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VOICE OF THE BOROUGH  OCTOBER 2012

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The Press

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy Publisher Dan Mathers Dan@thewcpress.com Editor Anonymous mysteryman@thewcpress.com Advertising Manager Nick Vecchio Nick@thewcpress.com Staff Photographer Adam Jones Adam@thewcpress.com Published By The WC Press 13 South Church Street West Chester, PA 19382 610-344-3463

The Team... NICK VECCHIO normally gets picked on for all his errors in this space, but this month he actually did his job. I suppose the only thing I can make fun of him for is turning our networking events into all-out parties by racking up massive tabs on the company card. Soon I’ll get around to removing him as a signer on our bank account. adam jones has introduced our office to an entirely new vernacular. The team of The WC Press now routinely refers to layouts as “dope” and stories as being “sick.” I guess it doesn’t matter how much responsibility he takes on, Mr. Jones just can’t outgrow the little skater inside of him. Either way, we’re “stoked” on his work. ALexis diGiovanni has officially broken the glass ceiling, and while it’s not quite a Sally Ride moment, we think making it onto our masthead is a big deal. And, based on the constant badgering, we’re fairly certain Lexi feels the same. In the end, she rightly earned herself “Intern of the Month” recognition with her tireless work ethic.

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From the Editor... My favorite holiday

It’s now an annual tradition for me to lose a Halloween costume contest. Two years ago my wife (playing a lovely Alice) and I (the Mad Hatter seen at left) lost out on the $500 prize at Kildare’s to a perfect KISS quartet, complete with makeup, spikes and hair. Last year my hand-stitched, handmolded and perfectly fit Rufio costume (Ever seen the Peter Pan adaptation Hook?) was knocked out of Landmark’s big money competition by Snow White. Sure, the girl was incredibly good looking, but I saw four other girls in the exact same costume. My point is, this year I’m out for revenge. Only, I’m at a bit of a loss as to what I’m doing with my costume. You see, I’ve put all my best Halloween thinking into this magazine, and it’s jam-packed with all the ferver I typically put into my costumes. There’s the true-ish story of one of West Chester’s very own ghosts, as told by Malcolm Johnstone, and there’s the incredibly creepy artwork of this month’s Local Talent, Patrick Krackow. In the dark spirit of the season, Paul Imburgia delves into the local hardcore music scene and, we give a reverse makeover to a willing participant with the help of Bates Motel. And, at the opposite end of the spectrum, some of our readers sent in adorable photos of their pets all dressed up for the holidays, Jill McDevitt shares some ideas for costumes (and the science behind why they’re often so sexy), and Allison Tatios, the brilliant artist who carved the pumpkin on our front cover, shares some tips on how to carve your own masterpiece. Speaking of the cover, we have to thank Nick Halladay. His face may not grace the front of the magazine this month, but Halladay Florist supplied us with everything we needed to make yet another beautiful magazine a reality.

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Our favorite responses this month I want to congratulate you on envisioning the need for such a magazine serving the WC community. Based on the increase in advertisers and the high-profile people you’ve been interviewing lately, it looks like your magazine is really on an upward trajectory and getting great local support. -Dave Hewett Well... Thanks! -DM You have a wonderful space and a wonderful working environment going on at the office. Quite frankly, I’m very jealous of it. I was wondering, before you start using that back office, if I could set up a little desk in a corner back there and utilize it as a WCPressTV/ HAHA-YO/Honeyjawn University work space for marketing/creating/planning for about five hours a day? -Tom Boyd Sure, but you’ll have to distribute our magazines in payment. Everyone, meet our new Distribution Manager. -DM

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WC FASHION SHOWCASE

Thursday, August 30 The WC Press hosted a fashion showcase highlighting the talents of all the boutiques and salons in the August Fashion Issue at the Chester County Historical Society. The charity event benefitted the Chester County Historical Society and the West Chester Food Cupboard. A Special thanks is owed to all the vendors, boutiques, salons and musicians who helped make the event possible.

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Fashion Show Prep

August 30 Avante, Calista Grand, Platinum, Mia Bella and Blaze helped prep our lovely models for their big evening

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WC FASHION SHOWCASE Photos by Adam Jones

August 30 Artifact, Blink, BreakawayINK, Christine’s Consignment, Green Eyed Lady, Mainline Men’s, Malena’s, Moonflower, Nich and Obvi

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WC FASHION SHOWCASE Photos by Adam Jones

August 30 Artifact, Blink, BreakawayINK, Christine’s Consignment, Green Eyed Lady, Mainline Men’s, Malena’s, Moonflower, Nich and Obvi

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WC FASHION SHOWCASE Photos by Adam Jones

August 30 Artifact, Blink, BreakawayINK, Christine’s Consignment, Green Eyed Lady, Mainline Men’s, Malena’s, Moonflower, Nich and Obvi

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WC FASHION SHOWCASE Photos by Alexis DiGiovanni

August 30 The WC Press hosted a fashion showcase highlighting the talents of all the boutiques and salons in the August Fashion Issue

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20-Something Dating Kaela Mast is a hard-working woman, and it seems that might be a source of some frustration

