WEEKEND #13, 2021

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

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There will be no election this summer in Dewey Beach. While Commissioners Paul Bauer and David Jasinski filed to seek another term, Mayor Dale Cooke decided to step down. The only other candidate to file for one of the three seats by last Thursday's deadline was Dr. Elisabeth Gibbings.

"I wanted to give myself a break and enjoy my children and grandchildren as I and they get older," Mayor Cooke wrote in an email to supporters last week. "I made the decision not to run for office during the coming election. With a new Town Manager and the town in a fairly good budgetary position, it's time for me to move on," he said.

Dr. Gibbings and her husband, Doug Marlowe, have been coming to Dewey Beach for more than 20 years and purchased a condo in town two years ago. She is a clinical psychologist by training and has worked in Delaware and Pennsylvania since the late 1980s, serving as the clinical director of a free-standing psychiatric facility, as a professor in graduate psychology programs and as a private practitioner.

She has also served in elected positions within her state professional organization (Delaware Psychological Association), including president, and within the national professional organization (American Psychological Association) as a member of the Council of Representatives.

The Dewey Beach Civic League will sponsor a "Meet the Candidates Forum" next Saturday at 4 p.m. on the deck at the Hyatt Place.


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Last Wednesday, a running vehicle caught fire in the three-car garage of this house in the Hawkseye Community off Gills Neck Road near Lewes. The fire was reported just before 7 p.m. on Peregrine Road and spread into the attached house minutes later.

It took firefighters from several fire companies about 40 minutes to bring the blaze under control. No injuries were reported and damages were estimated at $400,000 by the Office of the State Fire Marshal.

Photos courtesy Lewes Fire Dept., Inc.



The combination of downpours with lightning and Tropical Storm Henri passing off the coast created an excellent opportunity for weather photography the past few days.

Susan Howard captured the thunderstorm from Dewey Beach early Sunday. The Rehoboth Boardwalk DEOS weather station recorded a total of 3.75 inches of rain from this past Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

David Koster of Portraits in The Sands photographed the incoming tide at Gordon's Pond as Henri churned off the coast around 6:30 p.m. on Saturday.

A short time later, Richard Tananis captured this seascape looking toward Cape May and the storm.

After Henri passed Delaware, Larry Hoffman photographed the big waves that continued to pound the beach on Sunday.

Amazingly, there were few reports of flooding and wind damage. The strongest wind gust during the three-day period was recorded at 11:40 a.m. Sunday which was about 23 m.p.h.


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After a year's absence in 2020, the Dewey Beach tradition made a triumphant return this past Saturday. Thousands of revelers attended the 24th annual Running of the Bull. Sam Calagione, founder of Dogfish Head, was victorious as the celebrity matador! That's him trying not to get gored by the bull!

As The Starboard news release explained so thoughtfully: During the event, the crowd of imbibed bull-centric athletes are chased down the shoreline and back into The Starboard where the matter of deciding who will reign victorious in the "big ring" each year is settled just moments before the fight occurs in a stunning combination of choreography and beer shooters. Appropriately, here was Calagione with his wife, Mariah, surrounded by the cheering spectators.

The Calagiones were not the only celebrities at the event. Steve "Monty" Montgomery of The Starboard took a selfie with Bull Run "celebrity" guests Slapshot and Screech of the Washington Capitals and Nationals.

The event is a fundraiser for the Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company.

See Cody Decker's report for more from the event.

Photos courtesy Steve "Monty" Montgomery


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A ceremony last Monday at the Lewes ferry terminal recognized the new Harbor of Refuge Lighthouse Forever stamp and the organization that maintains the lighthouse, the Delaware River & Bay Lighthouse Foundation (DRBLHF). Here is Lewes Mayor Theodore Becker and Red Moulinier, former DRBLHF president.

