WEEKEND #05, 2017
Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
POLICE CUFF ARGUMENTATIVE WOMAN AFTER FIGHT OVER PARKING SPACE
Fights over parking in Rehoboth Beach are not uncommon, but what is, is to have a person cuffed and taken into police custody. That happened Saturday after two women got into a violent dispute over a parking space in the ocean block of Rehoboth Avenue around 6:30 p.m.
One of the women claimed that she had been trying to park in the parking spot occupied by a female pedestrian who had been attempting to save it. The female driver said the pedestrian punched her in the face as she drove into the parking spot. The female pedestrian, however, claimed that the driver ran over her foot trying to steal her parking spot, a charge the driver denied.
One of the women had left the scene but police stopped her a couple minutes later near the Summer House to get her side of the story.
Police, caught in the middle of a case of "she said, she said," decided to have both women come to the police station along with a witness, an off-duty police officer who supposedly saw the confrontation.
At that point, the one woman started to argue with the officer. He soon ordered her to stop resisting repeatedly as he placed the handcuffs on her.
Lt. Jaime Riddle, police spokesman, said Sunday he will have info on any charges later today, Monday.
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WOMAN STABBED IN DOWNTOWN REHOBOTH DOMESTIC
Rehoboth Beach police spent hours this past weekend sorting out a complex stabbing incident that originated after a domestic argument that started in the area of the Purple Parrot late Friday. As a result, police have charged a 25-year-old Georgetown, Delaware man for stabbing his girlfriend and puncturing her lung as the couple departed the area in their car.
According to police, officers were originally called to the second block of Rehoboth Avenue, in the area of the Purple Parrot, for several people arguing around 11:15 p.m. But when officers arrived, the people were gone.
Police say Charles E. Rozanski, the man being charged for stabbing his 30-year-old girlfriend in this case, had been involved in an altercation with his girlfriend which drew the attention of two other men who confronted him about his violent behavior. Rozanski engaged in a physical altercation with the two men which ended when he pulled a knife causing them to retreat.
Around 12:15 a.m. Saturday, Rehoboth Beach police were called to the Beebe Hospital emergency room where Rozanski's girlfriend was reporting that she had been stabbed somewhere on Rehoboth Avenue. The Rehoboth Beach police detective, Det. Tyler Whitman, assumed the investigation which revealed that after the physical altercation on Rehoboth Avenue, Rozanski drove his Toyota Prius from the scene with his girlfriend in the passenger seat. A verbal altercation escalated and police say that is when Rozanski stabbed her in the chest with the knife.
Police later returned to Rehoboth Avenue just before 3 a.m. Saturday to search for blood and other evidence in the area of the Purple Parrot.
Rozanski was later arrested and charged with 1st-degree assault, possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony and carrying a concealed deadly weapon, which are all felonies, police said. Rozanski has been committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on a $52,000 secured bail.
Rehoboth Beach police are asking that anyone with information about the altercation that occurred on Rehoboth Avenue around 11:15 p.m. to please contact Det. Whitman at (302) 524-1391. Police would also like to talk with the two men who were threatened by Rozanski after they came to his girlfriend's aid.
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MAN PUNCHED IN FACE ON REHOBOTH AVE AFTER ALTERCATION
In a third incident of violence on Rehoboth Avenue this past weekend, police received several calls around 11:20 p.m. Saturday after a fight was reported in the ocean block. The 27-year-old man in the white shirt sitting on the bench, below, was bleeding from his face, did not want to cooperate with police and initially refused to go to the hospital. He later agreed to take an ambulance.
No mention of any suspects or arrests in this case.
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LAST OF REPLENISHMENT PIPE FINALLY TOWED FROM REHOBOTH SURF
An armada of tugs, tow boats and cranes on barges came this past Thursday to remove the last of the piping used for beach replenishment and tow it to Cape May from the Deauville area.
