WEEKEND #15, 2022

(Labor Day Weekend)

September 6, 2022

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

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Two boaters injured one critically in Indian River Inlet mishap

For the second Friday in a row, two boaters were injured, one critically, after they fell into the water and were struck by a pontoon boat's propeller. This time, it happened around 6:20 p.m. this past Friday in the Indian River Inlet near the South Day Use Area of the Delaware Seashore State Park.

Once again, one boater, an adult male, suffered significant injuries reportedly from the propeller which slashed his chest. The injured were taken here to the boat ramp and dock north of Hammerheads Dockside.

An ambulance took him to the hospital in critical condition. The state police helicopter, Trooper 2, landed on the marina parking lot to fly the second patient, a female, to a trauma center. She was in serious condition, says Glenn Marshall, Sussex County EMS spokesman. Injuries to both patients appear to have been from a suspected propeller strike, he said.

DNREC officials referred inquiries to DNREC public affairs which has not responded to any of our inquiries last week by email or telephone.

Last week, two college-age men were injured when they were slashed by a pontoon boat propeller in the Rehoboth Bay.

As a result of the previous week's propeller injuries, as well as a spike in sea turtle deaths from prop strikes, we attempted to contact DNREC public affairs to get the agency's perspective on propeller guards. Why aren't these required in Delaware? Daily calls and emails to DNREC public affairs last week resulted in no response -- NOTHING! This is the norm for DNREC public affairs nowadays.

A couple of frustrated DNREC employees have recently contacted me and I welcome others too to share their stories. I am available on Signal if that helps and of course, my WGMD colleagues and I promise you confidentiality.


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Finding a parking space in Rehoboth Beach on Labor Day Weekend was almost as challenging as winning the lottery!

Just before 2 p.m. on Sunday, a man was in a Ford Taurus that had just missed a parking space that became available! These are the angled head-in parking spaces in the second block of Rehoboth Avenue that are not intended to be backed into.

The driver directly behind him in this silver Honda Odyssey claimed the parking spot, was just about to park there and that sparked this violent encounter, right on the roadway! This video starts just after the occupant from the Taurus pounds on the Odyssey, denting the hood.


Video and screenshot courtesy Rich Feltz

Several smartphone videos helped police to quickly identify the suspect and his car which police tracked down minutes later on Second Street.

Lt. Jaime Riddle, police spokesman, says the man from the Taurus has been charged with criminal mischief and disorderly conduct.


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A 5-year-old boy riding a bike was seriously injured just before 6 p.m. this past Friday after he was struck here on Ocean Drive at the Henlopen Acres Beach Club by the red 2016 Toyota Tacoma.

Photo courtesy Dr. Thomas Evans

He was taken to the Rehoboth Elementary School where LifeNet 64 flew him to a trauma center.

Photo courtesy Dr. Thomas Evans

Cpl. Leonard DeMalto, state police spokesman, says the boy suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries. There was no indication of any charges, he said.


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Rehoboth Beach police say this man, while in the ocean, repeatedly swam underwater beneath two 11-year-old girls grabbing at and touching their genital areas around 7 p.m. Sunday off Rehoboth Avenue. He fled west on Rehoboth Avenue when confronted.

Photos courtesy RBPD

Police ask that anybody with info to call M/Cpl. Susan Gladmon at 302-227-2577 or submit a tip on the RBPD website.



The Town of Dewey Beach is asking for tips to locate two public benches that were stolen from the town last month. The bench thieves were captured on the town's video cameras walking off with these unpainted wooden benches.

Photo courtesy Town of Dewey Beach

The first theft occurred on August 1 around 2:40 a.m. on the bayside of Coastal Highway near Clayton Street. The second bench was taken on August 5 at 5:11 a.m. from the ocean side of Coastal Highway at Swedes Street.

Dewey Beach police are asking people to call them with tips at 302-227-1110.


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Delaware state troopers are investigating a couple of high-dollar shoplifting cases from the Tanger Outlets during the past two weeks.

Four unknown women entered the "surfside" Victoria's Secret around 4:40 p.m. the Saturday before last and stole an estimated $6,000 in merchandise. All four women, says Cpl. Leonard DeMalto, state police spokesman, grabbed store bags and began filling them with various pieces of clothing and other merchandise.

They fled the store on foot without rendering payment for any of the items. Of the approximately $6,000 worth of goods taken, he said, nothing has been recovered. The suspects fled from the Outlets in a white Honda Crosstour. Neither the vehicle nor any of the suspects were located by state troopers. The incident was also reported to the police about 90 minutes after it occurred, he noted.

