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City Council confirms Robert M. Goff Jr., Esq. as next City Solicitor

  WILMINGTON– City Councilmembers this evening confirmed the appointment of Robert M. Goff Jr., Esq. as the next Wilmington City Solicitor. Councilmembers unanimously approved a resolution that formally names Goff as City Solicitor representing the Mayor, City Council and all City departments, boards, and commissions. Goff was nominated for the position by Mayor Michael S. […]

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City Council approves CVT Commission’s recommendation to name DETV as next Public Access/Leased Access station operator

WILMINGTON– The Wilmington City Council has voted to accept the Cable, Video & Telecommunications Commission’s recommendation to select DETV as the next manager of its Public Access/Leased Access (PALA) television station. By a vote of 7 to 4 Council Members endorsed the recommendation to select DETV to take over the broadcast operation of Channel 28. […]

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DelDOT to hold public workshop on rehabilitation of I-95 from I-495 to North of Brandywine River Bridge

WILMINGTON – The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) would like to invite residents from in and around Wilmington and all other interested parties to a Public Workshop to discuss the proposed rehabilitation of I-95 Viaduct Corridor Project from I-495 to North of Brandywine River Bridge. Wednesday, March 27, 2019 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM Chase […]

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Community Court seeks input from the Wilmington community through online survey

WILMINGTON– Community Court organizers are asking the Wilmington community to assist them, as they prepare to launch a Wilmington Community Court, by completing a short online “Needs Assessment” survey. The assessment is a multiple-choice 15-question survey that can be accessed on the Community Court’s webpage here https://courts.delaware.gov/aoc/communitycourt.aspx The Wilmington Community Court initiative is an innovative […]

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FY 2020 City Council Budget Hearing schedule released

FY 2020 CITY COUNCIL BUDGET HEARING SCHEDULE  WILMINGTON – The Wilmington City Council is scheduled to begin hearing proposals from the heads of the various departments throughout city government outlining plans to fund their respective operations over the course of the 2020 fiscal year. The following are the dates and departments scheduled for the hearings inside […]

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Delaware Transit Corporation to hold a public workshop to discuss proposed changes to DART Statewide Bus Services

WILMINGTON – The Delaware Transit Corporation (DTC) is hosting Public Hearing Workshops to provide input and comments on proposed changes to DART Statewide Bus Services to become effective May 19, 2019.  Wilmington Public Library, The Commons, 10 East 10th St., Wilmington, 19801  Tuesday, March 5, 2019 11 AM to 1 PM  5 PM to 7 […]

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Wilmington City Council Swears in 1st District Councilwoman Linda Gray

WILMINGTON– Linda Gray, a former parole officer, and magistrate judge is the new 1stDistrict Council Member of the City of Wilmington. By a vote of 8 to 4, the full body of the Wilmington City Council voted this evening to select Gray, who was sworn in and immediately took her seat. “My overall vision is […]

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Stormin’ Norman Reunion Classic basketball tournament tips off this weekend

  WILMINGTON – An effort that started as a way to get young people off the streets of Southbridge will serve as a reminder of its success in changing lives nearly 40 years later. The Stormin’ Norman Reunion Classic 2019 Basketball Tournament will reunite the players and coaches from the Wilmington youth league that ran from […]

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WITN-22 again awarded top honors from Delaware Press Association

WILMINGTON– For the second time in as many years WITN-22 has taken away first-place awards in the 2019 Delaware Press Association Communications Contest. The awards are as follows: 1st Place: On-the-scene report (news) – Television: Yesenia Taveras for her solo news package on a YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program 1st Place: Talk Show (Television): WITN-22 staff, which includes […]

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Wilmington City Council office closes early due to worsening weather conditions

WILMINGTON – Due to worsening weather conditions,  President Hanifa Shabazz has closed the office of the Wilmington City Council for the remainder of the day. Wilmington City Councilmembers are available to constituents and can be contacted through the City Council web site at www.wilmingtoncitycouncil.com. Citizens should contact the City’s Public Works Call Center at 302-576-3878 with […]

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Tomorrow’s City Council meeting rescheduled to Thursday, February 28th

  WILMINGTON– At the request of numerous members of City Council and due to their unexpected professional conflicts to attend tomorrow’s regularly scheduled meeting, President Hanifa Shabazz has agreed to reschedule the Wilmington City Council meeting to February 28. “Several items on the agenda are the culmination of weeks and months of work, debates and […]

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Committee of the Whole makes recommendation to fill 1st District seat, full Council to vote to accept or reject

