Governor Markell put a lot of emphasis on fixing infrastructure and overhauling the way transportation is run in Delaware. Another part of that transformation is set for public transit as well. For the first time in decades DART will change the way it provides service for those with disabilities. DelDOT calls the design a "right fit" for transit customers. Our First Look reports on that fit, and what disability advocates think of it.
The phrase "Polar Vortex" is fast becoming one of the most used phrases of 2014, making this January one of the coldest January's in a decade. For the Cape May Lewes Ferry, the cold has presented some challenges it hasn't seen in the last 10 years.
Ban the Box
Eliminating the 'Check here if you've been convicted of a crime' box on job applications is the goal behind the ban the box bill, making its way through the General Assembly. State Representative J.J. Johnson of New Castle sponsored House Bill 167. In our First Look, we examine what Johnson calls a “foot in the door” bill.
Warner Arts Alliance
The Warner Arts Alliance is a coalition of organizations that work with the Warner School to infuse the arts into the curriculum. Each organization works with a different grade level, from pre-school to fifth grade, to enrich the lives of underserved students. This program is made possible, in part, by a project award from the Delaware Association of Nonprofit Agencies, in cooperation with the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.
I HAVE A DREAM
Shot throughout Delaware, ordinary children invoke the words of Dr. King’s most memorable address, “I Have A Dream”, inter-cut with black and white newsreel clips of Dr. King’s historic delivery of the speech in 1963 on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC.
DCAD is Growing
Market Street in Wilmington has undergone many transformations over the decades. The latest change involves new retail shops and restaurants. The goal is to take advantage of an increase in foot traffic. At the center of that traffic is the Delaware College of Art and Design. A number of its projects are finally coming full circle while others are still taking shape.
It's predicted that home prices are going to increase approximately 7% - 9% this year across the U.S, and nearly double those numbers by 2017. A different story is told in Delaware, in fact, realtors in all three counties face a unique set of issues, from stable home prices to a large inventory. For a better understanding, we take a closer look at Kent and New Castle counties
Coyotes Among Us
Halloween is around the corner and one thing scaring some Delaware farmers and others these days? Coyotes. The wild canines that once called the western U.S. home have expanded their territory, and that includes all three counties in Delaware. Now the state is working on regulations to allow hunting coyote, but some don't think the proposals go far enough.
Two nonprofits in Wilmington are using clothes to make a difference. With unemployment among 9-11 veterans at about 7 percent, one foundation thinks a simple suit will help bring that number down. Also shopping for a cure, how a resale shop is trying to eradicate breast cancer one purchase at a time.
Row for It!
There are many kinds of summer camps that tap into the imagination for kids. One such program in Wilmington is called “Row For It!”, this camp introduces the sport of rowing and we spent a great day following campers down the Christina River.
Delaware's Solar Future
A few years ago, Delaware’s renewable energy hopes were focused on off-shore wind. Now that those plans have been mothballed, Bloom Energy’s “Bloom Box Servers” are the new hope for renewable energy. But in between wind and energy servers stands solar power. Our First Look examines the state’s growing ability to harness the power of the sun.
Tomato, tomatoe. How you view things can have a bearing on whether you think something is artistic or not. The Delaware Center for Contemporary Art really gives you something to think about.
The Delaware Way
Community work through the lens of essential affinity groups throughout the Delaware community.
The Peace Drums Project Kickoff
In Wilmington, Delaware a group of citizens devoted to promoting peace in the Middle East have started a project to train young Arab and Isaeli musicians to play the steel drum, or "pan." Playing pan is great fun and takes cooperation, so the promoters think this is a great way to raise peacemakers. This video tells about the kickoff of the Peace Drums Project.
Route 9 Corridor
Mental Health Reform
There are steps being taken to reform the mental health system in the First State. One group is paying close attention to current codes ranging from commitment laws to now taking a therapeutic team approach in the community.
Saturday in the Park: A Day of Service
Sponsored by Mormon Helping Hands, Delaware State Parks and the Delaware Council of Faith-Based Partnerships, "A Day of Service" completed 30 projects in 8 Delaware State Parks as a result of the efforts of over 650 volunteers.
Bay Shore's Breach Threat
Just a few miles north of the crowds that flock to Delaware's Atlantic Ocean beaches, the Delaware bay shore communities in northern Sussex and Kent Counties offer a slower paced beach experience. And while those coastal communities face the same sea rise concerns that the ocean beaches do, there's a different, more immediate threat facing the bay shore.
Awarded $30 million in federal dollars, Delaware will use the money to restore its beaches and dunes to pre-Sandy conditions. Some argue beach replenishment throws good money after bad, but if you ask the state, it's money well spent.
Filling the Gap
A Lewes woman is facing the fight of her life to get state lawmakers to require insurance companies to offer coverage at a reasonable cost for people under the age of 65 who are on Medicare. First Look profiles Heather Block's urgent effort to get coverage to treat her metastatic breast cancer.
