James Spadola's nepotism nepotism law was declared defeated.

Nepotism law shot down in Wilmington City Council

Jarek Rutz Headlines, 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 Rutz Headlines, 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 Price Education, 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 Megginson Government, 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 Megginson Culture, 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 Megginson Government, 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 Megginson Government, 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 …

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Darby ordinance would make Wilm employers pay for shift changes

Charles Megginson Business, Headlines

Photo/Getty Images Business leaders are lining up in opposition to a proposed ordinance in Wilmington that would require service industry employers to provide two-weeks notice of work schedules and compensate employees when changes occur.  The measure, sponsored by Council Member Shané Darby, D-District 2, aims to provide more schedule stability for hourly workers at retail, hospitality and foodservice establishments with …

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Wilmington residents sign petition in support of police chief

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines, Police & Fire

Chief Robert Tracy/Wilmington Police Department A petition expressing support for the Wilmington Police Department has gathered more than 600 signatures after the Wilmington City Council on Thursday passed a “vote of no confidence” in Chief Robert Tracy. The vote happened after a nearly three-hour-long Public Safety Committee meeting Tuesday during which Tracy and others defended the department’s practices amidst claims …

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‘Miss JoAnne!’ Reading tutor, buddy forge strong relationship

Charles Megginson Education, Headlines

JoAnne Stout got to meet her reading buddy Aiden Bell, center, for the first time months after they began working together virtually. On a warm, breezy day in late August, Wilmington resident JoAnne Stout waited patiently outside of the Delaware Children’s Museum on the Riverfront.  Full of excitement and a bit nervous, she stood underneath a tree to avoid the …