F.Y.I. – December 2015

Out & About Staff

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Things worth knowing

Second Book for Local Author
Proceeds to benefit rural Kenya

L.A. Frank, a longtime resident of Elkton, Md., has published Saving Seoul, an adventure novel filled with international espionage, technology and romance set in South Korea. Frank, a former credit card technology specialist, got into the book business two years ago on a dare from her son. “He joked that I should write a book, so I picked a subject that he had gotten me interested in and included elements that appeal to young readers as well as adults,” says Frank, whose first book is titled K-Pop Summer. Proceeds from both books benefit Water is Life Kenya, a non-profit headed by Newark resident Joyce Tannian that helps give rural Kenyan villages better access to water. Frank’s books can be found at most retailers, including Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes and Noble and Apple iBookstore. For more on Frank and her writings, visit thisislafrank.com.

Creative Thinking
Delaware Fun-A-Day announces call for art

Artists and non-artists are invited to join the challenge of creating an item a day for the month of January. Delaware Fun-A-Day is a community art project that is free and open to all ages and skill levels. You simply have to create a piece of art—any art—for the 31 days of January. Submissions will then be displayed at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts during the Feb. 5, Art Loop. The deadline to register is Dec. 31. For details, visit delawarefunaday.com.

Shooting Stars
National field set for Slam Dunk to the Beach

Last December, the Delaware Sports Commission resurrected a holiday tradition in Sussex County by bringing back the Slam Dunk to the Beach high school boys basketball tournament after a 10-year absence. The event drew rave reviews, more than 10,000 spectators over three days, and generated more than $1 million in economic impact. Bolstered by that success, the event returns to Cape Henlopen High Dec. 27-29 with a field of 19 teams and 36 players ranked among ESPN’s Top 100 nationwide. A host of national high school powers will be in attendance, including Paul VI Catholic (Fairfax, Va.), La Lumiere School (LaPorte, Ind.), Friendship Collegiate Academy (Washington D.C.), Roman Catholic (Philadelphia), The Patrick School (Elizabeth, N.J.) and Roselle Catholic (Roselle, N.J.). Six of Delaware’s top high school basketball teams for the 20-15-16 season will be represented: Sanford School, Dover, Cape Henlopen, Appoquinimink, Mount Pleasant and St. Elizabeth. Visit slamdunktothebeach.com.

Holiday Favorite
Wilmington loves The Nutcracker

Two of Delaware’s most respected ballet companies will continue a holiday tradition that began more than four decades ago. Wilmington’s Academy of the Dance first presented The Nutcracker at Wilmington’s The Playhouse in 1967. That tradition continues on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 12 and 13, with matinee and evening performances on both days. First State Ballet, Delaware’s professional ballet company, will present the Tchaikovsky classic the following weekend, Dec. 19 and 20, at The Grand Opera House. Tickets to shows by either company can be purchased at ticketsatthegrand.org.

Restaurant Association Celebrates 50 Years
New officers announced

The Delaware Restaurant Association hosted its 14th Cornerstone Awards in November at World Cafe Live at The Queen and used the opportunity to celebrate its 50th anniversary as well as remind the crowd of more than 450 the importance of the restaurant industry in the state’s economy. According to the DRA, the state has approximately 2,000 restaurants that currently employ more than 45,000 people (10 percent of the state’s labor force) and create more than $1.7 billion in annual sales. The DRA also announced its executive committee officers for 2016. Steve Montgomery, operating owner of The Starboard and a partner in Bethany Blues as well as a variety of other restaurant ventures, was named president. Jeff Cook, owner of 2 Fat Guys in Hockessin and Greenville, was named vice-chairman. Scott Kammerer, president of SoDel Concepts, which consists of eight restaurants, was named treasurer.

New Life for City’s Custom House
IT company relocates headquarters to Wilmington

Alpha Technologies, an IT support services and software development firm currently located in Doylestown, Pa., is moving its headquarters to Wilmington’s central business district. The company employs more than 375 workers around the world and plans to add an additional 242 employees by 2019, with many of those based at Alpha’s new headquarters at 704 N. King St. Alpha purchased the 87,000-square-foot building.

Correction: In last month’s story on Honeygrow restaurant we mispelled the name of chief brand officer Jen Denis. Honeygrow is open daily 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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