Dover Downs casino operations are the latest to close due to the impending weather, and Saint Thomas More and Holy Cross have announced they will be closed on Monday. The following services and events are cancelled or postponed, and the venues closed due to the threat of Hurricane Irene. Some events will be re-scheduled.


The following events are cancelled or postponed, and the venues closed due to the threat of inclement weather. Some events will be re-scheduled.

Dover Downs casino operations — Due to the impending storm, Dover Downs casino operations will close at noon Saurday, Aug. 27 and will reopen at 8 a.m. Monday, Aug. 29.
  Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge — The Refuge will close at sunset Friday. Information: www.bombayhook.fws.gov
  USA Dance Dover DE Anniversary Dance — Originally scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 27, at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino; event will be re-scheduled.
  DNREC sites, including Delaware State Parks — State parks and DNREC sites are closing at 5 p.m. Friday. This includes the Brandywine Zoo, the Delaware Natinoal Estuarine Research Reserve, the St. Jones Reserve outside Dover, and the Blackbird Creek Reserve near Townsend. They will be closed through Sunday, Aug. 28, at least. Campgrounds should be evacuated by 5 p.m.
  Kent County schools — Schools throughout the county had early dismissals Friday. Holy Cross Elementary and Saint Thomas More Preparatory will be closed on Monday. Polytech High School will be closed Monday for students, but staff members should report after checking local radio stations for more information. All activities and evening classes also were canceled. State government offices — State of Delaware offices in all three counties will close at noon. All non-essential state employees will be excused at that time. Non-essential employees scheduled to work shifts between noon Friday, Aug. 26, and 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28, need not report. All essential employees are to remain at work and report for all scheduled shifts during this period.  Delaware State University — All classes scheduled for Friday through Monday will be canceled.This includes the Education Leadership graduate and doctoral cohorts scheduled to begin Aug. 26 to 28, as well as all classes scheduled to begin Monday, Aug. 29. Classes are now scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30. Students will not be permitted to move into residential halls Saturday or Sunday; students may move in Monday, Aug. 29. All Welcome Day activities for freshman will be postponed. The Wellness & Recreation Center will be closed to the public on Saturday and Sunday. The DSU hotline is at 302-857-6311. The University will provide services for students who have already moved into the dorms. DART — Route 305 Beach Bus is not operating. On Saturday and Sunday, there will be no DART service in New Castle, Kent or Sussex counties, and no paratransit services. Information: www.dartfirststate.com.
  Capital Transportation Program hearings — The hearing initially scheduled for 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 29, at WILMAPCO offices, 850 Library Ave., Newark, has been rescheduled for Thursday, Sept. 1. Sports -- With prep sports seasons not yet set to begin, no games are slated for the weekend. All play days and scrimmages throughout the state, however, have been canceled.