For Julian Medina and other students, Sussex Consortium program is paying off 

By Ashley Dawson  |  Photograph by Scott Nathan
From the June 2015 issue

kid-junglejims Sample Stories - Delaware Beach Life - Results from #156For businesses dependent on student workers to bolster their employment ranks year-round — and especially in the tourist season — the Sussex Consortium helps fill a critical need.

Almost 300 county students are enrolled in the consortium, which provides special education classes and services at a main campus in Lewes or in classrooms at almost every school in the district. Sixty-seven of those students work at area businesses through the vocational program, holding paid and unpaid positions to gain life skills, job training and opportunities that have led to full-time employment after graduation.

When classes end this month, 17-year-old Julian Medina will return to Jungle Jim’s River Safari Water Park near Rehoboth for his second summer, working several days a week cleaning the miniature golf course and managing the bumper boats. “I help people get in and out of the boat safely,” he explains.

Rollicking music and raucous good times flowed freely during resort towns’ entertainment heyday

By Pam George
From the May 2015 issue

LB-barsphoto Sample Stories - Delaware Beach Life - Results from #156Back in the mid-1980s, when cellphones were in their infancy, John Barczewski and his friends didn’t have trouble keeping in touch — they knew where to find each other on a Saturday night by the time on their watches. At 10 p.m., they met at Schultze’s. By 11 p.m., they were at Tijuana Taxi on Rehoboth Avenue, sipping golden margaritas. At midnight, they were at The Summer House, where they cheered on the “shrimpettes,” female patrons who were so short they could dance on the bar without hitting their heads on the ceiling fans.

Before 1 a.m., they called The Front Page on Baltimore Avenue so a bucket of Rolling Rock beers was waiting for them upon arrival. “We never strayed out of Rehoboth unless there was a band to see,” he recalls. “Dewey was otherwise foreign to us.”

That wasn’t the case for Tommy Cooper in the 1960s, when Dewey was “one big fraternity party,” he says. The Bottle & Cork was hopping, the Starboard was still a dive and there was a beach bonfire at the end of most streets. Cooper was underage in the early 1960s, but “you could get in most anywhere, if you knew the right people.”

Coastal Sussex has its share of endangered species. Here’s a sampling — and some advice on what’s needed to save them

By Lynn R. Parks  |  Photograph by Jay Fleming
From the May 2015 issue

ENDPipingPlover-JayFleming Sample Stories - Delaware Beach Life - Results from #156On average, an adult piping plover, like the one at left, weighs 54 grams, about the same as a quarter cup of sugar. A northern long-eared bat, despite the ears for which it is named, tops out at around 10 grams, equal to the weight of 10 small paper clips. 

The barking tree frog is the largest tree frog in the southeastern United States. But an adult’s body is typically no more than 7 centimeters, or 2¾ inches, long (not counting their legs). 

Diminutive creatures, all of them. But the piping plover, northern long-eared bat and barking tree frog all occupy unique spots in the coastal Sussex web of life. And all three are among the 86 birds, reptiles, mammals, amphibians, fish, mollusks and insects on the list of Delaware’s endangered species.