The next beach nourishment work scheduled for the area will occur in Bethany/South Bethany and Fenwick Island. "We expect to award a contract in late summer/early fall timeframe and then work could be starting sometime in the fall," says Steve Rochette, spokesman for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Philadelphia District.
Additionally, he adds, "we expect to complete a truck-fill beach nourishment project at Lewes in the fall as well."
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DEWEY GETS ITS OWN C.O.W.
Verizon Wireless has selected the Dewey Beach town hall as the next location for its temporary cellsite-on-wheels (COW) which was most recently used to enhance cellular service at the Firefly Music Festival. "The COW is provided by Verizon Wireless and will be there [in Dewey] for the summer season to benefit nearby Verizon customers," says David Weissmann, a Verizon Wireless spokesman.
All weekend long, Tim Reabuck, Charlie "Muff" Fetterolf and Garrett Bricker, shown below, have been working hard to install the gear in the parking area on the Coastal Highway side of town hall. They work for a contractor, Philip J. Carroll & Son & Grandsons from Pennsylvania.
They hope to be operational on Tuesday or Wednesday. At that point, they will raise the mast on the giant dome about 30 feet and the COW will be activated.
The dome is one of the sophisticated Matsing Ball antennas similar to those used at the 2017 Inauguration and Super Bowl. It is able to more precisely target its signals to the user, as explained by this AT&T Wireless spokesman.
REHOBOTH COMMISSIONER CANDIDATES PLANNING GET-TOGETHERS
Voters in Rehoboth Beach will soon have the opportunity to individually meet the three commissioner candidates:
Susan Gay is planning meet-and-greets in private homes during the month of July. But all voters are invited to her gathering on Saturday, July 22, from 4 to 6 p.m. She says "watch your mailbox for more details [including location]!"
Comm. Kathy McGuiness says she is planning "Coffee with Kathy," a city commissioner constituent coffee, not a campaign event, from 8 to 8:45 a.m. on Friday, June 30, at Browseabout Books. This will include Police Chief Keith Banks and RBP Capt. Kent Buckson to address questions. She plans another city commissioner constituent coffee with the fire department on Tuesday, July 25, from 8 to 8:45 a.m. at the fire hall. As candidate, she has a public "meet and greet" planned at Dogfish Head from 3 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, July 18, with more meet-and-greets to be announced.
Lisa Schlosser has events scheduled on Friday, June 30, and Saturday, August 5, in community homes. Also, she has mailed invitations to all Rehoboth Beach voters and business owners inviting them to an open "meet and greet" at her house on Sunday, July 2, 5 to 7 p.m., at 14 Dover Street.
As a reminder, the three are running for one of the two commissioner seats. To be eligible to vote in the city election on Saturday, August 12, 2017, you must register on or before Thursday, July 13. For details see the city's website.
Photos courtesy of the candidates
BIKE SAFETY CHECKS AT LOCAL CHURCH, BIG HIT
Maryanne Kauffman, International Student Outreach Program director, shown below with her husband, Bruce, kept busy at this past week's bike safety checkpoint at St. Edmond Catholic Church in downtown Rehoboth Beach. They were joined with the Sussex Cyclists and DelDOT personnel installing lights on bicycles, distributing helmets and biking literature, while making minor bike repairs.
This year, for the first time, DelDOT is holding three checkpoints, including the upcoming one on Tuesday, at the free student dinners. All checkpoints have free lights and helmets.
They have 11 checkpoints scheduled throughout the summer and three that have already taken place. The next one will be on Tuesday, June 27, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Epworth Church.
Through the DelDOT bike program about 210 students will receive free bikes, lights and helmets after taking a required bike safety program. Most of those students received their bikes directly from DelDOT, about 40 others got them through their employers who partner with DelDOT. The State of Delaware isn't buying all these bikes for students, she points out. The vast majority of them are donated by local residents. Some are road ready after a quick check, others need lots of repair.
