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WEEKEND #10, 2014

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware


Man attacked by pit bull about an hour later in West Rehoboth

Rehoboth Beach EMS crews responded to two back-to-back unrelated dog attacks Sunday evening, one downtown and the other in West Rehoboth.

An 18-month-old boy received a severe wound to the right ear when he was bitten by a Rottweiler in the ocean block of Rehoboth Avenue near Louie's Pizza around 5:30 p.m. According to one bystander, the boy was sitting on a bench holding a French fry when the dog lunged at him. The boy was taken to Beebe Hospital. Police caught the dog and took the owner to the police station. Cheryl Blackman snapped this photo of the dog on her camera.

Lt. William Sullivan, police spokesman, said Sunday evening that the dog is currently in custody of the SPCA and he would have more details on Monday. No word yet on charges, if any.

About an hour later, EMS crews were sent to Norwood Street, then to the community center off Burton Avenue. A 50-year-old man received a serious cut to his forearm from a pit bull. He too was taken to Beebe Hospital. No details yet on what happened to the dog.

Photo courtesy Cheryl Blackman


One man's hobby, turned business venture, provides unique aerial views of lower Delaware

A Lewes man is using the latest technology and his video skills to help locals see things as they never have before.

Matt Fickett, 23, founder of 3rd Eye Studio, said he became interested in aerial photography using drones about a year ago while watching Youtube clips.

He had several years of video editing experience using Final Cut Pro and that encouraged him to purchase a DJI Phantom "drone" and offer his service.

Originally from Maine, he moved to Lewes about five months ago and started shooting airborne videos for clients from Dewey to Dover. Most are for real estate businesses, but not all. It is useful for gutter and roof inspections and many other applications.

He says his work provides a "different perspective you do not usually see" from the ground and he enjoys the unique experience it can bring noting that he and his client can view the video live from the ground using an iPad as a monitor. "It is a fun experience for all of us," he adds.

Fickett's company uses the DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ as well as the regular non-vision fitted with a GoPro HERO Black Edition. His company is planning to upgrade to a larger copter that will support a digital single-lens reflex camera.

Fickett is not the only person providing such services, but he prides himself in shooting the best video and then spending much time editing the video or using Photoshop to tweak the images for his clients.

This Youtube video of Rehoboth area landmarks demonstrates his talents.

He says he stays below 400 feet so he does not interfere with aircraft and he considers this more of a hobby rather than a business, noting that he works for a local IT company when he is not shooting aerial videos.

As far as the FAA goes, he says "we take extra precaution in where we fly and make sure we are operating under the current restrictions keeping away from airports, flying under the allowed height and also get written permission from the property owner of the area we are filming."

"Of course!" he says when asked if he has crashed his drone, noting that besides a propeller, there has been no other damage. "All have been close calls and small hits from trees/ground from getting certain video shots," he notes.

For more great views and details, check the 3rd Eye Studio Facebook, website and Youtube pages.

Photos courtesy Matt Fickett, 3rd Eye Studio


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For about five hours Saturday, the U.S. Route 50 "Harry Kelley" drawbridge into Ocean City became unable to fully close, snarling traffic while officials waited for experts to troubleshoot the situation. This is how it looked on the state highway traffic cameras.

David Buck, spokesman for the state highways, says the bridge had a routine boat opening around 3 p.m. but was unable to fully close afterwards because of a suspected mechanical problem with the bridge motors, later described as a broken mount in a driveshaft-like device.

For hours, techs raised and lowered each span of the bridge repeatedly trying to get it fully reseated without success.

Traffic backed up along Route 90. This is how it looked just before 6 p.m.

Buck says eventually they resorted to hand-cranking the bridge to lower it back successfully into place around 7:35 p.m. Pedestrians were allowed first to cross followed by vehicles just before 8 p.m.

During the early morning hours on Sunday, techs made what Buck described as a temporary repair. He said they would return in four to six weeks to perform additional work. But the repairs allow the bridge to resume its normal operation.

As of 12:15 p.m. Sunday, the drawbridge is now operating under the regularly scheduled opening and closing time periods. Buck says the bridge normally opens twice an hour at 25 and 55 minutes after.

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Story and photos by Christopher Casale

Firefighters were summoned after a chicken house was found engulfed in flames at 11 Daisey Avenue in Frankford just before 1 p.m. on Saturday.

The fire was threatening nearby structures. No chickens were reported inside any of the buildings.

The fire was eventually brought under control requiring extensive overhaul. No injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Delaware State Fire Marshal's Office.

Photos courtesy Christopher Casale


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Six of the seven candidates for municipal office attended a candidate forum Friday at CAMP Rehoboth.

Running for mayor are Mayor Samuel Cooper and Tom McGlone. Five candidates filed to run for one of the two city commissioner seats. They are Francis "Bunky" Markert, Kathy McGuiness, John Meng, Lawrence Myslewski and incumbent Comm. Lorraine Zellers.