It took about eight years, says Moulinier, who helped start the Forever stamp project in 2013 as DRBLHF president. A contractor for the Postal Service had contacted the organization and asked for photos, he said. The artist, Howard Koslow, died soon after working with the foundation to complete the design which left the project in limbo. So DRBLHF members were delighted when the Postal Service finally delivered the Harbor of Refuge Lighthouse postage stamp along with four other Mid-Atlantic lighthouses earlier this month at another ceremony at Navesink Highlands, N.J.

Founded in 1999, the DRBLHF was prepared for the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act of 2000 which allowed private non-profit organizations to take ownership of lighthouses that the Coast Guard no longer wanted to maintain. Rick Ziegler, current DRBLHF president, says the foundation took ownership of the black and white lighthouse on the outer breakwater in 2004. The foundation is a nonprofit all-volunteer organization that relies on public donations and memberships, Ziegler pointed out. While the memberships and donations keep the lighthouse painted regularly and cover minor repairs, he says larger projects such as the windows, dock repairs and the collar around the base require grant money.

The outer breakwater lighthouse was built in 1926 and should not be confused with the red Delaware Breakwater East End Lighthouse on the inner breakwater which is not an active light and is owned by the state. The two breakwaters the lighthouses are built on are owned by the federal government, maintained by the Army Corps of Engineers and are part of the National Harbor of Refuge.

Moulinier said the organization has had significant challenges including an insurance increase in one year of 400 percent, 13 docks built in seven years and continued fundraising. "We really worked hard for what we are doing with the foundation," he added, "but we have got a good core group of volunteers that really care about the lighthouse."

Moulinier says the naysayers ask why do we need the lighthouse when we have GPS and radar in this age of modern technology. "I have heard that many times," he added, "they don't see the value in stuff like that. That's the battle we fight all the time."

For more info see the DRBLHF website, this YouTube video from recent lighthouse work trips and this Cape Gazette article.

Photos courtesy Red Moulinier and Dale Sheldon


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Rehoboth Beach's historic tradition of "piping out" the summer on Labor Day with a joyous musical parade on the boardwalk is again being led by the Rehoboth Beach Historical Society and Museum. Revelers with musical instruments of any and all varieties are asked to gather on the boardwalk at 5:30 p.m., Labor Day, September 6, in front of the Henlopen Hotel. The ensemble will then proceed to "pipe out" down the boardwalk to the bandstand. The historical society is providing kazoos for people without instruments.

"Piping out" originated in the mid- to late-1950s by the late bandleader and trombonist Sammy Ferro whose orchestra played for dances held at the old Henlopen Hotel. At the last dance of the summer on Labor Day, Ferro would take his band "to the boards" followed by his audience, and then lead a spontaneous musical parade down the boardwalk to the vicinity of Rehoboth Avenue.

This year musician John Witmer, who is helping organize the event, plans to play Sammy's own trombone, which is part of the museum's collection of historic objects.

See the museum's website for more info.

Photo courtesy David Koster, PortraitsInTheSand.com


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The Rehoboth Beach Historical Society is hosting another open house for the historic Anna Hazzard Tent House this coming Wednesday. A portion of this historic structure dates back to 1895. It was the original home of Methodist minister Rev. Adams during the time of the Methodist camp meetings. Once owned by Anna Hazzard, the first female licensed realtor in Delaware, it was later donated to the city by its last owners, Mr. and Mrs. Ronald James. The house was moved from its home on Baltimore Avenue to its current location at 17 Christian Street in 1975.

Visitors are welcome between 10 a.m. and noon this Wednesday. No reservations are required. There will be lemonade and cookies, and visitors can learn more about Anna Hazzard and the camp meeting era in Rehoboth Beach from the society's volunteers. See the RBM website for more info.

Photo courtesy Rehoboth Beach Historical Society


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After having been diagnosed with brain cancer and having battled through two brain surgeries and serious complications, attorney Robert Brams refuses to accept what he has learned about his prognosis -- that his days are numbered. Brams looks and acts like the best of us, and he actually worked in Rehoboth with four friends more than 40 years ago. He returned this past weekend to The Coffee Mill on Rehoboth Avenue to sign copies of his inspirational new book, Forever Optimistic: Fighting Brain Cancer, Finding Your Best Path, and Leading a Life With Purpose. Here he is with Delaware Senator Nicole Poore and Bob Cartwright, The Coffee Mill co-owner, on the right.

