WEEKEND #7, 2022
July 11, 2022
Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
BIDEN's EIGHTH VISIT BRINGS OUT THE PROTESTERS
President Joe Biden returned this past weekend for his eighth visit since entering office and his third so far this season. This visit, unlike most of the others, was accompanied by several protest incidents.
The President's helicopter landed at Gordon's Pond at 8:11 p.m. Friday.
Photo courtesy Eric Allen
Hours earlier, DNREC park rangers investigated "climate" graffiti spray-painted in the Gordon's Pond parking lot -- where he landed -- and on the nearby trail. This is the same area where Pres. Biden fell from his bike during his previous visit.
Capt. John McDerby of the Delaware Natural Resources Police says they received a report that individuals had spray-painted the graffiti around 8:30 a.m. that day.
Park rangers found several different locations where "climate" messages were left for the President. Capt. McDerby says this incident is under investigation and the graffiti had been removed by park staff prior to the President's arrival.
On Saturday, the "Trump Truck" was parked all day on Rehoboth Avenue at Second Street. Some people were horrified, others, amused. At least one person complained to the police while others took photos and selfies. But the Dodge Ram was legally parked, appears to have current registration and somebody had been paying for its parking. President Biden's 17-vehicle motorcade passed right by the truck en route to the 4 p.m. mass at St. Edmond's.
On Sunday, this nine-vehicle caravan from The Peoples' Convoy-Delaware with participants from adjacent states arrived in Rehoboth headed for the President's beach house. Police stopped them at Columbia Avenue and Surf Avenue. They eventually negotiated their way to Gordon's Pond where they took to the beach. They live-streamed their progress for almost four hours on Facebook.
Kim Wills, leader of the group, said they are protesting COVID emergency orders, gas reserves sent overseas and demanded Constitutional accountability.
All-day all weekend-long, a refueling jet circled the area from Maryland to New Jersey providing fuel to the fighter jets flying the combat air patrols. The refuelers came from as far as Pittsburgh and New England and flew just above 20,000 feet.
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The President departed Gordon's Pond just before 8 p.m. on Sunday. Spectators gathered on the beach near the landing zone to watch.
Photo courtesy Mark Giuliani, The Talk of Delmarva
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WOMAN FALLS FROM 3RD-FLOOR BALCONY, SURVIVES
Friday evening, a woman fell from the third-floor balcony of a home in Indian Beach. The 29-year-old struck a balcony on the second floor before falling to the ground. It happened here on Hazlett Street around 9:20 p.m.
Amazingly, she survived but with serious injuries and was flown to a trauma center from the Rehoboth Elementary School.
VINTAGE "INDEPENDENCE WEEK" GRIDLOCK
It was one of those weeks when we find ourselves asking, "Why would anyone want to retire here?"
This was northbound Coastal Highway on what seemed like a routine day around 4 p.m. last Thursday.
Here's another example from 6 p.m. on Sunday on Rehoboth Avenue. Drawbridge up? Coastal Highway gridlocked?
Will this gridlock continue through the rest of the peak season?
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ALMOST-STOLEN ARTWORK RETURNED TO PHOTO EXHIBITION
Indeed, it was this photo, Whirly, Twirly World, by Barbara Rodgers from the Coastal Camera Club, which was almost stolen from Rehoboth Beach City Hall the previous Friday. The would-be thief was confronted and gave up the artwork as he fled. Police arrested the 43-year-old male suspect from Slaughter Beach minutes later on Coastal Highway.
He has been charged with attempting to commit theft, driving while suspended and failure to signal while changing lanes.
Police had taken the photo for evidence but it is back on display. It had a sales price of $85. Rodgers says she does not know why her work was targeted by the man. He had been in alderman's court which was opposite the exhibition.
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RENEWED PERSPECTIVE ON GLASS OPENS AT CAMP REHOBOTH
Local artist Richard Thibodeau opened his solo exhibition at CAMP Rehoboth this past week and had a reception on Friday.
He had vacationed in Rehoboth Beach while he lived in Northern Virginia for 40 years. But he has since migrated to the Rehoboth area.
This exhibition, Renewed Perspective on Glass, explores Thibodeau's expertise from the restoration of antique clocks to painting on glass. He uses enamel and stained-glass paints which he backs up with silver glitter paper to give the work "that little sparkling effect." This is a technique, he points out, that is unique to his work.
This mixed-media artwork, The Embrace, is actually two pieces of glass and a good example of his work. He purchased the old antique frame and touched it up. It came with the bubble glass but he got another piece of glass which he hand-cut to fit behind the bubble glass. Then he painted on the bubble which provides that 3-D effect. This could almost be a view through a ship's porthole.
