This image illustrates the Bortle scale, which measures the impact of light pollution on the dark skies at a given location. It shows, from left to right, the increase in the number of stars and night-sky objects visible in excellent dark sky conditions compared with cities.  The illustration is a modification of a photo taken at ESO's Paranal Observatory in Chile, a place with excellent dark-sky conditions, perfect for astronomy. European Southern Observatory.

NCCo takes another step to curb light pollution

Ken MammarellaGovernment, Headlines

  Light pollution was on many Delawareans’ minds in mid-May as they sought dark places to observe the northern lights. And a few days later New Castle County Council unanimously approved an ordinance to reduce light pollution. “Ordinance 23-122 only affects new commercial construction projects (or significant redevelopment projects), and at its most basic simply ensures that light and energy …

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Ticks are out there questing, and they’re looking for you

Betsy PriceCulture, Headlines

Ticks don’t fly, drop or hop onto people. For the most part, they perch in undergrowth, with two of their eight legs extended, hoping to hitch a ride on your clothes as you walk  by. It’s called questing, and once they’ve attached themselves to a host, they crawl their way into the perfect spot for a bloody meal. Those details …

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Middletown-area warehouse developer sues New Castle County

Karl BakerBusiness, Headlines

This story was originally published on Spotlight Delaware.  A development company that has built distribution centers for Amazon and Walmart is suing New Castle County, claiming that government inaction has improperly delayed its controversial plan to construct a nearly 2.4 million-square-foot warehousing complex near Middletown. The lawsuit follows months of outcry in the Middletown area against the development of massive warehouses, and the …

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Southbridge residents await remediation of contaminated park

Jose Castaneda PerezGovernment, Headlines

This story was originally published on Spotlight Delaware.  Regular visitors of Barbara Hicks Park in Wilmington’s Southbridge neighborhood face potential health risks stemming from contaminants in the soil that were discovered nearly two years ago. Despite the discovery, city officials have not yet made a decision on remedial action or established a timeline to clean up the park. Frequent park visitors face …

Pettinaro Management is donating 30 acres on the west side of Hercules Road in Mill Creek to New Castle County for a park. Ken Mammarella photo.

Exclusive: 30-acre park off Hercules Road in the works

Ken MammarellaCulture, Headlines

New Castle County is on its way to being given 30 acres for a park in the Mill Creek area. The land is part of a country club known as Hercules when it opened in 1937 (that’s why the road it’s on is called Hercules Road) and then Delaware National before being sold, with housing planned. “The project was approved …

Payments for New Castle County sewer bills are now due March 22. (Photo by Eliobed Suarez on Unsplash)

NCCo gives residents 3 more weeks to pay sewer bills

Ken MammarellaGovernment, Headlines

New Castle County is giving residents three more weeks to pay sewer bills that it says were delayed in the mail. “When our office was alerted that residents had not received their annual sewer bills as expected, we immediately investigated the situation and learned that the delay had been caused by operational changes at the United States Postal Service, County …

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New opt-in video call option lets 911 see emergency live

Betsy PriceGovernment, Headlines, Milford-live

Starting Monday, New Castle County 911 operators will be able to ask callers if they would be willing to let 911 see what they’re witnessing through real-time video. If so, 911 will text a link to the caller that allows that person to livestream video of a scene through a phone camera. The choice to turn on the camera phone …

New Castle County Hope Center

Hope Center plans to face budget questions with facts

Peter OsborneGovernment, Headlines

As homelessness increases in Delaware and COVID-related support dries up, the New Castle County Hope Center plans to roll out its new long-term sustainability strategy in January. It will include a companion dashboard demonstrating how big a dent in the problem the center has made over the past three years. New Castle County purchased the former Sheraton Hotel on Airport …

Retail theft

Stores won’t get a break from rising theft through 2023

Betsy PriceBusiness, Headlines

  Retail theft in Delaware is causing concerns among local families and business owners. The economic impact, according to industry experts, could result in store closings. One mom posting recently in a Delaware moms’ Facebook group described how outraged she was as she stood in a store and watched people grab merchandise and run. A deluge of comments followed with …

The Senior Roll Call Lifeline calls the homes of seniors and disabled New Castle County residents. (Andrea Piaqcuadio studio from Pexels)

Another ‘save’ by NCCo Senior Roll Call Lifeline

Ken MammarellaGovernment, Headlines, Health

Every morning, the New Castle County Police Senior Roll Call Lifeline calls the homes of seniors and disabled county residents. On Sept. 20, one call led to finding a 76-year-old woman who’d fallen and couldn’t contact help. The woman, who lives in Heritage Park, off Kirkwood Highway, was sent to Christiana Hospital. That moment was called a “save,” and it …