December News & Events

Register for Festive Holiday Luncheon

Holiday Madness. Join fellow members and bring guests to our Annual Holiday Networking Luncheon.

Wednesday, December 14
805 North Broom Street, Wilmington, DE 190805
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Select your meal: Veal Marsala, Broiled Salmon, Vegetarian Plate

Enjoy Networking - Cash Bar - 50-50 Cash Raffle - Great Meal Selections - Cash Prizes - Door Prizes - Win a Longaberger "Boots on the Ground" Basket of Cheer!


    • Half of our 50-50 Cash Raffle donations will go to Delaware Boots on the Ground, benefiting Delaware's military service men and women. And CIRC will match charitable contributions of up to $500! So help us meet our goal!
    • HELP FILL A BARREL OF FOOD: The Food Bank of Delaware can use our help. Please bring a non-perishable, nourishing food item and help fill the barrel and the stomachs of many hungry people in our community.

REGISTER NOW using the link below, or go to and visit our Events page to view details of upcoming events and to register online.

New Board Members and Officers announced

CIRC welcomes seven Directors to new two-year terms on the Board of Directors:

Benjamin Berger, Esq., Berger Harris
Albert "Bert" Root, IV, Newmark Knight Frank Smith Mack
Katherine L. Silicato, CPA, Gunnip & Company
Jeremy Abelson, JD, WSFS Bank
John Birmingham, III, Cushman & Wakefield of Delaware, Inc.
H. Daniel Lesher, Patterson Woods Commercial Properites
Jim O'Hara, Jr., NAI Emory HIll, Retail Division

Current Directors in the second year of their current term include:

J. Gregory Ellis, Patterson Woods Commercial Properites
Bayard J. Snyder, Esq., Snyder & Associates
Carmen Facciolo, Jr., NAI Emory Hill
James Manna, BrightFields, Inc.
Donald Robitzer, Commonwealth Group, Ltd.
Marvin Sachs, Bellevue Realty
Amelia Wyant, Eastern States Group

At it's November 17 Board Meeting, the Directors approved of new board member Kathleen L. Silicato, CPA with Gunnip & Company, to replace Laurie Marino, who has taken a new job in Baltimore. The Directors elected the following Officers to its Executive Committee:

President - J. Gregory Ellis, Patterson Woods Commercial Properties, Corfac Int'l.
Vice President - John Birmingham III, Cushman & Wakefield of Delaware, Inc.
Treasurer:  Kathleen L. Silicato, CPA, Gunnip & Company
Secretary: Bayard J. Snyder, Esq., Bayard & Associates, PA

To contact a Board Member, visit our website's Contact page (link below)

Membership Renewal: Take advantage of Dec. 31 Discount Offer

Membership dues for CY 2012 are due as of January 1, 2012 in the amount of $75.

BUT, if you pay by December 31, 2011, you can take advantage of the discount rate of only $65!

You can pay in two ways:

    1. Online Membership Renewal - use link below or go to our Membership Renewal Form on our website at
    2. Mail a check payable to CIRC, to P.O. Box 1789, Wilmington, DE 19899, or bring it to the Dec. 14 Holiday luncheon.

An invoice will be sent to you soon by email and followed up with a hard copy in the mail. We appreciate your timely processing of your membership dues. Some of our newest members may have paid dues through 2012, so wait for your invoice or check on your status.

BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP: Remember, one of the nice benefits of membership is the use of our online Membership Search Directory, where you can find the business Profiles of current members, and where they can find a first name, last name, company, or by Type of Business!

New Castle County 2012 Comp Development Plan Update

Nov. 22, 2011 -- County Executive Paul Clark today formally released the draft of the New Castle County 2012 Comprehensive Development Plan Update for consideration. The draft is the subject of County Ordinance 11-109.

The 2012 Comprehensive Development Plan will be the county’s primary document guiding land use for the next 10 years. The current plan was adopted in 1988 and updated in 1997, 2002, and 2007.

The county uses the plan to re-examine its goals and objectives regarding land development and the strategies to help achieve those goals. State law requires the plan update to address economic development; housing; conservation (including agriculture); historic preservation; recreation and open space; accomplishments since the last update; coordination with other units of government; mobility and transportation; water and sewerage; community facilities; and future land use. New Castle County’s updated plan also adds elements addressing community design and storm water management.

The Comprehensive Development Plan presents a vision for the county’s future. Sustainability is critical to this future path. Growth needs to be directed to areas already served by necessary infrastructure or to designated growth areas. The plan recognizes the changing nature of our population, which is marked by a greater percentage of older citizens and a decrease in the average household size. The market continues to grow for smaller housing that is more affordable to rent or purchase and less expensive to maintain.

The county continues to face the challenge of creating jobs and nurturing businesses today and in the future. “Not only do we need to make sure there is adequate land for office, commercial and industrial development, we also need to make sure the land is conveniently located for employees, for public access and for distribution of goods and services,” Clark said. Permissible uses for non-residential property should be flexible enough to adjust to changes in the economy, he added. “We need to know where we are headed and how to get there. If we do not plan for the changes that lie ahead, we will be woefully unprepared.”

The 2012 Comprehensive Development Plan Update process began in September 2010. Over the next year, the county held 12 public meetings to present information, solicit input, conduct exercises such as preference surveys and to identify priorities. Meeting presentations, surveys and summaries were available online for those unable to attend. County Executive Clark and Dave Culver, general manager of the county’s department of land use, met with a variety of organizations to offer information about the update and to solicit input.

The plan update will be on the agenda for the New Castle County Planning Board/Land Use Department hearing at 7 p.m. Jan. 3 in the Gilliam Building, 77 Reads Way, New Castle Corporate Commons. The Board and Department will review the plan and forward their recommendations to County Council for final consideration.

The plan update is available on the county’s website at in the “NCC Spotlight” area of the home page or by using the link below. All county libraries also have a copy available for public reading. Comments should be directed to or by mail to NCC Department of Land Use, 87 Reads Way, New Castle, DE 19720, Attn: D.J. Guthrie Carter.