Thursday, August 16, 2018

4 File for Dewey Beach Commissioner Race

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Current Dewey Beach Commissioner Gary S. Persinger will be facing newcomers David Moskowitz, James Petruccelli and William J. Stevens for one of the two soon-to-be-open commissioner seats.

Comm. Courtney Riordan said that he is not running again. “It is time to step aside and give the young the chance to contribute,” he stated.  The deadline to file was 5 p.m. Thursday (today).

The Dewey Beach Civic League will be holding its Annual Candidates Forum on Saturday, August 25, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. (doors open at 3:30) at the Dewey Beach Lions Club on McKinley Ave.  Conversation and light refreshments will follow after the forum.

Election day this year is Saturday, September 15, 2018.  For more details see the town website.


 

Final Phase of OC Convention Center Funding Announced

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The final phase of the expansion of the Roland E. Powell Convention Center in Ocean City has been funded.  Governor Larry Hogan has authorized the Maryland Stadium Authority to move forward with the project.  The $34-million project includes $20-million from the Stadium Authority and $14-million from Ocean City.  Legislation will be submitted in the 2019 General Assembly session to allow the Stadium Authority the needed capacity to finance the project.  The expansion is expected to create between 470 and 670 new jobs.


 

Lawsuit Filed for 3 Wilmington Firefighters & Families Charges Dereliction of Duty by 2 City Mayors

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Images courtesy Wilmington Fire Dept.

Images courtesy Wilmington Fire Dept.

The families of three Wilmington firefighters who died in the line of duty battling a row house fire at Canby Estates near Elsmere in September of 2016 are suing two Wilmington Mayors, the City and others.  Attorneys with The Neuberger Firm and Jacobs & Crumplar are seeking compensatory and punitive damages and a jury trial.   They say that an official City policy that was put into effect in 2009 kept the closest water available to the fire scene away from responding.  The policy closed a fire engine with its water and hoses every shift – this took away 500 to 750 gallons of immediately available water from the fire scene.  Firefighters had to call an engine from farther away which had to travel a longer distance before any water could be put on the fire.

The attorneys also allege that another policy that was in place in Wilmington in 2013  deliberately understaffed the Fire Department – leaving many fully funded firefighter positions vacant – if they had been filled – it would have prevented the mothballing of fire engines.  The complaint charges the three firefighter deaths are due to the dereliction of duty by Mayors Dennis Williams and James Baker and their appointees.

PRESS RELEASE:

Today we seek justice for the needless and unnecessary deaths of three heroic firefighters. Seconds count in stopping fires. But these heroes died because of an official City policy of closing fire engines and keeping the closest water away from the scene of a fire.
So eight children, the estates of their three firefighter parents, one widow, and three
firefighter survivors today filed a federal civil rights lawsuit arising from the killer September 24, 2016 residential fire. They seek compensatory and punitive damages and a jury trial against former Wilmington Mayors Dennis Williams, James Baker, the City and others.
After an exhaustive investigation, the 75 page Complaint charges that starting in 2009 “rolling bypass” became official City policy whereby: (1) a fire engine with its water and hoses was closed every shift, leaving a gaping hole in fire coverage in the City; (2) this removed 500-750 gallons of immediately available water from the fire scene; and (3) another fire engine from farther away had to travel a longer distance before any water could be put on the fire.
To make matters worse, it also is alleged, as another official policy, that in 2013 the City deliberately understaffed the Wilmington Fire Department leaving many fully funded firefighter positions vacant even though filling these positions would have prevented mothballing fire engines. Finally, in late 2015, defendants doubled the number of firefighters working in 9-5 desk jobs, removing 16 more firefighters from front line positions and stripping fire operations of even more firefighters needed to keep fire engines open.
Plaintiffs will prove that for each minute a fire is allowed to burn its intensity increases many times. Seconds and minutes matter. Delaying the arrival of water to the scene of a fire can mean the difference between life and death for firefighters and civilians. “You put water on a fire, and the problems go away,” say firefighters.
But closing a water carrying engine on September 24th removed the ability to quickly put over 5,200 gallons of water on the heart of that fire located in the rear basement of this home. Instead, for over 18 minutes no water was applied to the heart of this fire, causing a partial structural collapse, killing Lt. Christopher Leach at the scene, Sr. Firefighter Jerry Fickes shortly thereafter, and Sr. Firefighter Ardythe Hope who died several months later from thermal burns, as well as gravely injuring three others.
The Complaint charges that this calamity is due to the dereliction of duty by these two Mayors, and their appointees, who the lawsuit seeks to hold accountable. Stated co-counsel Thomas Neuberger, “The chickens have come home to roost for the City of Wilmington. All this would have been prevented if the city had let the firefighters do their jobs and get water to the fire scene as quickly as possible. Why in the world would you ever let a small fire grow into a large fire?”
Neuberger added, “Blood is on the hands of Mayors Baker and Williams who despite repeated warnings knowingly caused the deaths of three firefighting heroes who gave their lives rushing into a burning building seeking to rescue civilians believed trapped in the inferno. They were warned repeatedly that deaths would follow, but with a cold heart they continued their shocking policies.”
Separate money awards are sought for the eight children, Senior Firefighter Jerry Fickes’ widow Laura, and the three estates, as well as for the survivors: Firefighter Brad Speakman and Senior Firefighter Terry Tate who were forced into early retirement, and Lt. John Cawthray who is still on duty. The estates and survivors seek damages for their physical, emotional and mental injuries: such as terror, asphyxiation, post-traumatic stress disorder, and flashbacks. Additional economic losses include: lost wages; benefits; pension and retirement benefits; and decreased earning capacity.
The Complaint charges that the Fourteenth Amendment Constitutional right to substantive due process was denied plaintiffs in a way that shocks the judicial conscience over a seven year period where defendants affirmatively created and then hid this State created danger from Wilmington City Council.

