Governor Carney and Mayor Purzycki Announce Investments in Wilmington Infrastructure


Twenty transportation projects in Wilmington will lead to $258 million investment

WILMINGTON, Del. – Governor John Carney and Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki were joined today by state and local officials, residents, and members of the business community at the Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Train Station in Wilmington to highlight the significant infrastructure investments being made in the City of Wilmington.

Twenty projects underway or in planning stages by the Delaware Department of Transportation and the City of Wilmington will lead to a city investment of $258 million over the next six years. The investments includes $165 million for the upcoming two-year or more reconstruction of the I-95 Wilmington corridor. Governor Carney and Mayor Purzycki also announced today the awarding of contract for the construction and operation of the nearly $20 million Public Private Initiative for the Wilmington Transit Center to Transit Center, LLC. The new transportation hub for the city will be constructed adjacent to the Biden Train Station on Walnut Street.

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Strap hangers exit a northbound SEPTA train at the Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Train Station Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, in Wilmington, Delaware. Photo By Paul Colsey

“Alongside Mayor Purzycki, we’re working hard to invest in infrastructure in our city, which will help create jobs, improve travel, and spur economic development,” said Governor Carney. “Wilmington has been my home for three decades and we have to work together to reenergize our business district and strengthen our neighborhoods. These infrastructure improvements are an important part of this effort.”

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A rendering of the new Wilmington transportation center seen at the Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Train Station Friday, Sept. 22, 2017 in Wilmington, Delaware. Courtesy of DelDOT

Among the projects highlighted by the Governor and Mayor today were more than $12 million in pedestrian and transit improvements throughout downtown, reconfiguring Union Street, the removal of the Walnut Street Sweep, improved pedestrian and transit facilities on Fourth Street, and continued streetscape improvements in Southbridge. There projects are in addition to the previously announced construction of the Christina River Bridge on the Wilmington Riverfront will provide a much needed southern entrance and exit to the Wilmington Riverfront that will encourage further development on the Southbridge side of the river.

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North bound Acela Express arriving at the Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Train Station Friday, Sept. 22, 2017 in Wilmington, Delaware. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

“The Governor and DelDOT Secretary Cohan have been steadfast in their commitment to improving vehicular travel, public transit and pedestrian safety in Wilmington by supporting projects that make travel more convenient for our citizens, workers and visitors,” said MayorPurzycki. “We have a collective understanding that the economic benefits of infrastructure investment are significant, and as Wilmington’s neighborhoods and businesses become stronger, our City will contribute more to Delaware’s vibrancy and prosperity.”

“We are making major infrastructure improvements throughout the state, spending more than $780 million this year alone. These improvements in our state’s largest city will positively impact all who live and work in Wilmington,” said Secretary of Transportation Jennifer Cohan.

Other projects include:

  • ADA improvements on Pennsylvania Avenue
  • Streetscaping projects on Concord Avenue and Old Brandywine Village
  • King and Orange Street Transit Improvements
  • Maryland Avenue Paving and Rehabilitation

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DELAWARE HIGH SHOOL FOOTBALL: Middletown defeats William Penn 29-0


NEW CASTLE – Zach Blum was Middletown’s defensive coordinator before he was promoted.

So the new head coach always loves a shutout, and the top-ranked Cavaliers delivered the goose egg on Saturday with a 29-0 road victory over No. 4 William Penn at Bill Cole Stadium.

Here’s a recap of the early season Blue Hen Flight A game:

KEY PLAY: The Colonials were down 16-0 late in the first half, but driving to try to get back in it when Middletown’s Alexis Green intercepted a pass in the end zone. Then the Cavaliers covered 80 yards in just three plays, with Drew Fry’s 47-yard strike to Esaias Guthrie making it 22-0 with nine seconds left in the half.

“It was huge, getting a score before halftime,” Fry said. “We went in with the momentum, so it was pretty big for our team.”

Middletown running back KEDRICK WHITEHEAD (3) dives over the pile into the end zone in the first quarter of a week two DIAA game between Middletown and William Penn, Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 at Bill Cole Stadium in New Castle, DE.

