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Budget concerns grow as state revenue drops

The full General Assembly was back in Dover this week, but when lawmakers returned to Legislative Hall they were greeted by a unpleasant surprise. Monday, the latest revenue estimate from Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council (DEFAC) cut $45 million from the state’s bottom line making the job of crafting the state’s Fiscal year 2016 spending plan even more difficult than already anticipated.

Delaware Public Media political reporter James Dawson was also back at Leg Hall this week, gauging the reaction to that news and covering rest of this week’s top stories form the state capital. He stopped by The Green to help put it all in perspective. (More)

New charter schools coming to First State face enrollment and other challenges

Last week, Delaware Public Media began an in-depth look at charter schools in Delaware with an overview of the charter landscape, specifically since the state put in place its charter school performance framework two and a half years ago to better track how the schools perform academically, financially, and in school management.

This week, contributor Larry Nagengast looks at the challenges facing 5 new charters coming online in the fall – Delaware Design Lab, Delaware Met, First State Military Academy, Great Oaks, and Freire Charter School. (More)

Arts Playlist: DCCA exhibition on its way to NYC

An exhibition that originated at the Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts is heading to New York City.

The solo exhibition by Philadelphia based artist Emily Erb first opened at the DCCA in October 2013.For the show, “Legal Tender” Erb employs the ancient Indian technique of silk painting to reflect a global perspective on the history of American money.

In this week’s Arts Playlist, Delaware Public Media’s Cathy Carter chats with DCCA curator Maiza Nixon about taking the show on the road and what it means for the Delaware art institution’s national profile. Nixon also provides get a preview of the DCCA’s newest exhibitions, opening soon in Wilmington. (More)

Craft beer in Delaware: Too many or too few brews?

For its size, the First State has pretty vibrant craft beer industry. Of course, everyone knows Dogfish Head Brewery and its brewpub at the beach, but Fordham Brewery in Dover, Twin Lakes in Greenville and 16 Mile in Georgetown are among the others that have established themselves and a following – with newer faces like Mispillion River Brewing Company in Milford up and coming. And those success stories have even more entrepreneurs waiting in the wings to brew up a business.

Two Stones Pub, which has three locations in and near Delaware, is opening its own brewery. Dewey Beer Company and Crooked Hammock are both scheduled to open at the beach sometime this summer. That’s also true for Fins, a popular seafood restaurant, which is adding a brewery to its Route 1 location in Rehoboth Beach.

All of which begs the question – how much is too much when it comes to craft breweries, brewpubs and beer-centric restaurants in Delaware? We asked contributor Pam George of Small Wonder, Big Bites to consider that query. (More)

Enlighten Me: More adults learn piano to fine tune their minds

When you think about taking music lessons, the first thing that probably comes to mind is kids trying to learn an instrument, some of them less than enthusiastically.

But there is a growing number of adults looking to learn to play,especially piano. Some simply enjoy music, but many are intent on keeping their minds nimble and playing piano is emerging as a strategy for improving mental acuity while reducing the odds of dementia.

Contributor Eileen Dallabrida examined this trend and found a 2013 study published in Frontiers in Psychology that evaluated the impact of piano training on cognitive function, mood and quality of life in adults aged 60 to 84. It found those that took piano lesson and practiced 45 minutes a day for four months showed significant improvement in tests that measure executive function, controlling inhibitions and divided attention, as well as enhanced visual scanning and motor ability. Piano students also were less depressed and reported a better quality of life than a control group that didn’t take lessons.

For this week’s Enlighten Me, we talked to Wilmington area piano teacher David Schueck about his experiences teaching adult piano students. (More)

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