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Personnel file: Aug. 23, 2022

Miraglia named PNC Delaware market executive PNC Bank announced that Greg Miraglia will assume the role of Market Executive for Delaware. In addition to serving as Market Executive, Miraglia is assuming responsibilities for leading PNC Private Bank as Wealth Director for the market. Miraglia began his career in Delaware and joined PNC in 2016. He has served as Senior Relationship Strategist...

Marijuana legalization falls short in Delaware House vote

A marijuana legalization bill was narrowly defeated by the Delaware House. The amended bill was defeated by a 23-14 margin, with retired Delaware State trooper and current House Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf, Rehoboth Beach the only no vote among Democrats. According to the Republican House caucus, State Rep. Mike Smith, R-Pike Creek, indicated he would vote for the measure. However,...

The Omicron spike and a tough decision on masking

Good afternoon,   It was a tough week for the state government in Delaware as the Omicron-fueled spike in Covid-19 cases took hold.   A reluctant Gov. John Carney ordered masking in most public indoor settings while his counterparts in neighboring states stood by and made few changes.   Carney saw the need to act as hospitals reported crisis conditions with all beds filled and...

43 recent Covid-19 deaths reported as health division works through data backlog

The Delaware Division of Public Health on Friday reported 35 recent deaths from Covid-19 and another nine from a review of vital statistics records. The vast majority of those dying from Covid-19 complications were unvaccinated. (See chart below) Hospitalizations broke another record. The number of new daily cases remained below 3,000 after surging above that figure. However,...

The Grove to Elevate Mixed-Use Retail and Dining in Newark

The Grove at Newark, a new mixed-use community developed by Fusco Management, offers an unprecedented opportunity for retailers and restauranteurs with an exciting community-focused design that incorporates dining and shopping with vibrant and attractive public spaces and high-end apartment living. The Grove will appeal to residents throughout the greater Newark market area and is located just a mile from...

Scary times as fire threatened my hometown

Good afternoon, Last week, many of us who grew up in the "Copper Belt" area of southeast Arizona were on edge. Robert Licano Photography photo of Telegraph fire from Globe AZ Two wildfires broke out in rugged terrain and spread quickly. The Mescal and Telegraph fires grew so large that each got its own Facebook page. While by no means the largest fires in...

Coons sees a place for smaller bipartisan infrastructure bill

Good afternoon, Delaware U.S. Sen. Chris Coons has not given up on bipartisanship in the U.S. Senate. Politico reported earlier this week that the senator is part of an effort to come up with an $800 billion bill that might gain the support of some Republican senators.  The senator went so far as to offer his thoughts to reporters and CNN. Coons is...

Uptick in new Delaware Covid-19 cases continues (Interactive maps below)

New coronavirus cases remained near the  400 mark in the Friday report from the Delaware Division of Public Health. Six deaths were reported as of Thursday night. A came from a review of Vital Statistics records from March and February.   As shown in the chart at left, the average number of cases has risen from fewer than 200 to more than...

Share of population getting at least 1 dose of vaccine nears 30%

Governor  gets 1st dose of Moderna vaccine Nearly  30 precent  of the state's population has received at  least one dose of coronavirus vaccine,  according to Sunday figures from the state's vaccination tracker. The Delaware Division of Public Health reported that 433,516 vaccine doses have been administered. More than 10,000 Delawareans received the COVID-19 vaccine at Dover International Speedway on Saturday and...

Gas price increase slows as inventory increases

The price of regular gas in Delaware rose by a penny during the past week as the effects of higher crude prices, and growing refinery utilization is still being felt. Neighboring Pennsylvania motorists are paying $3 a gallon. Pennsylvania has one of the nation's highest gas taxes. Refineries nationwide were running 76 percent capacity, up from 69 percent, according to new...

Coons says stimulus deal will aid small businesses

The business provisions of a $900 billion agreement reached by Senate and House leadership have been been praised by Delaware U.S. Sen. Chris Coons.   The agreement includes unemployment aid, rental assistance, direct payments, support for schools, vaccine distribution, and support for live entertainment and arts.   The bill also extends the Paycheck Protection Program and includes legislation to support small businesses , ...

Trending: The 200 largest Delaware Payroll Protection Program recipients

The Investigative Reporting Workshop’s  Accountability Project has compiled data on all Payroll Protection Program allocations for Delaware and all other states. The Investigative Reporting Workshop and other news organizations were able to obtain records on all Payroll Protection Program awards after a court battle. The SBA had previously refused to list loans of less than  $150,000. Click here for the earlier story   from...

State Justice Department says hotline available for potential victims of former Salesianium principal

Following a federal child pornography indictment filed in Pennsylvania against former Salesianum School principal William McCandless, the Delaware Department of Justice is reminding the public of a dedicated DOJ hotline and e-mail address for potential victims of abuse to contact .   The Department monitors this matter and asks any potential victims to contact (302) 577-5293 or ReportAbuse@delaware.gov to provide information...

SBA releases details on PPP loans

By Kiernan Nicholls This story was originally published by the  Investigative Reporting Workshop,  a nonprofit,  nonpartisan newsroom at the American University School of Communication.  After months of legal tussling, the Small Business Administration released detailed data yesterday on all recipients of its Paycheck Protection Program. For months, the agency fought to withhold the release of information about the loans issued to U.S....

Another imposing building on Newark’s Main Street

Good afternoon, Plans for a massive building on Newark's Main Street created a stir among residents this week but managed to get approval from the city Planning Commission. Earlier, the city planning staff gave its OK. The recommendation on 141 East Main Street now goes to the City Council for a final vote. Click here for the  Planning Commission document. The structure would go...