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WEEKEND #2, 2018

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware




During a 24-hour period starting this past Thursday night into Friday, EMS crews and state police in the Rehoboth area responded to four drug overdoses. All four, at least at the time, were suspected to involve heroin. But because of HIPAA, getting further details is not easy. None of these cases were from within the city limits of Rehoboth Beach.

In the first case, a 26-year-old man was found passed out in a car at a fuel pump here at the Wawa on Wolfe Neck Road around 9:30 p.m. First responders administered NARCAN and he became alert when taken to the hospital by ambulance.

Sgt. Richard Bratz, state police spokesman, said Sunday that the man has been charged with DUI, a charge which could include drugs and/or alcohol.

On Friday, EMS and state police responded right around the corner to East Atlantic Circle around 12:35 a.m. and again at 6:40 p.m. for two more overdose cases. Both patients were men in their 40's. One of the men had reportedly stopped breathing and incredibly declined to accept an ambulance ride to the hospital after he was revived with a dose of NARCAN. The other man was also treated with NARCAN but was taken to the hospital.

The fourth OD case was for a patient, a man in his 30's, who arrived at the Beebe Walk-in Care clinic on John J. Williams Highway around 7:20 p.m. Friday. He was described as alert when taken to the hospital.


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The big story of the weekend, particularly on Sunday, was the strong wind and heavy rain. The DEOS weather station on the Rehoboth Beach boardwalk reported 0.86 inch of rain and an average wind speed of 20 m.p.h. with a 31 m.p.h. peak gust.

It poured Sunday morning in Rehoboth Beach, causing some flooding in the usual spots, like at the storm drain in front of this home on Sussex Street. But city public works personnel did good work keeping the drains clear of debris.

Beach patrols on Delmarva kept people out of the ocean. In Dewey Beach, guards even closed the beach because of the blustery wind, high water and erosion at some dune crossovers. This was Rehoboth Beach looking south just after the beach patrol went off duty.

Just before 9 a.m. on Sunday, police responded to the boardwalk at Grenoble Place after debris were reported flapping in the wind at this construction site. The contractor was requested to come and help better secure the site.

The driver of this car in Dewey Beach had been backing out of a driveway in pouring rain when the car became lodged in a drainage ditch.

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Effluent discharge pipe leading to the canal has been sealed!

Rehoboth Beach City Manager Sharon Lynn reports that the paving crew staged machinery this past Wednesday. They began milling and road-base-coat work along the north side of Henlopen Avenue on Thursday starting at Grove Street working toward Surf Avenue. This phase of work is scheduled to last for the next two weeks but is weather dependent.

Once this section of work is completed, the crew will move to the south side of Henlopen Avenue working from Surf Avenue to Grove Street. The stone shoulder will be installed next on both sides of the road followed by the top coat of pavement.

Paving on Canal Street will follow Henlopen Avenue. Canal Street from 6th Street to Rehoboth Avenue remains closed. Access to Canal Street is for local homeowners only. The contractor working hours on Henlopen Avenue are 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and on Canal Street are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

As of May 23, the wastewater treatment plant has been pumping treated effluent through the ocean outfall. On May 30, the contractor sealed the effluent discharge pipe leading to the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal. The crew completed restoration of Deauville Beach on May 21 and the parking lot is open. More details concerning the outfall completion is reported in this article.



A 19-year-old woman successfully gave birth to a baby girl in the Hyatt Place parking garage early Tuesday afternoon. Sgt. Clifford Dempsey, Dewey Beach police spokesman, says officers responded to the Hyatt after a worker discovered the woman who had just gone into labor around 12:20 p.m.

The mother reportedly did not know she was pregnant although she had experienced recent stomach pains. When officers arrived, Sgt. Dempsey said the mother was walking around while cuddling the baby. She was placed in a Dewey Beach police vehicle until Dewey Beach Patrol EMTs arrived. They transferred her to a Rehoboth Beach ambulance with Sussex County paramedics on board.

The mother and daughter were taken to Beebe Hospital and were last reported in good condition.


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We will know for certain at 4:30 p.m. today, but it appears that only three candidates have thrown their names into the hat for the two commissioner seats that are up for grabs this summer in Rehoboth Beach.

As of Friday afternoon, Donna Moore, election ex officio, confirmed that she had received nominating petitions from Richard Byrne, Patricia Coluzzi and Gary Glass.

