WEEKEND #4, 2022

June 20, 2022

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

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First responders were dispatched to the wrong street last Thursday night after a man was reported unconscious and pulseless.

When the call came into the Rehoboth Beach 9-1-1 center around 10:22 p.m., Dewey Beach police were dispatched to 11 Rodney Street (typically labeled as Rodney Avenue now) in Dewey along with the Rehoboth ambulance and county paramedics.

As the Rehoboth dispatcher provided CPR instructions, Dewey Beach police were first to arrive on the scene here on Rodney Avenue oceanside around 10:26 p.m. "We're having difficulty finding the residence," an officer radios back, "can you have somebody come out to the street to us?" Then another officer adds, "There's no 11 Rodney. We have 9 and 15."

About a minute later it becomes apparent that the medical emergency was actually on Rodney Street in downtown Rehoboth Beach, not Dewey.

Crews are rerouted there and the Rehoboth ambulance calls out with a "priority 1" as they arrive on the scene about seven minutes after the call was first dispatched. They continue CPR and are soon joined by county paramedics. After about 45 minutes of CPR, the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Confusion between the two Rodney streets has existed for years, and to complicate matters, the computer-aided dispatch (CAD) system that dispatchers rely on for critical info was down Thursday evening when this emergency was reported.

While the Rodney in Rehoboth has been consistently labeled a "street," the one in Dewey has appeared on some maps, like this old Chamber of Commerce map, as a "street." In recent years it has been more consistently labeled as an "avenue" as it appears in Google Maps and on the current Chamber of Commerce map.

So far, city officials have had no comment regarding the incident.


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This isn't the first time that the beach wedding crowd has clashed with beach visitors.

A Rehoboth Beach police officer was summoned here to the beach in front of the Henlopen condo around 6:25 p.m. last Friday after a wedding group asked some beachgoers to move for their permitted wedding event.

After some tactful negotiations by the officer, one of the beachgoers was overheard saying that it's their moment and she did not mind moving although they did point out that the permit was issued for the area a bit farther north at Lake Avenue and Surf Avenue. They also wanted to know where the boundaries are for something like this.

The city's wedding page only states that "This permit grants non-exclusive use of the specified location on the beach only."


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The roar of high-performance fighter jets once again replaced the sputtering sounds made by overhead banner planes this past weekend in Rehoboth.

It was all part of President Joe Biden's seventh visit to his beach home since entering office.

Last Friday was the Bidens' 45th wedding anniversary. Highlights from this trip included Willow, the presidential cat, flying aboard Marine One, and the President's bike mishap. The Daily Mail published these photos of Dr. Jill and Ashley Biden walking along the beach.

Restaurant owners were hoping the presidential couple would come to town for an anniversary celebration. Dr. Jill Biden did visit Browseabout Books on Sunday and the President came into town for about an hour to attend mass on Saturday here at St. Edmond's.

Photo courtesy Rick Tananis

After mass, he showed reporters that his leg was doing fine after the bike incident, and then waived and hopped back in his 16-vehicle motorcade to return to his beach house.

Photo courtesy Rick Tananis

Just five minutes before his bike mishap on Saturday morning the President was riding smoothly here on the Gordon's Pond trail.

Photo courtesy Rick Tananis

Members of the press pool eagerly waited for the President.

Photo courtesy Rick Tananis

The Bidens remain at the North Shores home for the newly created holiday and are expected to return today in Marine One which brought them this past Friday.

Photo courtesy Christopher Bright


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Three people were injured, one critically, around 5:15 p.m. this past Thursday after a boating accident that involved a vessel towing children on inflatables.

A boater, according to a DNREC statement, had been pulling six children on two tubes behind this mid-sized center-console boat, with a 75-horsepower outboard motor, when the mishap occurred. The boat eventually struck this dock in the Millsboro area at the end of Warwick Road which is off the Indian River Bay.

A Good Samaritan came to the rescue along with five fire companies, Trooper 2, the Coast Guard and Delaware Natural Resources Police.

Trooper 2 landed at the Indian River power plant and flew the critically injured girl to a trauma center. Another girl was taken by ambulance to the hospital with less serious injuries. Delaware Natural Resources Police is investigating the incident.

Photos courtesy Indian River VFC


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Eight people were injured including two who were flown to a trauma center after this two-car crash last Friday outside Rehoboth. It happened on John J. Williams Highway at Warrington Road around 10:45 p.m.

The 2009 Hyundai Sonata was headed west on John J. Williams Highway approaching the intersection with Warrington Road, says Cpl. Leonard DeMalto, state police spokesman. At the same time, he says, the 2019 BMW 430i was traveling east on John J. Williams Highway as it was approaching the same intersection. As the driver of the Sonata attempted to turn left onto southbound Warrington Road, Cpl. DeMalto said, the driver turned directly into the path of the oncoming BMW.

The front of the BMW struck the front of the Sonata in the intersection. Both vehicles were occupied by four occupants each. All suffered significant injuries. Firefighters spent nearly an hour extricating five of the injured. Trooper 2 and LifeNet 64 flew two of them to a trauma center from the Beacon Middle School.