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y boyfriend and I rarely fight. In fact, when we do it’s about stupid things– like when he puts this one pillow that I hate on my side of the bed instead of his. But after he read my last article he was like, “What the hell?” The man was seriously butt hurt. He couldn’t get over me thinking our relationship was a “C” instead of an “A.” My last article opened the floodgates for arguing and for just about a week straight my apartment looked like an episode of Jerry Springer. No, I don’t mean strippers, but I do mean dramatic fights so over the top you would almost be certain it was a joke. It looked like the mediocre grade I’d assigned our relationship was quickly spiraling quickly down the tubes. I was afraid we were heading to the point where even tutoring wouldn’t save the grade. Eventually, we made up and realized that our foul moods centered on one thing: I make slightly more money than my boyfriend. It wasn’t always like that, and, for the most part, I still don’t show that I’m making money. But it’s a huge ego hit he just can’t quite accept. In my last article I talked a lot about how the only time we have to spend with one another is those few precious hours over the course of the weekends. I will give you one guess as to who started picking up some weekend overtime shifts. Here’s a hint: it’s not me. So here I am, stroking my boyfriend’s bruised ego while I secretly want to live a life like Billy Madison (minus the back to school bit). Okay, maybe not THAT over the top, but definitely a little less of what the norm has been for us. I want to go out for nice dinners and buy nice things. When I try to secretly do that, I get the evil eye and the cold shoulder. Silly me, I forgot we lived in a time where it’s unusual for a woman to be successful. I just want to be happy and be happy with my boyfriend. No more fights about money, or what brand of toilet paper the other bought, or that stupid pillow. I realize there will always be fighting from time to time. I would have to give up every ounce of myself to succumb to all the weird stuff he thinks is correct just for us to avoid conflict. I am way too stubborn to ever be that girl. But I did realize I need to put myself in his shoes more often. This is the second serious relationship where I’ve been in this position. That last relationship? I broke up with him after five years, rationalizing that the financial issue was too unbearable. It wasn’t that. It was him. So maybe my boyfriend won’t be doing backflips, and he won’t be totally happy about this article, either. Maybe we’ll fight. Or, maybe he’ll realize that I love him for him, and I wouldn’t be with him if I didn’t. Whether the relationship’s a “C” or an “A,” he really is a great guy. I’ll leave it at that. kmast@thewcpress.com

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AROUND CAMPUS Photos by Alexis DiGiovanni

September 10 A peek inside the lives of the students who have flooded their way back into West Chester after a long, hot summer

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Children In Tow

Jennifer Ozgur is a mother, wife and teacher who still finds time to get out and about with the family It’s only been a month since school started, but already summer is just a faded memory. We’ve returned to calendars full of sport practices and dance lessons; of band and chorus rehearsals, parent/teacher conferences and project due dates. By now, schedules have become so hectic that it takes the skills of an Olympiccaliber synchronized swim team to coordinate. Especially because I am a teacher by trade. Some days during the madness of the school week, the thought of busting out pots and pans to start on dinner just isn’t a possibility. And neither is the nearest drive-through or mass-produced chain restaurant food: I do not want to sacrifice a quality meal for convenience. So I’ve done a little homework of my own and compiled a list including some of West Chester’s finer eateries that are friendly to both your family and your palate. You might want to add them to your cell phone to make sure they can seat you on a moment’s notice. For more sophisticated tastes, Nonna’s (610-430-0203) has a diverse kids’ menu offering everything from pasta dishes to filet mignon. There is a dining room separate from the bar and also outdoor seating–perfect for the rambunctious. Another dining atmosphere with just the right amount of background noise is Ram’s Head (484-631-0241). Ram’s Head proudly proclaims themselves to be West Chester’s first gastropub, so you know the adults are in for a culinary treat. And, their children’s menu includes a beverage, meal and dessert, all for $6.50. There is nothing more family-friendly than that one magic word: FREE! The following restaurants’ policy is that, for every adult entrée purchased, a child can pick from their kids’ menu gratis. Both Doc Magrogan’s Oyster House (610-429-4046) and Kildare’s Irish Pub (610-431-0770) offer up their free kids’ meals on Sundays. It’s a great way to have a last hurrah to send off the weekend and prepare for a string of school nights. Kildare’s also offers certain Celtic selections on that night for only $9.99. If mid-week gets to be too much of a stress, you can get over the hump at Barbaby’s (610-696-1400) for their free kids’ night on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Best of all, the evening is complete with a strolling magician who makes balloon animals, and your rascals might walk away with a free T-shirt proclaiming them to be a “Little Slugger.” If you need another incentive, Wednesday also happens to be Wing Night–get a dozen wings in any of five flavors for only $3. Since giving birth to my son three months ago, we were just beginning to find our new version of “normal” and then the craziness of school began. But with my sister-in-law living with us for a while, I feel guilty not taking her out. Luckily, in the town of West Chester, it’s possible to take the whole family out without having to apologize when my daughter’s alfredo goes AWOL. It’s great to know there are some accommodating local options so we can have our crab cakes and eat them, too. jozgur@thewcpress.com

