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WEEKEND #03, 2016

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware




The driver who fled this accident on Shuttle Road via skateboard on Thursday, June 2, has been captured by Rehoboth Beach police. Knowing he would attempt to escape yet again, Rehoboth Beach police surrounded a residence on Scarborough Avenue around 7:30 p.m. Friday and closed in on the suspect. That is where police found the 17 year old, whose name has not been released. He was placed under arrest and later handed over to a state trooper.

MCpl. Jeffrey Hale, state police spokesman, says the teen has been charged with leaving the scene of a crash, failure to provide information at a collision scene resulting in property damage, no valid license, failure to report an accident, and failure to remain stopped. He was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 3 and given a $600 cash bond.

He does not face any charges from the Rehoboth Beach Police Department.



The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) issued a recreational water advisory Tuesday evening for the Deauville section of Rehoboth Beach. Lifeguards reporting to work Wednesday morning said they were unaware of the advisory and were surprised to find the sign affixed to the Deauville lifeguard stand. By 10:45 a.m., lifeguards closed the Deauville area to swimming and referred inquiries to the phone numbers on the sign.

According to the DNREC notice: A water quality advisory has been issued for Deauville Beach in Rehoboth Beach following bacterial results which were slightly above the recreational water quality standard. The advisory is likely due to increased rainfall on Sunday night and observed wild life on Monday morning during sampling and this can result in increased bacterial results. Additional water quality samples have been taken at Deauville Beach and results should be available by 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8, 2016. For more information go to http://apps.dnrec.state.de.us/RecWater/

DNREC lifted the advisory Wednesday, but state officials did not remove the sign until around 9:45 a.m. Thursday. These advisories are of special significance as they can influence the city's standing with organizations evaluating beach water quality, such as the NRDC.


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Lifeguards along the shore are on heightened alert days after a woman was struck and killed by a flyaway beach umbrella in Virginia Beach.

Rehoboth Beach lifeguards reported two umbrella strikes on Sunday. The first was around 1:40 p.m. near New Castle Street where a 41-year-old woman was hit in the head. Her injury was described by one witness as a small cut to the back of the head but with significant blood loss. She was taken to Beebe Hospital in good condition.

About two hours later, a girl was struck in the head by another umbrella on Olive Avenue. But no ambulance was requested for her.

The day following the Virginia Beach death, WRDE-TV reported on this previous incident in Ocean City.



Rehoboth Beach police have charged the driver of this Jeep after she struck three-year-old Redford C. Griffiths of Chadds Ford, Pa. who was attempting to cross Brooklyn Avenue with his father, Gary D. Griffiths, 49, and his six-year-old brother around 9:34 a.m. Tuesday.

According to police, the three of them were walking south in the crosswalk along King Charles Avenue when Donna G. Summy, 62, of Harrisonburg, Va., who was driving the white 2012 Jeep Limited, made the left turn onto Brooklyn Avenue and struck the toddler who had not yet cleared the crosswalk. The impact knocked him to the ground, police said. Neither the father nor the boy's brother was struck.

The toddler was taken to Beebe Hospital complaining of pain and bruises to his left arm. Police said Summy was issued a traffic citation for failing to yield the right of way to a pedestrian in a crosswalk and no proof of insurance.


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A female scooter rider was injured when she collided with this Honda Civic around 2:45 p.m. Friday on Rehoboth Avenue at 4th Street. The 30 year old suffered cuts to her elbows and knees. She declined to take an ambulance to the hospital.

According to Lt. Jaime B. Riddle, the operator of the scooter was charged with "operating an unregistered motor vehicle, driving with a suspended or revoked license, and inattentive driving/operator of vehicle fails to give full attention to motor vehicle."

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The Rehoboth Beach Museum officially opened its postcard exhibition this past Thursday. The brilliant exhibition offers a fascinating journey through the history of Rehoboth Beach via postcards but also intertwines the town's history with the continued transformation of the postcard.

Many postcards lack a date, so historians and hobbyists must rely on the type of postcard and its photo to try and determine the year. Linen postcards, for example, were made of rag paper from around 1931 to 1959 and allowed for the production of much more vibrant images. They were followed by colorful Kodachrome cards. Other clues help date a postcard such as the white borders or no border, and if it were mailed, stamps and postmarks.

The postcards provide a window into the styles and culture of the 20th century development of Rehoboth Beach and many portray houses and street scenes that give a glimpse into the development of the city. These are snapshots of the famous Carlton Hotel, now a storefront in the ocean block of Rehoboth Avenue.

