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Christina school board puts Superintendent Shelton on leave

Jarek RutzEducation, Headlines

Dan Shelton, voted Delaware’s Superintendent of the Year just two years ago, has been booted from Christina School District. In a meeting that started 40 minutes late Tuesday night, lasted about seven hours and wrapped up right before 3 a.m. Wednesday morning, the board argued the night away and finally voted, 4-3, to put Shelton on administrative leave.¬† Legally, board …

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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. ‚ÄúWe‚Äôre taking these measures to limit the spread of the infection and help our dogs recover,‚ÄĚ Faithful Friends announced on Facebook. ‚ÄúSymptoms are a cough, like a kennel cough, …

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Delaware’s guide to July Fourth holiday 

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Culture

The Fourth of July ‚Äď a day of fireworks, beach trips, backyard BBQs and games ‚Äď is right around the corner.¬† With 70.9 million travelers predicted to travel 50 miles or more from home over the Independence Day holiday week, here‚Äôs some tips to remember and plenty of events in Delaware to celebrate. Best and worst times to travel¬† AAA …

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 Fines and Fees Task Force's findings were approved by the city council last week. (Photo by designer491/iStock Getty Images)

Wilmington task force finds fines, fees are ‚Äėhigh pain, low gain‚Äô

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Government

Water fees have risen the most of any city of Wilmington fees, and the city is increasing its use of the water/sewer fund to pay for general city expenses, according to a city task force report. The report said, among other findings, that using fines and fees is a low-reward system.¬† The 16-page report, conducted by Wilmington’s Fines and Fees …

The Annie E. Casey Foundation ranked Delaware 45th in education in its most recent report.

National child wellbeing report puts Delaware 45th in education

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

A report from a national nonprofit focused on the wellbeing of America‚Äôs children confirms what most Delawareans have learned over the past couple of years: education in the First State is far from first.¬† The Annie E. Casey Foundation‚Äôs 54-page report lists Delaware 45th in education ‚Äď or sixth worst in the entire country.¬† But, it highlights a lot of …

The Italian Festival runs wraps up Sunday in what is the event's 50th year. (Photos courtesy of St. Anthony's Italian Festival's Facebook)

Italian Festival in Wilmington runs through Sunday

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Culture

One of the largest Italian-American cultural events in the nation, with about 60,000 attendees, is back this week in Wilmington for a ceremonious 50th year.¬† St. Anthony‚Äôs Italian Festival, sponsored by St. Anthony of Padua Parish, involves decadent Italian cuisine like pasta, pizza, cannolis and more. “Thanks to all who come out to support our St. Anthony‚Äôs Italian Festival,” said …

This year's statewide Torch Run begins Wednesday and leads into a grand ceremony on Friday afternoon. (Photos from the Special Olympics Delaware)

Torch Run unifies Special Olympics, law enforcement, community 

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Culture, Police & Fire

The spirit of the Summer Olympics is here in Delaware, so get the torches lit, the legs stretched and hit the streets and sidewalks to unite with neighbors in a statewide effort to support law enforcement and people with special needs. The 38th Annual Statewide Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics kicks off Wednesday and runs through Friday.¬† Organized …

The state's graduation rate is more than double the proficiency rates.

How is state grad. rate 88% with 31% math proficiency, 41% ELA?

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

Although just 31% of students in Delaware are proficient in math and 41% are proficient in English language arts, the graduation rate in First State high schools is 88%.¬† ‚ÄúWhile Delaware’s graduation rate is encouraging, understanding achievement requires a deeper look at student growth throughout their K-12 experience,‚ÄĚ said Julia Keleher, chief strategy and operating officer for First State Educate, …

The Greek Festival in Wilmington is back all week long.

Wilmington Greek Festival runs through Saturday

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Culture

Have a taste of Greek life, food and culture without taking a step out of Delaware. The Holy Trinity Greek Festival in downtown Wilmington is back, meaning First Staters can immerse themselves with all things Greece for a week. Organized by the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, the event involves Greek Food, music, dancing and more. The cuisine features all …