Accident reminds us all to think safety

State police were investigating a serious crash last Saturday night in Fenwick Island, centered around a 9-year-old pedestrian who reportedly stepped out into Route 1 and was struck by the front bumper of an SUV. The boy was listed in critical condition, and no charges have been filed against the driver.

Basically, it was an accident. A terrible, awful, horrific accident that will impact all parties’ lives for years and years, but an accident, nonetheless. We see them every year in this community, both involving pedestrians and bicyclists, and local police departments do all they can as far as providing information to people in attempts to stop these heartbreaking stories from happening again.

But they do continue to happen.

Our guess is the efforts by local police and emergency medical personnel have had an impact. Obviously, it’s impossible to quantify things that didn’t happen, but maybe one child or foreign student or adult pedestrian took something he or she learned from one of these efforts, or utilized a supplied headlight or wore a helmet on a bicycle, and a tragedy was averted. Again, we can’t say that with any certainty, but we can hypothesize that these efforts help.

We urge people to take caution when they are at the beach. Follow bicycle rules and wear the proper equipment. Walk at crossroads only, and with support of the traffic light. Be vigilant when you are driving down the road.

Accidents will happen here, as they do everywhere else in the world, and some are simply unavoidable. But if we all take that extra step, maybe we can save a life.

You have to give them points for creativity

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June 26, 2015

Here’s a fun exercise...

Clear your mind of all the day-to-day stresses that are overtaking it at any given time. That’s it. Just close your eyes, pull back on a deep breath and let your subconscious wander off to a place of abject nothingness. You there? Good, let’s do this.

Imagine, if you will, all the possibilities of items that could conceivably wash ashore on a Tijuana beach.

It’s important to remember that I said “imagine” for this exercise. Saying these ideas out loud could lead to permanent mental scarring for any children who might be within earshot or get you escorted from your office with a shiny new pink slip in hand. I mean, come on, it’s Tijuana, not South Bethany. There are all kinds of revolting items that could wash ashore in Tijuana and nobody would bat an eye.

No? Maybe it’s just me.

Regardless, when a headline popped up on my Twitter feed that said something washed ashore on a Tijuana beach, I got interested. When I took a second look to examine it more closely, I saw it was not exactly what I was imagining at the time, but still fascinating enough to make me click the link for the UPI story — “Motorized surfboard filled with $100,000 worth of meth washes up in Tijuana.”

I told you this wasn’t South Bethany.

Mexican police said the surfboard was powered by a turbine connected to eight batteries, and that beach-goers discovered it last weekend in the borough of Playas de Tijuana. The board was apparently hollowed out and filled with 20 pounds of crystal methamphetamine, and police believe it was heading to the United States before it suffered an apparent mechanical failure.

Do you ever wonder what kinds of advances could be made in this wacky world of ours if drug dealers turned their creative energies to something other than, say, poisoning our youth? They spend so much energy and thought trying to figure out the next best thing in terms of smuggling drugs that they could probably divert that time into curing diseases or bringing drinking water to places that suffer without or properly seasoning a steak at a place you pay an arm and a leg for and...

But I digress.

My point is that these smugglers get pretty creative in their methods, and a pseudo-arms race has raged between the people trying to move drugs in and out of places and the people trying to stop them. It seems there are constantly stories online about secret tunnels between Mexico and the United States to transport drugs or mini-submarines doing what this mechanized surfboard attempted to do last week.

For instance, a quick Google search on Tuesday led me to an Associated Press story about Spanish police arresting a Venezuelan veterinarian, Andres Lopez Elorza, who has been wanted by the U.S. for allegedly trafficking heroin by implanting it in puppies. According to the story, police said Columbian authorities discovered three kilograms of heroin implanted in three puppies during a 2005 raid on a clinic the vet ran in Medellin.

I understand that people enjoy the right to the presumption of innocense, but I don’t care for Elorza or his scheme. Puppies are cute. They’re adorable, actually, and are meant to snuggle with and give beg wet kisses to while...

But I digress. Again.

It just makes me angry that someone who has dedicated his life to the welfare of animals would do something so reckless. Granted, I’m partial to dogs, so this probably raises my hackles a bit more than it does for most people. It just stinks when people do ugly things to beautiful things.

For instance, another UPI story reported on a woman who was arrested at the Bogota airport on Monday when her breast implants were found to contain 3.3 pounds of liquid cocaine. Authorities said Paola Deyanira Sabillon drew the attention of security staff at the airport when she appeared nervous in line and x-rays determined she had recently had surgery on her breasts.

I would say a woman carrying around an additional 3.3 pounds of breasts would do that on her own, but maybe that’s just me.

Sabillon, who is from Honduras and was flying to Spain, reportedly told police she received the implants filled with an unknown substance she had been hired to transport. I’m wondering what she thought might have been the substance, if not drugs? Pez?

Regardless, her implants were removed and she was treated for an infection stemming from the original surgery, though I suppose it’s not entirely surprising she might have had complications from a surgery performed by drug smugglers. She’s now sitting in police custody, awaiting resolution and probably substantial jail time in a Columbian prison.