Safety, she said, is always her biggest concern for the students. This includes not only trying to keep them safe when they're biking, Kauffman points out, but also making sure students have a safe place to live. "The DelDOT safety program reaches about 350 students through the bike safety classes and the orientations arranged by the International Student Outreach Program (ISOP)," she added. "However, last year there were 885 students in Rehoboth, Lewes and Dewey, so most of them are not getting the safety message tailored to our area. At last count, we are aware of seven students hit by cars already, and I'm sure there are accidents that were not reported," she said.
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REVOLUTIONIZING THE BANNER PLANE INDUSTRY
Could banner planes soon be flying at night?
A commercial airline pilot who recently started a Delaware-based aerial advertising service promises to revolutionize the traditional airplane banner ad.
Jim Samadi, part pilot, pioneer, mechanic, inventor and entrepreneur, says he wanted to do something innovative, something to challenge the current business model that has been used for decades by ad agencies flying banner planes.
"The way I got involved in this business goes back to 2008," he recalls, "with the economical downturn and with my airline being in bankruptcy, I used to go to work being frustrated and decided to change my attitude and have a business on the side to keep me occupied and away from the job dramas."
Knowing he loved aviation, Samadi eventually found an aerial advertising company in Baltimore, Phoenix Aerial Ads, for sale. "After purchasing the company," he says, "I initially doubted my decision but then I decided to learn, enjoy and improve the business model and it took me nine years to get the patent."
Samadi has made and flown a prototype fixed-letter banner lit with LEDs and can take orders from companies to have one built and fly it regularly for them once he receives night flying approval from the FAA. He promises that his LED banners will be much more attention grabbing and easier to read, especially in the dark. He is already able to fly them at twilight.
This, he says, will be a significant improvement over the older technology used by ad planes at night that featured hard-to-read scrolling message boards mounted under their wings. That was a technology, he says, that really never took off.
Samadi plans to take the nighttime advertising a step further. He is designing a prototype organic LED (OLED) banner, much like a wide-screen rolling TV, a huge electronic bulletin board. Once developed, he plans to go nationwide with that technology.
Samadi, from Leesburg, Va., says he has admired the Delaware beaches for their beauty, clean environment and the favorable business incentives Delaware has to offer and that is what brought him to the First State. His business is based out of the Delaware Coastal Airport in Georgetown. Unlike the few other area banner services, his goal is to primarily serve the Sussex County beaches. He recently joined the chamber of commerce in Rehoboth and Bethany areas and hopes to gain support promoting Delaware businesses.
He says his company is price competitive with a modern website to allow customers to create and order banners easily online. Right now he flies traditional daytime banners.
He has a fleet of three all yellow Piper airplanes.
Photos courtesy Jim Samadi
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SAINT PETERS ART SHOW RETURNS IN LEWES
This year's annual art show hosted by St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Lewes is set for Saturday, July 1, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The show is known for its collection of diverse fine artwork.
The St. Peter's Art Show Committee has announced this year's generous donors to the show's Featured Artists Raffle: Rehoboth Beach painter Renata Price, potter Susan Gladstone, and jewelry artisan Sharon Livesay who have each contributed a unique piece for the show.
Here is "Joyful Flowers" by Price.
The three will be among 140 fine artists and artisans exhibiting at the 51st annual Art Show sponsored by St. Peter's Episcopal Church and held on St. Peter's Square at Second and Market streets, Lewes, and the nearby M&T Bank parking lot. Admission is free, and the event will be held rain or shine. Proceeds from the Art Show benefit organizations helping those in need in the Cape Henlopen School District.
A special display in the window of Citizens Bank on Second Street will feature photos and information about the raffle items. Raffle tickets are $2 each or a book of six for $10. They can be purchased in the church office Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., or on the parish lawn on the day of the show. There will be separate drawings for each item at 2:30 p.m., and ticket holders do not need to be present to win.
