WEEKEND #13, 2023
August 21, 2023
Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
DEWEY COMMISSIONERS APPROVE TEEN CURFEW REVISIONS
The revised Dewey Beach curfew will now start every day at 11 p.m. for those under 18. Previously it did not start until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. The change comes after the town had trouble with rowdy teens late at night earlier this summer. "All the town did was change two hours, changing Friday and Saturday night from midnight to 11 p.m.," says Bill Zolper, town manager.
"I think when you look at the town's curfew code that has been in existence for at least 10 years," Zolper continues, "[with] our exceptions we are really trying to be accommodating to our citizens and visitors and at the same time keep the large crowds of teenagers under control."
"We will always when possible try to educate first and do enforcement second," he said, adding that the change in the curfew is a direct result of the issues and complaints received from Dewey property owners this summer.
Lt. Clifford Dempsey, police spokesman, noted on Sunday that the catalyst for this curfew change was the result of the rowdy crowds of mostly 14- to 17-year-olds who overwhelmed police on Independence Day weekend. He said it was an unusual "phenomenon" that involved mostly Delaware teens who apparently were drawn to Dewey from a Snapchat post. Officers were burdened with calls, especially noise complaints caused by teens on the beach which was reminiscent of June bug/senior week. He said starting the curfew at 11 p.m. daily is important as it gives police an extra hour on the weekends to deal with any curfew problems before having to prepare for bar closing.
The change was unanimously approved on Friday by Dewey Beach commissioners. Earlier this summer, commissioners had also voted to increase the juvenile curfew penalty from $100 to $300.
The town had some opposition including this letter from the National Youth Rights Association citing studies from Maryland and Washington, D.C. As a coincidence, Washington, D.C. has just identified neighborhoods where the city will be enforcing its existing curfew starting in September.
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TLC's "LONG ISLAND MEDIUM," THERESA CAPUTO AND CREW VISIT REHOBOTH!
TLC personality Theresa Caputo, known as the "Long Island Medium," came to Rehoboth Beach last week with a production crew. Among the places she visited with her crew included the farmers' market, which posted these photos, the Purple Parrot, shown below, and Funland.
Photo courtesy The Purple Parrot
Another season has not been announced of Caputo's reality show, Shannon Marvel McNaught of the Delaware News Journal reported. She also noted that a TLC spokesperson said she did not know what Caputo was filming in Rehoboth!
Hugh Fuller of the Purple Parrot says that Caputo's cousin lives in Rehoboth, she came to visit her and asked if they could film while at his restaurant. He heard that the program will air next year!
The following day, she arranged with Funland to ride the new bumper cars and rode twice, says Christopher Darr, Funland's personnel manager. "It was clear that she enjoyed it and thanked us after the ride," he added.
"If I am correct she was filming for one of her Long Island Medium episodes. She was mixing that with being in Rehoboth and experiencing the town," Darr said. "It is clear that she has a big following because everywhere she went a large crowd stopped to watch and was excited to see her in person," he added.
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FUNLAND GETS NEW BUMPER CARS!
Funland's new bumper cars went into operation earlier this month. "We ordered them last fall with an expected delivery date of April 2023 but due to supply issues we did not receive them until August," says Christopher Darr of Funland.
Both the old bumper cars as well as the new ones were manufactured by Majestic Rides. They were assembled in Italy but once they arrived in the United States they were shipped to Majestic's facility in Ohio. Once in Ohio, the cars received lap bars as well as an electrical modification to work with Funland's floor system.
The 20 new cars, Darr points out, have been a great addition with the sparkle-splatter paint design and they seem to be a little quicker than the older ones.
Photos courtesy Christopher Darr
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WOMAN DIES AFTER FALL FROM MOPED IN WEST REHOBOTH
Delaware troopers are investigating a single-vehicle moped crash that occurred Tuesday afternoon here on Hebron Road outside Rehoboth that left one woman dead.
Police say 49-year-old Darla Becker of Wilmington had been driving a red 2022 Jiangsu moped north on Hebron Road approaching the sharp-left curve just north of Canal Crossing Road. For unknown reasons, she was unable to negotiate the curve, exited the right side of the roadway and struck the curb. She was taken by ambulance to the hospital where she later died. There were no other vehicles involved in this collision, police said.
Photo courtesy Delaware State Police
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PETERMAN TO THE RESCUE!
Here is a vintage made-for-Rehoboth Beach story. Mike Peterman, city streets superintendent, came to the rescue this past week after a Maryland visitor dropped her keys through the storm grate here on Rehoboth Avenue near the roundabout!
The keys were successfully retrieved.
Photo courtesy City of Rehoboth Beach
LAST WEEK'S INCREDIBLE LIGHTNING STORMS
Lightning strikes a ship!
Photo courtesy Christopher Darr
Dual bolts cut through clouds and strike the ocean!
Photo courtesy Richard Tananis
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MY MOTHER THE ARTIST: COCA SILVEIRA'S ART
by Guillermo Silveira
Coca, who was born in Buenos Aires in 1928, has shared her art in Rehoboth's galleries since the beginning of the millennium. Her art shows the beauty of nature according to her own imagination. Through her imaginary flowers, impossible landscapes, surreal birds, fantastic horses, transformed fireflies or unreal butterflies, she takes us to a new and emotional circumstance of beautiful wildlife appreciation.
She works with acrylics and mixed media, including porcelain, French lamination, natural objects and fabrics too!
Here she is with "Petulanders," imaginary flowers that inspired a poem to Guillermo. It is available at Tideline Gallery.
Her "Porcelain flowers" artwork is on display at Gel Z's Studio 200.
She also knits beautifully! This is one of her "Ecological Sweaters" that she made last April.
Please visit her website for more info or call 302-227-1737.
Photos courtesy Guillermo Silveira
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PHOTOS OF THE WEEK
Funland at Dusk by Christopher Darr...
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THE MERR REPORT--- Suzanne Thurman from the MERR Institute says her organization had no strandings or death investigations this past week. But when MERR held its fundraising cruises the past two Sundays, she says they saw the most dolphins they have ever seen. "It was spectacular," she added, they were "all around the point of Cape Henlopen."
BALTIMORE COUPLE HIT BY PICKUP TRUCK IN MIDWAY SHOPPING CENTER--- A white 2021 Chevrolet pickup truck turning right into the shopping center at Candy Kitchen from northbound Coastal Highway struck a 71-year-old woman and a 75-year-old man just before 9 p.m. last Thursday. Sr. Cpl. Leonard DeMalto, state police spokesman, says the man was flown to a trauma center with serious injuries and she was taken by ground to a hospital with less serious injuries. The driver of the truck, a 27-year-old man from New Castle, was not injured and was cited for inattentive driving and failure to have insurance identification in possession.
FLAGGER STRUCK AND THROWN IN CONSTRUCTION ZONE--- A silver 2020 Toyota Tacoma driven by a 77-year-old man from Lewes was passing through a construction zone with a lane shift when he struck a 47-year-old woman from Greenwood who was working as a flagger. Cpl. Amina Ali, state police spokesperson, says it happened on Camp Arrowhead Road south of John J. Williams Highway in the Angola/Marshtown area around 10:30 a.m. last Tuesday. She was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. The driver was not injured and was cited with failure to obey an authorized person directing traffic and operation of a vehicle causing serious physical injury to a vulnerable user. She was wearing a reflective vest and helmet, police said.
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