WEEKEND #14, 2020

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

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Deadline to file to run for commissioner and to register to vote is 5 p.m. this Thursday

As of 4 p.m. Friday, only William J. Stevens along with incumbent Commissioners David Moskowitz and Gary S. Persinger had filed to run for the two commissioner seats that are up for grabs. Here they were at the Dewey Lions Club candidate forum in 2018.

This would appear to be a rematch of the 2018 election if it were not for the fact that Dewey resident Peter Briccotto has been repeatedly stating on social media in recent weeks that he is going to be running for commissioner as well. Attempts to reach Briccotto over the weekend have been unsuccessful although he is expected to file shortly.


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This past week -- ironically the same week as the Democratic National Convention -- Rehoboth Beach police received five complaints regarding thefts of Biden campaign signs from the Country Club Estates area.

Biden signs were taken from two properties on State Road on Sunday and another last Monday. Police also received a theft report from Country Club Drive last Monday but that theft actually happened two days earlier, says Lt. Jaime Riddle, police spokesman. On Thursday, a short woman in her 20's with long bright red hair was seen taking a Biden sign from a property on Sandalwood Street, he said. She wore a teal-colored shirt and a black mask and fled in a black Jeep SUV.

In other Biden news, the Biden beach home switched to "visit mode" this past weekend. So keep the camera handy!

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Another "recreational water advisory" was issued this past Thursday following bacterial test results that were above the standard. This particular test location at Rehoboth Avenue, which is close to one of the stormwater outfall pipes, was issued a previous advisory on July 30. This swimming advisory was not a beach closing, nor did this advisory affect the entire beach. This sign was posted to the rear of the Rehoboth Avenue lifeguard stand. Typically the lifeguards then expand the no-swimming area around the jetty and outfall pipe.

Officials speculated that these bacteria most likely originated from wildlife sources and increased rainfall, waves or wildlife feeding near the surf, such as shorebirds, marine mammals or other warm-blooded animals. According to the Rehoboth DEOS weather station, the city had 0.65 inch of rain last Wednesday, the same day the sample in question was taken. The advisory was issued at 3:45 p.m. on Thursday and lifted at 2:45 p.m. on Friday after Thursday's re-test sample was within the limits.

The current advisory status and history of test results for monitored recreational waters in Delaware, including ocean and bay beaches as well as some inland ponds, is posted at https://recwaters.dnrec.delaware.gov/. Anyone can sign up at that site to be notified of water advisories when they are issued.


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Firefighters were called to the Houston White Co. steakhouse on Rehoboth Avenue around 2:30 p.m. last Tuesday after a carbon monoxide detector activated.

Arriving firefighters reported a CO level of 200ppm which is high enough to cause dizziness, nausea and fatigue. They found that an exhaust vent was missing from a gas hot water heater. The firefighters ventilated the building to clear the gas and called for a building inspector. No injuries were reported.



The driver of this smashed-up Cadillac CTS was arrested after he and the CTS were discovered around 9 p.m. last Friday. Rehoboth Beach police found the driver and his smashed CTS leaking transmission fluid in the 300 block of Stockley Street.

About an hour earlier, a car matching the description had been involved in a hit-and-run crash on Coastal Highway near Sea Air Avenue.

The state trooper who investigated that accident was called to this scene where he administered a sobriety test. The driver was later placed under arrest. No word yet from the state police on specific charges.


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These two SUVs were involved in a crash at 1st Street and Olive Avenue around 3:40 p.m. last Tuesday.

Lt. Jaime Riddle, police spokesman, says one driver was charged with disregarding a stop sign.

Fire/EMS personnel had responded to the scene, but occupants from both vehicles declined an ambulance ride to the hospital.


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In 1873, the Rehoboth Beach Camp Meeting Association bought land in what is now the City of Rehoboth Beach for the purposes of creating a religious retreat. Shown is a tabernacle structure built in 1968 celebrating the 95th Anniversary of the founding of that association. In recognition of the city's religious roots, the Rehoboth Beach Historical Society is sponsoring a two-part online program, the first of which "airs" this Thursday on Zoom.

The area now known as Rehoboth Beach began as a Methodist Campground. Since that time many other denominations have created their own houses of worship in Rehoboth. This Conversations on History program is actually a preview of an exhibition the museum plans to display next summer. Paula Roberts, the museum's exhibit manager, will talk about what she has learned of faith traditions while researching the city's different congregations.

Details are on the RBM website.

Photos courtesy Rehoboth Beach Historical Society


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Striped burrfish washed up on Rehoboth Beach. He put him back in the water by Robert Nowak with iPhone XS...



