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14 Major Hoopla for Minor League Hoops The 87ers bring D-League action to The Bob. Will fans embrace it? By Matt Amis

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A writer/editor’s slightly snarky and relentless crusade to eliminate grammatical gaffes from our everyday communications

Compiled from the popular column in Out & About Magazine

THE WAR ON WORDS A monthly column in which we attempt, however futilely, to defend the English language against misuse and abuse

e.g./i.e. Just took an online grammar test (aced it!), which, after each answer, listed the percentage of test-takers who missed that question. It seems the most troublesome poser was the one about the distinction between e.g. and i.e. We’ve covered this several times, most recently in September when we cited the scene in Get Shorty that addressed the problem. Here are the definitions: e.g—for example; i.e.—that is. The most common mix-up seems to be using i.e. to mean “for example” (although I’ve also seen the opposite mistake). Please note the distinction. Affect/Effect That grammar test also included a question about the difference between affect and effect. As mentioned many times here, affect is a verb (except for one unimportant instance where it’s a noun) and effect is almost always a noun. The test results, and empirical evidence, indicate that people still have trouble with the difference. Some recent examples: Sportswriter Matt Gelb, in the Philadelphia Inquirer: “Monday’s decision had no affect whatsoever on those negotiations.” And Living Well, a local periodical, contained an editorial with this sentence: “We always keep in mind that this time of year can have quite the opposite affect on those who suffer depression.” Ah, Those Sportscasters (continued) Last month we listed a couple of flubs by sportscasters. Given the tendency for those in that business to mangle the language, we’re suspecting this may become a semi-regular feature. Herewith, a couple of recent gaffes: • Dan Patrick, on his eponymous radio show, called Hall of Fame receiver Jerry Rice “the penultimate” at his position. Rice is generally regarded as the best receiver and perhaps the best player ever. So obviously, Patrick, like many people, thinks

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the word means the very best, or something akin to that. As pointed out here previously, penultimate means “next to last.” Perhaps a recent New Yorker cartoon will help. The drawing shows a sign on a fence outside an athletic field. The sign reads: Ultimate Frisbee, 2 p.m. Penultimate Frisbee, 1 p.m. • We’re going to double down on Patrick because the next day he used “inferred” to mean “implied.” We know that’s wrong, right, guys? Imply means to suggest. Infer means to deduce, conclude or surmise. • Kudos to Don Imus. Say what you will about the old curmudgeon, whose Imus in the Morning radio show is simulcast each weekday morning on the Fox Business Network, he knows his grammar. Recently, his sportscaster, Warner Wolf, commented that one college quarterback had “less interceptions” than another. “Fewer,” Imus blurted. Good on you, I-Man. More people need to add “fewer” to their vocabulary. Hard to Believe, Harry (Wherein we invoke the spirit of late Phillies announcer Richie Ashburn, who used to make that comment to his broadcasting partner, Harry Kalas, when something unbelievable occurred on the baseball field.) Some hard-tobelieves from the local media: • A letter to the News Journal about jobs contained this: “. . . [M]y members suffered undo hardships....” The word is “undue.” • In the NJ real estate section, directions to a home in North Wilmington/Arden included this: “95 to N on Marsh Rd passed Silverside Rd. . . .” That would be “past.” • Then there was this from the Newark Post: “Although she thinks the power plant is efficient for its large size, she said that single factor cannot out way the noise, air and sound pollution the facility will produce.” Out way? Really? The word is “outweigh.” Also, is there a difference between noise and "sound pollution"?

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Pronounced fal-STAF-ee-uhn, it’s an adjective meaning fat, jolly, and convivial—after Sir John Falstaff, a character in Shakespeare’s Henry IV and The Merry Wives of Windsor.

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With an idea that alters your taste buds—not your mind, we hasten to point out—reader Alyssa Koser has won the O&A Great Winter Party Contest. Alyssa’s idea, “Flavor Tripping Party,” involves Miracle Berries, which can be purchased online. These berries (synsepalum dulcificum) alter taste buds to make sour things taste sweet. Ask guests to bring one or two food items from a list of suggested foods. At the party, each guest lets a berry dissolve on his or her tongue, then tastes all of the dishes. Says Alyssa: “Guinness tastes like chocolate milk, and goat cheese tastes like icing.” Alyssa, who lives in Greenville, will be rewarded with a dinner party for eight at Piccolina Toscana (Wilmington). The menu will be farm-inspired and entrees will be served family style. The dinner is valued at more than $330. We received several other creative party ideas, including: • Alexa Rabb’s “Around the World” —Everyone makes a different appetizer and drink focused on one country and also dresses accordingly. • Judith Calhoun’s “Mystery Pot Luck Challenge”—Guests are given dish assignments with a list of foods for their dish. They are to use as many foods on their lists as possible. Dishes are served anonymously, and guests then rate them. Points also are given for number of items on the lists they used. The guest with the highest combined score gets a prize. Both Rabb and Calhoun, who live in Wilmington, will receive a $25 gift certificate to Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant. — O&A

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WHEELING ON Urban Bike Project opens new headquarters on Walnut Street

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he Urban Bike Project, a non-profit that provides bicycle educational programs and mechanical assistance to city youngsters and adults, is bringing new life to a previously unoccupied building at 1500 N. Walnut St, Wilmington. The property, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was once home to Wilmington’s mounted police unit. The six-year-old Urban Bike Project, which was previously housed at 1908 N. Market St., will take up occupancy this month. The Market Street building is slated for demolition. Popular UBP offerings include a Free Bike Program, Youth Earn-A-Bike and Open Shop. The Earn-A-Bike program is a partnership with area schools and enables students who satisfy the program’s requirements to earn a free bike. The Open Shop program provides youth and adults with the opportunity to work with UBP staff and volunteers to learn how to fix and maintain their own bikes. The first Open Shop in UBP’s new location is set for Jan 14. To learn more about PBJ, visit urbanbikeproject.com

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he City of Wilmington Bike Committee has invited several Delaware College of Art and Design (DCAD) students to create concepts for a multi-modal bus shelter to be located across from Wilmington Hospital on Washington Street. The plan will incorporate protected and secure bike parking. Among the elements in the project will be both standard and etched glass, and concrete and stainless steel. It also will incorporate green roofs, LED lighting and solar power. After initial comments from the Bike Wilmington Committee, the students will finalize their drawings by the end of the semester. Feedback from the general public will follow, along with commentary from DART, DelDOT and the city’s Department of Planning and Public Works. To be included in the public input process, contact Michael Leventry at mleventry@WilmingtonDE.gov.

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The University of Delaware won the Colonial Athletic Association Blood Challenge for the third consecutive year and the seventh time in the 12 years of the competition. The Challenge, held on Nov. 13, brought 1,173 donors to four campus locations. Nine CAA universities participated in this year’s Challenge, donating a total of 2,903 blood units. “The University of Delaware is extremely proud once again this year to have captured the CAA Blood Challenge title,” said Eric Ziady, UD director of Athletics and Recreation Services. “We want to thank everyone in the UD community who took part in this great program and gave a life-saving gift to those who need it most.” With the slogan “Dare to Donate,” UD spread awareness of the blood drive throughout the campus and gained the support of Newark businesses. Drexel University came in a distant second in the Challenge with 380 donors, and Hofstra was third with 370 donors. CAA Commissioner Tom Yeager will attend a basketball game this winter to present UD with an award recognizing its victory in the Blood Challenge. Nor Averion (left) and University of Delaware student Kevin Donovan share the school's winning attitude during this year's CAA Blood Challenge.

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ust a few days before the Delaware 87ers’ home opener, A lifelong basketball fanatic, Funk maintains his wild a nervous energy—some palpable mix of optimism enthusiasm for the Sevens, even throughout a period of political and trepidation—resonated in Aaron Moszer’s voice. turmoil that caused him to resign from office last summer. His The inaugural home game for the NBA Development family hails from the basketball-crazy town of Vincennes, Ind. (“I League team at the Bob Carpenter Center in Newark think I inherited the crazy,” he says), and Funk coached Newark —its public unveiling to Delaware—was looming, and the team CYO teams before pursuing public office. He calls the 87ers “one of president was understandably anxious. the greatest things that could’ve happened for the city.” “Emotions are high,” Moser said, pausing before a laugh. The Sevens provide an alternative to the usual slate of Blue Hen “Incredibly high.” college games, Funk points out, which could attract a new breed Months of preparation, public pronouncements and hopeful of sports fan to Newark. “It’s a really tremendous catch for our outreach were over. Just to be safe, downtown area,” he says. “I think as the team made sure to stuff the Dec. mayor I always believed we needed 8 contest against the Canton Charge There will be three rings to our circus, to diversify our sports options. It’s an with prizes, giveaways, celebrity ideal location and right off I-95, so it cameos and autograph sessions. made a lot of sense.” and we’ll use them all. Since arriving in April, the 87ers But Funk’s optimism wasn’t — Team President Aaron Moszer universal. Doubts over the Sevens’ had done anything and everything they could to embrace their new viability materialized almost community. They rehabbed local immediately, as murmurs of slow playgrounds, visited schools, and attended any community function ticket sales continued through the summer. Sports columnists that would have them. The p.r. campaign included Twitter promos, pondered the “uphill battle” the Sevens faced in attracting fans, pep rallies and food drives at Thanksgiving. If it had the potential and the parent 76ers prepared for what many suspected would be to drum up goodwill and name recognition, the 87ers were there. a long, losing season in the NBA. Moszer and his 12 full-time staffers threw themselves into the Indeed, the Sevens were an unknown entity dropped into an activities, because they knew that making a memorable, smileinsular secondary market, where traditions are highly valued. worthy first impression was vital. By December, after all their hard With no star players and tenuous local ties, they were being asked work and good intentions, the new tenants prepared to finally to compete for fan support with Blue Hens teams, not to mention draw back the curtains on Delaware newest pro sports team. the Sixers themselves. And no one seemed quite sure what would happen next. Until an expansion draft in late August, the team didn’t even “We’re excited. But at the same time, we’ve never done this have any players. Head coach Rod Baker, whose previous coaching before,” Moszer said. “We’ve done everything we could think to do, jobs include the D-League’s Bakersfield Jam and the Rochester but it’s like, we don’t know what we don’t know.” RazorSharks of the Premier Basketball League, was hired in Chiefly: Will Delaware return the 87ers’ embrace? mid-November. Moszer himself acknowledges the “tremendous The questions began last spring when the Philadelphia 76ers learning curve” the organization faces in its first year. purchased the operating rights to a team in the NBA D-League, a Oddly enough, in the D-League, success is rarely measured minor-league system where players, coaches and referees can hone in wins and losses. Popular teams closely resemble the wacky their skills while hoping for a call from the big league. world of minor league baseball, where small-town franchises Sixers’ brass—who were in the midst of rebuilding the like the Wilmington Blue Rocks rely on inexpensive, kid-friendly franchise—viewed nearby Newark as an enticing spot for their promotions and spectacle to sustain their entertainment pulse. minor-league test lab. Northern Delaware harbors lots of 76ers Basketball is the central attraction at 87ers' games, just like baseball fans, and its proximity to Philly meant the team could easily is to Blue Rocks games—but it’s clearly not the only one. ► transport players for rehab assignments, or stash promising fringe players while maintaining their contractual rights. The team had eager collaborators in Delaware Gov. Jack Markell, UD President Patrick Harker and David Arthur of the Delaware Sports Commission. With the support of other government, school and business leaders, the team could make quick inroads into Delaware, where agile economic partnerships are a trademark. They settled on the logical but slightly ungainly “87ers” nickname (or “Sevens” for short) to honor “Delaware Day” —Dec. 7, 1787—the day Delaware ratified the Constitution. A bright future was predicted at the introductory press conference. Markell envisioned “hometown spirit and support,” Harker looked forward to showcasing his campus, and the Sixers managing owner Josh Harris stressed the organization’s goal of strengthening player development. All three saw potential. But to reach it, they’d have to sell tickets. In August, Newark Mayor Vance Funk III snagged the firstever Delaware 87ers season ticket package, reserving a section of four seats two rows behind the home bench. “I’ll hear eeeeverything they say,” Funk exclaims with a laugh. “And always remember to Aaron Moszer, president of the team, acknowledges the “tremendous learning curve” bring earplugs for the kids.” the organization faces in its first year.

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Moszer is familiar with that concept: he comes from 15 years of front-office experience in minor league baseball. “Being that family destination is our goal,” he says. “We’ll be walking that fine line where basketball ends and goofy entertainment begins. There will be three rings to our circus, and we’ll use them all.” With a courtside “Kid Zone” and countless mini-games, dunking exhibitions, singers, dancers and giveaways, 87ers games will pump as much kid-friendly stimulation into a three-hour block as possible. With free parking and game programs, and single-game tickets averaging around $20, the 87ers are targeting budgetconscious families. Hardcore hoops fans are welcome, but they’re not the norm. “Our fan is a basketball novice,” Moszer says. “They’re there for the entertainment; for three hours of it at an affordable price.” Still, victories and talented, likable players would be a welcome bonus for the Sevens, and a great tool for building buzz, especially since players are made readily accessible to fans for photos, autographs and high-fives. The average D-Leaguer will never crack an NBA lineup, but it’s not uncommon to find young, unpolished talent or serviceable veteran players among the ranks. Examples abound of shaky basketball careers that were rerouted, revived or rejuvenated thanks to the D-League, including NBA stars like Jeremy Lin of the Houston Rockets and J.J. Barea of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Former NBA All-Stars like Josh Howard and Antoine Walker found themselves toiling at the D level as they awaited another shot with an NBA team. And while the 87ers are the sole affiliate and property of the 76ers, their fulltime players, at least contractually, are not. Any member of the 87ers can sign with any NBA team that desires him, just as the Sixers can sign any nonNBA player from another D-League team. If the 76ers were to assign a player to Newark to rehab an injury or work on his game—someone like highly touted center Nerlens Noel—they would retain his NBA contract. The Sixers’ exclusive partnership only buys them the best view of the talent.

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Two of the more intriguing names on the Sevens’ opening day roster were shotblocking Grecian Thanasis Antetokounmpo and former Temple standout Dustin Salisbery. During the team’s season-opening road trip, they acquired former NBA lottery pick Kendall Marshall, who turned heads instantly when he scored 31 points and flirted with a triple-double in his debut against the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. The playmaking guard, a Washington Wizards castoff, is the sort of offensive-minded mercenary Moszer and the 87ers hope will light up the Bob Carpenter Center throughout the winter. After all the build-up, things looked good at the long-awaited home opener—until an unexpected blast of snow dampened the crowd (2,626 was the announced ticket sale, but less than 400 overcame hazardous driving conditions to be there). The Sevens defeated the previously unbeaten Charge, 121-112, and improved their early-season record to 2-4. Marshall impressed again, scoring 19 points. Moszer and his staff are hoping that repeat performances in Newark will generate enough momentum to make the fledgling franchise’s season a success.

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SHAPING UP FOR THE NEW YEAR Area experts provide tips on how to negotiate the lifetime journey to a healthier you By Rob Kalesse

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ill this be the year you finally stick to that New Year’s resolution? Will you get closer to your optimal weight? Will you join the gym and run that 5K or half-marathon? Can you even make it to Super Sunday without fumbling? Every year many of us look in the mirror and ponder those questions. Then next January rolls around and we find ourselves making the same resolutions again. Maybe it’s time to stop the insanity and get real. Maybe it’s time to set some attainable goals and get professional help, so that 2014 isn’t another year of broken promises…to ourselves. To that end, we surveyed the local scene and got some suggestions and guidance from personal trainers and health gurus. Read on, and pick the approach to fitness that fits your budget, time and personality. Then lace up those sneakers, fill up that water bottle, get your favorite playlist rockin’ on the iPod, and get to work. ► JANUARY 2014 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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A Lifetime Journey Every personal trainer and fitness professional we spoke with agreed that fitness and nutrition should not be just a quick fix, but rather a lifelong commitment, a journey, if you will, to living healthier. “January brings out the exercisers, but they have to be ready to change their lives for the long term,” says Charlotte Maher, owner of FIT Studio in Wilmington. “You make the bed. You brush your teeth. You exercise: it has to become habit and a new way of life if you’re going to be successful. Beginning with a small, short-term goal is the first step.”

