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Posted on: September 4, 2015

County Fully Disclosed 2015 Debt Issuance and Bond Refinancing

A recent story on WDEL.com wrongly stated New Castle County had never publicly announced $70 million in “new debt.” This statement is in error.

On December 9, 2014, County Council introduced and passed Resolution14-241, which authorized a maximum of $...Read on...

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Posted on: August 29, 2015

Gold Alert Cancelled; Missing Girl Returned Safely to Family

Kathleen Burris was located in nearby Elkton, MD with an acquaintance. She is OK and has been returned to her family. The Gold Alert issued for Burris has been cancelled.

On August 25, 2015, at approximately 5:15 p.m., New Castle County Police Patro...Read on...

Posted on: August 24, 2015

Update on NCCPD Homicide Investigation in Hockessin

The New Castle County Police, Criminal Investigations Unit, continues its homicide investigation into the death of Shazim Uppal, 27, of Hockessin. Investigators are continuing to analyze evidence and follow-up on leads as they search for the suspect(s).
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Posted on: August 14, 2015

County Executive Gordon, Council President Bullock & Councilman Powers to Travel to Qiqihar, China

County Executive Thomas P. Gordon, New Castle County Council President Dr. Christopher A. Bullock, and Councilman William Powers are scheduled to travel to Qiqihar, China in an effort to foster New Castle County’s relationship with its sister city and to share ideas on education, culture, and the economy. The New Castle County delegation is scheduled to leave early Monday, August 17 and to return the night of Monday, August 24.

The trip by the New Castle County delegation comes after the visit to New Castle County by Qiqihar officials in November 2014 when the sister city agreement, written in English and Chinese, was signed by County Executive Gordon, Council President Bullock, and Qiqihar Mayor Sun, Shen (Zhe) at the Westin Hotel. The agreement states, in part, the “County and Qiqihar City shall promote exchanges, cooperation and development between the parties in the fields of economy, trade, science, technology, culture, education, sports, tourism, etc.”

“We want to continue developing our relationship with our sister city, Qiqihar,” County Executive Gordon said. “We have to be aware that a relationship between the two largest economies in the world has to start at a micro level. To that end, we can decide the world is our oyster and make opportunities that benefit us economically and culturally.”

Qiqihar is the second largest city in the Heilongjiang province in People's Republic of China with roughly 1.5 million people in the metropolitan area.

"This is an opportunity to build upon the goodwill and commonalities shared between two global economies,” Council President Bullock said. “I’m also hopeful to explore with Executive Gordon and Councilman Powers the viability of bringing Chinese investment to New Castle County."

Councilman Powers, a farmer in Townsend, said he was looking forward to learning more about Chinese agriculture and opportunities for American farmers.

“Grain, meat, and poultry are some of the main things the United States still exports,” Councilman Powers said. “Given our strategic location, there might be opportunities for New Castle County to help American farmers get their goods into ChinaRead on...

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Posted on: August 6, 2015

Leaders of County, Wilmington, Newark & Steering Committee announce plan to End Veteran Homelessness

New Castle, Del. -- New Castle County Executive Thomas P. Gordon, Mayor of Wilmington Dennis Williams and Mayor of Newark Polly Sierer are pleased to announce a plan to end veteran’s homelessness in New Castle County by December 31, 2015.

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Posted on: August 4, 2015

County Executive Gordon Invites Everyone to Family Fun Day at Carousel Park

PIKE CREEK, Del. – New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon cordially invites everyone to attend Family Fun Day at Carousel Park this Saturday, August 8th, from noon to 5 o’clock in the afternoon.

The rain date for this free, family event is Sunday Augus...Read on...

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Posted on: August 4, 2015

NCC Clerk of the Peace Ken Boulden Provides Language Services to a Global Community

In response to the increasing demands of serving a diverse global community, the New Castle County Marriage Bureau has begun using virtual language translators.

Accurate Language Services (ALS) provides “real time” language and document translation ser...Read on...

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Posted on: August 2, 2015

New Castle County Police Department Hosts National Night Out

The New Castle County Police Department, Community Services Unit, is hosting the 2015 National Night Out at 6 p.m.Tuesday, August 4 at Glasgow Regional Park.

This family oriented event is held each year to promote positive interactions with members of ...Read on...

Posted on: July 30, 2015

The New Castle County Police Department’s Body-Worn Camera Pilot Program was deployed earlier this m

The New Castle County Police Department’s Body-Worn Camera Pilot Program was deployed earlier this month (July 2015). Eight cameras are currently in use in the Patrol and Special Operations Divisions.

They were issued to officers in various stages of their careers.

These hands-free devices will record audio and video recordings of incidents. A sample video of a traffic stop from a body-worn camera can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRVRplGZ8i4

“We hope to have every officer equipped with a body-worn camera in the near future”, says Colonel E.M. Setting.

The New Castle County Police Department, with the support of County Executive Thomas P. Gordon, continues to be a front runner on technology. “I'd like to congratulate everyone, including Public Safety Director Joe Byrant, and Police Chief Elmer Setting.

"We love to be ahead of everything in technology, and this initiative is another example of that. We are happy to be the first major police agency to use this valuable equipment. Our police department already respects everyone it comes across, but it does not hurt to have this technology in place”, said Executive Gordon

County Police have started a pilot program with the deployment of body cameras to officers in various units within the department. As society has called for this device to become a part of policing, it also enables the police department to demonstrate transparency and openness in their interactions with the community. “We are hoping for greater community trust through this technology”, said Colonel E.M. Setting.

This technology can often help improve the high-quality public service expected of police officers. The Body-Worn Camera (BWC) can be used in various ways: to improve evidence collection, to strengthen officer performance and accountability, to enhance agency transparency, to document encounters between police and the public, and to investigate and resolve complaints and officer involved incidents. It is important that we recognize that BWCs will not always show every aspect of an event or everything that is being sensed or seen by the officer. BWC’s are an additional tool that can be utilized to better understand the actions of citizens and officers during encounters. One of the goals of this program is to use these cameras as much as possible but to still respect the privacy of those we serve.

The cost of this program and future deployment of more body-worn cameras for the department is still yet to be determined. This pilot program will help see what it takes to successfully equip, store, and maintain the camera and footage obtained. Delaware Attorney General Matt Denn said, “Body cameras for police officers are a great tool, and the state’s end goal should be that every police officer in the state wears one. It is important to get to that statewide goal thoughtfully and with eyes wide open as to the cost and complications. Having a body camera system in place is not cheap, it involves costs far more than just purchasing the cameras, and we need to acknowledge and plan for that up front.”

New Castle County is thankful for the ongoing cooperation between the DE State Attorney General’s office, The Delaware Police Chief’s Council, and the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5. Read on...

Posted on: July 29, 2015

New Castle County Council Unanimously Approves Delaware Board of Trade (DBOT) Project

New Castle County Council voted to unanimously approve the Delaware Board of Trade (DBOT) resolution, allowing for the issuance of $15 million in revenue bonds to fund the construction of a new stock exchange in the City of Wilmington. The bonds will be the obligation of DBOT and will not place the County’s credit, or taxpayer money, at risk.

The Resolution, proposed by County Executive Tom Gordon, was introduced by Council President Christopher Bullock and President Pro Tem Penrose Hollins, the primary sponsors on County Council.

“This project may be the biggest thing to happen to Delaware since the Banking Act. Our State will not only be the best choice to incorporate a new business, but also to raise the money necessary to fund it,” said County Executive Gordon.

In May, senior County Officials, including County Executive Gordon, Chief Administrative Officer David Grimaldi, and Deputy CAO Samuel Guy, met with representatives of the Delaware Board of Trade to discuss their proposal, which calls for a new stock exchange aimed, in part, at modernizing the over-the-counter market (OTC) in the United States.

DBOT also seeks to create the Nation’s first ever “venture” exchange, a crowdfunding exchange that will allow startups and small company’s access to capital.

New Castle County’s Comprehensive Economic Development Plan identified the State’s relative lack of access to venture capital funding as one of its biggest constraints to economic growth. Startups are not candidates for traditional bank financing and rely on venture capital funding, which has been relatively non-existent in Delaware.

Chief Administrative Officer David Grimaldi, who put the DBOT deal together, noted that “DBOT can offer new businesses a more attractive alternative to traditional venture capital funding. Overnight, one of our biggest economic challenges, access to capital, can become a core competitive advantage. This is big.”

“This is a game changer for the state,” said Council President Bullock. “It will be a direct job creator and provide a shot in the arm to both the state and the city of Wilmington.”

Council President Pro Tem Hollins, who sponsored the resolution, noted the economic impact of the nearby Philadelphia Stock Exchange as an indication of the project's potential for Wilmington. “The Philadelphia Stock Exchange contributed nearly half a billion dollars per year in annual capex spending and over $100 million in annual salaries. If that were replicated in Wilmington, it would be transformational.”

Deputy CAO Samuel Guy, who worked closely with the County Executive and CAO in constructing the deal, said “The Delaware Board of Trade will be operated by globally recognized leaders in the financial services industry. The new exchange will position Delaware as a first mover to directly benefit from the incentives created under the JOBS Act and corresponding SEC Regulation A+, which was recently finalized. This may lead to a rebirth of our economy.”

Members and affiliates of The Delaware Board of Trade include former NYSE CEO Richard Grasso, former UBS Financial Services CEO Joseph Grano, former Philadelphia Stock Exchange CEO John Wallace, former Cincinnati Stock Exchange CEO Richard “Nick” Niehoff, and former US Postal Service Governor and top aide to Vice President Joe Biden, Dennis TonerRead on...

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Posted on: July 21, 2015

2nd Annual Dancing In the Park and 1st Annual Food Truck Festival to be held at Glasgow Park

GLASGOW, Del. – New Castle County Executive Thomas P. Gordon invites local individuals, families, dance teams and studios, and all foodies to attend the 2nd annual Dancing in the Park event and 1st Annual Food Truck Festival on Saturday, July 25, 2015 at ...Read on...

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Posted on: July 10, 2015

County, City, State Launch (302) STOPPIT Water Pollution Hotline

New Castle County, the City of Wilmington, and the Delaware Department of Transportation have announced the launch of the (302) STOPPIT water pollution hotline for residents to report pollution going into or coming out of the storm sewer system.

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Posted on: July 17, 2015

County Executive Gordon holds Grand Reopening of Bark Park for Dogs at Carousel

PIKE CREEK, Del. – New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon's bark park grand reopening last Saturday at Carousel Park & Equestrian Center drew several people eager to view the overhauled amenities available for their dogs.

There were treats for dogs, barbecue and refreshments for people, on-site adoptions from the Delaware Humane Association, a pet first aid and CPR demonstration, and a visit from the New Castle County Police K9 Unit.

"This is the most beautiful land in Delaware. This park has served the 65,000 residents of Pike Creek and other county residents well,” County Executive Gordon said. “This newly revamped bark park will do a better job serving dogs and their owners as well."

County Executive Gordon thanked the Department of Special Services, led by Acting General Manager Wayne Merritt, and the New Castle County Conservation District for working together to clean up the bark park at Carousel and give it a much-needed overhaul.

“Wayne and his staff, including Property Manager Paul Johnson, did an excellent job of working with the Conservation District to make this bark park an outstanding recreational area for pets and pet owners,” he said. “I also want to thank Governor Jack Markell for bestowing upon the county the Urban Conservation Award last spring in recognition of our efforts at Carousel. The bark park and the pond are cleaner and safer now.”

