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Seaford test scores improve with focus on science of reading

Betsy PriceEducation, Headlines

  While students at Blades Elementary get the traditional reminders to continue reading during the upcoming spring break, their reminders have a twist. About 35% of the 400 students in that Seaford School District school come from homes in which English is not the first language spoken. So Blades recommends the entire family read as a way to improve literacy …

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Carney appoints Black woman to New Castle Superior Court

Betsy PriceGovernment, Headlines

  Gov. John Carney will nominate a black lawyer to the Superior Court in New Castle County, one day after the first Black woman was confirmed for the U.S. Supreme Court. Patricia A. Winston, a partner at Morris James in Wilmington since 2017, focused on a range of corporate and commercial issues. The Delaware Senate is expected to consider her …

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Bipartisan bill would cut realty transfer tax by 25%

Betsy PriceGovernment, Headlines

Photo/Andy Dean Photography A bill introduced into the state House of Representatives would cut by 25% the taxes paid because of the sale of a home. Introduced by Rep. Bill Bush, D-Dover, House Bill 358 would make law of something Rep. Mike Ramone, R-Pike Creek South, has been preaching for years: reducing the cost of Delaware’s real estate transfer tax …

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New CostAware site compares bills for state hospital services, stays

Betsy PriceHeadlines, Health

  A new state website compares the average costs for different kinds of services at Delaware hospitals, based on actual medical claims. But don’t get too excited about the comparisons on CostAware. None of the information is tagged to a specific hospital, although in a few cases, it’s easy to guess which institution the information came from. Without any IDs, …

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New, retired Catholic bishops will celebrate Holy Week Masses

Betsy PriceCulture, Headlines

Both Bishop William E. Koenig and former Bishop Francis Malooly will celebrate Holy Week and Easter masses. Photo by Pixabay   The Diocese of Wilmington has announced where Bishop William E. Koenig will celebrate services and participate in other events during Holy Week and Easter. All Masses and services are open to the public. Events at the Cathedral of Saint …

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Delaware Theatre season to include 2 world premiere musicals

Betsy PriceCulture, Headlines

Delaware Theatre Company’s new season will include three musicals, a drama and a classic comedy.     The Delaware Theatre Company’s 2022-23 season will include two world premiere musicals, including one about Dolly Parton.  The rest of the five-show season will be filled with an off-Broadway musical, a play about the Tuskegee Airmen and a comedy classic, “One Man, Two …

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FMC, Sears honored at annual state chamber dinner

Betsy PriceBusiness, Headlines

The Delaware State Chamber of Commerce held its 185th annual dinner Monday at the Chase Center. Photo by Kelly Basile.   FMC Corp. scientists test 60,000 new compounds a year in their search for better ways to help crops beat disease and pests to produce more per acre. That breaks down to seven compounds tested per hour for every hour …

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This resale shop is running a two-day girls’ dresses sale

Betsy PriceCulture, Headlines

  Great Stuff Savvy Resale has hundreds of girls dresses on sale Friday and Saturday, including this one.   Looking for a spring or Easter dress for your favorite girl? Great Stuff Savvy Resale, a resale shop run by the Delaware Breast Cancer Association, has hundreds of dresses for a pop-up shop featuring all kinds of dresses Friday, April 1, …

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Longwood Gardens begins to bloom for spring

Betsy PriceCulture, Headlines

Longwood expects 200,000 tulips to be in bloom during the next few weeks.   Longwood Gardens’ daffodils, tulips, azaleas, wisteria and more have begun springing to life just in time for its annual month-long “Spring Blooms” display that begins Saturday. Peak bloom is expected in mid-April, weather permitting. While fans of more spring flowers will find something to ooh and …