Wilmington is considering providing subsidies to St. Francis Hospital for EMS services.

Wilmington considering $3.5 million subsidy plan for EMS services

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Government

The Wilmington City Council discussed a proposal Monday night to contract with St. Francis Hospital to subsidize emergency ambulance service through 2024. The service mostly is used by the most vulnerable residents of the city, according to St. Francis. It had about 20,000 EMS runs in Wilmington in 2023.  In the council’s Joint Finance & Economic Development and Public Safety …

Some Wilmington City Council members asked Monday for the residency requirement for workers to remain in place.

Wilm. City Council members plead for residency requirement

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Government

Three members of the Wilmington City Council – including the president –  on Monday protested Mayor Mike Purzycki’s decision to no longer require city residency for current and newly hired employees.  “We have the power to make sure that the residents get to make that decision and that we don’t go from a five-year residency commitment to none,” said District …

Several business groups are in opposition to the ordinance.

Business groups oppose law making them pay for shift changes

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Government

A proposed Wilmington ordinance that would require employers with 250 or more workers to give a two-week notice and compensation for schedule changes will hurt businesses, employees and city employment, business leaders say. That’s one of the criticisms of Councilwoman Shané Darby’s Ordinance 034, which would apply to retail, hospitality and food service businesses. The proposed law was read to …

James Spadola's nepotism nepotism law was declared defeated.

Nepotism law shot down in Wilmington City Council

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Government

A Wilmington City Council ordinance that would prevent nepotism failed to pass Thursday night after initially garnering strong support in a committee last month.  The ordinance got five yes votes, five no and two “present” votes, meaning it lacked the numbers it needed to succeed. Ordinance 0273, sponsored by Councilman James Spadola, would prohibit members of the council from hiring …

A Wilmington City Council committee voted to release a bill addressing nepotism Monday.

Wilm. City Council nepotism law draws debate, moves on

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

A bill to stop nepotism in Wilmington City Council posts is headed to the full council next month. Wilmington Councilman James Spadola introduced the legislation Monday night in the council’s  Finance & Economic Development Committee.  The ordinance would prohibit members of the council from hiring close relatives of current council members.  “We should set up good guardrails for the employees …

Read Aloud Delaware has updated its logo along with its 5-year strategic plan

Read Aloud Delaware unveils new logo, strategic plan

Betsy PriceEducation, Headlines

Read Aloud Delaware, a Wilmington nonprofit dedicated to helping young children be ready to learn to read in school, unveiled a new logo Tuesday designed to illustrate its new strategic plan. The new logo is a more polished version of its longtime symbol, featuring an adult and a child looking at a book. It was designed to illustrate the nonprofit’s …

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Longtime Wilmington Councilwoman Loretta Walsh dead at 73

Charles MegginsonGovernment, Headlines

Longtime Wilmington City Councilwoman Loretta Walsh has died. She was 73. First elected in 1985, Walsh served on City Council until 1997 and again from 2004 until Oct. 6 of this year, when she resigned citing health concerns.   Prior to entering public office, Walsh became the first woman to serve as chief deputy in the New Castle County Sheriff’s Office. …

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Family of Wilmington robbery, assault victim speaks out

Charles MegginsonCulture, Headlines

Wilmington jewelry store owner Chang Suh, 68, was tending his shop on Sept. 15 when a man — he presumed a customer — appeared at the front door. Suh had installed a security system that required him to buzz each patron in. His store sold high-dollar jewelry, after all, and the area had developed a bit of a reputation for …

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Could these new homes break the cycle of poverty?

Charles MegginsonGovernment, Headlines

Shortly after single mother of two Alison Mendez moved into northeast Wilmington’s Riverside neighborhood five years ago, there was a shooting right behind her home. “It scared me and my kids,” Mendez said. “But today, it’s changed.” She spoke before a crowd of some 300 community members, among them leaders in government, business, nonprofit, and philanthropy. They gathered in Riverside …

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Public infighting returns to Wilmington City Council

Charles MegginsonGovernment, Headlines

Photo/City of Wilmington Wilmington City Council members must hand over all email, phone and text records from Jan. 2021 to March 2022 in response to a Freedom of Information Act request filed by one of their own.  Councilwoman Shané Darby, D-District 2, submitted the FOIA request because she says a group of seven city council members have been holding private …