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Posted on: July 11, 2014

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Posted on: July 24, 2014

Dancing In The Park set for Saturday Evening at Glasgow Park

New Castle County’s 1st Dancing in the Park event is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 26 at Glasgow Park.

Dancing in the Park is presented in conjunction with National Dance Day 2014. New Castle County, through the Department of Community ...Read on...

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Posted on: July 23, 2014

County Executive to Attend Reception for Youth Art Competition in Edgemoor

On Thursday evening County Executive Tom Gordon is scheduled to attend a Community Reception to celebrate the art created by local youth for the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials’ (NAHRO) “What Home Means to Me” competition.

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Posted on: July 22, 2014

County Executive, Councilman Street Applaud Construction Work of Youths in Challenge Program

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On Wednesday afternoon County Executive Tom Gordon and County Councilman Jea Street attended the Challenge Program’s ribbon cutting that culminated New Castle County’s partnership with this nonprofit to build a modular home in West Minquadale.

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Posted on: July 18, 2014

New Castle County Campers to Dance at Wilmington Blue Rocks' Dance Day

About 160 New Castle County campers will be performing the National Dance Day beginners’ routine at the Wilmington Blue Rocks’ annual Camp Day game at Frawley Stadium on Monday, July 21 at 11:30 a.m.

The performance is to promote New Castle County’s 1...Read on...

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Posted on: July 17, 2014

President Obama Promotes Investment in America's Infrastructure During Visit To Delaware

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WILMINGTON, Del. -- President Obama stressed the importance of investing in improvements to America's infrastructure and pointed out how such investments would attract businesses and create more jobs for the middle class during a speech at the Port of Wilmington Thursday.

The President called on the people to help him put pressure on Congress to act on the $2 trillion worth of deferred maintenance for the nation's infrastructure.

"Today, we’re launching what we call the Build America Investment Initiative,” President Obama said. “And as part of it, we’re creating a one-stop shop for cities and states looking to partner with the private sector to fund infrastructure projects. There are lots of investors who want to back infrastructure projects because, when it’s done right, they then get a steady, long-term investment. They get a steady return.”

With the President in Wilmington were New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon and Congressman John Carney, Senator Chris Coons, Governor Jack Markell, Attorney General Beau Biden, Wilmington Mayor Dennis Williams and New Castle Mayor Donald Reese. Also present were members of the Obama administration, i.e. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew.

President Obama told local officials that the federal government would partner with cities and states to help them with the complexities of private financing of infrastructure.

"My administration is going to help states and cities apply for federal loans, get more public-private partnerships up and running, get more investment flowing into communities like Wilmington. And this builds on other actions we’ve taken to speed up the permitting process for big projects, and attract new manufacturing jobs to America."

President Obama pointed to the closed I495 bridge as an example of infrastructure that would not just be safer but also more reliable for commerce once repairs were completed. In addition, a competitive grant program called TIGER will help the Port of Wilmington rebuild a wharf that would allow it to compete with other ports for the biggest cargo ships.

"So far, TIGER grants have given a boost to 270 infrastructure projects and thousands of jobs all across 50 states," the President said of the Recovery Act initiative. "And that’s what I’m here to talk about -- creating more good jobs rebuilding America, and the opportunity that we have to seize to rebuild the American middle class."

President Obama stressed that a quality infrastructure was key to attracting business and commerce back to the U.S.A.

County Executive Gordon's entourage included his wife, Susan; Chief Administrative Officer David Grimaldi, Acting Deputy CAO Samuel Guy; Executive Assistant Franklin Cooke, who oversees security for the CE; EAs Angela Walker and Waynna Dobson and Community Services General Manager Sophia Hanson. The County Executive praised EAs Cooke's and Walker's hard work to coordinate with the Secret Service and White House, respectively, in order to make the President's visit to New Castle County go as smoothly as possibleRead on...

Posted on: July 16, 2014

Retired County Employee Sally Jensen Sworn in to Ethics Commission

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Retired New Castle County employee Sally Jensen was sworn in as a member of the Ethics Commission by County Executive Tom Gordon during a brief ceremony in the Executive Office Wednesday afternoon.

The New Castle County Ethics Commission was created i...Read on...

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Posted on: July 8, 2014

Sophia Hanson Approved by New Castle County Council as Community Services GM

County Executive Tom Gordon’s selection of Sophia Hanson as General Manager of the Department of Community Services has been unanimously approved by New Castle County Council.

The Executive had named Ms. Hanson as the Acting Community Services GM in la...Read on...

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Posted on: July 16, 2014

NCCPD Search Warrant Yields Heroin Seizure

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NEWARK, Del. -- New Castle County Police arrested Darrell Stokes, a 28-year-old male who resides in Wilmington, DE., on drug offenses after he was found to be in possession of 436 bags of heroin in a Newark motel.

Police arrested Stokes after the NCCPD...Read on...

Posted on: July 14, 2014

New Castle County Police Cancels “Gold Alert” For Missing Person

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NEWARK, Del. -- New Castle County Police's Gold Alert for Richie Mili has been canceled. Mili returned in good condition.

Mili, a 51-year-old male who resides in the 400 block of Renee Loop in Newark, was last seen leaving his residence Saturday (07/12), at approximately 3:15 p.m., and he had not been seen or heard from until Monday.

His medical status was such that there was a real concern for his safety and welfare.

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NEWARK, Del. -- New Castle County Police are presently searching for Richie Mili a 51-year-old male who resides in the 400 block of Renee Loop, Waterford Trailer Park, in Newark.

Richie Mili was last seen leaving his residence Saturday (07/12), at approximately 3:15 p.m., and he has not been seen or heard from since. There is no known vehicle information.

Assisting officers checked the community and the surrounding areas, but they were unsuccessful in their efforts in locating the subject. His medical status is such that there is a real concern for his safety and welfare. Richie Mili is described as being a white male, 5’11” tall, 115 lbs, with gray hair, and brown eyes. Mili was last seen wearing a red tee shirt, blue shorts, white sneakers and a white baseball hat.

Anyone with information pertaining to the whereabouts of Richie Mili is asked to call the New Castle County Police Department at 302-395-8110, or 302-573-2800. Citizens can find further contact information by going to www.NCCPD.com. Tipsters may also call Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333.

Citizens who currently have the Smartphone App are encouraged to use the “submit tip” tab to submit tips. Select a topic by using the “drop down” and complete the tips by “clicking “submit. The New Castle County Police Smartphone Application is free to download and available for all iPhone and Android smartphonesRead on...

Posted on: July 11, 2014

Young author Monica Keszler to start book tour at New Castle County’s Elsmere Library

New Castle County Executive, Thomas P. Gordon, is pleased to announce that Monica Keszler, the 2014 winner of the Diverse Minds Youth Writing Challenge, will read her award winning book, Kira Kiwi, How Will School Be?, at select New Castle County librarie...Read on...

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Posted on: July 11, 2014

Two New Castle County Police Officers Promoted

New Castle County Police Chief E. M. Setting proudly announced the promotion of two officers earlier this week.

A formal promotional ceremony will be announced in the near future. County Executive Tom Gordon plans to attend.

Colonel E. M. Setting an...Read on...

Posted on: July 8, 2014

New Castle County Police Issues “Gold Alert” Police Seek Missing Person

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New Castle County Police are presently searching for Walter “Vincent” Maier, a 42 year old male who resides in the 2100 block of Grafton Drive, (Creeks at Marshallton Apartments) Wilmington, Delaware 19808.
(Wilmington – 19808) Maier was reported ...Read on...

Posted on: July 3, 2014

County Executive Appoints Attorney Samuel L. Guy Acting Deputy Chief Administrative Officer

NEW CASTLE, Del. – County Executive Tom Gordon has appointed Delaware Attorney Samuel L. Guy to the position of Acting Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for New Castle County. "His knowledge, skills, and abilities will serve him well in this position,” ...Read on...

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Posted on: July 2, 2014

County Executive Commemorates 50th Anniversary of Civil Rights Act

New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon proudly celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 on Wednesday, July 2.

The landmark legislation helped America begin to change course in history by outlawing racial segregation and discrimin...Read on...

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Posted on: July 1, 2014

New Castle County Police Issues “Gold Alert” For Missing Person

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New Castle County Police have issued a “Gold Alert” for Nefertiri Trader, the 33-year-old woman taken from her residence on Monday in Saddlebrook.

Investigators are continuing their efforts to locate Nefertiri Trader. She was last seen on June 30 at a...Read on...

Posted on: June 30, 2014

Janet Smallwood Retires From New Castle County After Nearly 40 Years

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New Castle County Government employees and friends held a retirement party on Monday for Janet Smallwood, who decided to leave the County after nearly 40 years.

The packed Managers Conference Room on the second floor of the New Castle County Government...Read on...

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Posted on: June 29, 2014

New Castle County Ice Cream Festival; A Slice of Americana

County Executive Tom Gordon was pleased with the turnout of roughly 40,000 people for the New Castle County Ice Cream Festival at Rockwood Park this past weekend under picture perfect weather.

The County Executive pointed to sunny weather with temperatures around 80 degrees, outstanding vendor participation, and national television exposure on the Food Network as all good reasons for this year's success at the Ice Cream Festival at Rockwood, a vital part of the New Castle County parks & recreation system. County Executive Gordon walked the festival grounds Saturday and Sunday with top aides from his administration.

"I want everybody to know what a wonderful time we're having out here," County Executive Gordon said. "I give Community Services General Manager Sophia Hanson a lot of credit for the success we've had here. And the crowds you hear cheering are enjoying Anthony Anderson as he films on location for the Food Network's new 'Food Fest Nation' show. Everyone is having a lot of fun."

County Attorney Bernard Pepukayi, among those with the Executive on Saturday, commended the County Executive for a successful festival, which did all things Americana proud.

"It's a beautiful day, and a lot of good things are going on out here," County Attorney Pepukayi said. "The County Executive's leadership helped put this wonderful, family oriented event together."

GM Hanson said there were nine ice cream vendors, 25 restaurants and food vendors, children's games and face painting, the Lone Ranger, Spiderman, the Juggling Hoffmans, the Brandywine Traveling Zoo, Annie’s Menagerie, Mad Science, Jungle John, and several live bands curated by the Wilmington School of Rock.

"We have thousands of people here," she said.

Hanson, General Manager of the Department of Community Services, collaborated with her team to create the 2014 unofficial slogan, “New Castle County is the Ice Cream of the Crop.”

In addition to GM Hanson and CA Pepukayi, Chief Administrative Officer David Grimaldi, Chief of Staff Jim McDonald, and Executive Assistant Frank Cooke accompanied the Executive on Saturday.

The Ice Cream Festival was a mainstay during County Executive Gordon's first two terms in office from 1997 to 2004. The festival was discontinued some time after he left office, but was restarted by Barry's Events three years ago. New Castle County and Barry's Events have been co-sponsors of the festival.

On Sunday, nine dairies and creators of ice cream treats, from in and around Delaware, put their best to the test at the Old Fashioned Ice Cream Festival, competing in the festival’s first “Best Sundae on Sunday” contest.

The battle to create the tastiest ice cream concoction gave participants some national attention, as the Food Network’s new “Food Fest Nation” show, including host Anthony Anderson, has been on location to capture the competition and the enthusiasm of ice-cream lovers of all ages.

Participating in the contest were: HyPoint Dairy, Kilby Cream, UDairy Creamery, Caffé Gelato, the Ice Cream Shop, Sweet Lucy’s, Palateria y Neuvaria Tocumbo, Cajun Sno and Vanderwende Dairy. Each of the vendors had long lines of people waiting patiently for quality ice cream.

In addition to the vendors, games and activities, 20 crafters, 40 local businesses and 20 nonprofit organizations displayed their wares and interacted with the crowds.

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Posted on: June 26, 2014

Sample the ‘Best Sundae on Sunday’ at Rockwood; Food Network to Capture Contest

WILMINGTON, Del. — County Executive Tom Gordon invites residents and visitors to the renowned Old Fashioned Ice Cream Festival scheduled to run this weekend at Rockwood Park.

The County Executive believes this could be the best ever Old Fashioned Ice C...Read on...

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Posted on: June 26, 2014

New Castle County Police Hold Youth Empowerment Camp for Girls

The New Castle County Police are currently sponsoring an all-female Youth Empowerment Camp held at the Lieutenant Joseph L. Szczerba Police Academy in Newark.

The Youth Empowerment Camp is a New Castle County Police operated program funded by a grant...Read on...

Posted on: June 19, 2014

Police sergeant's Special Olympics track squad capture 16 medals at USA Games

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New Castle County Police Sergeant Karen Messner's Special Olympics Delaware track squad won 16 medals during 16 hours of finals Thursday at the USA Games in New Jersey.

Tasia Moore led the squad with two gold medals and one silver medal. She sprinted to gold in the 200-meter dash, and she also captured the gold in the shot put field event. Earlier, Tasia won a silver medal in another sprinting event.

New Castle County Police Sergeant Karen Messner, a Special Olympics Delaware coach, and her track squad have enjoyed some successes and personal victories this week at the USA Games in New Jersey.

Tasia Moore has won a silver medal in one of the sprinting events, Jakai Walker won the bronze medal in shot put, and Justin Hall took 4th place in the shot put event for Special Olympics Delaware at the USA Games.

Amy Gootzait followed up by winning the bronze medal in the 100 meter dash for Special Olympics Delaware at the USA Games in New Jersey.

Sgt. Messer, Co-coach Leanne Carson, and Special Olympics track runners Tasia Moore, Jakai Walker, Justin Hall, and Amy Gootzait departed for the site of the 2014 Special Olympics in Princeton, N.J. during a ceremony held Saturday at the University of Delaware.

The track squad began competing early at 8 a.m. Thursday. They would not be finished until the last event at 9:30 p.m., Sgt. Messner said. She said she would provide the County with updates as the day went onRead on...

Posted on: June 18, 2014

New Castle County Referrals for Excessive Heat Calls

The National Weather Service in Mount Holly, N.J. recorded a high of 92 degrees at New Castle County Airport, with a heat index of 97.

Today’s advisory was scheduled to end around 7 p.m. Wednesday if showers and thunderstorms moved through the area an...Read on...

Posted on: June 14, 2014

NCC Police sergeant, a Special Olympics coach, Departs for Games with Team

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NEWARK, Del. – New Castle County Police Sergeant Karen Messner, a Special Olympics Delaware coach, departed with her track team for the site of the 2014 Special Olympics in Princeton, N.J. during a ceremony held Saturday at the University of Delaware.

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Posted on: June 10, 2014

Crime Alert: Phone Scam

The New Castle County Police would like to warn citizens of a Wilmington Police Department officer impersonation scam.

New Castle County Police have received reports from residents stating they have received calls from a “Sergeant Riley” and/or “Corpor...Read on...

Posted on: June 8, 2014

“Gold Alert” For Missing Person Canceled

NEWARK, Del. -- New Castle County Police have canceled the search for Angelita Matos, a 20-year-old female from the unit block of Rose Hall in Newark. She has been located.

New Castle County Police responded to the unit block of Rose Hall for the repor...Read on...

Posted on: June 7, 2014

Major Robert Becker Retires After 23 Years of Service

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NEW CASTLE, Del. -- On Friday, June 6, 2014, Major Robert Becker, the Deputy Chief of the Operations Branch with the New Castle County Police Department, concluded 23 years of distinguished service. A walkout ceremony was held today at the Corporal Paul ...Read on...

Posted on: June 4, 2014

New Castle County Executive Office To Hold Maintenance Corporation Work-Shop

The New Castle County Executive Office will hold a work-shop at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 11 at the Gilliam Building Multipurpose Room.

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Introduction: Inform the roles and responsibilities of Maintenance Corporations in New Castle County.

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Posted on: June 3, 2014

Ice Cream Festival Returns to Rockwood

WILMINGTON, Del. — County Executive Tom Gordon would like to remind New Castle County residents and visitors alike that the Old Fashioned Ice Cream Festival is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday at Rockwood Park, amidst a backdrop of a fair weather forecas...Read on...

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Posted on: June 2, 2014

State Unveils Historical Marker for Female Prison Guards at Greenbank

The State of Delaware Public Archives unveiled a historical marker commemorating the first female prison guards in the United States at New Castle County’s Greenbank Park, near the site where they served and made women’s history, Delaware history, and Ame...Read on...

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Posted on: June 2, 2014

New Castle County Police Issues “Gold Alert” For Missing Person

New Castle County Police are presently searching for Isaiah Henderson, a 15 year old male who resides in the unit block of Three Rivers Drive Newark, DE.
(Newark– 19702) On Sunday (06/01) night, Henderson was reported missing and police learned th...Read on...

Posted on: June 2, 2014

Announcing the 2014 Old Fashioned Ice Cream Festival at Rockwood


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WHAT: Announcing the 2014 Old Fashioned Ice Cream Festival at RockwoodWHO: New Castle County Executive Thomas P. Gordon and Barry Schlecker of Barry’s Events, operator of the Ice Cream Festival
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Posted on: May 29, 2014

County Executive’s Amended Budget Passed By New Castle County Council

New Castle County Council unanimously approved a 2015 Fiscal Year operating budget of $255.7 million with no tax increase for the 10th time in 10 years that County Executive Tom Gordon has been in office.

The FY 2015 operating budget, approved at Tuesd...Read on...

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Posted on: May 28, 2014

County Executive Signs Ordinance Exemption for Senior Tax

County Executive Tom Gordon has signed an ordinance sponsored by New Castle County Councilman David Tackett to give seniors, persons with disabilities, and disabled veterans more time to apply for the tax exemption for which they are entitled.

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Posted on: May 27, 2014

County Executive condemns wooden balconies at Stonebridge Apartments

County Executive Tom Gordon has directed the New Castle County Department of Land Use to condemn the 130 or so decks at Stonebridge Apartments.

The County Executive made his decision shortly after Chief Administrative Officer David Grimaldi, Land Use A...Read on...

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Posted on: May 27, 2014

County Executive condemns wooden balconies at Stonebridge Apartments

County Executive Tom Gordon has directed the New Castle County Department of Land Use to condemn the 130 or so decks at Stonebridge Apartments.

The County Executive made his decision shortly after Chief Administrative Officer David Grimaldi, Land Use A...Read on...

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Posted on: May 22, 2014

Hockessin Art & Book Fair To Celebrate Delaware’s “Homegrown” Authors and Artists

New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon and the NCC Department of Community Services are pleased to announce that the Hockessin Art & Book Fair is scheduled for Saturday, June 21, 2014 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Hockessin Community Recreation Center in Hockessin.

“New Castle County is extremely excited to be a part of this free, public event, which will highlight local talent,” said County Executive Thomas P. Gordon. “This is a wonderful partnership to support small businesses. Come out to buy a signed book or piece of art.”

The Hockessin Art & Book Fair is collaboration between New Castle County’s Hockessin Community Recreation Center, Art Studio, and Hockessin Library; the Hockessin Book Shelf and the Written Remains Writers Guild.

This exciting new event celebrates Delaware’s independent, self-published authors and local artists. Each will feature their books or artwork inspired by their favorite books. The Hockessin Art & Book Fair is an excellent opportunity for book and art lovers to discover the incredible talent that exists in the State of Delaware.

