Once a noisy, 425-acre industrial site in Claymont, Delaware (it’s less than an hour from Philly), the former Evraz Steel Mill property said goodbye to its last tenant right before the start of 2014. “It marked the end of nearly 100 years of steel manufacturing in Claymont,” wroteDelaware Online’s Xerces Wilson back in April. Now, the property has the potential for a new lease on life, one akin to Philadelphia’s relatively successful Navy Yard if things go accordingly.
The group with the plan? St. Louis-based Commercial Development Co., who bought the tract earlier this year. CDC has made a name for itself thanks to their work transforming “large, shuttered heavy manufacturing sites” into new usable spaces, reports Wilson.
The Wilmington Blue Rocks are a Class A Advanced affiliate of the Kansas City Royals. The team plays just off of I-95 and can be a bargain night out for friends and family. But today they are getting all sorts of attention because of the above creation. That my friends is the Wilmington Blue Rocks Krispy Kreme Donut Dog, complete with raspberry jelly, bacon and enough sugary glaze to send you into shock.
The donut will be available at Blue Rocks home games and right now, the team is looking for a name for the Frankenstein-ian creation.
It is possible that in its younger and more vulnerable years this Delaware home nestled in Greenville’s Wooddale neighborhood was part of the Underground Railroad. That rumor has never been confirmed, but it would certainly add another defining characteristic to its story. The one we know for sure, though? The Fitzgeralds, as in the former Miss Zelda Sayre and her writer husband Francis Scott, used to visit with the family who once lived here.
According to current owner and agent Kathi Trapnell, Judge John Biggs, the home’s former resident, and F. Scott had been roommates and friends at Princeton University, so, naturally, Biggs would invite his old buddy over with his lady. After Fitzgerald’s death, Biggs reportedly helped the Fitzgeralds’ only daughter, Scottie, negotiate a contract for the screen rights for the Great Gatsby. (Hey, the more you know.)
Patrick D. Harker, president of the University of Delaware, is stepping down to become president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. He leaves his current post July 1.
“While I am excited about my new role with the Philadelphia Fed, I will miss working on this beautiful campus with the best students and the most dedicated faculty and staff in American higher education,” Harker said in a statement released to the university community.
Harker had been under fire on campus in recent weeks for a Feb. 5 op-ed in the Philadelphia Inquirer, in which he called for reforms to the traditional model of university education, to lower rising costs . “The system is teacher-centric,” he wrote then. “We need to become learner-centric.” Read more »
Score amazing deals at Peter Kate this week. | Image courtesy Peter Kate.
Peter Kate, a coolly sophisticated boutique nestled in Greenville, DE, is having a massive sale now through this Friday. Any full-priced item from their store — including their new spring collection — is 25 percent off. Now let’s talk 80 percent off…
The Firefly Music Festival has been rising in popularity the last few years. In 2012, the first year, the Delaware festival drew 30,000. In 2014, the concert drew 80,000 attendees. It’s become quite the big deal!
This week, Firefly announced its lineup. It did not include Paul McCartney, who was rumored to be attending. But the official poster does include a blurred-out headliner act. Read more »
Senator Tom Carper is the most popular elected official in Delaware, according to a new poll. It is easy to see why, when he came into the MeTV2 studios to be interviewed, he charmed everyone with his humor and self-deprecation. There is none of the arrogance or self-importance you sense from other politicians. When The Delaware Way producer Joan Dellett asked if Carper was on a tight time schedule, he sanswered, “No, on my schedule today are mostly naps.”
But don’t let his Mr. Smith Goes to Washington demeanor fool you, Tom Carper is the most powerful politician in the Philadelphia area and chair of the Senate’s Homeland Security Committee. He oversees the government’s handling of many of headline issues, including the current crisis with Isis and Ebola.
“We should be very concerned about what is happening to the folks in West Africa,” is what the senator said when I asked him how concerned we should be about Ebola in America.
In 2012, Walls says he was placed under anesthesia for a colonoscopy. When he woke up, he saw he was wearing a pair of women’s pink panties. “When the plaintiff initially presented for his colonoscopy he had not been wearing pink women’s underwear and at no time did the plaintiff voluntarily, knowingly or intentionally place the pink women’s underwear upon himself,” the lawsuit reads.