 

DSP Trying to Identify Royal Farms Shoplifter

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Image courtesy DSP

Your help is needed to identify the suspect who shoplifted from the Royal Farms on Route 24 in Oak Orchard.  Delaware State Police say around 1:30 Sunday morning the suspect hid candy and ice cream in his pockets and left the store.  If you can identify the suspect – contact Crime Stoppers at 800-TIP-3333.


 

USCG Medevacs Injured Man from Boat off Fenwick Island

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Image courtesy U.S. Coast Guard District 5

A man with a back injury was medevaced from a pleasure boat about 8 miles off the coast of Fenwick Island on Wednesday.  Someone from the boat called the US Coast Guard just after 7am and a Motor Life Boat from Station Indian River was launched.  The man was taken to Beebe Medical Center in Lewes.

 


$3 Million in Funding Available to Combat Violence Against Women in MD

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The Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention is accepting applications for nearly $3 million in grants from the STOP Violence Against Women Grant Program. STOP, which stands for Services, Training, Officers, Prosecutors, is open to public and non-profit organizations that serve victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. The deadline to apply for grants for the program is August 24, 2018.

Funding from the program may be used for such services as crisis intervention, therapy, prosecution of domestic violence and sexual assault cases, staff training, advocacy and accompaniment, temporary shelter, and sexual assault forensic examinations. This is the 22nd year of the grant.

The Notice of Funding Availability may be found here. More information about the program and previous awardees may be found here.


Expect Traffic Delays in Area of Circle Ave Parking Garage in Salisbury Thru Friday

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New graphics are going to be applied to the outside of the Circle Avenue parking garage in Salisbury – but today and Friday – drivers can expect lane restrictions while the structure is pressure washed.  This will disrupt the flow of traffic inside the parking structure and restrict parking on the South Division Street and Circle Avenue sides of the building.  The sidewalk will also be closed.   The wrap is expected to take a week to 10 days to complete – and that work is scheduled to begin on August 20th.  That will also cause lane restrictions on Circle Avenue and the closure of the sidewalk along the parking garage.


 

WGMD Fishing Report 8-15-18

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Pictured with his father Nick who caught two cobia last week, Cross Ferrara, of Middletown, DE caught this 59.5lb and 48 1/2 inch cobia while fishing from his jet ski out a 1/2 a mile in front of Bethany Beach, DE using eel.

Wednesday was the first day of the Flounder Pounder Open Tournament out of Paradise Cove sponsored by Shorts Marine.  The weather wasn’t too bad and the current first place boat is Reel Struggle with a 6.5-pound flounder.  Second is Determined and third is Legal Limit both with matching 6.5 pounders.

At the fishing pier on Cape Henlopen State Park Lighthouse Tackle reported the spot and croaker bite continues with bloodworms the best bait.  Incoming to high tide has been the most productive time to fish.  A few short flounder were caught on Wednesday.

