Camaraderie, a passion for sports, and hopes for a future payoff draw plenty of young people to club and travel teams. Local players, their parents and other observers assess the pros and cons.

By Jack Rodgers | Photograph by Terry Plowman
From the October 2018 issue


It’s July 1971, in the little township of Ruscombanor, Pa., and the outlook isn’t so bright for the Red Sox nine.

I’ve just walked the bases loaded with two outs in the final inning. My winless Little League team is clinging to a one-run lead in a real nail-biter, 21 to 20, over the undefeated Tigers. The real problem, other than my lack of control, is grinning in the on-deck circle: the Tigers’ clean-up hitter. He’s a mountain of an 8-year-old, Mike Brill, the hitter I least want to see.


The Marine Education, Research & Rehabilitation Institute hopes to build a visitor and education center to help advance its mission

By Lynn R. Parks | Photograph by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
From the October 2018 issue


On a Sunday evening in late April, a man who was walking his dog in Rehoboth Beach spotted something unusual. A young gray seal was making its way west along Brooklyn Avenue, pulling itself with its flippers in the opposite direction of the Atlantic Ocean, where it should have been.

The man did what hundreds of people have done in the past 18 years: He called the Marine Education, Research & Rehabilitation Institute, known as MERR, and reported the situation.

Prices tick up, sales quicken as the coastal real estate market continues its four-year rebound

By Larry Nagengast | Photograph by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
From the October 2018 issue

feature-real-estateWith fewer homes on the market in the most desired locations, coastal Delaware real estate prices are continuing their upward surge in 2018. That tight inventory also means homes are selling faster, pushing buyers into making quick decisions when they see a place they want.

The market’s recovery, now in its fourth year, shows no sign of abating soon. Sales data for the first half of 2018 in the 11 coastal ZIP codes monitored by Delaware Beach Life closely parallel 2017’s statistics. (For a list of those ZIP codes, see the bottom of this page.) Total single-family sales dropped slightly, from 1,160 to 1,145, but the average selling price jumped 6 percent, to $503,904, piercing the half-million-dollar ceiling for the first time since 2008, the year of the infamous bursting of the housing bubble. Average “days on the market” — a measure of how long it took properties to sell — dropped significantly, from 128 to 103, showing that buyers moved more quickly.