WEEKEND #3, 2024

June 10, 2024

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

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The deadline to file to run for the two soon-to-be-open commissioner seats was 4:30 p.m. last Monday.

Joseph Cardinale, Suzanne Goode, Rachel Macha, Mark Saunders and Craig Their have filed to run.

Commissioners Tim Bennett and Toni Sharp chose not to seek re-election.

Goode appears to be the first to erect yard signs. She also has a meet-and-greet scheduled for this Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. on Oak Avenue. Please contact her for info. The other candidates have not announced any public events as of yet.

Mark Saunders said that he has resigned from the Board of Adjustment to comply with a city regulation that says active members of the BOA cannot be a candidate for any other public office.

The Commissioners are scheduled to approve the petitions on Friday, June 21. The voter registration deadline is July 11. More election dates and info is on the city's website.


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This past week the world paused to recognize the 80th anniversary of D-Day. And what a more appropriate place to hold such a ceremony in Delaware than at the Fort Miles Museum Overlook, on the other edge of the Atlantic, in the Cape Henlopen State Park?

"I'd like them to remember the sacrifices that everyday citizens made 80 years ago when called upon to fight uninvited aggression in faraway places," says Will Short of the Fort Miles Historical Association who served as the master of ceremonies this past Saturday.

"It takes an incredible amount of courage and undying faith in your country's leadership to do what those brave men did on June 6, 1944. I hope and pray that Americans today still have that same faith and courage because wars continue to rage, as they have throughout the history of mankind. We will be tested again," he warned.

Aaron Webster sang the National Anthem. Webster is a member of the Sons of the American Legion Post 5 in Rehoboth Beach and a student at Liberty University.

The Keynote speaker was Rev. Carol Flett who explained the role of chaplains in the military and the significance of this chaplain kit used and given to her by her mentor, Rev. Morris Arnold. He used it when he landed on Utah Beach. The chaplain corps dates back to July 1775.

Piper Lani Spahr explained the significance of the bagpipes before performing the Road to the Isles.

Spahr was followed by the rifle salute, the tolling of the bell for each of the 40 Delawareans killed during the Battle of Normandy, this rifle salute, and playing of taps, the benediction, and finally, amazing grace.

The VFW Mason Dixon Post 7234 honor guard posted the colors, performed the rifle salute, played taps, and retired the colors.

"We commemorate D-Day because we should and we really have to in order to keep our heritage alive for all the men and all the people that were there and who gave their life and who sacrificed so much just so that we could be who we are today," says Delaware Rep. Jeff Hilovsky, whose father, Sgt. Paul Hilovsky, was part of the D-Day invasion. "He volunteered to be a paratrooper because it paid $5 more each month. He volunteered to be a Pathfinder because it paid an extra $50 each month. Pathfinders were America's first special forces and were borne out of the near disaster during the invasion of Sicily," he explained.

"We can only imagine what our warriors were thinking in the silence of the C-47 ride across the English Channel, or the men on the Higgins Boats ready to storm the beaches... they were probably praying that they and their buddies could go home, see their girlfriends and families, the smell of a home-cooked meal, a quiet house, and a warm bed," Rep. Hilovsky said.

"So, it is up to us to preserve the memory of their bravery. We will never forget but let us understand here and now that many will not recognize their sacrifice and what happened. It is up to us to carry the torch forward and light the way like the Pathfinders did so others will understand and appreciate how they changed the world," he added.


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About 65 participants marched on the Rehoboth Beach boardwalk late Friday afternoon to bring attention to gun violence. Sherrie Walker, a representative from the local chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Safety in America, said they are a nonpartisan group that advocates for background checks, gun safety courses and safe gun storage.

Gun violence, she explained, is the number one killer of children in America, surpassing car crashes and cancer. "Here in Delaware and Maryland," Walker said, "we have over 800 deaths every single year from gun violence, and our aim is, through education and legislation, to reduce that number."

"We are not trying to take anyone's guns away from them," she points out. "Going forward, we are trying to keep them safe through safe storage, through safe legislation, safe practices," she said.

The local chapter meets monthly in Rehoboth Beach.

Wear Orange weekend started 11 years ago after Hadiya Pendleton marched in Obama's inaugural parade. Eight days later, back home in Chicago, the 15-year-old was killed in a park, an unintended victim of deadly gunfire. Her family and friends decided to wear orange to commemorate her loss for what would have been her birthday weekend.

"Our main thrust is to honor the victims and the survivors and to have safer practices going forward," Walker added.


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Wednesday's ceremony at the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand was part of the Law Enforcement Torch Run which leads up to the Summer Games for Special Olympics Delaware. Law enforcement officers carried the Flame of Hope to Rehoboth for this particular leg that began in Fenwick Island, explains Corinne Plummer, director of special events for Special Olympics Delaware. The run through its various legs continued through Friday.

The summer games, which is the organization's largest sports competition, took place at the University of Delaware in Newark this past Friday and Saturday, she explained.

Despite the rain, the runners arrived on time for the brief ceremony. MCpl. Ryan Albert of the Delaware State Police carried the torch into Rehoboth Beach.

This is the 38th year of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics here in Delaware. Special Olympics has a partnership with law enforcement all across the state all year long and this is the signature event for that partnership, Plummer pointed out, and it is all to raise funds and awareness for the athletes of Special Olympics Delaware.

These funds are critical because they allow Special Olympics to offer a life-changing program free of charge to adults and children with intellectual disabilities.

