Other no­table sto­ries

Newark Post - - YEAR IN REVIEW -

Of­fi­cials at Aetna Hose, Hook and Lad­der Com­pany con­firmed in Sep­tem­ber that they’ve reached a deal to sell their ag­ing Ogle­town Road fire sta­tion to an un­named buyer. Aetna will re­main at the sta­tion for up to two years while they look for a new site nearby.

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Mered­ith Chap­man, a for­mer Uni­ver­sity of Delaware com­mu­ni­ca­tions of­fi­cial who ran for state se­nate in 2016, was killed April 23 in a mur­der-sui­cide at her home in Rad­nor Town­ship, Pa.

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The Delaware De­part­ment of Trans­porta­tion com­pleted sev­eral changes to Cleve­land Av­enue, such as mak­ing Mar­garet Street one way and im­ple­ment­ing a “road diet” that re­duced the num­ber of lanes. Of­fi­cials said the changes re­duced conges­tion, but it’s too soon to tell if the pro­ject achieved its broader goal of re­duc­ing crashes on the road.

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The Prince­ton Re­view named the Uni­ver­sity of Delaware the na­tion’s top party school. “That’s some­thing we want to change, and we’re work­ing daily to try to make sure we counter what came out of that. It was not good,” UD Ex­ec­u­tive Vice Pres­i­dent Alan Brang­man later said.

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In a marathon meet­ing that brought out pas­sions on both sides and lasted un­til 1:30 a.m., city coun­cil sus­pended Caffé Gelato’s al­co­hol per­mit for 30 days after po­lice caught the res­tau­rant serv­ing al­co­hol to mi­nors on three sep­a­rate oc­ca­sions.

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The com­mu­nity-funded Pre­ston’s Play­ground opened at the Ne­wark Reser­voir, pro­vid­ing a place for all kids to play, re­gard­less of dis­abil­ity.

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Ne­wark Po­lice of­fi­cers sparked pub­lic outcr y when they used their pa­trol ve­hi­cles to hit two loose dogs – and later fa­tally shot one of them – near the in­ter­sec­tion of Ogle­town and Mar­rows roads in May. Po­lice said the dogs were act­ing ag­gres­sively, but two an­i­mal wel­fare ad­vo­cates who wit­nessed the in­ci­dent dis­puted that.

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Main Street busi­ness own­ers cried foul over DelDOT’s plan to re­con­struct Main Street, slated to be­gin in spring 2019. The busi­ness own­ers worry the 18-month pro­ject will keep cus­tomers away.

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The state an­nounced in De­cem­ber that it would pur­chase and pre­serve 10 acres of the Cooch’s Bridge Bat­tle­field, in­clud­ing the Cooch House, which was oc­cu­pied by the Bri­tish after Delaware’s only Rev­o­lu­tion­ary War bat­tle. Of­fi­cials hope to even­tu­ally al­low pub­lic ac­cess to the house.

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De­spite op­po­si­tion from lo­cal ho­tel own­ers, city coun­cil ap­proved a 3 per­cent lodg­ing tax in Oc­to­ber. Later in the year, coun­cil OK’d a 4 per­cent prop­erty tax in­crease and a 20 per­cent in­crease in the stormwa­ter fee.

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Hun­dreds of stu­dents at Ne­wark High, Ne­wark Char­ter, Downes Ele­men­tary and other lo­cal schools par­tic­i­pated in the March 14 Na­tional School Walk­out to honor the vic­tims of the Park­land, Fla., school shoot­ing and call on state and fed­eral of­fi­cials to take ac­tion to pre­vent fur­ther gun vi­o­lence.

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In April, Ne­wark High took down the lights at Hoff­man Sta­dium due to struc­tural is­sues, jeop­ar­diz­ing the Yel­low­jack­ets’ Fri­day night lights tra­di­tion. How­ever, the district rented tem­po­rary lights so that night games could con­tinue.

NE­WARK POST PHOTO BY BROOKE SCHULTZ

Owner Michael Hor­ney stands be­hind the counter of the Booka­te­ria on Cleve­land Av­enue, which was one of sev­eral long­time busi­nesses that closed this year.

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