Middletown wide receiver LARRY GRIFFIN (10) catches a pass for a gain of 50 yards in the second quarter of a week two DIAA game between Middletown and William Penn, Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 at Bill Cole Stadium in New Castle, DE.

OFFENSIVE GAME BALLS: Fry passed for 161 yards and three touchdowns for Middletown. Kedrick Whitehead rushed 15 times for 160 yards, including a spinning, 68-yard touchdown run for the game’s final score late in the third quarter. Isaiah Gaynor led William Penn with 10 carries for 52 yards.

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Middletown quarterback DREW FRY (8) attempts to throws a pass in the second quarter of a week two DIAA game between Middletown and William Penn, Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 at Bill Cole Stadium in New Castle, DE.

DEFENSIVE GAME BALLS: Green and Nick Johnston picked off passes for Middletown, and linemen Josh Freeman, Jon Smith and Ryan Fields were part of a front seven that held William Penn to 121 total yards – minus-2 in the first half.

Middletown defensive back ALEXIS GREEN (15) interception the pass in the end zone in the second quarter of a week two DIAA game between Middletown and William Penn, Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 at Bill Cole Stadium in New Castle, DE.

 

THEY SAID IT: The head coach lauded his defense.

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Middletown head coach ZACH BLUM celebrates a touchdown in the second quarter of a week two DIAA game between Middletown and William Penn, Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 at Bill Cole Stadium in New Castle, DE.

“The players and the coaches on that side of the ball are doing a fantastic job, across the board,” Blum said. “They put in a ton of work. They get together on Wednesday nights and they watch film together, eat some brownies together and spend a lot of time together. It shows.”

Fry, who also flipped TD passes of 9 yards to Johnston and 42 yards to Larry Griffin, said the Cavaliers worked to set up his two long throws.

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Duffy’s Hope 15th Annual Celebrity Basketball Game


This year Duffy”s Hope partnered with talent acquisition firm Agency for Artists.

TV personality Ray J, KC Undercover’s Tammy Townsend, actor Christian Keyes, actor Bobb’e J Thompson, rapper Matt Ox, Harlem Globetrotter Tammy Brawner, and actor Jackie Long

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Actor Bobb’E J. Thompson drives for the ball in the first period of The 15th annual Duffy’s Hope Celebrity Basketball Game Saturday, August 05, 2017, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center, in Newark, DEL. Proceeds will benefit The Non-Profit Organization Duffy’s Hope Youth Programming. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

Duffy’s Hope, founded in 1998 by Allen “Duffy” Samuels, is a service provider for at-risk and hard to reach youth ages 12-17 with DOCUMENTED  proof of success. Located in the heart of Wilmington, Delaware Duffy’s Hope has changed lives for the better for over  4,500 youth.

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Actor Jackie Long (25) advances the ball as Singer and TV personality Ray J (22) defends in the first half of The 15th annual Duffy’s Hope Celebrity Basketball Game Saturday, August 05, 2017, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center, in Newark, DEL. Proceeds will benefit The Non-Profit Organization Duffy’s Hope Youth Programming. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

 

Of the 4,500 youth served, 2,500 were participants in Duffy’s direct services programs.  Duffy’s Hope uses a HOLISTIC approach that includes 10 components to not only determine the root causes in the lives of at-risk youth but also address, and more importantly, helps to rectify those issues.

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Performing Artist Matt Ox performs in the mist of half time during The 15th annual Duffy’s Hope Celebrity Basketball Game Saturday, August 05, 2017, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center, in Newark, DEL. Proceeds will benefit The Non-Profit Organization Duffy’s Hope Youth Programming. Photo by Saquan Stimpson

Duffy’s Hope programs include the following: One-on-One Mentoring, Parent and Family Participation, School & Home Visits, Life changing “shock therapy, Tutoring, Educational & Enrichment Trips, Guest Speakers, Financial Literacy, Group Discussions and Etiquette Training.

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Christian Keyes and players greet each other after the conclusion of The 15th annual Duffy’s Hope Celebrity Basketball Game Saturday, August 05, 2017, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center, in Newark, DEL. Proceeds will benefit The Non-Profit Organization Duffy’s Hope Youth Programming. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

 

Young, Boyette to Atlanta Dream in Trade


Two people familiar with the deal say the Chicago Sky have traded Imani Boyette and Tamera Young to Atlanta for Jordan Hooper and the Dream's first-round pick in next year's draft.

