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WEEKEND #14, 2013

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware



One man recycles all trash from the beach in Dewey; nobody in Rehoboth!

During the summer, David Lynam, just one man, is responsible for emptying 200 trash cans on the beach in Dewey. For more than 20 years, well before he was required to do so, he started recycling and continues to do so without receiving grant money.

As part of the concession agreement he has with the town for chair and umbrella rentals, Lynam agrees to empty the beach trash bins.

Forcing him to handle the town's beach trash while running the beach rentals has him trying to constantly improve how he handles the waste. "I am in the position where I have to be smart," he states.

He admits he makes a few dollars from the aluminum. And he dumps plastic, any glass and whatever other recyclables he can in the Delaware Solid Waste Authority (DSWA) bins. It is in his best interest to recycle as much as possible, because ultimately he pays to dispose of the remaining trash which he stores in a dumpster. He pulls that dumpster along the beach on a trailer behind his truck. He says about half of the beach trash is recyclable.

Lynam takes pride with his efficiency and technique. He says he has placed seven to 10 cans at each of the town's street ends.

He says one rarely sees one of his cans overflow. "It's really not that hard," he states.

Every day during the summer he picks up recyclables from the bins and four days a week he empties the trash.

Lynam is known for his efforts in "smartening up the cans" (as he calls it). He frequently is seen wearing long rubber gloves to dig through the trash and further remove items that do not belong in that barrel.

"The beach recycling works very well," says Dewey Beach Mayor Diane Hanson. "There are plenty of barrels at the exit from the beach for people to appropriately discard whatever trash they may have. Each barrel is clearly marked as aluminum cans, plastic bottles, or trash."

Lynam said he would appreciate more cooperation from some of those who do not make an effort when it comes to recycling and sorting their beach trash. He also says he deals frequently with visitors and property owners who illegally dump bags of unsorted household trash in the beach bins.

Glass is prohibited on the beach, but Lynam has found that visitors often discard glass bottles with the plastic ones. That makes it easy since he takes those containers to a DSWA one-stream recycling bin. Another man takes the broken beach chairs and umbrellas and sells them for scrap.

It's "really not that hard," Lynam states. He invites officials from Rehoboth to spend the morning with him on the beach in Dewey.

You don't need a tractor like Rehoboth, he says. Just place two dumpsters on a trailer and pull it with a truck, much like he does.

He says Rehoboth typically places individual cans along the dune fence, even in areas which have little pedestrian traffic. Rehoboth does not recycle beach trash (other than broken chairs and umbrellas which are collected by the front-end loader that tows the trash wagon).

Rehoboth's beach trash is sealed in plastic bags and taken to the landfill. These bags cost about 30 cents each. Dewey does not use plastic bags.

Lynam notes that Rehoboth had a grant for a beach recycling program. That grant purchased recycling bins, four tipping dumpsters and accompanying trailers. The program lasted about a year. Lynam says he never received any grant money for his efforts.

Another big difference is that Rehoboth has public works staff. Dewey has no public works, just the one town maintenance man who sometimes has an assistant.

Lynam says for Rehoboth he would recommend five to 10 barrels on either side of each street end. That would include bins for trash, cans and plastic bottles. People seem more inclined to recycle if the trash and recycle bins are in close proximity.

He also analyzes people's recycling behavior. Typically Lynam leaves a small collection of plastic bottles or aluminum cans in the respective barrel. This provides a good visual reminder for people who deposit trash without reading the label on the barrel, and makes them feel they are contaminating the barrel if they deposit the wrong item.

Lynam also services South Bethany too! He gets started at 6 a.m. every summer day while his father handles the beach and umbrella rentals in half of Rehoboth and North Shores.

The August Delaware Beach Life features this article on the history of the Catts-Lynam beach rentals.

Recycling "is not a liberal or conservative thing to do... a democrat or republican thing to do," Lynam states, "It's the right thing to do... so rip your bag open and recycle. It'll make you feel good."

