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DART Releases Independence Day Schedule

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DELAWARE– DART services will operate on a Saturday schedule; Route 305 – Beach Connection from Wilmington to Rehoboth begins service, operating Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

Independence Day, Saturday, July 4, 2020 – New this Independence Day, DART offers bus service in New Castle County on Routes 2, 4, 5, 6, 13, 15, 33, 40, and 47, using a Saturday schedule, with Paratransit operating complimentary ADA-only service.  DART’s Beach Bus services and Route 305 – Beach Connection will also operate, with complimentary ADA-only service for Paratransit.  All other fixed route and paratransit services will not operate.

DART’s 305 Beach Connection provides a ride from Wilmington to Rehoboth Beach on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays through September 7.  The Route 305 now serves the new South Frederica Park & Ride, located at 4000 Bay Road, Frederica.  Fares are $2 per zone; the one-way cash fare is $10 from Wilmington, $8 from Middletown, $6 from Dover and $4 from Frederica.  Riders are encouraged to buy an Anywhere pass for $12.60, which can also be used on all Beach Bus services, once at either of the Park & Rides.

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Mayor Purzycki, Cultural Affairs Director Betz Share Details of the Wilmington Children’s Chorus FREE Virtual Summer Camp

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WILMINGTON, Del. – The Wilmington Children’s Chorus is offering a FREE Virtual Summer Camp from July 6-24 for youth who have finished grades 2-8. This camp is ideal for any interested child, from the beginner who is ready to learn, to the advanced singer looking for a new challenge. Registration is available now at

In addition to pre-recorded lessons and activities that can be accessed anytime, campers will join in live music making through “Zoom” classes with expert music educators for one hour each day. Youth will learn new music, build music reading skills, have fun with percussion, and more! All participants will have a chance to share their work in a final camp video showcasing their talents and camp projects. Participation is free and the program can be accessed from anywhere with a computer, smartphone, tablet, or other device.

“We are so excited to offer our popular summer day camp in this new virtual format,” said WCC Artistic Director Kimberly Doucette. “Even though we can’t see our campers face-to-face, this is a great way to make music, learn new skills, and interact with others who love to sing.”

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Delaware Sees an Increase in Food Drives as Affects of the Pandemic Continue

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DELAWARE- There has been an increase in food drives across the country since the beginning of the pandemic. Even as we move into phase two in Delaware, the effects of the virus continue in many households.

People with DART and the Food Bank of Delaware tell us not only do people affected by COVID-19 need food, but this time of year is always difficult for people across the state. This week both organizations are working to collect and distribute food to those in need.

Monday people like Specialist Rosario Franzone worked in the hot sun to make sure Delaware families have food on the table.

“This is what I signed up for. I wanted to serve my people and do whatever I can to help people in the state of Delaware. If they ever decide to send me somewhere else I’ll be more than happy to help out,” said Spc. Franzone with the Delaware National Guard.

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Delaware Aglands Program Ranks Second in the United States for Preserving Farmland

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DOVER, Del.  — Delaware announced its 24th consecutive round of easement selections by the Delaware Agricultural Lands Preservation Foundation. With the preservation of another 5,500 acres, Delaware has permanently preserved more than 139,000 acres of farmland for future generations.

In a recent report by the American Farmland Trust, Delaware was recognized as having one of the most effective farmland protection programs in the country, ranked second only to New Jersey.

“Our state’s Aglands Preservation Program has been critical to keeping Delaware farms in production,” said Governor Carney. “I think we can all agree through the pandemic, we learned how important family farmers are to ensuring food including fruits and vegetables, dairy products, and meat are readily available. Preserving farmland is not just about passing a farm down to the next generation, it’s about making sure future generations have food grown locally available to feed their families.”

In this round of easement selections, there were four farms in New Castle County, 12 farms in Kent County, and 47 farms in Sussex County preserved. A total of 26 percent of Delaware’s farmland has been successfully preserved through Delaware’s Aglands Preservation Program.

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America gets its tallest $100,000 Hanuman statue in Delaware

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Carved out of a single granite rock, 25 feet high statue weighs 45 tons.

America has got what is touted as the tallest statue of Hindu monkey god Lord Hanuman standing 25 feet high and weighing a massive 45 tons chiseled out of a single granite rock.

Crafted and shipped at a cost of over $100,000 from Warangal in Telangana state of India, the statue was installed in Hockessin in the New Castle County, Delaware, this week over ten days of religious ceremonies.

