I was a teenager when my mother earned her nursing degree. I remember her hitting the books late in the evening, after she made dinner, helped us with our homework, and took care of the day-to-day chores. I remember her graduation from nursing school, and how proud I felt that my mom had the courage to go back to school while raising four children, and that she possessed the grace and selflessness to enter a truly noble profession.
I believe that nurses form the backbone of the medical field, and we’re proud to honor them in Delaware Today’s first Top Nurses feature (click here). We’re also celebrating their achievements in grand style at our Excellence in Nursing gala at the Clarion Hotel on May 8 (click here for details).
We partnered with the Delaware Nurses Association to create the feature, and the association conducted the voting process based mostly on its criteria. The purpose of our feature is to recognize those in the nursing field who excel and bring a positive approach to their areas of practice. The winners were chosen by their peers. We are most grateful to the association’s executive director, Sarah J. Carmody, who cheerfully worked long hours to lead this process.
We also highlight Wilmington’s 375th anniversary with coverage of the Royal Swedes (click here) by Josephine Eccel and Pam George. Andréa Miller delivers the dirt on salaries (click here). And every Realtor in Delaware will follow the “Battle of the Real Estate Moguls” (click here), Larry Nagengast’s story on the power players at Long & Foster who are attempting to oust Patterson Schwartz from its No. 1 spot in the New Castle County market.
Finally, I’m thrilled to introduce you to our new art director. (see below) Beth Weiss has served as creative director for several national magazines, and brings a new perspective to the pages of Delaware Today. Her enthusiasm, positive outlook and passion are contagious. We’re delighted to welcome her to the team.
Enjoy the issue.
It was a ton of fun to emcee doings at Festival Village of the MidAtlantic Wine + Food Festival on the final day. The presentations by the winemakers were fascinating, and, as it turns out, world-class vintners are fun-loving, highly approachable people. Many thanks to JulieAnne Cross for the invitation, and congratulations to Ajit George for organizing another great event. The festival promises to become one of the best in the country.
I can very much relate to Star Lotta’s Suiting Warriors for returning veterans (page 20), although I didn’t need a suit. After my discharge from the military, I met Gaylord Tweed, who worked at The News Journal. Although he wasn’t in the photography department, he put me in touch with the right people. I spent 15 years working at the paper, honing my craft, all thanks to a person with a generous heart, just like Star Lotta.
While our new art director, Beth Weiss, was putting together the current issue of 302 Health, I had the honor of meeting not just one, but two members of the Delaware Sports Hall of Fame—and on the same day. Running legend Doug White and boxer Henry “Hammerin’ Hank” Milligan came by the office to deliver photos to Beth. I made sure to follow her down the hall so I could meet those gentlemen. They both are class acts.
Words cannot express just how thrilled I am to have been selected as Delaware Today’s new art director! It has been a joy to work alongside such a wonderful group of talented professionals. Everyone has been so hospitable—I couldn’t ask for a warmer welcome. I would like to thank the entire staff for their help, guidance, and patience as I become acclimated. I look forward to many years on the team.
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