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WEEKEND #06, 2014

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware




A few homes in the Country Club Estates section of Rehoboth Beach had been experiencing recent power problems and Friday evening, a fire broke out along side an electric meter at one of those homes.

Rehoboth Beach firefighters were summoned to a reported house fire at 13 Country Club Dr. near Hickman St. around 7 p.m. Friday.

An occupant in the house at the time of the fire said she was alerted to the fire by a passerby who saw flames coming from the side of the house near the electric meter.

The adjacent home had this device, which appears much like this underground service quick restorer cart, attached to its electric meter.

A neighbor across the street said this house and the one adjacent to it had recent power problems, noting the dim lights.

Electrical lines and all other utility lines are buried in this neighborhood.

The power company and a fire marshal are investigating the cause.

One report suggested the problem is a loose neutral wire connection in the electrical service that feeds three or four homes.

There was minimal damage and no injuries reported.

Attempts to reach Delmarva Power public affairs this weekend have been unsuccessful.


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For probably the first time in Dewey Beach history, Northbeach patrons said they were "wanded" prior to entering the bar this past Tuesday. Numerous fights had broken out the previous week during the "One Dollar" drink night special.

Police from multiple law enforcement agencies were on hand early Wednesday during closing time.

Sgt. Clifford Dempsey, Dewey Beach PD spokesman, reported a few minor altercations but the crowd was much better behaved than the previous week.

Increased police presence at Northbeach on Tuesday nights and Wednesday mornings is expected to continue for as long as necessary.

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They are back! A local carpenter union is protesting the new professional building Jack Lingo Realty is building between Giant Food and Walgreens on Coastal Highway outside Rehoboth.

Mark Wagner, area representative for the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America Local 2012, is accusing Lingo of hiring a construction management firm, specifically Whayland, who has hired subcontractors such as Brothers Drywall. He said the carpenters on this project received low wages, low overtime pay and low, if any, benefits.

Wagner said he was not at liberty to say how much the carpenter workers earn at the site, but it is reported to be less than half of what the prevailing rate is for area carpenters. The prevailing rate, he notes, is about $40/hour with benefits. Wagner did say the carpenters at the professional building are not represented by a union.

Wagner expressed concern that a few large developers can potentially control and manipulate wages since they run a majority of the construction projects in the market. The workers have little options if each company cuts wages and they want to remain employed in the area.

Among those standing along Coastal Highway in the hot sun this past month was Steve Quandt, a carpenter who volunteered to hold this banner protesting the project.

The protesters have become a common sight along Coastal Highway. In the past three years, Wagner said his union has protested about 10 different projects, this being the most recent. He said such protests have proven to be effective, but added "I hate doing it like that." They have been protesting this site for about two months now.

In this flyer the union provided, they accuse Jack Lingo Realty of "taking advantage of the great economic opportunities in the state…" and ignoring "the fact that these opportunities are created by the hard working people of Delaware."

"Companies like Brothers Drywall Co. Inc." the statement continues, "pay their workers significantly less than the area wage and benefit standards for Carpenters in Delaware and many of these contractors do not provide basic health care for their workers. Area standards have been established through years of collective bargaining and enable area trades workers to enjoy decent living standards, to patronize local businesses and to retire with dignity."

Lingo, Whayland and the drywall contractor have not provided any comment for this article despite repeat requests by telephone and e-mail seeking their side of the story.


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The Philip Morton Gallery under the auspices of Eric Davison, left, features an exciting and intriguing art exhibition of the already well-established artist, Rob Vander Zee, right.

The exhibition includes 30 of Vander Zee's latest abstract works from his Glacial Flow series, where he examines forces of nature such as ice, water and the process of glaciation.

He says in this series he explores surfaces, textures, space and relationships among elements.

Vander Zee gives perspective to two-dimensional spaces while demonstrating his skill with such techniques as cracking and texture. His work is oil on wood panel, specifically lauan. It has a sense of durability and permanence.

Vander Zee uses a complex layering of oil glazes to achieve depth and luminosity. Light is trapped between the layers giving a feeling of glowing from within. His goal is to create paintings that feel as "if they are still shifting, and moving through time."

