With more and more cars in coastal Sussex, it’s no small challenge to keep them moving

By Lynn R. Parks  |  Photograph by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
From the July 2016 issue

traffic Our Content - Delaware Beach Life - Results from #63One afternoon last summer, Lewes resident Nadine Wick was driving into town on Savannah Road. She was able to move along at the speed limit, but cars headed out of town were facing a different situation. They were just creeping along, in a stop-and-go line that stretched from Five Points to Shields Elementary School, about 1.7 miles. 

“That just blew my mind,” Wick says. “That kind of thing should never happen.”

Wick is a member of the executive board of Lewes Partnership for Managing Growth, which aims to preserve the bayside town’s beauty, prosperity and quality of life, as well as the roads that lead to its historic center. In the group’s recent objection to a proposed shopping center at the intersection of Gills Neck Road and Kings Highway, it asserted that increased traffic would be one of several problems created by the project. 

“Traffic on the eastern side of Sussex County is a mess,” Wick says. “We have developed and developed with no thought of infrastructure. And we continue to build! Traffic is going to get so bad that people won’t want to live here or visit here. That’s on its way — no question.”

Lois Powell hit it big with a 1950s all-girl group — and she’s still sharing her singing talent

By Lynn R. Parks  |  Photograph by Carolyn Watson
From the July 2016 issue

musicmaker Our Content - Delaware Beach Life - Results from #63As the nuns saw it, the liturgical music of the Catholic Church and rhythm and blues were worlds apart. Lois Harris Powell, a 1958 graduate of St. Helena’s High School for Girls in the Bronx, N.Y., remembers Sister Richard Mary telling students that she “couldn’t understand this skip-and-jump music.”

But the kids understood it. Lois listened to R&B and what soon would be called doo-wop every chance she got a radio on in her bedroom. “I had to sneak-listen, because that music wasn’t allowed in our house,” she recalls. 

And Lois and four of her friends took every opportunity they could to get together and sing the new harmonies of the day. 

The girls were all members of the choir at St. Anthony of Padua Church in the Bronx, where they had gone to grade school. “We had choir rehearsal one night a week and afterward, we would stand outside and sing,” Powell says. Their sound was based on the classical training that they had in church, which included Gregorian chant, as well as the music that they heard groups of boys singing on street corners.

Commercial and recreational drone use is taking off in coastal Delaware, but public concerns are in the air too

By Larry Nagengast  |  Photograph by TJ Redefer
From the July 2016 issue

drones Our Content - Delaware Beach Life - Results from #63There’s plenty of buzz about drones in coastal Sussex, and not just because the small aircraft give photographers and videographers a new way of looking at their world.

Enthusiasts see the drone — known more formally as a UAV (for unmanned aerial vehicle) — as many things, all of them good: a crucial tool for a new generation of visual artists, a lifesaver for first responders, a timesaver for bridge and building inspectors, the next advance in package delivery and a vital component in a brand-new form of racing.

“The next level is pretty amazing,” says TJ Redefer, owner of Rehoboth Bay Realty and one of the first Realtors in the area to use drones to shoot photos and videos of sale properties.

But the talk about drones isn’t all positive.