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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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A citywide initiative and a new loan program designed to benefit Market Street businesses should have positive impacts on developments in Wilmington’s Creative District, the first fairly soon and the other in a couple of years.

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New Castle, Russ Smith says, “is a place sort of caught in time,” and that time was more than 200 years ago.

Today, with one key construction project nearly completed and two others getting under way, the city is hoping to secure a brighter future by strengthening links to its historic past.

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A 1799 one-room schoolhouse, once a Brandywine Hundred landmark but now an eyesore, will likely be torn down next year and replaced with a replica built from the original stone.

New Castle County’s Historic Review Board has approved the plan for the proposed replica of the Forwood School, just west of the Shoppes of Graylyn on Silverside Road.

Photo courtesy: Carvertise

Early last summer, Carvertise, Delaware’s first advertising business on wheels, had about a half-dozen clients and 50 vehicles on the road.

At the start of this week, the number had risen to 16 clients and 245 cars – most of them in the Delaware Valley, but some as far away as North Dakota.

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Following six months of uncertainty capped by votes resulting in unfulfilled expectations, the fate of the Wilmington Education Improvement Commission’s plan to strengthen schools in the city and to provide additional funding statewide for children living in poverty and needing additional educational services remains as murky as ever.

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While the Wilmington Education Improvement Commission continues traveling an uncertain path toward winning approval of its plan to improve educational outcomes for city students, a looming lawsuit has the potential to add another layer of confusion to the process.

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When the opening bells rang last August, they ushered in a year of great promise for Delaware’s charter schools.

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Was it a case of trouble in Paradise, or merely a “learning moment” that played out over several months?

The words in the document spelled trouble, but conversations with the key players suggest that the “learning moment” description might be more apt.

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There’s an unmistakable feeling of pride in Keith Murray’s voice, a sense of confidence he hadn’t felt in years.

“This is a 14-week course, and by week eight I found a job,” he says. “They work me like a dog, and I love it, because I’m providing for my family again.”

This week, Murray, 34, was among 10 graduates of the Hospitality School, a 4-year-old private, nonprofit program housed in a small building on the Holloway Campus of the state Department of Health and Social Services south of Wilmington.

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After surviving a protracted battle with the State Board of Education by the narrowest of margins, the Wilmington Education Improvement Commission’s plan to restructure public education in the state’s largest city must now pass muster from two bodies that have the potential to be even more critical – the state House of Representatives and the state Senate.