Set Realistic Goals Corey Schwartz, a certified personal trainer and director of Health & Wellness at the Brandywine YMCA, says that goal setting is the catalyst for change, but goal setting alone will not make one successful. “Goal setting is a spark to help you stay focused, stay humble and stay on task,” Schwartz says. “But you have to be realistic about what you want to accomplish. You can’t just go from not running at all to completing a 5K in a week.

“The most important thing to remember is that the accomplishment of one goal should simply be the start of setting another one. Start small and keep accomplishing things little by little.” Sean Marcisin, a certified personal trainer and fitness director at Plexus Fitness in Wilmington, says he usually sees people giving up on their goals by the day of the big game in February. “If you can keep up your routine through Super Bowl Sunday, you’ve already accomplished more than 75 percent of people who make New Year’s resolutions,” he says.

Working Out at Home The most affordable and convenient place to work out, of course, is home. But like working from home, working out at home requires a certain level of motivation and discipline that not everyone possesses. If you don’t have the ability to hold yourself accountable, your workout will suffer. “In my opinion, you have to be a Type A kind of person to be able to resist the temptations that surround you in your home,” says Nic DeCaire, owner of Fusion Fitness on Main Street in Newark. “Laundry, the television, the internet, your kids, your pets, household chores; if you’re not strong enough to resist them, any one of them can easily take your attention away from your workout at any time,” DeCaire says. He suggests that you pick a time of day and a specific room in the house for your workout. “If you have an hour between sending the kids off to school and the time you have to leave for work, use that time,” DeCaire says. “If it’s after the kids are in bed and before you go to sleep, make that work.”

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Working out at home requires a Type A personality, according to Nic DeCaire, owner of Fusion Fitness.

If space in your home is an issue, he recommends kettle bells or body weight resistance exercises, like push-ups, pullups and crunches, as a way to maximize the space and the workout. Marcisin actually prefers working out at home, despite his access to all kinds of state-of-the-art equipment at Plexus Fitness. “Working out from home should require getting familiar with three exercises you can do anywhere in your home, in case that load of laundry or airing of SportsCenter grabs your attention for a bit,” he says. “The three I give my clients are dips, squats and push-ups. Just about anyone can do reps of 10 or 15 each during a commercial break or while you’re waiting for a YouTube video to upload on your laptop. Basically, if you can’t commit to a gym, don’t make that an excuse for not working out at all. Do something, even if it’s a simple 15 minutes a day.”

Joining the Gym Local gyms and fitness centers offer so many options that most of us would probably rather go through the hassle of switching banks than deciding which gym to join. But if you’re not the type who can work out at home, then the gym offers an oasis of proper equipment, qualified professionals to assess your physical state, and no little peer pressure from those sweating on nearby treadmills and stationary bikes. “Our first goal when you arrive, whether you’re joining on a full-time basis or want to connect with a physical trainer, is to assess you to see where you are physically,” says Arianne Missimer, of Core Fitness in Wilmington. “The assessment is a series of tests on your mobility and strength, and even your posture, so that we can see what your body is ready for, and what it might need to train up to first.” Most gyms, in addition to offering a tour of the facilities and a demonstration of how all the equipment works, assess each member when he or she joins. “Sometimes people can be intimidated by the atmosphere of a gym or fitness center, whether it’s due to the fact that they’re out of shape or are unfamiliar with how to use the equipment,” says Barbara Monoghan, a trainer at Kirkwood Fitness on Naamans Road. “No matter where you go, your comfort as a client should be your number one priority,” Monoghan says. “The experience of working out is all about empowerment, and it should start on your first visit.” DeCaire agrees it’s important to feel comfortable in your gym, so asking about a free trial period before you join is acceptable. “You should ask for some time to figure out if it’s the right gym for you, based on commute, clientele, everything, really,” he says. “Read the fine print on the contract if a gym makes you sign one, and don’t feel pressured to sign anything that doesn’t feel right for you.” DeCaire suggests keeping your ears, eyes and nose open when visiting a gym. “Check the bathrooms; look for clean towels and hand sanitizer, and if it smells like food in there, avoid it at all costs, because the trainers are likely eating while they’re dealing with clients, and that’s not a good sign.”

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Accountability, or the lack thereof, is the main reason people tend to get out of the habit of working out, according to these fitness pros. That’s where a personal trainer is invaluable. “I am a personal trainer and I have a personal trainer, and the main reason I rely on someone other than myself is accountability,” DeCaire says. “Sometimes we’re not even honest with ourselves, but when someone else is there to keep tabs on us, we’re more likely to achieve those goals we set out to accomplish at the start.” Maher, of FIT Studio, encourages each new client to have a session or two a month with a trainer, in order to figure out a program that works for them before going on their own. “Fitness is a lifetime journey, yes, but having a physical trainer doesn’t necessarily have to be,” Maher says. “If it works for you, great. If not, meeting with a professional at least once a month, as a sort of check-in, is highly recommended.” Missimer says that a lot of times people simply lack the education that a personal trainer can provide. Having a professional adviser means you’ll get more out of your workout. “We have clients who use a physical trainer all the time, and some who only use a trainer when they want to change things up,” Missimer says. “For example, we have golfers who come in and ask for a specific routine that’s designed for the muscles they use, and we’re happy to work with them on that.”

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Arianne Missimer, owner of Core Fitness and a registered dietician, offers some valuable advice about diet.

Of all the places we visited for this story, the YMCA—particularly the Brandywine Branch—seemed to offer the most for families, with emphasis on teaching smaller children the benefits of nutrition and exercise from an early age. “You usually won’t see it at a lot of other fitness providers, but we offer a ton of options for families here at the Y,” Schwartz says. “Our childcare classes and babysitting services really offer new or young parents a full array of options.” Parents can drop their children off at the Kids Zone, then go work out. Once kids reach age 8, they enter the Youth Fitness program, so trainers and YMCA staff get to be around the kids and watch them grow into healthy adults.

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“Being able to nurture someone from the time they’re a child until they’re an adult gives us the unique ability to ensure physical fitness and healthy social interaction,” Schwartz says. “If nutrition and health are part of their lives at the very start, maybe these kids won’t have to worry about making annual resolutions in the future.”

Fueling the Furnace Arianne Missimer, of Core Fitness, is not just a personal trainer with a doctorate in physical therapy; she’s also a registered dietician who specializes in sports nutrition, so she has a good idea of what you should be putting into your body to get the most out of your workout. Everyone requires an individualized approach to diet, but a balanced, healthy breakfast, no matter what time of day you exercise, is an important first step. Because, as she puts it, “it sets the stage for healthy, balanced eating throughout the day.” Carbs, lean protein and healthy fats, if possible, are preferable, Missimer says. Some breakfast food she prefers: whole grain cereal, milk, whole-wheat toast, lowfat yogurt, oatmeal and fruit. As for what to eat prior to and after your workout, she says it depends on your metabolism, schedule and intensity and length of your workout. “If it works out that you can have a light snack 30 minutes or so prior to working out, that is recommended,” Missimer says. “If you’re working out for close to an hour at a higher intensity, however, getting something with carbs ahead of time will help sustain you.” Again, each person will be different, so test what foods are light enough to provide energy without leaving an aftertaste during your workout. “Some people might drink orange juice and have a piece of fruit before working out, and then taste nothing but orange juice while they’re working out,” Missimer says. “If you have a sensitive stomach like that, tinker with your pre-workout snack until you find the right fit.” Afterward, she says, get some carbs and protein in you. If it’s an end-of-theday workout, wait 30 minutes and have a nutritious dinner like chicken, rice and a vegetable. You’ll likely be satiated, and with a lower-calorie meal, you’re more apt to keep the weight off.

MUSIC TO PUT YOU IN THE MOOD No matter what route you go, some days are harder than others. There will be times, regardless of your personal trainer or how self-motivated you are, that you just won’t want to work out. Crafting a proper playlist of music, however, can sometimes awaken that motivation, even if you start playing it while you’re sitting on the couch and it all of a sudden sparks something. Nic DeCaire, Corey Schwartz and Sean Marcisin each provided us with a 10song playlist that they rely on for days when even they aren’t motivated to get up and get moving. Download these onto your portable music player and go for a run, hit the gym or do your home workout—rock your way to a healthier you.

COREY SCHWARTZ: “Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (feat. Ray Dalton) “Cruise (Remix)” by Florida Georgia Line [feat. Nelly] “Give Me Everything” by Pitbull (feat. Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer) “On Top of the World” by Imagine Dragons “Let’s Go” by Calvin Harris (feat. Ne-Yo) “Timber” by Pitbull (feat. Ke$ha) “Some Nights” by Fun “All In” by Lifehouse “Love the Way You Lie” by Eminem (feat. Rihanna) “A Light That Never Comes” by Linkin Park & Steve Aoki

NIC DECAIRE: “Wake Me Up” by Avicii “Still Into You” by Paramore “Scary Monsters and Nice Spirits” by Skrillex “Runaway Baby” by Bruno Mars “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark” by Fallout Boy “Lose Yourself” by Eminem “Hot Mess” by Cobra Starship “Anti Gravity” by Lindsey Sterling “Black Betty” by Spiderbaite “Call On Me” by Eric Prydz

SEAN MARCISIN: “Before I Forget” by Slipknot “Monster” by Skillet “Never Enough” by Five Finger Death Punch “Damn!” by Young Bloodz “Gasolina” by Daddy Yankee “Break” by Three Days Grace “Reborn” by Stone Sour “East Jesus Nowhere” by Green Day “Perfect Insanity” by Disturbed “The Anthem” by Pitbull

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O&A FITNESS CHALLENGE BEGINS WITH A BEGINNER At the age of 32, Ryan Warner readies for the Caesar Rodney Half Marathon. He’s the first entry in our year-long Challenge.

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Ryan Warner and his wife have a 16-month-old son, and they’re expecting another baby in March. Faced with the prospect of keeping up with two young children, Warner figured it was time for him to get in shape. He thus becomes the first to take on the 2014 O&A Fitness Challenge. We will be sharing Warner’s progress over the next few months with you. And we’re hoping a few more readers will step up to take our Fitness Challenge during the course of the year. We’ll keep track of each person. Warner, 32, is the owner of Anchor Communications, a Wilmington firm that provides telecommunications services throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. With a business to run, he has found little time to stay fit. He admits that this will be his first serious physical activity since he played baseball at Newark High School. Despite that long layoff, Warner is committed to running the Caesar Rodney Half-Marathon, the premier running event in Delaware that take places in March, right about the time the Warners’ second child is schedule to be born. The 6-2, 235-pound Warner began training last month, and he got off to an ambitious start, logging three three-mile runs and a four-miler around the track at Delcastle Recreation Area, which borders his back yard in Sherwood Park. He says his 12-minuteper-mile pace is “not exactly Olympian, but it’s a start.” Warner hopes to drop a few pounds during the Challenge. He’s off to an auspicious beginning: In addition to his running routine, he has replaced his usual evening snack and Miller Light with a banana. So . . . how about you? Wanna join the fun—and the fitness? Be next man or woman up. Send an email to Jerry duPhily at jduphily@ tsnpub.com, and let us know what you hope to accomplish fitnesswise in 2014. Become part of the 2014 O&A Fitness Challenge! — Bob Yearick

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These areas museums and galleries will help you warm up this winter with a variety of educational and entertaining exhibits and events By Krista Connor

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DELAWARE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM 550 Justison St., Wilmington Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. www.delawarechildrensmuseum.org This is Delaware’s only kid-centric museum, dedicated to playful learning. Kids can explore, discover, and celebrate the power of potential. Through interactive experiences that stimulate their imaginations with science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics, they’ll leave with a lesson every time. What’s happening: Through Sunday, Jan. 26, the museum is celebrating the 75th anniversary of the classic movie The Wizard of Oz, with The Wizard of Oz Education Exhibition, the first-ever licensed, traveling educational exhibit based on the film. This interactive fantasy adventure takes children and families on a journey from the Gale Farm in Kansas to the colorful Land of Oz, where kids can explore Munchkinland, The Crossroads, the Witch’s Castle, and The Emerald City. “What’s really great about it is the opportunity for parents and grandparents who grew up watching the classic film to now share it in a new way with their kids and grandkids,” says Director of Marketing and Communications Nicole Kindbeiter. “It’s a perfect trip for the whole family to make.”

DELAWARE ART MUSEUM 2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington Hours: Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.; Wednesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. www.delart.org During a cold, gray evening in the winter of 1912, a small group of Delaware residents gathered in memory of a groundbreaking Wilmington illustrator, Howard Pyle, who had passed away. To honor his life and work, the group formed what would eventually become the Delaware Art Museum. In 2012 the museum celebrated 100 years, and collections have grown to more than 12,000 pieces, focusing on American art and illustration from the 19th to the 21st centuries, and on the English Pre-Raphaelite movement of the mid-19th century. What’s happening: Through Sunday, Jan. 12, Femfolio, a print portfolio assembled by 20 female artists important to the feminist art movement of the 1970s, will be featured. The first-ever exhibition highlighting the artistic mastery and diversity of Red Clay School District teachers, For the Love of Art: Teaching Artists of the Red Clay School District, will run through Sunday, Jan. 19. The exhibit includes 49 works by 19 participants. And from Feb. 8 to May 25, Blessed are the Peacemakers: Violet Oakley’s “The Angel of Victory” piece will be on display. Oakley was a 20th century illustrator, stainedglass designer and the first famous American woman to do public mural painting. ► JANUARY 2014 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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DELAWARE HISTORY MUSEUM 504 Market St., Wilmington Hours: Wednesday – Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. www.hsd.org/dhm.htm Located in a renovated art-deco Woolworth store, the Delaware History Museum features three galleries of changing interactive exhibits about Delaware history, including displays of rare historical items from everyday life, along with costumes, toys, regional decorative arts, and paintings. What’s happening: Forging Faith, Building Freedom: African American Faith Experiences in Delaware, 1800-1980, will be featured through the summer. The exhibit, which began in 2013, celebrates two anniversaries in the African American community. In 1813, America’s first independent African American denomination, the African Union Church, was founded in Wilmington by Peter Spencer. The next year Spencer started the August Quarterly, the nation’s oldest African American festival. DELAWARE MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY 4840 Kennett Pike, Wilmington Hours: Sunday, noon to 4:30 p.m.; Monday – Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. www.delmnh.org The museum opened in 1972 to excite and inform people about the natural world. Here you can encounter life-size dinosaurs, peer into the sea, experience an African watering hole, come face-to-face with a jaguar, and marvel at diverse creatures around the world. What’s happening: Between Saturday, Jan. 25, and May 26, Charlie & Kiwi’s Evolutionary Adventure will offer an engaging story, exhibits, and activities introducing you to the basics of evolution through the eyes of Charlie, a young boy writing a report about his favorite bird, the kiwi. Join Charlie as he travels back in time to the age of the dinosaurs to discover the kiwi’s ancestors.