WILMINGTON – The Wilmington City Council Committee of the Whole has selected Linda M. Gray as its recommended candidate to fill the 1st District vacancy and will next present it to the full body of Council for a vote on February 21st. “We got this out of this committee with a majority vote, which is a good sign […]

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Council Members ‘looking forward to’ Committee of the Whole meeting to recommend candidate to fill long vacant 1st District seat

WILMINGTON– On Friday at 4:30 p.m. the entire body of the Wilmington City Council will convene as a Committee of the Whole to participate in the selection process for filling the vacancy in the 1st District. “This seat has been open since November, so I’m glad we came up with a resolution to pick someone to […]

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City Auditor cites “good feeling” about Council community support funding process after completing review requested by President

WILMINGTON– While a recently completed review of Community Service grants distributed between 2014 and the start of the current session of the Wilmington City Council turned up some instances that question compliance, measures to address such issues have been in place for nearly a year. “After reviewing the City Council grants of over $5,000 I […]

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CVT Commission selects DETV to manage Leased Access station, recommendation goes to full Council for vote  

WILMINGTON– The Cable, Video & Telecommunications Commission today selected DETV as its recommendation to be the next Third Party Operator (TPO) of Channel 28, the city’s Public Access/Leased Access (PALA) television station. An ordinance for first and second reading will be presented at the February 21st Wilmington City Council Meeting. The current agreement with the […]

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Committee of the Whole will convene to review process for filling 1st District vacancy

WILMINGTON– On Friday, Feb, 15 at 4:30 p.m., the Wilmington City Council is convening a Committee of the Whole to review the process for filling the 1st District vacancy. The vacancy on the Council came as the result of former Councilman Nnamdi Chukwuocha being elected to the Delaware General Assembly in November. The Committee of the […]

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Ordinance to include all Council Members in 1st District vacancy selection passes, public to be included in process

WILMINGTON – The City is one step closer to filling the vacancy on the Wilmington City Council designated for a representative of the 1stDistrict. By a vote of 7 to 3, Councilmembers tonight approved an ordinance that would allow all members of Council to be part of the committee that selects and recommends to Council […]

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Wilmington City Council Meeting will take place tonight as scheduled, news of cancelation reported in error

WILMINGTON– The regularly scheduled meeting of the Wilmington City Council has not been canceled and will be held at 6 p.m. this evening inside Council Chambers at the Louis L. Redding City/County Building located at 800 N. French Street, Wilmington, DE 19801. There was a miscommunication about the status of tonight’s regularly scheduled Council meeting. While […]

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State Senator to introduce legislation updating sex ed standards after Council sends resolution to General Assembly urging it

WILMINGTON– Legislation compelling teachers to update sex education standards to include sexual assault and consent could be introduced in the State Senate after a letter from City Councilmember Rysheema Dixon was sent to the Delaware General Assembly urging the action. According to a report published by Delaware Public Media, Sen. Nicole Poore (D-New Castle) said […]

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Councilman Freel honored by Westside Neighborhood Coalition

WILMINGTON – Council Member Bud Freel was honored last month by the Westside Neighborhood Coalition for his “willingness to always work with us.” “We decided to honor Councilman Freel by presenting him with an award because he has always been there for us to give us a helping hand,” said Mardell Coates, president of the […]

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11th St. will be closed Saturday for removal of sign

Wilmington – The Delaware Department of Transportation announced the removal of a sign by a crane at the Capital One Building will require the closure of West 11th Street between Washington Street and West Street, Saturday, Jan. 12 from 6:30 am until 6:30 pm. A detour will be set up and direct motorists to make a […]

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TRAFFIC ALERT – Daytime Closure of Exit 4 on I-495 next week

Wilmington – According to DelDOT, Exit 4 along I-495m the northbound off ramp to Hay Road in Wilmington is scheduled to be closed from 7 am until 7 pm on January 10, 2019 due to construction. The rain dare for the work  7 am until 7 on January 11, 2019. Detour signage will be posted for motorists.

