WEEKEND #6, 2018
Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
SERIAL ARCADE BANDITS STRIKE IN DELAWARE, MARYLAND AND PENNSYLVANIA
You can sense the frustration in his voice after an organized gang of thieves busted open several of his arcade machines using a young girl as part of their cover just to steal petty cash. This same group has been damaging and breaking into game machines at arcades, restaurants and buffets in at least three states in just the past couple weeks, says Matt Weiner, whose family owns the three Zelky's arcades on the Rehoboth boardwalk.
They used the little girl, he says, as a distraction, by having her play the nearest game so the adults appear less suspicious.
The bandits struck his arcade on June 24. "They came for some fun, sun and grand larceny," Weiner said. This past week he learned from social media posts that this same group is also responsible for similar thefts in Ocean City and Annville Township.
The gang, Weiner says, typically crowds around a machine to block it from view. While one of them plays, he points out, another breaks into the cash box. Weiner is outraged that they are also dragging the girl into the crimes.
After they committed the thefts, they allowed her to ride the elephant outside his arcade as if nothing had happened. By the time they had noticed what had happened, the group, he said, had fled.
This past weekend, Ocean City police announced on Facebook that two of the adults have been identified. Police are attempting to locate the suspects and check on the welfare of the girl. Anybody knowing the whereabouts of these suspects is requested to contact the police.
Photos courtesy Matt Weiner
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GUS SVOLIS HOSPITALIZED AFTER STROKE
Boardwalk businessman and entrepreneur Constantine "Gus" Svolis has been hospitalized after suffering a stroke this past week. Around lunchtime on Friday, writes his son, Bill Svolis, on Facebook, "my father suffered a stroke, doing what he loves best [at work at his restaurant, Gus & Gus Place]." Svolis was taken to Beebe Hospital and later flown to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia where he is recovering from surgery. "Hopes and prayers would be greatly appreciated," his son writes. "Thank you!"
Less than a week earlier, Christopher Trahos had taken this photo of his father, Dr. Michael C. Trahos with Gus Svolis, who is his first cousin. Also shown are Svolis' sons, Bill and George.
Svolis started in Rehoboth Beach during the summer of 1956. Please remember the family in your prayers and share your support on the Gus & Gus Place Facebook page.
Photos courtesy Dr. Michael C. Trahos
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PLANE CRASHES ON WEST O.C. GOLF COURSE
A couple was injured around 9:15 a.m. Friday when the Beechcraft Debonair they flew crashed at the 8th hole of the Assateague Greens Golf Center shortly after departing the Ocean City Municipal Airport.
The occupants of the aircraft were later identified as Guerrino Mascelli and Mary Mascelli, both 60 of Berlin, Md. Officials say the couple was able to escape from the plane which was on fire when it crashed. Guerrino Mascelli was flown to Peninsula Regional Medical Center, while Mary Mascelli was taken there by ambulance.
No one on the ground was injured. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.
DEATH INVESTIGATION OUTSIDE REHOBOTH
Officials responded to this townhouse development on State Road just beyond the Rehoboth Beach city limits around 9:15 p.m. Friday after a woman discovered her son dead. "This incident is classified as a death investigation and the body has been turned over to the Office of Forensic Science for an autopsy," says MCpl. Michael Austin, state police spokesman. The initial investigation has determined that there was no obvious sign of trauma, he added.
Police in Ocean City also handled two death investigations this past week. Around 12:30 p.m. last Thursday, police had responded to the Holiday Inn on 17th Street after a man was found dead in bed. Last Monday afternoon, officials had also responded to 76th Street after a 38-year-old man was found dead inside a condo. No word yet on cause or manner of death.
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REHOBOTH CAMPAIGN SIGNS ARE UP AND CANDIDATES ARE OUT!
Campaign signs for all three candidates running for the two opening commissioner seats in Rehoboth Beach have been popping up like mushrooms the past week or so. With the Rehoboth fireworks behind us, campaign season is in full swing.
Dr. Nancy Mondero and Mary Ann Bruno hosted a meet-and-greet for Richard Byrne and Pat Coluzzi at their beautiful home in Rehoboth's Pines this past Saturday. Among those attending were Commissioners Kathy McGuiness and Lisa Schlosser and former commissioner-candidate Richard Perry.
