Delaware Voting Updates

Delaware passed 3 new laws this year – early voting, vote by mail (different from absentee ballot/voting), and same day voter registration.  To check the status of your registration or voting locations, go to  General election info including candidate info can be found at

Another resource is ACLU’s new website –

September 13, 2022 – Primaries Election (to narrow down candidates by party)
November 8, 2022 – Statewide General Election (also known as mid-term elections and still important)



‘Dancing with the Stars’ : Teresa Giudice, Wayne Brady, Selma Blair and More Celebs Join Season 31

Teresa Giudice, Wayne Brady and Selma Blair. Photo: GETTY (3)

The stars are aligning for season 31 of Dancing with the Stars!

On Thursday, ABC and Disney+ announced the latest celebrity cast members who will compete on the upcoming season of the reality dance competition show on Good Morning America — and the list does not disappoint!


The cast includes The Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice with partner Pasha Pashkov, actor and comedian Wayne Brady with partner Witney Carson, actress Selma Blair with partner Sasha FarberArnold Schwarzenegger‘s son and fitness model Joseph Baena with partner Daniella Karagach, and Jersey Shore star Vinny Guadagnino with partner Koko Iwasaki.


Also joining the cast is Coda star Daniel Durant with partner Britt Stewart, country singer Jessie James Decker with partner Alan Bersten, recent Bachelorette lead Gabby Windey with partner Val Chmerkovskiy and singer Jordin Sparks with partner Brandon Armstrong.

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Love Island’s Tasha: ‘A little sign language goes a long way’

Tasha Ghouri signing in BSL, blond hair w white cami shirt on a yellow sofa with a big green planter behind her

Tasha Ghouri was Love Island’s first deaf contestant. Now her time on the show is over, she wants to use her on-screen fame to make a real-life impact for other deaf people.

“I never had anyone to look up to that’s like me on websites or TV,” says Tasha – who finished fourth in the ITV competition this summer.

Before the villa, the 24-year-old modelled – for websites such as ASOS – with her cochlear implant visible, yet she was a rare example.

But according to Tasha, the depiction of the deaf community on TV is “moving in a very positive direction”.

“I think representation is really coming a long way from where it was a couple of years ago,” she tells Radio 1 Newsbeat.

“For example, Rose [Ayling-Ellis] on Strictly, and then I’m on Love Island,” she says.


Eastenders actress Rose, Strictly Come Dancing’s first deaf contestant, won the show last year.

“That’s a massive thing for the deaf community, and in terms of representation, [it] doesn’t happen enough in my opinion,” says Tasha.

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Disability program closures forcing some parents to quit jobs

CLIFTON PARK — A staffing crisis that is crippling care programs for individuals with disabilities is forcing Saratoga County’s largest nonprofit human services agency to temporarily “pause” a day habilitation program in Clifton Park.

For some of the roughly two dozen families affected, the looming decisions include whether a parent might have to quit their job to care for their loved one during the day.

“At that particular site we felt that it’s not safe to do the day program with as many individuals, with the staffing shortages that we have,” said Jane Mastaitis, chief executive officer at Saratoga Bridges, one of 36 chapters of The Arc New York, the state’s largest nonprofit organization serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. “We’re just so short of staff; it’s just a decision that we made as as team … for the safety of the individuals.”

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DAD Note: It is happening all over the country including here impacting some of our deaf patients too.  It is not known yet how the states or governments will fix this as it also impacts an Olmstead Supreme Court ruling.


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The Hearing Loss Association of Delaware (HLADE) welcomes you to the New Castle County  and Kent/Sussex County Monthly Circle Chats!  

Topic for Circle Chats: Over-the Counter Hearing Aids, PLUS News You Can Use!”

New Castle County Circle Chat!

Thursday, September 8th, 2022 at 10am

Note: Our thanks to the Newark Senior Center for making our Meeting Room hearing accessible with a hearing loop!!!! J

NCC Meets the 2nd Thursday of every month from 10-11:30am at the Newark Senior Center, 200 Whitechapel Rd, Newark, DE 19711 (Ph) 302-737-2336

Kent/Sussex County Circle Chat!

Tuesday, September 6th at 1:00pm

Meets the 1st Tuesday of the month from 1:00-2:00pm at the Modern Maturity Center, 1121 Forrest Avenue, Dover, Delaware 19904 Ph: (302)734-1200

We look forward to welcoming you & thanks for your support! Bring a friend! J

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Ad of the Day: Cadbury Fingers encourages us all to learn some sign language

Cadbury Fingers has partnered with the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) for the latest chapter in its ‘For Fingers Big and Small’ campaign.

‘Sign with Fingers Big and Small’ hopes to encourage us all to learn some British Sign Language (BSL) to help deaf people feel more included. In the short film, viewers see a young girl telling the camera in BSL that she often feels excluded from conversations due to being deaf. To highlight this, some of the subtitled words on the screen are covered, which emphasizes the girl’s frustrations and feelings of isolation.

Cadbury Fingers worked alongside Rebecca A Withey, a deaf writer and consultant, and a panel made up of people from across the deaf community to inform the project. The 30-second ad was influenced by ‘Dinner Table Syndrome’ – a phenomenon where deaf people are inadvertently left out of shared everyday conversations.

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More information at and the actual project here –


Food Bank of Delaware Drive-Thru Mobile Pantry (3 locations and dates)

food bank boxes showing bottles, packages and such

Please arrive at the location early and stay in line. 
Registration required in advance. 
Volunteer opportunities exist below too.

Sussex County
When: Monday, September 12, 2022
Time: 10:00 a.m.

Where: Crossroad Community Church,
20684 State Forest Road
Georgetown, DE

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Kent County
When: Wednesday, September 14, 2022
Time: 10:00 a.m.

Where: Dover Motor Speedway
1131 North Dupont Highway
Dover, DE
(enter through Leipsic Road entrance and follow signs)

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New Castle County
When: Friday, September 16, 2022
Time: 10:00 a.m.

Where: Delaware Technical & Community College
400 Stanton Christiana Road
Newark, DE

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Sign up to volunteer:

– Thanks to Loretta, ODHH.
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