Celebrating Haley’s amazing life on tap Sunday

The community is preparing to bid a heartfelt farewell to one of its favorite sons.

Matt Haley — restaurateur, philanthropist, speaker and basic humanitarian — passed away on Aug. 19 from injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident in India while performing some of his humanitarian efforts. His loss was a shock to many in our area, not only because he was only 53 years old, but also because of the enthisiasm and zest for life he exhibited nearly every moment of his life.

His death stunned many of us and left us scrambling for answers. There were none. At least none that made any sense. There was a public outpouring of sympathy, as restaurants and shops honored Haley’s contributions to our area through their marquees. And his restaurants were packed following the news of his death, as people seemingly wanted to connect with the man one last time.

Think we are blowing this out of proportion simply because he passed away too young? Consider that earlier this year Haley was recognized with the James Beard Foundation’s Humanitarian of the Year Award, the National Restaurant Association Education’s Foundation Cornerstone Humanitarian Award and the International Association of Culinary Professionals National Humanitarian Award, according to representatives from his Global Delaware Fund.

He was a gift to the world through his contributions, but he was also ours. He was one of us.

In remembrance of Haley, there will be an event this Sunday, Sept. 28, at the Freeman Stage at Bayside, at 2 p.m. There will be guest speakers, food (including one of Haley’s latest projects, the food truck “Big Thunder Roadside Kitchen”) and music. This is open to the public, and organizers ask that those who come to celebrate Haley’s life bring non-perishable food items to donate to one of his causes, the Food Bank of Delaware.

Haley’s deeds will last forever in the minds of those who knew him, and this is our chance to say farewell to a cherished friend.

Diabolical geniuses just don’t exist all that much

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September 26, 2014

One of the joys of watching crime dramas on television or in the movies is the cat-and-mouse game often played between a brilliant criminal and the detectives who eventually get out in front of the evil mastermind through a combination of hard work and a bit of cleverness of their own.

The more ingenious and insidious the bad guy is, the better for the viewer. Think Hannibal Lechter, or the assortment of cartoonish super-villains in the James Bond franchise, or even the anti-hero main character in something like “Dexter” — we are often drawn to those criminals who present a clear conflict to the good guys through their wicked ways and strategic maneuvering.

On the other hand, sometimes idiocy has its own place in the entertainment chain.

Take Gary Harding, for example. The 26-year-old Connecticut man has been known to law enforcement officials in the area for some time, according to a Reuters story. When investigators were looking at surveillance video of a carjacking at a grocery store earlier this month, Harding was identified as the likely suspect. And, for the record, that same vehicle might have been used in a bank robbery a few days after that carjacking, so suffice it to say that authorities were interested in having a conversation with Harding.

Since Harding was currently under probation, police hatched a plan to set up a phony probation meeting with him to try to apprehend him. Harding reportedly took the bait, and showed up to the fake meeting, only to find himself face-to-face with members of the New Haven Police Department.

Oh... one other little nugget I should have mentioned. Harding apparently showed up to the meeting in the SUV he is accused of carjacking.

“Thank God people aren’t always very bright, it really does make our jobs a lot easier,” said New Haven police spokesman David Hartman. “Not only to make the apprehension, but then to also have the main piece of evidence delivered right to us ... that was icing on the cake.”

Of course, the fun doesn’t always stop with the arrest.

According to another Reuters story, police with the Bonner County (Idaho) Sheriff’s office responded to a call from a couple last week that accused 42-year-old Staci Spence of dousing them with pepper spray. The story didn’t say whether or not there was an argument between Spence and the couple, or if Spence maybe won an NFL game and mistook pepper spray for Gatorade and was simply celebrating by dumping it on ...

But I digress.

Regardless, police reportedly found Spence to be “highly intoxicated, kicking and fighting and screaming profanities.” She was arrested, put in the back of the cruiser and taken to the county detention facility for processing, according to police.

It was at that time, when police got Spence to the detention facility, that they reportedly noticed their suspect had been up to some less-than-desireable behavior in the back of the patrol vehicle. Police said she gnawed though the upholstery and foam cushioning of the back seat of the car.

The story did not say if Spence swallowed any of the car’s interior, spit out the damage as she tore it apart with her teeth, or if it badly needed some pepper (spray).

Of course, Spence is not the only suspected criminal who has a “taste” for crime. Jonathan Stempel reported earlier this week that a New York mortgage broker, Frank Tamayo, was the middleman in an insider trading scheme — where Tamayo is alleged to pass information from a prestigious New York law firm to a third party that could certainly prove profitable for the people who used it.