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Every Friday and Saturday in October, walking tours take off through town to tell tales of the harrowing history of West Chester’s most haunted places. Each tour meets at the steps of The Lincoln Tea Room at 8pm where Malcolm Johnstone, the executive director of the West Chester Business Improvement District, tells the tale of the ghost who resides within the building... Photo Adam Jones

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Malcolm Johnstone Tells the Haunting Tale of West Chester’s Most Expressive Apparition

t’s been said that nearly every old building in the Borough is haunted. Ask any resident and you’re likely to hear stories of unexplained sounds, smells, items that mysteriously move, and that very real feeling that you are not alone. For the most part, these phantoms we live with are anonymous, giving us scant information as to who they are–or were. That is not true of the ghost that haunts the Lincoln Building at the corner of West Market and Wilmont Mews–we know exactly who haunts that building. The ghost is that of John Tully, an unfortunate soul who, as the Revolutionary War wound down in the 1780s, made a meager living taking odd jobs whenever he could. He was also known as a petty thief, although never convicted of any crimes... until 1788. It was in 1788 that John Tully was arrested for stealing a horse, a crime that was, at that time, considered among the most onerous. He was taken before the judges at the newly built Chester County Courthouse and quickly given a sentence in five parts. First, John had to pay a fine of 25 American Pounds, the currency of the day, perhaps equal to an entire year’s wages for the poor man. Second, he must serve six months in the county jail. Third, he must be tied to a pillory behind the courthouse in an area just behind where the current historic courthouse now stands on Market Street. Fourth, he was sentenced to receive 31 lashes “well laid on” lashes of the whip. And finally, his ears would be cut off and pinned to the pillory to serve as an example to others as to what happens to thieves. After being cut down from the pillory, laid on a cot, and taken

to a jail cell, one can imagine that John Tulley wasn’t doing well. He writhed on his cot, moaning from the pain of the lashes and disfigurement. All the moaning was quite a bother to the sheriff, so he ordered that John Tully be hauled across the road to spend the night alone in a small shed that had been erected where the Lincoln Building now stands. But John Tully made his presence known. His moans grew louder as the night wore on. Then, adding to the discomfort of those at the jail, he began to make what sounded like a chuckle. As the sheriff and jailer listened, the chuckles turned to laughter. And then the laughing turned to howling. The sheriff and jailer said nothing to each other, only winced as the howling tore through the night. When dawn finally arrived, and the laughing and howling abruptly stopped, the jailer was sent to check on Tully. As he entered the shed, the jailer saw that his prisoner was perfectly still. Dead still. In fact, his body was cold and stiff, the results of rigor mortis that sets in hours after death. How could this have happened? Only moments before, John Tully’s howling and laughing was loud enough to wake the dead. A doctor was called, the death was confirmed, and John Tully was buried in the place he had died. His bones remain there to this day. As for his spirit, it continues to haunt the Lincoln Building where, late at night, when it should be very quiet, you can hear the howls of John Tully, the ghost of the man who died laughing. For more information about haunted ghost tours, check out the West Chester Business Improvement District’s website at www.downtownwestchester.com.

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CIGAR NIGHT Photos by Alexi DiGionvanni

September 13 Pietro’s Prime, Mainline Men’s Custom Clothiers and G&G Cigars teamed up for a guys-only night at Pietro’s

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f you’ve ever found yourself drunk and hungry at 2am in West Chester, than you know the fun-loving, 45-year-old owners of Saucey Pizza. Sollatzo Ilgaz (aka The Mad Turk) and David Harvey (aka Harv, aka Big Harv, aka Mr Saucey) revel in those latenight hours. They took over the well-known pizza shop just about a year ago, and since then they’ve been fixtures around town. Whether buying shots at Kildare’s or handing out slices of their classic CBR pizza (that’s chicken, bacon and ranch), they’ve always got smiles on their faces. In many interviews, you’ll find an editor’s note inserted from time to time to indicate the subject’s non-verbal response to the question. In this interview it is safe to assume that you can insert a [laughing] before every answer.

Employee(s) of the Month

How long have you known each other? DH: Ummm... ten years? SI: Yeah. At least since 2002, so ten years. And how did you meet? SI: Through a mutual friend. What were you doing before taking over Saucey? DH: I was in corporate sales, selling audio/video conferencing systems. SI: I used to sell bulk candy to big corporations. You know, bring them bulk jelly beans, they’d bag them up and sell them. They used to call me the Candy Man. DH: Oh, and can we give some love to West Side? Say that I’m president of West Side Little League?

If you can manage to get Big Harv and T he Mad Turk to sit still and be serious for even just a few seconds, than we applaud you. You’ve managed to do something we could never accomplish. Photo ADAM JONES

Sure. Why’d you decided to buy Saucey? DH: I’ve always wanted to be my own boss. SI: And I was unemployed. So, it fit. DH: Plus, I was going through a divorce, so it just seemed like a great time for something new.

and went outside to smoke a cigarette. DH: He just turned to me and yelled, “I can’t take it! I need a cigarette,” and he left.

What was the most difficult thing you experienced after opening? DH: Definitely the Christmas Parade. We got slammed. We just took over in November, so we were still learning the ropes, and we just got soooo busy. Sollatzo couldn’t take it.

