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WEEKEND #12, 2018

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware




Richard Byrne and Pat Coluzzi won the two soon-to-be-open commissioner seats this past Saturday in Rehoboth Beach.

Two seats for commissioner:
Richard A. Byrne # of votes: 660 (65 percent of total voters)
Patricia A. Coluzzi # of votes: 583 (58 percent of total voters)
Gary A. Glass # of votes: 515 (51 percent of total voters)

The winners will be sworn into office on Friday, September 21, 2018, at the regular commissioners meeting before they begin to serve three-year terms.

2018 election totals:

Registered voters for 2018: 1535 (171 fewer than 2017)
Number of voters: 706
Number of absentee voters: 307
Total voters: 1013 (66 percent of registered voters; 11 percent fewer than 2017)

Interestingly, Glass was top vote-getter among the 307 absentee voters which was about 30 percent of the total vote. Glass had 193, Coluzzi 163 and Byrne with 158. It is unusual for a candidate to finish last in absentee voting and then be top vote-getter overall.

Here are the actual results as reported by Wayne Steele, Rehoboth Beach election inspector, around 6:08 p.m. Saturday.


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Now in its second year of enforcement, Rehoboth Beach visitors and often police and lifeguards struggle to explain the city's tent and canopy rules to visitors. In their first two hours on the beach this past Saturday, Rehoboth Beach Patrol lifeguards directed about 20 visitors to take down their tents/canopies.

Omar Jones, the man wearing the blue shorts, says he came to Rehoboth for the day with his pregnant wife. He said they had purchased the tent at a Target in Philadelphia where he was assured that the tent was adjustable to fit the dimensions now specified by several local jurisdictions. But he was confronted by a lifeguard who eventually called for police around noon. He nearly received a $25 citation but was cooperative and calmly explained the situation to police.

Jones said he felt targeted because he was just a few feet from a beach visitor who had the slightly smaller Super-Brella, which has a center pole and can convert into a traditional umbrella "if there are any complaints." But his adjustable tent, which he said can be made even smaller, was unacceptable.

He also mentioned to police that elsewhere on the beach there were a handful of tents and canopies that were standing. The police said they would go after those people next, which they did, but he wondered why he was singled out first.

After about 20 minutes of discussion with police, Jones gave up and rented two Catts umbrellas for $20.

In response to Jones' comments, City Manager Sharon Lynn said Sunday that "In order to continue the city's overall response to visitors in our welcoming, friendly and inviting nature I am re-visiting the training piece of the tent ordinance. I believe the beach patrol and seasonal officers need additional training specifically related to the new ordinance as their actions have been too discretionary and not necessarily uniform regarding the intent of the ordinance. Due to the lateness of the season, training will commence this week however I will institute a more rigorous and defined training program prior to the start of the season in 2019."

"Considering that this season is only the second one since the enactment of the ordinance last year," she points out, "it is important that all staff are on the same page regarding the intent and especially enforcement to the same degree. It is very important to me that all families are treated with respect and equanimity."

Beach visitors who have questions or complaints regarding umbrellas, tents or canopies can call the city manager's office at (302) 227-6181 for assistance.


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But overall injuries appear to be down compared with this time last year

A 24-year-old female foreign exchange student was struck by a Subaru Forester while riding this DelDOT bicycle on Coastal Highway at Holland Glade Road around 5:45 p.m. last Tuesday. She was reportedly struck in the intersection as the Subaru made a low-speed turn. She was taken to Beebe Hospital with a cut to the head. According to MCpl. Melissa Jaffe, state police spokeswoman, no charges were filed against the 18-year-old male driver of the Subaru from Baltimore.

Another foreign student bicyclist was struck by a hit-and-run driver around 8:30 p.m. this past Thursday at the HAWK crossing near this same intersection. According to MCpl. Michael Austin, the 21-year-old woman was utilizing the pedestrian crosswalk and signal while walking her bicycle across northbound Coastal Highway. A dark-colored Jeep Cherokee was headed north on Coastal Highway and failed to yield to the pedestrian, striking the rear tire of the bicycle, which in turn knocked her to the ground. The Jeep then fled with no further description being obtained. The woman suffered scrapes to her lower body but declined an ambulance.