At Hook ‘em and Cook ‘em Chris told us they saw some keeper flounder caught over the Old Grounds and some blues and Spanish mackerel taken on the troll at Fenwick Island.

Clark at Old Inlet Bait and Tackle said the croaker that were so thick at the Inlet have now moved into Indian River and Rehoboth bays. 

At Rick’s Bait and Tackle the report was a 26-pound cobia caught at Fenwick Shoal by Chris Albright.  On Tuesday Chris had a 7.5-pound flounder at the Old Grounds.

This is Eric Burnley with your WGMD fishing report.       


 

WGMD Fishing Report 8-14-18

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Denise Eddinger of Long Neck, DE caught this 7.2lb and 23 1/2 inch long tautog while fishing out at the Del-Jersey Land Reef on the “Paul B. Sands” with Capt. Randy Eddinger. Denise reported that they also had 70lbs of large and medium black sea bass along with this citation fish that was caught using squid.

Tuesday was a tad breezy, but not enough wind to cancel many fishing trips.

Last week it was the White Marlin Open and this week it’s the Flounder Pounder Tournament out of Paradise Cove Marina sponsored by Shorts Marine.  Boats may fish any three out of five days from August 15 to the 19th and the top prize is $100,000 or a new 25-foot Scout boat with all the options.  There is also a daily Calcutta worth $2,500 for the largest flounder of the day.  I would expect to see a lot of boats on the flounder grounds for the next five days.

At Lewes Harbour Marina Amanda said the Miss Kirstin had a good morning trip in the bay catching croaker, trout and blowfish.  Young lady Ashlynn Loughin caught a Delaware Youth Citation .86-pound king from the surf at Cape Henlopen

Ice House Tackle reported the Lewes and Rehoboth Canal is giving up spot, croaker and short flounder with a few keepers.

At Hook ‘em and Cook ‘em the report was flounder from the Old Grounds and blues at Fenwick Shoal.

This is Eric Burnley with your WGMD fishing report.       


 

WGMD Fishing Report 8-13-18

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John Burbage III of Ocean View, DE caught this 79.4lb and 48 1/2 inch long cobia while fishing 2 miles off the cost of Bethany Beach, DE on Friday. John said that he snagged some live bunker then cast into the school of bunker and retrieved the line in quickly to catch this monster of a fish.

Monday was another good weather day and we heard of some decent fishing in the bay and ocean.

Cobia are quickly becoming a primary target for Delaware anglers.  Right now the state does not have a cobia plan, but one is under development and none too soon.

On Monday morning I received an email from my friend Jeff Waxman.  It seems he along with Pat Petrera and Steve Redden went out on Sunday afternoon in Pat’s 31-Bertram the Priceless looking for cobia.  The found 25 of them swimming on the surface and managed to catch three.  Two were taken on bucktails and one ate an eel.  Then I received an email from Hook ,em and Cook ‘em telling me about John Burbage III who fished two miles off of Bethany Beach where he snagged a menhaden and fed it to a 79.4-pound cobia.  That is one big cobia no matter where you fish.

Three cobia hooked n caught..all on light spinning rods…10 lb class. Two caught on my iconic Cape Fear spinner! Team worked great…Pat, Steve Redden and Jeff Waxman. Caught two on bucktails n one on eel. Once gaffed and in the boat, the real fight begins…boating a big cobia starts a heavyweight slugfest! All caught within six miles off Indian River not half mile off beach.

Flounder fishing remains good in the ocean at the Old Grounds and there seem to be a lot of croaker in Delaware Bay.  Kings are the best bet for surf fishermen.

This is Eric Burnley with your WGMD fishing report.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

GOP AG Candidate Drops Out of Race

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Republican candidate for Attorney General, Peggy Marshall Thomas, is withdrawing from the race for personal reason. The News Journal reports that members of her campaign contacted state GOP officials that she was leaving the race. While that will leave no Republican candidate for the AG’s office, the party could nominate a replacement candidate but they only have until September 4th, according to the state’s election calendar. However Thomas has to notify state election officials of her intent to withdraw and her name removed from the ballot, before that can happen.


