Kent County Code Purple shelters adjusting to COVID-19

Cold poses a challenge for the homeless of Kent County in the best of times. But COVID-19 makes a perilous situation unbearable. Code Purple, a nonprofit that shelters homeless people during the winter cold, is trying to help. “It’s a struggle,” said Ennio Emmanuel, president of Code Purple in Kent County. “People are seeing a […]

Cardboard city takes over Mispillion Art League

MILFORD — Great pieces of art have been created during pandemics. Shakespeare wrote “King Lear.” Giovanni Boccaccio penned “The Decameron.” Pieter Bruegel the Elder painted “Triumph of Death.” Egon Schiele brushed “The Family.” COVID-19 is no exception. In times of quarantine, illness and uncertainty, people create art. For more than 60 people in Milford, the […]

Family moves into new home for holidays

DOVER — Chakia Young will serve Thanksgiving dinner with an extra helping of gratitude this year. For the first time in seven years, the 25-year-old will actually be with her family Thursday. Usually, the single mom is stuck at work, while her family enjoys their meal. What makes this holiday even more special is that […]

Vintage store in downtown Dover gets boost with grant

DOVER — As is the case with most everything these days, COVID-19 has changed the direction of Tina Hudson-Beamer’s vintage clothing shop, Tina’s Timeless Threads. The statewide shutdown earlier this year taught Ms. Hudson-Beamer that she wouldn’t survive if she didn’t have an online presence to sell her specialty clothes. “At least 60% of my […]

Couple shares COVID’s impact on adoption process

Editor’s note: Due to the sensitive nature of the adoption process, the Delaware State News is withholding the teenager’s name, the adoption agency and some details of her situation. DOVER — Dr. Jesse Riggin paces in an empty room. He stares at blue walls and sees the ocean. The 38-year-old chiropractor looks at the yellow […]

Milford residents recall musician Norman ‘Joe’ Lear Sr.

MILFORD — Norman “Joe” Lear Sr. was Milford’s “Music Man.” The lifelong musician, who died June 13 at age 95, is now being remembered locally. Born in Harlingen, Texas, Mr. Lear started playing trombone in middle and high school auditoriums in San Antonio after his family moved there from the Rio Grande Valley. It’s where […]

Expectant moms face increased stress during pandemic

LONG NECK — Samantha Jones is a planner. The 26-year-old Long Neck resident makes lists. Every major choice in her life has been mapped out, organized and planned. Four years ago, she and her husband Daniel, decided they wanted a baby. They came up with a financial plan to achieve their goal. They followed it […]

Delaware homeless face more obstacles in face of virus

GEORGETOWN — Antonio Cintron found God in December. After years of poor choices, the 38-year-old Georgetown man turned his life to church and faith. Bible study at the Georgetown Presbyterian Church on Bedford Street became a weekly ritual. He filled his nights helping the homeless at the church’s Code Purple shelter. He became an advocate […]