HAGLEY MUSEUM AND LIBRARY 200 Hagley Creek Rd., Wilmington Hours: Daily, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. www.hagley.org Located on 235 acres along the banks of the Brandywine River, Hagley Museum and Library is the site of the gunpowder works founded by E. I. du Pont in 1802. Restored mills, a workers’ community, and the ancestral home and gardens of the du Pont family—it’s all here. What’s happening: Don’t miss the exhibit Fashion Meets Science: Introducing Nylon. Created in DuPont Company labs, nylon was introduced in 1938 and replaced silk in ladies’ hosiery. Hagley’s exhibition discusses the early development of nylon and its impact on fashion. WINTERTHUR MUSEUM AND GARDEN 5105 Kennett Pike, Wilmington Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. www.winterthur.org Founded by Henry Francis du Pont, Winterthur (pronounced winter-tour) is the premier museum of American decorative arts, reflecting both early America and the du Pont family. Its 60-acre garden is one of the country’s best, and the research library is utilized by scholars from around the world. What’s happening: From March 1 to January of next year Winterthur is featuring Costumes of Downton Abbey, an original exhibition of designs from the award-winning PBS television series. The exhibit will include 40 historically-inspired costumes from the show, supplemented by photographs and vignettes from the show and real life at Winterthur. AMERICAN HELICOPTER MUSEUM 1220 American Blvd. #1, West Chester, Pa. Hours: Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.; Wednesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. www.americanhelicopter.museum Established in 1996, the American Helicopter Museum and Education Center collects, restores and displays rotary aircraft. The only helicopter museum in the country, it focuses on the science and technology of vertical flight. The museum displays more than 35 civilian and military helicopters, autogiros and convertaplanes. For a hands-on experience, visitors can climb aboard helicopters and even take rides during certain months of the year. What’s happening: Ongoing in-house education programs, science of helicopters classes, the History of Helicopters, Saturday Series and more are offered. Check the website for details.

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BIGGS MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART 406 Federal St., Dover Hours: Sunday, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.; Tuesday – Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. www.biggsmuseum.org One of the best collections of American fine and decorative arts is housed at the Sewell C. Biggs Museum of American Art Museum, established in 1993. What’s happening: Refining the Region: the Landscapes of Bayard T. Berndt is on display until Feb. 23. Bayard Taylor Berndt was a 20th century Brandywine Valley painter who studied under figures like Frank Schoonover, N.C. Wyeth and Gayle Hoskins. Some of his most recognizable scenes highlight commerce on the local waterways, industrialization, urban street views and covered bridges.

JOHNSON VICTROLA MUSEUM 375 S. New St., Dover Hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. www.visitdelaware.com The Johnson Victrola Museum is a tribute to Delaware native Eldridge Reeves Johnson, the leading producer of the phonograph, or record player, in his time. He established the Victor Talking Machine Company in 1901, and the company grew to encompass 10 city blocks in Camden, N. J., and grossed millions annually. What’s happening: Ongoing exhibits include phonographs, recordings, memorabilia, trademarks, objects, and paintings highlighting Johnson’s successful business enterprises—all chronicling the development of the sound recording industry. ►

SELECT FRIDAY NIGHTS EACH MONTH 6 PM – 10 PM • FREE FOR MEMBERS $8 IN ADVANCE • $10 AT THE DOOR The Museum comes alive on select Friday nights! Each night is unique with live music, special performances, Studio activities, films, gallery games, tours, and more! Plus, stroll the galleries and enjoy a cash bar with snacks in the Thronson Café. JANUARY 10 • FEBRUARY 14 • MARCH 14 For event details, visit delart.org. 2301 Kentmere Parkway Wilmington, DE 19806 302.571.9590 | delart.org

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Longwood Gardens 1001 Longwood Rd., Kennett Square Hours vary. Open daily. See website for details. www.longwoodgardens.org With more than 1,077 acres of gardens, woodlands, and meadows, Longwood is open year-round for visitors to enjoy indoor and outdoor exotic plants and

horticulture, events and performances, seasonal and themed attractions, lectures, courses, and workshops. Industrialist Pierre S. du Pont purchased the property in 1906 to save the arboretum from being sold for lumber. He made it his private estate, and from 1906 until the 1930s, he added extensively to the property. What’s happening: Stop by between Saturday, Jan. 25, and March 30 for Orchid Extravaganza. Explore an enchanting world of orchids in colorful bloom – draped from walls, flowing from baskets, forming in archways, and more. New Castle Court House Museum 211 Delaware St., New Castle Hours: Sunday, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.; Wednesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. www.history.delaware.gov Built in 1732, the New Castle Court House served as Delaware’s first court and state capitol. In the building in 1776, New Castle, Kent and Sussex Counties declared their independence from Pennsylvania and England, creating the state of Delaware.  The museum features tours and exhibits that illustrate Delaware’s law, government, the Underground Railroad and more.

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What’s happening: Ongoing, the exhibit Archaeology of the New Castle Court House highlights the many phases of archaeological investigations at the Court House, including artifacts that are more than 300 years old. Be sure to check out Emeline Hawkins: Her Journey From Slavery to Freedom on the Underground Railroad, an exhibit chronicling the compelling story of Emeline Hawkins and her family and their 1845 odyssey on the Underground Railroad from slavery in Maryland, through Delaware to freedom in Pennsylvania.

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Zwaanendael Museum 102 Kings Highway, Lewes Hours vary. See website for details. www.history.delaware.gov The Zwaanendael Museum is a showcase for the Lewes region’s maritime, military and social history. Modeled after the town hall in Hoorn, the Netherlands, the building commemorates the 1631 founding of Delaware’s first European settlement by the Dutch. What’s happening: A Seaborne Citizenry: The DeBraak and Its Atlantic World exhibit utilizes artifacts recovered from His Majesty’s Sloop of War DeBraak, a British warship that sank off the Delaware coast on May 25, 1798, to tell the story of the ship, its crew and the history of the time. For more, visit the website.

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of my music now. It’s deeper than Spotify, and allows you to set up radio stations like Pandora. In addition to playlists that you can share with friends, you can set up an infinite virtual “collection” from which you can create the ultimate personalized station or browse through things you like. It’s got the best user interface I’ve run into so far, especially on mobile. And I like that it will store songs on my phone in case I have no connection (or don’t want to use my data plan). I pay $10/month and then every physical release I buy is something I really want. Radio stations are free. — Joe del Tufo, Contributing Photographer

THE PINK TURTLE Need a gift for the hip ‘tween, the cool teen, or the hot mom in your life? The Pink Turtle has it all— fun gifts, great accessories, and hip fashions for women of all ages. Even better than great gifts: awesome prices! Shopping at the “Turtle” never breaks the bank. thepinkturtlestore.com — Thomas Abel, Philanthropist and Entrepreneur

DCCA’S ALTERNATIVES SHOP LIFEFACTORY GLASS BOTTLES Lifefactory offers a line of glass bottles with silicone covers in various shapes and sizes that are all dishwasher safe. No more weird plastic taste necessary. I use mine every day for water, but learned recently that they also sell baby bottles that can go right from the freezer to hot water, so I’ll be purchasing those soon too. They’re available online and at local health food stores such as Harvest Market and Newark Natural Foods.

This shop, located inside the DCCA lobby, is an eclectic retail space with artwork by regional and national artists: jewelry, glass and wood sculpture, ceramics and even fun, wearable art. Plenty of items are one-of-a-kind. My particular faves are Diane Koss’ Big Monster Hoodies and Beth Pohlman’s modern organic jewelry creations. — Michelle Kramer-Fitzgerald, Contributing Writer

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MILK TRUCK VINTAGE The best kept secret in Wilmington, it’s tucked away off Lancaster Avenue. Owner Dave Songle has managed to create a one-of-a-kind shopping experience for anyone who is a fan of reclaimed and repurposed furniture and decorative accents. It’s the perfect spot to find that signature piece your home is missing or a gift for someone who loves vintage pieces. The shop is open every first Friday and Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and by appointment. — Carrie W. Gray, Managing Director, Wilmington Renaissance Corporation

THE HIDDEN GEOMETRY OF FLOWERS, BY KEITH CRITCHLOW William Blake spoke

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No longer the official pastime of barefoot hippies and dogs, Ultimate (sometimes called Ultimate Frisbee) is an addictive mix of athleticism, precision and fun. Games are selfofficiated, which promotes “spirit of the game.” I challenge you to find a more difficult—or fun—workout. Check www. pada.org—it’s for the greater Philly ultimate association, which is an umbrella for the Delaware leagues. — Allan McKinley, Contributing Writer

of seeing “the world in a grain of sand and heaven in a wildflower.” In his most recent book, Keith Critchlow offers scientific evidence to back Blake’s poetic license. Utilizing tools of mathematics, biology, psychology, astronomy and common sense, Critchlow ponders the how and why behind the power of beauty that flowers possess. Using similar tools, he illustrates how the dimensions and shapes expressed in flowers can be found proportionally in the tiny building blocks of our DNA and in the blueprints of our solar system. If you’re a nature lover and/or open to philosophies that champion the greater connectedness of things, you might find that this book offers an interesting and inspirational point of view. — Jim Hunter Miller, O&A Director of Publications

52 WEEK MONEY CHALLENGE Baby number two is on the way and the stress of added expenses has already crept into my head. Since saving money is always a challenge, babies or not, I’ve decided to try a new method I discovered on the ol’ interweb. In addition to my standard bank savings accounts and Roth I.R.A.s, the “52 Week Money Challenge” basically forces you to save loose cash on a weekly basis over an annual span. Week one, put $1 in a jar. Week two, $2. Week three, $3. You get the idea. At the end of one year, you’ll find yourself sitting on $1,378.

RIDE THE BRANDWINE VALLEY There’s a reason new car salesmen take you to “The Valley” to test drive that new Audi or Mini Cooper. The ride is spectacular. But if you really want to appreciate this remarkable slice of rolling countryside, see it on two wheels. That’s right, bike it. Sure, the hills are a challenge, and many roads are quite narrow, but the area has become such a cycling mecca that most motorists are respectful when it comes to sharing the road with bicyclists. Within a couple of hours you can take in nearly a dozen world-class attractions. You’ll also burn off plenty of calories to justify a couple of post-ride beverages at Buckley’s Tavern, BBC or Four Dogs Tavern.

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SHOP HANDMADE Easier than ever, you can go to Etsy (etsy.com) to find beautiful goods that are thoughtful, crafted with care, and unique. And since you are buying the product from an artist you’ll often find that they’ll go above and beyond to show appreciation for your support by including a personal note or packaging that is almost too pretty to open. Check out Wild Habit for locally made art, lighting & curiosities (etsy. com/shop/WildHabit). — Danielle Quigley, Photographer & Artist

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FOCUS THE BIRTH CENTER HOLISTIC WOMEN’S HEALTHCARE I am the proud mom of a 3 ½-year-old son and a 5-month old daughter, and have had the privilege of receiving all of my prenatal, birth, and postpartum care at The Birth Center in Wilmington. If you’re planning a pregnancy and have considered a drugfree birth, I strongly recommend you check them out. The medical care I received there was excellent, and the relationships I built with the remarkable women who work there made the experience special. But The Birth Center is so much more than a place to get check-ups and give birth—it’s a community where you feel informed, supported, and cared for. They offer classes, new parent groups, breastfeeding support, and routine well-women’s care (both for women planning to birth there and those who prefer a hospital setting) leading to a healthy pregnancy, a happy baby and happy parenting. — Marie Graham Poot, O&A Director of Sales

GARMIN S2 APPROACH Though it’s cold outside, avid golfers are likely dreaming of warmer days and hitting the links. When the temperatures do eventually rise, be ready to up your game with this GPS device that doubles as a wristwatch. No more fooling with golf apps on your phone or wonky trackers on the golf cart. Just check your watch from wherever you are on more than 30,000 courses for distances from tee to green, yardage for laying up and going for the pin, and measurements to the back, front and middle of the green. Retails for $250, available in black and white. — Rob Kalesse, Contributing Writer

GREAT STUFF HOME

Save on upscale furniture for a good cause. Great Stuff Home is a furniture resale shop, with all proceeds going to the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition. Three years ago, the Coalition opened Great Stuff Savvy Resale as a women’s clothing resale shop. Things have been so successful that this past fall the Coalition expanded next door with Great Stuff Home. Located in the Talleyville Center, at the corner of Silverside Road and Concord Pike.

POW! YOU’RE AN ARTIST!

At Kennett Design, everyone’s an artist, as they say. At this “Social Art Studio” in the heart of historic Kennett Square, you can gather your peeps for two-hour painting “events,” which include instruction by a local artist and a fun BYOB option. Art supplies are provided. The events are becoming the hot new theme for everything social—e.g., birthday parties, corporate team building. Look them up at kennett-design.com and channel your inner van Gogh with the help of vino. — Michelle Kramer-Fitzgerald, Contributing Writer

FOR WORD NERDS Garner’s Usage Tips, sponsored by Oxford University Press, is a daily reminder of how our language is abused. Each tip addresses a word or term that is often misused. After giving the definition, each installment cites examples of misuse, then ends with a (totally unrelated) quotation about effective communication. To get Garner’s Usage Tip of the Day, email info@lawprose. org and ask to be added to this specific list. — Bob Yearick, O&A Contributing Editor

— Ciro Poppiti, Contributing Writer

STROUD PRESERVE-/ BRANDYWINE CONSERVANCY WITH A STOP AT FOUR DOGS TAVERN IN MARSHALLTON, PA. Perfect for a Sunday afternoon hike, scenic view or just getting away from football at the bar. Complete with huge hay bales (during the fall) to jump on and run around and picnic on. On the way back, a stop at Four Dogs Tavern is a must—great food, beer, music and company, and you can bring along your dog and sit out by the fireplace. — Danielle Quigley, Photographer & Artist 32 JANUARY 2014 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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NORTHERN DELAWARE GREENWAY This beautiful, mostly off-road nine-mile path meanders from the Cauffiel Parkway section of Bellevue State Park through Rockwood Park, along the edge of Rock Manor Golf Course, drops down through Alapocas to end at Brandywine Park downtown. The hilly, leafy route makes for a tranquil yet vigorous bike ride (or city commute). Of course it can also be jogged or walked. There are plans to link this with other routes to White Clay Creek and New Castle, as well as the proposed East Coast Greenway from Maine to Florida, a.k.a. the Urban Appalachian Trail.

VOLUNTEERING The greatest way to make a difference in your community is to get involved. Too many people think philanthropy is all about giving money; more than ever it is about getting involved. Volunteer at your kid’s school, at your church or synagogue, coach a team, work a 5K, serve meals to the hungry, comfort the sick, talk to the elderly, support the arts—however you choose to apply yourself, you will make an impact. Volunteering is about showing up and being present in life. — Thomas Abel, Philanthropist and Entrepreneur

— Mark Fields, O&A Movie Reviewer

HIKE TO THE HEAD OF CHESAPEAKE BAY Take a hike with a picnic lunch to the Head of the Chesapeake Bay. Route 272 through North East, Md. will take you to a dead end, Turkey Point, sight of the Historic Turkey Point Light House. The light house overlooks the convergence of five rivers, forming the Chesapeake Bay -- the Susquehanna, North East, Bohemia, Sassafras and Elk. Watch the ships sail by or just take in the view —you can see for miles.

CITY THEATER COMPANY’S FEARLESS IMPROV This is Wilmington’s only improv troupe, delivering a unique blend of unpredictable sketches, interactive games, some compromising positions and a bit of bawdiness for the fun-loving folks of Wilmington and beyond. Playing each month at Arden’s Buzz Ware Village Center, their shows are filled with endless laughs and tears of joy—no show is the same! — Barb Bullock, Contributing Writer

— John Murray, Contributing Writer

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BECOME THE PERSON YOU’VE ALWAYS WANTED TO BE Nearly everyone, as a child, has ambitious ideas of what one will be as an adult, but few people follow through with those plans. Not that they always should (I wanted to be a sign painter. I’d be about as useful as a Model T mechanic today). That doesn’t mean that people shouldn’t have new, updated plans of their ideal selves. Put this magazine down now and go take a karate class, or finally read War and Peace, or make the largest ball of twine. Don’t worry, Out & About will still be here when you get back. — David Hazardous, O&A Distribution

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CTC amps up the 20th Anniversary Season by kicking it root-down with Best Of: 2.0, a comic showcase of favorite 10-Minute Plays the troupe has performed throughout their illustrious history. CTC fan favorites from the past 20 years—George Tietze, Dylan Geringer, Todd Holtsberry, Mary Catherine Kelley, James Kassees, Kerry Kristine McElrone, Jim Burns, Adam Wahlberg, and Melissa Bernard—promise to make you laugh, make you ponder, and make you possibly throw up in your mouth a little. In a good way.