Lynam photos courtesy Tony Johnson Crivella



Suzanne Thurman, executive director of the MERR Institute, said Sunday evening that she has been overwhelmed investigating dolphin and sea turtle deaths this weekend. As of Sunday evening, she has investigated six dolphins and two sea turtles since Friday.

This dead sea turtle was found in the surf between Rehoboth and Dewey early Saturday morning.

Thurman says the crashed shell suggests it appears to have been the victim of dredging.



The Boardwalk Plaza on Olive Avenue in Rehoboth Beach was evacuated around 8 p.m. Monday after smoke was reported in the pool room. Firefighters found no fire, just a haze of smoke, and guests were allowed to return after firefighters cleared the building.



With the increasing popularity of golf carts, Gators, the Polaris and other similar vehicles used to get around in resort communities, people sometimes ask: When are these vehicles required to have a license plate?

Although commonly thought of as golf carts, says Mike Williams, spokesman for the Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles, the vehicles we typically see around downtown Rehoboth Beach are classified as "Low Speed Vehicles" (LSV) -- not golf carts!

Williams says LSV's are titled and registered with the DMV, so they should display a license plate. This webpage explains LSV registration in more detail.

Low Speed Vehicles are manufactured to the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards and Regulations (FMVSS), Williams points out, which require elements such as safety belts, lights, etc.

The Delaware DMV does not register golf carts -- or any other vehicle -- that is not manufactured to FMVSS, Williams says. Part of the FMVSS is that the manufacturer certifies it meets the standard.

"If private communities choose to allow golf carts on roads within the community and they are not on 'public' roads -- they can do that, but it's not safe," Williams states. "Golf carts are made for golf courses where they are on cart paths, not roads or highways with other vehicles."

"It's pretty simple as to what should have a license plate: Any vehicle (LSV, moped, passenger car, etc.) operating on a public road must be titled and registered by DMV," he adds.

If the vehicle is traveling on state/public roads, he says the police are responsible for enforcement. The DMV has no enforcement powers.



Joanne DeFiore, the woman behind the successful Rehoboth Beach pop-up book, "A Day in Rehoboth Beach," explained the "Art of Illustration" at Thursday's Rehoboth Art League's monthly Salon hosted by the Village Improvement Association. This was the Third in RAL's Salon series.

DeFiore spoke about the importance of illustration in literature, poetry and in the creation of the book that she and her two professional artist grandsons began marketing last summer. They have sold 2000 copies in the first edition and are on their way to selling more in the second printing.

The book is thoughtfully designed and personal she says because they feature family members as characters in the book.

This video, created by grandson Brian Allen, a freelance graphic artist and the book's illustrator, provides a better understanding of how such a publication is created. Grandson Keith Allen -- the book's pop-up engineer and creator of the book is a professional artist who works for American Greetings -- has loved pop-up books since childhood.

They used reference photos from Rehoboth and Google Streetview. The challenge with pop-up books, he said, is that each object must appear on its own layer.

DeFiore was responsible for writing the text, developing the characters and marketing; Brian, drawing the illustrations and finances; Keith, creating the pop-up designs and production. Brian and Joanne also have authored a Rehoboth Beach Coloring and Activity Book.

Brian was also commissioned this past April to paint the mural in Funland's Haunted Mansion.

She is excited, thrilled and proud.


A replica of a 16th-century Spanish sailing vessel docked in Ocean City this past week. The ship will remain in O.C. through Sept. 2, with five of its six decks open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. for tours.

For details, see this article on OceanCity.com.

Photo courtesy Robert Gilbert


by Dagmar Kirchner Henney

Anita poses for photographer Brian MJ Beitzel in front of "Creation," one of her most recent works. It is an intriguing circular off-center composition that stresses balance. Please see her website for details. Paint on Anita!



Photo courtesy Tony Johnson Crivella




Rehoboth Beach Reads, the group that recently held a short story competition, has created an informational e-newsletter for writers. The newsletter, sample below, will contain news, tips, resources, contests, event information, and other content of interest to both experienced and novice writers.

