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    First State Manufacturing building in Milford sold

    Owners of the Salisbury, MD-based construction and development firm Gillis Gilkerson purchased an industrial building in Milford. “The principals of Gillis Gilkerson’s development team purchased this building with intent to lease it fully in the coming months,” stated George Merritt, an advisor for NAI Coastal, a real estate affiliate of Gillis Gilkerson. The sales...

    Legislation raising Delaware jobless benefit to $450 a week signed by governor

    Gov. John Carney House signed a bill that will raise maximum unemployment benefits from $400 to $450 a week. The bill passed both the Senate and House without a no vote. The maximum payment in Delaware was last raised from $330 a week to $440 in 2019. Delaware ranks in the lower tier of states when it comes to its maximum...

    Health insurance marketplace enrollment rises 8% to 34,742

    Delaware's reinsurance program kept the cost of monthly premiums relatively steady as enrollment on Delaware's Health Insurance Marketplace (Obamacare) for 2023 increased 8% over the open enrollment total for 2022. During Delaware's 10th open enrollment period, which began on Nov. 1, 2022, and ended Jan. 15, 2023, a total of 34,742 Delawareans enrolled for health insurance on HealthCare.gov....

    Repair project to close St. Georges Bridge for 18 months

    A major repair project will begin in early April at the St. Georges Bridge along the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal. The bridge will remain closed to all traffic for approximately 18 months. The $45.8 million contract, awarded to J.D. Eckman, Inc., involves demolishing and replacing the bridge decking, median barrier, drainage features; replacing bridge approaches and roadways; and...

    WSFS reports higher 4th quarter earnings

    WSFS Financial Corporation, parent company of WSFS Bank, reported higher earnings in the fourth quarter. WSFS is based in Wilmington and has other administrative operations in Philadelphia. Rodger Levenson, CEO, said, “We are very pleased to end 2022 with strong 4Q results and momentum. "Our operating performance was driven by a 50 basis point increase in NIM (net...

    Carney proposes $5.5 billion state budget

    Governor Carney on Thursday presented his Fiscal Year 2024 budget request. with a 7.4% spending increase “This year’s recommended budget shows our priorities clearly with raises for teachers and state employees, major investments in housing and child care to support our families, and responsibly managing taxpayer dollars,” said Carney. “We’ll also provide middle-class tax relief for working Delawareans. We’re continuing...

    Greene Turtle Newark restaurant reopens a short distance away from old location

     The Greene Turtle sports bar-restaurant reopens on Friday at a new location in Newark near the University of Delaware. Located at 211 S. Main St. in the Park and Shop mixed-use center, the restaurant is short distance from the original location, The new location provides a modern design and enhanced audio and visual technology, a release stated. “We’re excited to reopen our...

    Covid-19 cases continue to drop after the holidays

    Delaware continues to see a decline in Covid-19 cases after a holiday mini-surge, according to the weekly report from the Delaware Division of Public Health. There were two new deaths reported in the last week and nine new deaths reported after a review of vital statistics between December and January. The individuals ranged from their 40s to 90s, nine...

    Amtrak seeks ideas from manufacturers for next generation of long-distance trains.

    As many as ten manufacturers are submitting their ideas on replacement railcars for long-distance routes, a few of which pass through Wilmington on their way south. It marks the first formal step to completely reequip the Amtrak Long Distance Network that provides vital service on 14 overnight routes from coast to coast. Amtrak operates a passenger car refurbishment site in Bear....

    Nutter’s Sandwich Shoppe closes after 7 decades

    Nutter's Sandwich Shoppe has closed its doors after a 70-year run. The family issued the following statement and noted that the shop is for sale. "We have all been mindful of our contribution to the community and thankful for the beauty the community has returned to us.However, after careful consideration and extensive discussions, the family has made the decision that it...

    Community groups get more than $458,000 from state fund for financial literacy efforts

    A group of community organizations serving Delawareans from all walks of life have been selected to receive year 2022 grants from the Financial Literacy Education Fund (FLEF). “Financial literacy levels the playing field across all communities in our state,” said Delaware State Bank Commissioner Robert Glen. “For this round of grants, our team reviewed a great collection of applications, and we...

    House Dems keep online option for 2023 legislative session

    The House Democratic Caucus outlined a public participation process that includes an online component. “One of the things we recognized during the pandemic was that by providing a way for residents to watch and participate in their government remotely, more and more people were able to stay informed and have their voices heard. We had record attendance...

    Report: Delaware’s post-pandemic job recovery remains weak

    WalletHub's  Changes in the Unemployment Rate by State, shows Delaware ranking toward the bottom in its nemployment growth. WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia based on six key metrics that compare unemployment rate statistics from the latest month when data is available (December 2022) to key dates in 2022, 2021, 2020 and 2019. WalletHub is a financial...

    Blue Hen Quilts moves to new Newark location and becomes Bernina sewing machine retailer

    Erin Underwood has turned her passion into a career when she became a quilt pattern and template ruler designer, teacher, lecturer, and quilt shop owner. Underwood and her husband, John, opened Blue Hen Quilts in Newark in 2016. When the pair recently decided to move the shop's location and triple their retail space, they also became a...

    A quiet end in 2023 for Delaware office leasing market

    The northern Delaware office leasing market finished the year on a quiet note, according to a report from Newmark. The report from the commercial real estate firm with an office in Wilmington indicated that a combination of supply chain problems, labor matters, the holidays, and respiratory illnesses that include Covid-19 and RSV contributed to a weeaker fourth...

    ChristianaCare’s Delaware hospitals make 50 Best list

    ChristianaCare’s Christiana Hospital and Wilmington Hospital made the list of America’s 50 Best Hospitals. “At ChristianaCare, we are committed to being exceptional today and even better tomorrow. This recognition as one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals is a testament to the incredible work that our caregivers do every day to ensure safe, high-quality care and an outstanding experience for our...

    My take: Feds eye an end to most non-compete provisions

    Non-compete agreements are coming under the microscope in Delaware and elsewhere. The agreements, which differ somewhat from nondisclosure agreements, have their place in business, with high-level cases sometimes making their way to Delaware Chancery Court. The Federal Trade Commission is now eying a new rule that would ban employers from imposing non-competes on most workers. The FTC cited abuses that...

    Greenhill Car Wash opens 5th location in north Wilmington

    Greenhill Car Wash opened its fifth location in Delaware at 4024 Concord Pike in Wilmington.The new location is adjacent to Wawa, CVS and The Jewish Community Center, off Garden of Eden Road. Greenhill’s new location features license plate recognition for club members, a “Dry and Shine” machine to provide a cleaning of the vehicle exterior, and free vacuums for car...

    Covid-19 cases decline after holiday uptick

    Delaware saw a decline in Covid-19 cases last week, with the virus claiming the lives of 23 people with underlying health conditions. However, as of Jan. 17, two new deaths were reported in the past week, with 21 coming from a review of records between November and January. The individuals ranged in age from their 50s to 90s, 23...

    My take: Egg prices and rising interest rates

    The long-running Lyons Companies- University of Delaware  Alfred Lerner College of Business & Economics Update came with the usual speeches followed by a panel discussion. What was different at the January update that returned to a post-pandemic in-person format was the message from Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank President Patrick Haker. In the past, Fed governors are cautious in their comments...