The people spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press on Monday because the deal hadn't been officially announced yet.

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Young is averaging 10.8 points for the Sky, who are in 10th place in the WNBA playoff race. Boyette is averaging 4.6 points and 4.4 rebounds. She was the 10th pick by the Sky in the 2016 draft.

Hooper is averaging 2.6 points for the Dream, who are in eighth place in the postseason chase.

Reported By The Associated Press

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MLS 2017 July 26 Philadelphia Union defeats Columbus Crew SC 3-0


Four days after falling on the road to Crew SC 1-0, the Union exacted revenge by posting a big 3-0 victory at home against a Columbus side that finished with nine men. C.J. Sapong led the way in the Eastern Conference tilt at Talen Energy Stadium with a goal and two assists. The other two tallies came from Ilsinho and Marcus Epps.

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Philadelphia Union Attacker C.J. SAPONG (17) celebrates his goal with teammate Philadelphia Union Midfielder ILSON PEREIRA DIAS (25) in the second half of a Major League Soccer match between the Philadelphia Union and Columbus Crew SC Wednesday, July. 26, 2017, at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, PA. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

Crew SC fell behind in the 20th minute, but their challenge became steeper once Jonathan Mensah was sent off with a straight red card in the 35th minute. Columbus then lost Lalas Abubakar to an ejection in the 76th minute, all but ending their chances of pulling off a late comeback.

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Columbus Crew SC Defender JONATHAN MENSAH (4) receives a red card and ejection in the second half of a Major League Soccer match between the Philadelphia Union and Columbus Crew SC Wednesday, July. 26, 2017, at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, PA. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

C.J. Sapong drew a first-half penalty that he was upset about not taking, and he responded by scoring a goal in the second stanza and setting up an insurance goal with a nice header. Combine those contributions with his first-half assist on Ilsinho’s winner and this was a very good day at the office for Sapong.

Goals

  • 20′ – PHI – Ilsinho Watch
  • 66′ – PHI – C.J. Sapong Watch
  • 81′ – PHI – Marcus Epps Watch

 

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Children’s Rally calls for safety in Wilmington


Mayor of Wilmington Mike Purzycki, Director of Parks and Recreation Kevin Kelley, Sr. and Council Member At-Large Ciro Adams participate in the fifth annual Wilmington Peacekeepers children’s Peace Rally Saturday, July 08, 2017, at Tilton Park in Wilmington.

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2017 CLIFFORD BROWN JAZZ FESTIVAL


Gerald Chavis and the Clifford Brown Tribute Band, Alicia Olatuja, Theo Croker, Karen Rodriguez, Danilo Perez Trio, Grammy award winner Arturo O’Farrill/African-Cuban Jazz Ensemble, Brooklyn’s High and Mighty Brass Band, Frédéric Yonnet, MARSHA AMBROSIUS, Gerald Chavis and the Wilmington Youth Jazz Band, Rob Zinn, Sumi Tonooka, Somi and Regina Carter headlined the 29th edition of the DuPont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival, which ran from June 21–24 in Rodney Square in downtown Wilmington, Delaware.

Marsha Ambrosius performs during day three of the 29th Annual Clifford Brown Jazz Festival Friday, June 23, 2017, at Rodney Square in Wilmington Delaware.

Marsha Ambrosius performs during day three of the 29th Annual Clifford Brown Jazz Festival Friday, June 23, 2017, at Rodney Square in Wilmington Delaware. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

The fest showcased the global musical inventions and dimensions of musicians from three continents —from the French harmonica player Frédéric Yonnet to the New Orleans/Brooklyn-based High and Mighty Brass Band—in a free and fun setting.

The Clifford Brown Jazz Festival is a free jazz music festival held annually in June at Rodney Square in Wilmington, Delaware, USA. The first festival was held in 1989 on the open lawn in the center of the city, and has grown into the largest free jazz festival on the East Coast.

