WEEKEND #3, 2022

June 13, 2022

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

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Yes! That was indeed Maryland Governor Larry Hogan seen joining Delaware Governor John Carney at Woody's Dewey Beach early Sunday afternoon for crab cakes! The meeting was the result of this March Madness wager between the two men regarding the first round of the 2022 Women's NCAA Basketball Tournament. The agreement was that the loser would buy the winner crab cakes in the loser's state.

Gov. Carney came early but Gov. Hogan got stuck in traffic. He posed for photos with Gov. Carney as soon as he arrived. A few lucky passerbys got selfies with Gov. Hogan as well.

On an overcast beach day like Sunday, with homebound traffic crawling out of Ocean City, losing didn't seem so bad after all.

"It was really cool to have both the Delaware men and women in the tournament," Gov. Carney pointed out. "Both didn't win," he added, "but they represented well. The Maryland women were really strong. They really had a good team but we were very proud of our women and it's just good to be there, one year when both teams win in their conference championships, so that was fun."

Seated around the dinner table are Delaware Speaker of the House Peter Schwartzkopf, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, Jimmy O'Conor of Woody's, Steve 'Monty' Montgomery of The Starboard and Bethany Blues, Hall of Fame Maryland Coach Gary Williams, Delaware Governor John Carney and local lobbyist Rhett Ruggerio.

When asked where he would have taken Gov. Carney had Delaware won, Gov. Hogan suggested Mike's in Riva.

Woody's has been making crab cakes for 13 years and has won Best of Delaware for the past 10. Jimmy O'Conor, owner of Woody's, said it was an honor to have been recognized by the Governor and "it's exciting for the Town of Dewey and it's exciting for Woody's as well."


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By the 4:30 p.m. deadline last Monday, only incumbent Comm. Edward Chrzanowski and Francis "Bunky" Markert had filed to run for the two soon-to-be-open commissioner seats. Comm. Susan Gay, who was elected at the same time as Comm. Chrzanowski in 2019, decided not to seek another term.

Markert is well known and has been active in city politics for years. He served on the Architectural Review Board Task Force, the Planning Commission, the Green Infrastructure Committee and he is the chair of the Parks and Shade Tree Commission. Here he is with his wife, Kate.

Comm. Gay said it was a difficult decision for her to make, citing family health issues. She provided this statement:

I am writing to let you know that I have decided not to seek re-election as a City Commissioner at this time. This decision was very difficult for me to make, as I do enjoy the work, and most importantly, I enjoy representing the residents and property owners of Rehoboth Beach.

Several recent family (not personal) health issues have led me to conclude that I cannot continue to work at the same pace within City government and also devote the time necessary to support my family. I am not leaving Rehoboth Beach. I plan to stay actively involved in City issues, and I would like to continue to serve the City in some capacity, perhaps on a City committee.

I am honored to have served these past 5 years, first on the Planning Commission before being elected to the Board of Commissioners in 2019. I believe strongly in a vision to retain the special sense of place that makes Rehoboth Beach so unique and successful as a resort and a residential community. I will continue to support City leaders in any way I can to achieve this vision for the future.

Meanwhile, thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve you as a City Commissioner.

More election info is in Chris Flood's article.


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Delaware State Police issued this Gold Alert after a 70-year-old man, described as an experienced kayaker, was reported missing last Tuesday by his wife. The search intensified around 10 p.m. after police got a "ping" on his cell phone from the Cape Henlopen State Park. Soon they found his van, but he and his gray kayak were missing.

That led police to ask for Trooper 2, the Coast Guard and several fire companies to join the search from land, sea and air. DNREC rangers and the Delaware Natural Resources Police also responded to the Cape along with a Coast Guard patrol boat.

Trooper 2 performed an extensive search along Cape Henlopen across to Cape May and down the Broadkill River.

Following Trooper 2, a Coast Guard helicopter conducted an extensive search as well and later in the morning, Trooper 2 returned yet again for another search.

But all of the searches -- from land, sea and air -- turned up no traces of the missing kayaker until around 8:45 a.m. That is when the crew of the Delaware Natural Resources Police "M.P. Victor" patrol boat spotted what looked like the man on the rocks of the inner wall off Cape Henlopen.

"The man flagged us down. It is a gray kayak. He is wearing a PFD. He matches the description," the crew reported over the radio. Amazingly, he was in pretty good shape once they took him on board. He was taken to shore and then to the hospital for an evaluation.

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Delaware State Police stopped short of calling it a homicide when the body of a 65-year-old man was discovered wrapped in what looked like a tarp or carpet around 5:40 p.m. this past Tuesday. The man's body was found here behind the Baywood sign in the area of Long Neck Road and Banks Road in Long Neck.

Cpl. Leonard DeMalto, state police spokesman, called it a "criminal investigation" and stated that "the investigation is ongoing, and we will provide more information as it becomes available." The death is being investigated by the state police homicide unit.


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This past Thursday, city officials officially opened the two accessible family restrooms and seven changing rooms at the Delaware Avenue comfort station. Family restrooms allow for multiple occupants in order to assist one another. The changing rooms are a new addition for visitors.

Shown are Katie Davison, Kent Construction Co. general manager, J.D. Bartlett, Kent Construction Co. project manager, Michael Wigley, Davis, Bowen & Friedel, Inc. president, Kevin Shertz, Davis, Bowen & Friedel, Inc. associate/senior architect, Mayor Stan Mills, Evan Miller, interim city manager, Chuck Snyder, city Buildings & Grounds manager, and Kevin Williams, city Public Works director.

Kent Construction Co. of Smyrna began work on the project late last year. The $491,000 construction cost is included in the city's capital improvement budget. More info is on the city's website.


