aired live on Comcast Cable Channel 10 and Verizon FiOS Channel 30.

Sponsored by the Radnor Conservancy, the League of Women Voters of Radnor Township, and the Township of Radnor PA, the meeting started at 7PM and lasted until approximately 9PM.  There were four speakers in attendance for the night and they provided a great overview of the issues on a macro level.  This afforded a great follow up to the first topic in the series: Green Building 101.

In order of appearance, each speaker highlighted important items in four separate areas:

Wind Energy and Its Future as a National Energy Source
by: Brent Alderfer, Executive VP of Iberdrola Renewables (1)
Solar Energy: Transforming the Market
by: Sarah Hetznecker, Project Development Director of Conergy
Other Potential Players: Nuclear, Geothermal, and More
by: John C Nagle, Consulting Engineer
The Most Surprising New Source of Energy: Efficiency
by: Ginny Kreitler, President, Kreitler Research & Consulting, LLC
Advisor to Pennsylvania Land Trust Association

PA Field TractorAll the presentations highlighted both where we are today and the challenges that we are facing in the future. In addition, they stressed the importance that policy, not only economics, will play as the world deals with both the continuing rise in demand for energy and the required decrease in carbon for the good of the environment.  There are still many options available and choices to be made as we go forward.

The next presentation in the series will be in approximately two months and will deal with the steps that can be taken today in our homes and at the local level.

As always, if you have any questions or need any additional information, please do not hesitate to ask anytime.