The Swedes are coming!
The King and Queen of Sweden are coming to Delaware to celebrate the 375th anniversary of their country's first permanent settlement in America. First explores how a 17-year stay turned into a 375 year legacy.
TRAILER: The People`s Report
Wilmington, Delaware is one of the most violent cities (per capita) in the nation. A team of Participatory Action Researchers (PAR), recruited from the streets of the city and trained by Dr. Yasser Payne and a coalition of community partners, took to the streets to find out why. Check out the trailer for this new Hearts and Minds Film chronicles the efforts of The “Safe Communities” Training and Employment Project/Wilmington Street PAR Project.
Far From Home
News of insider attacks has families at home worried about their soldiers in Delaware's 153rd Military Police company. The unit is now in Afghanistan, but trained at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey beforehand. See the Delaware National Guard's men and women in action.
Summer Camps at the Delaware Nature Society
Outdoor education can be difficult to find in the area. Summer camps at the Delaware Nature Society are one way children in Delaware can get outside and learn about the world.
Treating Lyme Disease
A disagreement over Lyme disease treatment has raised passions—and some anger--among activists, doctors, a few lawmakers and patients.
Take and Bake
FoodEase in Wilmington doesn't replace home cooking altogether, but it's certainly filling a niche.
First introduces you to the concept of take and bake.
Breast is Best
With the passage of the Affordable Care Act, Delaware's WIC program is stepping up its breastfeeding campaign as it tries to ween more of its moms off formula.
The tavern first opened as a hotel in 1822. It was a good place for travelers to stop and seek comfort. Today it’s amazingly serving the same purpose, but the comfort is now in the food on the menu.
The Hope in Camp New Hope
A big cardboard cutout ship marks the entrance to Camp New Hope located in peaceful Trap Pond State Park. The ship symbolizes the journey through different stages of grief. It’s a journey all the campers are on. Maiken Scott of the WHYY Behavioral Health Desk has the story.
Supporting Kidds, the Center for Grieving Children and Their Families
Supporting Kidds, a non-profit in Hockessin, provides therapy and support services for bereaved children and their families. All of our services for families are offered on a sliding-scale fee basis. We want to make sure that no child grieves alone. Learn how we can help.
Through the Lens of: United Water. United Water Delaware is investing to protect its upstream water supply for today's consumer and future generations.
On the Trail
Delaware may be the only state without a National Park, and while some are working to fix that, Delaware tourism leaders are trying to lure visitors to the state through the new Delaware History Trail.
Food Bank Cuisine
The Food Bank of Delaware is making an even bigger impact in the community these days, thanks to what they’re able to do in the kitchen, and that’s catering for a cause. It’s an extension of the Food Bank’s culinary school where the public will get a real taste of the students cooking skills.
Water Taxi Sails Rehoboth Canal
Through the lens of: WHYY's newsworks.org. It's smooth sailing for a water taxi that made it's debut on the Rehoboth Canal this summer. The boat which is named the "Mummichog" will act as a shuttle for passengers between Lewes and Dewey Beach. The goal is to help ease summer beach traffic.
New Castle County’s ’Buy From Your Neighbor’
Through the lens of: New Castle County Government. New Castle County began Buy From Your Neighbor in 2005 to promote local agriculture by linking farms with restaurants and consumers. BFYN supports local farmers, promotes healthy eating and is good for the environment. The goal is to bring locally produced food to your dinner table and favorite restaurants.
Time to Grow
Through the Lens of: WHYY's Newsworks.org. Through the lens of: WHYY's newsworks.org. Flowers are now in bloom. That beauty leads even the most basic gardener to believe they can have a great garden. The Delaware Center for Horticulture is leading the way in helping us develop that green thumb. Karen Smyles of WHYY's First broadcast talks to Emily Smith about the best way to go about it.
Reach for Your Future With Career Insights For Teens
Through the Lens of: Tom Davis. Interviews with students, parents, and counselors explaining the services provided to juniors and seniors in high school by Career Insights For Teens, a not-for-profit, interfaith counseling service in Wilmington, Delaware.
Adopting a Statewide Cyber Bullying Policy
Through the Lens of: WHYY's Newsworks.org. A past cyber bullying incident in Delaware serves as one of many reasons why Lt. Gov. Matt Denn and Attorney General Beau Biden are working to draft stronger cyber bullying policies to help victims of bullies and schools handle cases.
Biking with Gov. Markell
Through the Lens of: WHYY's Newsworks.org. As part of National Bike Week, we take a look at the efforts to improve conditions for cyclists in Delaware. WHYY's Mark Eichmann took to the road for a bike ride with Governor Jack Markell to learn more about his passion for biking and what he's doing to encourage more people to get involved.
