Wilmington Police Department Community Fairs

Wilm. PD hopes weekly walks will address social, health needs

Charlie Megginson Headlines, Government

Wilmington police officers will take weekly walks through the city to engage with residents and distribute information about social services, Mayor Mike Purzycki announced Wednesday. The initiative aims to address unmet social service and public health needs in Wilmington neighborhoods, according to the mayor. “Our police officers have demonstrated time and time again that if they have an opportunity, beyond …

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Longtime Wilmington Councilwoman Loretta Walsh dead at 73

Charlie Megginson Government, Headlines

Longtime Wilmington City Councilwoman Loretta Walsh has died. She was 73. First elected in 1985, Walsh served on City Council until 1997 and again from 2004 until Oct. 6 of this year, when she resigned citing health concerns.   Prior to entering public office, Walsh became the first woman to serve as chief deputy in the New Castle County Sheriff’s Office. …

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EastSide celebrates Barclays $1M donation for STEM lab

Jarek Rutz Education, Headlines

Plans were unveiled Monday for a $22 million STEM hub at EastSide Charter, partly paid for by a $1 million donation from Barclays US Consumer Bank. “What’s unique about this opportunity is that there are corporations that have already partnered with us,” said Aaron Bass, chief executive officer at EastSide, “to make sure that there is job training, internships and …

Wilmington Police Department Community Fairs

Wilmington PD hopes to unite police, community with 3 fairs

Charlie Megginson Culture, Headlines

The Wilmington Police Department hopes to build stronger relationships with community members by hosting three community resource fairs throughout the month of September.  The fairs will build off the success of the National Night Out, an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships.  The events will feature police officers representing a range of assignments and positions as well as partner …

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Newly opened Museum of Nature, Science to get $500,000 from county

Jarek Rutz Culture, Headlines

During the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the reimagined Museum of Nature and Science, New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer told the crowd that his administration is going to propose a $500,000 grant for the institution. “Everything we do in county government right now – similarly to what’s going on in the city of Wilmington – is about diversity, equity and inclusion,” …

Public infighting returns to Wilmington City Council

Charlie Megginson Government, Headlines

Photo/City of Wilmington Wilmington City Council members must hand over all email, phone and text records from Jan. 2021 to March 2022 in response to a Freedom of Information Act request filed by one of their own.  Councilwoman Shané Darby, D-District 2, submitted the FOIA request because she says a group of seven city council members have been holding private …

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Darby ordinance would make Wilm employers pay for shift changes

Charlie Megginson Business, Headlines

Photo/Getty Images Business leaders are lining up in opposition to a proposed ordinance in Wilmington that would require service industry employers to provide two-weeks notice of work schedules and compensate employees when changes occur.  The measure, sponsored by Council Member Shané Darby, D-District 2, aims to provide more schedule stability for hourly workers at retail, hospitality and foodservice establishments with …

Wilm. mayor’s budget: tax increases, pay raises, job cuts

Charlie Megginson Government, Headlines

Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki Included in Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki’s proposed $176.9 million city budget are a 7.5% property tax increase, a 5% increase in water and sewer fees, and the elimination of 14 positions in city government.  Purzycki presented the fiscal year 2023 budget proposal before City Council Thursday along with an $82.1 million water, sewer and stormwater budget. …

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Purzycki, FOP: Congo’s police shaming ‘baseless, abhorrent’

Charlie Megginson Government, Headlines, Police & Fire

The mayor of Wilmington and the union that represents the city’s police officers are pushing back against the City Council president’s claims that the department is failing to promote diversity and morale within its ranks.  After leading the City Council to a Jan. 20 vote of no confidence in police Chief Robert Tracy, Council President Trippi Congo upped the ante …

Wilmington council president goes public with WPD ‘whitest Black guy’ trophy

Charlie Megginson Government, Headlines

Around Christmas of 2019, a Black male detective in the Wilmington Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division was given a trophy by his white male supervisor with an engraved message that reads, “Whitest Black Guy in the Office Award.” The trophy has been openly displayed on the detective’s desk since it was presented to him, according to City Council President Trippi …