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Dept. of Correction Commissioner is stepping down

Department of Correction Commissioner Perry Phelps announced Friday he is retiring, effective July 15th. He served as commissioner for about two and a half years, a tenure that included the deadly February 2017 riot at the Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna.

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This week on "The Green"

Prosperity Now, Racial Wealth Divide in Wilmington

Wilmington a 'microcosm' of larger cities on racial wealth divide, study says

A vast divide in the amount of wealth accumulated by white families and families of color persists in the U.S.— and by some reports, has grown in the past few decades. That divide is reflected in Delaware’s largest city, where the median household income for black and Latino households is half that of white households— according to a study by D.C.-based nonprofit Prosperity Now.

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An ambitious plan to reimagine a century old community on Wilmington’s West Side is making strides.

Work on the neighborhood known as The Flats started in 2015 and is expected to be completed in six phases that stretch over 10-15 years.

Right now, it’s about a third of the way complete and this week contributor Larry Nagengast takes a look what’s been done so far, what’s still to come and how it’s unique approach is faring.

Red Clay Consolidated School District

The state Department of Education is taking a look at equity in and among First State schools.

Officials recently held their first equity summit and are developing a statewide equity plan in an effort to offer all students equal access to the people, resources and opportunities needed for a quality education— from school to school and within school buildings.

Delaware Public Media’s Sophia Schmidt recently talked with the state’s only school district-level equity officer, Tawanda Bond, about what changes she thinks are needed.

The Historic Odessa Foundation

The Historic Odessa Foundation (HOF) is in the midst of a $3-million-dollar endowment campaign.


The campaign is called “Independence and Perpetuity," and the foundation sys it's 75% of the way to its goal.

The First State could soon allow mobile home owners to pool their money to hire legal representation.

Legislation creating a legal fund for those residents cleared the State Senate Thursday.

Delaware Department of Public Health

Delaware’s Public Health Director discussed the First State’s opioid crisis on Capitol Hill Thursday.

Riverfront Development Corporation

The Riverboat Queen is back on the Christina River in Wilmington starting this weekend.

Dogfish Head Brewery

Delaware-based independent brewery Dogfish Head is merging with Boston Beer Company - the makers of Sam Adams and Angry Orchard.

The merger is valued at about $300 million.

The Boston Beer Company says Dogfish Head shareholders will receive 173 million dollars in cash.  Dogfish founder Sam Calagione and his wife Mariah will receive about 406,000 Boston Beer shares and he will join the company's board along with its founder Jim Koch in 2020.

Delaware Department of Agriculture

The invasive pest that sparked a quarantine in much of New Castle County has hatched— and now may pose an increased threat.


Delaware letter carriers are prepared to help “Stamp Out Hunger” again this Saturday.


The Woodland Ferry that travels the Nanticoke River in Seaford will be out-of-action until this summer.