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Newark Life Fall/Winter 2017 edition

Oct 11, 2017 08:02AM ● By J. Chambless

There's good news about Newark! Consider the work of Cassie O'Quinn and Carolanne Tims, a pair of Newark High School students. When the school's former band director retired unexpectedly earlier this year, the marching band was left without a leader as the new school year approached. O' Quinn and Tims, two drum majors, took it upon themselves to schedule practices. In his photo essay, Richard Gaw offers the story of how this band played on. We look at the work of Lori's Hands, based at the STAR Campus at the University of Delaware, which links undergraduate students who want hands-on caregiving experience with people in the area who are living with a chronic illness. We also profile John LaMedica who, for generations of people in the tri-state area, has always been known as Jungle John. We discuss how, even today, at the age of 59, his enthusiasm for creatures that creep and slither can barely be contained. We talk to Dr. Lindsay Hoffman, whose research examines how citizens use Internet technology to become engaged with politics and their communities. In this issue, we also introduce readers to Linda Duffy, a Newark resident who specializes in the social history of women in mid-Victorian America. In the five years that Greg Pritchett has owned and operated MVJ Athletics Training Center in Newark, he has introduced hundreds of students to the science of discipline, but what he really provides is a unique gift of opportunity and inspiration. We talk to Pritchett about the training system.

As always, we hope you enjoy this issue of Newark Life!

Jungle John at home in Newark with the latest Larry Boa

A lifetime of critters

Jungle John started working with animals in 1988, and he's still going strong Read More » 


Bravo - Oct 03 2017 1237PM


The all-volunteer Chapel Street Players, founded in 1935, keep delivering encore-worthy performances Read More » 


Sasha Aber of the Home Grown Caf has been at the forefront of Delaware restaurateurs since she first opened the Main Street hotspot in 2000

A Newark natural

Home Grown Café is 17 years old and going strong Read More » 


Loris Hands students provide companionship and help for those facing a long-term illness

A helping hand when it's needed most 

Lori's Hands connects students and those living with chronic illness Read More » 


On the right path - Oct 03 2017 0107PM

On the right path

In the greater Newark area, there are plenty of trails for people traveling on two legs or two wheels Read More » 


The Champion - Oct 03 2017 0121PM

The Champion 

In the 15 years that Greg Pritchett has operated MVJ Athletics Training Center, he has introduced hundreds of students to the science of discipline, but what he really provides is a gift ... Read More » 



Dr Lindsay Hoffman - Oct 03 2017 1233PM

Dr. Lindsay Hoffman

Associate Professor, Department of Communication, Associate Director of the Center for Political Communication and Director of the annual National Agenda Speaker Series at the Universit... Read More » 


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