WEEKEND #9, 2020
Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
ONLY 19 DAYS TO REHOBOTH ELECTION DAY!
Candidates to appear on Mike Bradley's morning show this week.
The annual Rehoboth Beach Homeowners' Association/CAMP Rehoboth candidate forum was held this past Saturday before an online audience. The two+ hour forum is available for viewing on the CAMP Rehoboth Facebook page.
Topics covered included Covid, city finances, transparency, infrastructure, beach tags, assisting the business community, 5G antenna sites, waste-water treatment plant, parking, in-town trolley, pedestrian safety, economic development, climate change, preservation of the Rehoboth charm, transparency, communication with citizens and whether or not they supported Donald Trump.
The candidates will appear individually this week on Mike Bradley's morning show on WGMD (92.7 FM). Mayor Paul Kuhns is scheduled for Tuesday with Stan Mills on Wednesday. Rachel Macha, Jay Lagree and Patrick Gossett are scheduled for Thursday. No word yet on Hugh Fuller.
Info from the previous candidate forum is in the Cape Gazette. The paper also published its endorsements early this year because of Covid. The election is Saturday, August 8. Details are on the city website.
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DUCKLING RESCUED FROM HENLOPEN AVENUE STORM DRAIN
Residents, a bicyclist and the Rehoboth Beach public works came to the rescue this past Friday after this duckling fell into a storm drain on Henlopen Avenue.
The duck family was there squawking and milling about which caught peoples' attention. "I called the police…" says Jennifer Rubenstein, who lives in the area. "The dispatcher took all the info and then about 20 minutes later, our hero showed up and freed the little guy. He seemed unhurt," she said.
These are Black-bellied whistling ducks that do not typically nest this far north.
Photos courtesy Jennifer Rubenstein
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EMERGENCY WATER SYSTEM REPAIRS MADE
Officials in Rehoboth Beach say repairs have been made to the water distribution system after the city was forced to reduce the water supply to areas south of Coastal Highway and east of the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal this past Thursday.
The issue was this spot adjacent to the Coastal Highway canal bridge near the city's water tower on Lincoln Street. According to Kevin Williams, public works director, a contractor working on the bridge had been excavating for a new manhole/catch basin and exposed one of the city's water mains.
The main was not adequately supported and started to displace, he said, so the workers were trying to get it realigned and supported properly so hopefully it would not rupture. The city cut the water off in that area to make the adjustments without pressure in the pipe.
Water was restored at 9:45 p.m.
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JEEP AND TRAILER USED FOR BEACH CONCESSIONS GOES UP IN FLAMES
A Jeep and trailer used by David Lynam for his beach concessions caught fire around 1:10 a.m. this past Saturday while it was parked on his lot on Lincoln Street across from the Rehoboth Beach public works garage.
"It's strange that the trailer and Jeep both caught fire but there's no damage to the rear of the Jeep," Lynam said on Sunday. "Perhaps the heat from the fire was so great that the tires caught fire," he added. He lost 25 chairs that were in the Jeep. The Jeep's engine still runs and the tires are fine.
"I guess I'll be looking for a 2007 Jeep that needs a motor," he said. "Worse things can happen so the show goes on!"
More photos are on the RB VFC website.
Photo courtesy David Lynam and RB VFC
TAFFY REWARD OFFERED FOR INFO LEADING TO SHOPLIFTER ARREST
Jeff Balk, the owner of Snyder's Candy in the ocean block of Rehoboth Avenue, is offering a reward of a box of taffy a month for a year for tips leading to the arrest of this female shoplifter caught on store video pocketing a collectible, a GUDETAMA key chain, around 1:45 p.m. last Tuesday.
The suspect appears to be in her mid to late teens and she was in the company of another girl about the same age.
This video shows the theft in better detail.
Anyone with info is asked to call Rehoboth Beach PD at 302-227-2577 or submit a tip via the RBPD website.
Photos courtesy Jeff Balk
INTERESTING CARRYOUT COVID PARKING SITUATION
The City of Rehoboth Beach has allowed businesses to designate two public parking spaces for their exclusive use for carryouts. But what happens when an "unauthorized" vehicle parks in one of those spaces?
That happened this past Thursday evening when a BMW convertible parked in one of the Summer House carryout spaces. Neither the business nor the police were able to tow or ticket, despite the threatening sign.
No ordinance exists as these are just temporary courtesy parking spaces to help the businesses.
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COOK'S WATERCOLORS RETURN TO BACK PORCH!
Rodney Cook, a local artist, hung his latest show, New Work 2020, at the Back Porch Café this past Thursday. He has been exhibiting in Rehoboth for decades and his annual summer show has become a staple at the Back Porch for the past 16 years or so. Prior to that, he exhibited each summer at the Blue Moon.