All four suspects were described as black women in their 20's, approximately 5'06" tall, with average to thin builds, and all were wearing facemasks. The case remains under investigation.

Around 3 p.m. this past Saturday, Cpl. DeMalto says, three unknown black females entered the Under Armour in Tanger Bayside. While there, they placed more than $5,000 worth of merchandise into shopping bags and fled from the store without paying. Troopers were unable to locate the suspects, he said, and none of the stolen merchandise was recovered. He noted that the incident was still under investigation and he could not confirm if these are the same suspects who were involved in the Victoria's Secret heist.


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It was a dangerous holiday weekend on Coastal Highway for motor scooters and motorcycles with at least three accidents with injury and/or death.

Around 3:25 p.m. Saturday, an orange moped was being driven south on Coastal Highway in the bus lane/shoulder approaching the intersection with Midway Outlet Drive, says Cpl. Leonard DeMalto, state police spokesman. At the same time, a gray 2016 Nissan Rogue was turning right onto Midway Outlet Drive from the right lane of southbound Coastal Highway. While doing so, the Rogue turned into the path of the moped and they collided.

Both the driver of the moped, a 45-year-old male from North Wales, Pennsylvania, and the passenger, a 51-year-old female from Ephrata, Pennsylvania, sustained minor injuries and were taken to the hospital by ambulance. The driver of the Nissan Rogue, a 66-year-old woman, also from Ephrata, Pennsylvania, was not injured. She was issued a citation for an improper lane change, Cpl. DeMalto said.

Later on Saturday, around 5:20 p.m., this black 2010 Harley-Davidson motorcycle was being driven north on Coastal Highway in the area of the Seaside Outlets, approaching the intersection at Munchy Branch Road, Cpl. DeMalto said. At the same time, a white 2003 Mercedes-Benz SUV was headed west, exiting the Seaside Outlets parking lot. The motorcyclist was attempting to pass vehicles in the bus lane/shoulder, but in doing so, he struck the SUV that was leaving the outlets.

Both the motorcyclist, a 61-year-old man from Smyrna, Delaware, and his 58-year-old female passenger from Dover, Delaware, sustained minor injuries and were taken to the hospital. Cpl. DeMalto said the motorcyclist was issued a citation for improper passing on the right. The SUV driver, a 60-year-old man from Laurel, Delaware, was not injured and was not cited, he said.

Around 10:45 p.m. on Sunday, a 23-year-old Lewes man was killed while riding a motor scooter in the wrong direction on Coastal Highway near Hudson Fields. He was struck head-on by a Mazda driven by a 17-year-old male. The scooter rider was pronounced dead at the scene. Details are on the DSP website.



For the second time since May, Ocean City police had to close parts of the town's boardwalk to investigate a shooting. This time, a 28-year-old man from Ocean City was shot in the arm here at North Division Street and the boardwalk around 2:30 a.m. after an altercation.

Photo courtesy Cesar Campos, Campos Media

Police are asking if anyone can identify the persons appearing in this screenshot from the surveillance video to contact police at 410-520-5136 or via the OCPD website.

Photo courtesy OCPD

The last shooting to close parts of the Ocean City boardwalk was at Talbot Street on May 22.


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It was a bittersweet last weekend for Nicola Pizza. The sign from the Rehoboth Avenue restaurant was taken down last week, and the last day the restaurant was open to the public was on Labor Day.

Kelly Munyan, the manager, says they will now start the move to the new restaurant with a target opening date in mid-October. Details will be posted on the Nicola's Pizza Facebook page.

It has already been announced that Zogg's Restaurant Group will become the next business to lease this popular Rehoboth Avenue location.

But there seems to always be more restaurant news to share.

The Summer House, another Rehoboth Beach institution for decades, will be changing hands in just a few days. Regan Derrickson of Nalu says he will be purchasing the business and the ground from The Big Fish Restaurant Group and former Mayor Paul Kuhns.

"I'm very excited for this opportunity from being a local and former employee of the Summer House in 2001 to take over a Rehoboth institution for 45 years," he said.

The restaurant will close for renovation and re-launch hopefully in early December, he said. "Our plan is to be open every day, 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m., with a brand new menu and night scene. Lots of exciting updates will be announced as we progress in our renovation," Derrickson added.

Why would anybody want the responsibility of running/owning a restaurant, yet three of them?