Pat Coluzzi, who had been a commissioner from 2006 through 2013, explained that she had decided not to run again in 2013 because she felt as if progress was not being made. But with the change last year of mayors, she said there are several issues she would like to promote. Specifically, she mentioned pedestrian safety, a better tree ordinance, more creative parking solutions, monitoring and planning for the city's infrastructure, a water taxi, promote and enhance bicycling, and increasing cooperation with the county and state.
Coluzzi says she considers herself the "community candidate" because of her track record which included such projects as the farmers' market and the sister city garden. "I want to see that we do things that benefit all of our residents here as well as some of our visitors," she said.
Richard Byrne said that Coluzzi and he were running total independent campaigns. Although he may have more in common with Coluzzi in terms of some philosophy, he said he has talked with Gary Glass as well. "I just bring a lot of common sense, a lot of experience working in complex organizations, working with complex bureaucracies," he said. The three areas he is focusing on include preserving the quality of life in the town's unique neighborhoods, protecting the environment including the trees, lakes, ocean, and promoting open, transparent government. He promises to be available if elected.
Coluzzi says she disagrees with Glass regarding taxing businesses or the town's commercial sector. Neither Coluzzi nor Byrne mentioned LLCs or the "commercialization" of residential neighborhoods as Glass has frequently stressed.
Meanwhile, across town, Glass said he has been having "a great time walking all over town to meet with homeowners, business people and visitors..." Last Friday, he said he was "honored to join other members of the board of the Country Club Estates Property Owners Association at the Rehoboth Beach Museum as we delivered a donation of $1000 on behalf of the association to the Rehoboth Beach Historical Society." His next major campaign event will be a meet-and-greet on Saturday, July 21, at 308 Stockley Street on Silver Lake in Country Club Estates.
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ROADSIDE MAILBOXES SMASHED
Numerous residents in rural Sussex County woke Saturday morning to find their roadside mailboxes smashed. MCpl. Michael Austin, state police spokesman, said that he does not yet have an exact number but at least 10 to 15 mailboxes were damaged. "It appears that large rocks were used to cause the damage and there are no suspects or other investigative leads at this time," he added.
Troopers started receiving reports of the damaged mailboxes around 2 a.m. and continued taking those reports throughout the morning. Roads targeted are southeast of Milton, mostly Oyster Rocks Road, Stockley Road, Hudson Road and Cool Spring Road.
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He has become synonymous with efficient and friendly customer service. A retirement party for postal clerk, Rick Uniatowski, was held at the Rehoboth Beach Post Office this past Friday.
Uniatowski says he will miss the customers -- who have become like family to him -- the most.
After 19 years of service in the Post Office, he says his initial plans are simply to enjoy the beach and the many recreational opportunities this area has to offer.
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REHOBOTH MUSEUM HOSTS LGBTQ PROGRAM
The Rehoboth Beach Museum announced that beginning this summer it will be hosting a free summer listening and discussion series. The subject of the 2018 initial series will be the past, present, and future of the LGBTQ community in Rehoboth.
The summer series will have three one-hour segments throughout the month of July.
The first session will be held on Monday, July 9th, at 6 p.m. It is titled "Our Roots: LGBTQ History in Rehoboth." This meeting will discuss how the LGBTQ community came to Rehoboth, the initial pushback, and how the community came together during a difficult period in Rehoboth history.
The second segment will be held on Monday, July 16th, at 6 p.m. It is titled "The Current State of Affairs: LGBTQ Rehoboth as We Know It." After the presentation, this discussion session will allow people to share what they feel the current climate of Rehoboth is, and how Rehoboth is one of the most accepting towns in the Mid-Atlantic.
The third and final session will be held on Monday, July 23rd at 6 p.m. The topic is: "Where are We Going? The Future of the LGBTQ Community in Rehoboth." This segment will address the question of what future generations of the LGBTQ community in Rehoboth will look like, and what goals there are for the future.
The series is being held at the Anna Hazzard House on 17 Christian Street. If interested in attending, please sign up quickly, as seats are limited! RSVP's can be taken by calling the Rehoboth Beach Museum at (302)-227-7310.