Cindy Callaghan, author of young adult books, is the Honorary Event Chair and Keynote Speaker.
Readings and story time will be available for children. Woodside Farm Creamery and Drip Café will also provide refreshments for sale.

The Recreation Center is located in the Hockessin PAL Building at 7259 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, Delaware 19707.

Local independent, self-published authors and local artists include:

Lee Anderson J. Gregory Smith
Carole Bowen Dr. Kathy Spreen

Weldon Burge and Smart Rhino Publications K. A. Steed
Cat & Mouse Press Billie TravaliniCindy Callaghan
Johnny M. Tucker Jr.Jan Churchill Justynn Tyme
Terri Clifton Sharon Van DiverLiz DeJesus Wilmington Preservation & Progress
Patrick Derrickson Kim WilsonDavid Ellingsen The Write Group and Indiereader.com
Beth EvansLinda Evans
Crystal HeidelWilliam Horner and Fantasist Enterprises
Gail HuschLee S. King
Elizabeth KolodziejPhil Linz and the Cape Henlopen Writers
Maria MasingtonJane Matyger
Gerard MedvecHelen Ohlson
Karen O’Lone-HahnBobbie Palmer
Scott PhillipsK.R. Raye
J.M. Reinbold and the Written Remains Writers GuildGreg Schauer and Fantasist Press
Vesta SchneiderHowdy & CarolRead on...

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Posted on: May 19, 2014

Graduation and Appointment Ceremony Held for Four Paramedics

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County Executive Thomas P. Gordon and Chief Administrative Officer David Grimaldi proudly attended the New Castle County Department of Public Safety graduation and appointment ceremony held for Paramedics Thomas M. Castiglione, Bryan M. Florian, Anthony R. Federici, and David S. Katz Monday evening.

County Executive Gordon, Director of Public Safety Joseph Bryant, Jr., and Emergency Medical Services Chief Lawrence E. Tan presented the badges and certificates at the ceremony held at the Paul Sweeney Public Safety Building.

The New Castle County Emergency Medical Services Division Honor Guard/NCC Pipes and Drums conducted the Posting of Colors, and Paramedic Lt. Martha L. Russ sang a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem.

Senior Lieutenant Lou Rombach welcomed the crowd, and Emergency Medical Services Chaplain Captain Father John C. McVoy III gave a solemn invocation.

In brief remarks, County Executive Gordon told the graduates he was happy to have them as the County’s newest paramedics and wished them nothing but the best.

Thomas Castiglione served as the speaker for the honorees and reminisced about the hard work and rewards he and his fellow graduates experienced during training.

New Castle County's next Paramedic class, a group of 16, also attended the ceremony. This group still has about eight more months of training to undergoRead on...

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Posted on: May 19, 2014

Proclamation for Black Anthony Presented by County Executive

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County Executive Gordon’s Proclamation recognized Antoni Swart, as the honorary first civilian colonist in New Castle County, Delaware. The African sailed from St. Christopher, an island in the West Indies aboard the Swedish ship Fogel Grip in 1638. He th...Read on...

Posted on: May 16, 2014

Last of Four Community Meetings Held Thursday Night

NEW CASTLE, Del. – The last of four regional, community meetings sponsored by New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon was held Thursday night in the Community Room of the Gilliam Building. The meetings were held in various parts of the County as a public service to discuss advances made in technology, land use, public safety, and emergency medical services.

County Executive Gordon welcomed the crowd of about 30 people and encouraged everyone to ask questions during the meeting.

NCC Chief Administrative Officer David Grimaldi demonstrated the power of the County's new website, including advanced features on G.I.S. mapping and plentiful information on land use issues. CAO Grimaldi also pointed out that all contracts given out by the County were published to the website in keeping with the County Executive’s commitment to open government.

Land Use General Manager Eileen Fogarty gave an extensive presentation on initiatives to revamp the Department of Land Use in order to ensure development was done responsibly and beautifully in New Castle County. Additionally, Land Use's Alan Desrosiers gave an overview of the Over 65 Exemptions available to seniors as a tax break.

New Castle County Police Cpl. Christopher Gigliotti gave residents valuable tips on preventing burglaries and property crimes. This included a discussion on the latest crime trend, distraction burglaries, which occur when one person poses as a salesman at the front door while his accomplice breaks into the back door and robs an unsuspecting victim. Cpl. Gigliotti also encouraged residents to take precautions such as not putting out the box of a new, 70-inch TV in front of their houses, or posting vacation photos on Facebook.

NCC Paramedic Cpl. Lorraine Williams gave residents an overview of how the Vial of Life program worked. The Vial of Life contains important, medical information about a person and she advised residents to store the vial in their refrigerators. She also urged residents to sign up for Smart911.com – another way to provide emergency responders with valuable, medical information – and the Senior Roll Call program, whereby the County calls seniors to make sure they are alright.

Executive Assistant Steve Burg thanked the crowd for attending and encouraged them to heed the advice given to them, pointing out how Senior Roll Call recently saved an elderly woman in his town.

County Executive Gordon holds regional, community meetings periodically. Stay tuned for the next round of meetings held in the future.Read on...

Posted on: May 16, 2014

NCCPD Investigation Nets Theft Suspect

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New Castle County Police have arrested Denzel Massengill, an 18-year-old male from the unit block of Mark Court (Waterford Trailer Park) in Bear.

(Bear, DE-19701) An investigation into a theft reported in September 2013 led officers from the New Castle...Read on...

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Posted on: May 14, 2014

County Executive Gordon swears in four animal control officers

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Four New Castle County animal control constables were sworn in by County Executive Tom Gordon on Wednesday afternoon.

The animal control constables sworn in were Sherri Warburton, Kaila Suarez, Devon Streett, and Drew May.

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Posted on: May 14, 2014

Third of Four Community Meetings Held at Appoquinimink Library

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New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon and Chief Administrative Officer David Grimaldi led the County's community meeting at Appoquinimink Library Wednesday night to discuss public safety, technology, land use, and emergency medical services.

County Executive Gordon welcomed the crowd of about 20 people and encouraged everyone to ask questions during the meeting.

CAO Grimaldi demonstrated the power of the County's new website, including advanced features on G.I.S. mapping and plentiful information on land use issues.

Land Use General Manager Eileen Fogarty gave an extensive presentation on initiatives she had undertaken to revamp the Department of Land Use for the betterment of New Castle County.

Land Use's Alan Desrosiers also gave an overview of the Over 65 Exemptions available to seniors as a tax break.

New Castle County Police gave residents valuable tips on burglaries and property crimes. That included a discussion on the latest crime, so-called distraction burglaries. This is when one person poses as a salesman at the front door while his accomplice breaks into the back door and robs an unsuspecting victim.

NCC Paramedic Cpl. Lorraine Williams gave residents an overview of how the Vial of Life program worked. The Vial of Life contains important, medical information about a person and can be stored in the wallet, purse, glove compartment, and your refrigerator door.

Executive Assistant Steve Burg thanked the crowd for attending. He urged everyone at last night's meeting to spread the word about Thursday evening's meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the NCC Gilliam Building, 77 Reads Way, New Castle, DE. EA Burg welcomed everyone to attendRead on...

Posted on: May 14, 2014

New Castle County Recognized For Financial Reporting Excellence

County Executive Thomas P. Gordon announced today that the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) has honored New Castle County with the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its Compr...Read on...

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Posted on: May 10, 2014

A Crowd of Over 40 Turn Out for Community Meeting

More than 40 people attended the regional community meeting sponsored by County Executive Tom Gordon Thursday night at the old Millcreek Fire Co. Hall. It was the second of four regional, community meetings scheduled to take place in early to mid-May.

These meetings were scheduled to highlight advances made by the County in public safety, technology, land use, and assessment.

The New Castle County Department of Land Use's Alan Desrosiers, an Assessment Technician, gave an overview of the Over 65 Exemptions available to seniors as a tax break.

Land Use administrator Joe Day and engineer Doug Hokuf were also in attendance to answer questions people might have about other Land Use issues.

Executive Assistant Daniel Scherquist gave a demonstration of how the County's new, state-of-the-art website worked, including an overview of the GIS Mapping and the abundant information it had on land use issues.

New Castle County Police Cpl. Irvin Watson gave residents valuable tips on burglaries and property crimes. That included a discussion on the latest crime, so-called distraction burglaries, Watson said. This is when one person poses as a salesman at the front door while his accomplice breaks into the back door and robs an unsuspecting victim. "It's OK to be rude these days," he said.

NCC Paramedic Cpl. Lorraine Williams gave residents an overview of how the Vial of Life program worked. The Vial of Life contains important, medical information about a person and can be stored in the wallet, purse, glove compartment, and your refrigerator door.

Public Safety Director Joe Bryant said he was pleased with the turnout at Millcreek Fire Hall, and he hoped to see even bigger crowds at the next two meetings, both scheduled for 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. They are:
• May 14, 2014 – Appoquinimink Library, 651 N. Broad Street 19709, Middletown, DE• May 15, 2014 – Gilliam Building, 77 Reads Way, New Castle,Read on...

Posted on: May 8, 2014

NCCPD Arrest Burglar in Cooper Farms

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New Castle County Police have arrested Edward Mattingly, a 39-year-old homeless man and have charged him with burglary and other related offenses related to an incident in Cooper Farms.

At approximately 9:25 a.m.Monday, May 5, New Castle County Police ...Read on...

Posted on: May 7, 2014

New Castle County Police Hold Annual Police Day Memorial Service

The New Castle County Police Department held its annual Police Day Memorial Service, A Day of Remembrance, for fallen officers on Wednesday in front of the Paul Sweeney Public Safety Building off Route 13 in New Castle, Delaware.

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Posted on: May 6, 2014

Operation Backlog Nets $1.5 Million for New Castle County

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Register of Wills Ciro Poppiti presented a check for more than $1.5 million to County Executive Tom Gordon, as head of New Castle County, during an event commemorating the third anniversary of Operation Backlog.

Operation Backlog is an Office of Register of Wills initiative to reduce the number of “stale” estates dating back to the year 2000. A “stale” estate generally refers to those estates which have never been properly closed.

The initiative has generated over $1 million for New Castle County, while providing communication to beneficiaries and creditors.

Register of Wills Poppiti thanked County Executive Gordon for his administration's support for Operation BacklogRead on...

Posted on: April 25, 2014

County Holding New Round of Regional Community Meetings

New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon invites residents to attend one of four regional, community meetings scheduled to take place in early to mid-May. These meetings will highlight advances made by the County in public safety, technology, land use, and ...Read on...

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Posted on: May 6, 2014

NCCPD Canine Locates Missing Adult

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New Castle County Police Canine “Monty” and handler Corporal Steven Donahue recently located a 38-year-old male who fled from his residence located in Pine Valley Apartments.

At approximately 11 a.m. Saturday, New Castle County Police officers includin...Read on...

Posted on: May 2, 2014

NCCPD Releases Composite Sketch of Suspect “Distraction Burglary”

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New Castle County Detectives are continuing their efforts to identify the suspects involved in the “distraction type burglary” of a 93-year-old woman on Wednesday (4/30) in the 900 block of Aldon Road (Claymont Heights).

Suspect #1- white male, averag...Read on...

Posted on: May 2, 2014

Sleep Under the Stars at Rockwood set for this weekend

County Executive Tom Gordon invites residents to attend “Sleep Under the Stars” this Saturday, May 3 beginning at 10:30 a.m. and ending on Sunday, May 4 at 9:00 a.m. This event is a free opportunity to enjoy Rockwood Mansion and Park and includes: camping...Read on...

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Posted on: April 23, 2014

County Residents have until April 30 to Appeal Revisions to Flood Zone Map

New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon would like to remind county residents that they have until April 30, 2014 to appeal any revisions made by FEMA to the Flood Insurance Rate Map and Flood Insurance Study report.

These reports take into account cur...Read on...

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Posted on: April 21, 2014

April 26 Drug Take-Back Day Offers Opportunity to Reduce Risk of Prescription Drug Abuse

NEW CASTLE, Del., April 21, 2014 – As Delaware prepares for another Drug Take-Back Day, Department of Health and Social Services Secretary Rita Landgraf said collecting unnecessary medications is a critical role for families to play in reducing the state’...Read on...

Posted on: April 17, 2014

New Castle County Police Academy Holds 39th Graduation Ceremony

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WILMINGTON, Del., April 17, 2014 -- County Executive Tom Gordon and other dignitaries attended the New Castle County Police Academy's 39th Recruit Class Graduation at the Chase Center on the Riverfront Thursday night.

The County Executive and other dignitaries witnessed the graduation of 17 police officers from the NCCPD Academy. Of the 17 graduates, 14 joined New Castle County Police, two joined the Middletown Police Department, and one joined the University of Delaware Police.

Colonel E.M. Setting presented the Chief of Police Outstanding Recruit Award to John Lech, and Chief Setting presented the Outstanding Academic Achievement Award to Everardo Pañeda, Jacob Gruber, Michelle Wharton (Middletown), and Michael Slater (UD).

Lech also won the Outstanding Physical Fitness Award while Robert Horton (Middletown) won the Firearms Proficiency Award.

Anthony Fortino, Jr. received the New Castle County Police Alumni Association Core Values Award, and Michelle Wharton (Middletown) won the Attorney General's Award.

County Executive Gordon praised all of the graduates for their outstanding work ethic and commitment to public safety.

With County Executive Gordon were Chief Administrative Officer David Grimaldi, Chief of Staff Jim McDonald, Director of Public Safety Joe Bryant, Jr., U.S. Attorney for Delaware Charles Oberly III, Attorney General's Office Chief of Staff Timothy Mullaney, Councilmen Bill Bell and Joe Reda, and several other dignitariesRead on...

Posted on: April 17, 2014

DHSS Secretary Landgraf and County Executive Tom Gordon to discuss importance of Drug Take Back Day

Delaware Department of Health and Social Services Secretary Rita Landgraf will be joined by New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon, two Red Clay school nurses, a family physician and a young person in recovery as they discuss the importance of the April 2...Read on...

Posted on: April 12, 2014

6,800 People Turn Out for Carousel Park’s Spring Country Festival on Saturday

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Carousel Park & Equestrian Center’s Spring Country Festival drew 6,800 people to the park on a sunny, Saturday afternoon to enjoy a visit with Peter Cottontail, a jellybean counting contest, hayrides, and a barn tour complete with baby ducks, chickens, goats, and a pregnant donkey.

New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon personally welcomed the crowd and recognized Councilwoman Janet Kilpatrick and Councilmen Tim Sheldon and Joe Reda, and Chief Administrative Officer David Grimaldi.

“I’d like to welcome you to your park, Carousel,” County Executive Gordon said. “This really is the most beautiful park in the state. And we have a lot for you to do. Here at Carousel Park we are very proud to introduce the new ‘Carousel Kids Corral’ barn babies exhibit for children of all ages. This exhibit is open seven days a week.”

In addition, Carousel Park features several turtles in Turtle Pond, and there is a Bark Park, which County Executive Gordon created in 1999. In addition, there are more than 200 acres of hiking trails.

Before introducing the Easter Bunny, County Executive Gordon urged the sizeable crowd to come back to Carousel regularly. Once he introduced Peter Cottontail, who came in a on a horsedrawn carriage, families lined up to get pictures with the Bunny.

Carousel is open seven days a week, from dusk to dawnRead on...

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Posted on: April 8, 2014

Christine Dunning Approved as Chief of Human Resources

County Executive Tom Gordon's selection of Christine Dunning as Chief of Human Resources was approved by New Castle County Council Tuesday in a unanimous vote.

County Executive Gordon had named Mrs. Dunning Acting Chief of Human Resources in February.

"We're taking advantage of her professional and educational background in HR, along with her experience in running a police department,” County Executive Gordon had said at the time.

“We are excited about the future of the department under the leadership of Chris Dunning,” CAO David Grimaldi had said.

New Castle County Councilwoman Janet Kilpatrick and Councilman Timothy Sheldon were among those who praised the impressive experience Dunning received in the field of human resources while working as a Commanding Officer (Captain) and Lieutenant in the Wilmington Police Department. Council also noted her Master's Degree in Human Resources.

Dunning said she looked forward to carrying out the Executive’s directive to increase the applicant pool and diversity within the County ranks.

"The County Executive has been very mindful of the upcoming retirements and vacancies within the County," she said. “He wants HR to increase its reach throughout the County in an effort to find the best and the brightest for public service.”

Dunning, a Wilmington native, attended St. Thomas Elementary School and graduated from Padua Academy in 1980. In 1984, she completed her Bachelor of Arts Degree at the University of Delaware. Dunning later completed a Master’s Degree in Human Resources Management at Wilmington University while working as a police officer.

Chief Dunning is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and is a member of the Delaware Chapter of the FBI National Academy. She sits on the State Council of Police Training and is a board member of the Kingswood Community Center in Wilmington.

She has been married to her husband, Bob, for 22 years, and together they have three childrenRead on...

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Posted on: April 7, 2014

Crime Alert-Thefts from Motor Vehicles

The New Castle County Police are currently investigating thefts from motor vehicles in the community of Robscott Manor.

On Friday April 4, New Castle County Police responded to the community of Robscott Manor for thefts from motor vehicles. During the ...Read on...

Posted on: April 8, 2014

"Silver Linings Playbook" Author Matthew Quick to speak at St. Mark's High

New Castle County Reads 2014 will host Matthew Quick, author of "The Silver Linings Playbook", for a talk on his bestselling, debut novel on Thursday evening at St. Mark's High School.

An Evening With Author Matthew Quick is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, April 10, 2014 at St. Mark's High School, 2501 Pike Creek Road, Wilmington, DE 19808. County Executive Tom Gordon is scheduled to introduce Quick.

The event is free and open to the public.

“We’re very fortunate to have an author of Matthew Quick’s caliber visit us here in New Castle County,” the County Executive said. “I have to commend Acting Community Services General Manager Diana Brown for her work to make this happen. We expect a big crowd.”
New Castle County Reads is a program with the NCC Department of Community Services' Division of Libraries. The book discussion will offer everyone a great way to share their thoughts and reactions to this year’s featured title.

Quick's novel, "The Silver Linings", was interpreted as a film starring Jennifer Lawrence, who won the Oscar for Best Actress, and Bradley Cooper. "The Silver Linings" is a poignant story of how one man regains his memory and comes to terms with his wife's betrayal. Protagonist Pat Peoples believes his happy ending will be the return of his estranged wife, Nikki. As Pat searches for his silver lining, he meets widowed and clinically depressed Tiffany, who offers to act a liaison between Pat and his wife.

Quick's novel made The New York Times Best Seller list.

Quick spent the first few years of his life in Philadelphia before being raised just across the Delaware River in Oaklyn, New Jersey. He graduated from Collingswood High School (class of 1992) and La Salle University (class of 1996), where he double-majored in English and secondary education. In 2004 Quick made the difficult decision to leave teaching and pursue his dream of becoming a fiction writer. He received his Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Goddard College in 2007 and an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from La Salle University in 2013. He lives with his wife, novelist/pianist Alicia Bessette, on the Outer Banks of North CarolinaRead on...