All of the fish hooks have been removed from the pond, there are now concrete ramps allowing easier entry and exit for dogs swimming, and improved landscaping, among other things, at the bark park at Carousel.

Admission is to Saturday’s event is free. The best entrance for participants to use is across from 3100 Skyline Drive. Please visit nccde.org/carousel for more details.Read on...

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Posted on: July 8, 2015

Suspect Arrested after Attempting to Return Stolen Vehicle

The New Castle County Police have arrested Cuve Harding, a 43-year-old woman from the 1200 block of Old Lancaster Pike in Hockessin, for stealing a Delaware City Fire Company pick-up truck from the parking lot of county police.

On Tuesday (7/7) a Fire ...Read on...

Posted on: July 6, 2015

NCCPD Investigates Fatal Crash Where a Vehicle Strikes a Tree

On Sunday July 5th, 2015 at approximately 2:05 am, New Castle County Police Patrol Units responded to the 800 Block of McKennans Church Road in Milltown in reference to a vehicle crash.

Initial reports indicated that three vehicles were involved but ...Read on...

Posted on: July 1, 2015

County Executive Thanks General Assembly For Restoring Transfer Tax Share

DOVER, Del., - New Castle County Executive Thomas P. Gordon thanked the Delaware General Assembly and the Joint Finance Committee for deciding to restore the county’s, and other municipalities’, share of the real estate transfer tax.

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Posted on: July 1, 2015

NCCPD Arrests One and Seek Another in Theft from Fitness Center

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On Monday, June 30 New Castle County Police arrested 44-year-old Cindy Hughes of Elkton, Md. in regards to a theft from a local fitness center. Police were still searching for 26-year-old Stephen Shmel, an alleged accomplice.

On June 25th, 2015 New Cas...Read on...

Posted on: June 28, 2015

County Executive's Bowl goes to Ice Cream Shoppe ‘for Best Sundae on Sunday'

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BRANDYWINE HUNDRED, Del. — New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon presented the Executive's Bowl to the Ice Cream Shoppe of Bellefonte for taking first place in the second “Best Sundae on Sunday” competition at the New Castle County Ice Cream Festival at Rockwood Park this past weekend.

The Ice Cream Shoppe won with its entry, Rockwood Fire Blazing Sundae. It was the second Best Sundae on Sunday contest held at the nationally renown Ice Cream Festival.

Seven dairies and creators of ice cream treats participated in the June 28 event. The runner up was Caffe Gelato of Newark with its Rockwood Dark Chocolate and Salted Caramel Sundae. Placing third was Hy-Point Dairy of Brandywine Hundred, which served a Rockwood Jammin’ Jelly and Cup o’ Joe Decadent Donut Delight.

New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon presented the Executive’s Bowl to the team from the Ice Cream Shoppe on the children's stage near most of the ice cream vendors. Barry Schlecker of Barry’s Events, producer of the festival, awarded the winner a free vendor’s space at the 2016 festival.

The winning entry featured Whitehouse Cherry ice cream, yellow-dyed marshmallow topping, red hot cinnamon minis, whipped cream and red sprinkles with a cherry on top, all in a homemade waffle bowl. To top off its presentation, the sundae was served in a plastic Brandywine Hundred Fire Company fireman’s hat mounted on a toy fire engine.(The longstanding fire company is located in Bellefonte.)

A portion of the proceeds from sales of the winning sundae will be donated to the Delaware Burn Camp, a program that provides a safe and natural environment to promote the physical and emotional healing of children ages 6-18 who have suffered burn injuries, said Alex Meloro, co-owner of the Ice Cream Shoppe, which placed second in last year’s competition.

Judges for the event were Delaware food writer Pam George, Delaware Today magazine editor Suzanne Loudermilk, and Eric Ruth, marketing and public relations coordinator for the Delaware Tourism Office. They evaluated the entrants for taste, presentation and creativity.

Also participating in the contest were: Cajun Sno, UDairy (the 2014 winner), Sweet Lucy’s, and Battiato FarmsRead on...

Posted on: June 26, 2015

Proposed RTT Reduction to Devastate Public Safety

Both branches of New Castle County Government stand united in opposition to the proposal to reduce the County share of the Real Estate Transfer Tax (RTT). The Delaware State Joint Finance Committee voted to reduce, by one-third, New Castle County’s allocation of the RTT. The loss of revenue will be catastrophic to the citizens of New Castle County with the loss of police, paramedics, and 911 call operators.

“Ninety-four percent of the Real Estate Transfer Tax is used to fund Public Safety in New Castle County” said County Executive Tom Gordon. “The reduction will cause crime to rise and property values to fall.”

“Public Safety is the County’s number one priority and will be most directly affected by these cuts," Council President Christopher Bullock said. "It will be difficult to maintain our current police department staffing levels without this revenue and it will certainly hamper our ability to protect the nearly 600,000 residents of New Castle County.”

Council President Pro Tempore Penrose Hollins concurs. "It is in everyone's best interest for the state and county to work together; we both represent the same people," he said. "When the state places a financial noose around the county it simply forces the county to reduce or eliminate the critical services we provide."

The loss of transfer tax revenue would amount to approximately $9 million dollars per year.

“The proposed cuts would send this County back into the fiscal crisis of the Great Recession,” County Executive Gordon added. “At that time, services were cut and taxes were raised precipitously.”

The RTT reduction will be devastating to the Department of Public Safety and, according to New Castle County Police Chief Colonel Elmer Setting, would equate to a reduction of nearly 100 police officers, or nearly one-third of the police force. “This will set our Agency back 10 years and ensure that the criminals gain the upper hand,” said Colonel Setting.

“My fear, with this proposed cut, is that someone will call 911 for assistance and there won’t be enough operators to answer the call,” said Chief of Communications Jeffrey Miller.

“The massive reduction in personnel would result in deployment of fewer paramedic units, longer response times, and increased occurrences when paramedic units were not available for additional emergency medical responses,” said Chief Lawrence Tan of the Emergency Medical Services division.

Members of the Administration and Council will continue to lobby against the reductions, which have been added to epilogue language in the State of Delaware’s Fiscal Year 2016 budget.

New Castle County urges its citizens to contact their State Representatives and urge them against adopting any budget that reduces the County’s share of the transfer taxRead on...

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Posted on: June 17, 2015

Bank of America and Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County Provide First Modular-Built Home

Newark, Del. – Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County, in partnership with Bank of America and New Castle County, announced the completion of the latest home to be dedicated to its next homeowner.

Mawupe Typamm and his family will move into a brand ...Read on...

Posted on: June 22, 2015

Ice Cream Festival this weekend at Rockwood

WILMINGTON, Del. — County Executive Tom Gordon and Barry’s Events invite you to Chill out on Saturday and Sunday at the New Castle County Ice Cream Festival at Rockwood Park, packed this year with a full menu of food, fun and games for all members of the...Read on...

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Posted on: June 10, 2015

Plummer Center Escapee Captured

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The New Castle County Police along with the Delaware State Police took Isaiah Thompson, the 25-year-old Plummer Center escapee, into custody the morning of June 9.

On that day, Isaiah Thompson left a Delaware Department of Correction work crew after ...Read on...

Posted on: June 9, 2015

Route 9 Farmers Market Grand Opening Held at Garfield Park

NEW CASTLE, Del., - New Castle County Executive Thomas P. Gordon held a Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Route 9 Farmers Market on Thursday, June 11, 2015 at Garfield Park located at 26 Karlyn Drive in New Castle.

The ribbon cutting ceremony followed a soft opening of the newest Farmers Market for New Castle County Government, said Jane Rattenni, an administrator in the Department of Community Services.

The program began at 3 p.m. with a Farmers Market Story Time presentation. The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony took place at 5 o’clock followed by live music from the First State Symphonic Band. The Farmers Market will be open from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. each Thursday this summer and into mid-autumn.

The Route 9 Farmers Market is the newest of four markets operated by the County’s Department of Community Services.

“I am proud to have Garfield Park officially join the established Farmers Markets at Rockwood, Carousel, and Glasgow parks,” County Executive Gordon said. “This gives us four markets that are distributed evenly in order to give the residents of New Castle County a chance to buy local produce and other goods.”

The Executive said the new Farmers Market would deal with the locale's designation as a food desert by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for having extremely low access to healthy foods, fruits and vegetables. In addition, it would complement the ongoing initiative by the County to revitalize the Route 9 Corridor with plans to construct an Innovation Center/Library and its ongoing Neighborhood Stabilization Program efforts to renovate blighted homes into desirable real estate.

With the opening of the Farmers Market site at Garfield Park, New Castle County will provide the communities along the recently established Route 9 Innovation District with expanded access to fresh produce and healthy food choices, Community Services General Manager Sophia Hanson said. Using approximately $100,000 in grant funding from the USDA, the County is proactively promoting its four Farmers Market sites, with specific focus on creating and promoting the new Route 9 Market.

Local farmers and producers interested in more information about New Castle County Farmers Markets and how to become a vendor should contact Michael Begatto at 302-395-5624 or mbegatto@nccde.org or go to New Castle County’s website at nccde.org/farmersmarketsRead on...

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Posted on: June 2, 2015

Ice Cream Festival Returns to Rockwood Last Weekend In June

WILMINGTON, Del. — New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon and Barry’s Event invite you to circle June 27 and 28 on your calendar to spend a day at the New Castle County Ice Cream Festival at Rockwood Park, back this year with even more of the region’s bes...Read on...

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Posted on: June 2, 2015

Police Respond to Numerous Home Invasion Type Burglaries in the Past 10 Days

The New Castle County Police have responded to three home invasion type burglaries in different locations within New Castle County since May 22nd. County Police are seeking witnesses with any information on these cases.

On May 22nd, 2015 at approxim...Read on...

Posted on: May 31, 2015

County Executive Orders Flags Flown at Half-Mast in Honor of the late Beau Biden

New Castle County Executive Thomas P. Gordon has ordered that all County flags be flown at half-mast in honor of the late and Honorable Joseph R. “Beau” Biden III, former Attorney General for the State of Delaware.

County Executive Gordon expressed his...Read on...

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Posted on: May 29, 2015

Operation Smack Down Nets Forty-Two Suspects

An investigation into the distribution of illegal drugs and acts of violence in New Castle County led to the arrest of forty-two men and women in New Castle County.

This endeavor would not have been a success without the assistance of the Federal Bur...Read on...

Posted on: May 27, 2015

Winners Named For “Great Schools, Clean Streams” Pledge Drive

County Executive Tom Gordon announced Wednesday that more than 2,400 residents pledged to stop water pollution right in their own kitchens through New Castle County’s 2015 “Great Schools, Clean Streams” pledge drive in which local schools pursued creative...Read on...

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Posted on: May 26, 2015

County Executive Gordon’s 2016 FY Budget Approved By New Castle County Council With No Tax Increase

County Executive Tom Gordon's $256 million operating budget with no tax increase for the 2016 fiscal year was approved 12-0 by New Castle County Council at its Tuesday night general meeting.

County Council approved the authorization to expend $256,711,349 in Fiscal Year 2016 as well as the annual revenue ordinance keeping the tax rate at 24.36 cents per $100 of assessed property values – established in 1983. The 2016 budget approval marked a nearly flat, 0.24 percent increase in spending, and it was the 11th time in 11 years that County Executive Gordon successfully requested no tax increase from the legislative branch.

