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New Castle County set to approve $54 million in ARPA funds

Charlie Megginson Government, Headlines

New Castle County Council will vote at its next meeting to send just over $54 million in federal COVID relief funds to the county’s finance office for allocation. The money will go toward affordable housing, wastewater and stormwater management, nonprofit grants and more, according to Brian Cunningham, the county’s director of strategic communications. The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, …

Lawmakers announce plan to give every Delaware taxpayer $300

Charlie Megginson Government, Headlines

Republican and Democratic lawmakers on Thursday announced a plan to give every Delaware taxpayer $300 in direct economic relief. The relief plan, which would send direct payments to every Delawarean who filed a 2020 tax return, has the backing of Gov. John Carney.  Legislation is currently being drafted to enable relief payments. A bill is expected to be introduced during …

General Assembly committee meetings to stay virtual

Charlie Megginson Government, Headlines

Delaware House and Senate committee meetings will be held virtually throughout the month of January.   Delaware House and Senate leaders announced Friday that all legislative committees will meet virtually throughout the month of January when the General Assembly returns to session Tuesday, Jan. 11.  House Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf, D-Rehoboth, and Senate President Dave Sokola, D-Newark, said the decision was …

Hockessin, Unionville used book sales canceled

Ken Mammarella Culture, Headlines

Concerns about the spread of coronavirus have caused two huge fundraising book sales planned for early 2022 to be cancelled. “We hope to reschedule the sale for later in the year and to hold several smaller sales in the coming months,” the Friends of the Hockessin Library Board posted. “There will be no 2022 [Unionville High School] Book Sale,” a …

Delaware sees 1,000+ new COVID-19 cases four days in a row

Charlie Megginson Headlines, Health

Delaware broke its all-time record for new daily cases of COVID-19. One day later, it broke the record again. Photo by Sam Johnson/Pixabay. The day after Delaware broke its all-time record for new daily cases of COVID-19, the record was broken again. On Christmas Eve, 1,587 Delawareans tested positive for the virus. The previous state record was 1,393 on Dec. …

No immediate plans to bring back mask mandate, Carney says

Charlie Megginson Headlines, Health

Gov. John Carney said booster shots will be essential to lessening the impact of a COVID winter surge. Gov. John Carney has no immediate plans to reinstitute mask or social distancing mandates.  Instead, the state will continue to rely on voluntary compliance, he said during a COVID-19 briefing Tuesday.  “I think the objective obviously is to get people to wear …

Digital vaccine cards now come with convenient QR code

Charlie Megginson Headlines, Health

Photo by Seb_ra/Getty Images. Individuals vaccinated in Delaware will now have access to a QR code when downloading their COVID-19 vaccination record. The digital COVID-19 vaccination card now includes the QR code and is available through the DelVAX Public Portal, a site where those who were vaccinated in Delaware can access their immunization records.  When the person accesses their COVID-19 …

As COVID cases rise, Del. Dept. of Education hosts mask-free party

Charlie Megginson Education, Government, Headlines

On the same day that the first four cases of the highly contagious COVID-19 omicron variant were confirmed in Delaware, staff from the state’s Department of Education hosted a mask-free party for outgoing education secretary Susan Bunting.  The department is now facing growing outrage after images of the event posted on its own Facebook account show hordes of unmasked attendees …

Utility workers’ vaccine meeting unleashes anti-government ire

Charlie Megginson Government, Headlines

A panel of union members, parents, advocates and a state representative speak before 400 people at the Nur Shrine Center in New Castle. Left to Right: Linemen Jeremy Malin, Colin Lamb, Caleb Thomston, two parents, Abraxas Hudson of Delaware MFA, Rep. Steve Smyk, R-Milton. A meeting called by electrical workers to build momentum in their fight against a federal vaccine …

Vaccination, pop-up testing sites for June 12-19

Betsy Price Government, Headlines

State and communities agencies are hosting community vaccination sites and pop-up testing sites throughout Delaware June 12-19. Delawareans who get vaccinated by June 29 will be entered to win $5,000 in cash and additional prizes in twice-weekly drawings conducted by the Delaware Lottery. All Delawareans vaccinated in Delaware are eligible for the final drawing on June 30: $302,000 giveaway and …