DART to Host Community Conversations in New Castle County

Public transportation plays an essential role in the lives of thousands of Delawareans. It provides vital connections, bolsters the economy, improves the environment and helps to enhance our quality of life. Delaware Transit Corporation (DTC) proudly operates DART services in the First State.

Please join DART for a Community Conversation where preliminary routing proposals to serve the new Wilmington Transit Center will be presented, as well as proposals to improve service in the greater Middletown area. We would like your feedback, prior to finalizing proposals for upcoming public hearing workshops for the May 2020 Service Change.

New Castle County Community Conversations:

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 – 5 PM to 7 PM
Wilmington Library (The Commons)
10 East 10th Street, Wilmington 19801

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 – 5 PM to 7 PM
WILMAPCO, The Tower at Star Campus
100 Discovery Blvd., Suite 800, Newark 19713

Stop in any time during the hours above to join the conversation in group discussions or one-on-one with DART team members.


  • The Wilmington Transit Center is under construction and scheduled to open in May 2020. This new facility conveniently located near the Wilmington Train Station will be served by most bus routes in Wilmington, and will have the capacity to stage 10 buses without blocking city streets. The Transit Center will offer customers a covered seated waiting area, real-time bus displays, ticket sales, Wi-Fi, USB charging stations, access to restrooms, vending machines, and bike racks with a bike repair station. Routes 2, 6, 10, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 25, 28, 31, 33, 35, 40, 45, 47, 52, 54, 55 and 301 that presently stop at Amtrak Station will be relocated to serve the new facility, along with an extension of Route 5.
  • In addition, you can review concepts to improve service in the greater Middletown area, affecting Newark Routes 46 and 302.Please bring your own topics, suggestions and ideas to the conversation!If an accommodation such as an interpreter for the hearing impaired or a language translator is needed, please call (302) 760-2827, one week in advance.

Can’t make it? Visit Community Conversations to review maps and provide comments or call 1-800-652-DART to learn more.

The Delaware Transit Corporation, a subsidiary of the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT), operates DART First State. For more information, please visit www.DartFirstState.com or call 1-800-652-DART. Real-Time Bus Information and DART Pass, the mobile fare payment option, are both available on the free DART Transit App (iOS and Android).


Inaugural DSSC Cares Family Fun Day Oct. 26 in Wilmington

NEW CASTLE (Sept. 10, 2019) – The Department of Health and Social Services’ Division of State Service Centers (DSSC) will host its inaugural DSSC Cares Family Fun Day at Herman Holloway Park/Compton Park in Wilmington from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 26. In the case of rain, the event will be held at the Bancroft Elementary School, 700 N. Lombard St., Wilmington.

“I am excited about the Division of State Service Centers hosting the inaugural DSSC Cares Family Fun Day in Wilmington,” said DHSS Secretary Dr. Kara Odom Walker. “By engaging with residents, we can promote and help build resiliency in individuals and communities, so more people and families can thrive.”

DSSC Cares Family Fun Day is a community-oriented and family-focused event during which social service, health care and other related organizations and businesses will join with members of the community to promote access to health and human services, and educate, engage and empower individuals, families and communities. Staff from local and state agencies and nonprofits will be on hand to provide interactive activities and information about services that build individual and community resiliency for Delaware residents.

The event will also feature free food and entertainment for all ages, including a live performance by Mike Hines and The Look, bounce houses, face painters/balloon twisters, a juggler and games. The day will also serve as a way to observe “Make a Difference Day,” a national observance that emphasizes community service and volunteerism.

Attendees will be able to participate in a community service project designed to provide DSSC Cares bags, which will be distributed to those in the local community experiencing homelessness.

“We are so excited to bring a great array of entertainment, food and vendors at no cost to the local community,” said Renée P. Beaman, Director of the Division of State Service Centers. “Our Division is fully committed to promoting resources and providing an event that unites the community in a day of family fun and festivities.”

For additional information, contact Faith Mwaura at 302-255-9691. Information is also available via the DSSC website. 

With 15 statewide locations, the Division of State Service Centers (DSSC) serves as a one-stop-shop housing an array of public/private health and social service partners. The goal of DSSC is to promote access to Delaware’s health and human service system. The Division is part of the Department of Health and Social Services, which strives to improve the quality of life for Delaware’s citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations.

For more information about the Division of State Service Centers, please visit us at the DSSC website or contact us via email at DHSS_DSSC@delaware.gov or via telephone at (302) 255-9675.


The Department of Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of life of Delaware’s citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations.