“I thank New Castle County Council for its deliberations and patience since late March while contemplating this budget,” County Executive Gordon said. “This budget process was mindful and respectful of the cutbacks the average citizen has had to make, and it also demonstrated that government can find creative ways to keep spending in check while delivering crucial services.”

Council also amended and authorized a six-year capital campaign that included a less than $60 million 2016 Fiscal Year Capital Budget for 59 County projects. The capital Budget allows the County to purchase 20-year bonds at 3.75 percent interest to finance major construction needed for public safety equipment, car fleets, sewers, facilities, and parks – including the work needed at the Southern Regional and Carousel parks. The companion ordinance authorizing the issuance of General Obligation Bonds of $44,334,000 was passed by the same, 12-0 margin.

“Keeping public safety personnel well-equipped to do their jobs, maintaining parks and recreation, and providing a well-functioning sanitary sewer system are among the vital ingredients to the quality of life that our taxpayers enjoy,” County Executive Gordon said.

As for the sewer tax rate, Council voted to also approve County Executive Gordon’s proposal for no increase in the varying industrial, commercial, and residential rates for New Castle CountyRead on...

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Posted on: May 17, 2015

Summit to End Veteran Homelessness Held

County Executive Tom Gordon, CAO David Grimaldi, Wilmington Mayor Dennis Williams, Newark Mayor Polly Sierer, U.S. HUD Regional Administrator Jane Vincent and Community Services GM Sophia Hanson held the Summit to End Veteran Homelessness May 19.

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Posted on: May 19, 2015

NCCPD Officer Uses NARCAN Kit and Revives Overdose Victim Shortly After Training

New Castle County Police's decision to train its officers in the use of NARCAN as an intranasal application had immediate results when Patrol Officer J. Smith saved a man's life in the Hidden Valley Apartment Complex on May 18.

Officer Smith had just been trained and equipped with deployment of the NARCAN drug by New Castle County Paramedics on May 14. At approximately 3 p.m. Monday, May 18 he responded to the 500 Block of Homestead Road in the Hidden Valley Apartment Complex for a CPR in progress. There, he located a roommate administering CPR to the 35-year-old male patient. Officer Smith administered the intranasal NARCAN drug and the victim eventually began to breathe again on his own.

New Castle County Paramedics along with the Elsmere Fire Department continued treatment of the patient who was later transported to the Christiana Hospital for continued treatment.

New Castle County Executive Thomas Gordon said the use of NARCAN as an intranasal application was another tool in the toolbox to help New Castle County Police officers save lives.

“We have seen the negative effects of the heroin epidemic and we responded by educating the youth through the Heroin Alert Program," he said. "New Castle County has allotted $500,000 to further expand the program, which allowed me to oversee the launch of the HeroinTrap.com campaign. New Castle County employees are now able to both educate and save people effected by heroin.”

Director of Public Safety Joseph Bryant, Jr. states “The Department of Public Safety strives to deliver exceptional service to members of the community. The Division of Police and the Division of Emergency Medical Services worked tirelessly to develop a policy and the training for our officers. The end result is the rescue of a man suffering from an apparent opioid overdose through the use of NARCAN.”

NCCPD Chief Colonel Elmer Setting states “Our officers are equipped with the best technology to help solve crimes, and now we have equipped a few select officers with NARCAN to help save the lives of citizens in our communities.

"The kits were deployed only a few weeks ago and have already helped save a life," he added. "This is yet another example of exemplary police work and incorporating new ideas to serve all of our citizens, especially those in need of immediate life saving measures.”Read on...

Posted on: May 14, 2015

County Executive Gordon Issues Statement Against Trans Pacific Partnership

Citing stagnant wages, the growing void of jobs that pay livable wages and shuttered manufacturing plants across America, New Castle County Executive Thomas G. Gordon expressed his adamant opposition to the Trans Pacific Partnership under consideration by...Read on...

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Posted on: May 14, 2015

Farmers Markets Set for New Season at Four County Parks

New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon is pleased to announce the opening of the 2015 County Farmers Markets at Garfield Park PAL Center and Rockwood Park on May 21 and Carousel and Glasgow parks on May 22.

The markets will run through the end of Octo...Read on...

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Posted on: May 12, 2015

Update on Ty Sawyer Death Investigation

The New Castle County Police Department, in conjunction with the Delaware Attorney General’s Office and The Delaware Department of Safety and Homeland Security Division of Forensic Science, continues its investigation in regards to the death of Ty Sawyer,...Read on...

Posted on: May 10, 2015

NCCPD Officers Help Choking Child

Two New Castle County Police officers administered aid and removed an airway obstruction to a choking 1-year old child on Thursday May 7, 2015, saving the youngster's life.

The NCCPD officers were dispatched to the 100 block of Richards Lane, Newark, in reference to a young child that was choking. Officers Jennifer Escheman and Anthony Frye responded and upon arrival discovered the child to be limp, having difficulty breathing, and gurgling. The officers knew from training that those symptoms can indicate a possible airway obstruction. Officer Escheman took the child and began to administer back blows as indicated with a child of this size.

After several attempts the child began to cry indicating that the airway was open and obstruction removed. The New Castle County Paramedics arrived and continued treatment with a subsequent transport to Christiana Hospital.

The New Castle County Paramedics on scene advised that the officer’s first aid intervention and quick thinking improved the child’s well-being.

All New Castle County Police officers receive first responder training every year from the New Castle County Paramedics Division. This is an exemplary use of that training and quick thinking by the officers who responded. Read on...

Posted on: May 6, 2015

County to Begin Campaign to Keep Grease and Oils Out of Sewer System

New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon is pleased to announce that the County’s “Great Schools, Clean Streams” campaign to dispose of cooking grease and oils properly is scheduled to start on May 11.

From Monday, May 11 until Friday, May 22, residents ...Read on...

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Posted on: May 2, 2015

1,200 People Attend Sleep Under the Stars Event at Rockwood

The Spring Sleep Under the Stars event held at Rockwood Museum & Park Saturday drew 1,200 people who enjoyed hayrides, face painting, dance instruction, bonfires, a camp out, and more.

New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon created Sleep Under the Stars as safe and fun way for county residents to enjoy their local parks. The Executive attended Saturday's events with family and friends. He was pleased with the turnout.

New Castle County's Department of Community Services plans to hold the next Sleep Under the Stars at Carousel Park & Equestrian Center in autumnRead on...

Posted on: April 29, 2015

Spring Sleep Under the Stars at Rockwood Museum & Park Set for Saturday

Preregistration for the Spring Sleep Under the Stars event at Rockwood this weekend has already drawn 1,170 people ready to enjoy outdoor games, crafts, face painting, hayrides, camping and more at this family oriented event.

Same-day registration will...Read on...

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Posted on: April 22, 2015

Investments Safer, Fees Reduced – NCC Responds to Audit; Auditor Contradicts His Own Statements

The Gordon Administration has released its reply to the County Auditor's investment audit related to the $92 million transfer of reserves to UBS Financial, the world’s largest wealth manager with $2 trillion under management.

Today ends a year-long misinformation campaign perpetuated by County Auditor Bob Wasserbach, who conducted his audit on the front pages of the newspaper and without regard for the statutory audit process. “I’ve never seen an internal Auditor make public comments about an audit he hadn’t even begun, much less complete,” said County Executive Tom Gordon.

Now that the audit is complete, the Administration feels obligated to call attention to the following facts, which are no longer in dispute:

1) The transfer moved the County reserves from a small, boutique Philadelphia investment advisory firm, with 11 full-time employees, to UBS (Not the “Bank of Switzerland”), the largest wealth manager
2) Prior to the transfer, the County held a $16 million position in two high yield (Junk Bond) mutual funds 3) The Junk Bonds were in violation of the County’s investment policy, as expressed in its Comprehensive Annual Financial Statements (2010, 2011, & 2012) and Official Statements (2010, 2012).
4) The move to UBS greatly reduced the risk of County investments and are now invested consistent with our Annual Financial Statements 5) No Council vote was required to transfer the money
6) There is no evidence that there has ever been a bid, or formal RFP, prior to transferring investment accounts 7) County Council was notified of the transfer and were given a presentation at a finance committee meeting
8) The County taxpayers saved hundreds of thousands of dollars in annual fees

The Administration has maintained that the audit of the UBS transfer, and the manner in which it was conducted, were motivated by politics rather than strengthening internal controls. The chart below compares the 2010 transfer of money to the 2012 transfer, both of which occurred on this County Auditors watch.

Throughout this process, the County Auditor has made several reckless and inaccurate statements which we feel obligated to correct. In a March 24, 2015 News Journal article, for example, the County Auditor claimed that “These two mutual funds that invested in junk bonds [prior to UBS] were extremely low risk.” Junk bonds, by their very definition, are high risk and speculative. Even the prospectus issued by the very mutual fund that the Auditor claims to be “extremely safe” include cautionary language such as “The Fund invests in fixed-income instruments which…involve great risk.”

In an August 13th 2014 News Journal Article, the County Auditor asserted a distinction between investing in junk bonds directly or indirectly. "Investing directly in junk bonds is very different than investing in mutual funds," Wasserbach said. What he neglected to mention, of course, is that as it relates to credit risk exposure and/or adherence to an investment policy, investing in mutual funds that invest in junk bonds is no different than investing in junk bonds directly.

On page 16 of his audit, the County Auditor now contradicts his previous, erroneous statement by arguing that “one can’t circumvent the policy by doing indirectly [through mutual funds] what is not allowed to do directly,” which has been the position of the Administration.

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After much ado about nothing, the false allegations and innuendo do not end with the conclusion of the Audit. There is no lie or abuse of power that Auditor Wasserbach, CouncilmanSmiley, and Councilwoman Kilpatrick are willing to engage in as a result of their loss of unwarranted favoritism that they demand from the Executive Office of New Castle County.

In late 2012, after returning to serve as County Executive of New Castle County, Thomas P. Gordon assembled a financial management focused leadership team. David Grimaldi, with Wall Street and management experience was appointed to the position of Chief Administrative Officer, with the responsibility of running the day to day operations of New Castle County government. Michael Coupe, with over thirty (30) years of experience in the New Castle County Finance Department was appointed to the position of Chief Financial Officer.

Executive Gordon, CAO Grimaldi, CFO Coupe, and others took the time to audit aspects of New Castle County’s financial affairs that had been neglected by the Auditor Robert Wasserbach for approximately eight (8) years. They learned that millions of dollars were unnecessarily at risk and immediately took corrective action in accordance with the law, past practice, and in the public interest. More specifically, they acted in accordance with the Delaware Code wherein the Office of Finance is authorized to perform several important enumerated functions – including the responsibility to: “(9) Invest funds deemed by the Chief Financial Officer available for temporary investment in such obligations or in such manner as the County Executive may authorize.” 9 Del.C. § 1371

In an effort to make what is good bad, a series of coordinated attacks perpetuated by the auditor and two members of county council whose agenda the Auditor seeks to promote have created unwarranted public confusion.

