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Maria Hess on Election 2012 and Top Lawyers

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We’re feeling the spirit. ’Tis the month to give thanks, after all. So we start by applauding this month’s talented contributors.

Writer Josephine Eccel offers a poignant piece about Sue Reese, a woman who had the courage to re-navigate what could’ve been a dangerous path. I met Sue at this year’s Goodwill Awards Luncheon, where she was honored, and just knew you had to hear her story.

Home editor Eileen Smith Dallabrida created excellent content for our expanded home section, but Ron Dubick’s glorious photography makes the food jump off the pages.

We thank Brian and Trisch Ferreira for baking the pies to display in their lovely North Wilmington home. Chef Ludovic Bezy of Michele’s Restaurant at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino baked the turkey just for this shoot, and his staff created the magnificent spread. Chef Bezy believes that food should be as beautiful as the cornucopia—which, in this case, was designed by Emily Smith, the education coordinator at The Delaware Center for Horticulture. Tracy Skrobot of Middletown decorated her Victorian Thanksgiving table for us, and we could not have been more pleased with the results.

Lest we forget this long political year; we thought it necessary to include a few pieces on the election. Doug Rainey examines in 302 Inc. what a Republican or Democratic win might mean for the local economy. In this month’s Final Word, Joanne Cannon tells us what traits she’d like to see in our president. Celia Cohen talks trends in Delaware Grapevine. And managing editor Drew Ostroski offers a few election tidbits on pages 25 and 26. (Only Drew would interview a donkey and an elephant.)

This year’s Top Lawyers list includes peer and readers’ votes. But we have to send some love to attorneys Joe Hurley,
Carrie Huang and William F. Jaworski Jr. They were good sports, and our boxing theme would not have been possible without them. We applaud their willingness to get in the ring—literally—and be the champs that they are. We should note that no lawyers were harmed during this shoot. It was all makeup—by our own Louise Bolin.

Most important, we thank you for your support. We value your comments, and encourage you to keep writing and calling.

On behalf of all of us at Delaware Today, have a happy Thanksgiving and joyous holiday season. And we hold in our hearts positive thoughts for those who are struggling.

Enjoy the issue.

 

Team Notes

Mark Nardone 
Most of the museum heads who attended a meeting of the Brandywine Museum and Gardens Alliance in September also attended U.S. Sen. Tom Carper’s public meeting about Delaware’s possible national park. With the Woodlawn Trustees property now in consideration, increased visitation is great for the arts. Thanks to Meg Marcozzi of Hagley for the invitation.

 

Katie McCabe  
After a friend told me about a National Alliance on Mental Illness Delaware benefit at The Nomad Bar in Wilmington, I had to attend. The guest-bartender event was held at my favorite watering hole for a cause that’s near and dear to my heart. It was great to see a good turnout and to meet “bartender” Michelle Kramer-Fitzgerald from Arts in Media.

 

Kelly Carter
I also attended the NAMI benefit. I got to meet the executive director of NAMI (Delaware), Matt Stehl, whose father owned my favorite breakfast haunt, Post House. And I even did a little dancing (or stepping on the feet of) Victor T. Razze, the facilities director at Brandywine River Museum. Overall, a very good, and crowded night at The Nomad Bar.

 

Louise Bolin 
Working on magazines simultaneously is just something we do! We recently finished producing our newest Delaware Bride issue. The feature was shot at The Grand and it’s gorgeous. Then, while working on this issue, we were finishing the new 302Health. It’s full of ways to de-stress, lose weight, live a flavorful gluten-free life and more. So, along with the November issue, please pick up our other magazines and enjoy!

 

Drew Ostroski  
It was great to see all of the folks at a recent event at the Delaware History Museum. And it was nice meeting Maureen Feeney Roser, director of planning and development for the city of Newark. We chatted about the progress of construction along Elkton Road, a segment of which will be renamed South Main Street in 2013. That’s already a cool stretch that will be even better when the project is complete.

 

Ron Dubick
Pete Pizzadili’s Vineyard and Winery, located just off U.S. 13 in Felton, is a great place to visit. He refers to it as “the best-kept secret in Delaware.” Pete proudly states that he only uses his Delaware-grown grapes to make his wines. Good man!

 

 

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