Rehoboth Beach Reads was created by Cat & Mouse Press to support the local writing community. More information is available on the website or on the Facebook page.

The new newsletter will contain articles on writing and publishing, tips for self-improvement, computer help, book and other resource recommendations, news about the local writing scene, and other content based on reader suggestions. A monthly contest will add an element of fun.

To request a sample issue, send an e-mail to: nancy@catandmousepress.com.


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WOMAN ABDUCTED/ STRANGLED, OTHERS ASSAULTED/ ROBBED OUTSIDE REHOBOTH--- Delaware State Police have been investigating a series of three assaults and robberies in a seven-day period outside Rehoboth along Coastal Highway.

The most recent incident was reported around 1:35 a.m. Friday. Police say a 20-year-old Rehoboth woman walked her bicycle along Munchy Branch Road when she was accosted and assaulted by a black man who forced her into a vehicle which was then driven toward Costal Highway. According to one source, the man punched her in the face and attempted to strangle her. When the vehicle reached the intersection of Munchy Branch Road and Coastal Highway, the victim exited the vehicle and ran to the Super G where bystanders called police. The victim was taken to Beebe Hospital where she was treated for minor injuries and released.

Around 12:50 a.m. last Tuesday, police say a 43-year-old Rehoboth man was robbed as he rode his bicycle behind the WSFS Bank on Coastal Highway. A black male suspect pushed him off of the bicycle, threatened him with a small knife and demanded money. The victim complied and the suspect fled. The victim was not injured.

The previous Friday, around 11:10 p.m., a 31-year-old Dover woman was with her 28-year-old husband on Hebron Road near Glade Road. The couple told police they were robbed and assaulted by two men. She could only describe the suspects as two black men in their early 20's. He had no recollection of the incident.

An extensive discussion took place on the Canal Pointe e-mail group on Yahoo. One man, who said he was the victim, posted a message stating that he suffered a concussion and had stitches in his lip. He said his wife suffered an orbital fracture on her eye. Both of them had their phones stolen along with his wife's purse. "I have no memory of the assault other than coming to my senses in Milford Memorial Hospital," he wrote in the e-mail message. "I didn't ask for a community outcry, neither did my wife, we certainly don't wish to harm the good name(?) and reputation of Canal Pointe by bringing light to an ongoing issue. How about just rallying to put lights up on Hebron because it's the right thing, not just as a reactionary measure to a bad incident."

CAB STOLEN AT KNIFE-POINT BY INTOXICATED MAN--- An intoxicated man stole a purple Dodge Caravan Target Taxi at knife-point around 6 p.m. Saturday. It happened on 120th Street. The man reportedly took off on foot about 10 minutes later. Police have not said if the man was ever captured.

FOX STRUCK, KILLED BY CAR AFTER BITING WOMAN--- A 57-year-old Rehoboth Beach woman walking her dog was bitten in her left calf by a fox around 8:10 a.m. Friday. Police Chief Keith Banks says shortly after the woman was attacked by the fox on the dirt road on the northbound side of the cemetery on Henlopen Avenue, the fox was struck and killed by a vehicle. She went to Beebe Hospital for treatment. Chief Banks says the Delaware Division of Public Health has been notified of the incident and the SPCA has collected the animal for testing.


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Send your best summer and fall shots of anglers to the Division of Fish and Wildlife's fishing photo contest

Print online versions of new Delaware hunting maps for state wildlife areas

Delaware State Parks announces changes in lifeguard hours for Labor Day Weekend 2013

DNREC's Delaware wetlands conference set for January 2014; proposals for presentations being accepted through Sept. 30

Delaware firefighters now headed to Coin Mountain Fire in Idaho's Payette National Forest

Route 1 effort to boost pedestrian safety

Silver Lake dredging plan switches gears (Rehoboth)

Danaher, Hanson, Legates to serve on Dewey Beach town council, Sept. 2013-2015

Wet, cool summer keeps beach goers dry and safe

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