1. The Auditor was coordinating and advocating for and with the financial institution that was replaced.
2. One council member sponsored a Resolution designed to manipulate the New Castle County Financial Advisory Council (NCCFAC) into participating in investment policy related issues, a matter beyond their legal jurisdiction. NCCFAC recently voted end their participation on the issue of investment policy. NCCFAC is now back in a position to work with the County Executive and County Council on current and projected economic conditions and trends as well as General and Sewer Fund revenue and expenditure estimates without being in the middle of political debates and being constantly lobbied and presented information by the Auditor.3. One council member has introduced two (2) separate Ordinances designed to interfere with lawful authority delegated to the County Executive by the Delaware General Assembly.
4. The Auditor recklessly made false public statements and wasted public money and resources in his personal attempt to find fault through the abuse of the Audit Process.5. The Auditor’s false public statements in the media could have resulted in taxpayers of New Castle County having to pay higher interest rates to borrow money in the future if it were not for the skilled leadership of the Gordon Administration financial leadership teamRead on...

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Posted on: April 27, 2015

County Executive Swears In Reappointment to Community Services Board

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New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon recently consented to the reappointment of community volunteer Renee Du Jean to the Community Services Board.

Mrs. Du Jean’s reappointment keeps her on the Community Services Board until October 28, 2017. This boa...Read on...

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Posted on: April 17, 2015

County Executive’s Veto of Council Staff Pay Raise Staff Affirmed by County Attorney

NEW CASTLE, Del. – County Executive Tom Gordon’s veto of legislation that would have paved the way for pay increases for staff members of New Castle County Council has been upheld.

County Executive Gordon vetoed Ordinance No. 15-015, which would have a...Read on...

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Posted on: April 14, 2015

Statement on Ordinance 15-015

"Per title," Ordinance No. 15-015 amends “The rates of pay” for certain Council employees.
It is not an ordinance of appropriation but rather an amendment of a pay plan. There have been no operating appropriations made for the July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2...Read on...

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Posted on: April 14, 2015

New Castle County Announces Opening of the J. William Bell “Fusion Center”

New Castle County Executive Thomas P. Gordon, in conjunction with the Director of Public Safety Joseph Bryant, Jr. unveiled the J. William Bell “Fusion Center.” The Fusion Center was dedicated to Councilman J. William “Bill” Bell for his lifelong commitment to the future and improvement of public safety.

Councilman Bell, who was surprised with this event, said he was humbled to receive this honor. Mr. Bell is the Public Safety Committee chairman. His wife and several family members were on hand for the opening of the new Fusion Center.

The Fusion Center provides public safety with the ability to display and view real time pertinent information from different locations in the room simultaneously. The video wall consists of a 7’ x24’ display which weighs approximately 1800 pounds. The display consists of eighteen (18) 55 inch Christie Digital LED Displays, capable of displaying up to fifteen (15) video sources. The information can be displayed from different locations within the room and has the ability to record a training session in full HD.

The technology used in the Fusion Center was made possible by Integration Managed Services Staging (IMS) who was instrumental in assisting the Department of Public Safety with bringing an ideal into reality.

“This first of its kind video wall with the technology behind it allows us to seamlessly coordinate information from dozens of collection points including or latest New CAD system,” stated Chief Jeffrey Miller, Chief of New Castle County Emergency Communications. “All responders from seven (7) police agencies, 24 Fire and EMS agencies sharing information as it becomes available using in car laptops makes for a more informed first responder.”

Immediately after the dedication and grand opening, Colonel E. M. Setting, Chief of Police held the first Targeted Analytical Policing System (TAPS) meeting in the new “Fusion Center.”

Please view the NCCTV film from Tuesday's event on Comcast Channel 22, Verizon Channel 29, and on the county's YouTube account, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__Tqv5Q0ik8Read on...

Posted on: April 8, 2015

Acclaimed Author Walter Mosley to Come to the Wilmington Riverfront April 16

WILMINGTON, Del. – County Executive Tom Gordon and Community Services General Manager Sophia Hanson are pleased to announce that acclaimed author Walter Mosley will be coming to Wilmington to present an author talk and book-signing as part of the New Cast...Read on...

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Posted on: April 7, 2015

Governor Markell and County Executive Gordon Issue Proclamations for Fair Housing Month

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Governor Jack Markell and County Executive Thomas P. Gordon each issued Proclamations declaring April as Fair Housing Month on Monday. The proclamations were issued at Housing Opportunities of Northern Delaware, Inc.’s 32nd annual Fair Housing Observance ...Read on...

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Posted on: April 1, 2015

County Executive Gordon Orders Bans On Government-funded Travel to Indiana

NEW CASTLE, Del. – New Castle County Executive Thomas P. Gordon has issued an Executive Order to ban all county-funded travel of Executive Branch employees to the State of Indiana in light of that state’s recently enacted Religious Freedom Restoration Act...Read on...

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Posted on: March 26, 2015

NCCPD Arrest 5 in Rogers Manor Park Shooting

New Castle County Police have arrested four adults and one juvenile after a long week of a tireless investigation into the shooting at Rogers Manor Park.

New Castle County Police charged Carlos Hernandez a 19-year-old, Joshua Scruggs an 18-year-old, K...Read on...

Posted on: March 28, 2015

Winner of NCCPD Horse Naming Contest Announced at Country Spring Festival

PIKE CREEK, Del. – New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon, County Council, and New Castle County Police Colonel E.M. Setting named 11-year-old Yoselin Rojas Mendez as the winner of the county’s Horse Naming Contest during the Country Spring Festival held ...Read on...

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Posted on: March 24, 2015

New Castle County Executive Gordon's 2016 Budget Address Calls for Shrinking General Fund

New Castle County Executive Thomas P. Gordon called for a lean, 0.24 percent increase in the 2016 fiscal year operating budget, and he again called for no tax increases during his Budget Address to County Council Tuesday night.

“This is my 11th budget address before County Council,” County Executive Gordon said. “This is also the 11th time that I have stood before this body without requesting a tax increase.”

The budget includes the Executive's proposal to actually shrink government with a 0.10 percent reduction in spending for the general fund, which at $174 million comprises the bulk of the $256 million total budget.

"It is important to note that this is one of only five times in County history that the operating budget has contracted over the previous year," County Executive Gordon said.

Increases in the sewer and light tax funds of 0.86 percent and 3.77 percent, respectively, caused the overall increase of 0.24 percent.

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Posted on: March 24, 2015

County Hosting Workshop to Update Development Code

CHRISTIANA, Del. – County Executive Tom Gordon and Land Use General Manager Eileen Fogarty would like to cordially invite the public to a county-wide workshop will be held on Thursday, March 26, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. to discuss shaping Future Land Use and th...Read on...

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Posted on: March 25, 2015

Carousel Park Set For Country Spring Festival

PIKE CREEK, Del. – New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon and County Councilman Timothy Sheldon cordially invite everyone to celebrate the beginning of spring by attending the popular Country Spring Festival scheduled for Saturday, March 28 at Carousel Pa...Read on...

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Posted on: March 24, 2015

County Executive Gordon's 2016 Budget Address

New Castle County Executive Thomas P. Gordon called for a lean, 0.24 percent increase in the 2016 fiscal year operating budget, and he again called for no tax increases during his Budget Address to County Council Tuesday night.

“This is my 11th budget address before County Council,” County Executive Gordon said. “This is also the 11th time that I have stood before this body without requesting a tax increase.”

The budget includes the Executive's proposal to actually shrink government with a 0.10 percent reduction in spending for the general fund, which at $174 million comprises the bulk of the $256 million.

"It is important to note that this is one of only five times in County history that the operating budget has contracted over the previous year," County Executive Gordon said.

Increases in the sewer and light tax funds caused the overall increase of 0.24 percent.

The Executive also recommended a FY2016 Capital Budget of $56.6 million, down $1.8 million from the approved FY2015 Capital Budget.

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Posted on: March 19, 2015

County Executive Gordon Set to Deliver Budget Address Tuesday Night

New Castle County Executive Thomas P. Gordon is scheduled to deliver his fiscal year 2016 budget address Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. in the New Castle County Council Chambers of the City/County Building.

The City of Wilmington TV station, WITN...Read on...

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Posted on: March 12, 2015

New Castle County Launches Compelling New Anti-Heroin Program

New Castle, Del. – Incarceration, rehabilitation or death– those are your only three outcomes if you try heroin even once. That is the message of New Castle County’s hard-hitting new anti-heroin program, The Heroin Trap, launching today.

The program’s ...Read on...

Posted on: March 2, 2015

Great Women In History Event to be Held at Rockwood Mansion

NEW CASTLE, Del. – In honor of Women’s History Month, County Executive Thomas P. Gordon and County Council Members John Cartier and Elisa Diller are pleased to host a Great Women in History event at Rockwood Mansion, Museum and Park.

The March 22, 201...Read on...

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Posted on: March 11, 2015

New Castle County to Unveil Major New Anti-Heroin Initiative

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New Castle County will unveil a major new anti-heroin campaign on Thursday. It is the County’s response to the growing local heroin epidemic. The program’s powerful message: try heroin, even once, and you only have three outcomes: incarceration, reh...Read on...

Posted on: March 1, 2015

Additional Funding to Assist with Rewards

As part of the unified and relentless efforts by all of County government to bring those to justice who have committed heinous violent crimes, New Castle County Council approved an additional $10,000 to assist with rewards for information that leads to th...Read on...

Posted on: March 6, 2015

County Government and Libraries Had Delayed Openings for Last Major Snowstorm

New Castle County Government had a delayed opening of 10 a.m. Friday, March 6, and all libraries opened at noon on that day as well due to heavy snowfall that occurred Wednesday night into most of Thursday. Facilities were closed on Thursday, March 5.

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Posted on: March 5, 2015

New Castle County Offices Closed Thursday Due To Heavy Snow

New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon ordered the closure of county offices Thursday, March 5, 2015 due to impending snowfall.

County Executive Gordon's action came shortly after Governor Markell decided to close down State of Delaware offices. A statewide Winter Weather Warning remains in effect until 7 p.m. this evening.

While the storm system is moving into Delaware later than originally expected, the National Weather Service forecast remains for 4 to 8 inches of snow in New Castle and Kent Counties, and 4 to 6 inches in Sussex County.

Essential personnel must still reportRead on...

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Posted on: February 25, 2015

New Castle County Dog Licenses Due March 2

New Castle County reminds dog owners that dog licenses must be purchased by March 2. 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 ...Read on...

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Posted on: February 24, 2015

County Executive Honored By Delaware Recreation and Parks Society

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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. – The Delaware Recreation and Parks Society presented the prestigious Legislative Award to New Castle County Executive Thomas P. Gordon at the organization’s annual conference held in Sussex County last week.

During his remarks, Co...Read on...

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Posted on: March 2, 2015

Government Operating at Two-Hour; Libaries and Activity Centers to Open at Noon

New Castle County Government is operating at a two-hour delay today (Monday, March 2) due to the inclement, winter weather. In addition, libraries and activity centers will open at noon.

The NCC Government Center normally opens at 8 a.m. so it will open at 10 a.m. today. County workers who work earlier shifts, such as those that come in at 7 o'clock or 8:30 in the morning, are asked to come in two-hours later than they normally do, generally speaking.

Several employees are also understandably dealing with getting their children to school, with most districts and schools operating at a two-hour delay.

Please exercise an abundance of caution when driving as there are icy conditions due to the inclement, winter weather. Thank youRead on...

Posted on: February 24, 2015

New Castle County Police's AMBER ALERT For Little Girl Comes to Safe Conclusion

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With the assistance of the FBI and authorities in the state of Massachusetts, Michael and Elinor Trotta have been located and are safe in the state of Massachusetts.

After an intense and aggressive investigation, detectives were able to locate Elino...Read on...

