WEEKEND #11, 2022
August 8, 2022
Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
BIDEN KEEPS WATCHERS WAITING AND GUESSING
Biden arrived via helicopter around 8 a.m. on Sunday for his ninth visit since taking office. This was the first time he left the White House since getting Covid. Henry Bright provided video of the helicopters arriving followed by the 16-vehicle motorcade to the Biden house.
Photo courtesy Richard Tananis
It's been a challenging week for POTUS watchers. Between positive Covid tests and other logistics, the President's anticipated August vacation at his beach house trickled down to a single night. Various temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) for his planned visit were scheduled, canceled and rescheduled, making it tricky to determine when he might actually arrive.
His wife and other family have been in town awaiting his arrival. Dr. Jill was seen shopping in downtown Rehoboth at South Moon Under the previous Saturday.
On Monday, the President and the First Lady are scheduled to travel to eastern Kentucky where they will visit families impacted by the recent flooding. As of Sunday evening, they are scheduled to depart Dover Air Force Base and arrive in Kentucky around 10:45 a.m. our time.
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TENSIONS OVER TOUR BUS PARKING RESULT IN ARREST
Rehoboth Beach police have had some difficulties this summer with charter or "tour" buses arriving in town unannounced with the intentions of loading and unloading typically at the bandstand horseshoe, especially on Saturdays. Police have routinely redirected the buses to the area behind the firehouse where two 15-minute parking spaces are reserved for buses to load and unload.
This past Saturday, the situation became especially tense when one group argued with police at the bandstand trying to get the bus there to pick them up around 4:20 p.m. They demanded to talk with a police supervisor and said they would be contacting the mayor. At least 10 police officers responded as the situation escalated. One man ended up getting arrested and was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, says Lt. Jaime Riddle, Rehoboth Beach police spokesman.
Police had told the drivers of the three DC Trails buses several times that they had to load and unload behind the firehouse or face a $300 fine. But passengers complained about the long walk to/from the beach with all of their beach gear and supplies. Police recommended the Jolly Trolley for those who could not walk easily as it offers rides to/from the bandstand to city hall as part of the route.
But the situation at the parking lot behind the firehouse had its own problems. GSA box trucks in town for the President's visit were already taking up one of the two bus parking spots. Parking Department personnel soon reported that the buses were blocking motorists from accessing parking and leaving the lot.
These were not the only buses that the police sent here on Saturday but a group of three at once compounded the problems. A representative from DC Trails of Lorton, Va. said on Sunday that the company was waiting to interview all of the drivers before management decides to comment. The passengers mostly came from Virginia and Maryland.
Lt. Riddle also said on Sunday that he was planning to contact the bus companies to explain the city's policy and to determine where they were obtaining their info.
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ARE THESE CUTE CRITTERS RESPONSIBLE FOR LAST WEEK'S WATER ADVISORIES?
For the second week in a row, Rehoboth Beach was issued a recreational water advisory for the sample taken on Rehoboth Avenue last Wednesday. This time, Dewey Beach and Bethany Beach received advisories as well.
The same day that the water samples were taken, Robert Nowak was baffled by what he found in the Rehoboth surf. "Today upon entering the ocean I saw several orange jelly-like things on the sand," he said. "When I got in the water there were tons of them swimming around. I was startled at first, never, ever having seen these in decades coming to the beach," he added.
He placed a few of the critters in clam shells and took these photos. "They are pretty amazing little creatures, voracious eaters and whales eat them," he pointed out. DNREC has listed them as a possible reason for last week's advisory!
The bacteria found in last Wednesday's test samples, DNREC says, most likely originates from wildlife sources and specifically wildlife feeding near the surf. The DNREC advisory notes that: "Recent nearshore concentrations of baitfish and other potential food sources, such as 'sea angels' or 'sea butterflies,' which have been observed in higher concentrations lately, increase the likelihood of wildlife feeding near the surf zone."
Photos courtesy Robert Nowak
DNREC stated that Thursday's tests were normal and the advisories were lifted.
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AD-BOAT RESCUES PADDLEBOARDER DURING SUDDEN STORM
The "Hero of the Week" award this week goes to Karisma Alenovitz and Jack Roache, crew of the Ad-Boat, who rescued a paddleboarder as a violent thunderstorm struck with little warning around 1:15 p.m. Saturday in Rehoboth. This is what it looked like in Dewey at that time.
Here's a selfie that Alenovitz and Roache took minutes before the storm turned violent!
"We were doing our usual ad runs and out of nowhere a huge storm came in," says Alenovitz. The sudden storm brought an angry black sky, raging wind, painful hail and visibility, she said, that was only about 10 feet. Lifeguards reported numerous umbrellas flying along the beach and one woman was injured when she got struck by one. But she later declined an ambulance ride to the hospital. Interestingly, the Rehoboth DEOS weather station only reported winds of nearly 5 m.p.h. with an 18 m.p.h. gust at 1:25 p.m.
As the Ad-Boat crew members headed for port, they noticed the man on a paddle board who appeared to be in distress waving his arms. They threw him a rope and brought him on board. He was "freezing, scared and shaking," Alenovitz said.
"When he got on the boat, all he could say is how he thought he was going to die and how bad the rip current was," she added. They didn't know him. He did say his name was Michael and he is 18 years old.