And smugglers are figuring out the next plan already.

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor — June 26, 2015

Craft show a hit, thanks to many


The 11th Annual Bethany Beach Seaside Craft Show was held on Saturday, June 6. Once again, this juried show presented dozens of crafters with a wide variety of offerings on our boardwalk and bandstand as well as on Garfield and Parkwood streets.

We want to give recognition to all those who make this excellent occasion possible. The Seaside Craft Show Committee begins each year in September to plan for the upcoming show the following June. However, it is the generous assistance of our town staff and volunteers the day of the show that makes the event happen.

The Bethany Beach police are on hand from 6 a.m. until sometimes after 7 p.m., when the last crafter has moved out. They provide the order that is necessary and appreciated in making things go smoothly from beginning to end. A very big thanks to Dean Sisler and our seasonal officers for their invaluable and friendly assistance.

Thank-you also to Brett Warner and the other Bethany Beach Public Works staff members for attending to the many details that set the stage for a successful show. We could not do without their assistance both before and after the event.

Not least of our thanks is for the many volunteers who show up each year at 6 a.m. to mark booths and welcome the crafters, as well as assisting with the crafter parking at the Christian Church grounds. Maureen Killmer annually rounds up these folks, many who graciously return year after year, assuring that the day gets off to a good start.

This year those thanks go to Monte Wisbrock, Mark Anderson, Ray Thibeault, Claire Larson, Neece Phipps, Mike and Denise Boswell, Dick Fox, Carole and Ron Caleb, Rick Morini, Kelsey Jakubiak, and three of our Town Council members, Lew Killmer, Chuck Peterson and Bruce Frye. During the day, Carol Coyle, Jan Kinsella, Diane Dee and Margaret Young provided booth-sitting for crafters who needed a short break. Thank you one and all!

And, finally, thanks to Maureen’s Ice Cream for the early-morning donuts and coffee we provide for our volunteers and crafters, Island Fusion for their live music performance, and the Disciples of Christ Conference Center for the parking area for the crafters.

It was a great day and a grand event, and thanks to all who attended.

Seaside Craft Show Committee
Gloria Farrar, Sharon Fox, Stacie Loftus, Carol Olmstead, Karen Taylor, Joan Thomas, Cheryl Wisbrock, and Julie Malewski, Bethany Beach events director

VegFest organizers thankful for support


Rehoboth Beach VegFest 2015 was a huge success — the community participation, support and enthusiastic feedback was unprecedented. We are in awe of how much our wonderful community here in Rehoboth Beach joined together for a weekend in support of such important matters that concern all of us: human health, animal welfare and the future of our planet.

We extend our deepest personal thanks and gratitude to the many people who pitched in to make this happen. We thank our generous sponsors, speakers, exhibitors, our awesome giving volunteers, and the many other far-reaching organizations that joined in to make this event shine as it did this year! If we could, we would write a heartfelt note to each and every one of you.... You each have our deepest gratitude.

Our sponsors have been most generous, and without them, Rehoboth Beach VegFest simply could not exist. A special shout-out to our top sponsor Jenn Harpel of Morgan Stanley, and to our other lead sponsors: the Atlantic Sands Hotel & Conference Center, CAMP Rehoboth, Cape Gazette, Delmarva Public Radio, Made Ya Look!, Rehoboth Beach Farmers Market, Rehoboth Beach Film Society and VegFund.

We thank all our attendees — so many of you live here in the beach region, and so many of you travelled far to get here. You came with your high spirits, your enthusiasm, your curiosity — and your appetites! We’re so glad for all the positive — and downright raving — feedback that let us know you enjoyed everything so much, learned new things and discovered plant-based foods you so often described as “awesome.”

And lastly, to our entire community.... those of you who put out blogs, who listed us on your websites, who posted flyers in your windows, who invited your families and friends to attend. Each one of you reached out to bring the VegFest message of healthy, sustainable and compassionate living to others in Rehoboth Beach and surrounds near and far — we thank you!

See you all next year: Rehoboth Beach VegFest is set for June 11, 2016, and we can’t wait! We hope Rehoboth Beach VegFest 2016 will wow you like never before!

Patricia Haddock and Tara Sheldon
Rehoboth Beach VegFest

Reader endorses proposed state bill


What if you were being abused by your husband but when you went to the court for a Protection from Abuse order, you were told no? You were denied protection because under the foreign law your husband followed, he was allowed to do so. Since the law your husband believed said it was OK, the court agreed.

Seem extreme? Well, it actually happened right here in the United States.

Could it happen here in Delaware? Not if Senate Bill 100 is passed. The proposed bill would give Delaware courts clear instruction that any foreign law that steps on our constitutional rights would not be accepted in our courts.

Globalization is important for business and even our thinking when dealing with others, but it shouldn’t trump our laws. I hope the Delaware legislature believes in protecting women, our sisters, mothers, daughters. Please support SB 100.

Martha Lehman