BEST PLACES TO EAT IN WILMINGTON Wicked Local 2019 Readers Choice Awards Announced

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wicked Local recently revealed its 2019 Readers Choice Awards for Wilmington.  Below are the winners and honorable mentions for restaurants.Do you agree with the winners?  Any notable snubs?  Let us know in the comments below or on Wilmington Apple’s Facebook page.Restaurant For Breakfast/Brunch#1 Choice: As Good As It GetsHonorable Mention: Country Chef RestaurantHonorable Mention: Sunny Side CafeRestaurant For Lunch#1 Choice: TremezzoHonorable Mention: As Good As It GetsHonorable Mention: Panera BreadHonorable Mention: 99 RestaurantHonorable Mention: Red Heat TavernRestaurant For Dinner#1 Choice: TremezzoHonorable Mention: 99 RestaurantHonorable Mention: Red Heat TavernFine Dining Restaurant#1 Choice: TremezzoHonorable Mention: 99 RestaurantItalian Restaurant#1 Choice: TremezzoHonorable Mention: Rocco Restaurant & BarHonorable Mention: LaRosa’sPizza Restaurant#1 Choice: EJ’s Frozen Fresh PizzaHonorable Mention: AJ’s KitchenHonorable Mention: Wilmington House of PizzaThai Restaurant#1 Choice: Jasmine Cuisine#1 Choice: Mango II, TewksburyMexican Restaurant#1 Choice: On The Border, BurlingtonFamily Friendly Restaurant#1 Choice: 99 RestaurantHonorable Mention: TremezzoHonorable Mention: As Good As It GetsSeafood Restaurant#1 Choice: Michael’s PlaceHonorable Mention: Rocco’s RestaurantHonorable Mention: Seafood ExpressChinese Restaurant#1 Choice: Golden GingerHonorable Mention: Pacific GroveHonorable Mention: Jasmine CuisineSushi Restaurant#1 Choice: Golden GingerBakery#1 Choice: Josie’s BakeryHonorable Mention: Market BasketCoffee Shop#1 Choice: Heav’nly Donuts#1 Choice: StarbucksHonorable Mention: Dunkin’ DonutsIce Cream Shop#1 Choice: Mac’s Dairy Farm, TewksburyButcher Shop#1 Choice: Elia’s Country Store#1 Choice: Lucci’s SupermarketDeli#1 Choice: Elia’s Country StoreHonorable Mention: Lucci’s SupermarketHonorable Mention: Uptown DeliFish Market#1 Choice: Seafood ExpressBar#1 Choice: TremezzoHonorable Mention: Red Heat TavernHonorable Mention: Pacific GroveHonorable Mention: Rocco’s RestaurantCaterer#1 Choice: AJ’s KitchenHonorable Mention: Lucci’s SupermarketHonorable Mention: Tremezzo (Mama Linda’s Catering)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedBEST PLACES TO SHOP IN WILMINGTON: Wicked Local 2019 Readers Choice Awards AnnouncedIn “Business”Wicked Local Announces Wilmington’s 2016 Readers Choice Award WinnersIn “Business”BEST SERVICE PROVIDERS IN WILMINGTON: Wicked Local 2019 Readers Choice Awards AnnouncedIn “Business”last_img read more

Amazon granted patent for surveillance drones service

first_imgA new patent shows how drones can keep an eye out on a home while making deliveries.  CNET For years, Amazon has shown off how it’ll use drones to deliver items to customers, and it’s even developed a super-quiet drone for neighborhood deliveries. The company has a new patent that’ll give these flying robots a second use: surveillance. Amazon received a patent for what it calls “Image creation using geo-fence data” from the US Patent and Trademark Office in early June. The application explains that unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, could be used to provide a secondary service of checking on an individual’s property while the robots are out doing deliveries.Surveillance drones patent figureAn image from the Amazon patent shows how drones will deliver and provide surveillance. US Patent and Trademark Office/Amazon As part of this service, customers can receive images or videos from the drones overlooking the property. UAVs would only be allowed to record the property of the individuals who consented and not those of their neighbors. “We take customer privacy very seriously,” John Tagle, senior PR manager for Amazon, said in an email Friday. “Some reports have suggested that this technology would spy or gather data on homes without authorization — to be clear, that’s not what the patent says. The patent clearly states that it would be an opt-in service available to customers who authorize monitoring of their home.”One company you might think would be worried about this is Sunflower Labs, a startup developing home security drones. But Chief Executive Alex Pachikov says he’s happy with Amazon’s patent.”I am actually very excited to see this,” Pachikov said. “We’ve long believed that drones are ideally suited for security, and while Amazon’s approach is different from ours, we are happy to see this market validated.”Like many patents granted to tech companies, there’s no telling if this drone security service will actually see the light of day. So far, Amazon’s plans for drones and autonomous vehicles are for deliveries sometime in the future. CNET reporter Stephen Shankland contributed to this report.Originally published June 21, 7:50 a.m. PT.Update, 9:16 a.m. PT: Adds Amazon comment. Update, June 23: Adds comment from Sunflower Labs. Share your voice Tags Comments 5 Patents Amazon Drones Smart Home Security Security Cameraslast_img read more