On the flip side, what’s the best thing about owning Saucey? DH: The chicas. SI: You can’t say that! DH: Why not? SI: Ugh. For me it’s those late-night, YouTube-worthy moments. DH: Yeah. It’s like a reality show in here.

What’d you do? SI: I just got frustrated, stopped working

How ’bout the business side of things? SI: We’re still learning.

DH: It’s something new every day, even though Sollatzo had experience before. SI: Yeah. I used to own a small bar back when I was still in Turkey. What are your plans for the future? SI: Next we are hoping to open another Saucey at University of Delaware. DH: My goal is to sell 100 Saucey franchises. I figure, with all the people out there, there’s gotta be 100 other Big Harvs, 100 other guys out there who are in the same position I was–because, really, this has been amazing. WCP

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A Trainer’s Tips Christine Mooney is a certified fitness trainer and author of the health and wellness blog Beautiful-Strength.com It’s a nice thought, but no matter how you spin it, a calorie is not just a calorie. Our bodies aren’t simple machines working on simplified equations. We are complex organisms made up of system after system: hormonal processes, nervous reactions, musculature, immune responses and so forth. Simply put, we are far too complex for the calorie to be anything but an arbitrary number—so it is not the calorie that the body craves, but the nutrient. It would be woefully unfortunate to approach your own eating with the assumption that a 100-calorie Nabisco snack pack is going to provide the same benefits as 100 calories of, say, raw walnuts. But, we’ve all been there: thinking that restricting calories is the sustainable way to lose weight. Truth is, over two-thirds of dieters weigh more four to five years after they initially lose the weight than they did before. Researchers are attributing these long-term weight loss failures to the fact that most dieters merely restrict calories, versus changing their diets for optimal nutrition. Rather than eating from a nutritional standpoint, which removes toxins from the body, creates lean muscle, and melts away unwanted body fat, dieters with this dangerous calorie-cutting mentality only redistribute calories. At first, this method will trigger weight loss, but as weight is lost, toxins in the body become more concentrated and cause an inflammatory response. As the toxin density increases, along with the inflammation, the body rebounds, regaining all the weight lost... and then some. To get the weight off–and most importantly, keep it off–you must nix the whole “diet” mentality and instead embrace a true lifestyle transformation. This might prove exceptionally difficult as we get into the fall and winter seasons when comfort foods abound, from pumpkin spice lattes to Champagne cocktails at holiday parties, but the effort is well worth it. When you believe your bout of healthy eating is just that, a bout, it is almost impossible to understand how good you can actually feel when you eat for optimal nutrition rather than calories. Once you come to the realization that walnuts taste better than 100-calorie Nabisco Snack Packs, skipping the sugar in your coffee and passing on a ginormous slice of cheesecake doesn’t feel like deprivation. Instead, consuming the sugar and the excessive carbohydrates feels like you are depriving yourself of health. Don’t believe me? Take the 21-Day Challenge. For 21 days, eat as low on the food chain as possible–stick to fruits, veggies, and lean meats. A sure bet is to hit up the West Chester Growers Market on Saturdays from 9am-1pm for produce and Lindenhof meats. Make sure to consume good fats like raw walnuts, coconut oil, or grapeseed oil, and skip any product that is full of refined sugars and processed carbs. At the end of those three weeks, I guarantee you will be amazed at just how good you feel, no calorie counting necessary. cmooney@thewcpress.com

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n addition to sexy cop and sexy Disney Princess, there is sexy school girl, sexy nurse, sexy bumble bee, sexy bunny, sexy... you name it. I’m sure you’ve noticed that Halloween for adults is all about women dressing up in revealing and sexually provocative costumes. Have you ever wondered why? The short answer is why not? It’s fun! But, because I’m a sexologist, here’s the long, academic answer for anyone who is interested... The eroticization of Halloween is a byproduct of two things: 1. An erotophobic culture (read: prudes) and 2. A devaluing of women. When you take a society that has contempt for sex (As evidenced by abstinence-only education mandates, the national catastrophe of Janet Jackson’s nipple at the Super Bowl, etc), plus a society that devalues women (As evidenced by the 77-cents-on-thedollar gender wage gap, resistance to reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act, etc) what you get is a phenomenon called slutshaming. Yes, this is actually an academic term–slut-shaming is the social punishment and ostracism of women who openly express their sexuality. For fear of being slut-shamed, sexuality is repressed, especially in women. Now take Halloween, a holiday with the express purpose of being something you’re not. Whether it’s scary, or funny, or creative, people dress up on Halloween to express themselves in ways they ordinarily wouldn’t, or couldn’t. For so many American women, that means permission to dress sexy because it’s the one occasion in which they can express their sexuality freely without being ostracized. It’s a similar premise to underage drinking. People who grew up in households where alcohol was permitted, in which they could have a glass of wine at the dinner table at 16 years old with their family, tend to develop a healthy respect for alcohol. But we’ve all seen what happens when people get to college after having grown up in strict households where alcohol was forbidden. They go buck wild, out of control with the new-found freedom to experiment. Halloween is to repressed sexuality as college is to repressed exposure to alcohol–a rare excuse to let it all hang out without the usual social sanctions. WCP

