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2013 Hockessin Library Used Book Sale This Week!

January 15, 2013

This week the Friends of the Hockessin Library will be holding their annual Hockessin Library Used Book Sale beginning on Thursday evening and running through Sunday.


Beginning with the Members Preview Night on Thursday January 17, the Friends of the Hockessin Library will open their four-day annual book event this week. With over 70,000 used books (including over 50,000 hardbacks) and numerous CDs. DVDs, VHS Tapes, and paperbacks, there is something to please every age and taste. The used books will be divided into over 40 categories including the classics, biographies, fiction, nonfiction, children’s, and cookbooks. The stock will be continually replenished through Saturday.

On Thursday, the Hockessin Library Used Book Sale will open for members from 5-9PM. (Memberships will be available at the door for $10.) Then admission will be free with the doors open to the public on Friday from 9AM-9PM, Saturday 9AM-5PM, and Sunday from 9AM-3PM. Book prices begin at 50 cents, and on Sunday you will be able to fill a grocery bag for only $7.

DSCN9678As usual, the Used Book Sale will be held in the Hockessin Memorial Fire Hall located at the intersection of Lancaster Pike (Route 41) and Yorklyn Rd at the bottom of the hill in Hockessin DE.

Be sure to take some time this weekend to visit the sale. If you are looking for a gift, trying to find that classic for someone in your family, or just simply browsing for yourself, you are sure to find something interesting while supporting a great cause at the same time. Enjoy!

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

Delaware Voter Registration Reminder

October 12, 2012

Just a quick reminder that tomorrow, October 13, is the last day to register to vote in Delaware for the November election.

October 13 is the last day to register to vote in the General Election on Tuesday November 6 in Delaware. You have multiple options to register so please be sure to check out all your options here at the Delaware State website.

Also, be sure to remember that the last day to mail in absentee ballots is November 2nd. If you are not going to be able to vote on election day, be sure to stop by the County Department of Elections to fill out an absentee ballot.  You will need to have a form of valid ID with you (drivers license, utility bill, bank statement, etc including your physical address). The County Department of Elections in New Castle County is located on the 4th floor of the New Castle County Carvel State Office Building at 820 N French Street in Wilmington 19801. Please review the complete details here on their site.

This is a very important election. Please be sure that your voice (and vote) are heard!

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

One Week To The Delaware Primary – Still Time to Vote Absentee

September 7, 2010

You still have time to vote with an absentee ballot if you will not be able to visit your normal polling place for the Delaware Primary next Tuesday September 14.

Caesar Rodney Wilmington DEWell, we are now one week away from the Delaware Primary with interesting races scattered throughout the state for both Democrats and Republicans.  If you will be unable to vote at your normal polling place next week, you can vote absentee by mail or by visiting your County Department of Elections office (downtown Wilmington in New Castle County) until noon on Monday.  To vote absentee you must fall into one of several categories:

– Nature of your work prevents you from going.
– Your public service to the US or State of Delaware prevents you from voting.
– Your religion prevents you from going.
– You will be on vacation out of the area.
– You have been ill and will be unable to visit.
– You have a disability.
– You are incarcerated.

Be careful to follow all the directions so that your ballot is not disqualified.

2010 Vote DelawareOn the Republican side, the Primary races include the statewide positions for US Senator and US Representative in Congress along with various county and local races including the New Castle County Sheriff.  On the Democratic side, the Primary races include the statewide positions for State Treasurer and Auditor of Accounts as well as several county and local positions again including the New Castle County Sheriff.

Put aside some time and be sure to vote on September 14th – in person or by absentee ballot – but be sure to make your vote count!

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

The EPA’s Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RPP) Rule Affects You!

February 2, 2010

I just wanted to pass on a reminder from the Home Builders Association of Chester and Delaware Counties that the new EPA Renovation, Repair, and Painting ( RPP ) rule will be effective on April 22, 2010.

From the EPA website:

“Common renovation activities like sanding, cutting, and demolition can create hazardous lead dust and chips by disturbing lead-based paint, which can be harmful to adults and children.

To protect against this risk, on April 22, 2008, EPA issued a rule requiring the use of lead-safe practices and other actions aimed at preventing lead poisoning. Under the rule, beginning in April 2010, contractors performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978 must be certified and must follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination.”

The EPA RRP Rule covers any work for pay that disturbs 6 square feet or more in the interior or 20 square feet or more of lead based paint on the exterior.  As with most government mandates, consumers should expect increased costs and time associated with any of this work in the future.  “By April 22, 2010, firms must have “Certified Renovators” assigned to jobs where lead-based paint is disturbed.”

In our day-to-day activities, it is important to note that this does apply to Property Owners of Rental Housing.  It also can impact all the associated groups such as Contractors, Homeowners, Tenants, Realtors, Property Management Firms, and Training Providers so it is essential that individuals be aware of the new rules and general requirements.  For more information or questions on the EPA RPP Rule (Renovation, Repair, and Painting), be sure to check out the EPA Website.  You can also find more general information on their site at their Lead Home Page.

This is important information for this region as there are many homes and buildings built prior to 1978 that could potentially contain lead based paint.  EPA fines per violation are $37,500 so it is important not to ignore the potential consequences of not following these new regulations.  The National Association of Realtors Site also has a great Lead Paint Renovation Rule Compliance Guide answering the most frequently asked questions.

David Henke
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc – Newtown Square,PA/Bear, DE
Office: 610-353-1199/Direct: 610-359-3853/Cell: 610-618-0808