Work, Fashion, Culture

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We should be clear: The good people who we begged and pleaded with to model in this month’s fashion feature are a modest bunch. They didn’t want to be billed as the most beautiful people or the hottest people or anything else, but we think you’ll agree that they make the clothes they wear from some of our best boutiques look really, really good. We thank everyone involved. Click Here.

If photographer Michael Sahadi didn’t make the places pictured in “Great Places to Work” look exactly like great places to work, no one can contend he didn’t make them look like extremely fun places to work. Fun can, after all, elevate a really good job to a great one. If you’d like to get a glimpse at a few, Click Here.

And this just in about one local employer who didn’t make our list: Working Mother Magazine named DuPont as one of the top 100 best places to work for 2009, thanks to flextime policies, on-site childcare and ongoing support for working mothers in general. What would you expect from a multi-national with a female CEO? Congratulations.

Writer Richard Gaw has never let us down. With only vague direction—show us why the culture gap between upstate and downstate is not as narrow as many think—he delivered a beautiful exploration of how the population drift toward Kent and Sussex counties has transformed the area. There’s more to the phenomenon than new neighborhoods, new residents and new businesses. There is a different kind of desire and expectation. If you want to see it in action, there’s no better time to visit than November, when many of the events—jazz festivals, film festivals, Punkin Chunkin’ and more—take place. See “The (Not So) Great Divide” here.

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It’s also a great time to discover birding in Delaware. Read about a new emphasis on ecotourism in The State, here. And if you’ve followed the career of UD hoopster Elena Delle Donne, you won’t want to miss The Profile, here. Enjoy. 

Mark’s Day Book 
  • Meeting with the Kent crew to plan the annual county guide is always a highlight of the fall. Thanks to Cindy Small, Judy Diogo, Robin Coventry and Dan Wolfensberger for making life so easy.
  • It was a big month on the Wilmington Riverfront. First, the nature center at the new Peterson Preserve is something to behold. You’ve never seen the Wilmington skyline—or the Wilmington marsh— in quite the same way. Thanks to Sharon Roat for inviting me to the preview. Thanks to the Delaware Nature Society for all its important work. Second, the groundbreaking for the Delaware Children’s Museum was a star-studded event. The podium was populated by no less than Tom Carper, Mike Castle, Ted Kaufman, Jack Markell, Matt Denn, Chris Coons, Jim Baker and Mike Purzycki. Delaware Today has been a proud supporter of Julie Van Blarcom, Lisa Loessner and the rest of the hard working crew at the museum. We look forward to its opening on April 26. The Kuumba Academy kids rocked.
  • The good vibes flowed during the Music for a Cause at Béseme to raise money for the Starrlight Fund. It was great to catch up with old bud and emcee Terry Plowman. All my best to organizers Mike Pelrine and Tammy Brittingham. We’ll look forward to doing it again next year.

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