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Ocean City police say the driver of a Jeep Wrangler failed to yield right-of-way while conducting a U-turn here at 56th Street, forcing the white sedan to crash into the median fence and flip around. It happened around 1:35 a.m. this past Friday on the northbound side.

Ashley Miller, police spokeswoman, says officers found the passengers of the Wrangler at 62nd Street. But the driver of the Wrangler was eventually located by the Ocean Pines Police Department and arrested for DUI. In addition, Ocean City has charged that driver with hit and run.

Numerous sections of the median pedestrian fence were destroyed, Miller added. Traffic was shifted to the northbound bus lane for approximately two hours. The southbound turn lane was closed longer waiting for highway crews to pick up the fence.

Amazingly, all of those involved declined an ambulance to the hospital.

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Marian Osher opened her latest exhibition, Shellabration!, at Gallery 50 this past Friday. The show has a universal message, she points out, that just like the shells, we all have our own individual journeys.

"Nobody necessarily knows all the influences and things that have changed us, that take us to where we are," she explains. "The shells were once homes to animals and then they became shells on the beach that an avid beach collector, like me, picks up and I don't know where they've been. They may have been to other countries; they may have been bumped around the ocean. We don't know how they got broken or what lived in them," she said.

Osher was intrigued by the surface of shells. So she started drawing and painting on the shells and bringing out the natural design. She thought about where the shells may have been and what their journey was and then she started to wire wrap and make jewelry out of them.

Then she decided she wanted to create some paintings of those shells and the drawings which she found of interest. These are not just realistic paintings of shells, she points out, they are an interpretation that reminds us of the various untold journeys they've had, just like us!

Osher's exhibition runs through June 28 at Gallery 50.



The 49th annual and always popular Rehoboth Art League Members' Fine Craft Exhibition opened this past Friday along with three other individual exhibitions.

Among the exhibits are glassworks by Fabiola L. Nadjar Fiore. She makes these lovely dishes. These are intended for use as a 12-inch main serving dish although she makes them in other sizes as well. She also makes decorative pieces and some cut in diagonal and others for various holidays with different patterns. She is also working with local restaurants to recycle their bottles for other projects.

In the Ventures Gallery, the Art League is showcasing the work of Barbara Martin in a show called Eastward to Wyoming. The artwork was inspired by her residency as she headed eastward from a place by the foothills as she was stimulated by her abstract experience. She uses her hands mainly to create her medium, explains Nick Serratore, RAL's exhibitions director. "They're all uniformed and they're just visually exciting," he pointed out.

In the Homestead is Prints and Paintings, artwork by Alexi Natchev, who's a Bulgarian artist. It's a variety of things from his travels and he paints with a twist, Serratore noted. It's not your typical landscapes. He takes them into a different dimension! It's much like an abstract but also evocative of his homeland and scenery. The subject matter of each piece is different which is unusual, Serratore points out.

In the Dewitt Gallery is the work of Amelie Sloan, Faces of Many Nations. Ammie died in 2020 at the age of 101. She was known for her ceramics at the Art League, Serratore said. Her aunt was one of the founding members of the Art League and Sloan has a long history here so it is appropriate that RAL is showcasing the masks she created. She was interested in anthropology and created the clay masks representing the different ethnic cultures and faces she found in various Smithsonian and National Geographic magazines, Serratore pointed out. Her family wanted to share them with the public.

These exhibitions will be on display at the Art League through July 17.


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BOY FOUND ALONE IN POND--- A six-year-old boy had accidentally entered a retention pond on G Street in the Rehoboth Bay development around 9 a.m. last Wednesday after he left his residence on his own. He was retrieved from the pond by a neighbor and was taken by ambulance to the hospital for precautionary measures until troopers could locate his family. The incident was determined to not be a criminal manner, says Cpl. Leonard DeMalto, state police spokesman, so no charges were filed or will be sought. No further action will be taken by the state police, he added.


CRITICAL STABBING IN OCEAN CITY--- A male about 18-years-old was critically stabbed on 8th Street in Ocean City around 4 a.m. this past Sunday. He was flown to a trauma center. An arrest has been made. See WGMD.com for more info.


PEOPLE CONFUSED BY LATE-NIGHT FIRE SIRENS--- Some folks were baffled and others called police after hearing repeated sirens from fire apparatus around 12:10 a.m. last Tuesday. That was a celebration of Cape winning its baseball state title.


VAN CRASHES INTO COMCAST AT FIVE POINTS--- A 73-year-old female driver was turning into the parking lot of Comcast at Five Points outside Lewes when, for unknown reasons, she lost control of her van and crashed into the Comcast building, says Sgt. India Sturgis, state police spokeswoman. It happened around 3:30 p.m. last Thursday. She did not claim injury at the time but was taken to the hospital as a precaution. Alcohol was not suspected to be a factor. The driver was cited for inattentive driving.


REHOBOTH TEEN ARRESTS--- Lt. Jaime Riddle, RBPD spokesman, reports that a total of 41 teens have been charged for criminal/civil cases so far this season. That is the period of May 21 through June 10. The breakdown of those arrests is as follows: 20 related to alcohol, nine related to drugs, five for theft/shoplifting, three for weapons, two for trespassing and two others on conduct related cases. That includes a teen who jumped from the roof of the Delaware Avenue restrooms and was charged with disturbing the peace this past Thursday night.


DEER SEEN SWIMMING IN OCEAN--- Last Monday Rehoboth Beach lifeguards reported a deer swimming in the ocean between Brooklyn Avenue and Deauville between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. It was last seen coming to land at Deauville.


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Candace Vessella sworn-in as Lewes councilwoman

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