According to police, Tamayo would scribble down stock symbols onto a napkin, meet the third party connection, one Vladimir Eydelman of Morgan Stanley, at Grand Central Station, and eat the napkin after Eydelman memorized the stock symbol.

Tamayo reportedly has been cooperating with authorities (which is how they know about him eating the evidence, as opposed to waiting for the evidence to reveal itself and then sending in a rookie officer to retrieve it), and has agreed to forfeit more than $1 million, the contents of two brokerage accounts and a 2008 AudiQ7. He faces up to 20 years in prison on multiple fraud counts.

Hopefully, for authorities, Tamayo is not a fitness freak.

You see, a Reuters story based out of Phoneix tells the tale of inmate Wade Cole Dickinson, a personal trainer who was locked up in an Arizona detention center on a 24-year sentence on charges including fraud, trafficking in stolen property, drug possession and illegal possession of a firearm.

According to authorities, Dickinson climbed a 10-foot basketball hoop in the yard of the facility, jumped onto a security fence and took off for the greener pastures of freedom.

Well, freedom or Vegas.

He was recaptured more than two months later at an apartment in Las Vegas, according to authorities, and is waiting extradition back to Arizona, and marshals are trying to find out who gave Dickinson assistance during his escape.


Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor — September 26, 2014

Costello not satisfied with election


This year’s Bethany council election was disappointing, to say the least, for those of us who believe that town government needs independent, questioning council people. As soon as I learned of the Healy slate, I could see that its sole purpose was to bring about the defeat of Margaret Young.

On election day, I attended the tallying of 460 absentee ballots, and my fears were fully justified.

The Healy slate — I’m certain Joe did not think it up all by himself — was the largest single vote-getter, garnering 205 votes for each of his slated candidates. In addition, there were many other interesting combinations of voter choices — mixtures of ballots for one, two, three, or four candidates.

For Margaret to have even a remote chance of winning — given the lockstep nature of the slate — she needed literally hundreds of voters to choose only her in order to break the stranglehold of the Healy slate.

Obviously that did not happen. She was doomed from the start because so many Bethany voters chose Margaret, as well as other candidates on their ballots. Votes for Margaret on these ballots were simply canceled out by votes for members of the “official” slate.

Employing a slate to guarantee one candidate’s defeat is certainly not a new, or even unusual, practice, but it is an odious one, in a small and thoughtful community like Bethany. Joe Healy and his slate-making buddies should be ashamed of themselves, especially since the sole purpose was to silence criticism of council decisions to give developer Jack Burbage special favors like interest-free loans and free parking on Church-Neff Park for his workforce, while his hotel is being constructed.

Caving into Mr. Burbage just because he threatened to sue town government is disgraceful. Mr. Burbage is a canny and successful businessman, and he apparently has figured out how to win special favors from our government. Certainly, he has every right to seek special favors, but he has no right to expect our government to roll over when he does.

We don’t know who will be standing up for us — and for common sense and fairness — if or when Mr. Burbage senses a need for more special favors. Perhaps one of the newer members of the council will step into Margaret’s dangerous shoes and have the courage to say: “Hey, wait a minute!”

Dan Costello
Bethany Beach

Reader responds to previous letter


Harry Steele, a frequent commentator via letters to the editor, has hit the nail on the head with his recent blast aimed at climate change activists who deny reality by insisting that their theories are based on “settled science.” They are not only misguided, but, by stigmatizing anyone who disagrees with them, they are actually stifling debate on the subject.

Science is not “consensus”! Science is facts! Anything that stifles the true search for facts isn’t just part of the problem; it is the biggest part of the problem!

In the days of Leonardo DaVinci, true science was stifled by the Church, labeled as heresy. There is little difference today when it comes to the topic of climate change. It has little, if anything, to do with the effects of mankind on the climate. It is, in fact, simply a means to manipulate people and ideas to promote a political agenda.

The “Church” was a political powerhouse in DaVinci’s time and wouldn’t tolerate any challenge to its teachings (read “power”). So it goes today with the Save the Planet and Al Gore types of the world! Their scams of carbon credits prove that it is solely about power and money. If carbon emissions was such a dire problem, then why is it OK to simply pay a “fine” (read extortion) and keep on emitting carbons? They not only don’t want to fix the problem, they enhance the problem with scare tactics so as to improve the bottom line for their scams!

No rational person would deny that there are changes to the climate. There has been for millions of years. A very small percentage of that change is caused by mankind. You must ask yourself two questions: “How do I find a real solution to what mankind has caused?” and “Will whatever I do actually have a positive effect on the global climate”? Remember, the USA is not the only nation living on and polluting the planet!

