The free vaccines are available through through Friday, Aug. 9. (Photo from Brandywine Valley SPCA Facebook)

BVSPCA offering free vaccines to combat respiratory disease outbreak

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Health

In light of a canine respiratory disease outbreak in Delaware that forced a couple of the largest animal shelters to close their doors to new dogs, one organization is offering free vaccines. The Brandywine Valley SPCA announced it will provide dogs with free canine influenza and distemper shots at their health centers in New Castle, Dover and Georgetown. “While this …

After some pushback from the state's largest autism advocacy group, the Delaware State Fair has canceled its sensory-friendly event Tuesday.

State Fair cancels sensory-friendly day after Autism Delaware’s concerns

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Culture

The First State’s largest provider of advocacy, support and services for people on the autism spectrum and their families and caregivers claims that the Delaware State Fair’s inclusionary promises are untruthful. “Recently it has come to our attention that the Delaware State Fair has promoted their carnival on Tuesday, July 23, 2024 as being sensory-friendly and in partnership with Autism …

Alanis Pinion has been arrested on two felonies and one misdemeanor for sending "sexually explicit" photos to a 14-year-old student. Photo of Pinion provided by the New Castle County Police Department.

St. Mary Magdalen teacher arrested for sending sexual pics to 14-year-old

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

A 24-year-old female educator who teaches eighth grade at a Wilmington private catholic school has been arrested for sending sexual photos to her 14-year-old student. The New Castle County Police Department announced that Alanis Pinion, a now ex-teacher at St. Mary Magdalen School, “had frequently communicated with her students via Snapchat and had sent sexually explicit photographs to one of …

The Sussex Academy Board has picked Kyle Bentley to serve as the new Head of School.

Sussex Academy names Bentley as new Head of School

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

Sussex Academy, a charter school on Airport Road in Georgetown that serves 1,170 students, has named its new head of school. Kyle Bentley, who was most recently principal at H.O. Brittingham Elementary School in the Cape Henlopen School District, replaces Eric Anderson, who was at the helm for more than five years. “As we embark on this journey together, I …

DSU's ECIC higher education graduates, from left: Ayesha Jamison, Michelle Spangler, Luz Quiroga, Evelyn Cubbage, Patrice Jones Cornish, Julissa Valerio and ECIC Scholarship Coordinator Jennifer Seo.

DSU’s early ed. center awards 13 degrees, 223 credentials in first year

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

At the conclusion of its first year, a new program at Delaware State University focused on training professionals to serve the state’s youngest learners, graduated 13 people with degrees and gave credentials to hundreds more.  DSU’s Early Childhood Innovation Center aims to empower and cultivate a highly skilled, educated and diverse workforce by providing holistic, comprehensive and evidence-based supports. Its …

First State Educate's new free school board training has once-a-month sessions scheduled through December.

FSE launches another free training for school board members

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

The president of the tumultuous Christina School District Board of Education said a new – and free – training program from a state education group is much needed and very beneficial.  “I’ve had this conversation with other legislators about bringing in organizations like School Board Partners to train our board members, and I think if you look at what’s going …

While some grant funds have gone toward Narcan and clean needle distribution, the commission now faces calls for better oversight on grantees. | SPOTLIGHT DELAWARE BY NICK STONESIFER

Delaware opioid officials blast the AG, then award $2 million in grants

Staff WriterHeadlines, Government

This article is from Spotlight Delaware, written by Nick Stonesifer. Nearly three weeks after Attorney General Kathy Jennings sent a letter calling for a freeze to new state opioid grants, Delaware officials awarded $2 million to dozens of nonprofits that provide addiction services across the state. They approved the money during a heated meeting on Tuesday of the Behavioral Health Consortium …

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3 Delaware high school standouts hear names called in MLB draft

Nick HallidayHeadlines, Sports

Three Delaware highs school standouts here their name called in MLB draft   In the 2024 Major League Baseball draft three Delaware high school baseball standouts heard their name called. Eddie Micheletti Jr from Wilmington Friends, Aidan Deakins from Appoquinimink, and Luke Gabrysh of Concord High were all picked by major league teams.     Micheletti played his high school baseball …

DNREC has released several tips to stay safe while boating, and has launched new life rings at Woodland Beach. (From left: Citizens’ Hose Company members Keith Mapps, Fire Chief Chip Thompson, John Morgan, retired State Senator and board member Bruce C. Ennis, DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife Director Pat Emory and DNREC Secretary Shawn M. Garvin. Photo from DNREC)

8 tips to stay safe while boating this summer

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Culture

A Delaware agency wants to make sure those hitting the open seas are safe this summer. Wednesday, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control  announced eight tips for water enthusiasts to follow. The department’s Division of Fish and Wildlife joined Smyrna’s Citizens’ Hose Company to highlight recently installed buoyant life rings at DNREC’s Woodland Beach fishing pier and …

Another year, another slew of education bills were discussed and passed the Delaware legislature in 2024. (Photo by Maksym Yemelyanov/Adobe Stock)

Education experts offer takeaways from 2024 school bills

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

With an 8.6% increase in state education funding for fiscal year 2025, which began July 1, the Delaware General Assembly continued its trend of passing legislation specific to the state’s schools.  There were dozens of educational bills passed this legislative year, which concluded June 30.  From college scholarships to improving school climate to establishing a commission to evaluate how schools …