WEEKEND #5, 2018
Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
REHOBOTH BEACH POLICE HELP RESUSCITATE WOMAN AT HOTEL
A quick response by Rehoboth Beach police helped resuscitate a woman who had gone into cardiac arrest early Sunday. The call for help came in around 12:04 a.m. at the Atlantis Inn for a woman in her 50's who reportedly had a seizure. The first officer arrived at the hotel 50 seconds later. Police said she had stopped breathing and had gone pulse-less. One officer grabbed his automated external defibrillator (AED) and they started CPR.
An ambulance and paramedics soon arrived, but the woman remained pulse-less despite several more defibrillator shocks. They placed her on a stretcher and headed for Beebe Hospital. While en route, paramedics amazingly were able to help restore the woman's breathing, and of course, pulse.
Rehoboth and Dewey police are among the few police agencies that respond to all medical calls within their jurisdictions. Most police agencies only respond to selected medical emergencies such as acts of violence, overdoses and auto accidents.
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HAS REHOBOTH PUT AN END TO UNSIGHTLY TRASH TRUCKS ON THE BOARDWALK?
Officials in Rehoboth Beach have struggled for years to come up with a more elegant system for removing trash from the boardwalk, and they might have just found it!
On Saturday, City Manager Sharon Lynn had been riding along with the public works crews on their Polaris which is being used now to more gently remove trash from the Rehoboth Beach boardwalk. "It is working great," she said. Two shifts, days and evenings, are assigned to the Boardwalk and 1st Street, Wilmington and Baltimore while a second crew, days and evenings as well, is assigned to Rehoboth Avenue and the beach. The crews do nothing else than these routes and go back and forth to the public works yard where they place the bags in the truck hopper and then go back to their routes. "They say it is working well and people on the Boardwalk are appreciative that the Polaris is smaller and there's more room to walk," she pointed out.
"It worked well from my time out there with them. It was great teamwork," she added.
This is "very exciting" news, Comm. Kathy McGuiness said on Sunday. "I can only say it's long overdue and I am proud to persisted for this positive change making it not only safer for those who walk, bike, jog and enjoy the boards, but far more safer for the public. This is a big deal and a bigger victory and I thank all involved in this teamwork making the most traversed, public real estate cleaner, smarter and safer!
Photo courtesy City Manager Sharon Lynn
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WHERE TO DRAW THE LINE IN THE SAND FOR BEACH WEDDINGS?
A beach wedding this past Saturday in Rehoboth has stirred the old question of how far should beach visitors go to accommodate these events. Some ceremonies have brought vehicles on the beach along with sound systems and annoying generators. This particular one had more than 100 chairs planted on the beach for much of the day -- a prime section of beach that is becoming increasingly narrower.
"On one hand," states Comm. Kathy McGuiness, "we want to ensure a beautiful wedding experience but we do not allow commercialization of our beaches... As chair of the tourism committee (which includes the Bandstand, Convention Hall and special events), Comm. McGuiness says "We discussed this commercialization of the beach. Need to have the conversation and plan on moving forward." She added that she was sending this topic to her committee along with the city manager, mayor and police chief. She said the city has 82 weddings scheduled this summer (that we know of). The groups all must pay a permit fee which is on the city's website.
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45 LAKE AVENUE HEARING TODAY
There is probably nothing more controversial this summer in Rehoboth Beach than the properties owned by LLC's being developed in or near residential neighborhoods. Tonight, the Board of Adjustment is holding a hearing regarding this property at 45 Lake Avenue which is on the corner of 3rd Street. This was the former Bad Hair Day/Aerie Art Gallery which is now owned by 45 Lake Ave LLC.
From what we understand, the intent is to convert the property use from commercial to residential, with two residential structures on the lot. To do that, the LLC must obtain variances and a license from the city to use the city easement for parking.