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Posted on: April 10, 2014

Carousel Country Spring Festival set for Saturday Afternoon

County Executive Tom Gordon is pleased to invite New Castle County residents and visitors alike to attend the free Carousel Park Country Spring Festival this Saturday, April 12, from noon to 4 p.m.

“Spring is the time for renewal and we are excited to ...Read on...

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Posted on: April 7, 2014

County’s AAA Credit Rating Reaffirmed by Standard & Poor’s

Citing the County’s current year operating surplus, Standard & Poor’s has affirmed its AAA credit rating for New Castle County Government.

New Castle County received its first AAA credit rating during County Executive Tom Gordon’s first administration.

“The AAA bond rating is a prestigious recognition of our efforts and an affirmation of how seriously my administration and New Castle County Council take the taxpayers’ coffers,” County Executive Gordon said.

Standard & Poor’s documented a County surplus, which is now projected to be $8.4 million by the close of the 2014 fiscal year on June 30. The agency noted that the audited fiscal 2013 reserves were $98.6 million, or 59.7 percent of expenditures, and included rainy day and tax stabilization funds.

Standard & Poor’s recognized New Castle County’s improving economy, and highlighted the presence of financial service firms such as Bank of America and JP Morgan Chase & Co. Additionally, the agency was impressed that both E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co. and AstraZeneca had maintained their headquarters in the County.

“New Castle County remains the state’s primary economic center, representing a major portion of its taxable base and population and serves as its leading business, service and industrial center,” Standard & Poor’s wrote. “The county, which is the largest of the state’s three, continues to experience development and redevelopment. [W]e believe the county will maintain strong reserves, despite plans to reduce them, while managing ongoing economic development, pension costs, and modest future capital needsRead on...

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Posted on: April 7, 2014

Lengthy Drug Investigation Yields Largest Single Heroin Seizure in NCCPD History

New Castle County Police along with Federal, State and Local agencies
completed a joint investigation along the Lancaster Pike corridor. The Division of Police initiated and completed their part of the investigation with the largest
single seizure o...Read on...

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Posted on: April 2, 2014

New Castle County Sewer Bill Deadline Arrives

New Castle County would like to remind residents that 2014 sewer service bills are due Monday, April 7. By law, any balance that remains on accounts as of April 8 will be subject to a 6 percent penalty, and a 1 percent penalty each month thereafter.

Residents can access their payment status and history on-line using the “parcel view” link (www.nccde.org/parcelview) on the County’s website.

Customers can take advantage of a variety of convenient, cost effective methods to ensure that their bills are paid on time. Payments are accepted in person at the New Castle County Government Center, 87 Reads Way, New Castle. Regular hours for the payment window are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. On Friday, April 4 and Monday, April 7, the payment window will remain open until 6 p.m.

A drop box is available for check and money order payments 24 hours a day at the main entrance of the Government Center. Payments may also be mailed to:

New Castle County Sewer
P.O. Box 470Claymont, DE 19703

In addition to paying by mail or in person, residents can pay their bill with a Discover Card by calling the New Castle County Office of Finance at (302) 323-2600. Discover Card charges customers a service fee that varies based on the amount of the bill. Other major credit cards are accepted through Paymentus, a third-party company that accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express and electronic check. Paymentus can be reached on the Internet through the link on the New Castle County site (www.nccde.org), or by calling 1-877-225-7351.

For sewer service payments, Paymentus charges users a service fee of $5.25 for each transaction of $650 or less. Residents with questions concerning making payments through Paymentus may call its Customer Contact Center at 1-800-420-1663.

Customers who may have lost, misplaced, or didn't receive their bills, or who need additional information, can call New Castle County at (302) 323-2600 weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.Read on...

Posted on: April 1, 2014

County Executive Gordon to name Sophia Hanson Acting General Manager of Community Services

New Castle County Executive Thomas P. Gordon announced today his intention to name Sophia Hanson, who has served as Planning Director for the City of Wilmington, as Acting General Manager of Community Services for New Castle County, subject to confirmatio...Read on...

Posted on: March 31, 2014

New Castle County Police Announces Mounted Patrol Unit Graduation

The New Castle County Division of Police will host a Mounted Patrol unit graduation ceremony at Carousel Park Friday afternoon.

Among those in attendance will be New Castle County Executive, Thomas P. Gordon,
Chief Administrative Officer David Grim...Read on...

Posted on: March 31, 2014

County successful in preserving its financial interest in Fisker sale

County Executive Tom Gordon was pleased that New Castle County was able to obtain back taxes owed to it during the sale of the Fisker Plant formerly known as the General Motors Plant off of Boxwood Road.

The Fisker Property was sold to WX Delaware Real...Read on...

Posted on: March 27, 2014

NCC Paramedics deploy new cardiac monitors

The New Castle County Paramedics are deploying new cardiac monitors to all paramedic units through a $1.6 million capital project. The monitor/defibrillator/pacemaker devices
replace older model equipment that was originally purchased in 1998.

“This i...Read on...

Posted on: March 25, 2014

County Executive touts balanced budget and no tax increase for 10th time in Budget Address

County Executive Tom Gordon presented his proposed, $254.6 million 2015 fiscal year budget that includes a modest, 2.34 percent raise in expenditures and no tax increase.

“We are pleased to announce that tonight we are making history,” County Executive...Read more »

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Posted on: March 24, 2014

County Executive to Give Budget Address Tuesday Evening

At the invitation of New Castle County Council, County Executive Tom Gordon is scheduled to deliver his Budget Address for the 2015 fiscal year at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, 2014 in Council Chambers of the City/County Building.

During his address, Count...Read on...

Posted on: March 21, 2014

Human Resources Announces Job Fair's schedule

New Castle County's Job and Career Fair scheduled for March 26 will include remarks by County Executive Tom Gordon at 3 p.m. and application assistance throughout the five-hour event.

The Job and Career Fair will start at 2 p.m. and end at 7 p.m. It will include the following breakout session schedule:

-2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Application Assistance
-3:30 p.m. County Hiring Process, Interviewing Skills-4 p.m. Police Officer-Keys to Success, Estate Planning/Understanding Wills
-4:30 p.m. County Hiring Process, Police Officer Written Exam Prep, Interviewing Skills-5 p.m. Recorder of Deeds
-5:30 p.m. County Hiring Process, Interviewing Skills- 6 p.m. Police Officer-Keys to Success
-6:30 p.m. Police Officer Written Exam Prep

For more information, call the Office of Human Resources at (302) 395-5180Read on...

Posted on: March 19, 2014

WILMAPCO Authorizes $620,000 in Grants for NCCo

County Executive Tom Gordon is pleased to announce that $620,000 in grants has been approved by WILMAPCO to aid the New Castle County Department of Land Use in sound transportation planning.

“These grants are welcomed tools that will help us in our ef...Read on...

Posted on: March 18, 2014

County’s New Website Now Live

In keeping with his commitment to open government, New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon is pleased to announce the unveiling of the County’s new, state-of-the-art website on Wednesday morning.

Upon visiting www.nccde.org, users will find press relea...Read on...

Posted on: March 13, 2014

New Castle County to hold Job and Career Fair

County Executive Tom Gordon is pleased to announce the New Castle County Government Job and Career Fair scheduled for 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, 2014.

The Job and Career Fair will be held at Garfield Park PAL & Activity Center, 26 Karlyn Drive, New Castle, DE.

Participants will learn about the different County Departments and the career opportunities available in the Departments of Public Safety, Land Use, Community Services, Special Services, Administration, and the Row Offices (Sheriff, Clerk of the Peace, Register of Wills, Recorder of Deeds).

Breakout sessions on the hiring process, interviewing skills, a computer lab/application process, the police written exam, and employee benefits will comprise the job fair.

For more information, call the NCC Office of Human Resources at (302) 395-5180. New Castle County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.Read on...

Posted on: March 7, 2014

County Police's High Tech Crime Fighting Featured in The Police Chief magazine

New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon was pleased to learn of the recent publicity the New Castle County Police Department received for the T.A.P.S. program that helped the NCCPD reduce overall crime in the County by 10.1 percent.

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Posted on: March 4, 2014

County Executive signs Order to raise minimum wage for County Employees

Expressing his support for President Obama’s minimum wage hike initiative, New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon has signed an executive order to raise the minimum wage for County employees to $10.10.

“Income and wealth inequality in the United State...Read on...

Posted on: March 2, 2014

New Castle County Government resumes normal operations

NEW CASTLE, Del., March 4, 2014 -- New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon has ordered the County to resume normal operating hours on Tuesday.

County Executive Gordon had decided to close County offices on Monday due to the National Weather Service and...Read on...

Posted on: February 26, 2014

Second Annual Sudden Cardiac Arrest Survivor’s Reunion set for Friday

NEW CASTLE, Del., Feb. 26, 2014 -- New Castle County Paramedics will host the Second Annual Sudden Cardiac Arrest Survivor’s Reunion Friday in the Department of Public Safety Sweeney Building.

Responders from the community, emergency communications, la...Read on...

Posted on: February 24, 2014

Board of Adjustment to go on as scheduled on Thursday

The New Castle County Board of Adjustment scheduled for Thursday will go on as scheduled on Thursday, Feb. 27.

An earlier post about the Board of Adjustment meeting's cancelation referred to an earlier meeting postponed because of one of the recent snowstorms that came to the CountyRead on...

Posted on: February 24, 2014

New Castle County Dog Licenses Due March 1

New Castle County reminds dog owners that dog licenses must be purchased by March 1.

State Law requires dogs to be licensed and vaccinated. The requirement applies to all County residents except those who live in the city of Wilmington, which has its o...Read on...

Posted on: February 20, 2014

County Executive Gordon issues 2014 Proclamation for African American History Month

New Castle County Executive Thomas P. Gordon issued a Proclamation for the 2014 celebration of African American History Month celebrated each year in February.

"I encourage all New Castle County reisdents to join me in celebrating the collective ingenuity, creativity, cultures and traditions of African Americans and commit ourselves to raise awareness and appreciation of African American History ...," County Executive Gordon said in part.

The Executive also noted the importance of Black Americans in the history of New Castle County's economic, cultural, spiritual and political developmentRead on...

Posted on: February 14, 2014

New Castle County open on time

NEW CASTLE, Del., Feb. 18, 2014 -- New Castle County Government opened on time on Tuesday after most parts of the County received about 1 inch or so of snow overnight.

The National Weather Service in Mount Holly, N.J. has forecast a chance of showers ...Read on...

Posted on: February 14, 2014

Christine Dunning Named County’s Acting Chief of Human Resources

County Executive Tom Gordon has appointed Christine R. Dunning to the position of Acting Chief of Human Resources for New Castle County.

Dunning, a Wilmington Police officer of 27 years, recently retired as the first female Police Chief in WPD history. Her initial experience in Human Resources was as Training Lieutenant, overseeing recruitment, hiring and the development of police academies.

She later returned to the Office of Human Resources after her promotion to Captain in 2010 and oversaw the HR budget, compliance with accreditation standards, and overall management of the office.

"We're taking advantage of her professional and educational background in HR, along with her experience in running a police department,” County Executive Gordon said. “As a former Police Chief, I can attest to the leadership skills one develops in that position.”

“We commend Assistant County Attorney Laura Hay for the work she has done leading the department of Human Resources in the interim,” said CAO David Grimaldi. “We are excited about the future of the department under the leadership of former Chief Dunning,” he added.

Dunning says she looks forward to carrying out the Executive’s directive to increase the applicant pool and diversity within the County ranks.

"The County Executive has been very mindful of the upcoming retirements and vacancies within the County," she said. “He wants HR to increase its reach throughout the County in an effort to find the best and the brightest for public service.”

Dunning will earn a salary of $107,000 per year in her new position.

Dunning, a Wilmington native, attended St. Thomas Elementary School and graduated from Padua Academy in 1980. In 1984, she completed her Bachelor of Arts Degree at the University of Delaware. Dunning later completed a Master’s Degree in Human Resources Management at Wilmington University while working as a police officer.

Chief Dunning is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and is a member of the Delaware Chapter of the FBI National Academy. She sits on the State Council of Police Training and is a board member of the Kingswood Community Center in Wilmington.

She is married to her husband of 22 years, Bob, and together they have three childrenRead on...

Posted on: February 14, 2014

County Executive Gordon Issues Executive Order to 'Ban the Box'

NEW CASTLE, Del. – At the urging of New Castle County Council Pro Tempore Penrose Hollins, County Executive Tom Gordon signed an executive order removing criminal conviction history information from the County’s non-uniformed employment applications.

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Posted on: February 14, 2014

New Castle County Earns 24th Consecutive Budget Document Award

NEW CASTLE, Del. - County Executive Thomas P. Gordon announced today that New Castle County has received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its Fiscal 2014 Comprehensive Annual Budget Summary from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA).

This prestigious award is the highest form of recognition in governmental budgeting that a local government can receive. Of nearly 40,000 units of local government eligible throughout the U. S. and Canada, an average of less than 4% receive this honor each year. This is the 24th consecutive year that New Castle County has merited the award.

“New Castle County is proud of the employees in the Office of Finance who continually produce such impressive documents,” County Executive Gordon said. “Through their talent and dedication, New Castle County has earned a distinction that only a small percentage of the thousands of local governments in North America receive.”

In the selection process, submitted budget documents are reviewed by three independent members of GFOA's Budget Review Panel. To receive the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award, the budget document has to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation in four categories – as a Policy Document, as a Financial Plan, as an Operations Guide, and as a Communications Device. Budget documents must be rated “proficient” in all four categories, and the fourteen mandatory criteria within those categories, to receive the award.

The GFOA panel members reviewing New Castle County's entry praised the document in their written comments. One GFOA panel member reviewing New Castle County's entry wrote, “I am happy to recommend [New Castle] County for the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award. I would like to congratulate your staff on a great document.”

Current and prior year financial documents, including the Comprehensive Annual Budget Summary and the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, are available on New Castle County’s website: www.nccde.org/finance.

The GFOA is a nonprofit professional association serving 17,800 government finance professionals throughout North America. It is recognized as one of the highest sources of financial reporting guidance for state and local governments in North America. The GFOA's Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards program is the only national awards program in governmental budgetingRead on...

Posted on: February 14, 2014

County-Sponsored Event Leads to Early Detection of Heart Defect

BRANDYWINE HUNDRED, Del. – A New Castle County student’s life may have been saved by a County-sponsored ECG/EKG Heart Screening event this past weekend.

The inaugural Heart In The Game screening was held at Springer Middle School and brought close to 200 middle and high school students from 15 NCC schools. County Executive Tom Gordon provided the non-profit with the funding necessary for the event.

“We applaud Heart In The Game Director Greer Firestone for being a leader in our community and bringing a life-threatening issue to the forefront,” County Executive Gordon said.

Firestone created the Heart In The Game organization because his daughter, Grace, suffered sudden unexpected cardiac arrest on June 6, 2011 – just two days after graduation. Grace was both a healthy and active child who was a key player on Tower Hill School girls’ soccer team.
This unexpected tragedy inspired Firestone to research and create Heart In The Game. Sudden Cardiac Arrest is the No. 1 killer of student athletes on the playing field. A simple, five-minute non-invasive ECG/EKG will uncover 85 percent of potential issues for children 10-19.

Firestone also wanted “hands only" CPR and AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) training as part of the event. "I went to County CAO Dave Grimaldi and asked if the NCC EMS would volunteer their time to train. He didn't blink. 'Of course', he said".

At Saturday’s daylong event, one athlete’s ECG showed heart defects that could lead to sudden cardiac arrest, Firestone said. "One of our doctors told the parent of this 14-year-old Brandywine High lacrosse player that he should not participate in sports until he was evaluated by a cardiologist.

The next day the Till family of Brandywine Hundred made an appointment for their son, Joe. I told Grace's mom that her daughter just saved a life on Saturday."

“I especially thank County Executive Tom Gordon, who made the donation that made this event possible today. He took a risk. However, we've only started. Our mission is to screen every middle school and high school student in Delaware. Due to Tom's and Dave's vision, we are on our wayRead on...

Posted on: February 10, 2014

Recorder of Deeds Launches Electronic Recording Delivery System

Beginning February 10, 2014 at 8:30 a.m., the New Castle County Recorder of Deeds office will be accepting assignments and satisfactions for the purpose of filing customer’s documents electronically.

Please take an opportunity to review the attached E...Read on...

Posted on: February 14, 2014

County Executive Gordon, Council President Bullock to host Minority Business Forum

NEW CASTLE, Del. – County Executive Tom Gordon and County Council President Christopher Bullock are pleased to present a minority-owned business forum to be held on Thursday, February 20 in an effort to diversify the various vendors and contractors that do business with the County.

This forum is designed to provide minority-owned businesses with insight on how to conduct business with the County and how to become a registered vendor. The County Executive agreed to host this forum for the second straight year at the request of Council President Bullock.

“Millions of dollars are going out to out-of-state contractors and we cannot allow that to continue,” County Executive Gordon said. “That is a long-term recipe for disaster. We must give back to the New Castle County businesses that pay their fair share of taxes.”

"The business of America is business,” Council President Bullock said. “This forum will provide an opportunity for Minority owned businesses to participate in the overall mission of County Executive Tom Gordon's vision of economic inclusion in New Castle County.

“We welcome this emerging partnership,” he added. “Together we can grow".

The forum is being coordinated by the New Castle County Department of Administration, which oversees procurement of services. Chief of Administrative Services Tonney Gardner, the department head, said information has been spreading about the forum by word of mouth.

“This forum is designed to provide insight to minorities on how to conduct business with the county and become a registered vendor,” Gardner said. “I look forward to a great turnout.”

Businesses must be registered with the Delaware Office of Supplier Diversity in order to be considered a minority supplier, Gardner said. To that end, the State will be participating in the forum next month.

Space is limited so vendors are asked to please RSVP early. Please respond to MinorityBusinessForum@nccde.org by February 13, 2014.

Registration will be from 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. February 20 with the Forum taking place from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00am in the Multi-Purpose Room of the James Gilliam Community Services Building, located at 77 Reads Way, New Castle, DE 19720.Read on...

Posted on: February 14, 2014

County Reopens and Resumes Normal Operations

New Castle County Government has resumed normal operations after two days of snow and dangeroulsy low wind chill factors.

Governor Markell and County Executive Gordon had lifted the State of Emergencies they imposed Tuesday in Delaware and New Castle ...Read on...

Posted on: February 14, 2014

County Offices Had Been Closed Because of Snowfall and Wind Chill

New Castle County Government officials decided to close offices Jan. 22, 2014 due to the significant snowfall on Tuesday, dangerous wind chill factors, and problems associated with snow drifts caused by strong winds.

County officials conducted a conference call at 4:15 a.m. Wednesday, then took part in the State of Delaware's bridge call at 4:30 a.m. with all State agencies, counties, and local municipalities. All agencies reported primary roads in relatively decent shape but secondary and tertiary roads still covered in snow.

The National Weather Service in Mount Holly, N.J. has forecast winds from the northwest with gust of 35 miles per hour and wind chills of minus 10 to minus 15 for much of the day Wednesday.