The following individuals were in the BMW and all were properly restrained:

The following individuals were in the Sonata. The driver was restrained, but none of the passengers were restrained:

The Lewes Fire Dept. assisted Rehoboth Beach VFC at the scene along with Millsboro and Mid-Sussex providing additional ambulances. The intersection of John J. Williams Highway and Warrington Road was closed for more than five hours while the collision was investigated and cleared.

Photos courtesy Rehoboth Beach VFC


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This past week, four public restrooms in town have been tagged with graffiti. This includes restrooms on Delaware Avenue, Baltimore Avenue, the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand and at Grove Park.

No word yet from police if they are connected.



Gone are the days when people would leave a friendly note on your windshield asking you to kindly re-park your auto.

Now they take out lipstick, a Sharpie, crayon or whatever, and write a nasty message right across the driver's-side door window.

This was seen on Olive Avenue off First Street around 5:45 p.m. this past Saturday.


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This past Friday, Senator Tom Carper came to the CAMP Rehoboth Community Center to spend time with the staff and board to learn about the issues they face.

"He asked about the important work CAMP Rehoboth does in our community serving to create a more positive Rehoboth," says Wesley Combs, CAMP Rehoboth president. "We shared our concerns about growing anti-LGBTQ violence and discrimination faced by our community and the need for access to more transgender-affirming care in Sussex County," Combs said. Senator Carper ended by thanking CAMP Rehoboth for its efforts to improve the health and well-being of LGBTQ people here and across the state.

Photo courtesy Wesley Combs


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It is hard to believe but this year Funland celebrates its 60th anniversary, says Christopher Darr, Funland's personnel manager. "Our family is thankful for all of our loyal customers and the memories they have made over the years," he said. For those visiting the park this summer, you will see special 60th-anniversary merchandise at the Funland store including the Postcards of Fun project to celebrate 60 years of memories. There will be other events throughout the summer, he said.

Funland also has a new ride for the 2022 season called the FreeSpin. The FreeSpin opened Memorial Day Weekend and it has been a big hit with customers of all ages. Like the FreeFall it replaces, the new FreeSpin is a drop tower but it is taller and also spins riders around the tower as they drop! It is a must-rider for the summer of 2022!

Photos courtesy Chris Darr


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The Stuart Kingston Gallery, a staple of the Rehoboth Beach boardwalk for nearly a century, became the latest business to leave downtown for the highway. The store celebrated its ribbon cutting and grand opening this past week.

Shown are Carol Everhart, Kristin Golschinski, Mauria Stein, Angela Berry, Pedro Powell, Kate VanVorst and AJ VanVorst in background!

The new gallery is in the Shoppes of Camelot on Coastal Highway. Mauria Stein, the store's owner, says she lacked foot traffic in downtown. "I had more people in my new shop the month of April when we were unpacking than I did the whole month of July [last summer]," she said. The parking situation in downtown Rehoboth Beach is a significant problem, she pointed out.

Elite PT, which was next to her boardwalk shop, will be moving into her former location.

She wants people to know that she has gone back to her roots with four generations of experience in the jewelry business and she carries items in all price ranges including classic jewelry, high fashion jewelry and estate jewelry. She will also buy estate jewelry, arrange for repair work and custom design of all jewelry including watches.

That's Maurice Stein, her grandfather, who opened the auction house and gallery on the boardwalk by the Henlopen Hotel in 1930.

More details are in the Cape Gazette.

Photos courtesy Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce



The Rehoboth Beach Museum held a reception this past Thursday for its latest exhibition, Cape Henlopen Lighthouse, Beacon, Attraction and Icon, and also to highlight what's new this summer.

That's Jean Brolund, who does some of the walking tours, chatting with the exhibition's curators, David McDonald and Roland Forster. Forster says that the lighthouse exhibition is divided into three parts. One examines the history of the beacon itself, and then as an attraction, and finally as an icon.

The historical society is close to raising enough money to install the iconic Dolle's sign says Nancy Alexander, the museum's director. Workers have been installing mounts for the sign this past week. She says they hope to have it mounted before the end of June. It isn't the museum's only historical business sign, but it is certainly the largest!

Downtown walking tours are back and open houses at the Anna Hazzard Tent House are scheduled for selected Wednesdays this summer.

Other events include the Culinary History of Southern Delaware on June 23, the Acoustic Jam on July 20, Piping Out on September 5, and the 17th Annual Beach Ball on September 10.

Please see the museum's website for info, to purchase tickets and to join the email list.



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MAN NEARLY DROWNS IN CAPE HENLOPEN STATE PARK--- A man who got caught in a rip and was rescued by bystanders was taken to the hospital this past Saturday. It happened in the Cape Henlopen State Park around 12:45 p.m. He was last reported conscious and talking.


WOMAN STRUCK BY FLY-AWAY UMBRELLA TAKEN TO HOSPITAL--- A 59-year-old woman was taken to the hospital after she was struck in the face by a fly-away umbrella around 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. It happened in the Lewes area on Crooked Hammock Way at Beach Plum Dunes. Her injuries sounded minor.



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