Telescope atop Dewey home is a result of owner’s dream to peer into outer space

By Lynn R. Parks  |  Photograph by Kevin Fleming
From the September 2015 issue

deweytelescope Our Content - Delaware Beach Life - Results from #84Joseph Corbi was in his 90s when he suddenly took an interest in astronomy.

“There is a lot going on in outer space,” he told his son, Curt, one day about 13 years ago. “I think that we need to keep an eye on it.”

“OK, Dad,” Curt recalls replying. “How are you going to do that?”

“I think that I’m going to buy a telescope.”

Curt, who was living with his dad at the time in the family’s Dewey Beach home that overlooks Rehoboth Bay, thought nothing more about their conversation. 

“And then one day, about three months later, this big truck pulled up in the driveway,” Curt says. The driver unloaded a 14-inch (the diameter of the lens) reflecting telescope, made in California by Meade Instruments and weighing, Curt guesses, several hundred pounds. 

“I had no idea that he had ordered it,” he says. “It was huge! It sat in the box for six months while we thought about what to do with it.”

Shoreline changes that follow beach replenishment projects spark complaints from wave riders — and safety concerns from others

By Lynn R. Parks  |  Photograph by Chuck Snyder
From the August 2015 issue

shorebreak Our Content - Delaware Beach Life - Results from #84Jim McGrath isn’t certain of the exact day. But sometime in July 2014, he wandered down to the beach from his Bethany Surf Shop and noted how rough the surf was.

“There must have been a storm out in the ocean,” he says. “Whatever it was, the swell was big and there were some really nasty shore breaks.”

The waves were crashing onto the sand with such intensity, he recalls, that “people were getting hurt like crazy.” He told a nearby member of the Bethany Beach Patrol that the beach should be closed. “Swimming in that was a good way to get killed,” he recalls. 

And sure enough, a short time later the beach was closed. Lifeguards posted signs warning that it was not safe to venture into the water.

Of course, Delaware’s Atlantic beaches have always had their occasional days of heavy surf — days that wave riders of all sorts welcomed with relish. But in recent years the state’s shoreline has changed so much that a day at the beach, heavy surf or not, sometimes isn’t as much fun as it used to be, McGrath asserts. 

The demands are a recipe for failure unless one prepares well, say those who’ve risen to the challenge

By Pam George  |  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
From the August 2015 issue

restaurant Our Content - Delaware Beach Life - Results from #84Would-be restaurateurs regularly approach Josh Grapski to “pick his brain.” That’s not surprising. Grapski is president of La Vida Hospitality, which owns and operates Nage and Big Chill Surf Cantina on Route 1 near Rehoboth Beach, as well as the Taco Reho food truck and Crooked Hammock, a brewpub under construction just outside Lewes.

What is surprising is that many such requests come from people outside the business. Grapski can generally separate them into three categories. Home chefs, encouraged by the “wows” garnered from appreciative friends and family members, want to share their recipes with the masses. Others are attracted by the lifestyle — or their perception of it. “Man, your business looks like so much fun,” they tell Grapski. “I would love to work in a restaurant — it wouldn’t feel like work.” Then there are those who tell him they have a concept that’s going to be “a home run.”