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Purzycki says city will put $50 million into residential redevelopment

Betsy Price General News, Government, Headlines

The city of Wilmington will pour $50 million into residential redevelopment, starting in the city’s historic east side. That will include a new state-funded, state-of-the-art Bancroft School with classes and programming for students in first through eighth grade, as well as new athletic fields and after-hours programming. The first $30 million of the city’s projects will be spent in an …

New COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations seem to plateau in Delaware

Betsy Price Headlines, Health

  New COVID-19 cases in Delaware seem to have plateaued and maybe even dropped a bit, Gov. John Carney said during a Tuesday press conference. In recent weeks, new cases often were in the upper 2,000s or into the 3,000s. As of Monday, the state was seeing 2,514.9 new cases per day over a seven-day average, a drop from most …

To-go alcohol, certified nursing assistant bills fly through House

Charlie Megginson Government, Headlines

A bill to permanently allow the sale of to-go alcoholic beverages by restaurants and another to allow the secretary of health to change nursing assistant certification requirements both passed in the state House by wide margins Thursday.  The to-go alcohol bill was amended to change the kind and quantity of alcohol allowed to be sold. House Bill 280, sponsored by …

Christina board votes to explore Wilmington Learning Collaborative

Betsy Price Education, Headlines

  The Christina School District voted unanimously Tuesday night to allow its superintendent to enter negotiations to form the Wilmington Learning Collaborative. “I’m smiling,” said Gov. John Carney. The Collaborative would oversee the education of only the Wilmington students in kindergarten through eighth grade in Christina, Red Clay and Brandywine school districts, creating programs to help city student learn and …

Carney: Universal indoor mask mandate in effect 8 a.m. Tuesday

Betsy Price Government, Headlines

As of Tuesday, masks are required in all public indoor settings like shops, gyms and stores. Gov. John Carney announced Monday he will institute a mask mandate that requires Delaware residents to wear them in all public indoor settings In a new revision to the State of Emergency declaration, he also extended the school mask requirement and will deploy more …

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Wilmington Learning Collaborative waits for school districts OK

Betsy Price Education, Headlines

Gov. John Carney takes questions about the Wilmington Learning Collaborative project during a December town hall.   A state program that wants to centralize learning for Wilmington students now split between three districts is waiting to see whether those districts vote to join the effort. The Wilmington Learning Collaborative, a joint project of the Delaware Department of Education and Gov. …

Pre-filed bills offer glimpse into legislature’s plans

Charlie Megginson Government, Headlines

The General Assembly will meet in person for the first time on Thursday, Jan. 13. (Getty Images) A list of pre-filed House bills released Thursday offers a glimpse into some of the issues the General Assembly plans to tackle when it reconvenes next week. Proposals included on the list range from a measure to make gun ownership legal for medical …

DeMatteis to leave role overseeing federal stimulus to head state HR

Betsy Price Government, Headlines

  The woman in charge of overseeing how the state spends its federal stimulus money has been nominated to be secretary of the Department of Human Resources, and two people will be taking her place. Gov. John Carney said in nominating Claire DeMatteis, now a special assistant to the governor, to head HR that he was asking A.J. Schall, director …

Some patients being transferred to nursing homes will be COVID-positive

Charlie Megginson Government, Headlines, Health

On average, one out of every four Delawareans who tests for COVID-19 is testing positive, Gov. John Carney said during his weekly briefing Tuesday afternoon.  That is, in part, a result of increased testing in the state — although Carney also blamed the surge on holiday gatherings and the highly contagious omicron variant.  Approximately half of the state’s cases are …

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UD will start winter classes virtually; Wilm U closes campus

Betsy Price Education, Headlines

  The University of Delaware said students may return to campus Jan. 2, but winter classes will start virtually as the school tries to stem the tide of Omicron variant COVID-19 cases. At the same time, Wilmington University said it will react to a new Delaware State of Emergency by closing its campus starting Monday, Jan. 3. Faculty, staff and …