Enamel paints, he points out, stick well to glass. It's not like oils or acrylics where the paint gets dry and brittle over time and flakes off, he explains. This enamel will stay much longer on the glass than the traditional style used in years past.
Thibodeau also paints on wood with acrylic paint but he prefers to work with glass.
The exhibition runs through July 28. Please see the CAMP Rehoboth website for info.
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CAT & MOUSE PRESS CELEBRATES 25,000th BOOK SALE
Cat & Mouse Press, a local publishing company, celebrated the sale of its 25,000th book at the Lewes Library this past Saturday.
The company has been creating great beach reads with local settings while helping local authors achieve their dreams of getting published. The publishing company is a labor of love for Nancy Sakaduski who started as a writer herself and also worked as a business consultant.
Saturday's event also served as a summer launch for Beach Secrets which contains 24 short stories all set in and around Rehoboth Beach. Cat & Mouse Press author Nancy Powichroski Sherman signed copies of her popular Sandy Shorts and More Sandy Shorts books. Her stories take place in towns from Cape May to Chincoteague and include places such as Rehoboth, Bethany, Lewes, Fenwick Island, Dewey Beach and Ocean City.
Other authors whose stories were selected for Beach Secrets also attended. More info on the publications can be found on the Cat & Mouse Press website.
Photos courtesy Nancy Sakaduski
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FUNLAND NOSTALGIA AND A HAPPY FAMILY REUNION
When a fellow teacher and friend introduced and loaned Sean Haardt a copy of Chris Lindsley's book on Funland, Land of Fun: the Story of an Old-Fashioned Amusement Park for the Ages, it brought back the memories. Haardt, who has a family history here in Rehoboth, says the book was so amazing because it told the story not only of Funland but of his childhood as well.
"To be honest, I can't remember if my idea to try to pull the family together in Rehoboth for the first time in over 30 years came before or after discovering Chris's book, but they were definitely intertwined at about the same time," Haardt recalled. As the idea for "Rehoboth Reunion 2022" turned into a rental reservation as family members began to show interest and confirm, he thought Land of Fun would be the perfect, uniquely Rehoboth gift to have on everybody's bed or nightstand as they arrived at the house for the reunion.
"So when I emailed Chris to order some books and ask a question," Haardt says, "I mentioned that I wanted to buy eight to 10 copies for the different families that were coming. It was at that point he graciously offered to personally inscribe each one, which he did. What a nice thing to do, I thought. That extra touch from Chris, I feel, really put the reunion over the top."
What was special about this trip was not only seeing his mother and her sisters reunite in Rehoboth for the first time since the sale of their grandparents' Henlopen condo, but as Lindsley explains in his book, it was seeing his children -- as well as his nieces and nephews from his brother's and wife's families -- discover and enjoy Funland and all its wonder for the first time. "They're all just at the perfect age for discovering Funland," he says.
"What was so important to me on this trip was to try and recreate, as best I could, what I remember so fondly... walking to the boardwalk and going to Funland as often as I could and for as long as I could stretch the money in my pocket, day and night," Haardt explains. "And let me tell you, I know Funland did not disappoint. You can see it on the grandchildren's faces in the photos and you can hear it in their voices when they keep asking: When are we going back to Funland?, Are we going to Funland today? and Can we go to Funland again?. For seven straight days, the kids could not stop talking about Funland! And as the children enjoyed the games at Funland, I enjoyed meeting and talking with all the young employees from around the world, who without exception said they loved working at Funland," he added.
"I know my story is not unique and is nothing new to the generations that have enjoyed Funland for decades and lived and vacationed in Rehoboth Beach, as Chris's book describes so beautifully and nostalgically," Haardt says. "But I just want to personally say thank you to Al, Don and their families for all the wonderful memories they not only gave me and my brother as kids but have now most recently given to my own children, nieces and nephews and next generation. It truly is the Land of Fun," he adds.
Photos courtesy Sean Haardt
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MERR REPORT--- Suzanne Thurman from the MERR Institute says her organization had a report of a dead sea turtle at Cape Henlopen but it washed out on the tide before they could respond. MERR is preparing for the annual dolphin count on Saturday. MERR is also offering two sunset dolphin cruises this summer. Please see the MERR website for info.
ANOTHER PEDESTRIAN STRUCK IN O.C.--- A woman was struck by a Jeep traveling north on Coastal Highway at 37th Street around 10:40 p.m. last Wednesday. Ashley Miller, Ocean City police spokeswoman, says the investigation determined that the 48-year-old female attempted to cross Coastal Highway not in a marked crosswalk. She was taken to a trauma center in stable condition. Alcohol was determined not to be a factor, she added.
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