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MERR NEWS--- Suzanne Thurman from the MERR Institute says that her organization had investigated the death of four loggerhead sea turtles this past week. Two appeared to have died from boat propeller strikes and the other two were undetermined. Three of the sea turtles were found at Broadkill and the other was at Gordon's Pond.


SURVEILLANCE VIDEO SHOWS WOMAN DRIVING ACROSS LAWNS--- Ring surveillance video posted to Nextdoor this past Thursday showed what appeared to be a confused older woman driving over a lawn in the Rehoboth Beach Yacht & Country Club around 2 a.m. Commenting on the post was Rep. Pete Schwartzkopf who said she was an 88-year-old woman who lives down the road from him. He had contacted the state police who issued an alert for her. She was at one point tracked to Cheswold and Dover. Troopers were eventually able to contact her and talked to her until she made it home safely around 6 a.m. She had been gone for about eight hours, he pointed out. "She is home and safe and the car keys have been taken from her! The DSP handled it with special care..." he said, noting that "The Nextdoor app really paid off today."


MOUNTAIRE WORKERS INJURED IN GRAIN SILO MISHAP--- Two Mountaire Farms workers were injured when a grain silo experienced a structural compromise. According to an EMS report, grain covered both men for about five to 10 minutes. It was reported around 8 a.m. last Thursday at the Mountaire Farms facility on John J. Williams Highway near Millsboro. Both men were taken to the hospital with what sounded like non-life threatening injuries.


BOAT RUNS ONTO ROCKS AT INDIAN RIVER INLET, GETS STUCK--- Several agencies responded after a 33-foot Grady-White Express was getting knocked around by waves and became stranded on the north jetty at the Indian River Inlet around 9:15 p.m. last Thursday. None of the four persons on board were injured. About 30 minutes later, Sea Tow Delmarva pulled the vessel off the rocks and towed it to a marina. Photos and video are on Delaware Surf Fishing website.


SERIOUS CRASH NEAR ASSATEAGUE--- Two persons were injured, one critically, after a crash on Stephen Decatur Highway just west of Assateague around 10:20 p.m. last Thursday. The critical patient was a woman with a head injury who was flown to a trauma center.


FOURTH KITTEN HAS FOUND A HOME--- The kitten that Bob Harrison said was still on the streets last week has been located. It has been adopted by a resident on Grove Street who has already taken it to the vet and is bottle-feeding it. The mother continues to rove Grove Park and nearby streets. See this Cape Gazette article for more on cat/kitten rescue.


VAN GETS STUCK ON DEAUVILLE DUNE CROSSOVER--- Police found a woman in a large van that was stuck on the dune crossover at the Deauville lot around 4:15 a.m. last Friday. No word yet from police on charges, if any, nor how she was able to enter the lot after closing. A tow truck was used to remove the van.


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Man threatening to jump from Chesapeake Bay Bridge holds officials at bay for 20+ hours

Delaware back on NY list of quarantine states

Man finds message in a bottle on Broadkill River from 1985

Lewes Beach dune crossings widened

Lewes police granted overtime through end of year

$12,000 in merchandise taken from Rehoboth Victoria's Secret (previous Sunday)

Woman arrested after she threatens man with gun, drives off with him in her pickup

Best places to retire in America (Rehoboth #12)

Cities with the highest flood risk in every state (mentions Rehoboth)

Seawitch postponed until 2021

Rehoboth parking revenue expected to be down $2 million

AT&T installs 5G cell tower feet from Rehoboth boardwalk

After nearly 50 years, Nicola Pizza plans to move to Lewes

After 50 years, Nicola Pizza to leave Rehoboth in 2021

Covid-Be-Damned mini-Jazz Festival coming to Rehoboth/Dewey in October

Man faces felony theft charge for stealing 80-year-old woman's bike from Royal Farms

Irish man returns Rehoboth VFW flag 20 years after theft

Meterless Monday Arts Garden held weekly in Rehoboth

Carper, Mills discuss pandemic effect on Rehoboth bandstand

The "Rehoboth Beach" song, by Mitch Townley and Sol Knopf

Dewey Beer given green light for Harbeson facility

Dewey Beach raising money for beach access wheelchairs

Dewey Beach group speculates less testing caused decline in Covid cases

Dollar General store in Millsboro sells for more than $2 million

Md regulators OK change to jumbo wind turbines for Skipjack project

Renowned Wall Street firm invests in Maryland offshore wind project

Boat catches fire 3 miles south of Ocean City (Thursday)



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