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WILMINGTON MAYOR

DENNIS P. WILLIAMS

ONE YEAR LATER By Larry Nagengast photo by Joe del Tufo

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year ago, O&A posed questions to all contenders for the office of Mayor of Wilmington. The eventual winner of that election—by a landslide—was former state Rep. Dennis P. Williams. In his first year in office, Mayor Williams has faced several major challenges. While dealing with the primary one—keeping his campaign promise to reduce violent crime in the city—he also became embroiled in two controversies: a budget battle with City Council and the Foxtail incident, which led to the dismissal of his chief strategy officer, Velda Jones Potter (who is married to his cousin, state Rep. Charles Potter), after she acted on behalf of her son to secure city services for a concert he was promoting. We spoke recently with the mayor, a former detective with the city police department, about fighting crime and the ups and downs of the past 12 months. Here is an edited version of that conversation: Your campaign was based largely on reducing violent crime, yet shootings and murders remain an issue. (As of Dec. 5, there had been a record 149 shootings in Wilmington, and 20 homicides. The latter was down from last year’s record total of 25, but shootings as of Dec. 8 topped the previous high of 142 in 2010.) What are the biggest obstacles to putting a major dent in this problem? We have put a dent in it. Homicides are down by 29 percent (at the time of the interview). And our shooting rate has escalated because of the pressure we’re putting on street drug dealers. We’re starting to take their spaces away from them, confine them to a smaller area. They start running over the top of each other, this causes territorial fights. One of the main problems I find, and I’m sure mayors all over the nation are finding, is the unemployment rate is astronomical. It is out of control. (In October, the unemployment rate for the city was 9.8 percent, compared with 6.5 percent statewide.) We also have the moral decay in this nation, people dropping out of school and the disappearance of manufacturing jobs. When we have a dropout rate as high as we have, 60 percent in the city, and a family structure that is falling apart, it’s a recipe for disaster. All we can do is go out and police the streets, suppress crime, get the guns off the streets like we have—300 handguns, several automatic weapons, hundreds of thousands of dollars in illegal drugs, hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash. Our biggest problem is we need employment … and job training programs that will lead to jobs. And look at what’s going on all around this nation. People go into schools, into shopping malls, go into work and shoot people, don’t even know them. Until we realize the proliferation of firearms needs to be controlled, we’re going to have these massive problems. But pretty much everything you just said is not new. It’s worse. It’s escalating. The unemployment rate is higher (in the city than elsewhere in the state), people are losing homes. People should have been looking at this last 15 years and trying to stem the tide. I’ve been in only 10 months and two weeks … maybe I did make a mistake in saying in six months I would eradicate crime. My mother told me I should filter things that come through my mouth sometimes. We are going to turn this thing around. We need everybody— state, county, local and federal officials—to do their part.

What resources do you need to help reduce violent crime? One of the things we did, we put more officers in the patrol division. When citizens call, they don’t want police to come two or three hours later. We also need some more equipment. I don’t want to talk about that, to let people know some of the inadequacies that we have, but we are working now to correct that. People are communicating more with us. Officers are now getting out of the car. People are getting to know them. You had a prolonged battle with City Council over the budget. How is your relationship with them now? It’s gotten better. I’ll accept responsibility for the budget crisis. Maybe I should have come in with a different approach. I looked at this as state government, and didn’t understand the municipal process. There’s more openness. If both sides want the city to move forward, turn things around, get economic development moving, bring crime down and get our kids back on the right track in school, I think that both sides will roll up their sleeves and work together. The budget battle seems a lot like what Gov. Pete du Pont went through in his first year. It was the same with Gov. Markell too, and I should have known better because I was in the General Assembly, and we pushed back, and we changed his budget around. Now I know what he went through. Next time, I will be more open to discussion. To what extent has the emphasis on crime-fighting and policing taken away from your ability to address other issues? I have to depend on my department heads to carry the ball in other areas. It has pulled me away from areas I’ve wanted to focus on. And I can tell you what I get from that: high blood pressure, hair falling out, gray hair, nightmares, getting up early in the morning. Sometimes I spend 55 or 60 hours a week in here because what I spend on public safety means I have to catch up in other areas.

I need to listen a little bit more. I need to be a little more cooperative. I think those are two of my biggest pitfalls. — Mayor Dennis P. Williams When you took office, you spoke of trying to ramp up youth and recreational programs as a way of addressing public safety concerns. What have you accomplished? That’s one of the good things. We’re keeping some of the recreation centers open until 9:30 at night, and we had Arts in the Park, opened the pools earlier, taking [youths on] trips, we did a fall college tour, and we had fall and summer internships. Most of the children who go to these centers, they don’t have any money. If there’s a charge for a program, you turn them away and they go right back out onto the street. So we have to suck it up. It’s better they be on a trip, on a bus, than standing on a corner. ►

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In his documentary, The People’s Report, Dr. Yasser Payne of the University of Delaware described the linkage of poverty, unemployment and crime on the East Side and in Southbridge. What were your thoughts on working with Dr. Payne, and on getting residents more involved with solving problems within their own communities? I know Dr. Payne very well. He will be sitting down with us when we put a team together to interrupt this violence We’ve laid a program out that’s not complete yet. Some of the program will come out of our budget, some will come out of state budget. You can’t just say you’ve got to go out and talk to the guys who are doing the shooting and see if you can make them stop. You need training, which we’re going to do right, and guidelines, which we’re going to do right, and pattern it after Baltimore and Chicago. In Chicago, they brought in ex-offenders and those exoffenders went out and stopped a lot of people from killing each other because they had street credibility. How would this program work? We would assign them to community centers and dispatch them in the evenings, when firearms will be on the street. The people who are committing these acts will most likely know the people who are on this committee because they were probably in prison with their fathers, or even with them. If you can go out and stop somebody from shooting someone, that’s worth your weight in gold to me. Several new charter schools will open in Wilmington next fall. How do you feel about charter schools, and do you worry that their growth will weaken traditional public schools? I supported the charter schools. I am disappointed with losing the revenue (when formerly taxable properties are converted into non-taxable school facilities).Losing revenue doesn’t help me. But if kids are going to get better educated and turn their lives around, I’ll support that. I don’t want to see the (traditional) public school system be a failed system, and I don’t want to see it drained by taking the best and the brightest out by pushing them toward a charter. The General Assembly will have to take a look, and if they’re draining the public school system, they’ll have to say no more charters. How are you getting along with business leaders? We’re getting good response from the Business Roundtable, which we set up before the inauguration—35-40 small businesses, and larger businesses. I talk to them. When we had problems downtown, we created a new (police) deployment. We turned the problem around and changed the perception. People are feeling more comfortable about coming downtown. We’ve addressed their issues. We’re not making excuses anymore. What are the biggest lessons you have learned in your first year as mayor? I need to listen a little bit more. I need to be a little more cooperative. I think those are two of my biggest pitfalls.

What did you learn from the Foxtail episode? Were you too trusting, or did you fail to establish expected standards of conduct when you took office? I was too trusting. When did you catch on that there was a problem? I gave you the answer, I was too trusting Have the differences with your relatives been patched up? Next question. Is there anything you wish you had done differently? I wish I had done like when I was in the General Assembly, and worked both sides of the aisle. I wish I had started out working with city council that way. After 17-½ years in the General Assembly, working with three governors, I should have known better. I was a little disappointed in myself. What have been your major achievements? I didn’t raise taxes. The homicide rate is down dramatically. We held onto our youth development and scholarship programs, internship programs. We’re getting out and addressing the community. And we’re finally getting a skate park, at Maryland Avenue and Third Avenue. It will be named after (former City Councilman) Jesse Samluk. It should be up and running by summer. What have been your major disappointments? I’m very disappointed in the violence, in the dropout rate. Our crime is very disappointing. It’s something we have to work on. Whatever doesn’t work we will change and adjust. We are not going to keep fighting crime with old ways that doesn’t work. We need more jobs. If you don’t have jobs and people aren’t educated, it’s like putting gasoline on the fire One of my biggest disappointments was not being able to bring in minor league hockey, and not bringing another boxing match into the city. But we will have another boxing match very soon, and we will have wrestling. We’re really going to have hockey here, we really are. Where would a hockey team play? We’re looking at building another stadium. We’ve had some key financial people who are very interested. I’ve met with several folks. But when I started diving into the crime problem, I dropped everything into a box and put it on hold. Some of the big business folks have kind of dropped off because I haven’t been meeting with them. You have three years remaining in this term. What do you hope to achieve? If I had a crystal ball I could tell you all of that. I’d like to put maybe 8,000 people back to work, bring the crime rate down to almost zero, homicide rate down another 3040 percent, bring minor league hockey to the city … and make sure our general fund stays solvent.

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CITY OF WILMINGTON

FROM THE MAYOR

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he New Year provides each of us an opportunity to reflect. Prior to running for office and during the campaign, I held a vision for a Wilmington where uplifting our children, reinvigorating our neighborhoods and fueling the economy, would become umbrellas under which we would RISE together. RISE is a campaign spearheaded by my Administration and I, to enrich and enhance the City of Wilmington through hands-on approaches. The goals of these approaches are to work with Wilmingtonians to make Wilmington clean, safe and smart. RISE seeks to establish the City of Wilmington as a thriving, urban metropolitan community. By developing a clean, safe, healthy and productive environment, RISE is designed to empower all citizens to achieve their full potential through education, business, culture, and recreation. Many of you will recall surges of support over the last year. The City worked with various civic associations and community organizations to complete citywide cleanup projects. Plans for the coming season include infusions of support to neighborhood organizations and programs focused on encouraging young people to dedicate themselves to their own education and community development.

This month, my Administration’s Division of Neighborhood Development will begin facilitating Community Cluster meetings with the leadership of every civic organization and community association. These Community Clusters will focus on safety and neighborhood development, address issues of public safety, offer increased access to City Departments and provide information about how to navigate and receive City resources and services relative to neighborhood improvement. These, along with other RISE initiatives and programs, will propel Wilmington to become a leader in neighborhood interdependence, crime prevention, and thriving neighborhoods, who are actively working toward their vision of clean, safe and smart lifestyles. I look forward to the year ahead! Let’s RISE together, Wilmington! Happy New Year,

Dennis P. Williams Mayor

FROM THE PLANNING DEPARTMENT

Mayor Williams Joins Chief Dunning and Students to Present Mural Paintings for Vacant Buildings in Downtown Wilmington

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ayor Dennis P. Williams and Chief Christine Dunning joined members of the downtown business community and local schools to unveil new murals displayed in the window of a vacant storefront in downtown Wilmington. For the past month, students at Bancroft Elementary, Stubbs Elementary, and Kuumba Academy painted several 9 foot by 5 foot mural sections that will be placed in the storefronts of a vacant building on located Market Street. Based on the concept of crime prevention through environmental design, the murals represent a cooperative effort between the police department, downtown business community, and neighboring schools. “This mural project is a great example of the positive impact we can have on the community when the business community, schools and police work together,” said Mayor Williams. “These murals will not only beautify downtown but also work to strengthen ties within the community.” The mural project was spearheaded by Master Corporal Malcolm Stoddard, a 13 year veteran of the department and newly

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assigned patrolman to the downtown business district. Master Corporal Stoddard looked for ways to improve downtown, and identified a vacant building in the 800 block of Market Street and worked to coordinate a community effort to create and install murals in the storefront. Murals have successfully been used around the county to improve quality of life and deter crime by improving a community’s physical environment. “Building strong neighborhoods starts with creating successful relationships amongst the community. These murals were a community project organized and led by the police department, enthusiastically supported by the business community, and beautifully painted by students from our local schools,” said Chief Dunning. The Wilmington Police Department provided funding for the project and Jerry’s Artarama generously donated art supplies. Master Corporal Stoddard then invited schools located near the downtown neighborhood to participate in the project by asking students to create different murals to display in the storefront. A SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT TO OUT & ABOUT MAGAZINE

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CREATIVE TOUCH City of Wilmington, DCAD and DART Collaborate on Bus Shelter Design

A DCAD student presents her design to the Wilmington Bike Committee.

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n Tuesday, December 3, 2013, the City of Wilmington’s Bike Committee held a special meeting to reveal nine Delaware College of Art and Design (DCAD) design concepts for the development of a multi-modal bus shelter that will include sheltered and secure bike parking. The Committee, which is administered by the City’s Department of Planning and Urban Design, sought a project that would add creative art design while addressing the need for new City bus shelters. The location of the innovative, multi-use shelter is slated to be installed across from the expanding Wilmington Hospital on Washington Street. Construction elements proposed for the shelter include glass, etched glass, concrete, stainless steel, as well as incorporation of green roofs, LED lighting and solar power. Architectural styles include Modern, Post Industrial, Art Deco and Minimalist.

DCAD students who submitted designs received preliminary feedback from the Bike Wilmington Committee and have until the end of this semester to finalize their drawings, at which point they will be revealed for general public review and feedback. It should be noted that the drawings will be closely examined by DART, DelDOT, The City of Wilmington’s Departments of Planning and Public Works, the Committee’s consultant as well as the Challenge Program, who will be constructing the final product. The City of Wilmington is proud to endeavor to bring this innovative project to our historic downtown. If you would like to be included in the public input process, please contact Michael Leventry at MLeventry@WilmingtonDE.Gov.

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Mayor Williams and the Wilmington Landlord Association met to discuss ways to strengthen the city’s neighborhoods.

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ayor Dennis P. Williams and the Department of Planning hosted a successful meeting with the leadership of the Wilmington Landlord Association and the City. This was the first official meeting between the groups. The meeting provided an opportunity for information sharing and general discussion between the Mayor, select department heads and members of the Wilmington Landlord Association on ways to improve relations between the Administration and the Landlord Association. Frank L. Brevoort III, of the Wilmington Landlord Association, a group which represents over 100 landlords, vocalized the commitment of the group to working with the City to strengthen the City’s neighborhoods. Mayor Williams was pleased to learn that the group offers monthly technical training for its members and looks forward to partnering in the future to create additional training opportunities for new landlords.

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FROM REAL ESTATE & HOUSING CITY OF WILMINGTON

Weatherization Assistance Program

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he City of Wilmington’s Department of Real Estate & Housing is partnered with Southbridge Neighborhood House to assist homeowners with a range of weatherization items on their homes. Funds allocated for these improvements are focused on maximizing energy savings and improving residents’ health and safety in the home. The weatherization measures installed in the home are determined by an instrumented energy audit and analysis on the residence. The audit may prescribe the installation of one or more of the following measures:

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ayor Dennis P. Williams invites you to engage in a year of exciting cultural programming, presented by the Office of Cultural Affairs under CityFest, Inc. This year’s unique mix of performing and fine arts bring an exciting array of programming to Wilmington for the 2014 season. Annual Wilmington traditions like the Dupont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival, the Riverfront Blues Festival, the 4th of July Celebration on the Riverfront, and Caroling on the Square are accompanied by favorites such as the Fringe Wilmington Festival, Art on the Town, Theatre N at Nemours and the Wilmington Children’s Chorus. This collection of innovative outlets provide for some of the most anticipated and well-attended concerts, celebrations, exhibitions and film events in the City and surrounding areas. Look for all of CityFest’s 2014 programming here in Out & About Magazine monthly.

DATES TO REMEMBER: THEATRE N: Weekly Friday – Sunday; TheatreN.org

• New and additional installation • Furnace repair and cleaning • Ductwork cleaning • Sealing drafts and air leaks • Roof repairs • Heater and hot water heater repairs

ART ON THE TOWN: Monthly on First Friday, excluding January, ArtLoopWilmingtonDE.com

Weatherization assistance is awarded based on Neighborhood House’s guidelines for household income. For more information on the Weatherization Assistance Program, please contact the Department of Real Estate & Housing at: 302-576-3000.

