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Darius Brown

Sarah Mueller

Legislative Hall in Dover was packed Tuesday as 17 new members were sworn into the General Assembly.

The House welcomed eight Democrats and four Republicans. The Senate added five new faces, four Democrats and one Republican.

Wilmington is making a concerted push to get more people employed and empowered through nontraditional means. They just wrapped up a successful first year using an online jobs board called Tweet My Jobs.

But it's not the only jobs project that city council member Darius Brown has going for his constituents. Delaware Public Media's Annie Ropeik reached him earlier this week during a City to Work job fair at City Hall.

Wilmington is taking its push to employ more residents and create more jobs online and to the job-seekers themselves.

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Wilmington city officials gathered Wednesday to watch a bulldozer bring down a section of Bennett Street on the city’s East Side.

The demolition on the 900 block of Bennett is part of the first phase of East Side Rising Housing Initiative to revive residential areas in Wilmington’s East Side that suffer from blight and crime.  

The neighborhood is city’s third district, represented by City Councilman Darius Brown. Brown hopes rebuilding parts of Bennett and Kirkwood Streets will reduce crime in the neighborhood.

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On Monday, Wilmington City Council Member Darius Brown announced a $193,000 fundraising effort to support community development in the city’s 3rd district - home to some of Wilmington’s highest need areas.

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Wilmington 3rd District city councilman Darius Brown is using National Infrastructure Week to raise awareness of the importance of investing in the local and national infrastructure - despite tight budget times.

Brown led a tour of the 16th Street water filtration plant where nearly $60 million dollars has been spent recently on various capital improvements.