A.I. duPont High School in Greenville. Photo by Betsy Price

Interest rises in A.I. duPont going green to stem enrollment drop

Betsy Price Education, Headlines

The leader of a Red Clay task force wants to reinvent Alexis I. du Pont High School as a magnet school with a green campus that offers environmental science classes to prepare students for jobs in the eco-industries. The rebranding move, which has been warmly endorsed by government officials and others, is designed to help stem the shocking decline in …

Bridgewater Jewelers

Bridgewater Jewelry: 5 generations, 140 drama-studded years

Betsy Price Business, Headlines

A quaint corner shop in Historic New Castle will start celebrating its 140th anniversary — and its five generations of owners — on Small Business Saturday. The colorful history of Bridgewater Jewelers starts with an English immigrant who lost a leg in a wood-chopping accident as a child. It goes on to encompass a son who committed suicide in the …

Winterthur gingerbread model

Winterthur adds 150 pounds of sweet to Yuletide

Betsy Price Culture, Headlines

  A 150-pound gingerbread recreation of the Winterthur mansion will greet guests heading out on its Yuletide tour this year. The gingerbread house, which sits on a 4-foot-by-8-foot base, was delivered Thursday by Bredenbeck’s Bakery of Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania. Its cakes have been featured on TLC and the Food Network. Diana Anello, head sugar artist for Bredenbeck’s, said she wasn’t …

'Book of Mormon'

‘Book of Mormon’ tickets on sale for March show

Betsy Price Culture, Headlines

  Single tickets are now on sale for the March 10-12 run of “The Book of Mormon” at the Playhouse on Rodney Square. When the show does play Wilmington in the spring, it will be almost 12 years to the day since the irreverent tale of two missionaries serving in Africa became a Broadway sensation. The tickets, which range from …

Reading score discovery at Colonial

Colonial surprise: Reading scores higher after COVID

Betsy Price Education, Headlines

Colonial School District Superintendent Jeffrey D. Menzer unearthed a surprising fact while he was devising a method to track the effectiveness of a new focus on student reading skills and scores. The 2022 eighth graders who had been at Colonial schools since second grade scored higher on reading proficiency tests than those in eighth grade in 2019, Menzer told the …

Delaware low-digit surf tag

Want a low-digit surf fishing plate? Get ready to bid

Betsy Price Headlines, Government

 She may sell seashells by the seashore, but sundry surf fishers couldn’t give a sturgeon or swordfish about that. Those men and women only have eyes for a low-digit surf fishing plate that allows them to drive on that seashore to cast their lines from the sand. Starting Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 9 a.m., they have a chance to bid …

Recycling Recyclopedia

DNREC’s Recyclopedia: Quick advice about what to recycle

Betsy Price Government, Headlines

  If you recycle, you’re like to constantly confront questions: Do I need to take the plastic ring off that milk carton? Is recycling a potato chip bag OK? Can I recycle my coffee cup from my favorite coffee shop? Can I toss this pizza box into recycling? Now that I’m done with this plastic teeth tray for Invisalign braces, …

RSV virus

COVID, flu, RSV case rise could mean holiday tripledemic

Betsy Price Health, Headlines

  As the number of cases of three winter respiratory viruses rise sharply in Delaware, state officials on Monday asked residents to take action to protect themselves and their families. Gov. John Carney compared the increasing numbers of COVID to rises at this time in 2020 and 2021, leading into the holidays. State health officials would like to avoid a …

Delaware tripledemic

Delaware may face ‘tripledemic’ of COVID, flu, RSV cases

Betsy Price Headlines, Health

  If you are sick, stay home. That’s the big message behind the state’s announcement Friday that Delaware could face a “tripledemic” of three serious respiratory viruses: COVID-19, the flu and respiratory syncytial virus, also known as RSV. All three are putting patients of all ages into hospitals, which were already strained by infected patients and those who need medical …

National Drug Enforcement Administration Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Dump old, unused meds during Saturday’s Take Back Day

Betsy Price Culture, Headlines

  Twenty-two Delaware sites will take expired or unused medications on Saturday, Oct. 29, as part of the National Drug Enforcement Administration Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Delaware locations will be open between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and include many police stations around the First State. To find a site near you, go here. The medications to be disposed …