Del. restricts movements of shelter, rescue dogs

Ken MammarellaCulture, Headlines

Citing reports of possibly deadly infections, Delaware has banned the state’s shelters and rescues from accepting out-of-state dogs and moving shelter and rescue dogs from Delaware to out of state. The order, dated July 12 and signed by state veterinarian Karen M. Lopez, runs for 30 days. The order could be extended, it says. IN THE NEWS: Delawareans have won …

Christina School District is looking for a new model to evaluate Superintendent Dan Shelton.

Superintendent’s leave overshadows other Christina news

Ken MammarellaEducation, Headlines

Some important Christina School District news has been somewhat lost in coverage of the momentous decision by the board of education to suspend Superintendent Dan Shelton. Christina board OKs work on middle schools The board approved a plan to renovate Kirk and Shue-Medill middle schools and build a new Gauger-Cobbs School and then demolish the old building, WDEL reported. The …

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First trail plan proposed for First State National Park

Ken MammarellaCulture, Headlines

Miles of trails in First State National Park could be closed and restored to their native state, miles could be created, and miles of roads could be closed in a new plan from the National Park Service. The 85-page Brandywine Valley Trail Plan Environmental Assessment from the National Park Service proposes spending more than $2 million on the favored plan. …


Respiratory illness temporarily shuts 2 shelters’ doors to dogs

Ken MammarellaCulture, Headlines

  Faithful Friends Animal Society and Humane Animal Partners have temporarily stopped dog intakes and dog adoptions at their New Castle and Wilmington shelters while they treat a canine respiratory illness. “We’re taking these measures to limit the spread of the infection and help our dogs recover,” Faithful Friends announced on Facebook. “Symptoms are a cough, like a kennel cough, …

“The Clippers played an exhibition game against the servicemembers of Fort DuPont in 1941, with process doing to uniforms,” “Lost Delaware” writes. Courtesy of Delaware Public Archives

‘Lost Delaware’ explores what once was in the state

Ken MammarellaCulture, Headlines

A new book offers striking stories about 71 Delaware landmarks that “now live solely in memory,” from the Greenbaum cannery (a Seaford operation that was sometimes described as the world’s biggest and was known for canning tomatoes, peas, peaches and pears) to the Cape Henlopen Light (a beacon that operated from 1767 to about 12:45 p.m. April 13, 1926, when …

This year's Delaware State Fair starts Thursday at noon.

At state fair: competitions, concerts, carnival, corn dogs

Ken MammarellaCulture, Headlines

For 10 days at the end of July, the Harrington area booms with the Delaware State Fair. Attendance topped 308,000 in 2023, and it takes hundreds of volunteers and employees to entertain, feed and inform them. “It sure does” take a lot of hands, said Audrey Gary, who as superintendent of the flowers competitive department counts on eight assistant superintendent …

There's a plan to have Governor Printz Boulevard go on a road diet. Ken Mammarella photo

Plan promotes rail service, bicycling, walking, EV charging

Ken MammarellaHeadlines, Government

Railroad passengers, bicyclists, pedestrians and charging stations for electric vehicles are all important parts of the Wilmington Area Planning Council’s $2.8 billion 2025-2028 Transportation Improvement Plan. Yes, there are also some projects that clearly are for gas-powered motor vehicles, but alternative means of transportation are increasingly being prioritized. IN THE NEWS: NBN Sports Academy opens new facility in Hockessin The …

Fireworks over Rehoboth Beach in 2023. Carl Wilson Jr. photo, courtesy of Rehoboth Beach.

Fireworks and so forth to celebrate Independence Day in Del.

Ken MammarellaCulture, Headlines

Most Delaware places known for Fourth of July fireworks and other Independence Day activities have announced their plans. Organizers consistently ask for people to arrive early and leave late, and the Delaware Department of Transportation warns that many events close roads, too. In other words, traffic could be bad. Organizers also often ask for contributions to support the celebrations. Go …

The Brandywine Hundred Library has been closed for more than four months for HVAC work and a new roof. Ken Mammarella photo

Brandywine Hundred Library at last reopens

Ken MammarellaGovernment, Headlines

The Brandywine Hundred Library opened to patrons on Monday for the first time since it was closed Feb. 1 for maintenance. While the library was closed, the county removed most of the flowers and shrubs from the landscaping in front of the building, replacing them with fresh mulch. A sign promises new landscaping with native plants. IN THE NEWS: $3 …

A new settlement regarding Johnson & Johnson baby powder would give Delaware $4.9 million. Wikimedia Commons photo.

Del. to get $4.9M in $700 million J&J baby powder lawsuit

Ken MammarellaBusiness, Headlines

Delaware will receive $4.9 million in a $700 million nationwide settlement that aims to resolve allegations related to the marketing of Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder and body powder products that contain talc. “All of the funds we receive will be placed in the State’s Consumer Protection Fund,” the Delaware Department of Justice said. Under the consent judgment with attorneys …