Delaware baseball Tyler August throws a pitch during a fall baseball game photo courtesy of Delaware Baseball Facebook page cut

Tyler August signs with back to back Cape Cod League Champions

Patrick GaryantesHeadlines, Sports

2023 Delaware Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year Tyler August announced a major move last week on where he plans on playing baseball in the Summer of 2024.  It was announced on X (formerly Twitter) that August will play with two-time defending Cape Cod League champions, the Bourne Braves for the 2024 summer season, via Codball.   The move seems …

911 video

New opt-in video call option lets 911 see emergency live

Betsy PriceGovernment, Headlines

Starting Monday, New Castle County 911 operators will be able to ask callers if they would be willing to let 911 see what they’re witnessing through real-time video. If so, 911 will text a link to the caller that allows that person to livestream video of a scene through a phone camera. The choice to turn on the camera phone …

“Pet retention” emphasizes how pets can stay in their homes, rather than being taken in by shelters. (Yerlin Matu photo from Unsplash) 

Animal shelters start to focus on helping pets stay at home

Ken MammarellaCulture, Headlines

Humane Animal Partners, an animal shelter that has been serving Delaware for 150 years, is embracing a newish concept among shelters nationwide: pet retention. Instead of admitting every animal in need to the shelter, the nonprofit works with people to help them keep their animals in their homes. Sometimes, that involves resources, such as a food pantry, veterinarian care and …

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322 BBQ/Hill Donut Co. finds fans in Brandywine Hundred

Pam GeorgeCulture, Headlines

It’s not often that you see a restaurant sign promoting barbecue, steaks, donuts and pancakes. So, when 322 BBQ and Hill Donut Co. & Pancake House opened in Brandywine Hundred in October, many were confused. Would the combo succeed? It’s a reasonable question, given that Rosenfeld’s Deli/Big Fish Market did not last a year in the same Plaza III location. …

Spectrum Farms flowers

Felton farm to offer state’s first cut-it-yourself flowers next year

Betsy PriceBusiness, Headlines

It’s not visions of sugarplums dancing in the heads of Chris and Ashley Sylvester right now. It’s visions of the flowers they will share with the public next spring when they open what they say will be Delaware’s first U-cut flower farm. “This will be the first time that customers will actually be able to come to the farm for …

2023 Christmas Seals Exhibit DPA

Exhibit at the Delaware Public Archives: Celebrating Emily Bissell, “The Christmas Seal Story”

Staff WriterHeadlines

  This holiday season the Delaware Public Archives will present an exhibit “Celebrating Emily Bissell: The Christmas Seal Story.” The exhibit chronicles the beginning of Christmas Seals, and presents historic Christmas Seals, scrap books, photographs and documents related to Ms. Bissell’s efforts to foster public interest and gain support to raise funds to battle tuberculosis. Emily Bissell was a Delaware …

School funding

Report on school funding changes to be released Tuesday

Betsy PriceEducation, Headlines

  A mounting sense of anticipation surrounds Tuesday’s release of a report making suggestions about how to improve Delaware’s school funding system to make state education more equitable. The assessment — which the state paid $700,000 for — was conducted by the national research firm American Institutes of Research. It sprange out of the settlement of a 2020 lawsuit that …

The Warehouse has renovated its gym and named it The Mac. (The Warehouse)

Wilmington’s Warehouse adds mental health room, improves gym

Ken MammarellaCulture, Headlines

The Warehouse, which calls itself Delaware’s first community center for teens and by teens, has opened a support room for mental health and overhauled its gym. “I’m excited we are opening two spaces that really reflect teen priorities,” Anthony Green, Warehouse teen executive board president, said in a statement. The Warehouse is at 1121 Thatcher St., on the East Side …


They spend weeks lighting houses for Christmas. Here’s why

Betsy PriceCulture, Headlines

John Schatzschneider does it to keep Christ in Christmas and to dazzle the kids. Stephanie Raffa does it for the joy of seeing other people enjoy it. Both spend weeks putting up over-the-top holiday lighting displays for the pleasure of total strangers, he in Harrington, she in Clayton. They are some of the hundreds of Delaware home decorators whose outdoor …

Housing and homelessness

Hearing on housing, homeless leads to promise of attention

Betsy PriceGovernment, Headlines

A joint legislative hearing held by Delaware Senate and Housing committees Wednesday started picking threads out of the tangled wad of factors affecting affordable housing and homelessness in Delaware. The convening of the joint session was clearly a shot across the bow of the state political ship and a forerunner to more state, local and community action on the topics. …