This redwood home on a woodsy acre has an outbuilding whose historic context beats that of most other Wilmington real estate, to be sure. In October of 1962, the country was brought to what seemed to be the brink of nuclear war. By this time, children had been crouching beneath their desks–”Duck and Cover!”–for civil defense test raids for a decade. But the Cuban Missile Crisis provoked the kind of fear that would lead a homeowner to speedily erect a stone bunker on his property.
What is the shelter good for now? Perhaps 21st-century end-of-days folks who want a place to preserve their potable water will find it appealing. Do such people live in Wilmington, Del.? If not, the listing suggests a wine cellar, which is much more fun.
As for the other aspects of the house, given the number of pine and oak walls, the decor may be responsible for the Delaware Wooden Wall Crisis of 1952.
The National Weather Service reported that an EF-0 tornado (the weakest category) landed in Newark, Delaware last night. And judging by the video below, it may have been the most exciting thing ever to happen in Delaware. Notable quote: “Oh my God.” Also, check out the top left corner of the screen about ten seconds in. The twister itself?
Unlike the one in the video, there were homes in New Castle County that were considerably damaged by the storm. [Philly.com]
A shark washed ashore on Rehoboth beach Friday. This is an interesting fact. More interesting perhaps? That two men who found it decided to walk up to the four-and-a-half-foot deadly sea beast, grab it by the tail, and drag it back into the ocean. Here’s the cell phone pic one of them took:
And why would we want such heart-warming scenes as this?
(Democratic Sen. Karen) Peterson came out publicly for the first time on the Senate floor during debate, referencing her 24-year relationship with her partner.
“Neither of us chose to be gay, any more than heterosexual people chose to be straight,” Peterson said. “Nobody gets to make those decisions any more than we decide to be tall, short, black or white. We are what God made us. We don’t need to be fixed. We’re not broken.”
Drawing laughter from the gallery, Peterson added, “If my happiness somehow demeans or diminishes your marriage, then you need to work on your marriage.”
Delaware could legalize gay marriage … this afternoon. The state senate (as you can see above) has gathered into a packed house for a vote on legalizing gay marriage. Freedom To Marry reports: “If the Senate approves the marriage bill today, it will be sent to the desk of Governor Jack Markell, an adamant supporter of the freedom to marry who has vowed to sign it into law.” Boy, Pennsylvania’s going to look increasingly isolated.
In the meantime, we’ll let you know when the Senate finally votes.
Joe Biden’s going rogue. He’s going on a whirlwind, nationwide tour to shame Senators into expanding background checks and gun trafficking laws. It’s so badass and double-secret the President of the United States doesn’t know about it.
Biden volunteered that he “hasn’t really discussed” his plans with Obama and plans to lead the gun control charge, according to a person who attended the meeting.
Said another person at the meeting in question:
“He was talking like he was going to be leading it, ” the law enforcement official said. “He didn’t mention any other senators in terms of leading the charge.”
MyFoxPhilly reports: “Planned Parenthood of Delaware says state regulators have launched an investigation into the conduct of several medical professionals at the facility.
“Officials at the state’s largest abortion provider say they welcome the review and have made personnel changes. In the meantime, surgicalabortions have been halted for now at Planned Parenthood’s Wilmington and Dover offices. Officials tell The News Journal of Wilmington that outpatient medical abortions continue at both sites.”
The Delaware Supreme Court has ruled that Ewelina Mrozik Kulowiec, was properly convicted of assault in a 2011 attack on her ex-husband, ruling that she really did hurt him when she bit him during the fight.
In other words, she didn’t just bite him a little bit.
Courthouse News Service reports that Kulowiec confronted her husband, Nacoma Kulowiec, an Air Force reservist, at the air base in Dover after having been serviced with divorce papers. The two struggled over a gun she had in a purse; during the fight she ended up biting her husband several times. She was convicted of assault in the bites, but appealed, saying she’d barely harmed her husband.
A three-judge panel of the Delaware Supreme Court concluded Tuesday, however, that Ewelina caused more damage than that.
“Nacoma testified that he was injured during the struggle with his wife,” Justice Randy Holland wrote for the panel. “He described being bitten four times and described his wife as ‘fighting like a man.’ He stated that when he attempted to exit his car, his wife was biting his back such that ‘she was still attached to my back near my shoulder.’”
The emergency-room report showed that, three hours after the incident, Nacoma still had several areas that were “red and inflamed,” along with “bruising, abrasions, erythema and swelling around the human bite marks.”
The lesson? It’s OK to bite, so long as you don’t leave a really nasty mark.
Which of the above images is the actual Winterthur? Answer revealed in the gallery below of the house for sale.
The du Pont estate Winterthur, which is now a museum dedicated to American furniture (surely the Keno brothers have fondled a chair or two in its confines), has competition just about a mile away. There’s a grand home for sale known to some (well, this blog, at least) as Mini Winterthur, though in point of fact it has more acreage—61.31 acres—than the Du Pont site itself.
The home for sale has 9 bedrooms and 9.5 baths laid out over a capacious 12,550 square feet. Designed by William Bottomley, a famed New York architect renowned for spiffing up Richmond, Virginia, in neo-Georgian fashion, it features random width hardwood floors, spindles to die for and a pressing room. In case 9 bedrooms won’t take care of the whole family, there’s also a separate 2-bedroom farmhouse as well as a 3-bedroom tenant house. For those truly undesirable guests, stick ’em in the pool house or the tack room for the 24-stall barn. At least they’ll be on an estate that’s listed on the National Historic Registry, and that’s not nothing.
The home, which is listed at $6 million, is being handled by Patterson Schwartz. Info here.