County Executive Tom Gordon and Chief Administrative Officer David Grimaldi were briefed by Deputy Chief Administrative Officer Jim McDonald before the Executive's decision to close was made shortly after 5 o'clock this morning.

Local and State residents are advised to stay off the roads as much as possibleRead on...

Posted on: February 14, 2014

New Castle County under State of Emergency

NEW CASTLE, Del. -- County Executive Tom Gordon has issued a local state of emergency and has directed the Department of Public Safety to take such steps that are necessary for the protection of life and property.

County Executive Gordon decided to c...Read on...

Posted on: February 14, 2014

Regional Community Meeting Postponed Due to Inclement Weather

New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon has granted Director of Public Safety Joe Bryant’s request to postpone the regional community meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22 in the Brandywine Town Center due to the weather forecast.

The Nati...Read on...

Posted on: January 17, 2014

New Castle County Begins United Way Campaign In Conjunction with AFL-CIO

County Executive Tom Gordon led the kick-off of New Castle County’s United Way fundraising campaign for 2014, in conjunction with the AFL-CIO, Thursday morning in the New Castle County Government Center.

Joining the County Executive was AFL-CIO Communi...Read on...

Posted on: January 8, 2014

New Castle County to Host More Regional Community Meetings

NEW CASTLE, Del. -- County Executive Tom Gordon and Director of Public Safety Joseph Bryant Jr. are pleased to announce that the New Castle County Department of Public Safety and the Office of Community Governing will host the second series of Regional Community Meetings this month.

The first round of community meetings took part in five areas of the County in autumn.

The next round of meetings will focus on two very important topics: the newly developed “Police Mobile Application” and the Award Winning “Heroin Alert Program”. New Castle County Police Col. Elmer Setting unveiled the new police app on Tuesday while the Heroin Alert Program has been in place since the mid-1990s.

“It is our firm belief that the Heroin Alert Program has saved countless lives by warning people in detail about this dangerous drug,” County Executive Gordon said. “Today, we added another valuable service to the community that could also potentially save lives – the police app that affords the community another way to contact police. This is the future of policing.”

The meetings are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. throughout various parts of the County, as listed below. Representatives from Civic Groups, Maintenance Corporations, Community Groups, Educational Institutions, Governmental Agencies, and many other agencies are encouraged to attend a Regional Meeting to learn about valuable New Castle County Governmental functions and services.

IF YOU GO
Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 at Bear Library, 101 Governor's Place, Bear Monday, Jan. 13, 2014 at Gilliam Building, 77 Read's Way, New Castle
Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 at NCCPD Police Academy, 201 Kimberton Dr., Newark,Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 at Townsend Fire Hall, 107 Main St, Townsend
Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 at Brandywine Town Center, 4050 Brandywine Parkway, Wilmington

If necessary, a snow make-up date will be Monday, Jan. 27, 2014 at the New Castle County Paul Sweeney Public Safety Building in the Community RoomRead on...

Posted on: January 3, 2014

New Castle County Government Center resumes normal operations

UPDATE: New Castle County Government resumed normal operations on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014. The original news release listed below was published on Friday, Jan. 3, when snow caused County Executive Tom Gordon and CAO David Grimaldi to close government offic...Read on...

Posted on: January 2, 2014

New Castle County receives $500,000 grant for Neighborhood Stabilization Project

NEW CASTLE HUNDRED, Del. – County Executive Tom Gordon is pleased to announce that the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh Board of Directors has awarded New Castle County a $500,000 grant for community revitalization efforts along the Route 9 corridor i...Read on...

Posted on: December 31, 2013

Agreement Reached on Under-charged Sewer Bills

Wilmington, Delaware: New Castle County Executive Thomas P. Gordon and New Castle County Council announce they have reached an agreement regarding the collection of under-charged portions of 2013 County sewer service bills. The County Executive and County Council are confident that the designed path forward is in the best interest of the residents of New Castle County.

New Castle County's residential sewer billing, per New Castle County Code, is based upon the two lowest quarters of water usage over a prior 12-month period. The County receives quarterly usage figures from water companies and uses these figures when calculating sewer bills. As a result of one vendor, Artesian water, switching to monthly usage data, the quarterly water usage figures became skewed by the County system and the County inadvertently over-charged and under-charged some sewer customers. Those customers who were over-charged are receiving a credit on their 2014 sewer bill, but the intent initially was to forgive the under-charged amounts, in accordance with longstanding past practice.

The Administration was concerned that the associated collection costs would exceed the potential incremental revenue, particularly for households with balances of only a few dollars or cents. The compromise will allow for the collection of under billed balances in excess of $11.05, which will reduce the amount of affected households by half while still allowing the County to recover 85% of the $210,000 of the total under billed amount.

"We are happy to work with our partners on County Council towards solutions that are in the best interest of our constituents. This compromise alleviates the concerns raised by both branches of government and creates an equitable path forward," stated Thomas P. Gordon, New Castle County Executive. "We are hopeful that this compromise will help foster a new spirit of cooperation and compromise with our friends in the legislative branch," said CAO David Grimaldi, who brokered the deal with County Council.

"Council feels it is important to maintain equity and fairness when it comes to setting sewer rates in New Castle County. I am confident that the solution reached with the County Executive regarding this issue ensures all residential sewer service users pay their fair share and prevents the sewer fund from being subsidized by other revenue sources. I appreciate the County Executive's willingness to work with Council to develop a resolution that ensures a fiscally responsible outcome."-Janet T. Kilpatrick, New Castle County Councilperson, Third District

Under-charged amounts due to the County will be placed as a debit on the 2014 sewer bills to be mailed out January 24, 2014. In doing so, the County avoids the necessity for a separate mailing to collect these fees, which saves the County in printing and postage costs, as well as employee man-hours. Sewer customers who have questions regarding their sewer bills may call the Office of Finance at (302) 323-2600Call: (302) 323-2600Read on...

Posted on: December 19, 2013

NCCTV to broadcast meetings of Planning Board, Board of Adjustment

NEW CASTLE, Del. – The Gordon administration has decided to expand the programming on NCCTV by broadcasting all meetings of the Planning Board and Board of Adjustment beginning in the New Year.

County Executive Tom Gordon and Chief Administration Offi...Read on...

Posted on: December 16, 2013

Thousands come out for County’s holiday events

PIKE CREEK, Del. – Thousands of people have attended New Castle County’s various holiday events in December as the Christmas holiday approaches, including Christmas tree lightings at Glasgow Park, Carousel Park and the Christmas celebration in Old New Castle.

On Sunday, County Executive Tom Gordon introduced Santa Claus and his elves to the applause of hundreds of children and parents waiting for Santa in the Western Village located in the middle of Carousel.

Among those who visited Santa were Hockessin resident Dr. Gordon DiRenzo, a retired University of Delaware professor, with his wife, Mary; daughter, Maria; and grandchildren Reese, Rory, Ryan, and Ridley.

“We’re here to see Santa, and we’re very grateful to be here in the park,” Dr. DiRenzo said. “The Gordon administration has done a great job for the kids, the people, and the park. That’s what it’s all about and we just love it.”

After Carousel, County Executive Gordon participated in the Elsmere Christmas Parade with New Castle County Councilman Joe Reda.

On Saturday, County Executive Gordon and New Castle County Police Chief Col. Elmer Setting participated in Historic New Castle's 13th annual Celebration of the Spirit of Christmas. There, they signed copies of the Arcadia book, “New Castle County Police Department”, in the New Castle Court House at the request of Cynthia Snyder, site manager for this State of Delaware museum.

Each year, New Castle's Christmas celebration dedicates the Court House tree to a special group or organization, said Cynthia Snyder, Site Manager of the New Castle Court House. This year, the New Castle County Police Department was selected because of its 100th anniversary of service.

“It was a wonderful event today and a great place to display the history of the County Police in the Old Court House,” County Executive Gordon said. “A lot of people attended. We had Christmas spirit and people singing. We had a wonderful timeRead on...

Posted on: December 12, 2013

Santa and his pony will visit Carousel Park & Equestrian Center on Sunday

PIKE CREEK, Del. – Santa Claus and his pony are scheduled to visit Carousel Park & Equestrian Center as part of New Castle County’s Christmas and holiday festivities.

Visitors will be able to photograph Santa and his pony, and enjoy a visit to Santa’s workshop, make crafts, and take a hayride around the park.

“We in New Castle County have made family-oriented events like this a high priority during this festive holiday season,” County Executive Tom Gordon said. “I have been so impressed with the thousands of people that have taken part in the Tree Lightings at Glasgow Park and Rockwood Mansion.

“Let the holiday cheer continue on Sunday,” he added.

Although, the National Weather Service has forecast a 30 percent chance of snow this weekend, the County Executive has directed Community Services Administrator Regina Marini to continue with the event as scheduled.

Please check www.nccde.org, www.Facebook.com/nccde and www.Twitter.com (#NCCDE) for updates.

WHO: New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon Presents
WHAT: Visit Santa and his Pony at Carousel Park & Equestrian Center. Bring your camera to get a photo with Santa and his pony, visit Santa’s workshop, make a craft, and then take a hayride around the park! Don’t forget to visit the new Barn Babies: Blue Hen Chicks & White Peacock. This event is FREE, but we ask you to bring a canned food or non-perishable food item to be donated to the less fortunate this holiday season. WHEN: Sunday, December 15, 12-3pm
WHERE: Carousel Park & Equestrian Center, 3700 Limestone RD., Wilmington, DE 19808, (302) 995-7670, nccdeRead on...

Posted on: December 11, 2013

County reopens and resumes normal operating hours

New Castle County Government reopened Wednesday morning and resumed normal operating hours the day after a the second snowstorm in three days hit northern Delaware.

The County gave non-essential personnel the day off on Tuesday given the inclement weather, following the State of Delaware's lead on early Tuesday morning. Essential personnel still had to report.

The National Weather Service in Mounty Holly, N.J. reported that 2.9 inches of snow fell in Wilmington Tuesday.Read on...

Posted on: December 9, 2013

New Castle County was closed Tuesday except for essential personnel

New Castle County will be closed on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013 due to the anticipated inclement weather, following the State of Delaware's lead.

However, essential personnel must still report to work.

The sheriff's sale is also proceeding as scheduled.

If you are unsure whether you are considered non-essential or essential, please contact your supervisor.

In addition, the New Castle County Police Department's Dec. 10 T.A.P.S. meeting has been canceled.

The National Weather Service in Mount Holly, N.J. has predicted a 100 percent chance of snow for Tuesday, with accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possibleRead on...

Posted on: December 8, 2013

County libraries were closed Tuesday; Sheriff's Sale went on at 10 a.m.

New Castle County libraries were closed on Tuesday due to heavy snowfall.

All New Castle County offices were closed due to two storms converging upon each other. Only essential personnel were to report to work.

However, the Sheriff's Sale scheduled for 10 a.m. went on as scheduledRead on...

Posted on: December 6, 2013

County Executive’s busy Christmas holiday activities continue through this weekend

County Executive Tom Gordon has had a busy week of holiday activities that started with the Christmas tree lightings at the City/County Building Monday, the New Castle County Building Tuesday and Glasgow Park Thursday.

County Executive Gordon will con...Read on...

Posted on: December 4, 2013

Christmas Tree Lighting at Glasgow Park

Bring your family to enjoy a festive evening of music, caroling, refreshments, hayrides and a visit from Santa and his elves at the Christmas Tree Lighting at Glasgow Park from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5

The actual tree lighting, led by County ...Read on...

Posted on: November 26, 2013

New Foals for Mounted Patrol Introduced to Public by County Executive Tom Gordon

PIKE CREEK, Del. – County Executive Tom Gordon formally introduced the two new, Clydesdale foals he recently purchased so that the County could raise and train them for service eventually in the New Castle County Police Mounted Patrol.

County Executive...Read on...

Posted on: November 22, 2013

County Executive Gordon, Councilman Hollins propose Workforce Housing Program moratorium

County Executive Thomas P. Gordon and New Castle County Councilman Penrose Hollins have agreed to pursue a workforce housing program moratorium.

County Executive Gordon and Councilman Hollins met earlier this autumn to discuss Workforce Housing. Ordin...Read on...

Posted on: November 21, 2013

County Executive Gordon holds kick off for Economic Development Plan

NEW CASTLE, Del. – County Executive Thomas P. Gordon, CAO David Grimaldi and Policy Director Marcus Henry held the kick-off Thursday morning for New Castle County 2025, the Executive’s comprehensive economic development plan.

New Castle County 2025 will serve as a blueprint to help northern Delaware transition into an economy of the future.

"Delaware has been dealt a nasty blow in the last 15 years,” County Executive Gordon said. “While we may never have the economy of old, what we can do is proactively plan for the economy of the future. We need a holistic approach and a well-defined vision.”

Chief Administrative Officer David Grimaldi, who brought his knowledge in the business sector to the County, said New Castle County 2025 would mark an important shift in the County from a transactional, reactionary model to one that’s proactive and comprehensive.

"There's an old saying. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail," CAO Grimaldi said. “New Castle County being two-thirds of the population and three-quarters of the economic output, we felt it best to lead the charge and create the first ever comprehensive development plan in the State of Delaware.

“I want to thank the Governor’s Office for their support,” he added. “I called his chief of staff to see if they would be willing to join us. He responded very quickly, ‘We’re in.’ This is an exciting opportunity to engage all layers of government, for the first time, and develop an economic path forward.”

The plan will have three parts:
• Strengths and weaknesses of Delaware (a SWOT analysis)• Identify the growth areas of the future and demographic shifts
• How to get the County and State to attract growth industries of the future

Wadley-Donovan GrowthTech was the economic development consulting firm hired to develop New Castle County 2025. The firm was selected because of its esteemed reputation in the realm of economic development.

Wadley-Donovan GrowthTech President Bill Frederick gave an overview of the project and steps, which will include:• Analysis of economic and demographic conditions
• Identification of marketing strengths and obstacles to development• Identify target industries
• Specific action steps to be taken

Frederick said it was important for all stakeholders to work on this plan, including the County, the State, local businesspeople and farmers – several of whom attended Thursday's kick-offRead on...

Posted on: November 20, 2013

New Castle County Police receive CALEA “Gold Standard with Excellence” Award

The New Castle County Police Department was recently awarded the prestigious “Gold Standard with Excellence Award” as part of the its re-accreditation process with the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.

NCC Director of Public...Read on...

Posted on: November 15, 2013

New Castle County Warns Residents of “Jury Duty” Phone Scam

New Castle County Police are investigating several phone scams where the caller identifies himself as an employee of the Courthouse and attempts to collect money from the individual for missing Jury Duty.

Over the past several days, County Police have...Read on...

Posted on: November 7, 2013

NCCPD Arrested Two New Castle Men for Robbery

New Castle County Police arrested two men and charged them with the robbery that occurred at an area convenience store earlier this month.

On Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 11:30 p.m., County Police responded to a reported shoplifting that had just occurred at...Read on...

Posted on: November 6, 2013

NCCPD Investigates Harassment Complaint

Newark, DE -- New Castle County Police are currently investigating a harassment complaint involving a family who resides in the community of Autumnwood in northeast New Castle County.

County Police have responded on two occasions to a home in the com...Read on...

Posted on: October 29, 2013

Jeffrey Miller promoted to Chief of Emergency Communications

Jeffrey Miller was recently promoted to Chief of Emergency Communications for the New Castle County Department of Public Safety. A formal ceremony was held Friday at the Paul J. Sweeney Public Safety Building, with County Executive Tom Gordon and Joe Bry...Read on...

Posted on: October 24, 2013

County and State Officials to Open New Claymont Library

Claymont, DE – Governor Jack Markell, New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon, County Council President Chris Bullock, Councilman John Cartier and the Friends of Claymont Library will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Claymont Library at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25.

The library is then scheduled to open to the public at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26.

County Executive Gordon said the grand opening of the Claymont Library would help the ongoing renaissance of this historically blue collar town in northeast Brandywine Hundred. The County Executive noted how things like beautiful libraries, a vibrant arts community, and ample recreational facilities are important to businesses desiring to locate new ventures or relocate existing industries to the area.

“In many ways, Claymont is emblematic of what has happened in all of New Castle County in terms of the economic downturn,” County Executive Gordon said. “For instance, we just learned that Evraz Claymont Steel will close down in December, just weeks before Christmas. A long time ago, the town lost a big part of its identity when Claymont High School closed down. The odds have been against Claymont.

“However, the good news is that Claymont has had a renaissance of which many people have worked hard to facilitate, including Councilman Bob Weiner, Councilman John Cartier and Brett Sadler, Executive Director of the Claymont Renaissance Development Corp. It wasn’t just them; that’s just to name a few. I look at this library as an integral part of not just the revitalization of Claymont, but of a renewed sense of the identity as I mentioned before. I hope everyone takes pride in this library and enjoys it.”

The media is invited to cover the ribbon cutting event on Friday. Presenters include Governor Markell, Delaware Secretary of State Jeffrey W. Bullock, County Executive Gordon, Councilman Cartier, Council President Bullock, and Friends of Claymont Library Chairman Jeff Graf. Diana Brown, of the New Castle County Department of Community Services, will facilitate the program.

Among the other dignitaries expected to attend are State Treasurer Chip Flowers, Deputy Secretary of State Richard Geisenberger, State Senators Harris McDowell, Cathy Cloutier and Greg Lavelle, State Representatives Bryon Short, Dennis Williams and Debra Heffernan, State Librarian Annie Norman, New Castle County Chief Administrative Office David Grimaldi, Deputy CAO Jim McDonald, Community Services General Manager Alan Matas, Acting Special Services GM J. Wayne Merritt, Policy Director Marcus Henry (former Community Services GM), Chief Human Resources Officer Lynn Beaty, Councilman George Smiley, and Register of Wills Ciro Poppiti.

Delaware's senior U.S. Senator Tom Carper and junior U.S. Sen. Chris Coons, former County Executive, both plan to attend as well. Former County Executive Paul Clark cannot attend due to a conflict.

The $11.1 million project was designed by Morris & Richie Associates, Inc. Bancroft Construction Company provided construction management. The new library features:

• 30 Internet/public access computers with software such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access
• Wireless Access throughout the building• Meeting and study rooms for public use
• Drive up public service window• Separate children’s and teen areas

The library is expected to have over 180,000 patron visits and circulate over 200,000 library materials per year.
In addition to touring the building during the opening, the public can borrow materials, obtain library cards, access the Internet, and enjoy special activities for children – including visits by Silly Joe, Ariel the Mermaid, the Jitterbugs, Meet a Minion, Illstyle and Peace, the Juggling Hoffmans and PAWS.

The library is located just off Darley Road, at 400 Lenape Way, Claymont, DE 19703. It is situated in a park- like setting, with dedicated parking in front of the library and walking trails behind it. The facility replaces the library formerly located in the Claymont Community CenterRead on...

Posted on: October 23, 2013

United Cerebral Palsy of Delaware, County to hold ribbon cutting for renovated property built for pe

NEW CASTLE, Del. – County Executive Tom Gordon, United Cerebral Palsy of Delaware, Inc., and Councilman George Smiley are scheduled to hold a ribbon cutting this morning for the property that the County and the nonprofit organization have transformed into...Read on...

