Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Time to trash expired meds and reduce drug overdose deaths

Ken MammarellaHealth, Government, Headlines

With Delaware’s 25th Prescription Drug Take-Back Day coming up Saturday, Oct. 28, the state says it sees signs that discarding expired or unused medication is one arrow in its arsenal to reducing addiction and deaths from drug overdoses. Among other things, the Delaware Division of Public Health pointed to: Delaware has dropped in the ranking of overdose deaths per capita. …

Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki

Purzycki won’t run for 3rd term as Wilmington mayor

Ken MammarellaHeadlines, Government

Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki announced today that he will not seek re-election to a third term in 2024. In a letter to “the people of Wilmington,” he gives his age as a big reason for the decision. “My difficulty in committing to another term that would begin 15 months from now is in continuing to undertake such a demanding job …

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Philadelphia 76ers announce free scrimmage in Wilmington

Bryan ShupeSports, Headlines

The Philadelphia 76ers announced today details for the 2023 Blue x White Scrimmage, presented by Ticketmaster, which is set for Saturday, Oct. 14 at noon at Chase Fieldhouse, the home of the Delaware Blue Coats, the team’s NBA G League affiliate.  The free, open-practice style event will feature new 76ers Head Coach Nick Nurse and the 2023-24 roster, as the …

The Junior League of Wilmington is planning a full-scale Whale of a Sale on Nov. 4. These shoppers were at a mini-sale last year. (Courtesy of Taylor Drainer)

Junior League’s Whale of a Sale is back, big time

Ken MammarellaCulture, Headlines

The Whale of a Sale – which the Junior League of Wilmington calls Delaware’s largest garage sale – will return in full size in November, for the first time in four years. “It’s a little bit of work, but it’s so rewarding, ” league president Taylor Drainer said. “We have fun hanging around with friends, and we enjoy helping parents …

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Confusion strikes Delaware pickleball enthusiasts 

Staff WriterHeadlines, Sports

Pickleball, the popular racket sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton, and ping pong, has been making waves in Delaware over the past few years. With a growing community of enthusiasts and a rising number of courts across the state, the game has captured the hearts of many. However, recently, confusion has struck the pickleball community as the rules governing …

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Study concludes Wilmington isn’t paying employees enough

Ken MammarellaGovernment, Headlines

Wilmington has released a citywide classification and salary compensation study that recommends increasing pay across the board. The $85,000 project resulted in four reports, for executives and managers, nonunion staff, AFSCME Local 320 and AFSCME Local 1102. Mayor Mike Purzycki is asking City Council to amend the fiscal 2024 general operating budget to include new salary ranges from the study …

Wilmington has increased its water/sewer rates by 5.7%. (Pixabay photo from Unsplash)

Wilmington water bills going up. And up. And up. And up.

Ken MammarellaBusiness, Headlines

Wilmington in July increased its water/sewer rates for its customers in the city and the suburbs. And it’s planning to increase them in 2024. And 2025. And 2026. “Water/sewer rates increased on July 1 by 5.7% for all categories of our customers (city and non-city),” said John Rago, deputy chief of staff for Mayor Mike Purzycki. “The projected increases for …

The Newport River Trail is getting $23 million in federal funding. (WILMAPCO )

Feds award $44M for NCCo, Sussex shared-use trails

Ken MammarellaGovernment, Headlines

Multi-use trails to connect Newport with Wilmington and Georgetown with Lewes received $44 million in federal funding today. The Newport River Trail will get $23 million to construct a 2-mile path between Newport and the Jack A. Markell Trail on the Wilmington Riverfront. The Newport River Trail is part of New Castle County’s Connecting Communities initiative and will be a …

Some call center jobs will be at CSC Station. Some will be remote. (Pexels photo by Tina Miroshnichenko)

New call center to hire workers with special needs

Ken MammarellaBusiness, Headlines

A call center is being set up in Wilmington that will focus on the medical industry and on employees with special needs. By the end of 2025, BlindSight Delaware Enterprise plans to hire 227 Delawareans who are blind or visually impaired, have other disabilities, are military veterans and/or live in economically disadvantaged Promise Communities in New Castle, Kent and Sussex …

Wilmington is near the bottom of a new list ranking cities on the best places to raise a family. (Fabian Centeno photo from Unsplash)

Wilmington, Dover called poor places to raise a family

Ken MammarellaCulture, Headlines

Wilmington is near the bottom of a new list of America’s best cities to raise a family. It’s 173rd out of 182 cities on the list from WalletHub, a personal finance website. Dover is 139th. In a stunning contrast, WalletHub a few months ago ranked Wilmington eighth on its list of best places to retire. Dover ranked 36th on that …