This show features 36 watercolors that include the traditional group of iconic Rehoboth-related subject matter. As Cook points out, people want to see places they enjoy and bring back happy memories. "You have to do Rehoboth," he explains, as people expect artwork of Rehoboth Avenue with the iconic Dolle's sign, or Cape Henlopen's Herring Point, the all-popular lifeguards, Funland's carousel, etc. People are buying memories, happy ones, filled with optimism and memories of the time they are spending with their family relaxing on the beach and watching the waves.
He typically inserts a few pieces depicting cityscapes and an occasional building interior, usually from Philadelphia, Baltimore or sometimes Washington, D.C. This show features several works from Philly as well as Puerto Vallarta, where many flee during the winter. "When you wake up at Puerto Vallarta," he says, "you know it is going to be a fantastic day with clear skies, warm water and an occasional whale in the bay and beautiful mountains surrounding this place!" Painting Puerto Vallarta is such a wonderful experience, he explains.
"You have to keep reinventing the wheel if you have a show year after year... I always try to put something new in every show," he says. So this year he included a series he created on sunglasses. This had been inspired by his visit to Venice Beach where he found street vendors with large showcases; some completely loaded with sunglasses in various colors reflecting the sun. That intrigued Cook and he worked it thoughtfully into this show. Sunglasses, he points out, are an integral part of life at any kind of shore.
Cook, a college art professor, launched his art career painting murals in Baltimore including the eight-story Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower which became known as the Baltimore Arts Tower. While in the field he frequently painted over sketches with watercolors to see how the mural would appear. "Watercolors go much faster and cost less," he points out. The medium is quick and efficient as opposed to oil painting that takes much time to dry.
While doing murals he would sit in a car often in winter and create watercolor sketches while the car heater was running. Watercolors are reasonable, could be done in a car without making a mess, are quicker and are good for gathering info. While teaching he continued to explore watercolor. They proved to be a useful tool that ended up becoming a convenient way of making artwork in a light-weight manner and were less expensive than traditional paint. The medium was not as well respected when Cook was growing up, he recalls, but in the 80's and 90's in New York, watercolors finally became more acceptable and became a legitimate medium of their own.
Cook's show will remain on display at the Back Porch through August 13. Please see his website for info.
Photos courtesy Charlie Brown
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YOU DON'T HAVE TO GO FAR FOR A GREAT BEACH STORY
For eight years, Cat & Mouse Press, a local publishing company, has been creating great beach reads with local settings while helping local authors achieve their dreams of getting published. It is a labor of love for Nancy Sakaduski, who started as a writer herself and also worked as a business consultant.
Sakaduski wrote books for children and nonfiction for adults. She became increasingly frustrated with the lack of support from conventional publishers, who also give authors little control over their work.
When she moved to Lewes she realized that with her business background she could do a better job, offer more support to writers, even help support local illustrators and still publish quality books.
She says she feels part of a tight-knit community. Her company offers an opportunity for local writers to get published, something that few would be able to accomplish if they had to rely on national publishers. Cat & Mouse Press has published books for children and adults, journals, and is about to release its 25th title, the How to Write Winning Short Stories Workbook.
Her publishing company in Lewes specializes in a niche market by printing and distributing mostly short-story collections with local connections. Sakaduski works with the local book stores, holds regular contests and book events, and along with her husband, Joe, sells the books through stores from Cape May to Chincoteague. She also has a free weekly online newspaper with tips for writers.
This is the eighth year that her company has held the Rehoboth Beach Reads Short Story Contest. Browseabout Books is the sponsor and a panel of judges will select the winners who will be published in November. This year's theme is beach mysteries.
Many Cat & Mouse Press books have won awards. Two of their most recent titles were honored by the National Federation of Press Women (NFPW). More Sandy Shorts, a collection of delightful beach reads by Nancy Powichroski Sherman, won first place for short story collection by a single author. Beach Pulp, a collection of stories reminiscent of the old pulp-fiction magazines, won second place for collection of short stories by multiple authors and an honorable mention for book design.
Photos courtesy Marjorie Buchanan and Nancy Sakaduski
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PHOTOS OF THE WEEK
Rehoboth Bay oyster floats by David Koster, PortraitsInTheSand.com...
Sunrise at the end of Henlopen Avenue by Lynne Bowman...
Moon and Venus by Rick Tananis...
MERR NEWS--- Suzanne Thurman from the MERR Institute says her organization had no strandings or death investigations last week but the annual dolphin count was held on Saturday. Some sites had lower than average numbers but others had more. She is still studying the data. Also, the MERR summer newsletter is now online.
MAN TAKEN TO TRAUMA CENTER WITH SERIOUS HEAD INJURY FROM O.C.--- Police in Ocean City responded to 18th Street and Philadelphia Avenue around 2:50 a.m. this past Sunday after a man was found unconscious with a serious head injury. At least one witness suggested he was attacked by a group of people. Medics wanted to fly him to a trauma center but no helicopter was flying because of the weather, so he was taken by ground.
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