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Councilwoman Oliver partners with local businessman to host toy drive, giveaway

WILMINGTON– Councilwoman Zanthia Oliver, Wilmington’s 3rdDistrict, is teaming up with local businessman Jason Baul to host the the first annual toy drive and van giveaway this weekend. Baul, owner of Baul’s Auto Sales located on Northeast Boulevard, said he wanted to do something special for the children of single or incarcerated parents and reached out […]

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Council holds off vote on special committee recommendation for 1st District vacancy, selection process resets 

WILMINGTON– The Wilmington City Council held off on voting to reconsider a resolution to accept the recommendation of the special committee formed to lead the process to fill the 1st District vacancy. The recommendation was voted down by the Council at its December 6 meeting, but was brought back up for reconsideration at the December 13 […]

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Council Member McCoy hosts 6th District meeting to discuss Jackson Street Boys and Girls Club

WILMINGTON–  On December 19, 2018 6thDistrict Council Member Yolanda McCoy will be hosting a community discussion at Pulaski Elementary School over the future of the site of the Jackson Street Boys and Girls Club. After eight years of sitting vacant through unsuccessful attempts to revive it, officials with the Jackson Street Boys and Girls Club […]

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Council rejects special committee recommendation for filling 1st District vacancy, selection process to repeat

WILMINGTON– The Wilmington City Council rejected a resolution to accept the recommendation of the special committee formed to lead the process to fill the 1stDistrict vacancy. After two days of interviewing 12 candidates, the ad hoc committee voted unanimously to put forth its selection for consideration. Per the City Charter, President Shabazz was charged with […]

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Ad Hoc Committee makes selection to fill Dist. 1 vacancy, will send recommendation to Council

WILMINGTON– After a more than a month of extensive outreach, reviewing letters of interest, resumes, and interviewing candidates to fill the Wilmington Council District 1 seat vacated by Nnamdi Chukwuocha, the ad hoc committee formed to recommend a replacement has made its decision. The committee has selected Albert Mills as its choice to represent the […]

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Contractor community development info session held

WILMINGTON – More than a hundred participants came out for today’s Contractors Information Session. The information session was designed to educate anyone interested in participating in Wilmington’s redevelopment efforts to get information on how they can become involved. Those in attendance included established contractors as well as individual investors and prospective homeowners. Following the info […]

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City of Wilmington News Advisory/Invitation for News Coverage

On Tuesday, December 4 at 10:30 a.m., Mayor Mike Purzycki and City Council Member Zanthia Oliver will recognize and honor Delaware’s oldest African-American owned funeral home—Bell Funeral Home—with the placement of a state historic marker. The event will take place at the Bell Funeral Home located at 909 Clifford Brown Walk. Members of the Bell family […]

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City currently seeking proposals to manage Leased Access/Public Access Channel 28

WILMINGTON– This week, the City of Wilmington began soliciting proposals from individuals and entities interested in operating and managing its Public Access and Leased Access (PALA) television station broadcasting on Comcast Channel 28. Managing Wilmington’s leased access/public access television station presents interested parties with the opportunity to not only serve the community by providing valuable […]

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Riverside Neighborhood named as 19th Purpose Built Community in United States

Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki was joined this week by Governor John Carney, County Executive Matthew Meyer, City Council Member Zanthia Oliver, the REACH Riverside Development Corporation (RRDC or REACH Riverside) and the Wilmington Housing Authority (WHA) for a major community redevelopment announcement. Expanding on the City’s commitment to partner with local neighbors and community leaders […]

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Special committee appointed to review letters of interest, recommend successor for District 1 vacancy

WILMINGTON –  A special committee has been convened to review letters of interest from qualified residents seeking to fill the vacant District 1 seat and will ultimately make a recommendation on an appointment to the post. According to the Wilmington City Charter, the President of Wilmington City Council shall appoint the members of a special committee consisting of five members of […]

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Chukwuocha resigns to assume seat in Delaware House, Council search for successor begins

WILMINGTON– Nnamdi Chukwuocha today resigned his post as Councilman of Wilmington’s 1stDistrict and will assume the House District 1 seat he won in the Democratic primary election in September. “I am very fortunate to have had the opportunity to serve the City of Wilmington as an elected official,” wrote Chukwuocha in his resignation letter addressed […]

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Wall commemorating the history of Wilmington City Council to be formally dedicated

WILMINGTON – Wilmington City Council Member Zanthia Oliver will be joined by Council President Hanifa Shabazz and former Council President Theodore Blunt as they formally dedicate the Wilmington City Council Commemorative Wall. The Commemorative Wall is a collection of photographs of various Council sessions, a historical look of past and present members of Wilmington City […]

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City Council now accepting letters of interest for filling District 1 vacancy

WILMINGTON – The Wilmington City Council is now soliciting letters of interest from residents affiliated with the Democratic Party of the city’s 1st District to consider filling the seat to be vacated by Councilman Nnamdi Chukwuocha in November. Councilman Chukwuocha, who won the Sept. 6 Democratic primary election for a seat in the Delaware House of Representatives, […]

