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Larry Nagengast


Larry Nagengast, a contributor to Delaware First Media since 2011, has been writing and editing news stories in Delaware for more than four decades.

A native of Babylon, N.Y., he began his career as a reporter and editor with The News Journal, where he covered schools, courts, government and consumer issues, guided the operations of the features department and supervised a team of staff and freelance writers to produce six zoned weekly community news sections. He has won national and regional awards for his education writing and regional awards for his coverage of consumer news and other topics.

Larry has written one book, Pierre S. du Pont IV, Governor of Delaware, 1977-1985, an oral history of the du Pont administration, and has edited three others, including Vietnam Mailbag, Voices From the War, 1968-1972, an award-winning social history by Nancy E. Lynch, and The Heart of America, a collection of images from all 50 states by photojournalist Kevin Fleming that was recognized as one of “America’s Best” by Reader’s Digest magazine.

A graduate of Fordham University and the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, Larry served as an officer in the U.S. Navy before beginning a career in journalism.

When not at work, he enjoys reading about U.S. history and politics and rooting for New York sports teams ... and the Baltimore Ravens.

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It could take as long as 10 years for significant changes to take hold, but the start of a major revitalization effort is bringing new hope to the Riverside community in northeast Wilmington.

Now that the city of Wilmington has completed a deal to put the upgrade and management of its Baynard Stadium largely in the hands of Salesianum School, St. Elizabeth School is seeking to partner with the city to revitalize Canby Park, with a preliminary plan that includes a stadium that would become the home field for the school’s football team.

Imagine a safe place where Wilmington teens could go after school to learn, keep fit, relax and socialize. It may sound like a dream but a collaboration of nonprofit organizations, with a lot of input from the teens themselves, is trying to make it a reality.

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For nearly six months last fall and winter, representatives of the Christina School District, the state Department of Education and Gov. John Carney’s office engaged in frequently tense negotiations before finally signing off on a Memorandum of Understanding that set up a framework for reorganizing and improving Christina’s schools in the city of Wilmington.

Since the agreement took effect in early March, most of the early milestones in the memorandum’s timeline have been met.

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Seated in groups of three or four on folding chairs spread around the gym at Bayard Middle School, teachers in the Christina School District learned a little more about the lives of their students and their families last week.

For nearly two hours, the teachers were teleported from Wilmington into Realville, a make-believe town where the problems of poverty are all too real.

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During the next two weeks, a new school year will begin for nearly 160,000 students throughout Delaware.

A significant number of those students – especially those among the more than 60,000 who are classified as low-income or English-language learners – will return to their classrooms knowing less than they did when they left in June.

From Delaware Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Facebook page

With the creation of a new hall of fame, it’s safe to guarantee that rock ‘n’ roll is here to stay in Delaware, but its presence, at least at the start, will be more virtual than real.

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Historic Penn Farm, teacher Karen Ferrucci says, “is a different kind of animal.”

And it’s also a place where you’ll find dozens of different kinds of vegetables.

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Recognized as the last remnant of New Castle’s abundant agricultural history, Penn Farm is thriving once again under the day-to-day management of its current tenant, Delaware Greenways, but the future of the farm’s oldest structure, a farmhouse whose first section was built between 1799 and 1810, is now in question.

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With a dispute with the school’s founders apparently resolved, the new leadership at the Delaware Design Lab High School has secured state approval for its request to downsize its authorized enrollment is moving ahead with its $10 million effort to create a 21st century “super school.”