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CREATIVITY2 AT CAMP REHOBOTH
CAMP Rehoboth held a reception for Creativity2, a joint exhibition this past Friday featuring a pair of artists, Renata Price and Yona Zucker, who depict the same scene in different mediums. The idea is to show how a stained-glass artisan and a painter would capture the same thing in their respective mediums.
The painter is Renata Price, on the left, who describes herself as a "classical realist." She tries to replicate the classical approaches that the old masters used along with similar materials and techniques. Almost all of her paintings start with a sketch, and then an under-painting. She started off as a watercolor painter but now works mostly with oils.
Zucker takes Price's paintings and interprets them into a stained-glass piece. "I have always loved glass," Zucker says. "I love the textures, the feel of glass. And as a youngster, I bought a lot of stained-glass lamps." Once she retired, she decided to take lessons at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria and fell in love with it. She works with the Tiffany-style soldered foil as opposed to the church windows which are made with lead. Here is their work, Dancing Feet.
EARRINGS GALORE OPENS AT HEIDI LOWE GALLERY
Heidi Lowe opened her latest show, Earrings Galore, this past Friday which features works from about 50 artists who created six pairs of earrings each. It is a spectrum of work, everything from fabrics to bug wings, enamel and beads. She put out a call for entries and received 187 applicants from across the world. She selected 50 of them for this exhibition, some of them she shows here.
Mary Ravel from Baltimore was one of the earring artists attending the opening. Ravel mostly works with bronze/brass or fine silver. She starts with a sheet of metal, solder and forms it into the desired shape. Once finished, she spray-paints most of them.
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Photo courtesy Heidi Lowe
THE WHITE SQUIRREL FAN CLUB!
This white squirrel may be one of the most photographed in Rehoboth. After last week's photo from Jeff Grutkowski, both Peggy Douglas and Stephen Higham reported similar sightings in the neighborhood near Silver Lake.
"Either this little guy gets around our he/she has (a) sibling(s). This one was seen in my neighbor's yard off Pine Lane near Lake Comegys," Douglas writes! Higham says he actually photographed the squirrel south of the Silver Lake bridge last summer. Grutkowski had taken his photo on West Street, just a few blocks farther south.
Photos courtesy Peggy Douglas and Stephen Higham
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MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN SURF NORTH OF BETHANY--- Lifeguards came to the rescue when a 52-year-old man tumbled in the surf off Heather Lane north of Bethany around 2:20 p.m. this past Saturday. According to Glenn Marshall, Sussex County EMS spokesman, the man was mostly unresponsive when EMS reached the scene. But when he was briefly responsive, he was unable to move or feel anything below the neck. The state police helicopter landed on Coastal Highway near the Sussex Shores water tank and flew him to Christiana Hospital. As far as his prognosis, Marshall says they will have to wait and see.
TEEN FLOWN TO TRAUMA CENTER AFTER FALL FROM BIKE--- A 13-year-old girl, wearing no helmet, fell from a bike and struck her head and was briefly unconscious. It happened on Jamaica Avenue in Ocean City around 4:25 p.m. Saturday. A state police helicopter flew her to Johns Hopkins.
MERR REPORT--- Suzanne Thurman reports that MERR investigated a dead dolphin off Indian River Inlet and a dead loggerhead sea turtle at Big Stone Beach this past week.
MOTORCYCLIST CHARGED WITH DUI AFTER REAR-ENDING TRUCK--- A motorcyclist on a 2001 Harley Davidson headed north on Coastal Highway near Rehoboth Avenue rear-ended a 1997 Toyota Camry just before 10 p.m. last Wednesday. The Toyota had been stopped at the traffic light in the same lane, says MCpl. Michael Austin, state police spokesman. The motorcyclist was thrown onto the roadway, but his motorcycle continued to travel unoccupied across Coastal Highway and collided with a 2012 Volkswagen Golf in the southbound lanes. The motorcyclist, MCpl. Austin says, was taken to Beebe Hospital with serious injuries and was later charged with DUI-alcohol, driving while suspended, no motorcycle license and no proof of insurance. There were no other injuries reported.
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