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hen we approached The Bates Motel and Haunted Hayride with our proposition for a reverse makeover, owner Randy Bates was immediately on board. “We’ve got some gorgeous girls that work here and some really great makeup artists,” he said. “We can take a girl from being a perfect 10 to a negative 5.” Well, effects artist Marisa Giammatteo had her work cut out for her if she was going to make her model, Fallon Maressa (pictured below), just as grotesque as Randy had described. Fallon showed up for the shoot with gorgeous, flowing black hair and just a bit of makeup, but it was all downhill from there for the natural beauty. First up, Marisa used a combination of cream makeup and airbrushing to tarnish Fallon’s skin. She started with her eyes, bringing in some darkness with a combination of browns and purples. She also highlighted the protruding bones of Fallon’s cheeks and darkened in the surrounding areas to give what she called “a sunken zombie look.” She finished it off with a ripped sponge and some more cream makeup to add texture. The cuts and lesions across her body were achieved by first laying down a dark color, then painting over it with a blood red color. The surrounding areas were then blended in with that same red to give a swollen look. Finally, it was all finished off with Ben Nye Final Seal, to make sure nothing would smudge, and a whole lot of teasing to really fluff up her hair. Angela Pilat of Glamtastik supplied a custom, handmade corset for the occassion. The garment finished off the look and finalized Fallon’s transformation from the girl of your dreams into the woman of your nightmares. WCP

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y attitude is always defined by the age-old saying, “Don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it.” The saying applies to food, people, trends and–in particular–music. I suggest giving hardcore a try. For me, hardcore’s image in the mainstream is a textbook case of the fear of the unknown. In West Chester the genre has made an impression that many are unaware of. For instance, West Chester is home to Harvcore Records, a label run by Vince Spina and his family. Vince isn’t operating under a selfish desire for fame and fortune– he just does it for love of the music. Hardcore musicians don’t sit around composing their music to sell on iTunes and market to eighth graders. I sat down with Vince recently to chat about Harvcore, their bands and the genre in general.

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How did the label start? I had been in a band and had done some touring. In punk rock and hardcore music it’s a do-it-yourself environment, so it was just something that I thought would be fun and cool to do to help support some up-and-coming bands. How is Harvcore linked to West Chester? Well, we’re based here, and as far as bands I’ve released, I did Edgewise and Brody. Edgewise was really a West Chester band, and Brody was, more or less, from this area. There’s been plenty of shows in West Chester, many we’ve put on. Some of the record stores, ones that aren’t even around anymore, have sold our stuff. I think when I first started putting records out I wanted to keep it local because I thought that there were a lot of good bands in this area, and I wanted to give them an opportunity to get records out. What sort of contributions has Harvcore made to the scene? Back when I first started, before the internet, it was kind of cool just getting bands out there that maybe otherwise would have never been heard. Shadow Season is a prime example of a band that got out there that maybe would have never put out a record if it weren’t for me, and I think they’re an amazing group that sort of helped define what emo was. I saw online recently that someone up in Canada was talking about a CD that I put out, and I commented, “Yo, I still have some of those at home!” We’ve also hosted bands–bands staying in my house, bands playing in my basement. Screeching Weasel played in my basement. It’s funny because at the time I didn’t think anything of it–back then it was just some smelly guys that needed somewhere to stay–but now people think that’s the craziest thing ever. And I’ve actually put out some bands where some members went on to be in

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other bands. These guys that went on to be in As Blood Runs Black and Operation Ivy. Back then it didn’t feel much like an accomplishment, but now I see some of the impact that it had. Really, it’s about seeing that these these bands get out there. Our band Doubledealer’s done multiple tours, Lifeless went to Europe twice. I see that and know I helped out. What are you working on now? Right now we have a Lifeless EP that they had for sale at the This Is Hardcore festival. Actually, all we have as of right now is Lifeless, [laughing] all the other bands are just screwing around. So in reality, Lifeless is the only thing that’s on deck for this year. Then there’s some new stuff for next year but nothing concrete.

The Harvcore Family: (L to R ) Ann Spina, Caitlin O’Donnel and Vince Spina

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Explain the misunderstanding people have about the scene. There are many, but the thing that’s been consistent since my involvement back in the ’80s is that it’s “angry music.” You know, like “kill-hate music” – they think the music is about violence. What is your response to that? There’s a certain energy in it. It’s different than what was acceptable when I first got into it. The big stuff at the time was like glam rock and hard rock. With this, anyone could be in a band, anyone can do whatever they want. There weren’t rock stars. You just show up, the band’s outside, you help them bring their gear into the building, they set up and play and then afterwards they come to your house and sleep. I think there’s sort of a brotherhood for people that are into hardcore music; you didn’t buy into the whole system of being like everyone else. Would you say Harvcore has brought a lot to this town? I’ve heard people say that because of Edgewise, the band I was in that caused me to start this label, they were inspired to start a band and do a tour. We were the first hardcore band in West Chester that toured and played shows. There were other bands that played shows but we went out and did an East Coast tour, went to Canada, went out West. So I think people saw someone doing it, whether it’s the band or the label, and said, “Hey, I can do that too.” That’s pretty cool, and it’s not like it’s really that hard. You just have to put in the time and the effort of seeing it through. What are your plans for the future? Continuing to release bands. Like I said, when we started I focused a lot more on local bands. I’m waiting for new up-and-coming bands, because I always love to sign bands that are local. WCP