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RECAP – MLS 2017 – Apr 14 – New York City FC defeated Philadelphia Union 2-0


Quick Look…

Jack Harrison’s 51st minute goal from a Ronald Matarrita assist and one of the best goals MLS has ever seen from David Villa gave New York City FC their first away win of the 2017 MLS Regular Season at Philadelphia Union’s Talen Energy Stadium.

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Philadelphia Union Keeper ANDRE BLAKE (1) attempts to make the save in the second half of a Major League Soccer match between the Philadelphia Union and New York City FC Friday, Apr. 17, 2016 at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, PA. New York City FC Midfielder JACK HARRISON (11) was credited with goal in 52:00 minute. Photo By: Saquan Stimpson

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New York City FC Midfielder JACK HARRISON (11) celebrates with teammates after scoring in the 52nd minute of the second half of a Major League Soccer match between the Philadelphia Union and New York City FC Friday, Apr. 17, 2016 at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, PA. Photo By: Saquan Stimpson

 

David Villa produced one of the best goals of his entire career, shooting from 53.5 yards out, volleying over Blake into the net to deservedly earn his team their third win of the campaign in jaw-dropping style.

GOLAZO: David Villa scores an incredible goal from 50 yards away

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New York City FC Attacker DAVID VILLA (7) kicks the ball 60 plus yards for the score in 90th minute in the second half of a Major League Soccer match between the Philadelphia Union and New York City FC Friday, Apr. 17, 2016 at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, PA. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

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Philadelphia Union Keeper ANDRE BLAKE (1) looks at the ball in disbelief after New York City FC Attacker DAVID VILLA (7) scored in the 90th minute in the second half of a Major League Soccer match between the Philadelphia Union and New York City FC Friday, Apr. 17, 2016 at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, PA. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

Man of the Match…

Jack Harrison

The winger always looked like the most likely source of a goal to break the deadlock and he delivered it in fine style with a crashing finish under Blake after a clever run around the back of the Philadelphia defense.

It wasn’t just his goal which caught the eye on the night – he was a constant menace to the Union backline, slaloming through challenges and exchanging passes with teammates throughout the contest.

What’s Next?

NYCFC return to Yankee Stadium on Sunday, April 23, 2017, where they will take on Orlando City at 1.30pm at YANKEE STADIUM

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MLS

SMITH 45 PTS; 87ERS TWO GAMES BACK OF PLAYOFF BIRTH


87ers Top Swarm To Keep Playoff Hopes Alive

NEWARK, Del. — The Delaware 87ers (26-22) topped the Greensboro Swarm (18-31) 123-114 in a must-win game that keeps the 87ers playoff hopes alive. Russ Smith led the way with a season-high 43 points as the Sevens topped the Swarm for the third time in four meetings this season.The game began as a battle of starting point guards, with Delaware’s Russ Smith and Greensboro’s Cat Barber trading blows in the early part of the first. Smith put up 10 of the Sevens’ first 12 points, while former 87er Barber scored 11 of the Swarm’s first 13 points. The first quarter stayed close and became a high-scoring affair, ending with the 87ers holding a 36-30 lead.

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Delaware 87ers Guard RUSS SMITH (0) dribbles the ball down the floor in the first half of an NBA D-league regular season game between the Delaware 87ers and the Greensboro Swarm (Charlotte Hornets) Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

The Sevens controlled the beginning of the second quarter, leaping out to a 41-32 lead before allowing an 8-0 run from the Swarm. The game was tied at 47 at the midway point of the second, but Delaware outscored Greensboro 18-8 the rest of the frame to take a 65-55 lead into the locker room. Russ Smith had 25 at halftime to lead all scorers.

It didn’t take long for Russ Smith to reach the 30-point plateau. He scored the Sevens’ first five points of the third quarter within a minute to hit the mark. Delaware maintained its lead throughout the period, but Greensboro cut into their deficit by three across the third to make the score heading into the final quarter 91-84 in favor of Delaware.

