Delaware Memorial Bridge sets a record for September traffic

Ken Mammarella Government & Politics, Headlines

Delaware Memorial Bridge (Delaware River and Bay Authority) The Delaware Memorial Bridge this year set a record for September traffic, the Delaware River and Bay Authority announced, with 1,506,880 vehicles. Continued strength in commercial traffic and passenger car volumes offsets weakness in daily commuter numbers, with so many people still working from home. “The Delaware Memorial Bridge has now set …

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Newark assessing pavement conditions on all city streets

Ken Mammarella Government, Government & Politics, Headlines

Newark is inspecting street quality throughout the city. (City of Newark) Newark is performing a citywide pavement condition assessment and inspection project through Nov. 22. ARRB Systems will gather pavement condition data on all city-maintained roadways. The city will use this data to identify the streets most in need of repairs and to develop a multi-year paving and preservation plan. …

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Delaware’s 10-digit dialing requirement starts Oct. 24

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Photo by Ken Mammarella   Georgetown native Brian Pettyjohn remembers making calls in the past, when Delawareans in the same telephone exchange could reach each other by dialing four digits. He is also prepared for the future, when Delawareans with (302) phone numbers will need 10 digits to call others in the 302. And the future starts Oct. 24. The …

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Highmark rebates 5.1% of health insurance premiums

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  (Delaware Live photo) The check from Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware is really in the mail. And it’s for a lot of money. Highmark is rebating $12.1 million to individual Delawareans and those who buy small-group insurance, according to Delaware Insurance Commissioner Trinidad Navarro. The 20,857 individuals will split more than $8.4 million, with an average rebate of …

Hockessin Book Shelf closing Dec. 15 as owner moves to California

Ken Mammarella Business, Headlines

    “I am in shock,” Vicki Knotts said. “I went through a box of tissues.” What shocked Knotts – a customer, book club member and event-goer – is the announcement that the Hockessin BookShelf is closing. The store opened in 2002, and employee Rebecca Dowling bought it in 2007. The closure, effective Dec. 15, is “bittersweet news,” she wrote …

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Newark Councilwoman Sharon Hughes, 68, dies

Ken Mammarella Government & Politics, Headlines

Sharon Hughes (Newark photo) Newark Councilwoman Sharon Hughes passed away unexpectedly on Saturday at Christiana Hospital. The two-term council member was 68. “Linda and I are in shock and devastated by the loss our friend Sharon. She was a humble and committed public servant and respected throughout Newark,” Mayor Jerry Clifton said in a statement released by the city. “I …

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All around Delaware, ways to commemorate 9/11 attacks

Ken Mammarella Culture, Headlines

Color guard at a Newark 9/11 ceremony (City of Newark) Multiple upcoming events are giving Delawareans a chance to mark the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. Here are some highlights, in chronological order. The Wilmington VA Medical Center in Elsmere will host a virtual remembrance ceremony, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8. The event will include …

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Staffing shortage forces Steak Works Pizza to close for good

Ken Mammarella Business, Food & Dining, Headlines

Steak Works Pizza (www.steakworkspizza.com) Steak Works Pizza, a favorite in Brandywine Hundred for decades, has closed. Although the announcement was immediate and surprising, the warnings included recurring appeals to hire staff. “To my wonderful customers,” owner Tas Adamopoulos wrote on Facebook on July 15. “This last year and a half have been very hard with the coronavirus and not being …

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Winterthur’s new Artisan Market honors fine craftsmanship (and farming)

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(Jack Russell terriers in a vignette by Tracy Shue of Walking Olive)     Winterthur expands its salute to craftsmanship and honors its history as farmland with its first artisan market. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 17-18, 86 vendors, about half from Delaware, will sell antiques and collectibles; furniture and home décor; up-cycled and architectural salvage pieces; crafts …

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Woman who didn’t clean houses agrees to make restitution

Ken Mammarella Government, Headlines

(Photo by Pixabay from Pexels) A woman who took money to clean houses but never cleaned them has agreed to make restitution, some victims have been told. But some expect little, if any, money to be returned. They also said that Susan Losey has been charged with three felonies and has accepted a plea deal. A spokesman for Delaware Department …