Coastal Delaware has an epic appetite for pizza of all sorts — and loyalties that run deep

By Pam George  |  Photographs by Carolyn Watson
From the July 2018 issue

july-feature-pizza Sample Stories - Delaware Beach Life - Results from #24Maybe it’s the glistening oil that pools in the well of the pepperoni, the satisfying snap of a crisp crust or the string of cheese that hangs like a suspension bridge between a slice and a smile.

Whatever the reason, there’s something about pizza that appeals to local diners and visitors alike.

For proof, witness the profusion of places serving pizza in coastal Sussex County. There are distinctly local establishments, such as Nicola Pizza and Louie’s Pizza, both in Rehoboth Beach, and there are national chains, including Domino’s and Papa John’s.

There are versions baked in wood-fired ovens and pizzas made with grilled dough. You don’t need to be in an Italian restaurant to order it. Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats has offered pizza since it opened in 1995. Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, which opened in May on Route 1 near Rehoboth, offers flatbreads — essentially oblong personal pizzas.

Nearly a century ago, Rehoboth officials took a prudish view of ladies’ swimwear. Here’s a revealing look at how times change.

By Lynn R. Parks | Photograph by Carolyn Watson
From the June 2018 issue


In July 1931, in the second year of the Great Depression and 18 months before Adolf Hitler became chancellor of Germany, The Evening Journal newspaper in Wilmington ran two dozen stories on its front page.

Paul von Hindenburg was threatening to quit as president of Germany, according to the banner headline. U.S. President Herbert Hoover had condemned wheat speculators, who were driving down the cost of the grain crop; trading on Wall Street was “dull”; there were new traffic signals along the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal; and an elderly Smyrna woman had chased off two early-morning intruders when she screamed and “sprang out of bed.

New hospital, cancer care and emergency departments are among services coming to coastal Sussex County

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From the June 2018 issue


When John and Sharon Kennedy moved full time to their vacation home in Bear Trap Dunes, John wasn’t concerned that Beebe Healthcare’s hospital in downtown Lewes was about a 35-minute drive from their Ocean View community.

It was 2010, and except for one episode with atrial fibrillation in 2000, Kennedy was healthy. That changed when he began experiencing regular bouts of atrial fibrillation, which occurs when the heart’s upper chambers beat out of sync with the lower chambers. Symptoms can include an irregular, often rapid heartbeat.