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Disney Dreamers Academy Alumna returns to Walt Disney World as Miss Delaware’s Outstanding Teen 2019

LAKE BUENA VISTA Fla. – Disney Dreamers Academy 2019 alumna Jacqueline Means returned to Walt Disney World Resort on Monday, July 26, 2019 with a new title – Miss Delaware’s Outstanding Teen. The visit was a chance for Jacqueline to show her new tiara to her favorite Disney character, Princess Tiana, at the Magic Kingdom Park.  Jacqueline’s visit coincided with her participation in the national Miss America’s Outstanding Teen competition held in Orlando July 23-27, 2019. 

 In March, Jaqueline was one of 100 high school students who earned an all-expense-paid trip to Walt Disney World Resort to participate in the 2019 Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE Magazine.  The three-day event helps students jump-start their life goals and pursue their dreams.  Jacqueline’s passion for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) led her to launch the Wilmington STEM Initiative, where she brings STEM lessons to the underprivileged girls of her hometown, Wilmington, Delaware.   

Disney Dreamers Academy is a 4-day, power-packed event in which 100 select high school students—ages 13 to 19—are inspired, motivated and prepared to dream big.

Disney Dreamers Academy will accept applications for the 2020 program until October 31, 2019. Follow Disney Dreamers Academy on Facebook and Twitter for updates. The next Disney Dreamers Academy will take place March 12 through March 15, 2020 at Walt Disney World Resort.

Applications for the 2020 Disney Dreamers Academy are currently open at www.DisneyDreamersAcademy.com. 

Read More Delaware News, Scoop USA Media, August 2, 2019, page 14

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Community Development & Urban Planning Committee Sub-Committee to Promote Healthy Communities

 City Council’s Community Development and Urban Planning Committee (CD&UP) announced the formation of the “Healthy Communities” Sub-Committee.  Healthy Communities will be a sub-committee of the CD&UP and will be focusing on examining best practices and solutions to address housing issues and community revitalization.

The creation of the Sub-Committee was in response to the feedback received from the public regarding the proposed Housing Code Bill.

“There is a need to work collaboratively with community members to find solutions to address vacant housing and blight,” said Councilwoman Rysheema Dixon. “Our goal with the formation of this sub-committee is to work with housing experts, homeowners, landlords and tenants to find holistic and creative strategies for addressing Wilmington’s housing issues.”

The Healthy Communities Sub-Committee will include the CD&UP Committee members and designees or representatives as well as members from stakeholder groups affected by housing policy including:



Landlord/Rental Property Owners

Housing/Real Estate Experts

Housing and Homeownership Service Providers

Fair Housing Advocates

CD&UP Committee is looking for 15 members of the community to participate on the Healthy Communities Sub-Committee. Anyone that is interested in working on this committee should contact Councilwoman Rysheema Dixon at rjdixon@wilmingtonde.gov or by calling (302) 576-2140 no later than Thursday, August 1.

Healthy Communities will convene its first meeting on Friday, August 23, 2019.

Read more Wilmington News, Scoop USA Media, July 17, 2019 page 14

County Executive launches scholarship to support college affordability

Newark, DE – County Executive Matt Meyer joined school leaders, educational advocates and students at Newark High School to launch a scholarship program to support college affordability for New Castle County residents. 

“I am pleased to establish the largest scholarship program in the history of New Castle County government to benefit high school seniors, current college students and adults who are pursuing higher education to build their careers and support their families,” County Executive Matt Meyer said.  “Each year more than half of our high school graduates plan to continue onto college where tuition costs have more than doubled nationally over the past 20 years.  That rising cost places incredible pressure on New Castle County residents and threatens to put college education out of reach.  At a time when millions of jobs across our country are unfilled because of a skills gap we need to do more to support continuing education for all.  Our scholarship program is an investment in a brighter future for our county and its people.”

Read More, Scoop USA Media March 22, 2019

Give Kids a Smile Day

Wilmington- On Saturday, March 30,  dentists and hygienists will be providing free dental care for children during "Give Kids a Smile" day, an annual collaborative effort among dental professionals sponsored by the American Dental Association.

From 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. children will be able to receive checkups, cleanings, and necessary treatments to promote good oral hygiene - and it's all for free.

The "Give Kids a Smile" service day will take place at Graylyn Dental, located at 2205 Silverside Road in Wilmington.

Parents can schedule an appointment ahead of time by calling 302.388.1554.

Read More, Scoop USA Media March 22, 2019

City Council confirms Robert M. Goff Jr., Esq. as next City Solicitor

WILMINGTON – City Councilmembers confirmed the appointment of Robert M. Goff Jr., Esq. as the next Wilmington City Solicitor.

Councilmembers unanimously approved a resolution that formally names Goff as City Solicitor representing the Mayor, City Council, and all City departments, boards, and commissions.

Read More, Scoop USA Media March 22, 2019

Marvin P. Thomas honored with Ceremonial Street Sub-Naming

Wilmington, DE--City Council President Hanifa Shabazz and Councilmembers Adams, Freel, Harlee, Oliver and Dixon, joined Mayor Mike Purzycki to ceremonially sub-name a street in honor of community leader Marvin P.. Thomas.

 On hand for the street sub-naming ceremony, held at New Castle Avenue and Lobdell Street were numerous elected officials, members of Marvin’s family, friends and former coworkers as well as Southbridge Civic Association President Marie Reed.

Council President Shabazz along with Councilmembers Michelle Harlee, Zanthia Oliver  and Vash Turner, sponsored the legislation to encourage the Mayor to bestow this honor on Mr. Thomas. Mayor Purzycki signed an Executive Order renaming the block on Wilmington’s Southbridge area as “Marvin Thomas Way.”

 “Marvin is a pillar in the community and he deserves this honor,” said Council President Shabazz.  “I along with the other members of Wilmington City Council appreciate his dedication to service and the significant contributions that he’s made not only in Southbridge, but the entire city.””

Read More Wilmington News, ScoopUSA Media, July 26, 2019 page 14

City Council joins Governor for signing of House Bill 79

Wilmington, DE – City Councilpersons Ernest “Trippi” Congo, Rysheema Dixon and Vash Turner were among a group of supporters to join Governor John Carney and members of the General Assembly as he signed House Bill 79 into law.  House Bill 79 requires State of Delaware food safety standards for restaurants to include a system that requires healthy beverages be offered in combination meals for children that are inclusive of a drink.

 In October 2018, Wilmington City Council approved an ordinance that now requires restaurants in the city to offer healthy beverages as the default drink included in children’s meals sold with drinks for a single price.  

 “A major priority in Wilmington City Council’s strategic plan was to foster a healthy Wilmington,” said Councilman Vash Turner who sponsored the legislation.  “What better way to focus our efforts than to start with our children.”

Read More Wilmington News, ScoopUSA Media, July 26, 2019 page 14


Dance4Life celebrates at the 2018 Thanksgiving Day Parade

What an amazing Thanksgiving! DANCE4LIFE School of the Arts and Training Institute had the honor of participating in the 6abc Dunkin Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade. We had such a great time! From the 4:30am call time, to record breaking low temperatures,...the girls layered up and in true D4L fashion was superb! At the end, they peeled out of all 8 million layers and celebrated another successful event!    Dance4Life photo

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