Fortunately, according to data provided by Beebe Hospital's Patricia Matsko, bicycle accidents are down in the Cape region compared with this date last year. She provides these totals for the last three years:

2016 (Jan 1st August 8th): 69 bicycle-related injuries

2017 (Jan 1st August 8th): 102 bicycle-related injuries

2018 (Jan 1st August 9th): 70 bicycle-related injuries

With regard to the injuries so far this year, Matsko noted that bicyclists wore no helmet in 22 of the accidents, 31 wore a helmet and in 17 other accidents it was unknown if a helmet was in use.

Matsko also added that when it comes to location, most bicycle accidents, 40, happened on the street this year. Four others occurred on a trail, six at "other" locations and the remaining 20 were undetermined.

Sussex County has had two fatal bike accidents so far this year, one in the Milton area and the other in Ocean View. Hopefully as more bicyclists take to the road, recent improvements will keep them safer.

One of the contributing factors in reducing the number of accidents in this area, says John Fiori, DelDOT bicycle coordinator, has been the completion of the Coastal Highway pedestrian improvement project from Nassau to the Rehoboth Canal. This project, he points out, "filled in the gaps" by installing sidewalks to make a continuous network from Nassau to the canal.

When this project was completed, he says, it provided an option for bicyclists to use the bike lane or the sidewalk. "Typically the experienced bicyclists will use the bike lane while the casual rider feels comfortable on the sidewalk," he says, noting that the rules of the road are different for each.

He also credits recent amendments to the current bicycle laws, specifically last year's Bicycle Friendly Delaware Act, for helping improve the state roadways for bicyclists.

The International Student Outreach Program conducts orientations to the J1 students that include a bicycle safety component, Fiori points out. The bikes with the blue and white DelDOT sticker are only loaned to the J1 students who complete the safety orientation.

Maryanne Kauffman, International Student Outreach Program director, says her husband, Bruce, helped prepare 170 bikes this summer to loan to foreign students. She says 158 students who requested bikes and took the safety class have received the DelDOT bikes. Next summer they plan to loan out 200 bikes. "Obviously the program would not exist without the tremendous support of the community," she points out. They stress safety and track bicycle accidents.

Here are the Kauffmans at St. Edmond Catholic Church in downtown Rehoboth Beach during a bike safety checkpoint. They were joined with the Sussex Cyclists and DelDOT personnel installing lights on bicycles, distributing helmets and biking literature, while making minor bike repairs. Experts credit these projects for helping reduce bicycle-related accidents.

"By having support beginning with the Governor, the legislators, various state agencies (DelDOT, state police, highway safety) and the Delaware Bicycle Council, my vision is to reduce and possibly eliminate bicycle injuries and fatalities along Delaware roads and in order for this to occur, motorists and bicyclists should be aware of the current bicycle laws, stay alert and be patient with each other using the roads," Fiori adds.



Rescuers responded to three more suspected overdose cases this past weekend along the Cape region.

Around 2 p.m. on Saturday, a man around 30 years old was found in cardiac arrest in the restroom of the Weis Market in Lewes off Savannah Road. One report suggested he suffered a suspected heroin overdose. But so far, no word yet from police. Paramedics were unable to resuscitate the man and he remained in cardiac arrest when they took him to Beebe Hospital.

Two hours later, at a restaurant in downtown Rehoboth Beach, first responders found a 30-year-old woman suffering from a suspected heroin overdose although they were originally sent there for a woman having a seizure. She was still alive, treated with Narcan and taken to Beebe Hospital.

On Sunday, Dewey Beach police and EMS crews responded to Dagsworthy Street, bayside, after a man was found unresponsive in a residence. He was barely breathing when help arrived and they spent more than 30 minutes just trying to get him stable enough to be taken to Beebe Hospital.

It was unclear what exactly the man had taken although a combination of medications was suspected.