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Edward L. Loper Sr. is Honored With Ceremonial Street Renaming

Mayor Purzycki recognizes the late Wilmington artist by designating the 1200 block of North Heald Street as “Edward Loper Way” WILMINGTON – Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki was joined today by City Council Members Samuel Guy, Zanthia Oliver and Rysheema Dixon, as well as family and community members to ceremonially rename a street in honor of the […]

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Council approves ordinance requiring city eateries to offer healthy beverages as default drink for kids’ meals

WILMINGTON– The Wilmington City Council approved an ordinance that now requires restaurants in the city to offer healthy beverages as the default drink included in kids’ meals sold at a single price. “A major priority included in the Council’s strategic plan is to foster a healthy Wilmington,” said Councilman Vash Turner, 5th District, who sponsored the […]

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Delaware Community Court initiative awarded $200,000 federal grant

WILMINGTON – The Delaware State Courts were one of five applicants nationwide announced today by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance, in partnership with the Center for Court Innovation, as a 2018 Community Court Grant Program winner. “This is fantastic news,” said Chief Justice Leo E. Strine, Jr. “We believe our Community […]

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Mayor Purzycki and Council Member Freel Invite Citizens to Recycle Hazardous Waste, Electronic Items and Paper Shredding Materials on Saturday, October 13 at Frawley Stadiu

Mayor Michael S. Purzycki and City Council Member Charles “Bud” Freel today invited citizens to the Wilmington Riverfront on Saturday, October 13, 2018 to dispose of their hazardous materials and electronic items and to securely shred their paper materials. The disposal and recycling event is held each year in October in Wilmington near Frawley Stadium […]

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Delegation of Chinese education, government experts visit Wilmington

WILMINGTON – President Hanifa Shabazz was joined by Wilmington Cultural Affairs Director Tina Betz and Tom Ogden, Deputy Chief of Staff for Mayor Michael Purzycki as they greeted a delegation of education experts from Ningbo, China. The delegation was made up of a diverse mix of government leaders in education and foreign affairs, administrators and instructors representing high schools, […]

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City Council to begin process of filling Dist. 1 vacancy Oct. 21

WILMINGTON – Beginning Oct. 21, the Wilmington City Council will be soliciting letters of interest from residents affiliated with the Democratic Party of the city’s 1stDistrict to be considered in filling the seat to be vacated Councilman Nnamdi Chukwuocha in November. Chukwuocha, who won the Sept. 6 Democratic primary election for a seat in the Delaware House […]

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Pre-Dawn Mosquito Spraying Planned for Southbridge Community Wednesday, September 12

The spraying process is scheduled to take place between 5:15 – 6:15 a.m.  The Delaware Mosquito Control Section is planning mosquito spraying to reduce adult mosquito populations in the Southbridge area of Wilmington on Wednesday, September 12, 2018. Weather permitting, the spraying will occur between 5:15 a.m. through 6:15 a.m. on Wednesday morning. If the spraying […]

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Discount prescription drug program offered through partnership with Council, National League of Cities

WILMINGTON– The Wilmington City Council is making available its residents discount prescription drug cards and has been partnering with community organizations to help distribute them. Through a partnership with the National League of Cities and the Wilmington City Council, Wilmington residents of all ages can now have access to discount cards, that on average can […]

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Councilwoman Harlee calls on police and fire officials for more education, enforcement around fireworks usage

WILMINGTON– Councilwoman Michelle Harlee, 4thDistrict, is expected to introduce a resolution encouraging the Wilmington Fire Department and the Wilmington Police Department to continue to educate the public on dangers of fireworks and requests the agencies provide more enforcement of the restrictions set forth in the Delaware State Code. The National Fire Protection Association found that […]

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2018 Peace of the Streets Concert Series Kicks Off This Week, Free Tickets Now Available

WILMINGTON– Councilman Vash Turner and Power 99FM Philly invite you to help promote peace in our communities and will be looking for you to come out to Wilmington Peace on the Street 2018, Wednesday, August 29th from 4-8 pm in Tubman Garrett Park. “Having a safe and secure Wilmington has been one of City Council’s top priorities, […]

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Wilmington Community Court Initiative Launched with a Community Resource Center Fair at the Courthouse

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  WILMINGTON – As a first step toward launching the Wilmington Community Court – a new kind of problem-solving court – the Delaware Judiciary, in cooperation with the City of Wilmington and other community partners, hosted the Community Resource Center Fair at the Leonard L. Williams Justice Center today. The event was designed […]

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