WEEKEND #14, 2023
August 28, 2023
Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
NO ELECTION THIS SEASON IN DEWEY BEACH!
The Thursday deadline to file to run for commissioner in Dewey Beach has passed with only the three incumbents filing to run for their respective seats.
The incumbent commissioners are David Jasinski, Elisabeth Gibbings and Paul Bauer. They will each serve two-year terms.
The three candidates/commissioners attended the annual Dewey Beach Civic League candidate forum this past Saturday at the lifesaving station. Discussion topics included future plans for the town, police funding, rising water, road safety, parking and the new town hall. The forum has been posted on YouTube.
Photo courtesy Pres. Diane Hanson, Dewey Beach Civic League
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CRIVELLA TO RETIRE FROM BEACH SWEEPING
Beach-sweeping legend Tony Crivella says this will be his final season cleaning the sands with his tractor and sweeper. Crivella got his start working for Catts in 1981 running one of the beach shacks in Dewey. In 1997, he became Dewey's first beach cleaning service. Prior to that, Dewey contracted once with Rehoboth Beach, but it was too much for Rehoboth to handle.
"When I arrived in the morning to work the shack," Crivella recalls, "I was impressed by how nice the beach looked. It stuck in my mind and I propositioned the town to retain my services in '97."
"It's been a wild ride in my time," he says, noting that he cleaned the beaches of not only Dewey but also Bethany, South Bethany, Sea Colony, Fenwick Island, the Cape Henlopen State Park's Gordon's Pond area when the tractor from Lewes couldn't cross because of piping plover nests and he worked on numerous outside contracts with the Army Corps of Engineers.
"I still very much enjoy, and have much passion in getting up at early hours in the mornings [1:30 to 2 a.m.] and making the beach as pristine as possible," he says. "As such, I never really had a real sabbatical or long vacation in the summer. My plan or goal is to travel." His family's ancestral home is Cefalù, a small seaside town in Sicily, Italy where the White Lotus Season 2 was filmed. "My dream for many years was to visit and perhaps I would like to spend four or five weeks visiting," he said.
"I want to give thanks to the Town of Dewey Beach for the love and support over the years," Crivella adds, "especially thanks to [town manager] Bill Zolper. I would like to offer to the town the opportunity to purchase my equipment; both the tractor and Barber Surf Rake are in the best of condition of my career."
"Tony did more than sweep the beach," says Zolper, who knew Crivella long before he became town manager. "He cared about the beach. Many early mornings he would contact me and provide beach/surf conditions, people sleeping overnight on the beach, and large dangerous objects... I knew Tony when he was working for Catts in the early '80s when I was guarding in Rehoboth, he will truly be missed," Zolper said.
He added that the Town of Dewey Beach will be looking to continue sweeping the beach during the summers.
Photos courtesy Tony Crivella, Dewey Beach Preservation & Raking 94
INSIDE THE REHOBOTH PRESIDENTIAL MOTORCADE
People here in Rehoboth -- and throughout the country -- are often fascinated by the presidential motorcade and how it differs from what we expect coming from Washington, D.C. Now that the President has come to his beach house nearly 20 times since entering office, we have had an opportunity to get a close look at the "Rehoboth" motorcade and how the vehicles are used.
The President is scheduled to return to his beach house this Friday for Labor Day Weekend, so it's not too late to catch a glimpse of his entourage!
Coming from Washington, D.C., the most obvious difference is that the limos are replaced with Chevy Suburban SUVs and the size of the Rehoboth motorcade is only around 20 vehicles.
The "lead" is typically a local police vehicle that runs several seconds ahead of the actual motorcade. The "lead" has a police officer along with a rep from the Secret Service whose primary responsibility is to manage the motorcade.
That police car is followed by this electronic countermeasures (ECM) vehicle which when activated is capable of jamming radio transmissions that might be used to control remote detonators, for example. This vehicle is distinctive as it has a black cigar antenna on the top and is the only vehicle to have a whip antenna on the rear bumper.
It is followed by a pair of similar Chevy Suburban SUVs, "Spare" and "Stagecoach." The first is used by Secret Service agents and the president's doctor while "Stagecoach," pictured here, is occupied by the President and his protection detail leader.
"Stagecoach" is followed by this Chevy Suburban with the light bar on top known as "Halfback" or the "follow" vehicle which has more agents.
Behind "Halfback" is the "control" vehicle, a distinctive Suburban with a raised roof which the @AtomicAnalyst says is occupied by the military aide carrying the "football" and perhaps some senior White House staff.
The next two Suburban SUVs are used by "Hawkeye," the counter-assault team (CAT). The White House staffers typically follow in two or three vans. In Rehoboth we typically see a white Ford Transit van which comes before the "black ambulance."