Posted on: October 22, 2013

Tonney Gardner starts as new Chief of Administrative Services for New Castle County

County Executive Tom Gordon has hired longtime DuPont Co. manager Tonney A. Gardner as the new Acting Chief of Administrative Services for New Castle County.

Gardner began his new job on Monday with orientation in the morning, and Chief Administrative...Read on...

Posted on: October 18, 2013

Baby peacocks and chicks arrive in time for Sleep Under the Stars at Carousel Park

County Executive Tom Gordon has announced the arrival of 17 new chicks and two young peacocks at Carousel Park in time for the Sleep Under the Stars event scheduled for Saturday.

“Nearly 2,000 people have signed up for this weekend’s Sleep Under the S...Read on...

Posted on: October 17, 2013

County Executive Gordon Slashes Capital Recovery Fees to Spur Economic Activity

County Executive Tom Gordon, as part of his ongoing economic development initiative, has ordered the Department of Special Services to slash capital recovery fees associated with new construction.

“Since the onset of the 2008 recession, at a time when...Read on...

Posted on: October 16, 2013

Last Regional Community Meeting Set for Tonight in Brandywine Hundred

The last of five regional community meetings being held by New Castle County Government is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. tonight (Wednesday) at Talleyville Fire Company in Brandywine Hundred.

County Executive Tom Gordon directed the New Castle County...Read on...

Posted on: October 11, 2013

Late Wilmington Councilman Antonio Resto honored by County Executive

New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon has issued a tribute to the late Wilmington Councilman Antonio Resto, who died last week.

County Executive Gordon’s Oct. 11, 2013 tribute honors the late Councilman Resto for being the first Hispanic elected to W...Read on...

Posted on: October 11, 2013

New Castle County to be closed Monday for Columbus Day

County Executive Tom Gordon would like to wish everyone a Happy Columbus Day this coming Monday.

This holiday commemorates when Christopher Columbus arrived in the Americas on October 12, 1492. Because Oct. 12 falls on a Saturday this year, the 2013 h...Read on...

Posted on: October 10, 2013

New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon recognizes Breast Cancer Awareness Month

County Executive Tom Gordon is pleased to recognize October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month in the State of Delaware and throughout the United States of America.

“Not only during the month of October, but throughout the year, must we seize upon any a...Read on...

Posted on: October 9, 2013

New Castle County Community Meeting in Middletown Draws 60

MIDDLETOWN, Del. – New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon’s regional community meeting in Appoquinimink Community Library drew nearly 60 people eager to learn more about the County’s predictive policing, storm preparation, code enforcement and constituent...Read on...

Posted on: October 3, 2013

Land Use General Manager Eileen Fogarty Officialy Sworn In

New Castle County Department of Land Use General Manager Eileen Fogarty was officially sworn into her position by County Executive Tom Gordon Thursday, Oct. 3 in the Executive Office.

Fogarty was appointed by Gordon as acting general manager of Land Use this past summer and started on Sept. 3. New Castle County Council confirmed her as Land Use General Manager on Sept. 24.

County Executive Gordon said Forgarty was the best land use planner in America with experience in various parts of the country, including both the East and West coasts.

"She's forgotten more than I know about Land Use," Gordon said. "She's going to help us fix the Unified Development Code which has been watered down with a million exceptions since I left office in 2004."

Fogarty, founder and president of The Fogarty Group since July 2011, has accumulated 30 years of experience in urban land use planning, zoning and development review, transportation planning, and economic development. She most recently served as Director of Planning & Community Development for Santa Monica, Calif. from 2006 to 2011.

Prior to Santa Monica, Fogarty served as Director of Planning, Zoning and Development for Alexandria, Va. from 2000 to 2006 and Director of Community Development for Santa Cruz, Calif. from 1996 to 2000.

Gordon had been searching for a land use administrator who could take on the challenges facing New Castle County, where land use planning has been poor for nearly a decade. Fogarty’s resume rose to the top as Gordon and Chief Administrative Officer David Grimaldi examined the 25 applications they received.

As for New Castle County Council, several members described Fogarty as "imminently qualifiedRead on...

Posted on: October 2, 2013

New Castle County regional meeting for Appoquinimink Library set for Wednesday

New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon's regional community meeting at Appoquinimink Library for the Middletown-Odessa-Townsend area has been rescheduled to Wednesday, Oct. 9.

The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

County Executive Gordon directed the New Castle County Department of Public Safety and the Office of Community Governing to hold regional community meetings that discuss the County’s predictive policing, storm preparation, code enforcement and constituent services. County staff will also speak about the benefits of the County’s participation in the “Smart911” program, as well as civil penalties caused by code violations.

For the convenience of New Castle County citizens, five meetings were scheduled throughout various parts of the County. The meeting in Middletown is the fourth such meeting.

The last of five meetings is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 16 at Talleyville Fire Company in North Wilmington.

Please click on the link below for a map that depict the boundaries of the 5 regional districts:
http://nccde.maps.arcgis.com/apps/OnePane/basicviewer/index.htmlRead on...

Posted on: September 27, 2013

New Castle County regional meeting for Bear-Glasgow moved to Word of Life Christian Center

New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon's regional community meeting on Monday for the Bear-Glasgow area has been moved to a new location – The Word of Life Christian Center at 854 Old Baltimore Pike in Newark.

The meeting is still scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. and end at 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30.

County Executive Gordon directed the New Castle County Department of Public Safety and the Office of Community Governing to hold regional community meetings that discuss the County’s predictive policing, storm preparation, code enforcement and constituent services. County staff will also speak about the benefits of the County’s participation in the “Smart911” program, as well as civil penalties caused by code violations.

For the convenience of New Castle County citizens, five meetings have been scheduled throughout various parts of the County. Monday's meeting will be the second one held thus far.
Civic groups and maintenance corporations, from each major area, may attend these regional meetings to learn about valuable governmental functions and services.

“We want people to know what resources are available to them in times of emergency or a crisis, not to mention the constituent services of which they can avail themselves,” County Executive Gordon said. “We also want them to know how the New Castle County Police Division has used state-of-the-art technology to predict where crime would occur, thereby reducing, by double digits, the amount of crime in the County.”

Those scheduled to give remarks:County Executive Gordon, Councilman David Tackett, Director of Public Safety Joseph Bryant Jr., Police Chief Col. Elmer Setting, Emergency Communications Chief Jeff Miller, Emergency Medical Services Chief Larry Tan, Emergency Management Coordinator David Carpenter Jr., Assistant Land Use Administrator Al Washington, and Executive Assistant Bill Shahan, of the Office of Community Governing.

Dates/Locations of the Regional Community Meetings:

• Monday, Sept. 30th (South Central), The Word of Life Christian Center, Newark
• Thursday, Oct. 3rd, North Central, Garfield Park PAL, New Castle• Wednesday, Oct. 9th (M.O.T.), Appoquinimink Library Activity Center, Middletown
• Wednesday, Oct. 16th (North), Talleyville Fire Company, North Wilmington

All meetings are scheduled for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The Western regional meeting was held Sept. 23 at the Hockessin PAL Center in Hockessin, DE.

Please click on the link below for a map that depict the boundaries of the 5 regional districts:http://nccde.maps.arcgis.com/apps/OnePane/basicviewer/index.htmlRead on...

Posted on: September 24, 2013

County Executive Tom Gordon issues Proclamation on National Voter Registration Day

New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon has issued a Proclamation commemorating the Constitutional right of Americans to vote in commemoration of National Voter Registration Day held Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013.

“Local governments have long played a histor...Read on...

Posted on: September 23, 2013

County Executive Gordon Enacts Policy to Curb Overtime/Comp Time For Appointees

NEW CASTLE, Del. – County Executive Tom Gordon has issued a new policy that restricts the use of comp time and overtime for general managers and other executive branch appointees of New Castle County.

Department managers, and other Executive Branch ap...Read on...

Posted on: September 20, 2013

County Executive to Launch ‘New Castle County 2025,’ First-Ever Comprehensive Economic Development P

County Executive Tom Gordon has ordered the first-ever comprehensive economic development plan for New Castle County, which comprises nearly three-quarters of the State’s economic activity. Once completed, the "New Castle County 2025 Economic Development Plan" will be a blueprint for economic growth and sustainability in the First County of the First State.

“Delaware is ranked second to last in GDP growth, home price appreciation, and wage growth. According to Moody’s, one of the three major credit rating agencies, we're the only state in the union at risk of falling back into the recession,” County Executive Gordon said. “Now is not the time for blind optimism but, rather, for realistic self-assessment and comprehensive planning.”

Chief Administrative Officer David Grimaldi, who managed nearly a quarter billion dollars throughout his private sector career, will work with Economic Development & Policy Director Marcus Henry to launch focus group meetings with leaders from business, labor, and academia, as well as other governmental entities and civic organizations.

“There's an old saying, ‘If you fail to plan, you plan to fail’,” Grimaldi said. “We can’t have a serious conversation about sustainable economic growth without a clear strategy to accomplish established goals. The County Executive’s plan will be the first in the County and in the State.”

The County Executive’s Economic Development Plan would have four components:

• A rigorous self-assessment to determine the competitive strengths of northern Delaware and build upon them
• Identification of the growth industries of the future, taking into account the demographic and technological shifts which are likely to define the next decade• Devise a plan to attract and retain growth-sector businesses and rejuvenate the entrepreneurial spirit of New Castle County
• Develop realistic timelines with quantifiable measures of progress

“We need to create an entrepreneurial environment where new ideas can be met by early stage investors and grow into successful businesses,” Gordon said. “When companies are born here, they tend to stay hereRead on...

Posted on: September 17, 2013

Senior Roll Call Saves Another Life

WILMINGTON, Del. – The New Castle County Police Senior Roll Call Lifeline Program, created under County Executive Tom Gordon’s prior administration, saved the life of a 79-year-old woman who failed to respond to the automated Senior Roll Call Lifeline ove...Read on...

Posted on: September 16, 2013

New Castle County Police Lt. Szczerba honored on second anniversary of death

County Executive Tom Gordon and the New Castle County Police Department paused, Monday morning, to honor the late Lt. Joseph Szczerba on the second anniversary of his death.

The End of Watch ceremony was held at Lt. Joseph L. Szczerba Park in New Cast...Read on...

Posted on: September 13, 2013

Rockwood Museum’s 1920s Fashion Show and Tea sells out

WILMINGTON, Del. – County Executive Tom Gordon is pleased to announce that the 1920s Fashion Show and Tea at New Castle County’s Rockwood Museum this weekend has sold out. The show offers a rare opportunity to view some of the exceptional clothing in the ...Read on...

Posted on: September 12, 2013

New Castle County to Hold Regional Community Meetings

County Executive Tom Gordon has directed the New Castle County Department of Public Safety and the Office of Community Governing to hold regional community meetings that discuss the County’s predictive policing, storm preparation, code enforcement and con...Read on...

Posted on: September 10, 2013

County Executive Gordon orders flags to fly at half-staff on Sept. 11

County Executive Tom Gordon ordered all flags at County buildings and facilities to be flown at half-staff on Wednesday, Sept. 11 in honor of the 3,000 souls who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks, which occurred 12 years ago.

Gordon’s order ca...Read on...

Posted on: September 6, 2013

County Executive Tom Gordon welcomes new Police Academy graduates

County Executive Tom Gordon congratulated the 25 graduates of the 38th New Castle County Police Recruit Academy as well-trained, modern day police officers at the Chase Center on the Riverfront in Wilmington Thursday night.

Twenty-three of the graduat...Read on...

Posted on: August 28, 2013

Habitat for Humanity, County Executive Gordon and Councilman Powers demolish home in Middletown

New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon, Councilman Bill Powers, and Habitat for Humanity held a demolition of a dilapidated home on East Lake Street in Middletown Wednesday to make way for new homes that would help transform this street back into a vibran...Read on...

Posted on: August 24, 2013

Glasgow Bark Park for dogs draws a crowd

New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon and New Castle County Councilman David Tackett held a grand opening for the new Bark Park at Glasgow Park Friday before a crowd of 100 park patrons, county employees and honorable guests Friday afternoon.

The Bark Park ribbon cutting ceremony led by County Executive Gordon and Councilman Tackett culminated about three months of work conducted by the New Castle County Department of Special Services.

“There’s probably no greater example of the cohesiveness and quality of life in Glasgow than this park,” Gordon said. “We’re all very proud of that. You're going to see other great things here as we work hard with Councilman David Tackett . You’ll also see the Farmers Market here grow with Councilman Bill Powers (a farmer).”

The County’s first dog park was in Carousel Park, he said. The County had since added locations to Iron Hill, Talley Day and now Glasgow – home to 100,000 people.

Councilman Tackett credited County Executive Tom Gordon for having the vision to build Glasgow Park to serve this high growth area of New Castle County back in 2000. When Gordon returned to office, he asked Tackett what was needed, and Tackett told him a Bark Park was at the top of the list.

“You can see today with the amount of people that were here that it was overdue,” he said. “I thank everyone for coming out. This is your park.”

NCC Special Services Acting GM Wayne Merritt said the Glasgow Bark was composed of 23,875 square feet for the large dog site and 11,100 square feet for the small dog site. NCC drafting technician Marc Klinefelter designed the park and coordinated the vendors hired for constructionRead on...

Posted on: August 21, 2013

New Castle County to hold grand opening of Glasgow Bark Park

New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon and Councilman David Tackett are scheduled to hold a ribbon cutting for the new Bark Park for dogs at Glasgow Regional Park on Friday afternoon.

Gordon said he and Councilman Tackett have had a shared vision for ...Read on...

Posted on: August 19, 2013

New Castle County completes analysis of sewer bills

New Castle County Department of Finance has conducted a thorough analysis of residential county bills related to Artesian water bills, prompted by the County Auditor’s review of the change of billing from a quarterly to a monthly billing cycle which occur...Read on...

Posted on: August 9, 2013

County Executive tips cap to Piedmont Baseball for World Series playoff berth

New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon congratulated members of the Piedmont Baseball League 12-and-under team for advancing to the Cal Ripken World Series in Aberdeen, Md. during their Thursday evening practice on the grounds of Piedmont in Hockessin.
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Posted on: August 7, 2013

New Castle County Enacts Nepotism Policy

The Gordon Administration has instituted New Castle County’s first ever nepotism policy to eliminate preferential treatment, partiality and the appearance of impropriety within the halls of County Government.

The new policy helps to ensure that hiring...Read on...

Posted on: August 6, 2013

New Castle County Executive selects veteran planner to lead Land Use Department

New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon has selected veteran land use planner Eileen Fogarty to head up the Department of Land Use, the core of County Government’s function.

Fogarty, founder and president of The Fogarty Group since July 2011, has accum...Read on...

Posted on: August 3, 2013

New Castle County Police To Host the 30th Annual National Night Out

New Castle County Police along with the Western, Northern and Central District County Police Advisory Councils and Target © are proud to be working together to host this year’s National Night Out.

The event will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013 from 6...Read on...

Posted on: July 31, 2013

New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon reflects on climate change

New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon recalled how the sturdy railroad trestles that stood for a century and a half in Glenville, Del. were washed away by Hurricane Isabel in 2003 during his comments about extreme weather at the "Climate Change" event held in Wilmington Wednesday afternoon.

Flooding was so bad that more than 200 homes were destroyed and people swam to the top of their ceilings in order to stay alive, Gordon told those attending the “I Will Delaware- Act on Climate Change” event at Timothy's on the Riverfront.

“No one lost their lives; we were lucky,” Gordon said. “We had to buy out about 250 homes. It’s now a greenfield. But what amazed me the most was the fact that Wilmington & Western Railroad had old trestles that were about 160 to 180 years old. And those trestles were just as strong on the day they were taken out as the day they were built. All six of them were taken out in one storm.

“I knew something was occurring,” he added. “When I sit with engineers now, they plan for a hundred-year storm. I’ve often said we’ve had ten hundred-year storms in the last ten years. Things are definitely changing in Delaware; there is a climate change. It affects Delaware and it affects housing.”

After Hurricane Isabel, the State of Delaware and New Castle County decided to buy out most of the community of Glenville, a community of more than 200 homes built near Newport in close proximity to Red Clay Creek. Gordon asked New Castle County Council to approve an ordinance that authorized the County to provide $15 million for its share of the Glenville Mitigation Project. That ordinance passed on Feb. 24, 2004.

Gordon returned to office for an unprecedented third term in November 2012.

Delaware Department of Resources and Environmental Control Secretary Colin O’Mara, emcee for the Climate Change event, described Gordon as “an incredibly pragmatic leader” when introducing Gordon.

“He’s trying to get Delaware back on good footing again with the economy while at the same time having a healthy environment and a greater level of public safety,” O’Mara said. “I’ve had a chance to work with this man a few times and it’s a pleasure to work with someone who cuts right to the chase, has strong opinions and the ability to follow through on them.”

Also speaking at Wednesday’s Climate Change event were Richard “Mouse” Smith, President, Delaware NAACP; former Newark Councilman Ezra Temko, a Delaware Organizer for Americans for Democratic Action Delaware; Natalia Olson, Small Business Administration Regional Administrator; Shawn M. Garvin, EPA Regional Administrator Mid-Atlantic Region and State Reps. Stephanie T. Bolden and James “JJ” JohnsonRead on...

Posted on: July 30, 2013

People with special needs can sign up for Emergency Preparedness Voluntary Registry

The Delaware 911 emergency system and the Delaware Emergency Management Agency have developed an Emergency Preparedness Voluntary Registry for citizens who have special needs.

The registry was created in collaboration with other agencies to help peopl...Read on...

Posted on: July 24, 2013

New Castle County to launch comprehensive audit of sewer billing

In response to a preliminary audit, New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon has ordered a comprehensive assessment of all County sewer bills to test for inaccuracies that stemmed from Artesian Water’s billing conversion during the previous administration’s...Read on...

Posted on: July 22, 2013

New Castle County Property Tax Bills Are On Their Way

NEW CASTLE, Del. – New Castle County residents receiving their property tax bills in the mail over the next week will notice that their property taxes did not increase, consistent with New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon’s pledge.

“The last thing p...Read on...

Posted on: July 19, 2013

Sign up for Smart911 and Save a Life

New Castle County Acting Emergency Communications Chief Jeff Miller reminded county employees and all citizens to take time to create a Public Safety Profile with the potentially life-saving Smart911.com.

Smart911 is the online software that allows citizens to create a Safety Profile for their household that includes any information they want 911 and response teams to have in the event of an emergency. When a citizen makes an emergency call, their Safety Profile is automatically displayed to the 911 call taker, allowing them to send the right response teams to the right location with the right information.

Responders can be aware of many details they would not have known previously, and now fire crews can arrive at a house fire knowing how many people live in the home and the location of bedrooms, EMS can be advised of allergies or specific medical conditions and police can have the photo of a missing child in seconds rather than hours.

Chief Miller also encouraged everyone to share this important information with friends and family over the weekend.

New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon had said that Smart911 was part of the County's good government initiative to put the citizens of New Castle County first at all times.

“Any day we can save lives is a good day, as far as I’m concerned, he said. "I commend Chief Miller for spearheading this effort.”

Please see the attached Smart911 documents for more information.Read on...

