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Delaware lawmakers voted to cut the tax break enjoyed by senior citizens on their property by $100.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that many of the members of the Joint Finance Committee said they reluctantly did so.

They cited the prospect of a $400 million budget shortfall as a reason for the reduction.

But there were three dissenting votes with Representative William Carson calling it wrong to take this money away from seniors.  

The move will cut the maximum tax break from $500 to $400 on their property tax bill.

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The senior organization MAC Incorporated has a new executive director.

She is Pattie Tingle who will come on board October 1st.

Tingle succeeds Barbara "Peggy" Bradford who has served as executive director for the last 37 years.

Tingle served as executive director of the Bay Area Center for Independent Living in Salisbury for the last 26 years.  

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Tingle tripled the size of the operation in the past two years helping some 43-hundred individuals with disabilities on the Eastern Shore.

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The State of Delaware is seeing an increasing number of seniors moving into the state while millennials are moving out.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that three decades ago 30 percent of the First State’s population was between the ages of 18 and 34.

That figure has declined to 23 percent.

In addition, 61 percent of the people born in Delaware now live somewhere else.

The News Journal reports that economists say millennials are looking for a better labor market where the can build their lives.

The old Avon Products distribution building near Newark is coming down if one developer has his way.

In its place will be some 220 apartments along with office, retail and dining space.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that forty of the units will go to seniors.

Spread out over more than 600,000 square feet there will also be a two story parking garage.

The New Castle County Council is expected to decide next week whether to rezone the 42 acre property for commercial use.

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Jun 23, 2015

The heat is on.

As temperatures across Delmarva reach into the 90’s the Worcester Commission on Aging Adult Day Care Center in Snow Hill is opening up as a cooling station.

Development Coordinator Debbie Ritter tells WBOC seniors should use fans at home if they do not have air conditioning.

Also, they should be sure to drink plenty of water during the day.

In addition, Ritter says that the elderly should be conscious of how prescription drugs interact with the heat.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The General Assembly's budget-writing committee is resuming work on a spending plan for the fast-approaching new fiscal year.

The Joint Finance Committee was to reconvene Monday to continue marking up Gov. Jack Markell's proposed $3.9 billion budget for the fiscal year starting July 1.

The committee's work got a little easier last week when revenue estimates for the current and upcoming fiscal years increased by about $33 million.

But available revenue is still about $15 million lower than when Markell unveiled his budget proposal in January.

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - The panel that issues Delaware's official revenue forecast is providing its final update of the fiscal year.

Lawmakers will use Monday's update from the Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council to finish marking up Gov. Jack Markell's proposed $3.9 billion budget for the fiscal year starting July 1.

Last month, the estimate of revenue available for fiscal 2016 increased by about $18.5 million, following a decline of $22 million in April.

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The latest Delaware revenue projections find that tax-collection estimates dropped more than $45 million.

That’s the word from the Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council on Monday.

The governor’s $3.9 billion budget had been based on a higher projection.

The decline will now force the governor and lawmakers to trim state spending or hike revenue to balance the state budget.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware health officials say the number of flu-related fatalities this season has risen to 26.

Officials say the rate of new cases has declined, but are warning Delaware residents that this year's flu strain is particularly deadly.

Officials say this season's flu strain is nearly four times as deadly as the flu that circulated in late 2009. Officials also say the flu is particularly dangerous for seniors.

Officials say all but three of those who died of the flu this season were over the age of 65, and all had other medical conditions.

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The nursing home scores have dropped in the revised federal five-star quality ratings on a third of facilities on Delmarva.

But the facilities did distinguish themselves when it came to the average quality-of-care care.

Three nursing homes got the lowest rating on Delmarva.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports they are Snow Hill Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Delmar Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and Acradia Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Nelsonia.

Delaware lawmakers said no to Governor Jack Markell’s proposal to cut $12.6 million in property tax breaks for seniors.

The plan cuts in half the $500 state subsidy paid to seniors to help with their tax bills.

During a hearing by the Joint Finance Committee yesterday Senator Bruce Ennis told the governor’s budget officials that the reduction would be difficult to get through the General Assembly.

It’s part of Markell’s effort to balance his $3.9 billion budget which still goes up by 2.4 percent over current levels.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware health officials have confirmed two new cases of influenza.

Influenza B was confirmed in a pre-school-aged boy from Newark and in a pre-school-aged girl from Dover on Oct. 20. Neither child was hospitalized.

The Delaware Division of Public Health announced the state's first confirmed case of influenza on Oct. 14. That case involved a 2-year-old from Sussex County who also did not need to be hospitalized.

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There are a lot of seniors in Sussex who need to get around but don’t or can’t drive.

Now, retired principal Nancy Reichtl says she’s trying to bring iTN America. a national senior citizen driving co-op, to Sussex County.

Last month she asked Sussex County for $35-thousand to help get the program started.

Under the program riders will pay an annual membership fee.

They would get a hold of a dispatcher and a driver will be sent out.

The cost per mile will be one dollar.

The company already operates in more than a dozen states.

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With the aging of the population in the state of Maryland  officials from the AARP are getting together to see what can be done to protect seniors in the coming years.

Maryland News Connection reporter Allison Burns has the story:

Perhaps the best employer in Maryland for seniors is located in Bethesda where the National Institutes of Health has made a concerted effort to hire those over 50.

Maryland News Connection reporter Allison Burns has the story.


Senior citizens in Maryland are increasingly becoming victims of financial crime that include includes members of their own family.

That’s according to the AARP.

Maryland News Connection reporter Allison Burns has the story.


       DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Senate is eyeing a bill that would establish a new financial penalty for crimes against senior citizens in order to raise money to fund programs aimed at helping seniors.

     The bill passed the House in January and the Senate is expected to consider it on Tuesday.

     The legislation creates an additional penalty of $100 for crimes committed against people who are 62 years old or older.