 

New Executive Director Named for Rehoboth Main Street

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Image: Carolyn Watson Photography

Image: Carolyn Watson Photography

Rehoboth Main Street has a new director. Karen Falk has been named the Executive Director of Rehoboth Main Street – she is a former Executive Director of Southern Delaware Tourism and former small business owner. She has a huge understanding of business and government relations in Rehoboth – and throughout Delaware. She hopes to use the National Main Street Center’s work scope for the betterment of the City of Rehoboth Beach.


 

Rehoboth Beach Man Charged with Burglary

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A Rehoboth Beach man has been arrested for a burglary at the Edgewater Estates development Saturday night. Delaware State Police were called to Lighthouse Drive just after 6:30 for a report of a man breaking into a residence. Police learned that the suspect, identified as 26 year old Alan Stoltzfus, left the scene on a bicycle. Stoltzfus was spotted and stopped and struggled with the officers – kicking one of them before he was secured. Police learned Stoltzfus forced his way into an enclosed rear patio, then broke a glass door window to get into the house, but left the scene before going inside. Stoltzfus is charged with 2nd degree burglary and other offenses.


 

School Open Houses Set for Indian River Schools

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Schools in the Indian River School District will host a series of open houses during the months of August and September.

Open houses will allow students and parents to meet teachers and staff, view class lists and tour school buildings. A number of schools will host multiple sessions, with each session catering to a different grade level.

The 2018-2019 school year begins on Tuesday, September 4 for K-12 students. Preschool programs, including Project VILLAGE and TOTS, will begin on Monday, September 10.

The open house schedule is as follows:
Thursday, August 23
Indian River High School, New Student Orientation, 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, August 28
Selbyville Middle School, Grades 7-8, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Selbyville Middle School, Grade 6, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Georgetown Middle School, Grade 6, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Georgetown Middle School, Grades 7-8, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Millsboro Middle School, Grade 6, 5:30 p.m.
Millsboro Middle School, Grades 7-8, 7:00 p.m.
Georgetown Kindergarten Center, 5:00-6:15 p.m.
Indian River High School, All Grades, 6:30 p.m.
Sussex Central High School, All Grades, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
East Millsboro Elementary School, Grades 1-5 (New Students), 5:00 p.m.
East Millsboro Elementary School, Grades 1-5 (Returning Students), 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, August 29
Howard T. Ennis School, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Phillip C. Showell Elementary School, Grades K-2, 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Phillip C. Showell Elementary School, Grades 3-5, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
North Georgetown Elementary School, Grade 1, 5:00-6:00 p.m.
North Georgetown Elementary School, Grades 2-5, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
East Millsboro Elementary School, PreK and Kindergarten, 5:00 p.m.
Long Neck Elementary School, All Grades, 5:30 p.m.
Lord Baltimore Elementary School, PreK and Kindergarten, 5:30 p.m.
John M. Clayton Elementary School, New Student Orientation, 5:00 p.m.
John M. Clayton Elementary School, Returning Students, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Georgetown Elementary School, All Grades, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, September 5
Early Learning Center, 3:00-6:00 p.m.
Lord Baltimore Elementary School, Grades 1-2, 5:00 p.m.
Southern Delaware School of the Arts, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, September 12
Lord Baltimore Elementary School, Grades 3-5, 5:30 p.m.

For more information about open houses, please contact your child’s school.


 

UPDATED: 2nd DE Wildland Fire Crew Battling Copper Mountain Fire

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Image courtesy DE State Forestry

UPDATED – 8-13-18 – Twenty wildland firefighters from Delaware are part of 137 personnel battling the Copper Mountain Fire, a 180-acre blaze located four miles east of Eastport, Idaho on the Canadian border.  Michael A. Valenti of Dover, Delaware’s state forester and crew boss, reports that “firefighters are working in rough terrain and completing very long hikes to and from the fire each day.” The crew is staying in the relatively primitive conditions of a spike camp near the incident and eating MRE’s (Meals Ready-to-Eat). A “spike camp” is a remote camp near a fire line that lacks the logistical support of a larger fire camp, such as catered meals and hot showers.

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The Copper Mountain Fire is a lightning-caused blaze burning in timber that started on August 2. The fire is only 20% contained as of August 13 and is being managed by a Type 3 incident management team led by Rod Weeks. Firefighters are continuing line construction on both flanks of the fire and attempting to hold existing line. Fire officials are also coordinating with the British Columbia Wildfire Service on suppression efforts.

