Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay

Girl Scouts urged not to sell 2 camps, 2 offices

Ken Mammarella Culture, Headlines

  Several hundred people have signed a change.org petition urging the Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay not to sell two camps and two offices. The sale includes the 244-acre Camp Grove Point in Earleville, Maryland; the 49-acre Camp Sandy Pines, in Fruitland, Maryland; and the Peninsula Resource Center in Salisbury; and the Newark Resource Center, a headquarters building less …

Bellevue Diner (Ken Mammarella photo)

Bellevue Diner opening on Philadelphia Pike

Ken Mammarella Headlines, Food

  The family that owns the Sungate Diner is replicating the popular menu of the Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania, landmark in Delaware. The Bellevue Diner opens Wednesday, Aug. 31 at 703 Philadelphia Pike, north of Wilmington and less than a mile south of the historic Bellevue Hall that gives it its name. The space once housed Jimmy’s Restaurant, and George Argiroudis …

Delaware libraries

Libraries test tech allowing patrons to self-checkout

Ken Mammarella Culture, Headlines

Delaware’s libraries are investing in tech that allows patrons to check out their own items – and also lets staff members do some nifty things behind the scenes. Testing started this spring at 14 libraries and two bookmobiles. A second stage, launching in September, will include the first school libraries, in the Colonial School District, and bring the technology to …

Dogfish Head beer to star in Hockessin fundraiser

Hockessin fundraiser stars Dogfish beer aging since 2014

Ken Mammarella Culture, Headlines

A keg of unusually well-aged beer stars in a Sept. 13 fundraiser at a Hockessin restaurant supporting a program to help veterans. The beer is Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA – aging since 2014. The beneficiary is Paws Helping Heroes, which “gives a dog a home and mission to become the new battle buddy to a hero that sacrificed everything …

New Castle County's latest tax bill

New NCCo bills show new way to figure out taxes

Ken Mammarella Government, Headlines

New Castle County’s just-mailed tax bills come with an explanatory letter titled “Local service function tax rates have changed.” People who live in unincorporated parts of the county – and that’s most residents – and businesses in these unincorporated areas “will not see any change to their property tax rate,” the letter says. But it’s a different story for residents …

Mountain biking league starts in Delaware

Statewide youth mountain biking league cranks up

Ken Mammarella Headlines, Culture

A new youth league emphasizes community-building, leadership skills, environmental stewardship and personal development, all wrapped together by the thrills of mountain biking. “Above all, we consider ourselves a youth development organization, whose goal is to build a strong body, strong mind, and strong character in our student-athletes, with an unwavering focus on inclusivity and equity,” the Interscholastic Delaware Cycling League …

Claymont Electric Arc Park (Coastal Resilience Design Studio for the Claymont Renaissance Development Corp.)

Claymont eyed for new park with marina, amphitheater

Ken Mammarella Culture, Headlines

  A marina, an amphitheater and 4.4 miles of trails are among the features suggested in a proposal for a large new park in Claymont. “We have a team ready … to make it a first-rate amenity,” said Brett Saddler, executive director of the Claymont Renaissance Development Corp., referring to a group of Delawareans with expertise in the environment, recreation …

Philadelphia Pike road diet

What would a road diet look like? What would it do?

Ken Mammarella Government, Headlines

The thoroughfare had problems with accidents, so Delaware Department of Transportation officials wanted to reduce the number of through lanes and make other changes — a concept called a road diet. That’s the situation for Foulk Road today, and it was also the situation for the Philadelphia Pike more than a decade ago. The Pike was put on a road …

Delaware considering mileage-based user fee

Drivers, get ready for a mileage-based user fee

Ken Mammarella Government, Headlines

As state and federal leaders push to get more electric vehicles on the road and lower the consumption of fossil fuels, a reckoning will come about how to pay for roads if nobody is buying gasoline at the pump. Taxes on the sale of gasoline fund a huge portion of roadwork, including repaving and safety concerns, and the push is …

Delaware state fair

Butter sculpting among new fun at 2022 state fair

Ken Mammarella Culture, Headlines

More than 2,000 pounds of butter that will become art, a Wild West show and a BMX stunt show are some of this year’s additions to the Delaware State Fair. The 103rd edition of the fair runs July 21-30 at the state fairgrounds in Harrington. “We’re chock full of entertainment,” said Danny Aguilar, assistant general manager and director of marketing. …