The Newark library (New Castle County photo)

New 2-story Newark library to be built on same site

Ken Mammarella Government, Headlines

New Castle County has decided to update the Newark Free Library on the same site. The new, two-story building will have 50% more interior space, and there will be 80% more parking, Diana Brown, manager of the county’s 10 libraries, said this week. “Details of what will be inside will be developed with public hearings this year,” Out & About …

Bellefonte has proposed annexing two adjacent subdivisions.

Bellefonte wants to annex a bit, which upsets some folks

Ken Mammarella Government, Headlines

Bellefonte, a town of 1,200 in northeastern New Castle County, wants to simplify its borders by annexing two neighboring subdivisions, but the idea is anything but simple. First, the concept – suggested by some homeowners in the areas that could be annexed – has taken years to develop and be approved by the state, with letters of concurrence coming from …

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New Castle County urged to increase, expand impact fees

Ken Mammarella Government, Headlines

New Castle County on Monday was given a draft plan by consultants to expand — and increase — the impact fees charged for development. The county adopted such fees in 1999 to “finance new or expanded infrastructure and service needs for development.” And they have not changed much since. The county’s consultants recommended adding fees to encourage low-income housing and …

Johnathon Drew of Middletown won the New Castle County Boys cross country race photo by Middletown athletics Instagram page

Delaware’s cross country runners prepare for states

Glenn Frazer Headlines, Sports

It was “unseasonable” Autumn weather for the New Castle County and Henlopen cross country meets over the weekend. The New Castle County meet was held at Winterthur while the Henlopen race took place at Killens Pond, the site for the upcoming state championship meet on Saturday the 12th.  won the boy’s race at Winterthur in a time of 16:09.44, followed …

New Castle County Public Safety Department Recruiting Event

NCC to hold public safety celebration, recruiting event Saturday

Charlie Megginson Police & Fire, Government, Headlines

New Castle County’s Public Safety Department will hold a celebration and recruiting event Saturday, Sept. 10 at the Christiana Mall. The event will be held between Nordstrom and Cabela’s and will go on from 12 p.m. until 4 p.m.  “We’ll celebrate our public safety, including police, fire, 911 communications, paramedics and the Office of Emergency Management,” said Sgt. Tracy Duffy, …

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NCC Public Safety Recruiting Event

Charlie Megginson

New Castle County is hiring police, paramedics, firefighters, crossing guards, 911 communications and emergency management personnel. At this event, you’ll be able to: Talk to a recruiter; apply for jobs on-the-spot; and witness specialized unit demonstrations. Sept. 10, 2022 from 12 to 4 p.m. at the Christiana Mall between Nordstrom and Cabela’s. For more information, visit https://www.newcastlede.gov/2524/Public-Safety-Recruiting-Event-91022 Charlie MegginsonCharlie Megginson …

A student at EastSide Charter being greeted by community members as he enters the building for the first day of school.

A community of suits greet EastSide Eagles on 1st day

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Education

Community members decked out in suits fought a torrential downpour to welcome students back to EastSide Charter School Tuesday morning.  For the seventh year in a row, the charter in northeast Wilmington held its annual Suit Up, Show Up first day, with students walking through rows of professional and other community members there to encourage them.  The students are high-fived, …

Hockessin LIbrary book sale

Hockessin Library shift to quarterly book sale proves popular

Betsy Price Culture, Headlines

When the Friends of the Hockessin Library decided to cancel their annual book sale, they started having smaller pop-up sales in the library itself. To the members’ surprise, they like it better. Not only do they not have to worry about setting up, running and closing down the sale, which required about 200 volunteers, the new book sales seem more …

New Castle County's latest tax bill

New NCCo bills show new way to figure out taxes

Ken Mammarella Government, Headlines

New Castle County’s just-mailed tax bills come with an explanatory letter titled “Local service function tax rates have changed.” People who live in unincorporated parts of the county – and that’s most residents – and businesses in these unincorporated areas “will not see any change to their property tax rate,” the letter says. But it’s a different story for residents …

Claymont Electric Arc Park (Coastal Resilience Design Studio for the Claymont Renaissance Development Corp.)

Claymont eyed for new park with marina, amphitheater

Ken Mammarella Culture, Headlines

  A marina, an amphitheater and 4.4 miles of trails are among the features suggested in a proposal for a large new park in Claymont. “We have a team ready … to make it a first-rate amenity,” said Brett Saddler, executive director of the Claymont Renaissance Development Corp., referring to a group of Delawareans with expertise in the environment, recreation …