WEEKEND #7, 2018
Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
MIRACLE: NOBODY SERIOUSLY INJURED IN REHOBOTH AVE 8-VEHICLE CRASH
It was just amazing that nobody was critically injured after an eight-vehicle accident shut down Rehoboth Avenue for more than an hour early Saturday evening. Hundreds of visitors, who packed the sidewalks, heard the multiple impacts around 6:13 p.m. and many called for help.
Police say a man driving the blue Dodge Ram pick-up truck attempted to back out of a parking space along the north shoulder in the second block of Rehoboth Avenue. In the process of doing so, his truck collided with another vehicle that was headed west on Rehoboth Avenue.
The man attempted to flee the scene in the pick-up truck but lost control and collided with these four additional vehicles parked along the center median, police said.
The pick-up truck, heavily damaged from the collisions, continued along Rehoboth Avenue westbound striking the curb on the north shoulder of the roadway, a bike rack with bikes, and two more vehicles that were in motion at the intersection of Rehoboth Avenue and Second Street. The pick-up truck then struck a pole and came to rest on the sidewalk along the north side of Rehoboth Avenue west of Second Street outside the Conch Island Key West Bar and Grill.
Five patients -- including a 16-year-old -- were taken to Beebe Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the pick-up truck, a 45-year-old man from Middletown, Delaware, was one of the five patients. It took about 15 minutes to free him from the truck. He was able to walk to a stretcher once the door was pried open and he was placed into this ambulance.
Police said alcohol is suspected to be a factor in the accident. Amazingly, no pedestrians were struck. At this time, the investigation is ongoing and no charges have been filed, police said.
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TEEN NEARLY DROWNS OFF REHOBOTH BEACH
A teenager is lucky to be alive after she got caught in rough surf around 6:35 p.m. Saturday evening.
A wave crashed over the teen followed by another that pulled her out into the ocean, says Jillian O'Connor who had been visiting from Ohio. She said she saw the teen struggling and her friend unable to assist so she called 9-1-1 for help. She also alerted a man passing by who was able to make a quick rescue.
After he pulled her safely to shore, EMS personnel arrived and treated her on the beach. She was conscious but exhausted.
Beach patrols from Bethany through Rehoboth had kept swimmers on a "short leash" on Saturday because of rough seas. Rehoboth Beach Patrol had gone off duty at 5:30 p.m.
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REHOBOTH BEACH POLICE RESCUE DOG STRANDED IN MARSH
Hershey is one lucky dog. The 16+year-old brown cocker spaniel went missing this past Wednesday morning from her home in Dewey on the bayside of Saulsbury Street. "She's a wanderer," says Joyce Lauer of Mt. Laurel, NJ, one of Hershey's caretakers. Not only is Hershey a wanderer, but she is also deaf. Around 7 a.m., Hershey snuck behind the Lauer's beach home and apparently continued following the path along the Rehoboth Bay and disappeared!
Meanwhile, the family started to worry. They soon contacted Dewey and Rehoboth police, and even started putting up fliers. It was a good thing they called Rehoboth Beach police too. Because around 2 p.m., workers at the Rehoboth Beach sewer plant heard a dog in distress in the nearby marsh and contacted police. Three Rehoboth Beach officers, Cpl. Bryson Ezell, Cpl. Dana Wyant and Sgt. Ray Edwards, came to investigate and by 3 p.m., the officers had initiated a rescue.
In less than 20 minutes, using a small boat, they had saved Hershey and got her back to her family. The Lauer's took Hershey to the Savannah Animal Hospital where she was given a "clean bill of health" despite her age and it being such a hot day. The swamp apparently kept her cool.
"It was not her time," Lauer said. "Savannah was wonderful," she added. The family brought her home, washed her with Dawn soap and she ate and drank "a whole lot!" Hershey got her name because she is brown like the chocolate bar!
The Rehoboth Beach PD bodycam video of Hershey's rescue is posted here on YouTube.
As an interesting note, a woman became lost in this marsh in 2012 and had to be rescued by helicopter.
Photos courtesy Joyce Lauer and RBPD
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PEDESTRIANS HOLDING PARKING SPACES SPIKES OVER PAST WEEK
Rehoboth Beach police kept busy this past holiday week responding to at least seven incidents where pedestrians were accused of trying to illegally hold parking spots for motorists. Most of the incidents took place in the ocean block of Rehoboth Avenue on July 4.