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id you know that houses and apartments built before 1978 have paint that contains high levels of lead (called lead-based paint)? Lead from paint, its chips and dust can pose serious health hazards if not take care of properly. If you think your home may have high levels of lead: • Get your children tested for lead, even if they seem healthy • Wash children’s hands, bottles, pacifiers and toys often • Regularly clean floors, window sills and other surfaces • Talk to your landlord about fixing surfaces with peeling or chipping paint The City of Wilmington’s Department of Real Estate & Housing administers free information and programming to protect qualifying families from lead exposure. For more information, call 302-576-3000. 42 JANUARY 2014 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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WILMINGTON CHILDREN’S CHORUS: Auditions, January 11, 2014; WilmingtonChildrensChorus.org

DuPont

DUPONT CLIFFORD BROWN JAZZ FESTIVAL: June 2014

4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION: July 2014

RIVERFRONT BLUES FESTIVAL: August 2014

CAROLING ON THE SQUARE: December 2014

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FROM PARKS & RECREATION CITY OF WILMINGTON

Fall College Tour Provides Students Valuable Opportunity

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he Department of Parks and Recreation hosted a Fall College Tour, and provided high school students the opportunity to visit colleges and universities in Maryland, Washington D.C. and Virginia. The City’s college tour looks to take high school students on a guided tour of each college campus, meet with faculty and seek advice from counselors of their perspective major, speak about potential scholarships and financial aid opportunities and learn about each school’s admissions policies and deadlines with admissions counselors. “If we want Wilmington’s young people to be our future leaders and have a positive impact on the community, we must expose them to opportunities at colleges, universities and institutions of higher learning,” said Mayor Dennis P. Williams. “Parks and Recreation’s college tour provides children with a valuable opportunity to get the college experience firsthand.” This year, 35 students, who were in the 10th through 12th grade, attended the Fall College Tour and visited the University of Maryland Baltimore-County, American University, College of William and Mary, Hampton University and Norfolk State University.

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n Tuesday, October 15, 2013, Mayor Dennis P. Williams addressed members of the business and downtown community in Wilmington during a press conference at Rodney Square, where he discussed redeployment of Wilmington police officers into downtown and neighborhoods citywide. The initiative has been focused on the well-used corridors of foot traffic and centers of transportation, such as Rodney Square, and in the neighborhoods where shootings, robberies and violent crimes have been prevalent. Earlier this year, the Wilmington Police Department piloted a Police Plan in accordance with the Mayor’s directives, focused on creating a safe city by building strong neighborhoods. Downtown Wilmington is not only a business community, but a residential neighborhood that several thousand Delawareans call home. “To restore our vibrant downtown community, the City must enforce laws against panhandling, loitering and disorderly conduct,” said Mayor Williams. “This is one step in a long-term plan to address the many needs and concerns of downtown Wilmington.” The City is sensitive to the fact that the root causes of many of downtown’s crimes are those such as homelessness. In other parts of the city, root causes include drug trafficking, unemployment and poverty. Partnerships between the City, the State and nonprofit service providers are filling those and other human service needs. “We do have a heart for the community and people’s needs, but if you are breaking the law, we will not tolerate that,” said Wilmington Police Chief, Christine Dunning. The administration’s commitment to uphold the promise to address neighborhood-specific public safety issues with tailor-made solutions for these specific problems goes far beyond simply boots on the ground downtown. This is an overarching public safety approach

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that is being piloted throughout the city. As a whole, city departments —including the Wilmington Police Department—will each play active and important roles in working with neighborhoods to create atmospheres where issues can be brought to the forefront, solutions can be developed together and accountabilities can be assigned. Downtown is one of many neighborhoods where the presence of uniformed officers has been increased and officers are out of their patrol cars for increased visibility and accessibility. Work is being done in other neighborhoods, which may not look like the downtown approach. “Every community within the city is different and every strategy will be different,” the Mayor explained. “In order to more effectively fulfill my promise to increase participation in innovative policing practices, the Police Department and I agreed to begin with a redeployment of officers – downtown and city wide - to promote a force of street-level policing and enforcement in the business district and in residential areas where people are living in fear. This initiative was the first among a number of targeted responses to citywide requests for visible solutions to crime.” The entire administration is committed to the idea that each city sector is unique from every other. Every solution will not be appropriate for every neighborhood. The Mayor believes that these approaches will bear fruit and that any citizen or visitor will observe and feel the impact of our collective vision. Restoring the city’s greatness is possible through true partnership with all residents, corporate citizens, the Police Department and the over 40,000 people who live in and engage in business in downtown Wilmington on a daily basis. Your participation in this rebirth is greatly appreciated. The Williams administration looks forward to continued opportunities to hear feedback and answer questions as we problem-solve together.

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STRONG NEIGHBORHOODS An Integrated Approach to Change

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very Wilmingtonian understands the tough challenges the City has faced this year, but Wilmingtonians also hold optimistic and realistic visions for their City. For some, the vision is rooted in a thriving work force and economic development. For others, the vision is focused on fostering communities and schools where young people can thrive, learn and openly contribute to the development of their neighborhoods. Others envision continued surges of housing, capital and urban planning projects. Each one of these visualizations squarely rest on Wilmington becoming a safer city. Mayor Dennis P. Williams has proposed an approach to change that incorporates diverse inputs and may be different than what might be expected from a career cop and long-time-legislator. Staying true to his promise to approach crime with an eye toward the innovative and an openness to new ideas, and to follow the creed stated in the City’s Preamble, Mayor Williams has partnered with the Wilmington Police Department and the Director of Neighborhood Development in the implementation of a cutting-edge, grassroots, community-development. The program is being called the Strong Neighborhoods Initiative. The Strong Neighborhoods Model is the communitybased arm of an umbrella of new approaches to what has been called “community policing.” The model was developed by former Wilmington Police Officer, Dr. James Nolan, and is based on the premise that every police officer is a community police officer. Dr. Nolan’s hands-on approach to community change and ultimately, improved public safety, focuses on change that is generated by small, organically developed teams in each and every neighborhood. In accordance with Nolan’s methods, each of the 49 neighborhood associations and planning committees in the City have the opportunity to develop more productive relationships with law enforcement, elected officials and their own neighbors, based on a model of leadership, development and relationship building that starts with the neighborhood, itself. Each group will start by determining where they are in the processes toward being independent of outside forces to solve their problems. Dr. Nolan explains, “The goal is for communities to move from complete dependence on the police to solve their problems. Instead, we want to support them in becoming inter-dependent with their own partners and resources, such that the police and government are their allies and not their saviors. That is to say, they have the relationships, understanding and experience to know that no entity can come into their community and fix things for them. It will require them being the organized and active experts in what is needed and what needs to be done.”

The key partner in this approach is the Wilmington Police Department. Several officers have already begun training. “We look forward to continuing to learn what’s already happening in neighborhood groups and supporting them with their assigned officers in a substantive manner,” says Police Chief Christine Dunning. “As officers are trained in this new method, they will be assigned to neighborhoods to be the hands-on partner on the streets, in community meetings and in the implementation of programs and neighborhood-specific initiatives.” Former Officer Doug Iardella is also a member of the team. “This approach acknowledges that the police department has room to be flexible in how it deals with problems,” Iardella explains. “We do not have to employ a cookie-cutter solution across the entire city.” Heavy emphasis is placed on the philosophy that every neighborhood will be in a different place in its achievement of interdependence. Neighborhood Development Director, Ivey Ibrahim calls that trajectory, “Ready, Set, Go.” The “Ready, Set, Go” organizing model works hand-in-hand with Strong Neighborhoods Initiative in that there are two processes always at work: law enforcement is thinking and acting differently based on specific situations within — Doug Iardella communities and residents are being supported in being the active partners that law enforcement must have in order to sustain long term changes in the neighborhood culture, relationships and responses to crises. Strong Neighborhoods will be launched in geographically relevant neighborhood clusters, which in many cases, will cross district lines. Ibrahim explains, “We understand that district lines are for political and municipal reasons. We want to approach neighborhoods based on a different paradigm. We know that the Brandywine River, Christina River, I-95, train tracks and heavily travelled boulevards across the city have more to do with the complexion of a neighborhood’s challenges than their Council District. We also know the existing history of collective work already being done within groups and clusters this is more pertinent to problem solving than imaginary lines.” All presidents of all Wilmington neighborhood civic and planning organizations across the City have been invited to Community Cluster meetings with the Office of the Mayor, Neighborhood Development and the Wilmington Police Department, throughout January of 2014. Meetings will be held quarterly and will focus on collaboration, information-sharing and leadership development for all represented organizations.

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THIS MONTH AT PRICES: $8/adults $6/Senior/Students www.TheatreN.org 302.576.2565 for more info. 302.571.4075 theatre n projection booth Theatre N is located at 1007 N. Orange Street Wilmington, DE 19801

ALL IS LOST Rating: PG-13 Showdates: January 3-5 Showtimes: Fri. 5pm | Sat. 2pm & 8pm | Sun. 11am & 5pm Length (in minutes): 107 After a collision with a shipping container at sea, a resourceful sailor finds himself, despite all efforts to the contrary, staring his mortality in the face.

KILL YOUR DARLINGS Rating: R Showdates: January 17-19 Showtimes: Fri. 5pm Sat. 8pm | 11am & 5pm Length (in minutes): 100 A murder in 1944 draws together the great poets of the beat generation: Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs. THE HUMAN SCALE Rating: NR Showdates: January 17-19 Showtimes: Fri. 2pm & 8pm | Sat. 5pm | Sun. 2pm Length (in minutes): 77 50% of the world’s population lives in urban areas, by 2050 it will be 80%. Cities have become the primary human habitat.

MUSCLE SHOALS Rating: PG Showdates: January 3-5 Showtimes: Fri. 2pm & 8pm | Sat. 11am & 5pm | Sun. 2pm Length (in minutes): 111 A documentary that celebrates Rick Hall, the founder of FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and the signature sound he developed in songs such as “I’ll Take You There”, “Brown Sugar”, and “When a Man Loves a Woman”. THE SELFISH GIANT Rating: NR Showdates: January 10-12 Showtimes: Fri. 5pm | 2pm & 8pm | Sun. 11am & 5pm Length (in minutes): 91 The Selfish Giant is a contemporary fable about 14-year-old Arbor (Conner Chapman) and his best friend Swifty (Shaun Thomas). Excluded from school, and outsiders in their own community, the boys meet Kitten (Sean Gilder), a local scrapman, and begin collecting scrap metal for him using a horse and cart. THE ARMSTRONG LIE Rating: R Showdates: January 10-12 Showtimes: Fri. 2pm & 8pm | Sat. 11am & 5pm | Sun. 2pm Length (in minutes): 123 A documentary chronicling sports legend Lance Armstrong’s improbable rise and ultimate fall from grace.

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A TOUCH OF SIN Rating: NR Showdates: January 24-26 Showtimes: Fri. 5pm | Sat. 2pm & 8pm | Sun. 11am & 5pm Length (in minutes): 125 Four independent stories set in modern China about random acts of violence. IS THE MAN WHO IS TALL HAPPY? Rating: NR Showdates: January 24-26 Showtimes: Fri. 2pm & 8pm | Sat. 11am & 5pm | Sun. 2pm Length (in minutes): 88 A series of interviews featuring linguist, philosopher and activist Noam Chomsky done in hand-drawn animation. 2014 OSCAR NOMINATED SHORTS – LIVE ACTION Rating: NR Showdates: Jan. 31 - Feb 2 Showtimes: Fri. 5pm | Sat. 2pm & 8pm | Sun. 11am & 5pm Length (in minutes): 120 2014 Nominees announced on January 16th 2014 OSCAR NOMINATED SHORTS – ANIMATED Rating: NR Showdates: Jan. 31 - Feb. 2 Showtimes: Fri. 2pm & 8pm | Sat. 11am & 5pm | Sun. 2pm Length (in minutes): 120 2014 Nominees announced on January 16th

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WHAT’S ‘IN’ FOR JANUARY 2014

MUSIC

SATURDAY, JANUARY 4, 1:30PM

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

FOOD & DRINK

SATURDAY, JANUARY 4, 8-11PM

SUNDAY, JANUARY 5, 3PM

THURSDAY, JANUARY 19, 8PM

American Moderns Gallery Talks

1984: Big Brother is Watching You... Dance!

OperaDelaware’s 2014 Opening Recital

Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder

Delaware Art Museum 2301 Kentmere Parkway • 302.571.9590 bit.ly/18dOrMI

World Cafe Live at The Queen 500 N. Market Street • 302.994.1400 bit.ly/19mvAtQ

OperaDelaware Studios 4 S. Poplar Street • 302.658.8063 bit.ly/18dOrMM

The Grand • 818 N. Market St. 800.37.GRAND • bit.ly/19mvCBZ

SATURDAY, JANUARY 11, 1PM

SATURDAY, JANUARY 11, 8PM

MONDAY, JANUARY 13, 7:30PM

SAT, JANUARY 18, 9AM-9PM

Meet the Artist: Gallery Talk w/ Eunice LaFate

Angela Sheik and Dante Bucci - EP Release Show

SmartTalk Series: Joan Lunden Good Morning America

Blue Ball Barn 1914 West Park Drive • 302.577.1164 bit.ly/18dOrMO

DCAD’s Tenth Annual Drawing Marathon

World Cafe Live at The Queen 500 N. Market Street • 302.994.1400 bit.ly/19mvAtW

DuPont Theatre 11th & Market Streets • 302.656.4401 bit.ly/18dOtUX

Delaware College of Art & Design 600 North Market Street • 302.622.8000 bit.ly/1eVKpaO

SAT, JAN 18 - SUN, JAN 20

TUES, JAN 21 - SUN, JAN 26

THURS, JAN 23 - SUN, JAN 26

SATURDAY, JANUARY 25, 9:30AM

Dancing with the Movies

Robert Dubac’s The Male Intellect: An Oxymoron?

Invention Convention

Animal Enrichment Workshop

Hagley Museum & Library 200 Hagley Road • 302.658.2400 bit.ly/18dOrMS

DuPont Theatre 11th & Market Streets • 302.656.4401 bit.ly/19mvAtY

SUNDAY, JANUARY 26, 2PM

THURSDAY, JANUARY 30, 7PM

FRIDAY, JANUARY 31, 7:30PM

FRI, JAN 31 - SAT, FEB 8, 8PM

Melomanie’s January Concert

Winter Lectures: The Layered Garden w/ David Culp

Delaware Symphony Orchestra presents: Igor & Elvis

Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts 200 S. Madison Street • 302.764.6338 bit.ly/18dOtUZ

City Theater Company presents the Best of: 2.0!

