Jon’s Favorites · 2014
Quick note: This was originally posted on Storify a few years ago, but now that Storify is shutting down, I’m just moving this here for posterity. If I was able to timestamp this retroactively, I would do so. Cool.
2014 was a long year. I got to write many stories about a wide variety of topics. Below are just a few of my favorites. Feel free to give them a read, if you want.
Up first, photographer Laura Emmons and I spent 12 hours on Chet Townsend’s lobster boat about 22 miles off the Ocean City Inlet for a story about lobsters on Delmarva. Through my text and her photos and videos, and some photography from Joe Lamberti back on land, we chronicled the tale of the lobster, from crawling on the ocean floor to being slathered on a croissant at Chet’s food shack.
A Delmarva lobster tale
CLOSE On a typical lobstering day, Chet Townsend will arrive at his boat, the Andrew G, docked at Ocean City's…
I enjoy telling stories about how things work. One local restaurant doesn’t come up with a menu for the day’s lunch or dinner until just before service is about to start, and this story delves into why and how that happens.
Shark on the Harbor owners discuss their 'backwards' approach to the challenges of restaurant…
Travis Wright and his fellow co-owner of The Shark on the Harbor- his wife, Jody - say the key to operating a…
Some days, you cover something you simply can’t imagine actually happening. Jeff Gordon — yes, that Jeff Gordon — made his way to Sussex County to help promote NASCAR in the area. During his trip, he toured Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Milton and held a Q&A with brewery owner Sam Calagione at the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand. I had the pleasure of chronicling the day for the paper.
The day concluded with Calagione taking part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. There’s a video of that in the story.
Jeff Gordon tours Coastal Delaware
NASCAR superstar and four-time Sprint Cup Champion Jeff Gordon got a tour of Coastal Delaware Wednesday, as a way to…
This summer, I wrote a few stories that detailed “a day in the life” of people with various seasonal jobs. One of my favorites was of a beach boy, the person who moves umbrellas and chairs on the beach all day. I spent the day with Kevin Hann and provided readers with a behind the scenes look of what seems like a fairly simple job.
Beach boy talks about life on the seasonal job
Minutes before 8:30 a.m. on a Tuesday in late June at Wilmington Avenue in Rehoboth Beach, about 15 people are on the…
I had some fun with this one. I checked in with local breweries to see what beers brewers thought would go well with various Girl Scout cookies. The photo shoot was even more fun. And delicious.
Cookies and brew?: The adult way to wash down those Girl Scout cookies
It's Girl Scout cookie season, and we're sure you've bought several boxes of Thin Mints, Tagalongs and Samoas. Now if…