"I have no intention to replicate the world as it is," he says, "but rather, as it could be, with infinite and sometimes bizarre possibilities."

It takes years to reach his skill level. "It's my passion," Vander Zee explains. "I love what I do," he adds, noting he started painting as a little boy.

Here he is chatting with Jay Pastore, former owner of Gallery 50, and in the background hangs his work Nest, which is about coming out. Once you come out of the nest, Vander Zee says, you are out!

The exhibition will be on display at the Morton Gallery through July 15 in downtown Rehoboth Beach. See the Morton Gallery website for details.

Vander Zee is known internationally. He has exhibited in Europe, the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, among other countries. His work was accepted at the Gallery in Dubai and he participated in the artist program of Estonia. His paintings are found in many national and international collections.

He started a school for his enthusiastic students in Virginia, leads seminars in New York and eventually an art retreat in Michigan. He will travel to India where he will share his knowledge at art seminars. The Rehoboth Art League was fortunate to have him this past weekend.

The Philip Morton Gallery was awarded the "Best of Delaware 2014" Art Gallery Downstate by Delaware Today Magazine for the third consecutive year.

Davison's other art gallery, Gallery 50, hosts its 6th Annual Fine Arts Silent Auction benefiting AIDS Delaware on July 5.



A new mini-exhibition at the Rehoboth Beach Museum examines the history of the organization known as CAMP Rehoboth. A second mini-exhibition features the lifesaving stations.

A notorious bumper sticker, precious memories from early copies of the organization's newsletter, commemorative artwork, a special pen used to sign legislation and a shovel from a groundbreaking are among memorabilia as reminders of how CAMP Rehoboth has grown and expanded over the years and become accepted as part of the quaint beach resort.

The organization, whose name is an acronym for Create A More Positive Rehoboth, was founded 24 years ago. CAMP Rehoboth is a LGBT community service organization that has grown from its original small office on Baltimore Avenue, publishing a four-page newsletter to a nationally recognized organization with a long list of contributors, services, activities, events and programs.

Visitors are invited to the museum to view past newsletters, photos and T-shirts from the early days of the organization. The shovel used to break ground for the new community center is on display, as is a bumper sticker stating "Keep Rehoboth a Family Town," a tangible example of the tensions in the community that led to the founding of CAMP Rehoboth.

"The CAMP Rehoboth display at the Rehoboth Beach Museum is a great snapshot of so many of the things we have done through the years," says Steve Elkins, CAMP Rehoboth executive director. "What's great about the CAMP Rehoboth display at the Rehoboth Beach Museum is the way it reminds us that through the years, the LGBT community has become an integral part of the larger Rehoboth community," Elkins adds.

Robert Thompson, mini-exhibition coordinator shown above, helped set up this mini-exhibition and has another on lifesaving stations, below.

The Rehoboth Beach Museum is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is by donation. For information please call 302-227-7310.


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Carmela Coleman will be among the 140 fine artists and artisans featured next Saturday, July 5, at St. Peter's art show in downtown Lewes.

"My medium is white and brown stoneware fired to mid-range using multiple glazes and enhancements," Coleman explains. Her wall hangings are bisque pieces that use different painting mediums. She says her stoneware is all functional ware, food safe, oven and freezer proof and microwaveable.

If you miss the St. Peter's show, you can find her work at the Gallery One in Ocean View or on the Delaware by Hand website.

This is the 48th Annual St. Peter's Art Show sponsored by the St. Peter's Episcopal Church. Exhibitors will show their original paintings, photographs, jewelry, carvings, ceramics, mixed media creations, and more from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on St. Peter's Square at 2nd and Market Streets. Admission is free, and the event will be held rain or shine. More info is on the St. Peter's website.

Photos courtesy Carmela Coleman



Local author and writing guru, Nancy Sakaduski, shown below, was on hand with many of her colleagues for the launch of their book, The Beach House, a book of 23 short and entertaining stories that all take place in and around Rehoboth.

The charming, funny, poignant, and memorable stories, by some of the area's best writers, were chosen by a panel of judges during last year's Rehoboth Beach Reads Short Story Contest.

The Beach House has received national recognition, recently winning a first prize award from the National Federation of Press Women. The book had previously received a first place in the Delaware Press Association Communications Contest.

