CR officials make push for property tax hike

DOVER — As residents in the Caesar Rodney School District prepare to celebrate its 100th birthday, they will also be considering the district’s future.

On Oct. 17, voters will be asked to approve a tax increase to address operating expenses and capital improvements in the district.

As the district continues to grow and federal and state funds drop off, officials say its time for the referendum.

Cape Henlopen fishing pier opens again for anglers

LEWES — After a spring and summer under repairs the Cape Henlopen Fishing Pier was once again dotted with coolers and folding chairs on Labor Day.

The historic fishing pier reopened Friday afternoon around 4:30 p.m., ahead of schedule and just in time for the holiday weekend.

The pier was closed late last year due to engineering concerns about the structural integrity of the pilings it sits on.

Monday was warm and breezy, and a few families were wading in the water or relaxing on the nearby beach. Sailboats speckled the horizon and sunlight rippled across the Delaware Bay.

Delaware creates right medium for arts funding

DOVER — A recent report gave Delaware high marks for arts funding.

According to the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, the state ranked third in the nation for its state arts agency appropriations in fiscal year 2016.

The association’s report said the calculations take per capita funding into account; each state arts agency’s appropriation must be used to serve the entire population of its state.

Paul Weagraff, the director of the Division of the Arts, said the ranking is a tribute to the state’s financial commitment to the arts.

Delaware receives about $3.3 million each year in state funds, Mr. Weagraff said.

It receives about $670,000 in federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.

From there, the state Division of the Arts has several grant programs that target four groups: arts organizations, community-based organizations, schools and individual artists.

In Kent County, grants were awarded this year to a variety of applicants including the Bowers Beach Maritime Museum, the Dover Library, Dover Art League and the Delaware Friends of Folk.

There are a number of reasons to support the arts, Mr. Weagraff said. Organizations not only provide programming — from concerts to exhibitions — they enrich community life with festivals and social activities. They also serve as a resource for schools teaching the arts.

Miss Delaware living childhood dream

DOVER — Brooke Mitchell has always looked up to Miss Delaware.

“I’ve never missed a pageant since I was 6 years old,” said Miss Mitchell, 19, who lives in Selbyville.

When she was little, she felt like she saw the pageant winner everywhere she went. She always wanted to get a picture. She wanted to be just like her.

New statewide test brings expected drop in scores

DOVER — When schools switched to a tough new statewide test, Delaware education officials said they expected scores to drop — and they did.

The state released the preliminary results from the Smarter Balanced Assessment on Wednesday.

Statewide, only about half of the students scored proficient in English language arts; only one in four were proficient in math.

Historical marker celebrates 100 years of Caesar Rodney School District

WYOMING — A new historical marker stands outside the Caesar Rodney School District office on Front Street in Wyoming.

The district — the first consolidated school district in the state — is celebrating 100 years.

For children from nearby W.B. Simpson Elementary School, the unveiling ceremony Tuesday was a chance to eat cake and learn about the history of their school district and the man for whom it was named.

Battling the scourge of heroin addiction

MIDDLETOWN — The 27-year-old female on the floor was unresponsive and turning blue. Her life was in danger.

A heroin overdose was unfolding in front of arriving Middletown Police Department officers on July 31.

Officer Julia Fabbroni reacted by using a department-issued Nasal Naloxone (also referred to as Narcan) kit, spraying the antidote into the female’s nose. The woman regained consciousness and began breathing regularly, and New Castle County Paramedics took over from there.

Kids, teachers ‘deploy’ in Operation KUDOS/TUDOS

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE — At Dover Air Force Base on Wednesday morning, hundreds of children learned about their parents’ jobs firsthand.

Wearing tan shirts and floppy camouflage hats, the children started their morning in an intelligence briefing at the Youth Center, dangling their feet off the chairs.

Then, they walked through a deployment processing line, picking up paperwork and gear on their way out the door

Many changes at Holy Cross as school opens for new year

DOVER — When Holy Cross School, which serves students from pre-kindergaren through eighth grade, opened its doors for the school year Tuesday, families returned to plenty of changes.

Students walked into newly-renovated classrooms, and for Linda Pollitt, a long-time educator at the Catholic school, it was also the start of her first school year as principal.

Mrs. Pollitt worked at Holy Cross for 28 years, teaching seventh- and eighth-grade math, and spent the last three years serving as the school’s assistant principal.

Jill Zink, a spokeswoman for the school, said that Holy Cross Church parishioners raised money for the school renovations as part of a capital campaign for the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington.

All the money that the parishioners raised above their campaign goals went straight back to Holy Cross, she said.

“We did a great job,” she said. “I’m so proud of how everyone at the church raised the needed funds for the diocese and the church.”

Over the summer, workers installed new energy-efficient windows in 16 classrooms in the elementary building, as well as cabinets and shelves. They repainted the rooms, removed old carpets and put down new floors.

“It feels like our teachers are moving into new homes,” Mrs. Zink said. “I’m so excited for them. They’re all thrilled to death.”

New Wesley College president puts emphasis on service

DOVER — When returning students check into Wesley College today, they’ll find a new addition to the community.

Robert E. Clark II started work in July as the college’s new president.

And for his part, Mr. Clark can’t wait to meet all the students moving into the college.

“A week from today, this place will be bustling,” he said in his office Monday. “And that’s why we exist — it’s the students.”

In April, the Wesley board of trustees named Mr. Clark the 17th college president, succeeding Dr. William Johnston.

Mr. Clark, a former commandant of midshipmen at the U.S Naval Academy, has held several senior executive leadership positions, most recently as Joint Service Coordinator at Pennsylvania State University.

Meeting “the family”

Mr. Clark said he was drawn to Wesley because it was “a small, passionate, tight-knit and very, very dedicated family,” where faculty members know students by name.

For the past four weeks, he said, he and have his wife Ruth Ann been settling into his new home in Dover and meeting the “Wesley College family.”

He’s preparing to discuss the freshmen reading assignment with them; he recently showed up to voluntary conditioning with the student athletes.