Want to move but not sure where? This year’s real estate feature offers a glimpse into several great Delaware towns. We’re not talking pretty neighborhoods—though the spots are picturesque. We’re talking about useful stats on schools, tax rates, home values, public safety, and amenities like shopping, restaurants, arts organizations and cultural opportunities. Senior writer Mark Nardone offers a comprehensive guide.
Also note staff photographer Ron Dubick’s pictorial of the newly refurbished downtown Wilmington Public Library. In this day of shiny and new, it’s wonderful to see restored and historical. Our thanks to Lisa Frank, Larry Manuel and the rest of the library staff.
Fashion will play a larger role in the magazine, but it’ll be hard to beat this month’s feature. Three Philadelphia 76ers cheerleaders modeled the latest spring fashions. Art director Beth Weiss and assistant art director Stephanie Senner hosted the shoot with Jessica, Cartina and Chelsea—and wonderful photographer Luigi Ciuffetelli. The cheerleaders have ties to Delaware, and they model fashions exclusively from Delaware shops. (We list them in detail.) Here’s the biggie: The indefatigable Beth came up with the idea to honor the Sixers dream teamers by showcasing 76 fashions and accessories. She worked painstakingly on this feature, and it shows.
Please also enjoy a brief excerpt from the new biography, “The Cost of Liberty: The Life of John Dickinson,” by William Murchison. William gave Beth the “liberty” to redesign some of the pages, but the content is exactly as it appears in the book. We’re also grateful to Jed Donahue, the vice president and publications editor-in-chief of ISI Books, a local publisher based in Wilmington. Jed met our frenetic deadlines with grace and patience.
Robert K. Landers reviewed the book recently in the Wall Street Journal. He wrote: “Recent books by historians Jack Rakove, John Ferling and Richard Beeman have brought this neglected Founder again to the fore, and now, with ‘The Cost of Liberty,’ a brisk, admiring biography, journalist William Murchison provides a fuller portrait.”
We wish William and Jed success with this stimulating work that describes prominent Delawarean John Dickinson. Pick up the book. It’s a great read.
Enjoy the issue.