Brams says people need to stay focused on their diet and health, minimize the complexities in their lives and simplify, exercise regularly, avoid stressful situations and surround themselves with only the most positive of people. "Try to do meaningful things in the world," he explains, "Figure out your passion and where you can have the greatest impact in the world." His new passion, naturally, is beating brain cancer!

He started writing his book just for therapeutic and cathartic exercise. "With all that I went through on the medical front," Brams explains, "it gave me comfort to unravel my thoughts about life on paper... The more I wrote, the greater clarity I was felt in how I should lead my life and guide my family... I found that I had some useful things to say and that a book intended to help others made sense."

The first publisher Brams approached in New York City knew what an incredible story he had to share and quickly forwarded him a contract. To go to only one publisher was "something of a miracle," Brams recalls. Skyhorse is the publisher and Simon & Schuster is selling and distributing his inspirational book worldwide. Miracles don't surprise Brams. "I've been blessed with plenty," he says.

Please see his book's website for info and read more about him on Amazon.

Photo courtesy Robert Brams


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A look inside: Delaware Beach Life August 2021 issue



The magazine with the wonderful articles and incredible photography invites you to enter its 15th annual photography contest for amateur photographers.

"I always look forward to seeing how photographers capture the diversity of the coastal environment in the images they submit to the Delaware Beach Life photography contest," says Terry Plowman, DBL publisher. "It's a visual celebration of where we live," he adds.

Here are two winners of the 2020 photo contest. Jerry amEnde's photo won 1st place for wildlife...

And second place for people was awarded to Tara Terese Boesch...

Please see the DBL website for more info about the contest. The deadline is September 15.


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Rehoboth sunrise by Rick Tananis...

Golden sunrise at Herring Point by Susan Howard...

Rehoboth Beach sunrise by Dale Sheldon...

Interested in photography? Enter Rehoboth's calendar photo competition here: Rehoboth Reflections


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MERR REPORT--- Suzanne Thurman from the MERR Institute reports that last week her organization investigated the death of a loggerhead sea turtle in Indian Beach, south of Dewey. She says it was potentially struck by a ship propeller but she could not rule out a dredge impact. In other MERR news, the next MERR yard sale is scheduled for Saturday in Lewes.


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Cape May's largest undeveloped property preserved after 30-year legal fight

You're not the only one who thinks traffic to, around beaches is worse

Drive-on Delaware beaches are being incorrectly used and mistreated by some tag holders

Delaware State Parks to reduce lifeguard hours at some swimming beaches

Slaughter Beach officials want Sussex sewer service

Lincoln man charged with assault of officer

Delaware State Police Troop 7 to host community cafe this Tuesday!

Cape school board meeting ends in protest

Untreated wastewater enters Lewes canal

Former Lewes School will now be known as Lewes Elementary

Lewes residents request reserved parking

Lewes considers requiring fire suppression in new homes

Sea lice being seen more than usual this season in Rehoboth Beach

Jack Lingo Realtor continues Carvertise partnership

Rehoboth expected to use Covid funds on infrastructure

Clear Space files lawsuit challenging site plan denial

Rehoboth restaurants $3K gift card raffle drawing set Sept. 6

Rehoboth Beach Reads Short Story Contest winners named

5th Annual Beach Goes Red, White & Blue returns to Rehoboth on Sept. 4

Zap Pro/Am World Championships of Skimboarding hit Dewey

Dewey Beach Patrol receives donated beach wheelchairs

Restoration of World War II Tower 3 to begin

Groundbreaking held for Jane Clifton Ashford Center

Citizens appeal Terrapin Island decision

Tribute honors Aiken, a surf-fishing legend

Gathering in Ocean City after viral video, lawmakers call for more police accountability and reform

Ocean City arrest two motorists after stabbing moped rider

Jellyfish Festival returns to O.C. on Sept. 4-5



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