Life in Delaware County

Preservation Parks Opens Playgrounds

4 Jul , 2020  

By: 1808Delaware

As the summer progresses, additional venues open to allow Delaware Countians and all Ohioans more options for enjoying the warm weather. This is certainly true for the area’s outdoor parks, where social distancing can be easily practiced.

Preservation Parks has announced the opening of additional areas to accommodate visitors. More…

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DeWine Talks Back To School – Here’s What’s Coming This Fall

3 Jul , 2020  

By: 1808Delaware

The Governor of Ohio began his Thursday COVID-19 briefing with a look ahead — specifically, at the 2020-2021 school year that grows closer each day.

DeWine took the opportunity to unveil newly released guidance for school districts as they make plans for the new school year, laying out both requirements and what DeWine referred to as “strong recommendations.”. The State of Ohio also issued the new “Reset and Restart Education Planning Guide for Ohio Schools and Districts”to provide additional guidance (can be accessed below). More…

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Life in Delaware County

County United Way Grants More Than $300,000 In Emergency COVID Relief Grants

2 Jul , 2020  

United Way of Delaware County’s Covid-19 Community Relief Fund, established just one day after local schools closed in March, has now raised and granted more than $300,000 in emergency assistance to organizations serving the community.

A total of $306,067 has been raised through a combination of gifts from residents, service clubs, foundations, corporations and local governments. Of the funds raised, 100% have been invested in local community programs. More…

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There’s A New Baby Giraffe Calling This County Home

1 Jul , 2020  

From: Columbus Zoo and Aquarium; 1808Delaware

Recent births at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium are contributing to important species populations at risk for survival, including a Masai giraffe calf, a sea lion pup, two red panda cubs, and a siamang (gibbon) baby.

Today on 1808Delaware, we are sharing information about the first of these births, a giraffe calf who arrived in the world this past weekend. More…


Life in Delaware County

Lawsuit Filed Against City Of Delaware For Violating Housing Laws, Dispatch Reports

30 Jun , 2020  

By: 1808Delaware

The Columbus Dispatch has reported that a federal class action lawsuit was filed Monday accusing the City of Delaware of violating federal fair housing laws.

The allegations state that these laws were violated because of inflated building fees intended to keep minorities out of the city. The City of Delaware issued a statement, the article stated, saying that ““We are confident that these claims lack merit and the City will ultimately prevail.”

The plaintiff, Seattle House LLC, owns the 240 unit Seattle House one and two bedroom apartment complex on US 36. It was approved in a split vote of Delaware City Council back in September 2018. More…

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Delaware Roots: Senator Preston B. Plumb

29 Jun , 2020  

By: 1808Delaware

We introduce a new series today on 1808Delaware, Delaware Roots.

Over the last two centuries, Delaware County has produced a remarkable set of individuals who have led lives of discovery. This series will reveal short insights into the lives of the well-known and less commonly known people born here, or who lived here, and then went on to make significant contributions to state, regional, or national history.

We begin with a trailblazing newspaper entrepreneur who was both a Delaware County native and who served as a United States Senator, a man with the name of Preston B. Plumb. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Catch A Zoovie This Holiday Weekend

28 Jun , 2020  

By: 1808Delaware; Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Have you been able to catch a “zoovie” this summer?

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium have been showing films in a “spin” on the drive-in movie experience. Each is a family-friendly movie shown on the“big screen set up in the Zoo’s northeast parking area.

Showing this weekend and next: More…

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City Of Delaware Shares Tax Reminders

27 Jun , 2020  

From The City of Delaware

Remember when April 15 came and went and you hadn’t filed your taxes (well, at least many of you)? That time is now right around the corner.

The City of Delaware has posted a handful of reminders to guide you through that process: More…

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The Day That Main Street Came To Delaware: Part One

26 Jun , 2020  

By: Owner/Publisher Thomas Palmer, 1808Delaware

Fans of downtown Delaware are well aware of the organization known as Main Street Delaware.

That organization’s first baby step took place with a phone call. I know this, as I am the person who made that call over two decades ago.

Locally, Main Street Delaware spearheads the revitalization of Delaware’s central business district using a model which has been successfully used across the country for 40 years. More…

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Delaware City Hall Renovation To Begin

25 Jun , 2020  

City Hall is a downtown Delaware icon. The 83-year-old building has grown and adapted over time but has not been updated in almost 30 years.

On July 6, interior renovation work at City Hall begins. The project was adjusted to coincide with the building already being closed to public access because of the pandemic. The renovation is expected to be complete by late fall 2020. More…

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One Year On, Great American Rail-Trail Work Continues

24 Jun , 2020  

By: 1808Delaware

At this time last year, we shared a post here on 1808Delaware relaying news that promoters of the Great American Rail-Trail had unveiled a preferred route for the project, and that that route crossed Delaware County.

The thoroughly researched route ended up one which would travel through 12 states and the District of Columbia along 3,700 miles. Of that distance, 1,700 miles were “gaps” in which trail development needed to take place.

In that year, the initiative moved ahead at breakneck speed. More…

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Delaware, Delaware County

Fairgrounds Changes Approved

23 Jun , 2020  

By: 1808Delaware

Public hearings were held by Delaware City Council on Monday evening related to proposed changes at the Delaware County Faigrounds.

Not only were the four proposals well received, each was subsequently passed after receiving a vote to suspend rules and move to a final reading.

Those adopted measures included: More…

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