Posted on: February 22, 2015

NCCPD Continues Search for Missing Person Nefertiri Trader

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As Nefertiri Trader turned 34 years old on Saturday, the New Castle County Police Department announced it would continue the investigation into her disappearance and were, again, seeking the public’s assistance for any information leading to the location ...Read on...

Posted on: February 20, 2015

New Castle County Announces Reward Money for Information on Homicides

In an attempt to bring closure to families who have lost loved ones as the result of senseless violence, New Castle County Executive Thomas P. Gordon has announced the authorization of a reward of up to $10,000.00 for information leading to the arrest and...Read on...

Posted on: February 20, 2015

NCCPD Investigates Shooting, Rosehill Community Center

The New Castle County Police continue to investigate the homicide at the Rosehill Community Center in New Castle.

During the investigation, surveillance video was obtained capturing a person of interest. The video may be viewed at http://youtu.be/2A...Read on...

Posted on: February 12, 2015

New Castle County Extends a Grace Period for Payment of Sewer Bills to March 17

Some customers received their New Castle County sewer service bill later than expected this year because of inclement winter weather conditions in the region.

The current bills are due March 2. However, for these sewer bills, New Castle County has ext...Read on...

Posted on: February 17, 2015

County Government Was Closed Tuesday; Has Resumed Normal Operating Hours Since

New Castle County Government is closed today due to snowfall across Delaware. This includes all county libraries.

Please note, the Employee Information Line is down and cannot be updated.

Chief Administrative Officer David Grimaldi announced that government would be closed shortly after the county's 5 a.m. conference call this morning to assess weather conditions.

County Executive Thomas P. Gordon made the determination to not open shortly after Governor Jack Markell announced that State of Delaware offices would be closed. In both cases, non-essential personnel were asked to stay home while essential personnel, such as police and other public safety operators, were asked to report as scheduled.

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Posted on: February 12, 2015

New Castle County Celebrates Black History Month

NEW CASTLE, Del. – County Executive Thomas P. Gordon and County Council President Rev. Dr. Christopher A. Bullock will dedicate February as Black History Month in New Castle County at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 14, 2015 at the Walnut Street YMCA, 1000 ...Read on...

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Posted on: February 11, 2015

County Paramedics Honored with Trauma Survivors Foundation Public Safety Awards

County Executive Tom Gordon was pleased to learn that two New Castle County paramedics, Cpl. David Lawrence and Cpl. Kevin Cowperthwait, were among the recipients of the Trauma Survivors Foundation Public Safety Awards handed out Tuesday.

The Trauma Su...Read on...

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Posted on: February 10, 2015

Bond Refinancing Saves County $12.2 Million

WILMINGTON, Del. – County Executive Tom Gordon announced that New Castle County has saved $12.2 million in a recent bond refinancing deal. The County went to the bond market to refinance $119 million of higher interest rate bonds to take advantage of the ...Read on...

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Posted on: January 28, 2015

County Executive Cuts Ribbon at Restaurant Depot; New Business Hires 28 Locally

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NEW CASTLE, Del., – At today’s ribbon cutting ceremony, County Executive Thomas P. Gordon welcomed Restaurant Depot, a wholesale cash and carry food service supplier, to New Castle County.

Restaurant Depot Chief Operating Officer Larry Cohen thanked t...Read on...

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Posted on: January 27, 2015

New Castle County Operating at Normal Business; Snowfall Amounts Low

New Castle County Government has decided to operate at normal business hours today (Tuesday) after snowfall amounts fell well short of weather forecasts for the region.

The National Weather Service in Mount Holly, N.J. canceled its Winter Weather Adv...Read on...

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Posted on: January 26, 2015

AAA Credit Rating Assigned to County’s Upcoming $186 Million GO Bond Offering

Citing its strong financial management and conservative budgeting practices, New Castle County’s AAA credit rating has been affirmed by all three major rating agencies, with an outlook of ‘stable.’ New Castle County is preparing for a $186 million general...Read on...

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Posted on: January 26, 2015

New Castle County Sewer Service Bills Are On Their Way

New Castle County residents can expect their sewer service bills to arrive in the mail by February 10. The bills, which will be mailed Friday, January 30, are due Monday, March 2, 2015. Residents can access their payment status and history on-line at the...Read on...

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Posted on: January 26, 2015

County Operating at Normal Hours as Officials Monitor Winter Weather

The National Weather Service in Mount Holly, N.J. has adjusted forecasts for New Castle County with lesser snowfall accumulations from the earlier predictions, and the level of alert. However, late Monday evening and Tuesday travel will still be hazardous...Read on...

Posted on: January 22, 2015

Board of Adjustment Meeting Canceled

The New Castle County Board of Adjustment meeting scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 was canceled.

All agenda items for the January meeting were rescheduled for the hearing on February 26, 2015.

The hearings are always held at 6 p.m. in the New Castle County Government Center’s New Castle Room.

The Board of Adjustment’s calendar and agenda have been modified to reflect the change. In addition, everyone signed up for the ListServe has been sent notification of Thursday night's cancellation.

This announcement was sent to the media as a courtesy to the Board of Adjustment, which sought to reach as many people as possible.

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Posted on: January 14, 2015

Route 9 Innovation District Launch Draws a Packed Crowd to Rose Hill Community Center

NEW CASTLE, Del. – Governor Jack Markell and New Castle County Executive Thomas P. Gordon led the Route 9 Innovation District Launch held Wednesday morning before a packed crowd of 250 people gathered in the Rose Hill Community Center gymnasium.

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Posted on: December 22, 2014

NCCPD Finalist of the International Association of Chiefs of Police Webber Seavey Award

County Executive Tom Gordon is pleased to announce the Division of Police’s Targeted Analytic Policing System (TAPS) initiative was recognized as one of the top 10 international programs and received the IACP/Motorola Webber Seavey Award: Quality in Law Enforcement.

The Division was recognized earlier this year at the annual International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Conference.

The Webber Seavey Award is named for the first president of the IACP and is presented annually. To compete for this prestigious award, the New Castle County Division of Police had to submit a detailed overview of the TAPS Program that illustrated its innovative approach to quality in law enforcement. This award recognized agencies worldwide that promote a standard of excellence and exemplify law enforcement's contribution and dedication to the quality of life in local communities.

“This award is not only recognition of our state-of-the-art policing techniques but also a chance for other departments across America to see an example of best practice put to use,” County Executive Gordon said.

Colonel Setting implemented the TAPS program in January 2012. This intelligence led, policing initiative has resulted in significant reductions in crime throughout New Castle County. The initiative focuses on quality of life complaints with an emphasis on property crimes. Since the inception, total dispatched calls for service are down 11%, in-progress quality of life calls are down 15.7%, and violent felonies (robberies, assaults, burglaries) are down over 30%.

New Castle County Public Safety Director Joseph Bryant, Jr. said the Targeted Analytic Policing System again showcased NCCPD’s commitment to the citizens of New Castle County. “The reduction in crimes and increase in officer activity is an improvement in the quality of life for all of New Castle County residents,” he said.

Colonel E. M. Setting said the NCCPD was grateful for the unwavering support County Executive Gordon has faithfully provided to Public Safety.

“That has allowed the New Castle County Division of Police to again distinguish itself as a true leader in the law enforcement community,” Colonel Setting said. “Our innovative approach to policing and our commitment to the community are validated through the recognition of such a prestigious award.

“TAPS not only fights crime and quality of life issues impacting our communities, but also fights fear making our citizens feel safer, which the statistics show they are,” he added. “The men and women of the New Castle County Police can be proud of their accomplishments in their efforts that are making our County even safer.”

For more information about this award, please visit the link below:http://www.theiacp.org/Portals/0/documents/pdfs/2014WebberSeaveyAbstractBookRead on...

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Posted on: January 13, 2015

Route 9 Innovation District Launch Set For Wednesday

NEW CASTLE, Del. – New Castle County Executive Thomas P. Gordon cordially invites you to attend the Route 9 Innovation District Launch scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday at Rose Hill Community Center.

The launch officially begins the County’s initiative t...Read on...

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Posted on: January 12, 2015

Freezing Rain, Sleet Cause Winter Weather Advisory for New Castle County

The National Weather Service in Mount Holly, N.J. has issued a winter weather advisory for New Castle County until 10 a.m. due to a wintry mix of freezing rain, sleet and snow.

Most schools have decided to open two hours late in an abundance of caution. County government is operating at normal business hours, but employees should exercise extreme caution when walking to their cars and driving, particularly on secondary and tertiary roads.

Delaware Department of Transportation crews have been brining the primary roads.

The New Castle County Department of Public Safety's Office of Emergency Management will continue to monitor this weather event for any changes or impacts. Thank youRead on...

Posted on: January 6, 2015

New Castle County Operating Under Normal Business Hours Today; Use Caution Driving in Snow

New Castle County Government will be open during normal business hours today (Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015). Please exercise caution when driving to work this morning as most of the snowfall will occur during the morning rush hour.

DelDOT road crews have bee...Read on...

Posted on: January 5, 2015

State to Conduct Test of Salem/Hope Creek Nuclear Generating Stations Alert

A test of the Salem/Hope Creek Nuclear Generating Stations Alert and Notification System will be conducted by the Delaware Emergency Management Agency and the Delaware State Police on Tuesday, January 6, 2015. Sirens will sound between 9am and 11am.

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Posted on: December 19, 2014

Review of the Fiscal Year 2014 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report Favorable for County

New Castle County Government’s financial statements received a favorable review in the audit conducted by independent certified public accountants CliftonLarsonAllen for the Comprehensive Annual Financial Review conducted for the 2014 Fiscal Year.

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Posted on: December 12, 2014

County Set for Tree Lighting at Glasgow and Santa Visit to Carousel Park

County Executive Thomas P. Gordon cordially invites everyone to attend the Tree Lighting at Glasgow Park Friday evening and the Meet Santa and His Pony event at Carousel Park to be held Saturday afternoon.

The second annual Christmas Tree Lighting at G...Read on...

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Posted on: December 5, 2014

New Castle County's Beautiful Rockwood Holiday Open House Opens in Stunning, Grand Fashion

The Holiday Open House at Rockwood Museum & Park for 2014 opened in magical style Friday night with beautiful Christmas lights, singing by the University of Delaware Children's Choir, music by the Mt. Pleasant High School Guitar Quartet and the Brass Quintet,and the Tree Lighting led by New Castle County Executive Thomas P. Gordon.

There were also free pictures with Santa Claus in the Rockwood mansion and dancing by Kathryn Ciminello’s Dance Troupe and Delaware Arts Conservatory's Snow Queen performance in the Carriage House next door to the Rockwood Museum. County Executive Tom Gordon and County Councilman John Cartier split the reading of "'Twas The Night Before Christmas" before a packed crowd of children and their parents within one of the stately rooms of the Rockwood mansion.

Also among those attending the Tree Lighting with County Executive Tom Gordon were Councilmen Cartier, Bob Weiner, and Joe Reda; State Rep. Charles Potter, whose district includes Rockwood; Community Services G.M. Sophia Hanson, whose department created and managed the event -- with help from Special Services ---, and Administrative Services G.M. Tonney Gardner.

Also present in the sizable crowd were Councilwoman Lisa Diller, Director of Communications Antonio M. Prado, and Executive Assistants Franklin Cooke, Steve Burg, and Josue Ortega.

It was a wonderful event. Please come out between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Saturday or 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday for the second and third days of the Holiday Open House.Please visit http://nccde.org/SpecialEvents for a complete list of activities and performers.

