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Gingerbread doll house highlights annual Hagley contest

Betsy PriceHeadlines

Pastry chef Michele Mitchell’s gingerbread doll house will greet visitors at the 2021 Hagley Museum gingerbread contest. Photo by Kelsey Sedlacek   A pale blue gingerbread doll house sets the tone for Hagley Museum’s fourth annual Gingerbread House Contest. The two-story confection by Wilmington executive pastry chef Michele Mitchell will welcome guests to the display by contest participants. It’s meant …

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State says all over 18 and older need COVID-19 booster shots

Betsy PriceHeadlines, Health

With Thanksgiving arriving, the state has recommended people get tested before gathering with others from another household or from out of state. Photo by Monstera/Pexels The state of Delaware said Friday that all Delawareans 18 and older should get a booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Early this week the state also offered guidelines to have a healthy Thanksgiving gathering as …

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Festival of Trees returns to Brantwyn for this year’s event

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Delaware Hospice’s memory tree features a dove for each patient who has died during 2021.     Brantwyn Estate once again is filled with merry trees and holiday decor as the Delaware Hospice Festival of Trees returns to the du Pont home. The festival, which was turned into a virtual event last year, will be open Friday, Nov. 19, through …

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Delaware writer takes on crime in Philly for latest book

Betsy PriceCulture, Headlines

  Delaware writer Kathryn Canavan’s ‘True Crime Philadelphia: From American’s First Bank Robbery to the Real-Like Killers Who Inspired Boardwalk Empire’ is out now   When a publisher asked Delaware’s Kathryn Canavan if she’d be interested in writing a true crime book about Philadelphia, she had an instant response. I don’t write about crime, Canavan told her. But, the publisher …

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Disabled veterans can now sign up for school property tax credit

Betsy PriceGovernment, Headlines

Disabled Veterans who have lived in Delaware for three years may qualify to a tax credit that offsets school taxes. Photo by Marcus Aurelius/Pexels.   All 16 state school districts have approved for  Veterans with a 100% disability rating a tax credit equal to their non-vocational school district property tax. House Bill 214 with House Amendment 1, which was signed …

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DNREC to put $1.4 million into more electric vehicle charging

Betsy PriceGovernment, Headlines

The state will use money from the Volkswagen settlement to fund new charging stations. Photo by Rathaphon Nanthapreecha/Pexels DNREC is creating a $1.4 million program to offer grants to expand fast-charging stations for electric vehicles. Saying that transportation is the largest single source of greenhouse gas emissions in Delaware, the program will provide up to 75% of the costs of …

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Sussex teen author wins International Latino Book Award

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Máximo César Castellanos Máximo César Castellanos wrote his first book when he was 6. But it’s the book he wrote when he was 11 — the first in a five-book series — that has won international acclaim. Castellenos, now 13 and a seventh-grader at Blessed Sacrament Catholic School in nearby Berlin, Maryland, was chosen as the Gold Medal Winner in …

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Bench of stone books honors devoted Hockessin library volunteer

Betsy PriceCulture, Headlines

The Hockessin Library’s new bench, made of books carved from limestone, took inspiration from the building’s cantilevered entrance. A new limestone bench mimicking stacks of books at Hockessin Library was created as a memorial to a longtime volunteer and board member. The bench honors Barbara A. Roberts Miller, who died in March 2018 after a short illness.  The titles of …


Former Wilmington politician convicted for official misconduct

Betsy PriceGovernment, Headlines

  Theopalis Gregory, former president of the Wilmington City Council, was convicted Monday of official misconduct. Gregory had been indicted in September 2019 after getting $20,000 from a city grant application for a defunct organization he had founded. Attorney General Kathy Jennings said in a press released Monday that Deputy Attorney General David Skoranski of the Division of Civil Rights …

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Delaware Arts Alliance head chosen to direct state arts division

Betsy PriceCulture, Headlines

    Jessica Ball, the executive director of the Delaware Arts Alliance will become the new director of the Delaware Division of the Arts. Secretary of State Jeff Bullock announced Friday that she will take the office Nov. 29, 2021. Jessica Ball The Division of the Arts is actively involved in many aspects of arts, from small groups such as …