Entrepreneurial Summit Set for Oct. 4

The fifth annual Delaware Entrepreneurial Summit will feature a Networking Block Party held along the 500 block of Wilmington’s Market Street from noon to 5:30pm on Tuesday, Oct. 4. The Summit is produced by the Emerging Enterprise Center (EEC) in partnership with the New Castle County Chamber of Commerce (NCCCC).  

The event will kick off with keynote speaker Chris Buccini, co-president of the Buccini/Pollin Group Inc (BPG). Panel discussions will be held from 12:45-4:15pm inside The Queen, Old Town Hall and the Delaware History Museum. In addition, attendees can attend a live recording of the podcast Battle Scars — Tales From Entrepreneurs produced by Lee Mikles and Patrick Callahan, former founders of the Archer Group. 

The event will conclude with the 10th Annual Swim with the Sharks Pitch Competition at The Queen at 6pm. Five finalists will compete for a Grand Prize of $10,000 (provided by the New Castle County Office of Economic Development initiative NCC Innovates), $2,500 Runner-up Prize (provided by Harvard Business Services), and a $1,000 People’s Choice Award (provided by SCORE Delaware) to help them launch and grow their business.

For more information or tickets, visit EECIncubator.com/entrepreneurial-summit

Yearick Wins Ostroski Journalism Award

Bob Yearick, contributing editor of Out & About and author of “The War on Words” column, was one of three winners of the 2021 Drew Ostroski Awards for Excellence in Delaware Journalism.

Yearick won in the Stories About Delaware category for “Fighting the Good Fight,” his profile of former pro boxer Dave Tiberi, which appeared in the September 2021 O&A.

Fay Jacobs won in the Humor category for “Let’s Get Physical,” which appeared in the August 2021 Delaware Beach Life. Matthew Trucks won for Outdoor Photography.

The awards honor the memory of long-time Delaware editor and writer Drew Ostroski, who passed away in 2020.

For information on how to enter the 2022 contest, go to the TheDrewOstroskiAward.com/categories

A Partnership ‘For the Good of Animals’

 A drizzly afternoon couldn’t dampen the excitement at the unveiling of the new era, new name, and new partnership now known as Humane Animal Partners Delaware — the new organization born of the merging of two of Delaware’s largest no-kill animal rescue and welfare agencies, Delaware Humane Association and Delaware SPCA.

Staff, volunteers, and board members from both groups unveiled the new name, logo, and mission at the soon-to-be former SPCA campus in Stanton in early September. The organization will be overseen by Delaware Humane Association’s Executive Director, Patrick Carroll, as Chief Executive Officer and Delaware SPCA’s Executive Director, Anne Cavanaugh, as Chief Operating Officer. 

The name and logo were developed with help from Wilmington agency Aloysius Butler & Clark, including several community surveys and focus groups. Carroll noted that they really listened to constituents’ feedback, which indicated that the word ‘humane’ and a continued commitment to No-Kill status were of utmost importance. 

“We’ll continue to work for the good of animals and the people who love them,” Carroll said.

“The big thing about partnerships [in caring for] animals is that shelters don’t operate on their own or in a vacuum,” Carroll continued. “A lot of our work also becomes about social work: issues of economics, access, housing, and more. We consider everyone a partner in those efforts — our donors and sponsors, our veterinary contacts, our foster families, and our adopters.” 

Carroll, flanked by Cavanaugh, DHA Board President Michele L. Ahwash, and SPCA Board President State Representative Kim Williams, said he sees the future as operating in more of a ‘circle’ that encompasses and addresses all aspects of animals’ (and their people’s) lives.

For more information, visit HumaneAnimalPartners.org

Michelle Kramer-Fitzgerald

Atlantic 10 Women’s Championship Returns

After a successful Delaware debut, the Atlantic 10 will once again hold its annual women’s basketball championship tournament in Wilmington. The 2023 A10 Women’s Championship will take place at the Chase Fieldhouse on Wilmington’s Riverfront and crown the champion of the 15-team conference. Visit Atlantic10.com

Music with a Mission

The nonprofit organization Music With A Mission will present A Concert for Ukraine on Sunday, Oct. 23 at 4pm at St. Helena’s Roman Catholic Church (602 Philadelphia Pike, Wilm.). The organization is dedicated to featuring the music of acclaimed Delaware composer Wilson Gault Somers and this year’s concert will perform reimagined works from Wilson’s first major work, “Mass for the Homeless,” as well as several other compositions. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit the National Center for Disaster Philanthropy’s Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Recovery Fund. Visit DisasterPhilanthropy.org

Open Streets Set for Baynard Boulevard

Wilmington’s monthly Open Streets program moves to Baynard Blvd. on Sat., Oct. 15 from 1-4pm. The program, which closes a designated street to motor vehicle traffic to create a safe space for outdoor activities such as walking, cycling and rollerblading, is a collaboration between Urban Bike Project, West Side Grows Together and the Open Streets Steering Committee. This month’s activities include free bike rentals, free bike repairs, produce giveaways, DJ music and family games. Visit OpenStreetsWilmington.org

Hanover Presbyterian Church Celebrates 250 Years

Hanover Presbyterian Church will present Hanover Through the Arts on Sunday, Oct. 16 (11am) as it culminates a year of special celebrations commemorating the church’s 250th anniversary. The event will feature music, dance, art, poetry, drama as well as the church’s stained-glass windows.

 Hanover has been a part of Wilmington and Delaware life for more than two centuries. It assembled its first members in 1772 and in 1908 settled at its current location of 1801 N. Jefferson St. The church has always been in the forefront of promoting education and its free day school for children opened in the 1800s became the forerunner for the present free public school system in Delaware. 

Today, Hanover has weekly outreach to the community through JB’s Café, its food pantry and a clothing closet. It also is engages in community partnerships that promote social justice, education, health and improving the quality of life for all people and families. Visit HanoverChurch.org

New APP for Downtown Wilmington

Downtown Visions, the non-profit organization that manages Wilmington’s Business Improvement District, has developed a new APP that will allow visitors, residents and workers to explore Downtown Wilmington and search for restaurants, parking, events and more. You can download the APP by searching for “Downtown Wilm DE” in the Apple APP Store or Google Play Store.

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