Also, please visit our photo album on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/nccdeRead on...

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Posted on: December 5, 2014

Meet Santa and His Pony event at Carousel Changes Course Due to Rain Forecast

The Meet Santa and His Pony event at Carousel Park has been modified and moved indoors due to the forecasted rain for Saturday, December 6.

Santa will still be on hand for visits and free pictures in the activity room from noon to 4 p.m. So, don’t for...Read on...

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Posted on: December 4, 2014

Rockwood, Carousel Parks Set for New Castle County’s Holiday Events

County Executive Thomas P. Gordon cordially invites everyone to attend the Holiday Open House at Rockwood Mansion & Park and the Meet Santa and His Pony event at Carousel Park this weekend.

The traditional Christmas Tree Lighting that begins Rockwood’s Holiday Open House is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday with the Mt. Pleasant Brass Quintet providing the music. Several more events take place until 9 p.m., including County Executive Gordon’s reading of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” for children at 7 p.m. in the mansion. The free open house continues through Sunday.

“The Holiday Open House is one of the most popular events held at Rockwood and it’s one of my personal favorites as well,” County Executive Gordon said. “We have some quality groups coming to provide entertainment, and we’ll provide free photos with Santa.”

Councilman John Cartier, whose district includes Rockwood, told NCCTV that the Holiday Open House is a great event for all New Castle County residents.

“They come in the thousands to take part in our tree lighting ceremony and the all the activities we have that evening,” he said.

Councilman Bob Weiner also plans to attend the tree lighting, and he will read “’Twas The Night Before Christmas” at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Rockwood Mansion, which was previously in his district.

As for Meet Santa and His Pony at Carousel, that is scheduled for noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. County Executive Gordon will announce the arrival of Santa Claus, who will then sit down for free photos with children.

“This event was very successful last year just going by the attendance of about 1,000 people,” the Executive said. “I believe we’ll have even more success this year due to word of mouth.”

Councilman Tim Sheldon, whose district includes Carousel, agreed.

“We’ve gotten a lot better with publicizing these events and we’re shooting for the 2,000 range,” Councilman Sheldon said in an interview with NCCTV.

For more details and a schedule of events, please visit www.nccde.org/specialevents.Read on...

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Posted on: November 24, 2014

Friends of Newark Free Library, County announce M&T Bank Grant to establish Young Writers Workshop

The Friends of Newark Free Library and New Castle County’s Department of Community Services announced plans to leverage their vast literary and art experiences, with M&T Bank’s support, to create the New Castle County Young Writer’s Workshop.

“The Workshop is a transformative youth writing initiative for at-risk children in grades Kindergarten to eight,” County Executive Thomas P. Gordon stated.

The generous grant from the M&T Bank will support this new initiative. Under the tutelage of staff from the Department of Community Services and a team of skilled advisers, forty children in New Castle County will collaborate in teams to illustrate and compose eight books. The creative process of working in teams helps provide a natural environment to practice the skill of fine art, writing, editing, and to develop the communication skills necessary for future success.

The eight books will be entered in the national “Kids Are Authors” competition, offered by Scholastic Books. Additionally, all participants will have the opportunity to share their literary work while on a formal book tour at libraries throughout New Castle County.

Peg Saenger, Co-President of the Friends of the Newark Free Library stated, “Our Friends group was established to promote reading, knowledge and proficiency. This initiative addresses those very objectives.”

The goal of the Youth Writer’s Workshop is to create a meaningful literary program that allows the students to participate in a team development process. Sophia Hanson, General Manager for the Department of Community Services, describes the program as, “a Writer’s Workshop that will create a real opportunity for the County’s youth to experience the phenomenon of earned and celebrated literary success.”

The Writers Workshop kickoff event is scheduled for December 1, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at the Newark Free Library.

The sites participating in the Young Writers Workshop are:
Absalom Jones Community Center Appoquinimink Library
Edgemoor Revitalization CooperativeNewark Library
North Market Street LibraryRose Hill Community Center
Sparrow Run Resource CenterWest End Neighborhood House

New Castle County Council will be briefed on this program at its Community Services Committee meeting Tuesday afternoonRead on...

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Posted on: November 14, 2014

Delaware Supreme Court Affirmation Protects Open Space in Pike Creek

WILMINGTON, Del. – New Castle County is pleased the Delaware Supreme Court affirmed the Court of Chancery’s decision concerning the protection of open space in the scenic Pike Creek Valley.

County Executive Tom Gordon thanked the attorneys who represented New Castle County, namely Max Walton, Esquire, of Connolly Gallagher, and County Attorney Bernard Pepukayi, Esquire.

"The office of law was proud to represent the interest of New Castle County Government and the people within the county," said County Attorney Pepukayi. “I'm happy for all those whose quality of life has been preserved by the Court's decision to enforce the applicable deed restriction.”

In addition, County Attorney Pepukayi thanked Max Walton for his work and diligence concerning the matter.

This is a victory for the residents in the Pike Creek Valley. The applicable deed restriction and open space serve as precious resources for our county, and should be protected for future generationsRead on...

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Posted on: November 13, 2014

Square Dance At Carousel Park Canceled

The square dance that had been scheduled for Friday night at Carousel Park & Equestrian Center has been canceled due to unforeseen circumstances.

New Castle County Government apologizes for any inconvenience. Thank you.

Posted on: November 13, 2014

Square Dance At Carousel Park Canceled

The square dance that had been scheduled for Friday night at Carousel Park & Equestrian Center has been canceled due to unforeseen circumstances.

New Castle County Government apologizes for any inconvenience. Thank you.

Posted on: November 10, 2014

County Executive Gordon Unveils Historic Economic Plan

WILMINGTON, Del., Nov. 10, 2014 -- New Castle County Executive Thomas P. Gordon unveiled the first ever economic strategic plan mapping out the County's economic potential Monday at the City/County Building,

The new plan is the first of this kind for New Castle County. The document will serve as a blueprint with specific action steps aimed at short term goals and long term opportunities for the county to bring new jobs and strengthen the economy.

Wilmington Mayor Dennis Williams was also on hand to unveil the City's economic plan in a joint press conference.

"We must have a plan going forward in order for this County to not just recover economically but remain viable for generations so our residents can once again live the American dream,” County Executive Gordon said. “This document is an honest assessment and a detailed vision going forward that will give people hope.”

The Executive noted that a plan was vital to ensuring New Castle County would not become "a third world country" in the near future.

To achieve the most honest and productive plan it was vital to include as many businesses and stakeholders in the process, which was achieved through numerous focus groups, interviews and stakeholder meetings with leaders from business, academia, government, and civic organizations.

Chief Administrative Officer David Grimaldi said wages and unemployment rates in Delaware were worse than the national average.

CAO Grimaldi also praised NCC Economic Development and Policy Director Marcus Henry for overseeing the County's first economic plan.

The entire plan is available at this link, http://nccde.org/DocumentCenter/Home/View/7778Read on...

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Posted on: November 7, 2014

County Executive Gordon, Mayor Williams To Announce Historic Economic Development Plans

WILMINGTON, Del. – New Castle County Executive Thomas P. Gordon and City of Wilmington Mayor Dennis P. Williams are scheduled to unveil their respective economic strategic plans at 1 p.m. Monday at the City/County Building.

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Posted on: October 30, 2014

First Square Dance At Carousel Park Held Thursday Evening

County Executive Tom Gordon attended the first ever Western Square Dance held at Carousel Park and Equestrian Center on Thursday night.

The inaugural event drew a modest crowd of 20, but organizers from the Department of Community Services were excited...Read on...

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Posted on: October 25, 2014

5,000 People Attend Fall-themed Sleep Under the Stars Festival

New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon’s “Sleep Under the Stars – A Spooky Fall Festival” drew an impressive 5,000 people to Carousel Park & Equestrian Center on a perfect, sunny Saturday in autumn.

County Executive Gordon was both pleased and impressed with the turnout.

“It was a perfect day, and the autumn-themed events helped to attract so many people,” he said. “Families went on hayrides and built scarecrows, children painted pumpkins, and everyone danced. As soon as dusk arrived, everyone enjoyed the bonfires as well. People appreciate a free event that allows them to enjoy the activities they associate with fall.”

People also enjoyed the haunted barn, and children went trick-or-treating during Sleep Under the Stars at Carousel Park. Several people came just for the day while many others brought their tents to stay for the night. New Castle County Police were on patrol to keep everyone safeRead on...

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Posted on: October 22, 2014

Colonel E.M. Setting Recently Featured in American City & County article

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New Castle County Police Chief Colonel E.M. Setting was recently featured in the publication, American City & County. Below, please find the article and link to American City & County.

A minute with...Colonel E.M. Setting, winner of the Presidential Unit Citation fromPresident Reagan and the Navy Expeditionary Medal for Military Action in Libya. Post-Navy, Setting joined the New Castle County, Del., police force where he rose to his present position of police chief.

Name three projects of which you are most proud.

1) Developing and implementing our Targeted Analytic Policing System (T.A.P.S.) program, which has resulted in a double-digit decrease in homicides and overall crime in one year without an increase in budget or staffing… Now we focus on the lesser crimes before they escalate. In just the first year of the program, crime in the entire county was decreased by 10 percent with a 37 percent decrease in homicides and double-digit decreases in other major crime categories…

2) Reduction in property crimes through the Property Crime Initiative (PCI). One of the areas that did not see significant decreases from the T.A.P.S. program was in property-related crimes… We began PCI which provided additional training and equipment to officers in the Patrol Division and gave them direct lines of communications with our detectives... The results in just six months have been impressive. Home break-ins have decreased 17 percent, thefts are down 19 percent, and the number of cars stolen is down 11 percent...

3) Being one of the first police chiefs in Delaware to talk about the heroin epidemic in our county and continuing to work to stop the spread of this drug. As the result of the T.A.P.S. program and PCI, we quickly realized that those using heroin were committing crimes to support their addictions. We have added additional investigators and teams to target those distributing heroin. In just one year our seizures of this deadly drug have increased 270 percent and resulted in the largest single heroin seizure in our agency’s history…

Tell us about your most challenging day at the office.

One of the most difficult things any police chief faces is admitting the current model you are using to police is not working or sustainable. Very early in my tenure as colonel, I came to this conclusion and swiftly began enacting changes to the failing traditional, reactive policing methods we employed. These changes were not immediately embraced and included restructuring of the department from the top down. These proved my most challenging days as I “broke” a department I love and proudly serve, with no guarantees I was doing the right thing.

Do you have any personal, proven methods for approaching municipal challenges?

We can fight crime by making thousands of arrests, seizing masses of drugs and guns, but the real question is: do people feel safer? If not, are we really effective? The programs we are currently utilizing work, and the true test has been passed. Citizens of New Castle County feel safer. We have made the way we police transparent to our citizens, elected officials and other agencies. By making our stakeholders aware and involved, we are better able to understand the issues impacting them most. We can then tailor resources, ideas and preventative measures to attack these priority issues.

One fact people might be surprised to learn?

I had the privilege of becoming a mounted patrol officer. After grueling training, I patrolled our communities with my mount “Star.” We routinely made criminal arrests, ran radar and issued traffic tickets – all from horseback. Our unit competed in the North American Police Equestrian Championships during which I placed first in the Uniform Competition. Even while being the only mounted officer in the agency’s history to become chief of police, I still ride with the unitRead on...

