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St. Helena’s cancels its long-running carnival

Ken MammarellaCulture, Headlines

The springtime carnival at St. Helena’s Church, a tradition in North Wilmington that dates back at least to the 1960s, has been canceled. The parish council made the decision “with great reluctance and sorrow,” said Monsignor Stanley Russell, who has served the Bellefonte Catholic church since 1994. The carnival was damaged by unfounded reports of trouble one night in 2022, …

Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Time to trash expired meds and reduce drug overdose deaths

Ken MammarellaHealth, Government, Headlines

With Delaware’s 25th Prescription Drug Take-Back Day coming up Saturday, Oct. 28, the state says it sees signs that discarding expired or unused medication is one arrow in its arsenal to reducing addiction and deaths from drug overdoses. Among other things, the Delaware Division of Public Health pointed to: Delaware has dropped in the ranking of overdose deaths per capita. …

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Friday nights at Cavaliers Stadium

Glenn FrazerHeadlines, Sports

Football stadium observation series – This edition, Middletown This summer, the 302 Sports staff discussed the opportunity to feature some of the high school football venues where we have been fortunate to broadcast, and view games over the years. Since I am the “senior” sportscaster (by far), I thought about taking the lead with my alma mater, MIddletown High School. …

The Friendly’s restaurant in the Brandywine Town Center is closing. Restaurants in Glasgow, Hockessin and Middletown remain. (Friendly's)

Friendly’s in Brandywine Town Center closing

Ken MammarellaBusiness, Headlines

The Friendly’s restaurant in the Brandywine Town Center is closing, James Phipps’ post in the Take Back Claymont group on Facebook read, and the first two responses were simply “Wow” and “Whatttttt.” The news was confirmed an hour later by Betty Baudoux. “I stopped there tonight … [and wished] the hostess n waitress well. They told me n a friend …

New Castle County's latest tax bill

New NCCo bills show new way to figure out taxes

Ken MammarellaGovernment, Headlines

New Castle County’s just-mailed tax bills come with an explanatory letter titled “Local service function tax rates have changed.” People who live in unincorporated parts of the county – and that’s most residents – and businesses in these unincorporated areas “will not see any change to their property tax rate,” the letter says. But it’s a different story for residents …

Shark Party

Crooked Hammock to unveil Shark Week-themed beer Wednesday

Charles MegginsonFood & Dining, Culture, Headlines

Just in time for Shark Week, Crooked Hammock Brewery has announced the return of Shark Party, a mixed berry sour that pours deep red and honors the ocean’s apex predator. The brewery will hold release parties at both its Lewes and Middletown locations, complete with a first-taste toast and a shark-themed costume contest. First Taste Toast: The first pours of …

Officials gathered Friday for a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of Appoquinimink Library in Middletown.

Appoquinimink Library opens with focus on green energy

Jarek RutzDelaware Live, Education, Headlines

After decades of dealing with a teensy library stuffed inside a multi-use building, Middletown on Friday celebrated the opening of Appoquinimink Library, a new 28,000 square foot library and digital center. A small crowd gathered to watch officials cut the ribbon at 651 North Broad St. County Executive Matt Meyer called it a tremendous day for residents in south New …

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Middletown grad Chad Kuhl enjoying strong start in Colorado

Patrick GaryantesSports, Headlines

Chad Kuhl spent the first five years of his Major League Baseball career in Pittsburgh where he was a serviceable starter for most of his tenure, before spending time in the bullpen last year.  When his contract was up at the end of the 2021 season, he jumped on an opportunity to sign with the Colorado Rockies, 1 year, 3 …

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Middletown residents fight to stop warehouse construction

Charles MegginsonBusiness, Headlines

More than 1,000 people have signed a petition to halt the development of a 1.8-million-square-foot warehouse complex next to The Village of Bayberry North, a residential community in Middletown. They’re angry because the warehouses will go up in a spot that had been approved as a business park with offices, restaurants and a daycare center. Instead, they’ll end up with …