Posted on: July 17, 2013

City children enjoy visit to New Castle County Carousel Park

About 120 children from the William “Hicks” Anderson Center enjoyed a New Castle County Police mounted patrol demonstration, hayrides and the overall, picturesque beauty of Carousel Park Wednesday afternoon.

New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon dire...Read on...

Posted on: July 16, 2013

New Castle County Residents Urged to Take Precautions in Extreme Heat

Local, state and national authorities are reminding everyone that extreme heat is the No. 1 cause of weather related deaths in America as we enter day two of an impressive, weeklong heat wave.

An excessive heat warning means that a prolonged period of...Read on...

Posted on: July 15, 2013

New Castle County Executive to Welcome Wilmington Children at Carousel Park for Visit

PIKE CREEK, Del. –Two groups of Wilmington children will visit Carousel Park this week as part of New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon’s goal to have more local youths enjoy the great outdoors.

A group of children from the William “Hicks” Anderson C...Read on...

Posted on: July 11, 2013

Proactive Patrols within Several County Parklands Leads to Multiple Arrests

New Castle County Police patrolling county parks this past weekend arrested Isaias Cedillo in Delcastle Park Sunday and charged him with several drug offenses after officers observed him drinking alcohol near the popular soccer fields.

At 1:06 p.m. Su...Read on...

Posted on: July 5, 2013

County Executive Tom Gordon Announces Glasgow Park’s Weekly Farmers Market

GLASGOW, Del. New Castle County Executive Thomas P. Gordon was one of the first customers at Glasgow Regional Park’s inaugural farmers market Friday afternoon, the beginning of weekly offerings of healthy and fresh vegetables, eggs, meat and honey from lo...Read on...

Posted on: July 1, 2013

County Executive Gordon congratulates Karen Peterson and Vikki Bandy for Delaware’s first same sex m

WILMINGTON, Del. New Castle County Executive Thomas P. Gordon congratulated State Sen. Karen Peterson and her longtime partner, Victoria Bandy, for becoming the first same-sex couple to officially marry in the Diamond State on Monday morning.

“I am hap...Read on...

Posted on: June 28, 2013

New Castle County Executive Gordon announces expanded online permit applications

New Castle County Executive Thomas P. Gordon has directed the Department of Land Use to expand the county’s online permit application process in order to improve efficiency and foster a more business friendly environment for contractors and other constitu...Read on...

Posted on: June 26, 2013

County Executive Gordon supports General Assembly’s resolution urging restoration of the U.S. Glass-

NEW CASTLE, Del. June 26, 2013 – New Castle County Executive Thomas P. Gordon praised the resolution sponsored by State Sen. Bruce E. Ennis and State Sen. Robert L. Venables Sr. urging U.S. Congress to restore the strength of the Glass-Steagall Act in ord...Read on...

Posted on: June 25, 2013

New Castle County is First in Delaware to Improve Emergency Response with Smart911

NEW CASTLE, Del., June 25, 2013 –New Castle County is the first location in Delaware to offer Smart911, the national safety service that provides more effective emergency response, NCC Acting Chief of Communications Jeffrey P. Miller announced during a pr...Read on...

Posted on: June 21, 2013

Promotional Ceremony for New Castle County Police Chief Col. Setting set for Monday

The promotional ceremony that New Castle County Director of Public Safety Joseph Bryant, Jr. organized for NCC Police Chief Col. Elmer M. Setting this coming Monday would take place about four months after Setting’s appointment as chief by County Executiv...Read on...

Posted on: June 19, 2013

New Castle County Department of Public Safety announces new initiative

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The New Castle County Department of Public Safety’s Communications Division has scheduled an important press conference early next week to announce the department’s new initiative in public safety for all citizens who call 911.

New Castle County...Read on...

Posted on: June 11, 2013

NCCPD Unveils a 24/7 Prescription Drug Disposal Receptacle

New Castle County Chief of Police Colonel E.M. Setting was joined by County Executive Thomas P. Gordon, and Delaware’s Division of Public Health Director Dr. Karyl Thomas Rattay to announce the unveiling of a prescription drug drop-box that will be available to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

This disposal receptacle is the first of its kind to be offered by a police agency in the state and will be located in the lobby of the Public Safety Building, which is located at 3601 North Dupont Highway in New Castle, Delaware.

County Executive Tom Gordon thanked the New Castle County Police Department and the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services for participating in this press conference.

“Anytime you see the police department reaching out and doing prevention, it’s a great thing,” said County Executive Gordon. “I congratulate you, Colonel, for your continuing efforts in thinking of other ways we can reduce crime. Over the last 10 years, prescription drugs have really been a problem, and I’m sure that some of those prescription drugs out on our streets have come from the home. It’s great to see this program being put in place.”

The New Castle County Division of Police has participated in periodic prescription drug Take-Back events held statewide in coordination with the Delaware Division of Public Health and the DEA.

In seven events over the past three years, more than 28,000 pounds of unneeded or expired prescription medications have been turned in for the secure disposal by citizens. In 2012, Delaware collected 6,808 lbs. of unwanted or expired prescription drugs that were turned in by citizens throughout the state at approximately 31 different drop-off locations.

That was a significant increase from 2011.

However, recognizing the need for Delawareans to safely dispose of prescription drugs on an ongoing basis, the Division of Police worked with the DEA, Delaware Division of Public Health, and the state’s Prescription Drug Action Committee to establish a drop-off site available 24 hours a day, seven days a week where citizens can anonymously turn in their expired or unwanted prescription drugs.

The dropbox at the Sweeney Public Safety Building is the first offered to Delawareans on a permanent basis.
Studies have shown that residential supplies of pharmaceutical controlled substances - those found in ourhome medicine cabinets - have become the supply of choice for young people and criminals. Many abusers, a high percentage of which are teens, are known to have obtained their controlled substances from the homes of family and friends.

In addition, research has shown that our environment has been threatened by medications being flushed down toilets.

Most controlled substances are created synthetically, and are not removed through normal water-treatment processes. This can result in the discharge of these substances into the environment and into our ground water supplies.


“This program will not only help to protect the environment, it can also deter the usage of prescription drugs by unintended parties - including young people facing peer pressure and new ways to 'get high,'" Colonel Setting said. "The Division of Police will continue to strive to be proactive in enhancing public safety and saving lives.”

Colonel Setting also thanked Captain Quinton Watson, his Special Operations Section Commander, for his pro-active approach and taking the initiative in making sure that our agency became involved in this program.

“For our department, being able to provide a permanent 24 hours a day, seven days a week, disposal station in the lobby of our headquarters where our citizens can safely and anonymously dispose of their expired or unwanted prescription drugs; shows eagerness to be responsive to the ever-changing issues within the communities that we serve, states Captain Quinton Watson.

According to a 2010 United States Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration survey, the incidence of prescription drug abuse in Americans over 50 is rising, making up 3.5 percent of all substance abuse treatment admissions in 2008, up from 0.7 percent in 1992. Substance abuse is more easily overlooked in adults ages 50 and over because its symptoms often mimic other medical andbehavioral disorders more common amount this population, such as dementia, diabetes and depression.

“With the advent of the New Castle County Police Department’s new prescription drugs drop box, the public can safely dispose of their expired, unused or unnecessary medications in a manner that is safe for their homes, their communities, and the environment," said Director of the Division of Public Health and co-chair of the Prescription Drug Action Committee, Dr. Karyl Rattay. "In addition, they have access to the drop box 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“I extend grateful ‘thank-you’s’ to Captain Quinton Watson and Chief Elmer Setting for taking the lead on this initiative.”
Dr. Rattay also thanked the Attorney General’s Office, the Department of Safety and Homeland Security, Delaware State Police, the Department of State, our hospitals and the security offices statewide.

According to Dr. Rattay, “By keeping expired or unnecessary medications in your medicine cabinet, you increase the risk of another person using them; either on purpose or by accident. We have seen the ravages of this epidemic; addiction, injuries, suicides and accident overdose deaths, sweep across our state. Today, 80 percent of Delaware’s drug overdoses involve one or more prescription drugs.

What’s even more alarming, accidental drug poisoning deaths now kill more Delawareans than car crashes.

"Prescription drug abuse is a growing epidemic across our State,” said Attorney General Beau Biden. “We’ve taken needed action to reduce the illegal diversion of these drugs into the black market and to raise awareness of this public health and criminal justice threat, but more needs to be done to keep prescription drugs out of the hands of addicts and dealers.

"I applaud the New Castle County Police Department for providing Delaware consumers with their first permanent drop-off location where they can securely and anonymously dispose of unneeded and unwanted prescription drugsRead on...

Posted on: June 10, 2013

New Castle County officials provide assistance to tornado victims

Top New Castle County officials and staff worked quickly to assist victims of the tornado that touched down Monday afternoon in Robscott Manor in Newark along with Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Co., DelDOT and Delmarva Power.

New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon, Chief Adminstrative Officer David Grimaldi and Deputy CAO James McDonald were on scene as well as the NCC Communications Van, county inspectors and Emergency Planning Coordinator Dave Carpenter.

Seven homes in Robscott Manor were damaged by the tornado and deemed to be structurally unsound, Carpenter said. No one was hurt.

In addition, one home in Woodland Village off Pleasant Valley Road was damaged, he said.

The American Red Cross had determined that at least two families would need emergency shelter for the night.

County building inspectors finished up verifying the damage shortly after 10 p.m., Carpenter said. All inspectors had been released from the scene.

NCC Command Vehicle, American Red Cross, Delmarva Power, New Castle County Police and the Office of Emergency Management were still expected to be on scene finishing needs assessment until 11 p.m.

Delmarva Power was securing utility lines and restoring power to the greatest extent possible and would likely be on scene throughout the nigth. And the Del. Department of Transportation crews worked to clear trees and limbs from the roads.

Two NCC Police officers would remain throughout the night to provide a roving patrol.

The National Weather Service had issued a tornado watch that lasted until 5:15 p.m. Monday. The tornado warning lasted until 10 p.m.

The National Weather Service decided to send an assessment team out tomorrow to confirm the nature of the event and whether it was in fact a tornadoRead on...

Posted on: June 9, 2013

Vice Chancellor rules in favor of Save Our County

NEW CASTLE, Del. – New Castle County Executive Thomas P. Gordon said the Court of Chancery ruling to nullify County Council’s vote to rezone the Barley Mill Plaza property was fair and just. The Executive has always maintained that a traffic study should ...Read on...

Posted on: June 5, 2013

County Executive participates in Iron Hill Museum’s groundbreaking for New Learning Center

New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon was among the dignitaries participating in the groundbreaking Wednesday of Iron Hill Museum’s new Learning Center and the renovation of the former Iron Hill Colored School 112C on the grounds of one of New Castle Cou...Read on...

Posted on: June 5, 2013

Bark Park coming soon to New Castle County’s Glasgow Park

GLASGOW, Del. – New Castle County Councilman David L. Tackett, County Executive Thomas P. Gordon and NCC Council President Christopher Bullock have teamed up to develop a bark park at Glasgow Regional Park near Newark.

Glasgow Regional Park has always...Read on...

Posted on: June 3, 2013

Elderly Female Saved by Senior Roll Call Lifeline

The New Castle County Police Senior Roll Call Lifeline Program, established by then Colonel Thomas P. Gordon in the mid-1990s, has once again been credited with saving an 87 year old female after she failed to respond to the automated Senior Roll Call Lifeline phone call early this morning.
Gordon, now New Castle County Executive, said the news was the best he had heard all day.

“I think it’s great we were able to save a valuable citizen’s life,” Gordon said.

Earlier on Monday morning, Mr. Joe McKoewn, who is a long-time senior roll call volunteer, was monitoring the senior roll call phone when he heard the victim’s answering machine pick up. Mr. McKoewn called the residence and again received no answer. He then left a message. When he did not hear back from the victim, he began call ing her neighbors in an effort to have someone check on her welfare.

He was able to make contact with a neighbor, who contacted another neighbor, before they both responded over to the home. Within moments, the neighbors arrived at the victim's home and found the elderly female lying on the floor and it was clear that she needed medical attention.

County Police, Paramedics and ambulance personnel from the Talleyville Fire Company also responded to the residence. The female victim was treated at the scene by emergency medical workers, at which time she was found to be conscious and breathing, and was then transported to Wilmington Hospital for a medical evaluation.

The Senior Roll Call Lifeline is a free program provided by New Castle County that calls the homes of its subscribers every day to ensure the welfare of its elderly residents, many of which who live alone.

Daily phone calls are made to those enrolled, to make sure they are doing well and do not require emergency assistance. If after several attempts the calls are unsuccessful, help is sent to the home to check on the well-being of the subscriber.

Chief of Police, Colonel E.M. Setting states, “The lifeline is an invaluable tool for our elderly residents and their families, and our volunteers have played a significant role in the success of the program.

The Senior Roll Call system has helped make countless “saves” for individuals who have suffered a debilitating injury or ailment leaving them unabl e to help themselves.

The program is supported by volunteers who are desperately needed. Colonel E.M. Setting, Director of Public Safety Joseph Bryant Jr., and County Executive Thomas P. Gordon encourage residents to learn more about the program and participate.

To register yourself, sign up a loved one or to register to be a volunteer, please call the New Castle County Police Community Services Senior Roll Call Line at 302-395-8159 or use ext. 8150Read on...

Posted on: May 30, 2013

Residents of New Castle County to get flood insurance discount

New Castle County has been accepted into the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Community Rating System thereby allowing residents of the unincorporated portions of the County to receive a 10% reduction on their flood insurance.

Communities that r...Read on...

Posted on: May 30, 2013

Blast from the Past: Sleep Under the Stars set for a comeback Saturday

New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon and New Castle County Council President Christopher Bullock both said they looked forward to the return of the popular family event Sleep Under the Stars this weekend at majestic Rockwood Park.

Sleep Under the St...Read on...

Posted on: May 29, 2013

New Castle County 2014 fiscal year budget passed largely intact with a few amendments

WILMINGTON, Del. – New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon’s 2014 fiscal year budget was passed by New Castle County Council with a few amendments made in the spirit of cooperation Tuesday night in Council chambers of the City/County Building.

Gordon’s operating $250.9 million remained intact for the most part with the exception of some trimming Council made to preserve the County reserve, which Gordon built up during his first two terms in office.

Council’s budget vote on Tuesday came after months of weekly budget hearings held by council’s Finance Committee since Gordon’s budget address to Council on March 19.

Gordon said the amendments were fair and he would not veto them.

“It was a good healthy debate and it was a good compromise,” Gordon said. “I thank all of Council for their hard work to pass a good budget that we can all live with. I want to thank all members of Council and Council President Christopher Bullock for his leadership and his statesman’s like approach.

“I hope we can continue to work together in this spirit of cooperation,” he added. “As I said in my budget address to Council, my door is always open to them.”

Gordon’s proposal to provide a $225,000 grant to the Wilmington Fire Department was among the items that remained intact within the budget. The money would be used to buy apparatus for the fire department that provided service not just to city residents but to the roughly 150,000 suburbanites commuting to the city each day. A County Council amendment to remove the grant funding failed by a 6-7 vote.

Gordon’s budget plan had also included the hiring of 19 additional county employees mostly in the construction and maintenance sector to repair deteriorating buildings and facilities, including buildings at Rockwood Park and Carousel Park. Gordon said it was important to address infrastructure that had been neglected for the last eight years in order to maintain quality of life for county residents and to help attract businesses to upstate Delaware.

“I must not have communicated my vision for that we'll enough to Council,” he said. “We're going to continue to work with Council and build bridges. At least 12 of them have been together a while. I'm the new guy on the block and I have to realize that. I need to work with them.”

Gordon returned to office in November for an unprecedented third term as county executive after leaving office in 2004. When he came into office in 1997, he inherited a $100 million deficit. By the end of his second term he had transformed that shortfall into a $185 million reserve.

However, County Council’s amendment to cut 19 new positions kept 85 vacant, funded positions intact and more than 20 vacant positions would remain unfunded. Accounting and Fiscal Manager Ed Milowicki had said that an unfunded vacant position was a type of placeholder that was easier to keep in the budget rather than eliminate it and ask Council to reinstate it later.

Acting General Manager for Special Services Wayne Merritt and Chief Human Resources Officer Lynn Beaty testified to Council that the new positions were needed and that county code made it difficult to simply shuffle funding for vacant, funded positions to the new positions. But Council voted 11-1, with one abstention, to accept the amendment.

On the sewer rate, Councilman John Cartier (D-Holly Oak) and George Smiley (D-New Castle) sponsored an ordinance to raise the sewer rate by 3.9% to close the deficit of $2.2 million. Gordon had proposed no sewer rate increase and using money from the reserve to avoid the rate increase on taxpayers still dealing with an economy sluggishly recovering from the Great Recession.

Councilman Bill Bell (D-Middletown) said he agreed with the Gordon administration to not increase any taxes or fees this year. As such, he could not support the amendment.

But the amendment to pass the sewer rate increase passed by a vote of 8 yes, 5 no. The 3.9% increase would mean an average $11 increase for county residents, bringing the rate to a residential flow rate of $5.74033 per 1,000 billable gallons. And it would eliminate the need to use $2.2 million in reserve funds. The sewer budget, as amendment, then passed by a 10-3 vote.

As for attempted amendments made to the $35.6 million capital budget, New Castle County Councilman Jea Street (D-Wilmington South) said Council as a whole had not followed the law and Council rules in submitting an amendment to the capital budget. Five members submitted the amendment, not a majority of council, he said.

“We’re supposed to be rule makers, not rule breakers,” Street said. “The amendments were misrepresented as coming from Council and they didn’t.”

County Attorney Bernard Pepukayi said he respectfully disagreed with County Council attorney Carol Dulin’s legal opinion that individual members of Council could submit amendments to the county executive.

Street then moved that the amendment be withdrawn from the agenda. Councilman William Powers (D-Townsend) seconded that motion, but it failed by an 11-2 vote.

On the bond vote related to the capital budget, Smiley presented an amendment to reduce expenditures to $27 million in 2014.

But, Bell said the county would save money in the long run under by borrowing against the current, low rates rather than wait until later when money would be more expensive to buy.

Indeed, Chief Financial Officer Mike Coupe said interest rates had been at historic lows. Those rates would likely increase as time went on, he said.

Smiley’s amendment was ultimately defeated with 5 yes votes and 8 no votes.

Council then voted 10-3 to authorize the bond issuance to pay for capital construction costs – akin to the county’s mortgage – for FY 2014.

Council also voted 12-1 to approve Gordon’s capital ordinance, which included $2.5 million to be used for farmland preservation.

In addition, an amendment to take $100,000 for recreational programs such as the popular Sleep Under the Stars camping at county parks failed by a 4-9 vote. Gordon said it was important to restore such recreational programs for the enjoyment of county residents.

Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Highlights:
Total Operating Budget: $250.9 millionGeneral Fund Budget: $169.2 million, an increase of 3.16%, using $4.3 million from the county reserve
Salaries, Benefits and Debt Service: 88% of general fund spendingAuthorized Positions: 1,58, including an increase of 19 positions, 18 of which would be in Special Services for construction and maintenance and 1 position in the Procurement Office
Property Tax Rate: No increaseCapital Budget: $35.6 million, $17.2 million of which was allocated for sewer infrastructureRead on...

