Family on a mission: Child’s rare neuro-genetic disorder inspires a cause

DOVER — Like most children her age, Lillie Rose Larimore loves “Ring Around the Rosie.” When she falls down at the end of the song, her belly laugh is infectious. She goes through the motions of the popular “Wheels on the Bus” preschool song with ease, rubbing her eyes with her chubby little fists to […]

Black history events spotlight area students

DOVER — Reaching young people is a goal for organizers of upcoming events to celebrate black history. One way to achieve that mission is to include more young people in the festivities. The second annual Citywide Black History Celebration will do that, with teenagers from Kent County and college students from Delaware State University playing […]

The magic of Christmas: Helpers shed some light on Santa Claus

  DOVER — Believe in the magic of Christmas. It’s a pretty common concept. The Sun first wrote about it in 1897 when the paper answered a letter to the editor from 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon, who — prompted by her doubting peers — questioned the existence of Santa. The paper’s response brought the well-known answer, […]

Schwartz Center reopening discussed

DOVER — A new name, board members financially invested in the venue, and clearly defined fiscal responsibilities of property owners and the tenant are key criteria for successfully reopening the Schwartz Center for the Arts. A marketing campaign that can track its success, a dedicated volunteer base and a diverse slate of programming also are […]

Children’s Theater holiday show set for Schwartz Center

DOVER — While community discussions continue to devise a plan to reopen the Schwartz Center for the Arts at least one production will take place at the South State Street venue this month. The Children’s Theater will perform its holiday show there on Nov. 17 and 18. “We’re just thrilled to get people back in […]

Plan to revive Schwartz Center moves forward

DOVER — About 40 representatives of arts organizations, nonprofit groups, businesses and city government gathered Thursday in an informal meeting to plan the reopening of the shuttered Schwartz Center for the Arts. Dover City Council President Tim Slavin, who outlined the community-driven plan in September, said the energy of those present exceeded his expectations. And […]

Dover twin sisters share story of breast cancer survival

DOVER — Twin sisters Natasha Simms and Lynette Shannon share the same birthday, but they celebrate another major milestone on different dates. For Ms. Simms, its Oct. 15, 2012; for her sister, it’s Sept. 22, 2009. That’s the anniversary that each became a survivor of breast cancer. Ms. Shannon was 27 when she learned the […]

Construction crew builds breast cancer awareness

  MILFORD — About 425 construction workers, from carpenters to iron workers, put down their tools Tuesday morning and gathered outside the multi-story hospital they are building to don pink T-shirts and hard hats to raise awareness for breast cancer screenings. The pause in work is critical to raise awareness about early detection, said Adam […]

Drawing on art to help Delaware children

DOVER — The boys drawing pictures with markers and paint at round tables inside Solid Rock Community Outreach Center weren’t just creating artwork. They were using art to express their feelings, part of a mental health approach called art therapy. A’Zion Curtis, a sixth grader from Dover, picked up a thin brush and began to […]

Next act for Schwartz Center? Public to be part of talks to reopen arts venue

DOVER — Because community involvement is critical to the success of the Schwartz Center for the Arts, citizens will be at the heart of the discussion to reopen the facility during a process that’s to begin this fall. Dover City Council President Tim Slavin said Wednesday that a working group will be announced later this […]