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I read magazines back to front. If you share the same penchant, you already know the news. If not, this just in: We’re rolling out a new version of “Final Word.” A different writer every month will wax poetic, complain, speculate or reflect from this glossy piece of real estate—a back page that’s become rather prestigious for local bylines. Our only requirement is that essays have a Delaware theme, and that they resonate with our readers.

Fay JacobsOur new “Final Word” starts with a little ditty by Fay Jacobs, a Rehoboth Beach resident who’s made as many waves as she’s ridden. Fay, an award-winning writer with three books to her credit, ditched her full-time job as executive director of Rehoboth Beach Main Street to do what she was meant to do: write. Her essay, “Exercising Options,” will ring true with anyone who’s ever feared her own swimsuit.

Speaking of swimsuits, this month’s beach guide by Pam George offers complete weekend itineraries. Pack your Delaware Today and go—Pam’s done all the planning for you. Theresa Medoff’s education piece describes how local businesses teach enterprise and finance in high schools through student-run banks. Kelly Carter designed a feature illustrating the work of photographer Kathy Buckalew. And dining critic Matt Amis reviewed Padi, a Thai restaurant in Hockessin.

Kathy BuckalewEnjoy June. Catch a Blue Rocks game. Take in a concert at The Freeman Stage in Selbyville or the new Queen Theatre in Wilmington. Need a fun idea? This month’s summer fun guide by Mark Nardone boasts 33 of them.

I neglected to wish our moms a Happy Mother’s Day last month, but remembered the dads this month. Happy Mother’s and Father’s Day to all. We honor you all year long.

Enjoy the issue.

 

Team Notes

Clockwise from left: Louise Bolin, Jared Castaldi, Katie McCabe, Matt Amis, Drew Ostroski, Mark Nardone and Kelly CarterMark The Melomanie performance at Grace United Methodist Church in Wilmington was really something special—one of the most beautiful concerts I’ve ever seen—and Mark Hagerty’s original compositions are treasures. Many thanks to Doug McNames and Kim Reighley for the invitation.

Katie Having lived in Delaware for 52 years, it’s easy to take for granted all the state has to offer. Compiling the Calendar of Events, I realized how “festive” the month of June is. From the Greek Festival to the Sea Glass Festival and everything in-between, there’s definitely a “festivus for the rest of us!”

Louise The Nordstrom Grand Opening Gala was packed with glitterati, including many of the ladies of Delaware Today. Dressed to the nines, we made our way to the gala, where every stylish person in Delaware and surrounding areas donned their Jimmy Choos. No matter how far we strayed, we always ended up where we started: in the shoe department.
Matt Sipped mimosas and shot the shallot with chef Jay Caputo at the Meals from the Masters Celebrity Chefs’ Brunch. When the Chelsea Hotel serves you doughnuts and a former “Top Chef” winner hands you goat belly crumpets, it’s a good day.

Drew I was struck by a strong sense of community and pride during opening day ceremonies at Canal Little League. Dozens of volunteers worked countless hours to whip the complex into shape. The results are evident, from shiny new fences to new scoreboards. Congratulations to all involved.

Jared Follow me on twitter @jaredcastaldi for behind-the-scenes and tech info on some of my shoots!

Kelly The first time I met Kathy Buckalew, we were at my computer for over an hour looking at her amazing photographs of Delaware farmers. I was struck not only by her talent in capturing their weathered and heartfelt expressions, but by her recall of the detailed life stories that they had shared with her. She retold their stories with such joy and passion, that I could tell this was not just a project she wanted to do, but one she had to do.
 

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