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WEEKEND #12, 2019

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware




The results from Saturday's annual election in Rehoboth Beach are in! Susan Gay and Edward Chrzanowski have won the two soon-to-be-vacant commissioner seats.

Here are the 2019 election totals:

Registered voters for 2019: 1501 (34 fewer than 2018)
Number of voters: 701
Number of absentee voters: 335
Total voters: 1036 (69 percent of registered voters; 3 percent more than 2018)

Wayne Steele, Rehoboth Beach election inspector, read the results at 6:17 p.m. Saturday. Here is his report.


126 voters voted for only one candidate!

Gay and Chrzanowski will be sworn into office on Friday, September 20, 2019, at the regular commissioners meeting before they begin to serve three-year terms.


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Northbound Coastal Highway outside Rehoboth was closed for several hours early Sunday after a man was struck and killed by a trooper driving a marked SUV while responding to an emergency call. The accident happened around 12:17 a.m. near Church Street.

The pedestrian has been identified as Martir Santiago, 40, of Rehoboth Beach. Police say he was attempting to cross the northbound lanes of Coastal Highway in the area of Church Street in a westward direction near the Turnstone Builders Office complex. Santiago entered Coastal Highway from the east edge of the roadway, crossing the shoulder and the right lane.

As Santiago entered the left lane, he was struck by the front center of the police Tahoe. He was pronounced dead at the scene by responding medics. Police said he did not have a light or reflective clothing and was not in a marked crosswalk. Impairment on his behalf is undetermined at this time, police said.

Two of the overhead street lamps in the vicinity were out of service. This is roughly the same area where another pedestrian had been killed in the southbound side on May 18.

The trooper, who was uninjured in the collision, came to a controlled stop in the right lane of Coastal Highway. The trooper, properly restrained at the time, was not injured in the collision. The 31-year-old trooper has been employed by the state police for nine years and is assigned to Troop 7 (patrol) in Lewes. The trooper has been placed on administrative leave per department policy.



A 24-year-old Polish female exchange student riding a bike was seriously injured Sunday evening when she was struck by an SUV on Coastal Highway. It happened here in the southbound lanes at the Royal Farms off John J. Williams Highway near Rehoboth.

Police say the bicyclist was headed north in the southbound bike lane of Coastal Highway. The bicyclist passed in front of the entrance to the Royal Farms as the driver of the 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe pulled forward onto Coastal Highway and they collided in the roadway. She was taken to Beebe Hospital and later flown to a trauma center for a head injury. She was not wearing a helmet, police said.

Impairment does not appear to be a factor on behalf of either the driver or bicyclist, police said. Police closed the southbound lanes for almost three hours while the crash team investigated the accident. More info will be posted on WGMD.com this morning.

Photos courtesy Dr. Michael Trahos and DelDOT


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A woman was killed and two other motorists were injured in a four-vehicle pile-up this past Saturday. It happened here on northbound Coastal Highway around 12:04 p.m. near Key Box Road, south of Dewey.

Police say a 2016 Subaru Forester passenger car was followed by a 2013 Ford Escape and then a 2015 Honda CRV in the left lane. They were in slow-moving traffic when the driver of the Honda came to a halt.

For unknown reasons, police say the driver of the 2013 Nissan Rogue failed to recognize the stopped traffic and rear-ended the Honda CRV. As a result of this impact, the front of the CRV struck the rear of the Escape. The front of the Escape then struck the rear of the Forester. All impacts occurred in the left lane. All vehicles were pushed or continued north where they came to rest in the northbound left lane, police said.

The driver of the 2013 Nissan Rogue, Logan B. Anderson, 23, of Lewes, was not properly restrained. She was taken to the hospital by ambulance where she was pronounced dead.

Northbound Coastal Highway was closed for about three hours during the investigation and the clean-up efforts, police said.

Photos courtesy DelDOT and Steve "Monty" Montgomery



Three children were killed and a fourth was injured after fire broke out at this residence on Scarp Street in Pot-Nets Bayside around 2:30 p.m. this past Wednesday. All were reported to be younger than five years old.

The Delaware State News reported that varying reports caused confusion for firefighters responding to the blaze.

A vigil was held last Thursday for the victims. Additional details are in Friday's Cape Gazette.

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After a relatively calm summer, this past week beach patrols along Delmarva kept busy with an increase of surf injuries. The majority of the injuries were on Thursday and Friday, mostly from the Indian River Inlet through Ocean City. In at least two cases, medevac helicopters flew the injured patients to trauma centers.

