WEEKEND #12, 2023
August 14, 2023
Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
BIDENS RETURN FOR MORE BEACH TIME!
While not as lengthy as his previous visit, the President returned this past Friday for his 18th visit to his beach house since entering office.
He arrived via Marine One early Friday evening accompanied by the traditional two decoys and the state police helicopter. The First Lady had already been here since Tuesday.
Photo courtesy Richard Tananis
Saturday mass remains the public's best chance to get a glimpse of the President and his entourage.
Here he was arriving for mass at Saint Edmond Roman Catholic Church. A crowd gathered across the street and cheered when he waved as he entered the church for the 5:30 p.m. mass.
The President is typically the last one in and the first one out, so we rarely see photos of him from inside the church. But here's one!
Photo courtesy Joe Bradley
The President returned to his beach house after mass. This was once again his only trip into town.
As police were preparing for the President's arrival at the church around 4:40 p.m., several officers including those from Dewey Beach responded around the corner to the ocean block of Brooklyn Avenue after a domestic disturbance required additional officers to get it under control. Police took one man into custody, but no word yet on charges.
On Sunday, the Bidens went for a bike ride in the Cape Henlopen State Park in the morning and later met EU Ambassador Mark Gitenstein and his wife, Libby, here on the beach in North Shores after 5 p.m.
They had a lengthy conversation.
The President is scheduled to return via Marine One this morning.
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REHOBOTH POLICE SEEK SUSPECT WHO PASSED BOGUS $100 BILL
Rehoboth Beach police are asking for help identifying this guy who paid with a bogus $100 bill at a boardwalk business on Friday, August 4. This is one of the few counterfeit cases so far this summer.
The counterfeit was not a good one according to one source who saw the bill which had a blue stripe down the middle that was not colorful and not reflective. The bill was also labeled as "motion picture money."
The suspect was described as a white male, 20-25 years of age, between 5'8" and 5'10" tall, and weighing around 200-230 pounds.
Anyone who can provide any information as to the identity and/or location of the suspect pictured is asked to please contact Cpl. Jeffrey Bixler at (302) 227-2577.
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TEEN ON BIKE STRUCK BY SUV IN DOWNTOWN REHOBOTH
Just before 4 p.m. on Sunday, a woman in her late teens suffered facial injuries after she was knocked off her bike here at 1st Street and Maryland Avenue in Rehoboth Beach.
She was taken to the hospital by ambulance. The driver of the striking auto, a Toyota SUV, remained at the scene. No word yet from the police on any charges.
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DILEMMA: WHAT TO DO ABOUT MAN ACTING ODDLY ON REHOBOTH AVE?
Rehoboth Beach police have been struggling with this odd case for the past weekend. They have received multiple complaints over the past few days from callers who stated that this man was behaving oddly and accosting people as they visited various shops mostly along Rehoboth Avenue.
The police spoke with him several times. It does not appear he had broken any law, although there was one report that he may have threatened somebody. Regardless, none of the complainants decided to pursue any charges.
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DEVICES TRACKING TRAFFIC FOR $150K STUDY IN REHOBOTH
Charles "C.R." McLeod, DelDOT spokesman, identified this device as a side-mounted radar counter that tracks traffic volume and speeds.
The devices are mushrooming along the streets in downtown Rehoboth Beach.
Lynne Coan, city spokeswoman, says this is part of this $150,000 parking and traffic study being conducted by a Maryland-based civil engineering and planning company, the Rossi Group.
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STOP WORK ORDER LIFTED FOR EAST LAKE DRIVE LOT
Earlier this month, a "stop work order" had been issued for this lot under construction at 100 East Lake Drive near Silver Lake in Rehoboth Beach.
Lynne Coan, city spokeswoman, says the stop work order was issued to this property because of damage to trees during the construction process. Trees on the property designated to be saved as well as city trees were topped, which is in violation of the city's code, she said.