Delaware Center for Horticulture 1810 North Dupont Street • 302.658.6262 bit.ly/1cfvp4z

World Cafe Live at The Queen 500 N. Market Street • 302.994.1400 bit.ly/18qoRyX

OperaDelaware Studios 4 S. Poplar Street • 302.220.8285 bit.ly/1gKSRLq

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Delaware Theatre Company 200 Water Street • 302.594.1100 bit.ly/18p1skI

Brandywine Zoo 1001 North Park Drive 302.571.7747 • bit.ly/19mvCC9

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ART IS IN: EXHIBITS OPENING & CLOSING THIS MONTH #INWILM Delaware Art Museum

• American Moderns, 1910 – 1960: From O’Keeffe to Rockwell thru Jan 5 • Femfolio thru Jan 12 • For the Love of Art: Teaching Artists of the Red Clay School District thru Jan 19 302.571.9590 • 2301 Kentmere Pkwy

Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts

• Lisa David and Anne Oldach’s Transformations thru Jan 3 • Matthew Jensen’s Little White Cubes: Part I thru Jan 12 302.656.6466 • 200 South Madison Street

Delaware Museum of Natural History

• Nikon’s Small World thru Jan 5 302.658.9111 • 4840 Kennett Pike

THURSDAY, JANUARY 9

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 1ST The Look of Love: Eye Miniatures

from the Skier Collection thru Jan 4 Winterthur • 5105 Kennett Pk. • 800.448.3883

Zoo Kids every Thursday 9:30am thru Mar 27

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Camp

Brandywine Zoo 1001 North Park Drive • 302.571.7747

Delaware Museum of Natural History 4840 Kennett Pike • 302.658.9111

Upright Citizens Brigade Tour Co. Presents An Evening of Improv

African American Champions of Nature • Delaware Museum of Natural

History • 4840 Kennett Pike • 302.658.9111

World Cafe Live at The Queen 500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400

TUESDAY, JANUARY 21ST

FRIDAY, JANUARY 10 TH

Baby and Me Tuesdays 9:30am thru Mar 25 Brandywine Zoo 1001 North Park Drive • 302.571.7747

Clay Date • Delaware Art Museum 2301 Kentmere Pkwy • 302.571.9590

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SATURDAY, JANUARY 11TH

Rain Gutter Windowsill Gardens: Make & Take Workshop Delaware Center for Horticulture 1810 N. DuPont Street • 302.658.6262

Peanut Butter and Jams welcomes: Karen K and the Jitterbugs

THURSDAY, JANUARY 23RD

World Cafe Live at The Queen 500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400

Battle of the Bands: A Benefit for SODAT with Rust, Highway 41 & More • World Cafe Live at The Queen

The Arts at Trinity presents Serafin String Quartet • Trinity Episcopal Church

500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400

1108 N. Adams Street • 302.652.8605

The Wizard of Oz thru Jan 26

Marc Cohn

SUNDAY, JANUARY 12TH

Delaware Children’s Museum 550 Justison Street • 302.654.2340

Open Studio: New Year Noise & Jan 2 Delaware Children’s Museum 550 Justison Street • 302.654.2340

World Cafe Live at The Queen 500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400

PNC Free Sunday Morning

Delaware Museum of Natural History 4840 Kennett Pike • 302.658.9111

FRIDAY, JANUARY 24TH A Night at the Opera

Zoo Tales e/o Sunday 10am thru Apr 27 Brandywine Zoo 1001 North Park Drive • 302.571.7747

Brain Games thru Jan 5

Delaware Children’s Museum 550 Justison Street • 302.654.2340

DCM’s Snowy Stories thru Jan 3 Delaware Children’s Museum 550 Justison Street • 302.654.2340

Hadrosaurus foulkii thru Feb 23

Delaware Museum of Natural History 4840 Kennett Pike • 302.658.9111

Ice Age Imperials thru Jan 4

Delaware Museum of Natural History 4840 Kennett Pike • 302.658.9111

First Day Hike

Alapocas Run State Park 1914 West Park Drive • 302.577.1164

First Day Hike

OperaDelaware Studios 4 South Poplar Street • 302.658.8063

An Evening with WAR

THURSDAY, JANUARY 16 TH

The Grand 818 N. Market Street • 800.37.GRAND

Michael Martin Murphey World Cafe Live at The Queen 500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400

To The Max

World Cafe Live at The Queen 500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400

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School’s Out! Family Fun Day & Jan 24 Brandywine Zoo 1001 North Park Drive • 302.571.7747

Baby and Me Tuesdays 9:30am thru Mar 25 Brandywine Zoo 1001 North Park Drive • 302.571.7747

Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes • The Grand

Animal Enrichment Workshop

818 N. Market Street • 800.37.GRAND

Brandywine Zoo 1001 North Park Drive • 302.571.7747

Clutch

World Cafe Live at The Queen 500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400

Brandywine Creek State Park 41 Adams Dam Rd. • 302.577.3534

FRIDAY, JANUARY 3RD Open Studio: Seasonal Snow Globes thru Jan 5 • Delaware Children’s Museum 550 Justison Street • 302.654.2340

Art is Tasty • Delaware Art Museum 2301 Kentmere Parkway • 302.571.9590

Flight Club every Tuesday 5:30-7:30pm Chelsea Tavern • 821 N. Market Street

Charlie & Kiwi’s Evolutionary Adventure Opening Weekend

Delaware Museum of Natural History 4840 Kennett Pike • 302.658.9111

Live at the Fillmore: The Definitive Tribute to the Original Allman Brothers • World Cafe Live at The Queen

500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400

SATURDAY, JANUARY 18

Peanut Butter and Jams welcomes: The Cat's Pajamas

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World Cafe Live at The Queen 500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400

Peanut Butter & Jams Welcomes Big Bang Boom • World Cafe Live at The

Bouchaine Winemaker Dinner

Queen • 500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400

World Cafe Live at The Queen 500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400

Bed Time Yoga (for Kids - Parents Night Out!) • Pure Yoga & Pilates Studio

One Child Born: The Music of Laura Nyro • World Cafe Live at The Queen

14 Trolley Square • 302225.9642

Central PA IN Wilmington World Cafe Live at The Queen 500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400

History • 4840 Kennett Pike • 302.658.9111

Open Mic Night every Tues. 9pm-1am

The Queen • 500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400

Queen • 500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400

Oddity Bar • 500 Greenhill Ave. • 302.668.1078 TH

Bank of America Museums on Us Delaware Museum of Natural History 4840 Kennett Pike • 302.658.9111

Twelfth Night Celebration thru Jan 6

500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400

Movie Night at the Museum: Happy Feet • Delaware Museum of Natural

Pop Extravaganza w/ Alex B., Rivers Monroe & More • World Cafe Live at The

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29 TH The Farewell Drifters

Charlie Phillips Hosts a Tribute to George Harrison • World Cafe Live at

World Cafe Live at The Queen 500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400

THURSDAY, JANUARY 30 TH

Sonoma Sound

World Cafe Live at The Queen 500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400

TheDCH New Member Reception World Cafe Live at The Queen 1810 N. DuPont Street • 302.658.6262

SUNDAY, JANUARY 19 TH

FRIDAY, JANUARY 31ST

Volunteer Open House

Brandywine Zoo 1001 North Park Drive • 302.571.7747

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Brandywine Zoo 1001 North Park Drive • 302.571.7747

1001 North Park Drive • 302.571.7747

• Breaking the Ice Jan 2 - Jan 31 302.654.8638 • 3922 Kennett Pike

Hagley Museum and Library 200 Hagley Road • 302.658.2400

MLK Jr. Day Camp (Ages 4-13)

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Art in the Ark: Drawing & Sketching in the Zoo • Brandywine Zoo

The Station Gallery

SATURDAY, JANUARY 4

MONDAY, JANUARY 20 TH

Art on the Town • Various Locations Buses leave 5:45pm from DCCA, last return approx. 8:30pm • 302.576.2135 • 200 S. Madison St.

Dinosaur Train: LIVE!

The Grand 818 N. Market Street • 800.37.GRAND

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JANUARY RIVERFRONT EVENTS Visit Our *NEW* Temporary Exhibition! Open Now Through January 26, 2014

DCM $2 NIGHT Wednesday, January 15, 5-7pm Visit the Museum in the evening hours for just $2 per visitor. Enjoy all the hands-on exhibits together, create a masterpiece in the Delaware College Investment Plan Studio D gallery, and join us for a reading of a special book each month during “Science About the Stories.” Delaware Children’s Museums DelawareChildrensMuseum.org

30TH ANNIVERSARY OF MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. CELEBRATION Monday, January 20, 8am This Breakfast Celebration is held by the Organization of Minority Women to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s accomplishments. The guest speaker is Michael Eric Dyson, a professor of Sociology at Georgetown University, a Nationally known author and Political Analyst for MSNBC. Tickets are $45 to attend. For more information and to purchase tickets please email: omw_inc@yahoo.com Chase Center on the Riverfront

MEMBER MONDAY: BLOCK PARTY Monday, January 20, 10-3pm Enjoy a special science lounge just for DCM Member families, with “Block Party” from 10am - 3pm. Grab hold of wood and foam blocks and other architectural materials to build a city of structures. Use your imagination and other construction tools to make the streets, schools, parks, airports, and houses of your ideal urban area. Engineer a massive roller coaster for plastic balls using giant blue building blocks and see how high you can make your structure, how many twists and turns you can design in, and how long it takes the balls to complete their journey. Delaware Children’s Museum DelawareChildrensMuseum.org

Follow the Yellow Brick Road to the Big Yellow Building on the Riverfront!

550 Justison Street Riverfront Wilmington (302) 654-2340

ROBERT DUBAC’S THE MALE INTELLECT: AN OXYMORON? Thursday, January 24-Sunday, January 26 Show times vary Hilarious’ is the only way to describe THE MALE INTELLECT: AN OXYMORON? You will laugh non-stop for ninety minutes as Robert Dubac ransacks his brain to answer the age old question, “What do women want?” All while drinking a beer. Dubac has crafted an hysterical one man multicharacter show that tackles the babble of the sexes with precision and wit. With a shrug of his shoulders or a crook of his neck, Robert Dubac seamlessly transforms himself into five alter egos - each offering their own brand of misguided advice on how to straddle the gender gap. Written and Performed by Robert Dubac. Delaware Theatre Company DelawareTheatre.org

MÉLOMANIE AT THE DCCA Sunday, January 26, 2pm Mélomanie - the internationally acclaimed Wilmington music ensemble noted for provocative pairings of early and contemporary works - makes an exciting move this fall, bringing its concert series to the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts. The DCCA is a proud partner of Mélomanie and their 2013/2014 concert schedule. The Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts TheDCCA.org

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BUSTING 10 FOOD MYTHS Before you change your diet for 2014, find out the facts behind some common beliefs about what we eat (and drink) By Pam George

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ith the New Year comes an increased interest in health and wellness—which isn’t surprising, given the excess that surrounds the holidays. But before you go gluten-free, nix eggs from your diet, banish carbohydrates or embark on a “cleansing fast,” it would be smart to make sure your decision is based on facts, not fantasies. We asked two experts to weigh in on some of the more common food myths and misconceptions. They are Sue Snider, professor of food safety and a nutrition specialist at the University of Delaware, and Maria Regina Pippidis, an extension agent with the Cooperative Extension Service at UD.

MYTH #1: EGGS ARE BAD FOR YOU.

This depends partly on your cholesterol level. The daily cholesterol allowance for a healthy person is less than 300 mg. The yolk of a large egg has about 186 mg of cholesterol, according to the Mayo Clinic. For most people, indulging in foods with too much cholesterol simply prompts the body to produce less on its own, says Snider. But others lack that automatic shut-off switch. People with diabetes must also watch their cholesterol intake. Note that cholesterol is also affected by whether a food has saturated and trans fat. Eggs have little saturated fat and no trans fat. They also pack a nutritional wallop: one large egg, for instance, has 13 essential vitamins and minerals, high-quality protein, unsaturated fats and antioxidants. And it’s just 70 calories.

MYTH #2: CARBOHYDRATES MAKE YOU FAT.

Followers of the Atkins Diet are no doubt nodding their heads. Atkins followers cut back on bread, potatoes and sweets, but still allow bacon, meat, mayonnaise and butter. (Admittedly, newer versions of the diet emphasize healthier fats.) It’s easy to see why people like Atkins. Since it’s a restrictive diet and you’re eliminating foods you may have consumed frequently, you’re bound to lose weight rapidly at first. But removing the “good carbs” – whole grains, beans and fruits —from your diet cuts a primary source of fuel and fiber. Some studies have found that three years after losing weight, Atkins dieters regained more weight than people on other types of diets. The key is to find a diet that you can adhere to over time. “It’s really calories that can make you fat, not a specific source of calories,” Snider says.

MYTH #3: LOW-FAT FOODS ARE ALWAYS BETTER FOR YOU.

A processed food might tout its low-cal benefits, but no mention is made of the fact that the manufacturer may have added highcaloric ingredients to augment flavor and texture. “It’s important to read the labels,” says Pippidis, who educates the community about nutrition and wellness. “Too much fat can clog up your arteries, but it’s also about weight maintenance.” Consider the total calories per serving, not just the fat calories. ► JANUARY 2014 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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It’s more about drinking eight glasses of most any liquid, including juice, broth or tea, to keep your body hydrated. Fruits and vegetables also contain water. Water, however, is a good choice because it lacks calories. While soda can quench your thirst, you’re not adding nutrients— and you could be adding a lot of calories, Pippidis says. (Eight ounces of cola has 88 calories, and few of us stop at 8 ounces.) Certain health conditions, medications, and even age can affect your thirst mechanism. You may require more or less hydration. Talk to your doctor.

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MYTH #5: HIGH-FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP IS MORE HARMFUL THAN SUGAR.

Nope. High-fructose corn syrup is 55 percent fructose and 45 percent glucose. Sucrose, found in table sugar, is a 50-50 mix. The body processes both the same way, and they have about the same number of calories. Instead of wondering which sweetener to consume, ask yourself if you’re consuming too many sweeteners in general. Cut back on simple carbohydrates, Snider says. Fruit is an exception. Along with fructose, it contains valuable nutrients and minerals—so at least you’re getting something nutritious.

MYTH #6: CALORIES CONSUMED AT NIGHT WILL MAKE YOU GAIN WEIGHT MORE THAN CALORIES CONSUMED DURING THE DAY.

“No, no and no,” Snider says. “A calorie is a calorie. There’s nothing magical about whether you eat in the morning or in the evening.”

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But whether you eat five small meals a day or augment three light meals with snacks, make sure the combined calories aren’t more than if you had fewer big meals.

MYTH #8: FASTING REMOVES TOXINS FROM THE BODY.

Your body is a miraculous machine. The spleen, kidney and liver are designed to remove toxins. “It’s a natural mechanism,” Snider says. So you don’t need to fast; a healthy body can handle it on its own.

MYTH #9: MICROWAVING ZAPS MOST OF THE NUTRIENTS OUT OF YOUR FOOD.

Forget the microwave for a moment. Let’s say you’re cooking broccoli. You heat water on the stove and when it’s boiling, you toss some of the chopped vegetables in the pan. Some of the water-soluble vitamins are going to leach into the water, Pippidis says. If you use the broth for, say, soup, all is not lost. Most of us, though, will pitch the water after draining the broccoli. When you microwave broccoli, you’re only adding a small amount of water to the microwave-safe dish, so the vegetable keeps more of its nutrients. It actually preserves them instead of removing them. If you prefer your veggies cooked in a pot of water, that’s OK. “The end message is that you need to eat vegetables,” Pippidis says. Fresh, frozen, canned or cooked until mush—there’s value in all of it as long as you eat it.

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MYTH #10: A GLUTEN-FREE DIET BENEFITS ANYONE.

Gluten-free products are proliferating faster than bread yeast. To be sure, a glutenfree diet definitely benefits people with celiac disease. For these sufferers, gluten causes a reaction that damages the lining of the small intestine and causes severe pain. Others are sensitive to gluten. They can eat it in small doses or infrequently, but too much causes discomfort. Foods with gluten, however, do have nutritional benefits—e.g., whole grain bread and many whole grains in general. To put it simply: “If you think you have a problem with gluten, you need to be tested,” Snider says.

So, in summary: Don’t believe all you’ve heard about nutrition and diets. And when in doubt, consult with a nutritionist, dietician, or your doctor.