The statue was handcrafted by more than a dozen ‘Shilpis’ or skilled artisans working full-time for more than a year, according to a Facebook post of Hindu Temple of Delaware Association.

Back in January, the installation Traveled from Hyderabad to New York by ship, and then by flatbed truck to Delaware, to the state’s largest Hindu temple.

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New Castle County libraries launch curbside pickup program

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Readers, rejoice! New Castle County libraries are again open – in a limited capacity, at least.

On Tuesday, libraries across the county began offering curbside service. Patrons can request books, DVDs and other materials online or by phone, drive to the library, and a librarian will deliver the materials to the patron’s car.

“It’s great to have that connection with our patrons again,” Pat Birchenall, manager of the Newark Free Library, said. “They, in turn, are excited to be able to get materials.”

Libraries have been closed since mid-March due to the pandemic, and while they continued their online offerings for e-books, many people missed the ability to actually check out books, County Executive Matt Meyer said.

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Mayor Purzycki Shares Announcement from County Executive Meyer About Additional COVID-19 Testing Sites, Including 3 in Wilmington

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New Castle, DE – New Castle County, in partnership with the State of Delaware and the Delaware Emergency Management Agency, announced a third week of free COVID-19 testing sites for Wilmington, Claymont, New Castle, and Newark. The sites, along with others in Kent and Sussex Counties, will help reach Governor John Carney’s goal of testing 80,000 Delawareans per month for the novel coronavirus. Test locations were selected with input from a number of sources including doctors, epidemiologists, non-profits, faith-based, and community leaders.

The County will also be adding a resource fair to sites that have the size to accommodate the additional services. Those sites are Howard High School (Monday, June 15), Frawley Stadium (Friday, June 19), Seeds of Greatness Ministries (Saturday, June 20), and Frawley Stadium (Friday, June 26). Additional resources include the Food Bank of Delaware, Goodwill of Delaware and Delaware County, United Way, 211, and more.

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Newark reinstates parking fees, but keeps some meters free for up to 15 minutes

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After a nearly three-month reprieve, visitors to downtown Newark will once again have to pay to park in city-run parking lots.

However, on-street parking on Main Street between North Chapel Street and the University of Delaware Green will be free for up to 15 minutes to allow customers to pickup take-out orders at local restaurants. Those spaces are limited to 15 minutes only; motorists who need to park for a longer period of time must pay to park in a lot or at meters elsewhere in the city.

In March, city council suspended parking fees as a way to support businesses during the coronavirus shutdown and also as a way to save money on parking enforcement during a time when most people were staying home. On Monday, with many businesses starting to reopen, city council voted to reinstate the parking fees.

Visitors returning to the paid lots will notice some changes. City officials used the shutdown to finish converting the lots and Main Street meters to a new parking kiosk system. Individual parking meters were removed, as were the parking attendant booths in the lots.

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Mayor Purzycki, Cultural Affairs Director Betz Announce Details of the 33rd Annual (and 1st Virtual) Clifford Brown Jazz Festival June 24, 25, 26 and 27

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Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki and Cultural Affairs Director Tina Betz today said they are pleased to announce that the 33rd Annual Clifford Brown Jazz Festival will be held this year, but due to COVID-19 will be staged as the City’s first virtual jazz festival. The 2020 jazz festival performances will be live-streamed from a local music studio on Thursday, June 25 through Saturday, June 27, with sets beginning at 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and at 3 p.m. on Saturday. This year’s festival is comprised of 15 groups featuring 80 local and regional artists. A list of performers is included at the end of this news release.

“Everyone throughout the City and the world will now have the opportunity to enjoy Wilmington’s premier annual music event which, for years, has proudly been known as the largest FREE jazz festival on the East Coast,” said Mayor Purzycki. “The pandemic will not interrupt a City institution, which will feature the talents of scores of musicians, many of them local music icons. Tina and I are very excited, and we hope you are also.”

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Wilmington Blood Drive – Urgent Need! Appointments Encouraged

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Urgent Need! Please make an appointment to give blood at Talleyville Fire Company on Wednesday, June 10th between 12pm-5pm. To make an appointment, you can visit (Sponsor Code: TFC) or call 888-8-BLOOD-8. Appointments are strongly encouraged. Walk-ins will only be allowed if social distancing can be maintained. Please help spread the word.


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