Capt. Butch Arbin of the Ocean City Beach Patrol says this spike was caused by shore break. The mid-day high tides with increased wave height cause the waves to break when the water depth decreases. "During high tide the waves do not break on the sandbar but rather continue to build as they approach the beach and then break on the shore line," he points out.

Capt. Arbin says people who like to stay close to shore are standing in this impact zone and they may be thrown to the ground which may cause a muscular-skeletal injury.

Also a problem typically this time of year is an increase in activity from the tropics which impacts local surf conditions.

Just before noon this past Sunday, a nine-year-old boy was injured after he got tossed in the surf in the Deauville area of Rehoboth Beach. He felt something crack in his neck and ribs and experienced some tingling. But he was still able to walk. He was taken to the hospital by ambulance.



Officials shutdown eastbound Rehoboth Avenue and the Crosswinds Motel was evacuated after a fire broke out in a dryer this past Friday night.

It was reported just before 10:30 p.m. as a smoke odor filled the neighborhood. But no injuries were reported and firefighters quickly doused the contents of the dryer.

No word yet on any damage estimate.

Photo courtesy Comm.-elect Susan Gay


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Following the Light, the latest exhibition to open at Gallery 50, features 24 paintings of Rae Hamilton, a former career writer and web designer from Washington, D.C.

He is also a skilled oil painter who paints mostly landscapes and animals from his studio in Parkton, Md.

"Light to me is everything," Hamilton explains. "If you have a chair in a dark room, the chair is not there because you cannot see it... but depending on how that chair is lit, from the side, or the top, or underneath, it changes the chair. So if you can capture that, you can paint," he says!

When he worked in Washington, D.C. he would often come to Bethany with his children, and that is how he started painting marsh scenes. "When I moved up to Baltimore County," Hamilton explains, "I kind of had to learn how to paint again because it is all hills."

He says painting mountains is a much different experience than marshes and requires a different skill set.

Hamilton used to exhibit his work at the Rehoboth Art League shows on a regular basis. As a result, he was invited to Gallery 50 for this, his first solo exhibition. This show will be on display through August 29.



The book signings for Land of Fun: The Story of an Amusement Park for the Ages were amazingly well attended. The next book event at Funland will be Sunday, August 18, from 4 to 6 p.m.

"This is the third such book signing at Funland," says Chris Lindsley, the book's author. "The first two have been very well attended, and the interaction between Al Fasnacht and the Funland customers has been great," he added.

Land of Fun is the best-selling book this summer at Browseabout Books! See the Land of Fun website for more info.


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Photos courtesy Christopher Darr


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MERR INVESTIGATES DEAD SEA TURTLE--- Suzanne Thurman, MERR Institute executive director, says the only case MERR investigated this past week was that of a big dead loggerhead which was discovered Sunday morning in Dewey. She did not specify a cause of death yet.


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Southern Delaware Tourism launches new mobile app

Raptors send seagulls fleeing from Ocean City, N.J.

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No, there is not poop everywhere: Clearing up the issue of bacteria at the beach

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"Donut Boy" completes mission, hands police donuts in all 50 states

New Delaware state record set for caught false albacore tuna

Ellendale's long wait for clean water ends

Route 1, Route 16 traffic light remains an issue

Milton police seeking drug suspect

Tidewater presents plans for new wastewater plant near Milton

Man killed in crash on Lewes-Georgetown Highway in Harbeson (last Tuesday morning)

DelDOT unveils timetable for Route 1 improvements

Fix on way for Five Points backups

Rehoboth Beach celebrates National Exchange Visitor Day

Looking back: 50 years of the Blade (references Rehoboth Beach)

Rehoboth residents wary of mixed use

Rehoboth set to approve 3-percent lodging tax

Rehoboth proceeds with its 3-percent lodging tax

Rehoboth emergency system saves lives

Rehoboth Grand seeks rezoning

No-smoking ban expands to Rehoboth municipal complex

Steamin' Blues Crab House opens in old Jake's Seafood spot

Delaware teen behind historical marker for lynching victim calls on thief to come forward (Silver Lake)

Lewes-Rehoboth Canal history program slated for August 15

Dewey commissioners raise police officer salaries

Report: Dewey police department understaffed, underpaid

World skimboarding championship at Dewey Summer Vibes Fest

Region readies for Flounder Pounder Open (Indian River)

Ocean View man arrested for 7th DUI (last Thursday)

New downtown Ocean City hotel site plan revisions approved

Coast Guard rescues woman near Assawoman Bay (early last Wednesday)

Pilot was fish-spotting before emergency landing in ocean

'Legend' has fished in all 46 White Marlin Opens

U.S. Route 50 drawbridge now functioning

'Somebody could have died' in pontoon capsizing, passenger says (previous weekend)



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