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Posted on: October 21, 2014

County Executive Invites Public to ‘Spooky’ Sleep Under the Stars at Carousel Park

Pike Creek, Del. – County Executive Thomas P. Gordon invites New Castle County residents and visitors to attend “Sleep Under the Stars – A Spooky Fall Festival” scheduled for Saturday morning into Sunday morning at Carousel Park & Equestrian Center.

“Those looking to celebrate all things autumn can find everything they want at Carousel Park this weekend. We’ll have pumpkin painting, hay rides, bonfires, and scarecrow making,” County Executive Gordon said. “We’ll also show a spooky movie, the children’s flick, ‘Hotel Transylvania’, to help get you in the mood for the upcoming Halloween holiday.”

In addition, visitors to Carousel can learn a new line dance, dance to music, play games, , and enjoy the Kids Corral that features goats, donkeys, ponies, various birds, and other animals. Top it off with s'mores around the bonfire, and camp overnight in the park. Bring your own goodies for tent-to-tent trick-or-treating. Be sure to decorate your tent and wear your best costume.

Visitors to the park on Saturday for the annual fall camp-out are welcome to enjoy just the day’s events or set up their tents to camp out on a crisp, autumn night. Admission is free.

Camper check-in starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 25, 2014. Most of the activities begin at 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon. For more information, visit nccde.org/specialevents. Register today at http://tinyurl.com/ppzoqfl or at check-in on the day of the event.

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Posted on: October 20, 2014

Input Sought From Community For Federal Housing Funds

New Castle, Del. – County Executive Tom Gordon is pleased to announce that New Castle County will be submitting a new Consolidated Plan that outlines the use of federal housing funds for the years 2015 through 2019.

The Delaware State Housing Authorit...Read on...

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Posted on: October 18, 2014

County Executive and Longshoremen’s Forum Details Port Expansion’s Job Creation

The International Longshoremen Association Deep-sea Locals 1883 & 1694 and New Castle County Executive Thomas Gordon held a successful public forum on the proposal to expand the Port of Wilmington off the Delaware River at the Sheraton Hotel in Wilmington Friday.

“The Key to Rebuilding the Middle Class in Delaware: The Container Port Project” drew a packed crowd with several dignitaries, including U.S. Rep. John Carney.

This proposal to expand and enlarge the Port of Wilmington off the Delaware River would generate thousands of construction, trucking, railroad, warehouse and dockworker jobs as well as several more jobs in supporting businesses. This project would fill in the employment vacuum created with the loss of General Motors and Chrysler jobs, among others.

“I guarantee that if we add thousands of jobs, you’ll reduce the crime in the City of Wilmington 80 to 90 percent,” County Executive Gordon said.

The International Longshoremen's Association Clerks and Checkers Locals 1883 and 1694 led by Kimoko Harris and William Ashe, respectively, hired Marine consultant Edward Zimny of Paul F. Richardson and Associates to study their idea to expand the Port. Zimny’s study detailed how the new port that would take advantage of Wilmington's incredible geographic advantage and give the Port the ability to handle the increasing use of mega ships and the coming expansion of the Panama Canal.

Delaware Farm Bureau President Gary Warren pointed out that grain could fill up the empty freight going back overseas to help ease the trade imbalance. In all, several promising scenarios were discussed during the two-hour forum.

Among those attending were State Sen. Margaret Rose Henry, State Reps. Stephanie T. Bolden, Gerald Brady, JJ Johnson, Dennis Williams and Charles Potter, County Council President Christopher Bullock, Register of Wills Ciro Poppiti, County Councilmen William Powers and Penrose Hollins, Wilmington Mayor Dennis P. Williams, Councilwoman Hanifa Shabazz, New Castle Mayor Donald Reese and Nicholas Ferrara, owner of the land identified as the prime spot for the port.Read on...

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Posted on: October 16, 2014

County Executive, Council President Commend Purchase of Land for New Library

County Executive Tom Gordon and New Castle County Council President Christopher Bullock commended Council’s approval of the land purchase needed for the new library/innovation center planned for the Route 9 Corridor.

County Council approved the resolut...Read on...

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Posted on: October 16, 2014

Google Designates Hockessin As Delaware's 2014 eCity

Mountain View, CA -- Google has named Hockessin as the 2014 eCity for the State of Delaware.

The eCity Awards recognize the strongest online business communities in all fifty states. The
businesses in these communities are embracing the web to find n...Read on...

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Posted on: October 14, 2014

Board of Assessment Review Appeals Canceled

The New Castle County Board of Assessment Review Appeals scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday of this week have been canceled.

Information will be forthcoming as to when the appeals will be rescheduled.

All of the appellants whose appeals were sched...Read on...

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Posted on: October 9, 2014

Register of Wills Office Phones Restored

The telephone lines for the New Castle County Register of Wills have been restored.

Information Systems (IS) repaired the lines Thursday morning and would continue to monitor them the rest of the day.

The lines for this office in the City/County Building in Wilmington went down around 2 o'clock in the morning Thursday, according to IS officials. The Register of Wills was still available via email, however.

New Castle County Government apologizes for any inconvenience this may have caused. Thank youRead on...

Posted on: October 6, 2014

New Castle County and NOBLE To Collect Phones To Benefit Victims of Domestic Violence

County Executive Thomas P. Gordon and the Delaware Chapter of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives will participate in the Verizon Wireless Hopeline Campaign to help collect unwanted used cell phones and donate them to Verizon Wir...Read on...

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Posted on: October 2, 2014

Special Services Employees Honored for 5, 10, and 15 Years of Service

NCC Department of Special Services employees were honored for five, 10, and 15 years of service, respectively, to New Castle County during an awards breakfast held Thursday.

County Executive Tom Gordon and Acting Special Services General Manager Wayne ...Read on...

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Posted on: October 2, 2014

New Castle County Awarded $99,750 for Farmers Market Promotion Program

The New Castle County Department of Community Services has been awarded $99,750 under the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service Program.

USDA awarded more than $27 million in competitive grants to expand marketing thr...Read on...

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Posted on: September 24, 2014

County Executive Gordon Holds Community Meeting In Wilmington

County Executive Tom Gordon has scheduled a meeting in the City of Wilmington to provide concrete examples of what kinds of beneficial services New Castle County provides to city residents.

The second half of the September 30 meeting will consist of th...Read on...

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Posted on: September 28, 2014

8,100 attend North American Police Equestrian Conference Hosted by New Castle County

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The North American Police Equestrian Conference hosted by New Castle County Police last weekend drew 8,100 people who enjoyed the family-friendly event on Saturday and Sunday.

County Executive Tom Gordon was pleased with the turnout and the excellent m...Read on...

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Posted on: September 24, 2014

New Castle County Property Tax Deadline Approaching

NEW CASTLE, Del. – New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon would like to remind residents that County property taxes and State of Delaware school taxes are due September 30.

By law, any balance that remains on accounts as of October 1 will be subject t...Read on...

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Posted on: September 22, 2014

Carousel Park Set To Host North American Police Equestrian Conference

PIKE CREEK, Del. – County Executive Tom Gordon is pleased to announce that Carousel Park & Equestrian Center, the New Castle County Police Department, and the Friends of the Mounted Patrol are prepared to host the North American Police Equestrian Conference this weekend.

“We are both proud and humbled that NAPEC would choose Carousel Park to host this prestigious, national competition,” County Executive Gordon said. “We would love for families to attend this free event and watch magnificent horses and mounted patrol units from across American and Canada demonstrate what they can do in our beautiful park.”

New Castle County Police Chief Colonel Elmer Setting, a former commander of the Mounted Patrol, said NAPECA fosters camaraderie amongst mounted patrol units. It also affords people the opportunity of seeing mounted patrol units in all their pageantry, he said.

“All mounted cops share a special bond with their horses, but it’s a difficult job to patrol on the back of a horse,” Colonel Setting said. “They’re out there every day in the toughest neighborhoods, and they bring people out. Kids don’t come out to pet a police car.”

The current NCCPD Mounted Patrol commander, Sgt. Mary Devine, said the equestrian conference this weekend would include equitation, an obstacle course, a uniform competition, and demonstration rides, among other things.

“There’s something for everyone. And who doesn’t love a horse?” Sgt. Devine said. “Both days will be very good. Saturday will open with the uniform inspection, followed by the opening ceremonies and equitation. Sunday will feature obstacles.”

WHO New Castle County Police
WHAT North American Police Equestrian ConferenceWHEN 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27 and Sunday, Sept. 28
WHERE Carousel Park, 3700 Limestone Road, Wilmington, DE 19808COSTRead on...

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Posted on: September 16, 2014

Southern Sewer Redirect Project Complete; $100 Million in Projected Savings

County Executive Tom Gordon is pleased to announce that the new Southern New Castle County Sewer Redirect has been completed ahead of schedule and is projected to save the County up to $100 million over the next 30 years.

The southern line was necessar...Read on...

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Posted on: September 16, 2014

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

County Executive Tom Gordon and the New Castle County Police Department held a solemn End of Watch ceremony in commemoration of the late Lt. Joseph Szczerba Tuesday morning in front of the Paul Sweeney Public Safety Building.

In addition, County Execut...Read on...

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Posted on: September 9, 2014

County Executive Commends Quick Work of New Castle County Police in Beating Case

County Executive Tom Gordon commended the quick work of New Castle County Police Chief Colonel Elmer Setting in assigning detectives to the case of a mentally disabled young man beaten by teenagers recently, helping in the arrests of three teenagers.

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Posted on: September 8, 2014

Rockwood Festival featured Sept. 15 on Food Network's ‘Eating America’

WILMINGTON, Del. — If you were among the more than 30,000 people who attended the Old Fashioned Ice Cream Festival at Rockwood Park in June, or if you know someone who did, watch the Food Network’s “Eating America” at 10:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15, and look for some familiar faces.

The episode, the last in the series’ initial season, will feature the New Castle County's Ice Cream Festival and its “Best Sundae on Sunday” competition, won by the student “Moo Crew” of the University of Delaware’s UDairy Creamery.

Host Anthony Anderson and a Food Network film crew spent June 28-29 at the festival and the day before the event filming operations at several of the ice cream shops and dairies that participated in the competition.

“We were thrilled that the Food Network chose to feature our ice cream festival in the ‘Eating America’ series and we believe this episode of the show will demonstrate that we truly rank among the top food festivals in the nation,” said Wilmington entrepreneur Barry Schlecker of Barry’s Events, which cosponsored the festival with the New Castle County government.

The Rockwood episode will be rebroadcast on the Food Network at 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16; 11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19; and 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20Read on...

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Posted on: September 5, 2014

County Executive To Attend Launch of Hispanic Heritage Month in Wilming

New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon plans to join other local and state officials at the Latin American Community Center’s annual open house scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday.

LACC officials will celebrate the nonprofit organization’s 45t...Read on...

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Posted on: September 2, 2014

County Executive Supports Row Officers Participation in ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon is pleased to support the County Row Officers decision to participate in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

County Recorder of Deeds Mike Kozikowski, Register of Wills Ciro Poppiti, Sheriff Trinidad Navarro, and Clerk...Read on...

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Posted on: September 1, 2014

County Executive Commemorates Labor's Accomplishments On A Busy Labor Day

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County Executive Tom Gordon celebrated a busy Labor Day that included serving as Grand Marshal in the 35th Annual AFL-CIO Labor Day Parade in Wilmington Monday.