St. Peter's Church, founded in 1681, offers five Eucharistic services weekly and sponsors an interfaith Summer Spirituality Series on Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. Self-guided tour information for the historic churchyard is available.
Photos courtesy St. Peter's Art Show Committee
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21st ANNUAL RUNNING OF THE BULLS IN DEWEY!
The good news is that nobody was gored or trampled during this past Saturday's annual "running of the bulls" event. It is a Dewey thing, now a 21-year-old tradition, that many outsiders still do not comprehend.
The Starboard Restaurant hosted the birthday bash and the bull run through Dewey Beach.
Once again the event included this incredible flyover.
"Last year at the 20th event, that was impressive," says Michael McDonnell, the founder of the event. "But this year, here's my thing… there are people legally drinking here that were in diapers when I started this." He added. "That's shocking!"
Steve "Monty" Montgomery, owner of the Starboard, is quick to point out that this event for years has supported the local volunteer firefighters. The Starboard donates more than 1000 shirts, red bandanas and foam bull horns to be sold for contributions to the fire department. "Starboard regulars are extremely generous, they love to help out those organizations we feel are important, so they come out strong when we ask them to help contribute to our local fire department,” Montgomery said. This year's donations, he added, will top $7,000.
Photos courtesy Steve "Monty" Montgomery
POLICE INVESTIGATE DEATH IN DEWEY RESIDENCE--- Dewey Beach police and lifeguards responded to a home on Dover Road around 9:20 a.m. last Wednesday after a woman in her 50's was reported to be in cardiac arrest. Later assisted by Rehoboth Beach EMS and paramedics, they were unable to resuscitate the woman and she was pronounced dead at the scene. Sgt. Clifford Dempsey, police spokesman, said Friday afternoon that he had not gotten word yet from the medical examiner but he had no reason to suspect foul play or drugs being involved.
REHOBOTH LIFEGUARD TAKEN TO BEEBE WITH ANKLE INJURY--- A 23-year-old Rehoboth Beach Patrol guard was taken to Beebe Hospital by ambulance after she injured her ankle at the Maryland Avenue jetty. It happened just before 4 p.m. on Friday.
WATCH FOR HIGH QUALITY COUNTERFEIT $20 BILLS CIRCULATING IN R.B.--- At least two Rehoboth Beach businesses have accepted multiple bogus $20 bills this past weekend. One merchant described the bills as having a waxy feel and counterfeit detection pens did not work on them. The bills also have different serial numbers -- typically starting with "I," but lack the reflective "20" in the corner which he says is the biggest clue. "These were the best [counterfeits] I have ever seen," the merchant added.
WEEKLY MERR REPORT--- Suzanne Thurman, MERR Institute executive director, reports that a long dead sea turtle and dolphin were both discovered at Bennett's Pier this past weekend. Also, Phil, the harbor seal from Coursey Pond, will be released on Tuesday, June 28. MERR and the Oceana and Assateague Coastal Trust will host a public forum on seismic testing at the University of Delaware in Lewes later that same day.
GIRL FLOWN TO TRAUMA CENTER AFTER O.C. FALL--- A 13-year-old girl who struck her head on another player and then on the floor was flown to a trauma center after the accident. It was reported around 7:30 p.m. on Friday at Northside Park. She had no feeling below her waist and was flown by helicopter to Johns Hopkins.
MAN SUFFERS ONLY MINOR INJURY AFTER "EX" RUNS HIM OVER IN CAR NEAR SUMMER HOUSE--- Around 11 p.m. Sunday, a 44-year-old man claimed his ex-wife drove over him driving a Nissan Maxima with a child in the backseat. This happened on Rehoboth Avenue in front of the Summer House. Amazingly, he only suffered cuts to the back and knee. The woman fled in the Nissan but was later located. The victim declined an ambulance to the hospital and police took him to a motel for the evening. No word yet on any charges.
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