First for Friday, February 13, 2015

Retooling Habitat for Humanity

Many of you know about Habitat for Humanity and its mission to put those in need, in quality homes. To date, the New Castle County chapter has helped put families in more than 200 homes, yet the demand remains. To meet that demand, the nonprofit is trying something new. We take a look in this week’s First Look.

Tornoe Spin

Rob Tornoe joins us this week to look at the showdown between the Christina School District and the Delaware Department of Education. We also take an amusing look at the question of increasing the gas tax to raise money for road repair in Delaware.

The Italian Americans

On February 17th, WHYY-TV will show a four-hour PBS special “The Italian Americans.” The program focuses on the impact Italian immigrants have made on this country, both good and bad. It showcases the Italian lifestyle and the way many people of Italian decent are looking at that lifestyle. They want to know more about their roots, and perhaps find a way they could live a long life.

Ending Domestic Violence

Most football fans are still buzzing about that final play by Seattle in the Superbowl. Another story that got attention during the football season was the fallout from the Ray Rice case. The “No More” campaign against domestic violence is one outcome of heightening the awareness needed to combat violence against women. It made an impact on those who work on the front lines who also want to focus on the healing.

State of Play

Stephanie Hansen and Michael Stafford join us this week to look at Wilmington’s crime problem. Is Mayor Williams on the right track? We also look at next year’s mayoral election. Does Wilmington have anyone who might run against Williams on the “I can do better” platform?

First Experience: Orchid Extravaganza

Saturday is Valentine’s Day. For First Experience this week, we got you flowers, orchids to be exact. What better place to experience them than at Longwood Gardens, with over 5,000 orchids spread across 4 acres, it’s a great time of year to get out of the cold and take in these beautiful flowers.

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