The state has unveiled a new website for residents to get a look at the plans for new bike trails that will connect existing trails and some that extend in new areas.
What the Tech Happened to My Life?
The students at 4-H's afterschool program at F. Niel Postlethwait Middle School had weeks of discussion around culture and society and found that they were always connected to something be it computer,cell phone or television. The students love Legos and wanted the video to be light and fun with a clear message that kids should stop relying on technology and get out more and actually experience life. The video was completed in just over a week with 365 photos and over 2,000 Lego pieces. 4-H is a positive youth development organization that empowers young people to reach their full potential.
A Pet Story
Through the Lens of: WHYY's Newsworks.org. Delaware's animal population numbers appear to be moving in the right direction, but some animal welfare advocates say, it's still much too early to celebrate.
Prime Hook Threat
Through the Lens of: WHYY's Newsworks.org. Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge covers 10,000 acres just off the Delaware Bay and provides shelter to thousands of critical bird species. A long delayed conservation plan to protect the refuge from significant threats is finally about to be issued. First Look examines the issues facing the refuge, and how the area's natural beauty can be protected.
You can find more information about Prime Hook on their website.
The Heart & Soul of Sussex County
Through the Lens of: Sussex Countians. Cooperative Extension asked Sussex Countians to look at their home & community and consider what characteristics made them all unique. The purpose: Before we know what to preserve and safeguard, we first must know what those qualities, traits and treasures are. What defines us? What makes us special? What would we hate to lose if it were threatened? We received an enthusiastic response! This video captures the thoughts submitted in writing and obtained in town hall conversations. All still images were submitted by local residents. Through these contributions and deliberations we found the common ground that binds us all together. All communities have challenges - by starting the conversation with what we can agree upon - solutions for the differences are more easily found.
Homeless in America
From 4-H Afterschool at Shue Middle School.
"Homeless In America" is taken from the perspective of a homeless person. The students of 4-H's Afterschool Shue Middle School program really wanted others to know that anyone can be homeless.The goal for this video was to create awareness about the homeless community and attach a face to the problem that so many face daily.
4-H is a positive youth development organization that empowers young people to reach their full potential.
Through the Lens of WHYY's Newsworks.org. Delaware Greenways (DGI) is a statewide, community-based organization, specializing in natural and scenic resource protection and sustainable land use to improve quality of life and promote healthy and active lifestyles.
Operation Success: Welcome Home
Through the Lens of: Wilmington University.
Wilmington University is proud to host Operation Success: Welcome Home, an event for veterans and their families on Saturday, April 21, 2012, at its New Castle Campus. The free event will include a job fair filled with local employers who are eager to hire the talented men and women who have served our country. Workshops at the event will provide military service members, veterans, and their families with invaluable resources such as educational benefits, mental health care services, and spousal support.
NCAA Woman of the Year
Through the Lens of: WHYY's Newsworks.org. The NCAA Athlete of the Year now calls the University of Delaware home. She also has a new mission, the 2012 Olympics. Check out her training regiment on First.
100,000 Jobs and Counting
Through the Lens of: WHYY's Newsworks.org. A year ago, JPMorgan Chase made a commitment in Delaware to hire 100,000 veterans by 2020. The bank has teamed up with 29 other major employers (and counting) to achieve the goal. Learn more about the mission -- how it works and what's next down the road. Here's the First report.
Through the Lens of: Tom Davis. Geared to high level development of pre-adolescent elite student athletes in New Castle County, the Delaware Elite programs allow the participants to be recognized by their excellence in athletic abilities, game play, and overall character measured by their personal growth in academic achievement, athleticism and lifestyle.
Boys & Girls Club’s Day for Kids
Through the Lens of: The Hearts & Minds Film Initiative. Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware's Day for Kids is a day for the community to celebrate our youth and our Hearts & Minds Film Initiative team was able to hang out and meet some of the participants at the 2011 event. Day for Kids is a nationwide event that takes place on the third Saturday of September and is a kick off to a year of families spending quality time together, outdoors, while celebrating our youth! Delaware Day for Kids is a FREE event filled with games, rides, activities, music, entertainment and more.
Wisdom Begins with Wonder
The Delaware Aerospace Education Foundation was founded in 1989 to inspire and educate the people of the Delaware Valley in learning about the Earth's environment, space science, mathematics and technology. DASEF founder, Dr. Stephanie Wright offers a sneak preview of the latest developments in the construction of the Innovation Technology Exploration Center in Smyrna, Delaware.
Comforting Families of the Fallen
The Delaware Federation of Garden Clubs pioneered this project to construct a memorial garden at the Dover Air Force Base that provides a private, quiet space to comfort the families of fallen service members.
Why I Write: The Twin Poets
Identical twin brothers Nnamdi Chukwuocha and Albert Mills are accomplished artists and dedicated social workers who recoiled from a high profile life in the entertainment industry to devote their lives to saving children in their home community.