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his month marks 20 years that I have not eaten a donut. I remember that last donut so well, or, better put, those last six donuts. At the end of a big night on the town, I found myself at a Krispy Kreme, wolfing down six chocolate-glazed donuts—a half-dozen warm, welcoming chocolate-covered delicacies. As the sugar rushed toward my brain, I reflected on the magnitude of what I had just devoured. I found myself disgusted by my own gluttony. It was time for a change. I had wanted change, wanted it for a very long time, in fact. I had topped out at 252 pounds, about 80 pounds heavier than my frame should hold. Every attempt to lose weight had resulted in a boomerang effect: I would lose five pounds only to gain back seven in no time. So what sparked me out of the yo-yo cycle? What got me on my way to a 20-year commitment to exercise and portion control? Was it the disgust of that Saturday night’s soiree? Yes and no. Those six donuts definitely represented a watershed moment for me. But on reflection, the spark was really about an inner desire. Despite all the false starts, despite all the boomerang effects, I pushed myself to keep trying. I pushed myself to stay on the gas pedal, hoping that my spinning wheels might catch firm ground and I could start moving forward. After all these years, do I miss eating donuts? You’re damn right I do! I especially miss the ones filled with strawberry jelly. And creamy vanilla pudding. And the gooey apple filling that pours right into your arteries. And how can I forget the lusciousness of a whitepowdered donut: the inner cake stays long on the palate as the tongue joyfully licks the powder off the lips. And, of course, I remember those chocolate-covered delights. However, I truly believe that discipline is exponential, meaning the more you do something (or refrain from doing something), the easier it becomes. The more I pushed myself forward, the stronger I grew in doing so. It’s common sense: The first step in a new direction is always the toughest. Step two is tough, yes, but not as tough as step one. Then comes three, four, and five, and by step 22, you are moving with strength you never thought possible. The pride that I have in my 20-year streak feeds my willpower to overcome even the most enticing of deep-fried beauties. That pride is further burnished with every sweet scent that fails to break me. So take heed as you plan your New Year’s resolutions: The hardest part of keeping the resolutions is to start keeping them. Once you do, nothing can stop you, not even a round mound of fried dough covered in chocolate. Ciro Poppiti is the Register of Wills for New Castle County. JANUARY 2014 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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If bacon on top of everything is the benchmark of greatness today, then step up and taste these decadent donuts created by former Hotel duPont Pastry Chef Jenn Ballintyne, who recently purchased Jes Made Bakery in Media. They’re filled with maple mascarpone cream, with maple glaze on the outside flecked with double-smoked bacon. — Chef Robert Lhulier, Contributing Writer

HUNTSMAN CHEESE

As many folks know, Janssen’s Market boasts one of the best selections of cheese in the area. During a recent visit, I enjoyed my first encounter with Huntsman cheese. This British invention is a delicious combination of strong and mild cheeses, with a chunk of Stilton blue sandwiched between layers of traditional Gloucester. After the first bite, I was hooked. As a cheese lover, I felt embarrassed arriving at the party so late. But maybe it’s for the best: It’s highly addictive. Note: DiBruno Brothers also carries a very good Huntsman, which you can find at local ShopRite locations. — Jim Hunter Miller, O&A Director of Publications

POCHI

If you’re looking for intimate ambience and a menu that doesn’t have a bad choice on it, check out this Chilean restaurant on the Ninth Street mall. Rich in flavor and satisfying many different palates, the fare is exciting and won’t disappoint. Don’t leave without trying one of their bright and tangy ceviche options. — Sarah Green, O&A Distribution

LA FIA BAKERY+MARKET+BISTRO

Bryan Sikora, acclaimed for his successful ventures with Philadelphia’s Django and a.kitchen and Kennett Square’s Talula’s Table, has brought his casually sophisticated style to La Fia, a market, bakery and bistro at the corner of Fifth and Market in Wilmington. The inventive menu uses regionally sourced ingredients and changes monthly. Meals are accompanied by a killer bread basket, all baked on the premises. The cozy dining room blends dark woods and light surfaces accented by an original stamped tin ceiling and wire-wrapped glass light fixtures. Attentive but not pushy service and an appealing wine list round out an enjoyably evening. — Mark Fields, Contributing Writer

GOOD TIMES @ FRESH THYMES

Although I’m not a true “regular,” every time I visit I’m reminded why I should be. Owner/chef Jenn Adams has a cozy neighborhood haunt in the heart of 40 Acres where she uses local fresh ingredients to make delicious, creative and healthy dishes. My fave is Nora’s breakfast burrito (Powers Farm scrambled eggs, local smoked cheddar, sauerkraut and guacamole), but there’s plenty of vegetarian/vegan choices that are equally yummy. Pair them with the Pike Creek Roasterie Coffee and that’s a trip well worth trying. — Michelle Kramer-Fitzgerald, Contributing Writer

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Did you know that Brew HaHa! now offers breakfast sandwiches? They have your classic egg, cheese and breakfast meat on a bagel (always delicious) but my new addiction is the Florentine sandwich: scrambled egg, spinach and red-pepper mango chutney on a bagel or biscuit (tip: go for the biscuit). It’s delightful, it’s delicious, it’s DE-lovely. — Marie Graham Poot, O&A Director of Sales

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BÁNH MÍ Some of my friends and family call me a connoisseur of sandwiches, which means I’ll try anything that’s slapped between two pieces of bread. I first tried this sandwich about a year ago, and it’s become one of my favorites. A product of French colonialism in Indochina, a Bánh Mí is a Vietnamese sub-style street creation. It starts with a crispy baguette that is then filled with a protein such as ham, pork, meatballs or tofu and includes pickled daikon and carrots, cucumber and mayo, topped with jalapeños and cilantro. I recommend ordering one at Southeast Kitchen in Trolley Square or Banh Mi Boy in Newark. — Tyler Mitchell, Graphic Designer, O&A

CAPERS & LEMONS This upscale modern Italian eatery, at 301 Little Falls Dr., Wilmington, certainly won’t grab you with its jazzy facade or curb appeal. Tucked away in a suburban office park, the restaurant actually faces away from all major roads. But that shouldn’t stop you from seeking it out, whether it’s for happy hour drinks and hors d’oeuvres, an intimate dinner date or a group gathering. Wood oven pizza, hand-made pasta and a deep wine list are highlights of the menu, while service is engaging and attentive. — Scott Pruden, Contributing Writer

SOY VAY ISLAND TERIYAKI MARINADE & SAUCE I typically HARVEST COOKIES AT PRESTO! OK, I confess, I don’t always go right home after my workouts. More times than I care to admit, I take the convenient stroll across the parking lot of the Central YMCA in Downtown Wilmington to the corner of 11th & Washington, where my reward for a workout well done awaits—a Presto! harvest cookie. I’ll admit, I’m a sucker for oatmeal and raisin cookies, and the more granola-bar like, the better. The Harvest knows few equals. In addition to nuts and raisins it also boasts dried cranberries and what I detect as a touch of pumpkin spice. The real challenge is eating just one. Prestogourmet.com

enjoy making my own marinades and sauces from scratch. But sometimes there aren’t enough hours in the day. Then there are other instances where the sauce is so good it earns a spot in the starting lineup regardless of the circumstances. Soy Vay’s Island Teriyaki is one of those. A masterful marriage of sweet and tangy, it blends flavors of soy sauce, pineapple, ginger, sesame, garlic and sugar in a way that tastes homemade. — Jim Hunter Miller, O&A Director of Publications

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irst off, Happy New Year and welcome to 2014. As you begin your annual effort to be more active, eat better and drink less, I am here to tell you that you can definitely achieve your goal without giving up the beer you love. It’s no secret that beer is known for helping to put on the calories (thus the term “beer belly”). But a trend is emerging in the craft beer world to create beers that give you the same amount of flavor as a higher calorie brand of the same style but aren’t going to add too much to your weight or your blood-alcohol level. As we have mentioned before, craft brewers love to tinker and create and several of them have taken on this challenge. It’s actually a lot harder than you think to get all the flavor you are accustomed to with craft beer while keeping the calories down. Brands like Founders All Day IPA (141 calories), The Just Beer Project Just IPA (144 calories) and Harpoon IPA (177 calories) are all great examples when it comes to delivering a great beer at a reasonable calorie count (Budweiser weighs in at 145 calories a bottle). These brews also deliver an alcohol content around 5 percent, which is why you’ll be able to throw back more than two and still be OK. The next time you’re in your local liquor store browsing the aisles, consider picking up a six-pack or 750ml of something that isn’t extreme but a bit more balanced. You’ll be able to drink more of them (as in you won’t fall over), still get the styles you prefer, all while managing to work on your New Year’s resolutions.

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TWIN LAKES - TASTINGS Every Wednesday and Saturday, these are perfect for sipping new flavors, hanging out, and refilling your growler with any one of their delicious brews. Great deck to enjoy in the summer; in the winter, their IPA is enough to keep you warm. — Danielle Quigley, Photographer & Artist

FOUNDERS BREAKFAST STOUT This has been my go-to beer this season. It has the perfect balance of oats, chocolate and coffee. The perfect stout for a cold evening (or afternoon or morning, for that matter). — Marie Graham Poot, O&A Director of Sales

NOMAD BAR If you just want to feel like you are somewhere else completely. With a bring-yourown-food policy, there is no place friendlier, more entertaining or more laid back. — Danielle Quigley, Photographer & Artist

SAINTSBURY PINOT NOIR CARNEROS I was introduced

ROGUE YELLOW SNOW IPA This is a winter staple for some of the staff here at O&A, but I haven’t had a chance to try this beer until this season. From the first sip, I was impressed with its taste. It starts off fruity, then leaves that classic IPA bitterness at the end. It’s very refreshing after shoveling snow all day. — Tyler Mitchell, Graphic Designer, O&A

to this wine nearly a decade ago by my friend (and O&A contributor) John Murray of State Line Liquors. I was looking for a quality pinot for Thanksgiving that didn’t give me sticker shock – as many pinots do. Saintsbury’s pinot continues to be one of my go-to red wines. The vineyard is the brainchild of two college buddies, who decided they wanted to be great pinot noir producers back in 1976. At that time, few were tackling making wine with the difficult grape. In my opinion, they’ve mastered their craft. You can pick up a 750ml bottle for about $33. — Jerry duPhily, Publisher

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CHELSEA TAVERN’S FLIGHT CLUB

Every Tuesday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the “Underground” of Chelsea Tavern, brew lovers unite for an evening of sheer craft beer bliss. Each week a new themed flight of five 6-ounce pours awaits, taking you on an unexpected journey. One week you may find yourself in lager land, the next in hop heaven. Delicious appetizers accompany the flight, and all for only $10. Attend four flights, and you’re an official member, earning 20 percent off all drafts. For beer enthusiasts, this is a no-brainer. — Brianna Hansen, Campaign Manager, inWilmingtonDE.com

CANDY MANOR GIN AND SILVER SCREEN VODKA FROM PAINTED STAVE The newly opened Painted Stave is a distillery in the old Smyrna Theater. Less than an hour outside Wilmington, it’s open for tastings on Fridays from 3 to 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 11 a.m.6 p.m.; and Sundays noon-5 p.m. Despite the sweet name, the Candy Manor Gin has a peppery bite and a lavender note. It pays homage to the town’s old Candy Manor, a sweet shop, where the owner hid a key in a chocolate box. Behind the locked door was a lovely lady with a libation and an accommodating attitude—or so says the legend. The vodka has a hint of wheat flavor. For information, visit paintedstave.com. — Pam George, Contributing Writer

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TWO STONES KENNETT SQUARE So you’ve been to Two Stones Newark and North Wilmington, noticed that they opened up a third location in Kennett, but haven’t found it necessary to make the trip? That’s a mistake. In addition to having a beautiful bar, they boast a list of beers that includes plenty that we can’t purchase here in Delaware. Two highlights for me were the Ithaca Flower Power IPA and the Bruery Oude Tart. I can’t promise that both of those beers will be available when you go, but I assure you there will be plenty of delightful options to choose from.

No, not a DUI. I’m talking about the time-draining dedication of brewing your own beer. It’s been almost five years since my last batch, but I recently pulled out all the equipment and re-dedicated myself 110 percent. I already have one Pale Ale in a keg ready to pour and an Oatmeal Stout aging in the basement. It really can be relaxing, and having a beer you’ve created yourself on tap is rewarding. The process allows the perfect balance of chemistry and creativity. I still have a lot to learn, but I’m enjoying every minute. Next up: an Imperial IPA. — Matt Loeb, Creative Direction and Production Management for O&A

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or football fans, hosting the perfect Super Bowl party can be a daunting exercise that requires thoughtful preparation as well as the attentiveness of a veteran coach. Most important, a host should avoid the most egregious goal-line fumbles: not having enough food and running out of beer. No one wants to be driving around looking for an open liquor store during the third quarter. Similarly, a host should be mindful of the types of beer offered to guests. Certainly an ample supply of light beer is in order. In this craft-crazy era, however, many folks are looking for something with a little more character, as long as they don’t get too full too soon—must save room for the wings, of course. So we asked our area experts what type of session beers they would serve at their Super Bowl parties. Here are the calls they made: “A Super Bowl party will always score plenty of points with Dale’s Pale Ale in the lineup. Like New Belgium, the Oskar Blues Brewery has been attracting a lot of attention to the Colorado beer scene. This particular session beer proves why. It’s a lot of taste without the heft. Plus, being in a can, it makes clean-up easy at the end of the night.” —Brian Muchler, Brewers’ Outlet “When I think of a beer I could drink any day, I think of Twin Lakes’ Greenville Pale Ale. It’s having draft beer in a can! It’s a traditional, American-style Pale Ale rooted in the Pacific Northwest brewing tradition. They use whole-flower Cascade hops and American tworow barley malt to produce a light, amber ale that is medium-bodied. A significant floral-citrus hop essence and aroma also help make it extremely drinkable and refreshing.” —Jeff Kreston, Kreston Wine & Spirits “What goes better with the big game than a great craft brew? My pick for Super Bowl sipping is Victory’s Headwaters Pale Ale—a great session beer with citrus hop notes and a nice malty body. At 5.1 percent alcohol, this is a beer you can enjoy through the game, commercials, and half-time show. Cheers!” —Ed Mulvihill, Peco’s Liquors

“For the Super Bowl being held in Rutherford, N. J., we are featuring NJ Brewery Flying Fish, a great way to celebrate the Big Game coming to Jersey! We recommend the Hop Fish IP and the Red Fish Ale, which is $8.99 for a six pack.” —Ryan Kennedy, Premier Wine & Spirits JANUARY 2014 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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Email kconnor@tsnpub.com with ideas, and they could be added to our list. BECOMING ENLIGHTENED ZenTenna is set to rock The Queen on Jan. 10 Members of Newark’s alt-pop-rock ZenTenna say the band is a full-time hobby. Of course, they also have day jobs. There’s a remodeling entrepreneur, a state government worker, a marketing manager and an IT pro. All in their 40s and 50s, they’re “older than Miley Cyrus and younger than Mick Jagger,” according to drummer Chris Lennon. Lennon, Sam Imhof, Kevin McKee and John Rudd have jammed together for years and during the past 12 months wrote and recorded Begin Transmission, a spiritually-centered album that deals with topics like renewal and rebirth. It was released in October. Members study Zen philosophies, and the band name itself evolved during a conversation about universal enlightenment— and what to call their group. The album, their first, is about celebrating what “is,” not what “should be,” members say – viewing existence as reality. The song “Shotgun,” for example, is about “blasting through the conditioned way of thinking” and seeing truth, says vocalist and guitarist Imhof. “Our life experiences drive the creation of the songs into what they need to be for us, but the listener’s life experiences decode it into the message they want or are meant to receive,” Imhof says. Check out the band at 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 10, at The Queen. For more details, visit www.queen.worldcafelive.com.

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UPSTAIRS IN JANUARY Every 2nd Wednesday: Unsung Hearo’s Open Stage Kind of Creatures’ (l-r) Grace Vonderkühn, Justin Wallace, Brandyn Mark and Devo Devitt, frolicking in the snow during a recent storm, are close-knit friends.