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Greensboro Swarm Guard Cat Barber (7) drives to the basket for the easy lay-up in the second half of an NBA D-league regular season game between the Delaware 87ers and the Greensboro Swarm (Charlotte Hornets) Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

Greensboro scored the fourth’s first basket to bring them to within five points, but the 87ers responded with a 10-0 run to give themselves a bit of a cushion. Though the Swarm continued to make things interesting, Delaware kept them at bay. When the score was 102-95, Russ Smith ripped off eight unanswered to give the Sevens a 15-point lead. Greensboro proved a tough out, but Devondrick Walker’s three-ball with 18.8 seconds left iced the affair and gave Delaware a 123-114 win.

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Delaware 87ers Guard RUSS SMITH (0) drives towards the basket as Greensboro Swarm Guard Rasheed Sulaimon (0) defends in the first half of an NBA D-league regular season game between the Delaware 87ers and the Greensboro Swarm (Charlotte Hornets) Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL Photo By Saquan Stimpson

The 87ers had five players finish in double figures. Russ Smith (43), Shane Edwards (18), Walker (13), Roscoe Smith (12) and Terrence Jennings (11) made up the group. Barber had 23 for Greensboro, which was led in scoring by former Kansas standout Perry Ellis, who dropped 25.

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Greensboro Swarm Forward Perry Ellis (34) drives to the basket in the first half of an NBA D-league regular season game between the Delaware 87ers and the Greensboro Swarm (Charlotte Hornets) Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

Though the Sevens are alive in the playoff race, they have zero margin for error. They are two games back of the final playoff spot and must win their next two games and have fourth-place Maine lose its final two contests. The 87ers hold the tiebreakers with the Red Claws, who have lost three straight and finish the year with a road back-to-back.

Former VP Joe Biden Attends 87ers Game


Bulls’ Balance Too Much For Sevens

NEWARK, DE – The Delaware 87ers (25-22) fell to the Windy City Bulls (22-25) 110-99 on Beau Biden Foundation Night. This was a well-contested, back and forth game, but when the Bulls took a 46-44 lead with 6:57 to go in the second quarter they never let go of their advantage. The Sevens and Bulls tied the season series 2-2.

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Former VP JOE BIDEN salutes the crowd during Half time of an NBA D-league regular season game between the Delaware 87ers and the Windy City Bulls (Chicago Bulls) Saturday, March 25, 2017, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL. Photo Saquan Stimpson

The game had a similar feel to the Reno and Long Island affairs earlier in the week. In those two games, Delaware got timely buckets whenever their opponent got close. Tonight, the tables were turned when it became clear the Bulls had an answer for every Sevens push.

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Delaware 87ers Guard AARON HARRISON (15) looks to take a shoot in the second half of an NBA D-league regular season game between the Delaware 87ers and the Windy City Bulls (Chicago Bulls) Saturday, March 25, 2017, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

 

Aaron Harrison led the way for Delaware with 32 points. He hit five three-pointers and also added eight rebounds. He was one of four 87ers in double figures, with Nate Robinson (23), Roscoe Smith (13) and Russ Smith (11) rounding out the group.

In a cruel twist of fate, Fort Wayne lost to Grand Rapids by two. Had the Sevens won, they would have moved to within 1.5 games of the Mad Ants for the fourth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. As it stands, Delaware is still 2.5 games back of Fort Wayne. The 87ers have three games left, while the Mad Ants have two contests remaining.

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Delaware 87ers Guard NATE ROBINSON (1) drives his shoulder in the chest of Windy City Bulls Forward THOMAS WALKUP (0) in the second half of an NBA D-league regular season game between the Delaware 87ers and the Windy City Bulls (Chicago Bulls) Saturday, March 25, 2017, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

Windy City had an astounding eight players finish in double figures. The Bulls only had nine guys see the court, making the feat all the more impressive. Former 87er David Laury III was a high man for Windy City, pacing the club with 17 points. He was traded to the Bulls on March 2.

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Windy City Bulls Forward DAVID LAURY III (22) drives towards the basket as Delaware 87ers Forward CARLOS LOPEZ-SOSA (4) defends in the second half of an NBA D-league regular season game between the Delaware 87ers and the Windy City Bulls (Chicago Bulls) Saturday, March 25, 2017 at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

 

 

GALLERY: NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2017 – MAR 25 – Windy City Bulls defeated Delaware 87ers 110-99