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Old 12-21-2010, 06:30 AM
 
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Thank you very much for the replies, all are much appreciated! We're currently out of the country with limited access to internet. We've made appointments to look at a few rentals in a few different DE towns after Christmas. *fingers crossed*!
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Old 12-21-2010, 06:50 AM
 
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OP's acknowledgment is very much appreciated .... this allows for a closure of sorts!

If any further help is needed, feel free to express. Good luck!
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Old 12-21-2010, 07:55 AM
 
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I wonder if the situation of Wilmington vis a vis Philly is any different than that of Stamford, Conn. vis a vis NYC? I think close proximity to Philly may have a chilling effect on certain aspects of popular culture in Wilmington, esp. nightlife and particular demographics like the gay community -- Philly is able to offer so much more that it has a withering effect on Wilmo. Sort of a cultural "the rich get richer and the poor get poorer", although that's probably over-stating things. Still, it isn't like Wilmington is about to disappear -- it's the most city in Delaware and together with its surrounding burbs represents the most densely populated portion of the state. I do find it quite sad, however, not having a local television station and, indeed, not having a functioning regional airport. The New Castle Co. Airport apparently did have some active puddle-jumper service at one point in time. I actually like to take puddle-jumpers to destinations on the east coast below DC that are a pain to drive to (DC for me is like a huge obstacle, esp. with the current state of I-95) and would take to long to get to by rail.

I believe Wilmington and Trenton had the hardest times keeping air service. I had searched for flights periodically to/from Regional Airports to avoid hassles and noted that Wilmington had a Delta Commuter Jet and a start up named "USA 3000" or something to that affect.. as did Trenton at the time. This was several years ago. Trenton, I can understand its dilemma.. Wilmington... seems like it should be able to eek out some sort of consistent service being that PHL has numerous delays and is congested. Sure, BWI is to the south and I guess is a quick Amtrak Regional or MARC train ride (Aberdeen) away... But you are right.. being between to major cities does have a "chilling" affect for one reason or another....

Maybe you guys can get a casino up before Baltimore does
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Old 12-21-2010, 10:09 AM
 
Location: Lewes, Delaware
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Good-bye to "Delaware Tonight" on TV 12 - WDEL 1150AM, Wilmington ...

With the severity of the economic downturn, the demise of "Delaware .... Why not in Wilmington? Why is Delaware the only state without it's ...
www.wdel.com/blog/post.php?postid=1863 - Cached - Similar

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Old 12-21-2010, 11:20 AM
 
Location: Lewes, Delaware
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Should Wilmington have made better use of the Delaware river instead of the Christina river? Instead of the focus of redevelopment being the Christina river why couldn't it have been the Delaware river. There are boat tours with dinner on the Christina riverfront, in Wilmington but I'd hardly call the Christina a river.

I'm not a fan of casinos, I don't think they have brought in economically what was promised, besides leading to a useless hotel on I95 which is almost as embarrassing as the Inlet bridge construction. Back to the topic, I do wonder about river boat gambling on the Delaware river out of the port of Wilmington and if that would attract more nationwide tourism than a Delpark casino.
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Old 12-22-2010, 07:26 AM
 
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Should Wilmington have made better use of the Delaware river instead of the Christina river? Instead of the focus of redevelopment being the Christina river why couldn't it have been the Delaware river. There are boat tours with dinner on the Christina riverfront, in Wilmington but I'd hardly call the Christina a river.

I'm not a fan of casinos, I don't think they have brought in economically what was promised, besides leading to a useless hotel on I95 which is almost as embarrassing as the Inlet bridge construction. Back to the topic, I do wonder about river boat gambling on the Delaware river out of the port of Wilmington and if that would attract more nationwide tourism than a Delpark casino.
Really.. dinner boat cruises on the Christiana??? How far up it can you go? To I-95 then turn around and head back down to the Brandywine? I would be curious to know if it make a profit. The Delaware would provide more of a cruise effect but Im not sure I would like to see all the smoke stacks and oil industry...I dunno the lights at night could be cool. The Del Bridge would be nice though
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Old 12-22-2010, 09:42 AM
 
Location: Lewes, Delaware
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Really.. dinner boat cruises on the Christiana??? How far up it can you go? To I-95 then turn around and head back down to the Brandywine? I would be curious to know if it make a profit. The Delaware would provide more of a cruise effect but Im not sure I would like to see all the smoke stacks and oil industry...I dunno the lights at night could be cool. The Del Bridge would be nice though
I can't say for sure if it was (Joes Crab Shack) but yeah someone had a little boat, like the duck boat that received so much press over the summer in PA. It looked like 18 -20 people would fit on the boat and dinner was served as well. Its something my wife and I will do next summer for sure.
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Old 12-26-2010, 05:36 PM
 
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we are happy in the 19810 zipcode.
our feeder is:
brandywood elementary kindergarten-5th grade
springer 6-8th grade
concord hs 9-12
i have friends in other feeder patterns. others have been happy with their kids going to these schools......
lombardy elem.19803 zip
lancashire elem. 19810 zip
mt. pleasant elem. (not sure what zip.)
talley middleschool 19810 zip
brandywine hs 19803 zip
go to brandywine school district's website to learn about the other schools that i have not mentioned. i don't know enough about the other schools to make a comment.

to find the school you would like to send your children to: seek parents who have children in the DE public schools and pick their brains out, go observe the school(even go to a school's function like a football game or school play to get a vibe about the community, why not?)speak w/ principals and staff.
***as long as you committ yourself to being involved in your kids' schooling for the years to come, please consider going through the public school system in de. i think you will be impressed. i have volunteered in my children's classrooms in the BSD (starting with Bush Early Education Ctr) throughout the years, and it has inspired me to pursue a career in education. i thank the dedicated and passionate teachers and staff that i have met along the way!
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Old 12-26-2010, 09:04 PM
 
Location: Lewes, Delaware
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Brandywood, Springer, and Concord is by far the best feeder pattern in the Brandywine School disrict. Forwood, Lombardy, Brandywood, and Lancashire are good elemenary schools. But not to many parents are fighting to get their kids into Carrcroft, Maple Lane, or Mt Pleasent elementary schools. Most parents will take bussing their kids to P.S dupont over Talley for middle school. Springer is still considered the best. I know two parents, one with kids at Maple Lane and the other with kids at Forwood who couldn't choice their kids to Springer (it was closed) so now they are sending their kids to St Edmonds Academy. Our close friends just sold their house and left north Wilmington (Bellefonte) for New Jersey, in November 2010, because even though the taxes are higher, apparently you get more house for your money and they don't have to pay for private school anymore.
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Old 12-30-2010, 09:20 PM
 
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Hello, fine people of Delaware, hello neighbors! We have signed a lease on a townhouse in Middletown today. We have also considered Greenville and Pike Creek, but, although very nice, they didn't work out for us. We'll be moving in a week or so. We'll take any recommendations as to a reliable mechanic, pediatrician, dentist, etc. etc. etc. We also need to buy a second car. My husband wants a Honda Element, can you recommend a dealership? Again, I want to emphasize my gratitude for the participants in this topic. I have read all responses and they really helped me form a picture. I'm looking forward to discovering Delaware further in person!
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