The museum has around 2000 postcards in its collections, about 200 of which are on display for this exhibition. Those selected for display include variations of the Henlopen, Carlton, water scenes, Dolle's, Horn's Pavilion, beach patrols from years ago, other hotels, guest houses and accommodations and churches. Thoughtfully exhibited with the postcards are pieces of Rehoboth Beach history.

As the exhibition points out, the postcard continues its existence today, not only on paper, but also in virtual forms such as selfies. To that end, the museum offers visitors the opportunity to pose for their own virtual postcard. Here is Terry Plowman, Delaware Beach Life publisher and Historical Society board member. Plowman says postcards were like the text messages of today. "They were short-to-the-point messages about what somebody was doing and that was the way people communicated about the fun they were having just like they do today with text messages."

Paula Roberts, the curator of the exhibition, said they had two different stories they were trying to tell. "One is the whole notion that everything changes, nothing changes. So today we get on our cell phones and we text and we send instant messages. We think this is terribly modern. But in fact," she observes, "the postcards were being sent in the 1890's and they were that era's way to quickly communicate with someone. So we even found postcards that said 'meet you at the movies at 9:00 tonight.' So it was really an instantaneous form of communication as the era would allow it."

The other story the museum is trying to tell is the story of Rehoboth itself and how it has changed, for example, looking at how the Henlopen Hotel has changed throughout the years from the 1890s with its beautiful wrap-around porches as opposed to today's "brutalist architecture" form. "You get a sense of how in the same place things change," she pointed out.

Nancy Alexander, executive director of the Rehoboth Beach Historical Society, Mary Schaefer of the DelMarVa Postcard Club and Paula Roberts stand before the exhibition's other "selfie" station.

As of Memorial Day Weekend, the Museum's hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For details, please see the museum website, visit 511 Rehoboth Avenue or call (302) 227-7310. For more on postcard collecting, see the DelMarVa Postcard Club Facebook.


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Donna Deely paints animals, still lifes, landscapes, contemporary works and portraits in oils and acrylics. She works with clay, canvas and wood, even making her own frames from re-purposed materials. Despite her incredible artworks, she modestly has no website or Facebook page dedicated to her art and her prices are so reasonable.

The owner of the Studio Art Gallery encouraged her to exhibit her work where she sold 27 artworks in 18 months. This led to this exhibition in Rehoboth Beach. "We are happy and excited" to show her work, says Dr. Sal Seeley, who says her exhibition is an appropriate way to kickoff the summer at the CAMP Gallery. Deely, left, poses with her sister, Kate Devaney, who describes her as "eclectic."

Deely has lived in New Hope, Pa. for the past four years but lived as a child on a Tennessee farm and eventually came to Washington, D.C. where she studied art at Marymount University. She has been coming to Rehoboth for 30 years and has a home now in Canal Corkran.

Deely describes the excitement, the out-of-body experience, when you get it, a new work of art that, once it fits together, it "just clicks," she says.

Her exhibition, Random Thoughts, will hang at the gallery at 37 Baltimore Avenue in Rehoboth Beach through the end of June.


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The traditional movie and bonfire nights return to Dewey Beach again this summer starting tonight, with the movie Cinderella. The family movies will start at around 8:30 p.m. every Monday on the beach at Dagsworthy Avenue through August 29. See the Chamber of Commerce website for the complete schedule which includes The Lego Movie, Aladdin, Pan, Minions, The Good Dinosaur and more!

This Tuesday, the Dewey Business Partnership will host the 6th annual kids' party on the beach at 6 p.m. also on Dagsworthy Avenue. Activities include games, face painting, deejay, singing, dancing, fun with mascots, free snacks, refreshments and more.

The party will be followed by the first bonfire of the season. Bonfires will continue every Tuesday and Wednesday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. through August 31.

The town offers free parking from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Monday through Wednesday nights.

The movies and bonfires are weather permitting so any cancellations will be posted at the Dewey Beach Life Saving Station bulletin board.



Actually opened for Memorial Day Weekend, the upscale Blackwall Hitch restaurant officially cut its ribbon this past Wednesday. Those standing before the blue ribbon were Carol Everhart, Chamber of Commerce CEO; Comm. Paul Kuhns; Comm. Kathy McGuiness; Dr. Stephanie Steckel; Aileen Delario, Blackwall Hitch executive chef; Mark Harrison, general manager; Lincoln Greenstreet, Blackwall Bartender, Steve Artz; Michael Ludden, Atlantic Sands Hotel general manager; and Patty Burkentine, Chamber of Commerce membership representative.