Plans have been submitted to turn the former Bad Hair Day/Eagle building into a six bedroom, 4.5-bath house. We have not yet been able to contact the 45 Lake Ave LLC owners for comment, so we do not know the intent for the former art gallery. The lot could potentially end up with two separate residences and no setbacks or parking.
Persons wishing to submit comments concerning this hearing should contact Tom Evans, chair, Board of Adjustment, before Monday's meeting. You may send an e-mail to Ann Womack and ask her to distribute the message to BOA members and make it part of the record for the hearing.
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THE DEWEY "BULL RUN" AS POPULAR AS ALWAYS!
The 22nd annual Starboard Running of the Bull was a success, says Steve "Monty" Montgomery, owner of the Starboard. Police confirm that the bull run continues its fine safety record (no participants were gored or trampled upon, no bull was actually killed, and the traffic backups were not as bad as in previous years).
Montgomery said "The day is a coordinated effort between The Starboard, The Town of Dewey, The Dewey Police, Delaware State Police, DelDot, The Rehoboth Volunteer Fire Department, and the Dewey Lifeguards. We work together to make this silly, fun event an entertaining, safe, and wonderful experience for all who partake, we are really thankful to be 22 years in with this event, and to be able to donate to a great cause in our local Rehoboth Volunteer Fire Department; funds raised this year are estimated to be between $7,000 to $10,000."
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CAROLINE HUFF EXHIBITION OPENS AT GALLERY 50
In this show, Caroline Huff paints beautiful seascapes featuring scenes mostly from Greece, where she visited for more than 30 years, but she also includes some scenes from Venice and this region. Her show opened Friday night at Rehoboth's Gallery 50 and became an instant hit!
Once an abstract painter, Huff has developed a special technique. She paints in thin layers with acrylic paint, one over another. She annunciates the lights and darks, slowly building it up and refining the elements as she goes along. She typically paints from carefully selected photos which she projects on the wall of her studio, often changing elements.
Her show runs through July 4 at Gallery 50.
RAFFLE DONORS ANNOUNCED FOR ST. PETER'S ART SHOW, JULY 7
St. Peter's Art Show Committee has announced this year's generous donors to the show's Featured Artists Raffle: painter Nina Mickelsen, woodworker Mary Costa, and jewelry artisan Hannah Ehlman have each contributed unique pieces for the show, which will be held on Saturday, July 7, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The three will be among 140 fine artists and artisans exhibiting at the 52nd annual Art Show sponsored by St. Peter's Episcopal Church and held on St. Peter's Square at Second and Market streets, Lewes, and the nearby M&T Bank parking lot. Admission is free, and the event will be held rain or shine. Proceeds from the Art Show benefit organizations helping those in need in the Cape Henlopen School District.
Silk-screen artist Nina Mickelsen lives in Lewes, but she was born in Finland. "I grew up with Nordic and Scandinavian design," she writes on her website. "Bright colors, bold shapes. Crisp, strong lines. I draw my inspiration from nature but also from contemporary design."
The work she donated to the raffle is acrylic, silk screen, and sand on canvas, and measures 27" x 27" in a white floater frame. It is a colorful depiction of the bathhouse and boardwalk at Cape Henlopen State Park. Mickelsen says she enjoys watching people "hurrying down the boardwalk to get to the beach and ocean — the joy and excitement! In my imagination I color the bathhouse beachy and happy colors. That was the inspiration for the painting."
Mary Costa of MFC Woodworking combines domestic and exotic hardwoods to create familiar household items such as cutting boards, bowls, serving trays, candle holders, clocks, and more. For the Art Show raffle, Costa donated a wall candle holder handcrafted in olive wood and finished in three coats of lacquer. Luminara candles in glass containers are part of the work.
According to her website, "Mary developed her love of woodworking early, but it was only after completing a 34-year career in federal service that the California native had enough time to truly pursue her passion. Now a resident of Rehoboth, Mary begins by taking long hardwood boards through the process of sawing, planing, jointing, and sanding. Most of her designs feature laminates, inlays, or insets."