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Chugging along with breakdowns and killer baselines, the members of Doubledealer know just how to stir a crowd of angry and passionate fans. The vocals are recognizably harsh with ferocity analogo us to their brutalizing gui tar work. Doubledealer has worked with Harvcore since 2009 and pro duc ed two solid records that even the most stubbor n of music fans could appreciate. With their fa stpaced, thrashing riffs it’s almost impossible to suppress the urge to start a circle pit.

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Lifeless is incredibly heavy. Their most notable work is the album “NLFTW (No Love For The World)”. The title alone should give you a good first impression. The music is empowering, aggressive and nothing to be taken lightly. The first time I got to see Lifeless I was surprised to be able to walk out of the venue. But don’t let that turn you off from their music. Their metal influences are distinguishable, and Lifeless has retained a style that’s rather uncommon in today’s hardcore scene.

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Bartender of the Month from Más Mexicali Cantina A

bbey Remington loves tequila. Particularly Patrón. She loves bartending, she loves Más, she loves people, she loves West Chester. The girl loves life. She exudes good vibes, which she then serves up to her customers. It turns out she’s also really passionate about her work and promoting her employer. A few minutes chatting with her was enough to realize she’s not just bartender of the month because of her good looks –there’s a lot going on behind those blue eyes.

So, where are you from, Abbey? I’ve been in West Chester since I came here for school in 2006, but I have lived all over. All over where? Well, I was born in Hong Kong, I’ve lived in Cyprus, London, Singapore and Ireland. My dad was an engineer for a big company from York, PA, and he traveled all over for work. I moved to West Chester from York. Of all those places, why did you settle down here? I think my heart is in West Chester. I have met so many amazing people. It’s awesome how there are these motivated young people here–entrepreneurs–who make and do incredible things. They’re an inspiration and they’re just making West Chester better and better. I don’t think I’ll ever leave. How’d you end up working at Más? Joanne Caulfield, the owner, recruited me. She said she loved my positivity. Do you like it here? I love the rock ’n’ roll vibe–it really fits my personality. Plus, we have an awesome staff who are also all really positive people, and the owners go a long way to make sure everyone feels welcome. There’s a definite Más family. I understand you’re not just a bartender. What’s your role? I do a little of everything. I bartend, but I also help with marketing during the week. I think promoting the place where you work is just part of the job as a bartender. What are you currently promoting? Well, October 7 we’re

“Halloween’s a big deal at Más,” says Abbey, while standing with a series of skulls, “so we’re celebrating all week.” Photo ADAM JONES hosting a charity fashion show. Tickets include lunch, a silent auction and entertainment. All the proceeds from the event will go straight to the Domestic Violience Center of Chester County. Anything else? There’s also the inaugural Veterans 1st 5k Run and Walk on 11/11 to benefit the Isaiah 58 Foundation. That starts and ends here, and we’re throwing a huge after party. We’re also working on a RocktoberFest event, and, of course, there’s Halloween. Halloween’s a big deal at Más, so we’re celebrating all week long with different events. WCP

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Service Above Self

West Chester R otary Club President Jeannie McGinn is couldn’t be more excited for the R otary Chili Cookoff I can still remember the early years of the Rotary Chili Cookoff. Our first year we had an amazing 34 teams sign up just based on the enthusiasm of a few Rotarians. They went door to door and shared the fun idea that by cooking chili we could raise money for the neediest in our community. This year we are looking at more than 70 teams competing, which means a lot of chili to sample. Rest assured, there will be variety: some with beans, some without, some with kick, some with savory flavor. And yes, we will have a few vegetarian options. After ten years, it still only costs $10 for an All-You-CanEat-Wristband. You can get three wristbands at the discounted price of $25 when you purchase in advance from the Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce, Brandywine Valley Heating & Air, Arthur Hall Insurance, Rainer & Co, Buckley, Brion, McGuire, Morris & Sommer LLP and from our website, westchesterchilicookoff.com. Back in 2003 we covered two blocks of Gay Street and depended heavily upon the guidance of West Chester Parks and Recreation legends Kathie McBratnie and Sheleigh Purnell who were the masterminds of the Restaurant Festival. We still look to Parks and Rec for valuable advice, as well as our partners, the WCPD, borough council and the Public Works Department, so they all deserve a big thank you. This year, the Chili Cookoff has really grown up, and we will be taking the Cookoff across High Street for the first time and spread our footprint all the way to Walnut Street. The newest feature on this, the 10th Anniversary of the Chili Cookoff, is something extra-special for kids of all ages. In the Wells Fargo Bank parking lot we will have an exciting Family Fun Center filled with inflatables, games, a rock wall, obstacle course and even a good old-fashioned dunk tank. An All-Day Pass into the Family Fun Center is only $5, or $1 per ticket for each activity. And, remember, children ten and under eat free at the cookoff with a paid adult. For Eagles fans who love chili, and I know there are a lot of you out there, Comcast and Comcast Spotlight have ordered up the big screens and will be piping in the game live. On behalf of the Rotary Club of West Chester, I want to thank The WC Press staff (who are cooking chili this year!) and readers in advance for loving the Chili Cookoff and helping to make it a huge fundraising success. All proceeds raised through the wristbands go back out into the community in the form of a Rotary CPC grant. To learn more about the Rotary grant-giving process, stop by the grant ceremony on the Main Stage at High and Gay on Chili Sunday at 11am, or visit our Rotary Hospitality Tent at Church and Gay. Call me at 484-343-4577, visit us at westchesterchilicookoff.com or find us on Facebook with your questions. See you at the West Chester Rotary Chili Cookoff! jmcginn@thewcpress.