Why the name? The blackwall hitch is a hitch knot for securing a rope to a hook. Lea Hurt of the Blackwall Hitch explains the importance. "It's all about connection," she says, "just as sailors quickly linked their boats to the docks at London's busy Blackwall Port in the late 1800's (thus the namesake nautical knot), The Blackwall Hitch Restaurant is all about connection. We are connected to you. We are staffed with passionate people who invite you to celebrate good times with great food and drink. From the moment you cross the threshold of our vibrant yellow doors, soaking in the urban chic vibe and attention to detail, we want you to feel at home."

Hurt points out that all three Blackwall Hitch restaurants have the water in common, with places in Alexandria, Annapolis and now Rehoboth Beach. The Rehoboth Beach restaurant offers similar classy dining with just under 100 different wines with a maximum occupancy of 170 customers. For more info, see this Daily Times article or The Blackwall Hitch website.


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Locals are still weighing in on Rehoboth's latest grocery store, The Fresh Market, the first of its kind in Delaware. When it opened this past Wednesday, it was packed.

Here is the report from WRDE-TV. Shoppers can sign up for the store's e-mail newsletters on the website.



POLICE ARREST MAN WHO EXPOSED HIMSELF AT REHOBOTH BEACH PARKING DEPARTMENT--- Rehoboth Beach police have arrested a 52-year-old man who allegedly exposed himself to an employee of the parking meter office around 5 a.m. last Sunday. Read more on WGMD.com.


MERR: 1ST SEA TURTLE DEATH OF YEAR--- Suzanne Thurman, MERR Institute executive director, reports the first sea turtle death investigation of the year. She said a loggerhead was found in Fenwick on Friday and had died from an impact wound.


WOMAN HEADED TO BEEBE HOSPITAL ROLLS CAR-- A woman had been driving to Beebe Hospital when she flipped her car on Coastal Highway at Wolf Neck Road. It happened around 8 a.m. Thursday. She wore a seatbelt and rolled over at low speed. She was reportedly trying to get to Beebe Hospital with some sort of respiratory problem. Injuries were minor. The Rehoboth Beach VFC has posted photos on its website.


MUSTANG "STOLEN" FROM COASTAL TOWING LOT--- Police agencies are looking for a white 2016 Ford Mustang with Maryland tags 8CH4752. The car reportedly disappeared from Coastal Towing around 12:45 p.m. Sunday.


TRAFFIC STOP LEADS TO ARREST ON DRUG CHARGES--- A Rehoboth Beach police officer made a traffic stop just before 11 a.m. Friday on King Charles Avenue at Stockley Street. Lt. Jaime B. Riddle says the stop was for expired license plates, but police ended up arresting the two female occupants for drug charges.


3 FILE FOR 2 REHOBOTH BEACH COMMISSIONER SEATS--- There will be an election for commissioner this year in Rehoboth Beach! Richard J. Perry, Jr., who ran unsuccessfully last summer, is challenging incumbent Commissioners Stan Mills and Toni Sharp. All three candidates submitted their candidate petitions prior to the 4:30 p.m. Monday deadline. Annual Municipal Elections for the City of Rehoboth Beach are held on the second Saturday in August, August 13, 2016, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Because of the ongoing construction of the City Hall Municipal complex, the annual election will be held at the Rehoboth Beach Fire Department at 219 Rehoboth Avenue.



Rehoboth group holds vigil for Orlando shooting victims

CAMP Rehoboth holds service for Orlando victims

Police officers carry the Special Olympics torch down Main Street last year

Commercial waterman faces charges for fishing violations including possession of numerous undersized conch

Cape handles transgender concerns on case-by-case basis

Why this craft brewer is giving a middle finger to beer-making tradition

Stretch of beach at Cape Henlopen State Park closed starting today to safeguard nesting piping plovers

Rehoboth commissioners grant Egg permit (former McQuay's Market)

Rehoboth Parking Department building ribbon cutting set June 15

Hooters HQ clips wings of Warwick franchisee (mentions Rehoboth Beach Hooters)

Hooters suing East Coast franchisee over 'deplorable conditions' in shuttered restaurant (Fox News)

Rehoboth Beach meters now accept credit cards

Dewey Beach property owners encouraged to register to vote

Tow rage after Coastal Towing tows former trooper/repair man's van

WTOP publicizing Delaware Seashore State Park

Motorists cautioned to slow down for turtles on Coastal Highway

45-year-old message in a bottle found, brings nostalgia

The "Stormy Sixties" exhibition opens at O.C. Life-Saving Station Museum

Thunderbirds appearance in O.C. remains in question

OCPD charges primary suspect in May 29 homicide

Suspect charged with manslaughter in O.C. homicide case

Armed robbery suspect apprehended in Ocean City

OCPD warning business owners of counterfeit currency case



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