"I think that restaurants and especially bars have an alluring factor at the beginning but once you get into the actual business of them the behind-the-scenes operation is extremely tough," Derrickson points out. "I think most restaurateurs, including myself, have no idea what they are getting themselves into. Personally, for me, I had to learn every position in the restaurant very quickly and after about 7-8 seasons I finally got Nalu on the right profitable path," he explained.

Derrickson said he wasn't looking to open a second Nalu location but when he was presented with the opportunity to buy property half a block from the Rehoboth Beach boardwalk, it was a "no brainer" after 11 seasons in the business.

Now, with the Summer House, once again, he says he "wasn't looking to open a third restaurant but the opportunity to own property on Rehoboth Avenue and a restaurant of 45 years that is loved by many, especially me, was an opportunity of a lifetime."

Owning the three restaurants that hopefully do well, he explains, allows him to have a higher level of redundancy with employees by having a higher payroll that is supported by all three locations. It's also unusual to have three restaurant locations within a couple of miles of one another that don't compete with each other and that he sees as another convenience with regard to travel time.


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"I'm best just painting," says Susan Webster, whose exhibition of fresh colorful acrylic paintings opened this past Friday at Gallery 50.

She considers herself a colorist as her work is all about color. She estimates that she spends more time mixing colors than she does actually applying them. "You know all these drawings," she explains, "you could kill them if you have the wrong color combo!"

Webster says she likes to be a "wallflower" and sit back and let everybody else figure out her work! She does not paint people, but there is a person in every painting of hers because it's "their space... the person that's in there is the viewer," she points out.

She prefers to paint on a hard surface such as Masonite because on a stretch canvas there's some bounce on the painting. She continues the painting around the edges of the board on what's called a gallery wrap.

Her exhibition runs through September 20 at Gallery 50.


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Detail and photorealism are words that describe Matthew Hellyer's meticulous oil paintings. His latest exhibition opened this past Saturday at the Back Porch Café in downtown Rehoboth Beach. He paints portraits (including some pets), landscapes and still lifes. Hellyer frequently uses oil pastels to help with the finer details.

This one is the only piece Hellyer says he ever copied and it is a departure from the rest of the show. It's a piece that he greatly admired by Tamara de Lempicka, an art deco artist.

These are more typical of Hellyer's realism paintings in this show. That's British actor Henry Cavill.

He paints from photos or still lifes he sets up in his studio, and he only works on one piece at a time.

This show will be on display through sometime in October.



Downtown Rehoboth Beach is filled with a unique collection of mom-and-pop and locally-owned businesses which create the town's wonderful vibe that will be celebrated this Wednesday.

More details are in the Cape Gazette or contact Cindy Lovett



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THE MERR REPORT--- Suzanne Thurman of the MERR Institute says they had a young bottlenose dolphin that stranded on the bayside of the point at Cape Henlopen. It appeared to have been entangled in fishing net and line. They were unable to save the dolphin. Please check the MERR website for fundraisers and other marine animal news.


SOLA3 TO HOST CLIMATE-CHANGE WORKSHOP THIS SATURDAY--- Sallie Forman, SOLA3 founder and president, says the organization is sponsoring an informative workshop titled "Water Water Everywhere" that will feature expert speakers who will explain about threats to our coastal communities brought about by climate change and sea-level rise. They will also explain how we can prepare for such events, plus information about how state and federal agencies regulate our lakes. Please see the SOLA3 website for info and to RSVP.


OC MEDEVACS--- Medevac helicopters flew injured persons three times this past holiday weekend from Ocean City:

Around 1:20 p.m. on Saturday, a man fell from a wheelchair into the shallow end of a swimming pool at the Atlantis. The 47-year-old man was experiencing numbness and tingling in his arms and chest with little movement in his arms. They flew him from Northside Park to a trauma center.

Around 2:45 a.m. on Sunday, a 27-year-old man dove head-first into the shallow bay near the Wight Bay North Building. He was experiencing no feeling below his chest. He was flown from Jolly Roger to a trauma center.

Around 1:40 p.m. on Sunday, a bicyclist collided with a delivery truck at 81st Street and experienced a loss of sensation below the waist. Jolly Roger was also used as the landing zone for that helicopter.


WOMAN INJURED IN JET-SKI CRASH--- A 35-year-old woman was injured when she was T-boned while riding a Jet-ski on the Rehoboth Bay around 4:40 p.m. on Sunday. She was taken to the Bay City dock and then to a hospital with minor injuries.


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