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Padua to honor supermodel-turned-businesswoman at annual dinner

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WILMINGTON – Kathy Ireland, a former supermodel who is now the chief executive officer of a design and marketing company, will be honored at the sixth annual Padua Academy Dinner in Honor of Women’s Achievement, which will be held April 16, 2015, at the Chase Center on the Riverfront.

Founded in 1993, Kathy Ireland Worldwide now grosses more than $2.2 billion in annual retail sales, according to Forbes magazine. Ireland, in addition to being the CEO, is also the chief designer of the company. Read more »

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Auks look to continue winning football tradition, eye return to postseason

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Staff reporter

 

and Jason Winchell

For The Dialog

 

CLAYMONT – Archmere is often overlooked when discussions of Delaware’s great football programs take place, but the Auks quietly have turned in consistent performances season after season. Last year was another such effort, as Archmere started slow but won its last five games, finishing 7-3 and just missing the Division II playoff.

In fact, over the last four seasons, the Auks are 33-13, earning a trip to the championship game in 2010 and playoff berths in 2011 and ’12. Senior two-way starter J.M. Nocket would like Archmere get the respect he believes it deserves. Read more »

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Bell tower that’s also a cell phone tower planned for All Saints Cemetery grounds

August 25th, 2014 Posted in Featured, Our Diocese

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Dialog reporter

PIKE CREEK – The executive director of Catholic Cemeteries is defending the organization’s decision to host a cellular phone tower at All Saints Cemetery, saying the opposition to the tower is limited to a few neighboring homeowners.

“We’ve done what we could to make this palatable to the local community,” Mark Christian said.

A sign at All Saints Cemetery in Wilmington announces a Sept. 11 New Castle County Board of Adjustment meeting that will address Catholic Cemeteries' application for a bell tower that's also a cell phone tower. (Mike Lang/The Dialog)

A sign at All Saints Cemetery in Wilmington announces a Sept. 11 New Castle County Board of Adjustment meeting that will address Catholic Cemeteries’ application for a bell tower that’s also a cell phone tower. (Mike Lang/The Dialog)

Catholic Cemeteries negotiated extensively with AT&T over the course of several months about the design of the tower.

According to the application on file with New Castle County, the 142-foot high structure would be “sheathed” and serve as a bell tower for All Saints. It will sit in the section of the cemetery farthest from Kirkwood Highway, toward the football field at St. Mark’s High School, Christian said. He described it as a remote area of the cemetery, closest to a mausoleum.

Some cemetery plot owners with relatives buried at All Saints are upset they weren’t notified before the agreement between Catholic Cemeteries and AT&T. Frances Kelleher of Bellefonte, whose parents are buried there and who owns six unused plots, said if the project is approved she will be looking right at it from her parents’ graves.

“I don’t buy this bell tower is going to make it look right,” said Kelleher, a member of St. Helena’s Parish. “And to me that’s not really the issue. The issue is that it doesn’t belong on Catholic cemetery land. “I’m just really appalled that our Catholic cemetery would think that’s appropriate.”

Christian said relatives of those buried at All Saints were not notified because the tower will sit so far from any gravesites. He added that the reaction from plot owners or those with relatives buried there and from neighbors has been split about evenly on the issue.

An online petition opposing the tower stated nearby property values would be affected, as prospective homebuyers may be deterred by the “perceived health hazard” of electro-magnetic signals.

A website created to oppose the tower application says speakers will be placed 75 feet high to broadcast “bells, chimes or whatever else the cemetery chooses to broadcast.”

Christian said no final decision has been made on how the tower would be used by the cemetery.

“More than likely, if the noise becomes the overriding factor, we won’t even use the chimes. At this point, all that’s going to play is the chimes when a funeral comes to the cemetery.”

The New Castle County Board of Adjustment was scheduled to vote on the application in July, but that was postponed. It is expected to be on the agenda in September.

Christian said in a Facebook post that “lots of misinformation” has been disseminated regarding the tower. The nearest houses are more than 750 feet from the proposed site, and it was designed as a bell tower to fit the religious nature of the cemetery.

Cell-phone providers have approached Catholic Cemeteries many times over the years, Christian wrote, and “extensive” negotiations with AT&T “resulted in a cell tower that represents an attractive addition to the cemetery without negatively impacting any of our neighbors.”

“Little did we know,” the post continues, “that some of our neighbors would react so negatively to what we thought was a positive act for our community.”