Steve Elkins, CAMP Rehoboth executive director, read a statement from Comm. Zellers who could not attend the event.

They agreed on many issues, but much of the discussion focused on the city hall replacement proposal and the ocean outfall for the sewer plant.

Around 90 people attended the event.

The Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce hosts the next candidate forum this Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. in the Rehoboth Beach City Hall Commissioner's Room.

On Sunday, Mayor Cooper hosted an event at his home on New Castle Street. About 60 residents of Rehoboth gathered on his lawn for "Coffee with the Mayor" and to hear him address the issues facing the city.

Photo courtesy Howard Menaker

Later Sunday afternoon, Kathy McGuiness, along with her mother and other supporters, such as Rep. Peter Schwartzkopf, held a rally at the Purple Parrot on Rehoboth Avenue.

Her mother provided visitors with gift bags of great home-baked cookies!



A 43-year-old man who was riding a wave on a boogie board struck his head on the sand and later complained of neck and hand pain around 2 p.m. on Wednesday at Cullen Street. One witness said he was found face down in the surf but EMS personnel said he never lost consciousness. He was loaded onto a backboard, placed on a stretcher, below, and taken by ambulance to Beebe Hospital.

This past Tuesday, in less than a two-hour period, the Maryland State Police helicopter flew two surf-related injuries to Peninsula Regional Medical Center.

A 50-year-old man was tossed in the surf, struck his head and complained of numbness and tingling mostly in his hand around 10:50 a.m. at 119th Street.

The state police helicopter landed at Northside Park and flew him to the hospital, only to return about 90 minutes later for another patient also injured in the surf.

About 10 blocks south, near the Golden Sands Condo, a 45-year-old man had complained of tingling in his hands after being removed from the surf. He too was taken to a trauma center after being loaded on the helicopter at Northside Park.

Capt. Butch Arbin said Tuesday night that Ocean City had been experiencing larger waves and this was causing shore break along with the tide.

On Sunday, a 9-year-old girl was boogie boarding when she crashed into the sand near Oak Avenue in Rehoboth Beach around 2:15 p.m. She was assisted by lifeguards and taken by ambulance to Beebe Hospital. About three hours later, a 54-year-old woman injured her neck while in the surf in the Delaware Seashore State Park on the south side of the Indian River Inlet. She too was taken to Beebe Hospital by ambulance. Neither sounded life threatening.


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Dewey Beach police are asking for the public's assistance locating the men who assaulted a woman early Sunday, July 20.

In a news release, Sgt. Clifford Dempsey, police spokesman, says these two male suspects assaulted a female who was walking home along Coastal Highway around 1:44 a.m.

The attack happened while the female victim walked southbound on the northbound shoulder of Coastal Highway at Collins Avenue in Dewey Beach.

The victim, says Sgt. Dempsey, was followed by two male suspects, one of whom approached the female from behind, grabbed her dress pulling it off and pushed her to the pavement.

Police describe the suspect as a white man in his late 20's, about 5'8" tall, medium build, wearing a light-colored short-sleeve shirt with dark vertical stripes and dark shorts.

A second suspect, who was also a white man in his late 20's, approximately 5'8", thin build, wearing a dark T-shirt and dark-colored shorts, was apparently videotaping the assault on his cell phone, Sgt. Dempsey says.

Anyone with additional information is urged to contact the Dewey Beach Police Department at 302-227-1110 or Crime Stoppers at 800-TIP-3333.


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Also from last Sunday, July 20, Rehoboth Beach police have released these photos of a male and female who are wanted for a theft that happened at the Beach Arcade.

Around 11:30 p.m., officers were called to the arcade after the male suspect, shown below, allegedly removed a wallet from the victim's unattended purse. The male suspect is described as a white man in his 20's, 6' to 6'02", with short dark hair, trimmed beard, wearing a blue button-down shirt, jeans and white shoes. He left the area prior to arrival of police.

Police describe a female suspect, shown below, as a white woman in her 20's with long dark hair, wearing a purple striped shirt and multi-colored leggings. She was also with the male suspect. The male suspect was observed on video surveillance removing a wallet containing $150 cash, various credit cards and several checkbooks from the victim's purse.

The victim's wallet, minus the $150, was discovered last Monday in a trash can in the area of Baltimore Avenue and the Boardwalk.

Anyone with information on the suspects is asked to contact Lt. William Sullivan at 302-227-2577 or Crime Stoppers at www.tipsubmit.com.


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by Dagmar Kirchner Henney

Among the many delightful artworks exhibited at the Rehoboth Art League's 76th Members Fine Art Exhibition, we were especially delighted to meet one of the wonderful award-winning artists, Pam Foss.

Her work is unique, and in a way, overpowering, since much of the artwork I have seen does not appear similar to it.

