A Centreville estate called Shadowbrook has set a record for Delaware property sales. (Courtesy of Steve Crifasi, Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate)

Exclusive: Record $18M for Delaware residential property

Ken MammarellaBusiness, Culture, Headlines

A Centreville estate with a 10-bedroom house, five rental properties and two barns on 152 acres has just been sold for $18 million. That’s a record for Delaware, according to Steve Crifasi, the listing agent with Christopher S. Patterson, both of Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate. “It’s drop-dead beautiful,” he told DelawareLive. “What makes the property so unique is that it is …

This Futuro house in Kent County might soon be on the National Register of Historic Place. (Image Courtesy of the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs)

In Kent, a futuristic addition to historic register?

Ken MammarellaCulture, Government, Headlines

A saucer-shaped house built in 1969 and located outside Houston, Delaware, since 1977, looks like something out of the future. And it might soon be included on the National Register of Historic Places. The Delaware State Review Board for Historic Preservation recently voted to move forward with a nomination for the Futuro house owned by Barney and Carol Vincelette. The …

A few Republicans have heard there’s a possibility that the Speaker of the House Rep. Pete Schwartzkopf, D-Rehoboth Beach, plans on stepping down.

Democrats may elect a new speaker, GOP reps believe

Sam HautGovernment, Headlines

A few Republicans have heard there’s a possibility that Speaker of the House Rep. Pete Schwartzkopf, D-Rehoboth Beach, plans on stepping down by the end of the week. Rep. Kevin Hensley, R-Odessa, said during a Zoom meeting with the Delaware GOP that there is speculation that a new speaker will be elected by Friday. “So the speculation, just keep in …

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House looking to codify rules on remote participation

Sam HautGovernment, Headlines

  When the Delaware House began meeting in January, it adopted temporary rules for operations. House Resolution 3 governs how the House operates, from how bills are voted on to how parking spaces are allocated to each member. House Resolution 10, which includes the permanent rules, awaits a vote by the whole House. It received four votes on its merits …

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2022 Rewind: Republican Party must change to win, leaders say

Charles MegginsonGovernment, Headlines

This story was originally published in November 2022. Republicans did not fare well in Delaware’s Nov. 8 election. Democrats widened their majority in the state Senate, maintained the balance of power in the House, and won every election for statewide elected offices. In the wake of the Republican wallop, some party leaders are hoping the party will begin to move …

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2022 Rewind: Kowalko says House Speaker killed IG bill

Charles MegginsonGovernment, Headlines

This story was originally published in July 2022. An outgoing Democratic member of the Delaware House of Representatives says House Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf blocked his bill to create an office of the inspector general.  Rep. John Kowalko, D-Newark, said the move was typical of Schwartzkopf’s leadership style. That leadership style can be characterized by “coercion, intimidation, incentivizing and reward,” Kowalko …

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Melissa Minor-Brown: ‘I stand on the shoulders of giants’

Charles MegginsonGovernment, Headlines

When state Rep. Melissa Minor-Brown won election to the General Assembly in 2018, she knew right away that she wanted to be in leadership.  The Democrat from New Castle got her wish this November when the House Democratic Caucus elected her majority whip, making her the first person of color in Delaware history elected to a leadership position in the …

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Lawmakers take oaths Jan. 10 but already working

Charles MegginsonGovernment, Headlines

Even though Delaware’s state senators and representatives won’t be formally sworn in until Jan. 10, their work begins the day after election day — and so do their paychecks.  Delaware is one of just four states where lawmakers assume office the day after an election. Three other states’ lawmakers assume office on election day, while eight others assume office sometime …

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Delaware GOP leaders: Party needs change to win

Charles MegginsonGovernment, Headlines

Republicans did not fare well in Delaware’s Nov. 8 election. Democrats widened their majority in the state Senate, maintained the balance of power in the House, and won every election for statewide elected offices. In the wake of the Republican wallop, some party leaders are hoping the party will begin to move in a more productive direction — one that …

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Del. House Republicans pick new minority leader, whip

Charles MegginsonGovernment, Headlines

Delaware House Republicans will be led by a new pair of officers when the General Assembly reconvenes in January, and they’re both promising to move the caucus in a less divisive and more welcoming direction. The caucus on Tuesday elected Rep. Mike Ramone of Hockessin as minority leader and Rep. Lyndon Yearick of Camden as minority whip. “This is an …