MCA students raise funds for annual Polar Bear Plunge

MILFORD — For a week this month, there were quite a few polar bear paws throughout the building of Milford Central Academy. The polar bear “paws” — comprising of a sugar cookie with chocolate chips (to make the paw print), topped with a white chocolate polar bear — were the creation of students looking to […]

Eight Delaware organizations awarded $1.1 million in grants to combat opioid crisis

DOVER — As community organizations accepted $1.1 million in grant funds to combat the opioid crisis in Delaware, Lt. Gov. Bethany Hall-Long reminded attendees that this work requires collaboration. “It’s all hands on deck. It is not one entity,” Lt. Gov. Hall-Long said during Thursday’s announcement. “Our government agencies have done some great things to […]

Dover, Levy Court back resolutions for Wesley state funding

DOVER — Wesley College received support from Kent County Levy Court and Dover City Council this week in the form of resolutions asking the state to continue its financial support of the institution. “With greater than 50 percent of our student body being Delawareans, over 80 percent of our graduates remaining in Delaware following graduation, […]

‘Pass-It-On’ parties teach children skills, offer fun activity

SMYRNA — When Tina Riley began “Pass-It-On” parties, she wanted to give back to the community. “Growing up, in my generation, you always learned something from somebody in the neighborhood,” Ms. Riley said, after her second class of the day completed their craft. “Ms. Mary down the street might teach you how to sew. Your […]

Local merchants report a happy holiday for sales

Dawn Ford, right, of Dover, and her daughter Allie didn’t have enough hands to carry all the shopping bags they accrued on Black Friday thanks to smart shopping. (Delaware State News/Dave Chambers)

DOVER — For many small businesses, the holiday season represents a crucial turning point. “Most local businesses make most of their money during the holiday season, starting Black Friday,” said Trish Gerken, executive director for Downtown Milford Inc. “January is typically the slowest month, so if we can support them during the holidays that will […]

New Street 7-Eleven closes doors

DOVER — After more than 40 years of service, the 7-Eleven on New Street closed its doors this month. The store, an end-cap to the Courtney Square Shopping Center, closed earlier in December, but its lease extends until the end of February, said Phil McGinnis, property manager for the site. Mr. McGinnis said that the […]

Annual Christmas Celebration helps unite Dover community

DOVER — When families came together at the community center at The Willows Monday night for dinner and presents, it wasn’t Santa delivering gifts — it was the community. Organized by Delaware Multicultural and Civic Organization and Men of Vision and Value, the fifth annual Christmas Celebration brought together residents from The Willows at Dover […]

STEM igloos made by Appoquinimink students

MIDDLETOWN — It was a feat of engineering – Engineering is the ‘E’ in STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – for the groups of first- and second-graders in the Appoquinimink School District who assembled their very own igloos for the winter. The igloos — constructed out of plastic milk or water jugs and […]

Dr. Tony Allen ready to take reins as DSU president at start of 2020

DOVER — Delaware State University will start the new decade under new leadership. On Jan. 1, Dr. Tony Allen will assume the university helm and, while he’ll be new to the role, he’s no stranger to DSU. “I have been a big fan of Delaware State University for a very long time and have been […]

‘Anchor’ suicide prevention at work in school wellness centers

DOVER — When Christina Eilers began the Anchor Project at Caesar Rodney High School, she wanted to get mental health resources into the hands of as many students as possible. “The goal was to not only have a card to give to people as a resource, but in a high school, have another avenue for […]

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