Glass has already scheduled his first meet-and-greet for Saturday, June 16. Please e-mail him for details. Neither of the other two candidates have announced any public events as of yet.

Incumbent Commissioners Patrick Gossett and Jay Lagree both say they have decided not to run for reelection in the upcoming 2018 municipal election.

"I have served as a City Commissioner for a total of nine years and as a Planning Commissioner for nine years, for a total of 18 years of service to the City of Rehoboth Beach," Comm. Gossett said. "I think we have accomplished a great deal in those 18 years, preserving what is best in our City while providing for sensible growth. Perhaps our greatest accomplishment in those years was the hiring of our City Manager, Sharon Lynn. I am proud to have been the Chair of the Personnel Committee and led the search that hired Sharon, and she has proven to be an excellent City Manager. But now it is someone else's turn to be at the Commissioners' table," he added.

"To do the job right is a full-time job," Comm. Jay Lagree said, noting that the job takes away from his other interests.

Read more in the Friday Cape Gazette.

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On Memorial Day, a humpback whale was sighted as close as 20 yards from the beach in Dewey. The following day, members of the Dynamic Volleyball Academy were practicing on Fenwick Island when a humpback was spotted once again right off the beach. One of the players, Michele D. Miller of Salisbury, used her iPhone 7 Plus to capture this video and the below image.

Miller said they had seen dolphins earlier and were expecting to see more. But just as she started to record the video, the next fin she saw became that of a huge whale! As one can hear in the video, the women were just ecstatic to see the whale. "This video was a miracle," she wrote on Facebook, "for many reasons. My phone was fully charged and considering I deleted four apps as I walked to the shoreline to record the many dolphins swimming close, it's a miracle the 'No Storage Available' message did not pop up. We all know that struggle, right?"

"The video does not do it justice to the video that replays in my memory," she continued. "When the whale made itself known I could see the barnacles on the head and the striations under the mouth as he was graceful enjoying the local cuisine. We knew there was a shelf at the shoreline making the water very deep. The whale moved freely in the water as it approached us (20-25 feet away) and then gracefully turned to head further out. At no time did we think the whale was going to beach itself. It looked healthy and was in good company. Many dolphins, seagulls and even two pelicans were feeding in this hotspot. It was a day I will never forget!" It was "Good PR for the beach volleyball club too," she added!

See this article for more news on this sighting.

Photo courtesy Michele D. Miller by way of John Hurlock



Another name missing from last week's report of those friends we lost this past winter was that of Preston Latchum Dyer. He was an incredible man who lived in town and was still active as a fire policeman at the age of 90! He passed away in May as well.

We featured him in this 2014 profile.


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Delaware beaches & coastal towns

One-minute wetlands: Salt marshes (DNREC video)

85-year-old pedestrian killed in crash in Lincoln area (May 29)

Man critically injured in single-car crash south of Ellendale (June 2)

No more exemptions for contractor parking in Rehoboth

Woman arrested in fraudulent medical marijuana applications (Lewes)

Grenades in Cape Henlopen near Fort Miles

Rehoboth Beach VegFest (next Saturday, June 9)

Rehoboth Beach Goes Red, White & Blue (next Saturday, June 9)

Rehoboth Beach named Top 10 most popular beach destination

Dogfish Head marks competition of 3-year makeover in Rehoboth

New Rehoboth Beach brewpub hopes to draw in millennials

Officers injured, police horse struck in Dewey Beach brawl (update to Memorial Day Weekend brawl)

Color Me Dewey Run

June bugs: Senior week in Dewey Beach slows, but town still wary

Ocean View house fire (6 p.m., Saturday)

Fatal crash on Dagsboro Road north of Fire Tower Road, Dagsboro (Friday)

Woman killed after van collides with school bus in Frankford (Wednesday)

Couple on motorcycle critically injured in crash with Uber VW on Lighthouse Road at Mallard Lakes (Friday)

Ocean Pines 50th anniversary celebration

60-foot barge added to offshore O.C. reef site

On fed's inlet study, O.C. Council restates reluctance to further fund 'county project'

Options weighed to address O.C. flooding issues

O.C. fire/EMS union contends schedule change to blame for schedule woes

Employee bamboozles O.C. church in embezzlement scheme

Silver Spring man arrested for O.C. armed robbery (May 26)

O.C. police arrests 2 men after early morning crimes (May 28)

Berlin bike path effort moves forward



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