UPDATED – 8/7/18 – According to their Facebook page, Delaware’s wildfire crew has reportedly been assigned to the Copper Mountain Fire in northern Idaho, located on the Canadian border.

Inciweb says of the Copper Mountain Fire:  The Copper Mountain Fire is located on the US/Canadian border, 3-4 miles east of the Eastport border crossing, near Copper Lake, north of Copper Mountain. It was started by lightning 7/28/18. There are 10 smoke jumpers, a 20 person hot shot crew and three 20 person type 2 crews fighting the fire. It is on the US side of the border although some spotting has occurred on the Canadian side. The Canadians are helping with aviation.  https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6105/

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Also, Delaware’s Type 6 engine is part of a strike team of five engines that was assigned on July 31st to the Ferguson Fire in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. This fire is actively growing at 57,846 acres with 33% containment.  https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5927/

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Another 20-person crew of Delaware wildland firefighters are heading west for two weeks.  This is an initial attack unit which will travel to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania today and then on the Missoula, Montana on Sunday.  This is Delaware’s second crew to head west this year – the first crew was in the Colorado Rockies in early July.


 

Delaware Fellowship Awards Arrive at CAMP Rehoboth!

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A new exhibition at CAMP Rehoboth celebrates the accomplishments of 17 Delaware artists each with their own unique artistic medium. These include choreograph, painting, writing, blacksmithing, sculpting, among others. Delaware’s Individual Artist Fellowships recognize artists for their outstanding quality of work and provide monetary awards. Individual Artist Fellows are publicly acknowledged and benefit from the additional exposure to their work. Four of the artists — Jack Clemons, Maribeth Fischer, Leah Beach and Robert Waters — come from Sussex County.

This year, work samples from 124 Delaware choreographers, composers, musicians, writers and visual artists were reviewed by out-of-state arts professionals, considering both demonstrated creativity and skill in their art form. Seventeen artists were selected for Fellowships and four Honorable Mentions.

The exhibition started its journey at the Biggs Museum of American Art in June. It will remain here at CAMP Rehoboth through August 26 and then it will travel to the Cab Calloway School of the Arts in September, thus reaching all three Delaware counties.

The Biggs Museum sent this show to CAMP Rehoboth once before. “I think that the selections that Leslie Sinclair made this year and the way that she has brought things together are especially good,” says Ryan Grover, curator at the Biggs Museum. “They look great in this space and I think the artists are really happy and I think it is a good use of this project.”

One of the four award winners from Sussex County is Fischer. “I am a writer and I love to write and getting this award just keeps me writing,” says Fischer, who writes about serious non-fiction subjects ranging from grief to sorrow and similar issues. But now she has been focusing on writing about happiness and small ordinary moments in everyday life. Happiness, she points out, is not something that most writers write about. “Because what’s the story? There is no story to happiness. There’s no drama,” she observes. “So it’s been a challenge.” Fischer also runs the Rehoboth Beach Writers’ Guild.

Ellen Durkan, from Wilmington, is a blacksmith who usually works with steel and copper. She creates forged fashion and runway performance pieces. Next month she will do a full runway show at The Delaware Contemporary. “I started working in metal when I was in grad school and then I just kind of kept going. Now it’s this!” She says she makes her works more for performance than to sell. “I just make the pieces that I want to make, and I want to present them the way I see them,” she adds.

Beach, another Sussex County artist and co-founder of the Dewey Artist Collaboration, is a photographer. Her thought-provoking works on exhibit come from her Global Dementia Project. “I am on a journey to tell the story of global dementia from all corners of the globe,” she explains. “I’m here to change the global perspective of dementia through my lense… I am here to show the world that dementia is everywhere… From the most rural areas, to urban cities, to people in your community.” Her photographs have been used as presentation aids for the World Health Organization, as well as marketing resources for many international dementia organizations.

Lauren Peters from Wilmington, poses in front of her self portrait. “I have been painting self portraits for a few years,” Peters says. “I put on different wigs and costumes to somewhat change my appearance,” she explains. She paints herself only in oils and has been painting only for the past three or four years.

Visit this special exhibition in person this month at CAMP Rehoboth and see the Delaware Division of the Arts website for details on all of the artists.

Appearing in the group photo are Leslie Sinclair, Ryan Grover, Thomas Del Porte, Lauren Peters, Jack Clemons, Paul Weagraff, Maribeth Fischer, Jen Epler and Rob Waters.