Never mind those who proselytize about “Saving the Planet.” In the grand scheme of things, the planet isn’t in danger; Mankind is in danger. The issue of climate change is a long way down the list of possible reasons for extermination of the human race. Human nature (intolerance in social and religious matters) is an infinitely higher risk to Mankind. We really need to keep this in perspective!

I laud Mr. Steele for insisting that we all do our own research and not blindly take anyone’s word for it, including his! Basing your arguments on knowledge and not on emotion is a mark of a conservative. Progressives would be well served if they learned nothing else but that!

Walt Curran
Ocean View

Reader discusses free television options


A lot of you, if not all of you, are unaware that you have another option for TV service, and it’s completely free.

It’s no accident that you don’t know, either. It was intentionally kept secret because the pay TV industry didn’t want people to cut the cord in droves in favor of choosing the free option. That’s why they confused the issue and told people that if they were currently paying to do nothing and to keep on paying because the change didn’t affect those who were already paying. It was a very calculated, deceptive and manipulative campaign of misinformation and disinformation.

There are many details for how to make it work ideally, but there it is for anyone who is tired of being enslaved by the monopolies (I say monopolies because there is only one choice of cable service as they worked out non-compete territorial agreements) and tired of being lied to and tired of paying for something that they can get for free. Except, of course, for the initial one-time equipment installation, but after that it’s totally free. So you can say goodbye to overpaying for cable or satellite.

So you see, you’ve been duped and deceived, because they want you to keep paying. I’m one of the few lucky ones or even the first in the area that saw through their lies and have been enjoying it since the beginning, February 2008.

You see, I just happened to be one of the many poor who couldn’t afford the luxury of paying for cable and was using rabbit ears. We could only get two measly snow channels. That’s it! Those who can’t and couldn’t afford cable know what I mean. Now I’m getting all the network channels available OTA (over the air), which amounts to 15 solid signal channels and about 10 more farther away channels on any given night. I miss nothing, including all the local sports programming.

Anything that’s on regular broadcast TV, I get, and for free! This is a very big deal here in the country where we are far away from the nearest broadcast tower and where nearly everyone pays for TV. And it’s not cheap, either. Think of how nice it would be to not have to pay a TV bill every month. That’s approximately a savings of about $1,200 a year, on average; of course, it depends on how much you pay every month.

Personally, I enjoy watching the comedies and only the comedies and I mute the commercials, of course. Because I don’t enjoy being manipulated and lied to; and don’t get me started on the news programming. As I’m writing this I’m enjoying “Hot in Cleveland” on channel 40.1, NBC out of Cape May, N.J. It just started, and before yesterday I enjoyed “Everybody Loves Raymond.”

However, what makes me lucky (blessed and fortunate) is that I just happened to live with a man who knew about wire, electricity, frequencies and airwaves, and he knew what to look for equipment-wise when researching online. Because it’s not just as easy as buying any old antenna or even the latest one advertised on TV of late, called — the flat one shown being used on a boat. You’ve seen it.

Of course, this is just a summary and there’s more need-to-know details to make it work ideally and best, which I’m more than happy to share with anyone. Just ask. So aren’t you ready to cut the cord and start saving some big money and stop the enslavement to paying for something that you barely watch? Just think of what you could do with that cash. Check it out; you’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain!

Been enjoying the secret free TV option for over six years.

Susan Rush
Ocean View

Inland Bays, Markell talk clean water


The Inland Bays Foundation and the League of Women Voters invite you to join us and Gov. Markell at Irish Eyes restaurant in Lewes on Oct. 16 for our “Love Our Inland Bays Dinner.” Details for the event can be found … at

Regrettably, each of our inland bays are impaired (polluted) and do not meet the “fishable and swimmable” criteria established by the 1972 Clean Water Act. In fact, 94 percent of Delaware’s waterways do not support healthy fish and aquatic life and 86 percent of Delaware’s waters are not safe for swimming. These statistics place Delaware in the minority inasmuch as 60 percent of our nation’s assessed waters do — repeat — do support aquatic life uses.

Last winter, Gov. Markell introduced an initiative called “Clean Water for Delaware’s Future.” Unfortunately, it was not a priority with our State’s General Assembly because it was an election year. Our dinner will give our governor an opportunity to discuss clean water for Delaware. The citizens of Delaware deserve fishable and swimmable waters just as much as the majority of Americans who already have it.

So, please join us on Oct. 16 at Irish Eyes in Lewes, along with 159 other Delawareans, and show your support for “fishable and swimmable” waters for our inland bays.

Ron Wuslich, President
Inland Bays Foundation