KIND OF SUDDENLY SUCCESSFUL Less than a year old, Wilmington’s four-piece Kind of Creatures discuss band dynamics, influences, and—vaguely—the group’s name By Krista Connor

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lam-garage rockers Kind of Creatures broke into the Wilmington music scene last February with a raw energy that quickly garnered a following. Band members, all in their 20s, are guitarists and vocalists Grace Vonderkühn and Devo Devitt, bassist Brandyn Mark and drummer Justin Wallace. They dropped their first EP, Narrow Spaces, last May. The album, its name taken from a line in the track “Seeing Things,” acknowledges shifting tides in love and relationships, and identifies a sense of self after times of transition, says Vonderkühn. Mark attends the University of Delaware and the other members are employed around the city. Vonderkühn serves at Two Stones Pub, Devitt is at Shinn’s Paints, and Wallace is a self-employed house painter who also “sells cool secondhand goods online” (check out his Instagram at just_in_store and Etsy, redbeardcrafts). Between shows in the Wilmington area and Philadelphia, they are working on new songs and planning to record an LP this winter. Meanwhile, they’re staying motivated and hopeful for the future. “I think we would all love to continue playing music together as far as we can take it,” says Vonderkühn. “This thing means everything to us.” Don’t miss Kind of Creatures at Ortlieb’s in Philadelphia on Wednesday, Jan. 22, and check out their new music video, “Quiet/Loud” shot by Cinemavericks Media. Follow them on Twitter (@kindofcreatures), Instagram (#kindofcreatures) and facebook.com/ KindOfCreatures. Find their EP at kindofcreatures.bandcamp.com. O&A recently chatted with band members about group dynamics, their collective dry sense of humor, and the effect of their relationships on the music. ►

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n Feb. 3, 1959, a small plane carrying one of the biggest rock stars of the time, Buddy Holly, crashed in an Iowa field. Two other promising singers, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper, were also killed. It was called “the day the music died.” Since then, many rockers have died before their time for various reasons and in dramatic circumstances, leaving behind mournful fans. For all these reasons, and for no particular reason, there will be a Dead Rockers Dance at the Jackson Inn in Wilmington, beginning at 8 p.m. on Feb. 1—the nearest Saturday to the anniversary of Holly’s death. Only vinyl from those who died before their time will be played. The event will feature a poetry slam with verse about dead rockers, hosted by local writer and member of the Delaware Literary Connection Bob Davis. The winner will receive $50, the runner-up will get $25, and there will be free drinks for third place. The event is sponsored by the Jackson Inn and Politburo, a group of soccer fans based at Catherine Rooney’s pub in Trolley Square who contribute to a weekly blog on the beautiful game. The following rules apply to the slam: Two rounds, three minutes per poem. National Poetry Slam Rules. Each contestant should bring two poems about dead rockers or their time. The NPS rules are posted online at my.poetryslam. com/nps-rules. Contact Bob Davis at rhambling@verizon.net. — Out & About

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Poetry slam to highlight Feb. 3 event at Jackson Inn Vonderkühn, Wallace and Devitt (l-r) performed last September with touring band Titus Andronicus at Arden Gild Hall.

You’ve gained quite a fan base, and rapidly. What do you attribute that to? Vonderkühn: We love that people seem to relate to the music we make. It could be pure luck but we do remain active in the music scene by booking shows, making connections with musicians and show-goers, and treating the band like a business we love—at the same time, keeping the music our first priority. Devitt: We may very well offer a welcome departure from the reserved neo-folk scene that’s in full swing, or the sterile super-slick electro-pop that’s floating around. It’s fun to evoke spirit, fun and attitude within fans or first-timers. There aren’t many performanceoriented bands around that play with, for, and off of the audience, and we’d like to be known as one that does. Do you remember the first time you all met? What did you think of each other? Vonderkühn: Devo and I met back in late summer of 2012, just as my former band A New Dakota was coming to an end, and we really hit it off. After establishing that we had similar interests, we decided to get together to flesh out some new song ideas I was working on. Justin and I were acquainted years ago through my sister. Devo and Justin’s old bands (Sexon Horses and My Friends) had played together in years prior but both were outfit-less at the time of the beginning of this band. In late fall of 2012, me and Devo ran into Justin outside of a show and proposed his involvement in our blossoming new project. After the first practice, we realized we stumbled upon something. Brandyn is the newest addition and we met him at a house show that Kind of Creatures and Brandyn’s previous band, Tone, were both playing. Devitt: He joined in early October and started playing shows later in the month – he was able to jump right in. His style and personality complements our style perfectly. What inspired you to start playing together? Vonderkühn: Being friends first. We all established ourselves to one another as fun-loving, creative and music-making, so why not do something constructive while we dream and build up a world for ourselves? You all seem really close. How does this affect the music and band dynamics? Vonderkühn: We are very close, indeed. We see each other almost every day, whether it’s for our twice-a-week practice or just getting together to hang out. The effects may be equivalent to being in a multi-versed relationship, where one can finish another’s sentences, read body language, and play each of our respective song parts together with a collective mind.

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You guys are pretty sarcastic, and seem to have a tongue-incheek perspective. How does it affect your music and how you’re perceived, and the interactions with fans and each other? Vonderkühn: It may be true that we can come across in a sarcastic way, and we could probably attribute that to our dry senses of humor. I couldn’t speak to how people perceive us because I have no idea. We’re here to have fun and hopefully our interactions with people reflect that in a positive way. If it’s not that way for some people, maybe we’re just not their cup of tea. Others aside, we have a great time joking around with each other. What’s the meaning behind the band name? Devitt: It kind of was agreed upon because it sounded neat and deep to the unsuspecting . . . no, but it kind of states we’re a “kind,” as in a grouping or pack of “creatures,” and kind of states that we’re “kind” of what we are—creatures. When you picked up the instruments you play for the first time, how old were you? What went through your minds? Devitt: I was 14 when I bought a beat-up six-string at a secondhand store. I didn’t know how to play it but knew for sure that one guitar felt good in my hands and it didn’t take long to understand. Grace was 11 or 12 when she picked up one of her dad’s old guitars and taught herself how to play. She was in it

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I’m not even sure how I stumbled upon this London-born singer-songwriter last month. But I do remember that once I found her 1970 album, Just Another Diamond Day, I could only press “repeat” over and over. Bunyan gave up her music career in the ’70s after her album sold very few copies. But in the early 2000s this folk artist was rediscovered by a growing cult following, and she was back in the game by 2005 with a new record, Lookaftering.

PICKS OF THE MUSIC VARIETY

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HUMMINGBIRD TO MARS Trolley Square’s best-kept secret, this speakeasystyle bar is located just above Catherine Rooney’s. Step into a 1920’s Dixie bohemia with just the push of a buzzer. I suggest checking out Travel Songs’ monthly performance, the next of which happens on Wednesday, Jan. 15. Get there early and spring for The Millionaire cocktail. Made with bourbon, absinthe, egg white and a dash of nutmeg, its sophisticated composition will make you feel rich and famous, at least for a night.

LORDE Dramatic, mysterious and dark, Ella Maria Lani Yelich-O’Connor may be today’s trending pop sensation, but she’s got what many popular artists lack: skill and (so far) no drama. This New Zealand teenager, with the stage name Lorde, lyrically criticizes mainstream culture instead of buying into it. Her 2013 album, Pure Heroine, embraces minimalism, electronica and synthpop from a detached perspective that is still youthful and fun.

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Any fan of progressive rock music would be well-served to check out echolyn. With a history dating back 21 years, echolyn continues to develop and redefine a compositional style best described as melodic, harmonic, rhythmic and dynamic—music that is progressive in the truest sense of the word. Check out their critically acclaimed 2012 self-titled double album. www.echolyn.com. — Matt Urban, Contributing Photographer

WAVERADIO I am currently enamored with this band. It’s smart, melodic, driving rock that you can dance to, if you’re so inclined. The West Chester trio has found a second home in Delaware, recently delivering a killer performance at the Wilmo Rock Circus. Give their selftitled CD a listen. — Mark Rogers, host of WSTW’s Hometown Heroes

THE MUSICAL BOX This tribute band painstakingly recreates early Genesis concerts in exquisite detail, focusing exclusively on the band’s 1972-75 Peter Gabriel era. This is as close to time travel as it gets, folks! Gabriel himself has taken his kids to these shows to see what their father did back then. Catch them in Wilmington at The Grand Opera House on Saturday, Jan. 18. www. themusicalbox.net — Matt Urban, Contributing Photographer

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andela: Long Walk to Freedom, based on Nelson Mandela’s autobiography of the same title, shows the humanity of a man whose life is now being turned into myth. Directed by Justin Chadwick, the film makes clear that its subject was never a saint: it doesn’t hide the young Mandela’s extramarital affairs, or the fact that he helped push the African National Congress toward violence in the early 1960s, even planting bombs himself. Along with the other leaders of the ANC, Mandela is sentenced to life in prison. The movie shows Mandela honing his political skills in prison, studying and listening to everyone, even his jailers. His ability to recall personal details about everyone he meets helps him connect with white as well as black people on a human level even as whites try to deny his humanity.

When South Africa’s white minority government releases him from prison, Mandela is able to overcome the anger and bitterness that make many other blacks want revenge against their oppressors. And his understanding that a leader’s job is to persuade his followers to do the right thing is instrumental in South Africa’s peaceful transition to black majority government in the 1990s. Idris Elba (known to American audiences as Stringer Bell on TV’s The Wire) plays Mandela, portraying his transformation from fiery young freedom fighter to wise statesman. Like its subject, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom isn’t perfect, but it effectively tells the story of a man now being compared to Gandhi as one of the heroes of the 20th century. — Paula Goulden

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ilver Linings Playbook, a charming if offbeat comedy about misfits falling in love, and The Fighter, a brutal drama about two brothers and their elusive dreams of boxing fame, were both critical and award-season darlings in 2012 and 2010, respectively. American Hustle is this year’s effort by the same director, David O. Russell, and expectations have been running high for months, in part because the film brings together accomplished actors from both of those previous movies: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. American Hustle, very loosely based on the Abscam bribery scandal of the 1970s, revels in the acting bravura of these performers while wallowing in the epically horrendous fashion and musical aesthetics of that decade. The story follows a dime-store con man (Bale) and his partner in petty crime (Adams) as they scam a living with a loan swindle. Busted by an ambitious FBI agent (Cooper), they get roped into a sting operation targeting corrupt politicians. The machinations keep piling up, and the whole enterprise threatens to collapse with both political and personal consequences for all. Director/screenwriter Russell (with co-writer Eric Singer) seems to have great feeling (is it affection? admiration? astonishment?) for these scheming losers. But the constant duplicity can wear down the viewer. All these characters are so immersed in their own hustles that they rarely take a breath to be genuine human beings. And when one does late in the third act, it comes across as just another con. American Hustle, ultimately, survives on the strength of its performances. Bale adds another all-consuming role to his packed resume, and Adams, Cooper, and Lawrence all have sterling moments. The supporting cast is also impressive, with solid work from Louis C.K., Jeremy Renner, Elisabeth Röhm, and an apt cameo by Robert DeNiro. I’m not sure that I have admiration or affection for any of these characters, but I did enjoy the time in their company. — Mark Fields

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his is your mission, if you choose to accept it. Answer all the following spy movie questions correctly and you’ll be entered to win a pair of tickets to the premiere screening of Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit at Penn Cinema on Thursday, Jan. 16. Seven lucky readers will win. See below for submission instructions. 1) What was the first film to feature Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan as its hero? a) The Hunt for Red October b) Clear and Present Danger c) Patriot Games d) The Hunger Games 2) Mr. & Mrs. Smith pitted which real Hollywood couple against each other as secret agent assassins? a) Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux b) Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt c) Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield d) Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth

3) Which Alfred Hitchcock film featured James Stewart as the victim of mistaken identity? a) North by Northwest b) Rear Window c) The Man Who Knew Too Much d) Freaky Friday 4) Which of the following actors never played James Bond, agent 007? a) George Lazenby b) David Niven c) Timothy Dalton d) Sean Bean 5) Which two actors played the famous ’60s TV spy team that was recast with Eddie Murphy and Owen Wilson in the 2002 flop I Spy? a) Bill Cosby and Robert Culp b) Tony Curtis and Roger Moore c) Peter Graves and Greg Morris d) Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder Submit your answers online at OutAndAboutNow.com. All entries must be received by noon Monday, Jan. 13. Winners will be drawn at random from the pool of participants who get the most answers correct. Good luck! JANUARY 2014 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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irector Peter Jackson showed such respect and love for Tolkien’s Middle Earth in crafting The Lord of the Rings trilogy. That makes it all the more distressing that he now demonstrates such disregard, even contempt, for the source material with his Hobbit films. Not only has Jackson stretched a slender little children’s story into two of three bloated movies, but he and his screenwriting collaborators have taken such liberties with both the plot and the underlying mythology that the much-beloved story is barely recognizable. The most egregious sin is making this Hobbit trilogy into an extended prequel to the LOTR films, instead of retaining its own unique tone and spirit. Amid the endless chases, fights, and grotesqueries, most of the performances (including those of Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, and Richard Hermitage) are also lost as we are pushed from one effects-laden set piece to the next. Evangeline Lilly is both fierce and winsome as Tauriel, a character nonexistent in Tolkien’s original tale. But only Benedict Cumberbatch’s sonorous voice work as the vain dragon of the title manages to cut through the general folderol. Yes, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is beautifully realized, with rich scenic and costume detail enhanced by impressive CGI work and the newish high-frame-rate photography. But all the handsome accoutrements are nothing more than an attractive yet pathetic façade for the mangling of a revered story. — Mark Fields

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DVDS WORTH TRYING By Mark Fields

Several exceptional films have dominated the year’s awards-season chatter, including 12 Years a Slave, Gravity and American Hustle, but a number of quieter features that are already available on DVD (or will be soon) are also worth trying.

Enough Said

(DVD release Jan. 14)

Julia Louis-Dreyfus and the late James Gandolfini in his final lead role both shine in this charming middle-aged romantic comedy. The script captures all the guarded hope—with a touch of awkwardness— of looking for love the second time around.

Mud (available now) This Southern Gothic coming-of-age story stars Matthew McConaughey as a mysterious, perhaps dangerous drifter who befriends some teenage boys. A terrific cast includes Sam Shepherd, Sarah Carlson, Michael Shannon and a surprisingly unglamorous Reese Witherspoon.

Fruitvale Station

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The media is full of accounts about young African-American men who meet violent ends at the hands of racists, but this searing tale (based on a real-life incident) resonates because it depicts the quotidian events leading up to the regrettable confrontation.

This Is The End/ The World’s End

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These two movies comprise an apocalyptic double feature with comedy stars from both sides of the pond. In one, Seth Rogen, James Franco and friends crack wise on their own images as the final days come to Los Angeles. In the other, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost drolly complete their “Cornetto” trilogy with a British pub crawl that literally and figuratively concludes at “The World’s End.”

The Way Way Back

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Steve Carell plays against type as a judgmental hypocrite trying to mentor his girlfriend’s teenage son. The boy finds a community of misfit friends and mentors at a local water park, and in doing so, discovers his true self. A touching and resonant summer comedy.

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1. At Fearless: A Fight Against Lyme, held December 7 at Arden Gild Hall, Hilary Suwyn surveys the artistically-themed silent auction and bids on one of the many Rolling Stones packages. 2. Wrapping up their busiest year to date, Rolling Stone tribute band The Glimmer Twins wowed the audience at Fearless: A Fight Against Lyme. 3. On December 6 the creative staff at House Industries celebrated the opening of their House 1151 gallery and store in Hockessin, which features framed prints, textiles, and ceramics among other eyecatching gifts. From left to right (back to front): Rich Roat, Adam Cruz, Andy Cruz, BondĂŠ Prang, Luong Nguyen and Jess Riddle.

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Out & About Magazine January 2014  

Since 1988, Out & About has informed our audience of entertainment options in Greater Wilmington through a monthly variety magazine. Today,...

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