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New Castle County set to approve $54 million in ARPA funds

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

New Castle County Council will vote at its next meeting to send just over $54 million in federal COVID relief funds to the county’s finance office for allocation. The money will go toward affordable housing, wastewater and stormwater management, nonprofit grants and more, according to Brian Cunningham, the county’s director of strategic communications. The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, …

Students in Archmere's Advanced Cancer Research and Analysis watching a presentation from Dr. Jay Storm from earlier this semester.

Archmere’s cancer class inspiring hopeful medics

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Education

Archmere Academy’s Lydia Scarpaci wasn’t sure what she wanted to pursue next year in college – until she enrolled in the school’s Advanced Cancer Research and Analysis class. The course, in its pilot year, came out of a partnership between Archmere and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).  It’s designed for students who are interested in the medical field and is …

Wilmington gun violence

Wilmington gun violence report: Pay for lots more intervention

Betsy Price Government, Headlines

A report on reducing and preventing gun violence in Wilmington recommends the city fund several existing intervention organizations. create a coordinator position to oversee those groups and create more programming. Organizations that wanted to provide programming must have street level relationships and already actively engage in intervention work, the report from The Community Based Public Safety Collective. Mayor Mike Purzycki …

Delaware received over $600 million in ESSER funds.

Here’s how $600M in COVID education money was spent 

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Delaware Live, Education

First State Educate, a local education advocacy group, held a webinar Tuesday to outline where COVID-19 relief money went. Relief funds were spent on learning loss, educational technology, building and mental health.  “As we come through, and hopefully out of the COVID-19 pandemic learning loss and recovery, not just academic, but social emotional recovery is a grave concern of mine,” …

TSD Review July 21

Town Square LIVE Weekly Review – July 21, 2022

Sonja Frey Town Square Live, Weekly Review

Click on the image below to view the PDF This Week’s Top Headlines Include: COMMUNITY Catalyst deposits trove of women’s records at Hagley Wilmington Library snares another national award Butter sculpting among new fun at 2022 state fair Black storytellers from across nation gather in Wilmington DelDOT’s clankers hope to cut Casho Mill crashes 115 art groups granted $3 million …

Affordable housing

Delaware allots millions to ensure affordable housing

Betsy Price Government, Headlines

Millions in American Rescue Plan Act money will fund a wide variety of programs designed to help Delawareans stay in their homes, get into a home or find a rental that’s affordable. To do that, the initiatives announced in recent days will: Help buy and rehab vacant homes in Delaware neighborhoods. Provide extra money to those building multi-family rental properties …

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Child care bonuses set at $1,000; registry to open soon

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

The Department of Education is finalizing a registry that will allow child care workers in Delaware to apply for the direct financial relief they were promised six months ago. They may not get as much as initially expected. By estimating the number of providers who would qualify for assistance, Gov. John Carney and the Delaware Department of Education in Nov. …

John Carney et al. posing for a photo

Carney announces $16M for children’s mental health facility

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

Gov. John Carney announced the investment in Elsmere Tuesday alongside Lt. Gov. Bethany Hall Long, House Majority Leader Valerie Longhurst and DSYCF secretary Josette Manning. Delaware will invest $16 million in federal COVID relief funds to renovate and remodel a building aimed at addressing the mental and behavioral health needs of children.  By rehabilitating Wharton Hall on the Department of …

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Road worker hit by driver urges patience in construction zones

Betsy Price Culture, Headlines

DelDOT area engineer Sarah Powell,  her infant daughter Eva and husband Tyler with DelDOT secretary Nicole Majeski at a work zone safety event.   Abi Torres remembers looking directly at the driver of the car bearing down on him as Torres was picking up trash in the median of Dover roadway. The driver, who was holding a phone, looked shocked. …

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North Wilmington, Newark libraries to get new buildings

Betsy Price Government, Headlines

The Selbyville Public Library will be able to construct a new building, thanks to American Rescue Plan money. Thanks to American Rescue Plan Act bucks, the Selbyville Public Library will be able to build a new library and move out of the stately home in which it’s now housed. Selbyville is one of nine Delaware libraries up and down the …