Most offenders received verbal warnings after police checked them for wanted. But by Saturday, the traffic was gridlocked, and police had become frustrated. This woman received a citation for trying to hold a parking spot. Another man was cited on Sunday for the same offense in the second block of Rehoboth Avenue.
Around 3:25 p.m. Sunday, police received three calls to 9-1-1 after a heated argument erupted between occupants of two vehicles wanting a parking space being vacated near the bandstand. Lt. Jaime Riddle said no charges or arrests were made.
Around 11:45 a.m. Wednesday, a female pedestrian was reportedly trying to save a parking space here near the bandstand. Allegedly the driver of the red Blazer retaliated by blocking access to the space. No citations were issued.
Police also detected an odor of what smelled like marijuana but after investigating they were unable to locate the source.
SATURDAY TRAFFIC GRIDLOCK ON REHOBOTH AVENUE
Light is green! This was eastbound Rehoboth Avenue at Christian Street at 2 p.m. Saturday.
And this was westbound Rehoboth Avenue at 3 p.m. from the bandstand...
Traffic on Coastal Highway was also crawling.
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IF YOU PARK IN THE M&T LOT, DON'T PARK IN THE ATM-ONLY SPOTS!
The trick to parking for free in the M&T Bank parking lot on Rehoboth Avenue is to use a spot not marked "ATM PARKING ONLY." The ATM spaces are the ones that Coastal Towing is responsible to keep open. And if the truck operator does not see anybody at the ATM, the vehicle is fair game!
Police were summoned here just before 2 p.m. this past Saturday after the man driving the gray Chevrolet Tahoe returned and got into a heated discussion with the Coastal Towing truck operator. He claimed he had been using the ATM, although one witness says he had not. The tow truck operator had hooked him and demanded his show-up fee. The man jumped into his SUV and started the engine to keep it from being towed. Once police arrived, the man gave up and paid the show-up fee.
TREE LIMB FALLS ON VEHICLES ON SCARBOROUGH AVE
This limb fell from a tree in the median of Scarborough Avenue near Munson Street around 1:30 p.m. this past Saturday. A BMW SUV and the Pontiac minivan were struck. The hood of the BMW sustained the most damage.
Public works crews had it quickly cleared.
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OCEAN CITY POLICE IDENTIFY 2 ARCADE BANDITS
This past Wednesday, Ocean City police publicly identified two of the suspects who stole money from arcade games on the same Sunday, June 24, in Rehoboth Beach, Ocean City and Pennsylvania. They were accompanied by a young girl who was used as a distraction.
The third suspect has not yet been identified. Police would like to know who he is and where the three are hiding. Police ask that people call the Crime Tip Hotline at (410) 520-5136 or leave an anonymous tip at oceancitymd.gov/police.
Photos courtesy Ocean City PD
PROGRESSIVE DEMS HOLD JULY 4 PROTEST ON COASTAL HWY
The Sussex County Progressive Democrats held a protest along Coastal Highway outside Rehoboth at the Outlets this past Wednesday. "What better day to protest than on the Fourth of July which we gained our independence and the right to speak up," states Don Peterson. That's him on the left. He was one of an estimated 100 protesters who lined Coastal Highway this past Wednesday starting at 6:30 p.m.
The group's biggest concern, he said, was the current administration's immigration policy where children were separated from their parents and placed in "less than humane facilities."
"We are here tonight to remind people that thousands of children are crying for their parents and parents are languishing for their children," stated Joanne Cabry, Progressive Democrats of Sussex County chairperson.
"You probably have not seen the last of us," Peterson warned! Follow the group on Facebook for future events.
Photo courtesy Joanne Cabry
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SENATOR CARPER VISITS REHOBOTH FARMERS' MARKET
Senator Tom Carper made an appearance at last Tuesday's Rehoboth Beach Farmers' Market to highlight the 2018 farm bill recently passed by the U.S. Senate. Specifically, he came here to mention the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program. That's him with Pat Coluzzi, market master, Rehoboth Beach Commissioners Kathy McGuiness and Lisa Schlosser and Mayor Paul Kuhns.
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LIGHT & MUSIC EXHIBITION OPENS AT CAMP REHOBOTH
CAMP Rehoboth opened its latest art exhibition, Light & Music, a joint show featuring artists Yvonne Frankis and Vincent Hughes this past Friday.
