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ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith accepts role as HBCU ambassador

Following Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki’s appointment of ESPN Commentator Stephen A. Smith as HBCU Ambassador, Smith announced he would bring his entire “First Take” production team to Wilmington for a live broadcast on Sept. 20 as part of the city’s annual HBCU Week and College Fair.



Wilmington Airport makes the case to recapture passenger flights

In the past two decades, four airlines have come and gone from Wilmington Airport. Together, these airlines ran scheduled passenger air service for about four of the last 20 years.

Stephen D. Williams, deputy executive director of the Delaware River & Bay Authority, says he continues to pitch airlines on the virtues of Wilmington Airport and its customer base. “My goal is sustainable air service for Delaware,” he said.


Middletown is getting a new golf course after 12-year wait

The 12-year wait for tee time is almost over at a public golf course in Middletown with rolling, Scotland-like hills, eight different water features and stunning views.

The Links at St. Anne’s, an Alan Liddicoat-designed course that’s been on the drawing board since 2006, opened near the end of June.

Concord Mall Barnes & Noble moving to Concord Square “˜prototype store’ this July

Barnes & Noble introduced its new “prototype” store in Delaware this July when it closes its Concord Mall location and moved less than a mile away to a unit about half the space of its previous location. 

The new location is in a space that once housed the now-defunct bookseller Borders.

Redevelopment plan for First State Crossing detailed

The public got its first up-close look at the updated redevelopment plans for the 425-acre former Evraz steel mill on Dec. 3.

More than 100 residents came out to the meeting hosted by the Claymont Renaissance Development Corp., a public-private nonprofit tasked with fostering the revitalization of the north Wilmington unincorporated community, and Community Development Company Inc.(CDC), the owner and developer of the project.

Plans for the development have evolved significantly since the St. Louis-based CDC bought the former steel mill in 2015. The latest concept includes 3.27 million square feet of new construction, breaking down to 1.8 million for residential in 1,207 units, 989,000 in seven office buildings, 380,000 in three industrial buildings and 105,000 in six retail buildings.

Lidl to build store on U.S. 40 in Bear

“We are in the early entitlement phases of this particular location, and it’s too early to offer specific details or timelines for the store at this point,” Chandler Ebeier, a Lidl spokesman, told the Delaware Business Times when asked about the location.

marlene greenA sad final chapter for MOT’s Green Acres Preschool

This is NOT a story that ends with Happily Ever After.

Teachers at Green Acres Preschool in Odessa ““ many of whom have been there for 20+ years – have likely read tens of thousands of books that end with that comfortable close.  But an era comes to an end June 14 and it will be “The End” for Marlene Green’s 43 and a half years of being the first education experience for children in the Middletown-Odessa-Townsend area.

Domaine Hudson gets new owners, soon a new look

Tony and Michael Bomba and John Ratliff, a longtime owner of a middle-market, merger-and-acquisition advisory firm in West Chester, Pennsylvania, completed the purchase of the restaurant at 1314 Washington St. on Monday, Dec. 2, said Tony Bomba, who’s been a bartender at the Washington Street Ale House for 20 years. He said the restaurant will stay open through the holidays as Domaine Hudson, but will close for around 30 days after New Year’s and reopen in early February as Dorcea with about $50,000 in renovations.

M&T commits to tech jobs, other roles in Delaware

M&T Bank will hire hundreds of tech talent over the next few years, including 50 new “technologists” over the next nine months and reinforce its commitment to downtown Wilmington by housing them in a space that will embed technology teams with the people driving the growth of the bank’s business.

In addition, the bank hopes to fill more than 100 open positions in 2019 throughout the state, nearly half in Sussex County, as it continues to grow through all lines of business. It will also be establishing a technology development program at the University of Delaware and University of Maryland for professional positions and internships as well as filling jobs through partnerships with organizations like Zip Code Wilmington.

NERDit KioskHow did NERDiT NOW do in the Shark Tank?

Markevis Gideon swam with the Sharks Sunday night, but left with only the dream of proving them wrong.

Gideon and NERDiT NOW partners Jake Voorhees and Jonathan Hoxter launched into a high-energy, fast-talking explanation of their concept. They want to set up kiosks at workplaces where people would drop off their broken or damaged cellphones and laptops before a mobile team arrives and repairs the device in a matter of hours.

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban told Gideon to “go out and prove us wrong,” which Gideon told the DBT late Sunday night was his plan.

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