Triathletes love the competition and camaraderie of swim/bike/run events.

By Lynn R. Parks
From the August 2018 issue

feature-triathletesBefore they got married, neither Joe nor Chandra (Bloom) Capen knew how to swim. They had graduated in 2006 from Penn State, where Joe played soccer for two years, and were seasoned runners. But they had never learned to effectively propel themselves through water.

Not a decade later, Joe came in first overall in the 2015 Dewey Beach Triathlon, a “sprint” racing event that requires participants to run almost 3½ miles, bike 16 miles and swim a half mile in the Atlantic Ocean. Chandra placed 10th among women, and 45th overall.

The volunteers who respond to coastal Sussex emergencies share a burning desire to serve the community. But they face a growing challenge: development.

By Chris Beakey
From the August 2018 issue

feature-firefighters Our Content - Delaware Beach Life - Results from #3The oceanfront house on Sand Dune Drive, like many in the off-season, was empty when it caught fire in the early morning of March 13. Chuck Snyder, chief of the Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company, was roused from sleep by the dispatcher’s call at his home just east of Route 1 at approximately 3 a.m. The eastward sky was already glowing from the blaze when he crossed the canal bridge five minutes later.

By the time he arrived, the fire had spread to a second house, the brisk northeast winds off the ocean feeding flames that devoured walls and roofs and virtually everything else in their expanding path. Sirens screamed through the air as 16 local fire companies responded, their trucks loaded with 120 men and women pulled from their beds in the middle of the night.

Lewes’s unsanctioned fireworks were snuffed out last July, but a spirit of cooperation has ensured dazzling things to come

By Jeanne Shook  |  Photograph by John Hoyt
From the June 2018 issue

Lewesfireworks Our Content - Delaware Beach Life - Results from #3Lewes Chief of Police Tom Spell admits that he was “the Grinch” who stole the 2017 Fourth of July fireworks.

For many years, Lewes Beach had been the site of unsanctioned displays that, according to Spell, had “gotten bigger and more potentially dangerous” with each holiday. Last summer’s first official ban on such unauthorized events was set in motion when the Office of the State Fire Marshal urged the city — not for the first time — to take action. Despite a history of non-compliance with regulations governing fireworks, the city had been “very fortunate that we didn’t have any serious injuries,” admits Lewes Mayor Ted Becker.

Delaware is one of only three states, including Massachusetts and New Jersey, prohibiting the sale of fireworks.

By law, fireworks displays sanctioned by the state must be professionally conducted by companies with the proper permits and licensing. Over the years, the fire marshal’s office made numerous attempts to curtail the illegal pyrotechnics along Lewes Beach, but no action was ever taken until last June. According to Michael G. Chionchio, the assistant state fire marshal, his office decided to “give it another shot” and initiated a meeting with Spell and Lewes City Manager Ann Marie Townshend.