The black ambulance, known as "Hammer," provides hazmat mitigation in case of a chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear (CBRN) incident. It is also the rear of the "package." The vehicles between the bomb-jammer in the front and "Hammer" in the rear carry the most essential personnel in the motorcade which allows for easy detachment in case of emergency.
The vehicles that follow "Hammer" vary more but we frequently see an unknown small black van, local police, more Secret Service, the large black press pool bus followed by the White House Communications Agency (WHCA) "Roadrunner" which is this black Ford van with its distinctive dome on top.
"Roadrunner" is no longer used in the D.C. motorcades but it is still used outside of the D.C. area. "Roadrunner" is followed frequently by an ambulance which became a regular motorcade fixture after the assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan.
As an example, here's a video of the presidential motorcade in Rehoboth Beach from July 29.
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REHOBOTH POLICE RESCUE DOGS FROM HOT CAR, AGAIN
For at least the second time this summer, Rehoboth Beach police rescued a dog, actually two this time, from a hot car. Police were alerted to the dogs in this auto at First Street Station in the ocean block of Rehoboth Avenue around 1:30 p.m. this past Saturday.
The windows were left partly open but the dogs showed signs of distress.
Police removed the dogs, placed them in the rear of the patrol car and took them to the police station. The owner later came to the police station to retrieve the dogs. No word yet from the police on any charges.
Photos courtesy Jeff Balk
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STUFFED ANIMAL THIEF WHO RAN FROM POLICE GETS CAUGHT!
When a Rehoboth Beach police officer attempted to stop the thief who stole a plush animal from a boardwalk business around 6:15 p.m. the previous Sunday, August 20, he attempted to flee. The foot chase ended here in the ocean block of Brooklyn Avenue with the arrest.
Lt. Jaime Riddle, police spokesman, says the suspect was charged with attempting to commit shoplifting under $1500, removing goods, wares or merchandise and resisting arrest.
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CRASH NEAR LEWES HOME DEPOT WREAKS HAVOC ON COASTAL HIGHWAY
A two-vehicle collision here on Coastal Highway at that awkward entrance to the Lewes Home Depot injured three people and closed the southbound lanes for more than an hour this past Friday.
Sr. Cpl. Leonard DeMalto, state police spokesman, says around 3 p.m. the driver of the gray 2015 Volkswagen Passat was preparing to turn left across the southbound lanes and into the parking lot of Home Depot as a silver 2008 Honda Civic was traveling south. The Passat driver failed to properly yield to southbound traffic before turning left which led to the Civic colliding with the passenger's side of the Passat, Sr. Cpl. DeMalto said.
Both the driver of the Passat, a 24-year-old woman from Dagsboro, and her passenger, a 30-year-old man from Lewes, were taken to hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries. The passenger was flown to a trauma center by the state police helicopter. The driver of the Civic, a 20-year-old woman from Gwynedd Valley, Pennsylvania, was also taken by ambulance to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The Passat driver was issued a ticket for failure to yield while turning left, Sr. Cpl. DeMalto added.
Photos courtesy Lewes Fire Dept.
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BRIAN WHITE'S ART
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Brian White creates large-format surfing and nautical-themed fine art photography pieces. His art transforms space with color, mood and energy.
He loves to photograph surfing and sailing and turning surfboards into original pieces of art.
"Life is too short to live in a boring home -- Be stoked where you live!" he tells art collectors. White's art carries natural enthusiasm and joy you would love to see in your collection.
His studio is in Lewes but you can find several of his pieces at Gel Z's Studio 200 in downtown Rehoboth Beach.
Photos courtesy Angelica 'Gel Z' Clemmer
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PHOTOS OF THE WEEK
Rehoboth Beach Sailing Association Marina by Evan Stoddard ...
Full Moon over Hickman's by Leonard Tylecki ...
Coming off the Beach Path at Park Avenue by Earl Stockdale ...
THE MERR REPORT--- Suzanne Thurman from the MERR Institute says her organization had a quiet week. She expected to receive reports after the easterly winds but MERR didn't hear of anything. "We did have an out-of-habitat report of a sea turtle up in Blackbird Creek off of the Delaware River," Thurman added, "but we couldn't find it and the caller didn't take photos, so it isn't confirmed."
81-YEAR-OLD WOMAN GETS IMPALED BY UMBRELLA NEAR LEWES--- An 81-year-old woman had her lower leg impaled by a fly-away umbrella. It happened around 4:15 p.m. last Tuesday at the Coastal Club on Marblehead Drive which is in the Jimtown area southwest of Lewes. She was taken to the hospital by ambulance after a tourniquet was placed on her leg.
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