MCpl. Albert (holding the torch) handed it off to MCpl. Dana Wyant of the Rehoboth Beach PD, left rear. Here he is on video headed out on Rehoboth Avenue after the ceremony.

These five Special Olympians joined him in front of the run.

Standing from left to right are this year's athletes: Christian Partlow of the Sussex Riptide, Jillian Mathews of the Kent Wild Kats, Sarah Windley of the MOT Tigers, James Gallagher of the Newark Dragons and John Campbell of the Wilmington Wizards.

This year's torch run involves nearly 800 law enforcement officers and supporters from nearly every law enforcement agency in the state. Law enforcement has raised more than $11 million for Special Olympics in those 38 years. As guardians of the flame, law enforcement continues to raise awareness and respect for persons with disabilities, officials explain.

"Certainly come out and watch the games you know, be a fan in the stands and you can find more information at our website, which is www.sode.org," Plummer added.


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A man, a dog and a cat are dead after a fire this past Saturday in Millville.

The Millville VFC fire chief and a fire-policeman, according to the fire company's website, entered the smoke-filled single-wide residence without any breathing apparatus and removed the victim before the arrival of any fire apparatus. Unfortunately, attempts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful.

The fire was reported around 12:40 p.m. on Bethany Crest Lane which is on the west edge of Millville's town limits near Hocker's Super Center. Damage is estimated at $50,000.

Firefighters from Bethany Beach, Roxana and Dagsboro came to assist along with Sussex County medics. It is being investigated by the State Fire Marshal's Office.

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An oldie-but-a-goodie art gallery in Rehoboth Beach is the Tideline Gallery run by Bill and Barbara Hammond. This is their 38th season in their fourth location which is now in the former Sea Shell Shop in the second block of Rehoboth Avenue.

Most everything in this gallery is made in the United States and has been purchased by them to resell. Only the paintings are sold on consignment. Some are local artists. Much of the artwork here is functional in that it's not just something pretty to hang on the wall.

The gallery features an eclectic collection of works including pottery, plates kids can decorate with their food, hand-warmer ceramic mugs, jewelry, wood workings, wooden pieces for kitchen counters, Danny K hand-made handbags, blown glass, storage boxes made from crushed sea shells, elegant clips to close potato chip bags (the roaches are the most popular, Barbara says), and they have an impressive Judaica section including menorahs, candle sticks, plates, bells and chimes and plush animals with yarmulke caps! They get requests to ship.

The shop has several artworks that are just interesting, like these sculptures made from a single piece of wire.

Nightlights and wall art made from cement are among the wall-mounted pieces.

This is where beauty meets practicality.

If you're looking for a gift or whatever, Bill says, this is the perfect place to come! The Tideline Gallery is at 119 Rehoboth Avenue.


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THE MERR REPORT--- Suzanne Thurman from the MERR Institute says her organization investigated its first sea turtle death of the year. It was a deceased female adult Kemp's Ridley which is rare for MERR as they usually get the juveniles. She was found at Prime Hook Beach. Fortunately, she had no other reports from the past week.


WOMAN CRITICALLY INJURED IN ELLENDALE SHOOTING--- State police are investigating yet another critical shooting in the Ellendale area this past Sunday. Around 4:30 p.m., a woman was taken to a firehouse and then to the hospital in cardiac arrest with a gunshot wound to her chest. The crime scene was possibly in the area of the recreation center on Old State Road not far from last weekend's murder. A man later arrived at a hospital with a suspected gunshot injury to his foot possibly from this same scene. No word yet from the state police other than this vague Tweet early Sunday evening.

If this turns fatal, this will be the seventh murder of the month for Sussex County. Sussex County has seen a spike in murders this month with six homicides in just the first five days:

June 1 - South Old State Road, Ellendale

June 2 - Redwing Lane, Rehoboth Shores

June 3 - Little Creek Apartments, Laurel

June 4 - Saint Thomas Boulevard, Millsboro

June 5 - South DuPont Blvd., Milford (woman and toddler)


REHOBOTH POLICE RESPOND TO 2 "PARKING RAGE" COMPLAINTS--- Police in Rehoboth Beach were called to two separate incidents Sunday after fights erupted over parking on Rehoboth Avenue. The first happened just before 1:30 p.m. in the second block and that was followed by another dispute about five hours later in the ocean block. No arrests or citations were issued.


PATIENT JUMPS FROM REHOBOTH AMBULANCE--- A man in his 30s being taken to Beebe on a Rehoboth Beach ambulance leaped from the rear onto Kings Highway outside Lewes. It happened around 7:35 p.m. last Tuesday. According to Cpl. Lewis Briggs, state police spokesman, troopers picked up the man suffering "a mental health emergency" in the area of Coastal Highway and Kings Highway and took him to the hospital.


MAN FOUND DEAD ON O.C. CONDO ROOF--- Ocean City police were dispatched to a condo in the area of 114th Street and Coastal Highway for a deceased male found around 6:10 a.m. this past Friday, says Ashley Miller, police spokeswoman. A building employee located the male on the roof of the covered lobby entrance. He was pronounced dead at the scene, she said. The identity of the victim is not being released at this time pending the notification of next of kin. This is an ongoing investigation. At this time, foul play is not suspected, Miller added.


FLY-AWAY UMBRELLA WARNING--- Lifeguards from Ocean City through Rehoboth had several cases of fly-away beach umbrellas this past weekend. At least three people were injured but none sounded serious.



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