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A 53-year-old man reportedly became dizzy while on a roof in Henlopen Acres, fell about 10 feet and struck his head on a flower pot. It happened around 2 p.m. this past Wednesday at a residence on Tidewaters Road.

He had become combative and paramedics suspected a serious head injury.

The medics requested the state police helicopter, Trooper 2, which landed at the Rehoboth Little League Field and flew the patient directly to Christiana Hospital.


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MCpl. Michael Austin, state police spokesman, says a 26-year-old Hagerstown woman was involved in a single-vehicle crash that ended when she drove a 2010 Toyota Corolla through the fence posts at the Gordons Pond entrance of the Cape Henlopen State Park around 6 a.m. Saturday.

They came to Rehoboth Beach city hall where they sought help. Injuries were minor.

She was charged with failure to remain in lane and DUI, MCpl. Austin added.


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Watch out Dunkin' Donuts! Boardwalk entrepreneur Matt Weiner says his new shop -- which has been open less than two weeks -- has sold more than 28,000 mini-donuts as of this past weekend. "We brought these donuts to the boardwalk and people are just eating it up... literally," Weiner jokes. Here he is with Andrew Fagg, assistant manager, and Tyler Judd.

Zelky's Donut Rings is below the Greene Turtle, in the same space formerly occupied by Sofi's Crepes, adjacent to Zelky's Beach Arcade Central. "We have been working on this for quite some time now and are glad that we were finally able to open this summer before the season ended," he said. They had soft openings for a few hours at night July 30 through August 1, and then a grand opening the previous Friday.

"We were really excited to start making donuts," Weiner says. "We found a really cool donut machine that cooks hot fresh little mini donuts that we can quickly make fresh to order. We tasted some of the donuts and they were incredible. So we decided that this was something delicious that we should bring to the boardwalk. We frost them in a pink cinnamon sugar and offer some unique dipping sauces on the side that we create daily. It's a pink-colored cinnamon-vanilla, as well as a rich chocolate sauce that's out of this world."

They sell them by the half dozen for $3, by the dozen for $5, and by the bucket (about three dozen) for $12 with a $10 refill and the sauce on the side for $1 extra. "It's by far the most affordable treat on the boardwalk," he points out. Weiner says they are working on a program soon that will allow kids to pay for their own donuts by redeeming their tickets for donut coupons at the arcades.

"Currently we are cooking in shortening as recommended by the donut machine manufacturer," Weiner adds, "however we are looking into healthier alternatives."

Photos courtesy Matt Weiner


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A new exhibition at CAMP Rehoboth celebrates the accomplishments of 17 Delaware artists each with their own unique artistic medium. These include choreograph, painting, writing, blacksmithing, sculpting, among others. Delaware's Individual Artist Fellowships recognize artists for their outstanding quality of work and provide monetary awards. Individual Artist Fellows are publicly acknowledged and benefit from the additional exposure to their work. Four of the artists -- Jack Clemons, Maribeth Fischer, Leah Beach and Robert Waters -- come from Sussex County.

This year, work samples from 124 Delaware choreographers, composers, musicians, writers and visual artists were reviewed by out-of-state arts professionals, considering both demonstrated creativity and skill in their art form. Seventeen artists were selected for Fellowships and four Honorable Mentions.

The exhibition started its journey at the Biggs Museum of American Art in June. It will remain here at CAMP Rehoboth through August 26 and then it will travel to the Cab Calloway School of the Arts in September, thus reaching all three Delaware counties.

The Biggs Museum sent this show to CAMP Rehoboth once before. "I think that the selections that Leslie Sinclair made this year and the way that she has brought things together are especially good," says Ryan Grover, curator at the Biggs Museum. "They look great in this space and I think the artists are really happy and I think it is a good use of this project."

One of the four award winners from Sussex County is Fischer. "I am a writer and I love to write and getting this award just keeps me writing," says Fischer, who writes about serious non-fiction subjects ranging from grief to sorrow and similar issues. But now she has been focusing on writing about happiness and small ordinary moments in everyday life. Happiness, she points out, is not something that most writers write about. "Because what's the story? There is no story to happiness. There's no drama," she observes. "So it's been a challenge." Fischer also runs the Rehoboth Beach Writers' Guild.