The property owners were required to submit a treatment plan for the trees, developed by a certified arborist, in order to mitigate the damage, Coan said.
That plan has been submitted, and the stop work order was lifted last Wednesday morning, August 9.
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2023 DELAWARE ARTIST FELLOWS HONORED AT CAMP REHOBOTH
CAMP Rehoboth hosted the annual Delaware Division of the Arts award winners at a ceremony last Thursday. The Division offers fellowships in the artistic disciplines of choreography, folk art, jazz, literature, media arts, music and visual arts. Artists' work is judged by nationally recognized out-of-state arts professionals.
This year, 118 artists submitted work and 17 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 here. This is the seventh year that CAMP Rehoboth has hosted the event.
This year's program included a macramé demonstration, a presentation with readings, and an art talk. Kim Leisey, CAMP Rehoboth's new executive director, delivered the opening remarks.
Russ Huxtable, state senator, and representatives from the Delaware Division of the Arts, and the Biggs Museum also attended.
IVA (Emily Tepe) (established music, contemporary performance artist, Wilmington) performed during the reception.
Charlese Phillips (emerging interdisciplinary, Smyrna) demonstrated her macramé technique to make an owl.
This is Barbara Proud (masters, visual arts of photography, Wilmington). Her project involves photographing portraits of gender non-conforming families across the country.
Here is Bryant "Tee" Bell, (emerging visual arts, painting, Dover) with his wife, Zoe, and his artwork.
This exhibition will remain on display at CAMP Rehoboth through September 8.
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FISHER RETURNS TO GALLERY 50 WITH "COASTAL REFLECTIONS"
Gary Fisher, an artist who hardly needs an introduction in town, opened his latest exhibition, "Coastal Reflections," this past Friday at Gallery 50 in downtown Rehoboth Beach.
This exhibition ranges from textural abstract landscapes to brilliantly colored still life. His oil paintings are inspired by the beautiful sunrises and sunsets reflecting the rich colors of the local wetlands and coastal inlets.
"I have been painting for 40 years and this passion I have still drives me to record on canvas the beauty Mother Nature proves to me on my daily bike rides, hikes and travels," Fisher says.
"My work has definitely evolved over the years. I really think this show contains among the most complex and beautiful work I have created," he added.
This show runs through August 30. See the Gallery 50 website for info.
Photos courtesy Dale McGann and Gary Fisher
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THE MERR REPORT--- Suzanne Thurman from the MERR Institute says her organization investigated the deaths of two loggerhead sea turtles, one at Herring Point and one in the Rehoboth Bay near Dewey. Both had boat prop injuries, she noted.
POLICE INVESTIGATE HIT-&-RUN CRASH--- Just before 8 p.m. Sunday, Rehoboth Beach police investigated a hit-and-run crash involving an older Toyota Camry and a moped at 1st Street and Rehoboth Avenue. The Toyota fled the scene. The moped operator declined an ambulance to the hospital.
POLICE RESCUE DOG FROM HOT CAR--- Rehoboth Beach police pulled a dog from a hot Chevy Cruze parked in the ocean block of New Castle Street this past Friday around 2:40 p.m. The dog was taken to the police station. No word yet from the police on any charges.
COASTAL HIGHWAY CRASH INJURES 3 AND DETOURS WEEKEND TRAFFIC--- Around 12:45 p.m. this past Saturday, a two-vehicle head-on crash on Coastal Highway north of the Indian River Inlet bridge sent three to the hospital, one by helicopter, and disrupted traffic for about an hour. More info is on the RB VFC website.
GIRL INJURED IN SURF, FLOWN TO TRAUMA CENTER--- Just before 3:45 p.m. on Sunday, a 14-year-old girl fell from a boogie board while in the surf off Delaware Avenue in Fenwick Island. She was conscious but with a lack of motor skills. So the state police helicopter flew her and a parent to a trauma center for further evaluation.
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