Headwaters Acton is a private school scheduled to open in the fall. (Unsplash)

New private school coming to Sussex this fall

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Education

A new private school is coming to Sussex County in the fall. Dustin Yoder said he started Headwaters Acton to serve people who have a deep dissatisfaction with traditional education. He and his wife Stefanie Yoder live in Sussex County and wanted their four young children to have a different path of education than they experienced.  After sending three of …

David Amado (Courtesy of Delaware Symphony Orchestra)

Amado retiring from Delaware Symphony Orchestra

Ken Mammarella Culture, Headlines

David Amado is getting a new title in July from the with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra: music director laureate. He will continue to appear with the DSO, conducting selected concerts in the 2023-2024 season and beyond. The DSO will also welcome guest conductors next season, with a formal music director search beginning in 2024. “I am proud of our work …

A recent SALSATHON, a fundraiser uniting Salesianum, Padua and Ursuline.

SALSTHON dance marathon aims to raise $175k for sick kids

Jarek Rutz Education, Headlines

Students at  Salesianum, Ursuline and Padua will dance their hearts out from dusk to dawn in March as they attempt to raise $175,000 for children in need.  SALSTHON is an annual event inspired by Penn State University’s THON, which has become so popular that many high schools in the country have some version of the all-night dance marathon.  The student …

Pennsylvania Avenue in Wilmington. (Famartin photo from Wikimedia)

Wilmington gets $200,000 in Safe Streets and Roads funding

Ken Mammarella Government, Headlines

Wilmington has received a $200,000 grant from the new federal Safe Streets and Roads for All program. It’s the only Delaware grant among $800 million awarded for 510 projects nationwide. The city is partnering with the Wilmington Area Planning Council on the grant. The Delaware Department of Transportation and Delaware Transit Corp. (the DelDOT unit that runs DART buses) have …

The Gordons Pond Trail at Cape Henlopen State Park. (Courtesy of DNREC)

Del. State Parks set attendance record: 8 million-plus

Ken Mammarella Culture, Headlines

Delaware State Parks set another attendance record in 2022, with more than 8 million visitors. Attendance at the 17 Delaware state parks has increased each year since 2015. In the past five years, visitation is up 37%. The most visited state park in 2022 was Cape Henlopen, with 1.9 million visitors. Alapocas Run, Auburn Valley, Brandywine Zoo, Fort Delaware and Killens …

Three state colleges asked for millions of dollars in funding to them in next year's budget. (University of Delaware Facebook)

College budget hearings bring up safety, salary concerns

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Education

Funding requests from three state colleges in General Assembly financial hearings Thursday drew questions about campus safety, fair pay and transparency. Collectively, Delaware Technical Community College, Delaware State University and University of Delaware asked the state Joint Finance Committee for $32,534,000 for Fiscal Year 2024, which starts July 1. The committee, made of members of both the state House and …

Longtime du Pont estate Granogue

Longwood gets bit more du Ponty by adding Granogue estate

Betsy Price Culture, Headlines

Longwood Gardens, founded by Pierre S. du Pont in the early 1900s, is about to get another dose of du Pont. The Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, gardens and The Conservation Fund will acquire and operate the longtime du Pont estate Granogue located in New Castle County. The 505-acre private estate includes the long-time residence of the late Irénée “Brip” and Barbara …

This miniature snowman, made of painted stones, is generating smiles. (Ken Mammarella photo)(

Tiny art in park brings joy to North Wilmington

Ken Mammarella Culture, Headlines

Whimsical art that has mysteriously appeared in a Brandywine Hundred park is generating smiles for people out for walks – and hundreds of fans online. On Monday, Sandy Meredith posted a snapshot on nextdoor, saying “To whomever is leaving these fantastic rock creations along the path between Tarleton and Cardiff…THANK YOU! “You have made me become more observant of my …

Delaware Theatre Company D.J. Gleason One Man Two Guvnors

Bud Martin makes comedy ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’ DTC swan song

Betsy Price Culture, Headlines

Delaware Theatre Co.’s Bud Martin first saw “One Man, Two Guvnors” on Broadway a decade ago while it starred James Corden, now host of CBS’ “The Late, Late Show.” “It was the funniest thing I’ve ever seen,” Martin said. “I walked out of the theater with my sides sore from laughing.” Corden went on to win a Tony Award for …