Ellen Durkan, from Wilmington, is a blacksmith who usually works with steel and copper. She creates forged fashion and runway performance pieces. Next month she will do a full runway show at The Delaware Contemporary. "I started working in metal when I was in grad school and then I just kind of kept going. Now it's this!" She says she makes her works more for performance than to sell. "I just make the pieces that I want to make, and I want to present them the way I see them," she adds.

Beach, another Sussex County artist and co-founder of the Dewey Artist Collaboration, is a photographer. Her thought-provoking works on exhibit come from her Global Dementia Project. "I am on a journey to tell the story of global dementia from all corners of the globe," she explains. "I'm here to change the global perspective of dementia through my lense... I am here to show the world that dementia is everywhere... From the most rural areas, to urban cities, to people in your community." Her photographs have been used as presentation aids for the World Health Organization, as well as marketing resources for many international dementia organizations.

Lauren Peters from Wilmington, poses in front of her self portrait. "I have been painting self portraits for a few years," Peters says. "I put on different wigs and costumes to somewhat change my appearance," she explains. She paints herself only in oils and has been painting only for the past three or four years.

Visit this special exhibition in person this month at CAMP Rehoboth and see the Delaware Division of the Arts website for details on all of the artists.

Appearing in the group photo are Leslie Sinclair, Ryan Grover, Thomas Del Porte, Lauren Peters, Jack Clemons, Paul Weagraff, Maribeth Fischer, Jen Epler and Rob Waters.

Photo courtesy Leslie Sinclair



"I saw the most brilliant blue-eyed dragonfly today," writes photographer David Koster. The dragonfly was in his yard near White Oak Creek off Old Landing Road in Rehoboth.

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OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK: MAN REPORTED SELLING PARKING SPACES--- A Rehoboth Beach parking ticket writer called for police Thursday evening after he reportedly caught a man on Rehoboth Avenue selling metered parking spaces for $30 around 8:30 p.m. The man supposedly would park his Chevy Silverado in the space, even pay the meter, and try to sell the space to passing motorists. By the time police arrived, the man had fled.


MAN SLAMS FINGER BETWEEN WEIGHTS IN HOTEL GYM--- A 36-year-old man working out in a hotel gym in downtown Rehoboth Beach slammed his ring finger between two weights, possibly amputating his fingertip. It happened around 12:15 a.m. last Friday. He was taken to Beebe Hospital.


BOY FALLS FROM BOAT, CRUSHES HAND BETWEEN VESSELS--- An 8-year-old boy had gotten his hand crushed between two boats after he fell into the water, completely amputating his pinky finger. It happened off Tuckahoe Trail in Tuckahoe Acres around 3:15 p.m. this past Saturday. He was taken to Beebe Hospital because helicopters were not flying due to weather.


SERIOUS MOTORCYCLE CRASH WITH MEDEVAC--- A 45-year-old man riding a motorcycle (or motor scooter) wearing no helmet sustained a serious head injury after colliding with an SUV on Coastal Highway at Collins Road in Bethany around 4:35 p.m. on Saturday. He was flown to Peninsula Regional Medical Center.


BICYCLIST SERIOUSLY INJURED IN LEWES--- A 47-year-old man on a bike was struck by a vehicle, thrown over the hood and into the windshield around 11:15 a.m. Sunday. It happened on Gills Neck Road at Schley Avenue near the bike trail. He was taken to Beebe Hospital, still conscious but with serious injuries.


MAN STRUCK BY HIT-&-RUN DRIVER--- A 55-year-old man was seriously injured by a white extended-cab pickup truck that struck him and fled the scene around 8:10 p.m. this past Saturday on Old Landing Road west of Coastal Highway. This was between the Pizza Hut and Atlantic Liquors. He was taken to Beebe Hospital and later transferred to Christiana Hospital.


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