WHYY has been following Wilmington’s Eastside Rising Project from the beginning. Two years ago, ten organizations pledged to work together to improve the Eastside by rebuilding and updating abandoned, boarded up homes. Last month, state, city, and community leaders broke ground in the 800 block of Bennett Street on the first in a multi-phase project. Reverend Terrence Keeling is leading the charge, and in this week’s First Look he says Eastside Rising is about more than restoring homes, it’s about restoring hope.
This week we introduce you to five students. They’re all recent graduates of Delaware high schools. They’ve all just started as college freshman, and they’re all planning to do something their parents never did, earn a bachelor’s degree. Delaware education reporter Avi Wolfman-Arent has their story.
First Person Christopher Wink
Delaware’s first ever Innovation Week runs now through next week. It’s a series of events organized in part by Technical.ly Delaware. Christopher Wink is the co-founder of Technical.ly and joins us to talk about innovation in the state in this week’s First Person segment.
The Tornoe Spin
If there is one phrase that gets people in the First State upset its ‘Murdertown USA’. A year ago Newsweek online coined the phrase and it never went away. Rob Tornoe joins us this week with his take on this and the brewhaha surrounding Starbucks newly unveiled holiday cups.
First Experience: Living Letters studio
For many people in our digital world, the act and art of writing a letter or a thank you note by hand is a thing of the past. Artist and calligrapher Riva Brown is working to keep the art of the written word alive. From corporate awards to katuba’s, which are Jewish wedding documents, the results are beautiful, and it’s our first experience this week
Last spring we presented a First Extra special, Dela-Where. We got a pretty good response to it, so we set out to create Dela-Where 2. The show with the catchy title can be seen Monday at 9pm on WHYY-TV. Here’s a preview, starting with the story behind the creation of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal.