Drug Take Back Day: Free, responsible disposal system

Ken MammarellaGovernment, Headlines

Delawareans can discard their expired or unused medications at locations statewide between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27, during the 26th national Prescription Drug Take Back Day. The biannual event, aimed at reducing the risk of prescription medications being diverted for misuse, has collected nearly 120,000 pounds of medications in Delaware since 2010. IN THE NEWS: William Penn, …

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Rockwood Park and Museum asks what it should be and do

Ken MammarellaCulture, Headlines

Rockwood Park and Museum, for the first time in its five-decade history as a New Castle County park, is developing a strategic plan. “This plan is helping the museum to visualize a new mission to be of service to a wider variety of our neighbors,” said Ryan Grover, who’s been directing Rockwood for just over two years. When interviewing for …

City Theater's next production is "Dancing at Lughnasa," an Irish memory play. Joe del Tufo for Moonloop Photography.

How City Theater grounds ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’ in Ireland

Ken MammarellaHeadlines, Culture

For Michael P. Toner, the vocal coach in the City Theater Company production of “Dancing at Lughnasa,” two of the most important things he offered coaching on were “dancing” and “lughnasa.” “Dancing” was important because it’s pronounced differently in Ireland, where the play is set. Think of a broad “a,” as in family or random, he explained, contrasting it with …

Chef Robert Lhulier is leaving Snuff Mill. Jason Heyes photo.

Chef Lhulier leaving Snuff Mill, seeks to open new eatery

Ken MammarellaCulture, Headlines

Chef Robert Lhulier is leaving Snuff Mill Restaurant, Butchery & Wine Bar, the Brandywine Hundred establishment that Delaware Today said in 2022 is “staking its claim as Delaware’s hottest new eatery.” He is looking for space for a restaurant that he can run, ideally in northern Delaware. “Creatives need to create,” said Lhulier, who majored in art at the University …

Longwood Gardens has removed a pane of glass from the conservatory roof to allow the century agave to bloom. Courtesy of Longwood Gardens.

Plant shoots through the roof of Longwood conservatory

Ken MammarellaHeadlines, Culture

A plant that’s towering over its landscape as it’s flowering has made Longwood Gardens remove a pane of glass from the conservatory roof of its Silver Garden to give it room to grow – and grow and grow. It’s called the century plant (Agave americana). Though once believed a century-long wait was needed for flowering, Agave americana typically blooms after …

“Stompin’ at The Savoy” is a world premiere musical at the Delaware Theatre Company. Martin French illustration courtesy of Delaware Theatre Company.

Delaware Theatre Co. unveils fun, thoughtful ’24-25 season

Ken MammarellaHeadlines, Culture

The 2024-25 Delaware Theatre Company season features a world premiere musical, a Tony-winning musical, a play produced by DTC in 2005 but is newly relevant, a one-man show and a new holiday revue – plus multiple ways to create conversations and connect with the community. The season includes “Kinky Boots,” “Every Brilliant Thing,” “Home for the Holidays in the 302,” …

“The Mystery of Edwin Drood” runs through April 21 at The Candlelight Theatre. Tisa DellaVolpe photo courtesy of Candlelight Theatre.

How Candlelight prepares for all those endings of ‘Drood’

Ken MammarellaHeadlines, Culture

“The Mystery Edwin Drood” poses an unusual mystery. It’s not because the musical has a complex plot that challenges the audience to outwit the playwright. It’s because the audience decides the ending. Director Jeff Reim figures there are about 480 endings, and each one deserved time and attention during rehearsals for the production, at The Candlelight Theatre in Ardentown through …

Pettinaro Management is donating 30 acres on the west side of Hercules Road in Mill Creek to New Castle County for a park. Ken Mammarella photo.

Exclusive: 30-acre park off Hercules Road in the works

Ken MammarellaCulture, Headlines

New Castle County is on its way to being given 30 acres for a park in the Mill Creek area. The land is part of a country club known as Hercules when it opened in 1937 (that’s why the road it’s on is called Hercules Road) and then Delaware National before being sold, with housing planned. “The project was approved …

McDonald's wants to reduce drive-thru backups when it rebuilds its Concord Pike restaurant. Ken Mammarella photo

New McDonald’s on Concord Pike rethinks busy drive-thru

Ken MammarellaBusiness, Government, Headlines

McDonald’s wants to rebuild its Concord Pike restaurant, destroyed by fire in January, in a way that will reduce a drive-thru line that often backed up onto the busy highway in Talleyville. The plans will be discussed at a meeting at 6 p.m. April 11, at the Talleyville Fire Company. “A plan is being prepared for submission that would three …

The Delaware Public Service Commission has approved a net increase of 12.67% averaged across Veolia's residential, commercial and industrial customers. SHTTEFAN photo from Unsplash.

Average residential bill for Veolia going up 4%

Ken MammarellaBusiness, Government & Politics, Headlines

Water rates for customers of Veolia are going up on Monday, April 1. The Delaware Public Service Commission has approved a net increase of 12.67% averaged across residential, commercial and industrial customers, the company announced. “The average residential bill will be increased by approximately 4.02% – the equivalent of 5 cents per day or $1.59 per month,” it said. That’s …