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Plan promotes rail service, bicycling, walking, EV charging

Ken MammarellaHeadlines, Government

Railroad passengers, bicyclists, pedestrians and charging stations for electric vehicles are all important parts of the Wilmington Area Planning Council’s $2.8 billion 2025-2028 Transportation Improvement Plan. Yes, there are also some projects that clearly are for gas-powered motor vehicles, but alternative means of transportation are increasingly being prioritized. IN THE NEWS: NBN Sports Academy opens new facility in Hockessin The …

The Holiday Open House at Rockwood Park & Museum is Dec. 1-2. (New Castle County Department of Community Services)

On this day of Christmas: Holiday events to mark on your calendar

Ken MammarellaCulture, Headlines

Here are some memorable events to celebrates Christmas in Delaware. These events run only a day or two. There’s a separate list of events that run more often. Camden-Wyoming Christmas Parade. 6 p.m. Dec. 9, starting at Caesar Rodney High School. Organized by the two towns. Caroling on the Cirle and the Georgetown Christmas Parade.  Caroling at 6 p.m. Dec. …

A long line of people seeking low-digit tags at the Georgetown DMV. (Delaware Department of Motor Vehicles)

Only in the First State: Our obsession with low-digit tags

Ken MammarellaCulture, Government, Headlines

This week is prime time for one of Delaware’s odder rituals: a hunt for low-digit tags. The Delaware Department of Motor Vehicles every year runs an online lottery and in-person release of low-digit tags for motor vehicles. This year’s online lottery drew 17,408 entries and is already closed, but the last two in-person events are Thursday. If you’re interested, you …

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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How’s the Del. housing market? Depends on who you talk to

Ken MammarellaBusiness, Headlines

My uncle, a resident of Bethany Beach, liked to say that people who lived at the beach talked about three things: real estate, the weather and where to eat. Here are a few interesting numbers to spark a conversation about real estate: • The Lewes area is Delaware’s hottest market in terms of rising prices, according to the real estate …

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 …

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Learn some Delaware history at these 5 events in August

Staff WriterCulture, Headlines

The Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs will sponsor five events focused on Delaware history during the month of August 2022. A full schedule is included below. Except where noted, all programs are free and open to the public. Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022, from 6 to 8 p.m. National Night Out in Historic New Castle. Annual community-building, family-friendly event that …

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Fujifilm exec: 2 plants may not be enough

Betsy PriceBusiness, Headlines

    While Fujifilm celebrated the opening of the first of its two new ink manufacturing plants in Delaware Thursday, its president said Friday it may need more. “There might not be enough capacity,” Ian Wilkinson said. “So we need to think about what we do next.” Its 20-acre New Castle site will be home to Fujifilm Imaging Colorants Inc.’s …

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State to host free New Castle history camp for kids

Staff WriterCulture, Headlines

The Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs will host a free New Castle history camp for children ages 10 to 13 between July 25 and July 29, 2022. Children will explore the storied past of one of America’s most historic towns. Among other things, they’ll learn how Native Americans used the land, explore colonial kitchen gardens, and weigh in …

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Memorial Day events honor those who gave their lives

Ken MammarellaCulture, Headlines

Veterans Memorial Park, near Delaware Memorial Bridge Events to recognize Americans who lost their lives in service to the country will occur in several spots in Delaware this month, not just on Memorial Day (May 30). Here’s a roundup. The Delaware Memorial Bridge Memorial Day service starts at 10:30 a.m. May 30 at the Veterans Memorial Park, near the New …