Photo courtesy Leslie Sinclair

 

Bicycle Injuries Appear to Be Down Compared with This Time Last Year

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A 24-year-old female foreign exchange student was struck by a Subaru Forester while riding this DelDOT bicycle on Coastal Highway at Holland Glade Road around 5:45 p.m. last Tuesday. She was reportedly struck in the intersection as the Subaru made a low-speed turn. She was taken to Beebe Hospital with a cut to the head. According to MCpl. Melissa Jaffe, state police spokeswoman, no charges were filed against the 18-year-old male driver of the Subaru from Baltimore.

Another foreign student bicyclist was struck by a hit-and-run driver around 8:30 p.m. this past Thursday at the HAWK crossing near this same intersection. According to MCpl. Michael Austin, the 21-year-old woman was utilizing the pedestrian crosswalk and signal while walking her bicycle across northbound Coastal Highway. A dark-colored Jeep Cherokee was headed north on Coastal Highway and failed to yield to the pedestrian, striking the rear tire of the bicycle, which in turn knocked her to the ground. The Jeep then fled with no further description being obtained. The woman suffered scrapes to her lower body but declined an ambulance.

Fortunately, according to data provided by Beebe Hospital’s Patricia Matsko, bicycle accidents are down in the Cape region compared with this date last year. She provides these totals for the last three years:

2016 (Jan 1st – August 8th): 69 bicycle-related injuries

2017 (Jan 1st – August 8th): 102 bicycle-related injuries

2018 (Jan 1st – August 9th): 70 bicycle-related injuries

With regard to the injuries so far this year, Matsko noted that bicyclists wore no helmet in 22 of the accidents, 31 wore a helmet and in 17 other accidents it was unknown if a helmet was in use.

Matsko also added that when it comes to location, most bicycle accidents, 40, happened on the street this year. Four others occurred on a trail, six at “other” locations and the remaining 20 were undetermined.

Sussex County has had two fatal bike accidents so far this year, one in the Milton area and the other in Ocean View. Hopefully as more bicyclists take to the road, recent improvements will keep them safer.

One of the contributing factors in reducing the number of accidents in this area, says John Fiori, DelDOT bicycle coordinator, has been the completion of the Coastal Highway pedestrian improvement project from Nassau to the Rehoboth Canal. This project, he points out, “filled in the gaps” by installing sidewalks to make a continuous network from Nassau to the canal.

When this project was completed, he says, it provided an option for bicyclists to use the bike lane or the sidewalk. “Typically the experienced bicyclists will use the bike lane while the casual rider feels comfortable on the sidewalk,” he says, noting that the rules of the road are different for each.

He also credits recent amendments to the current bicycle laws, specifically last year’s Bicycle Friendly Delaware Act, for helping improve the state roadways for bicyclists.

The International Student Outreach Program conducts orientations to the J1 students that include a bicycle safety component, Fiori points out. The bikes with the blue and white DelDOT sticker are only loaned to the J1 students who complete the safety orientation.

Maryanne Kauffman, International Student Outreach Program director, says her husband, Bruce, helped prepare 170 bikes this summer to loan to foreign students. She says 158 students who requested bikes and took the safety class have received the DelDOT bikes. Next summer they plan to loan out 200 bikes. “Obviously the program would not exist without the tremendous support of the community,” she points out. They stress safety and track bicycle accidents.

Here are the Kauffmans at St. Edmond Catholic Church in downtown Rehoboth Beach during a bike safety checkpoint. They were joined with the Sussex Cyclists and DelDOT personnel installing lights on bicycles, distributing helmets and biking literature, while making minor bike repairs. Experts credit these projects for helping reduce bicycle-related accidents.

“By having support beginning with the Governor, the legislators, various state agencies (DelDOT, state police, highway safety) and the Delaware Bicycle Council, my vision is to reduce and possibly eliminate bicycle injuries and fatalities along Delaware roads and in order for this to occur, motorists and bicyclists should be aware of the current bicycle laws, stay alert and be patient with each other using the roads,” Fiori adds.


 

WGMD Fishing Report 8-12-18

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Larry Weldin caught these two flounder on Saturday fishing the Calmmer Wreck out of Indian River Inlet.

Sunday saw good weather inshore and fishing was decent.

Larry Weldin had two niece flounder off of the Calmmer Wreck out of Indian River Inlet.

