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Dover man gets 6 months in federal prison for impersonating a U.S. Marshal

A Dover man was sentenced to six months in federal prison for impersonating a federal officer. According to court documents, David Perrera, 50, called a sheriff’s Office in Tennessee from Delaware pretending to be a member of the U.S. Marshals Service.  Perrera used this false identity to obtain personal information about another person, including that person’s address and...

Kent County transportation study cites need to preserve industrial sites with rail access

The Dover/Kent County Metropolitan Planning Organization has approved the final document for the Rail Corridor Industrial Land Use Study. The study points the need to keep property with the potential for rail access available for industrial development. Linda Parkowski, Executive Director of the Kent Economic Partnership and Choose Central Delaware, said, “The Rail Study will bring awareness of...

Online bank Ally gets OK for nearly $2.7 million state grant for expansion

A bank spun off from General Motors received an OK for a state Strategic Grant. The Delaware Council on Development Finance gave the green light for the $2,658,624 Strategic Grant. Ally earlier moved into the " near-prime" credit card business with the purchase of Wilmington-based Fair Square Financial for $750 million. Fair Square's Olio card is...

WSFS adds to lead in bank market share

An analysis of an annual report from Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. shows Wilmington-based WSFS Bank extending its Delaware market share lead over M&T Bank. WSFS now has a 23% market share, based on deposits from "full service" banks. According to FDIC reports, WSFS moved ahead of M&T in 2019, about a decade after the Buffalo-based financial institution acquired...

Severe drought continues in portion of coastal Sussex

A federal map shows that a severe drought continues in a portion of Sussex County, despite rain earlier in the week. The severe designation covers an area along the coast and across the bay includes the Cape May area. While the area is known for the beach and rapid development, it still has a lot of agricultural land. A larger portion...

Delaware Symphony, musicians union sign labor agreement

The Delaware Symphony Association and members of American Federation of Musicians (AFM) Local 21 — the musicians who perform with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra (DSO) — unanimously approved a three-year collective bargaining agreement (CBA) renewal. The new agreement will be in force until August 31, 2025. "The positive experience of these negotiations represents nothing less than a historic...

My take: More drastic measures needed to combat wave of traffic deaths

From time to time, Delaware Business Now runs a sampling of the rankings that make their way to us via  Email pitches. Such was the case over the weekend. The one area that stood out in the weekend  post  came in the number of traffic deaths compiled by the insurance quote side of the financial information site Lending Tree. Delaware ranks second from...

Young businesses can now apply for state EDGE grants

Young Delaware companies in need of funding to help expand their business can apply to compete for an Encouraging Development, Growth and Expansion (EDGE) grant from the Division of Small Business. The division will be accepting EDGE grant applications through September 30 from promising early-stage businesses throughout Delaware. Businesses that are less than five years old and employ no more than 10 employees are...

eBrightHeath says its work reduced Medicare health spending by $7 million

The eBrightHealth Accountable Care Organization (ACO) reduced health care spending by $7 million in  2021 and, with new reporting requirements, earned a quality score of 82.1%. That’s based on recently released performance data by the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The ACO has earned approximately $3.5 million in shared savings. This is the second consecutive year shared savings have...

My take: Task of watering ‘broadband deserts’ gets underway

An ambitious program to bring broadband internet to areas of the state is getting underway. Three of the four cable companies operating in Delaware will share in the nearly $45 million grant that is part of a $110 million program announced earlier,  Fierce Telecom reported. The money comes from the American Rescue Plan Act. (Graphic from the State of Delaware)  Comcast will get $33...

Two injured in shooting on Delaware State University campus

Two  Delaware State University students were injured in an on-campus  shooting  early Saturday morning in Dover. The students were taken to a hospital for  further treatment. University police and local law enforcement are investigating.  No details on the condition of the students were releassed. University President Dr. Tony Allen issued the following: "First, let me say that my thoughts this morning are...

Review of death records points to 27 Covid-19 deaths

A total of 28 deaths were reported from Covid-19 in a state update posted on Labor Day weekend, with more than 180 people in the hospital for treatment. Twenty-seven of the deaths came from a review of vital statistics records, according to the Delaware Division of Public Health. Of those who died, 10 were residents of New Castle...

Judge upholds 2 of 3 misdemeanor convictions for state auditor McGuiness

Delaware State Auditor Kathy McGuiness will head into the primary race for State Auditor with two misdemeanor guilty verdicts on her record. Delaware Superior Court Judge William Carpenter threw out one of three guilty verdicts from a Kent County jury earlier this summer, but turned down a request for a new trial. That sets the stage for McGuiness to...

Building maintenance company City Wide adds 80th location in Dover

City Wide Facility Solutions opened its 80th location. The new office will serve the entire state of Delaware. Entrepreneur Alankato Cobb (CEO) has partnered with John Heyliger (COO) and Tasheema Heyliger (CFO) to open City Wide Facility Solutions at 755 Walker Road, Suite A in Dover. “Making a positive impact in the community is what I’m most looking forward to in...

Delaware’s capricious summer weather leaves some areas with drought conditions

By Andrew Sharp Parts of Delaware farmland are beginning to suffer drought this summer, but it’s a patchwork. In fact, depending on where you live, you may be thinking, “What drought?” The crops are green and lawns are lush. Click here for the NOAAA drought map. “We haven’t had that regionwide storm that comes in and gives the whole state and the...