Posted on August 27, 2015 9:22 pm


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.



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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

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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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 Posted on August 14, 2015 3:07 pm


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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.



 Posted on July 30, 2015 1:22 pm


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Debra Young, EmpowerAbility LLC, will be presenting, “Think your buyers are too young for Universal Design? Think Again!” at the upcoming 2016 International Builders Show (IBS). This will be Debra’s third year in a row presenting an educational session at IBS.

Debra Young is a certified specialist in environmental modifications, aging in place, and assistive technology. She is a registered and licensed occupational therapist with a Master’s in Education degree with specialization in Assistive Technology (AT) from Bowling Green State University, a graduate certificate in AT from Johns Hopkins University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Elizabethtown College.

Within the Home Builders Association of Delaware (HBA/DE), Debra serves as the Associate Vice President on the Board of Directors, as the Chair of the Associates Council, and a member of the Mid-Atlantic 55+ Housing Council steering committee.

HBA/DE looks forward to her presentation this January. Congratulations Debra!

Registration for 2016 IBS begins on September 1st, 2015. For more information, visit their website: http://buildersshow.com/Home/



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This past month, our Board of Directors met and nominated for consideration of Associate of the Year 2015: John Johnson, Karins & Associates, Debra Young, EmpowerAbility LLC, and Jim McCulley, WatershedEco.

All three nominees are active within the Associates Council, with Debra Young serving as its chair. They’ve worked this year to coordinate Bowling, Clay Shooting, and more recently, the 2015 Ramp Build. Which was a collaborative effort of the Associates Council of the Home Builders Association of Delaware (utilizing the volunteer efforts and sponsorship of its members) along with a recent graduate of Hodgson Vo-Tech High School, and State Representative Bill Carson.

John Johnson and Debra Young were nominated for their work on the 2015 Ramp Build.

Jim McCulley was nominated for his expertise and participation during our meetings with Senators Carper and Coons regarding COE/EPA Waters of the US Regulations.

Congratulations John, Debra, and Jim!



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