The Beach House is available exclusively at Browseabout Books, which sponsored the big prize for the winning author. Copies of the book are available now and can also be shipped. Check the Browseabout Books or Cat & Mouse Press websites.

Entries for the next edition of the book, The Boardwalk, must be received by July 1.


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It has been an adrenaline-pumping past few days in Ocean City as the fourth Dew Tour came to a close on Sunday.

Results from the Beach Championships have been posted online on the Dew Tour website.

The Dew Tour travels next to Portland, Oregon in August.

Photo courtesy Robert Gilbert


SHARK POSSIBLY TARGETED GIRL IN REHOBOTH SURF--- For more than 15 minutes, the Rehoboth Beach Patrol kept swimmers out of sections of the ocean after a shark reportedly targeted a girl in the surf near Stockley Street late Wednesday morning. There was no contact, but as a precaution, lifeguards called swimmers from the water between Baltimore Ave. and Laurel St. They were allowed back in the water just before noon. About an hour earlier, lifeguards in Dewey reported a possible sighting off Dagsworthy Ave. But even the best fin experts often have a challenging time distinguishing between a shark fin and that of a ray or skate, all of which seem to occupy similar feeding areas. Several fin sightings were reported in both Dewey and Rehoboth this past week. Earlier this month, a teen was bitten by a shark in the arm in the Cape Henlopen State Park.


CAR WITH DIPLOMAT TAGS THREATENS REHOBOTH SHOPKEEPER--- Rehoboth Beach police have been looking for a blue Pontiac Vibe with diplomat tags. Four occupants were inside the hatchback, and one of them reportedly threatened a merchant with a knife before fleeing on 4th St. to Sussex St. It was reported around 6:40 p.m. Friday. The two-letter code on the license plate suggests the car is registered to a Canadian diplomat. Police have not yet released any details.


4 SEA TURTLES, 1 DOLPHIN FOUND DEAD THIS PAST WEEKEND--- The MERR Institute kept busy this past weekend investigating the deaths of four sea turtles and one dolphin. Suzanne Thurman, executive director, says two loggerheads were discovered dead along the Delaware Bay on Saturday, followed by a sub-adult dolphin in the Cape Henlopen State Park near the Army towers. On Sunday, MERR investigated a dead leatherback at the Gordons Pond swimming beach and a fourth sea turtle Sunday evening south of the Fenwick Island State Park. No info yet on what killed the turtles, but one witness said the leatherback appeared to have been crushed in half.


WEEKEND MEDEVAC INCIDENTS AT THE SHORE--- Three people were injured this past weekend seriously enough to require medevac chopper flights to trauma centers.

Around 11:57 p.m. Friday, a 17-year-old girl suffered femur fractures to both legs after getting struck by a vehicle on Coastal Highway at 66th Street in Ocean City. She was flown from the Jolly Rogers landing zone.

Another patient suffered traumatic injuries, presumably from the surf, off Georgetown St. in Fenwick Island around 10:30 a.m. Sunday.

In Ocean City, a 27-year-old man suffered partial paralysis after he dove head-first into the shallow bay near Sunset Beach Condos at 46th St. That happened just before 4:30 p.m. Sunday. He was flown from the Coast Guard station to a trauma center.



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NRDC guide to water quality at vacation beaches

NRDC map for Dewey-Rehoboth results

Officials highlight federal funding for Delaware Bayshore to restore wetlands and beaches

Accidents close beach-bound routes in Delaware around noon, Saturday

Cape Henlopen State Park to celebrate its 50th anniversary

Japanese-style home built in North Shores (Washington Post)

Rehoboth Beach Historical Society and Museum featured on WAMU Coastal Connection

Seven top things to do in Rehoboth Beach before and after the crowds converge

Steve Crane of Rehoboth's Browseabout Books (Washington Post)

Two women assaulted in Rehoboth Beach

Coast Guard rescues 5 after boat fire near Indian River Inlet bridge

Coast Guard rescues 5 from boat sinking 35 miles off Cape May

Two house fires in Worcester County stretch fire crews (Thursday)

Ocean City: $50 flat fee parking all day in Inlet Lot on July 4th

OCBP revives man after serious surf injury



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