WEEKEND #4, 2020

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

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By last Monday's deadline, three candidates had filed to run for mayor and four for the two commissioner seats. As Chris Flood from the Cape Gazette reports, this could be the first time in Rehoboth Beach history that three candidates filed to run for mayor. The commissioners are expected to certify the candidates this week.

It will also be one of the most unusual election seasons for a town where most candidates frequently meet the voters in person. The Rehoboth Beach Homeowners' Association and CAMP Rehoboth are once again sponsoring the annual candidates' forum. But the forum is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Friday, July 24 and will most likely be online but we await word from the RBHA.

The election this year is Saturday, August 8. Voters must register at city hall by July 9. Details are on the city website. Also see Mayor Kuhns' letter on absentee ballots.


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It has been a troubling couple of weeks for Ocean City with late-night boardwalk violence. More attention was drawn to the problems this past week after Joe Barrasso posted this video on Facebook documenting a fight that happened around 12:45 a.m. last Wednesday in the area of 4th Street.

Photo courtesy Joe Barrasso

Ocean City police later issued this news release asking for help identifying anybody involved in that brawl. Police also posted photos of suspects wanted for two boardwalk assaults from Tuesday night. WBOC reported on Barrasso's video later in the day on Wednesday and followed up when video from yet another brawl also surfaced.

Despite the increased police presence, Ocean City had more trouble Friday night and early Saturday with another boardwalk brawl at North Division Street and a stabbing about two hours later. Also, WRDE reported on a disorderly arrest from Saturday afternoon.

Delmarva Now posted a summary of the various video clips on its website.

According to The Dispatch, which has documented some of the other recent violence, "It's not unusual to have serious incidents, assaults and other unruly behavior in early to mid-June in Ocean City when recent graduates and other young people come in large numbers. Thus far this month, however, the incidents have been decidedly more frequent and more violent than last year, for example."


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Although not as common as those in Ocean City, Rehoboth Beach has had a few boardwalk fights the past couple of weeks as well. Around 3:35 p.m. this past Saturday, police and EMS responded to Delaware Avenue at the boardwalk for the report of several young people fighting. One man had his forehead cut during the scuffle, but declined an ambulance to the hospital after EMS personnel bandaged his wound.

Police stopped and checked those involved but none decided to press charges on the others.

Just before 7:30 p.m. the previous Saturday, June 6, police broke up this fight at Wilmington Avenue and the boardwalk.

Two of the combatants had warrants out for their arrest and were taken into custody.



A 56-year-old Lancaster man became the first person to receive a civil citation for failure to wear a face covering while on the Rehoboth Beach boardwalk. It happened around 12:30 p.m. last Monday off Delaware Avenue.

Officers were faced with a defiant lack of compliance, police said in a news release. The man had allegedly given officers a fake name and "then refused to provide any further information and after numerous warnings was subsequently taken into custody and detained. After multiple requests and various efforts encompassing over an hour, the man agreed to provide his information, was issued a civil citation, provided a mask, and released," police said.

More details are in the RBPD news release.


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This Jeep Cherokee was on John J. Williams Highway around 1:45 p.m. this past Tuesday when it left the roadway, crashed through a fence, struck the home and burst into flames.

The smoke was visible for miles as firefighters from Indian River VFC were assisted by those from Lewes and Millsboro.

The driver was taken to the hospital with serious but hopefully non-life-threatening injuries. The occupant of the house was uninjured. More details and photos are on the Indian River VFC website.

Photos courtesy Indian River Volunteer Fire Company Inc.


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This past weekend, Michael Orhelein, along with his family, softly launched their new Beach Life Gallery in the location previously occupied by the Kevin Fleming Delaware Art Gallery at 239 Rehoboth Avenue. Fleming was indicted in November 2019 on 16 counts of felony tax charges.

Orhelein has owned the Bethany Fine Arts Gallery for the past 10 years and has specialized in portraiture and landscape photography for about 40 years.

Works on display in this studio include Orhelein's, those from his daughter, McKenzie Orhelein, and her friend, Ryan West. They are pictured here with Orhelein's wife in the center.

McKenzie will manage this gallery. Works from other artists include hand-painted glassware from a retired preschool teacher and a local husband and wife who do the pottery.

They plan to be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.


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This past Friday, the Rehoboth Art League opened its 47th Annual Members' Fine Craft Exhibition which features a wide variety of imaginative fine crafts that are unique, whimsical and functional, including baskets, ceramics, fiber, glass, handmade paper, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media and wood.

There was no opening reception for this show, and all visitors must now wear a face covering.

The show includes many thoughtful and creative items such as this handcrafted mini-boat, called Bob, by Grant Massey.

Also opening this past Friday were Highways and Byways and Painting with Words. All three will remain on display through July 12. See more in this WRDE report.


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THE MERR REPORT--- Suzanne Thurman from the MERR Institute reports that her organization had only one incident this past week, and that was for a deceased bottle nose dolphin at Slaughter Beach on Sunday.


WOMEN INJURED BY O.C. PONTOON BOAT--- Two women were injured when they jumped off a pontoon boat through the side door and went swimming around 3:10 p.m. last Monday off 53rd Street in Ocean City. In the process, one of them was seriously cut by the boat's propeller in her leg. According to Lauren Moses, spokeswoman for the Natural Resources Police, the pontoon boat's operator was charged with negligent operation. Both women were taken to trauma centers, one by helicopter. Injuries were not life threatening.


HENLOPEN CONDO EVACUATED AFTER FIRE ALARM SOUNDED--- When the fire alarm activated at the Henlopen Condo around 7 p.m. this past Friday, many occupants evacuated while firefighters and police searched for the source. About 10 minutes later, they found the suspected source: cigarette smoke. After clearing the smoke, occupants were allowed to return.


EMS RESPONDS FOR WOMAN WITH HERMIT CRAB STUCK TO HAND--- An Ocean City ambulance crew responded to 6th Street and Baltimore Avenue around 6:15 p.m. last Monday for a woman sitting on the curb who had a hermit crab stuck biting her hand for about 90 minutes. The EMS crew was able to free the crab and she declined further assistance.



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