WEEKEND #11, 2023
August 7, 2023
Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
BIDENS ENJOY THE BEACH LIKE REGULAR VISITORS!
During the President's longest stay here at the beach since entering office, he and the First Lady last week went on regular bike rides, hit the beach and also went for dinner and a movie. If you missed a chance to have your photo taken with the Bidens or get video of one of the motorcades for your social media page, you may still have your chance! The First Couple is expected to return this coming week!
Last week, the President was on the bike trails in the Cape Henlopen State Park on a daily basis. That is where Suzanne Goode shot this video of the President bicycling followed by six golf carts and two UTVs. People frequently waited for him, like here at Herring Point. That is where a few lucky visitors had a chance to actually engage with him for several minutes and even take photos.
The President was "so terrific and spoke to [a] group that was there for about 15 minutes on everything from the history of the Gordon's Pond trail and Cape Henlopen State Park, the movie Oppenheimer and dinner at Matt's Fish Camp," says Erik Smulson. "I asked if we could take a selfie and he said 'Give me your phone and I'll take it,'" says Smulson, who is wearing the yellow shirt standing next to the President!
Photo courtesy Pres. Joe Biden via Erik Smulson :-)
The First Couple also joined vacationers on the beach at the end of their street in North Shores.
They left the press pool at the beach access but a few people on the beach managed to shoot some video or photos of the couple on the sand! Beachgoers went wild as seen in this Instagram video.
The Secret Service and White House staff kept an eye on the crowd and frequently told people to "keep moving please."
Here's a closer look at the book the First Lady was reading, Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver.
Last Tuesday, the First Couple left their beach house and took this 19-vehicle motorcade for dinner and a movie.
It was logistically challenging as officials had to manage peak-season traffic and the President's motorcade which was headed to Matt's Fish Camp near Lewes. Traffic was stopped on Rehoboth Avenue and Columbia Avenue in downtown Rehoboth Beach and on Coastal Highway to accommodate the motorcade.
The Bidens dined with tourists offering a unique photo opportunity for those visiting.
Photo courtesy Karl Doemens
After dinner, the First Couple joined excited moviegoers to watch Oppenheimer at the Movies at Midway theater. They later returned to North Shores where they took a late-night stroll along the beach.
The media coverage inspired by the recent visit has been fascinating to watch. Here's a selection of the reports:
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WOMAN CRASHES TOYOTA INTO SIGN POST AT SILVER LAKE
Rehoboth Beach police responded to a single-vehicle crash around 12:10 a.m. Saturday here on Lake Drive near Silver Lake.
That is where police found this blue Toyota Camry with an inflated airbag after the driver had crashed it into a NO PARKING sign.
Police took the driver into custody after a sobriety test. No word yet from the police on any charges.
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TRASH TRUCK BURSTS INTO FLAMES IN OCEAN CITY
An Ocean City trash truck caught fire early Friday afternoon on Coastal Highway here at 82nd Street.
Shortly after the fire was reported around 12:40 p.m., police closed the northbound lanes of Coastal Highway. The fire appeared to originate under the truck and the cab.
It took about 15 minutes for firefighters to bring the blaze under control.
Photo courtesy Hilary Blake via Joe Bradley
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5 CHIPOTLE WORKERS TAKEN TO HOSPITAL AFTER HAZMAT
Five employees were taken to the hospital after a carbon dioxide leak was reported in the Rehoboth Chipotle in the Tanger Outlets off Coastal Highway. It happened around 11 a.m. last Tuesday.
The leak appeared to originate from a carbon dioxide tank connected to a soda fountain.
The employees seemed to suffer mostly from nausea, dizziness and headache. None were reported serious.
Photos courtesy Rehoboth Beach VFC
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ALEXANDER BECOMES COMMUNITY RESOURCE CENTER DIRECTOR
The Community Resource Center of Rehoboth Beach recently named Nancy Alexander as its new director. She had previously served as the director of the Rehoboth Beach Historical Society and Museum for 15 years.
The Community Resource Center helps individuals and families get to the next
step of their journey toward self-sufficiency and stability. Services include
providing food, supplies for families with babies and toddlers, job search
and application assistance, and even a place to take a
shower and do laundry.
The team is shown in the Center's Day Center, which offers services for those experiencing homelessness. Shown standing, left to right: Annette Johnson, Program Manager, Brian Cunliffe, Day Manager and Budget Counseling volunteer, Ann Ameigh, Lead Volunteer of the Job Center. Seated left to right: Nancy Alexander, Director, Eleanor Marchtmont, Administrative Assistant.
For more information, the center staff can be reached at (302) 227-1340.
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SODELO HAS COME A LONG WAY SINCE 2022!
by Guillermo Silveira
The Southern Delaware Orchestra (SODELO) held its summer concert this past Saturday at Epworth United Methodist Church outside Rehoboth.
The group was founded in May of last year specifically for musicians in Southern Delaware to learn, play and perform classical music for the community, enhancing the richness of the cultural offerings of the region. SODELO is composed of professionals, teachers, high school students and retirees.
Eva DelGallo, violinist and founder of SODELO, not only enjoys performing with the orchestra, but she also finds sponsors and concert venues as well.
Conductor James Allen Anderson and soloists pose after a beautiful performance of Duke Ellington's "Don't Get around much Anymore."
Concertmaster Justin Chou played exquisitely.
The group started with a Facebook post in January of last year seeking interested musicians. The first rehearsal was four months later, in May.
Upcoming SODELO concerts:
Please see the SODELO website for more info or to offer support.
Photos courtesy Guillermo Silveira
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CRISS TO HOST FOURTH BACKYARD ART SHOW
Local painter Andrew "Andy" Criss will host his fourth "Andy's Annual Outdoor Art Show" on Saturday, August 19 where he will exhibit more than 30 of his latest oil paintings at his studio outside Rehoboth. He created this backyard gallery event during the pandemic to better display his artwork.
"The show has now become the focus of my summer," Criss says. "We travel throughout the year, but I always make sure I'm back in the studio by Memorial Day, getting ready for the August event. There isn't anywhere I'd rather be except here, sketching, painting and celebrating our life in Rehoboth," he adds.
He describes his style as "painterly realism/American illustrator."
Criss is a recipient of the Delaware Division of the Arts Established Artist Fellowship and has been making work in and about Delaware for more than 20 years. Please see his website for info.
Photos courtesy Andrew Criss
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PHOTOS OF THE WEEK
Delaware Seashore State Park at Tower Road by Susan Howard ...
Looking North from the Watch Tower by Dale Sheldon ...
Bethany Sunset by Jimmie Lee ...
THE MERR REPORT--- Suzanne Thurman from the MERR Institute says her organization had no rescues, strandings or death investigations from this past week!
RBP LIFEGUARD STAND DISAPPEARS, PIECES FOUND BLOCKS AWAY--- On Sunday morning, Rehoboth Beach lifeguards reporting for duty found the "Birdland" lifeguard chair missing. That is the southernmost stand near Prospect Street. Oddly, pieces of a broken stand, possibly the same one, were later discovered on Norfolk Street.
2 FLOWN FROM O.C. SURF THIS PAST WEEKEND--- Ocean City had two visitors who suffered neck or back injuries in the surf this past weekend and required a helicopter flyout. Around 1:25 p.m. on Sunday, a 12-year-old girl was injured at 123rd Street. The other injury was reported around 2:20 p.m. on Saturday at 134th Street. Both were flown from North Side Park to trauma centers.
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