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A Few Tips From Allison Tatios, The Genius Behind Our Cover

1. It’s All About The Stem

I got this tip from my mom. She’s always picking ugly pumpkins with a cool stem. The stem gives a lot of character to your pumpkin without even having to carve it. A good pumpkin starts at the stem

2. Prep Well

It’s important to really gut the pumpkin thoroughly. I avoid going with cheap carving utensils at this point and just go straight for a big kitchen spoon. It lets you really scrape off the inside wall of the pumpkin a lot more quickly.

3. Tracing Isn’t Cheating

The Sixth Annual Chester County Art Associatian Pumpkin Carving Fundraiser is returning the event to its days of glory. Here’s a preview of what you can expect on October 24 from 5:30-8:30pm at the Chester County Art Center.

I like to go right at a pumpkin, but there’s nothing wrong with drawing a stencil to guide you. Don’t use a Sharpie, because you don’t want marker left on the pumpkin, but a magic marker will get the job done. This will really help you if you’re trying to be symmetrical.

Artist Workshops

4. Think Small

Four fantastic pumpkin-carving artists will be on hand giving demonstrations of their work and offering attendees tips and tricks on how to acheive a phenomenal Jack-o’-lantern.

Mixed Media Pumpkins

In past years the youngest among us seemed to be passed over, so in order to include the whole family, CCAA is offering mixed media pumpkin craft projects. Just because your kids are too young to wield a knife doesn’t mean they’re too young to use a brush.

Makeup Artists

Of course your kids will be able to line up to get their faces painted, but what you should really be interested in is the know-how these artists are offering. Listen in for the inside info on how to apply fantastic Halloween makeup to take your costume to the next level.

Fun For Teens

As of print, we had confirmation that there would be a screening of a horror film for teenagers, plus a teens-only costume contest with prizes to be won. There was also rumor that there might (just might) be a Haunted Hallway put on by CCAA teens themselves. The Pumpkin Carving Fundraiser is free to attend, but pumpkins are $10. That money helps fund CCAA’s advancement of the arts in Chester County. Tools are limited, so it is suggested that you bring your own carving utensils.

When it comes to getting the detail you’re looking for in a pumpkin, I find it’s best to work with smaller knives. They let you have a lot more control.

5. Tortoise, Not Hare

Even when you’re working with a small knife, you have to work slow and steady. The key to a great Jack-o’-lantern is precision, and for that all you really need to have is a good bit of patience.

7. Be Creative It’s not just about cutting holes. For instance, try cutting away the orange skin without going all the way through.

6. There’s No Wrong Way

I have a really big family, and we all have our own style of pumpkin carving. Just because that’s the way I do it, doesn’t mean it’s the only way to do it. Allison Tatios is a 23-year-old digital studio administrator at QVC who graduted from Bayard Rustin before pursuing her degree in visual studies at The University of Pennsylvania.

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The Makeshift Chef

Chelsea Durning is a cook by trade, and she knows how to scrap up a delicious meal with seasonal ingredients Autumn is a wonderful time of year–apples and pumpkins are ripe for the picking. It also means that Halloween is just around the corner, and that can only mean one thing: sweets! That’s right folks, it’s time to bring out the candy and make some delicious treats. Here are three recipes for those with a sweet tooth. Pumpkin Roll Cake: • 1 cup flour 3 eggs • 1 tsp. cinnamon • • 1 cup sugar ¾ cup pumpkin • • 1 tsp. baking soda Filling 8 oz. cream cheese • • 1 ½ cups Confectioner’s (10x) sugar • ½ stick butter ½ tsp. vanilla • For cake: Mix all ingredients and bake at 350 for 15 minutes on greased 10”x15” pan. When finished, remove from pan. Roll up in towel (NOT terrycloth). Sprinkle with 10x sugar. Let Cool. For Filling: Mix well. Unroll cooled cake. Spread filling and roll up the cake again. Sprinkle with 10x sugar. 

