The Delaware Solid Waste Authority has offered to expand its Newark recycling center to include yard waste. Courtesy of DSWA.

Changes afoot for Polly Drummond yard waste site

Ken MammarellaGovernment, Headlines

Changes are in the offing for the Polly Drummond community yard waste site, a popular site east of Newark for residents to drop off yard waste for free. Maybe it will close, with a nearby replacement. Maybe it will close, with a replacement further away. Maybe it will get dedicated funding. And for two out of those three alternatives, people …

Along with the TreeCycle event, Delaware has 24 sites to recycle this year's Christmas trees.

Turn your Christmas tree into rich soil by doing this

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Culture

Keep the holiday cheer alive while transitioning to 2024 and help conserve and improve Delaware’s soil by recycling your Christmas tree.  The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) and the Delaware Center for Horticulture (DCH) are asking First Staters to give their real trees to a yard waste recycling site rather than dumping them off in landfills.  The …

Organizers hope this year's toy drive surpassed 750 gifts.

Del. Natural Resources Police kick off holiday toy drive

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Culture

Delaware officers kicked off their holiday toy drive Friday, which produced 750 gifts for the state’s youth last year. Delaware Natural Resources Police will be accepting and distributing toys through Wednesday, Dec. 8 in New Castle County and Sunday, Dec. 10 in Kent and Sussex counties. The presents are given out through the local branch of the U.S. Marine Corps …

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Jeep to stop sending gas-powered Wranglers to DE dealers

Sam HautGovernment, Business, Headlines

As DNREC mulls proposed electric vehicle regulations, Jeep dealers in Delaware may see the flow of new cars altered immediately. Santosh Viswanathan, CEO of Lakeshore Motor Co. in Seaford, said dealers were told by Jeep about two weeks ago that soon they will no longer get regular orders of gas-powered Jeep Wranglers. Instead, dealers will be sent Jeep Wranglers 4xe, …

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Port Penn Center closed after structural damage discovered

Sam HautGovernment, Headlines

The Port Penn Interpretive Center will not open this summer because of safety concerns after structural damage was discovered. DNREC’s Division of Parks and Recreation said the damage was discovered as the center was being readied for summer. The center is typically open on weekends and holidays during the summer.  Even though the site is closed, according to the center’s …

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60 attend GOP’s Bellefonte town hall about electric vehicles

Sam HautGovernment, Headlines

NOTE: This has been edited to correct information in speakers’ presentations. Most of the 60 people who showed up at the Thursday Delaware GOP town hall about a state electric vehicle mandate were clearly and adamantly opposed to it. A few, apparently members of the Sierra Club, which encouraged people to attend, spoke out in favor. One agitated woman who …

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Big Fish wins restaurant contract at Indian River Marina

Betsy PriceCulture, Headlines

In a move that upset a lot of beach diners, the state has awarded a 10-year restaurant contract at Indian River Marina to Big Fish Restaurant Group, essentially booting Hammerheads Dockside out of a location it’s had for a decade. The contract, open to all bidders, came under scrutiny at the end of January when Hammerheads went public with an …

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Polly Drummond waste site shut after 2nd suspicious fire

Betsy PriceGovernment, Headlines

  The Polly Drummond yard waste site was closed today after a second ground fire of unknown origin within a week, according to the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. The second fire drew local fire companies to the yard waste site this morning, forcing  its immediate closure until DNREC can determine the cause of the fires. DNREC also …

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State to hold virtual workshops on gas-powered vehicle ban

Charles MegginsonGovernment, Headlines

Delaware’s environmental protection agency will hold two virtual workshops this week on Gov. John Carney’s proposal to ban most gasoline-powered vehicles by 2035. The meetings will be livestreamed Tuesday and Thursday at 6 p.m. Carney announced in March that Delaware would adopt California’s zero-emission vehicle regulations, which require automakers to deliver an increasing number of zero-emission light-duty vehicles each year …

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The Point at Cape Henlopen to reopen for offseason

Charles MegginsonCulture, Headlines

The Point at Cape Henlopen State Park, including a stretch of ocean beach, dunes and a half-mile along the bay shoreline, will reopen for the offseason Thursday, Sept. 1. The bayside beach will remain closed until Oct. 1 for use by shorebirds migrating south for the winter. Since 1993, The Point has closed annually each March to protect threatened and …