The County Executive rode with County Recorder of Deeds Mike Kozikowski in the parade that featured local labor groups/unions and the esteemed marching bands of A.I. DuPont, Cab Calloway, Conrad, and McKean of Red Clay: Christiana, Glasgow, and Newark of Christina marching down King Street. Other dignitaries present included Governor Markell, US Senator Coons, State Sen. Marshall, Rep. Mike Barbieri, Rep. Dennis Williams, County Register of Wills Ciro Poppiti, Wilmington Councilwoman Sherry Dorsey-Walker and several others.

County Executive Gordon followed up the AFL-CIO Parade with lunch at the Longshoremen's Hall, a visit to the AFSCME picnic at Banning Park and serving lunch to senior citizens at the Annual Seniors Labor Day Cook-out held by Congo Funeral Home.

"Happy Labor Day weekend to all who continue to champion workers rights," County Executive Gordon said. "Thanks to the labor movement we have the 8-hour workday, weekends, workplace safety, minimum wage, child labor laws, social security, pensions and more.

"In short, we've all benefited from labor's contributions to working men and women."

To see more photos, please visit the County's Facebook photo albums at https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152704998524859.1073741921.327180824858&type=1Read on...

Posted on: August 29, 2014

Multiple Burglaries Cleared after Arrest

New Castle County Police have arrested Joseph Arnold, an 18-year-old man from Newark and Kayla Ash, a 19-year-old female from Townsend, Del., and charged them with numerous burglaries and related offenses.

On Monday (8/25), New Castle County Police responded to the unit block of Glenrich Avenue in Richardson Park for a burglary. Officers learned the suspects entered the victims unsecured shed and removed various pieces of equipment. The suspects also attempted to enter the victim’s home through the basement, but were unsuccessful in their efforts.

The investigation revealed the suspects fled the area in a SUV.

Evidence collected from the scene which included surveillance video helped to link the duo to the crime. Upon further investigation, officers learned Arnold and Ash were responsible for additional burglaries to a home in the 100 block of Garwood Drive (Garwood Estates) in Newark.

Joseph Arnold has been charged with criminal mischief under $1000, three counts of theft under $1500, three counts of conspiracy in the second degree, burglary in the third degree, attempted burglary in the second degree and two counts of burglary in the second degree.

He was arraigned and committed to Howard R. Young Correctional Institution in lieu of $17,500 cash bail.

Kayla Ash has been charged with criminal mischief under $1000, three counts of theft under $1500, three counts of conspiracy in the second degree, burglary in the third degree and two counts of burglary in the second degree and attempted burglary in the second degree.

She was arraigned and committed to Baylor Women's Correctional Institution in lieu of $30,100 secured bailRead on...

Posted on: August 25, 2014

Police Canine “Loki,” Apprehends Burglary Suspect

New Castle County Police arrested a burglary suspect after he was apprehended by a police canine while still inside a victim’s residence.

On Friday (08/22) at 7:35 a.m., County Police responded to the 900 block of Causez Avenue in Claymont, Delaware lo...Read on...

Posted on: August 25, 2014

Gold Alert Canceled for Missing Person Found in Good Condition

New Castle County Police canceled the Gold Alert issued for a 12-year-old boy who resides in the unit block of Bentley Place in New Castle due to his safe return home.

The boy, Elgin Wilson, returned home and was deemed to be in good condition.

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Posted on: August 21, 2014

Heroin Alert Presentation Held at William Penn High

The New Castle County Division of Police in collaboration with the New Castle County Council held a Heroin Alert program Friday, August 22, at William Penn High School.

There, New Castle County Heroin Alert Coordinator Marie Allen gave the audience of ...Read on...

Posted on: August 12, 2014

Gordon Administration Acted Quickly to Protect Taxpayer Reserves

County Executive Tom Gordon has ordered the continued release of documents related to the transfer of County reserves from the previous investment managers to UBS, the world’s largest investment management firm.

Shortly after taking office, County Executi...

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Posted on: August 7, 2014

Thousands Attend Family Fun Day at Carousel Park

Thousands of people attended the New Castle County summer festival known as Family Fun Day at Carousel Park & Equestrian Center August 9.

County Executive Tom Gordon was pleased with the turnout.

"This is what Carousel is all about -- providing families with a beautiful place to visit," County Executive Gordon said.

Family Fun Day featured entertainment, music, games, fishing, and food. There was face painting and hayrides to the Kids Corral where 10 new baby animals have been born since May, including the donkey Rose’s foal and a pony. Several people attending Family Fun Day also enjoyed fishing in the Enchanted Lake.

There were also visits from the Brandywine Traveling Zoo, the Juggling Hoffmans, Jungle John and his reptiles, and featured demonstrations by the New Castle County Police Mounted Patrol and K9 units.

Family Fun Day also included food vendors on site selling treats for the whole family.

Among the other dignitaries at the event were State Rep. Mike Ramone and County Recorder of Deeds Mike Kozikowski.

See video from Family Day on New Castle County's YouTube.com account, NCCDERead on...

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Posted on: August 5, 2014

New Castle County Ice Cream Festival named to USA Today’s Top Ten for Food Festivals

USA Today, the nation’s largest newspaper, recently named the New Castle County Rockwood Ice Cream Festival at Rockwood Park as one of the 10 best food festivals in America.

USA Today writer Larry Bleiberg collaborated with Food Network star Anthony An...Read on...

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Posted on: August 4, 2014

Governor Markell Signs Anti-Overdose Medication at New Castle County Public Safety Building

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New Castle, DE – Joined by elected officials, law enforcement officers, first responders, non-profit leaders, and families who have lost loved ones to drug overdoses, Governor Markell today signed legislation authorizing law enforcement officers to carry ...Read on...

Posted on: August 1, 2014

County Celebrates Art Created By Local Youths

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The New Castle County Department of Community Services held a Community Reception in Sparrow Run to celebrate the art created by local youths for the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials’ “What Home Means to Me” competition.

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Posted on: July 31, 2014

County Executive Swears In Two to Ethics Commission and Finance Advisory Board

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County Executive Tom Gordon recently swore in Johanna Bishop as a reappointed member of the Ethics Commission and Owen Mathews as a new member of the New Castle County Financial Advisory Council.

Both Ms. Bishop and Mr. Mathews were appointed to their ...Read on...

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Posted on: July 31, 2014

Two seniors helped by New Castle County Police Senior Roll Call Lifeline

The New Castle County Police Senior Roll Call Lifeline came to the aid of an 87-year-old woman and a 90-year-old man who were in medical distress in separate incidents within the last week.

Senior Roll Call conducts daily phone calls to those enrolled ...Read on...

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Posted on: July 30, 2014

County Executive to Attend Reception for Youth Art Competition in Sparrow Run

On Thursday evening County Executive Tom Gordon is scheduled to attend a Community Reception in Sparrow Run to celebrate the art created by local youth for the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials’ “What Home Means to Me” competitio...Read on...

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Posted on: July 28, 2014

Surratte Pool Opened at County's Surratte Park

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The Dunleith Civic Association, in conjunction with New Castle County, held a grand opening for the revamped Surratte Pool in the County's Surratte Park Monday.

Dunleith Civic Association President Sandra Smithers presented a plaque with the names of County Executive Tom Gordon and Councilman Jea Street for their help in obtaining funding and grants to ensure the renovation took place.

County Executive Gordon said the revitalization of the previously distressed Surratte Park was important to youths and the County’s vitality overall.

“If Dunleith goes we’re all in trouble,” the Executive said.

Ms. Smithers also thanked State Rep. JJ Johnson, Council President Christopher Bullock, and others for their help to ensure this important, community project took placeRead on...

Posted on: July 26, 2014

Dancing In the Park Draws 2,000 People to Glasgow Park

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Dancing in the Park at Glasgow Park drew 2,000 people Saturday for a picture-perfect evening of fun, dancing, and good music.

Youths and people enjoyed line dancing with Maria Cahill, the Dance Day "Everybody Dance" Beginner Routine instruction with Pieces of a Dream, Bollywood with Jhankaar Bollywood Dance, and Ballet with Priscilla Payson. To finish things off, the band Edna's Tribe performed original music and covers live.

Dancing in the Park was presented by New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon and the Department of Community Services in conjunction with National Dance Day 2014, an annual celebration launched by the Dizzy Feet Foundation in 2010 which “encourages Americans to embrace dance as a fun and positive way to maintain good health and combat obesity.”Also helping to make the event happen were Live Healthy, 93.7 WSTW, Delaware 87ers, Priscilla Payson Foundation, Maria Cahill, Jhankaar Bollwyood Dance, Gable Music Ventures, See You Outside, Pieces of a Dream, Girl Scout Troop 1043 and Girl Scout Troop 1275.

Councilman David Tackett, whose district encompasses Glasgow Park, attended the event and was impressed with the turnout.

The dances were filmed by a few entities, including NCCTV. NCCTV is available on Comcast Channel 22 and Verizon Channel 29.

In one clip of note, the Pieces of a Dream dance instructor led the enthusiastic crowd in a performance of the Everybody Dance Beginner Routine. In the front were members of Fierce Dance Academy from New Castle and the Encore Dance Elite Competitive Team from Bear.

Video will be up on NCCTV soonRead on...

Posted on: July 26, 2014

Updated Photo Released for Missing Juvenile Female

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New Castle County Police are continuing their search for a missing juvenile female who disappeared from her residence in the unit block of Memorial Drive in New Castle, DE.

(New Castle, DE 19720) On Thursday (5/22), County Police received a report o...Read on...

Posted on: July 25, 2014

New Castle County’s AAA Credit Rating Reaffirmed by Fitch

Fitch Ratings in New York has affirmed its AAA credit rating for New Castle County Government’s $402.7 million in general obligation bonds, citing a ratings outlook that is stable.

“Strong financial management and prudent budgeting practices have led to the maintenance of ample reserves, providing the county with a high degree of financial flexibility,” Fitch said in a press release.

Fitch described the County’s unrestricted fund balance of $98.6 million as “a strong 44% of spending at the close of the 2013 fiscal year.” This included rainy day and tax stabilization funds. The agency expects the County’s overall debt burden to remain low, and it describes pension and other-post employment benefits as manageable.

“This prestigious AAA bond rating is welcome news as we continue to think of how to prudently manage our finances into the future,” County Executive Gordon said. “It’s truly humbling, as we live in an age in which we hear of municipalities going broke.”

Fitch cited a strong financial profile, a stable tax base, a favorable socioeconomic profile, a better-than-average unemployment rate, a diverse economy and a stable tax base for the County. The ratings agency noted that the County benefits from the presence of major chemical facilities, technology and research centers, a sizable government sector, the University of Delaware, and a large financial services industry. Fitch recognized that while AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals announced a reduction in its workforce in New Castle County, this was offset by the sale of company property to JP Morgan Chase and Applied Bank.

“Socioeconomic indicators are above-average, with median household income 108% and 122% of the state and national levels, respectively,” Fitch said. “The county's May 2014 unemployment rate of 5.9% compares favorably to the national average of 6.1% and is just slightly higher than the state's rate of 5.8%Read on...

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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, Councilman Cartier Attend Reception for Youth Art Competition in Edgemoor

The New Castle County Department of Community Services Art Show and Reception was held Thursday evening at the Edgemoor Revitalization Cooperative to highlight art work completed by 40 youths at the Art and Pizza Night held at the ERC on June 10.

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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.

“I know you’ll do a good j...Read on...

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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: 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: 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 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...