Amanda at Lewes Harbour Marina said George Packard fishing in the Baltimore Canyon on the Bodacious caught a 28.6-pound dolphin on a pink skirted ballyhoo.

At Rick’s Bait and Tackle they told us about Eric Schwar’s 54-pound wahoo caught at Massey’s Canyon aboard the Reel Issue. Chris Albright fished the ZOld Grounds for his 7.2-pound flounder.  Kathy Miller had a 4.2-pound flounder at B Buoy while fishing on the Living Larger.

Eastern Marine said Charles Ewing had five rockfish between 18 and 26 inches while soaking bloodworms at the Phoenix Wreck in the Delaware River.

Old Inlet told us surf fishing for kings has improved.  Reah Wallace caught a 1.15 pounder along with several smaller fish at Conquest Road.  Another customer had a good number of kings at Fenwick Island using long strips of mullet.

The head Boat Angler caught 300 croaker on Saturday.

This is Eric Burnley with your WGMD fishing report.


 

Rehoboth Officials, Visitors Still Struggle with Tent/Canopy Rules

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Now in its second year of enforcement, Rehoboth Beach visitors and often police and lifeguards struggle to explain the city’s tent and canopy rules to visitors. In their first two hours on the beach this past Saturday, Rehoboth Beach Patrol lifeguards directed about 20 visitors to take down their tents/canopies.

Omar Jones, the man wearing the blue shorts, says he came to Rehoboth for the day with his pregnant wife. He said they had purchased the tent at a Target in Philadelphia where he was assured that the tent was adjustable to fit the dimensions now specified by several local jurisdictions. But he was confronted by a lifeguard who eventually called for police around noon. He nearly received a $25 citation but was cooperative and calmly explained the situation to police.

Jones said he felt targeted because he was just a few feet from a beach visitor who had the slightly smaller Super-Brella, which has a center pole and can convert into a traditional umbrella “if there are any complaints.” But his adjustable tent, which he said can be made even smaller, was unacceptable.

He also mentioned to police that elsewhere on the beach there were a handful of tents and canopies that were standing. The police said they would go after those people next, which they did, but he wondered why he was singled out first.

After about 20 minutes of discussion with police, Jones gave up and rented two Catts umbrellas for $20.

In response to Jones’ comments, City Manager Sharon Lynn said Sunday that “In order to continue the city’s overall response to visitors in our welcoming, friendly and inviting nature I am re-visiting the training piece of the tent ordinance. I believe the beach patrol and seasonal officers need additional training specifically related to the new ordinance as their actions have been too discretionary and not necessarily uniform regarding the intent of the ordinance. Due to the lateness of the season, training will commence this week however I will institute a more rigorous and defined training program prior to the start of the season in 2019.”

“Considering that this season is only the second one since the enactment of the ordinance last year,” she points out, “it is important that all
staff are on the same page regarding the intent and especially enforcement to the same degree. It is very important to me that all families are treated with respect and equanimity.”

Beach visitors who have questions or complaints regarding umbrellas, tents or canopies can call the city manager’s office at (302) 227-6181 for assistance.


 

UPDATED: DSP Investigating Fatal Crash East of Laurel

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Emergency Vehicle at Night © Copyright Barbol/Shutterstock

UPDATED Monday, 11:10am – The Delaware State Police have identified the driver in the crash Sunday morning east of Laurel as 18 year old Miranda A. Daugherty. She was the driver of a Kia Optima who was killed in a single vehicle crash with a tree that occurred just before 3 Sunday morning on Fire Tower Road just north of Route 9.

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UPDATED – 9:45am – An 18 year old Laurel woman is dead after a crash just before 3 this morning on Fire Tower Road east of Laurel.  Delaware State Police say the teen was apparently speeding and went wide in a curve, over-corrected and began to spin off the roadway into a tree.  Police say the victim was not properly restrained and was pronounced dead at the scene.  Identification is pending the notification of the next of kin.

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Delaware State Police are investigating a deadly crash just before 3 this morning on Fire Tower Road between Discount Land Road and Route 9 east of Laurel.  County Paramedic and Laurel EMS officials on the scene say a single vehicle crashed into a tree and State Police report there was a death in the crash.  The roadway was closed for about 3 ½ hours – and reopened after 6:30 this morning.  WGMD will have more as it becomes available.