"I find the combination of music and painting a magical combination," states Frankis. "I listen to music while I paint, and I know exactly what that painting is going to be... It is almost always a classical rock song but other musicians inspire me as well," she notes.
Currently she paints with acrylic, but she trained in oils. "Life is a lot faster now," she explained, "so I like my art to be faster now as well." She considers her realistic style to be appropriate for somebody who is slightly contemporary or somebody who is traditional. She says her art seems to "cross the line" and she likes that. She typically paints from photos and uses stretched canvas without any frames.
"I think our pieces work together well," says Hughes. "I think light and music go together so well," he added. He uses several techniques including water colors, oil paintings, encaustics and compressed charcoal.
Living in Rome in the 1990's, Hughes was surrounded by classical nude sculptures and the Italian landscape which inspired him to take up painting once again. He now creates plein-air landscapes and figurative works from life, switching among the various types of paint.
Light & Music will be on display at the CAMP Rehoboth Community Center through July 31.
PAT WHITEHEAD'S "PAUSE" OPENS AT GALLERY 50
Pat Whitehead's latest exhibition opened this past Friday at Gallery 50. "This show, the title of it is Pause," Whitehead explains (that's her on the right). It is about "finding a place in a society -- that is just filled with noise -- where we can look inside ourselves and find a moment that we can think about something beyond the day-to-day distress or noise or just scurrying and finding quiet and peace."
She spends so much time in art galleries throughout the world; they became the subject of her art. "The more I noticed the other people, they became as fascinating to me as the artwork in the museums," she said.
Often if people get into an art museum, she explains, they get into a place that is just quiet. "No matter where people are from, or how old, they tend to react the same way," she observes. "They get quiet, they start with introspection and it gives them a moment of joy, I hope, but at least they are thinking outside their day-to-day lives."
This was an Alex Katz landscape exhibition at the High Museum in Atlanta. "When I got to the museum," she said, "I realized it was empty and there was this one guard and she was wonderful! Because, like people who go into museums, she had that sense of pausing. And even though she was keeping her eye on both rooms, you could tell she was just very at peace with it."
Whitehead says she takes a lot of pictures from the various museums and brings them back to her studio where she places many of them on the wall... and maybe look at them for as long as a year before she decides to work with them. She paints in oils with a style that she considers social realism.
Her show will be on display at Gallery 50 through July 18.
THE REHOBOTH BEACH FIREWORKS 2018 SHOW
Sam Markman has posted spectacular photos from the 2018 Rehoboth Beach fireworks show on his website.
Photo courtesy Sam Markman
MAN FOUND AT BOTTOM OF PLANTATIONS POOL, RESUSCITATED BY LIFEGUARD--- A "lifeguard made the difference" between life and death, says Glenn Marshall, Sussex EMS spokesman, after she pulled a man from the bottom of the pool at The Plantations just before 7 p.m. last Monday. He was in cardiac arrest and she began CPR. Amazingly, when paramedics arrived on the scene along with the Lewes ambulance crew, the man regained a pulse about two or three minutes later.
MAN DROWNS OFF ASSATEAGUE--- Officials say 36-year-old Dongjin Hong from Hartford, Connecticut apparently drowned this past Wednesday. A multi-agency search and rescue effort was initiated after his body was spotted floating face down around 6:30 p.m. He was pulled from the water about an hour later. See WGMD.com for details.
FATAL FIRE ON FISHER ROAD NEAR MILTON--- One person was found dead after a fire in a home on Fisher Road near Milton early Thursday. Officials say no suspicious activity is indicated in their preliminary investigation. No firefighters were injured in the blaze. More info is on WGMD.com.
OCEAN CITY FIREFIGHTERS RESPOND TO 11 AUTOMATIC FIRE ALARMS IN 70 MINUTES--- It is still unclear what touched off a series of fire alarm activations that Ocean City firefighters were dispatched to early Thursday morning. Most of the alerts came simultaneously around 5:50 a.m. for the Phillips Crab House, City Hall, Dry Dock 28, the Public Safety Building, Pointe on the Bay, Red Wine Bar, Ocean Pines Beach Club, Tidelands Caribbean Hotel-Boardwalk and Bella Vista. Firefighters had also responded to the Gold Coast Mall at 5:36 a.m. and returned once again to the Tidelands at 6:47 a.m. when the fire alarm activated once again for unknown reasons.
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