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State Fair opened Thursday with honor-system COVID masking

Charles Megginson Culture, Headlines

The Delaware State Fair opened Thursday, and runs through Saturday, July 31. Photo by Scott Evers/Delaware Community Lens   It’s that time of the year: The Delaware State Fair returned to the Harrington Fairgrounds this week, bringing eclectic foods, rides, music and more. This year’s event, dubbed ‘Your Passport to Summer Fun,’ will run through Saturday, July 31.  The 10-day …

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Milford Schools seek referendum to redo historic middle school

Charles Megginson Education, Headlines

  Milford Middle School will be renovated to 21st century standards for fourth and fifth graders, if an October referendum passes.   Update – Fiscal impacts of the project can be found at https://www.milfordschooldistrict.org/referendum   Original Post – The Milford School District announced at a sparsely attended Board of Education meeting Monday that it would be seeking a referendum on …

Delaware schools plan to help students with summer and other programs.

State pays $15 million for COVID testing company to work with schools

Betsy Price Education, Headlines, Health

A new program will check teaches and students for COVID-19, even if they don’t have symptoms.   Delaware will pay $15 million for the Quidel Corp. to provide routine COVID-19 testing, processing and reporting for Delaware teachers and students who have no virus symptoms. In many cases, a Delaware Division of Public Health press release said, Quidel’s rapid antigen tests …

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Sen. Ernie Lopez will not seek re-election in 2022

Betsy Price Government, Headlines

Sen. Ernie Lopez   Republican State Senator Ernie López will not be seeking re-election in 2022, according to a press release issued by the Senate Republican Caucus Friday afternoon.  He didn’t cite a reason why. López’s district includes Milton, Lewes, Rehoboth Beach, Dewey Beach and Harbeson. “It is with a great deal of thanks and humility to the people of …

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Milford woman helps Funland staffing shortage by returning to teen job

Terry Rogers Culture, Headlines

Veronica Evans and her son, Will, begin work at Funland     With many area businesses struggling to find staff this summer, Funland has been no exception, posting often on social media that they were hiring. Several alumni staff commented that they would love to return there to work, so Funland called their bluff, according to Veronica Evans, who worked …

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Fishermen, scientist praise increased dredging in Sussex waters

Betsy Price Government, Headlines

$16 million has been allotted to help DNREC dredge inland Sussex County waters. Archival photo courtesy of DNREC   By Charlie Megginson Delaware’s inland bays, canals and waterways are about to become easier to navigate after the General Assembly last month authorized a record $16 million for dredging projects. The hope is that boaters will be able to enjoy more …

Board of Adjustments approves variance, denies conditional use

Betsy Price Government & Politics, Headlines

A conditional use has been denied for this home on Meadowbrook Lane On July 12, Sussex County Board of Adjustments approved a variance for a garage setback but denied an additional request by the property owner for a tourist home conditional use. The home, located at 607 Meadowbrook Lane, is owned by John D. Gibson, who had been renting rooms …

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Construction management company chosen for new police facility

Betsy Price Government & Politics, Headlines

Proposed site plan for new Milford Police Department facility As part of the design and construction process for the new police facility approved by voters in February, a five-member panel was spent several months reviewing Requests for Proposals for a construction management company to oversee the building process. Mike Svaby, Public Works Director, explained that the city received nine RFPs …

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Dover woman supports others diagnosed with breast cancer

Betsy Price Headlines, Health, Milford Headline Story

Purnima Dixit now helps other women who received the same devastating breast cancer diagnosis she did   Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012 soon after moving to Dover from New York, Purnima Dixit contacted Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition soon after her treatment was determined to see what services they had available. Since that time, Dixit has worked with the Peer …

Council hears status of ARPA funds

Betsy Price Government & Politics, Headlines

Milford City Council, at a workshop held Monday, July 12, heard from Lou Vitola, Finance Director, about the funds provided from the American Rescue Act. The funds are designed to support municipalities mee the demands and needs created by the COVID-19 pandemic. “The funds were allocated to the state and then reallocated to local governments by the state,” Vitola said. …