Wilmington Police Department Community Fairs

Wilm. PD hopes weekly walks will address social, health needs

Charles Megginson Headlines, Government

Wilmington police officers will take weekly walks through the city to engage with residents and distribute information about social services, Mayor Mike Purzycki announced Wednesday. The initiative aims to address unmet social service and public health needs in Wilmington neighborhoods, according to the mayor. “Our police officers have demonstrated time and time again that if they have an opportunity, beyond …

Wilmington Police Department Police Cadet Program

Wilmington launches police cadet apprenticeship

Betsy Price Government, Headlines

  The Wilmington Police Department is re-establishing its Police Cadet apprenticeship program. Open to young adults 18 to 21 years old, the initiative will give participants experience working directly with police officers and community members. The department last offered an apprenticeship program in the 1990s. “We are excited to re-start our department’s historic Police Cadet Program, with an eye towards …

Wilmington gun violence

Wilmington gun violence report: Pay for lots more intervention

Betsy Price Government, Headlines

A report on reducing and preventing gun violence in Wilmington recommends the city fund several existing intervention organizations. create a coordinator position to oversee those groups and create more programming. Organizations that wanted to provide programming must have street level relationships and already actively engage in intervention work, the report from The Community Based Public Safety Collective. Mayor Mike Purzycki …

Urban Art Exchange stables

Wilmington turns stables into art studios

Betsy Price Culture, Headlines

The city of Wilmington and CityFest Inc. showed off their new Urban Artist Exchange and the work of its 21 teen summer apprentice artists at an open house last weekend. The event coincided with Wilmington Open Streets and featured storytelling as well as a drumming and dance performance at the nearby amphitheater. “Because we had a critical mass of people …

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Once controversial Kalmar Nyckel tall ship celebrates 25th anniversary

Betsy Price Culture, Headlines

Delaware’s tall ship, the Kalmar Nyckel, sails to the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation Tuesday. Photo by Deborah Webb.   The Kalmar Nyckel celebrated her 25th anniversary Tuesday with the crew sailing Delaware’s tall ship through the 4th Street drawbridge to its foundation’s shipyard, and then giving a two-cannon salute after the national anthem was played. About 200 people watched it sail …

TSD Review Feb 10

Town Square LIVE Weekly Review – Feb. 10, 2022

Sonja Frey Town Square Live, Weekly Review

This Week’s Top Headlines Include: Community Purzycki, FOP: Congo’s police shaming ‘baseless, abhorrent’ Wilmington council president goes public with WPD ‘whitest Black guy’ trophy Harlan Elementary’s Thursday night Bedtime Stories promote reading, community Halestorm, Hank Williams Jr. join 2022 State Fair concert lineup Longwood’s restored Orchid House will show even more blooms Business Renter, landlord advocates disagree over solutions to …

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Brandywine votes to join Wilmington Learning Collaborative

Betsy Price Education, Headlines

  Gov. John Carney, left, and Dr. Mark Holodick, secretary of the Delaware Department of Education talk to the Brandywine School District board.   The Brandywine School District board voted unanimously Monday night to join the Wilmington Learning Collaborative, following the lead of the Christina district. The Collaborative, a idea lobbied for by Gov. John Carney’s office and the Delaware …

TSD Review Jan 27

Town Square LIVE Weekly Review – Jan. 27, 2022

Sonja Frey Town Square Live, Weekly Review

This Week’s Top Headlines Include: Community New pet food fees won’t start to bring in money until 2023 Rep. Gerald Brady arrested, charged with two counts of shoplifting Wilmington residents sign petition in support of police chief Business Bayhealth employees face Feb. 28 vaccine deadline Government Purzycki says city will put $50 million into residential redevelopment Recreational marijuana moves one …

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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 …

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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 …