Commentary: Teen dating violence needs to be addressed

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month and a time to pause and consider the prevalence and the impact of teen relationship violence. Often we associate dating violence only with adults, but many times the seeds of adult intimate partner violence were planted in unhealthy teen relationships. Twenty-three percent of female victims first […]

Commentary: Growing up during the digital age

From the Greatest Generation to Baby Boomers, Generation X to Millennials, teenagers in every era have faced challenges growing up. In today’s digital world, high school students are being tested in unique and demanding ways. The Washington Post reports that 73 percent of all American teenagers have their own smartphone and, on average, spend almost […]

Levy Court hosts Youth in Government Day

  DOVER — Getting up on Thursday morning, the young men and women participating in the Delaware American Legions Boy’s and Girl’s State program probably weren’t expecting to be arguing the merits of rezoning a parcel in Kent County to accommodate a pizza shop/cafe with free-roaming cats available for adoption. But, Youth in Government Day, […]

COMMENTARY: Take steps to help prevent child abuse, neglect

This month is Child Abuse Prevention Month. For the past 35 years since the first national designation by President Reagan, April has been a time to recognize that child abuse and neglect is a problem in every state and community in our country. It is also a time to remember that each of us can […]

COMMENTARY: Current generation of teens more likely to care about gun violence

When 17 people were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, it was just the latest in a tragic list of mass shootings, many of them at schools. Then something different happened: Teens began to speak out. The Stoneman Douglas students held a press conference appealing for gun control. Teens in Washington, […]

Michigan abuse case has parallels to Delaware one

DOVER — Even though the names and setting are different, this story is a story Delaware knows too well. The case of Larry Nassar, the Michigan doctor who molested gymnasts for years, is quite similar to that of Earl Bradley, the former Sussex County pediatrician who sexually abused more than 100 children. Nassar was sentenced […]

MOT youth football tournament cancels final games

MIDDLETOWN — A large-scale youth football tournament was shortened Sunday after unruly spectators required multiple police responses by three agencies, officials said Tuesday. The final two games of the 31-team Big East All-American Bowl event hosted by the MOT Youth Football and Cheer organization were canceled following supposedly violent spectator behavior and player fights. Delaware […]

COMMENTARY: A proposal to improve the lives of Delaware’s at-risk children

Delaware has underinvested in its children, particularly those who grow up at or near the poverty line. We know that there are programs that we as a state can pursue to help these kids, because they are programs that have worked in other places and sometimes even here in Delaware. But we have not pursued […]

A special day for Unified football players

NEWARK — Matthew Bryson got his wish Saturday afternoon. Playing under the Delaware Stadium glow Saturday afternoon, Smyrna High’s sophomore took the football and rushed it around the left end. “I like to catch it and run,” he said about the joys of playing Unified flag football this fall season. After his big moment on […]

‘Dickens Christmas Carol’ gives Children’s Theatre head start to holidays

DOVER — Prepare for a visit from the ghosts of Christmases past, present and future as the Children’s Theatre brings the holiday classic, “A Dickens’ Christmas Carol” to life this weekend at the Schwartz Center for the Arts. “‘A Christmas Carol’ used to be an annual tradition but it got put on the shelf so […]