Foss specializes in Styrofoam sculpture/representations such as the "Midday at the Wheatfield," shown below with her.

It is a presentation which is formed of bas-relief mixed media, acrylic on Styrofoam. The work received the RAL Louise Chambers Corkran Award for best sculpture.

She buys regular Styrofoam sheets which come in various thicknesses such as those from Home Depot. Using a solder iron-type device, Foss melts away sections of the Styrofoam to carve her work yielding wonderful depth.

She will use multiple layers of Styrofoam, such as she did in this artwork. Each layer is done separately and painted to combine the final work of art.

Foss got her start with Styrofoam when she used it as an aid for making cast bronze sculptures of horses. The Styrofoam Foss uses to create armatures for large sculptures comes in large blocks with sizes ranging up to four-foot square. These blocks are shaped (modeled) with a tool called a hot wire. That is where she got the experience to use Styrofoam.

She has been creating visual art for more than 35 years and uses her website as an opportunity to show her artwork in the context of her entire career. "As you go about exploring my website," she writes, "you will see how my art has developed over the years in terms of the subjects, styles, and media I've utilized to develop my unique form of artistic expression."

Foss' incredible artwork is one of many great works on display at the Rehoboth Art League through August 24.

Foss will be conducting demonstrations of creating sculpture from Styrofoam at the Rehoboth Art League on August 9 and 10 and again on August 16 and 17 during the 41st Annual Members Outdoor Fine Art and Craft Show. In addition to the demonstrations she is also conducting a three-day workshop about creating Styrofoam sculpture on September 9, 10 and 11, also at the Rehoboth Art League.



Jerry Sipes of the Lighthouse Inn shot a photo of this frog, one of many which inhabit a pond on Brooklyn Avenue. "All I know," he says, is that "they appear each spring and make a lot of noise. There are hundreds of them. They were a little late this year due to the harsh winter. The noise reminds you, life is all around us in some form in nature."

Molly Moltz Hildahl took this photo of a tree frog clinging to a window during her visit to Henlopen Acres this past month.

Photo courtesy Jerry Sipes and Molly Moltz Hildahl



SCOOTER CRASH UPDATE--- Police say the driver of the Mercedes SUV that collided with the scooter Friday before last was driven by a 16 year old. She reportedly made a u-turn attempting to get a parking space when the accident happened. The scooter driver was released from Christiana Hospital the following Monday.


MAN DIES ON FISHING VESSEL--- The Ocean City Coast Guard station is investigating a death aboard a charter fishing boat that was first reported around 10 a.m. Saturday. Petty Officer David Marin, public affairs specialist, says Coast Guard personnel monitored radio transmissions around 10 a.m. coming from a 38-foot charter fishing vessel about 62 nautical miles from Ocean City. A 48-year-old man on the vessel was reported injured and unresponsive. Although it was a chartered vessel, P.O. Marin said it was not carrying paying customers. The crew headed for Ocean City to meet the Coast Guard. A Coast Guard vessel escorted the fishing boat to the station when it was about 10 minutes out. They arrived around 2 p.m. O.C. EMS and the medical examiner responded and pronounced the victim dead at the scene. The cause of death is under investigation by the Coast Guard. He said the name of the victim and vessel would not be released until the next of kin notifications have been completed.


BOY INJURED IN FALL FROM LIFEGUARD STAND--- A 10-year-old boy who jumped from a RBP lifeguard stand suffered a serious wrist injury. It happened on Stockley Street in Rehoboth Beach around 8:15 p.m. Thursday.


4 BIKES STOLEN FROM LAUREL STREET--- Lt. William Sullivan, Rehoboth Beach police spokesman, says four bikes were stolen from the same location this past weekend in the ocean block of Laurel Street. One report described the bikes as two 10 speeds and two mountain bikes. Several of them are painted red.


BEDBUG ATTACK IN O.C.? Ocean City police and EMS responded to an inn on Philadelphia Avenue around 9:45 a.m. Sunday after a woman complained of bedbug bites to her back. She eventually declined the ambulance and the police were going to refer the incident to the health department for investigation. According to one Orkin inspector, the shore has had a recent increase in bedbug infestations.



Ocean City vs. Rehoboth: A tale of two beaches (Washington Post)

Craft breweries are a hopping business on the Delmarva shore (Washington Post)

TV show picks top Del. breweries, bars

Milford woman injured in early morning Lewes wreck

Cape Henlopen School Board votes to remove entire summer reading list

Ride-along with Dewey Beach Police Sgt. Clifford Dempsey on the night shift (video and article)

Dog dies in Millsboro mobile home fire

Beach pumping's impact on currents, waves discussed: OCBP Capt. says research shows no link

Tall ship set to arrive in Ocean City next week; original plan to host two vessels foiled by mechanical issues

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