Posted on: May 24, 2013

New Castle County's new Clydesdales begin training for police work at Carousel Park

PIKE CREEK, Del. -- The New Castle County Police Mounted Patrol has welcomed three new Clydesdales that will provide a youthful boost to this valuable part of the police department.

“Royal” is three years old and stands 17.1 hands high and is still g...Read on...

Posted on: May 21, 2013

New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon heralds approach of Ice Cream Festival at Rockwood

BRANDYWINE HUNDRED, Del. – New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon heralded the coming approach of the Old Fashioned Ice Cream Festival with Barry Schlecker, the festival’s organizer, and predicted up to 80,000 people would attend the event during a press ...Read on...

Posted on: May 20, 2013

Biden's Office Secures Closure of New Castle Drug Haven

New Castle – Today, Attorney General Beau Biden, joined by New Castle County Police, County Executive Tom Gordon, legislators, and community members announced the closure of a New Castle drug haven using Delaware’s crime-fighting criminal nuisance abateme...Read on...

Posted on: May 19, 2013

New Castle County Begins Rockwood Mansion Restoration Projects

Brandywine Hundred, Del. – New Castle County has begun repairs to Rockwood Mansion’s roof as part of County Executive Thomas P. Gordon’s commitment to address deteriorating infrastructure in order to maintain the quality of life county residents have enjo...Read on...

Posted on: May 16, 2013

New Castle County Police Announces Strict Enforcement for Patrons who Consume or Possess Alcoholic B

New Castle County Police would like to warn the public that there will be strict enforcement and zero tolerance when it comes to parking violations and for those individuals who are caught possessing or consuming any alcoholic beverages or narcotics, or a...Read on...

Posted on: May 15, 2013

New Castle County Council resolution for New Castle Town Center defeated

WILMINGTON, Del. – A New Castle County Council resolution that called for Council to act as the public sponsor for a $1.8 million state grant for the construction of a road adjacent to the New Castle Town Center was defeated Tuesday night in council chamb...Read on...

Posted on: May 13, 2013

County Executive Gordon Urges Passage of Minimum Wage Increase

New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon has announced his support for legislation pending in the Delaware General Assembly to raise the minimum wage for Delawareans in 2014 and 2015.

Senate Bill 6, as amended by Senate Amendment 3, would increase the m...Read on...

Posted on: May 10, 2013

County Executive supports the mission of the National Congressional Fire Services Institute

NEW CASTLE COUNTY, DE (May 10, 2013) – The 25th Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner & Seminars were held on May 8-9, 2013 in Washington, D.C. It was hosted by the Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI). County Executive Thomas P. Gordon attended this event on May 9, 2013. The theme was "Renewing Our Commitment." County Executive Gordon is in agreement with the underlying meaning associated with this theme as presented by the CFSI: "We must continue our efforts to advocate for the needs of our one million firefighters and emergency services personnel-whether at the federal, state or local level." The mission of the CFSI is to educate Congress about the fire and emergency services.

Delaware was well represented. Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. was present. Senator Thomas R. Carper served as an Honorary Co-Chairman. The Delaware Volunteer Firefighter's Association was a Diamond sponsor. Representatives from fire service agencies throughout the State of Delaware were present.

CFSI/MedicAlert Awards were presented for 2012 Best Practices in the categories of Career Fire Departments, Volunteer Fire Departments, and Combination Fire Departments. The Odessa (DE) Fire Company previously received a 2011 CFSI/MedicAlert Award in the Volunteer Department CategoryRead on...

Posted on: May 7, 2013

Great Schools, Clean Streams Winners Announced

Mt. Pleasant Elementary, Caravel Academy Win “Great Schools, Clean Streams” Pledge Drive

Almost 850 residents pledge to stop water pollution right in their own kitchens

Mt. Pleasant Elementary School takes the top spot in the public and charter sc...Read on...

Posted on: May 6, 2013

New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon selects journalist Antonio Prado as director of communication

NEW CASTLE HUNDRED, Del. – Veteran journalist Antonio M. Prado has been appointed to the position of Director of Communications for New Castle County Government, effective May 13, 2013.

Prado, 41, of Newark, has accumulated nearly 13 years of experien...Read on...

Posted on: May 1, 2013

New Castle County Police and Wilmington Police Jurisdictional “Swearing In” Ceremony

Beginning on Friday, May 3, officers from the Wilmington Police and New Castle County Police will begin to be sworn into each other’s respective jurisdiction.

The swearing in of officers into directly adjoining jurisdictions will provide the highly de...Read on...

Posted on: April 22, 2013

US Att. Gen. Eric Holder selects fallen NCCPD Lt. Joseph L. Szczerba for 2011 Congressional Badge of

County Executive Thomas P. Gordon announces that U. S. Attorney General Eric Holder selected fallen Lieutenant Joseph L. Szczerba of the New Castle County Police Department to receive a 2011 Congressional Badge Of Bravery. The family of Lt. Szczerba will ...Read on...

Posted on: April 15, 2013

NCC Paramedics Renew National Accreditation

The New Castle County Paramedics received notification from the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services (www.CAAS.org) that they have received a full three-year accreditation that will continue through December 31, 2015. New Castle County Emerge...Read on...

Posted on: April 11, 2013

New Castle County Police Reinstates Policy in the Fight Against Gun Violence

NCCPD will be hosting a press conference at the Sweeney Public Safety Building, 1st Floor Community Conference Room, 3601 N. DuPont Hwy., New Castle, DE 19720 on Friday, April 21, at 10:30am. Media and public are encouraged to attend. County Executive Tho...Read on...

Posted on: April 11, 2013

Pledge Today! Great Schools, Clean Streams Campaign

New Castle County’s “Great Schools Clean Streams” campaign is coming to a close! New Castle County residents have until Friday, April 19 to support their local schools by pledging to dispose of used cooking grease properly. The six New Castle County schoo...Read on...

Posted on: April 11, 2013

PROCLAMATION: Honoring EMS Personnel

PROCLAMATION Office of the County Executive of New Castle County

Be it hereby known to all that The Honorable Thomas P. Gordon, New Castle County Executive, recognizes the valiant efforts of Chief Thomas Looney, Deputy Chief Jason Stiebel, Captain Tim...Read on...

Posted on: April 5, 2013

Gordon Announces Plans to Reopen Governor Printz Boulevard

NEW CASTLE COUNTY, DE (April 5, 2013) - County Executive Thomas P. Gordon announced plans to terminate construction of the Governor Printz Interceptors Project. New Castle County will begin to work with contractors and DELDOT to reopen Governor Printz Bou...Read on...

Posted on: April 3, 2013

Colonel E.M. Setting Promotes 5 Officers

New Castle County Police Chief E. M. Setting proudly announced earlier today the promotion of five police officers to supervisory ranks within the police department. The following officers have been promoted and soon will be given their new assignments:
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Posted on: March 6, 2013

Hazel D. Plant Voter Restoration Act

On behalf of the citizens of New Castle County, Delaware, County Executive Tom Gordon welcomed National NAACP President/CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous to "The First County in the First State."

After paying their debt to society, regaining rights of citizenship that have been lost is valuable to Delaware residents as part of the reentry process. Tom Gordon expressed his support for Delaware House Bill 10 and commends the sponsors and others seeking enactment of this important change in public policy regarding qualifications for voting. It is fitting that this amendment to Delaware's Constitution is known as the Hazel D. Plant Voter Restoration Act.

It is fundamental to our society that every Delaware citizen shall be entitled to vote. In 1964, through Reynolds v. Sims, the U.S. Supreme Court established "One Man, One Vote" as a constitutional principle. Delaware House Bill 10 is aligned with the spirit of this court decision.

Circumstances leading to forfeiture of the right to vote as a punishment for crime should also include a pathway that allows such disqualification to be removed independent of the pardon process. It is expected that this important modification of our Constitution would tend to help reduce recidivism rates.

The SYNOPSIS of House Bill 10 reads as follows: “This Act is the second leg of a Constitutional Amendment which eliminates the existing five-year waiting period before eligible felons who have fully discharged their sentences may have their voting rights restored. This Act shall be known as the Hazel D. Plant Voter Restoration ActRead on...

Posted on: March 6, 2013

County Executive Gordon Supports Marriage Equality

County Executive Thomas P. Gordon supports same-sex marriage and respectfully urges the Delaware General Assembly to enact necessary legislation. “This is an issue of equal protection under the law and it is long overdue,” said County Executive Gordon. “T...Read on...

Posted on: February 28, 2013

NCCPD Police Promotional Ceremony

The New Castle County Division of Police will host a promotional ceremony on March 15 at 1pm at the Sweeney Public Safety Bldg., 360 N. DuPont Hwy., New Castle, DE, to celebrate the promotion of 8 police officers. Scheduled to attend are Co. Exec. Thomas ...Read on...

Posted on: February 21, 2013

County Executive Gordon Proposes Sweeping New Ethics Reform

County Executive Thomas P. Gordon is introducing a comprehensive ethics reform package aimed at restoring public trust through enhanced public disclosure, tightened internal controls and increased oversight of our land use process.

Executive Gordon ha...Read on...

Posted on: February 15, 2013

NCCPD 100th Anniversary This Weekend

New Castle County Police will be celebrating its 100th Anniversary this coming Sunday, February 17, 2013. This is the day 100 years ago that the first County Police officer started his patrols and our division’s rich heritage began. From this single offic...Read on...

Posted on: February 14, 2013

New Castle County Sewer Bill Deadline Approaching

New Castle County would like to remind residents that sewer service bills are due Thursday, February 28. By law, any balance that remains on accounts as of March 1 will be subject to a 6 percent penalty, and a 1 percent penalty each month thereafter. Residents can access their payment status and history on-line using the “parcel view” link (www.nccde.org/parcelview) on the County’s website.
Customers can take advantage of a variety of convenient, cost effective methods to ensure that their bills are paid on time. Payments are accepted in person at the New Castle County Government Center, 87 Reads Way, New Castle. Regular hours for the payment window are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. On Wednesday, February 27 and Thursday, February 28, the payment window will remain open until 6 p.m.

A drop box is available for check and money order payments 24 hours a day at the main entrance of the Government Center. Payments may also be mailed to: New Castle County Sewer, P.O. Box 15359, Wilmington, DE 19886-5359

In addition to paying by mail or in person, residents can pay their bill with a Discover Card by calling the New Castle County Office of Finance at (302) 323-2600. Discover Card charges customers a service fee that varies based on the amount of the bill. Other major credit cards are accepted through Paymentus, a third-party company that accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express and electronic check. Paymentus can be reached on the Internet through the link on the New Castle County site (www.nccde.org), or by calling 1-877-225-7351.

For sewer service payments, Paymentus charges users a service fee of $5.25 for each transaction of $650 or less. Residents with questions concerning making payments through Paymentus may call its Customer Contact Center at 1-800-420-1663.

Customers who may have lost, misplaced, or didn't receive their bills, or who need additional information, can call New Castle County at (302) 323-2600 weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.Read on...

Posted on: February 14, 2013

NCCo Dog Licenses Due March 1

New Castle County reminds dog owners that state law requires dogs to be licensed and vaccinated. The requirement applies to all county residents except those who live in the city of Wilmington, which has its own licensing program. County licenses are need...Read on...

Posted on: February 13, 2013

UPDATE: The New Castle County Courthouse will remain closed

UPDATE: The New Castle County Courthouse will remain closed today, Wednesday, February 13, with a few limited exceptions.

Posted on: February 12, 2013

New Castle County Courthouse Shooting Investigation

DSP News Release: New Castle County Courthouse Shooting Investigation

Location:

New Castle County Courthouse, 500 North King Street, Wilmington, DE

Date of Occurrence:

Monday, February 11, 2013 at 8:15 a.m.Victims:

Christine Bel...Read on...

Posted on: February 11, 2013

Statement Regarding Shooting at NCCo. Courthouse

This morning at approximately 8am a tragic shooting took place at the New Castle County Courthouse. The investigation is being handled by the Wilmington and State Police Departments. Two Capitol Police Officers were injured and are in stable condition at ...Read on...

Posted on: February 7, 2013

New Castle County Minority Business Forum 2013

New Castle County is pleased to present a minority-owned business forum to be held on Thursday, February 21, 2013 from 8:00am – 11:00am at the New Castle County Garfield Park Community Activity & Recreation Center, located at 26 Karlyn Drive, New Castle, DE 19720.

Sponsored by New Castle County Council President Christopher Bullock, with the support of County Executive Thomas P. Gordon, this forum is designed to provide insight to minority-owned business owners on how to conduct business with the County and how to become a registered vendor.

Space is limited so please RSVP early. To RSVP, please respond to MinorityBusinessForum@nccde.org by February 14, 2013. Read on...

Posted on: January 14, 2013

Newly Renovated Bear Library Opens

The newly renovated Bear Library (101 Governors Place, Bear, DE 19701) will re-open to the public on Saturday, January 19, 2013, 10 am – 5 pm. Originally constructed in 1998 the Bear Library was identified as the busiest library in the state during its l...Read on...


Executive - Proclamations

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Posted on: May 19, 2014

Proclamation for Black Anthony Presented by County Executive

New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon presented a proclamation for Black Anthony at the 375th anniversary celebration Saturday of Antoni Swart's arrival to the New Sweden Colony in New Castle County, Delaware.

County Executive Gordon’s Proclamation recognized Antoni Swart, as the honorary first civilian colonist in New Castle County, Delaware. The African sailed from St. Christopher, an island in the West Indies aboard the Swedish ship Fogel Grip in 1638. He then lived in the area now known as Wilmington and New Castle County from 1639 to 1643, and again in the early 1654.

“Historical records indicate that Anthony was a free black African who was referred to by first and last name as was traditional for individuals of status,” the Executive’s Proclamation reads in part. “Slaves and servants were never mentioned by name.”

The Executive read his proclamation in full at the anniversary celebration held in the Frederick Douglas Stubbs Elementary School auditorium. Delaware historian Abdullah Muhammad organized the event, which included remarks by several other dignitaries.Read on...

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Posted on: December 19, 2013

National Voter Registration Day

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New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon has issued a Proclamation commemorating the Constitutional right of Americans to vote in commemoration of National Voter Registration Day held Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013.

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Finance

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Posted on: May 13, 2014

New Castle County Recognized For Financial Reporting Excellence

County Executive Thomas P. Gordon announced that the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada has honored NCC with the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for 2013 fiscal year.

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Posted on: April 8, 2014

County’s AAA Credit Rating Reaffirmed by Standard & Poor’s

Citing the County’s current year operating surplus, Standard & Poor’s has affirmed its AAA credit rating for New Castle County Government.

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Police

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Posted on: July 18, 2014

Crime Alert “Peeping Tom” reported in Garfield Park

New Castle County Detectives are currently investigating peeping incidents, where a black male was seen looking into windows of a residence in the unit block of Onaway Place within the community of Garfield Park (New Castle, DE. 19720).

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Posted on: July 16, 2014

NCCPD Charges Women with Kidnapping

New Castle County Police have arrested Jessica Jones, a 19-year-old female from the unit block of Kingston Road (Oakmont) in New Castle, DE and Laneeka Clark, a 25-year-old female from the 3300 block of N. 5th Street in Philadelphia, PA. They have both be...Read on...

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Posted on: July 16, 2014

NCCPD Search Warrant Yields Heroin Seizure

New Castle County Police have arrested Darrell Stokes, a 28 year old male who resides in the unit block of Polk Drive located in Wilmington, DE., on drug offenses after the NCCPD Mobile Enforcement Team (M.E.T.) executed a search warrant.

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Posted on: July 14, 2014

NCCPD Issues "Gold Alert," Police Seek Missing Juvenile

The New Castle County Police are currently searching for Adreanne Mollett, a 13-year-old female from the unit block of Curlew Circle in Sparrow Run.

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Posted on: July 14, 2014

Pizza Delivery Driver Robbed in New Castle

New Castle County Police are currently investigating the robbery of a pizza delivery driver in the area of the 1500 block of New Jersey Avenue in the Hampton Walk Apartment Complex in New Castle.

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Posted on: July 14, 2014

Shooting Investigation at Georgetown Manor Apartments

The New Castle County Police have arrested Marcus Rosser, a 24 year old male who resides in the 200 block of Christiana Road, New Castle, Delaware for assault and gun related charges following an investigation that began Sunday (07/13) night.

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Posted on: July 11, 2014

County Police Make Arrest in Burglary Investigations

New Castle County Police have arrested 31 year old Joseph Brzozowski, of the 300 block of Chestnut Lane Townsend, Delaware, in connection with multiple burglaries that occurred in the community of Sycamore Farms.

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Posted on: July 10, 2014

NCCPD Traffic Stop Leads to Heroin Seizure

New Castle County Police, Mobile Enforcement Team-Central members have arrested Michael Honie, a 26 year old male who resides in the unit block of Egret Court, Newark, Delaware, on drug charges as a result of a traffic stop.

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Posted on: July 9, 2014

Colonel E. M. Setting Announces Promotions

New Castle County Police Chief E. M. Setting proudly announced the promotion of two officers earlier today.

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Posted on: July 9, 2014

New Castle County Police Issues “Gold Alert”

New Castle County Police are presently searching for Mark Kalla, aka “Jenifer Scot” a 57 year old male who resides in the 500 block of South DuPont Hwy, (Pine Valley Apartments) New Castle, Delaware 19720.

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Posted on: July 3, 2014

Village of Windhover Victim Succumbs to Injuries

Ira Hopkins, a 35-year-old male from the 300 block of Sandburg Place located in Newark, DE has died as a result of the injuries he sustained in the shooting that occurred Tuesday evening in the Village of Windhover Apartment Complex. The New Castle Count...Read on...

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Posted on: July 3, 2014

Doe Run Road Flasher Arrested

The New Castle County Police have arrested Joel Stevenson, a 46-year-old male from the unit block of Lamatan Road (Lamatan) in Newark, DE. He has been charged with indecent exposure and other additional charges after he was identified as the man running ...Read on...

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Posted on: July 2, 2014

NCCPD Issues "Gold Alert" Police Seek Missing Person

The New Castle County Police are currently searching for David Walker, a 34-year-old male with a last known address in the 600 block of West Avenue in New Castle, DE.

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Posted on: July 2, 2014

NCCPD Investigates Shooting, Village of Windhover Apartments

The New Castle County Police are currently investigating a shooting that occurred in the 300 block of Sandburg Place in the Village of Windhover Apartment Complex.

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Posted on: July 1, 2014

NCCPD Investigates Robbery

The New Castle County Police are currently investigating a robbery that occurred at Carpenter Liquors located in the Carpenter Plaza Shopping Center in Wilmington, DE.

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Posted on: July 1, 2014

Possible Abduction

The New Castle County Police are currently investigating the possible abduction of Nefertiri Trader, a 33-year-old female from the unit block of Freedom Trail (Saddlebrook) in New Castle.

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Posted on: June 30, 2014

NCCPD Investigates Homicide, Sparrow Run Townhouses

New Castle County Police are currently investigating the shooting of a male victim that occurred this evening in the community of Sparrow Run Townhouses.