Sonja Herbert Creates Sisterhood of Black Pilates Instructors

first_imgBy Nadine Matthews, Special to the AFROIf you can’t find what you’re looking for, you should probably just make it yourself. That is the principle that Sonja Herbert was going by when she was looking for a community of Black women who were also Pilates enthusiasts and instructors. After teaching Pilates for 12 years and not seeing many Black women in that community, she decided to be the change she wanted to see. “I decided to start the group. I reached out to two friends of mine on Instagram. They gave me about fifty names,” she recalls. I started following them and then became Facebook friends.” Now that group has increased to over 300 people who live across the United States as well as abroad. Herbert explains, “They’re all over the world. We’ve got members from Nigeria, South Africa, Germany, Switzerland. All Black women.”Pilates Instructor, Sonja Herbert. (Courtesy Photo)Created by German fitness instructor Joseph Pilates, in the early twentieth century Pilates is an exercise system that according to Wikipedia, “Improves flexibility, builds strength and develops control and endurance in the entire body.” Popular for many years among dancers, it is particularly effective Herbert explains, “For overall core body strength. That means the trunk part of your body, like from your neck, down to your hips front and the back part of your neck, down your hips back. That’s your foundation and if the foundation is strong, then the rest of the body can move properly. Pilates will make everything else you do better. For instance it will help you do yoga better, but nothing but doing Pilates, will make you do Pilates better.”Pilates can be done as a series of exercises on the floor or using machines created specially for it. Herbert became hooked after one class when her daughter’s ballet instructor Cynthia Shipley, formerly of the Baltimore Dance Theater, convinced her to give it a try.Mainly through the use of Facebook and Instagram, Black Pilates instructors in Herbert’s community, network, mentor and provide each other with a source of support and inspiration. All instructors are either certified or are actively working toward certification. There are now two Facebook groups: one for instructors called Blackgirl Pilates (Instructors Only) and one for those looking for instructors called Black Girl Pilates Tribe. “As Black women teaching Pilates you’re not going to run into a hell of a lot of us nor are you going to run into a hell of a lot of Black clients either. We are in very White spaces. It’s pulling together all of this amazing talent and expertise but also giving each other support as Black women.” Herbert and some of the members are now developing their own certification program. “Our certification will be classic exercises that Joseph taught himself, with modern components.” Their certification will also include knowledge of the impact of two women of color on the history of Pilates. “Kathy Grant, a Black woman and Lolita San Miguel, who’s Puerto Rican,”  Herbert explains, “were certified by Joseph Pilates himself.”Herbert at one point had to defend herself and the group against charges of reverse racism, going so far as writing an essay in a national magazine addressing the issue. Herbert says she wasn’t exactly shocked. “I wasn’t really surprised. I’ve had some well-meaning White people try to join the group who just want to support us but I’m like, ‘This is a safe space and you being here would make it unsafe for us.’ I had a few conversations in the initial part of starting a group and then after, I decided that it wouldn’t be good to have those conversations.”The group meets annually in New York City for a huge mashup. In 2019, there will be an even bigger, international meeting taking place in Barcelona Spain. Excitedly Herbert shares, “I’ll be meeting a lot of women I’ve never met before.”Trying to create what she jokingly terms “Pilates Wakanda,” Herbert is coordinating a number of smaller local meetings that will take place throughout the year in locations such as New York City, Washington D.C., Maryland, Virginia, Georgia and Texas.Herbert finds it hard to pinpoint just one great benefit she received from creating this community but said, “I’ve never really had the opportunity to have a lot of female friends and I consider this community, all of them, friends. I think for me, it’s a sisterhood and the feeling of safety that brings.”last_img read more