A rare genetic condition hasn’t dampened Elle Nauman’s gift for brightening others’ lives

By Susan Towers
Photograph by Carolyn Watson
From the May 2022 issue

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Elle Nauman may know more students and teachers than anyone else at Cape Henlopen High School near Lewes. And those who’ve met the outgoing senior respond to the positive energy she radiates as well as her gentle nature — and her propensity to send text messages.

“All my friends text me after school,” Elle says, breaking into a broad smile that’s familiar to everyone who knows her. “She sends text messages to everyone, and they all message her back,” says her younger sister, Anna, a junior at Cape.

Coming up with the right combo takes time and a willingness to test new ideas

By Pam George
Photograph by Scott Nathan
From the May 2022 issue

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As a young chef, Lisa DiFebo-Osias worked in Florida and New York establishments, executing the same dishes each night. The then-20-year-old quickly grew bored, and she vowed that no one working under her would feel that way.

Today, the owner of two coastal DiFebo’s restaurants revamps her menu every three months. “And sometimes, depending on my travels, I might change it every week to reflect where I’ve been that week or that month,” says DiFebo-Osias, who has locations in Bethany Beach and downtown Rehoboth.

Menu planning, however, is far from easy. Indeed, DiFebo-Osias and her husband, Jeff Osias, have spent plenty of road trips hotly debating a new dish’s merits or the validity of an ingredient. The brainstorming part is only the beginning. Chefs must also consider the concept, sales, seasonality, sustainability and price.

In a competitive market like this one, the right blend is crucial.

Migratory shorebirds flock to Delaware Bay beaches to feed on their way to northern breeding grounds

By Lynn R. Parks
Photograph by Deb Felmey
From the May 2022 issue

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It’s not just people, yearning for surf and sun, who make annual treks to coastal Sussex. Migratory shorebirds — those stouthearted little creatures that travel thousands of miles every spring to reach their breeding grounds — include the beaches along Delaware Bay as a regular stop on their northward itineraries. 

Up to 1 million shorebirds visit those beaches every spring, says Henrietta Bellman, a coastal avian biologist with the state’s Division of  Fish & Wildlife. They represent as many as 30 species, including red knots, ruddy turnstones, semipalmated sandpipers, sanderlings and dunlins. 

The birds typically arrive in late April and early May, Bellman says, with their populations peaking in mid-May. By the middle of June, they have left to continue their way north. Timing is everything in this journey: The shorebirds, exhausted and emaciated, arrive in Delaware at the same time that horseshoe crabs — like the birds, compelled by a centuries-old spring ritual — are crawling out of the bay to lay their eggs in the sand. The birds’ timely arrival along the Delaware Bay allows them to forage during peak [horseshoe crab] spawning,” Bellman says.