State greenhouse to sell poinsettias starting Monday

Betsy Price Government, Headlines

The annual poinsettia sale at the state greenhouse in New Castle County will include some specialty colors, including hot pink and cinnamon.   The greenhouse on the Department of Health and Human Services’ New Castle County campus will start selling a variety of poinsettias Monday, Nov. 29. They will be available in red, white, pink and multiple specialty colors, including …

Santa brings back many beloved area Christmas traditions

Ken Mammarella Culture, Headlines

Longwood Gardens’ 2021 Christmas display focuses on a Fire and Ice theme. Photo by Becca Mathias   Christmas tours and displays that were curtailed or eliminated by the pandemic last year are back in more of the holiday spirit this year. Some features are still on hold, and masking and social distancing may limit attendance and activities.  (Edwards Christmas Village, …

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Mt. Cuba studies best way to grow a forest

Ken Mammarella Culture, Headlines

This fall, 60 volunteers worked for two weeks to plant 3,000 native trees and shrubs, part of atest at Mt. Cuba Center on the best way to create a forest. Three thousand native trees and shrubs have been planted this fall as part of Mt. Cuba Center’s massive study on the best ways to bring back the region’s forests. The …

Ready for some holiday lights? Try these.

Ken Mammarella Culture, Headlines

  Winter Wonderfest Light Spectacular welcomed more than 17,000 vehicles to its show in Milton.   Christmas lights this year promise a bright future, after so much was dimmed by the pandemic. Here are some crowd-pleasing places to enjoy holiday lights in Delaware. The Brower family has a Facebook page and a #BrowerFamilyLights hashtag for their display. “Tune to 97.9FM …

Student mask mandate extended; testing programs set for December

Betsy Price Headlines, Health

The state Division of Public Health will start a testing program designed to keep kids who were exposed to COVID to stay in school. Students and student athletes who play indoor sports will need to continue to mask up through February 2022, according to the state Division of Public Health. The Delaware Interscholastic Athletics Association said in notes from its …

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Business group to keep pounding Del. courts with Thanksgiving ad

Betsy Price Government, Headlines

      Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware, which has spent millions hammering Delaware’s courts, is launching another $500,000 advertising campaign criticizing the way judges jump to senior jobs at corporate law firms. A new TV ad, “Revolving Door,” specifically criticizes former Chancery Court Chancellor Andre Bouchard, Vice Chancellor Stephen Lamb and former Supreme Court Chief Justice Leo Strine Jr. …

‘Miss JoAnne!’ Reading tutor, buddy forge strong relationship

Charlie Megginson Education, Headlines

JoAnne Stout got to meet her reading buddy Aiden Bell, center, for the first time months after they began working together virtually. On a warm, breezy day in late August, Wilmington resident JoAnne Stout waited patiently outside of the Delaware Children’s Museum on the Riverfront.  Full of excitement and a bit nervous, she stood underneath a tree to avoid the …

New StretchPlex program to offer individualized stretching, massage

Charlie Megginson Business, Headlines

StretchPlex will offer individual programs that include compression therapy, massage, stretching and weight training to combat loss of strength and flexibiity. One Hockessin business has developed a new, unique wellness service aimed at helping people feel more flexible, have less pain and move easier. Dubbed “StretchPlex,” Performance Physical Therapy developed the program to promote “wellness that you can feel,” said …

DNREC’s annual free state park admission returns on Black Friday

Daniel Larlham Jr. Culture, Headlines

Instead of hitting a mall or other shopping trip, DNREC wants you to get out in nature at a state park.   DNREC this week  will continue its tradition of waiving all entry fees at Delaware State Parks and Brandywine Zoo on Black Friday. The move is part of the #OptOutside movement.  All Delaware State Parks except for Fort Delaware …

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It’s valid: Fact checking that social media food bank post

Betsy Price Culture, Headlines

Versions of this social media post admonishing food bank donors to do better has been floating around Facebook for a couple of weeks. A post that’s been appearing regularly on social media admonishing people to change the way they donate to food banks has valid points, but may apply mostly to small food pantries rather than large food banks. The …