Swirling for 60 years: Legendary Grotto Pizza celebrates anniversary

REHOBOTH BEACH — Like the sauce circularly spread over the cheese on those doughy shells, Grotto Pizza founder/owner Dominick Pulieri’s success story is certainly sweet. But it didn’t start out that way. Sixty years ago, Grotto Pizza had a rather humble beginning. Rehoboth Beach had not yet become a huge tourist mecca, and native Delawareans, […]

Plans for wind farm interconnect at Fenwick Island State Park withdrawn

FENWICK ISLAND – A Danish-based clean energy company has removed its pitch for a beach-based interconnect at Fenwick Island State Park for its Skipjack Wind Farm, citing concern for existing wetlands and ecosystems. Following the completion of more thorough evaluations of the area proposed for the interconnect facility, Ørsted announced Friday it has determined that […]

Downstate farmers markets remain open with precautions

DOWNSTATE — Field and orchard harvests are ongoing, and consumers are getting a taste of homegrown freshness and sweetness at Delaware farmers markets, which reflect “new norm” restrictions linked to the coronavirus crisis. A sampling of markets and vendors indicates that business is quite brisk and the precautionary public health plan tendered by Delaware’s Department […]

Coronavirus concerns force cancellation of Apple Scrapple Festival

BRIDGEVILLE — COVID-19-related concerns have forced the cancellation of one of the region’s most popular events in Bridgeville’s Apple Scrapple Festival. “It was a very difficult to make this decision because this festival is the largest fundraiser for dozens of our local nonprofits. Our community depends upon the revenue that this festival has been able […]

Brandywine Valley SPCA leads way in making Delaware no-kill state

GEORGETOWN — Chances of a homeless canine or feline finding a loving, forever home are greatly enhanced when up for adoption in the state of Delaware. The First State is officially the only “no-kill” state in the union, and the Brandywine Valley Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is at the forefront. Animals […]

Millsboro council reappoints Truitt as mayor

MILLSBORO — Michelle Truitt, the second woman to serve as mayor in Millsboro’s history, will keep the reins for a second consecutive year, as selected by council peers. Council’s six other members at its Monday meeting cast unanimous approval in supporting the nomination of Ms. Truitt as mayor of the central Sussex County municipality, which […]

Festive Fourth at Fat Daddy’s

GEORGETOWN — COVID-19 pandemic was temporarily upstaged as the top headline Saturday evening as America’s independence was celebrated at Fat Daddy’s BBQ & Grill with a concert and fireworks. Popular Delmarva band Mike Hines & The Look performed before and after the fireworks, professionally launched by Bridgeville-based Brothers Pyro LLC. The Fourth of July event, […]

Younger generation goes viral: Officials urge personal responsibility to stop spread

Delaware’s public health and hospital officials are urging heightened prevention of coronavirus transmission following a resurgence of the virus in the state’s beach communities, a spike not totally unexpected and attributed in part to non-compliance and irresponsible behavior. Concern targets the younger generation, which accounted for a noticeable increase in positive coronavirus cases in the […]

Scramble leads to state approval for public fireworks event near Georgetown

GEORGETOWN — A 48-hour scramble for state approval has finalized a Fourth of July concert by Mike Hines & the Look and a public fireworks show Saturday evening at Fat Daddy’s BBQ, a popular eatery on a 32-acre parcel along Seashore Highway several miles west of Georgetown. “We’re a go. We’re totally approved. Let’s do […]

Building Bridges: Community activist promotes importance of conversation

REHOBOTH BEACH — Diaz Bonville looks at the world today and, with deep sadness, sees a nation — America the beautiful — divided by racial and social injustice. “My heart is broken that we had to get to this point,” said the 64-year-old resident of Rehoboth Beach. “I mean, I watch the news. I read […]