Pumpkin Dip • 16 oz. cream cheese • 1 (15 oz.) can of pumpkin • 2 cups Confectioner’s (10x) Sugar • 1 tsp. cinnamon • 1 tsp. ground ginger For Dipping: ginger snap cookies, celery sticks, angel • food cake squares, vanilla wafers, apple slices, grapes Beat cream cheese and pumpkin together until smooth. Mix in sugar, cinnamon, and ginger until well blended. Garnish with raisins or toasted pumpkin seeds. Serve chilled. Mini Caramel Apples • 4 apples • Caramel Dipping Sauce, warm Using a melon baller, scoop out bite-sized pieces of apple. Spear the apple balls with tooth picks and dip in warm caramel sauce. cdurning@thewcpress.com

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Local Talent Showcasing the World-Class Artisans of West Chester Artist: Patrick Krackow Medium: Airbrush Why did you settle on the airbrush as your primary tool? About ten years ago my brother Eric, who is two years older than me, got me into using it. He’s an artist, too, and he illustrates children’s books, like Bill the Snowman. When I found out that my favorite artist, HR Giger, who did the designs for Alien and Prometheus, worked with an airbrush, I knew I wanted to learn it. I’ve been steadily working on it for all this time, and I’m still getting better. Why is your work so dark? I guess it has to do with growing up and being into hard rock and metal. Is all of your work this heavy? Not everything, but for many years it was just clear that skulls and horror were subjects I was good at. On the other hand, I made a big flower painting for my girlfriend’s mother, so I can do it, but in the end I guess you always just come back to what it is you are best at. What kind of mood do you have to be in to create this kind of work? Honestly, I’m almost always in a really good mood. I just envision what I want to create, and I begin working on it. Often the reality, the finished product, is different than that original vision, but I like that things change as I work. Why does your vision change? Is airbrush an imperfect medium? No. Not at all. You can create extremely realistic works with air brush, and it’s not necessarily that my vision changes, but more that I’m reacting to an accident or a mistake. For instance, when you’re working on an inverse painting on a piece of Plexiglass, you have to start with your light colors then layer over with

Patrick Krackow pays his bills as a bartender at Kildare’s, but at home in his studio he creates dark, eerie airbrushed Plexiglass and Masonite designs Photo ADAM JONES

darker and darker colors from behind. There’s no painting over a missed brush stroke, so you have to adapt. Most of your work is in blues and blacks, but I understand this huge gold piece is your newest. How long have you been working on it? I would say two to three months. I’ve put in well over 200 hours on it. I imagine a piece that takes that long would be worth a lot? For the most part I end up giving my work away to friends, because I never feel like it’s quite good enough. By the time I decide a piece is finished I’ve already started on another one that I feel is so much better than the last that it would be wrong to sell the finished piece. But, recently I’ve felt a lot more confident with the work I’ve been turning out, and I will be selling a lot more of it. Is it stressful working on a single piece for that long? It’s stressful, but it’s a lot of fun. I’ve never done a piece this large before, so to go to the the 8’x4’ was huge, and I can’t wait for the next one. You’re going to continue doing bigger work? Maybe not the next piece I start on, but in the future I definitely want to do a lot of really big stuff. I just need more space. What are some of your other plans with your work? I want to make art my retirement plan. I don’t want it to ever be like a fulltime job, because I don’t want to be obligated to work on my art. I don’t want to have to paint just to pay the bills. I want to enjoy the work, but it would still be great to do it every day. When are you retiring? The sooner the better. You’re aware the staff at Kildare’s will probably read this, right? Oh, right. What I meant is, I never want to retire. WCP

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SUMMER THURSDAY Photos by Alexis DiGiovanni

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T hree lovely ladies whose names we somehow missed... might have been bad handwriting

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NETWORKING SOCIAL Photos by Andrew Hutchins

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The Halloween Mix

DJ Romeo curates a playlist that’s full of back to school hits for studying, chilling and – most importantly – partying

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arties need music. That’s a fact. I don’t care if it’s a college party, a house warming party or a holiday party; you’ve gotta have the right tunes. Now, at a housewarming party, you can just play some mellows tracks off your iPod, a college party playlist is hip hop and top 40 tracks, and you can spin Elvis’ “Blue Christmas” on repeat during the holiday season... but what do you play at Halloween? That one takes a little more thought. My solution is a combination of upbeat, fun songs, mixed in with some corny classics and topped off with a splash of dark, twisted music, à la Rob Zombie. Oh, and you can’t forget Michael Jackson.

Michael Jackson – “Thriller” Kid Cudi – “No One Believes Me” Johan Sebastien Bach - “Toccata and Fugue in D Minor” Warren Zevon – “Werewolves of London” Ray Parker – “Ghostbusters” D-Devils – “6th Gate (Dance with the Devil)” M.C. Hammer – “Addams Groove” Blue Oyster Cult – “Don’t Fear the Reaper” Squirrel Nut Zippers – “Hell” Charlie Daniels – “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” Bobby Boris Pickett – “Monster Mash” Oingo Boingo – “Dead Man’s Party” White Zombie – “I’m Your Boogie Man” New Order – “Confusion (Pump Panel Recon Mix)” Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – “I Put a Spell on You” AC/DC – “Highway to Hell” Marilyn Manson – “This is Halloween” Ozzy Osbourne – “Bark at the Moon” Whodini – “Freaks Come Out at Night” Mike Oldfield – “Tubular Bells”

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