 

WGMD Fishing Report 8-11-18

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Brian Holland, Jr. of Limerick, PA, caught this 3.6lb flounder while using squid and minnows in Massey’s Ditch. Brothers Brock and Braden were skunked but they were still happy for him.

Wrapping up the White Marlin Open, the tie breaker between the Under Dog and the Welder’s Arc was the Under Dog gaffed their fish and the Welder’s Arc did not.  The difference was only $2,454,476.  The Delaware boat Fin Nominal took first place for their 50-pound dolphin caught by Louis Genello and won $19,646.  The Canyon Hunter, also out of Indian River, came in third in the Wahoo Division with a 55 pounder caught by Charles Dawson and worth $21,471.

Meanwhile, back in Delaware, Amanda at Lewes Harbour Marina told us Jack Hendrick caught a 2.25-pound porgy and Ginger had a 2.42-pound triggerfish while fishing over bay structure with Rick Mills.  The FOMO fished on Site 8 on Friday and caught flounder to 3.47 pounds.  The Miss Kirstin had flounder during an afternoon trip on Friday.

This is Eric Burnley with your WGMD fishing report.       


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FLOOD WARNING ISSUED TO KENT & SUSSEX COUNTIES

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SATURDAY 9PM:  The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning that affects the following WGMD locations:

Sussex County,DE

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The National Weather Service in Mount Holly NJ has issued a

* Flash Flood Warning for…
Sussex County in southern Delaware…

* Until midnight EDT.

* At 855 PM EDT, Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producing
heavy rain in northern Sussex County.  The rate of rainfall…one
to two inches per hour…will cause flash flooding within the
heavier rainbands as the storms move southeast through the county.

* Some locations that could experience flooding include…
Dover, Georgetown, Milford, Seaford, Millsboro, Laurel, Lewes,
Milton, Selbyville, Bridgeville, Delmar, Dagsboro, Millville,
Ellendale, Bowers, Henlopen Acres, Gumboro, Cape Henlopen State
Park, Sycamore and Big Stone Beach.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

Turn around…don’t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood
deaths occur in vehicles.

Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize the
dangers of flooding.

Richard Byrne & Pat Coluzzi Win Rehoboth Beach Commissioner Race!

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Winners of the 2018 Rehoboth Beach Commissioner Race. Image courtesy WGMD/Alan Henney

Pat Coluzzi and Dick Byrne, winners of the 2018 Rehoboth Beach Commissioner Race. Image courtesy WGMD/Alan Henney

The polls closed at 6 p.m. today in Rehoboth Beach.  Richard Byrne and Pat Coluzzi won the two soon-to-be-open commissioner seats.

2018 campaign signs for commissioner candidates Richard Byrne, Pat Coluzzi and Gary Glass. Image courtesy WGMD/Alan Henney.

Here are the 2018 election totals:

Registered voters for 2018: 1535
Number of voters: 706
Number of absentee voters: 307
Total voters: 1013
Voter turnout:  66%

Richard Byrne, Patricia Coluzzi and Gary Glass were candidates for the 2018 municipal election. Photos courtesy the candidates.

Two seats for commissioner:
Richard A. Byrne # of votes: 660
Patricia A. Coluzzi # of votes: 583
Gary A. Glass # of votes: 515

The winners will be sworn into office on Friday, September 21, 2018, at the regular commissioners meeting before they begin to serve three-year terms.


 

MSP Charge 2 NY Men After Traffic Stop

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A traffic stop in Somerset County Saturday led to the arrest of two New York men.  Maryland State Police say a K-9 scan of their car showed a positive alert and a search of 27 year old Luke Keough turned up cocaine and drug paraphernalia.  A search of 66 year old Marc Schwartz turned up 112 cartons of untaxed cigarettes and a large amount of cash.  Schwartz was released on a criminal citation.  Keough was released on his own recognizance.


 

DSP Collecting School Supply Donations

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School will be starting soon and the Delaware State Police Community Outreach Unit is collecting supplies to help fill children’s backpacks.  Donation boxes are located in the lobby at each troop – and donations will be collected through August 31 and presented for the school year before the start of school.

Backpacks
No. 2 pencils
Spiral notebooks
Large pink erasers
Pencil cases
Hand sanitizer
Washable markers
Loose leaf wide-ruled paper
Highlighters
Composition books
3-ring binders
Plastic folders with pockets
Tissue boxes
Washable Crayola Crayons – box of 24