The surrounding areas have suffered from poor cell service, he wrote, and the area has been designated as in need of improvement. Christian cited statistics that more than twice as many 911 calls originate from cell phones as from landlines and that All Saints is being a responsible neighbor.

Christian noted opposition from neighbors to other cemetery projects even though All Saints existed before most of those homes were built. Catholic Cemeteries, he added, has always tried to be a good neighbor, allowing an easement for a sewer feeder line for surrounding communities and donating the land across Kirkwood Highway where the New Castle County library branch was built. Cemeteries has also allowed its neighbors access to their backyards from All Saints property so swimming pools and other projects could be completed.

 

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New lives sustained: Sustaining Hope for the Future helps Bayard House assist homeless mothers

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Magdalena Ochoa’s life came tumbling down last year.

She was driving a van that was involved in an incident in which her brother was fatally injured. Her family, which she said was already dysfunctional, struggled with the brother’s death. Her father kicked Magdalena out of his house.

She moved in with her boyfriend, but again was kicked out after he learned she was pregnant. While living with her grandmother, she realized she wanted a more stable life for her unborn child. Read more »

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St. Mark’s looks for an extended football season in 2014

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Staff reporter

 

and Jason Winchell

For The Dialog

 

PIKE CREEK – Hopes are high at St. Mark’s as the football team looks to leave an impression in its final season (for now) as a Division I program. The Spartans are coming off a 7-4 season in 2013, which included a trip to the playoffs, where they lost a tight 28-24 decision to Dover.

Seven starters return on offense, including the entire offensive line, but several skill position players graduated. Senior Matt Williams was the leading candidate to start at quarterback, but he will miss some games as he recovers from a torn meniscus. Coach John Wilson said senior Connor Eastep is the likely starter until then. Joining him in the backfield is senior running back Markquise Normand. Read more »

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Football expectations high for experienced Salesianum squad

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Staff reporter

 

and Jason Winchell

For The Dialog

 

WILMINGTON – One of the first things that comes to mind when discussing the 2014 Salesianum football team is the 2013 squad, the one that won the Division I state championship with a roster loaded with talented seniors. But to overlook the players who are coming back for the Sals would be a mistake.

Coach Bill DiNardo knows no one is feeling sorry for Salesianum, and he would never expect that. There are plenty of players ready to fill the void left by last year’s graduates. Read more »

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New coach, young Vikings seek to establish foundation on the gridiron

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Staff reporter

 

and Jason Winchell

For The Dialog

 

WILMINGTON – Joe Aviola faces a number of challenges as the new head football coach at St. Elizabeth High School. He will be leading one of the smallest squads in the state – about 35 players – which features just five seniors. Those players are learning new schemes on offense and defense. And the man Aviola follows, Joe Hemphill, spent more than 40 years leading the Vikings.

“I don’t think you can replace a legend of his magnitude,” Aviola said after an August practice at Canby Park. “He’s been a mentor as a player and as a coach, and even today if I picked up the phone, he would answer and he would give me advice. Read more »

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Eastern Shore parishioner enters Dominican convent in Nashville

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CHURCH HILL, Md. – Pamela King was quite content with her life as a teacher in Kent County, Md., public schools, but she wondered, “if there is something else I should be doing.”

She received her answer in a roundabout way. Two years ago she accompanied her mother and siblings to Washington for a home-school vocations conference. During the day, she attended a session that included a Dominican sister.

As the nun spoke, “the Dominican charism resonated within me,” King recalled. On Aug. 15, she was among 20 women who entered the postulant program at the Dominican’s St. Cecilia Motherhouse in Nashville, Tenn. Read more »

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Collection for Middle East on Sept. 6-7

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Bishop Malooly is asking parishes to take a second collection Sept. 6-7 for the victims of violence in the Middle East.

Father Steven P. Hurley, chancellor, wrote in an Aug. 20 memo to pastors, that the collection will be disbursed by Catholic Relief Services and other agencies working with the church for victims of violence in Iraq, Syria and Gaza.

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Grant from U.S. bishops’ CCHD helps Wilmington credit union

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Staff reporter

 

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development has awarded a local nonprofit a $35,000 economic empowerment grant that will help provide financial and other assistance to low-income residents of the area.

The Delaware Community Reinvestment Action Council (DCRAC) will use the money at its Stepping Stones Credit Union, which has been in operation since January 2012. The grant has a two-fold purpose, said Rashmi Rangan, executive director of DCRAC. It will be used for economic development and for leadership training. Read more »

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