Hannah Ehlman of Frostburg, Maryland, works in bronze, copper, and sterling silver to create unique pieces that strive to meet her goal of "overlaying human experience with the world of nature. Each piece is hand fabricated by cutting, hot and cold forming, welding, forging, polishing, and finishing with a heat patina," she says.
For the Art Show, Ehlman donated a bronze bracelet with copper accent disc and bronze dangle earrings on gold-fill ear wire. The pieces could be worn as a set or separately.
Ehlman, whose business is called Hannah Jean Metalworks, has been making sculpture and jewelry since she graduated from Frostburg State University in 2010.
A special display in the window of Citizens Bank on Second Street features photos and information about the raffle items. Raffle tickets are $2 each, six for $10, or 12 for $20. They can be purchased in the church office Monday–Thursday, 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m., Friday, 8:30 a.m.–1 p.m., or on the parish lawn on the day of the Art Show. There will be separate drawings for each item at 2:30 p.m., and ticket holders do not need to be present to win.
Photos courtesy Saint Peter's Art Show Committee
UPCOMING 2018 BIKE SAFETY CHECKPOINTS
Serious accidents involving bicycles at the Delaware shore are down this summer and officials would like to keep it that way.
The DelDOT Bicycle Program, Delaware Bicycle Council and the Sussex Cyclists have teamed up to help bicyclists with minor repairs and get them helmets and lights. The checkpoints will take place at these locations. Bicyclists must bring their bikes.
Tuesday, June 26 at Epworth Church from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Thursday, June 28 at Nike Outlet from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Monday, July 2 at New Covenant Church from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Thursday, July 5 at Nike Outlet from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Wednesday, July 11 at St. Edmonds Church from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Thursday, July 19 at Nike Outlet from 9 a.m. to noon
Tuesday, July 24 at Nike Outlet from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Thursday, July 26 at Nike Outlet from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
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WE WILL MISS YOU BOB!
Radio legend and WGMD talk show host, Bob Steele's final day at WGMD was this past Thursday. The Bye Bye Bob Final Show was well attended at the Lewes Meineke.
Former WGMD host Jake Smith took the helm on Friday of his 9 a.m. to noon shift.
Photo courtesy WGMD
WHITE SQUIRREL IN DEWEY!
This somewhat rare albino/white squirrel has been spotted recently in Dewey Beach!
Jeff Grutkowski says they observed this critter on Father's Day. He is apparently an occasional visitor in the neighborhood. Check out this Washington Post article for more on white squirrel spotting!
Photos courtesy Jeff Grutkowski
HELLO FROM BEEBE HOSPITAL!
This week's issue is being hastily put together while I keep Dagmar company at Beebe Hospital (it is pneumonia, again). We hope to return to Rehoboth Beach for next weekend's report! We would like to extend our appreciation to the staff for taking such good care of us.
WOMAN IN POLICE CUSTODY ESCAPES FROM DEWEY POLICE VEHICLE--- A woman arrested at the Starboard for pepper spraying another visitor was arrested around 9 p.m. Saturday by Dewey Beach police. Sgt. Clifford Dempsey, police spokesman, says the woman was handcuffed and placed by a seasonal police officer into the rear of a police vehicle. Apparently the officer was unaware that the shield between the front and rear was not secured. The woman crawled over the seat and out the front door of the vehicle. She was apprehended about two hours later on Swedes Street.
UNOCCUPIED KAYAK FOUND FLOATING PAST REHOBOTH TOUCHES OFF MASSIVE SEARCH--- Around 5:30 a.m. Thursday, police, fire/EMS, Coast Guard and the state police helicopter searched the ocean between Dewey and Rehoboth after a kayak (also described as a canoe) was spotted floating offshore. The seas were unusually calm and nothing suggested anybody had been onboard. Officials suspected the vessel had been abandoned. The search continued for about 45 minutes.
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