Ed Emmi in the Milburn Stone production of "Sister Act." (Courtesy of Ed Emma)

‘Sister Act’ offers Del. actor chance to repeat fun role

Ken Mammarella Culture, Headlines

For the first time in singing and acting in more than 300 productions, Ed Emmi is creating the same role at almost the same time for two different theaters. He’s playing Monsignor O’Hara in “Sister Act” in a production at the Milburn Stone Theatre in North East, Maryland, running Dec. 2-11. Tickets are on sale now. And he will play …

Joe Daigle at work in the Nutcracker on Stage” episode of “Holiday Baking Championship: Gingerbread Showdown.: (Courtesy of Food Network)

Del. man vies for $10,000 on Food Network gingerbread show

Ken Mammarella Culture, Headlines

Joe Daigle is a definite newcomer to gingerbread displays, but somehow – maybe those posts on Facebook or Instagram? – he got an invitation from the Food Network to appear on a bakeoff show. His “Nutcracker on Stage” episode of “Holiday Baking Championship: Gingerbread Showdown” debuts at 10 p.m. Monday and is scheduled to air five more times in December. …

Turkey, of course, stars in the Bowers Beach Thanksgiving meal. (Claudio Schwarz photo from Unsplash)

Bowers Beach unites to offer watermen’s Thanksgiving dinner

Ken Mammarella Headlines, Culture

  Bowers Beach is uniting this year to ensure the continuation of a decades-long tradition of home-cooked holiday meals for the watermen who work out of the Kent County town of 250. “Miss Jean’s spirit is willing, but her body just isn’t up to it this Thanksgiving,” Mayor Ada Puzzo wrote in an email seeking culinary assistance for Jean Friend …

The final draft plan for the I-95 cap park in Wilmington.

Final draft of plan for I-95 cap park released

Ken Mammarella Government, Headlines

A final draft is out for a plan to cap Interstate 95 in downtown Wilmington and create a 12-acre park atop the newly renovated highway. “Can it be done?” regional planner Dave Gula asked rhetorically. “We believe it can.” “Absolutely,” consultant Mary Margaret Jones said at a public meeting Thursday when asked for her gut feeling about getting the massive …

I-95, on the way to its restoration, with new decorative barriers. (DelDOT drone photo)

I-95’s Restore the Corridor work largely finished

Ken Mammarella Government, Headlines

  The $200 million Restore the Corridor project to update five miles of Interstate 95 in Wilmington and south of the city is nearly finished. “Major construction is now complete in both directions,” said C.R. McLeod, director of community relations for the Delaware Department of Transportation. That means that multiple lanes are open all the way north and south, but those orange …

Abby Brewster (Kathleen Pirkl Tague) and her nephews Mortimer (Mic Matarrese, center) and Jonathan (Stephen Pelinski) in the University of Delaware Resident Ensemble Players production of “Arsenic and Old Lace.”

UD REP stages ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’

Ken Mammarella Culture, Entertainment, Headlines

Arsenic and Old Lace is a “bit of a love letter to the theater,” according to actor Mic Matarrese. “It does everything that’s nice and great about theater and is a good time.” The University of Delaware Resident Ensemble Players presents the 1941 comedy through Nov. 20. Matarrese said that his character, Mortimer Brewster, is the “engine” of the Joseph …

Friar Alessandro Brustenghi the “Voice From Assisi"

‘Voice From Assisi’ concert benefits Ministry of Caring

Ken Mammarella Culture, Entertainment, Headlines

The first friar signed by a major recording label is giving a concert to benefit Wilmington’s Ministry of Caring. Tenor Alessandro Brustenghi will perform 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8 at the Sacred Heart Oratory, 917 N. Madison St., Wilmington. Brustenghi signed his record deal in 2012, with his first CD called the “Voice From Assisi,” for his Italian hometown. His …

A Rockford Park new traffic plan is proposed for Rockford Park in Wilmington. (Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control)

Some question need for one-way traffic in Rockford Park

Ken Mammarella Government, Headlines

  One exit, two entrances and three one-way streets are planned for Rockford Park in Wilmington. And the 133-year-old park is getting its first designated path for pedestrians and bicyclists. “The goal of this project is to address, and virtually eliminate, any high risk for a pedestrian accident through the section of Park Drive between Red Oak Road and the …

Brandywine Town Center

Smaller pond, more eateries for Brandywine Town Center?

Ken Mammarella Business, Headlines

    Changes are afoot at the Brandywine Town Center, which could include new buildings, restaurants and parking. What they will be is yet to be determined. “No changes are proposed for the main building,” said New Castle County Councilman Dee Durham, who represents the area around the Naamans Road power center. She and the Council of Civic Associations of …

Cremation art DOGS Greg Losco makes glass memorials that use ashes from cremations. This set uses ashes from the dogs Duke and Abby. (Greg Losco photo)

Wilmington glass artisan specializes in cremation art

Ken Mammarella Culture, Headlines

Glass artist Greg Losco was giving a demonstration in Lewes when he met a woman wearing a keepsake pendant holding her mother’s cremated ashes in a vial with a cork. He had heard of a better way to memorialize loved ones: encasing the ashes in the glass. He tried the technique in front of her, and thus was born his …