Photo courtesy Richard Tananis
This was the first rescue of the season for the Ad-Boat. Ed Martin, who has owned the service since 2001, says he has a rescue every couple of years or so. They also retrieve "blown out" items like rafts, toys and beach balls and sometimes get requests for assistance.
Photo courtesy Richard Tananis
After about a 30-minute ride on the Ad-Boat, the weather cleared and Michael paddled back to shore as lifeguards watched.
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REHOBOTH SEASONAL POLICE PROGRAM CELEBRATES 50 YEARS!
Following in the footsteps of the RBP, the Rehoboth Beach police announced last week that the city is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the seasonal police officer program with a reunion at the Convention Center on October 22.
Details are on the RBPD website.
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WOMAN FLOWN TO TRAUMA CENTER AFTER FALL FROM WHEELCHAIR
A woman who fell from her wheelchair in the ocean block of Rehoboth Avenue last Wednesday was flown to a trauma center with a suspected head injury. It happened near Kohr Bros. around 5:30 p.m.
She was experiencing periods of unconsciousness and was severely confused otherwise.
An ambulance took her to the Rehoboth Elementary School where she was flown by Trooper 2.
Photo courtesy Dr. Thomas Evans
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DELAWARE ARTIST FELLOWS HONORED AT CAMP REHOBOTH
CAMP Rehoboth hosted the annual Delaware Division of the Arts award winners at a ceremony this past Friday. The Division offers fellowships in the artistic disciplines of choreography, folk art, jazz, literature, media arts, music and the visual arts. Artists' work is judged by nationally recognized out-of-state arts professionals.
This year, 132 artists submitted work and 25 were selected for awards. The winning artists are awarded fellowships ranging from $3,000 to $10,000. Their work is initially exhibited at the Biggs Museum of American Art before traveling to Rehoboth Beach.
"We're thrilled here at CAMP Rehoboth because this is the sixth year that we've been selected to be the Sussex County home for this exhibit," says Leslie Sinclair, exhibition curator. "I think they seem to get better and better each year but every one is fabulous and it is multiple art forms," she pointed out.
Here are 2022's winners: JoAnn Balingit, Joseph Barbaccia, Linda Blaskey, Stephanie Boateng, Tim Broscious, Jamie J. Brunson, Caleb Curtiss, Christina Durborow, Kiara Florez, t. a. hahn, Gregory K. Hammond, Jim Hawkins, Gail Husch, Jeff Knoettner, Roger Matsumoto, Alice Morris, Isaí Jess Muñoz, Mia Muratori, Maia Palmer, Tad Sare, TANKSLEY, Aaron Terry, Leanna Thongvong, William Torrey and Katie West.
Despite the weather, many of the artists, like Kiara Florez who works at the Biggs Museum, attended last week's reception.
"I'm an intuitive painter, so I never actually plan any of my paintings out," says Florez, who used her college portfolio to apply for the grant. "I usually have an idea in my mind and then an empty canvas and I just start painting. From there, I use one paintbrush, only four colors, and it's just a very meditative, intuitive process," she adds. She used her college portfolio to apply for the grant.
Sitting on the front porch was Alice Morris, doing some creative thinking.
"To have your work acknowledged and kind of get that 'stamp of approval' and then to have the state say 'here's some money we'll give you and we want to support you' and it's very nice, very, very nice," says Morris who won in the category of emerging literature, poetry. "Poetry to me is just pretty. It's so inclusive. It's just, you know, it's a go-to, for me," she added.
Joseph Barbaccia from Georgetown says the award was an entree into a lot of other galleries and it increased the "valubility" of his résumé and enabled him to get into solo shows. He works with polymer clay because he has a smaller studio and can use polymer clay in many different ways such as in small sculptures, mosaics and impressionistic paintings. The color choices that you have are just as large as oil paints or a lot of other materials, he explained.
Gregory Hammond writes mostly spy and thriller novels, many of them based on places where he has traveled. He read an excerpt from his novel called "Blue Money" during the program. It is based on when he lived in the Democratic Republic of the Congo during the Great African War in which nine African countries were in eastern Congo fighting over mineral resources.
This show will remain on display at CAMP Rehoboth through September 5 and features QR Codes this year for easy access to artist bios. Please see the Delaware Division of the Arts website for info.
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DELAWARE STONEWALL PAC EVENT THIS COMING SATURDAY!
Delaware Stonewall was established in 2003 as a response to the failed efforts to pass non-discrimination legislation for the LGBTQ community. Delaware Stonewall is now a non-partisan PAC with a mission of protecting the rights of the LGBTQ community by advocating for the passage of legislation and endorsing candidates who are supportive of the Community. The funds raised go toward supporting the campaigns of the endorsed candidates.
This year the organization honors persons who are pioneers in human and civil rights: Charlotte King, founder of Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice (SDARJ), C. Dixon Osburn, a founder of Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) which successfully worked to end "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," and Murray Archibald, a founder of CAMP Rehoboth.
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THE MERR REPORT--- Suzanne Thurman, MERR executive director, says her organization this past week had been notified of a possible dead sea turtle at 3Rs beach but they have been unable to locate it because of the thunderstorms. MERR is also tracking some dolphins that were sighted swimming in the C&D Canal. "I can't help but wonder if prey source is being affected by the warmer waters," she says, but notes it could be because of other factors which are currently unknown.
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