Division of Watershed Stewardship Accepting Grant Proposals For Community Water Quality Improvement Projects

DOVER – DNREC’s Division of Watershed Stewardship is now accepting project proposals for matching grants for community water quality improvement projects. Delaware non-profit organizations, conservation districts, community organizations and homeowner’s associations are eligible to apply. Proposals must be received by 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 11.

Community Water Quality Improvement Grants assist in implementing projects or programs to improve water quality on developed lands with specific watershed improvement plans and strategies. Programs and projects selected will demonstrate innovative and sustainable methods, techniques, and/or practices for water quality improvements, with cost effective and measurable results. Projects will be recommended for funding by the Delaware Water Infrastructure Advisory Council through a competitive grant process.

Funding is anticipated to range from $25,000 minimum to $75,000 maximum for projects receiving a grant award in this cycle. This grant requires a 25 percent cash match which may be federal, state, or local cash. Applicants may submit up to two project proposals per grant cycle.

Proposals should be submitted by email to Sharon.Webb@delaware.gov with the subject line reading “Community Water Quality Improvement Grant.” Proposals submitted by email must be less than 10MB. Project guidelines and the application can be found on DNREC’s website on the Environmental Finance webpage.

For more information, please contact Sharon Webb at 302-739-9922.

Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs Office, 302-739-9902

Vol. 49, No. 209

Governor Carney, DNREC Secretary Garvin, Education Secretary Bunting join first-time campers at Governor’s Campout

FELTON – Governor John Carney, DNREC Secretary Shawn M. Garvin, and Delaware Department of Education Secretary Susan Bunting joined a group of third-graders and their families from South Dover, W. Reily Brown, and Star Hill elementary schools, for the 4th annual Delaware Outdoor Family – Governor’s Campout at Killens Pond State Park over the weekend.

The Governor’s Campout, part of Great Outdoors Month, offers the opportunity for families to become more familiar with camping, and helps to strengthen the relationship between family members, the environment, parks, and the community. This year, DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation partnered with the Delaware Department of Education (DDOE), to focus on the importance of reading and science. The event was linked to the state Department of Education’s Next Generation Science Standards implementation, and the Governor’s and DDOE’s literacy initiative.

“Third grade literacy is critical to the future success of our students,” said Governor Carney. “This is the time when students shift from the fundamentals of learning how to read, to reading to learn. I’m proud we can launch our literacy plan while inspiring the next generation of park enthusiasts. Improving literacy and science education will better prepare Delaware students for success.”

“Getting young people outdoors is critical for their health and well-being,” said Secretary Garvin. “At the same time, science education and reading prepare Delaware’s youth for science careers, emphasizes their role in keeping our environment healthy, and helps our young people continue to be good environmental stewards.”

“Students need to develop strong literacy skills in order to successfully absorb information in math, science, social studies, the arts and every other subject,” said Secretary Bunting. “Outside the classroom, students can use the literacy and scientific skills they’ve acquired in outdoor explorations to better engage with their families, their environment, and their communities.”

Students and their families, teachers, staff, and others, participated in night hikes, stargazing, history and other programs over the weekend. They also took time out to enjoy the traditional camping treat, s’mores over a campfire.

Great Outdoors Month is a national celebration of state and national parks across the country. It includes events such as Capital Campouts, Governor’s Campouts, National Trails Day, National Get Outdoors Day, and the Great American Campout.

Contact: Beth Shockley, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902

Vol. 49, No. 167

DNREC seeks Delaware students who make a difference in the environment for 2019 Young Environmentalist Awards

June 21 deadline for nominations fast approaching

DOVER – Do you know a Delaware student who is striving to make a difference for the environment? The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control is encouraging teachers, classmates, parents, club or group leaders, and others to nominate these students for the 2019 Young Environmentalist of the Year Awards. Nominations for the 26th annual awards must be based on actions or projects which have taken place between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019.

Nominations will be accepted through Friday, June 21, 2019. A winner will be chosen from each of the following categories:

  • Elementary (grades 1-4)
  • Middle School (grades 5-8)
  • High School (grades 9-12)

The Young Environmentalist program honors Delaware students who have helped protect, restore or enhance Delaware’s natural resources through one or more of the following actions:

  • Demonstrating Environmental Stewardship
  • Initiating an Innovative Project
  • Increasing Public Awareness
  • Demonstrating Environmental Ethics

Winners will be honored in a special ceremony on Governor’s Day at the 2019 Delaware State Fair Thursday, July 25. Each category winner will receive a certificate, gift card and prize pack in recognition of his or her contribution to the community.

Nominations may be submitted online on the DNREC website, or by U.S. mail to Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901, or by email to joanna.wilson@delaware.gov.

For more information, including nomination forms, please visit https://dnrec.alpha.delaware.gov/young-environmentalists, or contact Joanna Wilson at 302-739-9902.

Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902

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