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Posted on: June 27, 2014

Wanted Indecent Exposure Suspect

New Castle County Police are currently searching for Charles Riley, a 39 year old male whose last known address is the 1200 block of North Tatnall Street Wilmington, DE. Riley is known to frequent the Bear/Glasgow area.

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Posted on: June 27, 2014

Investigators Release Composite Sketch of Robbery Suspect

New Castle County Detectives are continuing their investigation of a robbery that occurred on Monday, June 23rd, in the community of Wellington Woods.

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Posted on: June 24, 2014

NCCPD Investigates Shooting in Willow Chase Apartments

New Castle County Police are currently investigating a shooting that occurred last evening at 9:09 p.m., in the Willow Chase Apartments, located in New Castle, DE.

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Posted on: June 24, 2014

Police Search for Suspect

New Castle County Police are currently searching for a “Demetr Midved” in connecting with the fraudulent use of a credit card.

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Posted on: June 21, 2014

NCCPD Issues Gold Alert

New Castle County Police are presently searching for Eric M. Butler, a 50 year old male who resides in the unit block of East Savanah Drive (Caravel Farms) Bear, Delaware 19701.

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Posted on: June 20, 2014

NCCPD Search Warrant Yields Heroin and Money Seizure

New Castle County Police have arrested Terrell Davis, a 43 year old male, Dawn Adkins, a 40 year old female, and Tracy Munson, a 34 year old from the unit block of Del Haven Court, on drug offenses.

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Posted on: June 19, 2014

Graffiti Arrest

New Castle County Police have arrested Matthew Collins, an 18-year-old male from the 2800 block of Fawkes Drive in Wilmington. He has been charged with a graffiti related offense after police linked him to graffiti on the former property of the Three Lit...Read on...

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Posted on: June 18, 2014

"Gold Alert" Cancelled

Norberto Ramos has been located.

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Posted on: June 17, 2014

NCCPD Search Warrant Yields Marijuana Grow Operation

New Castle County Police have arrested Gabriel Carey, a 32 year old male, and Amber Ramey, a 28 year old female from the 700 block of Seymour Road on drug offenses after the NCCPD Drug Control Squad executed a search warrant in the community of Fairwinds.

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Posted on: June 17, 2014

NCCPD Issues "Gold Alert," Police Seek Missing Person, Christian Figueroa

New Castle County Police are currently searching for Christian Figueroa, a 21-year-old male from the unit block of Auburn Drive (Coventry) in New Castle, DE.

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Posted on: June 16, 2014

NCCPD Search Warrant Yields Drug and Cash Seizure

New Castle County Police have arrested Irene Hollis, a 34 year old female, Ria Traenkner, a 34 year old female, and David Brown, a 21 year old male.

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Posted on: June 13, 2014

NCCPD Searches for Man Performing Lewd Acts

Detectives from the New Castle County Criminal Investigations Unit (CIU) are currently searching for a man performing lewd acts in the communities of Todd Estates and Brookside.

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Posted on: June 12, 2014

Investigators Release Composite Sketch of Home Invasion Suspect

New Castle County Detectives are continuing their investigation of a home invasion that occurred on Thursday, June 5th, at approximately 1:40 a.m. in the Community of Buena Vista.

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Posted on: June 11, 2014

NCCPD Investigates Shooting, Foxwood Apartments

New Castle County Police are continuing the investigation into the shooting in Foxwood Apartments. Investigators have learned Jason Brunson, a 41-year-old male from the unit block of Harlech Hall was the shooter in last night’s incident.

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Posted on: June 10, 2014

NCCPD Investigates Shooting, Foxwood Apartments

New Castle County Police are currently investigating a shooting in Foxwood Apartments.

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Posted on: June 10, 2014

Newark Teens Charged with Attempted Robbery

New Castle County Police have arrested two Newark 13-year-olds with attempted robbery and other related offenses after they were nabbed for attempting to take a cellphone from an 11-year-old.

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Posted on: June 10, 2014

Crime Alert, Phone Scam

The New Castle County Police would like to warn citizens of a Wilmington Police Department officer impersonation scam.

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Posted on: June 9, 2014

NCCPD Continues OHV Enforcement Initiative

New Castle County Police are continuing to address the “Quality of Life” issues in our communities through different initiatives such as the enforcement of Off Highway Vehicles (OHVs) on public roadways and private property.

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Posted on: June 9, 2014

“Gold Alert” Cancellation Missing Person Located

Angelita Matos has been located.

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Posted on: June 8, 2014

NCCPD Investigates Shooting in the Community of Brookside Park-UPDATE

New Castle County Police continue their investigation into the shooting of a 24-year-old male in the community of Brookside Park.

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Posted on: June 8, 2014

Teen Arrested for Robbery of 82-year-old

New Castle County Police have arrested Marcus Morrison, an 18-year-old male from the 1300 block of Oak Street in Wilmington. He has been charged with robbery and other related offenses.

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Posted on: June 8, 2014

NCCPD Issues "Gold Alert" Police Seek Missing Person

New Castle County Police are currently searching for Angelita Matos, a 20-year-old female from the unit block of Rose Hall in Newark.

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Posted on: June 6, 2014

NCCPD Investigates Shooting in the Community of Brookside Park

New Castle County Police are currently investigating a shooting in the community of Brookside Park.

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Posted on: June 6, 2014

Major Robert Becker Retires After 23 Years of Service

(New Castle, DE) On Friday, June 6, 2014, Major Robert Becker, the Deputy Chief of the Operations Branch with New Castle County Police Department, concluded 23 years of distinguished service. A walkout ceremony was held today at the Corporal Paul J. Swee...Read on...

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Posted on: June 6, 2014

NCCPD Investigates Homicide Fieldcrest Apartments

The New Castle County Police have identified the victim of last night’s homicide as Jalan Hudson, a 24-year-old male from the 700 block of Peachtree Road (Fieldcrest Apartments) in Claymont, Delaware.

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Posted on: June 5, 2014

NCCPD Investigates Homicide Fieldcrest Apartments

New Castle County Police are currently investigating the homicide of a male victim that occurred earlier this evening.

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Posted on: June 5, 2014

NCCPD Search Warrant Yields an Illegal Drug, Gun and Cash Seizure

New Castle County Police have arrested Domonick Richards, a 26 year old male who resides in the unit block of Printz Drive located in Bear, DE., on drug offenses after the NCCPD Drug Control Squad executed a search warrant in the community of Stone Mill.

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Posted on: June 5, 2014

Indecent Exposure in the Community of Raven Glen

The New Castle County Police Detectives are currently investigating an indecent exposure complaint that occurred in the community of Raven Glen.

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Posted on: June 4, 2014

Gold Alert Cancelled for Isaiah Henderson

Isaiah Henderson has been located in good condition.

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Posted on: June 3, 2014

Bear Resident Charged with 4th Offense DUI

New Castle County Police have arrested Mitchell Angle, a 53-year-old male from the 100 block of Dasher Avenue (Whethersfield) in Bear. He has been charged with his fourth (4th) offense DUI and other related offenses after he fled the scene of an accident.

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Posted on: June 3, 2014

Gold Alert Update for Isaiah Henderson

Photograph of Isaiah Henderson added

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Posted on: June 1, 2014

NCCPD Issues Gold Alert

New Castle County Police are presently searching for Stephen Branscome, a 59 year old male who resides in the 200 block of Broad Street St. Georges, DE.

Posted on: June 1, 2014

NCCPD Issues Gold Alert

New Castle County Police are presently searching for Corey Parker, a 26 year old male who resides in the unit block of Darley Road Claymont, DE.

Posted on: May 31, 2014

NCCPD Seeks the Public's Help Identifying Suspect

NCCPD seeks the public's help in identifying a robbery suspect.

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Posted on: May 31, 2014

NCCPD Seeks the Public's Help Identifying Suspect

The NCCPD is seeking the public's help identifying a fraud suspect

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Posted on: May 31, 2014

NCCO Public Safety Day

The New Castle County Division of Public Safety, in cooperation with the Colonial School District, is proud to announce their participation in Public Safety Day.

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Posted on: May 30, 2014

Domestic Arrest in Delaware City

New Castle County Police have arrested Robert Love, a 30 year old male who resides in the 100 block of 5th Street located within the Delaware City Mobile Home Park.

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Posted on: May 15, 2014

Investigation Nets Theft Suspect

New Castle County Police have arrested Denzel Massengill, an 18-year-old male from the unit block of Mark Court (Waterford Trailer Park) in Bear.

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Posted on: May 13, 2014

Police Search for Missing Woman and Infant Child

The New Castle County Police are currently searching for Tawana Marks, a 20-year-old female and her seven (7) month old daughter, Raine Marks, both from the 1700 block of Stonebridge Boulevard in New Castle.

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Posted on: May 13, 2014

NCCPD Investigates Shooting, Village of Lakecroft-UPDATE

The New Castle County Police have identified the victims of the Village of Lakecroft shooting incident that occurred on Monday (5/12) as a 35-year-old male, who resides in the unit block of Stephanie Drive and a 25 year old male, from the 200 block of Dee...Read on...

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Posted on: May 13, 2014

NCCPD Issues "Gold Alert," Police Seek Missing Person, William Rineer

New Castle County Police are currently searching for William “Billy” Rineer, a 41-year-old male from the unit block of Dryden Road (Coventry) in New Castle.

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Posted on: May 13, 2014

NCCPD Issues "Gold Alert," Police Seek Missing Person, Norberto Ramos

New Castle County Police are currently searching for Norberto Ramos, a 44-year-old man with an unknown address in the city of Wilmington.

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Posted on: May 13, 2014

Attempted Robbery in Wellington Woods

New Castle County Police are currently investigating an attempted robbery of an 11-year-old in the community of Wellington Woods.

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Posted on: May 13, 2014

NCCPD Investigates Shooting, Chaddwyck

New Castle County Police are currently investigating a shooting that occurred in the unit block of Chaddwyck Boulevard (Chaddwyck)located in New Castle.

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Posted on: May 5, 2014

Wilmington Man Charged with Rape-UPDATE

New Castle County Police have concluded their initial investigation into the case involving Daniel Simmons, the Deputy Attorney General with the Department of Justice. He was charged with four counts of rape in the fourth degree and released after postin...Read on...

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Posted on: May 5, 2014

Shooting Investigation Foxwoods Apartments

The New Castle County Police have identified the victim of the shooting in Foxwoods Apartment Complex as Brandon Carrigan, a 27-year old male from the unit block of Peter Hall (Foxwoods Apartments), in Newark.

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Posted on: May 2, 2014

Police Search for Driver of Hit and Run Accident

The New Castle County Police are searching for the driver of a vehicle involved in a hit and run accident that occurred at the intersection of Darley Road and Peachtree Road in Claymont.

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Posted on: May 2, 2014

NCCPD Releases Composite Sketch of Suspect “Distraction Burglary”

New Castle County Detectives are continuing their efforts to identify the suspects involved in the “distraction type burglary” of a 93-year-old woman on Wednesday (4/30) in the 900 block of Aldon Road (Claymont Heights).

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Posted on: May 1, 2014

NCCPD Warns Residents of “Distraction Burglaries”

The New Castle County Police are once again warning residents to be aware of groups committing “Distraction Burglaries.”

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Posted on: April 30, 2014

Attempted Copper Theft Leads to Foot Pursuit

New Castle County Police have arrested Jerel Hackett a 44-year-old male from the 400 block of Eastlawn Avenue, Wilmington, DE after police were called to the Delmarva Power Electrical Substation regarding the attempted theft of metal from a utility tower.

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Posted on: April 30, 2014

Investigators Release Composite Sketch of New Castle Mobile Home Park Shooting Suspect

New Castle County Detectives are continuing their efforts to identify the suspect involved in the shooting death of Manuel Ramirez that occurred on Tuesday (4/22) in the New Castle Mobile Home Park.

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Posted on: April 29, 2014

Police Investigate Recent Sneaker Robberies, Warn Teens and Young Adults

The New Castle County Police are currently investigating separate robberies of sneakers in the Newark and Bear areas.

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Posted on: April 29, 2014

Man Charged with Forgery, Second Suspect Sought-UPDATE

New Castle County Police have arrested Tanya Cockerill, a 29-year-old female from the 900 block of Marshall Street in Wilmington. She was taken into custody after police located her near her home.

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Posted on: April 29, 2014

New Castle County Police Issues “Gold Alert” Police Seek Missing Person

New Castle County Police are currently searching for Danielle Williams, a 25-year-old female from the 100 block of Highland Boulevard (Scotch Hills Apartments) New Castle, DE 19720.

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Posted on: April 29, 2014

NCCPD Investigates Burglaries in New Castle Communities

New Castle County Police are currently investigating burglaries and criminal mischief's in the communities of Edinburgh Villas Townhouses, Saddlebrook Townhouses and Cambridge Gardens.

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Posted on: April 29, 2014

Teens Charged with Multiple Burglaries and Thefts in Newark Communities

New Castle County Police have cleared numerous burglaries and thefts from motor vehicles after the arrest of a 14-year old male from the 100 block of Longview Drive, Newark, DE and a 17-year-old male from the 100 block of Hopkins Court also in Newark.

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Posted on: April 29, 2014

Man Charged with Forgery, Second Suspect Sought

New Castle County Police have arrested William Norris, a 27-year-old male from the 900 block of Marshall St., Wilmington DE, 19805. He has been charged with forgery and theft related offenses following the theft of a wallet.

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Posted on: April 29, 2014

Canine Helps Locate Missing Juvenile

New Castle County Police Canine “Orka” and his handler Corporal William Breitigan located a 12-year-old juvenile after he left his residence.

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Posted on: April 23, 2014

NCCPD Investigates Shooting In New Castle Mobile Home Park-UPDATE

The New Castle County Police have identified the victim as Manuel Ramirez, a 40-year old male who resides in the 3100 block of New Castle Avenue in the New Castle Mobile Home Park.

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Posted on: April 23, 2014

Death Investigation in the Community of Owls Nest Estates

New Castle County Detectives are actively investigating the death of James Conaway, an 85-year-old male from the 300 block of High Ridge Road Wilmington, Delaware 19807.

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Posted on: April 23, 2014

Robbery Investigation with a Machete-Maple Hill Townhouses

The New Castle County Police are currently investigating a robbery with a weapon in the area of Maple Hill Townhouses.

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Posted on: April 23, 2014

Robbery Investigation Whitney Gardens Apartment Complex

The New Castle County Police are currently investigating a robbery with a weapon in the 700 block of Naamans Road, Whitney Gardens Apartment Complex, in Claymont.

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Posted on: April 23, 2014

NCCPD Investigates Shooting in New Castle Mobile Home Park

New Castle County Police are currently investigating the shooting of a male victim that occurred this
evening in the New Castle Mobile Home Park.

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Posted on: April 22, 2014

Death Investigation in the Community of Owls Nest Estates

(Wilmington, DE. 19807) Earlier today (4/22), at 11:45 a.m., County Officers responded to the 300 block of High Ridge Road for a reported death investigation. When the officers arrived, they located an unresponsive male lying outside of the residence, w...Read on...

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Posted on: April 11, 2014

New Castle County Police Investigate Shooting in the Vinings at Christiana

New Castle County Police are currently investigating a shooting in the Vinings at Christiana Apartment Complex in Newark, DE 19702.

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Posted on: April 11, 2014

Burglary Suspects Apprehended Drummond Hill Apartment Complex

New Castle County Police have arrested Alexander Blanco, a 26-year-old male form the unit block of Boyds Valley Drive in Newark, DE and Anthony Leonardi, a 26-year-old male from the 700 block of Woodtop Road in Wilmington, DE. They have both been charged...Read on...

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Posted on: April 7, 2014

Crime Alert-Thefts from Motor Vehicles

The New Castle County Police are currently investigating thefts from motor vehicles in the community of Robscott Manor.

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Posted on: April 3, 2014

Lengthy Drug Investigation Yields Largest Single Heroin Seizure in NCCPD History

New Castle County Police along with Federal, State and Local agencies completed a joint investigation along the Lancaster Pike corridor. The Division of Police initiated and completed their part of the investigation with the largest single seizure of her...Read on...

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Posted on: March 31, 2014

Teen Found in Possession of a Loaded Handgun and Foreign Currency

New Castle County Police have arrested a 17-year-old male from the 200 block of West 36th Street in Wilmington, DE. He has been charged with weapon and drug-related offenses.

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Posted on: March 31, 2014

New Castle County Police Announces Mounted Patrol Unit Graduation

New Castle County Police announces the graduation ceremony of OFC Maura Schultz. She will be graduating from the Mounted Patrol Unit Training Program.

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Posted on: March 27, 2014

Death Investigation of Two Subjects In the Community of Elmhurst

New Castle County Police Detectives are currently conducting a death investigation that occurred in the unit block of Winston Avenue earlier this evening.

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Posted on: March 26, 2014

NCCPD Canine Locates Missing Adult

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New Castle County Police Canine “Diesel” and his handler Officer First Class Corey Best located a 28 year old female who fled from her residence in the neighborhood of Ashley.

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Posted on: March 24, 2014

New Castle County Police Issues "Gold Alert"

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New Castle County Police are currently searching for Bruce Sartin, Sr., a 50-year-old man who resides in the 900 block of Caldwell Corner Road in Townsend, DE.

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Posted on: March 21, 2014

NCCPD Safe Streets Task Force Apprehends Couple

New Castle County Police Safe Streets Task Force which is comprised of County Police Detectives and Probation and Parole Officers, have arrested John Cresto, a 26-year old male who resides in the 100 block of Brookside Boulevard, Newark, Delaware and Megh...Read on...

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Posted on: March 20, 2014

NCCPD Traffic Stop Leads to Gun and Drug Seizure

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New Castle County Police, Mobile Enforcement Team-North members have arrested Cornelius Smith, a 22 year old male who resides in the unit block of Pennewell Drive, Wilmington, Delaware after police conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle he was operating....Read on...

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Posted on: March 19, 2014

Burglary Suspect Arrested

New Castle County Police have arrested Connor Lemon, a 21-year-old male from the 900 block of Sugar Pine Drive in Bear, DE. He has been charged with burglary and other related offenses after detectives linked him to burglaries in the Hickory Woods and Ca...Read on...

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Posted on: March 19, 2014

NCCPD Warns Residents of a Phone Scam Impersonating a Law Enforcement Officer

New Castle County Police are investigating a phone scam where the caller identifies himself as a law enforcement official and attempts to collect money from the victim for outstanding warrants or fines.

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Posted on: March 10, 2014

Occupied Burglary in the Community of Alban Park

New Castle County Police are currently investigating an occupied burglary that occurred during the early morning hours of Tuesday, March 4, 2014 in the 1600 block of Coleman Street, (Alban Park), Wilmington, DE 19805.

Posted on: March 7, 2014

New Castle County Police Seek Assistance in Locating Theft Suspects

New Castle County Police are currently searching for a suspect involved in the theft of a wallet from the Hockessin Athletic Club. The unknown suspect then used the victim’s credit cards at various locations in Delaware and Pennsylvania.Read on...

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Posted on: May 20, 2014

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